OEM Kiln Access Ramps: Why Partner with a Pro
Kiln access ramps are an important part of safe, efficient kiln maintenance. Producing one in-house may seem cost efficient but poor design and lengthy installation often end up costing more in the long run. Partnering with a specialized manufacturer offers added benefits such as a custom engineered design, easy installation and service options that result in a better return on investment.
Custom Engineered Design Features
One of the biggest benefits of working with an original equipment manufacturer is the quality and experience you receive. These companies have worked with hundreds of customers to solve specific challenges and, in partnering with them, you tap into that knowledge and success to find the solution that best fits your need. Each burn floor presents unique obstacles. Because of this, each access ramp is specially designed to ensure a proper fit.
In addition, original equipment manufacturers have extended access to unique materials not found in-house. For example, a custom manufactured ramp could be fabricated with high-strength 6061 T6 aluminum, making it as strong and durable as steel but at half the weight. Access Ramps made from this material will support as much as 15,000 pounds (6,804 kilograms) live load and offer a 3:1 safety factor.
For added safety, many manufactured access ramps come with standard features, such as curbs, fall guards and articulated landing feet to ensure the ramp is always sitting properly in the kiln. Optional safety cages, personnel tunnels and accessories that make ramps compatible with third-party demolition equipment are also available from these manufacturers.
Ease of Installation
Another benefit of working with lighter, sturdier custom manufactured access ramps is an ease of installation not achievable with most in-house models. By using industrial lightweight aluminum and a modular design, these ramps can be assembled in as little as 1.5 hours depending on ramp length and burn floor configuration. That’s 40 percent less time than most alternative aftermarket or self-built ramps. Most manufactured access ramp assemblies are easily maneuvered by basic equipment like a forklift and don’t require specialty equipment like hoist systems required for steel ramps.
Sales and Service
One of the biggest benefits of partnering with a specialized manufacturer is the customized care you get from a dedicated sales and service department over the life of the access ramp. When a Do-it-yourself ramp falters, diagnosing the problem eats away at valuable time. Working with an original equipment manufacturer means having a partner to keep downtime to a minimum. Their experience allows them to respond quickly and offer solutions that keep maintenance projects on schedule. Working with these companies also provides access to after-market services, such as ramp inspections, spare parts, and any safety modifications that might arise from continued safety testing.
The benefits of working with a custom manufacturer can quickly add up to a better ROI. Original equipment manufacturers offer safe, efficient solutions for routine maintenance and allow plant managers to apply time and resources more effectively somewhere else.
Kiln access ramps are part of our customized, full-service solutions. Learn how Bricking Solutions can help you increase productivity and safety in all areas of refractory maintenance. Contact us here.