Formtek Solutions for the Shelf and Pallet Rack Manufacturing Industry

Formtek and the Shelf and Pallet Rack Manufacturing Industry

Formtek designs and manufactures metal forming equipment with cutting edge, patented technologies for manufacturers producing shelf and pallet racks. Pallet rack uprights, step beam, and steel shelving are common application, which are manufactured on all of Formtek’s brands of roll forming equipment and systems. Pallet racking components are formed by OEM producers and job shop type manufacturers. As the components are press brake formed in small volumes, it’s possible for a growing company to incrementally transition to the productivity advantages of roll forming. Formtek has the engineering experience to design the flexible solutions required for supporting the exacting tolerances for today’s shelf and pallet rack applications.

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Posts and Braces

Depending on the customer’s specific needs and manufacturing environment, the posts and braces can either be pre-notched and pre-cut then roll formed, or notched and roll formed with post-cutting to length. Reviewing the customer’s production needs, Formtek can evaluate what solution may fit best.

Step Beam

For the lighter duty, knockdown type storage racks, the step beam may be roll formed out of two halves that are nested and welded offline. For heavier duty pallet racking, the roll formed shape is welded inline to produce a finished step beam. Formtek has produced numerous step beam systems, with varying levels of automation for quick changeover between sizes of step beam.


For storage and pallet racking, the frames of the shelves are produced using a step beam tube. Formtek’s flexible forming mill for welded step beam profiles offers the ultimate in changeover between step beam sizes, for efficient production while minimizing setup scrap and changeover time.

Formtek Solutions for the Shelf and Pallet Rack Manufacturing Industry

Roll Forming

With over 100 years in the roll forming industry Formtek’s family of brands deliver the highest-quality roll forming solutions for a wide range of industries and applications. Learn more

Tube and Pipe Mills

Formtek offers a full range of tube and pipe mill solutions from engineering, to manufacturing of standard and custom solutions, to assembly and installation. Learn more

Metal Stamping

Formtek designs and develops high-quality, reliable stamping and progressive dies, rotary punching, and special presses to meet your specific stamping needs. Learn more

Flexible Fabrication

Formtek’s flexible fabrication solutions integrate multiple fabricating processes with roll forming systems to create systems that streamline and reduce the labor in your operations. Learn more

Featured Products for the Shelf and Pallet Rack Manufacturing Industry

M-Series Roll Forming Machine

Yoder QVW-Series Roll Forming Systems

Automated Tube Punch
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Tishken MW Series Medium Heavy Duty Roll Forming Systems

Before Cutoff Press
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Yoder Open Throat Cut-Off Mechanical Presses

Integrated Systems From Formtek

Formtek's family of brands deliver a wide range of metal forming and fabricating solutions. Through Formtek, individual machines and systems from B&K, Dahlstrom, Hill Engineering, Lockformer Custom Machinery, Tishken, Winpro, and Yoder can be seamlessly integrated to deliver optimal results for your operations.

Roll Forming and Flexible Fabrication Systems

Formtek can integrate multiple fabricating processes and systems from B&K, Dahlstrom, Hill Engineering, Lockformer Custom Machinery, Tishken, Winpro, and Yoder to streamline and reduce the labor in your manufacturing operations. Whether it is flexible fabricating or roll formed products, Formtek can engineer and build a complete manufacturing system, from coil or sheet handling through finished product, for your application.

Consolidate Notching and Fastening Operations

The systems can be complex, involving multiple notching, bending and/or roll forming machines with welding, such as the production of office furniture wall partitions. Such systems may eliminate a dozen or more manual operations. Digital controls and batch production capabilities can allow the process to vary position and quantities of engineered features without setup time.

Eliminate Multiple Press Brake Operations

These integrated roll forming and flexible fabrication systems from Formtek can be as simple as manufacturing roof panels or shelves by hand feeding metal sheets into the roll former.

Engineered To Order

Each Formtek System is designed and manufactured to optimize the processing of your products.

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