Monday, March 28, 2016

Bad Engineering - Worth Sharing

Here's a story about a stationary panel installation.  At The Sliding Door Company, it's cause for an announcement when a system actually goes together without customer complaints.  Many of us have worked in office environments.  Has anyone ever seen a stationary panel installation like the one pictured below?
This type of goofy engineering was praised by Sheryl Hai-Ami, president of the commercial division of The Sliding Door Company - SpacePlus.  Does the notion that the president of the company has no clue about safe engineering trouble anyone?  
The emails indicate that this installation was reviewed and REJECTED before it was installed.  

"Hi All, One of Kari's clients in Las Vegas
 sent pictures of her unique work area.
The white frames look great."

"Hi Rachelle and Sheryl,

"Beautiful, but these photos concerned me, so I ran them by Pete.  This is actually an example of what not to do.  Basically the rule is you can't have any loose corners like the one created just over the walk-through areas and the one by the stationary panel.  Anywhere the 4x4's extend toward the ceiling.  A beam all the way across at both vertical locations would solve that.  The rule with a fixed panel is that an extended floor flange should not be used on a height above 65".
"I'm sure it feels sturdy now, but after a few years, it will be quite loose."

"I thought this looked familiar, so I looked back and Kari actually asked me about this one.  I told her she could not do it without floor to ceiling columns or additional support.  What she did is not sufficient as it does not provide the support needed.

"Our saving grace, is that we did not do the install.  Please share with your teams and I will mention it to Jonathan so they don't use the photos for any examples."

"Thank you for the information!                     "My understanding was that this includes stationary panels on a single track in the back and client advised that they would not put beams straight across to side walls at 80" high. I am so glad you initiated a dialog because we need to let all managers know."

Notice the loose corners in the picture.  These will come loose eventually - and the cross beam can fall down on someone.  This is why sales people aren't supposed to be making engineering decisions.  At The Sliding Door Company, it's "Sales first, safety LAST!"

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