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JUNO passes initial laboratory testing with flying colors

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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

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

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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.”

TRKR: Surface Tech Digital Platform Interconnects and Simplifies Back-end Functions

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e-business solution for concrete industryTRKR is a practical e-business solution that eliminates many of the common jobsite and administrative challenges faced in the concrete industry today including ordering, delivery, measuring job site performance, billing/collection and more.  TRKR Mobile is a mobile app that improves job site and transportation safety through an active compliance management system.

“Our digital platform is an innovative and efficient solution specifically designed for the concrete industry,” said John Roshala, Executive Vice President of Surface Tech’s Software Division, MAINFRAME.  “With TRKR and TRKR mobile, common administrative tasks can be simplified and onsite job safety and compliance can be improved.”

TRKR and TRKR Mobile offer assistance throughout several areas including:

Orders

With TRKR, a contractor can go online and order concrete products through specific product catalogs unique to the RMX companies listed. This is a first for the industry.

Back Room

TRKR for Concrete orderingTRKR eliminates the need to mail out billing statements and invoices. When the product has been delivered to the job site, the delivery notice is provided electronically. The program also helps satisfy legal compliances and allows all parties to more accurately identify any cost overruns.

Payments

Customers can now pay with credit/debit cards up front through the platform. Customers who prefer paying with cash can use services like MoneyGram or Western Union through TRKR to pay instead of having to carry cash. Of course, for those with established credit, traditional invoicing is still an option.

Safety

With TRKR Mobile, a driver must complete a safety checklist before completing a delivery. The driver also has the ability to record video, photos and notes to further document the job site experience. TRKR Mobile ensures that the driver records are up to date. If a contractor, all licensing is also kept up to date.

To learn more about TRKR and TRKR mobile, view our explainer video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=g2adxzDKCQY.  You can also schedule a demo at http://surface-tech.com/demo-trkr-schedule/ to see TRKR in action.  Visit us at www.surface-tech.com to learn more.

 

Juno: A revolutionary alternative binder technology

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JUNO ConcreteSurface Tech’s pioneering product, JUNO, is an advanced admixture that reduces the cost of concrete without sacrificing performance.  Juno can be used to partially substitute traditional binders in standard concretes, thereby reducing cost, reducing shrinkage and mitigating CO2 emission.  These value propositions are compelling, particularly for those who consume large quantities of concrete.

“JUNO is a revolutionary concrete product that incorporates leading edge technologies that allows for partial binder replacement used in concrete mix designs,” said Steve Santa Cruz, President, Surface Tech. “This results in an improved performance at a microscopic level as well as a significant reduction in material costs.”

JUNO can be utilized in a wide range of conventional concrete building applications, but also as a geo-solution including:

Soil Stabilization

JUNO has been engineered to allow for more efficient and cost effective stabilization of the road base and subgrade. It is often custom blended for a given project based upon a site and soil conditions.

Juno ConcreteControlled Density Fill

JUNO can be used to reduce the cost of Controlled Density Fill (CDF).  CDF is a low-strength concrete used for backfilling holes and trenches when high compaction is needed.  With JUNO, a contractor can reduce the need for cement and replace it with a lower-cost option.

Rip-Rap

JUNO can be used in Rip-Rap as a low-cost alternative to Portland Cement-based binders. Rip-Rap is essentially large stones or pieces of concrete (recycled or virgin) used to protect underlying soil from runoff due to rain or tidal erosion.

See more about JUNO at http://surface-tech.com/juno_video/.

To learn more about JUNO and Surface Tech, visit http://surface-tech.com/portfolio/juno/.

Get to Know John Roshala – EVP of Surface Tech’s Software Division

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John Roshala recently joined Surface Tech as the Executive Vice President of the Software Division. Based out of Surface Tech’s San Diego headquarters, he will be responsible for leading the strategy and development for Surface Tech’s digital solutions platform, MAINFRAME.

John brings over 14 years of software experience to Surface Tech.  He began his career in software as VP of Sales for Anonymizer, a company that experienced dramatic growth in the Federal sector and was eventually purchased by Abraxas Corp.  Most recently John served as President for NoteVault, a leading daily report software for the construction industry.

“The asphalt, and particularly, the concrete industry is the bedrock of the dramatic growth we have seen in our society and is literally the foundation of its advancement,” said Roshala. “The camaraderie within the industry is as strong – we stick together and help each other all while advancing global growth.”

Surface Tech’s President, Steve Santa Cruz, actively recruited Roshala and when the opportunity turned timely – he knew it would be a great fit.

“Surface Tech is a proven innovations leader and action-oriented company and we continue to learn from each other with a common vision,” said Roshala. “It is a unique time in the construction technology sector and I see great things ahead for Surface Tech.”

Roshala continues to pass along his appreciation for technology and engineering to the next generation. Roshala lives in San Diego with his wife of 22 years, Jennifer, and in his free time you may see him at a car show or enjoying a variety of motorsports. Their three children attend UCLA where their son, Justice, is studying Law, and their twin daughters, Jaycie and Julie, are studying STEM.

