• The name emtek stands for Engineered Mat Technology.
  • The basic premise behind the product is to provide a better mat through engineering.
  • Because of this premise our approach to the market is through engineering.
  • Engineering drives consistency, reduced weight, flexibility, and COST SAVINGS.

The values below are the basic design properties that we use to design specific critical applications such as deflection senstive crane picks, clear spans (bridging), and extremely heavy loads over utilities, etc. These properties are also the basis for the loading tables that we have published in our Design Guide.

emtek Design Properties

Testing Lab

Daily destructive tests are preformed
on the product as part of our continuous
quality control.

Fb = 4123 psi W/ 1.33 Load Duration Factor
Fv = 379 psi W/ 1.33 Load Duration Factor
E = 1.6 (10)6 psi

 

Unit Section Properties

No Size
t x b
A
ln2
I
ln4
S
ln3
MA
K-Ft
VA
K
1
3.5″ x 12″
42
42.875
24.50
8.418
10.612
2
4.5″ x 12″
54
91.125
40.50
13.915
13.644
3
5.5″ x 12″
66
166.375
60.50
20.787
16.676
4
6.5″ x 12″
78
274.625
84.50
29.032
19.708
5
7.5″ x 12″
90
412.875
112.50
38.653
22.740
A = t(b)
I=
bt3
   S=
bt2
MA = FbS
VA =
FVA
~
(
FV lb
)
12
6
1.5
Q

K = KIP = 1000 lbs
MA = Allowable Moment W/1.33 Load Duration Factor
VA = Allowable Shear W/1.33

Intensive Laboratory Testing

These values have been developed through intensive laboratory testing both during the initial product development stage at the Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center at the University of Maine and on a continual basis at the Forest Product Laboratory at Mississippi State Unversity. We have broken in excess of 800 beams.

In addtion each billet (the 1′ wide laminated composite element that is bolted together to make the mats) is proof loaded after machining and drilling operations. During the proof loading process each billet is loaded to 150% of the allowable design load. For example if we publish load tables that allow the engineer to apply a 20,000 lb load to a 4.5″ think by 4″ wide mat that is spanned over an 11′ clear span, we load the mat to 30,000 lb prior to leaving our manufacturing facility. All product is proof loaded to 150% of allowable design value.

Machining Process
Proof Load

The load tables that are in our Design Guide are based on a one foot wide section of mat. This is because of the varable width mats that we produce (1′-8′). Multiplying the width of the mat by the allowable load will give you the total allowable load when distributed across the mat. Different soil conditions and equipment will distribute loads in different ways. The design guide accounts for three seperate soil conditions as well as a number of different load configurations, and allowable deflections.

It is difficult to make a general statement about the strength and deflection of our product compared to the three-ply nail-laminated mats on the market because the three-ply product is not manufactured in a manner that controls the strength or stiffness criteria of the product. Also the nature of the assembly in the three-ply product is such that continuous use significantly changes the performance of the three-ply product.

Just as Strong at Half the Thickness

We can compare our product to National Design Standards (NDS) for solid wood timbers and make the statement that we can substitute our product at half the thickness against a timber mat on a strength basis. For example we could substiute our 5.5″ product of a 12″ timber mat, and our 4.5″ product for 8″ and 10″ timber mats and hold equal loads. If you have an example of the equipment and application we would be more than happy to tell you emtek mat’s durability and longevity can be attributed to our engineering and hardwood characteristics. what to expect from the performance of our product. We routinely do this for critical applications (generally at no charge).

emtek mat's durability and longevity can be attributed to our engineering and hardwood characteristics.
Mat surface after 18 months of continuous use under skidder chains.

Durability

Our engineering sets us apart form other products at the point of sale, but our durability has made believers out of long term users. We have had product in continuous use for over three years in logging application with 15,000 trips across the product, as well as accounts of 100% recovery on pipeline operations (when natural timber mats exhibited 50% loss).

The load tables that are in our Design Guide are based on a one foot wide section of mat. This is because of the varable width mats.