Industrial Use For Retroreflective Safety Tape

Glass bead reflective technology is over 60 years old. In a glass bead reflective system, light strikes the back surface of the bead and returns to its source. Glass bead technology differs from microprismatic technology in that reflective glass beads vary in size and placement, therefore creating inconsistency in the reflectivity. This technology returns light by as much as 30% unless affected by heavy rainfall that causes the reflective optics to scatter the light rather than reflect to the source causing blackouts of the reflective material until it dries again.

Retroreflective Microprism Technology

Reflexite invented microprismatic technology over 40 years ago and it has proven to be the most optically efficient way of ensuring long distance visibility at dawn, dusk, in the work zone, on the roadway, at sea or in any environment where visibility is compromised.

The prismatic technology differs from glass bead technology in that it reflects light from the three surfaces of the Reflexite microprism before it returns the light to the original light source. The exact arrangement of the microprisms,which can be seen in a microscopic view, increases the retroreflective activity. By having the microprisms’ make efficient use of surface area, it is able to deliver top notch retro-reflection. It can return light to the original source with efficiency of at least 80% which greatly enhances the visibility of the person or object fitted with the reflective material.

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Why Reflective Technology is Important

Perhaps the most important part about reflective tape is that it’s used in many industries to provide and improve safety. Whether glass bead or microprism, each type is used in certain ways to bring attention to potential hazards on the job and help both professionals and civilians avoid injury and danger.

Vehicles – Reflective tape is used on automobiles around the world, primarily in shipping vehicles for enhanced safety. Trucking companies, owner-operators as well as fleet operators are required to use a certain amount of reflective tape on the sides and rear of equipment and trailers to improve visibility.

Safety Apparel – A variety of industries use different classes of high visibility clothing to improve worker safety. The most common are the construction industries – particular road construction – who use glass bead technology in their safety vests and high vis clothing to produce wide angle light reflection back toward oncoming vehicles. Other industries such as marine workers, dock workers, warehouses, shipping, landscaping, grounds maintenance, flight decks, etc. all use different classifications between microprism technology and glass bead reflective tape technology.

Rescue Gear- Reflective gear on the personal protective equipment of emergency medical personnel and fire rescue crews alerts passing traffic of the crews’ presence. The reflective tape also allows fire crew members to keep track of their companions in areas of low light, particularly in burning homes with high amounts of smoke.

Recreational Use- Reflective tape has gone beyond industrial use and has moved into the recreational sector. Recreational clothing such as backpacking and camping gear, hats, gloves, sporting gear, equipment, bags and other types of materials often sport the reflective tape. Campers and outdoor enthusiasts can even get marker flags that have reflective properties on them to improve the visibility of their camp site while they are out.

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