Case Study – Hiny Hiders

Hiny Hiders OSUIn a sports stadium, there are fewer high-traffic areas than the restroom facilities. Oklahoma State University’s historic stadium was built in 1913 so the restroom facilities had suffered a great deal of wear and tear from continued use over the years. So when the University planned to renovate and expand its stadium, it was an opportunity to upgrade the restrooms with new bathroom partitions that would add functional and aesthetic value, and endure the high volume of traffic.

Hiny Hiders are made from premium, American-made one-inch thick solid HDPE. The solid plastic partitions resist dents, scratches, corrosion, bacteria, graffiti, and mildew, and unlike traditional metal partitions, they’ll never rust. With the number of partitions required in the installation it was a challenge to find the material that would last. Solid plastic will not break, and it never needs to be painted.

Hiny Hiders are made from premium, American-made one-inch thick solid HDPE. The solid plastic partitions resist dents, scratches, corrosion, bacteria, graffiti, and mildew, and unlike traditional metal partitions, they’ll never rust. With the number of partitions required in the installation it was a challenge to find the material that would last. Solid plastic will not break, and it never needs to be painted.
Hiny Hiders are available in a multitude of colors and textures however Reed took advantage of the product’s customization capabilities and specified the bathroom partitions be designed in the university’s school colors. In addition, to make the application even more unique, the door of each stall is personalized with the OSU logo.

More than 500 partitions were installed in the new stadium. Today, according to Donald Clark, facility manager, the Hiny Hiders partitions have proven to be low- maintenance. “Our metal stalls rusted, needed painting and graffiti was often a problem. Since the Hiny Hiders were installed we’ve had virtually no maintenance issues in any of the restroom stalls. The most we’ve had to do is wash them down with a garden hose.”

As Hiny Hiders are made with HDPE, they’ll have a long life cycle and be a cost-effective component to the new stadium. This is key in a stadium that has more than 40 restroom facilities. For OSU, such a large application, this is an enormous benefit.

Since the 2009 installation, the Hiny Hiders have endured the cheers and jeers of sports fans. “The bathroom partitions have really shown their durability while retaining their great looks,” said Clark. “Every hinge, every latch, every hanger works as well today as it did three years ago,” he said.

For Oklahoma State University, the plan to renovate the stadium was to transform a structure that was showing its age into a contemporary, state-of-the- art facility. The goal was to create unrivaled facilities for football players and fans alike. Boone Pickens Stadium can now be considered one of America’s top facilities from top to bottom.

Solid Plastic Bathroom Partitions

Hiny Hiders - BlueConstructed from premium, American-made solid HDPE with a homogenous color throughout, Scranton Products Hiny Hiders commercial bathroom partitions lay claim to one of the longest life cycles in the industry.

With Hiny Hiders, you’re investing in a worry free product that will save you time and money. Hiny Hiders solid plastic partitions resist dents, scratches, corrosion, graffiti and mildew. Plus, they never rust or delaminate.

Whatever your fire rating needs are Hiny Hider Restroom Partitions have the material to match and are able to provide our customers the freedom to create unique, attractive spaces in floor-mounted overhead-braced, ceiling hung or floor to ceiling configurations.

All this and backed by a 25 year warranty so there is nothing to worry about.

WHY PEOPLE CHOOSE HINY HIDER COMMERCIAL BATHROOM PARTITIONS:

  • Constructed from solid plastic
  • Available in various fire rating options
  • Designer color and textures
  • Engraveable
  • Customizable
  • Available in 3 ADA compliant configurations
  • 25 year warranty

 

FEATURES AND BENEFITS:

  • Impact and dent resistant
  • Will never rust, corrode or delaminate
  • Never needs painting
  • Scratch resistant
  • Impermeable to moisture
  • Power washable and steam cleanable
  • Common chemical resistance
  • Graffiti resistance – resists pencil, pen, paint, stickers and most markers
  • Provides years of everyday low maintenance

Kemlite FRP in Stock at Scholar Plastics

Surfaseal-chartFor fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) wall and ceiling panels that combine unsurpassed hygiene and durability with high-performance and style, customers around the world trust Crane Composites. As the first and largest global manufacturer of FRP wall paneling, we offer the industry’s most innovative and resilient FRP panels.

