Streamlining access and ensuring safety in the food and beverage industry
A Case Study in Providing Safe Working Environments for Unlimited Savory Systems with KATTSAFE’s Caged Ladder and Cage Security Gate
Food and Beverage
situation overview: unlimited savory systems
Unlimited Savory Systems, a leading player in the food and beverage industry, has been revolutionizing the culinary world with its exceptional range of seasonings and flavors. With a commitment to quality and innovation, Unlimited Savory Systems continuously strives to meet the ever-evolving demands of the market and its customers. As part of their growth strategy, the company recently partnered with KATTSAFE, a brand of FIXFAST USA, to address a critical need: the installation of a fixed ladder to access their HVAC units efficiently.
Unlimited Savory Systems recognized the necessity of a fixed ladder to enhance their operations and ensure the safety of their facilities. Like many companies in the food and beverage industry, Unlimited Savory Systems, operates in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. They understand that maintaining optimum working conditions, particularly in their HVAC systems, is crucial to product quality, employee comfort, and overall productivity.
According to industry data, HVAC units account for a significant portion of a facility’s energy consumption, typically ranging from 40% to 60%. With such a considerable impact on operating costs, the ability to easily access and maintain these units is paramount. However, Unlimited Savory Systems faced a challenge as their HVAC units were positioned at elevated heights, making them difficult to reach for routine maintenance and inspections.
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Efficiency and Timeliness: With a fixed ladder in place, Unlimited Savory’s maintenance team could access the HVAC units quickly and directly, reducing the time and effort required for routine inspections, cleaning, and repairs. This efficient process allows for minimal disruption to production schedules, ensuring smooth operations and maximum output.
Safety Compliance: As safety regulations within the food and beverage industry continue to evolve, it is vital for every organization to maintain compliance with OSHA standards. By installing a fixed ladder, Unlimited Savory Systems demonstrated their commitment to providing a safe working environment for their employees, reducing potential risks associated with improvised methods of accessing the HVAC units.
Cost Savings: A well-maintained HVAC system in a food and beverage facility leads to energy efficiency, resulting in substantial cost savings. Regular inspections and cleaning of HVAC units help prevent equipment breakdowns, reduce energy waste, and extend the lifespan of the systems. By availing easier and safer access to their HVAC units, Unlimited Savory Systems effectively optimized their maintenance processes, leading to potential long-term cost savings.
“FIXFAST USA was amazing to work with. Their whole team runs like a family. They were fast, efficient, and provided a superior product.”
– Zac Sturtz, Building Manager
One of the primary challenges was the building’s 2-inch overhang between the concrete and metal substrate on which the ladder was to be installed. As per OSHA guidelines, the ladder needed to have a 7-inch clearance to ensure safe and easy access to the walking-working surface. To address this challenge, our team trimmed down a larger metal bracket to maintain the clearance needed and ensure safety compliance.
Another challenge our team encountered was the need for external bracing to stabilize the ladder in an off-floor mount position. To ensure the ladder maintained its off-floor mount position securely, our team developed a customized angled brace specifically designed to provide the necessary support and stability. By customizing the angled brace, we were able to position the ladder at the desired height while maintaining its stability and integrity.
The installation of a fixed ladder for Unlimited Savory System’s HVAC units proved to be a crucial addition in ensuring efficient access, safety compliance, and cost savings. This solution will allow the maintenance team to access the units quickly and directly, reducing the time and effort required for routine tasks. By adhering to safety regulations, Unlimited Savory Systems demonstrated their commitment to providing a safe working environment. Additionally, the ladder installation optimized maintenance processes, leading to potential long-term cost savings. The collaboration between Unlimited Savory Systems and KATTSAFE, a brand of FIXFAST USA, resulted in a successful project that showcased their commitment to continuous improvement and operational excellence in the food and beverage industry.