by the German employer's liability insurance association) as well as Standards
DIN EN 15512, DIN EN. 15620, DIN EN 15629 and, in particular, DIN EN 15635.
INSTALLATION MANUAL FOR META RACKS AND SHELVING This manual is an important tool. Its purpose is to provide owners, installers, and users with the precautions, instructions procedures essential for the proper installation of META Racks for their intended purpose. Installers’ Qualifications Each person installing racks must not install them until this manual has been read, until training has been accomplished and unless installation is being completed under the supervision of an experienced and qualified installer Installers of racks and shelving must be in good physical and mental condition and must not be using medication which could impair abilities nor be under the influence of alcohol or any other intoxicant before or during the work shift. In addition, installers must read, understand and comply with instructions contained in this Manual as well as all instructional and warning labels and plates. The installer must also read, understand and comply with all applicable Industry and Governmental rules, standards and regulations. Modifications Any modification to META’s product or failure to adhere to the following instructions and sequence of installation must be approved by META. In the event that the following instructions cannot be precisely followed or if difficulties in installation are encountered, you must contact META, whose experts will assist you. Contact: META Regalbau GmbH & Co KG 59759 Arnsberg Germany or Your Local META Dealer In USA: META Storage Solutions Inc. 2220 Northmont Pkwy Ste 250 Duluth, GA 30096-3607 Phone: 1-888-226-9426 Fax: 1-888-226-9592 E-Mail: [email protected]
Web: www.meta-online.us Outside USA: Tel: +49 2932 - 957 0 Fax: +49 2932 - 957 3147 E-Mail: [email protected]
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DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY META makes NO WARRANTIES of any kind, express or implied, in connection with the information in this Manual and SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND OF FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE. The only warranties that accompany META products are set forth in its Standard Terms and Conditions. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY META assumes no responsibility and disclaims all liability of any kind, however arising, as a result of this manual unless it is precisely followed. Anyone using this manual specifically understands and agrees that META shall not be liable under any legal theory of any kind for any action or failure to act with respect to any activity covered by this manual unless it is followed precisely. The full extent of any liability is the purchase price of META products. General safety practices I. Hazard Classification System Safety Alert System and Safety Signal Words
DANGER indicates an imminently hazardous situation which, if not avoided, will result in death or serious injury.
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II. GENERAL PRECAUTIONS
n Before beginning installation, you must read and understand this manual. Failure to comply with the instructions and precautions listed in this manual or the advice given by our technical experts could result in property damage, personal injury or death. n Components that are damaged or deformed must be replaced immediately because the load capacity could be affected if the completed assembly is installed exactly as designed. Damaged shelving, racks and their components must be addressed immediately. Failure to do so could result in the failure of the rack. n Use of components and materials supplied by other manufacturers are prohibited with this rack system and is not the responsibility of META. n All components that are supplied and all materials, tools and hardware that are specified must be utilized. No components or hardware can be eliminated. n Do not store racks, their components and related materials outdoors because standard painted finish is not intended for outdoor use or storage. The following instructions do not apply to outdoor racks or racks that may be subject to wind, snow, earthquakes or other additional loads; in such cases, special designs and individual dimensioning is required. n Proper floor design to accept the rack and its loading conditions are critical and are not the responsibility of META. If components may be exposed to corrosive industrial floors (e.g. magnesite floors), insulation between the floor and the support base must be installed. Instructions from the floor manufacturer must be strictly observed. n If racks are moved to different locations or if they are altered in any way, their utilization and design parameters may be changed thereby requiring review by a qualified engineer to ensure that their strengths and tolerances have not been affected. n The maximum supporting loads and pressures that may be exerted by the racks onto the ground are critical. The installer, customer and user must ensure that the bearing capacity of the ground at the points of contact with the ground can withstand such loads. META assumes that the minimum permissible floor pressure is 711 pound/square inch / 50 kg/ cm2, but the ground at each installation is unique and the installer must determine the specific requirements of the particular site. n The maximum shelf and field loads that are set forth in the following instructions shall not be exceeded. Racks must never be used to support loads beyond that for which they are sold and specifically designed (i.e. sprinkler pipes, refrigeration equipment, etc.). n At least two persons are required to install racks and shelving. A table at hip-height or two free standing horses on which the components can be placed for preliminary assembly may be useful. When joining components, no force greater than that from the use of a metal hammer or a lever is recommended. Generally, a rubber hammer or a soft wooden intermediary is recommended. Personnel must wear safety gloves and hard hats during installation. page 3 from 5
n Racks with a shelf load of more than 440 lbs / 200 kg or a field load of more than 2.204 lbs / 1.000 kg must be equipped with a name plate with the following details: name of manufacturer, year of construction or number of commissioning, admissible shelf and field loads. The name plate that is supplied must be attached at a conspicuous place of the installation. n The minimum width for traffic aisles where racking is installed is at least 4.10 feet / 1.25 m; the minimum width of sub-aisles is 2.46 feet / 0.75 m; the minimum safety distance between the means of transportation and the racks is at least 1.64 feet / 0.50 m on each side. n Racks and shelving can only be installed when they are empty. See Installing and Handling Instruction Sheets attached. n Racks and shelving must be securely anchored to surrounding structures to prevent tilting in accordance with Catalog Page 22 for wall/floor anchoring. n Racks and shelving can only be loaded in strict accordance with this manual or specific advice from META experts. Loading of racks and shelving must be accomplished in a uniform manner because their static design assumes that the area being loaded will be uniform. Impact loads on specific points only and sliding loads are prohibited. n Shelf/bay loads apply with evenly distributed loads and at least 3 bays. n Persons are not permitted to climb, stand or walk on the racking frames and shelves. Use of a rack as scaffolding is not permitted. n The maximum deviations of levelness at the place of installation is set forth at DIN 18202, Table 3, line 3. n Racks must be tested before they are loaded according to §10 Testing of Equipment of the Appliance and Product Safety Act and can only be loaded after the installation has been fully completed. n Food is not permitted to be placed directly on galvanized shelves of panels. n The rack and shelving components supplied by META can only be utilized for purpose intended. META disclaims all warranties if components are improperly handled, utilized or installed. This instruction manual is not intended to be, or to create, any express or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, all of which are expressly excluded. n META has dedicated itself to the Quality and Testing Regulations RAL-RG 614, recognized by the RAL - German Institute for Quality Assurance and Certification in order to reduce the risks of damage and injury. In planning rack installations, the “Guidelines for Storage Installations and devices BGR 234” of the Main Association of the industrial trade organizations, status 10/88, as well as the relevant regulations governing the prevailing conditions at the workplace are binding, and the general regulations for the prevention of accidents must be followed.
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Inspections We recommend: – Monthly inspections for damage by the facility operator and – Yearly inspection by the manufacturer Mandatory annual inspections for warehouse equipment The employer is obligated to inspect all of its warehouse equipment – including all electric-powered vehicles as well as static racking – systematically and at regular intervals. Providing that the racking manufacturer does not stipulate that additional inspections are to be made due to the specific design of the racking or its conditions of use, the following regulations must be met: BGR 234 (stipulated by the German employer’s liability insurance association) as well as Standards DIN EN 15512, DIN EN 15620, DIN EN 15629 and, in particular, DIN EN 15635. According to the terms of the German Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Health (BetrSichV), the Employer is responsible for the safety and racking equipment. For this reason, racking systems must be inspected by an expert every 12 month. META offers and expert inspection service conducted by an Association certified racking inspection body. For more information, please go to www.regallinspektion.de.
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