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RMDK launches GenNext, heavy-duty panel girder system

April 27, 2022
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RMD Kwikform (RMDK), a global leader in formwork, shoring and groundworks solutions, has announced the launch of its next-generation, heavy-duty R800 modular panel girder system – the only CE marked girder system available on the market.

Allowing for the construction of clear spanning and bridging structures, the R800 enables long lattice girders to be assembled quickly and safely, said the company in a statement..

It is ideally suited to meet the most demanding requirements for simply supported, continuous/multi-span, cantilever or launched falsework, and vehicle, pedestrian, and service bridging. The system can also be used for structures in the media and events industry and in tieless formwork, it stated.

R800 provides customers with assured peace of mind, as it is the only fully CE marked girder system available.

According to RMDK, the galvanised components produced in accordance with EN 1090 (Execution Class 3) guarantee a safe, reliable system and reduced cost of ownership over a long product life.

Users will benefit from higher strength steels and optimised forged girder connections, which have been engineered to be equal in strength to the parts they connect, resulting in the highest available strength-to-weight ratio, and enhanced fatigue performance.

In contrast, many alternative systems have their performance compromised because of reduced strength at the pin joints.

According to RMDK, versatility is a key feature of this new model which enables it to tackle challenging terrain and build geometries with ease.

For instance, the R800 trapezoidal end panel enables support from the top chord, which reduces the required headroom and minimises clashes with battered abutments, while at the same time maximizing opportunities for structural support using permanent works foundations.

Uniquely, the trapezoidal panel can also be used inverted, affording the same geometry advantages for the support of spans supported by V-shaped piers, and arches, it added.

Further flexibility is provided by the inclusion of 4.5m, 2.25m and 1.25m long ‘quarter length’ girder panels, together with tapered end posts.

When coupled with slidable bearings, these provide continuous and infinitely adjustable span length adjustment, enabling a better fit with permanent works piers and foundations, as well as facilitating the support of skewed spans with standard equipment.

Ian Fryer, Divisional Product Innovation Director at RMDK, said: 'We’re thrilled to be bringing the new R800 system to market, it truly heralds the arrival of the next generation of spanning girder equipment. I am proud of the strength, versatility, and fatigue credentials that the product development team have been able to incorporate into this system.'

'The RMDK application engineers are looking forward to working with our customers to solve some hitherto very demanding structural and geometric challenges. We believe this system addresses a real gap in the market,' he stated.

'Furthermore, R800 is the only CE marked girder system on the market. While not all projects will need a CE marked solution, meeting this standard demonstrates a commitment to the highest levels of quality assurance, so contractors can be confident they’re selecting a system that goes above and beyond the minimum requirements,' he noted.

'With R800, decision-makers can be assured of a modular panel girder solution that cuts costs, speeds up construction cycles, is easy to assemble and transport, and can meet all the demands placed on it,' he added.