June 1, 2011
Face Consultants (Face) are now able to offer floor surveys to the recently introduced VDMA guidelines with the introduction of the Face ‘Fx’-meter as an attachment to its current Face Digital DIN 15185 Profileograph.
This now enhances the family of Face Digital floor surveying equipment which already covers TR34 (FM and DM), The American F number system (including F min), EN 15620, DIN 18202 and Din 15185.
Although Face can now survey the VDMA guidelines they do not currently endorse the recommendations as they have yet to be validated and peer reviewed.
In 2009 / 2010 FEM drafted a guidance document (FEM 4.007) with recommendations for surface regularity which was based on the DIN 15185 specification but introduced a very small short wavelength control called ‘‘Fx’’. These recommendations were presented to the BITA – WITI Working Group (WG) on 14th July 2010 by members of the FEM Working Group 4. It was the decision of the BITA WG that it could not approve the FEM guidance note in totality and that further validation was required. Shortly after this meeting the FEM WG decided that the FEM 4.007 guidance note be removed from the table and the working group closed.
In September 2010 VDMA introduced a guideline “Floors for use with VNA Trucks” which is a slightly amended version of the FEM Guidance note rejected by FEM a few months earlier.
Face, with the assistance of BITA and their members, have started carrying out a number of surveys on existing installations where Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) trucks are operating at differing levels of performance. Each of the floors will be surveyed to TR34, EN 15620 and DIN 15185 as well as the VDMA Guidelines. Face are hoping that this study will help either validate the VDMA Guidelines or put forward recommendations from its findings.
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