Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta wanted to salvage battered concrete floors at several key locations in northern Georgia, and find a solution to prevent corrosion in its battery charging and storage areas. Toyota turned to a regional flooring specialist and Niagara Machine for the polishing and DiamaPro™ UV-HS Plus curing equipment, materials and know-how it needed to breathe new life into its old floors.
Floor Renovation for Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta Gets Off the Ground with DiamaPro™ UV-HS Plus Coating
Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta is a carrier of Aichi, Bendi, Cushman, Drexel, Princeton and Toyota Industrial Equipment forklifts, lift trucks, aerial work platforms and specialty material handling equipment. In addition to selling and renting new and pre-owned equipment, the company provides complete parts and service and valuable onsite safety and compliance training. Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta has been supplying customers with material handling equipment for more than 40 years, and has four locations throughout north Georgia. It has received numerous awards for its quality service.
Recently Toyota Forklifts undertook renovation of the concrete flooring at its Atlanta location. Sanchez Flooring Solutions was contracted to manage the project that entailed 15,000 square feet of refurbishing and polishing, along with a 400 square foot battery charging area that required a specialized coating able to resist deterioration due to acid corrosion.
Like its customers’ manufacturing, industrial and warehousing sites, the concrete flooring at Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta undergoes extreme abrasion, staining and corrosion from heavy rolling vehicle traffic. Periodic maintenance on the floor at Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta resulted in the accumulation of several layers of epoxies and paints that had to be removed as part of the restoration process. The floor also required extensive oil remediation prior to sealing.
Sanchez Flooring Solutions chose Niagara Machine to supply the required shot blasting, grinding, scraping, polishing and dust collection equipment to be used on the job, along with the diamonds, sealers, coatings and colorants. In addition, Niagara Machine supplied DiamaPro™ U-HS Plus coating to protect the customer’s battery charging area, and trained and certified the flooring crew in its use. “I chose Niagara Machine because they’re a one-stop resource for any equipment and materials I need,” said contractor Sergio Sanchez. “Just as important, they serve as consultants. They know what equipment will perform best for any application, and they train my crew how to use it.”
The goal of the renovation was to produce a highly abrasion and stain-resistant floor that was easy to maintain, appealing to its employees and customers, and could be relied upon for years of performance.
Restoring the floor was a matter of grinding and polishing the concrete, along with repairing cracks, filling joints and treating oil and grease stained areas. The polished floor was densified, sealed and dyed a classic black color. Polished concrete is incredibly strong for high traffic material handling applications. Its abrasion resistance is excellent, and it offers a high coefficient of friction to ensure safety. Wet or dry, polished concrete floors meet and often exceed OSHA standards for slip resistance.And the highly polished resin-free surface virtually eliminates tire marks from vehicles and fork trucks, and creates less drag on tires and floor cleaningequipment.
Grinding and Dust Collection
For the grinding process, Niagara Machine recommended the Lavina® 32GRX Grinder and Metabo® hand grinders. Lavina grinders feature forced, belt-driven planetary movement with floating heads, and an anti-clogging water delivery system that is nozzle-free.
Safe, efficient dust collection was accomplished with Ermator T8600 and T7500 vacuums. The Ermator T7500 has a massive 50 square foot pre-filter and a proprietary Jet Pulse filter cleaning system that replenishes filters from outside the tank via negative air pressure. The T8600 has two oversized HEPA filters, Jet Pulse filter cleaning, and sock-style pre-filters that combine nonstop grinding with long service life. These machines feature HEPA dust extraction systems that meet or exceed all environmental and safety standards to ensure optimal worker and environmental protection.
Densifiers and Sealers
Removing stains on the floor from forklifts and other machinery was done with the aid of Ameripolish® Oil Eater™. This formulation is 100 percent biologically based and environmentally safe. Ameripolish 3DHS™ was used in the polishing process, along with Ameripolish SR2™ subsurface stain resistor and Ameripolish SureLock™ Dye. Ameripolish 3DHS hardens concrete surfaces, and locks in dyes for long-lasting color. The stain resistor features a small molecular structure for maximum penetration of the concrete floor and superior protection against moisture, water-carried salts, grease and oil.
Niagara Machine recommended DiamaPro™ UV-HS Plus to provide optimal protection of the concrete floors in the customer’s battery charging areas. DiamaPro™ UV-HS Plus is a single component, aliphatic urethane that is exceptionally resistant to water and chemicals, and cures instantly upon exposure to ultraviolet light. DiamaPro™ UV-HS Plus enables concrete floors to be returned to service immediately after curing, and ensures outstanding resistance to abrasion and scratching. It also has a sharp, distinct finished appearance.
“DiamaPro™ UV-HS Plus was the hands-down best choice for the caustic environment of the battery charging and storage area,” said Scott Thome, Coating Specialist for Niagara Machine. “It’s ability to protect is unmatched by traditional epoxies. It’s been demonstrated to reduce the marring caused by forklifts and similar material handling equipment. And instant curing means the customer is back in business immediately.”
Niagara Machine specialists Thome and Tony Linn provided the contracting crew on-site training and certification in the use of DiamaPro™ UV-HS Plus, and also trained Toyota Forklifts personnel and plant managers in recommended floor maintenance procedures. Prepping the battery storage area—including stain remediation and grinding—and applying DiamaPro™ UV-HS Plus coating and safety lines was accomplished in only 12 hours.
Renovating the floors at Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta was completed on time and within budget. Plant managers can expect longer service life with reduced annual maintenance costs from the polished and UV coated floors. “I would say the folks at Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta and Augusta are extremely satisfied with their refurbished concrete floors,” said Niagara Machine project manager. “In fact they have awarded the nine remaining floors in their northern Georgia sites to Sanchez Flooring Specialists. I think that says a lot about the quality of materials and workmanship on this job.”
Finished DiamaPro UV coated floor for the battery charging area at Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta. — Instantaneously curing the DiamaPro UV coating with ultraviolet light-emitting equipment.