Signature composite mats are strong, durable, long lasting, and easy to maintain. MegaDeck HD can bear a weight load many times that of wood, will not splinter under intense pressure, and the High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) composition provides superior flexibility to conform to ground conditions without breaking.
Signature Systems construction mats eliminate the possible transmission of parasites, chemicals, mold, and debris, and are easy to clean. Treated wood mats can degrade quickly when exposed to the elements; not only will sunlight change the color of wood mats over a short period of time, the cycle of absorbing rain water and drying out will speed up decomposition. Signature composite mats contain a UV additive that prevents sun damage. Rain water and chemical spills can also leave the surface of wood mats slick and dangerous for workers and equipment alike. Signature’s anti-slip traction pattern provides a consistently safe surface for an entire work site. These properties give Signature composite matting a life span many times that of wood-based systems. Wooden mats may appear less expensive upfront, but given their much shorter service life (about 1/10th of MegaDeck HD’s expected life span), higher freight costs, and single-use nature, MegaDeck HD composite mats are much more cost-efficient in the long-term.
COMPOSITE VS WOOD
Maximum Installation Efficiency
Wooden access and rig mats are often 20 ft. long or longer, requiring multiple forklifts and/or cranes just to put them in place. MegaDeck HD is easily maneuvered with a single forklift or small crane. Signature composite mats are easy to align and configure in a variety of layouts and have flanges that help to nudge the mats into place. Signature mats connect on all four sides and will not drift or separate like traditional wood mats.
MegaDeck HD’s unique cam lock system is far superior to other HDPE composite matting connection systems. MegaDeck HD’s locks consist of large aluminum cam receivers inset and sealed into the overlapping flanges along the mats’ perimeter. Cam lock receivers of adjacent mats align perfectly, whether placed long end to long end, long end to short end, or in a staggered or brick configuration. A large, 3″ top diameter, 8″ long, aluminum cam bolt is inserted through both cam receivers and secured with a turn of a standard hex key. It is easy to see at a glance if bolts are in place and clear lock/unlock graphics help to determine if the lock is engaged.
Maximum Shipping Efficiency
MegaDeck HD and SignaRoad can be shipped in standard (8′ wide) ISO shipping containers. This drastically reduces oversize fees and the chance of delays when compared to specialized shipping methods often required to transport larger products.
Signature Mats Outperform Other Mats Over Uneven Terrain
Signature HDPE composite matting outperforms other matting systems including, fiberglass composite mats, all-wood mats, steel-framed wood mats, and all-steel mats in terms of their weight-to-weight bearing ratio, maneuverability and flexure.
Signature composite mats are a better choice than fiberglass mats over uneven terrain due the ability to conform to the surface. Fiberglass mats are rigid and brittle and are more likely to break compared to Signature composite mats.
|Benefit Comparison MegaDeck HD Versus Wood||MegaDeck HD||Plywood|
|Warps when wet||No||Yes|
|Gets heavier when wet||No||Yes|
|Loses strength when wet||No||Yes|
|Has safety hazards (splinters, loose nails, broken boards, etc.)||No||Yes|
|Can rot or be eaten by termites||No||Yes|
|Used in environmentally sensitive areas||Yes||No|
|Contains recycled content||Yes||No|
|Treaded traction surface||Yes||No|
|Integrated connection system||Yes||No|
|Can be used for other applications (if stolen)||No (RFID tags)||Yes|