Everyone talks of climbing the ladder to success, but how about adding a slight twist to it? Scaffolding can take the place of the ladder, especially when the climb is extremely high. So let’s give it its due and learn more about it.
In this post, we’ll be throwing some light on system scaffolding.
System scaffolding, also known as modular scaffolding, comprises pre-engineered horizontal and vertical parts that are joined together in a certain order that makes it easy for users to use it to ascend and descend structures.
These scaffoldings are popular across the world and in great demand, with each type fulfilling a specific purpose.
Some system scaffoldings are meant for use in high volume settings, while others are used in smaller structures.
System scaffoldings are of different types and can be used to create homogenous scaffolding bays.
Let’s have a look some of the most popular types…
- 1. Ringlock Scaffolding
- 2. Cuplock Scaffolding
- 3. Kwikstage Scaffolding
- 4. Haki
- 5. Frame Scaffolding
- 6. Shoring Props
1. Ringlock Scaffolding
Ringlock scaffolding is made from prefabricated components, wherein each part is designed to serve a specific purpose. Scaffolding contractors and construction companies prefer to use ring lock because it is quick and easy to install and adapt to serve different needs.
It comes equipped with a unique set of features and benefits, from being lightweight but sturdy to its one-of-a-kind rosette-type central connector. These features allow ring lock scaffolds to exhibit its varied capabilities for complex geometries. Further, it also offers tremendous flexibility and is cost-effective.
Ringlock can be used in several industries and extreme environmental conditions (on and off shore) as it is manufactured from high-strength, lightweight galvanized steel. Its pre-fabricated nature allows for quick installation, which in turn, helps increase productivity.
Hence, when it comes to high load-handling strength, you want to go for ringlock scaffolding as it is modern, versatile and extremely strong compared to its counterparts. Some of the components that make up this masterpiece include multiple ledgers, guard rails, stair stringers, connectors, clamp, steps, and adapters.
Ringlock scaffolding is great for use as it provides tremendous flexibility and aligns 45o/90o using the notch. So you will be able to lock in various number of angles. One of the best things about it is that it offers 8 connections within different system segments. These come in a rosette arrangement and can be self-locked using a hammer. This means it supports several build types like slab formwork, bridge formwork, and so on.
Further, ringlock scaffolding offers high level of stability in its class. It is supported with a vertical rod, a bar, and diagonal horizontal and vertical structures, which look like a secure lattice system.
More often than not, ringlock scaffolding is hot-dip galvanized which protects it from corrosion. This, in turn, improves the life span and dependability of the scaffolding and its components.
Also, this scaffolding is easy to assemble and dismantle, which makes it easy for users to transport and store it. It commonly finds use in projects that involve building of houses (façade scaffolding and load-bearing support scaffolding), decorating at heights, petrochemical engineering, hydraulic engineering, metallurgical engineering, bridge construction, offshore platform, construction of tall status, outdoor advertising, and public events (installing seats platform, light shelf, film sling).
2. Cuplock Scaffolding
Made from galvanized steel, this type of scaffolding is used to a great extent because of its ability to sustain heavy loads. If you want a scaffolding design with repeated patterns, then cuplocks will have to be placed at every 500mm to 1,000mm for optimum strength and support, and to create effective and standardized systems.
Cuplock scaffolding is easy to erect and can stand without needing nuts and bolts or wedges to fasten the horizontals. There are no tiny parts that can be damaged or lost, which adds to the convenience of using cuplock scaffolds. All it needs is a locking cup at every node point on the standards so that the ends include up to four members in a single locking action. This means you can do your job much faster.
Thanks to the versatility of cuplock scaffolding, it is best suited for access or framework support. It is durable enough to be used in construction and it works with a variety of support structures. This type of system scaffolding is widely used in the construction of houses, chimneys, tunnels, dams, and bridges. It is also used in demolition and maintenance projects for both, straight and curved structures. Cuplock scaffolding also work well in projects that involve construction of overpass and railway viaducts.
Cuplock scaffolds come with only four horizontals that can be quickly fastened at one time. The firm clamping action of the topmost cup secures the joint, which makes it a reliable and high-performance scaffolding structure. Thanks to the bar accessories, loading and unloading becomes easy.
This type of scaffolding is easy to transport as the material used is single pipes. It also requires less storage space and offers long lasting support compared to other types of scaffolding.
