Glossary of Terms

A listing of commonly used terms and phrases found throughout this website:


ANTI-FATIGUE
: Cushioning qualities that alleviates foot pressure, stimulates blood circulation and helps reduce stress on the neck, legs, and lower back.

CHEMICAL RESISTANCE: The degree to which industrial matting products can withstand the erosive qualities of chemicals found in applicable environments.

DECALON®: An exclusive NoTrax fiber constructed of high Denier polypropylene yarn that offers superb wear resistance, moisture retention, and crisp pattern appearance in coordinating colors.

DENIER: Denier is defined as the thickness of the yarn strand. Combined with the face-weight (ounces of yarn per square yard), and the density or volume of yarn strands, It is a critical factor in the performance, quality and durability of an entrance mat.

DYNA-SHIELD®: A process that creates a tough protective barrier on the surface of foam anti-fatigue mats. Dyna-Shield® products are more resistant to wear than traditional sponge matting.

GSII™: A technology incorporated into NoTrax industrial floor matting products that allow them to excel in harsh industrial environments where aggressive chemicals, oils, and greases are commonly found, and where traditional matting often fails.

MICROSTOP™: A unique anti-microbial rubber compound made from a specially formulated blend of raw materials that inhibits the growth of micro-organisms such as bacteria and fungi that can cause odor, stains and product deterioration.

NEEDLEPUNCH: A manufacturing process for carpet matting, needlepunch is engineered with a unique blend of 4 Denier thicknesses of polypropylene yarn ranging from very fine to very thick. Needlepunch products are typically more durable, offering better crush resistance and wearability due to the density of the yarn used in the process.

NITRILE RUBBER: A synthetic rubber specifically designed for harsh environments providing superior oil, grease, animal fat, and chemical resistance, abrasion resistance, gas permeability, and thermal stability. Niru® is the NoTrax‚ trademarked name for Nitrile rubber compound.

NOTRAX RECYCLED: Floor matting products that are manufactured with recycled materials as part of a growing commitment to developing high quality products while reducing the negative impact on the environment.

PVC COMPOUNDS: PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) is a plastic compound used in a variety of manufacturing processes and end products. PVC is known for its durability, resistance to moisture, versatility, and its ability to withstand harsh environments.

TUFTED: An alternative process to needlepunch for manufacturing carpet matting, tufted products are sewn into a backing using a finer yarn. Tufted mats generally are less dense and offer better moisture retention.

UNIFUSION™: A revolutionary bonding technology that uses heat and pressure to fuse a floor matting top surface to a base material. The resulting finished product is virtually a single piece, thereby eliminating the possibility of de-lamination.

REDSTOP™: A uniquely engineered technology that virtually eliminates the slipping and sliding of NoTrax floor mats on all types of smooth floor surfaces by increasing the friction between the underside of the mat and a clean, dry floor surface.

ANTIMICROBIAL: Destructive to or inhibiting the growth or pathogenic action of microorganisms.

ANTIBACTERIAL: Destructive to or inhibiting the growth of bacteria.

PATHOGENIC: Capable of producing disease

GRAM POSITIVE/GRAM NEGATIVE BACTERIA: Gram positive and gram negative refers to how a bacteria reacts to a gram stain. The difference is the outer casing of the bacteria. A gram positive bacteria will have a thick layer of peptidoglycan (a polymer made up of amino acids and sugars) that the stain can penetrate. A gram negative bacteria has an outer membrane covering a thin layer of peptidoglycan on the outside. The outer membrane prevents the initial stain from penetrating. This outer membrane also gives the bacteria a greater degree of protection therefore making it more resistant.