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Rope Access Capabilities

Partial list of applications of our engineered rope access solutions.

Structural Testing

Rope access methods have become a popular choice for providing industrial services like industrial chimney inspections, smokestack repairs, and more. It was originally developed in the early 1990's to be a more effective way to perform maintenance quickly on offshore vessels and rigs. In the most recent decades, rope access has made its way to onshore plants, facilities, and mills.

If you have not yet considered rope access techniques for your industrial facility, you are missing out on an effective, efficient, and cost-saving maintenance option. There are a few misconceptions on the capabilities that rope access can provide, and you might be surprised just what tasks can be accomplished with this method. Although many of our assignments are at the 500 ft or more range,routine maintenance tasks are completed at much lower heights, making rope access a great solution for all types of industrial projects.

Aviation Warning Lights

The IA rope access team provides installation, repair, and replacement for aviation warning light systems. We will help establish the proper aviation warning light configuration to keep you up to code and within regulations, as well as quickly & efficiently install, maintain, and repair aviation warning lights on your facility's tall structures or industrial chimneys.

Boiler Inspection

Rope access techniques make power plant boiler inspections quick & cost-effective. By reducing the need to construct scaffolding, our maintenance technicians can access different levels of a boiler quickly and can provide accurate means of visual inspection & NDT methods.

Bridge Pier Inspection

Above and below deck inspection of piers, wharves and bridges are easily performed through rope access techniques. Our crew will perform a hands-on inspection of above-water bridge and pier decks to ensure structural integrity of all key components.

Bridge Services & Inspections

The rope access methods used by our crew provide a great solution for work on bridges since lane and track closures can be minimized. From non-destructive testing to repairs and bridge structural inspections, our crew is capable of handling challenging tasks on a number of surfaces such as steel, concrete, or wood.

Cement Plants

Our extensive experience and rope access techniques allow us to handle difficult tasks and components in tight spaces in cement plants. Our technicians offer cleaning & inspection of industrial chimneys and smokestacks, ductwork and breaching repairs & maintenance, and regular scheduled maintenance tasks - all within cost effective means and tough time constraints.

Commercial Building Maintenance

The rope access technicians of IA are trained to provide safe solutions to high rise buildings along with any premises that present an access problem for window cleaning or building maintenance. From roof repairs to structural testing to window cleaning and high pressure power washing, IA has the capabilities necessary to meet all of your commercial building maintenance needs.

Communication Towers & Antenna

Communication towers and cellular service antennas are large structures that can be properly & affordably maintained with rope access methods. Using a team of rope access technicians is not only a safer way to perform maintenance and repairs, it's also a way to provide these solutions in a cost-effective and quick manner.

Derricks

Offering years of rope access experience, Industrial Access provides derrick erection, inspection, and upgrade services for shipyards, derrick manufacturers, drilling contractors, main contractors and more. We use our expertise to assemble and install derrick structures and provide extensive safety & project method plans.

Eye Bolt Installation

Eye bolt installation and testing is just one of the many rope access capabilities we offer. Properly installed eye bolts are the key to an effective fall protection system and every worker that is performing maintenance or repairs at height relies on this critical component. Make sure you trust in professionals that have the expertise to install an eye bolt correctly.

Fall Protection Systems

Personal and collective fall protection systems are imperative for crews working at height. From engineering and installing to inspection and repair a fall protection system and all of its components, the rope access technicians of IA can help ensure your fall protection system is safe.

Gantry Cranes

Gantry cranes and large overhead cranes can quickly and easily be access for inspections, repairs, or painting & coating services with rope access techniques. Having a routine maintenance program for your mobile gantry crane reduces component wear and helps maintain quality performance.

While the IA rope access crew has preformed many jobs at heights reaching over 100 feet, we've also performed many of our jobs at heights of 15 to 30 feet. Many of the repairs & maintenance services we offer are simply in hard to access areas or are projects that require quick and simple solutions.

