New Innovations in Composite Access Covers from Fibrelite - Bespoke Access Solutions

At this year's Sustainability Live Exhibition, held at the NEC, Birmingham, April 1st to 3rd, Fibrelite will be showcasing new innovations in watertight composite access covers and modular trench covers. Fibrelite is exhibiting in the IWEX hall (Stand B12).

David Holmes is a key speaker at Sustainability Live 2014, "Water Industry Technology Pitch Showcase", on Wednesday 2nd April from 11.40am - 12.20pm.

Fibrelite's technical experts will be on hand to demonstrate innovations including the recently launched F900 load rated trench cover (an industry first). David Holmes, Fibrelite's Technical Director and Head of Product Development explains that "Having re-configured the internal fibreglass architecture we can meet the permanent set and test load requirements of BS EN 124, Class F900 (when tested in accordance with the Air BP test footprint)".

Manhole Covers Just Became Even Cooler!
Fibrelite now offers company logos and other brand markings on its composite covers. Any style logo or other marking can be permanently moulded into the upper surface of the cover in single or multiple colours. For additional brand or product identification, or to blend in with the colour or layout of a facility, Fibrelite can mould its composite covers in nearly any colour or combination of colours.

Safe Manual Handling
With RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) statistics attributing over half of injuries (resulting in absence from work) to manual handling it's already known that reducing hazards in this area is a priority for water companies, as is innovation.  Lightweight composite covers that provide safe and easy access eliminating unsafe manual handling issues are replacing aging concrete and cast iron manhole and trench covers worldwide.

All Fibrelite's composite covers are tested to BS EN 124 and the company has held accreditation to both the ISO quality standard and British Standards Kitemark since 1998.

Engineers Now Specifying Corrosion Resistant Materials

As the underground systems currently installed are retrofitted or upgraded and new facilities are designed, engineers are moving towards specifying corrosion resistant materials in the place of steel, cast iron and concrete. 

This is particularly true in underground infrastructure that is located in areas that are more prone to corrosion (coastal regions or colder areas where salt is commonly used as a de-icing agent) or in infrastructure applications that store or convey water, wastewater or corrosive liquids.

(GRP) products are now being widely used for applications where corrosion can destroy underground infrastructure. A prime reason for using GRP products is because of their inherent corrosion resistance.

Recent Water and Wastewater Industry Case Studies

  • Sewerage Treatment Works - Fibrelite Replace Heavy Duty Cast Iron Manhole Covers with Lightweight Composite Alternative.
  • Water Treatment Facility - Fibrelite Supply Florida Based Water Treatment Facility with Composite Trench Access Panels.
  • UK Water Plant - Fibrelite Supply Severn Trent Water with Safe Alternative to Failing Hinged Covers

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