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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.

Sincerely,

Dale Delmage
President, Redwood Plastics and Rubber

 

 

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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:

 

1.) Hanging Barriers and Wall Partitions

office-reception-hanging-barriersReopen with Confidence! Getting back to business is going to be challenging and we’re here to help with your transition and the changes that will need to be implemented for your restaurant, casino, office or fitness center.

The installation of barriers and wall dividers keep your employees and patrons safe, and can also allow for additional patrons in your existing space.

We have standard and custom designs available or we can supply material if you are currently working with an architect or contractor.

  • Sneeze Guard

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  • Counter Barriers
  • Wall Partitions
  • Hanging Barriers
  • Full Height Hanging Barriers

How We Can Help:

  • On-site technical consultation
  • Experienced team member
  • No charge on site visit
  • Safe distance compliant, using best practices

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ORDER HANGING BARRIER KITS ONLINE: hangingbarriers.com

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2.) 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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3.) 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

Applications:
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.

 

4.) Wall Dividers/Barriers

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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

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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…

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  • 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

 

Availability:

  • 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.

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

Tool Features:

  • High impact strength
  • Durable
  • Lightweight

 

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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.

 

Flexible PVC Strip Door – More Versatile Than You Think

It goes by many names: “strip door”, “strip curtain”, “freezer door”, etc. But most people know what a plastic (PVC) strip door is under one name or another. It’s just a door made from clear pieces of plastic that hangs from an open doorway, correct? Actually no – the breadth of specialty strip door products in 2019 is staggering as are quality of life accessories and options that make installing the ideal product easier than ever. Lets first address some specialty grades of the product you might not even know exist.

Redco Anti-Insect PVC

This offering comes in a yellow tint with a pleasant Citronella scent. It helps repel insects in environments such as supermarkets, medical facilities, schools, workshops, food processing facilities, factories, or anywhere where insects are unwanted. Mosquitos and other flying insects don’t like the Citronella smell, popularized by the anti-insect candles and lotions, and as a result they don’t land on the strip door.  In addition, it repels spiders, ticks, chiggers, mites or scabies mites.

Redco Anti-Bac

Held to a high standard of anti-bacterial properties, this product complies with ISO 22196 and Japanese JIS Z 2801 standards. It is recommended for slaughterhouses, food preparation and food processing workshops, restaurants, amongst other industries.

Redco Welding Strips

 This version of the strip product is designed to filter UV and Blue Light Radiation in Welding applications.  Welding Strips met the AWS F2.3 and ISO 25980 standard for Welding Screens and Curtains.  These products comply with many international designations for fire-retardancy and meet the California Fire Marshall F2.3 Standard.

Redco QuickMount

Not a PVC product but a mounting accessory, Redco QuickMount is attached over a doorway and permits the easy attachment of pre-punched, pre-perforated PVC strips to be easily hung and replaced by someone with limited installation experience.

Many other products are available including low temperature and color options to suit virtually any requirement. The strip door can be provided in full rolls, or pre-cut with holes per your requirements.

For more information or a quote please contact us.

Talking About Tolerances

A major consideration on most parts we work on is tolerances, IE. how far can our fabrication work deviate from the dimensions on the drawing. Several issues keep coming up with tolerances and it’s something you need to actively think about for your application. The first major issue we get is unreasonable tolerance requests. This can be anything from a customer accepting zero deviation from the drawing, which is impossible, to passively leaving metal tolerance requirements on a drawing that simply cannot be held with a plastic.

There’s another issue that does not get considered enough which is when customers tell us to hold “best possible tolerances” because they don’t know what they actually need. This tolerance, often (+/-) 0.005″, results in a higher cost for the part as it’s more difficult to make with less margin for error. The fact that there are actual costs to “best tolerances” is something the customer should know.

The other issue with tolerances is that the difficulty of holding them depends on the material. For example, it is much easier to hold a (+/-) 0.01″ tolerance on acetal than it is on a rubber product. Absolutely the rule “one size fits all” does not apply. You also really need to think about the application: a bushing which is press fit into a housing and has a shaft going through it with a running clearance needs more precise tolerances than a polyurethane bumper.

For more information on tolerances or a quote on your requirements, please contact us today.

UHMW vs. PTFE

There are few questions we dread more than the customer asking about a PTFE truck liner. While the error is understandable – in natural form both UHMW polyethylene and PTFE are white colored plastic, if PTFE were ever used as a truck liner the cost would be many 10s of thousands of dollars and the liner would be worn to bits in short order! Yet, monthly we receive inquiries from customers who simply don’t know any better asking for that. We believe it’s important to discuss the distinction, and some similarities, between the two plastics.

Similarities:

Both plastics in their natural form are white and both are widely stocked by most plastics distributors. Both plastics are known for having a very low coefficient of friction and net zero water absorption. They’re both available in 48″ wide plates and in common thicknesses from 1/8″-2″ (and beyond). Both plastics are FDA/CFIA compliant in their natural form. Both plastics can be modified with a variety of fillers or additives. However, that’s where the similarities end.

Differences:

There are so many differences between the products that a list is the best way to explain:

  • PTFE is substantially much more expensive than UHMW
  • PTFE can only handle about 1/5th the load of UHMW
  • PTFE is more slippery than UHMW (despite both having a low coefficient of friction)
  • UHMW has far better wear properties than PTFE
  • UHMW is typically stocked in 48″ x 120″ sheets where PTFE comes in 48″ x 48″ plates
  • PTFE withstands over 4x the temperature UHMW can in continuous operation

So if UHMW is less expensive, handles more wear, and more load…Where do you use PTFE? The answer is pretty simple: 1.) when it’s spec’d in or 2.) when one of its differing properties from UHMW makes it the better choice. For example, if you’re machining some bushings for use in a 400 degree Fahrenheit environment you would go with a PTFE product vs. a UHMW product which would simply melt. As well, if the application demands bearing pads with dynamic sliding (think telescope mounts) then PTFE is the better choice due to its phenomenal low coeffecient of friction. If in doubt, simply contact Redwood Plastics and Rubber and we’ll lend a hand!

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