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Reinforced Plastics Showcase Our Covers on Their Front Cover

“The company’s manufacturing methodology employs closed mould resin transfer moulding (RTM) techniques using long strand multi-direction E-Glass fibre. By changing the internal fibre architecture engineers can manipulate the fibre volume fraction (FVF) to deliver improved performance even at load ratings as high as F900 (90 tonne)”

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Reinforced Plastics Article
Kevin Long Named OPW’s New President

Hamilton, OH, March 13, 2017 — OPW, a Dover Company (NYSE: DOV), announced today that it has named Kevin Long as the company’s new president.

Kevin Long joined Dover in 2014 as the president of Colder Products Company (“CPC”).  “While at CPC, Kevin led efforts to accelerate new product development, drive continuous improvement and develop talent within the organization,” said Dover Fluids President and CEO Bill Spurgeon. “As Kevin takes over the reins at OPW, we look forward to him continuing the company’s legacy of innovation and quality.”

“I’m excited to be joining OPW the same year that it celebrates its 125th anniversary,” Long said. “To be in business for more than a century is truly a testament to the innovation, quality and customer focus the OPW team strives to deliver. I’m honored to be joining the team.”

Prior to joining Dover, Long was Vice President, Customer Care at KaVo-Kerr, a division of Danaher.  He also held various product management, operations and general management roles while at Danaher.  Long started his career at International Paper in its Leadership Development Program.  He graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering, and received his MBA from MIT.

Long replaces David Crouse who was named president for Dover Fluids’ new Dover Fueling Solutions organization last December. 

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Kevin Long
Insite Tell the Fibrelite Story

Shaping the future of composite access solutions

Fibrelite covers have been a familiar sight on English forecourts and worldwide for many years. This summer, we announced new branding to represent our new global brand positioning. In light of this, together with Insite magazine we took the opportunity to look back at Fibrelite’s journey, from the lightbulb moment of a few bright Yorkshiremen, to become the worldwide industry standard.

Read it here or in Insite.

Insite Front Cover
Shaping the future of composite access solutions
Fibrelite Makes a Splash at Ports of Immingham & Gdańsk (Container Terminal DCT)

Container Terminal DCT Gdańsk (Poland) and Port of Immingham (UK) Adopt Fibrelite’s Heavy-Duty Composite Access Covers to Increase Safety and Efficiency

Traditionally concrete and metal were the only materials able to provide the load ratings required for port access covers, but since Fibrelite’s development of a 90 tonne (F900) load rated lightweight GRP alternative, increasing numbers of ports are going composite.

An inherent resistance to corrosion from saltwater and fuel and safe manual handling at high load ratings make composites an attractive solution for portside applications.


See installation in Container Terminal DCT Gdańsk (Poland)

See installation in Port of Immingham (UK)

Fibrelite Announces New Branding and Global Brand Positioning
Roller bearings at the bases of supporting piers were replaced due to wear and increased load on the bridge
Lightweight tailor made Fibrelite covers set into frame around supporting pier
500 Bespoke Fibrelite Covers Installed at London Hammersmith Flyover
As part of the essential refurbishment and strengthening of this iconic London flyover, Fibrelite was called upon to provide an easy, secure access solution over bearing pits for the 15 piers supporting the flyover, replacing fatigued concrete covers.

Fibrelite designed, manufactured and delivered a custom made covering solution totalling 500 individual GRP trench covers encapsulated within purpose designed frames. The bespoke trench covers are equipped with securing devices to prevent unauthorised access, and can safely be manually removed by two operators (as can all Fibrelite trench covers) while providing a safe walking surface for pedestrians.
Roller bearings at the bases of supporting piers were replaced due to wear and increased load on the bridge
Lightweight tailor made Fibrelite covers set into frame around supporting pier
Season's Greetings From All At Fibrelite!
Seasons Greetings 2016

