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What is a Uniform Distributed Load (UDL)?

What is a Uniform Distributed Load (UDL)?

A Uniform Distributed Load (or UDL) is a phrase mainly used by the storage shelving and racking industry to denote how much weight each shelf in a shelving or racking system can safely store. At Workplace Products, we use UDL to help our customers select the correct type of shelving system to suit their requirements, to make sure their new storage shelving stores products evenly across each shelf with no point having a much heavier load that the rest of the shelf.

When to consider a UDL?

When you come to select a new shelving system you’ll have a few things to consider such as what you’ll be storing and where the new system will be installed, plus you’ll also be considering the quantity of items you’ll be storing. These aspects will give you a good indication of the right type of shelving to purchase.

Before you go out and spend, you’ll want to consider the weight of the items you want to store and calculate whether the new system will be able to handle the load. You’ll also want to consider whether the weight of the load the shelf is to take can be distributed evenly across the platform.

uniform distributed load infographic

UDL Infographic

It’s fairly crucial that you calculate the weight of the items to be stored and ensure that the weight can be distributed evenly across the shelf.   A non-uniform distributed load can have a detrimental effect on your business given the safety issues it could generate if not stored evenly.  By not calculating the UDL, the health and safety of your employees is put at risk.

If an employee became injured as the result of uncalculated UDL, it could be considered as negligent and insurance policies could become void.  An uncalculated UDL could also be an expensive mistake to make if the stored goods become damaged and need to be replaced due to the shelving system not having the product weight distributed evenly.

Why is UDL important?

Apart from the health and safety aspects, a correct uniform distributed load across each shelf reduces the stress placed on each shelving beam and upright, ensuring your system stays as good and strong as when it was first installed. We recommend that if your items to be stored come close to the max UDL of the shelf, you look at selecting or switching to a heavier duty storage solution with a larger UDL capacity.

For more information or advise on UDL and selecting the right storage shelving for you, please contact us on 01922 743833 or email us:

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Pre-Order your GoCabby today and see how it can help fight theft

With the new GoCabby about to hit the shelves, we decided to take a look at how this new product could help schools hold on to their valuable mobile ICT equipment. Almost half of education establishments have been victims of mobile ICT theft during the last three years, according to new research in the Teaching Times.

The data they have shows that 45 percent of education establishments had mobile devices, such as laptops, music players, and tablets stolen between 2009 and 2011. More than a quarter of establishments (27 percent) had mobile ICT equipment stolen in 2011.

Laptops were the most common device to be stolen over the three year period (42 percent), with an increase in tablet computers being stolen due to their rise in popularity and pricing.

While 83 percent of those surveyed in Teaching Times claim that they have an ICT security policy in place, almost a quarter of these do not include guidelines for physically securing devices to prevent them from being stolen. Also, almost two thirds of education establishments asked have not been given training on how to protect their mobile ICT devices from theft.

From this research, it suggests that theft of tablet computers and other mobile ICT devices from UK schools, colleges and universities is on the rise. Although the reasons for this are unclear, it is likely that the current economic climate and the fact that education establishments are often pools of technology is more than likely to be responsible.

It must be seen as vital that educators have plans and facilities in place to reduce the risk of mobile ICT theft. This should include measures for physically securing laptops and tablets.

Gocabby is the latest product from LapCabby and is designed to securely store, charge and sync up to 16 tablets with or without protective cases. It’s a great solution to the current theft issues educational establishments are facing as the locks of the case are positioned at the top enabling them to be padlocked for added security.

GoCabby pre-order discount

New GoCabby product to securely store and charge your tablet computers

We have a great pre-order offer on the new GoCabby Tablet Computer Trolley, so why not take advantage of the discount and secure your mobile ICT equipment today.

Find GoCabby and other LapCabby products in our Lockers section.

Workplace Products

Welcome to our new Workplace Products blog which will become home to great product advice, information, news and reviews.

If you’ve come directly from our main website then you probably already know who we are! Why not get this blog bookmarked and visit us regularly to get the latest product news and information?  If you’re not that familiar with us then read on. Here’s why you should consider us to be your one-stop-shop for workplace purchases:

  • Thousands of products for your workplace.
    From storage shelving to cycle shelters, and workbenches to wheelie bins.
  • Free Delivery on orders over £75 to UK mainland.
    Quick dispatch available on many products.
  • Competitive Pricing.
    We regularly check out prices against our competitors.
  • Price match guarantee.
    We’ll even try to beat a like for like quote.
  • Easy to use website with Live Help Chat facility.
    Get information and ask questions live with our sales team directly on the page.
  • Knowledgeable sales staff only a phone call away on 01922 743833.
    If typing’s not your thing, pick up the phone we’d love to hear from you.

If you prefer to browse offline we also have a 896 page catalogue available on request. It’s packed full of high quality products such as shelving, workbenches, lockers and canteen furniture that will help your workplace run safely, smoothly and productively.

Also available is our essentials collection. A range of hundreds of products all available for delivery within 5 days or less, meaning you can get our most popular products even quicker.
Take a look at what essentials has to offer by visiting the essentials website or by requesting a catalogue.

We pride ourselves on providing a great service from enquiry to delivery. Why not try us for yourself? See why many customers already consider us to be their one-stop-shop.

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