The EKO-FLOR composite flooring systems utilize a proprietary two-component polyurethane resin system based on Baydur® PUL 2500 from BaySystems that offers strength and lightweight properties, which translates into an extended service life for the unit.
The EKO-FLOR cs-4 flooring modules feature a tough, performance-extending wear layer jointly developed by Bayer MaterialScience LLC and Conforce. The Conforce team has taken the benefits of the cs-4 module and created the xts module, which gives a seamless shape that will better suit the tractor and trailer industry.
The composite flooring, formed from Baydur PUL 2500 polyurethane chemistry using the polyurethane pultrusion process, is 22% lighter than the traditionally used tropical hardwood and other wood-based materials used in trailer products. The company says that the material is also stronger, sustainable, and non-porous when compared with conventional material. And because of its strength and toughness, the flooring requires less repair and maintenance, making it more cost effective over its service life.
Both EKO-FLOR xts and cs-4 modules are also resistant to the typical maintenance problems that plague wooden floor modules such as rot, mildew, and insect infestation. Wood-based flooring can also be brittle at similar densities, whereas the composite modules have surpassed expectations and industry requirements during load testing. The EKO-FLOR xts meets and exceeds the Tractor Trailer Manufacturing Association Recommended Practices which controls the rating of van trailers and container floors for lift truck loading. Similarly, EKO-FLOR cs-4 meets ISO 1496 and IICL TB-001 strength and performance testing for ocean-going containers. Currently in testing with tractor trailer manufacturers, Conforce estimates full commercial production of EKO-FLOR xts modules to begin in six mos.
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