Pallet racking is a form of a storage system where materials are stored on metal skids in horizontal rows with several layers. A vital component of any pallet rack is forklift trucks that load the pallets onto the racks for storage. There are various types of pallet racking systems. Common features of all types of pallets are it increases the storage density of the stored goods, storage of palletized materials is in horizontal rows with several levels and costs increases with increase in storage density.

Types of racking

screenshot_120Types of racking include; push-back pallet rack, pallet flow, drive-in and drive-through, selective pallet racking and compact mobilized pallet racks. Selective pallet racking system is a common type used in both Sweden and Australia today (more info on choosing pallet racking in Australia). It comes in one of a two configurations; a roll formed or a clip-in configuration and a structural bolt-together configuration. Common components of selective rack include; load beams, upright frames, diagonal and horizontal braces, pallet supports, row spacers, footplates, wire decking, shims, column protectors, wall ties and guard rails. Pallet racking holds a lot of weights and should. Therefore, high safety measures should be taken to ensure the well-being of the handlers. A slight error could bring about devastating effects.
A racking system should be designed with consideration of products being stored. Different products have different weights. The layout should be compatible with material handling equipment used there. It should also consider emergency access and adequate lighting. Important info should be provided to handlers of the racks to ensure they do not exceed two critical rated capacities; maximum unit load and total rated capacity for each bay. If these total weights exceed the rated capacity, it may lead to the collapse of racks.
A racking supplier should provide a racking manufacturers name; a trademark and date of installation, total working unit load for every pallet beam level, working unit load limit, total working unit load limit for each pallet beam level and designers name.
Any modification done to a racking system should be carried out by a qualified person with all information from the manufacturer. Physical uprights should not be altered without certification of a person with the knowledge. This is because accidents could be caused by alterations without skill. In a case of presence of pedestrians with access to the racks, rear protection should be fitted to prevent loads dropping from the back of the racks.

Working in the plant may experience collisions of forklifts and other mobile and stationary objects. This brings need to protect people working there. The bottom frames of racks should be fitted with upright protectors and end of rack protectors to avoid collisions with forklifts. Any hazard noticed at the pallets should be reported immediately to ensure it is dealt with swiftly. The inspection should regularly be done to observe strain to the beams and watch out for any missing clips to avoid collapses.

Pallet racking is used widely in Sweden and Australia since world war two and is a proved success in storage. Security, therefore, has to be observed to avoid calamity.


Försäkringar För Byggprojekt

Man brukar prata som sunt förnuft men när det kommer till hantverk och byggprojekt är det inte alltid så enkelt att veta exakt vad det är som gäller. Inom loppet av 2 år har 104 258 Svenskar anmält sina hantverkare och snickare för arbetsfel. Ett arbetsfel räknas som ett inkorrekt job eller ett fuskjobb. Att ha rätt försäkringar tillhands betyder att minska risken för sådana hantverkare. Ett företag i Göteborg ENC Bygg har förklarat detta utförligt på sin hemsida. Det viktigaste är inte kontakten med eller tryggheten du känner i ett telefonsamtal med ett företag, utan det är kvalitén på jobbet som är utfört.


Hur vet jag vilka certifikat som finns?

Något du alltid måste göra är att fråga ett bygg företag vilka kvalifikationer dem har samt vilka försäkringar dem opererar under. Det är viktigt då inom denna bransch kan det ofta gå fel, och dem felen brukar stå sig väldigt dyrt. Ett annat tillvägagångssätt är att kontakta kommunen och fråga vilka kvalifikationer hantverkarna i din kommun borde ha för att lagligt få bygga. Kortfattat, välj inte dem första hantverkaren du ringer, jämnför en handfull och välj den som är bäst för just ditt projekt.

Polaris soft close Hinges

We get a lot question regarding hinges and soft closing latches we use for our pool fencing. While there are hundreds of different types hinges and models but the most common two hinges tradesman recommend are Polaris soft close & the D&D Technologies latches. For the sake of this article we are going to focus on the Polaris soft close hinges which is the one we use.

Background Information about Polaris:

The Polaris Hinge is developed by the Australian company Glass Hardware. Their hinges uses a unique soft closing application and it suitable for outdoor as indoor glass frames. These hinges are resistant to wet environments which made them ideal for glass pool fencing and shower screens. They are also design in a way which make them resistant to chemicals and other dirt.

