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Five Key OSHA Standards for Work Platforms

5/30/17 11:41 PM

OSHA requirements for work platforms have always been horribly complex. But since January 2017 when OSHA completely rewrote the standard 1910 Subpart D: Walking Working Surfaces (the standard that serves as the authority on work platform compliance), it's been nearly impossible to get a straight...

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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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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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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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7 Things Your Boss Wants to Know About Aircraft Maintenance Stands

5/1/14 11:12 AM

1. Can I buy something off the shelf or do I need a custom design?

If you perform daily or phase maintenance on a helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft, chances are good you can buy a platform off the shelf and have it perform exactly as you need. Aircraft maintenance stands typically adjust to meet...

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7 Signs You Should Invest in an Industrial Work Platform

4/18/14 4:06 PM

1. You could fall four feet or more

Unless you are in the construction industry, OSHA requires that any time a person could fall four feet or more, railings are required. Do your maintenance or manufacturing processes require upper-level access above four feet? Are permanent rails not a good...

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Industrial Work Platforms: Aluminum or Steel?

3/19/14 9:27 AM

The first decision to make when buying or designing an industrial work platform is the type of metal you want for the structure. You typically have two options: aluminum or steel. There are benefits to both, but for many applications, aluminum is a much preferable option. There are three key...

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Four Methods of Work Platform Actuation: Which is Best for You?

2/6/14 10:44 AM

Going up! One of the characteristics that make modern work platforms so effective is their ability to be raised and lowered to a variety of access points on a piece of equipment. It seems like a simple thing, but work platform manufacturers actually put a lot of thought into the best type of...

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