Film Roll Storage Folding Rack

We designed a film roll storage folding rack to replace a rigid floor mounted rack system at a major extrusion plant in the mid-west state of Indiana. The challenges and solutions are detailed in the below section.


Our client was using a fixed rigid rack system for storing rolls of film. The following problems were identified:

  • The rigid racking was creating a major bottleneck for the fork truck traffic
  • The racks did not have adequate space to hold the production flow coming into storage
  • If additional fixed rigid racking was installed, it would further complicate the fork truck traffic into the storage area


Our solution was to create a racking system that was dynamic in terms of storage volume. Additionally, the racks needed to ensure ease of fork truck entry. A folding rack that would allow for transfer of the rolls of bundling film onto a roll transport/storage roll rack was used. Once the roll was on the movable rack it could be fork trucked into the storage area.

  • A folding design would provide space savings to accommodate the flexibility of production volumes adjusted to meet changes in end user demand
  • The roll rack had to be easy to operate for the film extruder operators
  • Safety was very top of the list – the client has had 4 years with no injuries
  • The roll rack would be the first transportable steel roll rack at this plant.
  • The roll racks would be stacked 3 high, although they can be safely stacked 4 high

Folding Racks

Rack Design Features

The custom designed rack featured:

  • Single cable release
  • Each corner is vertically secure by a channel section that completely captures the open pivot of the hinged leg
  • Hand strap assists in easy lowering of the side section onto the roll rack deck
  • Cradle deck protects the film from becoming “blocked” in storage
  • Funnel feet provide easy alignment for stacking

Collaborating with SPS Ideal Solutions has allowed our client to make use of cutting-edge technology for development of a product that is dynamic in nature. It offers immense benefits when in use, and can be stored without occupying much space when not in use. With development of a versatile rack, the client was able to solve all the problems they were facing when using traditional tacking systems.

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