Floatex “SD” floats series are designed to be applied on HDPE or steel pipe while Floatex “RD” floats series are designed to be applied on rubber pipes.
Floatex dredging floats are composed by two halves made in UV-stabilized linear virgin rotomoulded polyethylene. The Polyethylene used in the manufacturing process is completely recyclable (Eco-Friendly), it's fully compatible with the marine environment, and has a high resistance to UV rays. Being linear has the advantage that it can be melted and hence repaired by hot fusion welding.
The colour pigment is moulded-in and consequently not added as a coating ensuring greater life of the colour and a big help to the environment as it never requires additional paintings, avoiding toxic dispersions in the water. Floatex polyethylene require a minimal maintenance.
R&D laboratory daily perform test on production samples such as tensile test, hardness test, abrasion test, UV test and Cold temperature test, colour test and other ordinary tests in the aim to ensure the quality and the reliability of Floatex products. The floats can be filled with closed-cell polyurethane foam with different density in base of the hydrostatic pressure the floats need to withstand.
The polyurethane foam ensure great resistance to the leakage of air or water, ensuring unsinkability to the buoy also in case of accidental breaks of the outer shell.The polyurethane foam is 100% made and tested before production by our R&D laboratory.
The two halves are connected each other on the pipe through four steel bolts, two each side to ensure optimal clamping with the pipe. For certain applications, for surface use only, the floats can be supplied also empty, without inner filling.