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  • From the Floor Up!

    During the 30 years I have been in the #ElectroStaticProtection industry, starting first in Research and Quality before moving through Product Management, Technical Sales Manager, Business Manager and currently Director of #TBAPS, I have been in many factories, distribution centres , repair facilities etc faced with the questions on compliance with #BSEN61340-5-1.

    Although points of detail differ, the same general rules apply to engineer an #ElectrostaticProtectionSystem that is not only fully compliant with #BSEN61340-5-1 but adds value to the operation by increasing #productivity, improving #quality #safety #customersatisfaction and increasing #profitability through reduced #scrap and #productreturns, and those rules start from the floor up.

    The #floor in any operation is often an area that is overlooked and taken for granted and yet it is the part of the building upon which everything else rests.

    #TBAPS have an excellent range of #flooringproducts and #coatings that will produce an excellent platform for a #productive , #safe #ESDcompliant operation that enhances company performance.

    On an untreated #concretefloor, new laid or existing, it is wise to treat it with a #floorsealer #hardener + #densifier. There are significant benefits to this as a first step, as such treatments prolong the life of the floor, by reducing the break up of the floor. This reduces #maintenancecosts, increases #safety by removing #slip and #triphazards (the most common cause of serious #accidents and #fatalities in the #workplace). Creating a long lasting flat floor increases productivity by providing a stable surface for #machinery + #racking as well as improving the surface for easy movement of goods or materials around the #factory or #warehouse.

    #TBAPS #FloorShield #sealers #hardeners + #densifiers are technologically superior products of this type, being based on #nanolithium rather than traditional #sodium based technology, #FloorShield products penetrate deeper into the floor and are more reactive thus they form stronger bonds with the #silicates in the #concrete.

    After treatment with #FloorShield #floorsealersand hardeners the floor is now ready for long and useful life in a variety of standard applications, however if the floor is to be used as part of an #ElectrostaticProtectedArea for #electronicassembly or in an #ATEX environment then the opportunity to establish a #conductive + #groundable floor should be taken.

    #TBAPS have a number of #conductivesolutions to do this, #FloorShield526+ is perfect for large areas. This #conductive #2packepoxyfloorpaint is a cost effective way of providing a high quality, hardwearing #antistatic #antislip floor covering.

    FloorShield Sealer, Hardener + Densifier

    FloorShield526+ Antistatic + Antislip 2 pack epoxy floor paint.

    #FloorShield526+ has a #surfaceresistance fully compliant with #BSEN61340 + #ATEX requirements, it can be used in isolation or as a groundable platform for #FloorShield series #antistaticflooring products. #FloorShield1533 #conductivefloortiles are an easy to install #antistaticfloorcovering that can quickly cover large or small areas. The 500x500x9mm #interlockingfloortiles provide a resilient, hard wearing , attractive #antistaticfloorsurface that increases operator comfort and productivity. Like #FloorShield526+ #FloorShield1533 #floortiles are suitable for #stackertruck traffic etc, unlike #FloorShield526+ they are a quick , easy and quality method of improving and old degraded and damaged floor and improving safety by removing trip hazards.

    #FloorShield1535series #antifatigue #conductivefloormatting improves productivity by reducing #operatorfatigue for staff that are predominantly stood up. The highly resilient surface and design features provide a cushioned surface that encourages regular changes of position to reduce joint and muscle stress in staff.

    FloorShield 1535 series conductive anti-fatigue interlocking floor runner

    FloorShield 1533 interlocking conductive floor tile.

    Now that a solid base for your operation and #ESPsystem has been established with the installation of an #antistaticfloorsystem that adds additional value with #antislip and #antifatigue properties, we can start to build an #ESPsystem from the floor up.

    Obviously, the first thing to consider after the floor are the work surfaces , this can be in the form of a #workbench for #electronicassembly#inspectionandtest etc or #racking for storage.

    The best option is the #modular #ECP1580series #antistaticworkbench below.

