When enjoying a glass of milk or adding cream to a cup of coffee, one may rarely consider all the work, effort, and science that go into providing fresh, safe dairy products on demand. Dairy facility design and construction, including milk production plants, requires diligent attention to health and safety regulations to support efficient operations and wholesome product output.
Plans and specifications for the building of milk production plants typically include any number of equipment and processing options. However, regardless of whether the facility is a large dairy plant that processes fluid milk brought in from surrounding farms, or a smaller milk production plant attached to an onsite milking parlor, one thing remains constant: The facility flooring must be USDA compliant. It must also be capable of handling the planned facility’s activity level and flow of both foot and vehicle traffic. Most importantly, the raw materials and finished products must be kept safe.
Regardless of the products processed in a given dairy plant—whether liquid milk, yogurt, cheese, ice cream, butter, heavy cream, or other items —the flooring must be industrial grade. High compressive strength floor coverings are a must, as bulk tanks, pasteurization and fermentation vats, homogenizers, and blending and mixing tanks, among other equipment, constitute heavy loads. Carefully selected, industrial performance flooring is required to withstand the vibration of heavy production machinery vibration as well as the daily traffic of loaded pallet trucks and forklifts. Standard commercial flooring is insufficient for these heavy-duty conditions and should be avoided, in order to help protect the structure of the concrete floor slab.
Additionally, flooring in milk production plants should be capable of withstanding a broad range of temperatures, including very hot and very cold temperatures, since steam cleaning of equipment, floors and walls is very common. Exposure to lactic acid, fruit additives and other ingredients, along with harsh alkaline cleaners demands that floors be highly chemical resistant.
In order to meet the unique challenges of flooring for milk production plants, Florock developed FloroCrete cementitious urethane flooring, one of the few types of floor materials that can sustain long-term performance in dairy processing plan conditions. FloroCrete systems have proven themselves ideally suited to the challenging industrial dairy plant environment, while furnishing the required USDA guideline compliance and a choice of slip-inhibiting finishes.
Other FloroCrete flooring features include:
To learn more about this and other industrial flooring systems from Florock, contact our technical associates today.