New Website for Ladies Teams at Mossley Hill

We are looking forward to the new season and with good reason, a lot of changes during the close season and we are now preparing for 2018 – 19 on the pitch.

Off the pitch we have had some new staff join the club and some new players, we have a new website and our social media is getting stronger and stronger.

On the pitch during the break if that makes sense! some of the girls entered 5 a side tournaments and we are pleased to say we won a mini World Cup Tournament beating our arch rivals Liverpool Feds in the final.

How to render external walls? Which material to use Monocouche render or Silicone thin coat?

Rendering of external walls is a good opportunity to improve value and look of your home, especially if the old render is in bad condition, or a mixture of different facade materials. A building’s business card is the façade and a dirty or damaged façade leaves a bad impression not to mention the building will depreciate as damage from weather impacts would weakens the building’s fabric.

Rendering of the exterior of your home is one of the most cost-effective ways of adding value to your property, and new rendering is one of the cheapest ways of achieving this. Your home’s exterior is the first thing that any visitors or potential buyers might see, so making sure it has got as much appeal as possible is a key.

Modern render solution could be one coat coloured through Monocouche render or a flexible, fibre reinforced silicone render. It can hide poor-quality or mismatched brickwork on period properties, and create a sleek finish on modern homes. Render works well with masonry or timber cladding, to add architectural interest, and can be matched with external insulation to warm up a draughty home.

How much does render material cost?

Monocoche render cost is about £8 to £10 plus VAT per m2 while silicone render over base coat would cost about £13 to £15 plus VAT per m2. Application labour cost would be higher and it would depend on the size of the property and location. Rendering and painting a typical three-bedroom semi-detached house with 80m² of walls could cost about £3,000–£4,500.

How to find a renderer?

If you could fill in Request A Quote form, we would get back to you with the best and most efficient renderers in your area.

How to render a wall?

  1. Preparation

Before a home is rendered, the walls should be pressure washed and old loose render and paint would need to be removed. If existing render is solid, special fiber reinforced renovation base coat could be used over old solid painted render, Vimark Rasolite is one of the possible options.

  1. External details

External details such as bargeboards will often have to be removed, along with rainwater and soil pipes and other external details such as alarm boxes. Any vents will need to be extended, and sometimes window sills must be extended too. PVC stop and angle beads are then applied around the window and door openings and corners (or the edges of a terraced property) to provide clean edges for the render. The render system can then be applied.

  1. Render finishes

Silicone render with different grain sizes is applied over the base coat render while Monocouche render is one coat coloured through render, so both options don’t need any painting. As well as a choice of colours, different finishes are also available, from very smooth to textured.

  1. Final finishes

Finally, the external rainwater and soil pipes etc. can be reapplied. You can expect the total process to take around three to four weeks.

Do you need a permission to render your home?

Planning permission isn’t usually required to apply render, providing the house isn’t listed or in a conservation area, and permitted development rights haven’t been removed. You could visit and check with your local authority.

Hamilton back on top with Paul Ricard victory

Lewis Hamilton lead, in his Mercedes, from pole position to put him back on top of the championship standings, as Formula 1 returned to France at the Circuit Paul Ricard.

Hamilton set the pace in qualifying, finishing just a tenth of a second ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas, a record seventy-fifth career pole-position for Lewis, Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari lined up third while the Red Bull’s of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo claimed fourth and fifth. Charles Leclerc became the first Sauber driver to make it in to Q3 for three years, grabbing eighth position in the Alfa Romeo powered machine.

Hamilton got away cleanly, while Vettel, boxed in on the run in to turn one, collided with Bottas, forcing the Mercedes driver in to a spin and leaving the Finn to crawl back to the pits – penalised for collision with Bottas going in to turn one

A collision between Estaban Ocon [Force India] and Pierre Gasly [Torro Ross] left the two Frenchmen out of their home Grand Prix with less than half a lap completed, forcing the safety-car out early.

Lewis HamiltonHamilton meanwhile led a faultless race, finishing seven seconds ahead of Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen claimed the final podium position after passing Ricciardo on lap forty-seven.

Sebastian Vettel would eventually come home fifth, Kevin Magnussen [Haas] was sixth, while Valterri Bottas clawed his way back to seventh. The Renaults of Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg were eighth and ninth, Charles Leclerc crossed the line tenth.

