Equiptec is a global supplier of heavy-duty height-adjustable maintenance platforms that utilise a unique, patented, vertical rise system (VRS – Vertical Rise Stairs), along with other cutting-edge access products for a wide range of industries, including mining, heavy transport, construction and aviation.
The vertical aspect of these units gives exceptional versatility, allowing many options to be added, but also very importantly retaining the same Cantilever reach in all positions. This allows you to achieve the same reach over obstacles at all platform heights, even as low as 1.2m.
The company’s solutions combine resilient and innovative designs, along with high-quality manufacturing standards.
All units have been tested, meet and exceed the strength, stability and all other applicable requirements for the following standards:
- AS / NZS 1576 (Australia and New Zealand)
- ANSI ASC A14.7-2011 (USA)
- CSA 211-12 (Canada)
Height-adjustable Stair Tower Platforms for large scale applications
Equiptec’s VRS Giraffe series of height-adjustable stairs are the biggest of the VRS ranges. They are very robust (WLL of 250kg) and a reliable tool to enhance staff safety while optimising ergonomics, and efficiency.
The Giraffe features include a long, strong cantilevered deck, hands-free access with wide easy-climb constant grade stairs, and multiple deck gates allowing access off both the sides and the end of the Platform so that the Giraffe can function as both a work platform and a multi-access stairway.
The Giraffe is also easy to move and transport with forklift pockets under the chassis, plus with all-wheel steering and 200mm braked castors manual manoeuvring on the Workshop floor is a breeze.
And then if you need to access on-site machinery away from the workshop, there is the VRS Giraffe Trailer option. Just load it on, drive to site and back up to your project.
Height-adjustable Step Tower Platforms for almost any job
The VRS Monkey Series utilises steps instead of stairs, making it a compact version of the Giraffe, and suitable for factories, and smaller workshops. However, with an optional package it can also be used in rough terrain applications.
The easily moved Monkey features a height-adjustable, cantilevered deck with a working load limit of 225kg, multiple height settings, and a front gate for walkthrough access. Side gates can be provided as an option also.
Single axel wheels and drop-down handles ensure high-manoeuvrability, the spring assisted lift allows for easy and very rapid height adjustments (6 heights in 6 seconds), and the constant grade steps along with tough, ultra grippy-treads make it so safe for end-users to climb.
Similar to the Giraffe, the Monkey has an easy loading Trailer option for on-site applications.
Mini height-adjustable Step Platforms for small spaces
The VRS Squirrel Series brings the safety and efficiency of the VRS platform adjustability to confined spaces.
One Squirrel Platform can accommodate four deck heights from 740mm to 1,440mm, which gives you working heights from 1.6m to as much as 3.5m. Its aluminium structure ensures a strong yet lightweight design with integral carry handles, so it is easy to move. And you can lift, shift and adjust the height all from one position.
The VRS Go-Base is an option that can be added to either the VRS Monkey, or Squirrel platforms. It allows the Platforms to be mounted on four castors for excellent manoeuvrability in all directions. It also includes an effective and easy-to-use four-wheel braking system, which is somewhat ‘fail-proof’ as it activates instantly, and very positively when a person stands on the bottom step.
A simple ‘flip-up’ of the same bottom step releases all four brakes at once to allow the unit to move again. And it’s still all done from the same position.
Established in 1994 and based in Napier, New Zealand, Equiptec is a family-owned business that specialises in height access solutions.
With clients throughout the world (New Zealand, Laos, Botswana, Kazakhstan, distributers in Australia, New Caledonia, and Canada plus further countries looking to come on board in the near future), the company is experiencing strong global growth in demand for the VRS product range.