The latest innovation from Layher – the new heavy duty lightweight beam – is set to open up new opportunities in a wide range of scaffolding applications. With a depth of 1.25 metres between top and bottom chords, the development, says the company, combines strength and versatility and can be utilised in conjunction with its modular Allround system or with tube and fit scaffolds.
“The HD beam benefits from our commitment to engineering design and testing which has resulted in strength that will be widely recognised by everybody in the industry,” says Sean Pike, Layher’s UK Managing Director. “The top and bottom chords gain from a 60mm OD with the upright and diagonal chords having a 48.3mm OD. A maximum moment of 150 kNm at 1.036 top chord restraint and shear of 53.8kNOD are the direct results.”
Layher has developed the system with installation versatility in mind, which has led directly to a choice of several beam lengths ranging between 1.036 metres and 5.18 metres. Each incorporates Layher’s rosette system and post spacing for ease of installation, and can be specified with an extensive range of accessories and fittings. “For example, apex sections of between 6° and 36° are available as are corner, T and cross beam connectors,” continues Sean Pike. “Moreover, the HD beam accepts a range of temporary roofing designs, including the Keder system, while a further choice of accessories from lifting eyes and hanging standard adaptors are also available.”
The result is a development which lends itself immediately to use in the full range of Layher’s marketplaces – these range from construction to event-based installations and with layouts from façade and birdcage scaffolds to domed installations.
“As with all of our equipment, the new beam comes complete with our extensive support capability which is centred on close working relationships with both scaffolding and main contractors alike,” adds Sean Pike. “With our service input encompassing design, training and advice on safety, and with proven equipment performance arising from our approach to testing and high quality material selection, the HD beam is well placed to become a major part of our extensive choice of scaffolding and access systems.”