Bricking Solutions, a full solution provider of refractory installation equipment, introduces the Stair-Stepped Bricking Machine. The new model retains the key benefits of the company’s EZ Flexx50 Bricking Machine, which offers the lightest weight and highest load capacity on the market, but features a stair-stepped deck. This provides enough clearance beneath the scaffolding for forklift access, resulting in more efficient brick delivery. The Stair-Stepped Bricking Machine is available for 4- to 6-meter (13.1- to 19.7-feet) diameter kilns and offers fast set up, ample deck space and easy keying for unparalleled productivity.
“For more than 50 years, Bricking Solutions has been providing equipment solutions that are both innovative and customer-driven,” said Heather Harding, Bricking Solutions managing director. “The new model is a next evolution of our bricking machine, offering the best features of our EZ Flexx50 with the stair-stepped deck favored by some masons. It is another example of how our equipment helps customers tailor their refractory installation process for maximum comfort and efficiency.”
The Stair-Stepped Bricking Machine offers the industry’s largest capacity and plenty of deck space for brick, personnel and tools. The standard unit has a 4.3-meter (14-foot) long deck and can hold as much as 3,992 kilograms (8,800 pounds). An optional capacity upgrade increases that to 5,987-kilograms (13,200 pounds). The largest model’s platform is 5.2 meters (17.1 feet) long — larger than any competitive machine — and can hold three pallets of brick totaling 4,620 kilograms (10,185 pounds).
In addition to industry-leading deck area and capacity, the Stair-Stepped model provides enough clearance to drive support equipment, such as skid steers or forklifts, underneath the machine. This allows crews to easily deposit refractory brick for the bedding crew and bricking machine on the keying side. Some masons prefer this type of brick management since it minimizes brick handling and reduces the need for additional equipment, such as conveyors, to deliver brick. This also improves productivity and reduces brick damage and loss associated with the constant material handling. The 4- to 5-meter (13.1- to 16.4-foot) Stair-Stepped Bricking Machine offers approximately 213 centimeters (84 inches) of clearance. 5- to 6-meter (16.4- to 19.7- foot) models provide approximately 264 centimeters (104 inches). Actual clearance is dependent on machine configuration and kiln size.
The Stair-Stepped Bricking Machine also offers improved ergonomics. By positioning workers and bricks on the stair steps, crews can stage brick at midlevel, minimizing lifting and bending.
Like all Bricking Solutions equipment, the Stair-Stepped Bricking Machine is simple to assemble and maintain, and provides outstanding safety, productivity and ROI. The machine is manufactured with high-strength 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum, which is as strong as steel but only two-thirds the weight. A modular design and pin-together construction allows for setup in just 60 to 90 minutes, compared to 6 to 8 hours for many competitive models.
Bricking Solutions is the only manufacturer to include an ergonomic cut-away section in the front arch to allow keying access to close out a ring. Double arches support two rings at once for efficient installation, allowing masons to start installing the next ring while the previous is keyed out. These features allow an experienced crew to install 3.3 feet (1 meter) of brick per hour, compared to roughly .6 meters per hour with other techniques.