UHMW-PE Protective Piling Covers
Bob Yaeger, Emerald Bay’s
Director of Construction,
was faced with a problem.
The coating on the steel pilings
was not standing up to the
mechanical and salt-water environment
of their floating piers.
In addition, the appearance was
unfit for a marina of their caliber.
The solution would be the
first of its kind. Allen
Klingensmith of Devcon
Construction & Materials Corp.,
builders of the marina, had to
solve the problem. They contacted
Fluoron, Inc. inquiring if
they could protect the pilings
with Ultra High Molecular
Weight Polyethylene (UHMW-PE). Its rich, attractive
appearance would be very desirable, while providing the
best wear protection and corrosion resistance available.
Fluoron’s U.S. patent #6,471,627B2 was the perfect
solution. Fluoron makes thin wall tubing in diameters
ranging from 6” to
100”. By taking a
seaming it in
lengths up to 39’
long, Fluoron was
able to make protective
of Teflon®, PTFE
and FEP for roll covers in the paper industry. They started
making UHMW-PE tubes because of the materials superior
made it the ideal
product for the
Fluoron has proprietary
for seaming tubes
from a 1/16”
Conventional butt-welding equipment is incapable of
seaming plastics of this thickness
and completely ineffective
in seaming UHMW-PE. Fluoron’s process makes the
tubing heat shrinkable.
It can then be shipped
for installation at a mill
site or marina.
President of Fluoron,
stated, “This new product
is available in various
colors, such as red
and green for channel
For more information, contact Michael
Geary, Fluoron, Inc.,
505 Blue Ball Road, Building #120, Elkton, MD 21921,
800-785-4491/410-392-0220, Fax: 410-392-4357,
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.fluoron.com.