Pathway Mats
Pathway Innovative Matting Solutions

Memory Test


  1. To determine if a severe deflection would cause any structure or integrity damage.
  2. To determine if recycled rubber and torsion system had a memory.


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Two large weights have been set on top of the Tundra access mat to hold it place as the loader exerts a downward force on the end. The unsupported overhang is approximately 6 feet in length. The distance from the bottom side of the mat at the end to the ground is 40 inches.

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The loader pushes the overhanging end downward and within 13 inches of the ground. This is an extreme test.


Warning: Do not try this test with wood or other rigid materials as it will permanently damage the mat.

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The force exerted by the loader is removed from the overhang. The memory of the rubber and torsion system enables the mat to “recover”. The mat recovered a total of 12 inches naturally without any mechanical assistance.

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Additional straightening is completed by lifting the mat with the loader. Temporary deforming may occur as a result of over loading and high volume traffic. This situation can be resolved by installing additional layers of mats or mats rated for heavier loads. Deformed Pathway mats are easily straightened by simply flipping them over.

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The restraigthened mat is ready to be returned to service without any structural or integrity damage as a result of these tests. The memory feature is a characteristic found in the recycled rubber and torsion system combination.