If your assembly line involves high temperature materials or high-heat applications, you are probably in need of industrial floor mats that can stand up to a unique environment. Industrial floor mats are an investment and a necessity for the protection of your employees. The best way to protect that investment is to buy the best floor mats available, with a careful eye on durability.
Before you purchase floor mats for your assembly line, be sure to research the durability and limits of the mats themselves. If an accident occurs and 1200°F liquid metal falls onto the floor, you don’t want a mat that will catch fire and be rendered useless for future use. You want a mat that will survive with nothing more than a meltspot or two.
Not all mats are created equal, however. An independent testing lab confirmed this fact while testing our Ultra Anti-Fatigue floor mats against some of our competitor’s equivalents. In this particular test, a bolt heated to various temperatures and was placed on mat samples to simulate welding slag. You can view the summary of the results here.
At 600⁰F, the samples behaved similarly. When the hot metal touched down, our sample barely smoked and suffered almost indistinguishable surface damage. The competing mat also smoked a little, and suffered miniscule melting.
At 900⁰F, the samples once again behaved similarly with ours performing slightly better. Unlike the competitor’s mat, our sample did not suffer from minor melting.
At 1200⁰F, noticeable differences between the two samples became visible. Our sample caught a small flame upon contact with the hot metal, but quickly extinguished itself and was accompanied by miniscule charring. The competing mat ignited and continued burning longer, ultimately resulting in a hole burnt/melt straight down into the mat.
At 1500⁰F, extreme differences were noted. While our sample mat did melt as the hot bolt sunk into it, that was the extent of the damage; a single hole straight down. The competitor’s mat caught fire and was burnt to the edges of the sample, rendering it unusable and in need of replacement.
At 1800⁰F, much the same thing happened. Our sample was melted resulting in a hole slightly larger than the metal straight down, while the competing mat was totaled.
Our conclusion? Consolidated Plastics is the way to go if your assembly line involves high temperatures and/or high-heat applications. At the highest temperatures tested, the only damage to our samples were small meltspots and minor charring in the immediate vicinity. Our competitor’s samples, however, were a very different story: burnt edge to edge, they required replacement and were unsalvageable.