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ArmorThane has a big variety of coating options for a variety of civil applications. Concrete, wood, and steel are utilized the world over to build bridges, sewage systems, and other cosmopolitan facilities. This facilities, even with a degree of maintenance, will need repair and replacement on a far sooner schedule than the builders and users would choose. The ratios of our products, and the physical properties of each coating, can make them suited for numerous such applications. Big concrete systems such as sewer and waste management systems wear and wear away over time. The Armorthane HighLine 510 material sprayed at a 1:1 ratio is a perfect technique for rehabilitation of the concrete. The polyurea will coat and protect the concrete, provide a barrier against more corrosion, and offer other benefits related to bacterial growth.

The 510 is a elastomeric polyurea, specifically developed to treat properly in highly humid environments. In this case, the humidity of the environment is a factor, but more particularly the wet conditions of the stopping working concrete in a sewage system manhole. Due to the fact that of its decreased wetness level of sensitivity, the HighLine 510 exhibits the physical performance that is expected of a high performance coating, in spite of the bad conditions existing on this kind of job. Other competitive coatings such as comparable polyurethanes or kinds of epoxies can lose their residential or commercial properties if applied at a "bad time" or in conditions with excessive wetness

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The procedure for coating these types of systems is very easy. A clean concrete surface area with a rough profile can even be sprayed on without any primer/sealer. If there is running water, the ArmorCrete Primer/Sealer can offer an immediate barrier, and the 510 can be sprayed right over it to firmly coat and seal that area.

The sanitation protection and rehabilitation market has actually long utilized elastomeric coatings to kept existing structures and devices in working order. ArmorThane polyureas like the HighLine 510 have actually shown to supply the following benefits to concrete and steel rehabilitation tasks, and particularly to the sewer and sanitation market.

1. Increased Use protection- the service length is considerably improved, in some cases even by a factor of 4 or more.
2. Corrosion Resistance- destructive elements that might possibly cause structural failure with time are obstructed by the chemically resistance polyurea coating
3. Easy to Tidy- even a basic cleaning can eliminate refuse and natural develop
4. Reduction of Bacterial Development-- The mix of the inert and impermeable nature of a cured ArmorThane coating does not permit bacteria to "acquire a grip" and consequently, the much easier to clean environment sees a slower build-up of bacterial hairs.
5. Sound Dampening-- the motion of layered containers, or the effect and collision of refuse to the structure does not produce the exact same level of noise. In addition, crashes within the coated structure have their sounds reduced to those outside of the structure who would typically undergo the noise of moving sewage.

ArmorThane elastomeric coatings are utilized the world over. Impact and corrosion protection in mines in Peru, roofing coatings and waterproofing along the coast of Nigeria, Truck and heavy equipment protection in Australia, and even explosive blast mitigation and protection for the US Armed force are all effective applications which reveal the strength of our products, and our ability to discover the best material for each application. For this type of concrete rehabilitation application, specifically with its wetness heavy environment, for the purpose of a sanitation control structure, the HighLine 510 will have superior efficiency to any other coating choice.

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With news of more food processing facilities pulling product off the market and having to shut down due to possible contamination from Listeria Monocytogenes, the concern of plant sanitation, as well as style and building structures, are at the forefront of the agenda for those in the industry.

At issue are food and meat processing plants located in aging industrial buildings with extensive ware and tear, in addition to ideal angled building. In these plants, walls and ceilings are typically built with angled steel, i-beams, concrete block, interlocking metal and fiberglass panels, double-t ceilings and tiles with concrete grout.

This supplies a virtual breeding ground for standing water, dirt, dust, mold, and pathogens such as Listeria, E. Coli, and Salmonella. With many fractures, pits, and seams, plants are at danger in spite of aggressive power cleaning and chemical sanitation strategies.

Plant Recalls from Listeria
The fallout from a public recall due to Listeria extends well beyond lost earnings and extended plant shutdown as well as a decrease in overall business value. Lawsuits, due to customer health problem and even death, along with the disastrous impact to the brand name's credibility, can put a processor out of service.

