One industry that will always have a high need to survive is the food industry. From the suppliers to the processors, distribution centers to cold storage facilities, the entire supply chain that comprises the food industry will need to keep running to ensure fresh foods are stocking the shelves at local grocery stores all around the country.
That is why it’s critical to keep those facilities and each individual machine are up and running. Outside of complete shutdowns for events out of your power, the biggest threat in the facilities is normally the forklifts. Buzzing around the warehouse floors, picking and delivering items, these 10,000+ lbs. vehicles can inflict quite the amount of damage on machinery, dock doors, pallet racks, foundation walls, and the most critical asset, people.
Some facilities around the country have begun installing flexible guardrails to keep their assets protected but that has quickly begun to change. The flexible guardrail systems are not designed for stopping forklifts in their tracks. “Giving” and flexing towards the critical assets not only risks the chance of still hitting the asset but it’s also impacting the confidence forklift drivers have around the facility. If these guardrails can’t fully stop a forklift, how can the drivers and plant manager trust it?
If your facility managers and forklift drivers are looking for trust, there isn’t an industrial guardrail on the market that is trusted more than Ideal Shield’s innovative guardrail designs, all of which are made from U.S. Steel, sleeved in HDPE plastic, and are designed to withstand extreme temperatures (-40°F to 210°F).
The best bet for forklift protection around the facility. Our Heavy Duty Guardrail is engineer tested to withstand multiple collisions from 12,000lb forklifts traveling 8mph when cored in all high traffic areas. Once hit, the impact shock distributes evenly thought the entire section, resulting in minimal deflection. In one or two-line options, the design will allow you to install the guardrail closer to your critical asset, allowing for maximized floor space, while maintaining elite protection.
Similar design and shock absorption as the Heavy Duty Guardrail but not as much strength and the more cost-effective option. Our Standard Guardrail is engineer tested to withstand multiple impacts from a 12,000lb forklift traveling 4 mph when cored. Surface-mount, core-in, and removable options available to fit your exact needs.
There are several high-level critical assets within a food distribution and/or cold storage facility. But there may not be anything that needs to be properly protected more than the pallet racks. Filled with products, storage, and shipments, one small error can mean full facility shutdown. That’s why it’s key to install our Rack Guards around your racks to ensure those forklifts don’t clip or crash into the corners. Core & drop or base plate install options are available to fit your exact needs for protection and floor space.
If you’re looking for vertical protection for dock doors, overhead doors, and aisleways, the Goal Post Guardrail is exactly what you’ll need. Shaped like an upside-down football field goal, this money and maintenance saving guardrail system will protect your access points both high and low. Custom configured to fit your exact floor plan and needs, don’t worry about lengthy or costly installation as the system does not require on-site welding. We also offer speciality spools to help improve and ease the installation process in cold storage facilities.
Need to protect a large area, both high and long? Instead of adding another foundation wall in your facility, maintain proper light, visibility, and airflow while increasing protection with our Safety Wall Guardrail. Custom configurated to fit your exact protection needs, this jumbo guardrail is ideal for protecting machinery areas, storage areas (both stacked items and pallet racks), or any other large protection needs. You can also add infill panels to increase the level of protection and security.
Ideal Shield’s Industrial Guardrail Systems are the premier facility protection guardrails on the market. But if you’re looking for minor protection for the in-between areas, we also offer In-Plant Steel Shields for pallet racks, kickplates, corners, downspouts, and more.