Racking Inspections Are Vital for Your Business and Here’s Why

Racking inspections might not seem like the most exciting aspect of the warehouse storage industry…because they aren’t. But regular inspections could be one of the most important. They will help your business stay on top of any faulty racking, giving clients the confidence that their products are well stored and protected, setting you ahead of your competitors. Let’s have a further look at the necessity for racking inspections; you may even find yourself booking one once we’ve finished.

Pallets Loaded on Racking

Protect Your Employees

There have been many frightening examples of warehouse employees being badly harmed by falling pallets, metal shelving and heavy boxes, usually whilst driving a fork-lift truck into racking. These trucks are hefty vehicles and if a section of racking were just slightly loose, even a small crash or miscalculation would dislodge the racking and cause the framework and products to fall. Of course, companies should ensure drivers are fully trained on using fork-lift trucks and carefully accessing the racks. But no matter how much training is done, faulty racking is putting staff health in danger. And if endangering people isn’t a good enough reason, any malfunctioning equipment causing injury could mean paying out a large injury-in-the-workplace cheque.

Don’t Risk Losing Clients

Publicised racking inspections will show clients that you take the protection of their products very seriously, making your business a more attractive proposition. They want the most trustworthy storage facility possible. If they are storing products with you and defective racking causes product damage, not only could it be financially costly to both parties, but negative word-of-mouth from clients may affect your company’s reputation.

You’re Breaking the Law

It is a legal requirement to have an annual racking inspection carried out by an expert inspector. This is on top of in-house inspections which should be performed regularly by a nominated racking safety official. Make sure you stay updated with the latest practices according to SEMA guidelines as they change. Each warehouse will have different inspection measures depending on the size of the racking system, the other operating equipment used it the warehouse and the amount of activity taking place in the storage area.

Helps Cost-Efficiency

It is much cheaper to maintain, and fix racking found to be faulty following inspection, as opposed to letting it brake beyond repair and needing to buy a replacement. The longer you wait, the more expensive the problem will become.

If you haven’t already, book your racking inspection as soon as possible.



Forging is a skill used by forgers to heat and change the shape of metal by hammering it and moulding it into shape. It is a manufacturing process and there are various types of forging such as hot forging, cold forging, or warm forging.

Forging is a worldwide industry, it used to be done by hand using a forging hammer, but nowadays there are all types of machinery available to do the process. Although there are still blacksmiths around that do work by hand.

There are many different types of forging processes such as:

Impression die forging

Open die forging

Hot forging

Cold forging

Seamless rolled ring forging

A forge is used in hot forging, a forge is like an oven, it is used to heat metals, the blacksmith will heat the metal to the desired temperature and then shape into the shape that is required.

Open die forging is another process used, the metal is placed between multiple dies, and through a series of movements is hammered into shape.

Cold forging is done at room temperature, bar stock is inserted into a second closed die, and the process begins.

Seamless rolled ring forging is created through a process using a rolling mill. This is used to create rings of various sizes.

There was an international forging convention to be held this year in Chicago but unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic this had to be cancelled, the event has been running for 22 years so organisers were very disappointed. Unfortunately, as yet there are no plans to reschedule.



What are Travel Watch Rolls?

Watch rolls are often called travel rolls as their main function is to keep watches safe during transport and travelling. These rolls are usually cylindrical and made from a variety of materials including leather and canvas. The interiors of these rolls are usually lined with soft materials such as velvet to prevent scratches or other damage to your watches.

Not all watch rolls are cylindrical, soft rolls are simple in construction and have pockets to store watches for travelling. This type of roll is very compact, making them an ideal travel companion as space is at a premium. There are downsides though, a cylindrical watch case offers more protection from damage.

If you’re starting a watch collection, then purchasing a watch roll is probably the next item you should consider after buying the watch itself. There is a big price range of watch rolls so finding one for your budget will be easy. This also depends on how much the watch is worth, a watch worth thousands shouldn’t be housed in a cheap watch roll. An expensive watch is an investment so preventing damage will help keep its value.

What features should you look for in a watch roll?

The biggest feature of a watch roll is its style and how it looks, for a lot of people this is a big deciding point when choosing what to buy. A roll’s style does affect how much protection it offers, a cylindrical roll made of leather will offer the greatest protection.

As mentioned before, leather is a popular material choice for watch rolls due to its durability. Canvas is also another popular option. Every roll will be lined with a soft material such as velvet to prevent scratches and other damage.

Depending on how many watches are in your collection will determine how big of a watch roll you require. Usually, the biggest size you can buy is a three-watch roll as these are usually big enough for travelling.



As the saying goes ‘it’s all in the detail’ and we all know how important it is to use the right haberdashery for your project, whatever that may be. Whether you need to hold it together with superior quality thread or change it up and add the finishing touches with ribbons, trimmings and other accessories, you will be able to find it all at your local haberdashery shop.

What is haberdashery?

Haberdashery is a term generally used for those items which might be handy when sewing. Another definition of a haberdashery is a shop or outlet that sells items used for sewing and tailoring. Haberdashery is a term for ‘old fashioned’ service. In today’s mass produced society, haberdashery is a term that stands for personal service and attention to detail.

A haberdasher also has multiple definitions. They may be somebody who works in haberdashery, owns one or makes the items sold in one.



What items are included in haberdashery?

There are a wide range of items that are included in haberdashery, some of which are stated below.

  • Sewing thread
  • Zips
  • Velcro
  • Curtain tape ad fabrics
  • Bias bindings
  • Ribbons
  • Tapes
  • Braids
  • Gimps
  • Sequin
  • Buttons
  • Dress net
  • Beaded trim
  • Rose buds bows flowers
  • Pins and needles
  • Shoulder pads
  • Felt
  • Fabrics
  • Buttons
  • Lace elastics

These products should be available to purchase at your local haberdashery shop or on a haberdashery supplier website and should even to purchase them as a wholesale.