Industrial applications including cribbing, pipe supports, equipment mats and pallets, speed bumps, dunnage and scaffolding are complex, and the equipment used in these projects can be quite substantial. Equipment manufacturers and commercial organizations need a heavy-duty solution to common design and building challenges that doesn’t incur long-term maintenance costs, and is durable enough to support these large machines.

Important project requirements for these applications include a durable and strong material that can withstand heavy loads and provides dimensional stability. The material must also be structurally sound because it is common for machines and other large equipment to bump up against these applications.If the project will be outdoors, it’s important for the material to be able to withstand weather conditions like rain, extreme heat and cold, and must remain intact and functional through these types of environments.

Traditional building materials like wood, metal and concrete have been common in these types of industrial applications, but may not be the best long-term solution. Traditional wood can splinter, crack and degrade with heavy loads, and if exposed to moisture, can mold and deteriorate, causing the need for replacement. Metal can corrode and rust and when corrosion occurs, harmful chemicals can pollute the air, and concrete is used for heavy, usually immobile applications, and often crack and break down when exposed to constant moisture over time. A great alternative to traditional building materials is structural recycled HDPE plastic lumber.      

Benefits of Structural Recycled HDPE Plastic Lumber

Structural recycled plastic lumber offers many benefits and is ideal for industrial projects where harsh weather conditions occur. The building material is manufactured using recycled HDPE plastic, and is a strong and durable product that doesn’t rot, mold, splinter or degrade like traditional building materials. It can withstand moisture and heavy loads and will not crack under pressure. It is ideal for cribbing, dunnage, equipment mats and pipe supports (among other applications) because the material is structurally-sound and can absorb energy from large equipment and will not break. It comes in many standard and non-standard profile sizes and lengths to meet your specific project design requirements. Plastic lumber is also ideal for speed bumps because it will hold up with constant vehicular traffic and can be easily transported to different locations.

Which Bedford Technology Products for the Job?

FiberForce® by Bedford Technology utilizes fiberglass strand to increase rigidity. This added rigidity creates characteristics suited for many structural applications where increased flexural strength is required. Due to its increased strength and resistance to environmental elements, structural recycled HDPE plastic lumber is well suited for industrial applications where structural support or load bearing is required. It is manufactured in many different profiles and lengths and cuts, drills and secures just like traditional wood.

BarForce® by Bedford Technology is an industrial-strength, commercial-grade structural plastic lumber product that is reinforced with fiber polymer rebar which increases rigidity and dimensional stability. The product itself provides a stone-design finish that comes in many profile sizes and colors to suit any application.

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