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Outrigger Pad Failure! Areas Of Concern

One of our Business Development Managers recently visited a customer and saw a major outrigger pad failure on site. The picture he took at the end of this article leads to a discussion on several potential points of failure for outrigger pads:

  • Incorrect float
  • Incorrect design
  • sub-optimal outrigger pad material

Firstly, the outrigger pad has an incorrect float meaning the dimensions of the pad versus size of the outrigger foot is clearly wrong. A general rule of thumb is the area of the outrigger pad needs to be 3x the area of the foot. This foot appears to be about 16″ x 16″ but is placed on a pad that appears to be only about 18″ x 36″. This means that too much pressure is being put on the ground – a larger float means the weight is distributed through a wider and more even area of the ground.

Secondly, the outrigger pad design itself is wrong. Four wooden boards put together as the pad permits point load to be placed on one or two boards causing further uneven weight distribution. Thirdly, and most importantly, wood is a poor outrigger pad material. It bears, at maximum, 800 PSI but will rot, absorb water, and split as it clearly has in the picture. Failure of this inexpensive but inappropriate material caused a point load which crushed even hardened asphalt.

Redco Outrigger Pads made from UHMW or nylon bear incredible load (up to 3000 PSI) and can be made to an appropriate float size and design to properly spread load across the ground. They will last much longer than wood and will not fail like wooden pad designs would. Redco outrigger pads do not absorb water, rot, rust, support mold growth, or split like wood.

For more information on our Redco outrigger pads click here to go to our website’s outrigger pad section.




3 Things You Need To Know Before Requesting A Plastic Extrusion

Plastic extrusions are often requested of us, particularly for UHMW and PVC. When matched to the correct expectations and requirements, extrusions can provide a part at a cost machined plastics couldn’t hope to compete with. However, in quoting custom extrusions there are three components of the bid that appear to surprise many customers and affect the feasibility of moving forward with purchasing the extrusion.

1.) There are tooling costs

To make an extrusion you need to machine a custom tool out of metal. This is not a complimentary service and it will require a lot of work and calibration. This will result in a one-time tooling or set-up fee charged to your first purchase order. Depending on complexity this tooling can be a few hundred dollars to, more commonly, several thousand dollars so this is important to note.

2.) There are minimum runs of product

To extrude a plastic is not as simple as to drop a few pellets into a heater and out comes a 5′ length of plastics. Significant amounts of material need to be run just to calibrate the machine every time it extrudes. This typically results in minimum runs of no less than 1000 linear feet and typically 2000+ feet.

3.) The lead times can be significant

A 10-14 week delivery is typical for first time plastic extrusions. This covers the time to make the die, calibrate it, make the product, run QC on it, then ship it to one of our locations for distribution. Lead times beyond the first are typically 7-8 weeks to ship. This issue is actually easy to overcome if POs are issued in advance and product can be released on a regular and staggered basis.

If an extrusion is not ideal for your application we still may be able to supply a machined solution. To discuss please contact us today.


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Options

Clear plastic health guards aka “sneeze guards” have become ubiquitous at many retailers as businesses work to improve safety for their customers and employees during the COVID19 pandemic. With this has come the unprecedented demand for these guards, which has resulted in some material shortages.

The question that must be asked is “does every business require a health guard as their personal protective equipment?” As always, we ask you to do your own research and abide by all governmental guidelines as well as any guidelines set by your respective industries. However, if you have some flexibility there are excellent PPE options besides just the solid guards.

1.) Redco Face Shields

Available as a full mask with elastic fastening and foam cushioning, these masks provide what is essentially a “personal health guard” for your face and are portable and affordable. We also make our own PVC face shields for use with safety glasses (they also work with regular glasses). These are typically available with a 3-5 business day lead time to ship.

2.) Redco Flexible Vinyl

In the mad rush to obtain PPE, flexible vinyl has been overlooked as an option and is especially beneficial to a business on a budget or when a hanging barrier is an option. Lightweight and strong, this product is ideal for a simple hanging guard.

For more information on these products or other Redco COVID19 solutions contact us today.

Important Announcement Regarding the Covid-19 Situation

To our Valued Customers and Partners,

There have been many uncertainties regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, including questions regarding our operations and if we will remain open during this unprecedented time.

Please be assured that Redwood Plastics and Rubber has been designated as an essential service. All of our branch locations in Canada and the US will remain open and available to serve you.

Our supply chain is healthy, and we have added additional stock to ensure we can provide solutions and supply materials such as; UHMW, Polyurethane, Acrylic, Polycarbonate, Rubber, Acetal, FRP and many others. Our manufacturing and fabrication facilities are also available to help with any other need that arises within our communities for the healthcare, transportation, forestry, construction, ports, food and beverage facilities and many more.

We are also continuing to take additional steps to keep our facilities and shipments safe and clean for you and our employees with elevated hygiene standards and the conformance to guidelines given by the CDC, WHO, local governments and public health agencies are a top priority for our people and our facilities.

