RACK INSPECTION SERVICES

Whether you supervise a single warehouse or operate multiple distribution centers, our goal is to help you manage what is frequently a critical asset: your racking systems. Through our racking inspection services, performed by experienced engineers, we offer you a comprehensive overview of the condition of your racking systems. The detailed reporting, based on rigorous observations by our rack experts, allows you to take corrective actions and bring your racking back to conformity. The Damotech Platform offers online access to the reports with dashboards to help you track your progress.

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WHY INSPECT?

In North America, the law stipulates that company management is responsible for providing a safe workplace to their employees. Putting workers at risk of injury can expose employers to serious liability in case of an accident.

Despite the demands of your daily operations, it's critical that your racking systems maintain their full integrity over time. The conformity inspection is a thorough inspection, periodically performed by a Damotech engineer, to certify that your racking systems comply with the local rack design and safety standards.

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THE SERVICE

Our engineers walk your facility and thoroughly inspect your racking systems for conformity by collecting on-site information, taking pictures and recording any deficiencies, damages or missing components. This process is non-disruptive to your daily operations. Following this visit, we'll issue a detailed report with recommendations.

Regardless of your industry, the type of pallet racks you use or the kind of damage found in your warehouse, we have the expertise to help you diagnose, report and address the deficiencies.

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DELIVERABLES

Damotech engineers will produce a detailed and actionable inspection report.

It includes:

  • Outlined inspection procedures and field observations
  • Our recommendations
  • Summary location plan of the inspected systems with pictures
  • A repair proposal, if requested
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ONLINE PLATFORM

The Damotech Platform is an online software that gives our customers instant access to the most recent inspection data for their warehouses. The dashboard shares insightful statistics about inspected racking systems. As reported issues are addressed, customers can track their progress towards achieving their goal of a safer warehouse.

Customers have access to a visual layout of their warehouse with all the recorded data for each location. They can view, filter and sort data by current status or damage priority level, as well as view the pictures taken by the Damotech inspectors.

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ADVANTAGES

Detailed Reports

Our reports are the most detailed in the industry. All reports contain scope, procedure, key findings, found issues, pictures and much more.

Professional Engineers

All our reports are stamped by engineers that are extensively trained by Damotech's professional instructors.

Seismic Expertise

Inspections and calculations take into consideration the site location and seismic effects on the racks.

Reports in 30 Days

Inspection reports are typically delivered within 30 days of P.O. reception.

Anywhere in North America

Our engineers cover Canada and the U.S., including Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alaska and everywhere in between.

Most Trusted

Top performing large (and small) corporations trust Damotech's professionals with the safety of their rack systems.

FAQ

How often should I have my racks inspected?

There is no clear regulation on the frequency of inspections. It often depends on the speed at which rack-related issues accumulate in your warehouse. Although not clearly expressed, most governing bodies like OSHA and MOL recommend monthly assessments by warehouse personnel and yearly independent inspections by a third party.

What standards do your engineers refer to when performing inspections?

In the U.S., the IBC (International Building Code) refers to MH16.1 (RMI Rack Design Standard) which defines how racks must be designed and maintained. In Canada, the latest NBC (National Building Code) refers to CSA S16 for the design of steel structures including racks. As this is a relatively new code, some provinces still use the previous rack design code A344.2.

Who are your inspectors? What type of certifications do they have?

All inspectors have a bachelor’s degree in engineering. To be certified by Damotech, they undergo a rigorous training program at our facility with an experienced instructor and must then spend a set number of hours visiting warehouse facilities with a certified inspector.

Can you also address or repair the issues reported during a rack inspection?

Inspectors do not specify repair products as they must remain completely independent from the sales process. Our local Damotech representatives will gladly assist you in determining the best course of action to address the reported issues, whether it be repairing with engineered kits or replacing damaged components with OEM parts.

What do you look for in an inspection?

During a conformity inspection, Damotech's engineers walk the facility and perform a visual inspection of the racks.  They look for damaged or missing rack components such as columns, beams and braces. They also search for missing anchors, safety pins, safety bars and more.  The report is signed by the engineer and provides recommendations for bringing the systems back to conformity.

What is in the engineer's report?
  • The inspection report (in electronic format) contains key findings and appendices to all issues noted during inspection (PDF and Excel). The Excel appendix contains hyperlinks to the original pictures taken during the inspection. Anomalies are rated by priority from High to Low. The report includes a plan view of the racking layout, linking the upright naming convention to a physical location in the warehouse.
  • The load capacity calculation report (in electronic format) presents the calculation results of the load capacity of the qualified racking systems in two appendices (PDF and Excel).
  • All report data is also transferred to the Damotech Web Platform, providing real-time interaction and the possibility to continue regular inspections in your warehouse.
  • After receiving a load capacity report, Damotech provides end-of-aisle load capacity plaques or a plastic load capacity sticker label for each bay. These are to be installed by our local dealer after you have read and received the load capacity engineering report.

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