Speed and cost-savings opposed to structure height are actually the major factor for determining whether our innovative rope access methods are appropriate. Scaffolding can take an experienced team nearly half a day to reach a height of just 20 ft but a well-equipped rope access crew can easily access that height and have the job finished in just a few hours.

Rigging & Lifting by Rope Access Methods

Glazing Inspection & Repair

Glazing for glass windows and building structures is a fragile surface and requires extreme caution and safety measures during inspections and repairs. Glazing systems require regular maintenance to ensure they perform correctly and when this does not occur then they become susceptible to water ingress. Whether you need annual glazing maintenance, glazing surveys & inspections, or glazing cleanings, contact our rope access professionals.

Ground Anchoring / Geotechnical

Industrial Access utilizes modern rope access methods for geotechnical engineering & ground anchoring in difficult to reach areas. We combine our innovative rope access techniques witht he latest in rock drilling technology for the installation of rock bolts, soil nails, dowels and earth anchors to make geotechnical work both efficient and cost effective.

Gunite Application

Gunite liners and coatings can be applied quickly and effectively with rope access methods. Industrial Access specializes in Gunite Refractory Linings for industrial chimneys, smokestacks, furnaces, tanks, and pipelines which help facilities benefit from reduced energy cost, less maintenance requirements, plus fewer emissions.

Hi Rise Signage / Electrical

Rope access is often the perfect solutions for completing tasks at height, like hi rise signage and electrical work. Our team will employ our innovative rope access equipment to quickly install, repair, or replace signs and electrical components in hi rise buildings. Safer, quicker, and more cost-effective than heavy machinery, cranes, and scaffolding, rope access is the best choice for this type of work.

Hydrological / Dams

Since dams and spillways cannot generally be walked on, rope access lets our crew safely inspect and repair these structures without the need to bring in expensive heavy equipment. From inspecting to structural testing, our crew can provide the necessary services to maintain dams and spillways.

Incinerators

The rope access technicians of IA also provide cleaning, inspection, and surveying services for incinerators. An engineered rope access setup allows our team to safely access incinerator chambers and work above or below apparatus to complete any minor repairs.

Juice / Beverage Plants

Whether your plant is producing juice or soda, or is a brewery or beverage processing plant, our rope access crew tackles inspections, maintenance, cleaning & repairs for all of your tall or hard-to-access structures and stacks. We provide both regular scheduled maintenance & preventive maintenance services to ensure your juice or beverage plant is operating safely and efficiently.

Lightning Protection

Utilizing modern rope access techniques, the IA crew can install, inspect, repair, and replace components of an effective lightning protection system on your hi rise buildings or tall structures. Protect your industrial chimney, silo, towers, smokestacks, and other tall structures with a properly installed lightning protection system.

Manufacturing Plants

IA provides preventative maintenance schedules along with specialized repairs on structures that are unique to manufacturing plants. From inspections to coatings & painting to NDT testing and cleaning, our rope access crew can quickly assess & mobilize solutions for manufacturing facilities like Assembly Plants, Automotive Parts Factories, Canneries & Food Production Factories, Chemical Plants, Plastics Plants, Lumber Mills & Saw Mills, Stamping Mills, Textile & Clothing Mills, Armories, Cotton Mills, Iron Foundries, Steel Mills, Rolling Mills, and more.

Marine Applications

Off-shore and marine applications can often be handled by a qualified rope access team. We offer inspection services, NDT testing, welding & repair, ultrasonic measurements and more on marine structures and ships.

NDT (Non Destructive Testing)

Our rope access methods allow us to use NDT to examine the condition & strength of a structure for tall or hard-to-access locations. We perform the following NDT methods in combination with our rope access techniques to offer quick and cost efficient structural testing: Ultrasonic Thickness Testing (UT), Schmidt (Swiss) Hammer Testing, Infared Thermography, Laser Surveys, and Hot Camera Inspections.

rope access maintenance and repair

Beyond just industrial chimney inspections and stack repair, rope access is an effective method for internal vessel and tank inspections, too. Many of these structures require inspection on areas that are generally "inaccessible" by other means like scaffolding or heavy machinery. This makes rope access services a prime choice for structures with floating roofs since the components cannot support the weight of a scaffolding set up. By using light weight, less cumbersome rope access methods, our crew can provide and accurate inspection of the internal surface and external surface of tanks and vessels.

