Internal Guarding/Syam Balcony Equipment
Our innovation doesn’t stop at our balcony products. We continually improve our balcony equipment and the way our balconies are installed, making it more efficient, and safer. Guarding the installers is just as important as guarding the end-users of our balconies.
The Glide-On™ Cassette® technology avoids the need for installers underneath the balconies, however, to ensure safety for those who are inside, we use two methods of guarding.
Firstly, there is our internal guarding, behind which installers can guide in balconies.
When there is leading-edge work required, for example, corner balconies or continuous walkways, a Syam guard system is used which enables a harness to be attached. In such scenarios, a temporary barrier will often be added to the exposed edge of the balcony too.
Installer training is carried out by Sapphire specialists to ensure that those who fit the balconies know exactly how to keep themselves safe as well as the apartments they are working within – which can often be nearly finished properties.
The internal guarding was one of our original pieces of Balcony Equipment which has been continually custom made to our specifications based on a broad spectrum of applications. Each guard is maintained and loaned out from our equipment stock to each project’s installers so that it is suited to their application and delivered properly maintained to required regulations (e.g. LOLER) and safe to use.
Secondly, a syam system is used when a harness needs to be attached, for example, when there is leading-edge work required for corner balconies or continuous walkways. In these scenarios, a temporary will often be added to the exposed edge of the balcony, too.
With balconies being one of the last trades to install products to the façade, we understand the need for caring for the apartments. We design all equipment so it can be built to be safe, strong, lightweight and easy to move. The support arms and feet on our internal guarding use protective materials so that they can be used in fully complete plots without the need to retouch paintwork etc. for items used outside of the guarding, we also supply tethers to guard against them falling.
We have successfully developed and registered the design of our innovative Counter Balance Lifter (CBL), which is one of the key pieces of equipment we provide installers as part of each project’s support offering.
In essence, the CBL offsets the crane hook by using weights to balance the balcony, which opens the door to a wide range of install sequences. Top-down installation can be achieved, and other options like; installing any one balcony ahead of time (e.g. for a marketing suite), or leaving one uninstalled until later in the program. Our counterbalance allows the install plan to be adapted to the needs of the project minimising delays and crane time. This not only gives much more flexibility during construction but allow programs to be shortened and costs saved (e.g. scaffolding, etc.).
Combine the counterbalance balcony lifter with our storage solution and you get maximum flexibility in your install program and sequence.