22 Oct GEOTEK Receives ACE Award from Leading Composite Industry Organization
GEOTEK’s innovative designs for H-Frame structures, leverage the strength, resilience, and longevity benefits of fiberglass. Specifically, the design of a transmission sized FRP crossarm (3 5/8” wide, 9 3/8” tall, up to 55’ in length) continues to grow the presence and potential for additional types of applications using fiberglass in the Utility industry. The proven strength and consistency of pultruded fiberglass for larger structures of a similar dimensional profile opens up potential for new markets and opportunities.
Typical wood transmission structures for 169-345kV systems use two crossarms from 26 to 55’ in length. The need for traditional H-Frame construction with two crossarms has been proven unnecessary by instead utilizing the strength of a single, purposefully designed PUPI® fiberglass crossarm. Single fiberglass crossarm structure designs, developed by GEOTEK pultrusion and composite engineers, can reduce total assembly weight by 64%, when compared to traditional wood, double crossarm designs. Installations can happen more quickly and often times with less costly equipment, providing Utilities with substantial first cost and installation benefits.
Pictured above, GEOTEK VP of Engineering and Quality, Mike Schoenoff stands with other ACE Award category winners at The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX). The fiberglass transmission crossarm for which GEOTEK was recognized, is displayed in an H-Frame structure, seen to the right of the winners.
GEOTEK has provided over 30 years of performance in overhead power line structures for the Electric Utility market with PUPI® products and appreciates the recognition of this award to promote opportunities for composite materials.
The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) is the world’s largest composites industry trade group. They are manufacturers, material and equipment suppliers, distributors, academia and end users, dedicated to growing the composites market. They serve their members and the industry by promoting the competitive advantage and versatility of composite materials. ACMA offers composites industry educational resources through our Education Hub, CAMX, conferences, webinars, and Certified Composites Technician (CCT®) program. They develop standards and specifications that drive preference for the use of composites in place of traditional materials. They lead advocacy efforts via legislative and regulatory channels to achieve a more viable composites industry. They are shaping the future of composites.