In the United States - as well as all around the globe - all industrial plants are subjected to tight regulations and standards regarding quality, safety, production, and several other parameters. Arguably, the sector with the highest scrutiny checklist is the food processing industry. Due to the nature of their consumable goods, the overall hygiene and sanitation of the plant must be pristine to ensure the safe consumption of their products. In this article, we will focus exclusively on the benefits of urethane concrete coatings since they meet all standards set by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and all other relevant agencies which govern this industry.
Some industries can afford to have uncoated floors in their processing factories, and that's because the overall quality of their products will not be affected by them. However, food and beverage plants must have coated floors because the entire production process will most likely expose them to a large number of organic waste and byproducts, such as oils, blood, sugars, and fatty acids. This bio-waste represents not only a safety hazard for the factory workers but also leads to a rampant bacterial growth when left untreated on concrete floors, which will ultimately compromise the quality and hygiene of these consumable goods. There are several options which meet all of the requirements set for the food processing industry, and we will cover one of the most popular options in the market, urethane concrete flooring.
Largely considered as the current standard when it comes to food processing plants, urethane cement coatings offer a myriad of benefits and they are a favorite amongst meat and poultry processing facilities. This type of layer bonds with concrete tighter and faster than others - even in cool, damp, and humid environmental conditions. Polyurethane also possesses a wider thermal range and a higher chemical resistance. In addition, antimicrobial additives can be featured in the formulation to minimize the risk of bacterial growth to virtually zero. Hygiene and sanitation are totally hassle-free, optimizing the factory uptime. Facilities can be quickly cleaned with both high-pressure water hoses as well as steam systems. Urethane concrete coatings meet all FDA, USDA, HHS, and other industrial requirements.
The most important benefit, however, is the rapid drying capability. Urethane concrete coatings usually come in the form of a slurry compound which, when in contact with the concrete floors, can dry completely in as little as 12 hours. This is a fairly advantageous and greatly undervalued bonus which lowers the factory downtime and will optimizing production. Urethane concrete is usually odorless and completely non-slippery as well. It's also important to note that these layers are low of volatile organic compounds (VOC) - in some cases, their VOC level is actually zero. Because of this feature, urethane concrete coatings are in compliance with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), which is a huge step towards a greener facility. Urethane cement coatings are initially a slightly more expensive investment but in the long run, their total uptime and ease of sanitation and maintenance will make them a worthwhile addition to any food processing facility. Contact Seamless Floors NY for a free consultation of your processing facility. We are the installers of Urethane concrete and Industrial Flooring from Ureco, Dexotex, Dur-A-Flex, Elite Crete and More.