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Enduro in the Arena @ OTC

Posted by Emily Weathersby on Apr 22, 2014 2:07:59 PM

OTC_2014Enduro is gearing up to attend one of the most anticipated trade shows of the year: the Offshore Technology Conference. The annual oil & gas focused show will be held May 5-8, 2014 at Reliant Park in Houston, TX.

Enduro is excited to showcase its unique booth design for this year, featuring a larger-than-life custom cable tray sample, complete with actual electrical cables from our partners at Okonite, along with several other samples such as instrument stands and strut and structural supports. Want to read more about how how FRP outweighs the competition? Check out our blog on the advantages of FRP over more traditional materials such as stainless steel.

Enduro will also have games and prizes throughout the show. Thanks to our incredible team of fabricators, we will also have a custom plinko board made from our very own fiberglass products for you to try your luck at winning a special prize from Enduro!  Stop by to play and be a guaranteed winner! 

 

To learn more about our GRP/FRP products and services stop by our BOOTH # 7606 for:

  • A chance to win a FREE golf bag & other prizes
  • An opportunity to speak to our GRP/FRP experts
  • Literature on our cable management systems

 

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Topics: Enduro, FRP/GRP, FRP Cable Management, Fiberglass cable tray, OTC

FRP Pipe and Tanks Powering the Oil and Gas Industry

Posted by Mallory Garber on Apr 16, 2014 10:30:00 AM

The benefits of fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) over traditional materials (such as stainless steel and aluminum) has resulted in a significant increase in demand for FRP pipe and tanks.  The demand is fueled mainly by the significant cost savings experienced by the advantages of FRP:

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  • Moisture and chemical corrosion resistance
  • Light weight
  • Low cost shipping and installation
  • Enhanced lifetime value
  • High impact strength
  • Dimensional stability
  • Low thermal conductivity 

In addition, advancements in the oil and gas industry such as new technologies and expansive growth throughout the world have also triggered development opportunities for the solution of FRP.

As the supply of oil and gas in traditional locations and methods lessens, new extraction techniques are being developed to access these resources.  Hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking) and drilling in ultra-deep water comprise two of the more well-known techniques.  These new methods require the use of a material such as FRP to provide corrosion resistant, light-weight, high-strength solutions. Fiberglass provides an overall answer, and specifically answers for the pipe and tank industry. A few reasons for how and why these techniques are better served using FRP pipe are listed below.

  • Ultra-deep drilling: FRP and thermoplastic composite pipes are the preferred material because they have a longer life span and provide better corrosion resistance than traditional materials.  In addition, the light weight material removes the need for buoyancy.

  • Natural gas distribution: FRP is preferred because it can be installed quickly and allows for long pipe network installations.  This allows easy transmission of gas from extraction to final destination.

  • Hydraulic fracturing: A significant amount of piping is needed to move and treat millions of gallons of water.  FRP is significantly lighter than traditional materials, while still offering comparable pressure ratings, and corrosion resistance, making it ideal for this application.  

Growth is also being seen as pipeline networks for gas and oil expand.  For example, India expects to significantly increase the length of their pipeline in the next two decades.  In addition, there are major retrofit opportunities as several existing pipelines need to be replaced due to corrosion.  In both cases, Fiberglass pipe and tank is being used as the material of choice.

Lucintel, a market research firm, predicts growth in the Fiber reinforced tank market as a result of high demand for oil and gas storage systems. This growth will be seen globally and specifically in the Asian-Pacific region.   FRP is preferred because of the benefits provided, including the aforementioned benefits resulting in a longer, higher quality lifetime value. Long-term, for cost and performance, Fiberglass is the material of choice. The Fiberglass Tank and Pipe Institute reports the average life span of a fiberglass tank is 42 years. 

Another increase in the demand for fiber reinforced plastic tanks can be seen in the desire to replace existing tank material lining. Although other materials are coated with a very thin corrosive resistant coating, any small hole in the coating can lead to significant corrosion and expensive repair or replacement.  FRP pipe and tanks are fabricated with material that is corrosion resistant throughout.

After years of testing and qualification, FRP has succeeded in proving that it is a material ideally suited for the pipe and tanks used in the oil and gas industry. Contact us for further information on how Enduro can offer you an FRP solution.