    ECP 1580 series antistatic bench with double drawer units, panel unit and overhead bars for lighting or ionisers.

    All #TBAPS benches are height adjustable and fully compliant with #HSE advice on working heights. #TBAPS benches are modular in nature providing significant flexibility to meet changing needs whilst maximising productivity. #Antistaticbenches can be provided with #electrostaticdissipativelaminate tops, #bondedrubber tops and #ECP534 #antistaticpowdercoating finishes for all metal work for a 100% #staticsafeworkbench.

    #TBAPS modular #antistaticbenches have the option of adding, #slidingstorage panels for #conductivepickingbins. Over the years visiting facilities involved in handling #staticsensitive #electronicdevices the stand out noticeable failure in over 80% of the #ESPsystems I have seen is mixing #conductivecontainers with standard containers.

    The explanation that is usually given for this error is that if isn't #staticsensitive it doesn't need to be stored in a #conductivecontainer, this is not true, the standard is quite clear absolutely everything should be packed in #staticsafecontainers .

    #TBAPS have an excellent range of #antistaticbins and other containers .

    ECP1100 series conductive and coloured static dissipative high capacity picking bins.

    #TBAPS #antistatic picking bins interstack and have flat base as well as being compatible with #louvredpanels making them ideal for use on #benches, #racks and #trolleys.

    #Electrical grounding is the next stage to consider in an #EPA and is frequently overlooked or not thought through, having a #conductivefloor in place that is fully groundable makes the problem of grounding easier.

    People are the biggest problem, basically because they move about. #Antistaticwriststraps and #coilygroundcords are probably the most commonly used means of grounding people. They have advantages in that it is very visible to all that they are being worn and a conscious effort has to be made to put them on, which is good for positive attitudes to #ESD prevention. That said they are restrictive, hence the desire for cordless wrist straps, incredibly these products are still out there despite it being obvious with a basic understanding of physics that they cannot work. The fact that such products still do the rounds simply demonstrates how much people actually dislike wearing #wriststraps - desire overcomes good sense.

    Having a good #conductivefloor helps to overcome this, allowing the use of #antistaticfootwear and #antistaticchairs. Going down this road allows operators more freedom and puts in additional paths to #earth in the event of failure of individual #writstraps, #heelstraps #chairs etc.

    ECP 1400 series grounding products

    ECP 1470 Anti Static Chair

    A #groundable floor has been established, we have provided work surfaces and grounded the people, but we still have to consider grounding #benches #trolleys #racks and #containers.

    A fully #groundable #antistatic floor makes grounding #antistaticbenches and #racks easy, if #conductivefeet or #castors are available ( as per #TBAPS products )and electrical continuity has been verified, then the #antistaticbench or whatever, simply rests on the floor.

    If this is not the case, then it is simply a matter of adding a bonding point to the bench or rack and connecting to the floor or earth via #ECP1440 series #groundcords.

    ECP 1135 rack with zinc louvred panel

    ECP 1130 bench rack coated with ECP 534 static dissipative powder coating with conductive feet.

    Bespoke racking unit with conductive trays and framework coated with ECP 538 static dissipative stoving enamel.

    Existing shelving can be an issue for establishing electrical continuity to ground, but retrofits are possible using a combination of ECP 1500 series #antistaticmatting, ECP 500 series #antistaticpaints and #ECP 700 series #conductivetapes to provide electrical continuity from shelf to floor.

    ECP 700 series conductive tapes

    ECP 1500 series conductive + static dissipative matting

    From an #ElectroStaticProtection perspective , it is clear that establishing a good groundable #conductive floor gives many advantages to an #ESPsystem. Building an #ESPsystem from the floor up makes it easy for the rest of the system to fall into place. Importantly, getting a good floor in place also adds value to the rest of the business with increased #productivity , superior #cleanliness and improved #safety helping the efficiency of the operation.

    #TBAPS has a great toolkit of #antistaticflooring options, plus everything that's needed to go on top of the floor along with other #anistaticproducts such as #conductivetools, #antistaticclothing #auditandtest +and #packaging.

