This month at Monkeytoe August 2021

Check out what's been happening at Monkeytoe in August in our latest monthly news feature.

A note from Budd

Hi everyone,

With the last couple of weeks thrown in the air, it’s good to know that we’re staying busy. Where we can, we’re still operating remotely and our teams are collaborating on projects digitally. We got enough lockdown practice this time last year; with some judicious care, we’ll all soon be in the clear. I know we can’t wait to get back on site.

In the meantime, we’ve been using this space to make plenty of calls with project managers and designers across construction, councils, and industry to share our insights on bridge access solutions. Our calls, like our latest ebook Bridging the Gap, have been all about how we go further than just A to B. If you’d like to find out more, then get in touch for a chat – or head on down this update and follow the link to download your copy of our ebook. On the way, you’ll see some exciting news. 

We’ve launched a new resource that promises to make life easier for installers, developers, specifiers, and project managers: Monkeytoe Academy. It’s full to the brim with downloadables, videos, and other resources to make your next project with Monkeytoe that much easier.

We also take some time to compare the numbers from a real-life scenario and see just how a Monkeytoe access solution outperformed a bulky steel product. How much weight – and money – could we save our client? Read on to find out. 

And stay safe out there.


Budd Prestidge, General Manager

Introducing: Monkeytoe Academy

If you’re an installer, specifier, builder and developer, or facilities manager, then you’ll find the resources you need to ready yourself for your next Monkeytoe project over at our new learning hub – Monkeytoe Academy.

Within the Academy, we’ve included downloadables, informative articles, FAQs, and explainer videos specially tailored for each persona within the academy, such as:

  • RC01 roofing clip explained
    • We’ve developed our proprietary RC01 jackstud fixing to be the best in show. It mounts through the rib of the roofing material, with the unique jackstud transferring all loads directly on to the purlins, meaning no damage or roofing warranty issues. It’s a weatherproof, watertight solution in place for years to come. 
  • Monkeytoe platform, ladder, and handrail installation videos
    • We’ll walk you through everything you need to know – and the tools to have on hand – to install our platforms, ladders and handrails so you’ll be ready to get the access you need pronto.
  • Unpacking XBEAM
    • How have we achieved longer spans, greater load bearing capacity and a lighter weight than steel? Well, to risk sounding like clickbait, you’ll have to watch the video to find out (the results might even shock you).
  • The Smartwalk walkway system
    • You need a system that’s safer, stronger, won’t compromise on your roof’s quality, and will handle even the toughest conditions you can throw at it. Find out how we do it.
  • Seismic compliance with Monkeytoe platforms
    • If you’ve read our ebook on vibration, you’ll know that the higher the load on a building, the stronger the force that’s exerted on your structure. So: how do you cut down on weight whilst maintaining performance? Enter Monkeytoe platforms. 
  • Monkeytoe versus the rest
    • We reckon there’s no competition. After all, we’ve engineered access solutions that are fast, high quality, and exceptionally good value. Whoever said you can’t hit that trifecta obviously hasn’t seen what we can do with some Kiwi engineering.
  • Testing XBEAM for weight loading and shear
    • If in doubt, test it – and test it again. For specifiers, we’ve included a couple of videos to demonstrate some of the testing methods we’ve used to ensure that you’re getting the performance you deserve.
  • Testing Hushmonkey for acoustic performance
    • You’ll often find acoustic screening is specified by mass – such as “12kg per sqm” – but that leaves a lot of room to meet one requirement without actually meeting a standard of performance we’d expect. Find out how we’re changing the game with our acoustic Hushmonkey panels.
  • Showcasing our 100% weatherproof mounting clips
    • How do we mount to a roof without risking water or weather ingress? Check out the video on our mounting clips and you’ll find out how we’ve done it better.
  • Case study videos with great results and testimonials from Lyttleton Port, Maraetai Power Station, and the Ports of Auckland – and we’re just getting started!

Get yourself over to Monkeytoe Academy and click the big button that best applies to you. There’s plenty of room to answer your questions, expand your understanding, and help you out on any project you’re planning.

This month at Monkeytoe August 2021 | Monkeytoe

Monkeytoe versus Steel: How the numbers stack up

If you’re still in doubt  as to the performance of Monkeytoe versus steel, then look no further. We’ve been fortunate enough to use a real-life example to compare and contrast the cost and performance of a steel system versus Monkeytoe for a client’s project.

We developed a single Monkeytoe package that would include the platform solution, handrails and acoustic screening, while the steel alternative was looking to require up to four subbie packages just to achieve the same result.

Because the Monkeytoe package could be completed before being lifted into place, our solution was installed with 1-2 lifts; the steel would have required 3-6, including the decking, screening, and units, as well as hot works at height.

The steel platform solution would have weighed a whopping 57,000kg – a not inconsiderable loading for a roof to bear – and put extra demands on the structure underneath (potentially limiting the amount of space available inside). 

Ours? Try just 14,000kg – less than a quarter of the weight – and $70,000 (AU) cheaper.

That’s what we mean by better value, faster, and higher quality. We really do work harder for a better outcome.

This month at Monkeytoe August 2021 | Monkeytoe

Download our new eBook: Bridging the Gap

Our latest ebook Bridging the Gap: Bridges, stairs, and custom access with Monkeytoe is available for download from the website. In our pursuit of better access solutions for all, we’ve deep dived into how we’re helping businesses, councils, and industry clients to go further, accessing the places that had previously been underutilised thanks to our innovations and engineering know-how.

Download your copy from the website and start thinking about how you can help us make accessibility issues a thing of the past.

This month at Monkeytoe August 2021 | Monkeytoe


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