Smart trench protection

Wellington-based Real Steel, supplier of advanced high strength Swedish Steel, has launched an innovative new line of trench shields under a new brand ‘Foxbox – Smart Trench Protection’.

Foxbox trench shields are made from Hardox wear plate and Strenx performance steel, which are up to five times stronger and three times tougher than standard steels and are lighter than aluminium trench shields and less than half the weight of other steel options.

Being incredibly lightweight lets operators deploy a Foxbox in confined work sites with much smaller machinery, says the company. Real Steel production and design engineer Carl Leenders, the mastermind behind the Foxbox product designs, explains: “Foxbox is a high-end trench shield that is built to last a very long time. It enables operators to be more efficient on site with their own machinery, and do so in a much safer manner.”

Safety is a key component of the Foxbox product line. Documentation for each individual trench shield is available online for the life of the product. Engineers’ certification, owner’s manual and safe usage guidelines can be readily accessed by any operator on site. They simply need to visit and input the serial number of their product.

“We wanted to seriously innovate on this aspect. It is important for vendors hiring Foxbox products to make it easy for their customers to use the product safely,” says Real Steel managing director Luke Mathieson.

“Our service achieves this remarkably efficiently.”

Among the many smart design features is a simple locking system allowing Foxboxes to stack on top of each other, Hardox armoured drag struts and cutting edges, and flush mounted pins to resist damage.

The current Foxbox lineup includes 7.2 x 2.3 metre and 4.0 x 2.3 metre trench shields and a 4.0 x 1.4 metre extension, with more being developed to meet specific requirements.

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