March Madness started last week and it has lived up to its name with crazy game winning buzzer beaters and Cinderella story upsets. If you filled out a bracket, then chances are it has already been busted and you’ve been left wondering how all of these underdog teams are taking down some of the most elite college basketball programs in the country.
I-Trac is a bit of an underdog. It’s a 38 pound mat that we promote as a heavy-duty temporary road system capable of supporting the weight of almost any vehicle. Our competition? Thousand pound mats that require machinery to lift and install each piece.
So what’s the difference? How is I-Trac able to provide the same strength as mats that are giants in comparison? The answers lie in its patented design.
The first thing to note is its unique shape, which you might have noticed resembles an “I” and is the reason behind the name “I-Trac”. The mass majority of other mats out there are a simple square or rectangle. What we found is that changing up the shape greatly increases the strength and is the largest contributing factor for I-Trac’s impressive load bearing capacity of 86,400 lbs/sqft.
The typical weak point in any mat is where more than one corner meets because it becomes the most likely spot to cave in under stress. When pieced together, rectangular mats have four corners that are in contact with each other while I-Trac only has two.
If you look at the photos, you can see that each row of panels is offset. This is why only two corners ever come in contact with each other. In the first photo, The bottom left corner of Panel B is touching the top left corner of Panel C, but they do not contact any other corners. Instead, they lock into and are supported by the center of Panel A.
In the second photo you can see that each corner of Panel A is connected to the center of another panel of I-Trac. Additionally, Panel A is connected to a total of six other mats, which continues to reinforce it further.
To add extra stability up and down, I-Trac also features a tongue and groove system along its sides.
I-Trac can be used on a wide range of surfaces. Its pegs are made of nylon – a flexible material that allows for bending without breaking so that I-Trac can contour to changes in the ground. The pegs are locked into place by a quarter turn of the cams that are located on each corner.
While other mats rely on size for strength, I-Trac has been engineered to perform the same tasks without requiring any additional machinery for lifting and installation. As long as you can carry 38 pounds of weight, you can install I-Trac!
Visit the I-Trac Product page: https://www.macrotrac.com/product/i-trac/