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COVID-19 Signage

If anyone feels they could benefit from some specific COVID-19 signage right now the team here have created 6 signs we feel are the most relevant. (more…)

UV Direct Printing

We aim to provide our customers with the most help we can. UV direct printing helps us achieve that.

We have invested in 2 UV ink printers that enable us to print signs in various formats in an environmentally friendly way with practically no waste materials.

These printers form part of our significant manufacturing capability here in the UK that also includes safety netting and digital barcode labelling production.

So if you are in logistics or a MHE provider and need help with a project that includes racking labels and signs please contact us.

Silverback Landmark Achieved

Since we launched our Silverback TM label we have helped many customers get the benefits from this material. Durability, scan-ability, consistency of scan etc.

In the last 4 years we have made so many Silverback racking and shelving labels that if we stuck them on the floor (which we wouldn’t, we have got floor labels for that!) they would cover 500 football pitches! (more…)

Commodity Centre Group – Data Entry

ASG Services sometimes get some unusual requests to help customers.

In this case, we are working with Commodity Centre Group to improve data entry of warehouse locations across many buildings.

My colleague Rachael Platt and the client have done a great job understanding the requirement and then designing and approving the joint ideas.

Over the past 3 days the team print and finished these books. A huge amount of attention to detail that has gone into these.

Great work everyone.

Maximise ROI

Many of our Silverback racking label customers are looking for help to maximise their ROI and more often than not that investment is in the hundreds of thousands of pounds if not many millions.

With so much money being invested I feel it is important that the part we play is also respectful of the clients’ commitment.

At ASG Services, we check the location label barcodes we create for you with a verifier that tells us the quality of the finished image. (more…)

Anticipated Lifespan of Line Marking

We help many customers every year with internal line marking.

Unlike many contractors, we have a range of preparation equipment so we are best placed to offer the most help and choice.

So if you want to talk to us about the ‘anticipated lifespan’ of the various options available, get in touch and we can work with you early in the project.

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.

Location Label Project – The Beauty Project

We have been helping a local Manchester company recently called The Beauty Works.

Their warehouse manager Andrew Walker is knowledgeable about barcoding and that is helping Rachael Platt help him deliver efficiency saving to his operation.

They have been working on a location label project for some time now. Today Rachael has made some samples for him to test in a real live environment to ensure that these small labels will deliver the correct scan range for Andrews team.

At only 45 mm wide and containing 11 pieces of data even an efficient symbology like EAN Code 128 requires quite a few lines and spaces printed in a small area.

Andrew requires high durability so we have encapsulated the print behind a thermal gloss polyester film that bonds it to the synthetic paper.

In order to help companies like Beauty Works we are always happy to supply working samples!

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.

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.

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