MultiQ Impact is another sandwich panel variant, developed by Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials as a board for construction scaffolds and other walkways requiring high standards of impact resistance and non-slip surface. The scaffold boards factory-finished with an integrated non-slip surface are already being put to standard use in the scaffold systems of a well-known manufacturer. Like the panel used as formwork, the plastic scaffold board scores with its durability, moisture resistance, UV-resistance, low weight and ease of cleaning.
However, when used as a walkway and work deck, another technical feature of the composite material comes into play, i.e. its incredible impact resistance. The dynamic penetration test described in ISO 6603-2, in which penetration behavior is tested in an instrument-monitored impact test, shows that a 10 mm MultiQ® board with a weight per unit area of just 7 kg/m² absorbs more energy than a 14 mm thick plywood panel (area weight 10-13 kg/m²). This is a property that doesn’t change even after many uses, whereas wooden planks lose their initial load-bearing capacity as a result of damage and the associated moisture absorption. The successfully accomplished dynamic penetration tests, prescribed for the approval of safe scaffold boards, confirm the technical characteristics of the innovative scaffold board made of glass-reinforced plastic. It is also suitable for use in safety and protective scaffolds.