What to expect from a removable warehouse or industrial tent
At VALL we talk a lot about the safety and resistance of our industrial buildings and the different ways in which they can be used thanks to their versatility. Therefore, today, we want to tell you what you should expect when you acquire this type of industrial tent or removable warehouse.
To explain it, we will refer to the applicable European certificates to the construction of these structures. These European certificates mark the quality standards necessary to guarantee safety. Its function is to limit access to the market of products and materials that do not have the necessary calculations, tests and trials to guarantee the suitability of products that in case of failure could have a negative impact on people’s lives, such as construction elements, PPE, medical devices, toys, electronic terminals, pyrotechnic articles, etc.
Regarding the construction of removable warehouse and industrial tents, these would be the general guidelines to follow:
– The regulation that affects the structural material: UNE EN 1090
– The regulations governing the construction and commissioning of the building: UNE EN 13782
– Voluntary regulations for European standardisation: Structural Eurocodes
UNE EN 1090: Execution of steel and aluminium structures
It is a mandatory regulation that applies only to the manufacturing process of the material, whether they are parts or kits. Therefore, it does not refer so much to the function of the finished building as to the quality of the elements. In the case of industrial buildings and removable tents, these elements are steel or aluminium structures.
This regulation governs the bearing capacity and the resistance to fire and fatigue that the metallic structures that are going to be used in European territory must have. These parameters do not completely eliminate the risk of an accident or even a loss. But they do guarantee that said failure will not be produced by the elements that make up the structure or by the use that is given to it, provided that this use is appropriate.
In order for these safety guidelines to be guaranteed, the UNE EN 1090 standard obliges manufacturers to carry out controls of manufacturing, purchasing management, traceability and non-conformities, as well as to carry out the correct labeling process and make all necessary information available to customers.
The UNE EN 1090 certificate does not apply to products directly, but to the production process. So what is actually certified are the manufacturers. To obtain the certificate, the production plant must carry out mechanical tests or Initial Type Calculations, implement production control and inspections, homologate welders and designate a welding coordinator.
As manufacturers, at VALL, we abided by the regulations when they came into force, in 2014, and we strictly monitor their updates. Being certified, in addition to building our own warehouses, means we are authorised to sell metal structures to other distribution and assembly companies, inside and outside Europe.
UNE EN 13782: Temporary structures. Tents Security
This standard is the one that properly concerns the assembled removable industrial warehouse ,meaning, the one that applies to its structure, coating, anchoring and any other component of the final build.
The purpose of the UNE EN 13782 standard is to ensure the safety, resistance and stability of these constructions. Therefore, it specifies the guidelines that must be taken into account in the design, calculation, manufacturing, installation, maintenance, use, verification and testing processes of the tents.
However, this regulation only applies to structures of more than 50 m² and to facilities with several structures together or close together that in total add up to those 50 m². Although in VALL we take it into account, even in smaller builds, to guarantee maximum safety in all our works.
Structural Eurocodes for standardisation at European level
It is a set of codes that generate a common framework, at the European level, to calculate the mechanical resistance of the structural elements of a building, as well as their stability, their safety in case of fire and their durability.
These codes are not a mandatory standard, but they are referenced in both the UNE En 1090 and UNE EN 13782 standards. And, of course, if not governed by these Eurocodes, the manufacturer or assembler should abide by other equivalent regulations to guarantee the correct calculation of the properties of the final removable warehouse or tent.
At VALL, we adhere to these Eurocodes because they function as a European standard that allows us to operate throughout the continent, offering a global and international service of the highest quality.
Therefore, what we should expect when acquiring a removable industrial warehouse in Spain is a resistant, stable, durable and safe product, manufactured with quality products, subject to strict control and always certified. If, in addition, it is a VALL, tent, it will be fully homologated at European level and strictly calculated based on the conditions of its location.
Of course, at VALL we want to remind you that these guidelines only refer to the construction itself. Afterwards, it will also be necessary to take into account the regulations that apply to the activity that you want to develop inside. For example, if we want to convert our removable warehouse into a cold room for laboratories or food, the facilities must be conditioned according to the specific regulations for these activities.
For this reason, at VALL we not only manufacture, manage and build. We also advise and accompany our customers to find the best solution to their covered space needs.