Painting, Sealants & Coatings Application

If your industrial chimney, smokestack, or tower has been affected by weathering and corrosion, our rope access team can help with quality painting, sealing, and coating application services. From prepping the surface to quickly and efficiently applying a new layer of paint, sealant, or coating, our rope access technicians will handle all the logistics of getting your stack protected and looking like new.

Petrochemical Refinery

Our rope access capabilities also include maintenance and repair services for Petrochemical facilities & refineries. You can count on us for Insulation Removal and Replacement Services, Coating, Painting & Resurfacing, Rigging and Lifting, Rope Access Inspections, Structural Installations, NDT Structure Testing Methods, Structural Repair, Welding Services, and even Positive Material Identification (PMI) for Carbon Steel Pipe Inspections.

Pipe Hanger Inspections

We have employed our rope access techniques to inspect & service of pipe supports & pipe hangers in power plants to enhance the safe and reliable operation of piping and related power plant equipment. From cracked pipes to discrepancies in hanger loadings, our team will swiftly assess potential problems and offer solutions for necessary maintenance and repair tasks.

Pipework

Rope access offers our professional technicians a rapid & effective way to perform inspections, maintenance, and repairs on pipework of all types. Whether you need PMI for Carbon Steel Pipe Inspections or welding to repair cracks or vulnerabilities, the crew at Industrial Access can help. By utilizing rope access to quickly assess and execute the necessary maintenance tasks, we are able to save facility owners time and money.

Power Generation - Oil & Gas

Oil & Gas Power Generation plants and facilities require a specialized approach to maintenance and repairs. From the cleaning & inspection of stacks and chimneys to  ductwork and breaching repairs, our highly trained technicians provide effective solutions that meet the most demanding schedule requirements. We also offer consultations on natural gas conversions and can help bring your plant up to regulation requirements.

Process Vessels

Process vessels like towers, heat exchangers, and autoclaves can all be successfully maintained with our rope access techniques. High pressurized process vessels are also highly safety-critical, which makes preventive maintenance & condition monitoring especially important. The IA rope access team will utilize our innovative methods to deal with inspections and maintenance requirements quickly and effectively.

Pulp & Paper

Preventative maintenance can eliminate or reduce the effects of heat & dust on machinery and equipment, and is critical to effective & efficient performance of structures at Pulp & Paper Mills. Our rope access specialists will employ innovative access methods with our specialized maintenance and repair services to ensure your paper mill and components are working effectively at their most efficient capacity.

Radar Dishes

Rope access is an effective method to install and replace radar dishes. Whether you have a hi rise building or require a specialized installation operation, our team of rope access technicians can offer custom radar dish maintenance solutions.

Rigging Services

Rigging and lifting services are a perfect example of how rope access can save time and money. Our innovative techniques can help move your large & cumbersome debris. With top-of-the-line heavy lifting and rigging equipment coupled with our innovative rope access expertise, we can expedite your facility’s clean-up.

Rock Fall Protection Meshing

Rock fall protection meshing and netting is an important safety component for drilling operations. Plus, rock fall barriers offer better access to ore pockets making them a great addition to drilling sites. Our rope access crew can quickly install and repair rock fall protection meshing on steep slopes or hard to access areas.

Safety Systems

Safety systems like vertical access ladders and safety cages & gates should be regularly maintained with rope access techniques. Industrial Access works with clients to help inspect these components and identify cracks, rusting, or problems that can pose safety hazards. We repair ladders and fall safety systems on everything from industrial chimneys to metal stacks, tanks, towers, and silos.

