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CRPA Artificial Turf 101
Overview • Is Artificial Turf right for you? • How to build your field of dreams. • Selecting the proper turf system.
Artificial Turf 101 Is artificial turf right for you?
Artificial Turf 101 Building your field of dreams
The Construction Process Leading to…
Artificial Turf 101 SELECTING THE PROPER TURF SYSTEM
3 Keys A company that I could trust. A fiber that will last the longest. An turf system that delivers performance and safety. 1 2 3
Selecting THE COMPANY
Inspect your warranty. Warranty Tufting Warranty Coating Warranty Yarn Warranty Installation Warranty Yarn Tufting Coating Installation
Selecting THE RIGHT FIBER
Fiber Type • Monofilament • Known for their resilience and aesthetics. • Been in use for over six years with continued success. • Slit-Film • The original fiber system. • Ideal for high use facilities. • Hybrid • “New” Concept, combines Slit-Film and Monofilament fibers. • Over time, the system will look and perform like a Slit-Film system. • Not the best of both worlds, but a compromise.
We asked one question. There has to be a better way.
PPG Process Polymer Geometry
Building the optimal fiber. • Reduced skin abrasion • Superior durability • High resilience • Strong resistance to temperature changes
Polymer • The Problem: • Turf companies have been using plastic bag technology. • Why? • The worldwide demand for PE is 84 million tonnes • The artificial turf industry consumes 0.1% of that demand. • FieldTurf’s Solution • Design and introduce the first artificial turf specific yarn.
Polymer • Polymer Comonomers: • C4 • C6 • C8 • Polymer Catalysts: • Chromium • Ziegler-Natta • Metallocene • Polymer UV Stabilizers
Demand better UV testing. FIFA Protocol Xenon Sun Light
UV stabilization. 6,000 ppm of UV Xenon Arc UV Testing 150,000 Lisport Cycles 10,000 ppm of UV Xenon Arc UV Testing 150,000 Lisport Cycles
The optimal process. • Process Problems: • Lines are too short. • Speeds are too fast.
Process • Typical Line • FieldTurf Line
Geometry • It’s all about breaking points.
Penn State Wear Testing • You can download the complete report here: • http://plantscience.psu.edu/research/centers/ssrc/documents/lisport-report.pdf
Selecting BACKING & infill
It starts from the bottom up. • Backing serves three purposes: • Secure the tufts • Keep the carpet wrinkle free • Provide for drainage Finger Unit Perforated / Solid Coated Drainage Rate: 300 inches / hour Drainage Rate: 90 inches / hour
Infill Type • Sand-and-Rubber (3-Layered) Infill • Most intricate and most meticulous system • Best shock absorption and energy restitution • Ultimate in safety and playability • The choice of the NFL
Infill Type • Sand-and-Rubber (heterogeneous mix) Infill • “Common” system with average playability
Infill Type • Sand-and-Rubber (homogeneous mix) Infill • Uncommon, but offered by some • Sand settles on the top of the system, very abrasive
Infill Type • All-Rubber Infill • The least desirable turf system • Unstable, low performance
CPRA Artificial Turf 101