Patent awarded for seismic-safe racking

by MM&D Online Staff
A still from the rack testing video.
A still from the rack testing video.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA—Hannibal Industries, Inc, a pallet rack and steel tube manufacturer, has been awarded a US Patent for TubeRack. Owned by Hannibal Industries, Inc and TubeRack Inventor, Andrew Kirby, the new patent reduces seismic damage to stored goods in distribution centres and protects the people working in those facilities.

“My first priority as an engineer is saving peoples lives, and TubeRack’s dual-moment frame creates a stronger, safer and more flexible system that will save the lives of people in distribution centres during seismic activity. I am very proud of that,” said Andrew Kirby.

“Our goal at Hannibal Industries is to engineer innovative material handling solutions and TubeRack Inventor, Andrew Kirby has partnered with us to provide a smarter alternative to conventional racking systems,” said Hannibal Industries’ President, Blanton Bartlett. “We are honored to work with Andrew Kirby and very proud of our latest patent.”

Since its initial release in 2012, TubeRack has successfully been installed globally, endured its first-ever impact test, formed strategic partnerships to develop a new racking product and has expanded into new industries.

TubeRack’s modular design is engineered to be more impact resistant, to reduce product shedding in the case of an impact or seismic event, offers better tolerances, and lowers freight costs. The system’s dual-moment frame allows flexibility both front-to-back and side-to-side giving it the ability to withstand impacts and seismic activity.

The company’s YouTube channel shows a video of the rack being impact tested.