For maintenance technicians working in fall arrest, scaffolding can be extremely dangerous. Rope access techniques eliminate the need to erect a scaffold system which reduces the risk of a crew member from falling while working in a fall arrest.

A completed rope access system is one of the safest means of providing service at height. It can be viewed more like suspending a load (in this case a technician) opposed to see as a fall arrest system. Not to mention, rope access methods come with a rescue plan built into the anchoring system. The rope access industry has an impressive safety record that is truly unrivaled by any other means of industrial maintenance, too.

Industrial Chimney Inspection and Maintenance

Sand Blasting / Surface Preparation

Sandblasting and surface preparation for industrial chimneys and smokestacks is a task best completed by trained rope access technicians. A rope access system can be set up on tall structures in the matter of an hour or so and allows crew members to quickly perform sandblasting and surface preparation procedures to get ready for coating or paint applications.

Silos

Silos present easy access problems for many areas on the structure. Rope access methods allow our team to reach portions of a silo to perform inspections, maintenance, and repairs that would not be reached easily by conventional means like scaffolding.

Slope Stabilization

Slope stabilization is another capability easily completed with rope access methods. From installing anchored reaction blocks for steep slopes or large retaining walls, our rope access crew can help keep erosion from being a safety issue for construction crews and the general public.

Standby Rescue

Utilizing SPRAT training, our technicians have the ability to self rescue one another, and can safely lower the injured worker to the ground in minutes.  IA’s Safety Standby Services are tailored to meet the exact requirements of many types of high angle work, whether you are working in restraint, positioning, or a fall arrest system.

Steel Plants

The team of rope access professionals engineer unique solutions for steel plant maintenance and repairs. Safety Platforms, Ladders and Access repair, Sand Blasting, Spot Welding, Maintenance Coatings, Liners & Corrosion Protection, and Industrial Chimney Sweeping & Maintenance are just a few of the services we can cater our innovative access methods to.

Storage Tanks

Storage tanks are susceptible to weather, corrosion, and degradation over time if not assessed, cleaned, and maintained on a regular basis by rope access professionals. Because storage tanks often pose issues with access at height, rope access is an effective means to carry out structural testing, welding repairs, inspections, and more.

Structural Survey / Inspection

A structural survey can detect and identify defects, causes, urgency of repairs, maintenance and more. Our rope access team can quickly mobilize and perform a structural survey on buildings, industrial chimneys, plant & mill structures and more. IA's structural survey and inspections is the most comprehensive and detailed evaluation of a structure's condition and construction and can help identify minor issues before they turn into major problems.

Water Towers

Water towers and storage tanks need to be periodically inspected and cleaned to help maintain good water quality in the distribution system. Due to the general construction requirements for water towers, rope access technicians can employ innovative access techniques to reach hard-to-access areas or locations at height with ease and in a cost-effective manner.

Water Treatment Plants

Maintenance and management at water treatment plants is critical for safe operation and proper processing of waste water. The rope access technicians at Industrial Access can provide scheduled maintenance services, inspections, and emergency repairs for structures unique to water treatment plants.

Welding

When a large industrial structure requires repairs, our specialized team of rope access technicians offer welding services perfect for repair tasks at height. Our welding services are designed to be completed quickly and efficiently to maintain your asset and prevent further erosion or decay.

Windmills / Wind Turbines

Wind turbines and windpower plants require unique solutions for reaching sky-high wind turbine blades and the nacelle. Whether your wind turbines need inspected, repaired, or cleaned, our rope access team can help. We also can access the gear box in the nacelle and inspect any parts of the tower, hub, and cones.

 

Power Plant Metal Stack Cleaning

By far, one of the most popular benefits of rope access for industrial service is the cost savings and lower maintenance budget requirements. Cost savings tend to be on a sliding scale, where the taller the structure – the more savings you will see. Even at smaller heights, real savings can be seen by faster completion of projects and less down time which can end up costing a facility quite a bit.

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