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H3460 Marine Anti Slip Tape Now Available

Friday, December 19th, 2014

With it becoming a constantly increasing percentage of our customer base, the marine industry is something, that, while we do cater for, and cater well, there was still more we could do to cater for them specifically. All the sectors that we supply, creating a product specific to their needs is something that we always strive to do, to ensure maximum product performance, durability and therefore efficiency is achieved.

anti slip tape applied to racing yachtWe have always had products that have been more than suitable. Our Safety Grip™ anti slip tape was successfully used as marine anti slip tape, as far back as 2011 in the Mundial Platu 25 yacht races, helping the Mundo Marino team to 2nd place. They chose to use our blue Safety Grip™ anti slip tape, something we didn’t expect due to its abrasive surface. It turned out to be a perfect product, as this was not a pleasure cruise, and all of the team members wore trainers in their exhaustive efforts in ensuring the racing yacht performed to its full potential, and having a sure footing was vital in achieving this.

Fast forward to the present and after many hours of R&D we feel that we now have a product that caters to all the needs of the marine industry, in particular, sea-worthy vessels….

marine anti slip tape greyOur new H3460 marine anti slip tape is built for the open sea! It is suitable for all waterways. The finish does have a mineral coating, but has a rounded feel to it, meaning there are no sharp edges, so for casual boat users, walking round in bare feet is possible, as it will be comfortable underfoot. For working or competition boats, the anti slip surface will ensure a sure-footed surface is always available. One factor we have never brought into consideration on our other anti slip tapes, abrasive or non-abrasive, is the effects of salt. As we are all aware, the sea has very high levels of salt, and while we have not experienced any major problems due to this, it was something we felt needed to be added in, as high exposure to salt could potentially cause failure. We are happy to tell you that we have achieved full salt resistance, so in the open seas, there will be no failure from constant exposure to salt water.

Application must still be made on a clean, dry surface and our ancillaries range can also be used if necessary. We can provide our marine anti slip tape in various die cuts or rolls in blue, black or grey. If you require a custom solution, please contact us, as dependent on order quantity, we can create marine anti slip in any shape, size or colour, and print is even possible.

To order or enquire about Heskins marine anti slip tape, please contact us by phone, email, live chat or the contact form on the website.

This may well be our last post of the year, so i’ll take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Our operating times over the festive period can be seen here.

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Christmas & New Year Closing

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Heskins ChristmasAnother year done, another time of reflection on what has been yet another fantastic and fruitful, yet challenging year, and that will no doubt continue in to 2015, with many more products and in-house developments to build on our advances this year. We’re also taking this opportunity to notify you of our Christmas and new year closing times.

We’ve brought a great range of new products, such as:

And we don’t plan on slowing down in the new year, with more products set to be added in early 2015. Not only that, but we’ve been spending a lot of time creating an integrated internal logistics system to really improve the operations of our warehouse and offices, and it is only going to improve in the future.

Our working year ends on Christmas Eve (24/12/14) at 17:00 and normal business will resume on Monday the 5th of January at 08:30, on the 29/12/14 and 30/12/14 we are open in the mornings with all departments functional. If you require products before this time, then it is important to get your orders in as soon as possible and we will do our best to accommodate your requirements.  Our emails will be constantly monitored so feel free to contact us for urgent matters.

From all of us at Heskins, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

 

 

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H3453 Galvanic Corrosion Protection Tape – an answer to corrosion problems?

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Put two different metals, say aluminium and steel, in contact in a wet environment and the result is predictable – corrosion.  Specifically, a phenomenon known as galvanic corrosion will occur when metals with different electrode potentials are in contact in an electrolyte (imagine the aluminium sheet floor fixed to the steel frame of a trailer on a wet road in winter).  If measures are not taken to electrically isolate the two metals, galvanic corrosion will occur, resulting in damage and possibly danger.

There are a number of techniques available to prevent such corrosion and one of the most obvious is to separate the two metals with a non-conductive material.  At Heskins we know that in the past our customers have used our plastic materials to achieve this – and we thought we would put this to the test.

Samples of steel, stainless steel and aluminium were used in pairs in contact in a marine solution.  For each pairing, one pair had the metals in direct contact and the same pair was used with H3453 galvanic corrosion protection tape between the metals forming an isolating barrier.

The samples were then left for seven weeks.   When examined, as expected, where steel was paired with steel there was little or no corrosion and the presence or absence of the H3453 made no difference (see fig.1 & 2)

galvanic corrosion test figure 1 steel and steel

Fig.1: Steel and steel – no barrier. No corrosion.

steel and steel with galvanic corrosion protection tape

Fig. 2: Steel and steel with H3453 galvanic protection barrier. No corrosion.

Things were different when the metals in contact were steel and aluminium.  Without a barrier there was significant corrosion, see fig. 3.

steel and aluminium corrosion

Fig. 3: Steel and Aluminium. Significant corrosion.

However, using H3453 galvanic corrosion protection tape to form an isolating barrier made a dramatic difference, see fig. 4.

steel and aluminium with galvanic corrosion protection tape

Fig. 4: Steel and aluminium with H3453 barrier. No corrosion.

Results were similar when aluminium was paired with stainless steel.

Summary

As can be seen, our H3452 galvanic corrosion tape makes a massive difference, it is a cost effective material that performs very effectively and provides long lasting protection to help prevent corrosion between different metals.  We can supply in roll format or die cut pieces that act as pads and virtually any shape or width can be produced.

For more information, you can contact us via email, Live Chat or phone.

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