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Quick-dry linemarking

12 December 2012

Chris Hopkirk from ASG Services explains how a UVcurable floor coating system applied to a prepared, clean floor, is cured instantly into a solid hard wearing film

Chris Hopkirk from ASG Services explains how a UVcurable floor coating system applied to a prepared, clean floor, is cured instantly into a solid hard wearing film

ASG Services is an accredited applicator of Quaker RapidShield, a UV-curable floor coating system which once applied to a prepared, clean floor, is cured instantly by a portable unit that emits UV-light, turning the coating into a solid hard wearing, easily cleaned film which creates a strong bond to the substrate.

This fast cure means that within minutes, the floor can be used again so normal work patterns can continue during application. In addition to safety lines and symbols RapidShield is also used to provide complete high performance floors at automotive, heavy equipment manufacturers, aerospace, food factories and distribution warehouses throughout Europe and the USA.

UV line marking is the first instant cure line marking solution. The benefits include:

Dries instantly - minimised downtime. Zero VOCs making it ideal for food environments. Low odour. NSF certified food safe. No solvents. Tyre mark resistant. Chemical and stain resistant. Guaranteed non-flammable. Can be applied in chilled areas or freezers with temperatures as low as -26 degrees.

The three step process is simple.

Prepare the floor, paint the lines, cure the paint instantly with the UV light and use the floor immediately. Unlike traditional epoxy or urethane floor coatings that require up to one week drying time, professionally installed UV coatings cure instantly and are ready for full use immediately.

Where pedestrian lines regularly fail UV instant cure line marking is an ideal solution. Forklift traffic can damage and fade existing lines that need to be renewed frequently. In addition with many operations being 24/7 there is no opportunity to create line marking with paint that can take over 24 hours to cure.

Speed of installation is a major consideration when considering UV instant cure line marking. In addition Rapid Shield has zero VOCs, with no solvents or odours so the warehouse does not have to be emptied and personnel can work on normally with very little interference. Sections can be completed and handed back at the end of each shift.

The long life and cleanability of RapidShield means it is a long-term solution that will minimise maintenance costs, provide a safe environment in which to work and avoid any disruptive and costly repairs in the near future.

UV instant cure line marking is particularly effective within chill and cold stores. The efficient and safe distribution of chilled goods plays a major part in the success of any food retailing business.

The usual practice at many distribution businesses is to use epoxy floor coatings and sealants to create new lines in chiller rooms. However, the extremely low temperatures cause particular problems, resulting in rooms being out of service for anything up to 48 hours during the material curing process. The odours given off by some of these coatings require the chiller rooms to be completely emptied of produce prior to application to prevent contamination of the contents.

In addition, the doors need to be kept open to allow ventilation. This results in massive disruption to work patterns and increased energy costs. Once applied to a prepared, clean floor, RapidShield is cured instantly by the portable unit that emits UV-light, turning the coating into a solid film which creates a strong bond to the substrate. A durable, non-slip, gloss or matt finish with excellent chemical resistance is produced, which thanks to the fast cure can be used again within minutes. Most importantly for chiller room applications it can be applied and cures at low temperatures. RapidShield is odourless, contains no solvents or isocyanates or volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The system is fully compliant with VOC and HAP regulations, allowing normal work to continue while the floor.

A variety of colours are available to conveniently create stop signs, pallet bay lines, and safety markings with all of the visibility, performance and cleanability properties required.

Colours are brighter and sharper creating floor signs, shapes and lines that stand out against other paints used.

Repairs can be carried out with little or no disruption to a working site. It is particular effective within fork lift battery charging and charging bays where battery acid can impact on the paint. Rapid Shield is resistant to acids and can be cleaned removing tyre marks easily.

UV instant cure line marking is a new innovative solution to the warehousing and logistics market.
 
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