New Video! Fibrelite and Competitor’s Covers Tested for Deflection
It's very difficult to look at a composite access cover and know how it will perform over time and under repeated heavy wheel loads. Many composite access covers look similar, yet perform incomparably, some leaking or even breaking after cyclical loading. Like any highly engineered product, the cleverness is hidden inside.
Composite covers are no different. Here we field test our FL90, multiport and a competitor’s cover for deflection, one of the key indicators (if the composite cover is fit for its intended use) how it will perform over its service life. Excessive repeated deflection causes a cover to fatigue and ultimately fail.
Corrosion-Free Covers for Leisure Centre Poolsides
Poolside conditions are very demanding for traditional metal access covers due to the constant exposure to moisture and chlorine, both of which cause corrosion.

Covers must also remain safe for the public to walk over in bare feet without slipping, or cutting themselves due to rust, while protecting the equipment underneath from water, and allowing easy single person access.
More and more leisure centres are choosing Fibrelite composite covers for their inherent resistant to corrosion, making them ideal for use highly corrosive environments. This means that covers will remain watertight (if sealed covers) and safe to walk over year after year. All covers come with an anti-slip tread pattern as standard, proven to surpass health and safety advisory conditions, ensuring safety for those walking over it. They can even be colour matched to the floor!
Corrosion-Free Covers for Leisure Centre Poolsides
Coloured composite covers
Light and Strong F900 Rated Composite Access Covers Increase Safety and Efficiency
in Ports and Airports
Composites are widely used in a number of industries: aerospace, boats, cars and many more where strength to weight ratio is critical. Other industries are moving towards composites at a rapid rate. Two such examples are ports and airports.

Both are busy highly trafficked areas requiring many essential utilities which must be set under the ground, under an access cover strong enough to withstand container carrying vehicles and airplanes, often up to a 90 tonne load rating (F900) while still providing quick and easy access to the utilities underneath.

Traditionally heavy metal and concrete covers have been the only option strong enough. However, they have a tendency to corrode over time, a reaction accelerated by exposure to salt.

Our F900 load rated composite covers are becoming increasingly specified in ports and airports worldwide. In fact a recent order has come from Poland’s largest port in Gdansk.

We are seeing an increasing number of ports and airports moving to composites to eliminate costly, time consuming procedures that include unsafe manual handling issues when removing and replacing heavy cast iron covers and aging concrete. This is especially important now, with HSE putting over a third of injuries (resulting in absence from work) down to manual handling.

Dangerous Cover Lift
Strong and safe F900 composite cover
Time consuming cover lift
Safe and quick cover removal
Composites Eliminate Manual Handling Health and Safety Risks

Health and safety in today’s workplace is becoming an ever increasing concern with manual handling accounting for over a third of all workplace injuries. [HSE] The majority of these injuries are caused by the handling of loads. HSE and NHS have comprehensive advise to prevent manual handling injuries, most of which relates to safe lifting technique and practices. Unfortunately, a number of everyday activities in workplaces don’t allow for these to be put into practice. A leading example is removing and replacing traditional access covers.

Composites Offer Light Safe Alternative

We are fighting to help reduce these dangers with a highly engineered composite solution: GRP access covers, typically weighing in at one third of traditional covers. While this dramatically reduces the risk of manual handling injuries, we wanted to find a way to eliminate them altogether. What resulted was an ergonomically designed lifting handle, allowing users to safely remove and replace the covers, while keeping the load close to the waist and avoiding stooping or bending their back.
We are seeing dramatic growth in the number of industries reducing their health and safety risks using composites, both for new build facilities where our covers are specified, and existing facilities retrofitting a custom cover to replace the existing.

Read more in Health & Safety Matters

Read more in Engineering Update (page 14, slide 17)
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Recommended Lifting Weights
Safe lifting with Fibrelite Covers
Fibrelite Announces New Branding and Global Brand Positioning

Fibrelite is delighted to announce that we are launching our new branding this week as the first stage of our new global brand positioning. We have continued to grow and evolve through dedication to our core values of quality and innovation into a brand whose name is synonymous with product excellence, innovation and great customer service.

