Surface markings can be a cost-effective way of implementing solutions for the above but it is a challenging environment with a mixture of situations such as surface condition, surface type, and not enough time given to apply hard and heavy mechanical handling equipment in use.
These are just some of the things to consider when implementing yard markings.
So, what are the top five common problems with yard markings and how is the best way to overcome these, in no particular order.
1 – Yard markings not visible
Typically, the yard space of most industries is an area where a lot of dirt and grime is present, so within a number of weeks or even days line markings can appear completely invisible and hard to see which has a major impact on things like safety. The reason for this is easy to explain, the preparation is done, the line marking is applied, it is essentially a new surface then immediately the adjacent surface dirt and grime is transferred directly onto it with wheeled/foot traffic.
Ways to overcome this are to ensure a full cure is being given before being trafficked or to look at alternative paint solutions where the surface finish is less likely to attract dirt. The higher the gloss level, the less likely it is to pick up dirt, however, slip resistance can be low and is sometimes not acceptable for an outdoor environment.
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2 – Yard markings not lasting
Typically yard markings can be very busy areas with a lot of mechanical handling equipment, heavy industrial traffic and a lot of ‘point load’ stress this can be very worn on any surface markings especially if traditional thermoplastic products have been used. It is important that before the application of the product, even earlier than that, the level of durability expectations are covered by the asset owner.
Solutions to overcome this are already out there in the market in terms of hard-wearing products but there are a lot of ways to improve the durability of what’s currently used, including more in-depth preparation, mechanical surface preparation, and application of primer before the final topcoat of product. It is crucial in these environments that the application is made on a sound, dust and contaminant-free, dry surface as well as making sure the correct primer is used prior to the topcoat. Giving time & space for contractors when you need to continue the use of the area can be operationally, and often results in just accepting a continual paint application on a quarterly cycle for example.
3 – Operational hassle for facility managers
A common problem in the yard area is a working hub of the facility and requires to be available at all working hours, especially in large site scenarios where access can only be given during small hours at the weekend or night work. It’s simply too much hassle for facility managers to have markings being done as well as vehicle movement – it leads to markings not lasting, paint being tracked and it also leads to reduced output for that facility.
Solutions around this start with frank discussions early in the design stage to ensure the correct product and application method is chosen to suit the application ‘window’. There are various products on the market that have faster curing times, there are also products on the market that have no requirement for primers for example….. alternate to this it can be a simple solution such as well managed projects where large applications are broken down and well managed with the facility manager.
4 – Yard markings don’t look neat
Similar to point one already discussed, some products once installed can look unpleasing to the eye, especially when refreshing existing markings this is also common where the product is prematurely failing due to lack of preparation, primer or incorrect product used.
Solutions to avoid this situation, are things like better surface preparation – it’s good practice to remove any existing marking prior to refreshment unless the line is consistent and sound. Another way to improve finish quality is for it to be applied by airless technology as opposed to manual screed application. The use of stencils rather than the skill set by the applicator gives consistent quality especially when refreshing markings. The use of masking tape to create crisp edges and ensure the product is cured before opening to traffic.
5 – Yard markings being ignored
When markings become commonplace, they can’t even be seen or not very clear workers or pedestrians are less likely to adhere to or abide by them, immediately becoming a safety hazard risk
There are many solutions to improve the impact of safety measures – the list below are just some and are in no particular order
- Use contrast colours on your site markings
- introduction safety barrier segregation
- illuminated projected safety signage
- regular marking audit with an actual test is being done as opposed to a visual test where it is purely one person’s opinion
This is purely from feedback from our contractors and asset owners, if you have further feedback why not feed it back here
Traditionally over the years there has been a one product fits all approach, now with the advancement of paint technology, application machinery and years of experience, advice is freely available – we would recommend reviewing products currently used and your environment together ahead of any upcoming yard marking project.
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