P&R Metals has worked with numerous power company engineers on developing work platforms for the electrical substation industry. Their issues ranged from having a solid work platform versus having an employee attempt to work on electrical equipment, particularly switch boxes, while on ladders that may or may not be grounded. Most substations have a ground base of stone, which does not work well with solid footing for ladders.
P&R Metals worked with a national engineering firm in determining the best option for conveyor walkway on a large South American mining project. Their concern was getting the right product for their application, with materials being manufactured in the United States and shipped to South America for installation.
P&R Metals worked with a local Alabama fabricator to help with design on a fencing project for one of the playgrounds at Railroad Park in Birmingham, AL. The issue was using a softer to the touch product for use around the perimeter of the playground. The concern was small children's hands touching this fencing and limiting any issue with hands being caught up in the materials.
P&R Metals was approached by an Atlanta general contractor in hopes of coming up with the right product for an expansion at the SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta. The work platforms needed to be corrosive resistant, as well as light weight. Also, with cylindrical tanks to go around, this posed a problem using standard steel bar grating, which would require additional supports.
P&R Metals worked with two local fabricators in determining the right product for the North and South end zone scoreboards at Mississippi State University. The issue was having a grating that is lightweight but strong enough to span a safe distance without additional structural steel.
P&R Metals worked with a local Mississippi distributor on coming up with a solution for a security wall for underneath the stadium at Jackson Academy in Jackson, MS. The concern was need a material that looked aesthetically pleasing, but also strong enough to withstand intrusion possibilities.
P&R Metals worked with a Mississippi fabricator to come up with a solution for grating required for the Pass Christian Harbor re-build project. The harbor was completely destroyed after Hurricane Katrina. New post-Katrina construction standards were very stringent and required a strong, durable grating, but also had to be A.D.A. accessible.
Architects had wanted to use aluminum perforated plate for handrail infill on the Patrick Taylor High School construction project in New Orleans, LA. One of the issues was they wanted to have a border of trim around the plate. Normally, this would be made with 2 flat bars sandwiching the plate and would require a great deal of welding on the aluminum, which can result in dis-colorization and take away from a clean look.
P&R Metals had the opportunity to work with a railroad company on an issues they had with refueling their locomotives. With containment required for possible spillage when refueling, the railroad company needed platform grating to cover the containment pits. These would need to be removed periodically and also, with very corrosive fuel mixture hitting this grating, durability was a major concern. Galvanized steel grating was not a problem in the regular areas, but where fuel could spill, there was an issue.
Royal Victorian Yacht Club in Victoria, BC had contacted us about the idea of using fiberglass grating for the dock walkways versus wood, which is the standards on most docks. They were replacing wood annually and it was also very slippery when wet. One of the problems was the new decking needed to be close mesh for smaller gaps, and slip resistant. We worked with the Yacht Club to come up with a custom color and also the use of our molded mini-mesh product.