Thoughts about Longspan Shelving for Your Warehouse

Designing a warehouse shelving system is critical to your business’s overall storage and organization strategy. Longspan shelving is a popular choice for many warehouses because of its flexibility, durability, and ability to support heavy loads. In this post, I will guide you through designing your longspan shelving system to help you maximize your storage space and achieve your organizational goals.

Step 1: Determine Your Storage Needs

The first step in designing a longspan shelving system is to determine what you need to store and how much space you have available. Consider the weight, size, and shape of the items you need to store and the amount of space you need to allocate for each item. This information will help you determine the size, type, and number of shelves you need and the number of bays you will need to install. 

Step 2: Choose the Right Shelving System

Once you have determined your storage needs, you can look at different longspan shelving systems. Longspan shelving systems include Angle, roll-formed, rack shelf, and boltless systems. Consider factors such as the weight capacity of the system, the size and number of shelves, and the cost when selecting a longspan shelving system.

Angle Shelving
Light Duty, Often used for Kitchens, Cool rooms and tight spaces. Timber, Steel or Wire shelves available.
Roll Formed
Roll formed longspan, Is the most common style of longspan shelving system. Most people when saying longspan mean this style. There are many brands and most can take a medium weight from 200Kg to 600KG
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Rack Shelving
As the name may suggest, Rack shelf is Shelving but made from Pallet Racking. This allows higher capacities and larger shelves. The difference between pallet racking and Rack shelf is the way it's loaded. Pallet racking is machine loaded and Rack shelf is hand loaded. There is often a lot of crossover of the two types.
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Step 3: Plan Your Layout

Once you have selected the right shelving system, you need to plan your layout. Start by measuring the available space and determining the number of bays you will need to install. Consider the location of doors, windows, and electrical outlets when planning your layout and the flow of traffic in the warehouse.

Step 4: Install Your Shelving System

When setting up your longspan shelving system, it’s important to ensure you’ve planned your layout and have all the necessary tools and equipment.

Before you start, familiarize yourself with the manufacturer’s instructions, as different systems will have different requirements. Whether installing the shelving yourself or enlisting the help of a professional, it’s important to take your time to ensure a safe and secure setup.

Remember, a properly installed shelving system will be more stable, efficient, and last longer, so don’t rush the process.

At SSO, we can help you design the perfect longspan shelving system for your warehouse. Our team of experts can help you determine your storage needs, choose the right shelving system, and plan and install your shelving system to ensure your storage goals are met. Contact us today to learn more about our longspan shelving solutions.


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Distributing Dolav Pallet Boxes

Dolav Plastic Products was established in Southern Israel in 1976 and is involved in the production and marketing of large volume, heavy duty box pallets. We are known worldwide for our solutions to problems concerning material handling and storage, and we are one of the leading pallet and pallet boxes manufacturers in the world.


Dolav trademark became the name often used to describe box pallets in some industries in Europe but not all box pallets are Dolavs! Make sure you get the original.

Customised Solutions

Dolav has a dedicated internal team that provides customised solutions for special demands. We can produce custom boxes with different dimensions according to client requests


We have been making outstanding quality products for years and have served the same companies over decades who want to buy strong, reliable quality products.

Global reach

We serve customers all over the world through our network of 12 subsidiaries and many distributors in over 50 countries across the globe

Dolav Innovation

At Dolav innovation is in our DNA. We are proud to be pioneers in new and advanced solutions that quickly become industry standards.


Our international team has the experience, expertise and can-do attitude to understand the customers’ real needs and find the appropriate solution for each unique request.

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Owners Guide for Pallet Racking in Australia

In 2012 a new standard for Steel Racking (AS4084:2012) was introduced to cover the design of steel storage racking systems and incorporates several changes to operational requirements
and end-user responsibility.

In this article, I will concentrate on the responsibilities of end-user customers and staff.

All racking manufacturers, retailers, installers and end users of racking products have a duty of care to comply with AS4084:2012. 

If, you have purchased a reputable brand of racking and from a trusted supplier, and is installed to the requirements of AS4084:2012 and the manufacturer’s requirements. Then the only things you need to worry about are training, maintenance and safety.


Forklifts and other handling equipment cause the vast majority of damages to racks.

All staff that work with, on or near racking must be trained in the safe use of pallet racking.

While looking very simple to the casual observer, Racking is capable of being put under a great deal of
stress, and often for long periods.

All staff should be competent to:

  • Name components of the racking
  • Identify the weight of pallets and goods stored
  • Safely load, unload and position pallets
  • Understand safe load capacities of beam levels and bays
  • Identify risks
  • Know how to report incidents and issues with the racking

If staff are competent in all these fields, they will take better care of your investment, and incidents or
damage should be less frequent or severe.


It is recommended that a system of regular inspections for pallet racking installations shall be carried out on a regular basis and at least once every 12 months by a competent person, as a minimum in accordance with AS 4084-2012 (Ref. AS 4084-2012, Section 8.1 General, and Section 8.2-Inspections, pages 99-100.)

Australian Steel Storage Industry Group

SSO Handling & Storage recommend a competent staff member inspect the racking every month or two, often more for busier warehouses, and a minimum of every 12 months by a competent person, fully experienced in the identification and categorisation of racking damage.

End-user inspectors should be looking for:

  • Damage to the uprights, beams and anchors.
  • ensure the safe working load signs are in place
  • ensure the safe working load limits are adhered to
  • ensure that the racking has not been altered
  • ensure all beam safety clips are installed
  • examine for rust or other deformations
  • inspect connectors for damage or cracking of welds

“Inspections shall be carried out on a regular basis, and at least once every twelve months…”

Australian Standards AS4084:2012:

Any damage or potential issues found by an end user inspection must be brought to the attention of a competent inspector for classification. A Competent Inspector can rate and classify the damage or
the issue, let you know the next steps and recommend the correct method to rectify the problem.

It is often many small damages that add up over time to cause a more significant issue or even collapse.

“Any repair works shall be in consultation with the racking supplier or a qualified structural engineer. NOTE: Remedial work usually involves replacement”.

AS4084:2012 Steel Storage Racking

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Sean Holden
Manager – SSO Handling & Storage
Phone02 6299 3942
E-mail[email protected]
2/205 Gilmore Rd,Queanbeyan, NSW, 2620