The industry with all its diverse nature of work and functionalities vary a great deal. But what remains the same in terms of specific standards and conditions, is the best possible layout of the work environment for workers. The work environment everywhere has safety as its chief concern. The industry too isn’t any different; especially going by the fact, the work environment present within an industry offers quite a lot of perils. An industry comes with dangers like oil spills, water seepages, wet floor areas that all has the capacity to spell catastrophe to the workers working in an industry. The other factors of danger being, extreme heat zones, high level of currents and heavy electrical equipment.
The Fibre reinforced plastic:
The counter action to eliminate or minimize this kind of dangers need the formulation of a material, that would take over the mantle from existing conventional means, which have proven to be inadequate so far. This need for a material has put forward a solution that has proven to be very just. It is the development of Fibre-reinforced plastic or FRP. FRP is a composite polymer or plastic that is infused with glass fibres and placed in a matrix. There are certain other kinds of fibres that too are used apart from glass, as, basalt, carbon or aramid. The overall process of manufacturing FRP happens through moulding. FRP as a composite material has often earned parallel relevance to materials like carbon fibres in order of being lightweight and consisting of high tensile strength features. Yet the FRP material is a lot robust and less brittle.
The FRP Usage:
A number of companies have started producing FRP materials for their now extensive use. The added benefit of FRP materials being, available across a wide range of shapes and sizes, and easily installable in compliance with all industry specific standards including the option of custom built. The FRP materials are in high demands in industrial sectors like petrochemical plants, marine, mineral extraction plants, public infrastructure etc. FRP materials have such an extensive array of industrial use due to its characteristic of remaining neutral and unaffected in highly corrosive industrial surroundings concerning chemicals. The other uses of FRP materials through products like ladders guarantees the safety of personnel and workmen working in elevated and confined spaces.
FRP products that more or less come under the category of access related produce are grating products as fiberglass and composite grating, access ladders and platforms and handrails system. The grating products are load bearing bars that are placed in two different directions for maximum load bearing capacity. The use of grating is very much popular to areas like the flooring and stair treads of industries.