Specialist access solutions are commonplace for Monkey Toe Group, particularly when it comes to the food industry. Whether it is walkways over cool store roofs or a bespoke bag lifting system, Monkey Toe can provide effective solutions with a lightweight and flexible system.
This solutions-focussed attitude came to the fore with a recent job for Ebert Construction and its development of the Danone factory in Auckland. The company was under pressure having been told that the two bag lifter shafts required access for cleaning; the bag lifters were already on site and waiting to be installed. Access platforms were required at multiple levels to enable them to meet their strict hygiene requirements.
Monkey Toe’s design team jumped into gear to meet the challenge of designing and building an access system that would be self-supporting, giving the client the ability to clean down both the walls and machinery at 2.7m intervals up the 18m lift shafts.
Being a ‘U’ shaped platform, bracing was done with special brackets through the PRI panel walls, back to structural girts. Hygiene requirements had to be taken into consideration, eliminating areas where powder could accumulate and sealing open sections. Areas between stitch welds needed to be sealed to prevent powder entrapment.
“Our marine-grade aluminium is a perfect solution for food preparation factories,” says marketing manager Jeff Poole. “Its smooth clean finish is well suited to meeting hygiene requirements and doesn’t require powder coating or galvanising.
“It is easily installed to existing structures due to its lightweight properties. The adaptable and modular system suits many applications.”
Monkey Toe has undertaken extensive work for food giants Fonterra along with Nestle, Synlait and Westlands. Projects include access stairs over machinery and conveyor belts, handrails and walkways over cool store roofs, ladders, bag lifts and roof edge protection, among others.
Its products are engineered for safety and are manufactured in New Zealand at the company factory in Hawera. All products are fully compliant with AS/NZS industry standards and many have a lifetime warranty.
Because the group has an engineering and design team, as well as a nationwide network of installers, it can assist customers from concept to installation. The company can supply and install product nationwide.