Trends in accessible design are responsible for an increase in demand for Ross’ Expansion Joint Covers with ALGRIP™ Slip-Resistant technology. Municipalities and Department of Transportation (DOT) authorities across the country are requesting ALGRIP be added to metal plates, covers and gratings used by the public to conform to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines.
Ross’ patented ALGRIP technology is a CNC laser deposition process that applies more than 1,000 rugged, custom-alloy deposits per square foot in a highly precise and uniform pattern. The superior bond strength of these deposits not only increases the useful product life, but also allows nearly any type of onsite fabrication without compromising the traction-providing surface.
In addition to more overall product inquiries, Ross is seeing growth in its geographic footprint. “We now supply regularly to large civil contractors working on Texas DOT projects and we’re seeing growth in new regions such as Florida, Oklahoma and Washington,” states Wayne Widders, Vice President of Ross Safety Works.
Ross attributes the growth to greater awareness of the features and benefits of ALGRIP and to its ability to custom fabricate expansion joint covers to individual DOT specifications. For example, Texas DOT plates have a center bend and two rows of offset countersunk holes for securing one side of the plate, while the other side is left to float freely to allow for the movement in the expansion joint. In Florida, plates are designed without a center bend and call for a different profile altogether. Ross can fabricate expansion joint covers in a wide range of materials, sizes and finishes to meet your specific project requirements. Contact Ross to discuss your project