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VENTURES: Barpro Scores A First In Botswana

 



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CAPE TOWN-based Barpro Storage has recently completed a Storax installation for Tswana Pride Poultry situated outside Gaborone, Botswana.

This is the first mobile racking installation in that country. Part of a new chicken abattoir, the freezer can accommodate 588 pallets on Storax mobiles and fixed racking. The pallets were designed for maximum height (2000mms) and weight (1200kgs). Being an abattoir based cold store, plastic rather than wooden pallets were specified.

As plastic pallets can slip off the racking and are prone to cracking when stored under stress at low temperatures, Barpro decided to use steel grids for support as well as to prevent any slippage, after tests were conducted at a Cape Town cold store.

The grids are made from 6mm diameter galvanised steel rod. Every second rod which lies between the racking load beams is doubled or castellated, significantly increasing the loading capacity. The grid has 20mm bends at either side to keep it in position. The tests showed that even if a fully loaded pallet was supported only by the grid, it could comfortably take the weight.

Similar grids have also been adapted for use on cantilever racking where they are placed on the bottom pallet level over the walkway to protect personnel. Such walkways are becoming increasingly common as fire regulations continue to stress the need for adequate escape routes from cold stores.

Barpro also installed the lighting in the Tswana Pride cold store. The lights are designed to come on only in the open moving aisle. Using special bulbs that can cope with the low temperatures, this energy saving idea has recently become popular in South African cold stores where it can save up to 85% of previous consumption.


 
 
 
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