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Clean room platforms

Clean room platforms

CLEAN ROOM PLATFORMS    

Where to find parts?

Where to learn about those parts?

Right here at UpRight Scaffolds North America!

Aluminum scaffolding parts are hard to find and we at UpRght Scaffolds North America want to make it easy for you. This article is to help you understand the different Aluminum scaffolding parts that go into your aluminum scaffolding. We will talk about new parts, old parts and if there obsolete and if so what replaced them.

Please feel free to contact Joe foot at 707. 799. 8902 or email him at Joe@uprightsna.com.

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Below you’ll find a series of aluminum scaffolding pictures, of parts. These pictures of the aluminum scaffolding parts will either have descriptions or not. Again if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

CLEAN ROOM PLATFORMS

THIS IS A DRY PLATFORM water or moisture will run through the platform these are used a lot in clean rooms
THIS IS A DRY PLATFORM water or moisture will run through the platform these are used a lot in clean rooms
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ALUMINUM SCAFFOLD PARTS HATCH DOOR DIAMOND PLATED — USED IN CLEAN ROOMS
Scaffold Parts
CLEAN ROOM / this is the NASA Wise project showing our clean room scaffolding.
Scaffold Parts
• NASA G.P.M. GLOBAL PRECIPITATION MEASUREMENT (PIC 4A)
http://pmm.nasa.gov/node/243
Global Precipitation Measurement is an international satellite mission to provide next generation observation of rain and snow worldwide every three hours. Customer requested Gold anodized satellite stand for their clean room application. The anodizing seals the aluminum. When aluminum surfaces are exposed to the atmosphere, a thin invisible oxide skin forms immediately which protects the metal from further oxidation. This self-protecting characteristic gives aluminum its high resistance to corrosion.

CLEAN ROOM PLATFORMS  Are all made out of aluminum. Platforms are usually made out of wood which is unacceptable in a clean room. Clean room platforms and the rest of the scaffolding structure is all made of aluminum and sometimes anodized. Because the scaffolding is made out of aluminum it is lightweight and able to move carefully around a satellite with only a few people moving and guiding the structure. The platforms are usually made out of diamond plate which prevents anything from falling through the platform. They also make dry platforms which enable water and moisture to pass through the platform. This makes for a slip resistant platform.

Please feel free to give us a call with any questions 707-799-8902 ask for Joe foot or email me at Joe@uprightsna.com.

As we always say at Upright SNA, 

If you need to get up, get  up right with UpRight Scaffold North Americ

Abused scaffolding

Abused scaffolding

HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?

Damage scaffolding starts with abuse. Abuse equals misuse.

If a person does not know how to use something like upright aluminum scaffolding they will wind up misusing it and in turn damaging the scaffolding. The pictures below reflects this abuse. The damage to these parts were the result of someone not knowing how to use the scaffolding properly.

Safety clip damage. They ripped between the locking hole and retaining hole
Tour between the locking pin hole and the holding position hole
Aluminum scaffolding #misused BROKEN BRAKE LEVER. CUSTOMER WIRED BREAK LEVER UP MEANING NO BREAKING

HOW TO PREVENT DAMAGE:

Read the scaffolding manual. It will tell you how to use the scaffolding properly. How to set it up properly and tear it down. The instruction manual will talk about scaffolding maintenance. Now taking 10 minutes to read this will save you a lot of money. Train your people on the proper use of the scaffolding. This will prevent damage due to not understanding how to properly set up and tear down scaffolding. Understanding how to use the scaffolding would prevent the above damage.

CONCLUSION:

We all spend a lot of money on scaffolding so take the time to read the instruction manual. 10 minutes of time can save you hundreds of dollars. Damaged scaffolding starts with abuse. Abuse equals misuse. So take some time to train your people on the property use of your scaffolding.

If you have any questions you can give us a call at 707.799.8902 or email me at Joe@uprightsna.com.

