Learn More About GMP Compliant Floor & Wall Systems at Interphex 2016
Dec 01 2015
- Flowcrete Americas Announces Interphex 2016 Participation
- Interphex 2016, April 26 - 28, New York
- GMP Compliant Flooring Materials On Show from Booth 1126
- New Pharmaceutical Guide Available to Download
Flowcrete Americas has announced plans to exhibit for the first time at Interphex (International Pharmaceutical Expo), sponsored by the PDA (Parenteral Drug Association), held at the Javits Center, NY, April 26 – 28, 2016.
Interphex is widely recognized as the world’s leading conference, networking and education event for those involved in biopharmaceutical manufacturing solutions that safely and cost effectively process all dosage forms for life-enhancing drugs.
Flowcrete Americas, which is headquartered in Spring, TX, will be exhibiting its wide range of specialty GMP compliant polymer floor, wall and coving solutions – including antimicrobial treated cementitious urethanes, fast cure methyl methacrylate (MMA) systems and anti-corrosion vinyl ester coatings and linings.
As a major building component, floor and wall systems selected for pharmaceutical facilities must meet strict hygiene and safety protocols in line with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs).
Aside from providing a protective coating that prevents the underlying concrete slab from wear, abrasion and chemical attack, floor finishes must ensure and promote a germ-free environment - all the while offering a safe, non-slip profile underfoot so as to prevent slip/fall accidents.
Polymer flooring offers pharmaceutical clients a seamless, impervious finish – where there is simply nowhere for bacteria or mold spores to grow. Cementitious urethanes, such as Flowcrete Americas’ Flowfresh range, can incorporate natural antimicrobials that add additional layers of protection against microbial degradation and patching mortars can be used to slope floors to drainage to prevent the pooling of stagnant water.
Flowfresh systems from Flowcrete Americas are HACCP International certified as safe for use in both wet and dry processing environments. Traditionally, Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point (HACCP) methodology has been considered a food safety management system, however these principles are increasingly being applied by pharmaceutical brands as a framework to mitigate contamination risks through hazard prevention.
Fast cure MMA floor systems are a good choice in new-build or maintenance scenarios where the environment needs to be returned to service under a quick turnaround. Typically MMA finishes are trafficable just 60 minutes following application so as to minimize any halt to production or loss of revenue resulting from unscheduled downtime or delayed construction programs.
Highly temperature and chemical resistant topcoats can be used in conjunction with epoxy, cementitious urethane or MMA systems to provide additional protection from the rigors of steam cleaning and chemical exposure, however anti-corrosion horizontal and vertical applied vinyl esters are recommended to safeguard areas subject to caustic materials and aggressive chemical solvents including acetic, hydrochloric and hydrofluoric acid.
On top of this, the aesthetic of polymer floor materials is highly desirable, with a wide range of colors, quartz blends and flake mixes available alongside the option to incorporate corporate logos, signage or unique patterns into the surface of the floor.
Visit Flowcrete Americas at Booth 1126 at Interphex 2016, April 26 – 28, 2016 at the Javits Center, NY.
For more information about selecting appropriate floor & wall Systems for GMP pharmaceutical facilities visit www.flowcreteamericas.com
Download Flowcrete Americas’ ‘Pharmaceutical Facilities Floor Specification Guide’
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Notes to Editors
Flowcrete Group Ltd. is a world leader in the manufacture of seamless industrial and commercial resin floor, wall and coving solutions as well as other specialist coating technologies. Flowcrete Group Ltd. is a subsidiary of RPM International Inc. and has international manufacturing facilities in Europe and Africa as well as Central and South East Asia.
Flowcrete supplies world-class seamless flooring solutions to transform environments across the globe including; decorative seamless resins, waterproof car park deck coating systems, seamless resin terrazzo, durable antimicrobial flooring, corrosion protection, self levelling underlayments, underfloor heating and now underfloor acoustic insulation.
Flowcrete's ambitious and dedicated team, led by President Craig Brookes, is inspired by excellence in people, products and service as well as continual innovation and sustainable growth.
Flowcrete continues to use its global expertise to introduce environmentally friendly, hygienic and aesthetically attractive floors to create a better and more sustainable world.