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Topics: FRP pipes, oil & gas industry, FRP tanks, Fiberglass tank, oilfield tank

Cable Management Systems: FRP > Steel

Posted by Emily Weathersby on Mar 24, 2014 10:33:00 AM

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When designing a cable management system for your next project, consider using fiberglass (FRP/GRP) cable tray over more traditional materials. Non-metallic cable tray provides superior protection in harsh environments where corrosion resistance and long life span are important factors.

There are many who still believe that steel outweighs the competition, which is true in that steel does, quite literally, outweigh fiberglass. However, fiberglass provides the same strength-to-weight ratio at just one third the weight of steel. This allows for an easier, more cost effective installation. In addition, this weight-savings provides tremendous life cycle cost savings. In addition to being resistant to corrosion, fiberglass cable tray is also non-conductive and non-magnetic, therefore reducing shock hazard.

The benefits of using fiberglass cable tray over steel are unmatched, depending on the application. A few key advantages of FRP cable tray include: 

  • Corrosion resistant
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  • High strength
  • High durability
  • Lightweight                                                
  • Fire retardant
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  • Non-magnetic
  • Does not rust
  • Reduce shock hazards
  • High performance in marine/costal environments
  • Available in multiple resin options & colors
  • No special tools or hot-work permit required for installation

Fiberglass cable trays are also referred to as fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) cable trays, non-metallic cable trays, and glass reinforced plastic (GRP) cable trays. They are tested to meet NEMA FG-1 standards and meet all self-extinguishing requirements. Enduro cable trays are UL listed, ABS approved; additionally, Enduro, as a whole, is ISO 9001:2008 certified. 

Fiberglass tray also meets NEMA 20C rating for 100 pounds per foot over a 20 foot span.  This means that due to its unique manufacturing process, Enduro fiberglass cable tray can load more than 100 pounds per linear foot with a twenty foot span. For more information about NEMA class ratings please download our catalog

If you still don’t believe that fiberglass cable tray is the best solution for harsh conditions, take a look at a few of our project case studies like this one from a chlor alkali facility. We also encourage you to contact us and speak to an expert who can answer your questions and provide a custom solution for your need. 

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Topics: corrosion resistant, Cable Tray, Enduro, FRP/GRP, Cost Saving, lightweight, UL Aprroved, ISO Certified

FRP Roofing at the International Roofing Expo

Posted by Emily Weathersby on Mar 19, 2014 1:15:00 PM

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Enduro’s building products group traveled to Las Vegas to exhibit at the International Roofing Expo. The three day event was featured at the beautiful and well-known Mandalay Bay Casino and Convention Center. The exhibitor and attendee list surpassed last year’s expectations in San Antonio, TX. The show had more than 9,000 attendees and 427 exhibitors. 

Enduro maintained a steady flow of traffic each day. Being in the fiberglass industry, Enduro offers a more niche product which was able to draw the attention of potential buyers and suppliers. Our booth display included samples of roof deck, translucent and opaque FRP panels as well as eager employees ready to answer any questions. We were also able to reconnect with key customers and suppliers.

Attending the International Roofing Expo helped to widen Enduro's spectrum and get the FRP name out to contractors and suppliers. After such a successful show and with the positive feedback received from attendees, we are eager to see what the 2015 Roofing Expo has in store!

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Enduro is one of the leading manufacturers of fiberglass (FRP/GRP) building products for industrial applications. Our Tuff Span™ building systems have proven to deliver extended service life and cost economy for more than 35 years. With one of the most diversified manufacturing capabilities, we produce a broad range of fiberglass building components to provide a total corrosion-resistant solution.

To learn eight interesting facts about Tuff Span click here.

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Topics: Tuff Span, Building Products, FAQ, corrosion resistant, Enduro, FRP/GRP, Opaque Panels, Roof deck

Enduro Expands with Fourth Facility

Posted by Emily Weathersby on Mar 18, 2014 9:17:00 AM

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Enduro is thrilled to announce the opening of our fourth facility. Located in Pearland, TX, a suburb of Houston, TX, the 75,000 square foot production facility, warehouse, and officewill focus on providing fiberglass composite (FRP/GRP) process equipment solutions for a broad array of industrial and infrastructure markets.

