Why is NEC so particular about tapes that can be used on their floors at exhibitions?

The cost of using the wrong tape on the floors at the NEC (and other venues such as Excel, Earls Court, Olympia, etc.) can be a massive cost to your company if you use the wrong one!  Hence; there are approved tapes for the job of sticking down flooring.  Essentially the tape that is approved is ‘more sticky’ on the carpet bonding side (top), than it is on the floor side (the bottom).  This means that your carpet or carpet tile joints will hold fast, but the floor side will peel off easily when you break down your exhibition without damaging the floor. If you were to use a non-approved tape you would not only find it harder to remove the temporary flooring but it may also damage the underlying floor or leave residue on the floor. Both of which will result in a fine from the Exhibition Centre as well as a potential cleaning or repair bill, sometimes these can run into thousands of pounds.  Trade Shop Direct have such a tape, approved for use at the NEC and other exhibition venues, it is also guaranteed to lift from the floor without leaving residue, you can also recycle it along with your temporary exhibition carpet. Used by all the large exhibition companies this tape gives the piece of mind that you are not going to have a fine come your way.  You can find it here https://www.tradeshopdirect.co.uk/exhibition-carpet-tape-nec-approved-yellow-38mm

Buy the correct tape and save the fine!

Spill Control

It is a legal requirement under the Oil Storage Regulations (OSR) and the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH) to ensure that measures are in place to reduce the risk of accidental pollution. If you store or transport oil, fuel or other hazOil Spillardous materials that could pose a risk to life or the environment you will need to have adequate spill control measures in place.

Spill control kits are readily available a range can be found on Trade Shop Direct these can include kits for small spills up to larger kits and pallets with sumps. You need to ensure that your spill control capacity is enough to handle a complete spillage, just in case a container is full when the spill occurs.

In order to contain the spill you may need additional items such as booms or drain covers to ensure the spill does not enter the environment via the drainage network, containment is the second step in handling a spill, (the first being personal protection, you must use PPE adequate for the spillage you are handling) once contained you can work on step three, removal.

Trade Shop Direct has a wide range of spill control products to ensure that you can stock the correct items needed to control a spill in your specific environment, in addition we can supply training courses on how to handle spills so that you and your staff know exactly what to do should the worst happen. please give us a call for more information 01353 665141.

Bikers Tank Grip Tape

With the improvement in weather and the start for the bank holidays around the corner, if you are a biker you are probably getting your iron horse cleaned up and ready for a blast in the sun!

Have you thought about adding some adhesive grip material to your tank? It is possible to buy sheets/strips of material to stick to the sides or top of your tank (and other areas of your bike) so that you can get a better grip of the bike when cornering etc. Be warned though we have found a number of people buying skate board tape or even anti-slip floor tape as a cheaper alternative. DON’T! This tape is like sand paper and will soon wear through your expensive leathers with no mercy! If you are looking for a cost effective solution without the need for new leathers every month then take a look at www.tradeshopdirect.co.uk.

Used by a number of sidecar racers this tape has a textured surface without being abrasive, it is clear and can easily be cut to length and shapes if needed, it also has waterproof adhesive. The passenger obviously moves around a lot during a race, with this tape in key areas they are assured of grip even in wet conditions. Typically it is used on the sidecar floor, on the top of the bike rear and down the side where the hand holds are so that the inner arm can grip, and with the tape being clear it blends in to the bikes livery.

Sidecar

The tape is sold in lengths from 1m to 18m and is 50mm (2” in old money) wide and available online with next day delivery.

http://www.tradeshopdirect.co.uk/motorbike-tank-gripper-tape

Disposable Gloves – What you need to know!

Disposbale-GlovesIt is amazing how many types of disposable gloves there are on the market, Nitrile, latex, vinyl, powdered, powder free and then there are the colours, which do you choose? With luck this blog will help explain the differences and allow you to make an informed decision on which to buy for the job in hand (punn intended).

 

Material – there are 3 types of material used for disposable gloves, Nitrile, Latex and Vinyl, but what is the difference?

Nitrile, is a synthetic rubber that contains none of the proteins that are present in natural rubber eliminating protein sensitisation that can occur in the wearer causing skin conditions and allergic reactions.

Latex, provides the characteristics of natural rubber in terms of being soft, pliable and strong, with exceptional elasticity, however there is a percentage of the population who are allergic to Latex, so this should be a consideration if buying for a workforce.

Vinyl, as with Nitrile Vinyl gloves do not contain the natural rubber proteins. Vinyl gloves are a cost effective solution if gloves need to be frequently changed.

 

Powder or Powder Free? Most of the time this comes down to personal preference, however there are other factors to be aware of. A powder free glove will be more expensive as they are harder to manufacture compared to powdered gloves. The powdered gloves make it easier to donn the glove and remove them afterwards, it will also help with perspiration. However, the powder free ensure less risk of contamination within a food or chemical environment and also lessen the risk of alergic reactions within the wearer.

