Emtek heavy equipment mats are an excellent choice for heavy engineering works where environmental responsibility is a concern – an issue with growing relevance in an era of climate change and heightened social awareness.
While Emtek heavy equipment mats may look like other timber mats, there are several subtle design features that help them to deliver even better environmental benefits, over and above the natural advantage of being produced from sustainable, responsibly sourced timber.
For example, every Emtek heavy equipment mat is treated with LifePro micronized copper technology, which helps to prevent biological decay of the timber; they also feature steel edge protection, which further helps to protect the mat against damage at the edges, a place where mat degradation often begins.
Their laminated billet structure means that they can offer greater strength than other timber mats, yet with significantly less thickness per mat – which means more of them can be transported in a single truckload.
As a result, the fuel consumption of transporting Emtek heavy equipment mats is around half as much as would be required to move conventional hardwood timber mats of equivalent strength, and this means direct cost savings and a reduced carbon footprint.
Environmental responsibility is not just about emissions though, and on some sites you need to ensure the ground beneath the mats is not unduly disturbed – especially on land that forms part of a natural habitat, such as wetlands and swamps.
With Emtek’s interlocking clip system, you can easily create a consistent timber surface with no gaps or separation between individual mats, so there is no risk of isolated areas being left exposed.
On firm ground, Emtek heavy equipment mats have a loading capacity of 4,123 psi and are fully tested to meet the guidelines of ASTM 5456 so that you can calculate the ground pressure and deflection expected from a particular load.
By working out how much the ground beneath will be depressed, personnel can therefore be confident that no significant damage will be caused to soil, plantlife and any root systems at shallow depth below the surface – not to mention buried structures like pipelines that could also be affected.