Halo's breakthrough in reflective coating solutions means the nighttime viewable landscape and the nighttime appearance of any product from street signposts, fire safety systems, cable barrier systems, bicycles, and architectural design is about to change dramatically, and for the better. For the first time ever, guardrails become life saving contiguous lines of visible light at night; children's bicycles appear any color in the day and light up a bright and luminous white at night; the black trim of yellow school buses can illuminate to protect its occupants from side impact at night. Halo's patented and proprietary reflective formulations add value and safety to many diverse product lines.
The potential products are endless and include:
- Bicycles and helmets
- Transportation materials including buses, planes, signs, guardrails, architecture
- Sportsmen supplies
- Garage doors
Halo has spent the last seven years perfecting, testing and scaling up its process to allow for nearly any substrate (ferrous/non-ferrous metals, wood, glass, plastic, etc.) to be coated in a high volume production atmosphere. Halo reflective coatings produces a clad that has superior corrosion resistance and abrasion durability, supreme adhesive characteristics, and that exceeds the reflectivity of engineered grade tape. Every reflective formulation is rigorously tested at independent labs and compounded specifically to adhere to the underlying substrate.
Advantages of powder coating over tape
First, and perhaps the most important advantage of Halo’s reflective coating solutions over engineering grade tape is that our powder and liquid coatings are applied without the use of solvents, thereby greatly reducing the amount of polluting volatile organic compounds released into the atmosphere. This allows the coating industry to meet ever increasingly strict environmental regulations and worker safety concerns easily and inexpensively. This aspect of Halo's reflective coatings, along with the fact that excess powder and liquid technologies can be collected for reuse, also reduces the cost of disposal of potentially hazardous and flammable waste.
Nearly everything that reflects at night today relies upon retro-reflective tape. While retro-reflective tape is an effective product that allows the everyday driver to identify and react to road signs and even small patches of highway guardrail delineators, it has never been able to address large and complex areas that require visibility at night. In addition, tape has several limiting factors that include:
- Substrate Limitations –Utilizing retro-reflective tape over metals (finished or not) will quickly lose adhesion and fail.
- Surface Configuration Limitations – Tape has limits on what it can adhere to. For example, tape cannot be utilized on complex fabrications. It is mostly utilized on flat surfaces.
- Durability Limitations – Retro-reflective tape has a limited life span, due to the fact that the basic polymer utilized in most tape is not UV stabilized. In other words, sunlight causes the molecules in the tape to become unstable and fade thereby nullifying the retro-reflectivity over time.
- Cost Limitations – Retro-reflective tape is extremely expensive. The applied cost of tape is exponentially greater than the cost of Halo.
- Cosmetic Appeal – Retro-reflective tape is used primarily on highway systems. Most retail items that require a degree of cosmetic appeal do not utilize tape.
The federal government is rapidly changing mandates for the highway safety market, and expanding focus to children's bicycles, trucks, trailers, and construction equipment. Halo has been an innovator in the safety market and is leading the highly regulated world of highway safety.
Halo has successfully introduced their retro-reflective powder and reflective coatings to industry leaders in several multi-billion dollar markets:
- Transportation industry leaders
- Safety transportation manufacturers and officials
- School bus makers in both the US and abroad
- Fire and police departments
- The Japanese Ministry of Highway
- Motorcycle manufacturers and distributors
- City officials
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