DSEI 2017

Heavy-duty matting takes the weight [DSEI17D1]

12 September 2017

A new matting system is displayed on Stand N9-474 and on the DSO’s UK Capability Showcase stand in Hall N6, by Ground-Guards, a first-time exhibitor. MaxiTrack is claimed to be the world’s most heavy-duty manually installed matting system, guaranteed to withstand vehicles weighing up to 130 tonnes.

Made from an advanced plastic called Zetralene, the 40kg mats can be installed by hand without the need for specialised equipment. They pack efficiently into stillages or on pallets, enabling them to be transported by all modes of freight. A forklift and a team of soldiers are all that is required for making temporary roadways, logistics depots, landing pads and taxiways.

MaxiTrack mats have overlapping flange joints, enabling them to be easily assembled, even on rough ground. Slotted connectors accommodate heat expansion in extreme climates, while the flanges help to suppress mud ingress in wet conditions. Once bolted together, the mats create a continuous plastic surface, able to conform to ground contours without extensive preparation work.

The new matting has recently been used to create taxiways at MOD Woodbridge, where a simulated desert runway has been built to facilitate austere runway trials for the new Airbus A400M, which weighs 110 tonnes fully laden. Ground- Guards has supplied its matting system to prevent foreign object damage during taxiing.

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