Turfix Attends the 2019 Synthetic Turf Council Annual Meeting
Turfix recently had the opportunity to attend the 2019 Synthetic Turf Council Annual Membership Meeting held October 21-23 in San Antonio, Texas.
The annual meeting serves as a forum to promote, develop, grow, and advocate for the synthetic turf industry and provide access to industry leaders, products, and expertise to support and elevate members like Turfix.
This year’s meeting was the largest to date, attracting more than 200 industry leaders and featuring unmatched educational opportunities with dual-track technical sessions on industry-related topics.
Here’s a rundown of the 2019 STC Annual Meeting highlights:
Court Sport Synthetic Turf Applications
This session provided an overview of court sport synthetic turf applications, including bocce ball, tennis, lawn bowling, putting greens, pickle ball, and croquet. Turfix learned how these applications differ based on regional extreme climates, learned more about the system components and construction, installation best practices, key items to address pre and post installation, and more.
The Science of Skin Friction and Player Safety Update
Although a minor injury, “turf burn” is perceived as a major issue of synthetic turf as skin friction is inevitable in sports. This session focused on understanding how to reduce skin friction based on the different components of a turf system and discussed existing testing standards and guidelines for concussions and lower extremity injuries.
Design Considerations for Commercial and Residential Landscape Synthetic Grass
This session provided an overview of the design considerations for landscape synthetic grass systems, infill systems, and specialty applications, including pets and golf. Turfix was able to learn more about different turf types and applications as well as the attributes of different fibers and infills. There was also a review the variables in maintenance best practices.
Update on the Potential Ban of Polymeric Infills and Microplastics
This session focused on how to take advantage of new technology and install safer, more playable surfaces by incorporating underlying shock pads and cooler alternative infill materials when synthetic turf fields require replacement.
Opportunities and Challenges of Replacing Synthetic Turf
Thousands of synthetic turf fields are reaching their end of life and need to be replaced. The session focused on considerations for incorporating shock pads, infill reuse, and alternative infill materials. It also discussed best practices for replacing synthetic turf over an existing sub-base.
Attending meetings like these has helped Turfix to maintain our title as the leading artificial turf company in the Midwest. We’ve made a commitment to continuous improvement and one of the ways we see this through is by gaining exposure to a variety of viewpoints and hearing about new ideas, trends, and innovations in the artificial turf industry on a regular basis.
Contact Turfix today if you have any questions—we’d love to hear from you!