"From our testing we determined that our base isolation system can dissipate 85% of the seismic energy exerted on a storage rack system during an earthquake," said James Courtwright, RIDG-U-RAK’s Chief Project Engineer.
RIDG-U-RAK’s patented Seismic Base Isolation System:
Recognizing the need to develop a product that would reduce the risk of product loss, damage and personal injury around storage rack installations during seismic events, RIDG-U-RAK invested in a multi-year R&D project. Development of the RIDG-U-RAK Seismic Base Isolation System included more than 100 full scale triaxial shake table tests preformed at the Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory located at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
RIDG-U-RAK developed this system in accordance with performance levels outlined in FEMA 460 Seismic Considerations for Steel Racks Located in Areas Accessible to the Public. These guidelines are for facilities using steel rack systems in retail environments where public safety is a very real concern during a seismic event.
For more information on RIDG-U-RAK’s systems, contact Dave Olson toll free at 866-479-7225 or email: [email protected]
RIDG-U-RAK, a leading manufacturer of storage rack systems for distribution centers, industrial warehouses and retail shopping facilities, is a member of RMI, the Rack Manufacturers Institute, MHIA the Material Handling Institute of America and MHEDA the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association. Customers include most large scale retail, home improvement, distribution centers and industrial warehouse operations.