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Does Soper's sell racing markers?

Soper’s Pyramark Racing Markers are one of the best available racing markers you can buy, whether for world-class racing or just for fun.

Easily inflated, these highly visible racing markers are a must have for any race or regatta. Their pyramid shape ensures stability – with no counterweights needed for anchoring.

They have the benefit of being easy to inflate with a vacuum cleaner and are easy to tow behind a boat. They are also easy to retrieve from the water thanks to a conveniently placed handle.

pyramark

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Do you have any products designed for rural firefighting?

Soper’s collapsible Port-A-Tanks are designed to improve the efficiency of rural firefighting. Firefighters are able to empty water from a tanker truck into a Port-A-Tank and make the trip for more water. These portable water tanks provide a convenient and less-interrupted water supply. Port-A-Tanks are an economical solution to meet the demands of fighting fires in rural locales.

Tanks are easy to set up and fold to a fraction of their open size, allowing for convenient storage.

Port-A-Tanks

Port-A-Tanks are available in custom sizes as well as frameless, self-supporting portable tanks.

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Does Sopers have temporary solutions for leaky roofs?

Soper’s Leak Diverters are an excellent temporary solution for small roof leaks, condensation drips, or leaky pipes. Water is captured in the tarp then funneled into a bucket or floor drain using any standard garden hose. Soper’s Leak Diverters are easily hung using commonly available bungee cords, tie straps, or rope.

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Do you have solutions for temperature & climate control?

R-rated solutions now range from high temperature and heat reflective to air conditioned applications, spanning Industrial, Food, Pharma, Nutraceutical and Agricultural industries.

The Soper’s R-Rated SoftWall offers long-term operational cost efficiencies. Temperature-controlled areas are easily created and can be installed in a short time frame, without typical construction debris, allowing companies to maintain operations with minimal interruption or mess.

Features:

  • Available in single or double thickness so customers have the option to decide how much insulation is required for their application
  • The insulation fill is moisture resistant and the outer layer is tear, fungus, mildew and shrink resistant and is dimensionally stable
  • The high strength, low wick base fabric is inherently flame retardant and is lightweight, thin and flexible

Benefits:

  • Create temperature controlled areas while also controlling energy and operational costs
  • Easy to install with limited interruption and mess
  • Maximize work and storage space, protect or segregate inventory and move easily when business needs change
  • Customizable to meet specific industry requirements and acceptable to Class A flammability specifications
  • Attract new business from different market segments

Contact Soper’s today at 1-800-263-8334 or at info@sopers.com.

Are Soper's fabrics and applications Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) approved?

Some Soper’s fabrics are already approved and can be found on the reference listing of Approved Construction Materials, Packaging Materials and Non-Food Chemical Products.

Soper’s will provide documentation and guidelines to our clients and distributors regarding the typical acceptable use of our fabrics, installation, hardware and procedures used in facilities that process, package and distribute food products, to comply with Canadian Food and Drugs Act regulations and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) inspections.

We will customize our recommendations and guidelines in order for the Soper’s fabrics, hardware and finishes to meet typical CFIA and FDA guidelines, such as welded seams or stainless steel hardware, based on our experience and knowledge of previously approved applications.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Reference Listing of Accepted Construction Materials,
Packaging Materials and Non-Food Chemical Products

Company Name Product Name Acceptance Date
Soper’s Engineered Fabric Solutions 20mil Clear Antistatic PVC 2011/06/07
Soper’s Engineered Fabric Solutions 20mil Clear PVC 2011/06/07
Soper’s Engineered Fabric Solutions 14mil Clear PVC 2011/06/07
Soper’s Engineered Fabric Solutions 19oz Vinyl Coated Polyester 2006/10/30
Soper’s Engineered Fabric Solutions Woven Polyethylene, White-Curtain 1999/07/21
Soper’s Engineered Fabric Solutions Vinyl Coated Polyester, Clear with scrim FR, UV 13 oz.-Curtain 2000/08/11
Soper’s Engineered Fabric Solutions Clear Polyvinylchloride Strips-Door 1999/07/21

last update 2015/11/05

The Reference Listing can be found at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/active/scripts/fssa/reference/srresults.asp?lang=e&c=2&msg=&q=sopers&sub=SUBMIT

For more information regarding the Safe Food Production Systems Guidelines:
Guidance for Food Establishments Concerning Construction Materials and Packaging Materials and Non-Food Chemicals
http://inspection.gc.ca/food/safe-food-production-systems/technical-references/guidance/eng/1412187967735/1412187968391

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Do you offer solutions for exterior applications?

Yes, Soper’s SoftWall exterior applications are custom designed and tailored to meet the challenges of extreme weather conditions. Our expert staff, along with our network of third party engineers and consultants, will work toward providing individually suited applications.

Cost, practicality, and physical and logistical constraints are taken into account to provide unique design solutions. Key rugged design criteria include assessing whether there is a suitable building structure and concrete foundation for proper anchoring and tensioning to achieve optimal results.

Our outdoor curtains and canopies offer flexible deployment and access, and are designed to withstand wind load, snow load and the effects of other harsh weather conditions.

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What products do you keep in stock?
  • ClearFlex PVC rolls
  • Port-A-Screens
  • Port-A-Tanks
  • Pyramark racing markers
  • Fire blankets
  • Drip-tray liners
  • Leak diverters
  • Fabric in bulk rolls

All other products have a design component that is customised to your specific application.

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How do I determine which Soper's solution is right for me?

Our Soper’s team can help guide you in determining which solution will be best suited to your needs and requirements with one or more of our survey sheets. Our survey sheets can be found at http://www.sopers.com/customer-resources/survey-sheets/. Once we have received the initial input from your completed survey sheets, and if possible pictures of the potential installation area, we will go to work on developing some preliminary concepts.

