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Do you need Silverback?

As the company that aims to provide the most help with labelling and safety solutions we thought it was a good idea to brand a product we have made into millions and millions of labels for customers over the past few years.

We have designed it specifically for the job of location labelling shelving and racking and this highly durable laminated label can be installed in freezers as well as ambient and chill stores.

If you have a project coming up consider barcoding your storage structure with a label material that has been designed for the job and not just a generic material from a standard range.

Why diamond prepared floor marking is so much more durable and why asking for a guarantee from the contractor is not the conversation to have

Diamond shaved floor line marking provides significantly more durability than diamond ground or vacuum shot blasted line marking and in the article we’re going to explain the simple reasons why.

The other question we are frequently get asked is how long a guarantee we offer. Why is this a problematic question that won’t give you the answer you are looking for?

The durability answer is actually quite logical. The more of the floor’s surface you remove and replace with resin the longer it will take your floor to wear down to the point at which the resin has keyed to the concrete.

A 3 phase diamond floor grinder weighs a significant amount and with a decent motor driving the 40 or so floor saw blades will remove 2-3 mm from the top surface of the concrete with relative ease. The depth is controlled by the operator who lowers and raises the blades as the machine drives forward depending on the tone of the grinding which fluctuates with the slight undulations of the floor.

As long as the concrete slab has a relatively low humidity (the floor is not normally newer than 3-6 months old) a good quality high build solvent-free resin will wear down at the same rate as the concrete without the need for primers. Even with significant volumes of forklift traffic this will last many years.

In fact one of the first jobs we did in 2003 was still being used in 2015 and may still be used today. Not a small site either. 250k square foot distribution centre for COOP. Approx 150 trucks and LLOP’s.

Vacuum shot blasted preparation works in a very different way and has 2 significantly different outcomes.

  1. As a spinning wheel throws thousands of small shot at the floor at a slight angle, neither side of the prepared line or the middle of the line is consistently prepared nor does it remove anywhere near the same depth of concrete in the same time frame. We actually view shot blasting more of a technology for cleaning a surface than penetrating into it. So when the line is then painted the depth of the resin is around 5 times thinner. So as the floor wears down the point at which the joint between the resin and floor is reached much quicker.
  2. As the edge of the preparation is not constant the edge of the resin is more susceptible to impact, wear and bleed. This edge also makes laying masking tape much more difficult and lead to edge flake and unsealed concrete.

Too many people looking for lines to be installed are looking to pay a minimal amount of money and get concerned that the work may fail, so ask the contractor for a guarantee. We frequently hear 3 years and 5 years banded about from contractors who are more than happy to say what they need to say to secure the order.

What the contractor very often means is that they will guarantee the materials and workmanship and are happy to leave the client assuming they mean they are guaranteeing the lifespan of the lines for their operation. The line fails or wears out and the contractor explains that there is nothing wrong with the work they did or the resin they used and the client has simply worn it out or damaged it with pallets or trucks. This guarantee is misunderstood and the client doesn’t get what they expected.

So ask your potential contractors this question instead. Please can you explain to me how long your line marking is likely to last in my facility and why?

This question will start to show you which contractors understand how to make line marking durable and which ones just want to win the work.

One of the real benefits of floor shaving is that we can actually alter the depth and increase the durability depending on the requirement.

About 7 years ago we did some work in a yard in Manchester and we took the prep down to 10-15 mm. It was about as harsh an environment you can get for line marking. This work is visible from Google Earth and is testament to the technology, resin, workmanship and client’s commitment to getting a brilliant ROI.

Aisle markers and corporate branding for 3PL

It has been a pleasure working with Ian Walker and his team at 3P Logistics Ltd as they have expanded their services over the last decade or so.

The level of detail they put into their operation extends from the level of detail they provide in their services to customers.

So it was no surprise when on our production bench was an unusually coloured aisle marker that matched the new corporate brand they have recently launched.

From time to time we make location labels and signage to match corporate colours and we are more than happy to help in this way.

Adding your logo to a hanging sign is the most common branding we do but if you have any ideas of what you want then please let us know. We are happy to help if we can.

Great work Ian and good luck with the new building as you fill it over the next few weeks and months.

Emotional and physical safety in the workplace

Creativity comes from people who feel safe at work and we are constantly reading about a creativity gap.

Safety in this context comes in 2 forms, emotional and physical safety and they both feed into each other.

Emotional safety is the most important of the 2 but that is not a reason to ignore how safe people feel when they are physically at work.

At ASG Services we can help design, specific, manufacture and install a complete range of safety systems.

