SJF's Material Handling Blog
The SJF chili competition was a big success! We had three entrants this time around. Lori Foster brought a red chili made with mostly home-grown ingredients. Vance Haugen entered a delicious red chili, and Craig Fasching brought another small pot of excellent red. Kent Powell brought home-made corn bread to compliment all of the entries. ‘Fixins were provided by SJF.
After all of the chili was tasted, the final vote count was as follows:
Vance Haugen: 9
Lori Foster: 4
Craig Fasching: 3
Making Vance the winner (…this time).
An Addendum: There were to be four entries in the contest this year, however one of the entries made it only as far as the front door of SJF. A certain owner of the company (his first name rhymes with Tank) forgot about the tupperware bowl full of chili in his briefcase. As he entered the building, briefcase in hand, he wondered aloud what smelled like chili before realizing that it was the entire contents of his bag.
SJF has just uploaded a new video to our YouTube channel. (SJF’s YouTube Channel)
This video shows a test in our shop of a pallet flow rail system with brakes. As the video starts, you can see two large containers moving down the roller tracks in a controlled descent.
View pallet flow racks currently available for sale on SJF.com
Pallet Rack & Gravity Conveyor Liquidation
We recently just finished shipping to MN material from liquidation of a large distribution center in Indiana. In all, 15 trucks of material were shipped up to our facility in Winsted, MN from the Indianapolis area. We had to jump at this opportunity with how fast gravity conveyor has been leaving our facility lately. This was a perfect opportunity to bring up our inventory as this purchase brought in over 6,000ft of gravity in 24” and 30” widths. There is also a small quantity of pallet gravity conveyor. All in all, the totals of this most recent purchase ended up being:
5,470 ft – 30″ Gravity Conveyor
780 ft – 24″ Gravity Conveyor
1,400 ft – 9″ Pallet Gravity Conveyor
591 ea. – 36″ x 22′ Interlake Uprights
4,480 ea. – 108″ x 4″ New Style Beams
All of this material has been transported back to our Winsted, MN facility and is ready for immediate shipment to your location.
Wire Mesh Decking Guide
What is wire decking?
Wire decking is a product that works in with pallet racks to provide support, safety and other benefits to warehouse racks. Wire decks are easy to install (they simply drop into place), and allow high visibility through all levels of pallet racking. In addition to providing protection from falling inventory, wire decking can improve air circulation and prevent dust build-up. Wire decks can also help increase overhead sprinkler effectiveness, and many local fire codes require them instead of particle board or plywood.
Wire Deck Options & Terminology
On the underside of each wire deck, support channels are welded to the bottom of the mesh surface. These channels give wire deck rigidity and load bearing capacity. Typically, wire decking uses three or four support channels and supports up to 2500 pounds. Step channels provide more strength than flanged channels, however each has their own advantages.
Wire Mesh Pattern
Most wire decks made in the past 20 years feature a 2″ x 4″, 2.5″ x 4″ or 2.5″ x 4.5″ grid pattern. Sometimes you may see higher density grids, but these are usually made for applications that required hand stacking or storing small materials.
The term waterfall is used to refer to the end(s) of deck that “hang” below the deck’s surface. Waterfalls provide additional protection to wire decks by making them more resistant to coming off of the pallet rack unexpectedly. The accepted industry standard for waterfall height is 1.5 inches. A shorter waterfall may be warranted where labels or bar codes are needed on the rack’s beam face. Waterfalls can also be turned up to provide a back stop on a pallet shelf. Front and rear waterfalls can even be mixed so that one is up and the opposite is down.
Flush wire decks are useful for hand-stacking and order picking. The flush deck doesn’t have edges that could catch an employee’s hands. With flush decks, the deck depth measurement refers to the outside dimensions of the rack beams. If your racking is 42″ deep (42″ from outside to outside of each beam level) you will still need a 42″ deep deck however the deck’s depth will only be 38.25″ deep – or approximately the depth of the inside of the steps of the beams.
Properly Loading Wire Decks
Please Note – Unless storing small or very light weight items on the pallet racking, wire deck is NOT meant to support loads directly. In other words, DO NOT point load wire decking. Pallets must be fully supported by the front and rear support beams.
