One of the nation’s premier manufacturers of conventional, naturally derived and alternative multifunctional antimicrobials and preservatives is located in Lincoln, Rhode Island. While carefully considering ways to improve their manufacturing process, it was determined that a safer, more efficient method for accessing the company’s large tanks was needed. Through their collaboration with Bode Equipment Company, the manufacturer obtained a custom designed Wildeck mezzanine that allowed workers to safely add ingredients from an elevated work level.
By their very nature, cosmetic and beauty products are comprised of ingredients that are highly biodegradable. If left unchecked, unwanted microbiological growth can break down these products, making them unpleasant and unsafe for consumer use. To prevent this from happening, antimicrobials and preservatives are added to the product during the manufacturing process to inhibit the growth of contaminants. Companies wishing to add these protective ingredients to their products must first source them from a reputable manufacturer.
One of the nation’s premier manufacturers of conventional, naturally derived and alternative multifunctional antimicrobials and preservatives is located in Lincoln, Rhode Island. As part of the company’s manufacturing process, a variety of different ingredients are added to tanks that are located inside a warehouse. While carefully assessing their production processes, it was determined that a safer, more efficient method for adding ingredients to the tanks was needed.
After a careful consideration of all their available options, the manufacturing company decided to contact Bode Equipment Company, a trusted dealer of Wildeck’s versatile material handling solutions. After surveying the facility where the antimicrobials and preservatives were produced and carefully considering all the project’s constraints, Bode Equipment Company knew that a custom Wildeck mezzanine was the right solution for the project.
Wildeck mezzanines (also known as work platforms) are installed between the floor and the ceiling in an industrial setting to help a company capitalize upon a building’s existing overhead space. In addition to increasing a building’s total square footage, a Wildeck mezzanine provides a sturdy and secure location for the performance of critical manufacturing tasks.
Through a collaboration with Wildeck’s team of experienced structural engineers, Bode Equipment Company was able to present the manufacturer with a custom mezzanine design that measured 56’ by 26’. Three portholes through the mezzanine’s deck provided personnel with 360° access to the tops of the tanks, increasing the safety and efficiency with which ingredients could be added. Additionally, a deck height of 9’ 5” meant that the space beneath the mezzanine could be used for storage and personnel would be able to easily access the lower portions of the tanks for maintenance and operational tasks. Square tube handrail (painted safety yellow) was installed around the perimeter of the platform’s deck for added protection on the elevated work area. A sliding gate was also installed to provide a way for palletized materials to be safely transported to and from the top of the mezzanine via forklift.
“Given the customer’s unique needs, we knew that a team of creative and experienced structural engineers was needed, and our immediate thought was Wildeck,” said Scott Rose, Sr. Sales and Project Manager at Bode Equipment Company. “Wildeck’s mezzanine engineering capabilities are unparalleled by any other manufacturer in the industry.”