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Heskins Different Anti Slip Tapes Explained

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

heskins different anti slip tapesHeskins range of products has grown massively since 1997, with anti slip tape products, glow in the dark tape, floor marking tape and many variants of these also.

Two of our most popular products are abrasive and non-abrasive anti slip tape. But what is the difference?

Here we will use this blog post as an opportunity to explain the different anti slip tapes Heskins supply.

Anti Slip Tape Construction

First we start by explaining the differences in the construction between abrasive and non abrasive anti slip tape. By understanding the construction of both anti slip materials; this is the beginning of helping you to decide which anti slip surface is suitable for your application.

Abrasive Anti Slip Tape

standard, coarse and extra coarse safety gripOur flagship anti slip tape, Safety Grip, was our first material we ever created and sold. Safety grip is our abrasive anti slip tape that was the basis and foundation for all of our abrasive product variations.

The construction of Safety Grip begins with the backing liner, a flexible PVC band that provides excellent durability in virtually all weather types.

Resin is applied to the surface, and then crushed aluminium oxide is applied to the surface. It is then passed through a static bar, ensuring the sharpest ends of the grit point upwards, before sealing the surface with a lighter coat of resin to prevent shedding and increasing durability.

Adhesive is applied to the underside, and covered with a backing liner, finishing the product.

Non Abrasive Anti Slip Tape

Non Abrasive Anti Slip TapeNon abrasive anti slip tape comes in many forms, but the construction virtually follows the same process.

Using varying thicknesses of PVC, manipulated for a more ‘rubber like’ finish, it is passed through an embossing roller to form the anti slip surface.

For our coarse resilient, one more step is taken at this stage. While the material is still molten, it goes through a process known as ‘micro-blowing’. This creates deeper valleys, and higher peaks on the material, allowing for a different finish as to that of our aqua safe, for example.

Once the material has set, and adhesive is applied to the underside, and a backing liner is added to protect that until application.

This method of production for our non abrasive anti slip materials ensures that there are no hidden crevices on the material were dirt can harbour, all the while providing effective grip protection that can rival our Safety Grip. Use in wet areas, as well as sterile areas that have strict hygiene standards imposed on them is possible with non abrasive anti slip tape.

Application Examples

Heskins different anti slip tapes have been applied far and wide, and here are a few examples of where they can be used to help you make your choice.

Abrasive

abrasive anti slip applicationMany external areas are susceptible to build ups of dirt, either through conditions or low maintenance. The presence of dirt itself can be enough to cause slips, but add water to the mix and you have a guaranteed hazard on your hands, or feet, if you prefer. Poor material used for flooring in many areas can also be enough to cause slip hazards. With the deep valleys and high, sharp peaks, dirt and dust can settle in these valleys, without it affecting the performance of your chosen anti slip product.

Here are some example areas of where abrasive anti slip tape can be applied to eradicate the risk of slip and fall accidents.

  • External walkways
  • External Stairways and Nosing’s
  • Diamond tread walkways and stairs

Non Abrasive

Non abrasive anti slip tapeNon abrasive anti slip tape features an effective non slip surface, but is also smooth enough to walk on bare foot if necessary. As the name suggests, there is no abrasion that could damage skin or clothes, and it also lacks any valleys or hidden areas where dirt or bacteria can harbour.

Non abrasive non slip tape can be applied in areas exposed to water, or environments with strict hygiene standards, such as:

  • Boats
  • Swimming pools
  • Restaurant kitchens
  • Medical labs
  • Clean rooms

A video is available on the Heskins Youtube channel which gives you a visual of our different anti slip tapes.

For more information, please visit the website and view our range of different anti slip tapes, or alternatively you can contact us by phone, email or fill in the contact form.

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New High Quality Glow in the Dark Anti Slip Tape

Monday, May 9th, 2016

high quality glow in the dark anti slip tapeOur range of glow in the dark products is surprisingly extensive. From our egress tape to our glow in the dark Safety Grip, we have a high-visibility product for most applications.

I say most, as there is usually an area that would benefit from different features in a non slip solution.

One of these is marine applications, most notably internal marine applications. While our Safety Grip is a great anti slip tape, as an abrasive it is not kind to skin or clothing.

Recently, our production and introduction of our high quality egress tape allowed us to venture further with our anti slip tapes, and finally create an anti slip solution that is glow in the dark, and non abrasive.

Heskins new high quality egress tape means that the luminance of the material lasts a lot longer, and initially glows a lot brighter. And as with our new egress tape, our non abrasive glow in the dark tape has two variations to allow the customer to receive the perfect glow in the dark, anti slip solution for their premises, without overspending due to the difference in cost between them.

As detailed in the differences between our high quality egress marking tape, H3452 high quality glow in the dark anti slip tape employs the use of the photoluminescent properties of Heskins premium H8152, whereas H3454 uses Heskins super H8154. Premium H3452 meets class C classification in DIN 67510 standards, which can glow for up to 1800 minutes, and H3454 meets class A classification, glowing for up to approximately 450 minutes. Heskins charge a price difference dependent on your choice.

high quality glow in the dark anti slip tape on stairsHeskins high quality glow in the dark anti slip tape is particularly suitable for application in the marine industry. One of the main conventions involved with marine safety, specifically with merchant ships, is SOLAS, who specifies minimum standards of safety for construction equipment and operation of ships. Many areas of these vessels are subjected to low light, with many metal steps and walkways.

Applying Heskins high quality glow in the dark non abrasive anti slip tape to stairways and walkways will help guide ship staff safely, while preventing potential slip hazards that will also reduce the acceleration of wear and tear on footwear and clothing.

New high quality glow in the dark non abrasive anti slip tape is one of a new line of unique innovations from Heskins Ltd, increasing the scope of targeted application for Heskins products.

For more information, you can contact Heskins via phone, email or by using the contact us form on the website.

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Keeping Anti Slip Die Cutting Costs Low

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

die cut anti slip tape blackHeskins offer a range of post production services for anti slip material, allowing you, the customer, to have custom anti slip solutions created for your premises or business.

Dependent on order quantity, Heskins can produce an anti slip solution for you by producing rolls or sheets of anti slip tape in various lengths, widths, colours and shapes.

For shapes, Heskins have a fleet of various anti slip die cutting machines, of which the processes are fast and efficient. By purchasing the best conversion machinery available and modifying them further, Heskins ensure that not only are labour costs kept low, but this results in low prices for Heskins customers.

Anti Slip Die Cutting Small Pieces

If you are interested in purchasing smaller pieces from Heskins, but have a concern over the cost of labour handling for the individual parts, Heskins solution is designed to reduce these costs as much as possible.

For anti slip die cutting small pieces, we often create small bridges along the material, similar to a perforation. The joined pieces are then produced as one, but can be easily and neatly separated at final destination. This maximises production efficiency, which reduces production time and keeps costs to a minimum.

Please see the photos attached.

heskins die cutting services

If you are interested in discussing Heskins custom services, please feel free to contact us by phone, email or by visiting the website. In some circumstances, samples are available on request.

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