Rack Manufacturers Institute, MHI, and the R Mark: Things to Know
Is your pallet racking stamped with the R-Mark? If you’re unsure, it’s important to find out because certified manufacturers make their pallet racking to meet specifications that allow them to obtain the R-Mark label for their racking. Buying R-Mark certified pallet racking ensures strength, durability, and protection. To better understand what the R-Mark means for pallet racking and where it comes from, it’s essential to learn about MHI and the Rack Manufacturers Institute.
WHAT IS MHI?
The Material Handling Institute (MHI), founded in 1945, specializes in logistics, material handling, and the supply chain in efforts to promote the industry. The Material Handling Industry is dedicated to staying up to date with the latest trends and technology, finding answers and solutions that improve supply chain performance. The MHI considers traditional equipment such as pallet racking to be the back bone of the industry.
WHAT IS THE RACK MANUFACTURERS INSTITUTE (RMI)?
The Rack Manufacturers Institute (RMI), formed in 1958, is composed of suppliers who manufacture industrial steel storage racks. The RMI develops and ensures standards to make safe, durable, and efficient products. These standards are updated every few years to ensure continued safety and adapt to any industry changes. All RMI members are part of the R-Mark Certification Program, and are the leading suppliers in the industry of industrial steel racking and other structural systems. These members choose to follow designated RMI racking standards. It’s required that members are manufacturers of steel racks or welded wire decking. Products can be manufactured anywhere globally as long as their products are being used in the U.S.
WHAT IS THE R-MARK?
The R-Mark Certification Program, created by the Rack Manufacturers Institute, certifies that racking meets industrial steel standards. The standards are based off of seismic design requirements to provide durable and dependable products. If racking meets the specifications decided by the RMI, they are entitled to display the “R-Mark” on their qualified products. Does your racking have the R-Mark? If you are unsure, you can contact your dealer or manufacturer to find out if your pallet racking meets these standards.
WHY YOU CAN TRUST QMH!
If you order pallet racking with us, you can rest assured knowing that it is R-Mark certified racking. We only work with manufacturers who are R-Mark certified, to ensure product quality and customer satisfaction!