How secure is the playground equipment?
Safety, stability and regular inspections
The decay diagnostics for playground equipment detects defect and decayed components that may cause accidents. Therefore it is regulated by law that swings, seesaws and jungle gyms have to be controlled regularly.
Safety, stability and regular inspections
Over the last years, playground inspection has become more and more important. Defects and decay of playground equipment that cannot be seen from the outside of the impregnated wood provoke unexpected accidents. The stability is no longer granted and kids run the risk of getting injured while playing.
Decay diagnostics on wooden playground equipment
It is essential to regularly inspect wooden playground equipment for decay and interior damages. According to the specific security conventions, the property owner is responsible for the regular inspection of the stability of playground equipment. High requirements for construction wood and usability for playground equipment are supposed to help to achieve a high security level.
Trees in climbing forests and high ropes courses
High ropes courses and climbing parks are becoming more and more popular. These are set up in forested or park-like tree stocks and operated primarily as leisure facilities. Compared to checking traffic safety on playground equipment, this is naturally more difficult in forest rope parks with living and growing trees. With our measuring and testing devices, detailed investigations can be carried out in both areas.
The IML-RESI’s are special instruments to make ‘visible’ interior damages and provide detailed information about wooden poles. That way it is possible to take specific countermeasures in time accidents because of insecure wooden poles can be avoided.
Often, the denudation of the upper soil layers requires big efforts. Therefore, measurements on the soil level are made with a 45° adapter that replaces the excavation around the pole. It’s just this critical zone around the ground line that can provoke failures. The poles are always in contact with wet ground (sand, bark mulch) and therefore they constitute a special danger.
With the attachable 45° adapter it’s possible to examine the critical transition zones of the wooden poles, e. g. the soil level and the screw joints between metal and wooden parts without problems. You can measure directly on the soil level and evaluate the measurement instantly.
High express gardens and climbing forests are becoming increasingly popular. They are built in forested tree populations or in parcs and commonly act as recreational facilities. Of course, the control of the traffic security results more difficult in this high express gardens in forests because the trees are living and growing and not dead like the wood of playground equipment. Our test and measurement instruments are suitable for detailed analyses in both domains.Show less
Frequently asked questions about „Playground Inspection“
The wood inspection drill measures the force of the needle turning through the wood product. For example, when the bit hits any soft decay the force on the graph will drop and if the needle hits a hard, brittle decay the graph will spike. If the bit runs through a cavity area the graph will drop measuring no resistance for the bit. The measurements are then collected on either a wax paper strip (F-Series) or electronically recorded for an instant upload (PD-Series).
With the F-Series drill the measurements are recorded on a wax paper strip. Typically users scan the wax paper strip into their report reinforcing their assessment of the wood. The PD-Series drill records the measurements automatically in digital form and can instantly upload these results to your computer via Bluetooth or USB cable. Software is available for your computer to analyze and organize your collected results.
Our testing systems
for playground inspection
We have been cooperating very successfully and quality oriented with IML GmBh for several years. Problems?! There are none, because the team of IML is very friendly and helpful when ordering and in any technical direction to their products. They are up to the smallest detail. Definitely on a level 10 in a rating of 1-10. Thank you very much for the many years of good cooperation.
I previously worked with the IML-RESI B400 for years. This device worked flawlessly, due to the year of manufacture it had a rather Russian design. I am glad to have owned the B400 – so I can enjoy the advantages of years of development for the new PD-400: faster, much lighter, more compact, almost self-explanatory menu and eternally lasting battery! You can tell there’s a lot of attention to pragmatic detail here!
The many years of trustful cooperation in the segment of wood testing systems is of great importance on the part of FA. IML GmbH is characterized by high product quality and product development. In addition, the technical support is traget-oriented (very important for us), which is optimally implemented by the systematic approach of the respective employees. Questions, suggestions and if occurring ‘problems’, are immediately provided with a solution. In short, we feel that we are in “the best of hands”. Many thanks!
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