Off The Rack – May 5th, 2014

Advance Storage Products
Off the Rack


As we say goodbye to the long winter and welcome the spring, I am optimistic about the economy and the positive movement in the materials handling industry.  Advance is experiencing some of the economic recovery with record sales in 2013 and continued growth in 2014. 

The RMI has recently released the new guideline “Assessment and Repair or Replacement of Damaged Rack.”  This guideline is the industry’s first effort to provide a real world process to follow to ensure that rack repair work is performed safely.  As chair of the committee that wrote the document, I came to appreciate how much care is required to perform rack repair properly.  My major takeaway from the nearly yearlong development effort is that it is absolutely necessary to perform any repair work under the supervision of a highly qualified engineer.


As always, please contact us if we can help you with your warehouse storage needs.


John Krummell, President/CEO Advance Storage Products

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MHI Revised Forecast
Growth in the materials handling industry is projected to be 7%-8% in 2014 and 9%-10% in 2015
— New orders anticipated to grow by 8% in 2014 and 10% in 2015
–Modest rebound projected for imports and exports by mid-2014 with continuing growth in 2015

  Repair Assessment
— RMI specifies that all damaged rack be isolated and evaluated by a qualified professional (Engineer) prior to repair or replacement of the damaged components 

—  All damage identified by the Supervising Engineer must be repaired or corrected to ensure that the rack system provides a safe working environment 

— The Supervising Engineer should approve the assessment process and protocol


Make sure to consult with a qualified engineer before performing any rack repair.


If you would like a copy of the RMI’s “Guideline for the Assessment and Repair or Replacement of Damaged Rack” email


In the next issue:   Best Practices for Assessment with and without documentation  

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