Scaffolding is a stable support structure that aids construction and has been used ever since the first structures were built. These structures are needed to get access to higher heights and carry loads. They also support heavy loads like bricks, blocks, stucco, concrete, etc. As and when the application changes, the type of scaffolding to be employed also changes.
The choice of scaffolding depends on reasons like load capacity, ground conditions, climatic conditions, etc. But have you come across the terms “modular or system scaffolding“? It is the most advanced scaffolding system that can be employed at any construction site and displays a high degree of versatility.
This article will briefly describe the system scaffolds and their types.
What is system scaffolding?
Also known as modular scaffolding, is a type of scaffold system that comprises prefabricated individual components. It is based on the wedge coupling method that allows the interlocking of scaffolding components without the need for nuts and bolts. The junction points enable quick and easy connection of load-bearing items with greater rigidity. This system is highly efficient because of its enormous flexibility.
Types of system scaffolding
1. Ringlock Scaffolding
Ring lock scaffolding It is the most sophisticated type of system scaffolding where angular flexibility is imperative. It requires minimum space for storage and is used to support and access structures in the construction industry, offshore construction, industrial maintenance, and shipbuilding.
- Vertical posts: Standards that aim to give vertical support.
- Ledger: Horizontal support and can also be used as guard rails.
- Braces: Provide lateral support and obtuse angle guard rail.
- Truss ledger: Increases the strength of scaffold for maximum weight-bearing capacity
- Base: Adjustable screw jack can be used as a base.
- Rosette clamp: Used at any point on the vertical tube that allows tube attachment at various angles.
2. Cuplock Scaffolding System
cuplock system It comes with a unique locking mechanism that allows fast erection. It consists of pre-engineered horizontal and vertical components that combine to provide the most stable structure. This system is known for its simplicity, lightweight, high-load capacity, and ability to accommodate more intricate structures.
- Standards: Vertical tubes that have rotating cups on the top and fixture for the same at the lower end.
- Ledgers: Horizontals that have forged blade ends.
- Universal jack: Can be placed at the bottom or top of the scaffold to allow adjustments.
- Transoms: Provides intermediate support with jaw-shaped ends.
- Hop-up brackets: Supports two to three boards beyond the interior of the scaffold and increases the span of the working platform.
3. Kwikstage Scaffolding
This is a versatile type of system scaffolding that can be molded into any shape. It is widely used in situations where the facade of the building is complex. The individual components are easier to track, stack, transport, and join.
- Standards: Are the uprights that support the weight of the entire scaffolding by resting on the base jack.
- Ledgers: Horizontal tubes used to connect the standards.
- Base jack: It serves as the foundation of the entire framework that has multiple height adjustments.
- Boards: With an anti-slip surface, these are attached to ledgers to create the working platform.
- Diagonal brace: Serve as a support for the scaffold tower to enhance stability
- Trap door: The hook-on boards that have trap doors for easy access to platforms.
4. Frame Scaffolding
It is the most common system of scaffolding that is manufactured from round tubing and is available in several configurations. It has in-built sections of both a ladder and a walk-thru portal. Usually, to build a framework, two sections of frame scaffold are connected using diagonal braces/poles and arranged in a square configuration.
- Frames: Gives lateral support to the 3D framework with in-built stair access.
- Braces: It provides a rigid connection and holds scaffold members in a fixed position.
- Castor wheels: Used as a rolling base that allows dislocation of scaffold framework from one place to another.
- Planks: Used as a platform that provides a working platform for the work crew and has an anti-slip surface.
5. Shoring Props
These are the scaffold components used to support a building, vessel, structure, or trench with shores when on the verge of collapsing or undergoing repairs. It is usually applied to a slab framework. It consists of an inner tube, an outer tube, and a plate on the end. Shoring is done when-
- The walls of building pr structures bulge out
- Crack in the walls due to unequal settlement
- For adjustments
- The wall is to be enlarged
Shoring props provide advantages such as simplicity of assembly and disassembly, safety, efficiency, and great load-carrying capability. It also comes with no loose parts, so there’s no need to worry about losing anything.
Scaffolding is an integral part of construction work. The choice of scaffold depends on site conditions and your requirements. We hope that this blog has elaborated on each type of system scaffold.
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