    Whatever your #ElectroStaticProtection needs or problems #TBAPS has the knowledge , experience and solution.

     

     

  • My Apprenticeship Experience

       My Apprenticeship Experience

     

    In September last year I started my level 3 Business Administration NVQ. I had dropped out of a generally unsuccessful university experience and had no idea whatsoever what I wanted to do from that point. Fortunately, TBA PS were willing to take a risk. Most of the products that we sold were very new to me and so I was pushed in at the deep end by Mark Lineker and was told to help with the development of products whilst he consistently used the phrase "you can't sell what you don't know". He wasn't necessarily wrong. My first few phone calls were less than brilliant to say the least, but they allowed my product knowledge to grow (I had to find the silver lining or I don't think I would have lasted). When paired with the fierce tutelage of Ann Lister I began to gain confidence, which in turn led to further enquiries and even some sales.
    What I found most surprising about this apprenticeship was the level of responsibility I was given. Within the first 3 months I was put at the head of two projects featuring products I knew nothing about. As my father's catchphrase ,"you can't sell what you don't know", began to ring around my head it became clear that intensive research was needed. Phone calls were put on the back burner as I tried to wrap my head around the world of thermal and friction materials. Hours upon hours spent watching videos and researching applications to figure out these products eventually led to a rather nerve racking experience, a marketing presentation. Giving a presentation on a subject you know about to an audience with the same level of knowledge is hard enough, never mind only having a months learning on the subject and then delivering it to people who had more years experience than I had years on this earth. Fortunately, I have the Lineker genes and even in times of uncertainty I can look fairly certain. The presentation received the highest praise from the crowd, "that wasn't actually too bad". Tears of joy nearly streamed down my face.
    Reflecting on my time here at TBA PS it is obvious to those who know me how much I have grown, both in terms of knowledge and also in terms of my personality. I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to take on this role as it has allowed me to become a much more confident individual who has rediscovered his drive and determination, losing my apathy in the process. This experience reminds me of the time I was taken to my first swimming lesson, a stubborn 5 year old refusing to get into the water only to be thrown into the deep end by my very own mother, but I learned quickly and actually became quite good, enjoying my experience for the time I was there. Unfortunately I think that since that experience I have been unable to learn any other way but within this business it is exactly the type of learning everyone needs to be able to do. As a very small business individuals are expected to do tasks they have never done before to a high standard and you have to quickly adapt or you won't last long. Thankfully, thanks to some tough love from my mother I have been nothing but prepared for this.

     

     

    Niall Lineker

    Technical Sales Officer

  • We've Got Your ESD Problems Covered at TBA Protective Solutions

    TBAPS antistaticpaints for ATEX or electronicsassembly applications have found numerous applications. TBAPS antistaticpaints include acrylic acrylicemulsions twopackepoxy polyurethane stovingenamels powdercoatings + silicone. Additivetechnology includes metaloxidecoatedpowders Carbonnanotube + graphene nanotechnology and traditional carbonblacks. Applications include lighting displays protectivescreens ovendoors enclosures shelving racking pallets scales flooring and many more. 

  • New Protective Solutions for Heat and Braking

    TBA PS have now added a range of technicaltextiles to our product range. We now offer thermalinsulation material such as glassfibrefabric, basaltfabric and highsilicafabric with a variety  coatings and treatments. We also have frictionmaterials with a range of non-asbestos brakelinings and brakepads

     

