Nationwide ramps up axle testing
By Leila Steed07 January 2020
Nationwide Platforms has invested in high load-bearing polyethylene ramps to aid in the testing of its access equipment.
Designed specifically to improve the axle testing at Nationwide’s workshops, a total of 28 pairs of were delivered to the powered access rental company, to help its technicians test the oscillating axles on self-propelled booms and scissors.
While individually the ramps weigh just 32kg each, a pair is able to withstand loads of up to 50 tonnes.
Mike Evenson, chief engineer for Nationwide Platforms (part of Loxam), said, “The ramps supplied are deployed in each depot to provide a secure, safe, certified and trusted solution to test certain functions on our equipment. They have proved to be robust and are light enough to be easily moved when required.”
Manufactured by Outriggerpads, the ramps feature a non-slip surface, two integrated handles for manual handling and are said to be oil, water and chemical resistant.
Charles Grizzle, business development manager for Outriggerpads, said, “Nationwide Platforms takes safety extremely seriously. Our ramps enable them to safely conduct these axle tests; will outlast the equivalent metal ramps; and are lighter and easier to position, helping to improve productivity.”