Fibreglass reinforced polymers (FRP) can offer superior performance characteristics during manufacturing processes if the fabrication of the FRP products follow a careful study of the application to which the materials will be put. This article discusses some of the information that you should supply to the FRP manufacturer so that they can make for you the best products for your grating needs.
Lists of Chemicals
You need to avail the FRP manufacturer a comprehensive list of all the chemicals to which the FRP grating will be exposed. That list will enable the manufacturer to use the most appropriate mix of ingredients, such as additives and fillers, in order to supply you grating products that will not be degraded by the chemicals that you will use at your manufacturing plant. The chemical list should include the various cleaning agents that you intend to use. You should also include the waste products that the grating will contact.
It is also important for you to avail the FRP manufacturer all the information regarding the operating temperatures to which the FRP grating will be subjected. This data should include the minimum and maximum expected temperatures. You can also include abnormal temperature events, such as the high temperature that can be experienced when there is an explosion or equipment malfunction. This data will help the manufacturer to formulate a product that is likely to withstand the harshest temperature conditions within your facility.
It may not be enough for you to avail a list of the chemicals that the FRP grating is likely to be exposed to. You may also need to provide information about the concentrations of those chemicals during manufacturing and cleaning operations. This can give the manufacturer a clear understanding of how robust the grating needs to be in order to survive that magnitude of chemical exposure on a routine basis.
It is also important for the manufacturer to know the durations for which the grating is likely to be exposed to the operating temperatures at your facility. For instance, peak-temperature exposure durations can guide the FRP manufacturer to know how much heat retardant to put in the grating. Longer exposure durations require higher levels of retardant when compared to shorter exposure durations to the same high temperature.
As you can see, appropriate FRP grating manufacture largely depends on accurate information provided about the operating conditions at your manufacturing facility. You should therefore work closely with an FRP grating manufacturer so that he or she understands your unique requirements before producing the products that you will use.