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March 21, 2018

The Fast Eat the Slow!

How has speed to market changed the game?  By Scott Sanders, President of item West “Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look…Continue Reading




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August 8, 2017

Stairways and Platforms: Platforms, Working Platforms, and Walkways – Terms and Definitions

Stairway platform or landing: A level area at the start or end of a flight of stairs. Often also part of the floor. Intermediate platform…Continue Reading

July 25, 2017

Stairways and Platforms: Stairways – Typology of Stairways

Less space requires more care Stepladders are used primarily in industrial buildings as a climbing aid for reaching equipment and machinery in confined spaces. They…Continue Reading

July 11, 2017

Stairways and Platforms: Stairways – Traffic Loads

Stairways under load The load-bearing structure of an industrial stairway is subjected to widely fluctuating traffic loads. This is taken into account in EN ISO…Continue Reading

June 27, 2017

Stairways and Platforms: Stairways – Safety Requirements

Dimensions of stairways The overlap on a step must be ≥ 10 mm. The rise in a flight of stairs should be consistent. If it…Continue Reading

June 13, 2017

Stairways and Platforms: Stairways – Hand-rails

The purpose of a hand-rail is to offer secure and reliable support. Users should also be able to get a secure grip on the hand-rail….Continue Reading

May 30, 2017

Stairways and Platforms: Stairways – Guard-rails

Even more safety All open sides on the flights, landings, platforms, and openings of stairways must be secured with guard-rails. Specific regulations are set out…Continue Reading

May 17, 2017

Stairways and Platforms: Safety and Comfort

Finding the ideal dimension The comfort rule and safety rule, which were often cited in the past, are now found only in Austrian standard OENORM…Continue Reading

May 2, 2017

Stairways and Platforms: The Basic Dimension For All Stairways

Applying the step-length rule to steps The basic dimension in stairway design is step length, i.e. the average distance that someone from central Europe covers…Continue Reading

April 18, 2017

Stairways and Platforms: Stairways – Terms and Definitions

The flight of a stairway Climbing height is the vertical distance between the horizontal ground level and the horizontal platform or landing. Going is the…Continue Reading