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When you want to protect something, you lock it. So why should it be anything different with your mobile system control panels? Barpro Johannesburg receives a number of call-outs, where the control panel at the back of the mobiles were not closed for various reasons. This gives unwanted guests the opportunity to tamper with the electronics and cause overloads and motors to burn out.  When there is unauthorised human intervention in control panels, risks to safety interlocks are increased. This can result in damage & injury. As a collective effort with our technical team, we have designed a bracket to act as a secondary locking system. It has no wearing parts and is made out of 3mm steel. We have already installed over 50 of these units recently. For less than R600 you will have a steel bracket with a lock (all keyed alike) installed in your store. This is less than the cost of one Siemens overload. Installation is quoted separately, and costs are depended on the size of the store. We have found that the number of call-outs, just in one particular store, have come down dramatically and repair costs have been significantly reduced.  Our experienced technical team can assist with this solution. Give us a call at (011) 392 1702 – Corne Stapelberg


A readers’ perspective

Last month we received a response to our article, “What to do with sub-standard wooden pallets”, from a retired Managing Director of one of the UK’s biggest cold storage facilities,   “Good article on pallet quality problems. My company used pallet support beams on every installation after there was an instance of the tack welded load beams twisting with a subsequent opening up of the interweaved box section.  There were also similar problems with disposable or what we called “one way trip” pallets.   These were flimsy and totally unsafe for reach truck drivers to retrieve and put away.  Our cabbed reach trucks were equipped with a special strength Perspex overhead window. On one occasion a “one way trip” pallet collapsed while being moved on the fourth level at about 9 meters up. The boxes were small at 12.5 kgs and one smashed its way through the Perspex window, landing behind the driver’s seat. You can imagine what he felt like. After this we fitted an additional heavy mesh grid above the Perspex with an inbuilt safety hatch.   For additional protection, my company also switched to solid pallet supports on the bottom cantilever level made from thin steel sheeting rather than mesh. This solid plate arrangement was also used on the bottom pallet level to prevent detritus from falling into the bases and causing damage to the drive train.       Irrespective of Health and Safety considerations, caring employers shouldn’t allow product to be stored at high levels on unsafe pallets. It’s actually quite unfair to ask drivers to lift such death traps into and out of racking.       If a freezer is in the third party business, accepting broken pallets will become your responsibility not to mention any damage that may be done to the product stored on them. So it makes sense to have a simple system in place to identify, replace and charge for broken pallets when they arrive on site.” For more information on pallet support beams and support grids contact us today! [gravityform id=”12″ title=”false” description=”true”]

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boiled clothes

Why freezer wear is still boiled…

If there is one thing that Barpro’s range of Delf freezer wear doesn’t like, it’s being washed in boiling water. The maximum temperature for washing Delf Freezer wear is 40 Degrees C if it is washed at higher temperatures the thread weakens eventually causing seams to split. This happens especially at the shoulder seams. Given today’s sophisticated fabrics and detergents, one has to ask why clothes are still boiled at all.   The answer is a deep seated human fear of disease, more specifically Typhus and its close relative, Trench Fever. Shortly before WW1 the typhus Bacillus was first identified by two researchers Ricketts and Von Prowazek who both died of the disease. Charles Nicolle was awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine for discovering that Typhus and trench fever were spread by the body louse. Infection is not caused by louse bites per se but by the subsequent scratching of the itchy bites which allowed infection by the lice faeces.   In WW1 there were typhus outbreaks on the Eastern front, and over 5 million people died of the disease in Russia during the last months of the war and the subsequent revolution. On the Western Front the main problem was trench fever. It was combated by de lousing soldiers and by boiling or burning their clothing. Steam Ironing became popular for much the same purpose as it killed hard to get to lice eggs in the clothing seams. Prior to these diseases being understood, Typhus or “jail fever” was rampant in British Jails, and is said, during the 18 and early 19 centuries to have killed over 25 percent of inmates every year. More died of Typhus in British jails than were ever hung. Napoleon lost more of his Grand Armee during the retreat from Moscow in 1812 to Typhus than in combat. So now I know why my Grandmother always used to say, “boiling kills germs”, and “don’t scratch!”   Pictures found on / and Read more: 12 vital points to remember when caring for your Delf garments! Read more: Learn more about our Range of Delf PPE   [gravityform id=”10″ title=”true” description=”true”]

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