An industrial facility will subject its floor to a long list of damaging factors – with heavy impacts, intense cleaning, forklift truck movement, thermal shock and exposure to chemicals being just a few of the challenges that the floor will need to withstand.
If the specified system is not up to the task then it can have serious consequences on the productivity and standards of the site as well as the health of employees, on-site aesthetics, cleanliness, downtime and in some cases a poor floor can even affect the smooth running of important equipment!
Flowcrete Americas has developed an extensive amount of experience working within a variety of industrial sectors. The following is our advice for several industries when they embark on the flooring specification process.
Food and Beverage
As hygiene is of paramount importance, the floor needs to maintain a seamless and impervious finish. A cracked or failing surface can quickly lead to harmful microbes accumulating in hard to clean gaps. Look for HACCP International certified systems to ensure that the chosen finish will minimise the risk of contamination incidents within large-scale, intensive food production environments.
A thick floor finish is a benefit in heavy manufacturing areas, as it will have a better chance of dissipating the impact and should a chip ever occur then it would not progress down to the substrate.
Epoxy and polyurethane floors are available in thicknesses of up to 10mm so as to create a durable barrier against impacts, corrosives and heavy equipment. The impact resistance of the chosen system should be tailored to meet the use of the site.
Locations where the floor will be exposed to frequent and severe chemical attack, for example secondary containment areas, can install an anti-corrosion coating such as the modified vinyl ester resin system Flowchem VE.
Static charge build up in the floor can damage sensitive electrical components. In environments that use solvents or gas this static charge could even be a dangerous ignition source!
An ESD control floor should be applied to reduce the risk of a static discharge. A choice of conductive or static dissipative systems are available depending on the severity of the charge that the site’s intended future use might build up in the floor.
Flowcrete Americas has developed Flowcoat SKN – a flooring system uniquely tailored to withstand the corrosive effects of Skydrol aviation fluid. Its effectiveness in the aviation and aerospace sectors has made it popular among high-profile international airports and high-tech hangars around the world.