Originally published in Interiors & Sources

12/07/2011

Shaw Industries Group Introduces Innovative Carpet Tile Installation System

LokDots™ by Shaw is designed to work with Shaw’s EcoWorx carpet tile and represents a sustainable alternative to traditional carpet tile adhesive

 
Shaw Industries Group Introduces Innovative Carpet Tile Installation System

DALTON,  Ga.—Shaw  Industries  Group  Inc. has launched LokDots™,  an  innovative  pressure  sensitive  adhesive  system. 

Designed  for  use  with  Shaw’s  EcoWorx  carpet  tile,  LokDots  is  a  non‐toxic,  odorless  alternative  to  traditional  wet  adhesive  installation  that  virtually  eliminates  the  issue  of  volatile  organic  compounds  (VOCs)  while  providing  ease  and  versatility  of  installation  in  even  the  most  demanding  environments.  Applied  using  an  ergonomically  designed,  triggerless  handheld  applicator,  LokDots  helps  installers  and  end-users  address  several  common  installation  challenges. 

High  moisture  areas  and  occupied  spaces  represent  two  of  the  most  complicated  installation  scenarios  faced  by  installers  and  end-users,  according  to  Barrett  Morton,  Shaw  commercial  research  and  development  director.  “LokDots  has  been  designed  with  these  and  other  installation  challenges  in  mind—including  increasing  installation  efficiency  and  reducing  installation  costs.” 

“One  of  the  biggest  differences  between  LokDots  and  traditional  wet  adhesive  installation  is  that  the  system  can  easily  be  used  in  an  occupied  space  with  significantly  less  interruption  for  the  inhabitants,”  Morton  says.  “Because  LokDots  is  odorless  and  doesn’t  demand  the  same  curing  time  as  a  wet  adhesive, spaces  can  be  immediately  occupied  following  a  LokDots  installation.” 

Similarly,  LokDots  eliminates  the  need  for  moisture  remediation  and  limits  the  flooring  preparation  time  typically  associated  with  installing  carpet  tile  in  high  moisture  environments,  Morton  says.  “Using  LokDots,  EcoWorx  carpet  tile  can  be  installed  in  areas  with  alkalinity  up  to  12  pH,  vapor  emissions  up  to  10  pounds,  and  as  much  as  95  percent  humidity—areas  where  traditional  adhesive  typically  fails.”

LokDots  can  also  be  installed  over  concrete,  VCT,  VAT,  cutback,  raised  access  floors,  pressure-sensitive  and  multi-purpose  adhesive,  and  wood,  Morton  says. 

Shaw’s  newest  example  of  the  company’s  commitment  to  Sustainability  through  Innovation,  LokDots  are  also  a  sustainable,  responsible  alternative  to  traditional  adhesive,  according  to  Brenda  Knowles,  Shaw  vice  president  of  commercial  marketing. 

“In  addition  to  providing  a  versatile  option  for  all  types  of  installation  scenarios,  LokDots  also  represents  a  97  percent  reduction  in  installation  materials  as  compared  to  traditional  wet  adhesive.  Just  four  rolls  of  LokDots  (weighing  just  over  one  pound)  provide  the  equivalent  installation  capacity  of  one  41  pound  bucket  of  wet  adhesive,”  Knowles  states. 

The  lightweight,  ergonomically  designed  applicator  and  reduced  installation  time  associated  with  LokDots  are  also  designed  to  help  reduce  physical  stress  and  challenge  for  the  installers  themselves,  she  adds.

Along  with  EcoWorx  carpet  tile,  LokDots  are  Cradle  to  Cradle  Silver  certified,  making  it  the  first  carpet  tile  and  installation  system  to  achieve  this  certification  together.  In  addition,  LokDots  have  also  received  CRI  Green  Label  Plus  certification  and  can  be  used  to  contribute  to  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)  points. 

“Providing  our  customers  with  economically  and  environmentally  responsible  solutions  to  the  questions  they  face  on  a  daily  basis  is  the  driving  force  behind  our  commitment  to  sustainability  through  innovation,”  Knowles  says.  “LokDots  is  the  latest  example  of  this  commitment—and  of  our  dedication  to  providing  the  products  and  services  our  customers  need  to  do  business  better.”

 


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