New Engineered Solutions For Snow and Ice Melting with Unique Portable Electric Heat Source from Martinson-Nicholls and Anderson-Bolds

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The Martinson-Nicholls and Anderson-Bolds system has been adapted to custom heated mat and stair systems. Products created to date include heated, slip-resistant stair treads, outdoor entrance mats, heated ramps, and heated anti-fatigue mats for tollbooths and guard shacks.

Martinson-Nicholls, a leader with innovation in the floor matting industry in conjunction with the Anderson-Bolds Company, a leader in electric heat solutions, have combined their talents to create a safe, economical, low voltage heat system for outdoor stairs and entrances. Anti slip aluminum step covers can be combined with low profile anti slip outdoor mats to create a total system to melt snow and ice, thus eliminating winter maintenance when this technology is used. The current system can be provided in a variety of sizes, including custom sizing where needed. When an entrance requires 24/7 access, this technology is ideal and attractive. It replaces the need to build expensive enclosures or canopies.

The Martinson-Nicholls and Anderson-Bolds system has been adapted to custom heated mat and stair systems. Products created to date include heated, slip-resistant stair treads, outdoor entrance mats, heated ramps, and heated anti-fatigue mats for tollbooths and guard shacks.

Customer imagination on these new products has already begun causing the new partnership to develop other innovative applications. For example, through customer inquiry, we found a need to develop low voltage mats not to melt snow and ice, but for heated mats to stand on for outdoor use when temperatures are in the 20 and 30 degree Fahrenheit temperature range. This particular application was for use in outside guard shacks at a military base. We determined that to make this product effective, the mat temperature would have to sustain at least 85 to 90 degrees F. We also determined that adding an anti fatigue surface to this mat made it even more beneficial.

The next custom need to be addressed was for master control panels, thermostat controls, etc. This was developed in conjunction with a request from Bruce Power Company, a large Nuclear Power Plant in Canada, who needed a heated mat system to warm the inside floors of their guard shacks. Our partnership developed six mats measuring 3' X 6' with anti fatigue surfaces to satisfy customer requirements. As part of a nuclear power plant, control panel requirements were elaborate and demanding. All was accomplished, the end result being a heated, low voltage mat, producing temperatures in the 90-degree F. range when air temperatures were in the 60-degree F. range.

Application of this technology can also be used in vehicles from trucks, cranes, trains, buses, airplanes, etc. In most cases, a 12-volt system will be needed and currently is available. Other applications deal with indoor portable heat solutions designed to allow customers to turn down thermostats and keep employees warm and productive with low cost, effective, radiant, low voltage, electric heat. These mats are ideal for totally unheated areas where temporary heat may be required on occasion. This technology can be used in areas such as assembly lines or for under desks to replace dangerous space heaters.

The above are just some brief examples for usage of this new and exciting technology. We look forward to solving many customer problems in the future, and remain open to applying the heated mat solutions to new applications.

About Martinson-Nicholls

Martinson-Nicholls, over the last 25 years, has established itself as a leader in custom floor matting and safety solutions.

Martinson-Nicholls provides the customer with the exact size needed-small, large, standard, nonstandard, special shapes and logos. Custom installations are also a specialty of the company.

Anti-slip safety tapes and treads are available in various sizes and textures from hand cut or die cut pieces to full rolls and special shapes.

"We have concentrated on floor safety, anti-fatigue and indoor and outdoor heated floor mat applications. We welcome the special applications that our customers present us with. This has enabled us to satisfy come very unique and unusual problems for our customers," says Dan Ruminski, President of Martinson-Nicholls.

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