Our broad selection of moisture-resistant and non-porous FRP paneling solutions are available in a range of surface options, textures and colors. Easy to install over any existing wall surface and highly cost-effective, our FRP panels are proven to deliver tough, low maintenance surfaces that are long lasting, yet great-looking.

You’ll find Crane Composites FRP panels in restaurants, food processing plants, cleanrooms, healthcare facilities, schools, or in any commercial space where surface durability and high performance are desired.

Sound Barriers stocks:

4′ x 8′, 9′, 10′ and 12′ – class ‘C’ fire rated FRP wall panels

23-3/4″ x 47-3/4″ – class ‘C’ fire rated FRP ceiling panels

4′ x 8′, 9′ and 10 ‘ – FX – class ‘A’ fire rated FRP wall panels

4′ x 8′ and 10 ‘ – FXE – Factory Mutual class ‘A’ fire rated FRP wall panels

23-3/4″ x 47-3/4″ -FX – class ‘A’ fire rated FRP ceiling panels

Eclipse Partitions

Distributed and installed in Canada by Sound Barriers, Eclipse Partitions (patent pending) are the future of restroom partitions that offer both innovative design aesthetics and durable performance. The clean lines of this system provide a contemporary look to any bathroom decor. The no sight design delivers superior privacy above traditional partitions.

 

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NEW GENERATION OF PARTITIONS: Make your restroom the best room

  • High privacy no sight design
  • Innovative hinge & post design structure
  • Sleek design with hidden brackets
  • Contemporary antigrip head rail
  • Durable HDPE material

SOPHISTICATED INNOVATION: Simple, yet sophisticated. Eclipse Partitions offer innovative design aesthetics and durable performance.

  • A custom designed metal framing system and pivot hinge eliminates the need for pilasters while maintaining sufficient clearance to the toilet
  • Hinges with lateral and vertical adjustment make it easy to align and level doors during installation and maintenance
  • A small diameter corrosion resistant aluminum post minimizes contact with the floor for ease of cleaning
  • No unsightly hardware visible from outside of stalls

ULTIMATE PRIVACY: Ultimate privacy combined with clean, contemporary lines to compliment any bathroom decor.

  • Designed with increased privacy in mind
  • Get the Edge – unique angled door edges eliminate sight lines for complete privacy and a comfortable “at home” experience
  • Available in three panel height options: standard (55″), privacy (62″), and high privacy (72″)

CREATE YOUR SPACE: The combination of design, privacy and durability make this system ideal for any application from a high traffic airport to a modern corporate setting.

  • Custom designed partition hardware combined with solid plastic high density polyethylene plastic panels provides outstanding durability
  • With over 30 colors and textures to choose from, architects, designer and building owners are sure to find one that fits their unique style
  • Modular side panels allow selection from complete line of colors and textures and provides architects with a unique design element when combining multiple colors or textures

 

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Case Study: SIKA Polyurethane Screed and Coating Systems

  • SIKA Polyurethane Market segment: Food Industry
  • Sub-segment: Prepared Foods
  • Project: Les Aliments DANG NGOC Inc., Laval, Québec.
  • Products: Sikafloor® 20 PurCemCA, Sikafloor® 29 PurCemCA and Sikafloor® 31 PurCemCA.

Existing situation: Water infiltration through cracks in the existing floor protection system caused the surface to breakdown prematurely in a blast freezer.

Challenge: Install a durable industrial floor that meets Canadian Food Inspection Agency requirements, while providing resistance to thermal shock, mechanical damage and chemical attack.

Solution: Sikafloor® 20 PurCemCA polyurethane resin floor screed. Sikafloor® 31 PurCemCA polyurethane flooring coating overSikafloor® 20 PurCemCA and Sikafloor 29® PurCemCA for a smoother finish.

Hard as a rock. . . and shockproof

Flooring installed in a blast freezer of a food manufacturing plant quickly deteriorated and needed to be replaced one year after installation. The original protection system did not withstand sudden changes in temperature caused by hot water washings. Cracks appeared around the floor drains allowing water infiltration under the coating causing the surface to flake and breakdown.

