PERI debuts formwork bridge system

By Lindsey Anderson12 July 2022

PERI Formwork Systems, Inc. has unveiled its new VARIOKIT Pier System (VPS,) a technology that combines the advantages of self-spanning formwork and traditional dancefloor formwork.

PERI’s new VARIOKIT Pier System. (Photo: PERI)

According to the company, VPS “bridges the gap between safety and efficiency to provide a versatile, rentable, and high-performing system for the smart construction of bridge columns and caps.”

VPS is a formwork system for the construction of bridge piers and pier caps. It features two configurations: VARIOKIT Speed Stage (VSS) and VARIOKIT Speed Column (VSC,) which allow users to progress with construction with safety. 

“PERI USA prides itself on the power of innovation and the importance of constant improvement,” said Strydom Groenewald, CEO of PERI USA. “VPS is engineered to transform the industry’s approach to bridge construction. Our company’s new product comes at a critical time for the nation as communities prepare to implement infrastructure development and improvement. They now have a powerful, new tool in their toolbox.”

PERI’s new VARIOKIT Pier System. (Photo: PERI)

VPS features 2-in-1 soffit panels that also form columns, patented X-Bolt connections and standardized beams, open access to rebar and 5-foot-wide platforms.

VARIOKIT system components can be used for various applications, from columns and pier caps to superstructure shoring. In addition, short cycle and assembly times along with reduced material demand enable substantial time, material and labor savings, according to the company. VPS can further reduce site costs due to lightweight components requiring lighter-duty cranes than conventional steel girder formwork.

“The versatility and safety that VPS brings to customers in the industry is unparalleled and allows PERI USA to better serve our customers,” said Francisco Gonzalez, civil segment product manager at PERI USA. “There is nothing like VPS on the market today, and we’re proud to lead the way in safety and efficiency.”

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