Food & Beverage

Project Name: Fruition Fruits and Fills

Location: Oakville, Ontario

Owner: Tim Hortons, Oakville, Ontario

Application: Installation of a urethane concrete slurry floor system into the production area of a fruit filling facility.

Materials Used: Flooring: Tnemec Series 245 Ultra-Tread S.

Environment Exposure:

  • Frequent hot water wash down
  • Heavy impact of carts, machinery and forklifts
  • Aggressive cleaning procedures
  • Thermal shock due to hot liquids

Site Condition:

  • Concrete surface was worn with exposed aggregate and large cracks
  • Surface was difficult to clean

 

Project Description

Selection Process

When donut and pastry filling manufacturer Fruition Fruits and Fills became part of the Tim Hortons family, it was only natural they move their operations to Oakville, Ontario, so as to be closer to their parent company. Fruition had requested a specific product coating system (Tnemec) for the flooring within their old facility, so when the 7,500 square-foot production area was being designed for their new home, it was no surprise that Applied Industrial Flooring, an approved applicator of Tnemec products, stood out from the competition.

The Solution

Production areas in food manufacturing plants require coating systems that are able to withstand aggressive environments, such as forklift traffic, high temperatures and frequent wash downs. Fruition’s new facility specified different Tnemec coatings for the two production rooms in order to properly match each room’s environment. Series 245 Ultra-Tread S, a polyurethane-modified concrete floor topping, was trowel-applied at 3/16″ thickness to the production floors, and finished with a loop roller to smooth out the area and help bring the liquid aspect to the surface to better seal the system. Ultra-Tread S was designed with food and beverage facilities in mind, and is formulated to withstand thermal shock due to hot liquids and aggressive cleaning procedures.

In the first production area, Series 243 Ultra-Tread V, a vertical version of Series 245, was applied at 1/8″ thickness to create a 12″ cove around the perimeter of the flooring. “We specified Series 243 in this production room because of the more aggressive environment,” explained Tnemec coating consultant Dave Walker (whom is also an NWA certified coating consultant) he added, “This area had more exposure to wash downs and water temperature changes.

Series 237 Power-Tread, a polyamine epoxy, created the 12″ coving in the less critical production room, applied at 1/8” thickness. “These systems worked very well for the facility,” noted Applied Industrial Flooring, “And just as they are designed to.”

Results

Having had experience with the Tnemec product, Fruition Fruit knew what they wanted, but needed to have confidence that the application would be installed properly and within their tight timelines. The company researched other companies and compared other products but found that the years of experience that Applied Industrial Flooring offered combined with the expertise of its applicators was the best fit for their project. The project was implemented on budget and without interfering with their production schedules.

Fruition is exceptionally pleased with the performance of the floor.