Switchgear Weather Cover moves to Rotational Moulding Rotationally Moulded Cover Generates Savings
Acknowledging that the fibre reinforced plastic switchgear cover currently in use was susceptible to damage, SSE was keen to source an alternative, recyclable solution and contacted Leafield Solutions, a division of Leafield Environmental.
Leafield Solutions proposed a new type of cover, rotationally moulded in highly durable MDPE (Medium Density Polyethylene). Designs were proposed and reviewed with the SSE procurement and policy teams, the overriding considerations being operational safety and functionality. It was critical that the design was sufficiently deep to provide optimum weather and tamper protection for their switchgear.
The requirement was for a lift-on, lift-off cover with frontal access and a minimal but effective method for securing it in place. Being a lift-off item it had to fall within manual handling, safe lifting guidelines. Several fixing types were trialled by SSE before design was finalised and order quantities were jointly agreed to ensure optimum use of transport.
The finished cover, complete with handles and fixings proved to be less expensive than its GRP counterpart and is expected to have a longer useful life, proving that Rotational moulding can be a superior and economical alternative to GRP.
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