Reinforced Precast Concrete Protects Vulnerable Equipment, Infrastructure Projects and Personnel
Superior Concrete Products, a North-Texas-based manufacturer of precast concrete fence and barrier products, announces Superior Ballistics, an exclusive product enhancement that strengthens and reinforces fencing for use by electric and gas utility substations, business owners and other security-minded consumers. This new proprietary feature doubles the strength of Superior Concrete Products (SCP) solid barrier and fence panels, making them impervious to close-range fire from high-caliber ammunition.
“Today, security is an issue for many businesses, and protecting valuable equipment and personnel is a major concern — especially for utility companies,” said Todd Sternfeld, founder and president of Superior Concrete Products. “With recent attacks on electrical substations in California and Arizona, protecting the nation’s power grid is a top priority for utility executives and government officials. And SCP recognized that the time had come to develop a new type of security fencing – one that fit seamlessly into the environment, yet engineered and designed to withstand the force of close-range fire arms without looking like a military bunker.”
With custom finishes that take on the appearance of ledgestone, brick, or the deep wood-grain look of board-on-board or other traditional type of fencing textures, the Superior Ballistics membrane significantly reinforces and strengthens the precast concrete panels, making for a heavier, more bullet-resistant fence. Based on appearance alone, a ballistics-enhanced panel looks similar to the company’s line of attractive Superior Brick, Superior Cobblestone, Superior Stucco, or other solid fencing and barrier products. However, the proprietary process that SCP uses to encase the ballistic-resistant barrier within precast concrete makes the difference.
Prior to launching Superior Ballistics, SCP subjected the new barrier to rigorous testing at a U.S.-based independent laboratory. Standing a mere 30-feet from the test sample, an experienced testing facility fired a .308 Winchester caliber round from a high-powered rifle directly into a section of the reinforced Superior Fence panel. And, while the fence sustained damage, the bullet was unable to punch a hole through the fence – even at close range. In view of the sniper attacks on power generating equipment and other security threats, the Congressional Research Service (CRS), a think-tank for Congress, urged lawmakers to take action. In June 2014, the CRS recommended that regulations be put in force to require greater physical security around electrical substations. And, under a new rule adopted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, power companies nationwide must identify key installations that could may cause blackouts or power outages. These utilities must put defenses in place to safeguard these facilities by 2016. “Superior Concrete Products provides an affordable and safe option that can help utilities comply with the mandates issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,” noted Sternfeld. “Utility companies across the country have chosen Superior Concrete Products to protect and screen electrical transformers because of the product’s strength, affordability and low-maintenance design. As a leader in developing new products and cutting-edge innovative applications, Superior Concrete offers an attractive precast concrete fence that is bullet resistant and can be customized to the exact size, color and texture needed by the customer regardless whether the project is for an industrial installation or the residential market.”