Watch the grand opening recap video here!

New facility will feature: 

  • On-going 24 hour field service support
  • Increased nonmetallic solutions including industrial and oil field tanks
  • Optimized production for customers and employees
  • 10-Ton Overhead Bridge Cranes to facilitate fabrication
  • 6 turning stations to expedite hand lay-up methods
  • Up to 15 ½ diameter vessel winding capabilities
  • An enhanced layout, providing a safe, efficient working environment

On November 5, Enduro opened the doors to the new facility by hosting a grand opening celebration, complete with full facility tour, 50-foot putting contest, live music, and much more. In attendance were over 150 people, including Enduro’s board members, partners, and customers. During the event, attendees were encouraged to walk around and visit ‘stations’, which provided a deeper look into the wide breadth of products and solutions offered by Enduro including cable management solutions, building products, water & waste treatment solutions, as well as pipe & tank products and custom solutions.

These stations were manned by dozens of Enduro employees, who provided valuable insight, education, and welcome to the attendees. Enduro’s eager staff was also joined by three of Enduro’s partners: Magnum Venus Plastech, Ashland and Composites One, who provided live demonstrations during the event.

“It is exciting to see the vision coming together as we continue to move in equipment and personnel. The new facility and combined resources will enable us to grow as a team to safely provide quality engineered FRP products and systems that will exceed our customer’s needs and expectations.” Barbara Bucher (Administration Manager, Enduro)

The grand opening also featured a reassembled version of Enduro’s trade show booth at the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Conference (WEFTEC) earlier in the year, which housed several life sized samples of Enduro’s most popular product lines. Among them were a 20’ span XL6 tank cover system, 12 foot tall baffle wall, and Enduro’s newest odor control product: The Odorclean. Another main attraction was Enduro’s massive winding station.    

“By incorporating our complete product portfolio at this facility, we continue to raise the industry standard for providing comprehensive, integrated FRP solutions to meet the dynamic needs of our customers in the marketplace.”

 - Sandy Woodlief, President, Enduro Composites

 

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The new facility will further strengthen Enduro’s influence in the nonmetallic industry by increasing its product offering and continuing to provide high quality, long lasting products to the markets that it serves. For more information about our products or other Enduro locations please click here to contact a representative.

 

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Topics: fiberglass composites, Building Products, XL6 Cover, Baffle Wall, Enduro, FRP/GRP, Cable Management Solutions, Water & Wastewater Treatment, Custom Products, Pipe and Tank Products, Tank Winding, engineered FRP products, OdorClean

Which Dual Laminate Pipe Solution is Right for You?

Posted by Mallory Garber on Mar 7, 2014 9:15:00 AM

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Pipes are used to transport a variety of materials, from oxygen to petroleum. The amount of materials used to fabricate pipe is almost as large as the variety of materials transported using pipe. Many applications require more advanced and non-traditional materials.

Because of its light weight, durability, and versatility, dual laminate fiberglass is frequently the preferred solution for pipe material. Dual laminate piping is constructed of an outer fiberglass layer and an inner thermoplastic or fluoropolymer layer known as a dual laminate liner. The versatility of dual laminate fiberglass can be designed based on the end user requirements:

  • PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is one of the most widely used options for dual laminate liners. In fact, about half the PVC produced in the world is used in piping applications such as water treatment that do not involve harsh chemicals or extreme temperatures.
  • CPVC, or post-chlorinated PVC, is known for its resistance to a number of acids, bases, salts, and hydrocarbons. This is perfect for solutions where ordinary PVC may be unsuitable due to harsh chemical corrosion.
  • PVDF, or polyvinylidene flouride, is the go-to laminate lining material for applications where chemical resistance is a top priority. Chemical producers and extraction companies rely on this material for situations when the contents of the pipe, such as solvents and aromatics, are the biggest threat to its structural integrity.
The versatility of dual laminate piping  provides the ability to engineer and design solutions for each application. With the right raw materials and fabrication, a pipe can be engineered to withstand even the toughest combinations of heat and corrosion. From basic PVC to highly resistant fluorinated plastics, dual laminate liners ensure that fiberglass piping can be used cost effectively, safely, and efficiently in almost any application.

