For most of its company history, Staples, the office supply
chain store, employed the marketing slogan “Yeah, we’ve
got that,” which proved very successful. Although the slogan
was retired in 2003, many marketing experts believed that
slogan is what helped make the company the office supply
chain it is today throughout North America.
The slogan became more than just a marketing tool. The
company realized it had to “walk its talk.” While it was not
always successful, Staples took a number of steps to always
keep products in stock, as well as maintain a large, wide
ranging product portfolio to meet just about every customer’s office needs. Well, since Staples has retired the slogan,
it might be possible for an entirely different industry to
consider adopting it, and it’s one you likely would not even
consider: floor mats.
Believe it or not, there are scores of different types of
mats available, especially for industrial and manufacturing
settings. While Staples may have had to adjust to walk the
talk, some companies in the matting industry already offer
a wide product breadth, making mats that address various
needs, environments and situations.
In discussing mats it’s important that you know what the
terms “scraper,” “scraper/wiper” and “wiper” mean. While
these terms primarily refer to matting placed at building
entries, they can also apply to mats installed in a variety
of locations for a variety of purposes in a manufacturing
A scraper mat, which is usually placed before a building
entry, is designed to scrape off larger debris and capture
larger amounts of moisture from shoe bottoms. The scraper/wiper mat is placed next, often within a vestibule at a
building’s entry, to further remove debris and moisture.
And, finally, the wiper mat is placed directly inside a building entry. Wiper mats are also known as the “final line of
defense” because they are designed to remove any remaining
soil and moisture from shoe bottoms. (See Sidebar: Making
Entry Mats Effective)
With that clarified, some of the different types of mats
available and recommended for manufacturing and industrial
locations include the following:
Boot baths: While these mats are used most frequently
in locations that work with livestock, as well as in food ser-
vice industries, they are designed to be used in any location
that requires an exceptionally clean and sterile environment.
Workers step into the boot bath, which is filled with a dis-
infectant. A mat made with very aggressive “fingertips”
is placed at the bottom of the boot bath, helping to scrape
contaminants off boots and reduce the risk of cross contam-
Grit catchers: While this may not be the industry’s official name for this type of mat, just like the boot bath system,
grit catchers are designed to prevent soil or grit from transferring from one location to another. Often these mats are
installed at a factory workstation where debris falls to the
floor. Grit collects in the mat, helping to keep it from being
walked around the factory floor. They also promote safety,
as these mats provide a non-slip resistance that helps reduce
the risks of a slip and fall accident.
Mats that drain static charge: The purpose of these
mats, often termed electrically conductive deck plate mats,
is to help prevent static electricity. Not only is this for the
worker’s safety, but it is also to protect components and
equipment from being damaged by static electricity. They
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