“It feels chilled, calm and collected, it’s a beautiful day, very very happy” exclaimed Lewis, “the car felt great, I was enjoying driving the track, if you watch my times I was constantly within a tenth, which I love.

“It’s a great feeling to be back up there, the last two races were particularly tough, it’s great to see everyone’s energy, drive and determination The car felt great this weekend, there’s nothing better than a happy driver in a happy car, it’s a winning formula”.

1. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport
2. Max Verstappen NED Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
3. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Scuderia Ferrari
4. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
5. Sebastian Vettel GER Scuderia Ferrari
6. Kevin Magnussen DEN Haas F1 Team
7. Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport
8. Carlos Sainz Jr. ESP Renault Sport Formula One Team
9. Nico Hulkenberg GER Renault Sport Formula One Team
10. Charles Leclerc MON Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team

French Grand Prix – race result

1. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport
2. Max Verstappen NED Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
3. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Scuderia Ferrari
4. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
5. Sebastian Vettel GER Scuderia Ferrari
6. Kevin Magnussen DEN Haas F1 Team
7. Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport
8. Carlos Sainz Jr. ESP Renault Sport Formula One Team
9. Nico Hulkenberg GER Renault Sport Formula One Team
10. Charles Leclerc MON Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team
11. Romain Grosjean FRA Haas F1 Team
12. Stoffel Vandoorne BEL McLaren F1 Team
13. Marcus Ericsson SWE Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team
14. Brendon Hartley NZL Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
15. Sergey Sirotkin RUS Williams Martini Racing
16. Fernando Alonso ESP McLaren F1 Team
Ret. Lance Stroll CAN Williams Martini Racing
Ret. Sergio Perez MEX Sahara Force India F1 Team
Ret. Esteban Ocon FRA Sahara Force India F1 Team
Ret. Pierre Gasly FRA Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

A Seating Solution That Works

A Seating Solution that Works

Finding the right seating solution is important for many businesses, such as those in the catering industry, the entertainment industry and even places like churches and community centres. There’s plenty to take into consideration in order to get the right chair, for the right place, for the right occasion.

Let’s have a quick look at some of the available options for those either starting from scratch or those looking to replace old seating with a range of new chairs.

Chairs that Stack

There are some very obvious advantages to having stacking chairs as part of your business set up. Chairs that are not stackable are far less versatile, especially if you need to use the venue or room in question for more than one event or service. Stacking chairs on the other hand can be moved around and stored much more easily. Many of the available options can stack as many as 10 high and then moved around the venue on a specialised trolley, to either be placed into storage, transported to another location or simply stacked around the room, so that the floor space can be used for something else.

If your run a cafe, for example, being able to stack chairs, makes cleaning the floor much easier at the end of each day. If you run a venue that holds wedding ceremonies – each wedding party may have requested a different set up. The stacking chair makes quick changeovers far more realistic – stack them, move them, clean the floor and then move the chairs back into their new positions. Rinse and repeat!

There might be murder on the dance floor, if you can’t move the chairs from under the revellers’ feet. Makeshift dancefloors are common at wedding receptions – the place where you just ate your 3 course meal is often transformed into the dance floor for the evening event. The chairs need to be stacked and moved and often within a short time frame.

Know when to fold

So, stacking chairs really do make a lot of sense. There are other options of course, with perhaps the other main one being the folding chair. These chairs are often lighter than their stacking cousins and are also fairly versatile – especially if you can find an option that both folds and stacks. Again, the main benefit here is that they can be removed from the venue and stored safely very quickly. There are usually plenty of different designs to choose from, so you can ensure that it matches the venue or set up in question.

Depending on your requirements, buying in bulk is often a cheaper way to buy new chairs – with many companies offering discounts on larger orders. It’s probably also worth investing in a chair trolley too (the one the best suits your chosen design), which should make the constant reshuffle of the venue or room much less stressful.

Vettel regains championship lead with victory in Canada

It was the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel back on the top step of the podium in Canada, the German taking back the Championship lead by a solitary point from defending champion, Lewis Hamilton [Mercedes].

Vettel qualified on pole position around the Montreal track, despite suffering badly with traffic in Q2. But in Q3 the four-time World Champion twice beat the lap record around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas the number two spot, just a tenth of a second behind, while Max Verstappen [Red Bull], Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari rounded out the top five places on the grid.

