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SCAFFOLDING - CONTENTS
What is Scaffolding? History of Scaffolding Scaffolding Materials Scaffolding Components Types of Scaffolding Elements of Scaffold Design Common Scaffolding Applications About Universal Manufacturing Corp.

Scaffolding

A Versatile & Adaptable Tool
Brought to you by Universal Manufacturing

Universal Manufacturing Corp., based in Zelienople, Pennsylvania, has been a leader in the scaffolding industry for more than 85 years. We provide custom solutions to a wide variety of industries, and we're proud of our innovative approach to creative problem solving. We've compiled the following information as an educational resource. If you need an immediate answer to your scaffolding question, please call us at 800-836-8780.

WHAT IS SCAFFOLDING?

A scaffold is a temporary structure assembled to provide people with safe working access to buildings and other structures during construction or repair.

Most scaffolding systems are modular and include the same basic components, but some scaffolding is built to meet user specifications. Scaffolding can be stationary or moveable. For added stability, scaffolds are usually attached to the adjacent structure using ties. There
are times, such as when working on a historical landmarks, that scaffolding cannot be attached. These types of builds might require engineered CAD drawings and various custom scaffolding for special construction.

HISTORY OF SCAFFOLDING

As long as people have been building structures on a large scale, scaffolding has been an important tool. The ancient Egyptians, Nubians, Greeks, Romans, and Chinese all used scaffolding in their construction.

Modern scaffolding components are standardized and designed to be assembled easily. Today, scaffolding is available in a variety of standard and custom configurations.

SCAFFOLDING MATERIALS

Scaffolding is usually made of metal, but in other parts of the world you might find wood, and bamboo tied with rope is often used in parts of Asia.

Scaffold tubes are made of aluminum, galvanized steel, or for some specialty projects, a composite material using filament-wound tubes of glass fiber in a polyester fabric matrix.

Composite tubing is expensive and therefore used only when necessary—for instance, in cases where there is a risk of electrical shock. Aluminum scaffold is lighter and more flexible than steel scaffold.

SCAFFOLDING COMPONENTS

The standard basic components of scaffolding are tubes or frames, couplers, and planks. These components make up the elemental parts of a scaffold.







TYPES OF SCAFFOLD

There are various types of scaffolding, all of which are manufactured in the USA by Universal Manufacturing Corp. Most types of scaffold can also be contract rented for short- or long-term periods of time. Universal Scaffold Systems rents a variety of scaffolding in Pittsburgh and the surrounding tri-state area.

FRAME SCAFFOLD

This is a common type of scaffold used by the homeowners, construction contractors, masonry trades, etc. There are various styles for different trades, designed for efficient performance during construction. Frame scaffolding is easily assembled and has a fast erection and dismantling time.

SYSTEM SCAFFOLD

System scaffold is used to conform to any angle or curve and eliminate many problems that face contractors such as limited access areas, job site obstacles and radius structures. System scaffolding is tubing that has rosettes located at various lengths on the tube. Other horizontal tubing can be attached at several angles to the rosettes by a wedge pin that locks it into place. This provides the flexibility needed on jobsites that require various angles, stages, etc. System scaffold is also erected quickly and can cut scaffold erection times up to two-thirds. It can also be used with tube and clamp scaffolding.

TUBE & CLAMP

Tube & Clamp scaffolding adapts quickly to complex scaffold projects. Interchangeable components with a variety of lengths use rigid and swivel couplers to match the exact specifications saving time and labor costs. Tube and clamp can also be used with system scaffolding.

SHORING

This scaffolding is designed to support various workloads. Multiple panel sizes and a line of accessories allow the contractor to build a shoring system to meet his requirements. Common high-strength shoring scaffold panels are a 20,000 lb capacity each. Engineering services are available to provide the necessary configurations to complete a safe build.

MOBILE SCAFFOLDING

Many building trades use mobile scaffolding platforms to mobilize their work easily around in room obstacles and provide a working height off of the floor needed to complete their task. Mobile scaffolding moves with wheels that lock in place. These are called casters. Guard rails provide a safe working environment.

CUSTOM SCAFFOLDING

Custom scaffolding can be fabricated for many applications. From stair towers, modular steps, work platforms and custom ladders to loading decks and staging for shipbuilding, custom scaffolding can be built to any specifications.
Other scaffolding components that make
a scaffold safer and more efficient
may include:
Casters
Brackets
Pulleys
Rigid Clamps
U-Heads
Swivel Couplers
Screw Jacks
Beam Clamps
Side Brackets
Guard Rails
Cross Braces
Coupling Pins
Guard Posts
Ladder Brackets
Scaffold Ladders
End Gates

ELEMENTS OF SCAFFOLDING DESIGN

A scaffold includes three basic components—tubes or frames, planks, and couplers—arranged into basic shapes. These shapes, or scaffold elements, are what make the scaffold a structure in its own right. The elements of a scaffold are standards, ledgers, transoms, and cross braces.

COMMON SCAFFOLDING APPLICATIONS

Scaffolding is used in many places that require workers to have safe access to an otherwise inaccessible work area.
These include:


ABOUT UNIVERSAL MANUFACTURING CORP.

Universal Manufacturing has been producing quality steel scaffolding, shoring, and custom fabricated access equipment for a wide variety of industries. Our experienced engineers and advanced production techniques allow us to produce high-quality, custom and standard products that perform in your existing industry and save your company time and money.
Call us today at 800-836-8780 for your scaffolding needs.
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