We renovated an old mill to house our production machinery to now make injected molded parts. We do both high strength plastic injection molding as well as molding metal parts. These machines are big. Some of them are taller than three people. We needed to build plant platform walkways and access areas to get to areas of the machines that need routine maintenance. It was too time consuming to set up scaffolding every time something needed lubed or adjusted.
The plant platform manufacturing company we used designed access stairs and overhead platforms that did not get in the way of machines or personnel. We could now just shut down a machine for a short period while something was fixed or maintenance was done rather than shutting down for hours while scaffolds and ladders were set up. We used to have some crew access machine parts using harnesses. Now they can just climb up stairs and walk to where they need to go.
The tolerances the plant platform structures we had made were followed to the degree that everything fits perfectly. One platform needed to fit right over a small hatch. The hatch lines up perfectly in the center of the platform. This company that makes these platforms does a really good job. Some machines even have bolting areas for such platforms. Ours lined up perfectly with the bolts. No cutting and rewelding was necessary when they were installed.
We are beginning to tool up another section of the old plant to make plastic automobile parts. We have already sent in the measurements for the access ladders and platforms we will need constructed. We comply with all safety codes, and the design of our plant saves us money on accident claims and insurance premiums. It really does pay to get set up a manufacturing floor the right way.