Wine production, or vinification, might have modernized in accordance with mass production to meet world market demands, but the industry retains a highly discerning consumer base which requires quality products. This means that wine must be produced in environments with tightly controlled parameters and specialist equipment to ensure all products are of the best possible quality.
This discerning mentality explains the industry’s reliance on durable, but expensive materials such as stainless steel. However, fiberglass products can undercut the cost of stainless steel factory components without compromising the mechanical and physical requirements of modern health and safety legislation, thereby broadly benefiting the wine industry at large.
Fiberglass products for wineries
Stainless steel grating exhibits physical strength and low corrosion, hence its popularity in the wine industry which requires consistent wash downs to maintain levels of cleanliness around fermentation and pressing equipment. However, even alloys used in high sensitivity environments such as wine production exhibit corrosive properties over time. Stainless steel alloys can potentially contain as much as 30% chromium which will gradually oxidize with repeated use, particularly in the presence of standing water or steam.
Fiberglass products such as grating for walkways or handrails offer improved corrosion resistance to stainless steel, with superior flexibility for implementation around the complex individual shapes of fermentation tanks or wine presses.
Strongwell’s Safrail system is manufactured from pultruded fiberglass with molded thermoplastic connectors. It exhibits good resistances to corrosive environments with virtually no maintenance required, improving factory yields and throughput by reducing industrial downtime. It also contributes to safer working environments for employees by providing sturdy and reliable access to complex machinery with low degradation over time.
The highly corrosion resistant Safrail system is available with round handrails and 90° molded corners which negate sharp edges and improving the overall safety of components. This is chiefly applied in various food and beverage industries due to the reduced accumulation of particles such as dirt and dust, with evident benefits available to the wine industry to improve overall factory cleanliness, thus the eventual quality of the end-product.