Cuplock scaffolds may be lightweight, but have high capacity for supporting heavy loads. The time-tested design and the safety accessories that are used in erecting cuplock scaffolding meet the safety requirements of the various statutory bodies. They’re low maintenance and designed to reduce occurrences of accidents.
3. Kwikstage Scaffolding
This type of scaffolding is particularly popular in the UK and Australia. The name of the scaffolding may drop a hint: it is quick to erect and is adaptable, and finds uses on both, commercial and residential sites. They’re mostly used by construction workers, roofers, bricklayers, painters, carpenters, and masons on an everyday basis along with other tools. They use this scaffolding to move around on the site of their work and transport material.
Assembling and dismantling the kwikstage scaffolding is easy as it comes with just five parts. It is steadfast and safe for use as it is equipped with double guard rails and non-slip platforms. This is why different types of workers find it easy to use this scaffolding. Whether they are skilled, semi-skilled or unskilled, all workers in various industries can use it.
What’s more? Kwikstage scaffolding is also used by professionals like engineers, architects, city planners, and site inspectors to perform their daily duties confidently. It is most useful in building houses (façade scaffolding).
Because the scaffolding is adequately tested to meet the highest quality standards in the industry in terms of supporting the heaviest of weights, users are assured of their safety.
Haki is a modern-age system that is used in scaffolding, and shoring and suspended systems. This high-quality system offers the utmost safety and flexibility. It is light in weight as it has fewer parts compared to other systems.
When it comes to Haki, the bay length tends to measure up to three meters. This system has adjustable feet and comes in various heights ranging from one and a half meters to two meters. These features help in ensuring that the system is erected to the right levels for gaining access to floor and scaffolding levels.
This system comes fortified with handrails and toe boards (if required), which make it a highly resilient and long-lasting system.
Haki system installations can be used for basic construction work, when building temporary roofs, performing brickwork repairs, working in refineries and shipyards, and in building renovation and restoration jobs. They’re also useful in refurbishing projects and construction of temporary bridges over rivers.
5. Frame Scaffolding
One of the most common type of system scaffolding found on construction sites is the frame scaffolding. It is usually available in different configurations – sections that contain ladders and a walk-through portal, sections that are actually walk-though, and those that look like a ladder.
Typically, frame scaffolding is set up by using two sections of the scaffold frame that are connected by two crossed sections of support poles that are organized in a square shape. New sections are assembled on top of the preceding sections. These sections are then used by workers to reach the desired height to carry out their work. Ropes are hung from the topmost section to enable workers to pull materials up to their level. Workers often carry out their duties from multiple levels of the frame scaffolding.
Frame scaffolding is easy to erect and disassemble. It perfect for use in general masonry, maintenance, all kinds of façade work like renovation, restoration, claddings and shoring. It can also be employed for building houses (façade scaffolding and load-bearing support scaffolding) and decoration projects. It offers a wide selection of frame lock types and tube sizes with robust steel tubing. This makes it safe, reliable and efficient.
6. Shoring Props
Shoring props are used in an array of medium-height false work and building support work, including internal demolition. They are highly robust in nature, height-adjustable to a great extent and come with head plates for modern formwork systems. They also provide the most cost-effective means to support all types of formwork, slabs, walls, beams, and columns.
Preferred for performing a range of applications in general building construction and repairs, shoring props help save labor costs and the time taken for cutting timber, and wedging and nailing. Typically, steel shoring props are used in the construction of heavy structures (load-bearing support scaffolding) like culverts, bridges, staging of retaining walls, floor slab concrete pouring, and so on.
Benefits offered by shoring props include the ease of assembling and dismantling, safety, efficiency, and high load-carrying capacity. Also, it comes with no loose components so there’s no fear of losing anything. It offers flexibility in terms of being available in various sizes and different load-supporting capacities to suit changing needs. Steel shoring props are durable as the steel material ensures strength and longevity. It also reduces the risk of corrosion to a great extent.
Scaffolding is an important part of the construction industry. No structure can be completed without employing reliable and robust scaffolding. However, workers lives are on the line when they use it, so it is important that it is safe for use. Choosing the right scaffolding for any construction task can ensure this. Use the above information to educate yourself about the various system scaffolding available before taking your pick for your project.