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A catwalk is a walkway or aisle that provides a structural platform permitting access within the entire cube of the building or warehouse. It allows personnel to store and retrieve merchandise items from steel shelving, rivet rack, wide span racking, or pallet racking. Also known as viewing platforms or maintenance catwalks, catwalk mezzanine systems can also be used for viewing operations.
Configuration of Catwalk Systems
A catwalk configuration is ideal for situations which require 100% clear area below the deck, eliminating any column interruption. It provides a structural platform that permits access within the entire cube of the building. An efficient catwalk design allows simple, quick movement through a unique joist hanger arrangement.
Catwalk systems offer a cost-efficient solution for the conversion of unusable overhead space into efficient overhead maintenance catwalk walkway space. Utilizing high-grade materials and powerful construction, these systems are normally created strong, lightweight, economical, and versatile. When designed in combination with metal framing systems, catwalk systems should be quickly and efficiently installed because the need for welding is virtually eliminated.
Advantages of Catwalk Systems
Below are the advantages of using a catwalk mezzanine system for your material handling operations in a warehouse, building, or facility center.
A catwalk mezzanine essentially doubles your available floor space through efficient use of the existing cube in your facility. It maximizes available space without extending the area of your warehouse or creating additional rooms.
The open-air design of catwalk systems permits the flow of light and air while preventing the build-up of water, grease, oil and other debris.
It increases your productivity and minimizes moving expenses. It also eliminates the need to rent, build or purchase additional space.
The lightweight aluminum or pre-galvanized grating sections of the catwalk system can reduce overall system dead load compared to bar-grating systems.
Finally, it makes optimum use of existing heating, ventilating and cooling systems.