CAD/CAM & Manufacturing

industrial racks are essential items for a warehouse or store inventory. They are simple but can be made better with good engineering. Some people create them impromptu by welding, but they can be made even better using computer aided design to figure out the exact dimensions and rivets. The advantage of a modular design is that it can be easily adjusted. Heavy bolts can be more secure than a weld, and having triangular support is even better.

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Imagine what a good metal rack can do for a business. Steel is more expensive than plastic but it is very durable and can bear a significant load. It lasts for decades and can even take a few dings before it needs to be replaced. The elasticity and malleability of steel allow it to take a fair amount of damage and still be functional for many purposes. 

Industrial racks are a great investment if they need to hold many boxes. Since it is rare that the load even comes close to the maximum bearing potential, it is possible to knock a metal rack with a forklift and not have the whole assemblage come crashing down. If a rung ever does fail, the crash is unlikely to break the level below it. This is the reason why steel is preferred over aluminum in most warehouses. Since aluminum has larger crystals, it is more likely to fracture with a sharp hit.

A computer can help build an industrial rack the same as any tool, although its need depends on having a very specific design in mind. Racks come in many sizes, and a rack that is slightly over-sized is generally able to handle the task. The overall advantage of using a computer is being able to work with the full dimensions of each piece rather than just making rough estimates and asking a welder to do a custom job.

CAD Assistance

CAD goes beyond the design phase. If the measurements are accurate, then the data can be fed into machines that help to make the racks. At present, robots that bore holes into metal poles can use computer blueprints for this purpose. In the future, a digital model could help robots assemble parts of the rack and bypass traditional human labor. Having these blueprints on hand could come in real handy in the future.

It takes money to build a computer model, so the business in question should either need a great number of racks or else sells industrial racks for a specific purpose. A large retailer with expanding warehouse space might be a great candidate for this service. It means that identical racks can be made at a faster pace than using a welding service or small milling shop. 

It is up to your business to decide whether it needs specialized racks or else can modify generic racks. It might be possible to mass produce containers for products instead. On the other hand, if large containers of hazardous materials needs to be secured, then having a specialized rack might be the only safe option.