Platforms & Catwalks
REMCON PLATFORMS AND MAINTENANCE CATWALKS are designed to custom fit existing structures or machinery and provide safe and convenient access to difficult locations. We specialize in building ladders, catwalks, and platforms for difficult areas in which standard equipment will not fit.
Navigating the Maze
Recycling plants can often develop a complex maze of machinery that makes access through or to different locations in a plant difficult and unsafe. Often this problem can be compounded by the reconfiguration that happens in any growing plant. Remcon has been installing conveyors and conveyor systems in recycling plants for over 20 years and has gained valuable experience in providing access structures to navigate these conveyor systems.
Installation Options from DIY to Let Us Do the Work
Remcon offers custom designed platforms and catwalks fully assembled for easy customer installation. We also offer catwalks and platforms that are shop fabricated in practical sections for shipping and custom installed by our experienced installation crew.
Reasons for adding elevated structures
Often conveyor system designers are so concerned with the flow of material that they forget about the flow of the workers operating and maintaining the equipment. It can be very cost-effective in the long run to retrofit a conveyor system with well-designed catwalks or ladders to provide access to inaccessible areas.
• PROVIDING A SAFER WORKING ENVIRONMENT
Safety does not simply mean meeting OSHA requirements; it is the responsibility of any employer to consider the many different safety concerns unique to each work environment. Remcon can provide simple solutions to upgrade the overall safety of your work environment, such as:
• ADDING SHORTCUTS - FIRE ESCAPE ROUTES / CROSS-OVERS
In a fire, rising smoke combined with excitement can make a complex network of catwalks, platforms, stairs and ladders difficult to navigate. Adding a catwalk or escape ladder can provide a shorter, more direct evacuation route for personnel working in these areas. Sometimes getting people to safety can be as simple as running a catwalk straight out through an exterior wall of a building to a stairway or ladder leading to ground level.
• QUALITY CONTROL INSPECTION STATIONS
Remcon has incorporated inspection stations into many of its conveyor systems. Often this may simply consist of a short ladder accessing a raised platform that can accommodate one worker. This platform gives the worker a view of the material flow and can allow removal of contamination from the material. This is sometimes combined with a control station allowing the worker to stop and start different machines to coordinate the flow of material from this vantage point.
• MAINTENANCE & CLEANING ACCESS
Many times in recycling systems, the only way to inspect a motor on an incline conveyor, for example, is with some kind of elevated lift or work platform. Often the area below is too restricted to get any type of lift equipment in the right location. Inevitably this leads to neglected machinery and costly repairs. Adding a customized maintenance catwalk at such a location can permanently solve the problem and allow easy and safe access to difficult areas whenever needed. This makes maintenance much easier to perform, and increases the chances of spotting potential breakdowns before they happen.
• OBSERVATION DECKS & CATWALKS FOR PUBLIC TOURS
The recycling industry is seeing the benefits of opening its doors to the public to aid in educating both children and adults in the process of recycling and materials recovery. In order to better facilitate this, many plants are incorporating observation platforms or catwalks into their Materials Recovery Facilities, which allow visitors to walk out onto a platform and observe the recycling system from a safe distance.
Remcon has designed platforms for the general public to meet requirements for both children and adults. Guardrails can be designed to be child-safe, incorporating vertical, climb-resistant pickets spaced 4" apart, and decking materials that allow safe walking in all types of footwear.
Functional Design, and Options to Suit Your Needs:
SAFETY HARNESS ATTACHMENT OPTIONS
INTEGRATED KICK PLATE (TOE BOARD) OPTIONS
Kick plate is usually either welded to the inside of the guardrail posts or formed into the deck plate. This provides a heavy-duty kick plate that makes the installation process streamlined; it also keeps the guardrail posts on the outside of the kick plate, making the deck much easier to sweep.
We specialize in custom designed and fabricated equipment and can work with you to design a solution that will work well for your needs. Contact us today to discuss options or to get a quote.