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Bureau Veritas Inspection & Certification
Summary and results:
After two repair procedures no material fatigue can be identified. Assuming that the shelf supports are overloaded in comparable basic conditions as set out in Annexe 2, a repair using the ROS procedure produces good results, providing no more than two repair procedures are undertaken at the same spot within 50 cm of the repair. 25cm above and 25 cm beneath the repair.
Bureau Veritas has been commissioned to establish whether this procedure meets existing regulations and leads to safe results. Hereunder are the conclusions and recommendations by Bureau Veritas:
• The technical ROS procedure as described represents the current state of art;
• The assessment is based on EN 15635 and therefore valid for all countries in Europe that accept this standard;
• In shelving systems, types of steel normally used are of a high level of plasticity and are thus suitable for cold forming. All these types of steel can be repaired using the procedure evaluated in this assessment. Therefore, the repair procedure can be extrapolated with regard to all kinds of uprights constructed from these materials.
SGS TECNOS S.A.
Rack samples used do not lose capacity after the compression test carried out according to the specifications of the UNE standard UNE 15512:2010.
Deviations are not appreciated in the verticality of the racks following the completion of repairs according to the ROS working procedure.
Following the completion of the metallography, variations that might be caused by the deformation repair processes are not observed. Only in the case of the longitudinal specimen of the R2-1 sample does a displacement of material show due to deformations in these areas.
According to the ROS working procedure, only two repairs only can be made on the same rack with a distance of 50 cm between damage points.
The results of the trials included in this report are considered valid for temperatures ranging from 80 °C to - 25 °C, when working with racks in the original state. They would not be valid if the material was in poor condition (corrosion, high percentage of oxide...).
The rules of reference both for the trials and the classifications of risks of the items on the shelves are European. (UNE 15635:2010 & UNE 15512:2010).
DEKRA is the largest product testing, research and certification body in Europe, and the third largest globally. The organisation currently runs activities in more than 50 countries, with approximately 30,000 employees who are committed to ensuring long-term safety, quality and environmental protection.
The DEKRA Business Units "Automotive", "Industrial" and "Personnel" provide professional and innovative services in the fields of testing, expert appraisals, international claims settlement, consulting, industrial testing, product testing, certification, environmental protection and qualification.
In 2011, DEKRA officially certified the ROS racking repair process to the hugely important European standard: EN 15635 – The application and maintenance of storage equipment. Adopted by the British Standards Institute in 2008, the EN 15635 norm is the standard that all European users and suppliers of pallet racking must conform to with regard to the inspection and maintenance of their racking systems.
Since achieving this important milestone, ROS have experienced immense and unparalleled levels of growth throughout Europe.
The Dr Möll Institute of Engineering
The Dr Möll Institute of Engineering Formed in 1972, The Dr Möll Institute of Engineering has grown to be, amongst other things, the leading European authority for the structural testing and verification of racking and shelving products.
Major racking manufacturers from all across Europe appoint The Dr Möll Institute of Engineering to verify their own structural calculations to ensure compliance with the various EN standards that have been in force since 2008.
After thorough and extensive testing of damaged racking uprights repaired using the ROS repair method, Dr Möll concluded that "no reduction of the load bearing capacity could be observed".
Coming from Europe's leading authority on the structural testing of racking, we view this as a glowing compliment!
The multi-national, multi-billion turnover, Bayer Group is a global powerhouse in the fields of healthcare, agriculture and high-tech industries. With over 2000 of the most highly-qualified employees in the world, Bayer Technology Services is an obvious choice when searching for a partner in the areas of process technology, process automation and product development.
In 2010, Bayer Technology Services conducted their own unique and thorough testing of the upright repairs conducted by ROS. Bayer concluded that all uprights repaired using the ROS method were “at least the same strength as before, in some cases higher”. In addition, Bayer also stated that providing a repair was limited to a maximum of three times, “there are no indications of material fractures or weakness whatsoever”.
Yet another conclusive test report from a world-leading institute to add to our growing collection!
Packer Engineering Based in Illinois, USA, Packer Engineering has been a leader in the engineering consulting business for over 50 years. Packer Engineering provides experience and expertise in many areas including: Accident Investigation & Reconstruction; Failure Analysis; Cause & Origin Investigations; Structural/Architectural Assessments & Performance Evaluations; Code Compliance Issues; Full Litigation Services; Product Safety & Liability Assessments; Product Development; Custom & Routine Testing, and; Research & Development.
During 2011, Packer Engineering conducted thorough research and testing on damaged racking uprights that had been repaired using the ROS technology. Packer Engineering concluded that repairs using the ROS technology is “well within industry requirements and specification”. Additionally, and in keeping with the numerous other testing reports undertaken on the ROS upright repair system, Packer Engineering stated that “some uprights even saw an increase in load capabilities” after repairs had been carried out using ROS technology.