Preserving the Food Processing Facility
Pillsbury...Anheuser-Busch...Coca-Cola...Frito-Lay

What do these companies have in common? The obvious answer is that each manufactures food and/or beverages. In addition, however, each of these successful, international firms also has very real concerns about the floor and wall surfaces throughout its plants. Why? Because food processing environments are the most demanding areas to maintain - including the need to withstand thermal shock, regular and frequent cleaning schedules, wet conditions, narrow repair time frames, etc. Because the FDA and USDA are rather particular about processing conditions, food processing companies cannot allow their floors or walls to deteriorate. And let's not forget about worker safety with respect to slip hazards, an issue at virtually every company in this industry.  

As a manufacturer of polymeric floor, wall, and joint sealant systems, General Polymers has developed unique solutions to address the problems associated with each of these floor and wall concerns. For example, FasTopÔ M, a 100% solids urethane mortar system, has been designed for cold and wet environments, and where rapid temperature changes present a thermal shock disbonding risk. It is routinely installed over weekend shutdowns when time is limited.  

Terrazzo has traditionally served as both a long lasting decorative finish and an easily maintained floor system for areas not experiencing constant wash down. This is an ideal finish in lobbies, research laboratories and corridors throughout the facility. The unlimited design capabilities of thin-set epoxy terrazzo allows companies to display corporate identities throughout their facility or simply present a neutral finish establishing the sense of corporate commitment and dedication to quality.

EPO-FLEXÒ , an elastomeric epoxy, is used throughout the flooring industry as a crack-bridging membrane, helping to prevent the reflective cracking from concrete due to contraction/expansion cycles or unanticipated random slab cracks. It may also be used as the base resin in several  flooring systems to provide waterproofing and impact resistance.

For wall coating applications, POLY-COTEÔ (4685W), a 100% solids urethane coating, resists virtually all standard cleaning compounds used within the food processing industry, while maintaining a white-white appearance over time (something not achievable with epoxy wall coatings). Such an appearance  creates a "clean-looking" environment, invaluable to a food processor. POLY-COTE may also be applied as a topcoat to high build epoxy wall systems such as SANIGLAZEÔ , SANIGLASSÒ and SANIFLEXÔ . SANIFLEX is a new high-build flexible wall system that provides a tenacious bond to masonry or concrete block, while withstanding the tremendous physical abuse dished out by random impact, high pressure cleaning, and other forces lurking throughout food processing plants.

All floor and wall systems are available with an antimicrobial additive that is effective against gram negative and gram positive bacterial, as well as molds such as fungus and yeast. Incorporation of the anitmicrobial additive throughout the floor and wall system will provide antimicrobial efficacy for the life of the system. This upgrade has been embraced by the pharmaceutical industry in maintaining low levels of microbial growth between cleaning cycles. These products are registered with the EPA and have been proven to be safe in both the uncured and finished products.

With more than 30 years experience in the food processing industry, we have learned that, while each environment is unique, there is almost always a solution to a particular flooring and/or wall coating concern. If you would like to learn more about any of the products discussed here, please e-mail us at marketing@generalpolymers.com, or call our technical service team at 1-800-543-7694.