When ordering mezzanine systems, it is easy to get overwhelmed with all of the terminology, especially when it comes to the load. To help make it a little easier, here are some common load terms you need to know.
Mezzanine Systems and Load Terminology
- Uniformly Distributed Load – Your mezzanine system is used for a variety of applications and they are specifically designed based on what you will store on them — and if they will be distributed evenly. This is referred to as the uniformly distributed loan.
- Point Load - Heavy items, such as pallet racks or machinery, that will be placed on a mezzanine system are stored in an area of point load — a specific point that is designed to hold a heavier load than the rest of the system.
- Static Load - If you have unchanging storage items, such as an office, filing cabinet area, etc., these are placed on mezzanines with static loads, because these items do not move around.
- Dynamic - If you have moving items, such as moving machinery, people or even pallet trucks, they must be stored on a mezzanine with a dynamic load.
- Service Load - This is used for items like electrical conduits, condensers, air conditioning units, etc. These items will be suspended below the mezzanine, so the mezzanine must be designed to accommodate the load from below.
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Understanding the numerous terms associated with mezzanine systems can be daunting. The team at Mezzanines by Design can make that terminology a little less mind boggling. Our experts will walk you through the process of ordering a mezzanine and help you select one based on how it will be used (by the load) and your company’s future needs.