LAYHER says the construction of suspended and cantilevered scaffold structures can now be ‘significantly simplified’ with its latest innovation, now available throughout Scotland from the company’s depot in Livingston.
The new aluminium FlexBeam is designed for use with surface scaffolds – both suspended and upright – and is said to offer a range of optional benefits compared with other systems.
“The FlexBeam provides 40% higher bending load capacity without the need for compression chord bracing compared, for example, to our well-established Lattice Beam 450,” explained Sean Pike, Layher’s UK managing director. “The design also enables lower construction heights to be achieved and enhances the range of locations that can benefit.”
Central to the FlexBeam is a U-shaped section that allows the direct suspension of system decks. The concept can also be connected directly to Layher’s Allround scaffold system, while a long list of additional fittings is said to extend its suitability further still.
“These range from lift-off protectors – which can be positioned anywhere along a structure’s length – to tie-rod connectors and concrete anchors,” Sean Pike added. “A choice of FlexBeam lengths is also available – from four to seven metres – while a spigot design also simplifies connection between individual beam sections, each of which offers a series of fixing points positioned at 100 mm centres.”
Layher believes that one of the key applications that the new design helps to simplify is the installation on curved structures such as bridges. A timber beam option allows greater radii to be achieved, eliminating the need for extensive material usage and minimising manpower time.
Kenneth Redman, Layher’s technical manager in Scotland, also highlighted the system’s suitability for under-decking installations which are typical in the offshore sector.
“The advantages of the FlexBeam development are readily applicable to a host of suspended designs and can be further enhanced by installations calling for a cantilevered element. Up to 2.7 metres can be achieved,” Sean added.
“With the full benefit of our design and operational support, this latest addition to the range is set to develop the creativity and capability of our contracting customers further still, and represents a clear demonstration of Layher’s ongoing commitment to product development.”