Floors for Poultry Processors
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Silikal provides an untold number of seafood processing flooring due to the extreme quality of the flooring as well as its non-porosity.
Turn on the television nowadays and it is likely you will come across a story about a food recall due to contamination. The sad fact is, as well controlled and regulated as the poultry industry is by USDA, FSMA, HACCP audits and the like, 3,000 PEOPLE DIE in the US EVERY YEAR FROM FOOD POISONING.
The CDC states that in addition, 128,000 are hospitalized and 48 million get sick every year from foodborne pathogens. Some of this is in part due to Listeria and other bacteria that thrive in the holes, cracks, and worn spots in your plant flooring.
So why do poultry processors allow their flooring to get that way? The poultry industry is extremely tough on floors. On a daily basis, floors are subjected to thermal shock [hot washdowns on cold floors] physical abuse from pallet jacks, tubs, buggies, and forklifts, and chemical attack from chicken fat and sanitation chemicals. This abuse wears out most concrete floors in a few years.
Most poultry processors have tried epoxy and cementitious urethane overlayments with limited success. Epoxy formulations are too rigid, will not handle the thermal shock from hot washdowns, and delaminate. Cementitious urethanes are so porous that everything that spills on the floor ends up being absorbed into the overlayment, ultimately causing holes, cracks, and delamination. In a survey taken in 2013, the average resinous floor installed in the food processing industry lasted LESS THAN 5 YEARS!
Additionally, both of these formulas require 24 hours [after installation is completed] to reach substantial curing and do not completely cure for 7 DAYS! Who can afford to shut down for that long? Most companies start back up long before curing has taken place, compromising the overlayment’s ability to perform per specification.
The Silikal® Difference
Silikal’s proprietary slip-resistant formula [similar in chemistry to Plexiglas] has no pores or pinholes. Therefore, nothing will penetrate the surface. This is why Silikal outlasts and outperforms every other floor in a food processing environment. We have customers with 25 year-old floors that look and perform like new!
Silikal flooring cures in one hour – at temperatures down to 0°F! This means that a Silikal installation can be fit into your schedule – often without loss of production – saving your company thousands!
Silikal floors are installed by business partners that have been field-trained by company employees. You can be sure that with Silikal, your floors will be properly installed to provide your company many years of trouble-free service – and we have a guarantee to back it up!