From springtime into late fall, and sometimes even all year round, there is one thing that no driver wants to see: orange cones. Construction on a highway, or anywhere there is traffic, usually means delays. This is something that most people do not enjoy. However, have you ever considered 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? If 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 is going to be a great deal of congestion or construction, they are used for crowd protection and control, they give direction and safety for those on both sides of them.
Traffic cones are specially made to withstand a variety of environments. They are often created from a special polyethylene polymer which makes them practically indestructible. This is very important because the cones must often face some harsh circumstances. The weather may be hot, cold or wet on any day, the cones can be struck by vehicles (accidentally or purposely), but whatever happens, they have to be able to stand their ground.
These cones will often be colored in a manner which is expected to capture attention. Most often, you will see 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. All of this is done to create a safer environment.
Obviously, traffic delineators aren’t “one-size-fits-all” tools. That is why they come in an array of shapes and sizes. Depending on the work that they are to do, you might 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 may be made a little more sturdy than their portable counterparts. Portable cones demand a base for support. This base is usually produced 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 are looking for traffic delineators for a business or even for your own personal use, you should not have a problem finding them. For industrial use, you can put orders with manufacturers directly over the web. Be aware that most companies do 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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