MATERIALS: The performance and sales of EKO-FLOR ms1 composite racking systems from Conforce International Inc. initially created as shelving for special application shipping containers, has surpassed all expectations. Conforce has successfully supplied nearly 200,000 linear feet of the interlocking, lightweight, composite panel system, which utilizes Baydur® PUL 2500 polyurethane chemistry from Bay Systems, in its first year of production. With its high strength-to-weight ratio, the EKO-FLOR ms1 system is now seeing use in new commercial applications.
The ms1 racking system has surpassed the initial expectations for structural performance, enabling it to be used for applications that are more demanding than what is required of shelving.
The EKO-FLOR ms1 offers a number of advantages over panels made from traditional materials, such as wood, steel, aluminum or FRP composites. In addition to the highly desirable strength-to-weight ratio, overall weight reduction and unsurpassed strength, the Bayer MaterialScience LLC polyurethane composites used are also environmentally responsible. Unlike panels made from wood and steel, the EKO-FLOR ms1 is not subject to weather-related degradation or corrosion, resulting in an extended product life.
The interlocking panels designed by Conforce measure 24 inches wide and are cut to length as required. They are a nominal 1.25 inches deep. During development of this application, the polyurethane pultrusion process and the polyurethane material helped Conforce achieve uniformity and integrity of the wall sections, which in turn have enabled the company to achieve greater flexibility of design and streamline the manufacturing process.
-Edited by Kelsey Anderson