DICA was proud to attend at the 2019 World of Concrete show, held in Las Vegas, Nevada., Jan. 22-24, Kerry Koberg, DICA Strategic Accounts Manager, and Dan McCoy PE of R.L. McCoy shot a video, and spent time discussing engineered setups for concrete contractors at the ACPA booth.
According to McCoy “not setting up cribbing correctly or not using outrigger pads is an industry concern. ACPA has been working very hard to make people aware of these issues,” said McCoy, “and having engineered solutions is fantastic.” Koberg shared, “for many years we’ve heard the desire from customers for a way to safely crib up for height. Our ProStack system locks together to provide a strong a safe setup, and is rated for loading up to 110,000 lbs.”
As an engineer, McCoy explained, “one of the concerns with timber cribbing is its lack of dependability. You never know the condition of the timbers or wood, and you can’t count on their performance and properties like you can an engineered product.”
“We’re using and seeing more cranes being used by concrete pumpers” added McCoy. “And getting the proper matting under these cranes is a concern. You never know the strength of the ground and if you are going to punch through or not.”
“DICA’s FiberMax Mega Duty crane pads generally weigh 60% less than traditional steel and wood solutions,” said Koberg. “That’s a no brainer when you have to be on the move with a mobile unit,” added McCoy.
Koberg explained, “Our FiberMax pads have been engineered specifically for outrigger enabled equipment, including large concrete pump trucks and mobile cranes typically in the 100 to 500-ton classes. Our Mega Duty pad are made from Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) and are designed with internal bi-directional sheer webs. Our material, construction, and design have the strength to fully support highly concentrated outrigger loads, and the rigidity to distribute the pressure in all four directions.”