Elec­tronic forms for rack­ing in­spec­tion as­sist in AS-4084 com­pli­ance

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - MATERIALS HANDLING -

Steel rack­ing used in ware­houses and fac­to­ries to store heavy pal­lets are sus­cep­ti­ble to stress and dam­age, which could lead to col­lapse. Or­gan­i­sa­tions and ware­houses us­ing steel racks are re­quired to regularly check the racks for signs of stress or dam­age to en­sure com­pli­ance and safety.

The au­to­ma­tion of the rack safety in­spec­tion process based on the Aus­tralian stan­dard (AS 4084-2012) is yet another ex­am­ple of how pa­per­less in­spec­tion ap­pli­ca­tion has been used to stream­line safety au­dits and pro­vide both time and cost ben­e­fits.

The steel rack in­spec­tion check­list based on this Aus­tralian stan­dard can be easily trans­lated to a pa­per­less form to en­able in­spec­tions to be con­ducted on mo­bile de­vices such as iPads, tablets or smart phones.

Re­sults of the in­spec­tion in­clud­ing im­ages of the de­fec­tive parts are sent from the mo­bile de­vice to a cen­tral data­base for stor­age, anal­y­sis and re­port­ing.

Re­ports in­clude no­ti­fi­ca­tion of dam­ages and colour coded re­ports as per AS 4084.

Red- (un­load im­me­di­ately) – Rack­ing which is se­verely dam­aged and should be im­me­di­ately off-loaded and iso­lated from fu­ture use un­til re­pair work is un­der­taken.

Am­ber- (re­pair) – rack­ing is dam­aged but not suf­fi­ciently to war­rant im­me­di­ate off-load of the rack.

Green- (mon­i­tor) – rack­ing which is dam­aged but does not pose an im­me­di­ate safety risk.

Some of the checks that can be done us­ing the mo­bile de­vices are: • Up­right dam­ages. • Base­plates. • Floor fix­ing. • Hor­i­zon­tal and di­ag­o­nal braces. • Beam loads (e.g. con­nec­tors, safety locks, stress, de­for­ma­tion, etc.) All An­droid and Ap­ple mo­bile de­vices (smart­phones and tablets) will al­low for pho­to­graphs of the de­fect ar­eas on the racks to be cap­tured and at­tached to re­ports. Voice record­ings can be made with each in­spec­tion and steel racks can be iden­ti­fied us­ing RFID or bar­codes to save time for the in­spec­tor.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact: naa­mans@per­vidi.com

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