 

Acceptance Quality Limit (AQL) – Gloves are tested within the factory using with air or water to check for microscopic holes. The AQL value is generated as a percentage of the chance that they might fail. If 100 gloves are tested and 1.5% have microscopic holes, then the AQL rating is 1.5. An AQL of 4 means there is a 4% chance of microscopic holes, so the smaller the number the higher the quality fo the gloves, if you are in a medical or chemical industry you would look to purchase gloves with the lowest AQL value.

 

Colour – This usually comes down to personal preference, however when it comes to the food or catering industry blue is required as any gloves that make it into the food can easily be visually detected you don’t find may food stuffs that are blue!

 

Still none the wiser in which glove to choose? You find the each industry has pretty much adopted their own colour and material, so other than the option of powdered or not, and the AQL value, this should help.

White Nitrile – Typically used in Dentistry, Hospitals and Pharmaceutical roles.

Black Nitrile – Typically used in the Automotive industry and Tattoo parlours.

Blue Nitrile – Used in most industries but a requirement for Food Processing and Catering.

Pink Nitrile – Typically used by Beauticians.

Latex – General cleaning usage, colour tends not to be important.

Vinyl – General usage as with the Latex, however the blue gloves are used in catering.

 

I hope this quick guide helps you make your choice of disposable glove, for more info and to purchase please visit our online shop, http://www.tradeshopdirect.co.uk/gloves

Specialist Adhesive Tape Used In Heating Systems

Heating Coil

With the development of advanced adhesive and in particular adhesive tapes many manufacturing processes are moving away from mechanical fixings and adopting new methods of assembly.

As a supplier of specialist adhesive tapes we were approached by a heating and cooling manufacturer to provide a tape that could be used in their manufacturing process. The adhesive tape was to be used in a heat transfer process, bonding an aluminium heating manifold to an alluminium plate where the heat would be radiated into the room. It would need the following properties, faster assembly time compared to traditional mechanical fixings, the ability to conduct temperatures up to 80°C without degrading the adhesive properties and it also had to be a specific non-standard width.

A couple of tapes were selected based on the requirements and a testing process was under taken by the manufacturer. The final tape was then selected based on its performance capability (which exceeded the client’s requirements) and a price point that came in below budget, and it has also increased the speed of manufacture too.

The use of the tape has been a huge success and production has increased to its current rate of 10km of tape a month and it is being considered for other elements of the manufacturing process. The tape has provided an enhanced appearance to the product allowing the visible surface of the heating element to be completely smooth, something that was not possible with rivets. Stress distribution and the thermal expansion and contraction is now even across the entire bonded surface rather than being focus at the point of the individual fixing points. The tape is actually faster to apply than mechanical fixing, a 3 stage process has now become a single stage process, reducing production time and therefore cost.

The adhesive tape used in this case study can be found on our Trade Shop Direct website, it is a Double Sided Polyester Tape.

If you have a specific adhesive tape requirement please give us a call and we will be happy to help, 01353 665141.

Heating Panel using Adhesive Tape

Heating Panel Fully Assembled

Adhesive Tape Application Tips

In order to get the best results form your adhesive tape you need to ensure that you apply it correctly, always follow any manufacturer instructions (if supplied).

Surface Preparation

All surfaces should have no flaky or loose areas and should be completely free from oil, grease, moisture, dust and release agents. Ideally surfaces should be cleaned with a solvent such as Pronatur Orange Solvent. Porous surfaces may need to be sealed prior to application. All surfaces should be dry before application.

Application Temperature

Polly-Tunnel Repair Tape

Polly-Tunnel Repair Tape

When applying adhesive tapes, unless it’s an all-weather adhesive, the substrate (items you are sticking together) temperature should not be less than 15°C. Using adhesive tape in temperatures lower than 15°C can result in hardening of the adhesive and prevent the ultimate bonding strength being reached. Ideal application temperature is between 20 to 40°C. Note that an adhesive tape with the ability to withstand temperatures lower than 15°C does not mean it can be applied in those temperatures.

There are some adhesive tapes that have been designed to be applied in lower temperatures such as our Polly Tunnel Repair Tape.

Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA)

Unless specified, all adhesive tapes use PSA, basically they rely on you applying pressure to them in order to activate the adhesive. Firm pressure and 100% surface contact is key to achieving maximum bond strength. Pressure should be applied evenly and where possible with a roller to ensure there are no air bubbles, important on wide tape.

PSA tapes may take up to a couple of days to reach ultimate adhesion, although this can usually be accelerated by exposing the tape to elevated temperatures for a short period of time.

First Aid Station with Eye Wash and First Aid Kit

It can be difficult to ensure that you provide all the necessary First Aid equipment within a business environment, this is why Trade Shop Direct has launched its First Aid Station.

The First Aid Station consists of a wall mountable information board with First Aid advice, Accident book holder and accident book, eye and wound wash bottles, first aider information and a Workplace first aid kit.

First Aid Station

There are 3 options of first aid kit, a standard (green) kit, a catering (blue) kit with blue bandages and plasters. There is also a burn care first aid kit (red box) which contains burn related first aid equipment.

This First Aid station ensures that the necessary workplace regulations are met, including the Data Protection Act with regards to the Accident Book and personal data storage.

Click here to view our range of first aid kits.