Innovation & Technology
These are the two best words that describe the results of Atlantic Fiberglass Products entry into the flagpole market.
Flagpoles have come a long way since the axe man returned from the forest with a 20' cedar on which to hang the family crest. Now the modern fiberglass pole is being transformed and refined into a state
of the art product by Atlantic Fiberglass Products, Inc.
The pulleys that were once standard equipment on all flagpoles have been eliminated entirely. No need
to worry about pulleys jamming or breaking. They have been replaced by machined and highly polished aluminum races that are set into a high-density polymer truck assembly. Best of all, this entire truck assembly revolves 360 degrees for unobstructed flag flying during the most changeable of breezes. Flags are no longer hung up on the wrong side of the pole, and whether the wind is coming from the east or the west the truck assembly will swing to let the flag fly perfectly.
Above the truck assembly is no ordinary finial. The painted or anodized metal ball has been rethought, resized, and replaced. No longer does the flagpole owner need to worry about the ball fading, flaking or pitting next to the blue sky. Instead, he can look up and always see a highly reflective, dazzling gold finial. The secret is in a high-tech process known as electrostatic plating. Gold paint is electrostatically adhered to the inside of a clear high density Plexiglas finial and because it is on the inside, this finish is not exposed to rain and other weathering elements. A simple, but high-tech and carefully thought out solution to an old problem.
Next, how do you trim the weight of a 20 to 40 ft flagpole, making them more manageable and easier to install, but still maintain high strength? How do you cut down on an overly large base diameter that makes the flagpole look ponderous and stout? To answer these questions we have to understand that Atlantic Fiberglass flagpoles are made by using an innovative high strength method. Inside a steel clamshell mold, seven layers of reinforced fiberglass roving, mixed with a polyester resin is aligned in a vertical plane for maximum strength and placed on a thick layer of gelcoat. An inflatable bladder is layed the length of the mold. The mold is closed, the bladder inflated and the resulting pole is created by subtle inside pressure and slow curing during an exothermic chemical reaction. The result, a lighter weight, stronger, more slender and graceful flagpole on the market today. So strong in fact, that tensile strength is 50,000 pounds per square inch. Each pole is rated to withstand wind speeds of 120 mph.
These are only the major innovations. The predrilled and stainless steel inserts for the cleat bolts, the optional internal halyard winch, and the optional hinge base are the frosting on the cake.