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Engine Racks

SPS has designed this 3-position steel modular engine rack stand to move engines for a major manufacturer in the recreational vehicle market. This unique design can hold 3 engines at 500 lbs each, and the rack weighs only 225 lbs and allows for 4 way fork truck entry. This engine rack stand utilizes a modular mounting system that allows for removable engine mount strips and customization for different engine models.  

Features & Benefits of Motor Racks

  • Rack tightly collapses for easy shipping returns to engine manufacturers all over the world and does not require any extra strapping during shipping
  • Collapsed motor rack to open rack ratio is 8 closed racks to 2 open racks. Our space saving design helped save our client money in shipping costs and exceeded their expectations
  • Ends of the engine rack stand articulate using our special Locking Hinge Collar that we proudly utilize in many of our designs. The upper section of the engine storage rack is balanced to provide an ideal center of gravity. The locking collar easily drops into place and secures the rack from collapse until the collar is removed
  • We produced over 2000 racks for this client with an engine racks weight of only 225lbs. This high strength yet lightweight design exceeded traditional wooden pallet capacities in both durability and weight. SPS utilized FEA methods to ensure our racks could handle repeated stresses and loads for many years
  • Our eco-friendly design ensured these metal shipping racks could be reused for years to come. Wooden racks were prone to quick ware and were not cost effective with repeated shipping
  • Unlike wooden pallets, our steel racks are fully stackable using a unique design that allowed the engine frames to perfectly fit together like puzzle pieces when collapsed. This effective stacking saved our client with international shipping costs
  • Designed in Solid Works and manufactured on the latest magnetic driven lasers assures repeatable the accuracy of each component. Accurate components make for welds that are straight and solid. Highest quality powder coated finish exceeds our clients' expectations
  • Pivot clamps helps to secure the engine on the engine rack stand. Pivot clamps allow users to manage key lock and down positions by using a lever. The lever can be used single-handedly to apply pressure on the keys. The contact surface design of the clamp is matched to the contour of the engine contact surface to improve its aesthetic appeal. Unique design of these pivot clamps help reduce the chances of damage of powder coated engine. Also, it helps reduce the need for re-touching the painted engine surface, even if they are exposed to abusive working conditions for a long time.
  • Load of the housing in the cradle is matched with the radius of bell housing for equal distribution. The cradle helps prevent lateral movement of the engine. The pivot clamps can be easily aligned to the upper radius of the engine mounts.
  • There is a short pin in the capture panel. It is designed to align with a hole in the front engine mount. This pin adds lateral control to the engine front. The channel has an angled front and rear sides, which help keep the engine from sliding front to rear on the rack. There are spring loaded locking pins attached that can be easily positioned to control any vertical hop of the engine.
  • The single engine storage rack is designed with removable corners. These corners can be easily stored on the deck of the rack when not in use. The removable corners can be locked in place using a simple toggle switch. These corners feature a cross shaped (male) fitting, which is sized to match the ID of the lower tube. This design helps prevent wobbling, and maintains the strength and stability for a long time.
  • The engine storage rack ends are equipped with SPS Ideal’s proven folding hinges. These hinges are provided with locking collars.

Components of Steel Modular Engine Racks

Frame Structure:

The frame structure is a critical component of metal rack stands. It serves as the backbone, providing stability and support for the entire system. The choice of material is essential, with high-quality steel such as stainless steel or carbon steel being common options. This robust material ensures the strength and durability needed for engine storage. The design of the frame often features a modular construction, allowing for easy customization and expansion. This versatility is crucial for accommodating engines of varying sizes and weights.

Shelves and Platforms:

Shelves and platforms within steel engine storage stands are essential for efficient organization and access. The choice of material for these surfaces, typically robust steel, is vital to ensure they can support heavy engine loads reliably. Customizability is a key feature, allowing users to adjust the shelf heights to accommodate engines of different sizes and shapes. Some shelves and platforms may incorporate ventilation features, such as perforations or ventilation holes, to facilitate airflow, which is particularly important for engines to prevent overheating.

Mounting Brackets:

Mounting brackets are crucial components for securing engines and related equipment within metal rack stands. These brackets prevent items from shifting during transportation or storage, ensuring the safety of both the equipment and personnel. The design of these brackets can vary, with options like L-shaped brackets, clamps, or custom fixtures, depending on the specific needs of the rack or stand. The primary purpose of mounting brackets is to provide security, ensuring that engines are firmly attached to the rack or stand, minimizing the risk of accidents or damage.

Casters or Leveling Feet:

Casters and leveling feet play a crucial role in determining the mobility and stability of engine storage stands. The choice between these options depends on the specific application.

Casters: Casters are wheels or wheel assemblies attached to the base of the rack or stand, allowing for easy movement and relocation. Casters are particularly useful when mobility is a priority. Lockable casters provide stability when needed, ensuring the rack or stand remains stationary during use.

Leveling Feet: Leveling feet are adjustable supports attached to the rack or stand’s base. These are used to ensure stability, especially when the surface beneath the rack or stand is uneven. By adjusting the height of each corner, leveling feet ensure that the rack or stand remains steady, even on irregular surfaces.

Technical Specifications and Standards of Engine Rack Stand

Engine rack stand are designed to safely and securely store and transport heavy engine components. The technical specifications of engine racks include load capacity and weight limits, which ensure that the racks can effectively handle the weight and size of the engines. Some key points to consider regarding load capacity and weight limits are:

  • Load Capacity
  • Weight Distribution

Engine storage racks are subject to industry regulations and standards to ensure safe handling, transportation and storage of engines. Compliance with these regulations is essential to maintain workplace safety and meet industry requirements. Some aspects of compliance to consider are:

  • OSHA Standards
  • ISO Standards
  • Automotive Industry Standards

SPS Ideal Solutions provides the engine rack stand at competitive prices. If you would like to know more about our metal pallet offerings, please send us an email at info@spsidealsolutions.com.