With a new formwork system height of 3.00 meters and only two tying levels required, the Framax Xlife plus product family ensures more economical forming. The enhanced product enables single-person operations, requires 12 percent fewer ties than similar systems, is operable from just one side without the need for jacket tubes and cones, and enables lightning-fast anchoring. All elements are anchored in the center, which reduces the number of ties and creates a harmonious tie pattern suitable for exposed concrete projects. And as the industry faces an increasing shortage of skilled workers, the Framax Xlife plus helps streamline construction projects and reduces budgets.
Increased application versatility is supported by the integrated open functional profiles, as well as the attachment of add-on parts such as brackets, panel struts and walings. Framax Xlife plus is fully compatible with the proven Framax Xlife formwork panels; both formwork systems use the same accessories, e.g. lanyards, clamping rails, platforms, parking and setting aids. Framax Xlife plus system logic optimizes utilization and logistics for improved component management with integrated form tie nuts – simplifying and speeding-up assembly and disassembly. The large panels can be used in horizontal and vertical positions, allowing horizontal stacking with smaller panels. All panels are produced with hot-dip galvanized and powder-coated frames. This ensures rust prevention, fast and easy cleaning, and a long lifespan. Furthermore, the Doka development team has come up with some helpful tools for erecting and dismantling formwork. The new tools include the Framax positioning lever, which allows formwork braces to be set up quickly, easily, and in a way that is gentle on the material. The new Framax aligning clamp make it possible to erect extensions of up to 6.60 m with just one part.
Production of the Future
Doka is taking decisive steps towards the production of the future. After more than thirty years of service, the existing Framax production facilities are being phased out to make way for a new manufacturing center in St. Martin, Austria. The new Framax production line, that cuts, stamps, welds and grinds the formwork, began operations in spring 2022. It complements the powder coating line, which commenced operations in 2021. Digitization and automation are enabling the production process to be permanently optimized. Machine-supported quality assurance and the quality check that every frame undergoes guarantee one hundred percent control, thus ensuring consistent high quality for the customer.
The powder coating line also leads the way in environmentally friendly manufacturing by using 80 percent less water than the previous facility, more environmentally friendly chemistry and sophisticated, lower-energy oven technology. “Doka has always prioritized sustainability,” says Robert Hauser, Doka CEO. “Today, sustainability is our most important growth driver.” With this state-of-the-art facility, Doka highlights its high standards of environmental protection and confirms its position as a leading industry role model in sustainability.