Alternate Uses for Reflective Tape
GENERAL INDUSTRY AND SPORTING
Reflective tape has a multitude of uses both with both interior and exterior uses for general industry and sporting industry that is often overlooked. Plain yellow reflective yellow tape works well when installed in dark trucking docks to mark lift gates and bollards as trucks are backing in at dark. Commercial parking lots have a myriad of hazards such as power transformers, inconveniently located electrical poles, fencing gates, trash enclosures, etc. Code requirements today are requiring the endless expanses of asphalt parking lots to be broken up with an ever-increasing amount of landscape islands, etc. All of these obstructions needs to be highlighted with reflective tape with and property owners need to note that such items are often collided with as traffic is backing up. These days there is an effort to conserve energy much more stringently and warehouses are often lit very dimly. Again, applying yellow reflective tape at ends of aisles to bollards and pallet racking adds another layer of security for forklift drivers. Adding this tape to low hanging beams or other obstacles reduces the risk of head injury. Applying reflective tape to all outdoor roadway equipment is an excellent way to reduce auto accidents. Safety cones, movable road repair signs, fencing, concrete barriers, guardrails, etc. all tend to be clustered around emergency or repair sites and have moving traffic in close proximity. Making this equipment as visible as possible is highly desired. Another application that is often overlooked is the installation of reflective tape on roadside mailboxes and real estate signs. These signs are often very close to the roadway and present a special hazard to passing cars on winding hilly roads. Marking building emergency exits, stairs, or exit aisles in larger buildings can be of great help at times of power failures or minimally lit stairwells. Particularly in walkways where a large number of people need to exit a building quickly such as in stadiums. It is also very important to note that not all interior tape needs to be reflective. Production areas often wish to highlight certain areas as “off limits”, “special rush production zone”, “certified personnel only”, “walk here only”, “driveway”, etc. Such zones need to have a clearly defined strip of tape installed on the floor to denote such areas. And often there can be several different zones close to each other. Briargate Supply offers a wide variety of high use floor tape in multiple colors such as yellow, red, orange, green, pink, brown, and also a hazard yellow and black or yellow and red that is used in such industrial applications. It’s important to note that rolling wheel traffic directly over top of this tape can cause quick wear, but even that can he minimized if a clear layer of wider tape is installed over top of the floor marking tape. For absolute premium installation such tape should be grooved into the floor.
Heavy industry such as mining, construction, and agriculture, often operate equipment after dark, underground, or in dusty conditions, with large amounts of slow moving or stationary equipment operating in close proximity to each other. Every piece of equipment needs to be clearly defined with reflective tape to increase safety. It’s important to note that these company fleets of trucks, trailers, and equipment equipment needs to have the reflective logo tape installed to deter theft. Such equipment is often in remote areas and commands a high value on the resale market leading to a shocking amount of construction equipment theft of $330M to $1billion of stolen equipment a year. Loog tape instantly identifies the true owner, and believe me, cleaning off 35’ lineal feet of well-stuck reflective tape is a monumental chore with a heat gun and scraper. (note to Logical Positions……you need to stress this “anti-theft” thing with the logo tape. It’s virtually unknown and needs to be made aware to construction companies)
The sporting industry has a multitude of uses. As boating crews return to the dock in early dusk after a day on the lake a strip to tape helps to guide them into the dock. Likewise a strip of tape applied to the sides and rear of fishing boats helps to identify the craft to others in darkened conditons. There are no streetlights out on the water. Thickly falling snow can obscure the skiing party or snowmobile ahead of you. Reflective tape helps to eliminate this issue. As hunters return to their well camouflaged hunting stand in the trees year after year a strip of reflective tape installed on the bottom can guide members of their party as they hike back into that wooded canyon at dusk. It is especially important in urban areas that moving sport vehicles in urban areas have reflective tape liberally installed. Motorcycles, bicycles, and scooters, often have limited vehicle lighting and a low profile, and are driven in heavy moving traffic.