The difficulty with Listeria is that it is proficient at evading detection. It can aerosolize or connect to equipment and individuals, and will prosper in cold temperatures. As an outcome, it is difficult to control in the processing environment. To fight this pathogen, lots of centers depend on a robust sanitation program to avoid Listeria from getting in or polluting the environment. In addition, many processors participate in continuous environmental sampling programs to keep track of the efficacy of those efforts.

If any bacteria or contamination is discovered, called "testing hot," it can lead to an instant shutdown. Closing down a food processing plant that is running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, can cost the processor millions in lost profits. There is also the danger of fines by the USDA for recurring violations.

In the majority of instances, business just react to a positive test by performing magnified cleaning and sanitization. Once the company's follow-up tasting of the affected websites is negative, the problem is normally thought about to be dealt with.

In addition to issues about bacteria, contamination likewise comes from facility maintenance concerns, such as breaking paint, spalled and broken concrete, and areas in the walls and ceilings that can gather dust, dirt, mold and other contaminants.

Perpetual Cleansing, Painting
Until now, the expensive and labor heavy solution was merely to clean up more frequently and mitigate the issues utilizing FRP panels or layer upon layer of paint to try to create a cleanable surface.

The aggressive cleaning agents like bleach and cleaning agents and heavy high pressure power cleaning cycles take a heavy toll on the paints, epoxies, concrete, fiberglass and metal surfaces eventually use them away until they need a total replacement, or even worse, they jeopardize a plant shutdown and or fines.

This is an extremely costly, labor-intensive program that duplicates itself in perpetuity at practically every food processing plant throughout the nation.

To resolve this issue, new patented techniques are being used to deliver a complete rehabilitation of the walls and ceilings, typically throughout planned maintenance weekends.

Many other coatings take 1-4 days just to treat, which is too long when you require to get the plant back online. Polyurea cures within minutes. Additionally, the space is "reshaped" through this procedure so just smooth, curved lines stay to remove areas where water, dirt, grime or pathogens can collect.

Among the key elements of the industrial process is application of an incredibly fast curing, pure polyurea coating designed for usage in food processing plants. Given that the material is spray used, it can be applied quickly by qualified applicators and constructed up to any required thickness and formed into the modified wall and ceiling design. Polyurea is the only coating system readily available that can create a monolithic surface area in the brief time frame needed to minimize plant downtime.

The majority of other coatings take 1-4 days simply to cure, which is too long when you need to get the plant back online.

Companies makes use of a special, private label formulation of pure polyurea for food contact facilities from ArmorThane, a worldwide provider of high-performance polyurea coatings, liners and joint sealants for a wide variety of industrial environments. The company uses two systems that are third-party ranked for FDA Direct Food contact.

Due to the aggressive nature of plant wash downs, a custom-made polyurea topcoat is required to finish the process., The final topcoat creates a very slick surface, making it difficult for standing water, dust, dirt, or bacteria to take hold. To finish all this work, Companies deal with the food centers to strategize and optimally time rehabilitation operations.

Before any coatings are used, there are several actions to restore an aging food facility., No quantity of cleansing will effectively prepare a surface that needs repair. So the initial step is to resolve any areas with spalled or split concrete, chipping and peeling paint, or heavy corrosion.

The next action is an intensive cleaning process to remove grease and gunk and other surface area contaminants that build-up as an outcome of meat processing, cooking, and basic facility maintenance. This involves using specially authorized wash down options and self-contained high powered water blasting techniques. All holes, voids, joints, and penetrations are filled, along with additional adjustments for the reshaping. A combination of concrete and molded foam products are utilized to transition any flat surface areas from 90 degrees to 45 degrees to avoid standing water from accumulating.

These areas usually consist of the cove joint from wall to floor, steel I beam bases, welded and frame bolted angle iron, and gaps in the existing construction or wall/ceiling fascia. Standing water is one of the numerous contributing aspects for Listeria and other pathogens, in addition to mold and corrosion. Finally, every piece of devices, pipe, flooring, and other exposed locations must be wrapped in plastic or covered prior to spraying starts.

In numerous applications, such as the within of big tanks, sprayed polyurea is not required to be cosmetically appealing.

For food processors in aging centers this type of total interior wall and ceiling rehabilitation-- regardless of the surface or substrate and level of disrepair-- might be the quickest method to break the cycle of constant degeneration and ongoing repair, while decreasing danger of pathogen-based item recalls.