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Slip Resistant Granite Floor
INDUSTRIAL FLOORING
Rana Imran
May 1, 2019
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Granite is a hard, igneous rock that is found in various forms throughout the earth. Its durability and variety of colors make it the perfect material for many applications including kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces, floors and walls. It will last a lifetime if carefully handled.

The popularity of the granite flooring has been increased over the last few years because of the huge benefits and beautiful designs. Granite tiles look very elegant & hard-wearing.

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When granite is polished, it produces a high shine that is best suited for low traffic areas. Polishing highlights the character of your stone and gives it a reflective look. Stone appears darker and the colours seem richer. Be aware, however, that the higher the polish, the more slippery tiles can be especially on stairs and ramps.

Do not be worried we are always there with solutions. Recently we were given the same task at Bacha Khan International Airport, Peshawar. We made the ramps and stairs safe for the use of passengers.

We did fill the groves by using MITCHTILE GROUT EP in its slip resistant version. Our methodology and sample was approved by the team of NESPAK. We are grateful to Qavi Engineers (PVT) Ltd. for choosing us for this job.

Methodology & Sample Application

Cleaning of grooves

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Masking tape & Primer

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Passed Slip Resistant Epoxy Grout (MITCHTILE GROUT EP)

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For Stairs

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Application process on Granite Flooring Ramps

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Special Thanks to our Site Manager

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MITCHTILE GROUT EP

MITCHTILE GROUT EP is a 3 component epoxy resin based grouting system for ceramic and acid resistant tiles, in medium and heavy duty corrosive and hygienic environments. Suitable for vertical and horizontal applications in interior and exterior locations. Suitable for 2 mm to 10 mm joint sizes.

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Epoxy Resin
INDUSTRIAL FLOORING
Rana Imran
April 29, 2019
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Epoxy is either any of the basic components or the cured end products of epoxy resins, as well as a colloquial name for the epoxide functional group. Epoxy resins, also known as polyepoxides, are a class of reactive prepolymers and polymers which contain epoxide groups.

Epoxy resins may be reacted (cross-linked) either with themselves through catalytic homopolymerisation, or with a wide range of co-reactants including polyfunctional amines, acids (and acid anhydrides), phenols, alcohols and thiols (usually called mercaptans). These co-reactants are often referred to as hardeners or curatives, and the cross-linking reaction is commonly referred to as curing.

Reaction of polyepoxides with themselves or with polyfunctional hardeners forms a thermosetting polymer, often with favorable mechanical properties and high thermal and chemical resistance. Epoxy has a wide range of applications, including metal coatings, use in electronics/electrical components/LEDs, high tension electrical insulators, paint brush manufacturing, fiber-reinforced plastic materials and structural adhesives. Epoxy is sometimes used as a glue.

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epoxy flooring
INDUSTRIAL FLOORING
Rana Imran
March 17, 2019
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Epoxy Flooring / Industrial Flooring
INDUSTRIAL FLOORING
Rana Imran
March 15, 2019
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Floors in industry and commerce are not just parts of a structure. Industrial floors are heavily exposed to stress. Many production processes and procedures take place on these floors. They are also exposed to industrial chemicals. On top of this, industrial floors also have to meet a variety of operational requirements. Slip resistance, crack bridging, non-flammability, conductivity, aesthetics, ease of maintenance, and, last but not least, long life – these are just a few examples of the expectations for functional industrial floors.

Every industrial floor consists of two elements;

Element 1, the base course, which always consists of the structural reinforced concrete slab. The purpose of this “load-bearing” course is to absorb or distribute static and dynamic loads.

Element 2, the wearing course is the dominant part. The wearing course protects the floor from physical and/or chemical attack. The wearing course also has to meet the individual operational demands.

Each element has its function, which is precisely defined. An industrial Floor cannot be high – quality unless both the base course and the wearing course meet all of the requirements.

Two factors are particularly important in the construction or design of a high quality yet economic industrial floor:

–          The Operational Requirements

–          The Selection, Analysis and Preparation of a Suitable Substrate.

To select the right coating system, both must be examined in detail and coordinated. This is the only way to ensure that the industrial flooring meets the requirements of the project – cost effective and just right for the application.

OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

The application and the severity of the operational requirements can vary widely. Below are a few examples of typical exposures;

Mechanical Exposure From:

–         Pedestrian and/or vehicular traffic

–         Low and light lift trucks

–         Transport containers, such as pallets, steel mesh boxes, containers, drums, reel holders etc.

