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Reflective Sheeting Types

Thursday, September 26, 2013 By: admin

reflective sheetingThere are three different common types of reflective sheeting, and we will help you understand the differences in this post.  For those who don’t know, reflective sheeting is the orange/white stripes commonly seen on traffic barricades, traffic drums and sometimes on barriers.  Delineators usually have white stripes of reflective tape on them.

They are designed to make the product easier to be seen during the day and night.  Headlights or sunlight reflect off the tape to make the product more visible.  Now the most basic and least reflective version (but in many instances, it will do) is the Engineer Grade option.  It is also the least expensive.  The next step up in reflectivity is Hi Intensity, some states require this grade on certain roads so do your research before purchasing, especially if you are using your products on a state road!

The most reflective and expensive option is Diamond Grade and in some cases this is required for state roads at certain speeds.  But it does depend on the state.  This grade will ensure the cars will see the products.

Our website www.trans-supply.com sells reflective tape as well as traffic barricades, barricade lights, traffic cones and more.  Click on the following link to see our reflective tape options:  https://www.trans-supply.com/c-90-tape-and-paint.aspx

Types of Barricade Lights

Friday, September 20, 2013 By: admin

solar barricade lights, solar barricade light, solar powered barricade light, solar powered barricade lights, red solar barricade lights, yellow solar barricade lights, solar flasher, solar flashers, solar assist barricade light, barricade light, barricade lightsContinuing with the theme of explaining the different types of products (we did traffic barricades before) we will explain the different variations of barricade lights in this post.  The first we will talk about is solar versus battery powered.  A solar barricade light is usually $10 to $20 more expensive per unit but will not need to have it’s batteries replaced.  A typical battery powered light will need it’s batteries replaced every 3-5 months.  Most of my customers prefer solar as you ‘set it and forget it’.  No maintenance involved.

Now another option is the intensity of the light.  There are ‘Hi Intensity’ lights that are called ‘Type B’ lights.  These are bright enough to be easily seen during the day.  A regular barricade light is not intended to be seen during the day and will usually shut off automatically as soon as the sun comes up.

solar barricade lights, solar barricade light, barricade light, type b barricade lights, solar type b barricade lightsIf choosing a battery powered light, you have an option of 6 Volt or D Cell.  In this case it means a light that takes 6 Volt batteries or D Cell batteries, usually one 6 Volt battery and four D Cell batteries are needed, respectively.  Most people choose a D Cell as the base is smaller so it’s a more compact unit.  The 6 Volt version has a more traditional look.

Another option when it comes to battery powered lights is LED or non LED.  Choosing to have LEDs in your barricade light will cost you between $3 and $7 extra but will make the light brighter.  Other options include lens colors and hot stamping the barricade light with text.  Changing the lens from the usual yellow to red or clear will typically cost you more, and hot stamping a light will typically involve a ‘set up’ fee and a per item stamp fee around 50 cents each.

Traffic Barricade Types – What Do They Mean

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 By: admin

type2If you are in the market for traffic barricades but don’t know too much about them you have come to the right spot.  First off, the type of barricade has to do with how many boards and/or pieces of sheeting a barricade has.  Note: ‘sheeting’ is short for reflective sheeting, the orange and white striped piece you see on the barricade.  The first barricade on the left is a type 1, the second a type 2 and the third one is the type 3.

A type 1 barricade has a piece of sheeting on the top board only, and the barricade itself is usually 24″ wide and 42-46″ high (depending on if it is open or closed at the bottom).  It still has a bottom board,

type 2 barricade

but the board has no sheeting on it.  A type 2 barricade has sheeting on both the top and bottom board of the barricade.  Like the type 1 it is the same size (24″ wide and 42-26″ high).
The type 3 is a very different unit because it can range from 48″ to 144″+ in width.  As you can see there are three boards, which command a lot more attention to the unit.  These are great for road closures where you need to cover wide distances.  The sheeting is on all three of the boards typically.

 
type 3 barricadeNow sheeting can have different types too.  They range in the amount of reflectivity, starting with the lowest: Engineer Grade, Hi Intensity and Diamond Grade.  For most instances Engineer Grade works fine.

 

New Product: AR3 Mini Airport Barricade

Friday, September 13, 2013 By: admin

544Check out our new airport barricade below:

https://www.trans-supply.com/p-544-plastic-airport-barricade-12x12x12.aspx

This 12″ x 12″ x 12″ airport barricade is designed specifically for GA (general aviation) airports.  Just like the other barricades it has reflective sheeting and can hold a light and a flag.  However the price is about half that of a traditional barricade.

Although GA airports do not have to follow all FAA guidelines, they still strive to follow the rules the best they can even with a limited budget.  This barricade is a way for these GA airports to remain in FAA compliance but not break the bank.

These are great to use around smaller aircraft.  If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us through our website which is linked above.

 

 

FastShippingIn this industry, planning ahead is not always an option and when you need something you usually need it ASAP.  Lots of companies will say they can get your product to you on time but following through with that promise can be an issue – and the last thing you want are fines from the FAA or DOT for not having your safety equipment installed by the agreed upon date.

Something to realize is that most of the time your products are going on a pallet so they are shipping via LTL (Less than Truckload) which can be slow!  When getting a shipping quote from your supplier ask for a few quotes based on transit time.  For example, going from CA to PA may be 7 business days transit time, pay a few hundred more and get it in 5 business days.

freightcarrierThese shortened transit times are not always available but it never hurts to ask.  And when it comes to total lead times (time to leave the warehouse + transit time) make sure it’s clear whether you are talking business days or ‘regular days’.  10 business days is actually 14 ‘regular’ days.

The last piece of advice is to set up an appointment with the freight company for delivery as soon as it ships out.  Ask your supplier for the number and make sure if an appointment needs to be set up, it is set up.  Otherwise, the product may sit in a local terminal for an extra day while they call you and set up an window for delivery.  So this makes sure you get the product as soon as it arrives in town.  This is almost always the case for residential type deliveries.

If you need a traffic safety product such as traffic cones or barricades within a certain date we will do our best to help you out.  Check out our website at www.trans-supply.com or call us directly at (866) 930-4604.