Flooring for food and beverage processing facilities has to meet numerous practical demands including speed of application which can be a key factor in allowing fast-track construction and refurbishment – and initial outlay has to be balanced against performance and whole-life costs.
Flooring must withstand corrosive substances, harsh cleaning regimes, wet processes, wide variations in temperature, and wear and tear from wheeled trolleys, racks and bins. Added to this is the need for optimal safety to prevent slips and trips.
BASF Construction Chemicals has been meeting these demands for the past four decades with Ucrete industrial flooring, a number one choice for food and beverage facilities.
The range of resin-rich, moisture-tolerant floor systems is ideally suited to applications in the most aggressive environments. Solvent-free, non-tainting and fully serviceable at temperatures up to 150ºC depending upon specification, Ucrete meets the tough criteria of the food and beverage sector on all levels.
This includes rapid curing and substrate moisture tolerance that facilitate installation and maintenance of tight construction schedules; resistance to fats and organic acids; dense and impervious to facilitate cleaning and maintenance of hygiene standards; and anti-static grades ideally suited to areas where fine organic powders are handled.
Ucrete is used in a wide range of wet process environments where good slip resistance is required, providing a variety of surface profiles to suit individual requirements for the best compromise between slip resistance and ease of cleaning.
The unique Ucrete heavy-duty polyurethane resin systems do not start to soften until temperatures of 130°C are exceeded. Most other resin flooring materials soften at temperatures in the region of 50-60°C. Together with high resilience, this enables these floors to withstand high temperature and extreme thermal shock conditions, and to withstand routine and regular discharges of boiling water.
Hygiene and Cleanability
Ucrete does not support microbial or fungal growth. When tested by Campden Technology Ltd, it was found that Ucrete flooring achieved the same levels of cleanliness as stainless steel, with more than 99,9% of bacteria being killed.
As it is seamless and jointless, Ucrete reduces the potential for dangerous dirt build-up and meets all EU and US directives in force for food industry environments. Systems greater than 6mm in thickness are fully steam-cleanable.
Ucrete is resistant to chemicals including:
- Acetic acid, 50%: as spirit vinegar is widely used in the food industry, indicative of resistance to vinegar, sauces, etc.
- 30% lactic acid at 60°C: indicative of resistance to milk and dairy products.
- Oleic acid, 100% at 60°C: representative of the organic acids formed by oxidation of vegetable and animal fats widely encountered in the food industry.
- Concentrated citric acid: as found in citrus fruits and representative of the wider range of fruit acids which can rapidly degrade other resin floors.
*Ucrete is a registered trademark