Repy Board® & HELIBOARD®; Ideal Solutions for Farmers to Access Markets Even in Rainy Season
Repy Board® (plastic ground plate) is manufactured from recycled polyethylene, which size is 1,230×2,200×13mm. HELIBOARD® (portable helipad) consists of a combination of Repy Boards®. These boards are quite rugged, but so lightweight that it is easy to transport and install by hand, without any assistance of heavy machines.
Fig. 1 Repy Board®
Fig. 2 HELIBOARD®
Major Features and Advantages
- Rugged and durable; Supports safe driving of vehicles and air operations of helicopters weighing up to 80 tons.
- Lightweight; Easy to transport and install by hand, requiring no heavy equipment.
- Long Service Life; Excellent weather resistance and UV resistance ensure service life for 30+ years.
- Eco-friendly: Made from 100%-recycled polyethylene recovered from waste electric cables with proprietary technologies.
Fig. 3 Raw material of Repy Board®
Repy Board® is ideal solution for construction of rural roads. Road surface of Repy Boards® remains rugged enough to support traffic of vehicles for 30+ years. Roads of Repy Boards® enable farmers to access markets even in rainy season, which helps motivate farmers for more production and income to get out of poverty. The following video illustrates examples of use.
HELIBOARD® is an ideal helipad in developing countries where heavy equipment is rarely available. Rural areas are prone to natural disasters. In such an event, helicopters are deployed to transport first-aid team to inaccessible locations for aid to victims. Helipad is essential for safe flight of helicopters, and HELIBOARD® can be installed within a couple of hours.
For construction of rural roads, Repy Board® is much more advantageous than concrete/asphalt both in cost and time. Repy Boards® require no heavy equipment for installation. Repy Board® has long service life of 30+ years, which helps to save cost for maintenance.
Helipad is conventionally made of aluminum, stainless steel or concrete. HELIBOARD® is not as aesthetic as such helipads, but is equivalent to those helipads in practical use. In consideration of the lifespan of HELIBOARD® of 30+ years, HELIBOARD® is far better than conventional helipads in terms of cost performance.
Product specifications of Repy Board®: https://www.oohasi.co.jp/en/product/rbd.html
Table. 1 Size and surface pattern of Repy Board®
Repy Board® demonstrates stable performance on durability, pressure and heat resistance (see Table 2).
Table 2 Mechanical properties of REPY BOARD®
Technical maturity / Past record of introduction
OOHASHI CO., LTD. launched manufacturing Repy Board® more than 30 years ago. Nowadays, 15,000 pcs. of Repy Boards® are annually supplied to private businesses, farmers and public sectors including local municipalities and The Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF).
In developing countries, around 4,000m2 of Repy Board® has been installed in Thailand and Vietnam.
HELIBOARD® is a new product of OOHASHI CO., LTD., and five units of HELIBOARD® have been supplied to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism (MLIT).
OOHASHI CO., LTD. has developed the technologies for recycling crosslinked polyethylene, in cooperation with a local institute and plastic manufacturers.
Information on patent related to this technology
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