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Defense Industry Uses ErectaStep to Replace Temporary Scaffolding

The defense company replaced temporary scaffolding with ErectaStep's modular work platform, impressed by its lightweight, easy setup, and customization options. ErectaStep met specific requirements and offered the lowest total cost of ownership.

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By Nate Frank
Jan 13, 2019
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A defense company had recently built an addition to their facility and installed equipment for a new manufacturing process they were adopting. The concrete infrastructure was poured and temporary scaffolding was being used to supervise new equipment installation and to conduct equipment startup and operation. That said, the customer needed a permanent work platform to replace the temporary scaffolding that was being used. The challenge to this was that the platform needed to be built within the existing concrete footprint.

While this defense company was receiving quotes from various local steel fabricators, another company brought to their attention ErectaStep, and the modular solution that they could offer. (Read about the benefits of Modular Stairs

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The defense company was impressed with ErectaStep’s offering – lightweight, easy-to-set up, and able to be modified to meet their exact requirements. They were immediately sold.

ErectaStep met with the defense company and put together a custom solution to fit their needs using their ErectaStep product line. The ErectaStep team delivered a large, customized ErectaStep work platform to meet the customer’s challenging requirements. Some of the components of the ErectaStep included:

  • The modified tower supports to meet specific platform Top of Walk Surface, and to accommodate customers sloped concrete floor.
  • Modified platform dimensions to meet customer’s facility footprint and customer’s desired tolerance between platform, existing concrete walls, and clearance for rotating equipment to move over the platform walk surface.
  • Modified platform walking surface (provided solid, diamond-tread surface to avoid metal shavings/scrap from falling through to concrete floor).
  • Provided removable hatches to access concrete floor underneath the platform.
  • Modified platform surface at end of the platform to allow metal chips/shavings and machine coolant to drain into recycling equipment/briquetter.
  • The customer was very pleased with the results. They selected ErectaStep’s modified work platform solution for several reasons. One of the main reasons being that ErectaStep’s overall total cost of ownership was the lowest among all other bids they had received.

The ErectaStep work platform also incorporated all requirements needed to satisfy internal Plant Engineering, Production, Operations, and Maintenance teams.

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Finally, the platform system was delivered in lightweight, easy-to-install components, and the work platform was installed in just one (1) day. Both the defense company and ErectaStep couldn’t have been happier with the project outcome.

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Nate Frank is a Regional Account Manager at ErectaStep, specializing in OSHA-compliant prefabricated access solutions. He collaborates with industry professionals to enhance safety and efficiency, delivering customized solutions with fast lead times.