Commonly witnessed small issues may seem relatively harmless on the surface but often this issue is just the tip of the iceberg. Here are some examples where simple solutions around flooring have avoided major issues for the end user and have helped to reduce huge warranty claims for our customers.
[Case Study] Water ingress through flooring cut out
[The issue] A customer was having issues with rotting plywood floorboards underneath a vinyl logo cutout. The area of flooring in question was a high traffic area and the adhesive used to bond the logo was not sufficient to prevent water ingress.
[The solution] Pyrok 9142 was tested against water absorption and water diffusion through the bonded logo. It was found that the product was the superior sealer in preventing the water ingress, thus solving the issue of rotting plywood beneath the vinyl floor.
[The outcome] The issue of water ingress was resolved using Pyrok 9142, in addition to this the seam seal aesthetics were significantly improved.
[Case Study] Molehills in vinyl flooring
[The issue] A customer was experiencing problems with molehill style witnessing in vinyl flooring. On further investigation it was discovered that this issue was just the tip of the iceberg. An electrically conductive adhesive had been used to cover taptite screws. This combined with water ingress had caused electrolytic corrosion around the screw, resulting in rotten plywood flooring and visual mole hill witnessing through the vinyl above the screws.
[The solution] Using a electrically insulative adhesive Formoa006 to prevent both electrolytic corrosion and water ingress around the screw, the issue was resolved.
[The outcome] The aesthetic issues with mole hill witnessing were resolved and the wider issues around rotting flooring were prevented before they became more of an expensive warranty claim.
[Case Study] Rotting Flooring – Asia issue
[The issue] A customer was experiencing a long term issue around rotting flooring on buses in service in Asia. The specification of the flooring was increased but the rotting issue was still not resolved. It was put to Forgeway to investigate why the rotting was still occurring and to propose a suitable solution. It was found that solvents in a competitor adhesive were attacking the edge seal resulting in rotting flooring from capillary water ingress; often within 12-18 months.
[The solution] Machine cut edges of plywood were to be sealed using Formoa to prevent moisture ingress.
[The outcome] The rotting issue was resolved significantly reducing the warranty claims associated with the issue and reducing the time consuming and expensive repair needed after the relatively short time in service.
[Case Study] Witnessing in flooring
[The issue] A customer was experiencing issues with their flooring, whereby a noise was heard when there was pressure applied to the floor, for example; when people were walking across it. The polyester filler was pushing out of the joint between floor boards due to compression loads from vehicle movement. The floor joints were seen to witness through the floor due to the rigidity of the polyester filler. Both these issues are costly for repair work as the whole vehicle has to be dismantled to repair the floor.
[The solution] We tested the compressive and tensile strengths of both the polyester filler and Aerok KF500 to compare flexibility and elastic recovery of adhesives.
It was found that the Aerok KF500 had a higher elastic recovery which provided greater movement between the joints allowing the plywood flooring to withstand the continuous movement of a vehicle and can easily sustain compressive loads.
[The outcome] With the use of Aerok KF500 the contraction of the flooring was no longer an issue; eradicating the flooring witnessing through and stopping the expensive repair work on the vehicles. This meant a significant reduction in warranty claims for our customers.
[Case Study] Corrosion of aluminum easy clean extrusion.
[The issue] A customer was experiencing issues around the corrosion of aluminum easy clean extrusion. An investigation found that the treatment in the plywood flooring was making the plywood electrically conductive resulting in electrolytic corrosion of the aluminum easy clean extrusion.
[The solution] With the use of Formoa 006 as an electrically insulative barrier between the aluminium easy clean and the plywood flooring our customer was able to prevent the electrolytic corrosion occurring.
[The outcome] Time consuming and expensive repair work was avoided with this simple fix.
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