This blog post will outline suggested guidelines that should be considered when handling and storing Isowall sandwich panels.
The Isowall structural composite panel consists of a core of thermally efficient insulation material sandwiched between two outer pre-stressed skins and bonded to them. This gives the panel its impressive strength characteristics. Various facing materials and finishes are available.
- Panels should be stored away from inflammable materials and fire hazards such as areas where welding or burning work is carried out. Smoking must also be prohibited from panel storage and installation areas.
- All surface finishes on Isowall panels offer good abrasion resistance, although care and consideration should be taken when moving and handling panels to prevent damage.
- Panel edges and corners are especially vulnerable and should be protected.
- Panels should be lifted at their ends and not their edges. Caution should be given to sharp panel edges. Safety gloves are recommended when handling panels.
- When removing panels from a stack, never drag them, as small pieces of swarf may be present between the panels, which may score the facing. The panel should be removed by turning them on their edges and then lifting.
- Packs of panels should be lifted by ropes and slings and not chains or cables. Wide spreaders should be positioned above and below the panels to protect them from edge damage when lifting.
- If panels are stored in the open, they should be stacked, off the ground and left covered, with weather/UV proof sheeting until required.
- Panels are usually supplied in packs. They are packed on bearers and can be unloaded in most situations using standard forklifts. Packs should be lifted singularly, supported from the centre.
- Panels should not be stacked and left out in the open exposed to rain and sun for an extended period. In addition, panels should have a layer of polyethylene plastic between each panel, and the stack should be covered with plastic.
The guidelines mentioned above are not exhaustive – please contact our Technical Department should you require any further information.