Social distance measures look set to stick around as part of the ‘new normal’ for some time.
For businesses that are making preparations to re-open you’ll be looking at how to enforce the social distancing requirements and for those that were able to continue trading during the pandemic you’ll already have some form of social distancing measures in place, but how are they holding up after 3 months? We know many businesses that have had issues with their markers and tapes peeling up due to poor quality tapes used.
Our Self Adhesive Anti-Slip Tapes and Pads are high quality tapes that won’t fade or peel away. One of the most crucial parts of our Self Adhesive Anti-Slip Tapes and Pads product range is the adhesive. We’re rarely asked about the adhesive used on our Anti-Slip Tapes but to us, it is something that occupies a great deal of our efforts.
Our tapes can be used in a variety of ways which means the adhesive needs to adhere securely to a number of surfaces. Like most chemicals pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA) have constantly improved their capabilities. The adhesives we use on our range of Anti-slip Tapes and Pads is vastly superior to the materials we supplied in the 90’s. Levels of tack, shear and temperature range have all improved dramatically, increasing the quality.
To make the most of your Self-Adhesive Anti-Slip Tapes and Pads here are some tips to ensure your safety markers stay safe.
Here are some common adhesive questions below:
What PSA do we use?
Most of our adhesive products use modified acrylics (there are a tiny handful of exceptions for specific non-slip flooring applications). We like the all-round capabilities that modern modified acrylic PSA’s offer. As mentioned previously our product has many varied demands made of it, we appreciate that the modified acrylics allow high tack levels, high shear levels and superb temperature ranges encompassing extreme minus ºC to high ºC. All our transparent range has a further PSA modification to ensure no UV problems, please enquire for specific grey scale tests for each product if this is a concern.
Do you offer different adhesion levels?
We do. In over 99.9% of cases our adhesives on the anti-slip flooring are more than sufficient, however for clients with a special demand for higher tack levels we also coat our HG adhesive. For customers who take our HG x-coarse product, this adhesive is standard on their materials, for all others it can be coated dependent on quantity. Our HG offers exceptionally high tack levels without any compromise on the other parameters.
How well do your adhesives cope with low energy surfaces?
Low energy surfaces are becoming more prevalent and popular for various reasons; they are often the by-product of a shiny appearance or can be present in composites constructed from recycled plastics. An example of a low energy surface would be after you have waxed your car you will notice the water globules form small puddles on the surface, the puddles are formed by the low energy surface, which create major problems for PSA’s. Our manufacturer has worked tirelessly to ensure that our anti-slip flooring customers receive a high quality anti-slip product regardless of the surface energy level, to this end in 2008 we developed our LE adhesive. Specifically designed to allow excellent adhesion onto difficult surfaces this adhesive can be coated onto all our range, please enquire for MOQ’s.
What if our low energy surface has lots of release agents?
We can still create a solution. Due to the vast experience in adhesives, films and anti-slip technology we have never (so far) been defeated, we also offer two other possible solutions to aid our adhesion levels.
1). Use of H3506 primer – this has inbuilt keying agents.
2). Use of a specific keying solution – Our Manufacturer has worked with various chemical manufacturers to create surface keying solutions to enable adhesion on even the most difficult surface.
I want the opposite to the above points, I want something removable, is it possible?
It is. It is not rare for us to coat a removable adhesive onto our anti-slip flooring. We typically employ a further filmic liner (usually PET or PP) with a differential adhesive coat either side to allow removal. As each removable adhesive application is often unique the differential levels are customised to the customer’s application, please enquire.
Just one more ‘silly’ point, why does the paper not stick to the adhesive?
We use paper coated with silicon although on some of our materials we employ a silicon coated PE film.
During these uncertain times, you shouldn’t be worrying about your social distance markers not being up to the job. Ensure your premises are safely adhering to social distancing requirements with our high quality Self Adhesive Anti-Slip Tapes and Pads.
Get in touch on 02380 406796 if there’s anything we can help you with.
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