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NFSI announces the first NFSI-approved tribometers

April 16, 2013

SOUTHLAKE, TX — The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) has announced the first NFSI-approved tribometers to enable effective field measurement of walkway traction, based on the wet Coefficient of Friction (COF) of floors, as part of a comprehensive floor safety program, according to a press release.

According to the release, as of March 25, 2013, the following tribometers have been approved by the NFSI:

 SCOF:  

  • Universal Walkway Tester
  • GS-1

DCOF:  

  • BOT-3000/3000e
  • GS-1
  • GMG-200

NFSI has approved these devices based on seminal research resulting in the standard entitled: "Standard Method for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study (ILS) to Establish Validity, Repeatability and Reproducibility of a Walkway Tribometer Measuring Wet Static Coefficient of Friction (SCOF) for a Common Hard-Surface Walkway" and "Standard Method for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study (ILS) to Establish Validity, Repeatability and Reproducibility of a Walkway Tribometer Measuring Wet Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (DCOF) for a Common Hard-Surface Walkway," the release stated.

The standard evaluates and verifies the validity, repeatability and reproducibility of data produced by instruments and methods employed to evaluate the wet — not dry — SCOF or DCOF of common hard-surface floor materials such as ceramic, porcelain, polished stone, vinyl, wood laminates, as well as coatings, polishes, etc., across a typical traction range, the release noted.

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