Spika Blog

International Women's Day 2017

3/8/17 4:20 PM

A message from the CEO:

Today as we celebrate International Women's Day, I want to recognize the incredible contributions made to our company and community by the talented and committed women of Spika Design and Manufacturing!

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3 Features That Will Save You Money With Your Cantilevered Work Platform

2/21/17 2:18 PM

One of the most common access challenges technicians face, especially in manufacturing lines, is the need for cantilevered access at multiple levels. Because overreaching access requirements vary from project to project, cantilevered work stands have to be customized to the end user’s specs almost...

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On OSHA-Compliant Fall Protection [Infographic]

1/11/17 9:48 AM

For the 6th year in a row, OSHA’s Fall Protection Standard (1926.501) is once again the agency’s most frequently cited standard. We know fall protection is a common issue in construction, but what about for those of us in general industry? Here is a quick reference cheat sheet on OSHA-compliant...

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Q&A with Rick Zaitonia, Kuka Systems Aerospace Group: Integrators Outsourcing Work Platforms

10/26/16 11:48 AM

Between the robotics required to build the equipment to the hundreds of tools necessary to support the manufacturing process, engineers are overloaded with developing customized systems and tools that not only satisfy the needs of the manufacturing line, but also meet or exceed safety standards,...

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6 Tools Everyone in Lightweight Helicopter Maintenance Should Be Using

8/3/16 5:09 PM

A few days ago, I was chatting with a guy that was in the market for a maintenance ladder or work platform for a lightweight helicopter. He emphasized that quality was his top priority, but that price was going to be the make-it-or-break-it factor in his decision. As he put it, “I mean, I like...

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Key Reasons to Choose a Work Stand Design Team that Uses 3D Modeling

4/25/16 4:23 PM

When it comes to sophisticated equipment and complicated assembly lines, off-the-shelf work platforms simply will not cut it. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a custom work platform manufacturer, including:

  • How experienced is the company in work platform design?
  • How much does...
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The Slider Revolution: Achieve Perfect Conformance with Work Platforms

4/25/16 2:00 AM

With the ability to extend out from a work deck to conform around equipment edges, sliders have proven especially useful on aircraft maintenance stands and other work platforms where straight decks leave dangerous gaps between the deck and the equipment.

Sliders have been a part of work platforms...

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Three Signs You Should Invest in a Dual-Stage Actuation Work Platform, Not a Scissor Lift

4/20/16 2:47 PM

When someone requires upper-level access with a large amount of height adjustability, they typically look at scissor lifts rather than work platforms. And for good reason - standard work platforms typically only allow height adjustment ranges of one to three feet. For example, they’ll start at 60”...

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Fall Protection: Choosing The Best Option For You

2/13/15 10:00 AM

In September of 2014, OSHA released the list of the Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for 2013-2014 — and for the fourth year in a row, Fall Protection was the number one most frequently cited OSHA incompliance. In 2013 alone, 574 fatalities were directly due to accidental falls.

Inadequate...

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$500,000 Manufacturing Scholarship Helps Close Skills Gap

12/22/14 3:30 PM

It seems like a scene from a movie: A billionaire walks into the room, announces that he wants to help Montanans get high-paying jobs, and donates $500,000 in scholarships for underprivileged students and war vets. It’s not a scene, though – it was a real billionaire with real money in Helena,...

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