Rig Mats – What's in a Name?
Welcome to the world of access matting! Whether you are a newcomer or an experienced matting expert, we at Paradox can help you understand the business and its terminology. We are experts dedicated to helping you identify and select the fit-for-purpose solution to your matting requirements.
Paradoxis exceptional in the industry with the ability to provide certified engineered solutions, off-the-shelf or custom product, and expert ‘mud-ugly’ field installation support. We will maximize your ROI by evaluating your site conditions and preparing an engineered solution. This could result in a solution incorporating rig mats, swamp mat, oil field mat combo mats, or even a blend of mat types depending on the soil types encountered.
But first, let’s start with an understanding of terminology – what exactly is meant by “Rig mat”? It can be a colloquial term referring to any and all forms of access mat design. The matting industry is not tightly regulated and as a consequence terminology and names for some mat types is different depending on the industry and your geographic location (and sometimes even your geographic location within your industry!) Adding to the confusion is the lack of formal standardization in mat design and construction. Though many de facto names, mat sizes and designs are adopted as ‘standard’, no such published standards exist. As a guide, we have listed on our website common names for matting solutions. We’ve also described the most common mat types and how they get lumped into generally-accepted groupings.
Rig mats, depending on the region or industry you’re in, may also be referred to as access mats, timber mats, construction mats, mud mats, oil field mats, rubber mats, crane mats, composite (CLT) mats, bamboo mats, hybrid mats, heavy equipment mats, or portable roadways. There is even a genre of mats known as rig mats. The large number of mat names and types understandably makes it difficult for owners, buyers, supply chain personnel, site supervisors or management not experienced in the industry to properly specify, source and utilize matting solutions. At Paradox, we get this. We take great pride in our commitment to educate our customers on all things matting and helping with the design, specification, selection, installation, retrieval, cleaning, repair and storage of your mats. We provide expertise and support where and when you need it.
As a starting point, Check out our reference pages for descriptions of common mat types, mat construction details, and engineering data. And contact us at Paradox Access Solutions with all your matting questions – we’re here to take your temporary access worries away and let you focus on your business. Understanding Rig mats is just the beginning!
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