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Rugged & Ready: MD3.0+ answers the call for plant integration

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MD3.0 Automated Dosing Machine for ACE FibersNow that asphalt producers have seen and used the new MD3.0 Automated Dosing Machine for ACE Fibers, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. In fact, many now want to integrate the MD3.0 into plant operations. We heard them, and we now offer the improved MD3.0+.

It’s more rugged, with upgraded welded and wiring connections, capable of withstanding tough, everyday use. And we now offer both pilot house control integration and a super sack feeder option for producers that want to integrate the MD3.0+ permanently into their plant operations.

ACE Fiber Mixing Process“From the comments we’ve received, it’s clear that plant integration is a big deal to asphalt producers. Integrating the MD3.0+ with both pilot house controls and a super sack feeder makes the system more automated at the plant, similar to how producers are used to producing asphalt,” says Joe Dennis, Vice President & Chief Technical Officer. “We have the technology to achieve the integration, for those who want it.”

The new and improved MD3.0+ will also prove to be more rugged for all producers, whether at the plant or transported to the job site.

“We’ve answered customer requests to make the MD3 sturdier, ensuring a longer life and greater dependability,” says Dennis. “The MD3.0+ is the new standard moving forward.”

For more information, contact Joe Dennis.

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Juno XP Continues Course

By Concrete No Comments

Juno concrete binder replacement productSurface Tech has successfully commercialized its innovative concrete binder replacement product, Juno XP. Key early adopters are lab and field testing and piloting the product in various mix designs throughout the U.S.  It’s an exciting time for the concrete industry as it looks to adopt new, key technologies that enhance and compliment current long standing processes.

“As an example, the Metro Mix caisson project provides the perfect environment for testing Juno XP, due to the variety of weather conditions in Colorado, including cold weather freeze/thaw and de-icing salts, as well as summer heat,” says Jon Belkowitz, Surface Tech’s Concrete CTO.

Jon Belkowitz, director of research and development at Intelligent Concrete and Surface Tech’s Concrete CTO, is providing the vital oversight and design required for the rigorous testing processes, including Juno XP’s own C1709 certification.

“The global concrete industry recognizes that the volumes of matured supplementary cementitious materials, like fly ash, have dropped significantly in the past decade,” says Belkowitz. “Juno XP serves as a replacement for these diminishing technologies, and we are confident these tests/trials will show that Juno XP provides a workable new option for the concrete and construction industry.”

Value propositions for Juno XP:

  1. Dramatically reduces mix design cost
  2. Enhances performance characteristics including strength, toughness, durability, shrinkage control, workability (to highlight a few).
  3. Reduces CO2 emissions (through reduction of cement use) and improves carbon footprint.
  4. Easy to adopt at plant: silos, hoppers, super sack, palpable bags.

For technical details on Juno XP and the testing process, contact us.

 

Faster. Less Expensive. Easier. Reliable. The IDEAL crack test of the future — here now.

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IDEAL crack test asphaltAsphalt cracking tests provide critical information on the viability of asphalt mixes, but a critical need exists for a more practical cracking test for routine use. To meet this challenge, researchers Fujie Zhou, Soohyok Im, and Lijun Sun at Tongji University in Shanghai, China, and Tom Scullion at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, developed the indirect tensile asphalt cracking test (IDEAL-CT), a method that we predict will achieve widespread adoption.

“The IDEAL-CT provides clarity on what is going on with samples,” says Joe Dennis, Surface Tech Vice President/CTO for Asphalt. “Since cracking is now the primary reason for asphalt remediation, we view the IDEAL-CT as a major advancement in ensuring that asphalt pavement meets standards that minimize cracking and result in a longer life. The test’s reliability and low cost, as well as the time-savings it delivers, has the potential to revolutionize asphalt testing industrywide.”

The test can run at room temperature and requires no instrumentation, cutting, gluing, drilling or notching of specimens, nor in-depth training for testing personnel. Best of all, it produces results in less than one minute.

Moreover, the IDEAL-CT can be performed with ordinary indirect tensile strength test equipment, and it’s sensitive to key asphalt mix components and volumetric properties, including reclaimed asphalt pavement, recycled asphalt shingles, asphalt binder type, binder content, aging conditions and air voids. In other words, IDEAL-CT is a practical solution for testing routine uses in the process of mix design, quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA).

IDEAL-CT is gaining traction already. It’s currently working its way through ASTM  committee ballot shepherded by ASTM 04.26 sub committee and Phil Blankenship, P.E.  Surface Tech has embarked on several test cases utilizing ACE Fiber mixes. A test case in Texas has recently yielded reliable results. Further testing with and without ACE Fiber will occur in concert with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) in October.

For information on IDEAL-CT research test procedures, technical findings and test case results, contact us.

 

Why are alternative supplementary cementitious materials important to the construction industry?

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alternative supplementary cementitious materialsThe invention of Portland cement 175 years ago heralded a new era in construction worldwide, and today it is the most widely used building material. Architects and general contractors appreciate its versatility, durability and economic value, and for its sourcing of local materials in production. That’s the good news about Portland cement.

