Friction Roller Covering – A Guide from Heskins

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

friction roller covering applicationFriction roller covering is a common use for the specialist range of self-adhesive embossed anti-slip tapes which Heskins produce. The grip is required for many friction roller applications including coiling machines, fabric handling rollers and covering drive rollers on conveying systems. On a conveyor belt, our customers will typically use Heskins friction tapes to provide extra purchase and grip. Nip rollers (often called squeeze points) need grip to help a product travel through them effectively.

Friction Roller Covering Application

friction roller covering applicationMost customers will wrap the friction tapes around in a spiral effect, covering the web width to maximise the purchase of the fabric, carpet or other web fed product. Normally a soft embossed anti-slip tape is used for soft fabrics such as brocade whilst with a harsh abrasive product such as woven carpets then something tougher is used.

Most commonly used Heskins anti-slip tapes to be used as friction roller covering are H3450 Coarse Resilient, H3418 and also H3408N black Resilient. The embossed surface on these products is a cohesive whole, reducing the risk of dirt collecting on the surface or within the embossed surface itself as there are no hidden crevices where dirt can harbor. The surface is also a non-abrasive, with a rubber-like finish that prevents damage to anything passing over or through the rollers.

Heskins offer various sizes and perhaps less importantly for this application, colours, to help you get your exact requirements when choosing your solution.

Heskins as always is happy to provide expert advice and samples. Simply get in touch with the sales team by live chat, email, phone or the contact us form on the website and they will be happy to assist you in any way possible.

Incorrect Anti Slip Regulations & Standards: Clearing Up Some Mistakes

Monday, January 9th, 2017

ISO regulations logoThere is some confusion related to the standard EN13552 covering anti slip regulations and anti slip tape.

From time-to-time, we have received inquiries from customers asking whether our anti slip materials achieve EN 13552 certification. I want to categorically state that EN13552 does not and has never ever related to anti slip. Some companies in the past have made an error and it has continued on for too long. Companies are often quoting that they have an anti-slip tape approved to EN13552, if there was a slip injuries claim that needed legal protection, they would not be covered.

What is EN 13522?

EN 13552 is an old and obscure standard that relates to the process of connecting two master rolls of fabric together, nowhere in that standard is anti slip even mentioned. EN 13522 solely relates to fabric joins, nothing else, nothing to do with safety, flooring or with slips.

The quote with the document states “Textile machinery and accessories. Cloth rollers. Specification for connections for automation of roller changing”

If you do mention in your website or literature that you have approval to EN 13552 I strongly recommend removing it, you do not and could not back it up in court.

For clarification please look at the actual EN13552 standard at

Heskins will this year will be working on providing more information on the website regarding the anti slip regulations and standards that our products meet to help serve you better. However, our data sheets for our products all feature this information, and you can obtain these by getting in touch with us.

You can contact Heskins via phone, email, live chat or the contact us form on the website.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year from Heskins!

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Heskins Christmas2016 has certainly been an interesting year, and here at Heskins, this part of the year is a chance for us to look back and reflect on a successful year. It has been another new year of growth and evolution for us and our products ( we’re hoping to grow wings next year ).

It’s also a point where we start to look forward to 2017, and the exciting prospects that may come with it.

We’ve had a wide variety of new products, services and innovations announced and discussed on the Heskins blog this year, and in no particular order some of them are as follows:

Glow in the Dark Directional Marking Tape

Using Non-Abrasive Anti Slip Tape as Door Kickers

High-Quality Glow in the Dark Anti Slip Tape

Kiss Cut Abrasive Anti Slip Tape

Anti Slip Tape Application to Prevent Illegal Fly Posting

Non-Abrasive Anti Slip Tape for Surfboards

You can read these and many more by browsing the blog.

Heskins Festive Closing Times

There are already many plans in the pipeline, and we look forward to getting on with realising these plans in the new year. For now, at the end of today ( Friday the 23rd ) we will be taking a well-deserved break over the Christmas period to recharge the batteries so we can hit the ground running in the new year and start to get to work on our new plans.

Below are our closing times over the festive period so if you do need to get in touch with us, you will know when we can get back to you.

Heskins closing times are as follows:

26th-27th December – Closed

28th December – 8.30-12

29th December – 8.30-12

30th December – 2nd January – Closed

3rd January – Business resumes as normal


We would like to thank all of you for your business and support through 2016, and hope you will continue with us in 2017.

From all of us at Heskins, we would like to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.