Resin Flooring for Dairy & Cheese Processing Plants

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Food Grade Flooring for Dairy & Cheese Processing Facilities

Berkshire Cheese Making Plant – Dairy Processing & Milk Bottling

Cheese Processing Plant
(Village Maid Cheese, Reading, Berkshire)

As with other wet processing facilities, dairy and cheese processing facilities provide a challenging environment for unprotected concrete flooring.

Specific requirements in these environments are:

 

The floor must be capable of being thoroughly de-greased, cleaned and sanitised

It has to be resistant to a range of chemicals

The floor finish requires high compressive and flexural strengths to withstand heavy loads and abrasion while maintaining a safe working substrate for foot and wheeled traffic

The floor finish should have anti-slip properties in both wet and dry conditions

The floor finish should not support to the growth of bacteria

 

Floors may be constantly wet or immersed in water, milk, brine, whey or other by-products.

Cleaning and sanitising operations can also subject the floor to significant thermal cycling.

Owing to their effectiveness on grease, oil, and other organic matter, strong chemical cleaners may be used.

Pressurised steam cleaning can subject the floor to thermal shock and cause surface spalling in unprotected concrete.

Because of their acidic nature, dairy fats, acids and proteins will attack unprotected concrete by reacting with the alkaline cement paste that binds the concrete together thus weakening it and making it more susceptible to damage from impact, abrasion, thermal cycling, and further chemical attack.

Dairy and cheese processing floors can present slip hazards. They are often wet or damp, and fats or oils may be present.

Operatives must have secure footing, particularly when working around hazardous equipment and/or heavy moving loads.

Dairy and cheese process floors may be subjected to heavy forklift and pallet trucks. Much of the mechanical damage that occurs on the floor is adjacent to the floor joints, due mainly to impact resulting from solid wheeled vehicles.

Polyurethane resin floor systems in particular are highly recommended in dairy and cheese processing plants.

Polyurethane resin flooring technology was developed and patented by ICI in the 1960's and are ideally suited for installation into wet food environments. They are often referred to as food grade or food safe floor finishes with most of the resin flooring manufacturers having had their systems tested and verfied by independant bodies such as the Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association.

They consist of waterborne polyurethane resins with cement and aggregates to provide fast cure, moisture tolerant systems with no strong odours or flammability issues.

They cure quickly in the cool and damp conditions typical of dairy and cheese processing plants and provide excellent chemical resistance and can withstand organic acids and common cleaning chemicals.

Polyurethane resin floors are extremely hard wearing with excellent impact and abrasion resistant properties and are impervious and non-porous.

For many years polyurethane resin flooring systems have demonstrated excellent performance in wet food processing environments and in areas subject to severe thermal cycling, especially within the harsh conditions often present in dairy and cheese processing facilities.

Polyurethane resin floor screeds can be subjected to high temperatures and steam cleaning so offer first class performance in these aggressive environments.

BS8204-6 categorises these floors as Type 8 (highest rating) suitable for use in very heavy duty environments.

 

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