Shelving Guide 2012

Welcome to our recently updated shelving guide below offering advice and choices available. Please contact us if you would like a free visit from one of our experienced storage technicians.

This article is designed to give you enough information so that you can narrow down the search for the right shelving system for your requirements.

Archive Shelving

Archive shelving system

Archive shelving is a standard clip together shelving system designed to hold lots of document boxes or we have another range designed to hold lever arch files.  The archive shelving is easy to put together and comes complete with the cardboard archive boxes and is excellent for the long term storage of accounts and paperwork not required on a regular basis.

Standard Shelving

Standard adjustable shelving

Standard shelving system, Quickly and easily assembled,requiring only a rubber mallet, this range of products offers fast and economic solutions to everyday storage problems.
Available in a range of robust colourful finishes, or with pre-galvanised uprights and beams,these units are at home in any environment.

With 18mm FSC certified sustainable chipboard shelves as standard and a wide range of depths and widths, the Standard Range offers flexible and cost effective storage solutions.
Supplied as ready to build units, shelving bays are available with optional extra shelf levels for
adaptability or can be designed to your specific needs.

Installation service is available if required on the Mainland UK.

Euro Shelving (Stormor)

Euro shelving with two bays

Euro shelving with two bays

Euro shelving clad on the sides and back

Euro shelving clad on the sides and back

Euro shelving system or Stormor. Wherever there’s a need for storage, there’s a job for Stormor Euro Shelving.
From stand alone single units to multi-level storage bays, Stormor Euro Shelving is the single, simple-to-use, versatile solution.
Modular in design for ease of assembly, Stormor Euro Shelving offers almost limitless scope for the creation of customised storage facilities; and a complementary range of accessories extends its capabilities still further.
Stormor Euro Shelving features unique shelf support clips that simply slot into place giving firm support for even the heaviest loading requirements, yet allowing for quick and easy repositioning whenever required.

Standard shelves will support loads of up to 200kg (440lbs) – and when even that’s not enough, there’s the option to specify heavy or extra heavy duty for the more demanding storage

Longspan Shelving System

Longspan or Widespan shelving system

Longspan or Widespan shelving system

Longspan or Widespan shelving has a lot of uses and is essential if you are storing large items that physically would not fit on our standard shelving. You’ll find Longspan at work almost everywhere. In business, industry and the public sector, there’s no end to the applications for one of the world’s most adaptable shelving systems.
From simple stand-alone shelf units to automated order-picking installations, Longspan gives the same reliability, quality and performance. Automotive components, library books, stationery,
museum artefacts, even geological samples – these and hundreds of other items are safely stored away in shelving schemes constructed from Longspan.
Use Longspan as a space saver, maximising height in narrow-aisle storage installations; use it in conjunction with mobile shelving schemes for high density storage where space is at a premium; use
it in shops and offices, schools and hospitals; use it anywhere and everywhere there’s a need for efficient, hard-wearing storage.

Mobile Shelving

Mobile shelving system

Mobile shelving system

Mobile shelving is the best choice where storage space is restricted as normal shelving requires access aisles for each run, mobile shelving only needs the one.

Technical Specification

  • Shelf depths 300mm, 370mm, 400mm, 450mm
  • Mobile bases available as back-to-back only.
  • Static bases available as singles only.
  • Shelf height 1850mm or 2150mm high Stormor shelving (Duo or Mono only)
  • Mobile base depth 1000mm
  • Floor module dimensions 750mm, 900 or 1200mm wide by 1000mm deep
  • Maximum weight loading 3000 kg per mobile base, 500 kg per bay based on Uniformly Distributed Load

Pallet Racking

Pallet Racking

Pallet Racking

Pallet racking is not strictly a shelving system as the picture above shows.  Pallet racking by definition requires a pallet to work and either a stacker or fork lift truck to load and unload.

Racking systems use the parallel bars to support the pallets and can have drop over panels in either wood or steel allowing them to be used as shelving. A standard upright as shown above will support over 12,000 kg and there are heavy duty versions that increase this by a large margin.

