Case Studies

Rack Safety Systems to the Rescue

The Situation

One of the world’s five largest biotech companies had to get their finished goods on lockdown in order to maintain proper safety protocols in their facilities.  With miles of pallet rack to secure, they were interested in locking down the face of the pallet rack bays as they faced an open aisle. Preventing unauthorized personnel from accessing their chemicals remains a top priority as avoiding contamination is extremely important in their industry.

The SpaceGuard Solution

Utilizing SpaceGuard’s easy-to-install Rack Safety doors, the customer was able to implement varying door sizes to accommodate their existing pallet rack bays. Even though standard sized doors (6′ or 8′ wide) worked in some areas, other bays required custom sized systems; both undersized as well as oversized.  All doors come equipped with padlock hasps making it very easy to unlock and access materials as needed.  With a 6ga welded wire, SpaceGuard’s Rack Safety systems are the strongest available which ensures that the customer will be able to keep their materials safe and secure for years to come.

To learn more about Rack Safety systems and the all-new bracket design, please visit: http://goo.gl/AJ22IU.

 

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Theft Prevention…Go Blue!

The Situation:

A communications company based in Calgary was in need of a way to prevent unauthorized personnel from gaining access to their warehouse along with their high-end equipment and tools. As is the case with many businesses, tools and equipment were changing hands often without a means of tracking and maintaining inventory control. In their warehouse, they were needing a way to prevent delivery personnel, vendors, etc from entering their facility without proper authorization.

The SpaceGuard Solution:

In conjunction with our dedicated dealer, Foothills Systems, we designed custom storage lockers to house their expensive equipment. Likewise, we designed a custom entrance enclosure for their warehouse. The lockers are built with our 10ga woven wire while the cage was designed with a heavier duty 6ga welded wire. Both systems were painted in SpaceGuard’s polyester powder coat ensuring a long-lasting finish. The warehouse access cage was designed with a custom built service window, so delivery personnel could drop off packages without disturbing those on the warehouse floor. Also included on the enclosure was a panic bar door for emergency egress.

Huge thanks to our Dealer of the Month – Foothills Systems (www.foothillssystems.ca) for all of their efforts on this project!

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Driver’s Entrance/Access Cages

Driver security enclosures by SpaceGuard are a simple and affordable way of controlling access to your factory floor or warehousing facility. Constructed with either our 10-gauge welded wire in a 2″x2″ square pattern or our 10‐gauge woven wire mesh in a 1-1/2″ diamond pattern, partition walls surround building entrances containing drivers and visitors to a defined area. The enclosure’s open, yet secure design achieves the desired level of controlled access without the need for additional lighting, HVAC or sprinkler systems. Driver Security Enclosures can be configured to any desired size; and may be anchored to building walls or can be free standing. SpaceGuard recommends equipping your driver security enclosure with a panic bar (push bar). Other options include automatic door closers, electronic access control and factory‐installed service windows.

The photo below comes to us from a recent installation provided by REB Storage Systems.

Driver's Access Cage - REB Storage Systems

Inventory Control – Security Cages to the Rescue

Huge thanks to our friends and colleagues at Nation Wide Shelving for sharing pictures of a recent installation that took place out in Utah.

SECURITY CONCERN: Inventory needed to be stored in a secured enclosure.

SPACEGUARD SOLUTION: Welded wire mesh cages provided a rigid and easy-to-install solution.

Comments from our distributor after the installation was over: “This was a security cage installation project for our clients…in Utah, in which they were very pleased with the quality of SpaceGuard Products. The security cages EXCEEDED their expectations (based on previous experience with other company’s products).”

Another great example of a security cage by SpaceGuard that provides a secured solution while making customers happy!

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Higher Education Meets Higher Security

Project Overview: 

A university in Wisconsin recently reached out to one of our distributors as they were having issues with people gaining access to a building’s roof and chimneys via their exposed fire escape. Once atop the roof, trespassers would drink, litter and leave graffiti. Not only was this frustrating the university security team, but it was also becoming a safety concern as they didn’t want anyone to fall off while climbing to the roof. They needed a simple, yet safe and secure way to prevent people from gaining access from this outdoor walkway.

