Not so many years ago, it was feared that the advent of digital products and services was set to wipe out the commercial print industry.
Blogs, eBooks, online newspapers, PPC banners
In the U.S for example, the industry recorded sales in excess of $83 billion in 2018. It’s expected that at the end of 2019 the sales are likely to grow by a solid 1.5%–2.5%. Additionally, the unemployment rate in the industry continues to hover near its lowest in more than 49 years at 3.9%. Wage growth is also above 3% which is the highest it has been since the recession.
However, as is the case with any industry where there is growth, there are often challenges to meet. At the most basic level, all service areas in printing plants must be functional and safe in order to facilitate smooth and efficient workflow, and here the type of flooring installed can make a big difference.
Operational Challenges at Printing Plants
Let’s start with the most obvious: chemicals.
Chemicals are a commonplace in printing facilities. Inks, solvent residues, metal hydroxide sludge, dye stuff, machine lubricants – these are just some types of chemicals, floors at printing plants can get exposed to.
If left to dry, these chemicals can damage the floor’s surface and can cause peels or cracks to develop in the flooring system. A cracked floor is a safety hazard for workers working at the plant, who may trip and fall while walking on it, leading to accidents; at worst—litigation.
In extreme cases, the chemical damage can jeopardize the structural integrity of the entire building, resulting in costly and much avoidable repairs.
As such it’s crucial to install a floor that offers high chemical resistance.
Chemical resistance is not the only operational challenge printing plants face, however; static discharge remains another major problem in these facilities.
Majority of printing plants today use printers that utilize static electricity to control the movement of paper during printing. The component that makes this possible is called the photo receptor.
While the photo receptor does its job really well of keeping the printing paper stuck to the drum, making sure the print is issued in the correct position, it also poses safety risks for plant operators.
There have been many reported incidents of workers sustaining injuries due to static shock while operating or handling printing equipment, which concerns all printing facility owners.
A proven solution to this problem is to install antistatic flooring which dissipates any accumulated static charges, keeping the facility safe for operations.
So, to summarize the discussion:
When choosing flooring for your commercial printing plant, make sure it is:
- chemical resistant, and
This begs the question, which flooring system offers both of these features?
The Right Flooring System for Your Commercial Printing Plant
Epoxy floors are arguably the best flooring systems for commercial printing plants as they offer high chemical resistance as well as anti-static attributes. Additionally, they are also strong and durable which make them perfect for high traffic areas such as printing presses.
If you’re looking to install a new flooring system for your printing plant, please don’t hesitate to give us a call; we’d be happy to assist you on your project. Our service areas include states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Virginia and West Virginia. Our team would help you select the best flooring for your facility and will make sure it is properly installed. We look forward to serving you.