A 24 hours a day, 7 days a week operation meant that disruption, whilst a new safety traffic marking system was laid and cured, could not be allowed. RapidShield UV-curable floor coating technology proved to be the answer. As part of an ongoing Health & Safety improvement programme it was decided to apply eight large traffic safety signs to key areas of a warehouse floor – five 4 metre STOP signs and three Zebra crossings.
The facility runs 24/7 for 365 days a year and with such an around-the-clock operation, cannot afford disruption. So when management heard of RapidShield – an instantly UV-cured protective floor coating from Quaker Chemical, they arranged a small trial. This was so successful that a contract to use RapidShield was agreed.
Once applied to a prepared, clean floor, RapidShield is cured instantly by a portable unit that emits UV-light, turning the coating into a solid film which creates a strong bond to the substrate. This fast cure means that within minutes, the floor can be used again.
Tried and tested in automotive, heavy equipment manufacture, aerospace, food factories and distribution warehouses throughout the USA, RapidShield is designed for use on any new or existing concrete floor.
Certified Flooring Contractor, The Delmar Group first used a planetary grinder to prepare the area for the signs. They then laid down masks and using rollers, applied RapidShield coats of clear, safety yellow and anti-skid. Each coat was instantly cured by UV-light after application, creating durable and easy-to-maintain Zebra stripes and STOP signs, each taking approximately 60 minutes.
As RapidShield is non-flammable, low odour and contains no solvents or isocyanates and complies with all the latest VOC and HAP regulations, normal work patterns could continue during application and no machine was stopped or production interrupted in any way.