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Pneumatic Step Unit for Mineral and Chemical Processing Company

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A global producer and distributor of industrial minerals and specialty chemicals required a safe access system for their employees when working at height. The company required a durable access system which is easy to operate and requires little maintenance, whilst providing a safe working environment.

Over the years this company have approached Ajax for their high quality bespoke access systems and have previously installed many safe system in the past at various depot sites. The mineral and specialty chemical producer reached out to Ajax once again for their expertise in safe access.

Firstly, Ajax arranged a site visit to survey the location and the current safety concerns. After the site visit Ajax suggested the most effective and efficient solution to maximise safety around the workplace.

After the consultation, Ajax fabricated and installed a pneumatic step unit mark 4 with the latest Camozzi control system to access numerous height variations as well as a more efficient operation.

To suit certain specifications and requirements, 800mm wide treads for the step unit along with a bespoke safety cage to remove the risks of falls when loading and unloading at height. In addition, Ajax also installed a bespoke access platform and gantry.

To ensure a long lasting durable systems, the step unit, gantry and access platform were fabricated out of mild steel which was then hot dip galvanized to prevent rusting. Ajax ensure that all safe systems are fabricated to the highest quality for long lasting durability and years of minimum maintenance.

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The Design of a Mezzanine Floor

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The main purpose of a mezzanine floor is to increase floor space above ground rather than having to use additional floor space, which may be premium.

Often mezzanine floors are found in warehouses and factories to provide extra storage space or to create a new level for the processing, production or packaging of goods.

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Installing a mezzanine floor can be a cost effective alternative to relocation and can also be designed and constructed to suit your bespoke requirements rather than having to search for the ideal property.

There are a few key points to consider before you start building or designing a mezzanine floor to avoid any complications and safety risks.

The Functionality of a Mezzanine Floor

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It is important to consider how the mezzanine floor will be used and what its function will be. In most cases, a mezzanine floor design requires an access point where goods are to be loaded and unloaded from the higher level.

In areas where a good lifts can be installed, a mezzanine floor can have its loading access point connected to the lift entrance to allow for good to be easily handled. However in areas where ground floor space is limited and a goods lift is not an option, an open edge floor design can be used to incorporate a loading access point.

In this case, the location of the open edge needs to be designed in relation to the current workspace below. Enough room on the ground floor will be required for a fork lift truck to manoeuvre below while carrying goods and raise them up to the high level mezzanine platform without causing disruption.

With this in mind, it is often found that the open edge location is situated above and adjacent to a loading bay door or an area that allows factory vehicles to manoeuvre in and around. This will provide easy access to the mezzanine for efficient loading and handling.

Ensure a Safe Environment

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The safety of employees is a priority. Because an employer is responsible for the health and safety of their employees, it is important to eliminate any risk of an accident especially falls from height when working on high level platforms.

At no point should an employee be exposed to an open edge. By installing railings, handrails and barriers an employer can eliminate any exposed edges and create a safe working environment while at height.

These protection barriers help protect the operatives using the mezzanine floor but also the people on the lower level below. If any goods or pallets happen to fall from height off of the mezzanine because there was no edge protection, this could potentially lead to an unwanted accident.

Load Safely with Pallet Gate Safety Barriers

Installing a pallet gate safety barrier onto a mezzanine floor will offer all round edge protection for operatives working on the mezzanine when loading and unloading at height.

When one side of the pallet gate barrier is open for the goods to be loaded into the gates’ loading bay from below, the other side of the gate acts as a safety barrier so operatives cannot fall off the edge.

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While loading a pallet gate can be securely locked until the goods are ready to be handled. Then once the goods are ready to be moved on the mezzanine, the pallet gate can be unlocked and moved into its reverse position, where the operative can take the goods out of the loading bay, knowing there is full edge protection and 100% safety at height.

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Pallet gates can play a key part within a warehouse environment not only for health and safety reasons but also for improved productivity and workplace efficiency. They are extremely easy to install, but can be removed and re-positioned elsewhere if the design of the mezzanine floor needed changing in the future.

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AJAX Swings into Action Down Under – AGAIN

So good, they came back for more…

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A specialist job requires a specialist solution which is why General Mills Australia, part of the sixth largest food group in the world, recently turned to the expertise of AJAX Safe Access.

Their load moving involves the use of an overhead hoist to lift high level loads away from the edge. This required a specially designed food grade stainless steel pallet gate barrier where no part of the gate hangs over the load when the gate is closed.

Canal Engineering’s design team came up with an innovative bespoke version of its AJAX pallet gate that was manufactured in the Nottingham factory before being shipped half way around the world.

 

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Safe Tanker Access While Working at Height

Ajax Safe Access have been busy in Hartlepool this month installing a staircase, platform and Righthite Step Unit construction for OMYA.

A leading global producer of industrial minerals and a worldwide distributor of specialty chemical, OMYA need to have efficient equipment to aid their daily processing procedures.

 

With various top loading tankers travelling to and from their Hartlepool location, OMYA required a safe access platform to access their tankers for maintenance and other loading uses.

From the OMYA specification, the Ajax team chose the Ajax Righthite Pneumatic Step Unit MK2, which was installed onto a double flight staircase and working platform.

With space being a premium at this location, the staircase construction was formed with a half landing for it to ‘dog-leg’ back on itself – reducing the floor space coverage.

 

Once installed, the Step Unit was tested for performance and signed off. Today, it is working daily with various tanker heights providing all-round protection for operatives working at height.

OMYA were very happy with the service and quality of manufacture and installation they are already looking to use similar Ajax products at their Amsterdam location.

