With social distancing measures in place, the business world has been upended. Many manufacturing plants producing essential needs have ramped up production, yet other facilities have slowed or completely stopped for the time being. These closures, while sorely inconvenient, do present a rare opportunity for facility upgrades.
Much-needed upgrades are often prolonged past their dues dates because facility managers would need to stop production in order to complete them. If production has been stopped temporarily, this is an opportune time to address such issues before production is back in full swing.
An industrial facility’s flooring system should not be overlooked. It can play a critical role in preventing injury or hazards, mitigating electrostatic discharge, improving sanitation and maintaining a clean and sound working environment. If your facility is now unseasonably quiet, it’s time to consider the following:
- Sanitation – Your facility’s sanitation needs are unique to your industry, operational demands and governmental standards. Various factors, such as traffic, chemical use and cleaning processes, contribute to flooring decisions. Does your facility currently meet or exceed all sanitation requirements? Could the health and safety of workers be protected further? Your flooring system should be evaluated along with all other sanitation practices during a closure.
- Durability – Has your flooring system stood up to environmental demands? As time goes on, some wear and tear is normal. Yet have you increased production over the years, added new equipment or increased traffic? A new flooring system may be needed to repair the damage from increased production, and to ensure a safe working environment in the future.
- ESD – There are numerous flooring options when it comes to mitigating electrostatic discharge (ESD). Many facilities that use ESD tile or rubber find that durability is an issue. Specialized static control coatings can not only mitigate electricity effectively, but they protect against chemicals, abrasion and impact. They also possess UV stability properties if an area is exposed to sunlight.
- Moisture – Excessive moisture is one of the leading causes of floor coating failures. It can occur in newly poured slabs, or it can penetrate concrete flooring after decades. If you have cracking, bubbling, delamination or bonding failure, it’s important to assess moisture levels to determine remediation options. Waiting creates even bigger problems down the road.
The right flooring system is integral to your facility’s long-term success. It can help protect your employees’ health, the integrity of your product and is a necessary aspect of your facility infrastructure. We’re able to assist with your project from beginning to end.