The Rex Hall Mobile Storage Unit was designed by NRS Relief to provide a flexible option to respond to any emergency situation. It can be assembled by a small group (4-6 people) in under a day. It was designed for shipping, making it accessible by land, water or air. It has adjustable base plates that facilitate installation on uneven ground.
The MSU is suited for warehouses, having the capacity to store food supplies and items, as well as refugee shelters or disaster response teams. In the correct configuration, it can house more than a hundred people. It can also be converted into temporary schools or hospitals as needed in each particular situation.
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
The MSUs are manufactured by H. Sheikh Noor-ud-Din & Sons (HSNDS) in Lahore, Pakistan. There are 8 stages of the MSU production process: (1) Fabric reception, (2) Cutting and welding, (3) Logo banner, (4) Web attachment, (5) Steel components, (6) Aluminum components, (7) Inspection, and (8) Packing and loading. To assemble the shelter, a team of 4 to 6 people is recommended. The shelter can be setup quickly without the use of lifting equipment or scaffolding. The shelter's adjustable base plates allow the structure to be assembled on uneven terrain. NRS Relief provides an instructional video on proper assembly.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Crisis relief organizations can obtain directly from the manufacturer.
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The Rex Hall Mobile Storage Units are shipped in 5 packages, occupying a total of 5.102 m3 and weighing 2,533 kg. Depending on the road weight restrictions of the destination country, a 20 ft container can be used to transport 5 shelters. The MSU's outer tent component consists of the roof, wall, and gable covers, which are made from 700 gsm PVC coated polyester. The gable ends can be fitted with large ventilators. The shelter can be extended with 10 x 4 m modules. Markings and logos on the tent can be customized to the clients requirements.
A repair kit is supplied with every tent for holes and tears in the PVC fabric. Users can consult NRS Relief directly or the supplier for advice on repairs on aluminium or steel components.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
The Rex Hall MSU aims to be easy, cost-effective to ship, while being flexible in any emergency situation. It should be easy to assemble with minimal manpower, even in rough terrain. Its flexibility permits applications beyond warehousing supplies, adding to the design any of the accessories that NRS Relief provides.
Vetted Performance Status
No third-party organizations have been conducted on the Rex Hall MSUs. NRS conducted fire testing on their fire retardant tarpaulins in 2014 and received an award for their Fire Retardancy solution.
There are mechanical hazards while assembling or dismantling the MSU. Safety helmet, shoes and gloves should be worn at all times. A single person should avoid carrying more than 20 kg. Equipment such as ladders or hammers should be maintained. The covers, floors or linens should not be packed wet. Exercise extreme caution with fire; even with fire retardant technology there is still risk of open fire.
Complementary Technical Systems
NRS Relief offers complementary accessories, such as solar energy systems, fire alarms, LED lighting, etc.
Academic Research and References
Compliance with regulations
The manufacturing company, H. Sheikh Noor-ud-Din & Sons (HSNDS), has the following ISO certifications:
- ISO 14001: 2015
- ISO 9001: 2015
- ISO 17025: 2017
- SA 8000: 2014
There is a video detailing the assembly of a MSU. The Fire Retardancy Solution won the annual Aid Innovation Challenge Award 2014 during the AidEx Summit in Brussels.