Boltless Shelving is Big Bang for the Buck

Boltless shelving, also called rivet shelving, can be an efficient and economical storage solution in many applications. Specially designed to store small and medium-sized loads for manual access, this steel shelving can be found in warehouses and distribution centers (often in combination with pallet racking), pharmacies, supply rooms, archive record storage spaces, even residential garages, to name a few applications of this very versatile storage product. Boltless shelving is tougher than you might think and is available in different capacities, generally from 200 pounds up to as much as 2000 pounds. This type of shelving can even be used in multi-level mezzanines and catwalk systems.

Boltless Shelving Design

With no sway braces or panels, boltless shelving affords unobstructed access on all four sides for efficient loading and unloading. Boltless shelving consists of simple components that lock rigidly together to form exceptionally strong shelving units and is available in various configurations and weight capacities depending on the application. Additional units can easily be added for more depth or width.

Boltless Shelving Assembly

One great advantage of boltless shelving over other types of industrial shelving is the easy assembly. Instead of easy-to-lose and difficult-to-handle nuts, bolts or clips, rivets on the beams are tapped into keyhole slots in the vertical posts. The only tool you will need to assemble boltless shelving is a rubber mallet!

Types of Boltless Shelving

There are two basic types of boltless shelving: Single Rivet (sometimes called Low Profile), and Double Rivet (sometimes called Long Span).

Single Rivet Boltless Shelving is high density shelving that uses single rivet beams on middle levels, but employs double rivet beams at the top and bottom for rigidity. Single rivet units are up to 48″ wide, and they typically offer less capacity, but more accessibility (due to the thinner beams) than double rivet units do.

Double Rivet Boltless Shelving units are designed for spans ranging from 48″ to 96″ wide. They are high-capacity units with many options available to enhance their storage capacity and flexibility.

Components of Boltless Shelving

Boltless shelving consists of three basic components: upright posts, horizontal beams, and decking.
Upright Posts – there are two types of vertical posts that make up boltless shelving, the angle post and the tee post.

Angle Posts are used on all four corners of individual units, or any time strength and durability is a requirement.

Tee Posts are used for add-on units (for use as a common post between two shelving units) and gives you the ability to arrange economical rows of shelving.

Horizontal Beams keep the shelving unit in place and serve as left to right supports (to hold up the decking) and as front to back support (to prevent the upright posts from twisting). There are a variety beam styles available to meet a range of requirements (Next Level offers five styles in both standard and heavy duty). Here’s a look at them.

Single Rivet Beams are for light to medium weight industrial storage applications. This low profile (intermediate levels only) beam is perfect when maximum clear opening is required between shelf levels.

Double Rivet Beams are essential for the stability of standard units. They must be used on all four sides at the top and bottom levels. Double rivet beams can also be used front and back or on all four sides of all levels to support for heavy loads or long spans up to 8 feet.

Low Profile Double Rivet Beam provide maximum space between shelf levels with higher capacity than single rivet beams.

Double Rivet ‘Z’ Beams are for medium to heavy weight industrial storage applications. Z beams also protect the edges of the wood shelves.

Double Rivet C Channel Beams provide the highest capacity available for boltless shelving. Thee beams are used in lieu of double rivet angle beams for maximum capacity.

Decking for boltless shelving is available in many forms. Options include wire mesh, particle board (wood), metal, corrugated metal, and melamine.
Additional Components for boltless shelving are available to enhance stability, safety, and economy:

Center Supports or Tie Supports provide additional shelf support front-to-back by bolting between double rivet beams at pre-punched locations.

Tie plates connect shelving units side by side, eliminating the need to purchase additional specialty posts.

Footplates anchor boltless shelving units to the floor for added safety and stability.

The benefits of boltless shelving for the storage of items that are manually accessed are many. This type of shelving is flexible, strong, versatile, and economical; and with just one simple tool, you can put your shelving to work in minutes.
Next Level Boltless Shelving is available in standard duty and heavy duty with with a choice of ten beam styles to meet any requirement. Customization is never a problem and we can even make shelving to match your existing sytem. For more information, contact us here or call 800-230-8846 to speak to a warehousing expert now.