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Case Study: Designing safe, seismic code racking for nuclear research centre

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Storage Ideas supplied Colby racking systems designed to satisfy the seismic code requirements at a nuclear research facility in Lucas Heights, Sydney.

Located on the site of a nuclear research reactor in Sydney's southern suburbs, the storage facility was upgraded and Colby racking was installed where previously pallets of drums were block stacked on top of each other, up to four high.

Four standard drums per pallet were to be stored on racks up to five pallets high and four oversized drums per pallet on racks two and three pallets high. A total of 1700 pallet positions were required.

Erected in stages, the entire racking system was specially engineered and strengthened to meet seismic code design requirements.

Storage Ideas was chosen because it had the products to meet the requirements of the design at the right price. It was also able to complete the project in stages within the desired timeframe.

To satisfy the seismic code requirements, Colby heavy-duty selective and double-deep racking with additional bracing was installed at the facility. Particular emphasis was placed on extra fixing of racking at the floor connection to ensure the structure's overall strength and stability. The design was also certified by an independent engineer.

The installation of Colby racking by Storage Ideas has increased the storage capacity of the facility and created a safer working environment for the operators.

Colby’s double-deep racking offers many companies a cost-effective method of bulk storage. Specially designed forklifts use a variety of double-deep reach mechanisms to allow easy placement and retrieval of pallets.

Key benefits of Colby double-deep racking include access to a minimum of 50% of pallets; relatively low cost racking system; and 40% increase in storage capacity.

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