Pole design features
For glass and window transportation systems supplied by The Glass Racking Company we have an overall system which assists with saving time, reducing damage and hence rework, and addresses health and safety. There are many components which work together to provide a system which addresses these needs very well.
The pole is one of these components. Following on from last weeks blog, the benefits are in the detail of the pole. Our pole is designed with a tongue at the bottom which fits into slots so that it can have multiple positions out from the rack. On a standard van rack there are 9 positions, so depending on the thickness of the load, the pole can always be positioned close to the glass. The top of the pole has a pin with a spring, and also has 9 positions. Having the pole close to the glass load is a stronger solution, and allows the non-marking snub block and 4 glass retention blocks to do their work. The spring on the top pin pressures the pole down into position even when travelling over uneven ground. The tongue is flat so stops the pole from twisting, which is particularly relevant in a collision. All components are zinc or galv coated mild steel for strength and longevity, or aluminium, meaning that their functionality and appearance deteriorates little over the useful life of the rack. The components are bolted or mono-bolted together so that parts can be easily replaced as new and better components are developed, something which is more difficult if welds are used. And finally the aluminium pole itself is concaved to provide greater strength than a standard square section, to allow easier grip in wet conditions, and the right level of flex for glass retention.
The above focuses on glass retention poles for external racks, and our poles for internal glass racks and poles for window retention have similar design benefits.
These may all seem like little things, and maybe they are, but they've been developed over 20 years based on how our products have performed in the field. Trials and experience gleaned from customers has allowed us to perfect the little things which comprise the total solution.
For most of our customers their vehicle(s) is one of the key assets of their business, and for many it's the place they (or at least one of their staff) spend long periods. It's got to be right! Having vehicles which save time, reduce damage and rework, and address health and safety is essential.