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Handling guidelines

Handling guidelines for transportation and storage

As a general principle, Rittal products should be stored and transported carefully in accordance with these guidelines. These guidelines apply to all individuals and companies involved in the transport chain.

  • Vehicle equipment

    The facilities and equipment of vehicles must comply with the Rittal vehicle fleet requirements, copies of which are available on request. As a general principle, all loading should be carried out in such a way as to ensure traffic and transport safety.

  • Clamping strip

    Clamping strips should be used to prevent tilting and falling. Safety straps are used in containers.

  • Handling symbols

    As a general principle, all products should be transported, stored and loaded in accordance with the handling symbols shown on the packaging. (example: upright loading of enclosure panels and enclosures)

  • Form-fit loading

    The safest way of ensuring safe loading is to avoid empty spaces and use the load-bearing capacity of the vehicle sides.

  • Edge protection

    Corner brackets should be used to additionally protect enclosure panels in the transport frames against damage caused by impact and chafing.

  • Air bags

    Any unavoidable loading gaps should be filled in using air bags.

  • Protection devices

    To protect the products, air bags must be used between the product and adjacent metal parts (such as stanchions) to protect against impact and chafing.

  • Packaging

    The packaging protects Rittal products from the usual impacts of transport. Drops, impacts, chafing and high pressures are not absorbed by the packaging and will result in damage.

  • Work safety

    In order to prevent products in frames from tipping over, enclosure panels with a width of more than 800 mm should be placed in a diagonal position prior to removal by moving the rear clip.

  • Anti-slip pads

    For stacked goods (such as wooden crates), anti-slip pads and, where necessary, lashing should be used.

  • Product- and transportation-safe loads

    Part-loads should be loaded safely using straps, bands etc.

  • Loading aids

    EURO exchange pallets must comply with the exchange criteria of the European pallet pool. Rittal's own load carriers should be handled in accordance with the valid guidelines. Loading aids with inadequate load capacity, major splintering, contamination, breakages or missing boards should be logged and removed from circulation.

  • Fork-lift trucks

    As a general rule, the fork-lift should only be used in the lower zone across the entire area, with a maximum contact pressure of 90 bar. Special requirements (e.g. warning notices: do not clamp) MUST be observed.

  • Use of industrial trucks

    The careful use of industrial trucks (fork-lifts, lifting trucks etc.) is essential for damage-free transportation. Adjacent stored products are particularly at risk, for example, from protruding forks.

  • Declaration of conformity for load protection

    The loading and load protection techniques outlined in the Rittal handling guidelines comply with the requirements of the valid VDI Guidelines 3968 / 2700 ff and the requirements of road safety legislation.

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