Storage and transport of aluminium profiles
You are welcome to find out more about our recommended methods of storage and transport of aluminium profiles.
In accordance to customer needs we present pre-contractual information on the protection of pre-finished profile surfaces as well as helping the client making the right choice concerning transport and storage.
During unloading, the customer is required to verify the packages, in the presence of the driver, and to look for any non conformities such as moisture, damage or missing items which should be noted in the transport documents which will be a basis for a complaint procedure. Since Sapa uses the services of external transport operators, then if NO damages or missing parts have been reported then we will assume that the delivered goods have been recieved in one piece and in good condition.
To ensure the stability of the packages and the profiles (frail profiles in particular) then a fork-lift truck should be used for unloading. The distance between the forks should be adjusted so as not to damage the profiles and to keep the profiles straight.
An optional package system for protecting the profiles during transportation can be offered through Sapa. However if a client has his own packaging system then we can adapt accordingly.
During storage the following points must be respected:
- Cardboard packaging - the front side should be kept open.
- Plastic foil - should be cut open and stored in bulk (the profiles should be seperated so as to protect them from possible damage).
- The storage place for the profiles should be dry, humidity and temperatures should remain constant and the surfaces of the profiles should be kept free from any dust particles. The room should be adequately ventilated as this protects the profiles from moisture.
- If the profiles are kept on a shop floor, then they should be protected against splinters from grinding and welding, renovations and construction works.
- Profiles may loose their colour in the event of being exposed to certain substances, which can be difficult to remove.
- Profiles should not be cut under any circumstances whether packed or unpacked.
- Particular attention should be given to the height and arrangement of the keepers as they can topple over the stacked profiles or the profiles can deform under their own weight.
- Corrosion is also possible if the profiles get into contact with moisture or acid/basic substances. Crevice corrosion happens to un-coated profiles when exposed to rain or condensation during storage or transportation. Decoloration is also possible and stains difficult to remove, however this doesn't affect their strength.
- Please note that uncoated profiles should not be stored outside as this can lead to oxygen or moisture-induced decoloration. It is therefore necessary to keep them stored indoors in a dry place, free from temperature fluctutaion that might induce condensation.
- Also please note that when handling uncoated aluminium profiles ALWAYS wear gloves as bare hands may also lead to corrosion caused by (acidic) sweat.
Recommendations for coated profiles
Profiles should be cleaned on a regular basis so as to preserve their appearance. This can be done by using neutral detergents. Use solvents to remove durable stains. Do not use alkaline solutions as they can damage the coating. Finally do not use abrasive cleaners and nonmovens such as Scotch-Brite as they may cause mechanical damage.