South Africa: Concrete product has potential use in rail industry
13 April 2012
Creamer Media Engineering News - 13 April 2012
Concrete products manufacturer Rocla has added the Alfabloc precast concrete retaining wall system to its range of products.
Rocla sales engineer Justin Kretzmar says that, while the Alfabloc system, which is new to the country, has not yet been used on any rail infrastructure projects, there is potential for it to be used by the rail sector.
Rocla recently acquired the exclusive product distribution licence for Southern Africa for these precast retaining wall systems. Alfablocs can be used as security and safety options for railway lines.
The A-frame design of the Alfabloc makes it structurally efficient and versatile for rail applications, as it features a hollow cavity, which reduces weight and provides a secure medium in which to run cables.
The Alfabloc’s design also provides safety near railway lines, says Kretzmar.
“Keeping people away from the railway lines is a major problem in South Africa. The Alfabloc serves as a barrier to keep people away from railway lines and out of harm’s way,” he says.