Project Resolution:

Since the fire escape has multiple landings, the most sound solution was to put a doorway that would block access on the highest walkway. Since the walkway would need a door for emergency egress, we designed a ‘winged doorway’. This door would have adjacent panels on both sides which would prevent anyone from being able to simply slip around the fence wall. Rather than use woven or welded wire, the customer decided to go with expanded metal as it would be almost impossible to climb. The openings of the expanded metal are too small (and sharp!) for anyone to put their fingers through. Product was installed easily and the customer is very happy with their new secured solution which has already proven to be effective.

And remember — when Safety & Security are a concern, SpaceGuard has you covered!

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Pallet Rack Doors — All Stacked Up

The Situation:

An International minor metals manufacturing, refining and trading company (Telex Metals) was in need of a way to safely and securely lock up material on their existing pallet rack. Their goal was to find doors that would fit their 14’H pallet rack so that their customer’s prepaid materials would stay protected until they were ready to ship. Their main concerns were how would they find doors that were large enough to fit their existing system while still be easy enough to install.

The Solution:

Standard height pallet rack doors from SpaceGuard Products come in heights of 7′, 8′, and 10′ high; therefore, a simple resolution was devised. By stacking two sets of standard 7’H bi-parting hinge doors, we could meet the overall height requirement while still allowing for an easy installation. To make these two independent doors act as one single set, the upper and lower portions were bolted together. This created doors that met the full 14′ height requirement while allowing for one single locking point via the padlock hasp on the lower set of doors.

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TA-50 Gear Storage For A Marine Base

Features / Benefits Provided

  • Open mesh design to allow unrestricted air circulation to prevent mildew on tactical
  • Solid construction, despite open mesh, to properly secure contents and ensure years of reuse
  • Welded padlock hasp and plate to provide secure door closure
  • Simplified design to allow for quick installation due to large number of units installed

 

The Opportunity

A Marine base in the Western US required individualized storage of TA-50 standard issue combat clothing and tactical gear for a new training barracks.  Staff determined that the wardrobe lockers to be placed at the head and foot of each bunk required greater airflow over perforated/expanded metal lockers used in the past.  Previous designs were employed in effort to save money, but it became apparent that inferior construction required regular replacements. Furthermore, the lack of airflow caused the formation of mildew and mold on training gear.  The new solution needed to have a simple design as nearly 1,000 units had to be installed in a limited construction window.

 

The Solution

Representatives from the Marines and its contracted representatives contacted Glen Starks with FedSource, a nation-wide supplier of industrial storage products to the Federal government.  FedSource and SpaceGuard regularly provide the military wire mesh readiness lockers on GSA Schedule; however, the quantity and design considerations required the development of a specialized TA-50 locker.

SpaceGuard utilized its 10-gauge triple crimped woven wire mesh which is already deemed a secure solution by government uses ranging from DEA cages for controlled substances to Armed Reserve unit and vault storage.  The strength of the wire combines with the open mesh to allow for easy visibility/accountability within the lockers while allowing easier drying of contents due to unobstructed air flow.  All mesh components were welded into fully framed panels that connected easily to solid tube posts of the same depth.

 

All units were equipped with bi-parting hinge doors to keep aisles clear. The doors were furnished with a unique welded hasp-through-plate that minimized gaps when closed and padlocked.  Units were further designed to contain an adjustable-placed internal shelf with hanging rod as well as a wire mesh bottom shelf to prevent the collection of moisture.  The component-based construction provided for quick, efficient installation and ease of transport should units need relocated within the facility.

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Pallet Rack Enclosures For A World-Wide Biotech Company

Features / Benefits Provided:

  • Solid construction and quick, efficient installation due to simple design
  • Standard equipment does not require additional components for installation
  • Adjustable installation independent of upright type or hole pattern
  • Consistent construction for congruent design of full enclosures

The Opportunity:

A leading biotech developer of rare disease therapies with world-wide distribution sought to upgrade existing storage enclosures of pallet racking in the Northborough, Massachusetts distribution facility.