We encourage you to contact us for solutions to your project and its unique needs. We also welcome you to download our catalog for more information on dual laminate, piping, tanks and other nonmetallic solutions.

 

 

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Topics: dual laminate piping, dual laminate FRP, FRP pipes

Conquering Corrosion with Composites

Posted by Mallory Garber on Mar 4, 2014 9:45:00 AM

The World Corrosion Organization estimates global annual corrosion damage at $2.2-trillion USD, more than three percent of global GDP. Corrosion is a silent but very real enemy that eats away at productivity and profitability. 

Fortunately, there is a material available that offers real and measurable corrosion resistance: fiberglass-reinforced composites. The corrosion resistance of FRP is a solution with proven data behind it.

As an example, mining and related industries contend with elements that make for highly corrosive environments. The wide use of grinding materials, the presence of oxygen and water, large pH ranges, and microorganisms all add to the challenge of corrosion and its financial impact.

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A study regarding the overall impact of corrosion by NACE and CC Technologies pegged the annual cost in the United States alone at $276 billion. This figure was equivalent to 3.2 percent of GDP. The financial impact of corrosion in the production and manufacturing sector alone was estimated to be $17.6 billion annually. This sector includes industries like petroleum refining, mining, gasoline products, pulp and paper, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and agriculture. 

In the mining environment, FRP composites offer a service life of 35+ years in many applications. These composite materials also provide similar benefits to numerous other industries, including:

Corrosion can take on many forms. In mining, abrasion is a common cause of corrosion. With milling processes requiring pipe and pumping systems that are especially vulnerable to abrasion-induced corrosion, FRP brings a solution to particulate abrasion and/or erosion. Traditional pump systems and piping that use metal often suffer from abrasive particulates wearing down the protective film on the metal surfaces. Once this film is compromised, reactive metal alloys can quickly break down and corrode. Custom FRP products and nonmetallic solutions can be specially formulated to address uniquely demanding environments. 

Wire rope, roof bolts, pump and piping systems, electronics, and acidic drainage systems are all inhospitable environments for metals that can corrode. Traditionally, various solutions have been employed, including the use of corrosion inhibitors, protective coatings, and electrochemical cathodic protection. However, these are relatively short-term fixes compared to the decades-long protection that FRP offers. 

FRP also contributes a host of other advantages, including a high strength-to-weight ratio, superior durability and dimensional stability. FRP can be used in new designs, material upgrades, and customized components. 

For more information about how FRP can address your industry-specific challenges and enhance your profitability, please contact a representative

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Topics: fiberglass composites, custom frp products, mining industry corrosion, frp products, corrosion resistant, custom corrosion resistant frp products, fiberglass-reinforced composites

What Media Works Best for Your Biological Odor Control System?

Posted by Mallory Garber on Feb 21, 2014 9:30:00 AM

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Wastewater professionals have realized the benefits of investing in a biological odor control system, which uses naturally-occurring bacteria to remove a variety of odorous compounds from foul air. These systems use no chemicals, require little maintenance, and provide excellent odor control.

Every application has its own unique needs and the type of system your project requires will depend on several factors. There are a number of media types that can be used to support the growth of the biological colony. These media are categorized into three basic types:

  1. Organic media, such as wood chips, compost, peat, straw, and other byproducts
  2. Inorganic media such as sand, gravel, and aggregate based media like our BioOdorSorb biofilter media, are specially engineered for long-term use
  3. Synthetic, inert biotrickling filter media, such as our BioScrub-XL, target H2S

Organic media creates an excellent environment for the bacteria to colonize; however, this media type has a short life expectancy (3-5 years), which creates a high operational cost. Also, these systems require an extremely large footprint, due to very long residence times (60-120 seconds) and slow air flow (1-3FPM face velocity) through the media bed. In addition, the media bed is typically less than 3 feet deep, due to media compaction which creates high pressure drop.

