More about Orac Xterio Brackets
Orac Xterio gallows brackets came into being when we were approached by one the country's largest GRP canopy manufacturers. Like many of their competitors they were selling canopies in a competitive market, but were struggling to come up with cost effective brackets. Until Orac entered the external moulding sector they’d been faced with one of two choices, either they made their own brackets or bought in recycled plastic extrusions.
The former option occupied two operatives full-time, and the tooling for curved brackets constantly needed re-working, as gel coat residue eroded the woodgrain detailing. The plastic extrusion option wasn’t much better. Lengths of recycled plastic were cut and screwed to form rudimentary brackets (typically for Housing Association properties). Once made these proved robust, but frequently turned yellow after a few months exposure to UV in sunlight!
The Orac solution was an investment of £180,000 to take away their problems. Each gallows bracket is now produced robotically in our Ostende factory. Where the GRP manufacturer's peak production had been 30 units a week we now manufacture 500 in one shift! What's more our entire Xterio collection comes with a 10 year warranty*, and there's no fear of site discolouration.
Furthermore our popular GB03 and GB04 designs have been tested to carry a 75kg load per bracket. In effect this means they are not restricted to use under GRP canopies, but can be used as supports where traditional timber and tile canopies are fabricated on site. The GB02 gallows brackets are generally used under flat top canopies, and each have a load bearing capacity of 35kg.
* Conditional Warranty - brackets must be installed in accordance with manufacturer's instructions