Industrial Machinery News

  • Floorinsite-Floors magazine

    Considerations when choosing a shot blaster

    The Boeing Everett factory in Washington is the largest building in the world. The aeroplane assembling facility requires constant maintenance for optimised production, including the maintenance of its 398,000 metre-squared floor space. To ensure the efficient surface upkeep, contractors at the factory must choose the right equipment. Here, Dave Bigham, director of global training at surface preparationequipment supplier, National Flooring Equipment, discusses the main factors contractors must consider when renting shot blasters. When facing any…

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  • HTC-D60 floor machine

    HTC launching new dust extractor especially designed for floor grinding

    The new HTC D60 dust extractor has been especially designed for floor grinding and in particular with HTC DURATIQ™ grinders. Unique and innovative functions such as DURATIQ™ remote connection, automatic filter cleaning and integrated pre-separation produce unbeatable synergic effects in the form of increased productivity and grinding capacity. Automatic filter cleaning along with integrated pre-separation ensures continuous operation and consistent and safe dust extraction over time. Other benefits are the extremely compact dimensions, smart features…

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  • Top tips for tooling success

    In Lake Turkana, Kenya, an archaeological expedition unveiled what was thought to be the world’s oldest stone tools, which date back to over 3.3 million years ago. Today, surface preparation jobs rely on novel tools to achieve specific results. When renting equipment, tool choice is as important as machine selection. Here, Jim Sullivan, senior territory sales manager at surface preparation expert, National Flooring Equipment gives three top tips for tooling success. There are several types…

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  • 2900-ride-on-floor stripper

    Modifications that matter

    To support its expansion into European markets, floor preparation specialist National Flooring Equipment has added a new floor stripper to its range. The 5000 Cinq-Mille is modified specifically for European customers and is smaller and lighter than its US counterparts. Despite its modifications, the 5000 Cinq-Mille has all the removal power and functionality of National Flooring Equipment’s 2900 ride-on stripper, which is currently a best-seller for the company.   Designed for high-speed soft floor and hard…

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  • CFS-Power-Plane

    Central Flooring Services think outside the box with Power Plane Technology

    Central Flooring Services were awarded a project from Wates to remove more than 100,000 sq ft of old bitumen based flooring from an old distribution warehouse, once the home of BHS, now to house the Royal Mail Sorting Office. They needed to think outside the box on a project this size, firstly, how would they remove around 300 tons of asphalt floor, installed at approximately 38mm thick. Secondly, they needed to remove it without damaging…

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  • Solidlux-Kitchen-Floor

    Wash-up kitchen floor in the Royal Concert Hall repaired with Solidlux

    Amsterdam, just after midnight at the Royal Concert Hall. The last visitors are leaving, the lights in the auditorium and the foyer have been turned off, and the employees are pulling on their coats. Tomorrow morning, the cleaning crew will be waiting outside on the pavement. More than enough time for the men of Painting Holland Group to recoat the floor of the wash-up kitchen, so that the next day it can be back up…

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  • Solidlux-Carpark-Lining

    Car park lining at the Olympic Stadium by Solidlux

    Cars are coming and going 24/7 in the parking garage of the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam. Here and there, the lines have become invisible which doesn’t make the situation any clearer. Any long term closure of parts of the garage for floor maintenance would be difficult for many drivers to accept. And that’s without mentioning the loss of revenue that would occur with such a closure. With SolidLux these are no longer considerations. The coating…

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  • Solidlux-freezer-rooms

    Solidlux Floor Maintenance in Freezer Rooms

    Very successful tests in the freezer room at -35° Floor maintenance in refrigeration and freezer rooms is a big challenge. Coatings and low temperatures are typically an unfortunate combination as the lower the temperature gets, the longer the drying time is. Usually a space should be temporarily decommissioned, with all logistics hassles entailed. Not with Solidlux, as this does not dry, but cures, even at temperatures below freezing point. Logical that the German company Nordfrost…

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  • Reprotec industrial flooring

    Reprotec – supporting a greener future

    Leading specialist in surface repair and protection technology, Reprotec Group, is supporting a greener future with a commitment to environmental sustainability that has earned them an industry first achievement. The County Durham-based firm is leading the way in the recycling of waste and last year became the first company in its sector to achieve 100% recycling, 100% avoidance of waste to landfill, and being able to report on the exact destinations of all waste materials.…