As we like to say at Upright Scaffolds North America, if you need to get up get upright at Upright Scaffolds North America

UPRIGHT SNA HATCH DOOR PLATFORMS

UPRIGHT SNA HATCH DOOR PLATFORMS

HATCH DOOR PLATFORMS:

What is a hatch door platform? Upright SNA will show you pictures of hatch door platforms, explain why they are used and their ability to be fixed in the field. Upright SNA hatch door platforms are made to climb through by climbing the frame of the scaffolding or climbing the snap in stairs.

UPRIGHT SNA HATCH DOOR REPLACEMENT BOARDS:

The manufacturers, we represent, use half-inch marine plywood mounted inside and aluminum structure.  The two manufacturers Upright SNA represent are, EZ Lift and Vault manufacturers and they both use the same design. The one difference is that Vault shaves their platform board down on the ends of the platform boards to make the aluminum even that grips the ends of the board with the sides of the platform assembly. Just let us know if you have a Vault platform when calling to order.

The EZ Lift platform board does not need to be routed at the ends. You just need a half-inch marine plywood board and you’re set to go. This gives you the ability to either order the board from us or just go to your nearest wood supplier which will be a lot less expensive. You see we just save you money.

THIS A HATCH DOOR PLATFORM HATCH DOOR CLOSE

THIS IS A HATCH DOOR PLATFORM WITH THE HATCH DOOR OPEN

HATCH DOOR PLATFORMS FIXED IN THE FIELD:

On top and on the sides of the platform assembly you will find Allen bolts or some other type of screw/bolt fastening device. Remove the fasteners and either pull out the board or the hatch door board and replace. Instructions will be sent for replacement of boards by manufacture. Upright SNA always wants the customer to take time and read the manufacturers instruction manual which can save you time and money in the long run.

HATCH DOOR PLATFORM ACCESSIBILITY:

There are two ways to access the hatch door platform. You can either climb the frame of the scaffolding or you can climb up Snap in stairs. The reason you use a hatch door platform is to keep the worker on the inside of the scaffolding for better protection. The cost difference between a hatch door platform and the standard platform is a round $20-$30.

When using the hatch door platform on a single wide scaffolding tower you want to offset the hatch door from the one below. So to have a platform with a hatch door on the right side than the next platform up will be on the left side.  The offsetting of the hatch door platforms is used for fall protection. Your platforms are to be placed every 10 feet.  There are four reasons for this; one it’s used for an erection platform, two used as a resting platform, three used for fall protection and four, a work platform.

THIS IS A WALK-THROUGH PLATFORM WITH SNAP IN STAIRS

THIS SHOWS A WORKER CLIMBING THE SNAP AND STAIRS

 

HATCH DOOR PLATFORM CONCLUSION:

What is a hatch door platform? I hope this has answered your questions. There will be more blogs regarding the subject in the future. If you have any questions regarding the subject please feel free to give me a call at 707. 799. 8902 and my name is Joe Foot. I have been doing this for 30 years and if I can’t answer your questions I can find the ones that can.

As we like to say at Upright Scaffolds North America, “if you need to get up, get upright with Upright Scaffolds North America.”

DAMAGE SCAFFOLDING

DAMAGE SCAFFOLDING

 

HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?

Damage scaffolding starts with abuse. Abuse equals misuse.

If a person does not know how to use something like upright aluminum scaffolding they will wind up misusing it and in turn damaging the scaffolding. The pictures below reflects this abuse. The damage to these parts were the result of someone not knowing how to use the scaffolding properly.

Safety clip damage. They ripped between the locking hole and retaining hole

Tour between the locking pin hole and the holding position hole

 

HOW TO PREVENT DAMAGE:

Read the scaffolding manual. It will tell you how to use the scaffolding properly. How to set it up properly and tear it down. The instruction manual will talk about scaffolding maintenance. Now taking 10 minutes to read this will save you a lot of money. Train your people on the proper use of the scaffolding. This will prevent damage due to not understanding how to properly set up and tear down scaffolding. Understanding how to use the scaffolding would prevent the above damage.

