Category: Maintenance

Repairing non-Storax Mobile Racking Systems

Repairing non-Storax Mobile Racking Systems

In 2012, we were approached and asked to assist in mechanically repairing a mobile racking system in KZN which was not supplied by Barpro Storage. The system was originally installed in 2002 and after 10 years the entire mobile rack system from bases to racking needed extensive repairs and or replacement. Unfortunately for the client, their original supplier was no longer in operation so Barpro took on the challenge.


Manufacturing of 86 new guidewheel units and 258 side members started in February of 2012. Both the wheel units and side members were sprayed to the  colour of the original system. New guide rails were retrofitted which meant cutting into the existing floor, removing the damaged rail and installing new ones.

Dispatch of side members
Dispatch of side members


The racking superstructure required adjustments to suit the clients changing needs including higher loads and was supplied by Universal.

Within 3 months the client’s new system was fully operational.

A few years later we were approached to assist another client to repair their mobile racking system, supplied by the same source.


To date both repaired mobile systems have been reported to be fully operational and in perfectly good condition.

Should you need any repairs done to your mobile racking system, Storax or otherwise – Please give us a call.


You can contact Mike Vermeulen by email or 021 552 9190 for more information.

Inspection Booking Form

Inspection Booking Form

Read more: Manufacturing Bases for Mobile Storage Systems for over 5 Years!

Read more: The Strength of Continuity

Read more: Why Barpro Storage? – Its simple! These 5 points explain…

Why are you replacing push buttons on your mobile racking?

Damaged push buttons are not a simple wear and tear problem.

Our Cape Town Technicians, Mark Pearce and Gary Smith, have started noticing a trend on the rise. It seems that forktruck drivers have started using the end of their forks to push, and inevitably damaging the push buttons on Storax base control panels.

What is a push button?

A push button is situated on the top of your control panel and is used to start or stop a mobile.

Pictured Above: Damage on the control panel of a cascade Storax mobile racking system.
Pictured Above: Damage on the control panel of a cascade Storax mobile racking system.


The reason is because the remote in the forktruck or handheld remote is not working. Implications of a faulty control panel could mean priceless standing time when a mobile is unable to open a specific aisle, a call out fee and of course, spares and labour.

Our technicians suggest the following:

  • Check your current remotes. They might either need to be charged or repaired if faulty.
  • Purchase new radio key pads or hand held remotes. Radio keypads are used for cascade control systems and are installed in the forktruck. This allows the forktruck driver to move bases from the comfort of his heated cab. Individual control systems are moved by hand held remote controls which can also be used by the forktruck driver.
  • Having regular maintenance checks done by supervisors or managers and keeping staff accountable for damage to bases and control panels.

All handbooks, which are provided to the client at the time of commissioning, include a Storax Maintenance Schedule which instructs on how frequently certain aspects of the mobiles need to be checked as well as fault diagnosis with typical faults and solutions.

Another way to ensure maintenance checks are done regularly is to have a Service Level Agreement in place. Inspections will be done by one of Barpro’s experienced technicians either once or twice a year, depending on how often the client prefers and will report on housekeeping and visible damage.

CPT Installations Manager: Gary Smith -
CPT Installations Manager: Gary Smith –
CPTTechnician: Mark Pearce -
CPT Technician:         Mark Pearce –

Contact us today to enquire about our Service Level Agreement and Maintenance Inspections








SLA / Inspection

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Read more: Motor repairs in Johannesburg

Read more: Need spares for your mobile racking system? 

Read more: The Strength of Continuity

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.


damaged wooden pallet



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!