Composite Access Products (CAP)™ manufactures composite covers and frames with high-speed, high pressure, compression molding. CAP covers pass the AASHTO M 306 Proof Load test requirements for American highways with the rating of HS-25. CAP is THE ONLY US composite cover manufacture to receive a state DOT approval letter for use "within roadway" zones.
CAP's traffic-rated, compression-molded, composite manhole covers are Made In The USA. If the cover does not clearly say "Made In USA" on the cover top then the cover is not American, and is most likely Chinese. If no Country of Origin is on top, the cover is violating US law-19 U.S.C. §1304(e). Where is your municipality putting US tax dollars?
First radio frequency ID encapsulated into a traffic-rated composite manhole cover for asset tracking, locating the cover and data storage at point of use. See more details about the advantages of encapsulation and uses of the CAP RF at this page.
CAP covers prevent iron corrosion which weakens and fuses covers shut.
CAP eliminates the root cause of iron manhole cover theft: the scrap metal content.
Heavy Iron Covers weigh 2x-3x composite Covers. Reduce back injuries with CAP
Protect pedestrian safety and potential liability from falls into open manholes.
Composites insulate pets and people unlike rapid electric/heat conductivity with iron.
Pigmented covers and the CAP STONE eliminate black/rusted "birth marks" in pavers
Precisely mated composite covers and frames reduce path of water breach into system. Heavy iron covers tear gaskets easier.
Heavy iron covers reach weight limits of trucks before volume limits - thus lighter composite covers require fewer trucks.
Transmission requires penetrating antenna with iron covers, but pass through composite covers. Antenna shields are not necessary with composites.
Do you amortize replacement covers, installation, tack welding, special locks, legal fees, and all the other costs associated with not using composites for manhole covers, sewer lids, and drains? For the real cost comparison, assign a value and allocate over your annual cover purchases. Pennsylvania awarded $85 million in 2008 (see "Falling Injury and Liability Elimination") Just this one case added hundreds (perhaps thousands) of dollars per cover in that state.
CAP recently received stunning data from just one medium size utility company in the Southwest of the USA- this utility suffers from 10-15 iron manhole cover lifting related back strains per year with the average costs reaching $70,000 per incident. That means this one utility spends approximately $750,000 - $1.1 million PER YEAR for injury claims lifting iron manhole covers! Spread over 1,000 covers they purchase per year, this adds about $750 to $1100 per cover to the price tag.
Want to improve employee and pedestrian safety while saving money on total cost beyond the price tag?
JUST CAP THAT!®