Adding Floor Mats to Warehouse Distribution Centers
Despite growing areas of concern in the pandemic-era economy, the health and outlook of the warehouse and fulfillment center industries have never been more robust.
“The market is thriving, and with it, record high transaction volume (new leases, user sales and renewals), record high rents, a vacancy of 4.7 percent, and 42 consecutive quarters of positive absorption,” logistics expert James Breeze tells Modern Materials Handling magazine.
He added: “At the end of the third quarter of 2020, more than 312 million square feet was under construction [nationwide] and 37 percent of this was already preleased—the highest rate of pre-leasing in over a year.”
And as warehousing, distribution and fulfillment centers continue to pop up globally, owners and managers continue to face a greater need to protect workers from safety hazards such as slips, trips and falls (STF) as well as health hazards that stem from constant standing while working.
As such, warehouse mats and industrial floor mats offer a frontline defense that not only protects worker safety and health but also safeguards flooring and warehouse inventory from damage.
NoTrax™ Warehouse Mat Solutions
Interlocking Rubber Mat De-Flex® Heavy Duty
A tough line of industrial floor tiles with a diamond-plate design, the Interlocking Rubber Mat De-Flex® Heavy Duty provides workers with more traction, while still allowing them to pivot as they load, move or unload containers and inventory. With an interlocking design, the 18x18 inch tiles feature ramps that allow for the creation of a continuous floor that helps eliminate trip hazards. In addition, De-Flex’s rubber tiles naturally provide more ergonomic support than vinyl. Finally, De-Flex boasts 144 bulleted domes on the back side, creating more robust bending and flexing when exposed to a load.
De-Flex is a universal interlocking tile system with no male or female ramps or corners, which makes planning and configuration a snap—even around objects and corners. De-Flex’s unique rubber formulation makes the matting ideal for long runs, custom configurations and areas where heavy equipment floor mats are needed. To allow for cart access and prevent tripping, ramps can be added.
Interlocking Drainage Mat Diamond Flex-Lok™
The Interlocking Drainage Mat Diamond Flex-Lok™ does it all—a high-performance modular matting system that combines the durability and toughness of an industrial mat with resilient ergonomic support and comfort. A multi-tiered footing design elevates the mat off the floor, creating air pockets that allow the mat to flex with the worker’s weight. Because warehouses are often prone to spills, Diamond Flex-Lok includes a large-hole drainage system the facilitates the removal of liquids and debris from the work area. A pronounced raised diamond pattern on the mat surface and an inverted-V pattern on the ramps provide additional traction.
Since Diamond Flex-Lok is constructed from 100 percent recycled PVC, the warehouse mats offer greater resistance to industrial chemicals, cutting fluids, oils and greases. Its unique interlock system comes apart only for easy reconfiguration, allowing a floor manager to create customized workstation configurations or to select an assembled stock size.
Anti-Fatigue Workstation Mat Cushion Trax®
Designed for multi-shift operations in dry work areas, the Anti-Fatigue Workstation Mat Cushion Trax® is perfect for warehouses or fulfillment centers that require long worker standing periods. Cushion Trax’s heavy-duty, vinyl diamond-plate design provides non-directional traction with a top surface that combines with a dense closed cell foam base utilizing NoTrax’s exclusive UniFusion™ technology. The result? The virtual elimination of de-lamination and that means no separation of materials from the various matting layers. In addition, Cushion Trax includes RedStop™, a uniquely engineered non-slip backing technology that eliminates the slipping and sliding of floor mats on smooth surface flooring such as tile, wood, marble and treated concrete. The sloped beveled edges reduce tripping hazards and allow easy access on and off the mat.
Warehouse areas such as aisles, pallet space, vending areas and industrial passageways often require robust safety and slip protection with minimal anti-fatigue value. Runners like the Round Rib Floor Protector Mat Runner, Floor Protector Mat Vinyl V-Groove Corrugated and Floor Protector Mat V-Groove Corrugated Runner offer next-level performance for these warehouse areas.
Round Rib’s wider-spaced design allows for easy clean-up while providing secure footing and floor protection. Made of durable vinyl, this runner’s low profile optimizes easy on/off cart traffic.
Both V-Groove models (vinyl and rubber) improve traction thanks to their rib-tooth design. They also create a barrier to cold flooring substrates and have a silencing effect over noisier tile. The low-profile matting allows for easy on/off cart traffic and can also be used as a liner for maintenance and tool carts.
As your warehousing and fulfillment opportunities continue heating up in the coming years, resilient matting solutions providers such as NoTrax will help protect your investment in floor safety. Contact us today to discuss your specific warehouse needs.