Working with many of the largest 3PL’s, retailers and logistics companies across the UK and Europe we are trusted time and again to help keep people safe and feeling safe indoors and out.

Bespoke rack labelling solutions

Quite an unusual job this one.

We are helping this client with an awkward rack upright by printing this upright label directly to a sign material that has some rigidity to it.

Still excellent value for money!

We will also put holes in the corners to help the client with their own installation.

It is also helpful to the environment as it has almost no waste products through the production process.

Increase warehouse operational efficiency with hanging signs

We have been helping customers with quite a few hanging sign jobs over the past few weeks or so.

By putting an angle in the material we help the operator’s efficiency by angling the barcode towards them.

Many customers also have concerns overhanging signs swaying in the breeze and while this is not an experience we have seen in the past we limit this possibility by hanging the signs from steel angle rails and not directly from drop cables from the roof supports.

We utilise Gripple Limited cables so that the height can be reasonably easily changed without the cost of having to rehang each cable.

We can also use a variety of materials and advise accordingly. The sign in the top right-hand corner can even have the angle changed on-site!

If you need help with black stacking in your warehouse please give us a call.

What to consider when buying barcode labels

Over the past few years we have seen an increase in customers requesting 2D barcodes on shelving and racking labels.

Please check the following when considering your barcode labelling system:

  • Make sure the label is printed on a good quality synthetic and stable base material. Don’t use Vinyl. It shrinks and its manufacturing process is terrible for the environment.
  • Make sure you consider a barcode type and symbology/language and make sure it is compatible with your scanner and software. This is not normally a problem but it does need checking.
  • Laminate the print surface to enhance the durability of the base material.
  • They are printed using a high-resolution printer.
  • Most importantly make sure you test the barcode scan distance with your hardware. If the scan distance isn’t a sufficient distance not only will you waste money on efficiency you may demotivate your pickers and operators in the process.

If you need help with any of the above please contact us for help. We print hundreds of thousands of these labels every year by clients who trust us over and over again.

How to make your zebra crossings more durable

Been working in London helping Allied Bakeries make their zebra crossings much more durable.

A popular misconception is that shotblasting concrete and using a 2 part resin will provide the same results but this is not the case.

The variation you can see in the worn zebra crossing show the inconsistency in preparation provides different levels of key to the floor and also how it wears down.

I suspect this was only lightly shot blasted and coated with resin to approx .5mm thick which is typical for a 2 part resin application. Very really is this adequate for high traffic areas.

To maximise ROI our recommendation was to diamond shave 2-3 mm of the floor surface and back fill it with a high quality resin from Resin Surfaces

This solution will wear down as the concrete wears down and may well provide a usable zebra crossing for 10 years or so depending of the traffic.

We find clients get the best results when they talk to their contractor about anticipated life spans and not now long a guarantee they will offer.

Talking about life span generates a conversation about methods, resins and expectations. Then decide who to use.

Mezzanine Products

Over the past few months we have seen an increase in customers looking for help with the risk of block stacked items falling into areas that could contain people moving about the facility. This can be both inside or outside.

Most of the time it is to protect a walkway where the client has a legal requirement to protect people in a facility.

We have also seen a continued requirement for netting on mezzanine handrails or even to protect the side of mezzanine floors. Either to stop items falling or to stop people throwing items up to the first or second floor!

In most cases we are able to design a solution using fabricated steel work, in some shape or form, combined with Gripple Limited cable technology, for which we hold a patent license, and a net made by ASG Services, a trading division of Westbrook Industrial Ltd that is slightly smaller than needed to add the required tension.

Thanks to Fibrestar Drums and The HEINEKEN Company for trusting us to look after their people.

How can the type of steel affect the adhesion of self adhesive labels?

More often than not the thickness of the self adhesive layer on the label can be between 12 and 20 microns thick.

That is only .012 – .02 mm which is not very much at all and as adhesives work on percentage surface contact if the surface you are sticking too isn’t very smooth adhesion can be affected.

With the majority of rolled steel products, such as pallet racking, the finish is very smooth and won’t cause a problem but there will be some steelwork around your warehouse where this is not the case.

On structural steel, the surface is far from smooth and this is where problems can occur. P&D arms, Mezzanine, heavy duty racking and building columns can be a problem.

The way round this is make sure the adhesive is significantly thicker with a more substantial label.

In our case we make a highly durable label which has carries a 200 micron thick adhesive which while may still only be .2mm thick allows significantly more surface contact between the steel and the surface. In most cases this is more than adequate.

If you are not sure, take a close up photo and send it to ASG Services and we will advise on how we can help.

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