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22 October 2013

New warehouses should weigh up all the flooring factors

Clients, developers and contractors are often presented with a choice of flooring contractors to use for their new warehouse developments.  Comparing like-for-like is not always straightforward and a decision based on price alone could result in long-term operational and maintenance issues for the warehouse operator.

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22 October 2013

Twintec Advisory Paper 5 : Waste & Recycling Facility Floor Slabs

An increasing number of facilities are being constructed for the expanding UK waste management industry.  Facilities that accommodate the processing of municipal solid waste, such as waste transfer stations and material recovery facilities, must demonstrate longevity and efficiency of operations.  The concrete floor slab within such facilities is critical to its efficient operation as it copes with the daily stresses and aggressive nature of the heavy operational traffic utilised at these facilities.

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10 October 2012

Twintec Advisory Paper 4 : 'Jointless' SFRC External Yards

Steel fibre reinforced concrete (SFRC) 'jointless' designs are ideally suited to the construction of both ground bearing and suspended on piles external yards, offering many benefits over a traditionally constructed slab.

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23 July 2012

Twintec Advisory Paper 3 : Value Engineering

Value Engineering on construction projects is an integrated and detailed planning process that considers techniques and materials that could provide better performance and better value over the life of the project. Design concepts, materials and methods of construction should be carefully considered by all parties without compromising functionality and operational requirements of the client and should not just be seen as a cost-cutting exercise.

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23 July 2012

Twintec Advisory Paper 2: Steel Fibre Reinforced Concrete (SFRC)

Concrete is the material of choice for industrial storage facilities around the world. However, concrete is a brittle material in tension; to overcome this, concrete needs to be reinforced with another material, usually steel in the form of bar, fabric or fibres. These methods of reinforcement affect the post-cracking behaviour of concrete. In order to provide the material with a safe bearing capacity, a minimum quantity of reinforcement (bar or fibres) is required to guarantee the post-cracking ductility.

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23 July 2012

Twintec Advisory Paper 1: 21st Century Warehouses & Storage Facilities

A modern 21st century warehouse is a very different place from its predecessor of the 1980s and 1990’s.

Developments in logistics technology and software along with advances in storage systems and mechanical handling equipment (MHE) have allowed manufacturers and distribution companies to become dramatically more efficient.

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09 September 2008

Fibre-only suspended ground-floor slabs

To produce high-quality floors using the safest site techniques and the minimum of risk, slabs reinforced with steel fibres only are the most suited to suspended ground-floor slabs.

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09 April 2008

UK Biggest SFRC Floor Slab

Specialist contractor Twintec Industrial Flooring has completed the UK’s biggest ever steel-fibre-reinforced concrete (SFRC) flooring project for Tesco in Livingston, Scotland. Taylor Woodrow Construction was appointed as main contractor for this multi-million pound investment by Tesco, with WA Fairhurst as project engineers.

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09 November 2006

ProLogis Distribution Centre, Peterborough

This project involves the design and construction of a steel-fibre-reinforced concrete (SFRC) pile supported ground floor slab. In the summer of 2006, Twintec completed the installation of a concrete floor slab for Winvic Construction who were contracted to construct a new distribution facility for ProLogis.

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06 September 2006

Tough stuff on the floor

A ground breaking distribution centre for the largest food retail chain in the Saudi Arabia, Al Azizia Panda United, is under construction in Riyadh and will be completed and fully operation by the end of 2007.

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19 September 2005

Jointless Floor Construction - Reducing Problems

Twintec Industrial Flooring of Rugby, part of the Twintec International Group of Companies based in Luxembourg, has recently designed and installed a jointless, steel-fibre-reinforced concrete (SFRC) ground-supported floor slab for Innovate Logistics, located just off the A19 road at Seaham, County Durham.

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19 July 2005

Flooring in Scandinavia

Jointless design for industrial floor slab

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22 February 2005

High Tolerance Floors Using Large Pour Techniques

Fewer issues within the concrete industrial flooring industry seem to be as emotive as that of flatness tolerances. While the classification of tolerances (surface regularity, free movement, defined movement) seems to be accepted by all parties concerned, the limits imposed on the various properties have led to controversy.

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01 October 2004

Cladrack for Quinn Glass

Clad rack for Quinn Glass

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06 November 2003

Concrete Engineering International - Ikea, Peterborough

New Ikea warehouse gets floored

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30 September 2003

Concrete Magazine - ACIFC Suspended Floor Slab Guidelines

New guide for suspended concrete ground floor slabs

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30 April 2003

Concrete Magazine - Ikea Peterborough

Successful slab construction: steel-fibre floor in Peterborough

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