–         Weight of tools/products/machines

–         Abrasion, shock and impact (broken glass etc.)

2.  Chemical Attack From:

–         Oil

–         Greases

–         Soluble Salts

–         Alkalies, Acids, Fuels, Solvent

–         Cleaning Agents etc.

3.  Thermal Stress From:

Heat:

Short term by steam cleaning etc,

Long term in specific production areas

Cold:

Short term by shock, open doors, etc,

Long term in specific production areas, cold storage etc.

4.  Weathering, Mainly On External Surfaces, From:

–         Sunlight

–         UV

–         Frost

–         thermal shock

–         Rain

5.  Aesthetics:

–         Color

–         Color design/coding

–         Colored chips, Gloss/ Matt

6.  Surface Safety:

–         Slip resistant

–         Electrically insulating

–         Conductive

–         Crack-bridging

–         Waterproof

–         Non-flammable

–         De-contaminable

–         Color stable

–         Low – odor

–         Environmentally friendly

–         Solvent free

7.  Texture

–         Smooth

–         Textured

8.  Care And Maintenance:

–         Easy to clean

–         Easy to repair

–         Overcoat able

9.  Comfort

–         Insulating effect (warm)

–         Dampening effect

–         Sound deadening

Selection, Analysis and Preparation of a Suitable Substrate

The second and equally important factor in selection of a suitable wearing course is the type of substrate and its condition. Any wearing course can only be as good as its base. If the load- bearing course or substrate is defective even the best and most expensive wearing course cannot improve it.

1.  Base Courses/ Substrates

–         Concrete

–         Cement/granolithic screed/overlay

–         Anhydrite screed

–         Magnesite screed

–         Poured asphalt

–         Old coatings

–         Ceramic tiles

–         Timber boards

–         Steel

2.  Location Of The Substrate

–         Internal areas

–         External exposed

–         On garde/no d.p.m

–         Risk of rising damp

–         Without insulation

3.  Substrate Condition

–         Age (new or old)

–         Moisture content

–         Surface profile

–         Density

–         Porosity

–         Brittle

–         Dehydrated

–         Physical strength

–         Compressive

–         Pull-off

–         Surface harness

4.  Contamination

–         Dust

–         Laitance

–         Oils, greases

–         Acids, alkalis

–         Paints, plastics

–         Fuels, solvents

5.  Damages

–         Shrinkage, isolation or settlement cracks

–         Sapling & voids

–         Roughness, erosion

–         Joint damage & broken arises

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Conductive / Anti Static Flooring
INDUSTRIAL FLOORING
Rana Imran
March 15, 2019
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Floors in industry and commerce are not just parts of a structure. Industrial floors are heavily exposed to stress.

Many production processes and procedures take place on these floors. They are also exposed to industrial chemicals.

On top of this, industrial floors also have to meet a variety of operational requirements. Slip Resistance, Crack Bridging, Non-flammability, Conductivity, Aesthetics, Ease Of Maintenance, and, last but not least, Long Life – these are just a few examples of the expectations for functional industrial floors.

CONDUCTIVE & STATIC DISSIPATIVE FLOORING SYSTEMS

In industries where electronic components or volatile chemicals are involved, electrostatic discharge can result in significant damage, injury and financial loss.

Even when people are equipped to handle static-sensitive devices and a facility’s flooring system meets the basic standards for draining static charge, inadvertent contact can occur. How? The first step is understanding how much charge your facility floor needs to dissipate. This factor can differ greatly by BVG (Body Voltage Generation).

Electrical charges can have catastrophic consequences in static sensitive environments. Static control flooring can be defined as a flooring system that can drain and/or dissipate static charges by ground personnel, equipment or other objects contacting the floor surface or that controls the generation and accumulation of static charges.

Electrostatic charges

Electrostatic charges can be induced from friction between two different kinds of material (between two non conductors or simply by common surface contact). Such charging takes place readily when most flooring material is walked on or driven over and these discharges can often be accompanied by sparks. As everyone is aware, in some industries, sparks can have devastating consequences. This hazard can be eliminated if our anti-static flooring system is the choice of the specifying engineer.