  • A Trip Around Scotland

    #TBAPS director Mark Lineker took the opportunity to have a few days away in the far north of #Scotland, #JohnOGroats in fact. During his travels a number of industry applications for #TBAPS products were on show. #Scotland has a vast amount of wind turbines, whatever you think of them the amount of energy #Scotland generates from #renewables is impressive. #Windenergy has always had applications for #TBAPS #EMIShielding paints but our new #frictionmaterials will find applications there too. The #Scottishoilindustry was also on show #TBAPS #ATEXcompliant #antistaticpolymers #antistaticpaints + #conductivetextiles have had many applications in the #oilindustry over the years, #TBAPS new #thermalprotectivetextiles + #frictionmaterials will add to offering to this industry.
    Finally, the best #Scottish industry is of course #whisky, He never turns down an opportunity to visit a #distillery and the #Pulteney and #Wolfsburn #singlemalts did not disappoint. Of course #distilleries need plenty of #thermalinsulation and we at #TBAPS will look forward to working with #Scottishdistilleries turn todays rain in to tomorrows #whisky with our #Thermalinsulationtexiles and #fabrications.

  • New Products

    TBA PS have now added a range of #technicaltextiles to our product range. We now offer #thermalinsulation material such as #glassfibrefabric, #basaltfabric and #highsilicafabric with a variety of #coatings and #treatments. We also have #frictionmaterials with a range of non-asbestos #brakelinings and #brakepads.

  • #TBAPS has a rich history of providing #protectionmaterials + products against #EMI #ESD #Heat +#Fire.

    #TBAPS speciality#textiles include #thermalinsulation + #thermalprotectiontextiles including #texturisedglass #basalt + #silicafabrics.
    #Coatings and treatments include #silicone #vermiculite #neoprene #Hypalon etc.
    #TBAPS #EMIshieldingfabrics are #nickel or #copper #polyesters. #Antistatic + #magneticdetectable #neoprene coated fabrics for #ATEX #electronics +
    #HACCP applications are also available.
    #Thermal + #EMIShielding is provided by #TBAPS#EMC #weldingblankets.

    All #TBAPS #EMIshielding #thermalprotection fabrics are available as #tapes.

  • Success is Built on Solid Foundations

     

    One of the great things about working at #TBAProtectiveSolutions over the years has been the exceedingly staff turnover and the continuity in the business.
    A bit like #RoystonVasey once you enter #TBAPS you never leave, however there are major advantages for all #stakeholders in the business resulting from this longevity of service. Customers obviously benefit from the considerable knowledge and experience of products, applications and manufacturing expertise within the the business, being confident that the most suitable product for the parameters of their application is recommendend.
    That knowledge and experience covers #Antistatic applications for #ATEX #electronicsassembly #pharmaceutical #ordnance and #printing #environments. #EMC for the #electronics industry , #magneticallydetectable materials for #foodindustry have long been an area where #TBAPS has expertise. More recently #TBAPS has added #floorprotection and #thermalprotection products to the range as part of the ongoing #organicdevelopment of the business into technically related markets.

    Over the years #TBAPS long serving staff have developed expertise in #manufacturing #specialitymaterials + #products to meet the requirements of #TBAPS customer's #demandingenvironments. #TBAPS #materialexpertise includes #thermoplastics + #thermosetpolymers #conductivepaints + #EMIShieldingpaints #specialitytextiles for #architecturalshielding #EMIshielding #antistatic + #thermalprotection applications. Many of these #technologies combine in our comprehensive range of #EMIshieldinggaskets.
    #TBAPS range of #technicalsolutions for applications have developed over many years, from the early days in the mid #1980's to the present day, indeed some of the early material technology drew on the expertise of #TBAIndustrialproducts. As a result the #evolving #knowledge curve within the business is substantial and is a direct result of the continuity of the people in the business.
    All of this certainly benefits our customers, in fact it is worth noting that we have customers dating back to the early days of #TBAPS, this is something of which we are all very proud of at #TBAPS as it is massive #voteofconfidence in our business but also in us as individuals as well as the technical support and service we offer along with the quality of our products.
    #TBAPS raw material suppliers enjoy huge benefits from the incredibly low staff turnover within #TBAPS , personal relationships develop over time fuelling the #TBAPS #innovation process as good personal relationships between us and our suppliers help further technical understanding of what #TBAPS #specialitymaterials for #demandingenvironments.
    All #stakeholders including our ownership benefit from the #stability that long serving staff bring.
    Over my own many years of service I have had the privelage of working with many stand out staff, however I think a number of my current colleagues deserve special mention for their efforts and committment over a good number of years.
    I think Jim O'Neill, Ann Lister, Mark Watson and Freda Hammonds deserve special mention, three of them started with #TBAIndustrialProducts straight from school making their combined length of service significant. All four have given good service to #TBAPS through good times and not so good times, always hard working and willing to adapt to circumstances in thier determination to best serve our customers. They are an excellent example to new new starters within the business like our Sales #Apprentice , Niall Lineker who has a great opportunity to learn from them not just in terms of #productknowledge but in terms of the personal attributes required in #personnel for a business to be successful, namely hardwork, committment , a desire to learn and improve and a willingness to go the extra mile for the customer.
    A couple of other noteworthy members of the team are our consultants Viv Fisher, who has given many years service to #TBA before going into consultancy. Viv has much experience in the sales and marketing of #thermalprotectivetextiles and has links to #TBAPS through her father Peter Lett , who helped me lot in my early days with #TBAPS when he was production manager.
    Our other consultant Les McLawrence spent the bulk of his career with one of our suppliers from the early days, he nows provides additional support to us in a technical capacity on #thermosetrubbers.
    Whichever way you look at it the stability of our team gives #TBAPS and our customers solid foundations to work on, and of course Success is Built on Solid Foundations.

