Pavement Message Signs: Right Where You Need Them

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In our pursuit of making safety easy for you, we at Seton are introducing a new line of pavement message signs. These new adhesive-backed signs are meant for use on floors and pavements but can also be used on walls. As with all our safety and facility signs, our new pavement message signs feature a full range of practical safety messages and eye-catching graphics, ensuring they will be highly noticeable wherever you should use them.

One feature that sets our new pavement message signs apart from other floor signs and markers is the material from which these signs are made. Conventional floor markers are made from vinyl and usually feature an anti-slip overlaminate. Our new pavement markers are made from adhesive foil material by Asphalt Art. You may be familiar with Asphalt Art products through those large point-of-purchase advertising floor decals found in malls, supermarkets and other similar locations.

What makes our new adhesive foil pavement signs unique is that they get their slip resistance from glass beads incorporated into the sign’s surface. In fact, the anti-slip properties of our new signs are good enough to meet NSFI and ASTM-International certifications for non-slip surfaces.

Pavement message signs are easy to apply, with no need for surface prepping other than cleaning, designed for short term use for up to a year, and priced accordingly. We are certain that the new pavement message signs will be an ideal addition to your facility’s safety program.

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Choosing The Right Barcode For Your Asset ID Labels

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When choosing  an asset id label that lets you manage your assets more efficiently, barcoded asset id labels are the way to go. Barcodes allow you to retrieve information instantaneously all with the wave of a scanner. Not only that, if the information on your assets needs updating, you need only to change the information in your central database rather than on each asset tag.

What many people may not know is there are a number of different barcodes, each one more suitable to a particular application than another. Considering Seton’s line of barcoded asset id labels features three different barcode symbologies, knowledge of what differentiates one from the other will ensure you choose the best barcode for your needs. The three types of barcode options we offer are: Code 39, Code 128 and Code 2 of 5 Interleaved.

Code 39

Also known as Code 3 of 9 and USD-3, a Code 39 barcode is one of the first alpha-numeric barcodes and is still widely used in many industries and applications. In fact, Code 39 is the barcode standard for many government agencies including the Department of Defense. The character set for a Code 39 would include the letters A-Z in upper case, the digits 0-9 and these symbols: dollar sign ($), minus (-), percent (%), period (.), plus (+), forward slash (/) and a space, 43 characters all in all. This type of barcode does not require a checksum.

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An example of a Code 39 barcode.

A Code 39 barcode can be read by just about any scanner available on the market. And since this barcode is checksum optional, it’s easier to use. This barcode requires a lot of physical space to encode data. Consequently, very small goods cannot be labeled with a Code 39 barcode. Barcode 39 is ideal in retail and point-of-sale scanning (POS) applications, inventory control and also for monitoring smaller items like laptops, tools and handheld equipment.

Code 128

A Code 128 barcode can be used as either alpha-numeric or numeric only. Compared to Code 39, Code 128 has a higher selection of symbols to choose from and can be encoded with a higher density of information. Its character set includes the numbers 0-9 and the letters A-Z in both upper and lower case, as well as all the ASCII symbols, 106 characters all in all.  These symbols are usually organized into 3 subsets, namely A, B and C. Unlike Code 39, Code 128 requires a checksum.

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An example of a Code 128 barcode.

Because Code 128 can be encoded with a higher data density, this type of barcode can be used in more data-intensive applications like logistics for shipping, ordering, distribution and transportation, and in encoding coupons.

Bar Code 2 of 5 Interleaved

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An example of an Interleaved 2 of 5 barcode. The zero at the beginning of the number set was generated due to the odd number nature of the set.

Code 2 of 5 Interleaved is a high density, purely numerical barcode symbology. Similar to Code 39, Code 2 of 5 Interleaved doesn’t require a checksum. This barcode encodes numbers in pairs, so if a number set ends “oddly”, a zero must be added to the beginning of the set to even it out. Code 2 of 5 Interleaved is also unique in that information is also encoded in the white spaces of the barcode. Code 2 of 5 Interleaved barcodes are typically used in the warehouse industry as well as in libraries, wholesale and distribution applications.

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Spotlight on Warehouse Aisle Floor Markers

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Warehouses – especially larger ones – are always a buzz of activity. Powered industrial trucks moving in and around aisles; workers filling shelves with stocks, retrieving these for shipment or taking inventory; maintenance performing emergency maintenance or housekeeping chores are just some examples of daily warehouse activities.

With all this going on, sometimes all at once, ensuring operations run as smoothly – not to mention as safely – as possible can be a bit of a challenge. With this challenge in mind, we at Seton developed a line of markers designed to make warehouse activities more efficient, namely warehouse aisle floor markers.