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  • Solidlux

    Industrial Floor Applicators Wanted

    The Coating system for ‘On Site UV Cure’ line marking and coatings will only be supplied through a network of Accredited Applicators. This is a brand of Lowland Coatings International B.V. In order to achieve Accreditation, the management and the individual applicators from the contracting company will be required to attend Certification Training. This one day course includes practical and theory sessions. On successful completion, the delegates will be registered as Accredited Applicators and individual…

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  • concrete-tips

    Concrete tips for flooring success

    Mistakes to avoid when preparing concrete floors for a new coating In 1173, the foundations for the famous Tower of Pisa were laid on ground too soft to properly support its weight. The resulting lean gradually progressed until the survival of the building was so at risk that extensive renovation work was required to partially correct the tilt and safeguard the tower’s future. In flooring renovation projects, it is important to consider what can go…

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  • HACCP-Flowcrete

    Flowfresh Floors Attain HACCP International Certification

    HACCP International certification is a globally recognised. Flowfresh also meets the ISO 22196 standard. A Flowfresh coating can be laid to falls. Global resin flooring manufacturer Flowcrete Group Ltd has secured International HACCP Certification for its Flowfresh range of antimicrobial enhanced polyurethane floors. This certification means that food and beverage producers operating a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) based food safety programme can specify flooring materials, safe in the knowledge that they will…

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  • BMP-4000-Blastrac

    New Blastrac BMP-4000 Milling Machine 

    The Blastrac BMP-4000 is a new heavy duty ride-on sawing (shaving) and pavement milling machine ideally suited for large milling and sawing applications, for example road construction and industrial flooring. The BMP-4000 is a multifunctional machine. By changing the hydraulic motor you can easily swap the milling and the sawing technology. It has a double, hydraulic micrometric adjustment to set the working depth, to work very precisely and eliminate the risk of underground deterioration. Due…

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  • Blastrac Triple Disc Grinder BMG-555

    New Blastrac Triple Disc Grinder BMG-555 

    The new Blastrac BMG-555 triple disc grinder is equipped with a patented planetary grinding system. It has an ergonomic design with a handle locking system for changing its position. The Blastrac BMG-555 has been designed for the middle size grinder market and has some new features not found on other grinders in its class, like a bottle holder, extra protection of operating buttons and storage for a Smartphone. The BMG-555 has a floating shroud with extra…

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  • Blastrac-BG-250RS

     New Blastrac Remote-Controlled Single Disc Grinder BG-250RS 

    The Blastrac BG-250RS is a single-head grinding machine especially developed for the professional preparation of concrete floors. The BG-250RS will amaze you with its efficiency! With 250mm working width and a weight of 230kg, it has enough power on the diamond tools to deliver aggressive & perfect results. Already the BG-250 was easy in handling and maintenance, but now you can get this reliable machine as remote-controlled version, especially ideal for longer lasting jobs! The…

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  • Toine-van-den-Heuvel national floor removal

    Feet on New Soil – National Flooring Equipment appoints European director

    To manage an increased demand for its products in Europe, floor removal specialist National Flooring Equipment has appointed Toine van den Heuvel as European director. Van den Heuvel, who has twelve years of experience working in the equipment rental industry, will facilitate National Flooring Equipment’s relationships with rental partners across the continent. Before joining National Flooring Equipment, van den Heuvel was operations director at General Electric Capital Equipment Services Europe. In this role, he was…

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  • Dale-RSL

    Resin Surfaces promotes Dale Banton to National Sales Manager

    Resin Surfaces Ltd (RSL) has handed the top UK sales job in the firm to a consistently high performing Business Development Manager. Dale Banton, who has been with the specialist manufacturers of resin floor and wall finishes for three years, has taken over as National Sales Manager and will report to Jeremy Waterhouse, Sales Director. He will be responsible for a team of business development managers covering England, Scotland and Wales. Dale made his name…

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  • Preptec-New-Office

    New premises for Preptec with Trade Counter

    Preptec Equipment Services started business in 2013 and supply a wide range of surface preparation related products and services to many sectors including the flooring, refurbishment and construction industries. Following a successful first two years the company have recently relocated to new purpose build premises with a showroom and trade counter , additional offices , improved workshop facilities , increased storage facilities and a demonstration area.  Paul Mansfield Company Director commented ‘ We have had a…

