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Archive for November, 2013

Composite man hole covers the only viable solution

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

ThrubeamComposite is the only viable solution to iron and concrete manhole covers that are no longer considered ‘fit for purpose’.

Andrew Burton of SCC, responds to media comment expressing key problems and solutions associated with iron and concrete manhole covers.

Judging by recent articles in water industry media, certain suppliers of manhole covers are highlighting a number of specific problems associated with traditional iron and concrete manhole covers. They then promote solutions available to water companies and local authorities who opt to use nominated covers which have been specially developed to overcome the performance issues experienced by rival brands.

For iron covers, much of the blame has been placed on the BS EN 124 standard which, backed up by two recent reports by The Water Research Centre (WRC) on street ironwork management and other manhole cover performance trials, was cited for not addressing the four basic categories of failure mechanisms for ductile iron manhole covers and frames.  Namely, failure of the paved surround , failure of the support to the ironwork, , failure of the structural ironwork, frame, cover, grating etc. and polishing of the cover reducing anti-slip resistance.  Articles estimated that such failures cost over £40m a year in manhole recover replacements.  Furthermore, these failures were said to typically result in road hazards, including skidding, cracks and potholes around the manholes, sunken covers, rocking covers and covers that have dropped below the road surface level.


New anti-slip manhole covers for Peterborough

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

peterboroughA dozen anti-slip, non-metal manhole covers are to be installed in Peterborough to help improve road safety and cut metal theft.

It follows the successful trial of such a cover in Lincoln Road, which was installed by Anglian Water in July.

The covers come with a host of advantages, being safer for motorcyclists, quicker to install, more environmentally friendly and less likely to be stolen because they have no scrap value.

A spokesman for Anglian Water said: “We’ve been keeping a close eye on new non-slip manhole since it was installed on Lincoln Road last year and are pleased with the results.”


SCC attend exhibitions

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

thrubeam london case studySSC raises the profile of its Thrubeam® access covers at UK exhibitions and globally through new distributor/supplier agreements.

We have lifted the lids of our market-leading Thrubeam® range of access / composite manhole covers at a number of key exhibitions across the UK as part of our planned global development programme.

In addition, we have announced the initial setting up of a number of new strategic distributor/supplier management partnerships to raise the company’s profile internationally in order to promote future business growth.

We showcased  Thrubeam® covers at the Water Sewerage & Waste Exhibitions at the National Motorcycle Birmingham on 24th October and at the Newcastle Marriott Hotel on 21st November. Also, for specifiers in the petroleum forecourt sector, SSC’s unique range of composite ‘petroleum’ covers featured at APEA Live 2013, held at the Ricoh Arena Coventry on 7th November.


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