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Fibreglass Structural Profiles as an Alternative for Steel

Composites are made of a minimum of two types of component materials, and enhance the properties of the constituent materials. Therefore, the combination of fibre and glass yields a product that is stronger and rigid. Fibreglass constitutes a major part of the composites utilised in industry. Since a composite is an amalgamation of materials, it can be made into an exact shape for a particular purpose. In fibreglass goods, the resin transmits the shear while the glass fibres endure the tensile and compressive weight.

Fibreglass is around three times stronger than steel, pound for pound. Fibreglass is easier to install as it needs less heavy equipment. Structural fibreglass usually weighs just a fourth of a similar steel structure. Its cost is less than half that of stainless steel. Fibreglass also scores higher than steel when it comes to withstanding corrosion as it never rusts. It can withstand corrosive chemicals and water better. Steel pieces have to be welded together, resulting in the creation of seams that may rust over a period of time. Fibreglass can also resist fire better. Our entire range of products are Class 1 fire resistant. 
There are not many designing hurdles as far as fibreglass is concerned. Fibreglass is lighter in weight, stronger, tougher and can be moulded more easily than steel. Also fibreglass is not a conductor of electricity. It also allows transmission of radio waves. This is the reason fibreglass covers are ideal for electronics. Fibreglass is also a good absorber of sound waves. It is also ideal for sound reduction.

The Role of Composite Materials in Shaping the Future

Composite materials have brought a revolution in designing of products. They are not only light, sturdy and supple, but can also be customised for a particular application. Wood and bones are their natural forms. In 1847, Swedish chemist Berzelius became the first to make artificial saturated polyester. Today, composite materials make up a sizeable part of manufactured goods, right from products used on a daily basis to complicated niche uses. The main consumer of composite materials is the transportation industry, construction, electrical and electronic equipment, marine, engineering, oil & gas consumer appliance and business equipment sectors are other users of composite materials. Today, composite materials are being used even though they can be costlier because they last longer, withstand chemical corrosion better, and are superior thermal and electrical insulators and are much lighter than traditional materials such as steel. They will be used more and more as scientists unearth their unknown properties.

Plastics reinforced with fibre are delivering high performance. They are being increasingly used as substitutes for steel and aluminium in daily life, right from vehicle bodies to public infrastructure. They are helping manufacturers cut costs and pass on the benefits to consumers.
Composite materials are environment-friendly and can help make the world greener. Low-cost fibre reinforced plastics provide an alternative to the use of wood or steel in housing and construction sectors. Today, composite materials are being used even though they can be costlier because they last longer, withstand chemical corrosion better, and are superior thermal and electrical insulators and are much lighter than traditional materials such as steel. They will be used more and more as scientists unearth their unknown properties.

Anti-slip Flooring Surfaces in the Workplace. Slips & Trips

The growing array of flooring surfaces that need to be polished to maintain their appearance has given rise to its fair share of slipping incidents. In a few extreme cases, such incidents have left victims paralysed or even fatally injured. In other cases, it has led to several law suits and expenses stemming from injuries like shoulder or elbow dislocation. Employees are also forced to go on medical sabbaticals to recuperate from such injuries, which may very well disrupt important work.

Statistics from HSE (Heath and Safety Executive) suggest that slips and trips are the most common cause for injuries at work. In fact, they account for more than a third of work related injuries and for more than half the injuries sustained by unsuspecting visitors and the public. This research also shows that trips and falls cost employers more than £512 million a year in the form of lost production, law suit settlements, and other related costs. While workplace insurance can cover only part of the expenses, most of these costs are borne by employers themselves. To avoid these hassles, many organisations opted for signs such as ‘wet floor’, ‘polished floor’ or ‘caution’ to reduce slipping incidents. This has been a little effective in warning people and in abdicating the organisation’s role in the incident, but it’s still prone to human error where cleaning staff misplace the sign or children may push or knock down the signs. 
Slips and falls can also cause damage to your property and carefully designed interiors. For instance, an employee may slip and pour a drink over an expensive laptop or spill a container of food against your freshly done wall or on your new couch. In the worst case scenario, someone could slip and crash into a glass partition. Following such incidents, many organisations have come to understand the importance of anti-slip flooring surfaces in offices and commercial spaces. These types of flooring were once designed only for wet surfaces like bathroom floors. However, since anti skid surfaces have proven their importance, all leading flooring manufacturers are designing anti skid versions of popular flooring materials. Moreover, most of these modern anti skid floorings do not require much polishing and are comparatively much easier to maintain. Apart from creating a safer environment, there are further benefits of using anti-slip flooring surfaces.
  1. You will save a lot on maintenance.
  2. You can avoid unpleasant litigations and law suits.
  3. It will allow you to move around faster rather than tread cautiously. In factories and workshops where workers need to move around quickly, it could very well mean increased productivity.
  4. You can have a uniform design across your entire building as these flooring solutions are suitable for foyers, factory floors, pathways, stairways, workshops, clubs and restaurants.
  5. You can add floor safety inspection reports to your corporate safety awareness drive. 
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