Published 10-11-2020
| Article appears in November 2020 Issue

Portable outrigger lifting pads pass the test on diverse emergency sites

10-11-2020

Light, easily handled and virtually unbreakable outrigger lifting pads that can withstand rated loads of more than 50 tons per point are engineered by Cut To Size Plastics for high stability jobs involving construction, resources infrastructure, exploration, mobile worksite equipment and emergency use.

The pads – weighing as little as 14-21kg for point loads of 40-60 tons – are custom-fabricated from the proven Wearex™ UHMWPE (Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene) family in particular shapes required for diverse ground conditions.

These include conditions encountered by truck cranes, rigger cranes, mobile cranes, auxiliary cranes, mobile concrete pumps, manlifts, access equipment, mobile drill rigs, 4wd service vehicles and by machinery used for agribusiness, oil and gas, mining, pipelining, civil engineering and similar applications.

The Wearex  family is particularly suitable for operation where safety and ergonomics are a major concern, including the transport, lifting and placement of pads and their ability to withstand extreme loads without permanent deformation.

Compared with steel plates, they offer very high recovery during deformation – making them ready to use for a much longer period. Because they are virtually indestructible, they are also highly cost-efficient, says Cut to Size Plastics.

Cut to Size designs and manufactures components for applications across Australasia from its head office in Sydney, where facilities include CNC machining facilities coupled with GibbsCAM™ and Solidworks™ software.

“The low weight of cast Wearex float pads makes them easier to handle during use and assembly. Ergonomic handles can be designed into their structure, or rope handles integrated into their construction,” Cut to Size says.

“They are easily transportable in 4wd and diesel trucks and machinery, for example, such as those used across mining, infrastructure, construction and energy sites across diverse and often remote worksites.

“Wearex’s material elasticity makes them sturdy and secure even if there are smaller bumps and edges to contend with. The Wearex family can be completely recycled and is resistant against fuels, lubricants and chemicals and suitable for use in high temperature and high moisture applications.”

Wearex pads are exceptionally suitable for emergency and remote use, because they are easy to transport, even by air, and can be placed promptly and precisely to give a sure footing, prevent slippage and to prevent sinking into softer ground, says the company, which has more than 40 years experience in the application of engineering plastics. 

Wearex also can be used to fabricate portable roads to provide access on unpaved services and to protect sensitive environments such as parklands, grasslands, recreation facilities and damage-prone areas on construction sites where vehicle and machinery access is required.

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