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IMPROVED ENTRANCE MATTING

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000018955D
Publication Date: 2003-Aug-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 79K

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Abstract

An improvement is a metallic clip having a U-shape, with a top face ended in peaks pointing 90° down and a bottom face having a double-side coated adhesive on the inner face. The clip is opened slightly to allow it to slide into the end of the panel, the peaks face-to-face with the pile of the textile insert, and the adhesive face to the upper bottom side of the aluminium panel cage. When the clip is correctly inserted, the clip is allowed back to its initial position to firmly hold the end of panel, the peaks gripping the textile part and adhesive being fixed to the aluminium panel. Hence the end of panel is protected, damage to, or pulling away, of the insert is prevented. The individual clips still allow the mat to be rolled up, so cleaning operations may be easily conducted. The aesthetic aspects of the mat are not downgraded as with alternative solutions.

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Entrance matting designed for extreme traffic application frequently has a rigid frame, the mat being constructed of aluminium panels equipped with textile infills. A mat is often customized to customer’s recessed well size. When the shape of the well is rectangular or square, the ends of panels are often not submitted to pedestrian and trolley traffic. If the shape is different and has angles other than 90°, then ends of panels can potentially face more pedestrian and trolley traffic and become a weak point in the installation. As result, textile infills on ends can start to be damaged, with fibres being pulled out with loss of cohesion from the backing. Today existing solutions are L or U-shaped metallic or plastic bars which have poor aesthetic appearance, and do not allow the mat to be rolled for cleaning.

An improvement is a metallic clip having a U-shape, with a top face ended in peaks pointing 90° down and a bottom face having a double-side coated adhesive on the inner face. The clip is opened slightly to allow it to slide into the end of the panel, the peaks face-to-face with the pile of the textile insert, and the adhesive face to the upper bottom side of the aluminium panel cage. When the clip is correctly inserted, the clip is allowed back to its initial position to firmly hold the end of panel, the peaks gripping the textile part and adhesive being fixed to the aluminium panel. Hence the end of panel is protected, damage to, or pulling away, of the insert is...