Key to maintaining safe rack systems and minimizing down time of your racking system Rack safety, minimize rack down time, regular rack inspections, categorizing damage and taking necessary actions are crucial for the warehousing industry. Companies cannot afford to have unsafe racking systems for many reasons. The consequences of rack collapses and accidents in your cold stores or warehouses have potentially catastrophic impacts on your business. Collapses or accidents can cause injury, fatality, loss of profit, disrupt your ability to service customers and damage business reputation. For a while now Barpro has been promoting the need for a holistic approach to maintain safe racking systems and addressing the potential issues above. Our range of after sales services, preventative maintenance and health and safety products and services do just that. A key part of this offer is for users of racking systems to carry spare parts on site. Why is this so important?? SEMA says that users of racking systems should be inspecting their racks on a weekly basis. Furthermore, they say that racking accidents on site should be reported straight away, and the damage inspected immediately and categorized in accordance with their color code, red, amber and green. Reds are elevated risk damage where racks have been severely damaged and pallets in the affected area must be unloaded. Amber is where pallets don’t have to be unloaded straight away but no more pallets can be loaded. Greens are the damage is within limits and no action is required now but the damage should be monitored. If you don’t carry spare racking parts on site, you can wait up to 8 weeks for parts to be manufactured. Then you must schedule a team to come and do the repairs. This can put your operation under strain as a lot of operations are already short on storage capacity. Carrying the right parts on site a repair team can come in straight away and repair the damaged reds and ambers giving you access to those pallet locations. For mobile Bases & Racking superstructure Other services Barpro offers to keep your racking safe:• Rack Safety Awareness and Inspection Training• Rack Inspection Tools• Rack Inspections• Rack repairs • Rack certification• Rack Load Signs


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.   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. [gravityform id=”6″ title=”true” description=”true”] 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…

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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.   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. Contact us today to enquire about our Service Level Agreement and Maintenance Inspections               [gravityform id=”18″ title=”true” description=”true”] Read more: Motor repairs in Johannesburg Read more: Need spares for your mobile racking system?  Read more: The Strength of Continuity

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