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!

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