Post production: Albert Messner bends it like Beckham
Reducing the cost of replacing damaged or demolished traffic signs is the aim of Saedi
’s Augustaflex technology, which is on show here.
Even relatively minor impacts can damage street traffic signs or bollards to the point where they have to be replaced, at considerable cost to local authorities. And those signs that do not have to be replaced but sustain damage can spoil a streetscape.
Italian company Saedi says that the ability of signs with Augustaflex technology to bend under impact and then spring back to their original position means reduced costs for highway authorities, not to mention reduced levels of damage to the vehicles that collide with the structures.
The Augustaflex system uses a stack of disc springs inside the lower base of the sign or bollard. There are other flexible signs n the market, of course, said Saedi’s Olga Boreiko, but the disc springs used in Augustaflex are particularly strong, slip back quickly following impact, and have not previously appeared in street signs.
Their strength also means that only the impact of something as substantial as a vehicle will force it to bend.
Another of Saedi’s products, the FlexyLight Bollard, has this year been nominated for an Intertraffic Innovation Award.
The Augustaflex system has been patented and drastically cuts the costs of maintenance, monitoring and replacement of street signs, says Saedi.