We will continue to keep you informed of any potential changes that arise. We thank you for your business and wish you and your families health and safety during this time.

Thank you for being a valued Redwood Plastics and Rubber customer.


Dale Delmage
President, Redwood Plastics and Rubber



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Keep Your Employees and Patrons Safe

Sneeze Guards/Cashier Shields – Clear Plastic Barriers

Clear plastics, such as acrylic and polycarbonate, are becoming a necessity in grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, hospitals, transportation vehicles and other retailers that have employees serving the public during the covid-19 spread used as protective barriers. While our stock is being sold quickly currently, we’re doing our best to secure significant quantities to see us through the current situation. We can provide the standard 4′ x 8′ sheets or cut-to-size. Request a Quote


Health & Safety Solutions

We live in very uncertain times with the COVID-19 pandemic and it has affected everyone differently in our daily lives and with our businesses. Many businesses have remained open as “essential services” and many are looking for ways to safely reopen. Fortunately, Redwood Plastics and Rubber has countless ways we can assist you during this unprecedented time including Cashier Barriers, Face Shields and Wall Partitions:

Sneeze Guards/Cashier Barriers – Clear Plastic Plexiglas Shields

Clear plastics, such as acrylic and polycarbonate, have become a necessity in grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, hospitals, transportation vehicles and other retailers that have employees serving the public during the covid-19 spread used as protective barriers. We can provide the standard 4′ x 8′ sheets, cut-to-size or prefabricated units. Request a Quote

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Face Shields* – High Performance PETG Infection Control Face Mask

  • Clear PETG Plastic (.020 or .030 thickness)
  • Flexible yet sturdy and virtually unbreakable!
  • Combines clarity with durability
  • Provides clear, unobstructed views
  • Significant chemical resistance and durability
  • Withstands harsh environments
  • Unparalleled quality

Medical, Healthcare, Food Service, Grocery Stores, Manufacturing Facilities, Retail, Restaurants, etc.

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Redco Face Shield

New Style Protective Face Shield*
Attaches easily to safety goggles and glasses!
Easy, comfortable and affordable, Redco Face Shields keep out airborne droplets from coughs and sneezes. It also helps you keep your own spittle to yourself and discourages face touching. Redco Face Shields easily attaches to safety glasses or prescription glasses and surrounds the face for additional coverage. Download PDF Brochure


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*This product has not been approved or cleared for medical use by the US Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. This product has not been evaluated for the prevention of specific diseases or infections, the filtering of specific amounts of viruses or bacteria, or the killing or reduction of the amount of viruses, bacteria or fungi. This product has not been approved or certified as personal protective equipment for medical, construction or industrial use. Except where specifically prohibited by law, no warranties of any kind, either express or implied, are offered for Redwood Plastics and Rubber’s shield design and specifications, including warranties of non-infringement and fitness for a particular purpose.


Wall Dividers/Barriers


As establishments reopen, maintaining social distancing can be difficult in waiting rooms, dining rooms, and retail stores. Redco Tempwall is a quick and easy to install temporary modular wall system.

Lightweight and durable, Redco TempWall is an easy to install modular wall system for rapid deployment of temporary rooms and isolation spaces. The free-standing modular panels come ready to assemble allowing for a clean and quiet setup with no dust or debris. The non-porous smooth panels are easy to clean and maintain, heavy-duty, and impact resistant designed to withstand the most demanding environments. With many configurations possible, quickly and easily divide your existing internal space to suit your needs. Install as a single standalone barrier, combined continuously to create a linear wall, or at a 90 degree angle to create individual spaces. Download PDF Brochure

  • Modular system allows easy, clean, and rapid deployment and installation
  • Non-porous surface
  • Lightweight and strong panels for easier transport, assembly, and re-configuration
  • Environmentally sustainable 100% recyclable with zero cut-off waste
  • UV stabilizers prevent discoloring and cracking
  • Coated with Microban Aegis Microbe Shield (optional)
  • Multiple configurations

Download FAQ | Download Installation Guide

Tempwall Configurations


We can create custom free-standing wall partitions, dividers, temporary and permanent wall structures as well that are made of clear, frosted, twinwall or solid durable materials. Request a Quote


For consultation on how we can help your business during this extraordinary time, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

Anti-bacterial PVC (Strip Door)

Redco™ STOP-BAC vinyl has been specially designed to bring antibacterial properties to flexible vinyl in addition to all the existing flexible vinyl qualities (clarity, brightness, durability, flexibility, and strong resistance to impact).

Redco™ STOP-BAC complies with the International ISO 22196 and Japanese JIS Z 2801 standards to guarantee the highest Antibacterial effect.

Redco™ STOP-BAC is preventing the development of bacterial niche and their proliferation in sensitive areas.

