Fiberglass Grating and Handrails for Safety, Reduced Weight and Low-Maintenance on Offshore Platforms

Mexico’s state-owned petroleum company, PEMEX recently chose Strongwell’s fiberglass handrail and grating for the new offshore living quarters platform, Cayo Arcas. The key factors for selection of fiberglass by PEMEX included corrosion resistance, safety, weight and difficulty in installation.

Strongwell’s 2 inch, square, SAFRAIL™ industrial handrail and DURADEK® fiberglass grating

Solution by Strongwell

The products of choice were Strongwell’s 2 inch, square, SAFRAIL™ industrial handrail and DURADEK® fiberglass grating. SAFRAIL™ and DURADEK® are ideal substitutes for aluminium or steel in corrosive environments or at any place where handrail maintenance costs and frequent grating are not acceptable. The standard SAFRAIL™ handrail is safety yellow, while the DURADEK®grating was pigmented to match.

DURADEK® I-6000 and DURADEK® I-4000 were installed in the stairwells and perimeter walkways respectively. Both gratings were one and one half inch deep.

Both SAFRAIL™ and DURADEK® are subjected to pultrusion with fire-retardant polyester resin and are low in electrical and thermal, key factors when considering the products were installed on the living quarter decks.

Strongwell’s 2 inch, square, SAFRAIL™ industrial handrail and DURADEK® fiberglass grating

Unequaled corrosion resistance is featured in each fiberglass product in conditions such as that found in the saltwater or offshore environment. The fiberglass grating and handrail are also lightweight. The Mexico distributor of Strongwell, Moix International, fabricated and installed the fiberglass products on time. In addition, SAFRAIL™ and DURADEK® provided savings on labor and maintenance, resulting in long-term savings and the elimination of cost and inconvenience of downtime for repairs.

Technical Details

Product: Offshore platform handrail and grating
Process: Pultrusion, fiberglass fabrication
Materials: SAFRAIL™ fiberglass reinforced vinyl ester handrail
DURADEK® Fiberglass reinforced vinyl ester grating
Sizes: SAFRAIL™ 2" x 2" x 5/32" square tube
DURADEK® I-6000 1-1/2" grating
DURADEK® I-4000 1-1/2" grating
For: PEMEX

About Strongwell Corporation

Strongwell Corporation is the world’s largest pultruder of fiber reinforced polymer composites. Strongwell’s FRP products were chosen as solutions in many different markets. For the mining industry, the company offers operating platforms, conveyor drip pans and platforms & walkways.

Strongwell Corporation design, manufacture, fabrication and testing of molded or pultruded fiber reinforced polymer composite products for construction, commercial and industrial applications.

Strongwell has been pultruding fiber reinforced polymer composite structural products since 1956. Today, with more than 65 pultrusion machines and 647,000 square feet of manufacturing space in three plant locations, Strongwell has unequaled capacity, versatility and flexibility to meet the needs of its customers and allied partners. All Strongwell pultruded products are made in the USA. Click here to learn how Strongwell’s pultruded products out perform traditional materials.

The company is financially strong, quality oriented, technically advanced, and customer focused. Strongwell's customers include Fortune 500 industrial and commercial firms, major architectural and engineering firms, leading contractors and distributors, and many other companies - both large and small - in a variety of markets.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Strongwell Corporation.

For more information on this source, please visit Strongwell Corporation.

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Comments

  1. Tom Barrett Tom Barrett India says:

    Manufacturing safety industrial products for every industry is definitely a mandatory task.  These safety series also includes safety handrail systems that must be take care of. This article has provided much important information related to this field. Thanks so much for sharing.

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