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SURFACE 2018

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28 SURFACE PREP 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM Photos Courtesy of Floors and More Ltd. and Geo-Blast Inc. By Stephanie Marie Chizik Blast Off! Crew Preps Recycling Facility U sing glass materials to prepare the concrete floors of a beverage (aka bottles and cans) recycling facility? Talk about meta! For the two-man Geo-Blast crew out of Leduc, A lberta, Canada, surface prep is their specialty, including for concrete repairs. It made sense, then, that they'd be called in to prep the deteriorating floors in front of the machines that packed bottles and cans into bales to be shipped off to be turned into other things, such as insulation. "e area that we're speaking of is directly in front of where these bales come off the machine," Geo-Blast Inc.'s Operations Manager Tim Cook explained. e bales hit the floor, leaking liquids and leaving behind dirt and grime, and they were causing the concrete to deteriorate. e deteriorat- ing concrete was then keeping the bales from moving smoothly out of the machine where fork lifts were supposed to pick them up for removal. In Cooks' words, the bales were "bunching and obviously shutting down the machine once they weren't sliding out properly because the concrete was so rough." e concrete had started out smooth, but "the wear was down to where you could see the aggregate stone," Cook explained. "So it was very rough, and they were temporar- ily using a steel plate as a temporary fix over the roughened concrete." e solution was chosen, and it was to repair and coat the concrete. is would help protect the floors from the contaminants and forklift traffic, and it would also help avoid any backups, keeping the facility's workers safer. Surface prep was to be done by Geo-Blast, and the coatings were to be applied by Floors and More, also out of A lberta. In fact, this was the second deployment for the duo at this location. e facility, which wishes to remain Surface Prep A recycling facility was having issues with the degraded concrete floor getting in the way of operations. Machines that packaged recycled bottles and cans into bales to be shipped off were experiencing backups. The solution was chosen, and it was to repair and coat the concrete. This would help protec t the floors from the contaminants and forklif t traf fic, and it would also help avoid any backups, keeping the facility's workers safer.

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