Industrial bridges are robust bridges which are used in factories or utility zones. Most often used in factories, refineries, or wastewater treatment facilities, industrial bridges have straightforward designs and are easy to install. Industrial applications can be some of the harshest and most demanding on a bridge structure. Therefore, industrial bridges need to be able to withstand heavy equipment loads. Because they are also often in remote environments, industrial bridges need to be low maintenance and easy to upkeep.


Industrial bridges are work horses. Larger industrial bridges can be used to transport people, machinery and materials across bodies of water, railways, roadways, or other obstructions. Also called heavyload bridges, these industrial bridges are usually found in more remote areas and are engineered to support extremely heavy module loads of 2,500 tons and greater. Depending on their location, theses industrial bridges also may need to withstand ice impact, and high flood conditions.  These types of bridges are usually needed within a short time frame, so choose a bridge company that has a track record of delivering well-designed industrial bridges in only a few months, or even weeks. 

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A smaller, more lightweight industrial bridge may be used as an elevated platform for industrial access or to safely view a facility’s processes. These small industrial bridges can be designed, fabricated, and installed very quickly. They usually do not have to be designed to support heavy loads. If this industrial bridge is outside, strategic choices for decking and railing material can prevent the need to resist high live or dead loads. 


Some of the first bridges in history were made for industrial applications. There is a wealth of knowledge related to building industrial bridges. There are also new laws surrounding the design of industrial bridges. Choose a bridge company that is knowledgeable about safety standards like railing height, fall-prevention, and welding and joint design to make sure your industrial bridge remains safe and usable for years to come. 

What are the applications for industrial bridges?

Industrial bridges are used in manufacturing plants, waste management, oil refineries, and more. These companies also move machinery, materials, and workers over or around natural or man-made obstructions with industrial bridges. Industrial bridges are a specialized bridge type, and it is imperative that you choose a bridge manufacturer that is familiar with the safety and maintenance specifications required on an industrial bridge.


Falling is a big risk in any industrial application and industrial bridges are no exception. Industrial bridges require railing heights of at least 42 inches. If people will be working on the bridge or have massive machinery on the bridge, taller railings may be desired. 


Because industrial bridges are under so much stress and strain, lifespan and maintenance can be an issue. Choosing a prefabricated industrial bridge can help mitigate some of these effects. Prefabricated industrial bridges are built off site in a controlled manufacturing facility and are therefore subject to better workmanship and higher quality controls than an industrial bridge built on site. Depending on the size, a prefabricated industrial bridge can be brought onto the site in one piece or multiple pieces and quickly assembled on site. 

What do I need to know to have my industrial bridge designed and built?

Bridge Brothers has designed and manufactured a wide variety of industrial bridges. The most popular material choices for these bridges is steel or aluminum, because they are simple to maintain and can withstand the heavy repeated use an industrial bridge must be able to bear. If you need a strong, robust bridge, then an industrial bridge is perfect for you. 


Industrial bridges can be small bridges to take workers from one mezzanine to another, or they can be very long bridges that span a river. To help you design the industrial bridge that works for your needs and the site, we need to know what type of equipment you are planning on moving, where the bridge is going, and any site constraints. Steel is an obvious choice for a larger industrial bridge. Steel bridges are durable and able to hold up under heavy use. Steel industrial bridges can span long distances while carrying heavy weight loads. 


If the industrial bridge you require is small and won’t be carrying too large of a load, a light-weight aluminum bridge may be an option. If your industrial bridge will be located in a wet or corrosive environment, that will impact the material choice as well. Aluminum is a popular choice because it is lightweight and resistant to rust and corrosion. Aluminum industrial bridges provide more strength pound-for-pound than steel bridges. Industrial bridges made from aluminum do not rust, leech chemicals, or require toxic coatings. This makes aluminum bridges perfect solution for a variety of industrial bridge applications. 

How can Bridge Brothers help me with my industrial bridge?

Constructed from steel or aluminum, our prefabricated industrial bridges have several advantages, including low cost, high quality fabrication, and quick and low-impact installation. 


Industrial bridges are all about function. Because they are necessary for making your factory, industrial site, or warehouse run smoothly, Bridge Brothers knows you need your industrial bridge delivered fast. Our company has designed, manufactured, and installed a variety of industrial bridges both large and small. Bridge Brothers has processes in place to quickly move your industrial bridge through the design, engineering, manufacturing and installation phases. Bridge Brothers offers turn-key prefabricated industrial bridges that are strong and durable. 


Because industrial bridge site locations can sometimes be remote or difficult to access, installation can be tricky. Bridge Brothers has experience in industrial bridge installation. We will prepare the site conditions for the bridge, design the industrial bridge structure so that it is light weight and easy to assemble on site, and then install it. If the industrial bridge is located on an existing job site, we will work around site constraints and work schedules. 


There are a large number of variables involved in designing industrial bridges for new or existing sites. Bridge Brothers has experience with designing, engineering and installing industrial bridges in a variety of locations. We can help you make the decision on what type of industrial bridge will work best for your site based on cost, style, and the needs of your facility.

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