Aisle identification for more efficient – and safe – task resolution

Most warehouses would have some form of aisle identification system, usually in the form of aisle signs. These types of signs attach to the side of racks either flush or extending outward a bit. While these do a fair enough job of identifying aisles there is a likelihood these can be obscured largely because of how they’re positioned, i.e. on the side of a warehouse rack.

Our new warehouse aisle floor markers feature three factors that make these easier to see than conventional warehouse aisle signs:

•A highly noticeable design – our new aisle floor markers feature a design that “jumps out” at you, letting you know exactly what aisle you’re at.
•A large diameter – at 17” dia., these floor markers are easy to see even from a relatively far distance.
•Floor mounting – being floor mounted, there is a lesser danger these floor signs will be obscured from view.
•Subsurface printing – subsurface printing ensures the marker won’t fade significantly.
•A Lexan topcoat – Lexan is chemically resistant also adding to the markers durability.

Another notable feature of our new warehouse aisle markers is these feature significant anti-slip properties. What this means is, these new floor markers can also help prevent slip and fall accidents.
When properly installed, our warehouse aisle floor markers allow your workers to more efficiently traverse even a really large warehouse. This equates to time saved performing the various tasks at hand.

A Friendly Reminder

Please keep in mind, while our aisle floor markers can enhance both efficiency and safety in your warehouse, nothing beats good old-fashioned training to ensure both. Make sure to train your workers regarding your establishment’s safety protocols, including working around forklifts and other powered industrial trucks and housekeeping principles.

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Preparing for Spring: Some Spring Cleaning Tips

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With the coming of Spring, so comes the task of spring cleaning. The recent cold spell was one of the worst in recent memory. What this means is, the potential damage left by winter could also be pretty high. This being the case, it’s never too early to stock up on items for spring cleaning and repair.

What To Look Out For and What To Do

The biggest culprit when it comes to cold weather damage is of course water, specifically the water resulting from melting snow and ice. It’s important to remember that water can cause more than one type of cleanup and repair challenge. Consequently, dealing with these challenges would require different approaches. Here are some common problems resulting from melting snow and ice, and what you may need to best deal with them:concrete patch kit

  • Cracks – As you may know, water trapped in the nooks and crannies of areas like parking lots, roads, and grounds inevitably expand due to freezing, resulting in cracks. As soon as the snow and ice melts, perform a survey of your grounds to check for any new cracks. Take note of the new cracks – or better yet, mark these with a piece of chalk. To seal these up, use a concrete patch kit. This kit contains all the equipment you need to patch up cracks in your concrete.
  • Leaks – As on the ground, expanding ice on your roof can result in cracks. Naturally, these cracks can result in leaks. Be on the lookout for pools of water beneath ceilings as these are one of the hallmarks of a leaking roof. However, not all leaks produce enough water to cause pooling. In this case, be sure to check the inside of your roof, looking out for localized discoloration and signs of water damage. Before attempting any kind of repair, be sure that your roof is completely dry. In the meantime, regularly clean up any water on your floors as this could lead to slip and fall accidents. Better yet, you could use a leak diverter. Leak diverters prevent pooling water, reducing the need for constant cleanup.
  • Localized flooding and water pooling – Large amounts of snow and ice can cause localized flooding as these melt. If these floods are beginning to prove hazardous, you may need to cordon off the affected area with items like safety cones or stanchions. For large pooling of water inside your facility, you could use berms or absorbent socks to prevent slips and falls.
  • Dirt and debris – Dirt and debris trapped in both snow and ice is also released and carried away towards other areas leaving a big mess. In this case, there’s no other solution but to break out your old, trusty trash kit, and clean away. Related to this, all the inevitable sweeping and scrubbing can dull items like pavement signs, especially in parking lots. In which case, you may want to consider repainting your lot with the proper stencils and striping machines.

Spring Cleaning For Safety

Let’s face it: spring cleaning is a chore, one that anyone of us may be tempted to put off till at least till we’ve had a chance to enjoy the warm weather. In fact, making sure you get your spring cleaning done can help increase safety as well as prevent higher repair costs, be it in your home, parking lot or facility. As previously mentioned, repairing leaks can help prevent slip and fall accidents. Repairing cracks on the other hand, can help prevent further damage to your pavement which in turn can result in bigger repairs down the line. These reasons make spring cleaning an endeavor worth doing early.

To help you get started, we put together a number of spring cleaning products which you can view here and here. This is in line with Seton’s initiative to make safety easy. As always stay safe and warm.

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