Vettel took a march from lights out, leading Bottas and Verstappen away – the two of them going wheel to wheel through the first few corners. Behind them though, the Torro Rosso of Brendan Hartley and the Williams of Lance Stroll, Stoll oversteering through the chicane, squeezing Hartley up against the wall, resulting in a dramatic looking crash as the Torro Rosso got plenty of air, the two of them lucky not to come in to contact with anyone else.

Canadian Grand Prix PodiumFollowing the resulting safety car period Vettel got a great restart, running faultlessly from there on. Hamilton lost out to Daniel Ricciardo [Red Bull] during the first round of pitstops, and very nearly had Raikkonen pss him at the second, the Mercedes driver hampered by Sergey Sirotkin’s Williams as Raikkonen left the pitlane, Lewis hanging on by the slenderest of margins.

There was disappointment once more for Fernando Alonso [McLaren], the Spaniard retired on lap forty-two, in the 300th grand prix weekend of his career, the McLaren team leaving Canada pointless as teammate Stoffel Vandoorne could only claim sixteenth place.

So with Vettel out front, it was left to Valtteri Bottas to claim first runner-up spot, Verstappen the final podium position, while Ricciardo and Hamilton completed the top five.

1. Sebastian Vettel GER Scuderia Ferrari
2. Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport
3. Max Verstappen NED Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
4. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
5. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport
6. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Scuderia Ferrari
7. Nico Hulkenberg GER Renault Sport Formula One Team
8. Carlos Sainz Jr. ESP Renault Sport Formula One Team
9. Esteban Ocon FRA Sahara Force India F1 Team
10. Charles Leclerc MON Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team

Canadian Grand Prix – race result

1. Sebastian Vettel GER Scuderia Ferrari
2. Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport
3. Max Verstappen NED Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
4. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
5. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport
6. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Scuderia Ferrari
7. Nico Hulkenberg GER Renault Sport Formula One Team
8. Carlos Sainz Jr. ESP Renault Sport Formula One Team
9. Esteban Ocon FRA Sahara Force India F1 Team
10. Charles Leclerc MON Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team
11. Pierre Gasly FRA Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
12. Romain Grosjean FRA Haas F1 Team
13. Kevin Magnussen DEN Haas F1 Team
14. Sergio Perez MEX Sahara Force India F1 Team
15. Marcus Ericsson SWE Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team
16. Stoffel Vandoorne BEL McLaren F1 Team
17. Sergey Sirotkin RUS Williams Martini Racing
Ret. Fernando Alonso ESP McLaren F1 Team
Ret. Lance Stroll CAN Williams Martini Racing
Ret. Brendon Hartley NZL Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

PainPro™ Helps Jay Harris to Recover from MCL Weeks Earlier than Expected

Jay HarrisThe headlines in the Liverpool Echo on 5th April 2016 featured Jay Harris as he signed a new deal at Tranmere Rovers to extend his stay at the club. Roll forward a year and Jay was once again in the headlines but this time it wasn’t great news as Jay was reported to have suffered a ‘medial collateral ligament’ injury. At 29 years of age on April 13th in 2017 Jay suffered a serious knee injury which could have been the end of his footballing career and if you were to go back in time 30 years it probably would have been the end.

The injury was a terrible blow to the team as they were pushing for promotion but for Jay it was the start of a difficult period and the beginning of a long road back to fitness. Questions would be asked about a return to fitness and if a player about to turn 30 years old would ever regain the form which saw him earn the Vanarama National League Player of the Month for March 2017.

After scans and a full assessment the extent of the injury became apparent and Jay had actually suffered a grade 3 Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) tear.
Serious injuries can be difficult to deal with mentally as the rehabilitation process can be very lonely and motivation difficult to find when it is most needed. Fortunately Jay has great mental strength and a desire which sets him apart from many others. After the operation to repair his MCL Jay was eager to begin rehab and with the help of his friend Barry they set out to see what else could be done to aid recovery.

Jay has been a professional footballer for the vast majority of his adult life and at school was football, football, football and as a result picked up tips and gained knowledge related to wellbeing and looking after his body. He knew the key to returning to training and ultimately playing would be down to how strong he could become and how he could strengthen the areas around his knee. Trying to strengthen muscles within restricted range is a very common problem and will hamper a quick return to fitness. If not worked on the muscles begin to deteriorate and become weaker which clearly isn’t what is required when trying to strengthen around a joint.

