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Fiberglass Fabricators

10/8/2012 12:53:54 PM | by Anonymous

Fabricators: Fibreglass

To understand the role of fiberglass fabricators, one must first understand what fiberglass is. Also spelled as fibreglass, it is composed of a plastic matrix and reinforced with fibers of glass. The glass used in these materials is the same as that used in glassware and windows. The plastic matrix used in the construction of fiberglass can be epoxy, thermosetting plastic or thermoplastic. The glass is heated into a molten state, and then it is extruded through tiny ultra fine opening that are measured in microns, forming thread like formations that can be woven to make rough cloth or patch. Thereafter, different types of resins can be added to the material to be pressed and formed into molds. This entire process produces the fiberglass material that is heat-resistant, extremely strong and robust. The strength properties of fiberglass may be lower as compared to carbon fiber. However, fiberglass is less brittle and the raw materials required to construct it are relatively inexpensive. Also, fiberglass may be favored over other metals as it can be easily formed into shapes and provide excellent strength. Some applications of these materials may be for electronic circuit boards or to support structures for complex machinery.

 

Being a significant part of the manufacturing process, a fabricator is one who constructs or makes things. In the case of fiberglass fabricator, he or she is the one who makes the material. A fiberglass fabricator may either construct the material, or assemble various fiberglass products to produce a product. In some cases, he may not even be human but simple machinery that has the ability to produce fiberglass or to put it together. Fiberglass fabricators should have adequate knowledge of the technology that would be used to construct the fiberglass material. The fabricator is responsible for the proper construction, cutting and molding of the fiberglass material for various constructions such as boat decks and hulls as well as car parts. Fiberglass fabricators may also be involved in research and development teams to experiment and produce more advanced and durable variations of the material.

 

As mentioned earlier, fiberglass that had been mixed with resin provides great strength making it ideal to form the shell of racing cars as well as other custom designs. Some other common uses of fiberglass may include boats, automobiles, baths, water tanks, roofing and pipes. However, fabricators have to be very careful in handling this material since it is very versatile when used as a building or insulating material. As the material contains microscopic bits of glass powder as its main ingredient, it is not always safe to work with the material. As the shard or glass powder is very tiny, the material can remain on the skin even after several washings. Therefore, it is important for a fabricator to wear masks, gloves and safety glasses when working with the material. If proper care is not taken, the particles can be very irritating to the lungs and hands, and can also cause extreme hurt and pain to the eyes. Therefore, it is important to wear the required safety gear when dealing with materials that make up fiberglass. A protective cream can also be applied over the skin prior to contact with fiberglass materials. The cream, acting as a barrier, prevents the building of fiberglass powder on the skin.

 

Electronic boards are constructed with compressed fiberglass and compressed air is the best way to remove tenacious residue. If a fiberglass fabricator does make contact with the powdered form of fiber glass, he or she should avoid any contact sensitive areas on the body such as eyes, nose, ears etc. Also, if the material does get into the eye, the fabricator should consult a professional immediately or use approved eye wash to remove the particles from the eye or other infected areas.

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