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Portable beam barricade

New from Delta Scientific, the US-based manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control barriers, is its DSC1500 portable beam barricade. It’s for temporary use, the Californian firm says, to block vehicles. The product is for use during short-term events and anywhere a beam barricade is needed for interim security. With a clear opening of 16 feet (4.8 m), the DSC1500 is M30 certified in the US, able to stop a 15,000 pound (66.7 kN) vehicle going 30 mph (48 kph).

Greg Hamm, Delta Scientific vice president, marketing says: “Many organisations have the need for easy to install, temporary drop-arm barriers that can install within 10 minutes to transitorily close down a roadway to one or two lanes or block parking lot exits to deter thefts. Previous beam barriers had to be filled with sand, gravel or cement to be operable. To remove the DSC1500 from its temporary site, it is simply repacked in ten (10) minutes.”

The DSC1500 tows into position to control vehicle access within ten minutes, the makers say. No excavation or sub-surface preparation is required. Once positioned, the mobile barricades unpack themselves using manual hydraulics to raise and lower the barriers off their wheels. A self-deploying trailer with integrated lifting device aids installation. The process is reversed when the event is over or the time comes to deploy the beam barrier at another location.

Hamm adds: “From a purchasing standpoint, it can be easier to buy portable beam barricades than permanent solutions. The latter are oftentimes placed into an organization’s real assets budget because they are permanently installed into the ground, becoming part of the property. Such budgets can often create complex purchasing scenarios for law enforcement or public safety departments. However, purchasing portable beam barricades is no different than buying protective vests for personnel or new sets of wrenches for the maintenance department.”

For one time uses, a lease plan has been created where a user can lease the portable barriers, use them, pack them up and return them. Delta keeps an inventory for purchase and quick delivery at their factory in Palmdale.


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