Fibrelite has led the way in composite technology since 1980 with the design of the world’s first composite manhole cover as a prototype for Esso UK to eliminate health and safety issues associated with traditional heavy metal covers. From there, Fibrelite grew as the retail petroleum industry adopted our covers as the industry standard, now selling to over 80 countries worldwide with manufacturing facilities on three continents, then were acquired by OPW (a Dover company) in 2013.

This commitment to innovation continues to drive our approach today and shape tomorrow, as we create bespoke solutions that reflect our global reputation and heritage.

As the experts in our field, we have access to a collaborative worldwide network with almost limitless skills, resources and experience. This breadth of knowledge allows us to consistently deliver forward-thinking, cutting-edge solutions at scale and speed.

Considering the myriad successes of recent years, Fibrelite decided that it was time to innovate our brand itself as a reflection of our new market positioning on a global scale as part of OPW and Dover, whilst maintaining our commitment to innovation as we continue to grow into an increasing number of new industries.

Fibrelite Announces New Branding and Global Brand Positioning
New! European Trench Cover Technical Guide

We have just completed a new European Technical Guide for our trench cover offering!

This guide takes you through our wide range of trench covers and the available options for different sizes, spans and load ratings and how they are installed, whether into our frames, or an existing rebate.

Download it here

Radio Frequency Friendly!

In addition to being far less conductive than metal or cast iron covers, Fibrelite’s composite covers allow electromagnetic (EMI) or radio frequency (RF) signals to pass directly through them. This allows engineers to install sensors and other devices inside a manhole that can then communicate to a receiver or network located aboveground. Fibrelite’s covers provide no interference to the signal, allowing wireless transmission to pass uninterrupted to the surface.

Composite covers are also being used in wireless electric vehicle charging systems that are designed to be installed underground in parking lots. These systems will transmit power to the car battery parked overhead via an electric coil placed inside a composite manhole cover – this method of transmitting power allows for much faster vehicle charging than traditional cable charging as there is no power lost due to the resistance of the cable. For more information please click here.

Radio Frequency Friendly!
Trenwa Installs First Fibrelite Trench Lids in Indiana Switchyard

Trenwa, a leading manufacturer of precast concrete trench systems, has recently installed its first Fibrelite trench covers in an electrical switchyard near the Sabic Innovative Plastics manufacturing facility in Indiana. This follows the announcement of Fibrelite’s new line of composite trench lids designed specifically for Trenwa’s pre-cast concrete road crossing trench.

The previously installed trench lids were made of steel, an extremely heavy material causing risk of injury during removal. Trenwa’s partnership with Fibrelite presented an opportunity for the switchyard to consider using a lighter weight alternative.

Trenwa Installs First Fibrelite Trench Lids in Indiana Switchyard
With Fibrelite Access Covers You’ve Got Health & Safety Covered!
Insite Magazine Feature

Designed to be a ‘fit-and-forget’ product, Fibrelite’s FRP composite manhole covers and modular trench panels come in all load ratings from A15 to F900 and are maintenance-free, durable and very strong. However, they can also help eliminate a number of common, and often quite serious, health and safety issues.

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Demand for Composites Increases - Safer Alternative to Conventional Covers

Demand for Composites Increases as Industries Look for Safer Material Alternative to Conventional Access Covers

Composite materials are in huge demand as industries across the globe are experiencing hazards and injuries when using traditional steel and other metal products. Reports of crushed and amputated fingers and toes along with burns, back injuries and other dangers have given industries ranging from data centers to water treatment plants a reason to seek safer alternatives. According to the 2014/15 US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 3,675 incidences of reported injuries within the manufacturing industry alone. 32% of these incidences were reported as back injuries which has led to a total of 125,880 missed working days.

