The History of Excel Modular Scaffold

The Excel Modular Scaffold story begins in 1992 when Founder, Joe Williams saw the need to improve upon system scaffolds that were in use at the time. A lag in significant advancements in the scaffold industry compelled Williams to call upon his years of experience and expertise—and thus the Excel Modular Scaffold system was created.

Because in the scaffold industry time = money, Williams invented the perfect system to increase productivity, while raising the standards for safety with system scaffolding.

Williams designed a system with a node spacing every 5.75 inches, so that decks could be placed vertically at these intervals and eliminate the need for tube and clamp modifications or alterations to a standard scaffold. This node spacing also allows the Excel system to meet both OSHA and Cal/OSHA handrail standards without any modifications necessary.

Williams was also able to reduce the number of repetitive actions with the locking trigger mechanism of the Excel system, which allows a horizontal bar to lock onto the two nodes of vertical post without any tools being required. He streamlined the system and the racks used to transport and hold the system, so that the horizontal bars had a precision fit, which reduced clutter and housekeeping issues, all while increasing productivity of managing a scaffold yard.

These items alone would allow for a significant savings for Excel customers, but Williams wasn’t finished there. He also designed the system to be stronger with double the weight load capacity of most systems, while maintaining a per piece weight that is comparable to other systems. Excel is one of the few systems in which the manufacturer has certified the system as an anchorage point to most of its horizontal bars.

Williams designed and patented specialty pieces to assist with stairwells, trolley systems, roof adaptors, yo-yo adaptors and many other accessories that allow for unparalleled diversity.

Today, Excel and its related companies hold 21 active patents. The Excel system continues to evolve with additional accessories designed constantly to meet the demands of its customers.