 

The Existing Material:

The existing material was not intended for this type of application as it was adapted from traditional partitioning.  It required the use of posts installed at the front face of the pallet racking uprights.  This

post-mounted application limits the ability to level the individual door panels to ensure proper function of the padlock hasps and also creates a visual issue when installing multiple door sets. For this project, a gap was created between the pallet racking and the doors due to the construction of the pallet rack uprights.  The doors required casters limiting the installation to floor level only.  One door panel was constructed with bracing tabs requiring both door halves be opened should only the “inside” door panel be needed.

 

The Solution:

Representatives from the end user contacted Mike O’Neill with American Material Handling, a contracted supplier and installer of material handling equipment, to source a secure product to upgrade their existing storage in this area.  American Material Handling has completed material handling projects including safety & secure storage applications for many of the company’s Massachusetts locations.  AMH installed SpaceGuard’s newest secure storage innovation, Pallet Rack Security Doors.  Constructed with the same 1-1/4” angle framing and 6-gauge welded wire mesh as Rack Safety Systems, Pallet Rack Security Doors provide the same strength & integrity while keeping a consistent design of a complete enclosure.  Doors install directly to the pallet rack uprights, allowing for flexible installation independent of upright type or hole pattern.  Since the doors install directly to the uprights, the overall look and function is   Door panels are attached with threaded rod ends and pintle brackets making installation and leveling of doors quick and efficient.  Pintle brackets are available with single or double pivot posts making multiple conjoined enclosure installations simple.  Door panels are equipped with two slotted locations for the threaded rod ends to allow for flexible installation around existing beam levels. A bolt-on padlock hasp is provided at two possible locations or double padlock hasp for additional security.

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Wire Mesh Storage Lockers For A Dietary Supplement Manufacturer

Features / Benefits Provided:

  • Secure storage of controlled packaging materials while still allowing
    visibility for easy identification of contents
  • Quick installation due to simple design and minimal components
  • Improved inventory control as colored labels are easily distinguishable
    from sky white powder coat finish

The Opportunity:

A creator of innovative dietary supplements recently opened its new headquarters in Orlando, FL to expand its production capabilities. In addition to manufacturing operations, the facility also houses the packaging of its various nutritional supplements for international distribution. Both the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the company’s own internal control processes require visible, secure storage of its dietary labels until placed on the product.

The Solution:

Representatives from the Orlando facility contacted Curlin Inc., a local integrator of Material Handling Systems and Solutions, to help them source a secure storage product to meet their needs. Under Curlin’s recommendation, the customer chose SpaceGuard’s Wire Mesh Storage Lockers constructed with 10-gauge triple-crimped woven wire securely welded to a full steel frame. The wire mesh along with the bright white finish of its factory applied powder coat allow for full visibility of the secured labels allowing for inventory control. Since each SpaceGuard Storage Locker consists of fully framed panels and no posts, the product went up much quicker than other wire locker products on the market. Consideration was given to the customer’s need to integrate a system to organize the labels within each unit. The angle-framed panels allowed for easy attachment of a pegboard wall storage system internally, sandwich bolting them through the wire mesh. Installer, Stan Ellertson, commented,”the locker install went smoothly.”

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AisleGuard Machine Guarding For a Medical Products Distribution Center

Features/Benefits Provided:

  • Fixed protection of conveyors and doors while still allowing materials to be loaded/unloaded by forklift
  • Tested to withstand impacts of over 10,000 lbs at 4 mph
  • Powder coated safety yellow for durable finish

The Opportunity:

An international producer of surgical equipment, pharmaceuticals, and vision care products required machine guarding for two processing cells at its Huntington, WV facility. The customer manufacturers, packages and supplies a world leading brand of intraocular lens out of the facility, requiring the highest quality and optimization of process controls.

The two processing cells use state-of-the-art technologies which require products to be loaded and unloaded by forklift. Therefore the customer required the appropriate machine guarding solution to ensure uptime and avoid costly repairs. The safety guarding needed to be designed for protection while still allowing forklifts to get close enough to properly handle materials.