 

CONCLUSION:

We all spend a lot of money on scaffolding so take the time to read the instruction manual. 10 minutes of time can save you hundreds of dollars. Damaged scaffolding starts with abuse. Abuse equals misuse. So take some time to train your people on the property use of your scaffolding.

If you have any questions you can give us a call at 707.799.8902 or email me at Joe@uprightsna.com.

 

As we like to say at Upright Scaffolds North America, if you need to get up get upright at Upright Scaffolds North America

COUPLER

COUPLER

COUPLER

I am going to present one COUPLER. Which  can be used as a right angle COUPLER, in-line COUPLER or a swivel COUPLER.  You can do this just by adding or removing a roll pin.

WHAT IS A COUPLER?
A Coupler is a device that joins (couples) tubing together by griping around the tubing.  The type of Coupler we are going to discuss works with 2” O.D. Aluminum Scaffolding and tubing. Most Couplers come either as a right angle Coupler, in-line Coupler or swivel Coupler.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF COUPLERS:
There are three types of couplers, the right angle Coupler, In-line Coupler and the swivel Coupler. If you wanted to join two pieces of aluminum tubing at right angles you would have to buy a right angle Coupler and the same if you wanted to join two pieces of tubing parallel to each other you would buy an in-line Coupler and the same for a swivel Coupler.

ONE COUPLER THAT DOES WHAT THREE COUPLERS DO:
This is what I call a Universal Coupler. It can be configured as a swivel Coupler, a right angle Coupler and an in-line Coupler by just adding a roll pin in the proper hole for right angle Coupler setting or in-line Coupler setting. To use as a swivel Coupler you just remove the pin and the two halves swivel.

CAUTION:
Most Aluminum Scaffolding uses thin wall tubing .058 wall thickness. That is the reason for the wing nut for tightening. If you use a wrench to tighten the coupler DO NOT over tighten or you may crimp the Aluminum Scaffolding tubing.

— USES:
Have you ever had a job that you cannot access with an Aerial Work Platform or with your standard Aluminum Scaffolding?

What you need is a special Access Work Platform.

You might need to have a special Access Work Platform built which would most likely use Couplers or you might be able to use your existing Aluminum Scaffolding with just the purchase of some Universal Couplers, some heavy wall Aluminum tubing and maybe some extra frames.

The NASA AMES 40 by 80 wind tunnel use standard Double Wide Aluminum Frames with 10’ platforms and bracing along with swivel and right angle Couplers to span completely around the 40’ turbine engine.

There were a lot of swivel couplers used on this project 40 x 80 wind tunnel at NASA Ames

The Tibetan Gallery was just a standard six foot Aluminum Scaffolding Tower with a platform height of 17’ 6” and no outriggers. The Aluminum Scaffolding Tower was supported by special made brackets mounted to the wall and tubing with just the Universal Coupler used in its right angle and swivel Coupler settings.

CONCLUSION:
When the Aerial Work Platform does not work take a look at using your existing Aluminum Scaffolding and either renting or buying the extra scaffolding pieces and Couplers to access the job.

UPRIGHT SCAFFOLD NORTH AMERICA would like to thank you for taking the time to read this article and to remind you

“If you ever need to get  up, get  up right with UpRight Scaffold North America”.

