Barpro Installations

Saysons Cold Storage, Phillipi: CASE STUDY

Barpro Storage SA (PTY) Ltd has increased Saysons Cold Storage’s, capacity with an additional 5103 pallet positions through the installation of mobile racking. Barpro Storage SA was appointed by Saysons Cold Storage, in 2002 and then again in 2009 to supply, deliver & install mobile racking systems to assist them in achieving their desired storage capacities. The newest mobile racking system is designed for frozen pallets with a height of 2000 mm, gross weight of 1200KG and 6 pallets high. Barpro was involved in the project from the early design and conceptualisation stages as the site had planning restrictions. Working with the architects allowed Barpro to design a layout which maximized storage capacity. The new facility has been established adjacent to their original store. Barpro was able to achieve 3.1 pallets per m2 of the freezer area on the  highest yet achieved. Saysons Cold Storage initially considered an oxygen depletion system for their fire safety requirements, however in the end chose to pursue a foam system instead. The floor was laid using rail from Barpro’s local stock together with bases and electrics manufactured locally. Barpro was able to complete the project without delaying the commissioning of the store. Additionally, Barpro added wooden bumpers, to protect the mobile bases & their control panels as well as pallet supports to assist in the placing and storage of pallets on the higher levels. Using mobile racking, Barpro was able to achieve a total storage capacity of 5103 pallet positions, 4480 positions situated in the mobile racking and the remaining 623 pallet positions situated within Static racking placed on either side of the mobile bases. With the use of Mobile and Static Racking Barpro has maximized the volume utilization of the cold store, while conscious of the clients’ requirements for throughput and pallet accessibility. The project was completed in early 2024, adding value and much needed space to Sayson’s expanding business operations.

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KHOLD CONVERSION FROM STATIC TO MOBILE RACKING

Mid 2023, Khold in Bayhead, Durban, embarked on adding additional pallet positions within their facility, without the hassle of moving or renting additional premises. They decided to convert two of their existing freezers which were equipped with static racking into mobile racking as cost effectively as possible. Barpro Storage assisted Khold by securing a secondhand racking system complete with mobile bases from a cold store in Cape Town , allowing the project to be fast tracked. Once bought, the racking and mobiles were dismantled and transported to Durban. The materials were stored at Khold’s facility while the ground works were prepared. Barpro Storage sourced the rails out of local stock which allowed for quick installation. Once the concrete was cured the bases and electrical components were installed. The mobiles use individual control. The first room was handed over in April 2024 and the second room in May. Both rooms have a current capacity of 1563 pallets each and are now operational.

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PONGOLA COLD STORE

‘Pongola cold storage was founded by Klasie Postma on Klasie Havenga Street, Pongola in 2000 to supply frozen and other food products to retailers, restaurants and resorts in Northern Zululand.’ With an area that extended as far as Volksrust in the West, by 2016 more frozen storage space was required and Postma built a new store equipped with Storax mobile racking. The racking is three pallets high, and the store had a capacity of almost 500 pallets upon its completion in 2017.  It is the largest freezer store in Zululand. During our recent visit, Mr Postma showed us his new Hybrid refrigeration system, which saves him R60,000 per month in electricity. A generator is used to supply power during load shedding. The freezer store is ice free, a difficult achievement in the area’s humid environment. The five mobiles are well maintained and looked as though they had recently been installed. His store manager and reach truck driver Sipho Ndwandwe looks after the freezer store and ensures that it is kept spotless.  Postma remarked that “we have been using the mobiles now for 7 years without a problem. They have transformed our business and are so easy to use.” Postma’s Dispatch Manager Naas Minaar is still happily wearing the Delf jacket he had received when the freezer store had been commissioned.   Delf freezer wear products are not only the best products on the market, but also have long useful lives Mr Postma and his team must be congratulated for creating and maintaining such an efficient cold storage operation.   From left to right:  Klasie Postma, Sipho Ndwandwe & James Cunningham Postma’s Dispatch Manager Naas Minaar

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