NetComposites
Juniar Spraybooths

Fibrelite Develop New Range of Composite Access Covers

15 September 2015

Fibrelite Develop New Range of Composite Access Covers

Fibrelite has developed a new range of fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) composite access covers to replace traditional heavy concrete infill covers.

The range includes D400, E600 and F900 load ratings and is designed to be installed into existing frames and according to Fibrelite, this means it is now possible to upgrade to modern composite materials simply and effectively without the costs and disruption associated with breaking concrete to replace with new frames.

David Holmes, Technical Director, explained, “Traditional concrete covers are extremely difficult to remove at the best of times but often require time-consuming and expensive specialist lifting equipment which can lead to manual handling problems and injury risk for operatives.”

“Our new range of bespoke replacement composite covers offers the best strength to weight ratio in the industry, so while the covers easily achieve BS EN124 D400, E600 and F900 load ratings, their unique composite design means they can be very easily removed using a simple ergonomically-safe lifting handle.”

One of the first beneficiaries of this new range was a sewage treatment plant run by a major British water company. For this project, Fibrelite designed bespoke trench covers which could be installed directly into the existing frame to replace the original heavy concrete-infilled cover. This was achieved by producing a “stepped” cover to fit the frame while maintaining the depth of cover required to meet the essential D400 load. Fibrelite explained that this innovative design approach meant that there was no need to break out and replace the frame which reduced overall installation costs and allowed for a quicker and more convenient retro-fit.

David Holmes concluded, “Composite materials are increasingly popular across a range of industries and we are now able to offer an innovative retro-fit solution for quite complex projects across all load ratings from A15 to F900 and eliminate common – and often quite serious - health and safety issues associated with manual handling.”

Photo provided by Fibrelite.






comments powered by Disqus

Related / You might like...

RTP to Open Facility in Poland

RTP Company has announced its expansion into Poland with an 86,000 sq.ft. (7,990 m2) facility located at Prologis Park V in Wroclaw.

ASTi Selects Solvay’s Ryton PPS for Industrial Sensor Housings

Solvay reports that Advanced Sensor Technologies Inc (ASTi) has selected Ryton polyphenylene sulphide (PPS) to mould protective housings for two industrial-grade sensors.

KyronMAX Structural Thermoplastic Materials Outperform LFT

Responding to customer demand for a short fibre thermoplastic material that would outperform the mechanical strength of long fibre thermoplastic (LFT) materials, Piper Plastics has developed the KyronMAX series of structural thermoplastic compounds, an injection mouldable metal replacement technology.