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Cube-shaped process instrumentation sunshade

25 January 2015

Intertec's large cube-shaped sunshade provides plant engineers with a cost-effective means of shielding process instrumentation from solar radiation.

Dubbed CubeShade, the protective cover measures 600 x 550 x 500mm (HxWxD), to provide a 165 litre capacity shaded environment that make it easy to accommodate and protect large or multiple instruments, as well as simplifying maintenance access.

CubeShade is constructed entirely from glass fibre reinforced sheet moulding compound (SMC). This combines chopped glass fibres, fillers, polyester resin and a catalyst in the form of a ready-to-mould composite that is ideal for low cost, high volume manufacturing.

The material has similar advantages to GRP for this type of application, including a high resistance to UV and corrosion from salt and common petrochemicals, and a low thermal conductivity, which helps to prevent heat generated by solar radiation being transferred to the shaded area. It also combines excellent rigidity and mechanical strength – for protection against impact – with a very low weight.

As standard, the body of the sunshade is 5mm thick but incorporates 8mm thick reinforcing ribs around the rim and down the back of the unit. These ribs also help to channel rain and melt-water run-off. 

Unlike many instrument sunshades, Intertec’s design incorporates structural side walls that also shade low-angle sun, as well as providing partial protection against rain, snow, wind-chill, blown dust or sand and accidental impact. 

It can be mounted on a standard two-inch pipe stand, or attached directly to walls or steel structures. An electrically-conductive antistatic version is available.

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