RMD Kwikform introduces new lightweight propping system

RMD Kwikform is not a strange new for at least the people in the constitution industry. It is a global leader in formwork, falsework and ground shoring solutions. The new buzz on this popular network is that it has launched Tetrashor, a lightweight modular propping system that can deliver a loading capacity of up to 400 kN. Wow! That is really something to look forward to. Let us take a closer look into this incredible new project of RMD Kwikform.

The system is said to have 400 kN loading capacity which means a minimum number of props are required, helping to reduce costs and assembly time for contractors. Meanwhile, it has been designed with lightweight components, so the product can be easily carried about by workers, without the need for a crane. With a weight of only 30 kg/m, Tetrashor delivers an excellent strength-to-weight ratio. Sounds incredible, right?

The core feature of the Tetrashor is its versatility. Horizontal, vertical and inclined applications are possible with this super system. The Tetrashor prop can also be used as a group of four to perform a Tetrashor tower, providing a loading capacity of up to 1600 kN for heavy, concentrated loads. Tetrashor is compatible with RMD Kwikform’s market-leading range of falsework systems too, including Megashor, Rapidshor and Superslim.

‘KwikStrike’ load release mechanism is an unique feature of this system with which the workers can release loads in a quick and controlled manner. Testing has proven that activating 

KwikStrike requires only two or three hits from a hammer; removing loads can be a long and exhausting process with other systems. Not only does this help to reduce labour, effort and time, but it minimises noise, safety risks and damage to equipment too.

A range of hydraulic jacking options is available with Tetrashor, enabling the controlled application, monitoring and release of loads should the application demand precision.

Wassim Daher, Chief Engineer for the Middle East & India at RMD Kwikform, said: “When superior prop strength is a key requirement, the compromise is generally a heavier system that is more difficult to manoeuvre. Conversely, lightweight but less strong systems often require more materials to meet loading capacities, adding to erection times and costs.

Moreover, tetrashor offers a strong and assured propping solution, while still meeting the contractor’s need for a system that can be easily manoeuvred about on-site.

Building refurbishment and civil engineering markets, finding applications in dead shoring, façade retention, propping and needling, supporting precast concrete bridge beams and structural steelwork frames, and restraining tall single and double-sided formwork was ultimately the aim of designing this new system.

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