Since the official introduction of TITAN’s patent pending Column Lock in August 2018, the tool has proved to be a valuable commodity on job sites. Its ability to easily and effectively brace shoring while also providing increased access to the deck significantly cuts down on labor, saving clients both time and money. One such example of the lock’s success can be seen in its use on the job site, 2nd and PCH.
The goal with every job is to save time and money while maintaining a safe work environment. One simple way to accomplish both efficiency and safety is in the selection of tools used to generate lateral stability. Lateral stability refers to the capability of an object to bear a load while still maintaining its original structure. Lateral stability is achieved by using bracing specifically designed to help lateral loads resist external forces. As inadequate bracing was found to be one of the leading causes of shoring failure in a 2014 study*, the importance of selecting the proper tools to generate lateral stability cannot be overstated.
To fulfill the company mission of “equipping builders to succeed,” TITAN’s in-house Research and Development (R&D) department is constantly innovating solutions and tools that are both economical and efficient for clients. All solutions begin with a problem, and the problem for TITAN arose in late March 2017. The standard methods of using x-bracing to stabilize shores was proving itself to be particularly labor-intensive for TITAN HV decks over 18 feet. A simple question was raised by TITAN leadership: How can we save the client time and money on bracing practices?
Titan is proud to introduce the Drophead Clamp, a new product development in 2018. The recently tested and approved Drophead Clamp braces shores much faster than traditional methods, allowing for a smoother erection process. It will require only one ground-based worker to properly install the x-brace without the need for ladders or scissor lifts for shores up to 14’0”. The device will also reduce the number of ladder or scissor lift positions required for installation of taller decks.