Van Racking System as to Save Time and Work in Proper Conditions
Posted: Apr 12, 2017
When your task is to install, repair or maintain machines far away from your company or even in open filed the main point is to have all you need with you and the best way to achieve this is to operate by a van or pick-up fully equipped. Different tasks need different vehicles and different equipments but the common point is to convert you van as to have a proper space where you can carry out them smoothly. With regard to organizing you tools, spare parts and works stations there are monies alternatives of van racking systems in terms of materials and items.
VAN RACKING EQUIPEMNT: WOOD, STEEL OR ALUMINIUM
In the past van racking systems were made of wood because it was the cheapest material and very easy to manipulate but, on drawbacks side, it had also low mechanical resistance, heavy weight and it was not a good friend of fire and humidity/water. The next generation of van racking systems where made of steel, often finished by powder coating, and use of small plastic components, this solution solve most of the problem of wood, all but one … heavy weight. Nowadays the last generation of van racking system are made of aluminium the most used material in automotive sector because of the search of weight reduction as to contain fuel consumption. Notwithstanding these considerations wooden van racking systems are still used in countries like Brazil, Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Mexico and Spain whereas steel van racking systems operates worldwide and aluminium van racking systems are the less recurring being the last comer.
WHY CONVERTING YOUR VAN?
However, what does it mean to equip a van with a racking system? Conceptually is very similar to that of furnishing an apartment where you create a space to cook or keep your clothes and you do it with a specific aim: saving time to find things or having right tools to accomplish your task. Given that, van-racking systems must provide a working station with all three main points: space for tools, space for spare components and space to work. Usually a van racking systems organize space for tools close to floor by compartments which retain them in place during drive as systems to fasten tools suitcase to van racking or door to keep them in place. In the median part of van-racking system can be located any type of items: shelves, drawers, bins and lockers. The most simple and economic is a shelf system, it is not innovative, it is always open and fix, there is not differentiation (dividers apart) but it work. Bins are suited for small spare parts and they can be taken away, lockers can be used for keeping documents or tools safer and drawers can store components and tool closed. The final part of a van racking system is completed by shelves because of structural and balancing reasons. Concerning working stations they can be installed outside the rear/side door by working bench or inside by a lower racking system terminated by a wooden desk where technician can carry out some preparatory operations.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN FITTING A VAN?
Finally converting a van mean to develop a van-racking system will suite the interior of specific van model, van bodies have two particularity: wheel on the floor and bending narrowly on the roof. In effect van racking system can change their width at different height and are developed tighter at the floor, wider in the central part and tighter at the roof. The first step is to install a floor, usually made of 9/12 millimetres wood with phenolic adhesive, they are made of one or more parts which are recomposed and fastened using fixing points on the van floor. Van-racking system is then fastened on wooden floor and on the body walls (left, right or even bulkhead). The conversion can be completed by van accessories as hands washing kit, documents keeper, cable reel holder, roof vent, aerosol can tray, hook bar and so on. An upgrade on full conversion it is to equipped also the roof by roof bars, ladder rack system and pipe tube, the compound of these roof-rackings allow to increase the storage capacity of the van and take full advantage of it. This is most common in case of low roof because they are easily accessible by standing but there are hydraulic systems solutions to access even high roof van without any efforts.
Stefano Pezzoli is content marketer, freelance writer, internet entrepreneur.