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Research into recyclable plastic moulded J-pole

Project description and overview:

Pryde Fabrications currently hold the Queensland State Government contract to manufacture and supply the Translink bus stop shelters and J-pole signage. J-pole signage is used to display the locations of the bus stops.

Pryde Fabrications will assess the technical, superior attributes of a recyclable plastic-moulded version of the J-pole over the current steel design which is costly to maintain and replace due to the corrosive nature of steel.

The recyclable plastic moulded J-pole would be a technically superior product in many ways. The use of thermoforming polymers can reduce production time and energy when compared with making J-poles from metal which require bending, welding and cutting tools.

The recycled plastic J-poles technology has no direct competing products other than the current steel version. The distinguishing points of difference can be defined as:

  • Tough and Durable
  • Circular Economy
  • Inexpensive
  • Unique – No other company can combine the “know how” of steel fabrication and plastic moulding
  • No indication in the literature of recyclable plastic moulded J-poles is available
    globally

This project would combine the “know how” from each business. Pryde Fabrications would design the aluminium J-pole moulding cast to be used by PG Plastics’ equipment to heat the recyclable polymer in the aluminium cast thus forming the J-pole. a recycled plastic-moulded J-pole design would solve many of the corrosion problems of the current metal version and would result in a technically superior product manufactured at an overall reduced cost.

EXPECTED IMPACT

  • Increased spending on R&D
  • Increased collaboration with other manufacturers
  • Better qualified employees
  • Larger patent portfolio
  • Increased levels of automation
  • Higher product value density (by weight)

EXPECTED GROWTH

  • Pryde Fabrication forecast $2.5M in revenue over 5 years

EXPECTED JOBS

  • This project is projected to upskill and create an additional six jobs
Contributions:

Government Funds: $100,000 | Industry: $100,000

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