A new system of plastic cribbing blocks and wedges has been introduced by Enerpac to optimise safety when stabilising heavy loads after they have been lifted.
The blocks - developed as a more stable, longer-lasting and easily cleaned alternative to wooden blocks - feature an aggressively patterned slip-resistant pyramid locking surface for superior stability in cribbing, chocking and shoring.
Typically applied in energy, mining, maintenance, construction and infrastructure tasks, the new systems complement Enerpac's broader ranges of powerful but compact lifting and load handling technologies including heavy duty load skates, low clearance machine lifts and vertical lifting wedges requiring only 10mm tip clearance to apply 700 bar hydraulic force. Enerpac is the recognized global leader in high-force tools and 700 bar hydraulic equipment used in industrial markets, where its technologies are used to safely hoist loads as large as turbines, ships, railway locomotives, bridges, mining shovels and entire buildings.
"Our total ranges are keyed to safety and cost-efficiency, which is the case with plastic cribbing being used when maximum crib stability and material durability is required," says Enerpac General Manager, Australia and New Zealand, Mr Tony Brooks.
"Plastic offers a stable, predictable load capacity which deforms slowly under load because of the homogeneous material used. Enerpac's cribbing system won't splinter doesn't absorb most fluids (subject to chemical compatibility tests) and can be used for interlocking box cribs, parallel cribs and triangle cribs."
Available in three sizes of cribbing blocks and two sizes of wedges, the system, made from recycled plastic, is available in different combinations of wedges and blocks in nylon carrying totes.
Enerpac, which has been established in Australia and New Zealand as a major supplier of 700 bar hydraulic and extreme force tools 50 years. having nationwide service backup and a strong distribution network.