Rack Transport Stability Team
Goal: To produce voluntary industry-wide test procedures and criteria for shipping large IT products on casters, cushioned or regular pallets, and/or shipping crates. See abbreviated project description below.
Call for All Interested Individuals: If you are interested in becoming an active participant of this important project please contact either A.J. Gruber of ISTA (517.333.3437) or Bob Sanders of IBM Corporation (910-821-8219).
Project Description: The goal of the Rack Transport Stability Team is to produce voluntary industry-wide test procedures and criteria for shipping large IT products on casters, cushioned or regular pallets, and/or shipping crates. The project goal is to improve transportation stability for products such as racks and storage systems when shipped, relocated or returned. The project may include test procedures for caster robustness, as well as static and/or dynamic stability. We anticipate gathering information on the ground transportation environment, including trucking and also material handling practices such as fork lifts, pallet jacks or manual handling.
Environmental characterization, dynamic studies and modeling should be the basis for the project. The test procedures and criteria should be based on most likely conditions, rather than exceptions.
Participating Team Members:
The Rack Transport Stability Team (RTST) collaboratively developed a Mover's Guide with the objective of documenting safer handling practices for large information technology rack products such as servers and storage systems. That Mover’s Guide has been updated as of February 2012.
As one of the project milestones, the intent of the Mover's Guide is to raise awareness of business partners and carriers of the potential for personal injury and/or financial loss during transport of racks. The Guide communicates and emphasizes new and existing safe handling procedures, with the goal to eliminate incidents going forward.
The RTST members welcome review and feedback from ISTA members and industry partners towards achieving the Mover's Guide objectives and goal.
Your contributing comments may be sent to Bob Sanders of IBM.
Download the RTST Mover's Guide.
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