Natural inorganic biofilter media like sand, soil, or aggregate based media(s) have much longer lifespans than organic media, and are typically considered “permanent”. While it may be costlier than organic media, the investment speaks for itself:

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  • Typically comes with a ten (10) year warranty against mechanical failure or degradation
  • More predictable long-term performance because the media does not compact or degrade
  • Shorter residence times (20-45 seconds)
  • Higher air flow (5-15FPM face velocity)
  • Deeper media bed (4’-8’ deep)
  • Minimal pressure drop through the media
  • Significantly smaller footprint

Synthetic biotrickling filter media, like our BioScrub-XL media, are designed to create a specialized environment for one specific bacteria type. These systems effectively treat very high loadings of H2S, but are not designed to treat other, more complex reduced sulfur compounds. Some key things to know about synthetic biotrickling filter media:

  • Long life expectation
  • Lighter weight with a significantly higher surface area
  • Lower residence time (5-15 seconds)
  • Higher air flow (20-70FPM face velocity) 

Biological odor control is an effective, sustainable method of removing odorous compounds from wastewater airstreams. The most effective systems are designed to fit the specific application. Choosing your media type is just one of the considerations involved in designing an effective odor control system. 

Enduro Composites is proud to provide quality biological odor control systems that fit a variety of needs; contact us to find out more about designing the right system for you!
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Topics: odor control treatment, enduro composites, biological odor control, biofilter, organic media, inorganic media, biofilter systems, biofilter wastewater systems, organic media biofilter, synthetic media, wastewater treatment

Why Choose Fiberglass Composites?

Posted by Mallory Garber on Jan 29, 2014 1:45:00 PM

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Invented in the 1930s, initially developed for military uses in WWII and gaining more widespread use in the 1950s, fiberglass composites have become a staple in the modern world. Naturally, there have been many advances in fiberglass composites over these years and its use has spread to many industries. But what exactly is a fiberglass composite and why would I chose to use it?

Generally speaking, fiberglass composites offer several advantages over more traditional materials, such as wood, steel or concrete.

These advantages include:

  • Cost effective - especially for complex shapes

  • Corrosion resistant

  • Good structural strength

  • Superior strength-to-weight ratios

  • High heat distortion temperature

  • Electrically non-conductive

  • Ability to be molded to precise tolerances

Many of the traditional materials we are familiar with are monolithic materials. That is, they are composed of only one material, such as wood or unreinforced plastics, or, in the case of metal alloys, the components are so intermixed as to be indistinguishable. A composite material, on the other hand, is composed of distinguishable components. So in the case of fiberglass composites, there are fiberglass fibers providing reinforcement to a surrounding material, typically a thermoset resin. This is called the matrix. The matrix can be a number of different resins and the glass fibers can be either continuous strands or rovings, woven rovings fabrics, which are designed for specific applications or chopped strand mat, which is rovings chopped into short strands. Each of these methods offer different properties and advantages, such as strength, density, and weight, and can be tailored to suit different applications.

Specific benefits vary depending upon the exact type of matrix employed. Because of these advantages, fiberglass composites have found their way into a number of industries, such as oil & gas, offshore drilling, chemical & petrochemical, pulp & paper, mining & minerals, metal processing, waste & wastewater, and food processing to name a few. 

In short, fiberglass composites are an extremely versatile family of materials that are highly customizable and offer several advantages over more traditional materials. Enduro's line of fiberglass composite materials are specifically designed to meet the needs of highly corrosive, high strength, and high temperature environments.

To find out how 60 years of fiberglass fabrication can bring these advantages to your particular application, please contact us.

 

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Topics: fiberglass composites, fiberglass composite building materials, benefits of fiberglass composite, fiberglass composite structural strength, fiberglass composite cost

Enduro Opens New Field Services Operation in Louisiana!

Posted by Mallory Garber on Jul 15, 2013 5:26:00 PM

Enduro’s pipe and tank group has expanded its field service capabilities to Baton Rouge, LA. The new Louisiana office and warehouse boasts a strong emphasis on safety in addition to incorporating the already renowned standard of Enduro quality. The facility opened summer 2013... 

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“Enduro’s expansion to Louisiana is the product of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. This facility will help secure our already strong relationships with chemical companies in the Gulf Region.” – Sandy Woodlief, President & COO

 

If you would like more information on this topic or to speak to a representative for service, please visit www.endurocomposites.com or call our support team at 800.231.7271.

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Topics: Pipe, Tank, Field Services, Enduro, Expansion, Vessels