Electrical Safety in the Hog Barn
Safety has been a hot topic for as long as we can remember, and electrical safeguards should always be monitored. Damaged cords, faulty wiring, and stray voltage combined with wet floors and metal fasteners? Gates? Pens? makes for a dangerous, and sometimes deadly, combination. Electrocutions in the swine barn are few, but even one incident is one too many.
When we first began manufacturing our plastisol coated hog floors, we knew that benefits included:
Better traction for the pigs,
A warm and dry surface to keep stress on the animals to a minimum, and
Easy cleaning to reduce bacteria buildup.
But then it also occurred to us that our floors are not able to conduct heat or electricity. How did we discover this? Did we hear from farmers? Did we just know it? Do we have a short story about this? The poly-vinyl coating that is bonded to the steel is an insulator that prevents the flow of electrons. In fact, it is the same material coating applied to tools that are used by electricians.
Strength is Not Sacrificed.
Dura Trac floors have the strength of steel, but with our specially applied rubber-like plastic coating. Our process of manufacturing is to completely dip the steel floor into liquid plastisol. The outcome is that all steel is coated. It is then oven-cured at a high temperature for an extended length of time. This process creates a tough surface with superior wear resistance.
For more information about Dura Trac electrically nonconductive flooring please contact us.