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Some of the ways composite materials can make an industrial area safer

January 13th, 2014 | Articles, Fibreglass Grating, Fibreglass Handrails, News | 0 Comments

Colour coding

In industrial environments, anything you can do to improve signposting and increase safety consciousness amongst your staff is good, and one of the easiest and most efficient ways of doing this is through colour coding different areas. Perhaps you have one area which contains certain hazards and are looking for a way to ensure employees aren’t able to forget this? Perhaps you want to highlight certain routes through your premises? Whatever you’re looking to do and whichever colour you want, all you need to do is let us know and we can input the appropriate colour at the production stage. By doing this, no matter what conditions your engineered flooring is subjected to, it will retain its colour well into the future.

Fixings

Somewhat understandably, people often overlook fixings, concentrating mainly on the type of contract flooring itself. However, having the right fixings is crucial if your new flooring system is to be a success. The important thing here is to provide your supplier with as much information as possible regarding where your flooring is going and how you need it to function. At Dura Composites, we’ve spent the past 16 years coming up with a wide range of different fixing systems and accessories to make the installation process as simple and effective as possible. For example, we now have a huge range of 316 stainless steel clips, clamps and panel-to-panel joiners, that allow our fibreglass panels to be installed either permanently or temporarily. Further, we also have adjustable pedestals, made from a variety of durable composite materials. These are perfect if you need room for cables and pipes to travel underneath your engineered flooring or are looking to eliminate a change of height from one room to another.

Handrails

If you are thinking of having a section of flooring redone, it is well worth considering whether or not you could also do with replacing your current handrail, or indeed fitting one if you don’t have one already.

Though steel handrails are the norm, why not opt for a fibreglass alternative? Not only will it be warmer to the touch, it can also be colour coded according to your needs and is more than capable of dealing with high stresses. Further, as they are tested to take high loads, they are also suitable for balconies, raised walkways or stairs.

For more on the many advantages of composite materials when it comes to creating engineered flooring, just visit our home page, where you’ll be able to obtain a free copy of my new guide, “How to Choose Composite Building Products”.

Composite materials can help improve the load capacity and slip resistance of your flooring

January 3rd, 2014 | Articles, Fibreglass Grating, News | 0 Comments

One of the most important things to get right in any industrial environment is the flooring. Usually, the following areas all need to be considered…

Loading

Working out how much weight (load) your flooring needs to be able to take should be one of your first considerations, as failing to calculate this properly could well lead to flooring failure and injury further down the line. Luckily, despite its lightweight design, composite fibreglass grating and floor slabs are able to take high loads and are designed to deflect and reform within parameters before failure occurs.

Maximising your floors’ slip resistance

As most industrial environments require individuals to transport large, hazardous or heavy items from one place to another fairly frequently, it is important that your floors provide the maximum amount of slip resistance. Not only can falls be extremely dangerous for the individual(s) involved, it can lead to expensive and time consuming litigation for the company too! Whilst concrete and metal surfaces can get very slippery when wet, the same is not true for fibreglass flooring. At Dura Composites, our fibreglass flooring products have angled quartz bonded to the top surface using resin, producing a surface with an extremely high slip resistance. Indeed, according to the British Standard Test BS4592 (a test devised to determine the slip resistance of industrial type flooring intended for use in wet areas), this type of flooring is over twice as effective as metal grating and over three times more so than chequer plate flooring.

For more on the many advantages of composite materials when it comes to creating quality flooring with excellent slip resistance, just visit our home page, where you’ll be able to obtain a free copy of my new guide, “How to Choose Composite Building Products”.

Dura grows with Australian acquisition

June 25th, 2012 | Fibreglass Grating, News | 0 Comments

Our footprint in the fast-growing Australasian market is a good few sizes bigger this morning thanks to the acquisition of Melbourne-based business Composite Engineering (CE) by our Perth-based distributor Dura Composites Australasia (DCA).

Established eight years ago, CE is a highly-respected supplier of a wide range of fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) composite products and will fit very well with DCA.

 As a result DCA will now have a Melbourne office and warehouse to complement its Perth headquarters.

