Composite Engineered Wood Flooring Deemed Best for Elevated Platforms in Recent Survey

February 25, 2021 - by commARCH
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According to Resindek, a new research revealed that system integrators consider composite engineered wood flooring to be the surface that best addresses the leading operational challenges of elevated work platforms. 

What was the survey about? 

The "Optimizing Space and Supporting Automation with Elevated Flooring and Mezzanines" report is based on the findings of a reader survey conducted by Peerless Research Group (www.peerlessresearch.com) on behalf of Modern Materials Handling (www.mmh.com) for Cornerstone Specialty Wood Products, LLC® (www.resindek.com) in October 2020. Pre-qualified respondents were involved in decisions related to their companies' warehouse and distribution center (DC) operations. Sectors represented chemicals and pharmaceuticals, retail trade, warehousing and transportation, third-party logistics (3PL) service providers, and automotive and transportation equipment.

With more warehouses and DCs short on both labor and space as they respond to growing customer expectations to get more shipments out the door as quickly and safely as possible, operations managers are increasingly looking up. When asked why, survey participants indicated that adding single- and multi-tiered mezzanines and industrial work platforms result in a range of benefits, including:

  • Capacity planning / Managing capacity / Optimizing load levels (60.0%) 
  • Upgraded throughput (44.4%)
  • Reduced operating costs (40.0%)
  • Improved worker safety (28.9%)
  • Increased worker comfort (28.9%)

What were the results of the survey?

According to respondents in the newly released "Optimizing Space and Supporting Automation with Elevated Flooring and Mezzanines" report, the three most commonly used elevated flooring types are concrete (70.2%), composite engineered wood flooring (59.0%), and bar or plank grate (49.0%).

What are the challenges that come with elevated platforms?

The survey highlights the top four challenges faced by operations using these structures according to users and integrators:

  • Worker safety (Users: 51.3%; Integrators: 45.5%) 
  • Load carrying capacity (Users: 41.0%; Integrators: 72.7%) 
  • Capacity planning / Managing capacity / Optimizing load levels (Users: 33.3%; Integrators: 36.4%) 
  • Durability of the floor (Users: 28.2%; Integrators: 45.5%)

How do respondents perceive the benefits of composite engineered wooden flooring?

When asked what benefits participants expect to receive by utilizing composite engineered wood flooring as an elevated work platform surface, among the top responses were:

  • Durability of the floor (41.9%); 
  • Worker safety (32.6%); and Load carrying capacity (20.9%).
 
Rounding out the top six benefits were:
 
  • Lower cost of structure (34.9%); 
  • Reduced construction time (25.6%); and
  • Serviceable life of the floor (23.3%).

The "Optimizing Space and Supporting Automation with Elevated Flooring and Mezzanines" research brief is available at https://pages.peerlessmedia.com/wp-rb-resindek-mmh-021221/. Additionally, a second independent study comparing the cost of three different elevated platform structures (two with concrete flooring and one with ResinDek® composite engineered wood flooring) has been published. The "Work Platform Deck Cost Comparison Study," which found the ResinDek® flooring system to be 31% to 34% less expensive than the concrete alternatives, is available at https://www.resindek.com/independent-cost-comparison-resindek-and-concrete. For more information about ResinDek panels, contact 513.772.5560 or visit www.resindek.com.

About Cornerstone Specialty Wood Products, LLC

For more than 20 years, Cornerstone Specialty Wood Products, LLC (www.resindek.com) has been in the forefront of research and development in the field of engineered wood floor panels for the material handling industry. In 1994, Greg Doppler, company founder and president, invented the ResinDek panel, which has become the premier mezzanine flooring panel product sold worldwide today.

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