SUPERIOR QUALITY AND INSTALLATION SPEED IN FLOOR COATINGS
In industrial enterprises, any planned building renovation must be done fast and flawless in order to minimize operation downtime. With the help of Aliancys, AB-Polymerchemie GmbH has introduced new floor coating systems that can be applied only in one day and provide great durability and long-term protection of underlying concrete surfaces.
AB-Polymerchemie GmbH (ABP) is a supplier of coating systems for industrial flooring applications. These coatings are applied onto floor surfaces in a broad variety of buildings, including car manufacturing plants, industrial repair workshops (including garages), storage buildings and warehouses, as well as car parks and public buildings. The company has specialized in floor coatings with integral ESD functionality (Electrostatic discharge). Now it is introducing its newest PACTYLON® floor coating systems for superior durability and long-term strength, based on the styrene-free Beyone™ 410-N-01 resin from Aliancys.
QUALITY OF INSTALLATION
The floor coating systems are supplied by ABP to dedicated installation and construction companies, who are responsible for the ultimate application and finishing operation. For this, first the bare concrete surface is pretreated and cleaned (e.g. with the help of shot-blasting). Subsequently, a primer layer and typically two coating layers are applied in order to reach the desired thickness and protection level. For maximum strength and durability, the individual layers need to cure before an additional layer can be applied.
So far, many of the floor coating systems used for industrial applications are based on Epoxy resins. While these have a good performance track record in this market, the application takes a lot of time. After application of an Epoxy resin layer, typically an overnight cure is required prior to applying the next coating layer. This often means that the customer operations have to be interrupted for at least 3-4 days, which is regarded as highly inconvenient and costly. Also, the installation crew will have stay nearby the site for several days and may not be able to work the full time waiting for the next layer to dry.
“The traditional Epoxy resin systems also have some additional drawbacks”, says Edward Sanders, Sales & Marketing Director at ABP. “For example, they feature a high surface gloss and smoothness, which means for building owners that surface imperfections and stains are easily visible. Also, if not properly applied, Epoxy floors can show an obvious discoloration over time, and may risk of developing a “white-wash” effect at the surface.”