Inflatable work platform for silos
Buitink Technology has developed a unique inflatable work
platform for silos. This inflatable platform has a self-supporting,
load-bearing ability thanks to static friction force.
Among its other applications, the platform can be used as a
height-adjustable work floor in silos. Our inflatable work floor
allows inspections, maintenance or renovation work to be carried
out in silos at any height. The work floor is also ideal for
cleaning silos because, in addition to acting as a work platform,
it provides a dust-proof seal!
The perfect alternative: our inflatable work floor
Buitink's innovative inflatable silo platform is the perfect
alternative to complex and labour-intensive scaffolding or heavy,
suspended aluminium work platforms!
The inflatable work platform is positioned at the right height
using four straps, after which it is inflated to the appropriate
The silo platform then holds itself in place all around and
'clings' to the inner surface of the silo thanks to static friction
force. The straps serve as an aid to setting the height and as a
safety feature (in the event of a pressure failure, the platform
will remain suspended from the straps).
Inflate up silo platform, fast and simple
Height-adjustable inflatable work platform
When the work has been completed at one height, you leave the
platform, let some air out of the chamber and reposition the
platform at a new working height using the adjustable straps. After
reinflation, work can be resumed. Repositioning is extremely quick
and very simple!
The silo platform can be connected to compressed air using a
pressure reducing valve that can be set to between 350 and 1,000
mbar. We can also supply a (230V) electric pump with automatic
pressure monitoring that keeps the platform at the right
Properties inflatable platform
The platform shown on the photos and in the video clip has a
diameter of about three metres and a depth of 34 cm when
At an internal pressure of 350 mbar (0.35 bar), the work platform
has a self-supporting load bearing capacity due to the static
friction force of approximately 1,000 kg. The weight of a platform
with a diameter of three metres is only 33 kg (4.7 kg/m2). When folded or rolled up, the
package is no larger than 30 cm (diameter) x 310 cm (length).
Advantages of Buitink inflatable work platform
The Buitink inflatable work platform is:
- Is very lightweight (only about 4.7 kg/m2);
- Is flexible (can be rolled up or folded) and therefore takes up
very little storage and transport space;
- When folded, it can be inserted into a silo through very small
openings (manholes or smaller);
- Is very quick and easy to assemble; a lot of assembly and
dismantling time is saved;
- Also acts as a seal to catch dust and materials that are
produced during maintenance work;
- Is very durable due to the use of wear-resistant materials with
high tear resistance;
- Can easily be repaired by the user if damaged.
Platform 4 meters in diameter
We created a platform (4 meters in diameter) as shown in the
pictures below. Used for reparing the wall of a large silo.
Features of this platform:
- Size rolled (to spend manhole): 25 cm diameter and 410 cm in
- Size folded up (transport): 40 x40 x 95 cm;
- Inflatable platform weight: 52 kg;
- Weight optional anti-slip mat: 40 kg.
The platform during repair of the vessel wall
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