PainProBarry helped Jay to seek out a medical device which could artificially strengthen the muscles whilst unable to load bear. Jay would be spending some time with the medical staff at Tranmere Rovers but the majority of the time would be at home recovering. Jay was aware of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) and Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) and had also been exposed to Bioelectrical Micro current Wave Technology (BMWT) during his time at professional football clubs. A TENS machine is effectively a pain management device so isn’t really what was required, EMS would be more like what was required and the BMWT would be a great addition. Many studies have been carried out regarding the use of EMS and how it can really help to improve the level of performance in an athlete.

Jay was in full time rehab and training at Tranmere with David Spendiff (club physio) but if something could be found to help outside of the club this would be to Jays advantage. After some research a device was discovered and it became apparent the PainPro™ fitted Jay’s requirements exactly.

PainPro™ has TENS, EMS and BMWT all in the one portable device. Jay was able to work on strengthening his muscles even before he could walk freely.

The next 12 weeks, yes 12 weeks are all it took for Jay to be back playing and his 1st competitive game he played in the pre-season friendly at Prenton Park against Liverpool on 12th July 2017.

Road to Recovery Diary

0 – 4 weeks
Going back to the injury date the first 4 weeks were pretty painful due to swelling. PainPro™ helped with pain control and muscle actuation in the first weeks whilst his knee was still in a brace. The bending of the leg was restricted to a range of 30° so help was needed to strengthen muscles within the restricted range.

4 – 6 weeks
Attempting to be free from the brace was the prime goal during the 2nd month, the sooner the better. Jay wanted to be working his vital supporting muscles as soon as possible and using the EMS was able to work on contracting and co-contracting his quads which was a huge benefit of using the PainPro™. The muscles around the knee would become very weak if not worked on and he would be relying on strong quads to aid recovery and for future protection once back in full training.

6 weeks
Things began to look really positive and it appeared as though Jay had edged ahead of schedule as week 6 became a significant week in the rehabilitation process. It wasn’t just movement and going through some light exercise Jay had moved on to a full range of movement and took full advantage of this doing squats and a good level of proprioception. The balance and co-ordination was apparent and enabled Jay to begin participating in straight line drills.

7 weeks
Training levels were clearly improving and into week 7 the introduction of progressive dynamic work and out and out speed work with some dynamic reaction work saw Jay once again improve more quickly than was previously projected.

8 weeks
Full single leg squat at just 8 weeks, the recovery rate is now far greater than what has previously been recorded and is certainly ahead of schedule. Being able to squat with power and control at this stage means a full training session won’t be far away as Jay was participating in sport specific drills.

9 weeks
I suppose this day had been in Jays mind since the day of the injury, full training with the rest of the squad. We are just 9 weeks from the operation date and Jay is able to participate in the practices. Clearly contact at this stage would be risky but all forms of training except contact were undertaken.

10 – 12 weeks
Improving strength, general fitness and working extra hours both on the training pitch and in the gym paid off during this two week spell. The gym work was supported by EMS via the PainPro™ and really helped Jay reach new levels of fitness. During testing in pre-season Jays results were now better than previous years. Jumping higher, sprinting faster and more powerful than ever before.

Week 12
Game day, Jay plays his first competitive game in the first team in a prestigious friendly at home against Liverpool. Most people recovering from such an injury would still be training and probably not up to full contact. The past 3 months or so have been amazing journey and Jay has already recovered his form scoring in his second game.

According to studies a player with a very similar or the same injury as Jay would only just be on their return to training programme. Jay has returned 3 to 4 weeks sooner than was initially predicted.

During pre-season all professional players are tested, monitored and checked and have been for many years. Back in the 1980s some clubs would simply take a few measurements and weigh players as they returned from their summer break but in the modern day testing is an important part of a player’s progress and fitness. Over the last few years Jay had scored consistently well in the testing and as a seasoned pro has always had a really good level of fitness. As a little background Jay is a dynamic midfielder who makes bursting runs through the lines and often gets on the end of crosses and through balls and as a result chips in with the goal tally every season. His speed and general agility is a very important part of how Jay plays the game and therefore his times and distances in the testing are serious markers and targets Jay has tried to improve on year on year. In reality the difference from one year to the next has been negligible, well that is until this year. Making full use of the PainPro™ Jay has posted some incredible scores.

Testing Results

  1. The Microfet hand held dynamo (MMT) test showed an increase of power over 4.2 seconds in his injured left leg from 52.4 to 67.3 whereas the right leg was 66.8
  2. Jump has increased by 12%
  3. Squat 1 rep max has increased by 20%

For an elite athlete any small increase is worth noting but Jays scores are a significant improvement on his previous years.

