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Bollards are installed into a line of yellow detectable warning plates

Bollard Installation onto Uneven Surfaces

Bollards are needed in all sorts of places where the ground is not level. In some cases, they’re used in conjunction with ramps or other access-friendly elements. In others, they’re installed to help mediate a steep grade or turn, where the risk of accident increases. To install properly on these

A panorama of Seattle’s downtown showing the space needle and Mt. Rainier

West Coast Contemporary: Portland and Seattle Bollards

West Coast architectural design, popular from the Pacific Northwest down into Northern California, is an evolving vernacular architectural and decorating style. Current trends link back to Modernist architects from the 1940s who gave their young cities distinct style. Arthur Erickson in Vancouver and Pietro Belluschi in Portland were particularly influential.

A bollard lies on an angle, having been pulled from the surrounding cement

The Anatomy of a Bollard Crash

Over the past few years, bollards have become newsworthy as a strategy against terrorist attacks. In the wake of tragedies, many of the questions asked about these little traffic posts are about their inherent stopping power. Yet there are many types of bollards, and each has a different application. Even

Polyurethane coating protects the Metropol Parasol in Plaza de la Encarnacion

Polyurethane Plastic

Polyurethane is a polymer joined by urethane links. These links are formed by reacting a di- or poly-isocyanate with a polyol. Polyurethane is unique in that it is not manufactured like many other plastics. Most polymers, such as polyethylene, are produced in the form of a powder and then molded into

A bollard with a keyhole and a strip saying Reliance foundry guards a closed alleyway with lanterns strung across it

Downtown Vancouver Bollards

Reliance Foundry was first established in Vancouver, Canada, in 1925. Although our business has changed, moved, and grown, we are happily still connected to the city. Downtown Vancouver offers a lot to enjoy. In the square mile that surrounds the distinctive Colosseum-styled central library, there are two stadiums, theatre stages,

Workers fill a truck in a loading bay protected by warehouse bollards

Industrial and Warehouse Bollards

Warehouses, factories, and other large industrial properties are complex high-traffic locations. Every day, many people stream onto the site. They arrive in heavy-duty trucks, employee vehicles, or by active transport means. Inside the large buildings, different machines interact with people, assets, and each other. In a space with so many

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Polyethylene Plastic

Polyethylene is by far the most common type of consumer plastic, and is used in many everyday materials. It is a thermoplastic product, meaning that it can be melted into a liquid and then cooled back into a solid, many times over. Different processing conditions give rise to different grades

Stainless steel asset-protection bollards protect the corners of freezers in a grocery store.

Asset Protection Bollards

Historically, bollards were shaped posts used to tie up watercraft on the marina. When they moved inland, they were adapted to be stylish posts placed near stone work to prevent carriage wheels from rubbing and doing damage. These bollards were the first asset-protection bollards, providing impact protection at low speeds.

Infographic: What Good is a Bollard that Can’t Stop Cars? Shows how bollards are communication tools and provide ornamentation, lighting, bike parking, variable access, and asset protection, among other things.

What Good is a Bollard that Can’t Stop a Car?

Bollards are becoming well-known in North America for their use in security perimeters, where they are crash-rated, or installed as security posts, to prevent vehicles from entering a protected area. Yet these are not the only type of bollards available. Low-impact bollards, that don’t provide vehicle stopping power, have been

Bollards Best of 2018

Best Bollards of 2018

2018 has been a big year for Reliance Foundry. Sales have toppled all historical records, reaching back as far as 1925 and the big iron projects of yesteryear. This summer’s growth was particularly exciting, with July being a record-breaking month, and then August’s sales overtopping that high-water mark. November has