These products meet the requirements of electrical conductivity as well as a high resistance to chemical attack and are designed for applications in such places as laboratories, chemical plants, painting manufacturers and anywhere where solvents are used. Additionally, some industries such as the electronics trade, require anti-static coatings for protecting electrical components from failure.

LEAK-OFF OF ELECTROSTATIC CHARGES

The electrical discharge capacity of synthetic resin flooring is determined by measuring the ohmic resistance. As a rule, floors with a leakage resistance of 10+6 ohms are considered to be electrically conductive. However, each country has its own standards for how they rate this discharge capacity. For instance DIN 51953 applies in Germany, UL 779 applies in the United States and the British standard is 3398. However, many engineers have requirements far below those that are certifiable by organizations such as the Underwriters Laboratories, depending on the protection needed for their prospective environments. Although it is widely recognized in the industry that less than 109 ohms of resistance is considered to be anti-static.

SOME THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW

•         Concrete is conductive because of the moisture content present in the concrete. However, the moisture content can be highly variable. That is why a suitable primer must be used to achieve proper anti-static characteristics below 1.0e+9 ohms. The primer increases the conductivity by decreasing the ohmic resistance. The full potential is not achieved without an appropriate primer.

•         Finally, it should be pointed out that grounding the anti-static conductive system does improve the performance of the system by decreasing the ohmic resistance and charge buildup. The conductive primer is the product that should be grounded and not the topcoat or any underlayment placed prior to the primer. This is easily accomplished by grounding the coating with strips of copper or grounding straps connected to a water pipe or neutral conductor in the electric wiring system. Two earthing points normally suffice for a single room. One ground point per 200 square meters of floor space is the general rule for large areas when all individual slabs are connected with conductive copper strips or tape.

•         Hopefully, the above information has given a basis of understanding of how, why and for what reasons anti-static coating systems work.

Step Wise Anti-Static Flooring System

Application of Primer Coat

Repair after Primer Coat

3 mm Self Level Epoxy Flooring

Use of Copper Strip

Application Of Conductive Primer Containing Carbon Fibers

Application Of Final Conductive Coating (3 mm)

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Epoxy Flooring AT KSB FOUNDRY
INDUSTRIAL FLOORING
Rana Imran
March 13, 2019
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7th March 2018 is a day when KSB Pumps Pakistan achieved an excellent Mile Stone by inaugurating their new facility at Foundry.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyxieokxclY&list=UU67TyyyChzHTy5EPAxrxrEA&index=31

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFLWsvPhZaI&list=UU67TyyyChzHTy5EPAxrxrEA&index=29

From the ground breaking to inauguration it took only 8 months to get it operational. The entire team at KSB Hassanabdal under supervision of Mr. Tariq Ali (Director Projects) worked day and night. Mitchell & CO was given the task for epoxy floor.

In inauguration ceremony following honorable guests participated,

His Highness Mr.Martin Kobler (German Ambassador to Pakistan)

Mr. Stephan Bross (Member Borad of Directors and CTO KSB Germany)

Mr. Tonjes Cerovsky Chairmain KSB Pakistan.

Mr. Masud Akhtar MD & CEO KSB Pakistan

Mr. Tariq Ali briefing guests regarding different parts of automobiles industry in this foundry.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1KwihxQWfg&list=UU67TyyyChzHTy5EPAxrxrEA&index=33

Mitchell & Co really feel an honor to work for this prestigious project. MITCHFLOOR EPwas selected for epoxy floor screeding. Rana Imran managed the operations on behalf of Mitchell & Co.

PROJECT MANGER KSB PUMPS AT THE START OF PROJECT

SURFACE PREPARATION

GRINDING AND CHIPPING

PRIMER APPLICATION AND SCREEDING

MIXING AND APPLICATION

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0R-z94GaeY&list=UU67TyyyChzHTy5EPAxrxrEA&index=24

DIFFERENT TEAMS WORKING SIMULTANEOUSLY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KGIOv3g9-M&list=UU67TyyyChzHTy5EPAxrxrEA&index=25

GROUP APPLICATION

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWqcPWwTG4s&index=27&list=UU67TyyyChzHTy5EPAxrxrEA

DAY AND NIGHT WORKING

Application of MITCHEPOKOTE 500 on finished MITCHFLOOR EP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4N-NYQVPzo&list=UU67TyyyChzHTy5EPAxrxrEA&index=26

FINISEHED FLOOR FOR OPERATIONS

WHEN WE WERE TIRED

FUN AT SITE

MY BIRTHDAY PARTY AT SITE

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Epoxy Flooring at Maple Leaf Cement Ltd (WHR)
INDUSTRIAL FLOORING
Rana Imran
March 13, 2019
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We are glad that we were once again called by the Maple Leaf Cement Plant. This time we were given the task to repair and refinish the existing damaged epoxy by MITCH EPOKOTE 500“. The light gray shade was finialized by the client.