This has caused major problems for decision makers as legislation continues to restrict acceptable manual weights. Composites are an ideal solution to these problems due to their lightweight yet durable properties. By using lighter materials such as composites, operational injuries are prevented, work sites are made safer and ease of installation and maintenance is made available to utility workers and contractors.

Hazards and Injuries

One particular area where we are seeing a major shift is in the manhole covers and trench covers industry where chances of injury during installation and removal are traditionally extremely high.

For example, conventional steel manhole and trench covers typically weigh more than three times that of a composite cover making them too heavy to be lifted manually and require the use of large machinery adding to the safety risks already in place.
These steel covers also lack temperature control which can make the surface extremely hot resulting in severe burns when stepped on without proper attire. This presents a hazard in public spaces such as university campuses, shopping centers, and municipalities where heavy foot traffic is commonplace. According to a study published by the League of Minnesota Cities entitled “Muscling Manhole Covers and Other Ergonomic Information”, workers are frequently injured while attempting to remove heavy cast iron manhole covers and the average cost of these injuries is reported as $100,000 per incident.
Dangerous Heavy Covers
Hazardous Cover Lifting

Composites and Covers

Using composite materials eliminates the use of heavy lifting equipment and allows for safer manual handling and avoids the high risks of injuries. Fibrelite, a leading manufacturer of composite covers and trench panels, has taken note and responded by using fibre-reinforced plastic composite (FRP), a type of composite material, in order to provide a safe and risk-free alternative. Fibrelite’s FRP covers have been designed to eliminate risk of burns by not exceeding high temperatures on the surface regardless of the temperatures below the cover. As an added safety feature, they also designed an anti-slip/skid surface that reduce falls, slipping and sliding in order to eliminate as many health risks as possible.
By definition, the majority of access covers are lifted, sometimes frequently. And while traditional metal or concrete covers are heavy and may even require specialist equipment making lifting time-consuming and expensive; composites are different.

David Holmes, Fibrelite Technical Director, explained: “As well as being lightweight – typically a third of the weight of metal or concrete – our covers are designed for safe lifting, having up to two lifting points for ergonomic lifting handles which means that just one or two operatives can move them quickly and easily without risk of back injury or crushed fingers or toes, even at the heavier load ratings.”
Safe Manual F900 Cover Lift
Safe Cover Removal and Replacement
Costs of Composite

Costs of Composites: while not every application currently requires the composite alternative, the costs of metal theft, manual handling injury claims and corrosion are causing many industries to rethink traditional materials and consider the use of modern composite products instead of conventional steel or other metal products. Because of this, other industries are following Fibrelite’s lead and are incorporating composites into their products as they react to changing regulations, strict health and safety policies and becoming more concerned with product maintenance costs. Although fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) composite can be more expensive than traditional materials such as aluminum, steel and concrete, composites are becoming more favorable where corrosion resistance, safety, thermal conductivity and other performance essentials are critical to a specific application.

Read more at Plastics Today

F900 Trench Covers for Areas Imposing High Loads
Highly Engineered Lightweight Composite Trench Covers for Areas Imposing High Loads - Safe and Strong!

Fibrelite can now provide the perfect lightweight alternative to traditionally used heavy concrete and metal access covers for areas with particularly high wheel loads such as aircraft pavements, taxiways of civil airports, shipping ports and dockyards.

"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)" explains David Holmes, Fibrelite's Technical Director and Head of Product Development. "The biggest single benefit of using Fibrelite's composite covers at the higher load ratings is their strength to weight ratio - very strong and still manually lifted."

The request for Fibrelite to provide F900 heavy duty trench covers initially came from the UK's largest container port in the South-East of England. Their work inspectors were exploring replacement options for extremely heavy and corroding steel covers that had been installed years earlier, these extremely heavy covers required a crane and dedicated lifting equipment, which incurred a financial cost with equipment and manpower to lift the covers every time the ships come into dock.

