Fabricating barrier is the process of creating, bending, welding and assembling pre-designed and sometimes bespoke sections of barrier ready to be taken to site and installed by welding.
It is a relatively expensive, time-consuming and inflexible process.
The process is design intensive and may require several drafts design work to get the procession needed.
If a section of barrier has been fabricated incorrectly and discovered once on site, there’s not much that can be done other than to fabricate a new section and return to site at a later date.
Once fabricated barrier has been installed and welded, it’s a difficult process to change if problems arise. For example:
The photograph above shows two sections of fabricated barrier that have been welded. The process of welding has affected the protective coating and has opened up the steel tubing to weather conditions, triggering the rusting process.
Not only does this look bad but it also affects the strength of the barrier creating a safety risk.
A Skilled Workforce
Another problem with fabricated barrier is the labour consideration.
The process of installing fabricated barrier requires specialist welding tools and highly trained fitters. It also presents a number of health and safety issues and will most likely require permits for hot work.
A Better Solution To Fabricating Barrier
The solution is Kee Klamp fittings.
Harcon Services provide Kee Klamp hot dip galvanised iron and Kee Lite aluminium fittings. These are slip-on components and lengths of tube that ensure complete hazard protection without the issues that fabricated guardrails and handrails create.
Kee fittings are hugely flexible, only requiring a general arrangement drawing and removing the need for a highly skilled labourer and work permits, as anyone can fit the railing thanks to the use of simple hexagonal set screws locking the fitting to the tube.
There is also no cutting required, so the tube maintains its integrity, another benefit over fabricated systems.
In a modern marine climate, such as a town like Newcastle-Upon-Thames, the average lifetime of typical hot-dip galvanised fittings is calculated to be around 37 years.
Take a look at the difference between fabricated barrier and fittings:
On the second picture, if any rust or climate damage started to occur, the section of tubing affect could be unscrewed and replaced without any major issues.
The benefits of Kee Fittings
Kee Klamp® and Kee Lite® fittings offer a strong and durable solution to separating people from hazards, are more resilient to corrosion and can last up to seven times longer than fabricated barriers and handrails. They also eliminate the need for welding, cutting, threading or bolting and remove the need for skilled labour and permits for work.
With Kee fittings you can save time and money thanks to the quick and easy installation, as well as feel assured that your guardrail will do the job thanks to a wide range of components for every situation.
Fittings are superior for the following reasons:
- Provide a strong and durable solution
- Are more resilient to corrosion
- Can last up to 7 times longer than fabricated barriers and handrails
- Eliminate the need for welding, cutting, threading or bolting
- Overcome the need for skilled labour or permits to work
- Save time and money as installation is quick and easy
- Are flexible so barriers and handrails can be designed to meet a variety of on-site requirements
- Allow quick replacement of damaged sections when required