Coating issues identified in high traffic and turnaround areas resulted in the installation of stainless steel plates in the Enhanced Reconfiguration Building at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant.
“The wheels, weight and turning radius of the Automated Guided Vehicles were wearing the epoxy coating in high traffic and turnaround areas in the ERB, Munitions Body Storage Building Area and Automated Guided Vehicle Corridor,” said Jerry Medley, quality assurance specialist, PCAPP.
Stainless steel plates were glued to the floor and a sealant placed in the seam between the edges of the plates and the floor in the AGV corridor and ERB palletizing area, during a plant outage the last week of December 2018.
Before the steel plates were added, high rate wearing of the coating required staff to recoat the surfaces areas which led to minimal impacts to operations.
There were early concerns of AGV tire slippage on the stainless steel plates, but this has not been an issue and the AGVs have shown no problem transitioning over the plates, said Medley.