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Highly corrosion-resistant fiberglass system for the wine industry

Apr 25, 2018

Wineries often rely on stainless steel components, such as sidewalks and corridors, to provide safe employees access to fermenters, presses, and other machining equipment - but modern glass fiber products have significant advantages over traditional materials in the production of high-purity products.


Wine production or winemaking may have been modernized on a large scale to meet the needs of the world market, but the industry still maintains a highly selective consumer group that requires high quality products. This means that wines must be produced under strict control parameters and professional equipment to ensure that all products are of the highest quality. This keen mind explains the industry's dependence on durable but expensive materials such as stainless steel. However, glass fiber products can reduce the cost of stainless steel plant parts without affecting the mechanical and physical requirements of modern health and safety legislation, which greatly benefits the wine industry.

Winery glass fiber products

Stainless steel grids have physical strength and low corrosion, so their popularity in the wine industry requires continuous rinsing to maintain cleanliness around the fermentation and stamping equipment. However, even alloys used in high-sensitivity environments such as wine production can exhibit corrosive properties over time. Stainless steel alloys may contain as much as 30% chromium, which gradually oxidizes during repeated use, especially in the presence of water or steam.

Fiberglass products, such as grilles for walkways or handrails, increase corrosion resistance to stainless steel and provide excellent flexibility around the complex individual shapes of fermentors or wine presses.

Strongwell's Safrail system is made of pultruded fiberglass and molded thermoplastic connectors. It is very resistant to corrosive environments, requires little maintenance, and increases plant output and production by reducing industrial downtime. It also provides employees with a safer working environment by providing stable and reliable complex machinery and reducing degradation over time.

The highly corrosion-resistant Safrail system features rounded armrests and 90° molded corners to eliminate sharp edges and increase overall component safety. This is mainly applied to a variety of food and beverage industries because it reduces the accumulation of particulates such as dirt and dust, and the wine industry can gain significant benefits to improve the cleanliness of the entire plant and ultimately improve the quality of the final product.