Concrete floor maintenance on the fly
today's competitive environment, factories and other production facilities need
to operate around the clock in order to maximize the use of company resources.
But heavy usage means increased damage to the plant floor since even the hardest
concrete deteriorates under constant friction. With floor damage comes
difficulty in cleaning, maintaining rolling equipment, maintaining morale, and
presenting a positive corporate image. Shutting down the plant to install new
flooring surfaces is often too costly to consider. As a result, damaged areas
need to be repaired without interrupting business operations. So the damage must
be repaired on the fly and it must last. This is where a new breed of
wear-resistant and easy-to-use epoxy patches and laminating products can save
Creating permanent patches for holes, cracks, corrosion, and pealing areas is
often more difficult than installing an entire new floor. Corrosive liquids,
heavy loads, dramatic temperature shifts, and abuse from pallets and dragged
equipment often damage floors. In addition, reorganizing production systems
often requires bolting equipment in place and filling old anchors. To maintain a
clean, smooth floor without chipping, lifting, or pealing, you must fix a
variety of holes, cracks, and erosion. In addition, some facilities suffer from
shaking concrete floors. Rolling equipment crossing expansion joints that have
been cut into the concrete when poured most often causes the shaking.
All of these problems can be remedied with
100% epoxy fillers mixed with quartz that can be feathered to blend with the
surrounding undamaged surfaces. With some careful preparation, and the use of
grinders, the damaged floor can be brought back to level quickly and without
interruption to operations. The patching materials have compression strengths
exceeding 22,000 lb. per sq. in., can be feathered to a fine edge, and will not
wash or knock out of the holes and cracks that they fill.
Mixing 100% epoxy with color quartz to 28 lb. per gallon gives a trowel mix with
a peanut butter consistency. This mix can be placed in holes using a trowel or
putty knife. Using a heavy rubber glove and applying the mixture by hand with a
rubbing motion best fills small vertical surfaces. Small holes can be quickly
filled simply by pouring syrup-consistency liquid epoxy to the surface and
grinding flush once hardened. Uneven surfaces can be matched by bridging from
the higher surface to the lower surface with a trawled-on mini-ramp that
transitions from one level to the other.
For more information, contact Chris Biesanz
at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-800-466-8910 or 952-888-1488
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