Wire Deck Styles
Standard/Step Waterfall Wire Decks
|Standard Step/Waterfall Wire Deck||Step/Waterfall Wire Deck – Front||Step/Waterfall Wire Deck – Rear|
|“Standard” or step style wire decks with a waterfall are made to sit in the steps of pallet rack beams. The support channels of this decking rest on the steps and the waterfall part wraps around the top of the beam.|
Inverted Flange Wire Decks
|Inverted Flange Wire Deck||Inverted Flange Wire Deck – Front||Inverted Flange Wire Deck – Rear|
Inverted flange wire decking is a very commonly stocked style. It’s useful because the flange at the end of the support channels allows these wire decks to fit on step or box style pallet rack beams. Another advantage of the inverted channels is that debris cannot accumulate inside of the support channel.
Flush Flat Wire Decks
|Flush Flat Wire Deck||Flush Flat Wire Deck – Front||Flush Flat Wire Deck – Rear|
Flush Flat wire decking is exactly what it sounds like. The surface of the decks rest flush with the tops of the rack beams. Flush flat decks have no waterfall and are well suited for your storage facility if nice clean look is needed.
Flush Waterfall Wire Decks
|Flush Waterfall Wire Deck||Flush Waterfall Wire Deck – Front||Flush Waterfall Wire Deck – Rear|
|The only difference between the flush waterfall and flush flat style wire decking is that a flush waterfall deck has waterfalls that don’t hang over the top of the beams. These waterfalls are unique in that they sit on the steps of the beams. Reasons to purchase this style are things like safer hand loading (no edges to catch) and higher edge capacity (decreases bowing.)|
US scrap prices to reflect little change in September
The US domestic scrap market has been extremely quiet ahead of the Labor Day holiday, but deals made early are pointing to a soft sideways trend.
Since the fourth quarter of last year, the Chinese steel market has remained sluggish due to weak global and domestic demand. In this context, China’s total crude steel output is expected to decline to 678.68 million mt in 2012, down 0.7 percent compared to 2011, indicating the first year-on-year decline in 31 years, according to the China Iron and Steel Association (CISA).
In 2011, China produced 695.5 million mt of crude steel, up 8.9 on year-on-year basis.
A number of Chinese steel producers have implemented cuts in their production. Meanwhile, some Chinese steel giants, such as Shanghai-based Baosteel and Hubei-based Wuhai Iron and Steel Co.(WISCO) have also suspended development projects amid poor steel market conditions.
US prices and demand are on the upswing in Aug – European markets unchanged until September
So far this month scrap steel prices have recovered strongly during July in US, and continued to firm elsewhere later in the month It is likely that demand will pick up after the summer slowdowns in the core markets, though to what degree is unclear. It remains to be seen if output will be reduced to match actual demand during the rest of Q3, beyond the holiday shutdowns and already-announced closures in Europe. In US and Europe, longs prices are quite firm even if demand is not as strong as normal at this time of year.
I also look at June’s production figures that showed global output to have fallen by over three million tonnes. Actual monthly US production fell but, on a daily output basis, Asian and Chinese production was higher. EU-27 and Other Europe daily production was lower compared with May.
The key issue is will producers be able to manage the balance between further price increases and apparent demand levels after the summer slowdowns without turning sentiment downwards.
Source : Steel Business Briefing
SJF currently has more cantilever rack in-stock than we have ever had before. Structural, Lodi & Webb styles – all currently available and shipping from MN (and for a limited time Maine, too!) Be sure to read the entire article to learn how you can get an instant $50 savings on a cantilever rack order.
Structural Cantilever Rack
Just removed from two Home Improvement stores – one in MN and the other in ME.
This material in these sizes and capacities is inherently hard to find and sells quickly!
Shipping from MN
16′ Uprights and 36″, 46″ & 54″ Arms. Brace Sets Also Available.
Now Shipping from Maine (material is currently disassembled and awaiting shipment to our MN location)
16′ Uprights and 36″, 46″ & 54″ Arms. Brace Sets Also Available.
As Always – This equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis. SJF encourages customers to inspect this equipment prior to purchase. If you would like to view this cantilever, please make an appointment with an SJF sales representative by calling 800-598-5532.
US domestic scrap prices take another dive in July
US scrap trend for this month is reflecting a substantial decline from early June.
On Monday, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported that US raw steel production fell 0.6 percent last week (ended July 7), following a 1.5 percent increase the previous week.