Handling and Storage

1. Straight lengths of trays, ladders, covers and channel

These shall be packed in bundles using adequate banding* and balanced at the centre. * It is recommended that where possible non-metallic banding is used in order to ovoid rust stains forming on galvanized products and contamination of stainless steel products. 
Where products of five metre lengths or above are packed in bundles, they shall be supported with a minimum of three timber bearers which provide sufficient clearance to accommodate the forks of a forklift truck. Bearers shall be spaced evenly along the length of the bundle. 
Bundles should be placed on a flat level surface with timber bearers. If bundles are stacked on top of one another they should be aligned vertically. The handler is responsible for ensuring that the stack is stable. The working height and load capacity of the storage facility and/or transport vehicle should not be exceeded. 
2 Boxed and bagged parts 
Boxes and bags should be stacked onto suitably sized pallets for handling by a fork lift truck. 
Pallets of parts must be kept dry and stacking should be avoided. 
3 Tray and Ladder Fittings 
Small parts should be stacked onto suitably sized pallets for handling by a forklift truck. Each pallet should be suitably wrapped in order to secure the parts. Pallets of parts must be kept dry and stacking should be avoided. 
Large parts should be packed and transported in the same way as straight lengths detailed above. 
4 Specialised Packaging 
Where delivery involves transhipment or rough handling en route it is recommended that products are packed in wooden crates or wooden cases.

Wet Storage Stain

If galvanized products are allowed to become wet whilst stacked awaiting transportation or installation the finish may quickly suffer from unsightly staining and powdering on the surface. This is commonly known as ‘wet storage stain’ and detracts from the overall appearance of the product. Generally this condition does not however, reduce the life expectancy of the corrosion resistance of the finish.

 

 

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