Our second generation interlocking linking system is unique in that the load is transferred from the rig mat to its surrounding and connected rig mats. Technically, the links transfer the moment from rig mat to rig mat, which creates a very strong, stable and smooth working platform for oilfield and heavy industrial equipment. No other mat system on the market has the capability to transfer the load from mat to mat, or the inherent strength of our rig mat system. Carry it to the extreme and we can build you bridges with our linking system.
The main quad link which is centered in the intersection of four adjoining mats has four large threaded bolts positioned vertically to accept a tapered nut, configured similarly to the standard wheel lug nut, only much bigger. The mats are anchored to the base link plate through the lower ½” gussets located in each corner of the rig mat. The resulting connection is very secure. Duplex links are used around the perimeter of the location to link together the two corners where they meet. The duplex link is also used to lock together rig mats end to end or side to side to build portable, temporary access roads.
The linking system transfers the moment from rig mat to rig mat by design. The square link plates have a vertical X that forms the pockets to align the corner of the mats together. As the load travels between rig mats, the bottom pin connections go into tension through the gussets. The resulting close proximity of the vertical plates act as wedges which force the upper faces of the channels into compression.
We believe in many environments this new innovative linked rig mat system can safely support and make possible the operation of the new generation of walking rigs without the need to employ the traditional gravel location. This clearly is an innovative advancement available to the oil and gas industry and will help to reduce the cost of exploration and production in the future.
Call us and we will provide you with a simulation study to recommend the level of mats you will require to safely operate in your specific ground conditions and weight requirements.