Fibreglass is an outstanding choice of material for industrial use and offers great advantages compared to other materials used for industrial products. It’s characteristics ensure it will continue to remain one of the most versatile and easy to use industrial materials on the market.
Fiberglass is suited for industrial use because it is cost effective, has a high flexing tolerance, has a superior strength to weight ratio, has resistance against corrosive environments including soils, salt water, U.V and chemicals, is electrically non-conductive, is versatile being able to withstand high pressures, temperatures, and loads and offers advanced finishes and design flexibility.
Richmond fibreglass is experienced in producing industrial products for the viticulture industry, the building industry, the vehicle and marine industries and the aquaculture industry.
Fibreglass forming processes include –
Wet/hand layup places fiber layers onto an open mould then saturates the fibers with resin working it into the fabric. The mould is then left so the resin will cure. This method is ideal for small parts and repairs and areas on parts requiring additional strength.
Chopper gun layup places continuous strands of fibreglass pushed through a hand-held gun that both chops the strands and combines them with catalysed resin. The impregnated glass is shot onto the mould surface in whatever thickness the design requires. This process is execellent for large parts, large production runs and is very economical.
Resin infusion – glass fabrics are placed into a mould then covered, resin is forced into the cavity which is under vacuum. This process allows for precise tolerances and detailed shaping of parts.
Carbon fibre strengthening offers high tensile strength, low weight, high chemical resistance, high temperature tolerance and low thermal expansion.
The smooth coating on fibreglass products called gel coat is very hard wearing and provides a low friction surface and is ideal for use in harsh environments.