Racking and shelving suffer damages that can compromise the safety of this important equipment of our warehouses. Some of the damages may seem slight, but maintained over time and accumulated to other different damages can lead to dangerous and serious situations. Other damages are easy to identify but the actual risk they represent is more difficult to assess by an untrained eye.
Among the most common incidents identified during the realization of a racking inspection are:
In general terms, the CE marking of a product (European product conformity) and in this particular case the CE marking of rack clad buildings, proves that your product had been assessed and meets EU safety, health and environmental protection requirements, according to the European Directive 93/68/EEC.
Additionally, the CE marking means a technical harmonization, removing technical barriers between countries, and permitting the free circulation of goods within the territory of the European Economic Area (EEA), where all EU (European Union) members are included plus Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway.
But not all products have to be certified with CE marking. Only those products required by the European Union, that are specified in the corresponding directive or European regulation. This CE marking requirement can be applicable on both industrial products and final consumer goods.
Industrial steel racking and shelving is an investment asset for companies, and is an essential equipment for performing operational and logistic tasks with productivity and safety guarantees. For proper decision making during the purchasing process of these equipment, it is important to know the basic fundamentals of storage systems and what factors must be taken into account for a correct buying decision.
The acquisition of industrial racking and storage systems are in general strategic purchases for companies. The investment amounts can be high and logistic equipment has a long life and extended duration, with a significant relevance in the operation of our warehouses and in companies in general. For those reasons, wrong decisions can have a significant impact in a negative sense, and we suggest that at least below stated points should be taken into account by any purchase department or decision maker.
As a continuation of the first part and to keep moving forward with the introduction of industrial racking systems, it is always important to be clear about some of the most important terms and definitions related to storage equipment and racking.
1. Person Responsible for the Storage Equipment Safety or PRSES: is the person appointment by the warehouse management with responsability for maintaining the safe operation of the warehouse storage system. The PRSES has to be informed about the identity of the suppliers, and has to be aware of the nature of operations.
Rack clad buildings are technologically advanced storage solutions that enable the storage of palletized goods on high heights (above 40 m.), serving both as storage system and as supporting building structure on which side and roof cladding are fixed.
One of the main characteristics of rack clad warehouses is that the racking makes up the resistant structure of the warehouse building.
These systems are designed to support the loading units, as well as the outer cladding, wind loads, snow loads or seismic actions corresponding to the location of the warehouse.