Last month, DICA received a U.S. patent for its FiberMax crane pads. These crane pads feature a bi-directional sheer web design that maximizes load distribution in all four directions. They are manufactured from high strength FRP composite material. The patent is for the manufacturing process, which allows FiberMax pads to be lighter weight than other products while delivering quantifiable, engineered load distribution.
“FiberMax crane pads are a fully engineered solution that are equivalent in strength to steel, and provide safe, predictable, and effective load distribution to efficiently reduce ground-bearing pressures under equipment of all types,” said Kris Koberg, CEO.
Originally developed for vehicle bridges, the FiberMax crane pads have crush ratings up to 1,000 psi and rated capacities of up 375,000 lbs. The pads deliver the strength and rigidity needed for cranes with lifting capacities up to 600 tons.
In addition to the US patent, DICA has filed an international application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The PCT provides a unified procedure for filing patent applications to protect inventions in international countries.