Insulation needs weather protection to protect it from rain and dirt in order for it to retain its insulation properties and function over time. A good and intact weather protection is also key in preventing water from entering the system - and hence preventing CUI. GRP cladding provides this function, but also solves some of the traditional challenges associated with metal cladding:
· Better mechanical strength (does not buckle as easily as metal cladding)
· Lower weight
· Watertight joints
Beerenberg offers standard GRP cladding and GRP fittings, designed to meet every relevant cladding component in an insulation project. GRP cladding is available in different fitting types, material types and configurations - all the form of standard components.
GRP Cladding can be used on all insulation classes, provided that the quality, thickness and configurations used matches those specified in the project’s specification. Benarx GRP Cladding is only limited by piping operating temperature in areas where GRP comes into contact with the pipe or process equipment (for example at GRP end caps). In such areas GRP should not be put in contact with surfaces hotter than 80’C.
· Available in several material grades
· Prefabricated standard-components for all fitting types and water-shed orientation.
· Continuous operating temperature up to 80’C in wet condition (measured at the cladding)
· Thoroughly tested and approved against all relevant NORSOK standards.
o Smoke generation
o Antistatic properties
o Mechanical properties
o Water absorption
o Cyclic weather test
· Tested as part of a fire-protection system for High Heat Flux (HHF) Jetfire for up to 45 minutes.
For installation manuals on GRP, Beerenberg refers to and recommends our clients to follow the manufacturers installation manuals.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the latest version of installation manuals issued from our suppliers.
Benarx GRP Cladding requires standard insulator tools and equipment for installation. If you have never installed GRP cladding before contact email@example.com for guidance on appropriate tools for your project.
Depending on the project’s specification: Benarx Steel straps, Z-clips, sealant, Benarx F Drain Plugs, Benarx WUI Drain Detection Plugs or Benarx Preformed End Cap Gaskets may be needed in order to install GRP Cladding. These accessory materials are ordered separately.
· Certificates for traceability of material of the GRP batch may be sent upon request.
Straight pieces of cladding are ordered in 950mm lengths (1qty ordered = 1 piece of 0.95m cladding). Fitting components and special parts are ordered as one unit “ea” per fitting. As an example: One “ea” of bends ordered = one pair of half-bends which comprises the fitting for one bend.
For normal transport by land/sea (truck), GRP cladding items are packed/shipped on fumigated euro pallets, and to secure stability and protection of the pallet content, either wooden fumigated side-pallet-protectors or heavy duty cardboard boxes are used.
For oversized items not fitting within the foot-mark of a euro pallet, cladding items are stretch-wrapped in black plastic foil, and secured the item with straps to the pallet.
Palleted items are clearly marked with pallet/box content, QC confirmation and order reference details.
For airfreight we follow the customers/forwarders guidelines in each case.
Palleted items prepared for shipping are covered by light plastic rain-repellent wrapping for limited time outside storage. Long term-storage should be under cover and dry.
GRP Cladding can be ordered in our E-com ordering portal (from 2021) or through you nearest Beerenberg sales representative. If you are ordering yourself through the e-Com portal (from 2021), make sure that you have read and understood all the content and accompanying documents listed in point 1-8 before ordering. This includes but is not limited to:
· How the product works
· How to install the product
· Which tools are needed
· Which accessory materials are needed
Beerenberg Services offer a range of support and services connected to GRP Cladding. Contact Beerenberg Services for an offer if you would like an offer or are in doubt about something related to GRP Cladding.
The following services are offered as an optional service:
· Supervision of installation using the customers own insulators
· Benarx Steel cladding (alternative to GRP Cladding)
· Benarx Rivetless Cladding (alternative to GRP Cladding)
· Steel straps
· Benarx Fire Plug
· Benarx WUI Drain Detection Plug
· Benarx Preformed End Cap Gasket