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Stacking racks are essentially steel frames that are placed on top of one another, but there’s a lot more to it because this stacking feature plays a vital role to the overall pricing cost. Basically, stacking racks are a great solution when products are required to be transported from one location to another. That being said, the quantity of products that are shipped in one trip will be determined by the number of stacking racks in a freight trailer.
In order to maximize profits and minimize costs, certain “yield points” have to be considered when designing and building these stacking racks. To explain, yield points are specific numbers that cannot be exceeded if you want to obtain a certain vertical stacking quantity. For example, if you want to stack 3 racks high in a 53’ freight trailer (trailer height is approximately 102”), then the rack height cannot exceed 34” because this number is the maximum limit (or yield point) required to fit 3 high (102”/3 = 34”).
In this article, we will discuss a few different examples of proper yield points and explain why these yield points are essential for pricing.
The first of the most common yield points utilized in the packaging industry is the 25” overall height stacking rack. Ultimately, the primary reason to choose this height (or any height) will be determined by the shape and size of the product that this rack needs to accommodate and protect. As a result of this 25” rack height, 4 stacking racks will be able to be loaded vertically in rows onto a transportation truck to obtain an optimal logistics outcome.
The second yield point is 34”. Because of this stacking rack height, 3 racks can be stacked vertically in rows onto a 53’ freight trailer. Basically, the idea behind these yield point is to fully optimize and take advantage of the vertical space provided by the freight trailer during transportation. In fact, if you pass the yield point by even 1” (35” rack height in this case), then you would be reduced to being able to stack only 2 high and lose an opportunity to ship more racks in one trip, which results in higher costs and less profit.
The third and final yield point is 50”. The reason why this is the final yield point is because anything over this limit denies any stacking ability in a freight trailer. Also, these 50” stacking racks are not only commonly used because of the stacking height limit, but also because they’re efficient when determining the quantity of products one rack can accommodate. In essence, the last yield point enables 2 vertical stacking racks and anything higher results in a single row shipment (only recommended if absolutely required). larger parts.
When designing steel racks, these yield points are to be carefully considered as they’re a measuring tool for efficiently transporting products. To conclude, the yield point choice will depend on the size of the part and when the choice is made, the design cannot exceed that dimension so you can achieve the best possible logistics value for the customer.
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