Sherwin-Williams Leads Webinar on Sanitary Plant Design & Operation

Webinar covers avoiding production downtime, customer-driven mandates for food product safety

CLEVELAND (October 27, 2010) – Avoiding production downtime amidst government and customer-driven mandates for food product safety was the topic of a recent webinar sponsored by Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings and presented by Food Engineering and National Provisioner.

The session, "Sleep Better in an Era of Unlimited Liability – the Role of Protective Coatings in Sanitary Plant Design and Operation," was led by John Durig, Food & Beverage Global Market Development Director, and Jim Ratliff, Business Development Manager. The hour-long webinar is now archived and available on demand until September 28, 2011 at

"Protective coatings are more than just paint. A properly selected coating or seamless resinous flooring system significantly aids in the control of bacterial contamination and moisture-related coating failures," said Ratliff.  "To guard against involuntary shutdowns from USDA compliance breaches, it's essential to eliminate difficult to clean and water-absorbing surfaces, like tile grout lines, that can harbor pathogens."

Durig and Ratliff explained the different challenges associated with protecting concrete and steel substrates, and  how incorporating high performance coatings systems into planned MRO and capital expenditure budgets for plant infrastructure delivers value through:

  • Reduced initial labor costs and downtime via specification of newer surface tolerant, fast cure coating systems;
  • Elimination of substrate moisture testing, moisture remediation steps, and future repairs of moisture-related failures with breathable systems for cementitious substrata; and
  • Shorter inspections, fewer inspection-driven repairs and improved employee participation in facility maintenance.

"Flaking rust and corroded concrete are invitations to inspectors to take a closer look," said Durig. "Why lose sleep over the possibility of a costly shutdown?  Breathable, high performance floor and wall systems can provide protection of the substrate and great resistance to moisture-related disbondment. Corporate engineers can take proven, standardized systems for given exposures companywide, resulting in a comprehensive approach to regulatory compliance that conforms with the industry best practice."

Also covered in the session was the role of integrated floor and wall systems in creating the hygienic environment necessary to meet federal and Global Food Safety Initiative standards for cleanliness.  To request the new Wall Systems brochure and learn more about five approaches to protecting walls, call 1-800-524-5979.

Sherwin-Williams is a global protective and marine coatings company that delivers smarter asset protection and unmatched service and specification support to its customers from 3,900 locations worldwide. From alkyds to zincs, the company offers a complete line of time-tested, high performance coatings and systems to combat corrosion, supported by the largest group of NACE-certified coatings inspectors in the industry. With more than 140 years in business and a culture of product innovation, Sherwin-Williams today is the single source of supply for coatings solutions made to your specifications and delivered on time, every time.

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