SPOT Barcode Durability Test
It all started when a SPOT customer took it upon themselves to prove the durability of the SPOT Jeepable barcodes. The following is customer’s summary of their test and findings.
We recently staged a "test" of the durability and adhesive properties of the recently delivered jeepable barcodes. The scenarios and conditions were as follows:
Conditions applied on March 1st 2019: 38 deg. F. High moisture content.
FBE and ARO coated pipe, both clean and "dirty" pipe in sunny conditions
Both clean and "dirty" pipe in shaded conditions
One joint of ARO that was a previously pulled pipe from an HDD, very poor surface conditions.
After two months of all types of weather conditions, from 70 deg F to rain to snow:
All barcodes remained in place
No evidence of barcodes "peeling"
Barcodes applied to a clean surface on both ARO and FBE were extremely hard to remove in both sunny and shaded conditions, could possibly be re-used
Barcodes applied to an unclean surface on both ARO and FBE were slightly easier to remove in both sunny and shaded conditions. These would not be able to be re-used.
Considering the conditions during the application of these barcodes and the variance in conditions they endured: Jeepable barcodes will sustain durability through all conditions and surface quality of pipe. I see no evidence of adhesive failure in all scenarios. In my professional opinion, these barcodes should "survive" the construction process and a quick wipe down of un-clean surfaces should ensure this hypothesis.
Our findings have been documented with photos and attached below.