Fiberglass work platforms are part of the cornerstone of safe and efficient operations in factories, warehouses, hangars, and many other large work environments. They provide easy access to critical operating areas and often provide elevated access to reduce foot traffic on the factory floor.
Traditional engineering materials such as steel are widely used to make industrial platforms and walkways. In recent years, however, fiberglass walkways have emerged as an attractive alternative, offering a wide range of beneficial performance characteristics, from the ease of installation to reduced ongoing maintenance costs.
We design and manufacture modular fiberglass industrial platforms based on a proven set of products. Using our unique expertise in pultrusion, we can generate custom platform solutions including custom FRP grating, FRP safety handrails, FRP stairs with non-slip treads, and features that enhance the performance of the catwalk system.
Excellent power-to-weight ratio
From a strength-to-weight ratio perspective, fiberglass is considered one of the greatest modern composite materials, outperforming various conventional materials including structural steel. We have extensively compared the load-bearing properties of pultruded fiberglass versus steel and found that structural elements composed of fiber-reinforced composites (FRP) significantly outperform steel when the strength-to-weight ratio is considered.
With comparable strength, up to 75% weight reduction, and excellent load-carrying properties in the longitudinal direction. This makes it an ideal material for industrial walkways that experience near-constant pressure from foot traffic. It is also beneficial from a structural point of view, as the lightweight nature of fiberglass walkways reduces stress on building elements such as pillars, structural profiles, and roof supports.
Long term durability
The high strength of pultruded fiberglass products also translates into excellent toughness, especially from the standpoint of its inherent low corrosivity. Unlike steel, fiberglass won’t seep and oxidize, meaning it won’t rust even under the most challenging working conditions. Bolts and fixtures will not corrode over the life of the platform, ensuring that each modular component requires little maintenance after years of heavy use.