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Bespoke Pallet Gate for Warehouse Mezzanine

Ajax Safe Access have recently taken their standard Roll Over Pallet Gate Barrier and made an important modification to meet the clients bespoke specification.

With limited space between the opening of their mezzanine and the doorway where the loading and unloading of goods will be transported through, Ajax designed one side of their Pallet Gate construction to fold in on itself.

 

This unique space saving idea was tested in the Ajax manufacturing facility before being transported to the warehouse unit and installed.

Now installed, single pallet width loads can be easily loaded and unloaded onto the mezzanine with the confidence that every staff member working at height will be protected from falling.

After unloading the pallet, the operative can close the side gate to maximise their floor space to manoeuvre the pallet through the doorway while maintaining safety in the warehouse.

 

 

Standard Roll Over Pallet Gate in Action:

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AJAX Bespoke Pneumatic Lifting Platform

AJAX products are recognised globally for unparalleled British quality and precision so when Thor Quimicos of Mexico required a pneumatic actuator platform they knew where to turn to. Thor specialise in the production and supply of a wide range of biocides, flame retardants and personal care ingredients. They too are widely regarded as the market leader within their field and due to the nature of some of their products, safety is of the upmost importance during production.

AJAX have an ever increasing strong reputation for quality in supplying safe access systems for specialist industries. Here, our bespoke service allowed Thor to address a unique issue in their processing area. AJAX created a pneumatic lifting system to provide access to an industrial dyer in their facility in Mexico.

Once drawings were approved, the engineers at AJAX created a platform with two actuators ensuring a strong and smooth motion. The steel supports and platform underwent a hot dipped galvanising process, followed by pre treatment and white paint to ensure every surface was able to handle the potentially toxic exposure in the factory. A built-in control panel allows for simple and efficient operation of the pneumatic actuators.

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Location of the pneumatic actuator within platform

Here the video illustrates the smooth operation of the platform during testing in our Nottingham based factory, prior to galvanising.

 

 

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Food Industry Distribution Platforms

Platforms for Warburton’s Bakery

 

With thousands of product units being produced and distributed across the country every day it is imperative that the connection between manufacture and distribution is on point.

AJAX Safe Access has been working with Warburton’s Bakery Company to provide the necessary connection needed to move their quality product into transport in the most efficient way. Having already purchased a vast amount of the AJAX Droprite Bridging Platform before, AJAX was chosen once again to manufacture and install 16 more access platforms for their largest bakery in West Yorkshire.

The industrial access platforms are manufactured and constructed out of galvanised steel with an aluminium durbar tread plate for long lasting durability and many years of maintenance free operation, which is ideal for busy food industry environments.

For simple operation, each safe access bridging platform has a gas strut fitted to assist the operative moving the platform to and from the commercial vehicles.

 

As Warburton’s continue to expand, AJAX will be on hand as an approved supplier providing the company with the necessary access for their distribution demands.

 

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Top Loading Tanker Safe Access

AJAX Safe Access has been busy manufacturing a number of Righthite Step Units for top loading tanker access with bespoke cage designs that are significantly larger than the standard AJAX safety cage. This new cage design is in place to protect workers in the hazardous and high level environments where they will be operating. The increased working area supplied by the cage allows the operator to move along the entire length of the tanker without the risk of falls from height.

 

The Step Units were constructed from mild steel and then galvanised for long lasting durability in harsh external environments. To compensate for the extra weight of the bespoke cages, AJAX fitted their pneumatics system to each Step Unit, which allowed the operator to have full control over the movement of the Units at all times.

 

The standard AJAX Righthite Step Units come in a range of sizes and tread widths to suit the variations of tanker and platform heights. The option of a Mobile Unit is also available for flexibility and increased manoeuvrability.

 

 

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Gigantic Bespoke Access for Railway Loading

 

AJAX Safe Access has been busy manufacturing a number of bespoke mobile access units to protect workers in hazardous and high level environments operating around railway lines. The company Amey approached AJAX with the task of fabricating a giant mobile access platform and three smaller mobile maintenance platforms to assist with cement top loading into railway tankers and electrifications maintenance.

Amey works with public and regulated sector clients to help create better places to live, work, and travel. With the same working outlook, AJAX accepted the project and began fabricating the units at their UK manufacturing site in Nottingham. Once built, the main platform stood a huge 4.5m tall becoming the largest mobile access platform fabricated by AJAX to date. All of the platforms on the units were tested to 200kg and specially manufactured toeing hitches installed for forklift trucks or other operating vehicles to manoeuvre the mobile units with ease.

Due to the size of the main unit, it was constructed in sections for better transportation. The mild steel units were sent to be fully galvanised protecting them in harsh environments and then transported to the railway site where they were fully assembled ready for use.

 

Photograph (left) demonstrating the size of the mobile platform compared to the size of our male workshop fabricator

 

 

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New AJAX Safe Access Technical Brochure

 

This month, AJAX Safe Access has launched their brand new Safe Access Technical Brochure. Hosted on our website, the brochure can be viewed in our turn page software or downloaded to your device to use on the move.

The new brochure features the latest innovations in safe access systems within a variety of industries providing safer working environments to eliminate falls from height.

The standard AJAX Safe Access range consists of fall prevention measures that assist operatives in their daily working environments.

Mezzanine floors with various heights can benefit from the AJAX roll over pallet gates and heavy duty, swing arm, platform safety gates. These provide the operative with all-round protection when loading and unloading.

Road and rail tankers can benefit from the AJAX tanker access platforms and mobile access platforms, which provide safe working environments at various heights.

AJAX has the knowledge and expertise to provide a solution to your problem, utilising their design and fabrication resources, and meeting your bespoke requirements.

 

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