From springtime into late fall, and sometimes even all year long, there is certainly one thing that no driver wants to see: orange cones. Construction on the highway, or anywhere there is traffic, will mean delays. This is something that most people do not enjoy. However, have you ever thought about the life of one of these traffic delineators? What are they made from and who makes them? What are they used for and where can you find them.
Exactly what are traffic delineators? In case you haven’t guessed already, this is merely a fancy term for the orange traffic cones that you see all of the time. They are used for traffic control in places where there will likely be a lot of congestion or construction, they are used for crowd protection and control, they provide direction and safety for people on either side of them.
Traffic cones are specially designed to withstand a variety of environments. They are generally made from a special polyethylene polymer making them practically indestructible. This is very important because the cones must often face some harsh circumstances. The weather can be hot, cold or wet on any given day, the cones can be struck by vehicles (accidentally or purposely), but whatever happens, they need to be able to stand their ground.
These cones will often be colored in a manner which is supposed to capture attention. Most often, you will find that they are bright, almost fluorescent orange, yellow or white. They may or may not have reflective strips attached or a flashing light on their tops. This all is done in order to create a safer environment.
Obviously, traffic delineators aren’t “one-size-fits-all” tools. That’s why they come in an array of sizes and shapes. Depending upon the work that they are to do, you may want a looper tube/ring top, a grabber cone, a delineator post, or some other form of traffic cone. Although the vast majority of these cones are portable, many of them are made for permanent placement.
Permanently placed cones tend to be cemented in place, and could be manufactured a little more sturdy than their portable counterparts. Portable cones require a base for support. This base is usually made from recycled rubber. Most manufacturer’s sell these bases as an accessory to the cones.
Many times, traffic cones don’t stand on their own. They may be used in conjunction with metal barricades or other types of safety/restrictive equipment. Whether or not they are used on their own or with additional tools, these cones are meant to help you stay in line and out of harms way.
If you’re searching for traffic delineators for your business or even for your individual use, you shouldn’t have a hard time finding them. For industrial use, you can put orders with manufacturers directly over the web. Remember that most companies have a minimum order number though. For personal use, you might be able to find cones at your local home improvement or hardware store.
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