Protecting Equipment from Heat and Elements

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Keep your assets safe from direct sun heat and other extreme elements.

BY Jeff Merschman

Heat is a killer, and what might be getting burnt is your bottom line. With today’s weather extremes, it’s now more important than ever to protect the lifeblood of your company – your assets and personnel.

An air courier business in the Southwest, for example, faces not only astronomical equipment and fuel costs but the additional expense of fending off the broiling conditions. Workers are in danger of heat stroke or worse. Equipment is at stake. The cost of constructing hangars capable of protecting aircraft and employees properly can be prohibitively expensive and could scuttle a business before it has the chance to take off.

The military in that region is acutely aware of the threat posed by the brutal heat. In Yuma, Arizona, the Marines gauged the temperature in a Harrier Jump Jet’s cockpit at 168ºF without overhead protection. Marine pilots are up against enough as it is. Can you imagine getting into that seat? Not to mention fried avionics – a very expensive proposition indeed.

Imagine your own costs if you had to replace your aircraft or your inventory.

A solid line of defense is the only way to guard your assets, move forward and expand your business. And the protection and comfort of your employees is vital to your success.

Many people don’t realize that high-quality fabric structures offer supreme protection from the elements – and at a fraction of the cost of their brick-and-mortar counterparts. They can be assembled quickly and relocated easily. Fabric enclosures offer structural integrity and longevity without great expense.

The military, at the most vital level, clearly understands the value of protecting its equipment and shielding its soldiers, and that is why its branches have trusted Big Top Fabric Structures for decades. Using one of our sun shelters, the Marines at Yuma measured the Jump Jet’s internal temperature at 97º.

The Navy measured a surface temperature of 140º on the flight deck of the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier. Underneath a Big Top structure, the carrier’s deck was a mere 87º.

The Air Force employs our shelters at its Edwards, Moody and Eglin Air Force bases, among many others. The USAF chose Big Top to cover the elite 33rd Fighter Squadron’s F-18 and F-15s, adding a year to their paint cycle.

The military relies on Big Top to shield the most expensive equipment in the world.

Your assets are on the line, and we can provide an affordable, customizable way to protect them as well. Our fabric structures are used extensively in commercial aviation, the marine industry, heavy construction, energy, and manufacturing, to name a few. Using Big Top Structures, our clients are able to protect sensitive equipment and provide comfortable working environments for their employees.

Of course, heat is not the only threat your business might face. Our fabric structures are engineered to meet building codes, are reinforced with galvanized steel and can withstand Zone 4 earthquake specifications. They can withstand wind speeds of up to 120 miles per hour and snow accumulation of 40 pounds per square foot. A lightning protection kit can be installed on nearly every one of our enclosures.

Through the decades, Big Top has innovated and adapted to meet the needs of companies in all kinds of environments. Your assets are your livelihood, and your people pave the way to continued success. We provide affordable, customized ways to protect both. We’ve got you covered wherever you do business.