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  • Ferfa Resin Logo

    FeRFA Training update

    NVQL6 CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTING OPERATIONS Following the success of the pilot scheme, we are now seeking suitable candidates for the next intake for the NVQ L6.  The start date for the next programme is 20th and 21st July and FeRFA has been allocated a number of places on this.   There is an employer contribution of just £800 for the scheme, which is excellent value to achieve this degree level qualification. The 12 month programme involves off…

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  • HTC T-Rex machinery

    The T-Rex® series for floor stripping is updated

    HTC launches a new, updated version of its T-Rex Super floor stripping tool. The T-Rex® series was launched in 2003 and consists of five aggressive tools for the removal of everything from thick epoxy coatings to stubborn adhesive residue. A number of enhancements have been made to the series over the past year and HTC is now launching T-Rex Super® II. T-Rex® Super II is designed for mixed materials and its high stripping capacity produces…

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  • htc-cools-diamond-tools

    Innovative technology from HTC cools diamond tools

    HTC launches AirFlow™ – a whole new generation of tool holders The friction created between the surface and diamond tool when grinding concrete, stone and terrazzo floors leads to heat generation which affects quality and performance. If temperatures are too high, there is a risk of so-called glazing and a reduction in tool performance, resulting in loss of efficiency and higher costs. The introduction of AirFlow™ technology is the latest step in HTC’s ongoing development…

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  • Preptec PTS-230

    Preptec launch new Floor Stripper

    Floor preparation equipment supplier Preptec Equipment Services are pleased to launch a new machine into the flooring market. The PTS 230 is a compact floor stripper designed for use in the flooring and construction industry for the removal of bonded materials to floor surfaces. Applications include the removal of vinyl , linoleum , tiles and other floor coverings. The machine has been designed to include a number of features and improvements over similar equipment currently…

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  • preptec 2014

    Preptec a new name in surface preparation

    Preptec are a new name in the supply of surface preparation related products and services. The company was launched in late 2013 and provide a variety of services to many sectors including the flooring, refurbishment and construction industries. Paul Mansfield Company Director commented: Whilst Preptec may be a new name to many I personally have been involved the Surface Preparation Industry most of my working life. We offer both new and used equipment from leading…

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  • PPC Dec Web

    PPC new website – a surface preparation resource

    The Preparation Group has completely re-structured its website to provide a detailed resource for flooring contractors, materials manufacturers and architects faced with tackling a surface preparation project, such as dealing with uneven surfaces, high spots or removing old flooring systems. The new site with its clear navigation, offers guidance on choosing the correct preparation methods for different tasks and help in selecting surface preparation equipment. There is a Monthly Focus section – this month talking…

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  • HTC Machinery

    Polaris acquires HTC Sweden AB

    Polaris Private Equity (“Polaris”), a leading Danish/Swedish mid-market private equity investor, has successfully acquired HTC Sweden AB (“HTC” or “the Company”), the leading global developer and manufacturer of professional floor grinding systems and floor solutions. Polaris has acquired the Company from Håkan and Gunn Thysell, who founded HTC in 1987 and have remained majority owners with a 60% stake. 3i Group and former management, who held 40%, have also sold their interest in the company…

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    Meet Håkan Thysell, the founder of HTC Sweden and also the great mind behind the chemical free cleaning solution Twister™. During the 70’s and 80’s Håkan Thysell was running a successful cleaning company in Sweden. However, as a true inventor he never was really satisfied with the cleaning results and the time required to maintain floors, especially stone floors. He came to the conclusion that instead of continue to clean a worn down stone floor,…

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  • HTC Floor Systems partner with HSS

    HTC Floor Systems partner with HSS

    HTC Floor Systems, the worldwide leading floor solution supplier, has teamed up with the UK’s leading equipment hire company, HSS Hire, to take its new grinding machine range to market. HTC’s Greyline™ series is now available to hire from HSS branches nationwide. The HTC Greyline™ series can be used for many applications such as concrete preparation, concrete polishing, wood grinding and removal of coverings. The new range will help HSS to extend their offering to…