Read more at Specification Online

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Read more at Engineering Update (page 6, slide 9)
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F900 Trench Covers for Areas Imposing High Loads
Retrofit Covers Designed to Fit into Existing Frames Deliver Cost and Time Savings
The benefit of using a retrofit system is that costly and time consuming installation is eliminated. There are no break outs of existing structures and no curing time resetting structures into concrete. In critical high trafficked areas this is a major advantage.

"These highly engineered composite trench covers have eliminated costly and time consuming procedures, as well as allowing for a load rating of up to 90 tonnes. The associated increase in productivity and significant reduction in costs were huge benefactors for the consulting engineers and customers alike" explains David Holmes.

Covers Fit into Existing Frames
Retrofit Covers Designed to Fit into Existing Frames
Fibrelite Exhibition Tour – 2016
February
8th - 12th February 2016
IDEA-Campus Energy
Austin, Texas
PEIMF AGM & “Working Together”
March
17th March 2016
Roadshows 2016
Cottons Hotel, Knutsford, Manchester
Roadshows 2016
May
10th - 12th May 2016
Wod-Kan
Corrimex, Bydgoszcz Fair and Exhibition Centre
PEIMF AGM & “Working Together”
11th May 2016
Roadshows 2016
Radstone Hotel, Scotland
Roadshows 2016
17th - 18th May 2016
Utility Week Live
NEC, Birmingham
Roadshows 2016
June
14th - 16th June 2016
UNITI
Stuttgart, Germany
NACS PEI Exhibition
20th - 23th June 2016
IDEA-District Energy
St. Paul, Minnesota
Autocomplex
September
9th September 2016
Roadshows 2016
The Westpount Centre, Exeter
Roadshows 2016
October
13th October 2016
Roadshows 2016
The Sketchley Grange Hotel, Leicester
Roadshows 2016
18th - 21st October 2016
PEI
Atlanta, Georgia
PEIMF AGM & “Working Together”
November
19th November 2016
Roadshows 2016
Cedar Court Hotel, Wakefield
Roadshows 2016
24th November 2016
APEA Live 2016
Stadium MK, Milton Keynes
PEIMF AGM & “Working Together”
Fibrelite On Track with Lightweight Train Station Covers
Fibrelite has developed a new range of bespoke, lightweight, composite trench covers, dramatically reducing the cost to cover larger openings.

These bespoke covers have recently been installed over access hatches in the platform of a major UK rail station to give quick and easy access to services below platform level.

Author: Mike Richardson

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How Fitting Fibrelite Access Covers Can Help Have Health & Safety Covered!

Designed to be a ‘fit-and-forget’ product, Fibrelite’s FRP composite manhole covers and modular trench panels come in all load ratings from A15 to F900 and are maintenance-free, durable and very strong as a matter of course. But did you know that they can also help eliminate a number of common – and often quite serious – health and safety issues?

Best Strength to Weight Ratio
Fibrelite composite access covers are highly-engineered and manufactured here in the UK.  Independent testing to BS EN 124 criteria demonstrates that they also surpass the relevant class conditions for deflection under load and this commitment to product excellence means Fibrelite covers have the very best strength to weight ratio available in the market today.

Safer Manual Handling
By definition the majority of access covers are lifted, sometimes frequently. And while traditional metal or concrete covers are heavy and may even require specialist equipment making lifting time-consuming and expensive; composites are different.  David Holmes, Fibrelite Technical Director, explained:  “As well as being lightweight – typically a third of the weight of metal or concrete – our covers are designed for safe lifting, having up to two lifting points for ergonomic lifting handles which means that just one or two operatives can move them quickly and easily without risk of back injury or crushed fingers or toes, even at the heavier load ratings.”

No risk of Lacerations from Rust
Composite covers also have an inherent resistance to corrosion so are an obvious choice where water, wastewater or corrosive liquids are involved. This also makes them ideal where underground infrastructure requires protection from external corrosive compounds such as salt.  So it stands to reason that by choosing a composite cover you are avoiding the risk of lacerations or slips, trips and potentially serious falls that can result when metal or concrete covers rust or crumble.

