Ambient Warehousing

Drum Storage

Barpro mobiles can store almost anything. From cantilever racking to store cars to drums that store fruit. Normal unit loads consist of cases packed on wooden pallets. Mobile racking can store drum pallets, which are normally 1200 by 1200mms. The normal storage method is to block stack the drum pallets four or five in the height. This makes great use of the storage volume especially in fruit concentrate freezer stores. But if the drum pallets are stored any higher the bottom drum pallet can collapse under the weight. The problem comes when individual drum pallets need to be retrieved for dispatch. It is almost impossible to find and extract the correct pallet quickly. If stored on Barpro mobiles, each pallet of drums is immediately accessible. Stock can be correctly rotated and controlled by batch code, drum temperatures are maintained during dispatch and there is far less damage. Store capacities can be increased by doing up to 7 levels of pallet in the height as no pallet rests directly on another. As some local cold stores have already found, storing drums especially of frozen concentrate on Barpro mobiles can be a very cost-effective solution. If you are interested, please contact: CAPE TOWN: James Cunningham – Jonathan Dalton – Tel: +27 (0) 21 552 9190 JOHANNESBURG: Robert Kershaw – Tshepo Ndhlovu – Tel: +27 (0) 11 392 1702 DURBAN: Melanie Nargayya – Tel: +(0) 31 942 3200

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South African sprinkler companies caught!

South African sprinkler companies caught!

Sprinkler companies caught in anti-competitive practices. The above article (found on only confirms what countless South African cold store owners already know – that all is not right in the fire protection industry. Now is surely the time when the cold storage industry should collectively push to participate in the drawing up of national rules to govern the installation of fire control systems in cold and freezer stores. Currently, there is little consistency in requirements, massive delays in getting fire plans approved and huge expenditure on sprinkler systems whose efficacy at low temperatures is, at best, questionable. Read More: Sprinklers have become a threat to warehousing    

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Fruticola Olmue, Chile Storax mobiles

Storax installation in Fruticola Olmue, Chile

Refrin SA introduced Storax mobile racking in Argentina during 1993, being the pioneers of mobile racking kind of system in all South America. We did 35 installations of mobile racking in 4 countries: Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Brazil, with more than 50.000 pallets-positions. Fruticola Olmué, a major fruit processing plant located in Chillan, in central Chile, process, freeze and exports all kinds of fruit and vegetables. More than 500 people work there during the growing season from October to June. Refrin supplied the 1st Storax Racking Systems in Chile in 2007, for a freezing chamber with a capacity of 2,300 pallets. On February 27th 2010 an earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale struck just off the coast of central Chile. It ranks as the sixth largest earthquake ever recorded. It was felt strongly in six Chilean regions from north to south, about 80 percent of the country’s population. Over 500 people lost their lives. Chillan was just 100 km from the epicentre. Storax racking system remained largely undamaged, because of the special anti-tip rails and bracing designed to keep the system intact and operational during seismic activity. Two freezing chambers in that area belonging to Fruticola Olmué´s competitors collapsed, both using drive in racking system. After the tragic events, Fruiticola’s owner Max Hassler wrote to the then Managing Director of Storax, Ken Jones and to me: “I write to you in acknowledgement of the quality of the system installed in our plant in Chillan. We had only very minor damage, a small purchase order is being made, and the system remained operational once we could get to it after the events here in Chile. We are located less than one hundred kilometres from the epicentre of this very large quake.” Two years later, in 2009, we designed the 1st of four chambers of 86,00 x 38,00 x 13,50 m and completed with Storax our second installation in Chile with mobile racking system. The chamber has a capacity of 7,850 pallets, with 5 levells of pallets of 2,20 m high, which was totally unusual in Chile at that time. Attached some pictures of Fruticola Olmué 2nd installation completed in 2012.   REFRIN SA Ing Daniel Shocron – Representante oficial de STORAX RACKING SYSTEMS en America del Sur Presidente Argentina TE: 54 11 4374 8669 Web site:     [gravityform id=”10″ title=”true” description=”true”]

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