Line striping in industrial plants is used to demarcate traffic lanes, indicate areas in which equipment must not pass, places to stack pallets or stock, and identify potentially hazardous activities. Some plants use line striping to indicate the location of work cells, mechanical areas and other zones that must remain clear at all times.
Typically, these industries require epoxy floor marking paint and coatings based on the following:
The coating must be durable and allow the work area to be put back into service quickly. The line striping coating manufacturers make products that are capable of withstanding commercial truck and forklift traffic over them. As a painting contractor in Chicago who does a lot of floor striping, Paint Platoon USA works with several different products and application methods
Materials used in Line Striping
Epoxy resins are the most common materials used for this type of application because they can be designed to withstand heavy loads and water exposure. An epoxy's properties are typically enhanced with an additive that will allow it to retain its adherence to the surface even in humid conditions. Cellulosic, or acrylic resins, may also be used for line striping jobs where traffic exclusion is not critical.
These products can be effectively applied on any number of surfaces including concrete, asphalt, wood and steel. In order to achieve maximum longevity, the line striping product must be applied on a clean surface free of grease, oil or other contaminants. In the event that an industrial floor has already been treated with a sealer or coating, there is no need for concern as long as it can be removed from the surface.
Floor Line Striping Installation Methods
The first step in line striping a newly constructed plant is to produce a layout of the entire facility floor plan and determine where and how wide each traffic lane should be. Line striping is typically applied with a line marking machine that can be either manually operated or computerized. Line striping is also commonly done by hand with painters using walk behind shot blasters with a HEPA vacuum attached to immediately contain any dust generated by the shot blasting operation. The shot blasting is performed to insure proper bonding of the coating to the floor as the floor will now have some "tooth" for the new coating to grab on to. Painters can then snap chalk lines and drop tape, then go to work rolling out floor stripes and marking by hand and with the use of stencils for special markings.
Paint Platoon USA Line Striping Procedure for Existing Facilities
Line striping can become an integral part of a building's design. When designing a new or existing facility, line striping can be incorporated into the floor plan layout by applying more than one line marking product to denote areas that should not be crossed. Different colors of floor striping can be used to designate different areas. For example, a facility manager may decide to paint a stripe on the floor beyond which forklifts and other vehicles should not pass. In addition, and depending on the existing condition of the floor, it is possible to completely strip off an old coating and re-apply epoxy paint in some cases.
Improve Employee Safety & Keep Facility Organized
Floor Striping improves safety for workers in an industrial environment and helps keep your factory organized. Line striping is an important task for any commercial or industrial painting contractor in Chicago who decides to enter into this niche in the painting industry. To discuss your requirements for line striping in your facility, contact Paint Platoon USA today.
Contacts at Paint Platoon USA : Chicago Epoxy Floor Line Striping
Scott Kuperman or Josh Havens 847-639-8800