Hygienic Flooring Solutions for the Food Industry
29 Sep 2013
The food industry represents one of the most technically challenging sectors for floor specification professionals and relies heavily on the correct choice of flooring materials to deliver a clean, safe and sanitary environment that meets a wide range of critical health and safety requirements.
There are a number of factors that clients in the food and beverage industries must consider when selecting a new floor finish. Floors in food manufacturing or food preparation premises must be able to be cleaned effectively and thoroughly, must not absorb grease, food substances or water, harbour pests or bacteria, and should be laid to a safe design so as not to cause the pooling of water.
Different grades of flooring are needed for the different areas found within the food environment. For example, production areas often need a hard-wearing, chemical resistant floor finish, which is able to stand up to heavy machinery and general wear and tear.
Sensitive wet and dry processing areas need floors that deliver the ultimate in hygiene performance. In these environments, steam cleanable products are often sought. For sensitive areas, such as tray washrooms, antimicrobial floors are often chosen.
It is imperative that all flooring surfaces across the food manufacturing facility, including staff breakout areas and amenities, have a non-slip surface, so as to prevent slips and trips.
Specialist resin flooring solutions that deliver benefits such as an enhanced hygiene performance or greater durability than competitive products have been on the market for a number of years, but they are being joined by new innovations to make them more effective than ever before in large-scale industrial settings.
Resin innovations include the Flowfresh polyurethane flooring range from Flowcrete India.
Not only does the Flowfresh offer clients an enhanced hygiene performance resulting from a seamless installation combined with the material's excellent durability and resistance, but additionally Flowfresh offers a further innovation to make the completed floor finish more effective than ever before.
Containing a powerful thermosetting amino compound, which is incorporated within the polyurethane resin matrix of the flooring material, the Flowfresh System has been designed to offer clients complete surface protection against harmful bacteria, mould and yeasts.
The technology can positively inhibit the growth of both gram positive and gram negative bacteria including SARS, E-coli, MRSA, C.dificile and Salmonella typhi amongst others, with international studies showing a 99.9% reduction in the bacterial population of a typical floor.
This protection remains active for the lifetime of the floor, even if worn or damaged, offering clients' peace of mind in terms of hygiene.
Flowcrete India Private, which has offices based in Ashok Nagar, Chennai and Vashi Navi, Mumbai, is part of Flowcrete Group Ltd - a leading manufacturer of resin based floor and wall coatings, including seamless epoxy terrazzo, fast-cure MMA and hardwearing polyurethane finishes as well as cementitious sub-floor screeds.
The Group, which has manufacturing facilities across the globe, has been providing state-of-the-art resin surfaces to the food and beverage industry for more than 30 years.
Flowfresh has already proved a popular choice in the food and beverage market with recent installations of the material for local food and beverage producers including Indian ready-meal brand, HT Foods, Thai seafood processor, Charoen Pokphand and Japanese poultry giant, GFPT where over 25,000 square metres of Flowfresh materials have been installed.
The installation of Flowfresh Systems should be undertaken by appropriately qualified tradespersons to ensure proper adherence to the substrate, and adequate sealing of joints to maintain an impervious surface.
The material should be cleaned and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions in order to maintain slip-resistance and any other added-value properties.
Flowcrete's antimicrobial Flowfresh flooring range will be on show at a number of trade shows across the region in the coming months including India's Foodpro Chennai event between August 30 to September 1, Food & Hotel Thailand 2013 in Bangkok between September 4 - 7 and Africa's International Food & Drink Event in Johannesburg between September 18 - 20.
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Notes to Editors
Flowcrete India has offices in Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi and is one of the four divisions that make up Flowcrete Group Ltd.
Flowcrete Group Ltd. is a world leader in the manufacture of seamless industrial and commercial resin floor, wall and coving solutions as well as other specialist coating technologies. Flowcrete Group Ltd. is a subsidiary of RPM International Inc. and has international manufacturing facilities in Europe and Africa as well as Central and South East Asia.
Flowcrete supplies world-class seamless flooring solutions to transform environments across the globe including; decorative seamless resins, waterproof car park deck coating systems, seamless resin terrazzo, durable antimicrobial flooring, fast curing systems, corrosion protection and self-levelling underlayments.
Flowcrete's ambitious and dedicated team, led by President Craig Brookes, is inspired by excellence in people, products and service as well as continual innovation and sustainable growth. Flowcrete continues to use its global expertise to introduce environmentally friendly, hygienic and aesthetically attractive floors to create a better and more sustainable world.