Keep the Beer Flowing with Flowcrete’s New Brewery Flooring Whitepaper
27 Jul 2016
- Flowcrete has produced a whitepaper to help the brewery industry.
- Industry professionals can also find out about the criteria that floors need to provide.
- Broken surfaces can lead to contamination issues.
Flowcrete Australia has produced a whitepaper to help the brewery industry ensure that its floors are able to maintain a high performance surface on which to safely and hygienically produce large quantities of the amber nectar.
Entitled Advantages of Polyurethane Over Epoxy in Production Areas, the new whitepaper explores the pros and cons of epoxy resin and polyurethane systems, two of the most common types of brewery floors, examining how they fare when faced with specific demands and how they can be tailored to support the site’s daily hoperations.
Flowcrete Australia’s Managing Director, Sean Tinsley, said: “The brewery industry has to safely and effectively manage the large-scale and complex operations of a $4.3 billion industry, where 600 tonnes of domestically grown hops have to be turned into enough high-quality beer to meet 93% of the nation’s consumption.
“To achieve this requires facilities that can cope with exceptionally large volumes of produce and a high turnover rate. We’ve created our new whitepaper to help brewery professionals ensure that the floor beneath their feet is able to maintain an effective surface that will support the site’s activity safely, hygienically and for the long term.”
Cracked, broken or ale-ing surfaces can lead to contamination issues within a brewery, and the movement of bulky barrels, warm conditions, heavy equipment and the potential spillages of corrosive by-products can all cause an insufficiently robust coating to fail.
To help specify a stout floor that is up to the task, the whitepaper explains how polyurethane flooring materials can be used to create finishes able to withstand whatever the beer production process can throw at it. The seamless, impervious nature of polyurethane floors combined with the ability to incorporate coving and drainage also means that brewery operators can quickly and easily wash away the grains, grime and dirt that accumulates during a busy working day.
In the whitepaper, brewery industry professionals can also find out about the criteria that floors need to provide in order to meet regulations such as the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code or to implement an effective Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Food Safety Management System.
The whitepaper highlights the importance of choosing HACCP standard building materials that will assure regulatory bodies, clients and consumers that the beer has been produced within a facility that adheres to the highest hygiene principles.
This flooring ethos was exemplified recently at the new White Rabbit Brewery in Geelong, Victoria, which installed a bright Coral Red, antimicrobial-enhanced, polyurethane coating in its brewery area to meet the site’s practical, hygienic and aesthetic requirements.
400m2 of both Flowfresh SR and Flowfresh Sealer from Flowcrete Australia’s HACCP International certified food-grade flooring range was installed within White Rabbit’s brewery. The bactericidal additive Polygiene® is incorporated within every Flowfresh system, empowering it with the ability to eliminate up to 99.9% of bacteria in contact with the floor.
It was imperative for White Rabbit to be able to easily keep the production area looking fresh, inviting and unblemished, as visitors would be taking tours around the open-plan brewery.
To find out more about the advantages of polyurethane flooring materials within a brewery environment, click here to download Flowcrete Australia’s new whitepaper.
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Notes to Editors
Flowcrete Australia has offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and is part of Flowcrete Asia Pacific, one of the four divisions that make up Flowcrete Group Ltd.
Flowcrete Group Ltd. is a world leader in the manufacture of seamless industrial and commercial resin floor, wall and coving solutions as well as other specialist coating technologies. Flowcrete Group Ltd. is a subsidiary of RPM International Inc. and has international manufacturing facilities in Europe and Africa as well as Central and South East Asia.
Flowcrete supplies world-class seamless flooring solutions to transform environments across the globe including; decorative seamless resins, waterproof car park deck coating systems, seamless resin terrazzo, durable antimicrobial flooring, fast curing systems, corrosion protection, self-levelling underlayments and swimming pool surrounds.
Flowcrete's ambitious and dedicated team, led by President Craig Brookes, is inspired by excellence in people, products and service as well as continual innovation and sustainable growth. Flowcrete continues to use its global expertise to introduce environmentally friendly, hygienic and aesthetically attractive floors to create a better and more sustainable world.