Skid Resistance
As every Health & Safety Manager knows, slips, trips and falls constitute the majority of general accidents so non-slip treads can be moulded into Fibrelite covers during manufacture. Independent testing has demonstrated that these covers exceed the advisory regulations even when wet - as Holmes confirmed:  “Our finished covers exceed the minimum slip resistance requirement of BS EN124/PAS26, HA104/09: Part 5 and the UK HSE minimum slip resistance guidelines when tested in accordance with BS EN13036-4:2011.  This makes them a safer alternative to concrete or metal whatever the weather conditions.”

No risk of Theft
There is no risk of theft with a Fibrelite composite cover as composites have no resale value in the scrap market - so you won’t be left with a dangerous, uncovered hole in the ground.  Locks and restraining bolts are also available for added security.  And as the covers can be moulded in virtually any colour or colour combination they can be colour-coded to identify specific underground services and ensure the right trench is opened first time.

Avoiding Electrostatic Discharge
Electrostatic discharge always needs to be properly controlled in the workplace and especially in areas that are also open to the public.  Potential electrostatic discharging can be eliminated by using a fully conductive composite cover which uses a metalized fibre within the moulding process to achieve electrical continuity across the entire surface of the cover.  Holmes said: “Our fully conductive covers exceed the surface resistivity requirements of PAS26 and while the standard calls for a maximum value of 1 KΩ/cm², our covers achieve a value of 0.0144 KΩ/cm².”

How Fitting Fibrelite Access Covers Can Help Have Health & Safety Covered!

Avoiding Hot Metal or Steam Burns
In some industries, such as thermal energy, metal access covers can get very hot as they conduct nearly all the heat below through to their surface resulting in potential dangerous conditions at ground level.   The thermal gradient properties of a composite steam cover significantly reduce the risk of burns as the surface temperature is typically only ever slightly above ambient temperature. In fact, the best high-quality Fibrelite steam covers maintain their cool-to-touch properties and ability to support vehicular loads even when pushed to a test temperature of 400°F (2040C).

Holmes concluded:  “The majority of first-time enquirers often know quite a lot about composites in terms of practicalities but are often pleasantly surprised to learn just how many of those benefits also make them the safer choice for replacement works or new projects.”

Fibrelite Defies Manufacturing Report
British Manufacturers' organisation EEF may be reporting that the sector has lost momentum in recent months (The Guardian, June 1st 2015), but Skipton-based manufacturer Fibrelite continues to demonstrate UK manufacturing: providing innovative, highly engineered GRP composite manhole and trench covers with quick delivery to customers.

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A Clever Fibrelite Application: Composites Reach the Antarctic
A clever Fibrelite application recently hit the news headlines in a number of wide-ranging publications, including: Composites World, Architects News and Water World.

And it was all after the design and technical team were called upon to help an engineering team constructing a specialist waste water treatment system for a facility in the Antarctic. The system was to treat all black and grey waste water generated on the base before safely discharging it in to the sea.

David Holmes, Technical Director, explained: “The lead designer on this project came to us very early on with his brief which was very stringent: not only did the specifications require custom-designed access, other requirements included easy access to internal workings as well as needing to be chemically inert, corrosion-resistant and able to withstand extremely low temperatures.

In addition, the rigorous rules requiring any base on Antarctica to leave little environmental impact meant that those working on the site would need to lift the covers regularly to ensure the system was working efficiently, so operator safety was also a critical requirement.

Fortunately, our composite covers are available in a range of sizes and load ratings, and we can also make them to customer specifications as we did for this project. Designed to be a ‘fit-and-forget’ product, they are maintenance-free, lightweight, durable and very strong as a matter of course. And specialist lifting handles are all that is required for operators to remove the covers as and when required.”


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