This certification comes slightly more than a decade since the global resin flooring manufacturer Flowcrete Group Ltd. first combined the silver-ion based antibacterial agent Polygiene with a robust polyurethane coating.
Many of the Flowfresh coatings that Flowcrete worked on a decade ago are still in place, the company said.
Flowfresh, with an average life-span of approximately 15 years, was developed to meet a demand in the food and beverage industry for a floor that would withstand the sector’s unique challenges.
Flowcrete Group Ltd.'s Technical Director, Grant Adamson, developed a lifecycle cost consideration formula.
The equation takes the initial expense of a floor and adds to it annual maintenance costs, such as cleaning, repairs and upkeep as well as the price of replacing a failed floor, including the costs incurred by shutting down production. The formula is:
- LCC = C + MPW + RPW;
- The capital cost (C) of a project includes the initial capital expense for engineering, products and installation;
- Maintenance (M) is the sum of all yearly scheduled operation and maintenance associated with floor repairs;
- (R) is the replacement cost of a failed floor, including the financial impact of shutting down production
Flowfresh not only meets the standards of HACCP International, but its antibacterial property goes beyond even this industry guideline by empowering it with the capacity to eliminate up to 99.9 percent of bacteria in contact with the floor, according to the company.
Photos courtesy Flowcrete Group Ltd.