31 July 2010
SEMA, the Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association, has come up with a novel solution to help solve storage problems for users of storage equipment. The Association has runs a Users’ Club to meet the needs of busy professionals who need help and advice on the correct application, installation and use of all types of storage equipment. Commented SEMA Technical Advisor, Colin Hinton, “we get asked all sorts of questions by end users from ‘how do you read a racking load notice’ to ‘what information should I provide to my storage equipment supplier”. “A common query we find relates to the loading of storage racks. Users are often unsure about matters such as uniform load distribution or sometimes how to interpret load notices, particularly if they are newly appointed to a position involving warehouse responsibility”.
“As well as product quality, safety is paramount and it is important for users to understand the significance of relocating beams, for example, and the impact it could have on the whole structure”. A technical help line is just one of the many benefits SEMA Users’ Club members enjoy. SEMA produces a range of publications including industry Codes of Practice on all aspects of storage equipment. These cover the design, supply and installation of racking, shelving, mezzanine floors, and other types of storage products and are all available to Users’ Club members at substantially discounted prices. SEMA Secretary, David Corns adds, “our association is also well placed to keep end users informed up to speed on industry developments such as standards. This includes not only UK standards but European ones as well. In the last few years there have been various developments on the European scene culminating in the publication of several new standards which are beginning to hit the industry. These, together with new SEMA standards and Codes of Practice will almost certainly affect end users”.
SEMA plays a leading role in Europe and communicates developments to Users’ Club via newsletters, bulletins and through its annual Standards and Regulations Seminar. SEMA also holds an annual Safety Conference to which Users Club members have preferential access as indeed they do to other SEMA events.
There is a mountain of information, legislation etc out there that users need to get to grips with – SEMA tries to convey this in a concise and manageable way and very much welcomes the input of end users in this regard.
. Why not come and join us!” Please contact SEMA for more information on the SEMA Users Club.