Industrial floor surfaces are surprisingly more fragile than most people actually realize, meaning they are prone to damage and often show signs of wear and tear easily if you fail to take extra steps to protect it. It’s fair to say that preserving floor conditions can no doubt seem challenging, as many things can lead to extensive (and expensive) damage which may even impact your operations and safety.

That’s exactly why it’s so important to explore some of the most effective industrial floor protection methods, as this will allow you to maintain the greatest confidence that your industrial floor will be able to stand the test of time.

Air Casters and Surface Requirements

Thankfully, not all load moving machinery and equipment is prone to causing damage to your industrial floors, as there is one main exception – air casters. Air casters are totally different when compared with the common wheeled articles found in most industrial settings, as rather than rolling over the floor’s surface, they actually float above it. With air caster technology, compressed air fills donut-shaped air caster elements, and when these bladders have enough air to lift the weight of the load, the air begins to slowly escape beneath them to create a very thin film of air between the bladder and the ground allowing the load to float above the floor surface.

It’s fair to say that efficient air caster use will be dependent on the quality of the industrial floor surface, as issues like porous surfaces, cracks, and gaps can prevent the air casters from maintaining the wafer-thin frictionless air film that keeps them afloat. Some form of repair or remediation may be necessary in these cases. Epoxy treatment is one of the most popular methods in today’s modern market. But the corrections can be as simple as a plastic or thin sheet metal overlay. Once those adjustments are made, the casters will simply glide over floors, especially those with rough or uneven surfaces, without resulting in further damage. Additionally, the grinding noise that comes with any heavy equipment on floor surfaces will be reduced or eliminated.

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