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  • The new Big Block Xtreme from HTC

    Big Block Xtreme – HTC professional flooring systems

    The new Big Block Xtreme from HTC professional flooring systems is a new tool that will radically change many grinding methods. The whole map for how we process floors will need to be redrawn. The tool, with its extreme diamonds and advanced composite structure, has the possibility to simplify the changeover from metal to plastic tools. In some cases, it is even possible to avoid using metal-bound tools totally. Download the product sheet here

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  • HTC diamond express

    Diamond Xpress Series – HTC Machinery

    Better work environment, faster process Diamond Xpress from HTC professional flooring systems reduces the number of grinding steps required to achieve the desired gloss. The grinding is performed completely without water. The slurry that is normally formed during wet grinding in a conventional grinding process is a health and safety problem as well as a major expense for the contractor. Dry grinding of natural stone floors improves the work environment and reduces costs since slurry management…

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  • HTC Flooring machinery picture

    100% dry grinding system for natural stone floors!

    Big Wednesday no. 5 – Say goodbye to slurry! HTC launches industry’s first 100% dry grinding system for natural stone floors. An entirely slurry- and chemical-free grinding process has until now been impossible to achieve. But with the new Diamond Xpress tools, the grinding process can be completed in half the time. Moreover, the challenges of handling chemicals and slurry is eliminated, giving more people the opportunity to grind marble and terrazzo floors. Say goodbye…

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  • SPE Grinding Equipment Rental

    New SPE Grinding Equipment Rental

    Specialist rental company W H Surface Preparation has expanded its range of SPE equipment available for hire to include the DFG700 TRIPLE HEAD PLANETARY GRINDER & SPE 316-3 PHASE DUST CONTROL UNIT, These units when used together only need one power source from a suitable 32amp 3 phase supply, the excellent suction from the dust control unit means there is no dust and less debris to be removed from the floor following the grinding process.…

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  • FeRFA


    This year marks FeRFA’s 42nd year of representing the specialist resin flooring sector. The excellent quality of all the award submissions and the diversity of resin flooring applications, across different sectors from designer studios, retail and prestigious new build projects, to traditional industrial flooring, gives clear evidence of the growing markets and new opportunities for resin flooring systems. As well as showcasing a wide range of top quality resin flooring projects, the submissions showed members’…

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    At the FeRFA Awards Dinner on the 9th November, three members of The Preparation Group’s contracting team had their NVQ level 2 diplomas in Surface Preparation and Profiling presented to them by guest speakers Ray Stubbs and Mark Lawrenson. David Priestley, Adrian Kisby and Paul Howard bring the total number of employees that The Preparation Group has supported through the NVQ scheme to thirteen. The two year course requires great commitment from both the employer…

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  • Werkmaster Machinery

    WerkMaster Launches New Safety Conscious Stealth Propane Burnisher with Dust Collection

    Today’s Floor Care Professionals are demanding more features and benefits in their choice of Propane Burnisher. They want performance and safety while reducing overall maintenance costs and downtime as well as extending the life of their Propane Buffer. Concrete polishing professionals are now using propane burnishers in their polished concrete process placing more importance on dust control, safety and durability. The Stealth delivers on all counts. The WerkMaster Stealth with ClearSKY Accu-Sense™ Emissions Monitoring System…

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  • HTC machinery

    HTC Greyline™ is perfectly suited for construction

    For over 20 years HTC has been the world leader in the development of floor grinders and diamond tools for floors. HTC offers adaptable machines and tooling, with an extensive portfolio covering floor preparation and concrete/natural stone restoration & polishing. Our tools are suitable for anything; from very rough grinding equal to scarifying to high gloss polishing of natural stone or concrete. HTC Superfloor™ is the revolutionary flooring concept with a technique that makes concrete…

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  • vinyl after using storm


    After carrying out extensive trials, The Preparation Group has added a new application for its environmentally friendly Storm Diamond Pads. The finer 1500 and 3000 grade pads from the range can now be used for daily maintenance on vinyl floors; deep cleaning and producing a high shine polish, without the need for harsh chemicals or polishes. Says Tracey Glew, Group Managing Director; ‘Prior to our trials, the general consensus on diamond cleaning systems was that…