The bad news:  Portland cement consumes vast quantities of energy and releases CO2 in the process. And since it’s produced in such gargantuan quantities, the construction industry faces increasing pressure to find alternative supplementary cementitious materials to replace Portland cement in concrete.

Portland cement concrete already incorporates a wide range of supplementary cementitious materials, including fly ash from coal combustion, and silica. However, these materials do not address all of the shortcomings of Portland cement in certain applications and environments. For instance, Portland cement concrete can degrade rapidly in environments with high acidity or high sulfate concentrations.

In addition to replacing Portland cement, alternative supplementary cementitious materials also hold the promise of increasing the strength of concrete, requiring less water in the mix, improving workability and producing a concrete that’s less brittle. So naturally, the search for alternative supplementary cementitious materials to replace Portland cement has picked up speed over the past decade.

Surface Tech has been at the forefront of alternative binder technology since 2016. As Juno enters its final phases of testing and refinement, we are seeing spectacular potential for this product as an alternative supplementary cementitious material that will easily conform to ASTM standards and mitigate many of the problems inherent with traditional alternative supplementary cementitious materials.

To learn more about Juno XP and how it can reduce cost and increase strength of traditional concrete in your next project, contact us.

Beat the fly ash shortage with JUNO XP!

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Beat the fly ash shortage with JUNOConcrete producers often rely on ASTM C 618 Class F fly ash, derived from burning coal in power plants, as a partial substitute for Portland cement. Yet despite loosening regulations, the coal industry continues to suffer from America’s dwindling appetite for coal, and the unintended consequence is a shortage of coal combustion residue and fly ash. Many concrete producers now report having to use straight cement mixes, which increases cost.

Globally, significant sources of Class C fly ash exist, but the lower quality makes this product difficult to activate, and transportation adds to the cost. Class C fly ash is not as effective in mitigating chemical attack as Class F fly ash. However, there is one sure way to beat the shortage of high-quality fly ash:  Switch to Juno.

Juno XP is an advanced mineral admixture developed by Surface Tech that can replace fly ash as a partial substitute for traditional cement. It can be used in standard concretes, as well as in specialty applications without sacrificing performance.

The core technology found in Surface Tech’s Juno XP is a revolutionary building material using cutting-edge advancements in mineralogy combined with a graduated fiber matrix to reduce material cost. In fact, concretes that incorporate Juno as a binder often have higher performance characteristics than traditional concretes.

For more information on how Juno XP can lower cost and improve performance in projects like soil stabilization, controlled density fill (CDF) and rip-rap, visit https://surface-tech.com/portfolio/juno/. To find out how you can achieve savings of up to 30 percent on your next project, contact us today.

JUNO passes initial laboratory testing with flying colors

By Concrete No Comments

Juno ConcreteThe results are in, and JUNO has proven it can increase strength and durability as well as decrease shrinkage in the laboratory tests that have been conducted to date. Surface Tech CTO Jon Belkowitz reports the product performs well in all areas that have been evaluated.  He sees JUNO as an easily-adoptable means to improve most types of concrete mix designs. The evaluation of JUNO will continue as it completes ASTM C1709 certification.

“Overall improved performance characteristics are some of the value propositions Juno is creating”, says Dr. Belkowitz, who also serves as the Director of Research and Development at Intelligent Concrete, a materials laboratory that specializes in concrete research, development and education with a focus on innovation.

It’s the fine particle size, in particular, that plays an important role in the material properties of JUNO. The core technology found in JUNO employs a revolutionary building material that utilizes cutting-edge advancements in mineralogy, combined with a graduated matrix.

The result is an alternative supplementary cementitious material that can reduce the amount of traditional cement and fly ash needed in concrete, while increasing fresh and hardened properties, thus saving money on cement/fly ash in the concrete mix. And Juno reduces CO2 emissions resulting from cement usage.

Better yet, and in concert with the performance characteristic improvements, JUNO produces a concrete that maintains fresh properties and improves strength in the final product, which adds up to a longer life for the concrete.

“We’ve run a number of tests for different applications, and JUNO is proving to be a phenomenal product,” says Dr. Belkowitz.

 

 

Jon Belkowitz joins Surface Tech team as Chief Technology Officer

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Jon BelkowitzIn a further indication of the company’s commitment to producing high quality, well researched and tested products, Surface Tech announces the addition of Jon Belkowitz to its team as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Many in the industry know Jon from his work as Director of R&D at Intelligent Concrete, LLC. Intelligent Concrete specializes in concrete research, development and education with a focus on innovation. At Intelligent Concrete, Jon was instrumental in the testing and refining for commercialization of Surface Tech’s revolutionary alternative binder for concrete, JUNO.

Prior to Intelligent Concrete, Jon served in the United States Air Force from 1996 to 2006, specializing in civil engineering. There he was exposed to a wide range of concrete types and applications. Many were dependent upon the engineering practices of different host nation forces, developing nations, and disaster repair initiatives.

