Posted December 22, 2023

Bedford introduces proprietary UV coating for safety yellow products

Bedford Reinforced Plastics has developed a new proprietary coating to protect its fiberglass-reinforced polymer (FRP) products from the potentially negative effects of ultraviolet (UV) light exposure.

Bedford ReadyShieldKnown as ReadyShield, the UV-resistant protective coating will be applied to all safety yellow PROForms structural shapes. The coating will also be used for ReadySeries pre-engineered structures, including ReadyPlatform, ReadyRail, ReadyLadder and ReadyStair.

Bedford’s new proprietary, UV-resistant coating protects against the negative effects of UV degradation and the potential for fiber bloom. The uniquely formulated compound withstands harsh weather exposure, extreme heat and humidity without changes to surface appearance or structural integrity.

ReadyShield strengthens the durability and performance of FRP structures while also increasing overall safety in facilities where the structures are used.

“We are thrilled to further enhance safety for both workers and the facilities they operate in with the development of ReadyShield,” said Aldred D’Souza, P.E., engineering director for Bedford. “We are confident EHS and plant managers will appreciate the effects of this breakthrough in their facilities.”

When treated with ReadyShield coating, ReadySeries and PROForms products are able to withstand constant UV ray and harsh weather exposure without changes to structural integrity, visual appeal or safety performance.

“Protecting against fiber bloom is one of the most important features of the ReadyShield coating,” D’Souza added. “This will protect against unnecessary obstacles that facility workers currently deal with on a daily basis.” All ReadyShield-coated materials meet or exceed OSHA requirements with pigmented OSHA-compliant safety yellow. ReadyShield ensures the longest life possible for ReadySeries and PROForms FRP products, with both safety and performance at the forefront of this newest development.