Brock Research

Start with the End in Mind: Cradle-to-Cradle Design

We have been accused of being tree hugging hippies from Colorado and we are OK with that. We’re proud to be the ONLY company in the artificial turf world to have attained a Cradle-to-Cradle Certification on our PowerBase product lines. So what? Well, it means we get to do work for Cities like San Francisco, who mandate the most sustainable approach to public works, we can participate in projects near wetlands, and environmentally sensitive areas. It means our product will never be waste. Ever.

Our process is also about precision – making the same thing every time. Which translates to fields that feel totally consistent across the surface. Fields that are predictable and drain fast, and fields that are safer and last longer. Our ISO 9014 status means we run a tight ship, and we take care of our people. You are the beneficiary of this culture of quality.

It was important that we find a product that we could recycle at the end of its useful life. With all the research we did on different manufacturers and products, Brock was the one that stepped forward and actually committed to that process.– Dan Mauer, San Francisco Parks & Rec.

The Brock Pads Recycling process

DON’T BE FOOLED BY CLAIMS OF RECYCLING. WE ARE THE ONLY COMPANY THAT WILL TAKE OUR MATERIAL BACK AND TURN IT INTO SOMETHING USEFUL. WE’VE DONE IT.

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Testing all artificial field types, infills, aspects for weather, impact, safety

Being part of the sports environment means we need to understand all aspects of how the surface affects the health and performance of the athlete.

The product’s benefits need to last and last. The science of Brock comes from the medical industry, where, if our products failed someone could die. That same, serious approach to research goes into the sports surface.

Brock USA has three lab locations, plus two dedicated people who travel the country to test fields in both their early years and more importantly, their later years. We test for HIC, Vertical Deformation, Force Reduction, Energy Restitution, Gmax and other performance metrics. All Brock products must also survive our long term static loading, cycle testing, temperature cycling, and an overall program of violent abuse that separates Brock from other “pads.” Then we go outside to universities and leading test labs to validate our findings, so you don’t take just our word for it. When we launch a product, you can rest assured that we are not experimenting on our clients, and that the reason we have never had a field failure is because we do our homework.

 

Proven, fast drainage

 

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Different In-fill types

Artificial Turf Fields are a system of parts that all affect each other differently. By combining different infills with various turfs, we have been able to create a base-layer system that optimizes the desired characteristics for each field.

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Third party Artificial Turf Field Testing for Brock

Ask anyone in the testing and research field of artificial turf, and they will tell you how artificial turf fields with Brock perform.

In our early years, Biomechanica taught us about human to surface interface, and what a surface should really do. They helped us navigate the “play hard, land soft” idea that became the backbone of our development. We rely on places like the University of Tennessee Center for Athletic Field Safety to give us the benchmarks for the finest natural turf surfaces so we can mimic them. Our systems, from prototype to production, are sent to Sportslabs, the world’s leading sports surface test lab for impact and long term playability testing. TRI conducts flow tests for drainage, friction tests to hold the turf in place, and a myriad of other materials property testing. Developing the best system on the market has been a group effort that extends beyond just Brock, and will continue to be so as long as we exist.

 

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Engineering Artificial Turf Fields of the Future: Labs in Boulder, CO and Huntington Beach, CA

Boulder, CO is our corporate HQ (we call it “The Workshop”), where we do both surface impact testing as well as material testing. Steve Keyser is a materials engineer who has literally done everything from nuclear testing while studying engineering at Cornell, to ‘rocket science’ in a joint project with JPL, to developing several major new plastic products working for Mobil. Richard Runkles is an aerospace engineer who worked on projects from jet engines to power wheelchairs and who gained us our C2C certifications and oversees our manufacturing and delivery processes. Our lab in Huntington Beach, CA has over 60 different turf and infill samples, where we can test every turf system you can think of over all of our shock layers. This helps designers make selections on systems that meet the performance and safety requirements of the end user.

Perfecting Artificial Turf Field Installation

The market for artificial turf fields is growing, but the season for installing them isn’t. Systems need to be simple and fast to build, but it’s not easy covering two acres with a product while the temperature changes by 100 degrees on the material. Keeping everything fitting together properly can be a challenge and with some materials not even possible.

Delays cost time and money on the project, and having to “figure it out” on site, well, sucks. Installers work hard, and we don’t want to add to their aggravation. We selected a “panel strategy” instead of a roll because it allows us to build in tolerance for thermal expansion and contraction that does not affect the turf. Plus we can stack them efficiently for shipping and they are lightweight for easy handling. If a base needs repair, it’s easy to just open the turf, remove the panels in the affected area, fix the base, and lock it all back together. Our interlocking panels avoid long open, unlocked seams on your field like that can show up later, like on some rolled products. And our precision molding avoids the “cut to fit” required in some other panel systems. Paved in place systems are expensive, cumbersome, and make base repairs near impossible.

The reason we build such precision into each individually molded panel is to avoid problems under your turf, where they are expensive and difficult to deal with. We have built hundreds of fields with companies using all sorts of installation methods for the turf, so we have had the opportunity to perfect a design and installation method that does not needlessly slow the project down.

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