Innovation

The regulations governing tactile surfaces in the UK (and generally across all the markets in which their presence is a regulatory requirement) are very specific regarding the form of the surface itself i.e. the distance between blisters and dimensions of each section etc. However, the materials and method of manufacture are not touched upon. The immediate reaction to the regulations was to simply install pavement slabs which include the specified surface on the top face. This is an expensive method requiring a great deal of labour and plant to install. Tactile surface matts were then introduced reduce the cost of installation. Matts can be installed quickly onto most surfaces and with minimal surface preparation. First generation matts were moulded from rubber and did not contain any aggregate for grip. These early matts also did not bond well at a molecular level with the adhesive being used to bond the matt to the surface, leading to eventual dislodging.

The principal innovation which runs throughout the entire Innovision range of products is in the base polymer which was developed over several years by a team with a wealth of chemical engineering expertise and experience. The polymer can be moulded into products in such a way that allows for the aggregate to be suspended throughout the material. This allows the surface to maintain its friction rating throughout its entire lifespan, as the polymer wears away new aggregate is exposed.

The unique Innovision polymer has properties which suit it perfectly to the application. It is highly flexible, allowing it to mould to the undulations in existing surfaces. This avoids cracking and eventual penetration by rain water and dislodging from the surface.

While the product is still in its liquid phase (before catalytic hardening) it will flow with very low viscosity when pressure is applied. This makes it an ideal solution for applying step nosings, as the material will bond at a molecular level with the steps surface directly. Competitor products rely on contact adhesives or mechanical fixation.