EC funding for research into safe and resilient flooring with controlled slip under varying environments
A twelve strong consortium has secured €2,070,919 of EU funding to improve the antislip properties of general purpose flooring under dry and wet conditions whilst still maintaining properties such as durability, ease of installation, optical appearance, ease of cleaning and low cost maintenance.
The three year project, called SlipSafe, is part funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme and proposes to combine new intelligent material formulations and processes to gain control of the interface between flooring and shoe. The new technologies will allow the use of the materials in the flooring manufacture as well as an after-treatment process to renew existing or worn out flooring.
It is expected that the technology developed within SlipSafe will double the service life of the flooring and allow easy cleaning. Furthermore, a new test method will be developed to allow the monitoring of slip and a life cycle analysis performed to assess the environmental impact of the new flooring.
The SlipSafe consortium is comprised of twelve European organisations including four trade associations, European Plastics Converters, Asociacion Valenciana de Empresarios de Plasticos, The British Plastics Federation and the European Resilient Flooring Manufacturers Institute, three SMEs, Nanorioja, GTE Indsutrieelektronik and TBA Protective Solutions and five RTDs, Smithers Rapra & Smithers Pira Ltd, Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology, AIMPLAS, Fundacion Tekniker and Giz Grozd Plasttehnika.
For further information on the SlipSafe project, visit the website at www.slipsafe.org