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 floorcoverings and the pedestrian. 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 not affect the service life of the floorcoverings and keep the easy cleaning characteristics. 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, Asociación Valenciana de Empresarios de Plásticos, The British Plastics Federation and the European Resilient Flooring Manufacturers Institute; three SMEs: Nanorioja, GTE Industrieelektronik and TBA Protective Solutions; and five RTDs: Smithers Rapra & Smithers Pira Ltd, Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology, Asociación de Investigación de Materiales Plásticos y Conexas, Fundacion Tekniker and Giz Grozd Plasttehnika.
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