1. Walking and Working Surfaces
Slip resistance can be divided into static friction tests, applicable to stationary shoe and dynamic tests, which applies when the shoe is moving. Testing the parameters for a stationary shoe and a moving shoe provide information required to assess whether surface traction is adequate for the work and pedestrian from environmental contaminates.
2. Measuring the Stationary Shoe
The Static Coefficient of Friction (SCOF) test is used for the stationary shoe and is performed only as baseline information. This test is measured using the BOT 3000.
3. Measuring Roughness
There are four basic kinds of roughness (flat, bumps, suction cups, and teeth) relevant to pedestrian and employee traction.
Different surfaces having the same peak-to-valley mean can have appreciable different wet slip resistance depending on the character of the roughness.
The Taylor Hobson Sutronic 10 measures peak- to-valley mean micro roughness. This information combined with static friction will interpret the effects of wet surfaces when a shoe hydroplanes.
4. Measuring the Moving Shoe
The Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (DCOF) test is used for the moving shoe.
The BOT 3000 and Tortus II tests are the “back-bone” systems for investigating the outcome of floor care cleaning and restoration programs.
STT’s slip resistant test reports gathered from these machines are used for preventive assessments.
These preventive assessments provide real-time dynamic coefficient of friction data, which verifying the condition of traction and reveal how daily contamination can affect slip resistance on all flooring surfaces. This allows management the opportunity for correction as warranted.