This is the third and final installment of a three-part series on the history of the boat. For more information on our commercial and industrial strainers, please click the link. Read Part I and Part 2.
Fiberglass/Composite boat hulls are incredibly logical—the strength to weight ratio is optimum, and the corrosion resistance is superior for seawater. The ability to control laminate characteristics via use of advanced techniques and constituents is what keeps these composites ahead of other materials. However, these factors also are the cause for the dramatic disparity between boat hull strengths and sometimes cost of similar boats made by different companies.
Of course, no one can deny the beauty and surface quality of a professionally made fiberglass boat hull. Similarly, these factors make FRP strainers and wye strainer housings ideal for corrosive fluids as well. Yes, sometimes we still see corrosion engineers specify expensive alloy strainer housings for their systems. Fortunately, this has become less common as the acceptance of fiberglass in even critical fluid systems has come a long way in the past couple decades that Fluidtrol has been in business. Past blogs have discussed why fiberglass triumphs over metal alloys, which provides some background on this topic.
Although we are not exactly the Ray Greene of the fiberglass strainer business, Fluidtrol has become the most innovative manufacturer of these products. Simply put, we use techniques and materials others don’t to produce harder surfaces and longer lasting units. We’ve been manufacturing corrosion-resistant basket strainers for more than two decades, allowing us to work at the forefront of the industry and advance our products to better serve our customers over time.
While we’ve been focusing on the history of the boat for this series, we want to draw the correlation of the development and benefits of our basket strainers and their proven success in a variety of applications, including steel mills, seawater-type systems, desalinization plants, and plenty of other industrial applications involving corrosive fluids.
Our website has more detail about our offerings, so head over for more information. For a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a fiberglass boat, check out the video below from the Discovery Channel’s How It's Made special: