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Slip Prevention in the Winter Months

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Heskins bolt down anti slip plates being used in snow

We are now in November, and in North America and Europe we will soon have the arrival of snow and ice. I thought I would, for once, be organized and start talking about what we can do for these conditions.

Both snow and ice create huge problems for safety.  All slip prevention materials rely on gripping the shoe (I think we should stick to shoe traffic in these situations), any substance that is detrimental to that greatly increases the risk of slippage and thus potential injury.

Snow does not initially create slip problems, fresh, soft snow with good footwear has few issues, it is the compacting and freezing of snow that creates problems.  With pressure the snow becomes more and more compact, the snow loses its ‘fluffiness’ and rapidly fills the valleys between the gripping peaks, thus decreasing, potentially removing, the grip potential of the surface.  As pressure builds up (more and more footfall pressing onto the already compacted snow) the now dense snow becomes smooth and creates a surface with lethally low levels of Coefficient of Friction (CoF).

Ice can rapidly fill valleys with almost instant high risk slip potential.

When dealing with areas at risk of snow or ice you need to ignore all materials that are not a deep abrasive product, they will not suffice, they will soon become clogged and will not give the desired level of CoF (grip).

For recommend either our coarse, or especially, our X-Coarse anti slip material, the deep valleys have far more resistance to be clogged compared to all other products available, the deeper the grit level the less chance of slippage that will be experienced with snow or ice.

Unfortunately most people like to solve a slip problem when a problem arises, i.e. when it is snowing, when it is icy etc, these are difficult application conditions due to temperature and moisture, there is an easy solution however: bolt down anti slip plates!  The plates come in two standard sizes, including an L shape for nosings, they can be coated with coarse or x-coarse and can be instantly applied, due to their mechanical fixing you can even apply in a blizzard (not endorsed by Heskins!), on request we supply relevant wood screws free of charge.  The countersunk holes ensure that the product looks superb, and more importantly helps to prevent slippage.

So ensure you’re safe and set for winter before it arrives, and contact us for a solution.


PermaStripe & PermaRoute Photos Wanted!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

PermaRoute in GarageHeskins loves to see its products being used by our valued customers and it’s something we would like to show off. With PermaStripe and PermaRoute in particular, it is hard work finding space to set up various scenario shots so we can give everyone a detailed visual insight into our products use, so we need your help! For all the high quality pictures we receive from customers, we will give you a roll of 50 metre PermaStripe or PermaRoute, or shopping vouchers, free of charge!!

As we are not surveyors for customers who apply PermaStripe and PermaRoute, we also rarely have the opportunity to take any application photos from actual environments; this limits us to see creative and innovative new designs which our customers have created.

We love seeing our material in use; it makes us feel proud when our material does the job perfectly. We pride ourselves on our high quality materials and the effectiveness it has when placed on site.

How do you get your free gift?

It’s simple really, once you have applied your PermaStripe or PermaRoute, take a picture, then send it to us via email. If it is of any use, we will send you the free gift of your choice.

We do intend to use these for web and print, so we do want high quality images. I’m afraid we will not send free gifts out for any old image that is sent in. We would prefer clear, well composed images taken with a digital SLR camera, but we may accept images taken by a smart phone with a high pixel count.

Please note that all images will be used anonymously. We will not be mentioning the locations or Companies used in the images anywhere online or in printed media.

Please phone, email, live chat or use the contact us form if you would like to let us know that you will be sending us images. To reiterate, we will not send any free gifts out until we have received and approved the images.


PermaStripe & PermaRoute; What’s the Difference?

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

PermaStripe, our original aisle marking creation, made to withstand the most testing of warehouse environments and it’s sibling, PermaRoute, manufactured to follow in PermaStripes stead, with both destined to co-exist side by side in complete, durable harmony.

But one of our most common questions is what differentiates these products? Well, they have a lot of similarities, both are extremely tough and both are industry leaders but they do have subtle differences, with one dominating factor that make them most suitable for particular applications….

Their construction…..


PermaStripe BreakdownPermaStripe is a solid, homogenous piece of virgin plastic.  As PermaStripe is so thick (1mm plastic with an additional 160mu of adhesive) we add a chamfer, also known as a feathered edge, on the sides to prevent it being a trip hazard.  Each roll needs to be extruded individually, each width requires its own, expensive extrusion tool.  We produce three sale widths (50mm, 75mm and 100mm) along with a width of 250mm for our internal die cutting use.  The upper surface is finished with either a mild non-slip emboss or an easy clean smooth surface.


PermaRoute BreakdownPermaRoute is produced wide width, 1168mm, the films available at this width are too thin for our use, to achieve the strong thickness that we require we needed to produce something never seen before.  We bring together two extremely thick films, each one an incredible 350mu thick.  The upper surface has a mild non-slip emboss.

What can PermaStripe offer?

  •  As it is a solid homogenous construction the colour will not fade, cannot be scratched off and will not be removed by harsh solvents such as MEK, toluene etc.
  •  The tough plastic allows it, with some difficulty at initial removal, to be removed and replaced as it will remove clean.
  •  Huge amounts of adhesion for initial grab and long term staying power

What can PermaRoute offer?

  •  As the printed part is protected by a thick upper laminate it is protected, so, if a chevron pattern is required then the PermaRoute pattern is fully protected and not exposed on the upper surface.
  •  PermaRoute is produced full width, this allows us the ability to print on the bottom laminate with all available printing methods, offering full colour prints and graphics.
  •  Total flexibility of shapes and widths as we are not restricted to set roll widths or having to cope with a narrow maximum width for die cutting.  Any width is possible and any die cut shape can be manufactured.
  •  The flat structure can help if vehicles are turning on it.

We offer samples, please contact us and request a PermaStripe or PermaRoute sample pack and see first hand the quality and durability of our products. We can also offer custom solutions dependent on order quantity. If this is your preference then please get in touch with us and see what we can do for your business.