The floor-drainage connection is often the first aspect of the drainage environment that fails. The correct flooring and drain interface needs to be specified in a way which ensures a good connection between the drainage and the surrounding floor. It’s vital that the right interface is specified for type of drainage and flooring required. We consider factors including the dynamic and thermal loading required and the type of flooring material being specified. Working in partnership with flooring specialist, Sika, we have completed a three-year research project which enables us to provide the first evidence-based floor-drainage specification guidance.
It is also essential to consider how the flooring connects with the wall. At ACO we not only provide hygienically designed drainage systems but also a range of wall protection products - ACO kerb, which optimise the hygienic performance of floor-wall connections. Kerb products are designed to protect walls from damage caused by impacts from machinery and site traffic, and to enable factory operators to eliminate water ingress into factory walls, which helps prevent cross contamination between different factory areas and aids cleaning.
Drainage system that is appropriate, correctly designed and fully integrated into your operations ensures production continuity and provides ultimate hygienic performance.
Until now, no proper study or research has taken place to investigate the behaviour of common floor-drainage connections and develop a precise design guideline. As a result, Sika – a market-leading resin flooring company, and ACO - a leader in the development and manufacture of hygienic drainage systems, joined forces and adopted a professional and scientific approach to this issue. A three year study and research program was commissioned to provide a clear evidence-based guidance with regard to flooring-drainage connections for factory and processing facility operators.
Read more about the research and its findings in attached “Reliable floor to drainage connection research ACO and SIKA”, summarizing the research, methodology of testing and the results that were observed. The research proved to be a valuable experiment that will establish a new way to design floor-drainage connections for demanding applications in the future.
Effective waste water management via a properly designed drainage system ensures optimal hygiene and also minimises the risks of disruption to production which can be caused by drainage blockages, floods and leaks. When designing your drainage system, it’s important to take a holistic approach to specification and there are a number key factors to consider.
In the broadest sense, when specifying drainage there are four key areas to consider: Is your drainage fit for purpose; is it integrated to the production environment; is it designed by knowledgeable industry experts, and is it designed to be cleanable?
When looking specifically at the processing of your waste water and the creation of a watertight system, it is important to consider the following:
Waterproof wall protection is extending hygienic performance of food and beverage production facilities. Uncompromised water resistance can be achieved only by redesigning the way wall connects to the floor. Lifting up the border between wall and floor and creating fully cleanable and hygienic round corners is the most efficient way to create really waterproof drainage system. What more, it will help to protect your walls from impacts of factory vehicles and machinery.
Correct placement, design and capacity (odkaz a capcaity) of the drainage – drainage should be hygienically designed, suitable for current and future manufacturing applications and correctly positioned within a factory. What type of fluid or waste water needs to be drained, what thermal and shock loads must my drainage withstand and where will the machinery generating waste water be located? There is, for example, no point locating a machine that generates waste water several feet or metres away from the drain.
Reliable floor-drain connection – the flooring and drainage specified need to address ambient conditions. Specify the wrong floor or drainage and you are likely to see cracks in the flooring immediately surrounding the drainage, elevation of floor plate edges and even delamination of flooring, all of which compromise the performance of the drainage system and ultimately, your facility. ACO and Sika recently completed a three-year research project to identify the most reliable floor-drainage connections.
Appropriately sloped floors – floors should ensure that waste water runs from the wall to the floor and into the drainage. If floors do not have the appropriate angle of slope (known as ‘fall’), there is a risk that water will pool on the factory floor causing a hygiene and slip hazard. Expert advice on flooring specification can be obtained from leading flooring companies.
The design of an effective drainage system is essential. It will positively impact hygienic performance, food/beverage safety, employee health and safety, and operational costs. At ACO, we have in-house a team of drainage experts that will help you to face your challenges in food and beverage productions. Get in touch with our local subsidiaries to get the quickest advice on your drainage process.