SIKA AT WORK: KONE
SIKAFLOOR LIFTS KONE TO A HIGHER LEVEL
THREE DISTINCT FLOORS
"What floor?" is the question often asked in elevators. It was also a question considered when KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, built its new facility in Allen, Texas. The building includes three distinct areas: an electronics assembly area, a general warehouse/electrical kit picking area, and a third space for assembly of installation related tool/job boxes. Each area had different flooring requirements. Fortunately, Sika Flooring was able to meet the needs of all three.
"We put the flooring projects out to bid with four different companies, and awarded the project to Sika Flooring because of the cost benefits," stated Michael Lewis, Manufacturing Manager at KONE. "I was also familiar with Sika adhesives, and I like that it is a global company and a known brand name."
FIRST STOP: SIKAFLOOR ESD CONTROL FLOORING SYSTEM
The first floor to be installed was in the electronics assembly area. "This is where they build control panels, so static control is very important, which is why KONE opted for the Sikafloor ESD Control Flooring System," explained Kurt Dreger, Business Development Manager/Operations Manager at T.W. Hicks, a Master Sikafloor Installerin Lake Dallas, Texas. "Sika Technical Services also offered free annual testing of the floor for five years, which will certify that the floor is ESD active."
SECOND STOP: SIKAFLOOR MORRITEX COATING SYSTEM
The next floor area in the Light Manufacturing building is a general warehouse/electrical kit picking area. KONE wanted a floor that would be slip resistant, easy to maintain, and have low reflectivity. Sikafloor Morritex Coating System was the perfect choice. The Morritex system is a highly durable surface suited for light to medium traffic that requires minimal maintenance and has a slip resistant texture.
THIRD STOP: SIKAFLOOR EPOROK EPOXY MORTAR SYSTEM
On the final floor area in the Light Manufacturing building, workers put together job boxes containing tools used to install elevators. According to Lewis, these job boxes are as big as the bed of a pick-up truck and are on wheels; therefore KONE wanted a more robust floor with higher, denser material. "This floor is more abused because of the heavier operations, which are very rough on the floor where this work is located," Lewis explained. The EpoRok Mortar System offers high density and compressive strength for exceptional durability. It is also easy to clean and maintain, and offers abrasion and impact resistance.
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