Here at QTS, we are always looking at ways of making the task of ordering Mesh shelves/ panels an easier task. We all know that our customers want the right mesh for the right job. So, anything that we can do to make that happen is our goal!

In an ongoing blog series, we are going to be taking a 360 view of mesh, with all its applications along with things to consider both in the short and long term.

Our hope is to bring something useful to all our blogs, audience participation is welcomed.


From the QTS Team!

Know Your Load Layouts! – Mesh Deck & Weight Capacity

In our first blog, we will be looking at the importance of load layouts and weight capacity, which is to say how will the load be set out on the deck? Do the objects that are being stored on the mesh deck have a UDL (Uniformly Distributed Load) or perhaps that object has feet? Forcing the weight to concentrate in the areas where the feet would contact the mesh deck creating Point Loading.

When it comes to purchasing mesh decks there are many questions that you need to ask yourself, to ensure you get the right mesh deck for the job. Something that should be a priority consideration is the ‘Lord Capacity’ of the deck which is to say what weights are being sorted on the deck, along with how the load is distributed across the deck. Getting this right, in the beginning, will ensure that long-term structural inebriety of mesh deck and prevent any disasters.

Below, you’ll find descriptions of many layouts that will help you identify and understand what type of deck you will need, along with the limits of the deck for future use. Remeber that Mesh Decks are designed with a load capacity which is originally stated at your purchase. To then change what is on there and how a product is stored on a mesh deck can drastically affect its performance and structural integrity. If in doubt, please call us and we’ll check it out.

Types Of Load Layouts

Uniformly Distributed Load (UDL): The description for UDL is any static load which is evenly distributed over the full surface of the mesh deck. The products that are being stored on the mesh deck must cover the entire deck from front to back, and left to right.

Line Load: The description for a Line Load which distributed its weight in a focused line. A good example of a Line Load is any products that may be on a stringer pallet that has 2 bottom deck boards that contact the mesh. A Load Layout such as this may benefit from additional support bars to prevent the wire taking undue weight would create ‘Mesh Sag’.

Concentrated Load: The description for a Concentrated Load is any static load which is not uniformly distributed across the entire surface of the deck. An example of this would be, the storage of liquid-filled containers in the center of the mesh deck. The full bearing of the weight only falls within the area occupied by the object. A Load Layout such as this may require a thicker wire or stronger support bars.

Point Load: The description for a Point Load is any static load that has fully concentrated weight focused at the key point on the surface of the mesh deck. An example that we have come across quite often of Point Loading are stillages that have four feet on their base. All this weight is heavily concentrated at these points, that can cause serve mesh sag, making the stored product dangerously unbalanced and unsupported. The location of the support bars, the addition of the extra support bars, the thickness of the wire can all counteract point loading.

If you need any future advice on the different types of Load Support’s then please feel free to contact us today and speak to one of our staff.