Pallet racking is the ultimate storage system as it can be designed for narrow aisle fork lifts offering a more dense storage system, Drive in racking with First in last out also dynamic and with some customers a mezzanine platform can be added to the top of the racking.

Professional pallet racking system

Professional pallet racking system

We at Merlin have access to experienced storage engineers who can help select the most cost effective storage solution for you based on your current and future needs as well as your budget.

Please contact us for a free visit or visit our Shelving Section.

No more Dirty Ladders or Steps

Portable ladders and step stools in supermarkets and areas of industrial and commercial hygiene are usually filthy and repulsive – even after repeated cleaning attempts!

Why is this so?

Most portable ladders are not anodized aluminium – for cost reasons. Non-anodized aluminium ladders are getting dirtier over time; chemical and mechanical cleaning efforts do not remove the dirt but only harden it: aluminium oxide (“black abrasion dirt”) is harder than aluminium and forms a chemical compound with wet and greasy dirt parts that becomes encrusted insolubly with aluminium.

Stop permanent dirt – use “Skylax ladders”:

(1) Not only the frame but also the steps are made of anodized aluminium i.e. without unsightly permanent dirt.

(2) Large coloured pads, which form a unique non-slip tread, are not made of PVC but of a material with closed-cell: water, grease, oil, acids do not penetrate the surface and are readily washed off with clean water without solvents (see models for “open” and “closed cells”).

(3) For special requirements all ladders and steps are also manufactured with high-gloss red coating which repels all fats, acids, chlorides; is more than 10 years salt-water resistant; moreover, it is electrically insulating.

(4) You may clean Skylax ladders the same way you clean equipment in food departments and HACCP areas: with high pressure cleaners.

(5) Life cycle: 10 years

Preferred use:

· food processing industry
· chemical industry
· pharmaceutical industry
· refrigeration cells
· catering
· supermarkets
· hospitals
. laboratories
· offices
· kindergarten
. retirement homes
. schools
· living area
· expositions and areas with customers contact

Stop dirty ladders now!
Invest in – cleanliness – easy handling – safety and reliability.

Clocks go back this Weekend

It is the end of the British summertime and the encroaching winter is upon us!  Do not forget to change your clocks this weekend.

Since 1972, Britain has decided to go with Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) in winter, and British Summer Time (BST) in Summer.

Clocks move one hour backwards.

Sunday 26 October 2 O’clock in the morning change to 1 O’clock

Next Years times;

2009: the Sundays of 29 March + 1 and 25 October -1
2010: the Sundays of 28 March + 1 and 31 October -1
2011: the Sundays of 27 March + 1 and 30 October -1

How to remember;

Spring Forward

Fall Back (Fall = Autumn)

Now is a good time to dust off the reflective jackets and get batteries for the bike lights.

Myotonic Dystrophy

How can Myotonic Dystrophy affect your health?

It is important to remember that Myotonic Dystrophy is a highly variable disease so it is difficult to predict how one individual will be affected. The range of symptoms and the severity of symptoms both vary enormously. Age at onset when the disease first appears ranges from birth to old age. Although the disease is highly variable it can be broadly grouped into three categories.

1.Minimal. Individuals develop symptoms late in life. Cataracts are often the only symptom or there may also be mild muscle involvement.

2.Classical or adult onset. This type of Myotonic Dystrophy begins in adult life and is characterised by progressive muscle stiffness and weakening. Many other systems can be involved in varying degrees.

3.Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy. This is the most severe from of the disease and is present from birth.

Normally when the disease is passed on to the next generation it becomes more severe and the age at onset decreases. This pattern is called anticipation and means that in one family the grandparent may have cataracts as the only symptom, the parent may have the adult onset form of the disease and the child could be severely affected with congenital Myotonic Dystrophy.

Important features involving other systems may be more troublesome than the muscle symptoms and can seriously affect health. Specialists in these other systems may be unfamiliar with Myotonic Dystrophy and may not diagnose it.

