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The new steel pallet racking standards (Part 2)

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While most major racking manufacturers are independently tested and compliant, Geoghegan strongly advises all readers to ask for independent evidence of compliance from prospective racking manufacturers or suppliers.
He recommends a letter or document from an independent NATA laboratory or University, and to ascertain compliance of a racking manufacturer and structure design to AS4084:2012, Geoghegan suggests readers ask:

  • Who carried out the independent testing? Are they a reputable University or NATA accredited authority?
  • Which components were tested?
  • Which tests were conducted on these components? All mandatory tests as specified in AS4084:2012?
  • Have the result of the component tests (in accordance with AS4084:2012) been used to design structures to AS4600: Cold Formed Structure Code?
  • Does the structures configuration/layout comply with the requirements of AS4084: 2012?
“If a manufacturer falsely misleads its customers by stating that its racking complies and it has not undertaken testing as required by the code they could be subjected to action by Office of  Fair Trading or ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission),” Geoghegan said.
He says business owners should not be overly alarmed, but should be aware of the changes to the maintenance of steel racking.
“The standard is now very clear on what an inspection should cover, and when it should be carried out,” Geoghegan said.
“The standard requires inspections of racking structures to be carried out on a regular basis, at least once every twelve months, and should be carried out by the racking manufacturer or an appropriately trained person.
“Owners are required to keep a record of the inspections and any corrective action taken. 
“And any damage to the structure must be classified using a new coding system; a green, amber and red light type system,” Geoghegan said.
Racking developments
Earlier this year, Dexion announced the regional unveiling of the new Speedlock racking system.
The company’s CEO, Peter Farmakis, said the launch was the most significant development of Dexion’s industrial business since the introduction of the iconic Keylock range.
“We now offer our customers a choice in racking systems, Keylock or Speedlock, with sixteen different beam options, providing greater design versatility and class leading load carrying capacity,” Farmakis said.
“Our uprights are made from high-strength, high-grade steel assisting to maintain an efficient design while providing excellent load-bearing capacity. 
“Plus the box beams are uniquely formed by interlocking two ‘C’ sections across the length of the beam, with double material thickness at the top and bottom puts top grade steel where it is needed most. 
“And with five-point connectivity this provides a stiffer connection to the upright which increases the beam’s capacity,” Farmakis said.
He said the introduction of AS4804:2012 means the industry spotlight is very much on compliance in the interests of safety.
“The new standard incorporates an extended range of tests which accommodate advanced engineering techniques with regards to product testing not currently included in the EN 15512:2009 Standard (formerly FEM),” said Farmakis. 
In the months before the introduction of the standard, he explained that Dexion’s racking components were exhaustively tested by the independent UTS (University of Technology, Sydney).
For more information on the new Australian Standard, TecTorque readers are advised to contact their pallet racking supplier/manufacturer or their local Blackwoods representative.


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