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Our manufacturing plant, as part of a continuous improvement process, has made it possible for us to deliver an even more consistent product than ever before. This means that in addition to being the current global floor pad leader we will continue to add value to our floor pad offering in several subtle but important ways.

  • Increased uniformity of the basic construction as evidenced by improved thickness control and increased non-woven web consistency. Each pad will look more uniform without edge to edge or pad to pad differences in thickness. This means customers will consistently receive pads that look as good as they perform without wobble or shortened life.
  • Improved pad roundness and center hole placement. Specifications have been tightened on the roundness and center hole placement of each pad. The manufacturing variation will be more closely controlled and minimized. More consistency can be expected in the placement of the center hole in a round pad. This means 3M floor pads will not contribute to machine vibration or have reduced life due to increased stress as they are spinning at high speed.

These improvements are expected to increase customer satisfaction and reduce complaints. The enhancing of our manufacturing technology platform will solidify our leadership position in non-wovens as advances in floor care technology present new product opportunities in the future.

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3M is dedicated to continuing and improving its position as the global market leader in floor pads. As the hard floor care market continues to develop with more sophisticated equipment, cleaning chemicals and floor finishes it is critical that we keep pace with ongoing improvements to 3M Floor Pads. Our world class floor pad manufacturing facility has identified process improvements that improve the overall quality, consistency and performance of the product. Although they appear subtle, these product improvements further establish 3M as the top-performing product in the marketplace.

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3M pads provide the best performance and results. The chart below provides additional information

Floor Pad Quality CharacteristicCompetitive Floor Pads3M Floor Pads
Knots & Clumps in Pads(% of pads w/ defects) 3 - 5%(% of pads w/ defects) 1 - 2%
Thickness(variability in pad) .04"(variability in pad) .02"
Roundness(variability in pad) .08"(variability in pad) .02"
Center-Hole Placement(variability in pad) .06"(variability in pad) .02"
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Although the changes to pads appears small, an improvement in the performance of the pad should be noticeable. The following chart indicates how the performance will be enhanced with each change.

Floor Pad Quality CharacteristicResulting Performance ImprovementsBenefit to End-User
Knots & Clumps in Pads
  • Eliminate scratching of floors
  • Provides greater consistency throughout useful life of pad - Lasts longer
  • Better product consistency & gloss generation
  • Saves money
Thickness
  • Less machine vibration (UHS)
  • Less machine wobble (low speed)
  • Less operator fatigue
  • Provides greater consistency throughout useful life of pad - Lasts longer
  • Better product consistency & gloss generation
  • Better product performance & utilization of labor
  • Saves money
Roundness
  • Less machine vibration (UHS)
  • Less machine wobble (low speed)
  • Less operator fatigue
  • Provides greater consistency throughout useful life of pad - Lasts longer
  • Better product consistency & gloss generation
  • Better product performance & utilization of labor
  • Saves money
Center-Hole Placement
  • Less machine vibration (UHS)
  • Less machine wobble (low speed)
  • Less operator fatigue
  • Provides greater consistency throughout useful life of pad - Lasts longer
  • Better product consistency & gloss generation
  • Better product performance & utilization of labor
  • Saves money
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MARKETPRIMARY INTEREST / NEED3M SOLUTION
Health Care
  1. Little to no dust generation
  2. Limited access & time to care for floors in patient rooms
  3. Difficult to find blocks of time for general floor maintenance
  4. Product / SKU Consolidation
  5. Product ease-of-use & worker training
  1. 3M Eraser Pad
  2. Save time and reduce dust w/ 3M Nat. Blend Tan (NBT) used on damp floor w/ 3M cleaner (3-1 or neutral)
  3. Strip floors faster with 3M Hi Pro Stripping Pads, more effective in removing excess finish than Black Pads
  4. Floor care & mtce. can be standardized to 5 pads (Strip-Hi Pro, TopScrub-Blue, Daily Autoscrub-Topline Pre-burnish, Burnish-Eraser &/or NBT)
  5. 3M pads are easy to use, provide excellent results & are available with training programs
Building Service Contractors (BSC)
  1. Labor savings
  2. Product / SKU Consolidation
  3. Product ease-of-use & worker training
  1. 3M Pads are designed for faster & more effective use (e.g.: Strip floors faster with 3M Hi Pro Stripping Pads, more effective in removing excess finish than Black Pads, Eraser Pads remove black marks on floors up to 6 times faster than other burnishing pads)
  2. Floor care & mtce. can be standardized to 4 pads (Strip-Hi Pro, TopScrub-Blue, Daily Autoscrub-Topline Pre-burnish, Burnish-Eraser or NBT)
  3. 3M pads are easy to use, provide excellent results & are available with training programs
Education
  1. Lower overall costs (price)
  2. Product / SKU Consolidation
  3. Product ease-of-use & worker training
  1. Coating throughout pad helps prolong useful life which helps reduce overall costs
  2. Floor care & mtce. can be standardized to 4 pads (Strip-Hi Pro, TopScrub-Blue, Daily Autoscrub-Topline Pre-burnish, Burnish-Eraser or NBT)
  3. 3M pads are easy to use, provide excellent results & are available with training programs
Retail
  1. Little to no dust generation
  2. Product / SKU Consolidation
  3. Product ease-of-use & worker training
  1. Eraser Pad
  2. Floor care & mtce. can be standardized to 4 pads (Strip-Hi Pro, TopScrub-Blue, Daily Autoscrub-Topline Pre-burnish, Burnish-Eraser, NBT or Aqua)
  3. 3M pads are easy to use, provide excellent results & are available with training programs
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The easiest way to tell the new pads from the old will be by looking at the label. A "new & improved" sticker will be positioned on the outside label of the box to help identify the improved pads. You will also be able to see a slight visual improvement in web uniformity that can be seen when holding pads up and viewing through a light. For most pad types this difference will be subtle. The other improvements will only be apparent when comparing an old problem pad to a pad made using the new process.