    Mark Lineker
    Director

  • 2018 New Products

    #TBAPS business ethos is to be #innovative and work with our customers to find the best #solution to their
    #manufacturing #engineering + #design problems. To support that and help provide toolkit of #products + #materialsolutions #TBAPS is constantly working on new product development.

    Some of the new products bought to #TBAPS customers + #markets this year include #EMIShieldingcushions, suitable for #grounding + #EMIShielding applications where high
    #conductivity, low #compressionforces and flexible enough to fit awkward spaces. Ideal for supporting #LCD's in a variety of applications.#TBAPS now offer #EMIFilters to complement + support our range of #EMIShieldinggaskets, #EMCpaints + #EMIRFIshieldingpolymers #TBAPS #FloorShield products include innovative #nanotechnology based
    #floorhardeners #sealers #antistatic #antislip #floorpaints making your #workspace #safe #clean #lowmaintenance#longlasting + #attractive.

    New #tooling means that #TBAPS has added #detectablesiftingballs + a range of #magneticallydetectablegaskets to #TBAPS #magneticandxraydetectableproducts to enhance
    #HACCPsystems. #TBAPS new #thermalinterfacepads #protect #electronics by removing #heat and increasing #thermalprotection to #electronicdevices.

    All part of the #Completeprotectionsolution from #TBAPS

     

  • TBA PS Past , Present + Future

    As we're approaching Christmas and approaching the end of the year, I'm feeling a bit reflective. This mood has been partly bought on by the time of year and by the recent sad death of my friend, mentor and former boss Dave Hurst, who helped me so much during the early part of my career and with whom I formed a strong friendship and partnership that I like to think moved this business forward.
    Dave was involved in the business from its very earliest days back in 1985 when it was known as New Business Team as part of #TBAIndustrialProducts before it became #TBAElectroConductiveProducts in 1986.
    Coming out of #TBAs research business #MaterialsResearchLtd,his first task and achievement was to develop #ECP104 #conductivePP, the much improved version of this product is still being manufactured at our premises today. #ECP104 finds uses in #electronics #antistaticpackaging + #ATEX applications such as #powderhandling in #ordnance environments.

    ECP 104 Conductive PP

     

    Conductive storage box moulded from ECP 104.

    Dave continued to develop a larger range of #conductivethermoplastics adding #nylon6 #HIPS #LDPE #HDPE to the offering. He also worked with other technical colleagues in the business to add #EMIRFIshieldinggaskets and #EMIShieldingppaints to the business, an #ESDevent is an #EMIissue after all so it was a natural organic progression for the business.

