Often, when people think of industry, they may think of giant workshops where all of our goods are manufactured. For example, I’ll often think of long assembly lines where a product must go through at least twenty people, a few huge machines, and maybe one or two inspectors before it can finally be considered a finished product. So this is a bit imaginative. However, it fails to show the full dimensions of industry as we know it in our modern times. Industry doesn’t just manufacture goods, it includes other commercialized activities that provide goods as well as services, like hospitality, transportation, research, and agriculture, just to name a few. Usually industry is categorized into four areas (five if you want to get really technical). And while all of these industries are hugely different, they all deal with the commercialization of raw materials, goods (physical and intellectual), or services. That means that they all require man-power (in one form or another) as well as equipment. Each category may be different, but one thing all four sectors will need is high quality industrial flooring. Rubberized equipment floor mats are perfect for safeguarding expensive gear, while a corrugated rubber runner will keep employees safe in locations that see excessive moisture. Even a ribbed mat, strategically placed at the entrance of any building, office, or work station can provide a number of benefits for employees, clients, and visitors.
The best way to understand the many benefits of rubberized industrial flooring is to break down its advantages in regards to location and applications. What better what to do that than by exploring the use of industrial grade equipment floor mats, runners, and tiles within the four sectors of industry!
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Industrial Flooring - Surfacing Options for all Four Sectors of Industry
- The Primary Sector
According to Geographic Issues of the 21st Century (a social studies text book), this first sector is described as: “Primary industries are those that extract or produce raw materials from which useful items can be made. Extraction of raw materials includes mining activities, forestry, and fishing. Agriculture is also considered a primary industry as it produces “raw materials” that require further processing for human use.”
Rubber industrial flooring offers a high coefficient of friction, which is often paired with richly textured designs making it a great slip-resistant surface. Such a surface is well suited for places that see excessive moisture such as fishing boats and agricultural processing areas. With mining and forestry, large and expensive equipment will often have to be taken to some harsh and abrasive environments, in such cases rubberized mats offer a supple and supportive surface that will help protect heavy-duty equipment.
- The Secondary Sector
“Secondary industries are those that change raw materials into usable products through processing and manufacturing. Bakeries that make flour into bread and factories that change metal and plastics into vehicles are examples of secondary industries.”
More in line with what is normally imagined when speaking of industry, the Secondary Sector, deals directly with the manipulation of raw materials into usable goods. People and machines are an important aspect of this category—whether it’s a small bakery or a large automobile factory. A ribbed mat at the foot of a workstation can offer employees slip-resistant safety while longer rubber runners can be placed along the length of assembly lines. The manufacturing of goods requires a certain level of attention to detail, meaning that employees should be vigilant against discrepancies ensuring the fabrication of high quality products. The elastic nature of rubber can help workers feel more physically comfortable, as opposed to the commonly used cold and hard concrete or tile flooring in industrial settings.
- The Tertiary Sector
Here, Geographic Issues of the 21st Century notes a district change in pace among the industrial categories: “Tertiary industries are those that provide essential services and support to allow other levels of industry to function. Often simply called service industries, this level includes transportation, finance, utilities, education, retail, housing, medical, and other services.”
Often, Tertiary Industries, are called “spin-off” industries because they are required for the survival of the First and Second category. These spin-off industries are an essential part of our society. Although equipment and heavy-duty machinery are still readily found in this particular sector—human involvement and interaction becomes far more important. A corrugated rubber runner in any environment that is considered a service location is a great way to ensure both the safety of employees as well as that of customers, clients, and visitors. A ribbed mat can even have health benefits in these environments, being that the design is specifically made to remove moisture and dirt from the bottom of shoes, helping to ensure the air quality inside of buildings when employed as entryway matting. Also, keep in mind that any position that may require an individual to stand all day on their feet could be afforded added comfort with the use of a soft and supple rubberized surface. Keeping people comfortable will help them maintain a positive and friendly attitude, which in turn translates to better customer service and support.
- The Quaternary Sector
The final of the four sectors is described in the following way by Geographic Issues of the 21st Century, “Quaternary industries are those for the creation and transfer of information, including research and training. Often called information industries, this level has seen dramatic growth as a result of advancements in technology and electronic display and transmission of information.”
Apart from the obvious benefits that a corrugated rubber runner could offer to a large corporate building—such as slip-resistant safety, savings on interior cleaning costs, and a durable and resilient flooring solution—rubber surfacing can be an aesthetic option too. Those within the Quaternary Sector can be considered the innovators of our time, and by making a conscious decision to employ recycled industrial flooring they could set a very important precedent for other companies and industries to follow. Still, it’s not farfetched to imagine the many uses that an industry of this kind would have for equipment floor mats—such as to protect expensive office gear! Even a ribbed mat could play a useful part as a safe and secure surface for people coming in from harsh weather conditions.
Rubberized industrial flooring is a great multi-purposed surfacing option. Its ability to be used in all four of the industrial settings shows its impressive usefulness. Durable, easy to maintain, and even easier to install, equipment floor mats, runners, and tiles will fit into nearly any space and offer excellent protective qualities to people, things, and tools.