Given the fact that most joints are spaced between 3,5m to 6m apart, this translates into a floor of 10 000m2, having around 3500m to 4000m of joints! That translates into up to 4000m of potential floor damages, time wastage and equipment damages!
In the same way that financials are considered as a way of asset management, business needs to look at the floor of their facility as being an asset that needs to be managed.
By focussing on your investment money working for you, you should also focus on your investment in assets working for you!
There are many things that can happen to joints progressively over time, and include the following:
The fact remains that the concrete floor is the most important element of a working facility, for it is the fundamental platform of all operational functions.
The service-ability of a floor has a direct impact on your organisations productivity – and the cost implications of a deteriorated and un-serviceable floor are significant.
In essence a damaged floor, not properly maintained…..impacts the bottom line financially!
First and foremost, one needs to understand what the current status is of your floor. Basically the condition needs to be measured, before the correct management and maintenance program can be implemented.
Secondly, work with the right flooring contractor, for as the common saying goes…..”you get what you pay for”!
In taking the steps towards managing your floor asset more beneficially, use the following basic steps to start with:
Inspections, combined with regular cleaning allows for early identification of potential problem areas within the floor. These can and should be attended to promptly to avoid long term and more costly damage.
Joint maintenance includes the use of the appropriate joint sealant product to top up joints. Additionally, the correct repair mortars for joint re-building and low pressure injection grouting need to be used and made standard across the business’s facilities. These will assist with the management of issues concerned with rocking panels.
Joint damage causes wheel damage, which in turn impacts negatively on operations
Attend to cracks in the floor, as if left along and in combination with joint failures, these will add to the costs associated with floors.
Surface damage can include holes, pitting, scaling and delamination. Whilst these can occur away from the joints, it is not uncommon to notice the development of larger holes and surface cavities beginning from the joints.
A damaged floor can lead to high maintenance costs on material handling vehicles, damaged sensors, health and safety issues, load tippage and damage of the asset.
To eradicate this hidden gremlin from your warehouse you need to invest in your floor which will see a dramatic reduction in your maintenance costs and improved efficiency of operations.