CE’s Managing Director David Barrie clearly shares the growth aspirations of DCA – a key factor in the deal as Dura Composites looks to increase its international reach.

David is pictured on the right along with DCA directors Graham Hine (seated, left) and Andy Greathead (standing).

This latest positive news out of Australia comes just a few weeks after we announced a long-term distribution deal enabling DCA to supply products across the whole Australasian region.

The agreement allows DCA to supply the full range of Dura Composites products to 21 countries in Australasia, including developed countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore, fast-growing regions such as Indonesia, South Korea and North Korea plus a host of developing nations such as Brunei, Vietnam and Philippines.

For more about all things DCA click here www.dcaustralasia.com

Ten Reasons to Choose GRP Over Steel For Construction

January 28th, 2012 | Fibreglass Grating | 0 Comments

GRP GratingEveryone knows and understands steel in the construction world – it’s been used for hundreds of years and was invented thousands of years ago. And now there’s a new kid on the block – glass reinforced plastic (GRP)

GRP is well known in the boat-building, light aircraft and automotive industry. It’s lightweight, strong and non-corroding and can be moulded into intricate shapes and profiles. Its characteristics, performance, appearance and texture can all be designed-in to the manufacturing process.

How can this material work well in the traditional and conservative construction industry? And how does it stack up against traditional materials such as concrete and steel? Some of these advantages are outlined below.

Non-corroding

GRP does not rust or corrode like steel and other metals. Nor does it suffer from the many chemical and corrosion failures of reinforced concrete. It’s impervious to water and gases and is widely chemical-resistant. The top surface characteristics can be defined to be capable of resisting the majority of caustic chemicals.

Reduced weight/density

GRP is approximately 60-75% less dense than steel, yet it has higher specific strength (or strength to weight ratio). The lower weight cuts handling, transport and installation costs. The top surface characteristics can be tuned to deliver the required resistance to point and line loads that match the underlying load-bearing characteristics to its operating environment.

 Low maintenance

As it doesn’t corrode, GRP doesn’t need any maintenance other than regular cleaning. Removable components are low weight and accurately manufactured for ease of lifting and replacement during cleaning. The material is UV stable to it doesn’t need any surface protection after installation either.

Elastic Properties

When steel reaches its elastic limit, it yields and deforms – GRP behaves differently and does not deform. It returns to its original shape after deflection, thanks to its advanced elastic properties. Tests have shown that GRP can resist significant impact loads very well without permanent deformation, saving costly repairs.

Cheaper to Install

As GRP is lower weight than steel strength for strength, installation is easier, often not requiring mechanical lifting equipment. This can save significant costs and time. Other savings can be made with transport, again thanks to the reduced weight. GRP does not require specialist cutting or welding equipment. Where required, joints are made using mechanical fixings secured with simple hand tools.

Anti-slip

A GRP grating, with a carefully designed and integrally bonded gritted top surface, has achieved some of the highest levels of slip resistance ever recorded for a walking surface. GRP is 50% better than steel grating and 70% better than chequer plate for slip resistance. This safety margin advantage is crucial for high-risk working environments such as power stations, gas platforms and so on.

Non Static and Non Sparking

GRP is ideal for many hazardous environments, thanks to its static dissipative and non-sparking properties. Such hazardous environments include underground and offshore locations and those where flammable materials and gases exist. GRP won’t create a spark if normal tools are accidentally dropped – a hazard on steel flooring.

Temperature Resistance

GRP can withstand intense heat for long periods. Standard pultrusions can operate in continuous temperatures of 60-65°C with full structural integrity maintained, while vinyl ester and phenolic GRP pultrusions can withstand in excess of 100°C and 200°C respectively.

Electromagnetic Transparency

GRP does not attenuate the normal electromagnetic spectrum (e.g. radio waves) so it is very effective as a durable and strong material for radio masts and radomes.

Versatile Shape and Size

As GRP products are moulded in one way or another, it can be manufactured to the desired shape, design, performance, texture and finish to meet the specific needs. It’s a very versatile material that’s worth exploring. And if you come up with a new use for a structural composite, let us know!

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