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What is an Armco barrier?

Although most people see Armco barriers regularly, many do not know their purpose or even what they are called. Despite this, Armco barriers, also known as crash barriers, could very well save your life or that of someone you love.

Granted Armco barriers aren’t a whole lot to look at, they are made of robust steel & designed to fully withstand the impact of an oncoming vehicle. The crash barriers are often located on motorways across the United Kingdom, keeping our drivers safe from oncoming collisions, however they can be used for a range of different purposes, including protecting livestock & machinery.

Things to consider when installing an Armco barrier

Before installing an Armco barrier, planners have to decide whether the collision, which could occur, would be more or less dangerous with the barrier in place. Armco barriers do come in a multitude of different shapes and sizes, meaning that no matter what your requirements, we have a product to suit your needs.

As previously mentioned, Armco barriers can be used on much more than busy roads & motorways. You will often see Armco barriers located in warehouses, yards, car parks, farms, outside schools & loading bays.

On top of the peace of mind you have after installing a crash barrier, they are also extremely versatile & require very little maintenance once they have been installed.

Speak to a professional today

The purpose of this blog is to help our users find the correct product for them. If you have any further questions regarding our Armco Barrier products, we would invite you to email our support team on info@armcobarriersupplies.co.uk or why don’t you pick up the phone and give our team a call.

 

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Armco Barriers in Farming and Agriculture

Despite originally being invented for protecting race drivers and crowds on F1 circuits, Armco barriers have become an essential form of protection across a wide variety of industries. Due to the versatile nature of the Armco barriers, their popularity has increased over the past couple of decades. The ease of installation combined with the ability to tailor length and height make the barriers and attractive form of protection both from and labour and financial perspective.

The versatility of the barriers have made the barriers a success within the farming and agricultural industry. Ideal for segregating life stock as well as protecting heavy and expensive machinery, the relatively low cost barriers are an effective form of protection.

The durability of the barriers also mean that once installed they can last for decades, whilst still remaining effective. The galvanised finish also means that they are less likely to rust and can withstand harsh weather conditions.

The extensive manufacturing process and testing that each barrier goes through means that they can withstand vast amounts of pressure from both life stock and machinery. The relatively easy installation process that allows installers to adjust height gives farmers and agricultural workers further opportunity to use the barriers to meet their specific needs.

Armco Barriers supply can also manufacture barriers to specific dimensions, making them an ideal form of protection for both small and large areas. This is essential within the farming industry where there can often be vast areas of land that needs segregating or protecting.

All of the Armco barriers provided by Armco Barrier Supplies are manufactured to industry standard, with all barriers fabricated to BS 4872 standards, and galvanised to BS 1461 standards. This thorough production process ensures that all of the crash barriers to come out of Armco Barrier Supplies are built to the highest standard and capable of enduring the highest levels of stress and impact.

Armco Barrier Supplies can deliver barriers throughout the UK. Despite the ease of installation which may result in many customers opting to install their own barriers, Armco Barrier Supplies also provide and installation service when delivering the barriers and posts.

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How Armco Barriers are Made

Due to the protective nature and lifesaving capabilities of a certified Armco barrier, it is essential that all barriers are manufactured to the highest standards, meeting all build and quality guidelines that ensure the barriers are fit for purpose.

All of the Armco barriers provided by Armco Barrier Supplies are manufactured to industry standard, with all barriers fabricated to BS 4872 standards, and galvanised to BS 1461 standards. This thorough production process ensures that all of the crash barriers to come out of Armco Barrier Supplies are built to the highest standard and capable of enduring the highest levels of stress and impact. Originally invented by the Sheffield Steel Corporation of Kansas USA in 1933, the design of the crash barrier has largely remained the same to date. The one major change being the transition from the originally painted crash barriers to the modern day galvanisation, protecting against rust and corrosion, typically extending life expectancy of the barrier by several years. As we manufacture all of our barriers in-house, we are also able to finish the barriers in a variety of colours to suit customer needs.

The intensive manufacturing process means that our Armco barriers can be used across a multitude of areas. Barriers are not only suitable for road protection, but also carparks, agriculture and building protection.

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How Armco Barriers Are Protecting The Public

Armco crash barriers can be used to protect an almost endless amount of valuable objects, machinery & buildings, however none more important than protecting the public. Here at Armco Barrier Supplies our barriers are often being used to save the lives of pedestrians across the UK. The strategic placement of Armco crash barriers along the motorway hard shoulder is saving countless lives per year.

Did you know, that Armco crash barriers can be installed almost anywhere? With their multiple height & length options it is almost impossible to find a place where they can’t be installed to protect the public. From adopting the use of crash barriers, Britain is now one of the safest places to travel in the world. The British government & UK highway agency should be praised on the heavy investment made in protective crash barriers & the lives, which are now being saved because of this.

As well as protecting the public, the investment in crash barriers has also helped reduce the strain on the emergency services. Fewer ambulances & fire trucks are being called out to emergencies, producing massive & much needed savings, which can be invested across other areas.

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The introduction of crash barriers

Crash barriers first rose to prominence after their introduction to the sport of Formula 1 as part of the Grand Prix Drivers Association’s ongoing safety campaign of the late ’60s and ’70s. Installed across numerous F1 circuits, the investment in Armco barriers quickly paid off, saving the lives of both race drivers and spectators.
Originally invented by the Sheffield Steel Corporation of Kansas USA in 1933, the design of the crash barrier has largely remained the same to date. The one major change being the transition from the originally painted crash barriers to the modern day galvanisation, protecting against rust and corrosion, typically extending life expectancy of the barrier by several years.
After their success in F1, the barriers where later added to motorways across the UK. Used on roadsides and central reservations, the barriers were erected to contain accidents and reduce the risk of cars colliding with oncoming traffic on the other side of the carriageway.
Quick to manufacture and easy to install, crash barriers have been successfully implemented on motorways and roadsides up and down the UK. Also extensively installed across the rest of Europe and parts of America. The invention of safety barriers and their comprehensive use has undoubtedly resulted in the prevention of countless fatalities. Barriers not only protect drivers and passenger, but pedestrians as well.

Since their introduction to UK and European roadsides, crash barriers have also been put to good use across a wide range of industries including agriculture and construction. There strength and durability has meant they are very effective for protecting buildings, livestock, and expensive machinery.