# Floor construction and floor loading

Use the following formulas to calculate the floor loads for the system.

A floor loading assessment is the evaluation of the concrete subfloor, not the raised floor. The weight of the raised floor is considered in the floor loading formula.

The building floor must support the weight of the equipment to be installed. Although older
devices might impose 345 kg/m^{2} (75 lb/ft^{2}) on the building floor, a typical
system design imposes a load of no more than 340 kg/m^{2} (70 lb/ft^{2}). The
following pounds-per-square-foot (lb/ft^{2}) formula is used to calculate floor loading. For
assistance with floor load evaluation, contact a structural engineer.

Floor Loading is: (machine weight + (15 lb/ft2 x 0.5 svc clear) + (10 lb/ft2 x total area))/ total area

- The floor loading should not exceed 240 kg/m
^{2}(50 lb/ft^{2}) with a partition allowance of 100 kg/m^{2}(20 lb/ft^{2}) for a total floor load rating of 340 kg/m^{2}(70 lb/ft^{2}). - The raised-floor weight plus the cable weight adds 50 kg/m
^{2}(10 lb/ft^{2}) uniformly across the total area that is used in calculations and is included in the 340 kg/m^{2}(70 lb/ft^{2}) floor loading. The total area is defined as: machine area + 0.5 service clearance. - When the service clearance area is also used to distribute machine weight (weight
distribution/service clearance), 75 kg/m
^{2}(15 lb/ft^{2}) is considered for personnel and equipment traffic. The distribution weight is applied over 0.5 of the clearance up to a maximum of 760 mm (30 in.) as measured from the machine frame.