Traction-First Technology is an extremely durable, inert, slip resistant coating that can be applied to any new or existing metal flooring or walkway. This textured surface is far superior to traditional flooring systems when it comes to passenger safety. Stainless steel diamond plate or other anti-skid tapes do not meet Federal standards, are destined to wear off over time and will require constant monitoring and maintenance. (read more)
Traction First Technology Description
As more and more Transit Authorities mandate safer environments for passengers and employees alike, the definition of slip resistance is being address by the government and in particular, the Federal Register, Volume 56, No. 173 which cites a minimum OSHA recommendation for walking surfaces to have a static coefficient of friction of 0.6 for access routes and 0.8 for ramps. To address this, UKM has developed a unique metal matrix coating that exceeds the OSHA standards and further provides the wear and corrosion resistance required for heavy traffic areas and harsh weather environments.
Traction-First Technology Properties
The UKM coating exhibits a Rockwell C hardness of between 50-60 and a bond strength of more than 4,000 psi, which translates into longevity out in the field (unchanged with over 1 million cycles) and a slip resistance of 1.0 under both wet and dry conditions. These tests are conducted in accordance with ASTM F2048-00 Standard Practice and using an English XL Variable Incidence Tribometer (also operated per ASTM F1679). For added safety and combined with UKM's unique selective powder coating process for messaging, both coatings pass and exceed the smoke and flame requirements of 49CFR part 238 mandated by the passenger rail industry.
Traction-First Technology Process
UKM uses a highly refined plasma arc process to deposit molten metal onto any stainless or non-stainless metal surface. The resulting surface is a molecularly bonded, rough metal matrix surface that exhibits a very consistent texture and is aesthetically superior to any other product on the market. UKM monitors this process very closely to insure consistency and reliability for our customers.
Traction-First Technology Products
UKM is able to apply their metal coating technology to car door thresholds, transition pieces, trapdoors, gallery steps, edge plates, emergency ladders, other walkway surfaces, vestibule floors, step angles/treads, anti-climbers, hatch covers, roof access areas and access ramps. UKM has further experience in applying this coating not only to flat surfaces but also to more complex designs requiring safer traction.