By Adam Ackroyd on 22 June 2020
Sikla Modular Steelwork System is a great alternative to welded secondary steel. When I say alternative, the intention is not to completely substitute traditional steelwork. siFramo can also be integrated with traditional steel and has a number of components that can be used for integration. Within this post, I hope to use my 10+ years of Offsite Manufacturing experience, to convince you that siFramo should be used as the first option for DfMA and not just an afterthought.
When I began in Offsite Prefabrication as it was known, the company I worked for started out life supplying simple 4 pipe modules & electrical containment modules on 41x21/41x41 channel. As everyone started buying into working offsite, the boundaries began to be pushed for what could be achieved. We now see companies supply traditional steel box frames with flooring, fitted out with pumps, boilers, heat exchangers etc. and associated pipework and valves.
The key to Offsite Manufacturing is to produce a manufactured product in a high efficiency environment that can then be transported to site and positioned in place “easily”. In order to maximise the advantages of offsite manufacture, weight and transport costs need to be kept as a minimum without compromising the integrity of the frame. This is one element where users can benefit from siFramo (learn more here about the Benefits siFramo can offer you).
siFramo offers a WEIGHT saving of up to 50% against traditional steel. This in itself straight away identifies further benefits of COST. At Sikla, we don’t claim to produce a product which is massively cheaper than traditional steel meter for meter. We have evidence that we have produced a product which the customer requires less of in terms of weight to produce the same outcome. Coupled with the fact the siFramo product can be delivered flat packed and assembled by your own operatives, this reduces the number of deliveries to your offsite establishment, in turn also offering a tick on the SUSTAINABILTY scale. siFramo product can also be offered pre coated in a number of finishes again, cutting down the number of journeys to the galvanisers after carrying out welding. (Learn more about Sikla high corrosion protection coatings)
Written by Adam Ackroyd
Business Development Engineer (Building Services)