Year 2020 has been a year to remember!
For a company like Rostek, there is no point in trying to be only a follower when it comes to facade planning and construction. Since with the amount of experience working under our roof, many complicated buildings can be safer accessed if our sales and designers are contacted early. It is easier to design a functional, good looking and reliable solution when the plans are just forming on the paper.
During the year 2018 Rostek Group has delivered nearly 300 projects to 35 countries. As a global player, the current world situation has challenged us, but I feel we have more or less overcome those challenges. For this we thank our flexibility inside the organization in order to be able to deliver more benefits to our customers and partners.
Suspended platforms, cradles, gondolas, access platforms or BMU’s. Whatever you call them, these working platforms offer reliable and safe working conditions in every building. The working platforms are divided into two categories; the self-powered platforms and the roof powered platforms. On the self-powered platforms, the hoists are on the platform and the roof powered version has the hoists on the roof, in the roof machine.
A maintenance gantry is a bridgelike framework used as a working platform to reach for the roof surfaces that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to reach safely. When used in public buildings where aesthetics is important, the gantry will be designed to blend into the surrounding.
Normal ladders are usually used to climb from one level to another. In many countries, “real work” from a ladder is not allowed unless it has some stable and safe platforms etc. However, bigger maintenance ladders can be used for light construction work, repairs and maintenance tasks like window cleaning especially if the ladders are traversing i.e. moving horizontally along the facade or glass roof.
A davit is originally is a special safety device especially for ships. It is most often used for supporting and lowering life boats and other small vessels from big ships. In facade access, the idea is the same: the davit is used for supporting, raising, and lowering BMU-cradles or modular suspended platforms (MSP’s). With this blog post you will get to know the Davit system and its possibilities.
Do you need a “hidden” building maintenance unit (BMU) for your facade access? A roof trolley system (or roof car system) is not visible from the street below when it is not used. Light Roof trolleys from are sometimes confused with big roof car machines, which are crane-like machines with long, often telescopic jibs and the hoist on the roof. However, light roof trolley is a flat machine traversing on two parallel aluminium tracks mounted on top of the roof. This text explains the idea of a light roof trolley, when it should be used and what are the advantages and downsides of a light roof trolley system.
When talking about monorails, many of us think of a train travelling on a single track. The word MONO is Latin and means single and naturally a monorail is a single rail.
Interestingly, when we applied for the Patent for our unique monorail back in the 90s, one obstruction for our Patent was a German Patent from the 50's for a monorail for trains, made in steel and 10 times bigger but working exactly as our monorail. Well, we convinced the Patent Office we are not doing trains and got the Patent!
If someone would have asked me a few months ago, if I know what a BMU (Building Maintenance Unit) or a monorail is, I would have said “no”. However, now I can explain the basics when it comes to the facade and glass roof access systems.