RailForm provides guardrail and handrail safety protections for walkways, platforms and edge protection.
The Guardrails and Handrails system in the market falls into 2 categories: Welded system or Modular system that uses piper joiners and connectors to make up a complete system.
Each system has advantages and disadvantages – See below
Welded system is not only smoother, but also looks better and generally has a good finish.
However, the downside of the welded system is that you either have to weld the product in the workshop and then transport large sections to the sites or you have to weld it on site. This raises issues of hot work and having to do touch ups which reduce the level of protection provided by the initial coating.
The modular system doesn't seem to have inherited problems of the welded system.
Moreover, no hot work is required for modular system. It can be assembled onsite using hand tools and transported in sections to reduce cost.
Conversely, existing modular systems look agricultural and don’t have smooth transition between connected sections.
There is a system that has best of both worlds. This is StepForm’s RailForm.
StepForm’s RailForm is a fully assembled guardrail and handrail system using hand tools with no hot work required, but it is identical to the welded system.
In fact, we do use the traditional welded system, but we are able to do it without welding because of our patent internal connector.
Overall, it offers a fully modular system in most configurations available in the traditional welded system.