MATERIAL HANDLING Engineering Newsletter

>MATERIAL HANDLING Engineering Newsletter

MATERIAL HANDLING Engineering Newsletter


Hello, and welcome to Eclipse Engineering Inc’s (EEI) monthly newsletter for the material handling industry – brought to you by structural engineering professionals.

In a world where every subcontractor and advertiser is asking for your time, our goal is to provide you with valuable information that will assist you in producing code compliant solutions for your material handling needs. No strings attached.

Each month, we will be covering a different topic related to a material handling system: mezzanines, work platforms, storage racks, material lifts, etc. Along with the technical information, we will be spotlighting an employee or local event to give you a look into EEI’s culture. Not only are our engineers the best in the industry, they might also be a professional musician, athlete, or an engaged community member. Eclipse engineers break the mold and each have an interesting story.

Monthly Topic: Code Talk

  • What codes are you following for your design?
  • Do they apply for the site specific requirements of your project location? 
  • Is your system designed to perform in a seismic event?
  • Are you up to date on the current codes and practices?
Following the appropriate codes will allow you to produce the safest product possible while eliminating any hidden surprises (and schedule delays) that may arise during the permitting stage. Sometimes, half the battle is finding the appropriate code to follow, so we listed common codes or organizations that aide in the design of material handling systems.

Below is a list and description of codes or organizations you may need to use in the design of your material handling system.



International Building Code (IBC) – Developed by the International Code Council, it is dedicated to developing standards used in the design, build, and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable, and resilient structures. Versions of the code vary by building department.

National Building Code of Canada (NBC) Sets out technical provisions for the design and construction of new and existing buildings/structures in Canada

ASCE 7: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures – Reference standard in the IBC for developing loads

ASTM – Standards for structural steel

AISC 360: Specification for Structural Steel Buildings – Covers common design criteria of steel-framed buildings and other structures

AISC 325: Steel Construction Manual – Gives detailed information on how to make design calculations and shop drawings in structural steel

AISC 341: Seismic Provisions – Covers member design and connection detailing for structural steel in high seismic applications

AISC 358: Pre qualified Connections – Connections for special and intermediate steel moment frames in seismic applications

AISC 303: Code of Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges – Provides framework for a common understanding of the acceptable standards when contracting for structural steel

RCSC: Specification for Structural Joints Using High-Strength Bolts – Provides information on economical and efficient practices for bolted steel connections

AISI-NASPEC: North American Specification for Design of Cold Formed Steel Structural Members – Covers design criteria of cold formed steel members and connections

AWS D1.1: Structural Welding Code – Steel

AWS D1.2: Structural Welding Code – Aluminum

AWS D1.3: Structural Welding Code – Sheet Steel

Aluminum Design Manual – Covers aluminum structural design, material properties, and properties of common shapes

Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA) – Publishes handbooks for stainless steel applications

ACI 318: Building Code Requirements for structural concrete – Provides requirements for the materials, design, and detailing of concrete footings and anchorage

NAAMM: National Association of Architectural Metal Manufacturers – Publishes metal bar grating manual, pipe railing systems manual, and metal stairs manual 

Steel Joist Institute (SJI) – Provides specifications for various steel joists

Steel Deck Institute (SDI) – Design manuals for composite decks, form decks, and roof decks

OSHA – US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration Standards


Travis Berro, E.I.T.
Employee Spotlight

Originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Travis traveled 1,500 miles to work with EEI after completing his master’s of science degree from Michigan Technological University. Yes, he is what is called a “Yooper” and we do make fun of his accent.

Here at Eclipse Engineering, Travis specializes in mezzanine/work platform design. He loves the fast pace of the projects and strives to deliver all projects in on time.

If Travis is not at work, you are going to have to travel deep into the mountainous backcounty to catch him. He will be finding fresh powder on his snowmobile, riding that line no one has skied yet, mountain biking a remote trail, or dodging grizzly bears while summiting a mountain.

If you spend any time with Travis, you will quickly pick up that back county snowmobiling is his favorite hobby. Check out the video profile below to see him wrestle a 500 pound snowmobile around the mountains of Montana and British Columbia.

Click picture above to view video


You are busy. We get it. Even to the nerdiest among us, mastering and synthesizing the fundamentals of these codes is a beast. A beast you don’t have time to tackle. So we have!

Our obsession is to save you time and provide peace of mind. When we do that, we positively impact your bottom line. And that’s why we’re here. Your bottom line matters to us.



Eclipse Engineering, Inc

Eclipse Engineering is an international structural engineering firm working out of four office locations in the beautiful northwest corner of the U.S. The firm carries licensure and insurance in all 50 states and 7 Canadian Provinces.

Have a project that you would like Eclipse Engineering’s assistance on? Click the button below to get in touch with a material handling engineering specialist. Schedule a meeting in person, on the phone, or on the chairlift at Whitefish Mountain Resort!







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