When the Rubber (Doesn't) Meet the Road

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Innovation in safety barricade systems, DisposaCone is geared to construction, law enforcement and barricade related industries. Vanguard ADA Systems introduces a new taller recyclable DisposaCone made of sustainable materials, minimizing the need for petroleum based derivative products.

New 18 inch Reflective DisposaCone

We had enormous success with our previous 14 and 17 inch tall DisposaCone’s, but many law enforcement agencies and contractors told us ‘if it isn’t 18 inches tall, we can’t use it’ so…we listened and adapted the product...

Crow all you want about the environmental issues related to petroleum based products like rubber cones or plastic barricades, but one company has actually done something about it, and all with sustainable renewable resources.

Vanguard ADA Systems, an energetic Seattle firm which licenses a patented system it developed for the blind, has recently come up with an innovative way for contractors, police, medical personnel, public events organizers and others to have a convenient inexpensive barricade. Fully reflectorized and functional for many types of commercial and private needs, their product; DisposaCone, is lightweight, weather resistant and stores flat.

Indeed, while the product has been commercially available in other sizes since 2008, due to consumer demand and design changes, the company has just introduced a much taller and more vibrant device through their website and distributors.

Jon Julnes, developer of DisposaCone, says, "We had enormous success with our previous 14 and 17 inch tall DisposaCone's, but many law enforcement agencies and contractors told us 'if it isn't 18 inches tall, we can't use it' so…we listened and adapted the product to obvious market demand."

Simple engineering changes were made to the product, one of the more important being, finding a way to cause it to stay rigid in wind and rain. A simple crease running longitudinally allows it when crimped to strengthen the device in heavier weather. A video attesting to same is on their website at DisposaCone.com. Thanks to two opposing adhesive tabs on the base it adheres quite well to most dry hard surfaces.

The reviewed product had two strips of engineer grade reflective tape on each side of the recyclable device for maximum nighttime visibility and comes in a convenient pack of 3. They're lightweight and easy to set up.

When asked how he came up with the concept Julnes said, "I owned a small paving company and finally got tired of being the cone supplier of the known universe, watching my annual $10,000.00 cone budget go to supply every soccer field and tree fort in the area. Rubber cones always did the job but they just seemed to grow legs. I figured there had to be a better way."

The device is as tall as a standard 18 inch rubber traffic cone while compact enough that 25 fit under a vehicles front seat. Julnes makes the case that with rubber cones at $20 apiece, versus less than $3 per each DisposaCone, the device makes economic sense in almost any environment.

Out of the box, DisposaCone's vibrant coated paper offers a much brighter surface to attract attention, beating out the familiar tar covered cones' almost every time. Perfect for clean rooms, hospitals, construction sites and other areas where high visibility is critical.

It's an obvious solution to a persistent problem, and a product I suspect will be around for a long while to come.


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