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 http://shop.bsigroup.com/ProductDetail?pid=000000000011248066

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

Thankyou

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.

 

Kiss Cut Abrasive Anti Slip Tape is Possible; And Here’s How

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

kiss cut abrasive anti slip tapeIf someone tells you that it is impossible to create a kiss cut abrasive anti slip tape then please tell them it can be done!

We recently gained a new customer who wanted a specific die cut piece creating, the cutting tool was created, the anti slip pieces created, everyone is happy. Only on speaking to the customer when he reordered did he inform me that he really wanted ‘pieces on a sheet that can be peeled off quickly as they are used on a high speed production line so time is important’ but knew that it could not be done so was very happy to compromise. After finishing on the call I immediately dispatched kiss-cut samples of our anti slip tape with the skeleton removed.

Everyone will tell you that an abrasive anti slip tape can never be kiss cut. They will advise you that due to the tolerances of cutting through the anti slip tape but not the backing liner that the abrasive particles make this impossible as they damage the cutting blades and make depth control too demanding. Trust me; with the right technology and the correct operator skills it is easily done.

The Kiss Cut Abrasive Anti Slip Tape Process

At Heskins we have a custom designed 120 ton press, it is a complete one-off and there is not another in the world like it. The machine is based at our UK factory. It is roll fed and PLC controlled, it operates in its own sealed area, the press kiss cuts then the anti slip tape  is automatically moved along, the liner is removed leaving behind the pieces on the sheet. If required, the machine has a guillotine at the last station fitted with a magic eye that can then sheet the pieces. The final process is that the finished pieces are stacked in piles of 50; once the bin is full a colleague collects the piles of 50 and packs them for dispatch.

As you can see the entire kiss cut abrasive anti slip tape process is completely automated. Once setup the machine runs autonomously requiring only for the piles of 50 pieces to be removed once ready (this does not stop it producing more however) and for a new roll to be placed on the back (typically we use 100m rolls to minimise stoppage). Low labour costs for us mean that the customer receives an extremely low priced kiss cut abrasive anti slip tape piece. The kiss cut product results in less labour for our customers as they can apply at high speed. The setup does require more time than on our conventional die cutting presses so higher volumes are typically required, we are happy to discuss this.

For more information or to place an order, you can do so by contacting the sales team via phone, email, live chat or the contact us form on the website. You can view our other bespoke services on our services page.