custom vs modular platform

How to Make the Best Choice Between a Custom or Modular Platform

Platforms are an integral part of any food and beverage processing facility — providing access to equipment, safety egresses, employee walkways, and increasing manufacturing space. They are the best way to utilize limited space in a facility while optimizing work and traffic flow.

Chances are you will need some kind of platform in your facility — whether a mezzanine, structural platform, crossover, or catwalk.

When it comes to investing in a platform, there are two main styles to choose from: a custom or modular platform.

Each offers unique benefits and limitations based on your needs and applications, so how do you know which one will work best for you?

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3d models

4 Ways 3D Models Benefit Your Expansion Project

Expanding your food processing plant requires an incredible amount of planning — not just in constructing the new section of your plant, but also in planning where each piece of equipment for your new line will go.  One miscalculation, one misplaced outlet box, and you could end up overspending your budget trying to get everything to fit correctly.

So how do you avoid those miscalculations? How do you “see” all your new equipment placed within your plant before it’s even built? How do you guarantee that all your utilities will be placed in the right place for your equipment?

That’s where 3D modeling comes in.

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custom platform

10 Important Advantages of a Custom Platform

When it comes to expanding your manufacturing work space, a custom platform is a quick, easy, and relatively inexpensive solution. Utilizing the space above your current processing line can save you thousands, if not millions, in expansion costs.

But what type of overhead platform should you purchase?

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staircase safety

Staircase Safety

Whenever you build up in your plant with a raised platform or mezzanine, you open yourself up to the risk of employee injuries on staircases.

OSHA estimates that there are roughly 24,882 injuries and as many as 36 fatalities per year due to falls from staircases and ladders. Nearly half of these injuries are serious enough to require time off the job – 11,570 lost workday injuries and 13,312 non-lost workday injuries occur annually due to falls from staircases and ladders.1

When improperly installed, maintained, and used, staircases can be hazardous to the health of your employees. Slippery surfaces, dangerous projections (such as protruding nails), variations in riser height or stair tread depth can all be contributing factors to employee injuries.
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purchasing a mezzanine

4 Factors You Need to Consider When Purchasing a Mezzanine

When purchasing a mezzanine or structural platform to expand your processing space, there are a number of factors to consider — many of which deal with the structural capacity of your plant.

While purchasing a mezzanine is a cost-effective way to expand your operations and storage space, the extra load on your floor slap and placement of the support columns are crucial factors when purchasing and installing a structural mezzanine.
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mezzanine

6 Questions to Determine if You Should Invest in a Mezzanine

When a processing company comes to us looking for ways to expand their product line without taking on the cost of a plant expansion, our first response is: look up — and consider building a mezzanine.

More often than not, processing plants aren’t effectively utilizing the space above their product line – and have more than enough room to expand without a full-out plant expansion. Adding a mezzanine opens up processing and storage space that is often more than sufficient to meet their growing needs.

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