STORAGE, HANDLING AND TRANSPORTATION
STORAGE & HANDLING GUIDELINES
Keep the product dry and out of direct contact with the ground. If stacked or bundled product becomes wet, separate it, wipe it with a clean, soft cloth to dry thoroughly.
Handle materials carefully to avoid damage, don’t drag materials over rough surfaces or each other, don’t drag tools over material and protect from swarf.
When storing coils on-site, keep them dry and out of direct contact with gravel. Ensure that the coils are well ventilated. For further guidelines, please consult the Safintra Technical Department.
Safintra profiles can be supplied in any length, limited only by handling and transport ordinance regulations. The normal length that can be transported by road is 13.2 metres. Saflok 700®, Saflok 410® and Newlok™ can be rolled on-site to any length required.
TECHNICAL & ESTIMATING SUPPORT SERVICES
Safintra offers technical support from all its branches.
This service is further supported by a National Engineering division with a primary focus on research and development, project guidance, troubleshooting and training in the professional sector.
Safintra is a SAIA, ECSA and ASAQS accredited CPD presenter and prides itself on the continuous development of training material.
A central estimating department is available to support with material quantity requirements.
Services mentioned above can vary regionally, as equipment and skills vary.
WET STORAGE STAIN
Steel sheets are normally treated with a special chromate solution, under strictly controlled conditions (i.e. the sheet is passivated) before leaving the coating mill. Although this process ensures long and satisfactory protection, wet storage stain can still occur. One of the main conditions which may give rise to this problem is sheets being exposed to water while stacked, which restricts air circulation between sheets.
It is therefore important that sheets remain dry and that they do not come into contact with each other at any point if exposed to water. If sheets cannot be stored in a dry storage space, they should be stood on end, elevated and spaced out at the bottom.
A drop in temperature after a warm, humid day may also lead to condensation of moisture throughout the stack. As sheets are often placed on the ground or very close to it, where the temperature is usually at its lowest during the night, the risk of condensation is increased.
The stain that is created does not compromise the integrity of the sheet, but does have a negative impact on the aesthetic value.