Muscle Weakness – Weakness is very variable and may range from mild to severe. It particularly involves the face and eyelids, jaw, neck, forearms and hands, lower legs and feet. It can affect speech and give lack of facial expression.

Myotonia – Myotonia is a difficulty in relaxing a muscle after it has bee contracted, for example it may be difficult to let go after gripping something.

Heart problems – Abnormal rhythm of the heart might require treatment. This can affect adults even those without other symptoms. Regular ECGs (heart tracings) of affected adults are advised to detect problems at an early stage.

Chest and Breathing problems – Chest infections may result from weakness of breathing muscles or form food entering the lungs as a result of choking. Inadequate breathing during the night may lead to disturbed sleep, snoring, difficulty waking, morning headaches and daytime sleepiness.

Tiredness – Tiredness is very common and can occur at any time of the day.

Digestive problems – These are common as the muscle throughout the digestive system may be affected. This may lead to: swallowing problems (which can also be a cause of food entering the lungs), pains in the bowels with constipation and diarrhea, soiling of underwear particularly when stressed or excited and occasionally enlargement of the large bowel. Gallstones which can cause painful spasms after eating fatty food can be a problem in Myotonic Dystrophy and great care needs to be taken with any surgical treatment.

Eye problems – Cataracts can cause blurring and dimming of vision. This may be the only problem caused by Myotonic Dystrophy especially in the first affected generation of a family. Droopy eyelids can cause a problem with reading and watching television. Affected individuals should have regular check ups at the optician and see a medical eye specialist if there is any concern.

Anaesthetics and surgery – Myotonic Dystrophy can cause problems with recovery after an operation when certain anaesthetic drugs are used. Make sure that the surgeon and anaesthetist are aware of the condition before an operation. They may wish to contact a specialist centre for advice. A medical alert card or document (supplied free of charge by the support group) should be carried at all times in your wallet or purse in case of an accident or emergency.

Other problems include – Male infertility, diabetes (ask to have your blood or urine sugar checked regularly), the muscle in the womb may be involved and lead to a long difficult labour so that obstetric help may be required and the brain may be affected causing thinking and learning difficulties especially when onset is in childhood.

Special Difficulties in affected children – Muscle involvement can be more severe, especially when Myotonic Dystrophy is present from birth. Sometimes affected babies may only live for a short time. Speech, educational and behavioural problems can occur.

Genetic Tests – Accurate genetic tests are possible for healthy individuals who are at risk of developing Myotonic Dystrophy in the future because they have an affected parent or grandparent and early in pregnancy where one parent is affected. Genetic counseling is advised if genetic testing is being considered.

Information supplied by Prof. Peter Harper CBE FRCP DM, Professor and Consultant in Medical Genetics, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff.

Not all patients need to be followed by a specialist clinic but all should be given full information about the condition and its consequences, including genetic aspects, and should have a clear plan for when medical help is needed. Specialist advice should always be sought in relation to surgery and anaesthesia, pregnancy or serious illness. A wide range of disability aids exist. It is important that these are chosen with expert assistance.

At present there is no cure for Myotonic Dystrophy but this may change as a result of rapid progress in our understanding of how the disorder is caused – meanwhile all people with Myotonic Dystrophy can help themselves by knowing about their condition, recognising and avoiding hazards, and by informing doctors and other professionals.

Smoking Ban UK

New Smoking Ban Regulations

The smoking ban in enclosed public places will be introduced in Wales and Northern Ireland in April 2007. From 1st July 2007, all work and enclosed public places within England must be smoke-free by law.

The smoking ban will apply to offices, factories, shops, supermarkets, pubs, bars, restaurants, membership clubs, public transport and work vehicles that are used by more than one person. Indoor workplace smoking rooms will no longer be allowed. Anyone wishing to smoke will have to go outside.

Premises and vehicles that are to be smoke-free under the new law will be required to have no-smoking signs in place and displayed in a prominent position; failure to display signage will result in an on the spot fine of £200.  Smokers lighting up in banned areas will also face a fixed penalty notice of £50.