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Seismic Zone Storage Meets Strict Requirements

SK Systems was able to put together a unique high-rise storage design that would meet stringent fire codes. Fire codes require flue spaces for every 24 sq. ft. footprint of solid shelves. But doing so is not easily or economically achieved in clip-type steel shelving such as Box Edge Plus, which is what is normally used for high-rise storage applications.

The solution to meeting the tough fire code requirements was to use "Press-Lock" grating for every third shelving unit. Using the open grate shelves every third unit created the necessary flue space without adding extra shelving parts.

New High-Rise Units Utilizing Press-Lock Grating

Press Lock shelves seen above in every third section

The small parts distributed at the Ontario California location are best stored on smooth steel shelves (as opposed to wire decking typically used in high rise or pallet rack applications). The Press Lock shelf provided a much smoother storage surface than wire decks, while supporting a 400-lb. capacity similar to the solid steel shelves. Because the Press Lock grating shelves install the same as Borroughs Box Edge shelves and use the same shelf bracket, the installation went smoothly and efficiently.

When all was said and done, HC Pacific had 334 new open-style shelves with closed ends. The unique Press Lock solution allowed HC Pacific to comply with all building and fire codes while using the type of shelving that best suited their storage needs.

A special thanks to Industrial Systems Project Manager, Mike Mahaffey, who contributed the bulk of the information for this article.


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