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Safety-Walk tapes and treads are used in a wide variety of applications, in many different markets. Therefore, different divisions of 3M Company are used to make this product line available, to the many different markets (Aerospace to Building Maintenance for example).

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For custom sizes and shapes, call 3M Converter Markets at 1-800-328-1681

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There are four important areas to always remember when applying Safety-Walk products:

  1. Make sure the substrate surface is clean, dry and smooth.
  2. Minimum application temperature (of the substrate) in order to successfully bond the pressure sensitive adhesive in 3M™ Safety-Walk™ Slip-Resistant Tapes and Treads
    • Medium Resilient - 40°F (4°C)
    • General Purpose - 40°F (4°C)
    • Conformable - 40°F (4°C)
    • Fine Resilient - 50°F (10°C)
  3. After removing the liner from the pressure sensitive adhesive side of the tape or tread, minimize 'touching' the adhesive surface during application so that oils and soil from the hands do not contaminate the adhesive prior to bonding.
  4. Finally, make sure all the surface of the Safety-Walk product is ' pressed or rolled firmly ' during applications to provide optimum contact and bonding

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Safety-Walk products are not easily removed once bonded. The adhesives used in Safety-Walk products are durable and strong. Suggested removal procedure:

  1. Using a 'putty knife' or similar tool, insert under the edge of the tape or tread, and pry upwards to lift edge. Continue around all edges of the tape or tread. Use a 'pliers' or similar tool to grasp the open edge and pull (at a 180 degree angle) back over the tape or tread.
  2. Use 3M™ Citrus Base Industrial Cleaner chemical to soften any adhesive which may remain on the substrate. Clean residue off, rinse, dry and reapply new Safety-Walk tape or tread

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3M™ Safety-Walk™ Slip-Resistant Tapes and Treads Technical Data Sheet (pdf, 128k) provides in depth information on Products, Direction for Use, Product Selection, Surface Preparation,Typical Properties and Chemical Resistance

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Mil-D-17951E(ships) is a current US Navy Military Specification covering Safety-Walk product conformance to specific physical properties and their applications for the armed forces.

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The Department of the Air Force, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, canceled these specifications under project number 6510-0839. As part of a government reduction in paperwork policy, therefore, these specifications no longer exist or any reference made to them.

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Products include 3M™ Safety-Walk™ Cushion Matting:

  • 5100 – Open, Z-web mat; flow-through construction for wet or dry work areas; excellent resistance to a variety of chemicals, greases and detergents found in industrial or food service environments.
  • 5250 – Open, coiled-web mat; flow-through construction for wet or dry work areas; excellent resistance to a variety of chemicals, greases and detergents found in industrial environments.
  • 5270 – Textured, solid-top mat with vinyl coiled-web base for dry work areas; excellent resistance to a variety of chemicals, greases and detergents found in industrial environments.

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The mat selected will depend upon the environment.

  • Is it a wet are or a dry area?
  • If it is a wet area, what chemicals are present?
  • Is debris present or not?
  • Do you want to keep debris on top of the mat?
  • How large are the debris particles?
  • How will the mat be cleaned?

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Yes, all mats can be seamed except 3M™ Safety-Walk™ Cushion Matting 5100. For specific seaming questions or instructions, refer to the product’s Technical Data/Product Specifications Sheet.

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Beveled edging is a glued-on edging. It’s designed to match the thickness of 3M matting. Tapered vinyl strips provide continuity from the floor to the mat and make it easier for cart movement and other wheeled traffic.

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Nosing and/or integral edging is produced by the squeezing down of the mat to create an edge.

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Black is the standard color. Safety-Walk matting 5100 is available in Black (Ebony) and Quarry Tile Red. Custom colors and pricing are available upon request.

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Contact your local distributor. For the name of the 3M matting distributor nearest you, call 1-800-852-9722.

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For entrance matting, the alternate products are 3M™ Nomad™ Scraper Matting 8100 or 8150.

  • 8100 Unbacked
  • 8150 Backed

For work area matting, the alternate products are 3M™ Safety-Walk™ Cushion Matting 5250 or 5270

  • 5250 (flow thru construction)
  • 5270 (solid top construction)

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5250 – the smoother, more heavily plastisoled side faces “up”
5270 – the solid, flat top side faces “up.”

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The”E” means that the product comes standard with an in-line factory-applied Black edge that is “integral” or part of the mat. The integral edge is along the mat’s length dimension.

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The”YE” means that the product comes standard with an in-line factory-applied Safety Yellow edge that is “integral” or part of the mat. The integral edge is along the mat’s length dimension.

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The standard number of edges is four unless otherwise specified. Integral edge – along length dimension; in Black (E) or Safety Yellow (YE). Nosed edge – along width dimension; Black only.

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