In summary the PainPro™ has aided Jay’s recovery and actually enhanced his fitness and agility.
Speaking with Dave Spendiff BSC (Hons), MCSP the Tranmere physio said the device has certainly helped Jay in recovery and advancing his fitness levels. The isometric and co-contraction work meant the muscles could be worked on and built up without putting any real force through the joint.

To sum up some of the strengths and features of the PainPro™ you would say the following;

  1. Allows joints / surgery time to heal whilst still stimulating muscle groups
  2. Performs isometric quad contraction and co-contraction without entering extension (restricted range of extension in early phase of rehab)
  3. Maintain muscle mass
  4. Prevent muscle wastage
  5. Encourage range of movement {ROM} and limit pain
  6. Control pain and swelling

Since using the PainPro™ extensively and with the help of the dedicated staff at Tranmere Rovers Jay has now fully recovered and played in the  2017 / 18 season opener away at Torquay United on Saturday 5th August.

If you want to purchase a PainPro™ you can do so from our link and remember to use code: jdb10 for your 10% discount.

To learn more and to follow on social media lookout for @painpro17 and follow #painpro

Removing, Relocating or Recycling Server Room Systems

When considering a major server room or data centre refresh, it is important to consider the effect on existing infrastructure systems including: server rack cabinets, uninterruptible power supplies and air conditioning units. These are complex systems whose removal requires consideration of many factors including downtime, risk assessment and methods, logistics, decommissioning and environmental impacts.

Planned and Emergency System Downtime

There are two types of system downtime: Planned and Unplanned:

  • Planned infers that the site or part of it has been powered own allowing for a server rack or UPS system or cooling system to be completely powered down and isolated for removal. With sound project management, time will have been spent planning this move, with a critical path analysis and risk assessment and method statement that covers all the aspects of the project.
  • Emergency or unplanned downtime is when the on-site team must provide a far faster server and short response time. Often this is due to failure of an individual system within the datacentre environment or one that has failed a preventative maintenance inspection. Examples of this could include a UPS system failure or the need to replace batteries within the uninterruptible power supply. An air conditioning unit or part of the system could have failed, or a critical component or consumable require replacement.

Whether the downtime is planned or an emergency event, the procedure of removal and/or replacement will often follow the same process, just with shorter time frames. Whatever the pace of the replacement, health & safety and sound practice should be observed always.

The date and time the service required is also important as it can directly affect cost and availability of engineers and resources. Typical working hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 to 17:00pm. Outside working hours incur higher costs and more so for weekend and bank holiday times.

Server Room Equipment Removal Checklist

Removing an IT system or part of the critical infrastructure is almost always an inverse of the installation and commissioning process. The first stage is the review the entire installation and the following checklist covers the principle areas that should be considered.

Site Surveys

When asked to assist, advice or carry out an IT equipment removal project we will ask for several pieces of information to assess the complexity of the project. The basic information we require includes:

  • Equipment age, manufacturer or brand, physical condition and model numbers
  • Photographs of the equipment, the environment and route to be taken
  • Site considerations including access, security, restrictions and permits
  • Location including a full address and postcode
  • Project timescales

Not all this information may be available but the more that is available the easiest it will be for us to assess the project. If a site survey or ‘deep dive’ into the project is required, this will cover further areas including:

Logistics Planning For Removals and Relocations

It may have been several years since the server room or datacentre was built. The installation could have changed over that time and there no longer be as easy access as there was. The first step therefore is to review how easy it will be to move the in-situ equipment from its current location to its new location. The new location could be to outside the building for collection or to another location within the facility. Factors to consider include:

  • Raise access floors, plinths, steps and door frames. Just how easy will it be to move the server rack, UPS or CRAC unit outside of its current room? Specialist logistics equipment can include cranes, hoists, trolleys and stair climbers. Door frame widths should also be considered.
  • What is the route from the equipment location to the new location or collection point. Specialist logistics equipment may again be required. If a lift can be used, the weight loading will need to be checked. If there are floors with specialist finishes they may need protecting. If the equipment must be taken to a loading ramp what off-loading facilities (forklifts) are available and what type of collection vehicle will be required (tail-lift or side curtain).
  • Often an overlooked area but the original packing is rarely kept on site and stored for any length of time. When moving equipment from site it is often easiest to put this onto a pallet and to shrink-wrapped. Card board outers may be used for additional protection. Specialist cases with moulded foam inners may be required for sensitive IT network components including servers and routers.
  • If there is a chance of the equipment leaking, then the appropriate plastic containers may be required. Air conditioning units can contain water collected as part of their dehumidification and this could be contaminated if left untreated. Lead acid batteries can use a gel or more liquid electrolyte which can leak from cracked cases.

