Matting system prevents FOD damage during taxiing

30th August 2017
Posted By : Lanna Cooper
Matting system prevents FOD damage during taxiing

 

A new matting system called MaxiTrack will be displayed at DSEI by Ground-Guards, who are exhibiting at this show for the first time. Claimed to be the world’s most heavy duty man-handleable matting system, the manufacturers guarantee that MaxiTrack is unbreakable by vehicles up to 130 tonnes.

Made from an advanced plastic called Zetralene, these lightweight 40kg mats can be installed by hand without the need for specialised installation 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 is all that is required for making temporary roadways, logistics depots, landing pads and taxiways.

MaxiTrack matting has recently been used to create taxiways at MOD Woodbridge where a simulated desert runway has been built for doing austere runway trials for the new Airbus A400M. Weighing 110 Tonnes when fully laden, this huge military transport aircraft is able to use rough landing strips, and Ground-Guards has supplied their matting systems to prevent Foreign Object Damage (FOD) damage during taxiing.

MaxiTrack mats have overlapping flange joints, enabling them to be easily assembled, even on rough ground. Slotted connectors accommodate heat expansion in extreme climates, whilst 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, and capable of withstanding extreme loads without damage.

MaxiTrack matting will be displayed at DSEI on Ground-Guards’ own stand, number N9 474, and also on the DSO’s UK Capability Showcase stand in Hall N6.


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