It is recommended in slaughterhouses, food preparation and food processing workshops, restaurants, hospitals, pharmaceutical laboratories, health centers, schools, industrial and commercial shops, etc…


  • Antibacterial vinyl complying with ISO 22196 and JIS Z 2801
  • Odorless Antibacterial agent
  • Transparency/clarity
  • Flexibility
  • Thermal insulation
  • Noise insulation
  • Long durability
  • Impact & scratching resistance
  • High resistance to chemicals
  • Environment friendly & recyclable



  • Strips, curtains and panels
  • Ribbed, reinforced, rounded edges, mat surface

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Plastics For The Medical Industry

When you think of medical-grade devices what comes to mind? Probably a bunch of odd looking metal instruments gleaming under surgical lights. In fact, plastics have a huge role to play in the medical industry with countless applications where they offer benefits. These applications can include UHMW polyethylene knee or hip joints. In the case of a knee replacement, the UHMW forms the seat of the metal ball joint providing exceptional self-lubricated properties alongside excellent wear properties. In the case of a hip replacement, UHMW can be the entire ball joint, providing a long-lasting, slick, and easy rotation.

Other plastics widely used are Polysulfone, PEEK, and ULTEM. Both can handle high temperatures and sterilization via autoclave. The application in this case tends to be as the handle of medical tools. Specialty tools and sensors can be manufactured with an acrylic or polycarbonate casing. FRP wall panel is everywhere in medical offices and hospitals. Redwood Plastics and Rubber can provide rod/sheet/tube for your medical application or, in many cases, quote completed parts. If you’re interested in our assistance with your medical application, please contact us today.

Save Your Hands with SwitchSafe (Sawmill Safety Solution)

cns-knife-tool-switchsafeReplacing knives on a chip n’ saw shaft or chipping canter can be a difficult and time consuming job. Rotating the shaft to replace the extremely sharp blades that cut through gloves and hands can make it a dangerous job as well. The Redco™ CNS Knife Tool, SwitchSafe™, saves you time and saves your hands from injury. Download PDF.

Switch out chip n’ saw knives quickly and easily without injury.

Tool Features:

  • High impact strength
  • Durable
  • Lightweight



Choose Redco Dynamex Rise-It Pedestals!

One of our fastest growing products is our remarkable “Rise-It Pedestal System” for square paver systems.

The system is designed to raise the pavers from 1/2″-3″ in order to improve drainage and also protect the fragile rubber membrane placed underneath. The Rise-Its stack like interlocking building block toys making for very easy installation! In the case of having ground that is not quite level, rubber shims are supplied which can be easily cut into 1/16″ pieces to ensure a level installation. Rise-Its absorb shock and impact, are very strong handling up to 2000 PSI in load, and are made of 100% recycled materials. In fact Rise-Its can help in obtaining LEED credits (contact us for details).

Rise-Its are designed for outdoor use and are thus perfectly suitable for all temperatures experienced in North America. They excel in patio, poolside, terrace, rooftop, and decking applications. We are on the lookout for distributors who see the product’s potential. If you have interest in distributing this valuable product or if you’re an architect looking to spec this into a design please contact us and a product specialist will reach out.

Our Rise-It literature can be found by clicking here.

The videos below show installation information and why Rise-Its are right for you:

When To Choose A High Performance Plastic

There are so many choices for performance plastics it can be overwhelming to choose what you require for your application. What complicates things further is that often several grades of plastic may be able to “do the job” but plastics also vary widely in price. If you’re the type of customer who wants the right material for an application but doesn’t want to waste your budget either: how do you choose when to go with a high performance plastic vs. an economy grade? While every application is different there are some good rules of thumb.

1.) When limited maintenance is a factor

High performance plastics tend to resist weathering, chemicals, and temperature longer than lower grade materials. This means they will require replacement less often, less greasing, etc. This is particularly important with parts being put in particularly difficult to access areas or when equipment downtime for maintenance is difficult to schedule.

2.) When loads are high

4000 PSI in operation is typically the ‘transition point’ between going with an engineering-grade plastic and a higher performance plastic. Typical sheave and bearing materials such as nylon, Tuffkast, acetal, and polyurethane should not be used in applications above 4000 PSI and at that point a high performance plastic is strongly recommended.

3.) When steam and hot water are present

We need to make a distinction between intermittent and constant hot water and steam exposure. Certain plastics, such as acetal, can handle limited exposure (a few seconds to few minutes) to hot water and steam and will work just fine in those cases. However, when steam and hot water are constantly present such as in repeated autoclave sterilization, a high performance material is your only choice as there are simply no good options at lower grades. Steam and hot water exposure are major issues for many plastics and it is strongly encouraged you consult with one of our experts about your application when these factors are present.

4.) Areas of high chemical exposure

Chemical exposure can be a major factor in application success. The saturation of a chemical, not just the exposure itself, is key. A certain plastic may resist 20% saturation in air of a certain chemical, yet fail in 70% exposure to the same chemical. If you are working with strong acids, bases, solvents, hydrocarbons, and other potentially corrosive materials you need to ask questions of an expert and trust their recommendation, which likely may be a high performance recommendation.

If you have questions about your application or Redwood Plastics and Rubber’s high performance plastics, please contact us.




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