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.

 

Pipe fabrication and what to look for

Pipe fabrication may seem straightforward at first glance, but there’s a lot to look out for when it comes to hiring a company.

So what are the main materials used in pipe fabrication?

  • Carbon steel
  • Stainless steels
  • Galvanized steels
  • Alloys
  • Copper
  • Plastic

Fabricators will generally take a look at where you need your pipework and then return to their workshops to create the pipes, during this time they will decide what is the best material for the job you need doing. Plastic is most popular for general use as it’s cheaper and does not corrode, whereas copper can corrode and if it does so while being used for drinking water it can cause sickness. Steel, however, is more expensive but can withstand high levels of pressure, depending on your needs there are experts who can provide the best materials for pipe fabrication.

What would you need pipework for?

  • Gas
  • Water
  • Compressed air
  • Steam
  • Pneumatic Airlines
  • Hydraulic Lines
  • Utilities
  • Process Plant
  • District Heating

If you’re not in the industry it’s easy to forget just how important pipe fabrication is, and how we are surrounded by pipes at all time, whether we can see them or not! They have been used for hundreds of years and have helped mankind survive by transporting resources. China shows how far we have come from wooden pipes by currently holding the record for the longest pipeline at 10,000km long. It has imported over 300 billion cubic meters of natural gas to China’s citizens supporting life every day.

How are pipes installed?

With your piping there will be a lot of adapting to the space you want it in, sometimes meaning there are a lot of small pieces that need putting back together. There are several ways this can be done, again depending on your needs.

  • Welding
  • Fusion welding plastics
  • Screwing
  • Soldering
  • Brazing
  • Gluing
  • Press Systems
  • Groove locking
  • Push fitting

With plastic pipes, glueing is the go-to. Fusion welding is also popular but can crack under stress. Welded joints tend to be stronger than brazed joints but have similar outcome otherwise. All have pros and cons to look out for.  With any form of pipe fabrication, if the fabricator does a bad job none of the above will matter, always ensure your pipe fabricator is HSE compliant and has the appropriate Supervisor Safety Training. If you don’t you will find out down the line that either the techniques were wrong, the materials were substandard, or the tools were incorrect, it will cost you much more to correct these issue

 

Fabrication

Forging

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.

Forging
Forging

 

Alloy Steel Purposes

Alloy Steel is a combination of carbon steels and several other alloying elements such as chromium, aluminium, titanium and nickel. The alloying element which is included is around 5% of its composition. There are 57 types of alloy steel on the market today with the majority of Alloy being made by mixing metals into a mould and forming them at 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit for around 8 to 12 hours. Once bonding has taken place between the base elements this can then be cooled in the air for four hours.

alloy steel bridge

Alloy Steel is commonly used for the building of large structures such as bridges, stadiums and bridges due to its strength and resistance to corrosion, it poses a tougher than normal steel that will last for years to follow. Bridges for example, are extremely fast to produce whilst being part of modern-day infrastructure suitable to carry road traffic that can flex without fracturing and survive even the harshest conditions.

Another large sector where Alloy Steel is widely used is within the production of pipework.

P1 Salloy steel pipeseamless Alloy Steel pipes are produced for the use of the Oil and Gas pipeline transport system. There are currently more than 2,175,000 miles of pipelines around the world transporting liquids and gases to the required market area for consumption.

P9 Alloy Steel Pipes are used within the plumbing sector, these seamless pipes are excellent at handling high temperature and distributing water without corrosion. Lastly, ASTM A213 Alloy Steel pipework is generally used around the home for heating elements. This type of Alloy Steel meets the requirements needed for hot forming. The heat exchanger tubes can resist high temperatures whilst distributing an even heat element into the home.

One benefit of using Alloy Steel and a major factor to why it is the preferred method of steel today is that it can be recycled. Alloy Steel is 100% recyclable and can be recycled over and over again without losing any of its properties, making it an ideal environmental performer whilst keeping its strength and durability. Predictions are that Alloy Steel will remain in use for many decades.

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.

Watch

Haberdashery

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.

 

Haberdashery

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.