Case Study 3:
Concrete Cutting Creates Dust That Calls For Containment
Project Overview: TuffWrap Installations, Inc. provided a tunnel for a large food and beverage manufacturing facility to completely contain the construction area, prohibiting dust and debris contamination.
Regional Sales Manager: Don Fleenor
Project Manager: Don F. Fielder
Project Size: 753 sq. ft. of Suspended Cover, 112 lf of C.O.R.E. Frameless Walls®
Duration: 2 weeks
Food and beverage manufacturing is the largest industry that TuffWrap® services; in fact, the first interior protection project it completed was for a food and beverage facility. So when one of the world’s largest, most well-known snack companies requested help during the replacement of their sanitary lines, TuffWrap was excited for another opportunity to work with them.
The replacement of sanitary lines in this client’s cookie production room required concrete cutting, which produced a considerable amount of dust and debris that threatened the quality of the manufactured goods. TuffWrap’s main goal was to protect the cookies from the debris, but the client also wanted to protect the conduits above from secondary contamination. To protect both, TuffWrap implemented a solution that completely secluded the work area from the construction zone.
A Total Enclosure was the TuffWrap solution utilized during this project. It contained the construction area, allowing everything outside of the containment (cookies, employees, equipment, and conduits) to be dust-free. Performed by the general contractor, the concrete cutting required a water connection to keep the machine’s blade cool, which caused the construction dust to become wet. Wet debris can splatter and stick to surfaces, so it was especially important for this area to be contained.
Additional options that were included in this enclosure were two doors for employee and equipment access and HEPA filters to ensure clean air circulation. Total Enclosures and HEPA filters are often paired together, and this project proves why: no cookies were contaminated and no dust leaked outside of the enclosure.
TuffWrap has a long-standing relationship with this food and beverage customer, protecting their products on over 200 occasions. Although TuffWrap has encountered a variety of challenging projects with this client, they continue inventing solutions for the most peculiar projects, building reliability that no other interior protection provider can offer.
In addition to fulfilling the needs of each unique challenge, TuffWrap® is also this client’s preferred contractor due to its commitment to safety, FDA and GMP compliance, and customer satisfaction. The recent formation of TuffWrap’s Safety Committee and Raise the Awareness theme for its 2014 safety program has demonstrated that TuffWrap continuously works to improve its safety efforts so that no injuries, contaminations, or recalls occur.
TuffWrap is utilized during roof replacement and other major reconstruction projects, but that does not mean that smaller projects aren’t within TuffWrap’s scope. Although this was a small enclosure, it was necessary for the snack company because it eliminated having to choose between shutting down production or contaminating products. It also prevented construction dust from settling on the conduits above, deterring the client from additional cleaning and secondary contamination.
The Total Enclosure remained in the facility for two weeks and met all the client’s requests, adding to TuffWrap’s portfolio another successful food and beverage interior protection project.