A new flooring system that met Canadian Food Inspection Agency requirements was needed. Other requirements included : resistance to thermal shock caused by sudden drops in temperature (from 20°C to -35°C within 30 to 60 minutes); high compressive strength to support the weight of two conveyors used to move food products; resistance to pressure washing at approximately 43°C (110°F) using a chlorinated alkaline detergent (Blizzard).

The first step was to completely remove the existing failing floor coating. The exposed concrete was then decontaminated and prepared for the application of a new protection system. Workmen installed a 9 mm thick screed of Sikafloor® 20 PurcemCA polyurethane resin flooring and a seamless sanitary cove base 400 mm in height made from Sikafloor® 29 PurCemCA. The final layer consisted of a topcoat of Sikafloor® 31 PurCemCA, a polyurethane solvent-free coating spread over the entire floor area for a smoother finish. Moving joints in the floor were sealed using Sikaflex® Primer 205 and Sikaflex®2c NS EZ Mix polyurethane based elastomeric sealant.

The Sika solution not only provided a surface which meets Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulations, but one that is also resistant to thermal shock, high abrasion, impact and chemical attack.

Freeze flooring case study.

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WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE: SCRANTON PRODUCTS REVOLUTIONIZES SCHOOL STORAGE WITH NEW DURALIFE HDPE, FIRE-RATED LOCKERS

Scranton, PA – It can seem like a jungle in school hallways, with kids slamming, swinging and sounding like a herd of elephants- releasing all that pent up energy on their poor lockers! Distributed in Canada by Sound Barriers, Welcome to the Jungle” says Scranton Products, as they introduce Duralife Lockers, the only line of solid HDPE school lockers that are fully fire-rated (compliant with NFPA 286) as well as being GREENGUARD Children & Schools CertifiedSM for improved indoor air quality. With extensive advantages over metal lockers, Duralife features the strength and durability to stand up to the bombardment of everyday school use with low maintenance at a comparable cost. Duralife Locker doors also feature a quieter close, reducing noise levels by three times that of metal lockers. A new Duralife video detailing the advantages is available at https://vimeo.com/48979521.

“Duralife Lockers, made with HDPE, are a stylish, economical alternative to metal,” said Don Wharton, President of Scranton Products. “With the multitude of durable, easy care features, the payback is realized in just a few short years.”

North American-made Duralife Lockers are available in several design options and 15 beautiful colors, with a color-throughout formula that resists scratching. Custom color options are also available. With a 6-point latch mechanism and full length anodized steel hinges for exceptional strength, Duralife Lockers are impact and dent resistant. In fact, in ASTM impact testing, they were shown to have 59 times the impact resistance of metal. They will not rust, corrode or delaminate and are covered by a full 15-year warranty.

Duralife HDPE LockersHDPE is naturally resistant to bacteria, odors, mold and mildew and the non-porous surface is very easy to clean. Graffiti wipes off easily with most non-abrasive cleaners and stickers and contact paper are easily removed. The lockers can also be power washed and steam cleaned without the worry of rust.

In addition to meeting GREENGUARD Children & Schools air quality standards, Duralife Lockers also contribute to a project’s LEED certification. They are made with recycled materials and are 100% recyclable. And, since they do not require painting, there are no VOCs.

Duralife Lockers perform far beyond metal and will stand up to the stampede!

Contact Scholar Plastics for information, samples and quotation.

Glasbord: FRP Wall Panels

glasbord in storage areaFor fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) wall and ceiling panels that combine unsurpassed hygiene and durability with high-performance and style, customers around the world trust Crane Composites. As the first and largest global manufacturer of FRP wall paneling, we offer the industry’s most innovative and resilient FRP panels.

Our broad selection of moisture-resistant and non-porous FRP paneling solutions are available in a range of surface options, textures and colors. Easy to install over any existing wall surface and highly cost-effective, our FRP panels are proven to deliver tough, low maintenance surfaces that are long lasting, yet great-looking.