 

Coupler

Coupler
Coupler

 

Aluminum Scaffolding, Short Pin Interlock Clips

Aluminum Scaffolding, Short Pin Interlock Clips

Aluminum Scaffolding, Short Pin Interlock Clips

Short pin interlock clips what are they used for?Short pin interlock clips are used on your aluminum scaffolding to hold the frames together. Short pin interlock clips are easy to use and field replaceable if lost.

aluminum scaffolding

How to use your short pin interlock clips:

There are two holes at the top of each frame. The bottom hole is used to hold the interlock clip while not in use. The top hole is used to connect the two frames together with the short pin interlock clip. You will notice on the short pin interlock clip that there is a positioning line. This line should be at the bottom of the short pin interlock clip when positioning it in the top hole or bottom hole. If the positioning line is at the top of the short pin interlock clip, the clip will not be able to fit into top hole. This is due to the pin being offset making a clearance issue between the short pin interlock clip and the bushing of the scaffolding frame.

The short pin interlock clip is made to stay on:

The short pin interlock clip is made of sprung steel. The reason for this is for the ability to pull the clip apart a bit and slide it down into the bottom hole or up into the top hole without having to pull it off the scaffolding. This is why the ends of the short pin interlock clip are bent inwards. This gives you a place to grab when pulling the pin apart as well as preventing it from coming off the scaffolding frame.

Conclusion:

Short pin interlock clips are used on your aluminum scaffolding to hold the frames together. Always use short pin interlock clips that are made for your brand of aluminum scaffolding. Do not use other items to hold your frames together for example nails, screws, miscellanies metals, etc.

As always thank you for reading our blog and

If you need to get up, Get up right with UpRight Scaffolds North America.

 

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Aluminum Scaffolding #misused

Aluminum Scaffolding #misused

Aluminum scaffolding #misused

 

 

Aluminum scaffolding #misused shows a series of pictures with descriptions of misuse. If any of your scaffold looks like the aluminum scaffolding #misused please give us a call at 707 – 799 – 8902 ask for Joe foot.

Aluminum scaffolding #misused BROKEN BRAKE LEVER. CUSTOMER WIRED BREAK LEVER UP MEANING NO BREAKING
Aluminum scaffold #misused BROKEN BRAKE LEVER. CUSTOMER WIRED BREAK LEVER UP MEANING NO BREAKING

Aluminum scaffolding #misused BROKEN ADJUSTABLE LEG. CUSTOMER WIRED ADJUSTABLE LEG TEETH.
Aluminum scaffold #misused BROKEN ADJUSTABLE LEG. CUSTOMER WIRED ADJUSTABLE LEG TEETH.

Aluminum scaffolding #misused CUSTOMER LOST SET SCREW TO ADJUSTABLE LEG AND WIRED IT ON. FIX GET A NEW SET SCREW
Aluminum scaffold #misused CUSTOMER LOST SET SCREW TO ADJUSTABLE LEG AND WIRED IT ON. FIX GET A NEW SET SCREW

Aluminum scaffolding #misused PLATFORM HOOK AND RAIL ARE MISSING AND DAMAGE. FIXED IN THE FIELD WITH NEW RAIL AND HOOK
Aluminum scaffold #misused PLATFORM HOOK AND RAIL ARE MISSING AND DAMAGE. FIXED IN THE FIELD WITH NEW RAIL AND HOOK

BROKEN PLATFORM HOOK AND RAIL. FIX REPLACE RAIL AND HOOK.
BROKEN PLATFORM HOOK AND RAIL. FIX REPLACE RAIL AND HOOK.

 

Your scaffolding needs to be Inspected answer before use. These are some of the aluminum scaffolding #misused items you need to look for. Scaffold needs to be checked before use completely. Remember it’s your body and your life that is going to be off the ground.

There are ways to fixture your aluminum scaffold #misused scaffold parts. You can modify frames, replace interlock clips, clean casters out, replace plywood on platforms as well as fixing or modifying many other items on your scaffolding. If you have any questions just take a picture and email it to Joe@uprightsna.com. Include your contact information and I will get back to you with an answer.

I hope you’ve enjoyed aluminum scaffold #missed used showing the series of pictures with descriptions of misuse. We are always there for you so please give us a call.

As always, “if you need to get up, get upright with Upright Scaffold North America.”

 

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