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A manufactured product for nearly 100 years, metal grating is an assembled grid or metal lattice of parallel bearing bars with crossbars or crimp bars used to space and hold the bearing bars erect. The assembled grid is used to cover or floor any of various openings. Grating provides a surface but allows air, light, heat, sound and water to pass through. It is strong and durable, and virtually maintenance free. Metal grating is either custom fabricated or provided in "stock panels" and is available from Harsco Industrial IKG (IKG) in a wide variety of sizes, spacings, thicknesses, surfaces, and finishes, depending on the application´s environment and load requirement.
Metal floor grating may be required by regulatory standards in certain circumstances. It is a reliable, proven product for industrial flooring because it withstands heavy equipment, rolling loads and pedestrian traffic.
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Many different materials can be used for gratings, including carbon steel alloys, aluminum, and stainless steel. Each material has specific advantages; carbon steel industrial flooring gratings are good for high-traffic floor areas; aluminum grating is lightweight; corrosion resistant and non-sparking, so it is well-suited to situations where strength to weight ratio is important, such as wastewater treatment plants. Stainless steel grating is used in areas with elevated temperatures and certain corrosive environments.
As a member of the Metal Bar Grating Division of The National Association of Architectural Metal Manufacturers (NAAMM), IKG has helped lead the way in developing consensus standards for the design and manufacture of the many metal grating products available today.
Harsco Industrial IKG (IKG) also manufacturers stair treads in all types of metal grating with a choice of "nosings" and prefabricated for easy assembly to stair stringers.
IKG offers a variety of surface options for its metal grating products: plain, serrated and five grades of IKG Mebac® (Metal Bonded Anti-Slip Coating,) an IKG patented process for bonding aluminum oxide grit to a steel or aluminum metal base, which is the most durable non-slip surface available today.
IKG's metal grating finishes are steel (bare steel, hot dip galvanized and painted); aluminum (in mill finish, anodized and Duranodic) and stainless steel (in mill finish, glass blasted, and electro-polished finishes).
In many applications, metal grating is the best choice for strength and long-term cost savings. Choose metal grating instead of solid flooring when you need:
In many applications, metal bar grating is the best choice for strength and long-term cost savings. Metal bar grating has many benefits in commercial and industrial environments:
The most common uses for metal bar grating is in commercial and industrial flooring, including mezzanines, catwalks, platforms, ramps, subway and sidewalk grating.
Choose metal grating for your flooring when you need:
Industrial and commercial uses for metal bar grating include:
Some common uses for metal grating include
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