While much has been written on the extensive benefits of Ringlock for site teams, less has been said about the calculated decision for managers to commit additional investment when it comes to either completing their project or maintaining their facilities. In this article, Christian Stirm, Head of Sales, Doka Middle East Africa & Asia Pacific, and Ralf Bürger, Executive Vice President, Doka Middle East Africa & Asia Pacific explain how Ringlock is as much of a sound executive decision as it is a practical one.
As an industry with notoriously fine margins and a highly competitive bidding landscape, the requirement for construction managers to keep costs down, while ensuring their teams have the right tools to do the job safely and efficiently is a delicate balance. While historically this meant remaining on the side of the upfront bottom line, the wider industry’s transition towards utilising digital processes and enhanced technology has begun to prove without any doubt that higher upfront costs do not equate to a higher overall spend, but significant time and cost savings thanks to the technology being applied.
“For Doka, the awareness that our products and systems were able to save enough time and resources that it made a serious impact to the project’s overall cost was a key turning point. As soon as managers began to understand the difference between the upfront cost and the savings created, more of the larger contractors and consultants began to take a closer at look at what we had to offer, particularly for site essential products such as Ringlock,” said Christian Stirm.
“While technology in the construction industry is beginning to change the approach to certain processes, the functionality of scaffolding means it remains an essential part of both, the construction and industrial sector – as such, Ringlock isn’t reinventing the wheel, but simply optimising it to make it safer as well as more time and cost effective,” added Ralf Bürger.
Since its strategic alliance with AT-PAC, Doka has been able to capitalise on integrating a very well-engineered scaffolding solution with its existing portfolio of time and cost saving products and systems, while allowing Ringlock to benefit from Doka’s extensive international network which includes more than 70 countries and 160 locations. As such, more contractors have been able to understand the significant savings available by using Ringlock, when compared to its predecessors such as tube and fitting.
“The first thing people notice about Ringlock is its lower number of components, which comes with three major advantages. The first being lower installation quantities, the second, additional safety by ensuring components are ergonomic and easy to assemble and thirdly, the overall system becomes by up to 50% faster to assemble when compared to traditional scaffolding. In addition, up to 80% of the components can be used for different applications, again helping to keep costs down. While this may not sound like a big advantage, when you add up the time saved with installation quantities and man hours, plus the lower likelihood of an accident, the savings become quickly apparent,” continued Bürger.
Another key aspect of Ringlock is durability. While many scaffolding manufacturers have been known to use low quality steel that can become compromised over time or after being exposed to inclement weather, Ringlock’s hot dipped galvanisation on all of its structural components, mean greater longevity, again helping to flatten out the initial cost over many years of service.
“While not specifically integrated with the system itself, Doka provides two highly valuable add-on services for Ringlock, namely servicing and reconditioning, which further extends the durability of the system, and also Hi-Vis®, a scaffold management system that monitors a project’s scaffolding requirements in real-time, including resources, labour and material deployed on site.
When you understand the full life cycle of a scaffolding system, and how it can be optimised on each project to deliver maximum efficiency, Ringlock very quickly becomes not just a smart decision for site teams in terms of ease of handling and safety, but ultimately a sound investment at a boardroom level too,” concluded Stirm.