The primary function of an industrial concrete floor is to act as a work surface for the manufacture, storage and/or movement of raw materials or finished goods. When a material handling vehicle runs across an interruption-free floor. It will operate at its right speed, and achieve its intended productivity rate.
The primary function of an industrial concrete floor is to act as a work surface for the manufacture, storage and/or movement of raw materials or finished goods. It goes without saying that the best work surface is one that provides a smooth, hard and interruption-free plat- form for the facility operations. Unfortunately, concrete floors must have joints, and joints are interruptions in an otherwise continuous surface. Each joint is a potential impact point for hard wheeled traffic.
When a material handling vehicle runs across an interruption-free floor, it can operate at its designed optimum speed and thus achieve its intended productivity rate. But when a floor has deteriorated joints, several negative effects occur;
1. Vehicle operators slow down as they approach the joints avoiding jolts.
2. The vehicle wheels get chewed up and must be replaced, resulting in vehicle downtime/low speed, maintenance, personnel time and expense, and wheel replacement, can cost a lot.
3. When defects are severe, the results can be lower back distress claims by drivers, the danger of load tipping, etc.
4. As traffic continues to cross the joints, the defects grow wider and deeper, and eventually will require expensive, time consuming repairs.
We must therefore make sure that every joint will stand up to the operations planned for the facility.