Cutting-edge industrial design thanks to structures in GRP | P-TREX
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The use of GRP composite material is becoming increasingly strategic for the industry in the design and construction of efficient, and innovative workplace designs.

A collaboration between the industrial world and new technology professionals has resulted in a project that is unprecedented in terms of design, engineering, and materials used. The three parties who collaborated in its implementation are:

  • A.L.M.A.G. SPA, a leading manufacturer of brass bars since 1946, characterised by the high quality of its processes: elasticity in service delivery, precision in method, and innovation & research.
  • XPLAB, since 1990 specialising in technologies for the Smart Factory with the constant search for the perfect combination of innovation and industrial design: control of machines and systems; production management and decision-making processes; IoT; Web App, OnLine services, Cloud, eCommerce; environmental monitoring and laboratory instrumentation.
  • P-TREX, Fibre Net’s line dedicated to industry, which designs and manufactures in Italy customised solutions in composite material – GRP (Glass Reinforced Polyester), increasingly used in multiple industries as an improved replacement to structures made of conventional materials.

The project is called “CAPSULA” (Controllo Avanzato Pressa, Sala Unità Lavorativa, Almag) and consists of the construction of a state-of-the-art structure: it is a cabin with an advanced system integrated into the Operators’ work environment, using the most advanced technologies and the most advanced materials including, in particular, the pultruded profiles in GRP of P-TREX.


“If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done”

Thomas Jefferson


Applied to the world of work as well as in engineering and industry, this quote describes actions taken that lead to acting outside the box to achieve an unprecedented result. This project called CAPSULA, designed by XPLAB for ALMAG, is truly something new: in fact, its innovation emerges both from the structural and aesthetic viewpoint. The futuristic design of the structure is expressed through its formal aesthetics, given by its striking lines and geometries, but more importantly, through its overall integrity as a comfortable, technologically advanced and functional working environment for the needs of operators. Not only attractive, therefore, but also good and efficient.

Compared with traditional prefabricated cages used for machine control, this booth becomes a true workplace in its own right, inside a factory. Equipped with light and air control devices to improve comfort, its main features are sound insulation, which is almost total, also guaranteed by the presence of structural pultruded profile panels, and maximum visibility from the inside onto the production lines. This is especially evident from the upper floor of the cabin, which is used as a meeting and conference room, a special place that boasts an enviable view of the factory from above.

The advantage of having used the composite material of P-TREX comes into play here. The lightness of GRP, its excellent mechanical properties and ease of installation, made it possible to be able to design and build the upper floor and ensure support for the cantilever: thus making this project innovative from a structural viewpoint as well.


P-TREX’s technical and engineering support

The result of in-depth analysis and study, the solutions that P-TREX proposes are tailored to the needs of the client and work to resolve the typical critical issues of the context they encounter. In this project, the challenge was approached on several levels: acting on an existing frame structure, installing a new solution in a space where the possibility of movement was limited, and ensuring harmony along with an unrestricted view in a complex geometric layout. In addition, the design and verification of all the constituent elements of the structure was based on the national technical regulations, taking into consideration the actions burdening it, actions of a static and seismic type.

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