In 1924, pioneers Edith and James Daubney founded a farm in southwest Western Australia and named it Bannister Downs after Edith’s family. Passed down through the generations, it is now managed by the Daubney’s grandson and his family.
In 2000, following the deregulation of the dairy industry, the family saw an opportunity to process and bottle milk in its own facility, which it named the Bannister Downs Dairy.
In the pursuit of excellence, every aspect of the dairy was carefully considered and planned from the ground up. To maintain unrivalled hygiene, 2350m2 of the hard-wearing, chemical-resistant polyurethane resin system Flowfresh SR from Flowcrete Australia was installed.
Thanks to its high level of chemical resistance, Flowfresh was ideal for the silo area, kitchen, processing, mixing, ingredients and filling rooms, where there is a high chance of produce being spilled or dropped.
Similarly, the system is resistant to temperatures from -15 to +90°C, meaning that there is no risk of floor failure in the working cool room, freezer, cool storage room and ambi chamber areas of the dairy.
Regular exposure to foodstuffs and varying temperatures can take its toll on lesser floors over time. For example, lactose is a natural sugar, which can be corrosive to a floor’s coating, and the strong chemical cleaners used to wash away spillages can have a similar effect if the correct properties are not specified. Therefore, high chemical resistance is imperative.
The durability and abrasion resistance of Flowfresh is extremely important in the dry store, carton room and loading dock, where packaged produce is stored, transported and loaded onto distribution vehicles. Areas of point loading are often at the mercy of heavily laden pallets and forklift trucks carrying weighty items. Moving heavy materials can cause wear on the floor, and abrasions are extremely likely to occur if items are dropped or dragged along the finish over an extended period of time.
For all food and beverage facilities, coving forms an integral part of the flooring system. It creates a sealed finish between the floor and wall, leaving no gaps for bacteria to reside, grow and multiply. The coving used in the dairy, combined with the seamless, impervious Flowfresh finish, ensures that any spilled produce is quickly and easily cleaned away.
To enhance the hygiene of this system further, Flowfresh contains Polygiene, an antibacterial additive that can eliminate up to 99.9 per cent of bacteria on the floor’s surface when combined with a regular cleaning regime.
With frequent, in-depth cleaning being necessary in such an environment, the slip resistance of Flowfresh helps maintain a safe environment at all times.
Flowcrete was also able to supply custom colours. Light grey, powder blue and cream were used to provide a clean, fresh aesthetic that mirrors the dairy’s branding.
The high-performance, aesthetically pleasing nature of the floor is sure to be appreciated when the dairy expands to include a café and viewing area, where consumers can watch the production process before sampling the produce.
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