Resin Flooring in Warehouses: How resin benefits the 5S System
Industrial warehouses can be the most demanding when it comes to floors. You must make sure that you choose the right resin flooring system to suit your warehouses’ needs. As well as harsh conditions, warehouses are often subject to restrictive health and safety requirements. For a lot of warehouses, they will improve on health and safety, organisation and production by adhering to a 5S system. You can read through the definition of the 5S system here.
The 5S System
The 5S system is mainly to do with the incorporation of health and safety markings within a warehouse. This may mean safe pedestrian routes to fire exists or keeping areas clear of debris so as to not block an exit.
Resin demarcation and line marking can help implement these 5S safety and organisation methods in the following ways;
- Use photos and visual controls to help keep everything as it should be.
- Arrange all necessary items so that they can be easily selected for use. Make it easy to find and pick up necessary items.
- Assign fixed locations for items. Use clear labels, marks or hints so that items are easy to return to the correct location and so that it is easy to spot missing items.
- Keep the working floor clear of materials except for those that are in use to produce.
- Simplify inspection.
- Increase the amount of available, useful space.
- Increase safety by eliminating obstacles.
The 5S System has five categories in which resin demarcation and line marking can be applied. These are sort, set in order, shine, standardise and sustain/self-discipline.
The organisation of a warehouse is a key factor in production. Having high levels of organisation can make a huge difference in the way a warehouse operates. Efficiency can be improved by adding demarcation and resin lines to outline the different areas of a warehouse. Having an organised system for storing goods means that workers will be able to find their products quickly and efficiently. For example, bay lines and racking locations can be applied to the floor using resin.
Set in order
Arranging warehouses to show clear areas of work increases the health and safety as well as organisation. It can also aid in keeping a warehouse clean and tidy by having assigned spaces for materials. Furthermore, this can also improve logistics as keeping stock restricted to one area makes it easier to find or put away when needed.
Keeping an area clean and clear from debris can also add to a warehouse structure. This is because accidents will be less likely to happen if areas are clear from trip hazards which may occur. Furthermore, it means that the warehouse has high standards of cleanliness which is a more pleasant setting to work in. This can be achieved using hatched boxes to keep areas clear and line marking to show routes to waste management points.
Using symbols, wording and numbers out of resin will help let workers keep everything where it should be. For an example, in a warehouse with machinery, a bay reserved to store and charge a forklift may be outlined in resin.
This system is to do with the workers themselves, however by having a resin system in place which adheres to the 5S system, it is easier to identify areas of improvement.
Other benefits of using resin in a warehouse
As well as this, the durability of a resin flooring system means it has excellent abrasion and impact resistance. A concrete system will become easily damaged by constant use by vehicles and pedestrian traffic. In contrast, resin systems can provide a durable surface, dependant on the thickness or product and type of resin.
Another factor which may affect the decision in choosing a warehouse resin flooring system is its slip resistance. Warehouses often have heavy machinery and pedestrian traffic. This is why it is vital to have the proper grip with a floor. Adding an aggregate to a resin system can increase the slip-resistant properties thus creating a safer surface for workers and vehicles. For example, a roller door open for deliveries on a rainy day can let in a lot of water around the entrance, this can become slippery for forklifts to go on. Because of the added grip, a slip-resistant flooring system can help the forklift not spin out on wet floors. This is obviously not as a guarantee, but grip will help in these situations. Our anti-slip resin flooring page gives more insight into this.
- Cost effective floor repairs
- Create pedestrian and or vehicle gangways
- Demarcation lines
- Anti-slip floors
- Easily cleanable
- No dust
- Hard wearing
- Hygienic (Hygienic Resin Flooring)
What resin products do we install in warehouses
Line marking resins: Monarcoat 700
Monarcoat 700 is an epoxy resin coating used where a fast-cure is required in an industrial environment. It provides an attractive, dust-free, chemical and abrasion resistant floor coating. It is based on a blend of epoxy resins, mineral fillers and solvents.
Monarcoat 700 is particularly well suited to forming lines/zebra crossings and chevrons, to mark hazardous areas, denote pedestrian walkways and line marking.
Monarcoat 700 can be loaded with high pigment levels to produce white and safety yellow colours without opacity problems. Due to its fast-cure properties, areas and lines can be marked out and coated, and be re-coated within a few hours.
- Line Marking
- Zebra Crossings
- Hatched Areas
- Vehicle Areas
- Clearly Marking Exist Paths
- Marking Machine Areas
Slip resistance resins: Monargrip
In instances where a heavy duty resin product is installed in a warehouse, Monargrip is one of the leading epoxy resin products.
Monargrip is an epoxy resin flooring system that presents excellent levels of slip resistance in the wettest of areas. Moreover, it is ideal for any areas where outstanding levels of slip resistance is required. Monargrip is based on a blend of epoxy resins and quartz aggregates, and is available in a wide range of colour choice and slip resistance grades.
Within a warehouse, the slip resistance of the surface used is key to health and safety. Furthermore, the many colour options mean that you can section out areas of the warehouse to aid further in health and safety. As well as this, gangways can be made to section what spaces are for walker or vehicle use.
- Food and Drink Factories
- Brewery Flooring
- Wet Rooms
- Leisure Centres
- Automotive Workshops
In conclusion, when seeking a flooring system for a warehouse resin is ideal for many different settings. Resin systems are a durable and versatile solution when it comes to warehouse floors.
Furthermore, the epoxy resin system Monargrip which we install UK wide has excellent slip resistant properties. A warehouse resin flooring system can also be customised to a wide variety of colours to suit each client.
Warehouse resin flooring may also aid in the 5S system by including demarcation and line marking in warehouses. This method can create areas which are kept clear using hatched lines and wording. As well as this, numbers or symbols can be added to aid in organisation. This is achieved by labelling aisles and certain areas in warehouses to make it more easy to find products. Furthermore, the different resin colours can be used to mark out areas for different use, safe walkways for pedestrians, clearly mark exists and entrances, create areas for machinery only and so on.
Monarch are based in Sheffield, Dronfield, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Halifax. We install resin floors throughout the UK and have 30 years experience in our trade.
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