3 Things To Consider With Food Factory Flooring
Hygiene, slip resistance and production time interruption are all things to consider when carrying out a food manufacturing flooring install. In all probability, these are the main criteria you are looking for.
However, we encourage people to look beyond the obvious considerations associated with flooring for food processing facilities, helping you to deliver better results, whether it’s for your own facility or your client’s.
Read on to find out more…
Warranties For Your Food Factory Floor
When you opt for an industrial resin floor repair, you’ll often only be dealing with one stakeholder in the process. It is most likely the installer and not the distributor or the manufacturer, all of which are probably not connected other than making a sale down the chain.
The problem you face with this? Accountability for when things go wrong. You may also struggle to get a realistic understanding of the warranty since the manufacturer of the resin most likely won’t be responsible for the specified flooring system it is used in, for example.
And you may be left questioning, who is your warranty actually with?
The truth is, the responsibility will likely be passed around between the manufacturer, distributor and installer.
It is possible that you can even end up with a system that is not of the correct quality if it is sold to a price.
So how do you overcome this situation?
Choose a company that will offer a 10-year warranty as standard. At Acrylicon, we are able to provide this as all of our resin floors are manufactured, distributed and installed within Acrylicon. Also, Acrylicon Installers are only able to install systems to the specifications of the designers and manufacturers of our resins.
The Type Of Resin Flooring You Specify
The main options when it comes to a resin for your Food factory floor are polyurethane (PU) and epoxy resin.
Both fulfil the basic requirements of a food manufacturing facility, but are they giving you the best value for money?
Get a full overview of the difference between PU, Epoxy and Acrylicon resin floors.
There are a couple of things worth noting with PU and Epoxy resin floors. Firstly, downtime will be considerably longer with PU and even more so with Epoxy. This is due to a longer cure time (up to, and over, a week in some cases). This can be problematic in a food factory environment as any lost time will have a profound impact on productivity.
The natural solution, in this case, would be to turn to an MMA resin as the cure time is so short, meaning your food factory will be up and running with minimal disruption to production. However, standard MMA-based resins are known to be weaker than PU or Epoxy resins, so much so that many question their reliability – particularly in such a demanding setting as a food production factory. So, what IS the solution?
Ideally, you’d opt for a resin floor with a short cure time, but with an exceptionally high compressive strength, so as to truly receive a floor that lasts, cleans easily and remains hygienic.
And that’s where Acrylicon outshines all other resin floors on the market, according to our customers.
The Compressive Strength Of Your Resin Floor
In layman’s terms, the compressive strength of a floor is measured by how easy it is to push things into it, such as dirt. Higher compressive strength will also result in Better cleanability.
Whilst PU and epoxy floors are perceived to have high compressive strength, the truth is this accolade goes to Acrylicon.
It is important to remember that all resin floors will do a job for your food and beverage manufacture facility. And the right option for you will truly depend on your requirements.
The best option for you may not be the cheapest in the short term but may save you a lot of money and hassle in the future.
If you’re interested in a value-based solution, or if you just want more information, pick up the phone or drop us an email. We’re more than happy to help.
Acrylicon, the go-to industrial flooring company, has been implemented by Unilever, Walkers, McCains, Network Rail and many more companies that understand the cost implications of shutting down.
Their fast cure, combined with the immense compressive strength saves you time, money and hassle when it comes to your industrial flooring. They can work at weekends or in business downtime to ensure minimal disruption to your daily processes.
With a life expectancy of up to 4-8 times longer than traditional resins, Acrylicon’s unique chemical composition ensures you get better value for money than from any other resin floor available.
New flooring comes with a 10-year performance warranty for complete peace of mind. Every installation is carried out by trained and certified regional installers, so there are no split warranties.