You’ll find Crane Composites FRP panels in restaurants, food processing plants, cleanrooms, healthcare facilities, schools, or in any commercial space where surface durability and high performance are desired. Our vast network of distribution partners means that our products, along with expert technical and installation support, are all easily accessible and readily available in Canada from Sound Barriers .

The FRP panels leader for more than 60 years!

As the pioneer in FRP panels, Kemlite was established in 1954, and Crane Co. acquired the company in 1985. The Kemlite name was changed to Crane Composites in 2007 to reflect the company’s ongoing new product innovations that continue to expand beyond hygienic wall panels.

Glasbord Application Photos (PDF)

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Using Kemlite Glasbord FRP for pharmaceutical Manufacturing Applications

THE PROJECT 

Headquartered in Dayton, New Jersey, Guardian Drug Company is one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceuticals. Guardian Drug Company’s customers include the nation’s leading drug store chains, mass merchandisers, supermarket chains, wholesalers and distributors.

The company required major construction over cinder-block walls for a clean-room area consisting of four chambers totaling more than 10,000 sq. ft. The space was to be used for product formulation and Packaging. General contractor for the project was Grad Industrial Works, Inc. of Sunnyside, New York.

THE CHALLENGE 

Construct a suite of clean-rooms for pharmaceutical product formulation and packaging with the following features:

  • Create smooth, easily cleanable surfaces in rooms with extensive piping, wiring and fixtures on wallsand ceilings
  • Cover cinder-block walls for a durable, seamless, non-porous and moisture-resistant finish
  • Enable high reflectivity on surfaces for brighter workspaces
  • Ensure regulatory compliance and high sterile standards with low maintenance

The existing structure presented two potential options for the clean-room construction. Either frame the room with drywall and apply epoxy paint or utilize FRP panels. Given the extent of electrical boxes, piping and mounted equipment on the walls, labor costs would be excessive for drywall installation. Further, the painted drywall surfaces would require ongoing upkeep and maintenance.

SOLUTION

The choice for Crane Composites came down to these main factors that worked in favor of both the installer and the end-user:

  • Proven Product Performance and Adaptability
  • Immediate and Long-Term Cost Savings
  • Customer Support and Service

PROVEN PRODUCT PERFORMANCE AND ADAPTABILITY

The Glasbord with Surfaseal anti-microbial finish provided a smooth, non-porous surface that is resistant to dirt and extremely easy to clean. The Advanced Polymer adhesive was integral to project success. Its ability to bond to any surface meant that the FRP could be applied directly over the cinder-block walls.

Specifically designed for seamless performance in cleanroom applications, Crane Seam Sealant is a fast-curing extremely low VOC urethane sealant. The Seam Sealant bonds with Glasbord to create a monolithic surface for trim-free, superior cleanability. The resulting surface created a strong and durable barrier to detrimental environmental conditions.

IMMEDIATE AND LONG-TERM COST SAVINGS 

Unlike epoxy paint options, the Crane Composites cleanroom system creates a surface that requires virtually no ongoing upkeep, saving building owners significant maintenance costs over time. The surface is so durable that it can be cleaned easily, even with pressure washing. The highly reflective surface maximizes lighting in the room for brighter workspaces at lower costs.

Further, the system can create cleanrooms that are certifiable and compliant with increasingly stringent regulations, saving the risk of high-cost fines for noncompliance. Should it ever become necessary, panels can be replaced at a faction of the costs of other alternatives.

CUSTOMER SERVICE AND SUPPORT 

Because Glasbord FRP panels, and all Crane products, are produced at manufacturing facilities locally in the USA, materials are delivered quickly and efficiently through a national network of highly knowledgeable distributors.

The Crane Composites team is constantly working with distributors, architects, contractors and end-users to offer hands-on support and training, with product knowledge and industry best-practices.

