15 Jan Will a RAMGuard Column Actually Protect My Pallet Rack?
Nothing is scarier than accidentally making contact with a rack and wondering if it is about to fall. There have been videos and gifs of this problem occurring and shared because the results are just as frightening as seen in those videos or gifs. We understand the need to be economical but sometimes that choice means that you accept more risk with the usage of some of those solutions. Can you mitigate the risk? The answer is yes depending on the situation and cause.
One of the solutions you may have seen or heard of is the RAMGuard. This innocuous piece of equipment does not seem like much even in person. In fact, if you see it in person, then you might think it is just a piece of plastic. Honestly, you could easily be forgiven to think that because it looks like just a piece of plastic that would crumble under the weight of a blow from a forklift. You may even be confused after touching it because it feels like a piece of rubber, that is, admittedly, solid but still feels like rubber. Notwithstanding, the fact that it feels like rubber makes many people feel that it would bounce back. However, that does not mean that the rack column behind it can withstand the blow as well. Thankfully, there was a lot put into this product beyond, “let us just use a thick rubber surface to protect the column of a rack”.
The first thing you should know is that the rubber is specially made for this purpose. The manufacturer says that they took two years to find the right mixture that satisfied their requirements for what a product meant to take a blow and keep a column standing should be. After they did that they decided to add a steel insert inside of that initial barrier. They made that steel plate into a U shape so that the guard would have protection from all sides that would take significant damage from an impact. In this case, the side facing the inside of the rack is very unlikely to take damage because it is inside the rack. It is highly unlikely that a force inside the rack would be able to generate enough force to buckle a rack without an outside force’s help. If it would take an outside force then you would, likely, have another RAMguard for that area that would dissipate the force of the impact. They also added rubber voids so that the energy from the contact would be distributed and lessened as much as possible as a final measure.
The answer to whether or not this will protect your pallet rack is, “very likely”. A lot of variables exist such as the weight of the impact, the velocity of the impact object, and such. Those factors make it a very inaccurate statement to say, with a blanket statement, yes to all impacts. If you have a forklift coming at it with excessive speeds such as 30 to 40 miles per hour then it will probably fail. However, if you are in that same forklift and impacting the unit at a reasonable speed for removing and placing stock or other products into a rack unit then the RAMGuard will likely do its job. If so, then, you avoid a possible lawsuit that includes one of your employees being injured as well. Risk is inherent in any business venture and mitigating the risk, to the best of your ability, is always a good idea for profitability, for safety, and the bottom line.
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