Pryda delivers innovative system to slash build times
Designed to benefit both clients and builders, the new Pryda Trussed Floor Cassettes are part of a year-long reveal of new products, to celebrate Pryda’s 50th anniversary and its position as Australasia’s most trusted timber truss and frame solution company.
“Our expert team developed these timber floor cassettes in response to the construction industry’s appetite for faster, more cost-effective ways to build,” Pryda’s General Manager, Mr Paul Gaiardo said.
“The floor cassettes certainly meet that need by significantly reducing the time taken to install a flooring system, taking hours, instead of the days it takes to install a concrete slab. The floor cassettes also equal the cost and quality of traditional methods and can be used on both the sub and first storey floors,” Mr Gaiardo said.
Mr Gaiardo says the prefabricated floor cassettes combine all the elements of a flooring system, including floor trusses, strong backs and particle board flooring, into a number of large but manageable floor panels. They are lifted into place using a mobile crane or crane truck, to create an entire floor in a matter of hours. For subflooring applications, Pryda has joined forces with a concrete free foundation system called Surefoot Footings. The system grounds posts of any size without the need for digging, excavation or cement, and there’s no need to wait for concrete posts or strip footings to cure before Pryda’s floor cassettes can be installed.
Surefoot’s engineering principles are based on piling technology, using a combination of skin friction and point bearing. A patented steel plate secures pins in place, resulting in a foundation spreading over a great surface area and achieving larger load capacities. “All in all, the concrete free foundation and our Pryda floor cassettes means a complete foundation and subfloor can be supplied and installed in under two days by a single supplier,” Mr Gaiardo said.
Pryda undertook several trials using its trussed floor cassettes earlier this year, which demonstrated significant time savings. Findings from the trials included:
• A 82m2 first floor platform, consisting of six cassettes, was installed in just two hours. This is compared with the eight to 10 hours it would have taken to install the floor trusses and flooring separately.
According to Mr Gaiardo, shaving days from a construction schedule adds up over several projects and means builders can take on extra work and realise additional profits, without increasing overheads or compromising quality.
“They can also benefit from faster processing of progress payments for completing the foundation to framing stages, while clients benefit from a faster hand over and settlement,” Mr Gaiardo said.
“Pryda has really opened the door to a new market in floor cassette systems for both sub floors and first storey applications and this innovation is what our company is about. Our goal is to provide builders with a one-stop-shop for prefabricated solutions and this new offering supports that,” Mr Gaiardo said.
Pryda is this year celebrating its 50th anniversary after it was established by builder, Ray Turner, in New Zealand in 1964 (then known as AR Turner & Company), who pioneered the design and manufacture of timber joining connectors to simplify timber construction.
Over the past 50 years Pryda has continued to revolutionise the building industry by inventing the steel angle brace, Claw® Nail nail plates and world-leading truss design software.
After a series of mergers and takeovers beginning in 1986, Pryda is today part of the international corporation Illinois Tool Works (ITW), a Fortune 200 diversified manufacturing company operating across the globe for more than 90 years.
Other successful brands in the ITW stable operating across the Asia Pacific region include: Paslode, ITW Buildex, ITW Proline, Ramset and Reid Construction Systems.