Contact Soper’s today at 1-800-263-8334 or at info@sopers.com and we can help you get started!

What is your order turnaround?

The intricacy and size of the job requested will determine the length of time needed for approximate delivery. While times may vary, there are 3 levels of job categories that determine order turnaround time.

Level 1: When ordering stock items, your order will take approximately 2 days to process before shipment

Level 2: For a standard (typical) curtain, the process can often go through same day order entry but requires at least 1 day for drawing approval and an additional 2 weeks for manufacturing before it’s ready to ship

Level 3: When working with a complex project or a custom design the order entry process will take 2-3 days, followed by 1-2 weeks for drawing approval and up to 3-5 weeks for manufacturing to be completed before shipping

Delivery times vary on geography and are approximate and installation time will vary upon application.

Contact Soper’s today to determine the level of service required for your next project.

Why Use SoftWall?

You have an in-plant environmental problem – dust, fumes, noise, temperature, cross-contamination, odour, overspray, etc. You’ve considered hiring a contractor to build a traditional drywall, concrete block, or metal clad partition or enclosure. But, have you thought of installing a Soper’s SoftWall partition or enclosure? Consider the following advantages of a Soper’s SoftWall alternative to traditional rigid wall construction.

Cost
Traditional rigid wall construction can cost anywhere from $8 to $35 per square foot. Soper’s SoftWall systems cost a fraction of wha t it cost to build a traditional r igid wall, leaving extra money in
the budget for other concerns. Don’t forget about low future modification costs, as well.

Flexibility
Traditional rigid wall construction is difficult to modify or move. Soper’s SoftWall partitions and enclosures can be easily disassembled and reinstalled or reconfigured elsewhere to accommodate new requirements.

Installation
Installing a rigid wall can be expensive, messy and time consuming. Soper’s SoftWall Partitions and Enclosures can be installed quic kly with little or often no downtime, meaning minimal interruption to production. Plus, there is no mess and aggravation typically associated with rigid wall installs.

Call your regional agent and Soper’s for a more in-depth discussion!

What's the difference between an absorber, barrier, and composite when addressing noise issues?

Particularly in industrial settings, noise can affect productivity and efficiency, as well as being a health and safety concern. Noise can be constant, pulsating or intermittent and it can travel in unpredictable patterns. Surprisingly, without a proper design, attempts to simply block noise can actually make the problem worse. The following are 3 potential solutions to consider using:

Acoustic Absorbers

Soft, porous, open-celled absorbers lower the amplification of noise by reducing the amount of sound that is reflected back from other surfaces in an enclosed space.

Acoustic Barriers

Heavy, dense, limp barriers block the transmission of noise fr om getting to other quieter areas by reflecting it back toward the already noisy area.

Acoustic Absorber/Barrier Composite

Combining an absorber with a barrier has a double impact on noise. It efficiently blocks the transmission of the unwanted sound from getting to a quieter area and in addition reduces the amplification of sound on
the already noisy side.

Soper’s recommends that your best approach is to Block and Absorb, and degrees of this can be accomplished with the use of an Absorber, Barrier or combination Composite. Soper’s are the SoftWall specialists and can help you simplify a complex problem and identify a cost-effective, step-by-step solution to your noise control challenges.

Call your regional agent and Soper’s for a more in-depth discussion!

Why use a fabric duct versus a sheet metal duct?

When installing a make-up air system, you want to consider efficiency and cost effectiveness when choosing your ducts. To achieve cleaner air and minimize the effects of negative pressure, consider the benefits of using fabr ic air ducts. Whether you are installing a new system or replacing existing ducts, Soper’s has a solution.

Benefits:

  • Low cost (vs. sheet metal ducts)
  • Easily installed/lightweight
  • Economical to replace
  • Reduces energy usage & energy costs
  • Quieter air delivery
  • Pressure equalization
  • Improve employee comfort

Features:

  • Custom sizes and design
  • Manufactured of white 5.2 oz Woven Polyethylene
  • Meets ASTM E84 flame specification
  • Mildew resistant
  • Customized to suit specific air flow requirement
  • Aesthetically designed
  • Easily attached to exhaust fans and metal c orner elbows
  • Exhaust end of duct can be c losed, grommeted, or zippered

Call your HVAC contractor and Soper’s for a more in-depth discussion!

Is your fabric flame retardant?

Yes.

When designing your custom solution, Soper’s can meet Class 1 ASTM E 84 or NFPA 701 flammability specifications and building code requirements by matching the right fabric to your application.

Both Canada and the United States uphold strict codes and regulations that determine classifications of flame retardant fabrics. There are many testing methods and agencies that perform these tests including the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). It’s important to note that flame-retardant materials are not fire proof. Here are some material examples that are used in a few of our popular product lines:

MATERIALS* SPECIFICATION USES
Vinyl Coated Polyester (VCP) Select VCP materials meet NFPA-701, CAN/ULC-S109 and Class 1 ASTM E 84 flammability specifications Soper’s SoftWall Enclosures, Partitions and Curtains
14 mil Polyvinylchloride (PVC) Clear PVC is a popular clear vinyl that is cost efficient, flexible, and durable and meets the NFPA-701 fire rating Curtains, Partitions and Welding Screens(PVC is available in clear or welding colours)
Woven Polyethylene Woven polyethylene fabric provides extremely high tensile and tear strength in relation to its light weight and meets NFPA-701 and Class 1 ASTM E 84 flammability specifications Soper’s Curtains, Partitions and Fabric Air Ducts

*Soper’s also carries a variety of specialty high temperature resistant fabrics

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