2014 has seen floor cassettes gain a lot of momentum as their time saving potential has begun to be recognised by builders across the country. Throughout the year Pryda has been working closely with a number of fabricators, helping them to introduce floor cassettes into their product offering.
Suitable for subfloor or upper storey applications, timber floor cassettes combine all the elements of a floor system including trusses, strongbacks and flooring material, into a large but manageable panel which can be lifted in place to form a complete working platform in a matter of hours.
Pryda’s floor cassette offer is supported with design software, new products and support services, all designed to ease the adoption of cassettes into fabricators product portfolio.
Developments in the Pryda Build software now means that cassettes can be easily detailed, minimising the amount of additional work over and above standard truss detailing. This was seen at Drouin West Timber and Truss who initially began detailing floor cassettes before cassette functionality was available, and therefore needed to use workarounds and different packages to manage the design process. Managing Director Peter Ward said, “Pryda Build V4 allows the user to complete the whole floor cassette design in one programme and has saved several hours”.
The product offer around floor cassettes incorporates both new products developed by Pryda specifically for the floor cassette systems and a strategic alliance with Surefoot, a concrete free foundation system. In removing concrete from site, Surefoot combined with Pryda floor cassettes is a truly unique time saving solution. This capability was recognised by Edwin McClean, of Modular Building Solutions in WA who completed their first subfloor cassette project in combination with Surefoot earlier this year. When asked why he had decided to introduce cassettes into his offer Edwin said “my main reason for trialling floor cassettes and Surefoot was based on innovation and having a go at bringing something new into the market place. I saw the speed and efficiency of construction as a major selling point to builders.”
Other products in the offer will include a cassette lifting bracket which has been designed as a cost effective alternative to lifting straps or lifting bolts. The brackets are compatible with standard lifting clutches and are installed into every cassette during fabrication with minimal damage to the floor sheeting – minimising costly post installation rework. The brackets are scheduled to be independently tested and certified, enabling detailed information to be provided to supervisors or health and safety managers on site prior to installation.
The final part of the floor cassette offer is customer support in the form of both engineering and marketing advice. This includes reviewing designs and details and also supporting Pryda fabricators on joint visits to targeted builders and engineers. Mark Conlan of Emcee Truss & Frame in Warrnambool has been taking advantage of the Pryda support during his first few cassette projects. Mark said “Pryda’s support so far has been fantastic. I’ve been provided with technical assistance & training with how the system works as well as help with promotion in my region.”
Another fabricator making the most of the cassette offer is Bretts Frame & Truss in Queensland who are preparing to deliver their first cassette project after working closely with Pryda for over a year to ensure a successful launch to the market. Danny Lake, General Manager said that “floor cassettes will complete our manufacturing offer and our customers can’t get the system soon enough. Pryda has helped with the software programme, engineering support as well as the promotional presentations to our customers”
With the complete offer in place and Pryda fabricators across the country now manufacturing or preparing to manufacture, Pryda are looking forward to an even more successful year for floor cassettes in 2015.
If you would like to know more about the Pryda floor cassette offer please contact Frank Davern at Pryda on 1800 810 741 or email firstname.lastname@example.org