Our thermal spray applied durable non-slip coating is a reinforced aluminium based non-slip coating. It is ideal for use in pedestrian and industrial flooring areas, bridge decks, escalators, steel floors and panels across a range of diverse industries.
Untreated steel surfaces can become very slippery, especially in wet conditions, and are prone to corrosion. To ensure safe walking and industrial operating conditions, vital to personal safety and corporate productivity, our theraml spray non-slip coating provides a durable non-slip anti corrosion coating.
Traditionally, steel structures are hot dip galvanised, or painted, to protect against corrosion. The disadvantage of hot dip galvanising is that the surface can become slippery and it does not easily accept paint without the need for special primers. Painting this type of surface, which is sometimes applied with grit inclusions, also has its disadvantages. The surfaces can degrade quickly in heavy use, resulting in corrosion and an increased slip hazard.
Many large steel structures, including oil platforms, refineries and bridges, have been routinely protected against corrosion by thermal spray aluminium (TSA), zinc or an alloy of the two. While providing unrivalled corrosion protection in very aggressive corrosive environments, pure TSA is not durable enough to prevent long term wear on floor plates. Ideally, steel structures need a durable coating that protects against both slip and corrosion and that’s exactly what our non-slip coating does.
Our thermal spray non-slip coating is applied with a rough texture and has excellent non-slip properties, while being extremely hard and resistant to wear. The coating provides:
A suitable level of grip, to avoid personal slips or industrial skidding
Comparable corrosion protection to aluminium, as used in aggressive environments
Easy application by a long-standing process, covered by international standards
The resultant coating is corrosion resistant and because of its durability, site owners can be confident that once applied, they can forget about rust or slipping for many years.
It is applied using the arcspray process. In the arcspray process the raw material, in the form of a pair of metallic wires, is melted by an electric arc. This molten material is atomised by a cone of compressed air and propelled towards the work piece. Upon contact, the particles flatten onto the surface, freeze and mechanically bond, firstly onto the roughened substrate and then onto each other as the coating thickness is increased. Coating thickness can range from around 50 microns up to several hundred microns or even millimetres for some metals. Typically, metal sprayed corrosion protection coatings vary from 100 to 350 microns.
There have been a number of recent successes with non-slip thermal sprayed coatings and there are many trials being conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the coating against more traditional non-slip surfaces. A local UK Council has opted for it to coat 150 of its manhole covers. The covers were metal sprayed with 100 microns of aluminium before being coated with 300 microns of 28E. This is the standard specification for external applications, offering unsurpassed corrosion resistance and durable grip to ferrous items.
It has also been used on a pedestrian loading platform at a UK airport, as part of its drive to prevent trips and slips in the workplace. The airport has chosen non-slip thermal sprayed coatings to replace the current chequer plate surface to improve grip, particularly in the wet. As this is also an external application the platform was arcsprayed with 100 microns of aluminium before being coated with the non-slip thermal sprayed coating.
There are two significant trials currently being undertaken around the UK. The first is on a very busy ferry terminal roadway. Non-slip thermal sprayed coatings is being trialled to check its durability and wear for this arduous application. To avoid disruption to the ferry service and its passengers, the coating was applied during the early hours and is now being tested on a daily basis.
The second trial is being undertaken at an industrial site where it is being considered as a replacement for the traditional GRP non-slip plates. 300 microns of non-slip thermal sprayed coating has been applied to both the steps up to the access platforms and the platforms themselves. Safety is paramount in this instance due to the size and height of the access platforms. The risk of slipping must be reduced to an absolute minimum, making it an ideal solution. As this is an internal application the aluminium base is not required, as corrosion is not an issue.