    #EMIShieldingGaskets from #TBAPS

    I joined the business in 1989, like most of the staff I came from a research background , From the start me and Dave got along well with a shared sense of humour and following two football teams that didn't achieve much. Dave did enjoy the Joe Royle years at #Latics and after many years of suffering I am greatly enjoying the success at #ManCity, miserable Monday mornings are for #United fans now.
    I was set the tasks of developing a new #conductiveneoprenmat #dissipativematting and obtaining #ISO9001( #BS5750 back then). Dave didn't exactly leave me me to sink or swim but it wasn't far off, that said I prefer it that way - you learn faster.


    #ConductiveNeoprene + #StaticdissipativePVCNitrile #AntstaticMatting

    During the early nineties he helped me move into product management, where my task was to greatly extend our range of #elecrostaticprotection product for #electronics #electrostaticprotectedareas plus adding to the range of #EMIshielding + #antistaticpaints.
    During this period we added #instrumentation #multilayerantistaticmatting #antistaticfieldservicekits as we acquiredsole supplier status for #BT.


    #AntistaticProducts from #TBAPS

    In the late nineties #T+N the group that owned #TBAIndustrialProducts collapsed and #TBAECP got new owners based in the #USA.
    Dave became Business Manager at this point and he led the business through he period of challenges that the process of #globalistion bought #UKmanufacturing.
    During this period we used the principles of #innovation imbued in the business through our combined backgrounds in R+D to reinvent the business to deal with these challenges.
    Together we developed product for #ATXapplications including #colouredstaticdissipativethermoplastics , developed many more applications for our existing #EMIShieldingThermoplastics, bespoke #antistaticpackagingsolutions for our customers. In addition we moved slightly away from our core into #magneticallydetectablepolymers and products.

    #ECP12Essfibremasterbatch for #EMIShielding and #Antistatic applications

    Coloured #StaticDissipativeThermoplastics for #ATEX

    Taking this approach #TBAECP met the challenge of globalisation. The financial crash of 2008 bought an entirely new set of difficult challenges but were again met with innovation.
    During this period we established a productive partnership with #SmithersRapra, particpating in a series of projects along with #Aimplas #TNO to name a few. Together we developed new #nanotechnology based #thermoplastics and #paints. During this period myself and Dave formed new friendships with staff at these establishments that last to this day.

    #StaticDissipative Coloured Thermoplastics and #CNT based #EngineeringThermoplastics for #EMIShielding

    #Graphene based #ClearConductivePaint for #ATEX.

    Dave finally passed the baton to me in 2014 when he decided to retire, he got a deserved good send off from his colleagues with whom he had enjoyed his career.
    I looked to carry on in the same spirit , with innovation and developing continuing strong relationships with our customers, with problem solving at the core of those relationships, but some form of relaunch was necessary.
    This involved ditching the old Electro Conductive Products name which I felt was unwieldy and did not describe our business. Fortunately, I engaged the #SmithGoodfellowPR to help. Together we came up with current name #TBAProtectiveSolutions and our current logo, giving us a much shaeper and modern look.
    The present business has developed well this year, our established products continue to solve our customers problems and we continue to innovate with new products this including our new #FloorShield range of #floorhardeners #FloorSealers and #antislip #antistaticfloorpaints. #TBAPS #EMIShieldingProducts have been enhanced with the addition of #EMIFilters #ThermalInterfacePads and a new range of #conductivetapes.

    #FloorShield #Hardeners + #FloorSealers

    #EMIFilters

    #Next year we will be adding #thermalproectivetextiles including #basaltfabrics #siliconecoatedglass + #silicafabrics. In addition #TBAPS will extend our range of #antistaticthermoplastics #conductivepaints #antistaticproducts #EMIShieldinggaskets.
    We have consistently demonstrated that we can meet the challenges our customers give us and that the broader economy throws at us and our innovative problem solving approach will continue to help us be successful in the future.
    I think Dave would be pleased that the business he helped build and drive forward is surviving and thriving.

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