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61) Shelving side panel

A sheet steel panel attaches to the front and rear post to enclose the side of the unit, or as a partition between units placed side by side.

62) Shelving side sway brace

Two pieces of flat or formed steel stock attached to the front and rear posts to prevent front to rear sway.

63) Side loader truck

An industrial truck with lifting capabilities and able to accommodate the narrowest of aisles, depending upon the model and type, all the way down to the 5 foot range. Trucks operating in this range are sometimes called very narrow aisle (VNA) trucks. With the exception of the platform type sideloader, the fork and/or the entire mast on a VNA style truck is capable of rotating or swiveling 90 degrees left or right within the aisle from the down aisle orientation. Some manufacturers have models that can stack in storage racks 10-12 pallets high.

64) Single deep rack

The simplest of all racking systems. This rack is selective and accommodates only a single pallet.

65) Single deep selective rack

Rack structure which allows loads to be stored one unit deep on either side of an aisle.

66) Single row double face shelving

One generally continuous row of units joined together side to side to be serviced from either front or back by two service aisles.  May also be identified as "pass through" shelving.

67) Single row single face shelving

One generally continuous row of units joined together and side to side to be serviced from one service aisle.

68) Slave pallet

A pallet used in an automated rack system.

69) Small parts storage

The system of storing small parts/items usually utilizing bin shelving and rack and storing the parts in plastic or metal bins and containers.  Carousels can be used for storing and retrieving these smaller parts.

70) Stack only container

A container that possesses self-supporting and straight walls.  This feature means that the container walls are straight and can support the total weight of several stacked containers.  Stackability reduces the required floor or rack storage space for empty containers.

71) Step beam

A beam that provides two horizontal surfaces on which the rack decking can be placed.  Usually the top surface supports the deck and the lower surface supports the reinforcing members.

72) Storage aisle

An access route to storage areas such as rack bays, slots for pallets, bins or containers.

73) Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association

The Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association (SMA) was formed in 1974 by visionary industry leaders as a Product Section of the Material Handling Industry of America, a non-profit Trade Association. SMA's mission includes development and advancement of standards and activities to advance the quality, safety and general fitness for intended use of industrial/storage equipment. SMA member companies are concerned, conscientious manufacturers affiliated in an industry association to provide voluntary standards for the design of steel industrial/storage equipment, and to formulate guidelines for the proper use, operation and maintenance of these products. Principal among these products are steel shelving, industrial mezzanines, work and assembly stations, modular drawer equipment, clothing storage lockers, movable base storage equipment, storage containers and directly related equipment. For contact information, please see SMA .

74) Storage racks

A single or multi-level structural storage system that is utilized to support high stacking of single items or palletized loads.

75) Structural rack

Steel storage rack made from hot rolled steel shapes, generally conforming to the requirements of AISC, such as angle, beams or tubing.