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Access Systems for Window Cleaning and Building Maintenance of Airports

Architects and consultants need to consider service staff that require regular and safe access to dangerous and inaccessible areas within airport buildings.

Tillinmäentie 1E,
FIN 02330 Espoo,
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Suvanaphumi Airport, Bangkok

Architects and consultants need to consider service staff that require regular and safe access to dangerous and inaccessible areas within airport buildings.

Rostek from Finland has a smart solution for this by delivering bespoke, permanently installed window cleaning cradles, gantries and ladders as well as BMU monorail access systems for terminals and control towers.

Box ladders for control towers

It is well documented that control towers need efficient and innovative systems for window cleaning where dirty windows can be a real safety hazard. Modern control towers normally have Rostek aluminium box ladders which go along aluminum tracks around the external facade of the tower. The inclined facades can easily and safely be reached and the box ladder can be parked away on the less important side of the tower. The box ladders are tailor-made for each project and aesthetics can be considered in parallel to function and safety.

Monorails and gantries for terminals

Terminal buildings are mostly large, relatively low buildings with an aesthetically shaped roof. Facades are vertical or slightly inclined. The ideal solution to reach the external and internal facades is the use of a Rostek monorail system with a suspended BMU cradle. Monorails can be inclined and will follow the shape of the roof and installed in such a way that they are almost invisible. The patented Roslift climbing trolley from Rostek is able to climb even vertical tracks, enabling safe access to the external facades without any disturbance to aircraft, vehicles or people moving around the terminal building and without any increase to the total height of the building structure.

Most of the airports around the world have a Rostek solution. An example is Heathrow Airport, with these walking platforms.
Rostek also provides access solutions to smaller airports. This ladder access system is from Finland.
Rostek has been producing permanent access systems around the world for over 30 years. This box ladder is from Malaysia.
The access ladder is usually equipped with the foldable working platforms and a fall restraint system. This system has a roll cage to provide extra safety.
The access systems are always designed according to the building and maintenance needs. These ladders are light and versatile for manual movement.
The BMU-cradle is suspended from a small monorail that never compromises the architecture. This monorail is from Hong Kong.
The gantries are designed to follow the roof shape ideally. This traversing gantry can be found from Turkey.
The monorail can also be mounted into the roof, making it almost invisible. The BMU-cradle is then stored away when not in use.
The suspended platform, BMU cradle, is ideal working platform to every situation.
The travelling gantry can be equipped with a foldable tower. With this, you can even collect a loose balloon from the ceiling.

For cleaning or maintenance of skylights as well as for maintenance of lamps and other technical equipment in the ceilings, Rostek offers permanently installed gantry and ladder systems. These can move above and below the skylights and ceilings without disturbance to passenger traffic.

Fixed walkways and guardrail systems

Service personnel also need safe access to external roofs so various fall protection systems are needed for roofs that incline. Fixed walkways and guardrail systems (commonly called collective protection systems) in aluminium are increasingly popular compared to traditional safety line systems (individual safety systems). Latest safety regulations are clearly also in favour of the collective systems.

Safe and cost-efficient systems

The total price of these Rostek systems is normally less than 1% of the building value. It is easy to calculate that the pay-back time is very short. This can be further improved if the equipment is installed so early that it can be efficiently used during the construction period, as use of scaffolds and temporary machines can dramatically be reduced. Often this also speeds up the construction schedule.

Early and professional planning is essential for getting the best results from permanent access systems. Rostek provides a consultancy service for all architects and consultants and results worldwide are very encouraging.

Safety has improved and efficiency of terminal buildings and control towers is better than ever.

White Papers

Press Releases

  • Rostek Release New White Paper

    Rostek has released a new white paper brochure showcasing its window cleaning cradles and access systems for airport terminals and control towers.

  • Rostek to Exhibit at inter airport Europe

    Rostek is a specialist in permanently installed access systems for window cleaning and building maintenance. Rostek systems ensure a safe way to reach high places at airport terminals and control towers.

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Tillinmäentie 1E
FIN 02330 Espoo

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