SMARTSHORE, a shoring system available from Air Springs Supply, provides a pneumatic protection shield that is easily and quickly set up to guard against cave-ins in a wide variety of excavation work.

This new technology reinforces the walls of trenches and in appropriate applications and can replace the use of conventional shoring.

Air Springs Supply said conventional shoring can be cumbersome to handle and install, particularly for trenches of limited depth, as well as involving the transport of unwieldy material to remote sites.

The SMARTSHORE system, manufactured by Pronal elastomer engineering company, involves a twin-walled rubber-coated construction, finished by hot vulcanisation, and featuring inflatable shields that are resistant to impacts, abrasion and tearing.

Air Springs Supply national sales and marketing manager James Maslin said the design of inflatable shields and their accessories allows the system to be installed horizontally or vertically, while optimising safety.

Internationally SMARTSHORE is designed for use in such areas as building and construction; civil engineering and earthworks, electrical and telecommunications; mining, energy and petroleum sites; pipeline installation and maintenance; road making; manufacturing and food and beverage and primary production pits and pipelines; plumbing and sewerage and water and waste water infrastructure.

“Naturally each industry in Australia must consider the statutory safety provisions relating to its unique workplace conditions, but SMARTSHORE is a highly practical and robust product engineered in response to a global safety issue relating to excavations including pits and trenches,” Mr Maslin said.

“Pronal is already respected globally as an engineering company for its extensive ranges of environmental and workplace protection products, including tough inflatable elastomer pipe stoppers used to prevent pollution and to protect staff during pipeline inspection and maintenance.”

SMARTSHORE cushions are equipped with handling straps, a quick air connector and a safety valve to avoid the risk of bursting.

Their advantages include high resistance construction with anti-burst design, re-usable easy maintenance, easy handling and setup, each cushion weighs only 13 kilograms and it is flexible and foldable, the company said.

Air volume required is 400/660 litres with a maximum pressure of 650 mbar.

Inflated by standard workplace compressors, or from compressed air/gas cylinders at remote locations, the standard product is complemented by an inflation line with safety valve for quick coupling and a venture for quicker deflation.