Because of the regular down time and increased costs experienced by operators who employ conventional coil handling and coil storage systems, many firms are seeking more efficient methods that reduce the incidence of inner- and outer-wrap damage. More sustainable, or green coil storage systems have been found to be not only more efficient but also more sustainable they are not only constructed of recycled materials, but they are also recyclable themselves.
Traditional methods of coil storage involve the use of wood, a practice that many industrial professionals consider to be a waste of natural resources. In addition, because of woods natural absorption of oil from steel coils, this method can result in costly hazardous-material disposal costs. Wood coil storage systems are also difficult to maintain, and if blocks are not properly designed, installed, or maintained, serious safety issues can result. Clearly, the use of wood in coil storage systems is only a short-term solution that results in very high lifecycle costs for coil storage operators.
Recently, coil storage operators have found relief from hazardous wood coil storage systems in “greener” polymeric coil storage systems. These systems, which when designed with appropriately sized components provide safer and more efficient coil storage solutions, are made of different polymeric compounds based on the physical properties and lifecycle desired by particular coil storage operators. One Dutch company has created a system that can withstand as much as 100 tons and accommodate three-high stacking without the need for chains! The polymer used in this system has been applied to the new RollStop coil storage system, which employs an easy-to-install design with four simple components.
The biggest advantage to polymeric coil storage systems like the RollStop system is that they are made of recycled components. Furthermore, because these coil storage systems are designed to have 30-year lives, the material used to compose them material that would otherwise be thrown away or recycled is taken out of the waste disposal and recycling system for a long period of time, thereby saving the time, energy, and costs associated with the lengthy recycling process.
Because polymeric coil storage systems feature benefits such as improved safety, simple installation and maintenance, and rugged, polymeric components that do not split, break, or absorb oil, these systems significantly outperform their traditional wood counterparts.