Logistics is by far the main consideration when removing equipment from site due to the size and weight of the equipment to be removed. Server racks when fully loaded can be several hundred kilograms in weight. UPS batteries being lead-based are heavy and anything above 20Kg will require a two-person lift or specialist moving equipment.

Datacentre Hardware Disconnection and Decommissioning Services

Any system connected to the server room or datacentre infrastructure will require safe disconnection for transportation. This aspect of the project may include electrical connections, both AC mains power and DC power (battery packs), network connections and ducting.

  • Temporary supplies. Will the site require temporary power or cooling during the removal and replacement project? UPS systems, generators and air conditioners can be provided on a short-term rental basis to provide power protection and cooling for a site.
  • Electrical Contractors: Will the site work require the work to be undertaken by a certified NICEIC or ECA electrical contractor? Does the work require specific battery knowledge and certification, noting that all electrical contractors can provide Direct Current (DC) certified engineers.
  • Specialist Certified Engineers. Will the project require manufacturer trained engineer including certified UPS service engineers or certified Air Conditioning service engineers?
  • Rectification works. If the equipment is not to be replaced are works required to main the resilience of the environment and its energy efficiency? Removal of equipment can leave spaces within server racks, floors and even ceilings that can lead to lower operating efficiencies for cooling systems. Rack blanking plates, replacement floor and ceiling tiles may be required as may general dilapidation services including painting and decorating of walls and especially where wall-mounted or close-to-wall equipment has been removed or moved.

Once the equipment has been disconnected and decommissioned it should then be in a safe condition for removal. Where equipment is to be moved and rebuilt on another site we recommend that a drawing and photographs are made of the system and its connections prior to disconnection. Consider a complex server rack that can include servers, IT peripherals, network and power cable connections, remote monitoring interfaces, rear door cooling, in-rack cooling, UPS systems and PDUs. This is a complex cabinet and the drawing and photographs provide an historical record of the operative connections and condition which could assist the rebuild.

IT System Recycling and Environmental Considerations

If the removed equipment is to be removed for disposal there are several aspects to consider:

  • Waste Carriers License. Certain products are classed as hazardous waste and the company transporting them require a license known as a Waste Carriers License from the Environment Agency ( Lead acid batteries used with UPS systems fall into this category.
  • Disposal Centre. The removed equipment will fall under the WEEE and RoHS directives and will require strip-down and disposal via a licensed waste centre. WEE and RoHS are European waste directives applying here to electronic and electrical system disposal and intend to ensure systems are recycled in accordance with regulations, with manufacturers taking responsibility as required for their materials.
  • A licensed waste centre may be able to offer a financial rebate for the metals and other materials that can be recovered from the system. The two metals with the highest monetary value include lead (batteries) and copper (cabling). Often the monetary value is based on weight and a weigh bridge is used for large items. The vehicle with the equipment drives onto the weigh bridge and is weighed. The equipment is then off-loaded, and the vehicle weighed again to determine the weight of the systems removed and a monetary value attributed. The payment is often in the form of a cheque or bank transfer for recoding purposes and may be offered back to the original client as a discount or credit from the final bill.
  • Documentation: A waste transfer note is a record of the collection and disposal of the equipment from site by the removals and recycling company or companies. This is an important environmental record of the asset disposal which should be retained and available for inspection by auditors and agencies as required.

Sometimes recovered equipment can be made available for rental or resale. Often this is dependent upon its age, condition and refurbishment costs. Where this is not always possible, the recovered system may be kept for spares and this can help for companies looking to maintain and/or repair systems that are no longer in manufacturer. Some older UPS systems and air conditioners can fall into this category.

Life cycle management is an important consideration for all IT, server room or datacentre managers. Equipment will age in use and technology refreshes will always be required to help organisations maintain their competitive advantages and optimum service levels. As well as planned system upgrades and removals, the Server Room Environments team can assist with emergency equipment swap-outs and upgrades, often at short notice.

Download the Server Room Environments checklist for a relocating, removing and/or recycling hardware systems including server cabinets, UPS systems and air conditioning units.