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  • Flooring Machinery

    Scarab’s – 5 Head Design

    The Scarab’s unique patented 5 Head Design delivers results that conventional planetary countertop grinder’s cannot achieve. The Scarab can polish Wet or Dry and works with Flex, Metabo, DeWalt, Alpha and Makita variable speed hand grinders. Better still – the Scarab polishes Right to The Wall. See the results of the Scarab polishing a Buddy Rhodes Concrete Countertop. This was a 6 step wet process and the results were exceptional. Kurt Alexander of Braxton-Bragg decided…

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    PPC QUALIFIES SUPERVISOR AND SECURES MOD CONTRACT   Lee Ford of The Preparation Group has successfully completed the Construction Skills Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme for the Construction and Civil Engineering Industries. Lee is now qualified to supervise The Preparation Group’s contracting teams on site and will be responsible for ensuring the company’s high standards of service are met. The Site Safety Plus Supervisory qualification was a prerequisite to enable the company to tender for…

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  • HTC Group – Positive cash flow and record profitability

    The first half of 2012 was, when it comes to revenue and profit, the best ever and the positive trend from 2011 continues. The company’s turnover during the first half of 2012 was MSEK 185,8, an increase of 12% compared with the previous year. Order intake was MSEK 192,5 (169,3), an increase of 14% compared with the previous year. The turnover growth has led to a very strong earnings performance, where EBIT (Earnings Before Interest…

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  • SPE Machinery

    MP6000 Surface Grinding – SPE News

    MP6000 Surface Grinding     SPE were recently commissioned to produce a multiple triple head surface grinding attachment to fit a customer’s MP6000 sit and ride preparation unit. The contract required the surface grinding of a concrete/asphalt product to expose both stone and sea shells that had been blended into the material. The MP6000 was originally purchased with shot blasting and planing attachments however SPE’s client was awarded a large outdoor grinding contract and proposed…

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  • Stonegate C43 floor sander saves time and money

    Preparing floors for a perfect finish has traditionally been a time consuming and labour intensive process. Slight undulations and imperfections needed to be removed using heavy sanding machines manoeuvred by at least two operatives. The C43 flooring machine from Stonegate changes all of that. At just 45kg, the machine is light enough to be be transported and handled by one operative, but has more than enough power and weight to carry out the most demanding…

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  • PPC PAT Testing

    PPC team qualifies in PAT testing and Asbestos Surface Removal – flooring news

    PPC team qualifies in PAT testing and Asbestos Surface Removal. The Preparation Group ( PPC ) has further qualified its workforce. With an emphasis on health & safety, members of its team are now fully trained to carry out PAT (portable appliance) testing and Asbestos surface removal. Says Tracey Glew, PPC – Group Managing Director; ‘The PAT testing service offered by The Preparation Group’s engineering team can be implemented whilst machines are being serviced or…

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  • HTC 650-HX

    HTC Superprep™

    Grinding floors is nothing new; people have been doing it for thousands of years.  Nevertheless, few people know that the trend in grinding machines and diamond tools over the last 20 years means that you can now save time and money by using grinding machines for surface levelling and floor restoration. HTC Superprep™ uses grinding to remove floorcoverings such as epoxy, paint, carpets, carpet adhesive and self-levelling compound while the contractor gets a perfectly smooth…

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  • HTC Machinery

    HTC Greyline™ – Easy grinding!

    HTC Greyline™ – Easy grinding! HTC Greyline, world leading technology in a powerful and cost effective package! Simplicity added! HTC Greyline™ consists today of four different floor grinders, two vacuum cleaners and specially designed diamond tools for removal of floor coverings and leveling of concrete floors.  The series smallest machine, HTC Greyline™ 270 with a grinding width of 270 mm, can also be equipped with an accessory kit which turns the machine into an efficient…

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  • HTC Twister

    Twister™ is a revolutionary cleaning system

    Twister™ is a revolutionary cleaning system consisting of floor pads prepared with billions of microscopic diamonds which clean and polish the floor mechanically instead of using chemicals.  Twister™ can be used on the most common floor surfaces such as terrazzo, natural stone, concrete, vinyl and epoxy.  Twister™ is the tool that transforms your dull, worn floors into clean, glossy and brightly polished floors.  Twister™ has unique advantages that benefit both the cleaning company and the…

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