BENEFITS 

  • Adaptability of FRP panels to be cut, fit and sealed around complex fixtures and wall mounts
  • Ease of panel installation directly on any surface using Advanced Polymer
  • Proven material properties and sealant that ensures no maintenance
  • Glasbord Surfaseal panels deliver extra-long life and performance
  • Superior cleanability, even using pressure-washing
  • Highly reflective smooth surface helps lower lighting costs
  • Documented extremely low VOC components
  • Significant immediate and long-term cost savings
  • Reduced installation complexity versus PVC and epoxy systems.

Providing a Safer Gym Locker Against Bacteria

antibacterialNew strains of MRSA, a drug-resistant bacteria, are emerging nationwide, causing hundreds of thousands of infections annually according to federal data, reports and academic studies. Though cases once were confined to hospitals, they are now showing up regularly in schools and gym locker rooms.

Formally known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA typically causes skin infections, from small pimples to painful boils, that usually can be treated effectively by doctors. In some cases, the infections advance, destroying tissue and causing large abscesses that can require hospitalization. And when staph enters the bloodstream or attacks the lungs as bacterial pneumonia, it becomes especially dangerous — often fatal. Federal data suggest that nearly 23,000 people die each year with MRSA infections.

Locker rooms are an ideal living environment for bacteria. Warm, humid, and moist environments encourage their growth and reproduction – See more here.

The CDC urges MRSA education and routine cleaning and disinfecting is recommended for lockers.

Tufftec athletic gym lockers are made of HDPE solid plastic which is a naturally germ resistant material. In addition, they are power washable and steam cleanable so there is no risk of rust or delamination therefore leaving a healthier environment for students. Because the material is a solid color throughout and not painted, a wide variety of cleaning solutions can be applied to the HDPE surface.

According to Sports Turf Northwest,, there are two ways to kill bacteria lurking on surfaces in a gym locker room that can cause MRSA and Staph. Harsh and toxic chemicals can be used, but will need to be used at least once a day with particular attention to sanitizing every locker room surface. A simpler and less toxic solution is ultra violet light technology (also called germicidal UVC). UVC is a special wavelength of light not visible to the human eye that penetrates the cell walls of microorganisms and destroys their ability to reproduce. Applying this light to your locker room surfaces is made easy with the miniZapr, made by Greensgroomer Worldwide. The miniZapr offers everything you need to eliminate harmful bacteria in locker rooms, on gym equipment, or community mats and other sports items. The miniZapr can be used just like a vacuum cleaner on floors or comes with a pull away germicidal UVC wand to sanitize tough to reach surfaces and small spaces. It is powered by either a small generator or you can plug it right into a wall outlet. Anyone can use the miniZapr, and it poses no health risk, unlike toxic chemicals, to patrons or staff. – See more here

Scranton Products has also tested their Tufftec athletic gym lockers with SiTU Bioscinces LLC by the ISO 22196 methods. The test results showed that after 24 hours, MRSA bacterial died off the surface of HDPE plastic without the use of any cleaning solutions.

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Get Serious About Health In Your Restrooms

antibacterialThere are many choices when choosing a material for your bathroom partitions. Though you may not be aware of it, many of the materials available for restroom partitions are not solid throughout meaning that the core is made from a particleboard or cardboard core. These cores are subject to mold,mildew and/or rust in a wet environment.

Hiny Hider partitions by Scranton Products are constructed from premium American-made 1″ solid High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) with a homogenous color throughout. The material resists dents, scratches, corrosion, graffiti and mildew – and will absolutely never rust.

This is especially important in restrooms because HDPE can be fully power washed and steam cleaned helping eliminate germs and bacteria that can feed in a restroom environment. The material is also impermeable to moisture and the non-porous surface does not support the growth of mold and mildew.

Because they never need painting, Hiny Hiders HDPE partitions deliver no VOC emissions and are Greenguard Gold Certified. It is important to look for this certification from manufactures because in an increasingly muddled green marketplace, GREENGUARD Certification provides an advantage by serving as a health-based differentiator. Products GREENGUARD Certified for low-chemical emissions can contribute to healthier indoor environments.

The HDPE material is also naturally germ resistant. Testing conducted by SiTU Bio sciences LLC. by ISO 22196 methods show that after 24 hours, 98.4% of MRSA bacteria died off the surface of HDPE plastic without the use of any cleaning solutions.

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