Jon has also worked in private testing laboratories on structural engineering proposals and materials development projects, including the application of nanotechnology in concrete. He has consulted on projects in the United States, India, Turkey, Africa, Italy, and Germany.  Jon has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, with a specialty in Nanotechnology in Concrete.

Contact Jon at jon.belkowitz@surface-tech.com

New and improved! MD3 now designed for specific sizes of ACE Fiber

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MD3 mixing ACE FibersThe latest version of Surface Tech’s Micro Doser system, the MD3, takes the process of mixing ACE Fibers into produced asphalt to a new level. Most notably, an improved onboard computer interface now allows operators to specify either 19mm or 38mm sizes of ACE Fiber to feed through the system. While the MD3 still allows for either bulk or sprinkle feeding, the new size-specific setting yields more exacting data and further improves the system’s efficient and thorough distribution of fibers.

An added feeder tray and improvements in controlled vibration ensure steady material flow and dosing accuracy, both critical to ensuring the long-term performance of ACE Fiber reinforced asphalt.

The MD3 can also be retrofitted to connect directly into existing asphalt plant controls to allow producers to permanently add the MD3 to the plant’s operational capabilities.

MD3 Micro Doser systemWith all the improvements, operators will find the system more user friendly than ever. However, some features needed no improvement. The system can still fit in a cargo trailer, can be set up in minutes, and can still be operated by one person. Moreover, producers can be easily trained and certified to operate the MD3 system if they opt to manage the QA/QC themselves.

Like its predecessor, the MD3 only requires 90psi and 185 CFM of compressed air and 110 volts electric to run, which means it can be easily included in the asphalt mixing process at both batch and drum plant facilities.

The computer interface still tracks cycle weight and time to ensure the accurate dosing of 4.2 ounces of ACE Fiber into each ton of produced asphalt. Data continues to be kept onboard and can be retrieved by USB, or sent via internet if available.

The MD3 continues the excellent tradition of the MD2 — delivering a perfect mix, every time! See video of MD3 in action at https://surface-tech.com/portfolio/ace-fiber-mixing-process/

For more information, contact Joe Dennis at 513-444-5080, or joe.dennis@surface-tech.com.

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JUNO – The Revolutionary Alternative Binder That Saves Money, Increases Strength And Reduces C02 Footprint.

By Concrete No Comments

Juno ConcreteUpcoming webinars explain how

JUNO represents the next level in alternative binder technology that delivers three important advances. One, JUNO dramatically reduces the cost of concrete. Two, it performs better, and three, JUNO benefits the environment.

Let’s face it, innovation is essential for the future of repairing the world’s critical infrastructure and money often matters most. So if you’re interested in providing the future to your customers in a better product for less cost, find out how JUNO can make it happen in two upcoming webinars.

Join us for this informative,
engaging and entertaining webinar
“It’s About JUNO” !

Dr. Jon Belkowitz, director of research for Intelligent Concrete, will walk you through the details and the data that backs up the incredible performance capabilities of JUNO. He should know. His firm did the research on this revolutionary new binder material.

Our webinar will cover how JUNO:

  • Decreases mix costs DRASTICALLY
  • Increases compressive strength
  • Increases split tensile strength
  • Decreases shrinkage
  • Requires NO CHANGE in process
  • Benefits the environment
  • Meets requirements for a wide range of applications

Register today for one or both webinars:

July 9th – 8am to 9am PDT
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5324649331589178627?source=Juno+Webinar+July+9th+Session

July 11th – 1pm to 2pm PDT
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5276657848060111875?source=Juno+Webinar+July+11th+Session

Surface Tech creates alliance with Intelligent Concrete to provide technical expertise on its revolutionary binder-replacement product, Juno™

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concreteSurface Tech has teamed with Intelligent Concrete to act as a third-party technical advisor for its binder-replacement product, Juno. The product provides a variety of benefits as a partial substitute for traditional concrete binders, delivering substantial value in Price, Performance and Environmental Benefits.  Applications include Geo-solutions, Shotcrete, Conventional and UHPC.

Because Juno is a new product, questions can arise.

“Our customers have the ability to connect with Intelligent Concrete as an additional resource when they have questions about our concrete products, particularly Juno,” said Steve Santa Cruz, president, Surface Tech.  “This state-of-the-art, accredited lab provided cutting edge technical assistance throughout the development phase of Juno and has done an excellent job of continued efficacy validation.”

Intelligent Concrete is a nationally-recognized research and product development firm headed by husband and wife team Dr. Jon, PhD, and Whitney Belkowitz. The couple brings unmatched passion, innovation-mindedness and keen discipline to the study of concrete.  Their team of accredited professionals are a high-level combination of expertise, well respected in the concrete industry — both nationally and abroad.

“Intelligent Concrete is recognized globally for excellence in concrete, particularly in innovative technologies, and their team has been solid stewards in the development of Juno,” said Santa Cruz. “Their technical support will provide customers ongoing information and specifics that will enable a better understanding of the backbone that makes Juno a compelling solution for concrete.”