The Solution:

Engineers from the Huntington facility contacted AJ-Allegheny Systems, a local Material Handling Equipment distributor, to help them source a hard guarding product that could be customized to meet their needs. Appropriate consideration was given to the overall width (72”) and various rail heights dependant on the individual station, so that the forks and outriggers of the lift truck could not come in contact with the conveyor and door equipment. Additionally, the base plates of the upright posts needed to be turned so that they also would not interfere with the forklifts ability to reach the pallets of materials. The customer SpaceGuard Products’ AisleGuard, a heavy-duty machine guarding product constructed of 4” x 8” x 4” formed 7-gauge channel with through bolt connections to 4” square tube posts for the ultimate protection. AisleGuard is powder coated safety yellow for a durable finish easily distinguishable from the nearby equipment. Once installed, Kenny Saul owner of AJ-Allegheny Sytems voiced his satisfaction: “I am very happy with the product and so is my customer. We plan on this being the first of many orders for AisleGuard machine guarding.”

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Specially Designed Wire Mesh Enclosure Elevates Security within a Distribution Center

Features / Benefits Provided:

  • Increased security against pilferage by limiting the size of openings in the partition
  • Controlled access using electric strikes and magnetic locks in conjunction with card readers on all cage gates

The Opportunity:

A national chain of department stores recently upgraded the level of security at its New Jersey distribution center surrounding the packaging operation of its fashion jewelry and watches. given that much of the jewelry is small in size, it can be carried or passed out of the work area relatively undetected. The distribution center added around the clock security, a series of cameras covering the entire work area and mandatory body scans prior to personnel exiting the area. Yet given the size of the merchandise, ample physical security was still required to enclose the area while still allowing for mobile equipment to gain access to fulfill orders.

The customer turned to a readily available high security specification, the US Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) requirement for physical security of Schedule III through V controlled substances, but realized that even the 2-1/2″ inch openings allowed in a DEA cage still provided too much space to pass the small jewelry through.

The Solution:

SpaceGuard Products designed a full height versatile mesh enclosure using a much tighter 1/2 inch woven wire mesh. By design, the mesh is full welded into an angle framed panel and stacked between 2″ X 2″ tubular posts using hardware that connects on the secure side of the enclosure to prevent tampering. The entrance to the enclosed workspace included a secondary “man trap” cage to hold personnel until permitted entry by security guards. The system provided strong walls with limited mesh openings to prevent passage of the merchandise outside of the enclosed area or allow for the merchandise to be thrown over the partition wall. the wire mesh enclosure was constructed without standard maintenance sweep space between the floors and mesh paneling. Additionally, angle and broom guards were added to fill small gaps in the natural design of slide gates or introduced by uneven floor surfaces. All hinge gates of the wire mesh enclosure were equipped with hydraulic closers and electric strikes while large slide gates built to allow forklifts were equipped with magnetic locks, all used in conjunction with the distribution center’s card readers.

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High security enclosure

SpaceGuard Stacked Tenant Lockers Maximize Condo Storage Space

Board members of the upscale One Powers Street Condominiums in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY had a challenge. Their building was designed with many amenities, including a fitness room, but at the end of construction the owners had only one small space of 400 square feet available for shared storage. With 28 owners in the building, there clearly was not enough room to store – let alone separate – personal belongings in such a tight space.

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One Power St Storage Area – Before

The One Powers St Board worked with local representatives of SpaceGuard Products to layout and optimize their storage space. The goal was equitable storage space for each owner. The result was an optimized space using SpaceGuard’s stacked wire mesh lockers. Unlike solid units, SpaceGuard wire mesh condo lockers allow for unrestricted circulation of light, air and fire suppression systems which proves to be a challenge in restricted space.

SpaceGuard double tier locker doors are a pre-fabricated panel with an upper and lower door welded to the frame. The upper and lower tenant locker units are then separated by a full depth shelf, in this case constructed of sheet metal, to fully divide the contents of each unit. Instead of 215 square feet of storage, the second tier doubled the secured storage space to 430 square feet of total area.

One Power St Storage Area - After
One Power St Storage Area – After

When asked how the owners felt about the final installation, Board President Juan E. responded, “They love it. (It) offers so much more space than before.”

Contact SpaceGuard Products today to turn even the smallest amount of space into a secure storage area for your Cooperative or Apartment building. The affordable yet quality apartment lockers also make a profitable investment for Property Managers who rent out the space to their tenants.