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Guide to Crossovers

February 24, 2021

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Confused by crossovers?  Below is a guide to crossovers which will help you get started.

Crossovers are designed to allow one to safely and efficiently avoid an obstacle and get from point A to point B.  The obstacle could be could be nothing more than a trip hazard, but more often than not, is an obstacle too large to cross over and/or walk around.

Under clearance of the crossover must be considered when making a selection.  Both the under clearance height and the under clearance length must be considered.  When measuring the under clearance height, take your measurement from the floor to the highest elevation the crossover will need to clear.  When measuring the under clearance length, measure the widest area that the crossover will span.

In addition to under clearance measurements, one must also measure the floor space where the crossover will be placed.  Be sure to allow space to enter and exit the crossover when selecting the crossover for your application.  If space is inadequate for a traditional crossover, consider the purchase of a space saver crossover which has a steeper ladder on each end.  The steeper ladders may save enough space in order for the unit to work in your space

If your space does not work well with a regular unit or a space saver unit, possibly a “U” shaped or an “S” shaped or a “Z” shaped unit may be the answer.

Crossovers are available in painted steel, aluminum and stainless steel.  Painted steel is the least cost option.  Aluminum is great for outdoor applications.  Stainless steel may be required for food service areas.

Tread surface also should be considered.  If the crossover will be used where conditions may be wet or slippery, an aggressive tread should be selected.  If the crossover will be over a conveyor system, a tread free from holes may be required.

We would be happy to build a custom crossover to your needs and specifications.