They stand for reliable, quality product which will last for at least 10 years! In early 2010 the Polaris hinges were awarded in the international design mark award. Not only do they work exceptionally good, they are recommended by Standards Australia and exceed minimum requirement for safety.

Polaris Hinges Technical information:

While they look fantastic, the look is not what is important. These 304 grade stainless steel hinges come mirror polished with satin polished as an alternative. They can hold on to class with a 10mm to 12mm thickness and a maximum weight of 80KG which is well above the industry standard.

These latches are cycle tested and come with a hydraulic soft close function that stops your glass door to slam each time you want to close it. They can operate to their best ability in temperatures between minus 10 celsius to 50 plus.


DIY Guide: Install your own Glass Pool Fencing

If you have a swimming pool whether you built it yourself or not, fencing is a vital step. The main reason you have a fence is to avoid drowning accidents which has taken too many young peoples lives. Now, there are two type of fencing, the more traditional steel fencing and the upgraded glass fencing.

As you are reading this article, we assume you are interested in glass fencing and we congratulate you on your decision. Glass pool fencing is the 21st century fencing. While the price can be a shocker when you hire a company to supply and install, most of the work can be done by yourself.

Where do I buy glass panels and what supplies do I need?

Most supplies for a fencing project can be purchased in your local hardware store such as Bunnings and Mitre 10. There are also smaller local shops in Australia Victoria Fencing Melbourne that specialise in these products so keep shopping around. A very basic list of supplies include:

  • Glass panels
  • Spigots or posts depending if you are going for frameless or semi frameless
  • Latches
  • Hinges
  • Glass Gates
  • Accessories

Part from purchasing your supplies you will have to make sure you have tools to lift panels, drill holes (most common a core drill), punch holes and polishing machine. We always recommend to have someone work with you as it will speedup the process and help is always handy in situation like these.

DIY kit by budget fencing

Where do I start and how long can I expect before my glass fencing is ready?

This a hard question to answer as it all depends on the size of your pool, the amount of work put in and if you are working by yourself or getting external help. Mounting a glass pool fencing is not something that should be rushed in any circumstance. As safety goes first, if any mistakes has been done while drilling and installing, you will have to undo and start all over (no easy!). Recently we installed a fence 10 meters by 6 meters and it took as all up 2 weeks.

A good way to start is to first measure the distance around your swimming pool and then decide on your budget. If you are going to the basic semi frameless you might be looking at $250 per m2 for a panel and $350 per m2 for a fully frameless panel.

Most stores that sell pool fencing supplies will also provide you with a DIY guide which contains information for self installation. Before starting to build your fence, write a list will all your questions and make sure your budget suits a glass pool fence as the last thing you want is a half done job.

Keep our Glass Panels Clean and Shiny

We are way too often asked how to keep glass panels clean and new. Therefor we would like to share our best ideas here with you. Firstly, lets be honest, your glass fencing will never look as good as it did on day 1, its just a fact. Panels around your pool come in contact with water splashes, balls thrown at it, fingerprints and natural things like rain and bad weather. Having that said, following these instructions will allow your panels to look at their best most of their time and it may also increase their life span.

Never use a glass cleaner on your glass panels, do I need to say it again? While we might think glass is glass, they vastly differ in material and quality. Indoor glass cleaners will make your panels look good to the eye but unfortunately they leave residue that is almost impossible to remove with countless flushing.

I always use endure shield on all my panels. Enduro shield is a non-stick protective glass coating that works perfect for glass panels. It maintains your glass panels and repels dirt and grim. It also protects your glass from stains that builds up after time.

I have tried Enduro shield on both indoor glass and outdoor and can honestly say it works just as good on both however it lasts for much longer indoor as it does outdoor. I redo my Enduro shield every 2nd year on my glass pool fencing.

Now, if you don’t have a protective cover and need to clean your panels and spigots/posts, the absolute best way is to use hot water, a soft fiber cloth as mentioned by Perth fencing construction accompanied by a normal washing detergent. Apply a small amount of detergent and strike your fiber cloth gently across the surface.

For best result, clean a small portion at each time and remember to rinse properly and dry completely afterwards. If you forget to dry your glass it will end up clean but with a lot of water stains.

Hope this guide has helped you, feel free to share it and ask questions in the comments.

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