MITCHEPOKOTE 500

DESCRIPTION

MITCHEPOKOTE 500 is two packs, solvent free epoxy floor coating. It can be applied up to 500 microns. It is designed to protect concrete floors and timber in light to medium duty situations.

USES

MITCHEPOKOTE 500 gives good general protection to concrete floors in light to medium duty situation. It is easy to clean, chemical resistant floor coating with non-slip finish and can be back rolled with fine aggregate for further strength. Typical uses include laboratories, showrooms, hospitals, manufacturing Fish, meat and food processing, commercial kitchens, beverages & pharmaceutical plants and warehousing areas subjected to heavy foot and rubber wheel traffic.

BENEFITS

  • Attractive, enhances working environment
  •  Seamless and hygienic finish, no crevices where dirt and bacteria can dwell.
  • Hygienic – easy to clean.
  • Non-tainting, non-dusting, abrasion resistant
  • High build, up to 0.5 mm in one coat
  • Excellent chemical resistant to acid and sugar.
  • Easy to maintain, solvent free, low odor.
  • Economical and Fast installation

Finished look at Maple Leaf Cement Palnt WHR

SURFACE PREPARATION

Grinding and Cleaning of Existing Epoxy Substrate

Application Of MITCHEPOKOTE 500

FINISHED SURFACE

rana@mitchellpakistan.com

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Epoxy Flooring At Silver Oaks
General Category INDUSTRIAL FLOORING
Rana Imran
March 13, 2019
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We were called by the management of Silver Oaks after inspecting the project of Epoxy Flooring already done under my supervision. We were told to apply 500 microns coating on the floor of pumps room.

The substrate conditions were not good enough for 500 mircons but they insist us for 500 microns only.

Grinding of Substrate

As a first step of surface preparation we started with the grinding of the substrate.

Epoxy Primer

After cleaning we applied epoxy primer

1st Scratch Coat

To cover undulations and pit holes in the floor we applied the scratch coat in colored epoxy.

Finishing of 1st Scratch Coat

we applied sand paper on the 1st scratch coat.

Skirting

A thin coat was applied on skirting.

2nd Scratch Coat

After inspection we decided to apply a second layer of scratch coat.

Final Layer

After applying 2 scratch coats we applied the final coat of 500 microns in demanded colors. Yellow lines were also applied.

As per the substrate conditions I believe that a 2mm or 3mm would be the much better solutions for this area.

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Epoxy Flooring at Maple Leaf Cement Plant (WHR)
INDUSTRIAL FLOORING
admin
March 8, 2019
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We are glad that we were once again called by the Maple Leaf Cement Plant. This time we were given the task to repair and refinish the existing damaged epoxy by MITCH EPOKOTE 500“. The light gray shade was finialized by the client.

MITCHEPOKOTE 500

DESCRIPTION

MITCHEPOKOTE 500 is two packs, solvent free epoxy floor coating. It can be applied up to 500 microns. It is designed to protect concrete floors and timber in light to medium duty situations.

USES

MITCHEPOKOTE 500 gives good general protection to concrete floors in light to medium duty situation. It is easy to clean, chemical resistant floor coating with non-slip finish and can be back rolled with fine aggregate for further strength. Typical uses include laboratories, showrooms, hospitals, manufacturing Fish, meat and food processing, commercial kitchens, beverages & pharmaceutical plants and warehousing areas subjected to heavy foot and rubber wheel traffic.

BENEFITS

  • Attractive, enhances working environment
  •  Seamless and hygienic finish, no crevices where dirt and bacteria can dwell.
  • Hygienic – easy to clean.
  • Non-tainting, non-dusting, abrasion resistant
  • High build, up to 0.5 mm in one coat
  • Excellent chemical resistant to acid and sugar.
  • Easy to maintain, solvent free, low odor.
  • Economical and Fast installation

Finished look at Maple Leaf Cement Palnt WHR

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