Surface Tech continues to expand its products and services across the US and Canada through its portfolio of specialty concrete products and digital business solutions.  MAINFRAME is a software platform built from the ground up specifically for the concrete industry and designed from real-world applications from experienced concrete contractors, commercial and residential builders, ready mix suppliers, engineers, and architects. 

 

Surface Tech Showcases Digital Business Solutions and Innovative Products at World of Concrete

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(PRESS RELEASE) – Surface Tech, an innovative solutions provider, will engage with concrete industry professionals from across the country at the 2018 World of Concrete convention in Las Vegas. and highlight the unique services and suite of products that Surface Tech provides to the concrete industry.

“From our groundbreaking digital business platform, MAINFRAME, to our portfolio of specialty concrete and asphalt products, Surface Tech provides tangible solutions that are backed by extensive research and solid results,” said Steve Santa Cruz, President, Surface Tech.

E-Business Solutions for Concrete Industry- MAINFRAME E-Business Solutions – MAINFRAME

 MAINFRAME is a software platform built from the ground up specifically for the concrete industry. This business management software is designed from real-world applications from experienced concrete contractors, commercial and residential builders, ready mix suppliers, engineers, and architects.

Current offerings within MAINFRAME improve business efficiencies – including apps known as TRKR, TRKR MOBILE and CMPLYNC. These apps focus on common jobsite and administrative challenges faced in the concrete industry today including ordering, delivery, measuring job site performance, billing/collection and more. This greatly simplifies back-end functions and increases profitability.

TRKR: Digital Platform Interconnects and Simplifies Back-end Functions
TRKR is a practical e-business solution which eliminates many of the common jobsite and administrative challenges faced in the concrete industry today including ordering, delivery, measuring job site performance, billing/collection and more. Contractor orders              through the supplier are kept up to date in real time.

TRKR Mobile: Mobile Application Actively Manages Concrete Project Compliance
TRKR Mobile is a mobile App that is an active compliance management system which improves jobsite and transportation safety, and reduces the risk of construction defect claims.

CMPLYNC: (Coming Soon) A First in the Concrete Industry
CMPLYNC is an app tailored to the concrete industry to provide better collaboration between concrete contractors, RMX companies, architects, and engineers.

“Our e-business solutions help improve margins and customer relations and is designed to fit the unique needs of the concrete industry,” said Steve Santa Cruz, President, Surface Tech.  “This is in addition to the numerous other benefits such as documentation and safety compliance, logistics improvements and overall increased efficiency.”

Specialty Concrete – JUNO

Juno ConcreteSurface Tech provides solutions that address many common challenges involved with concrete construction today.  Our product portfolio includes branded-product solutions that mitigate cement use and basalt reinforcement, and improve the durability of infrastructure.

JUNO is a revolutionary alternative binder technology developed by Surface Tech engineers and certified technical specialists. Using cutting-edge advancements in mineralogy and nanotechnology, JUNO improves the performance of concrete at a microscopic level.

JUNO can be used to partially substitute traditional cement binders in standard concretes, as well as in specialty applications such as Soil Stabilization, Mass Concrete and Shotcrete.

JUNO can be utilized in the following applications:

Soil Stabilization
JUNO has been engineered to allow for more efficient and cost effective stabilization of the road base and subgrade. It is often custom blended for a given project based upon a site and soil conditions.

Controlled Density Fill (CDF)
CDF is a low-strength concrete used for backfilling holes and trenches when high compaction is needed.  By utilizing JUNO, Surface Tech’s proprietary alternative binder, a contractor can reduce the need for cement and replace it with a lower-cost option.

Rip-Rap
JUNO can be used in Rip-Rap as a low-cost alternative to Portland Cement-based binders.

“Surface Tech understands the evolution of concrete projects which enables us to develop solutions to address the acute needs of contractors,” said Bryan Goerger, VP/GM, Surface Tech. “JUNO delivers value to the bottom line by reducing the cost of concrete without sacrificing physical performance.”

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Surface Tech LLC was founded in 2013 and largely concentrated on the asphalt industry by way of its flagship product, ACE Fibers. The company was reshaped in 2015; bringing a more disciplined and experienced team to the forefront. Surface Tech continues to expand its products and services across the US and Canada through its portfolio of specialty concrete products and digital business solutions.  Visit us at www.surface-tech.com.

 Twitter:  @SurfaceTech_LLC  Facebook: @surfacetechconcrete

 Media Contact:  Sara Bouffard (c) 713.970.1069 or sara@bouffardgroup.com

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TRKR-Mobile E-Tool Meets New FMSCA Regulations

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CMPLYNC-1The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued new safety regulations for all truck drivers in the US, including ready mix drivers, which will be effective December 18, 2017 and will require documentation and reporting of compliance records by all drivers.  The new regulations will monitor the driver’s overall hours of service.

Surface Tech’s TRKR-MOBILE e-tool will not only meet all reporting requirements for the new FMCSA regulations, but also offers enhanced safety functions.

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Surface Tech to Attend 2017 American Public Works Association’s PWX Convention in Orlando

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PWXSurface Tech, an innovative solutions provider, will engage with professionals from across the country at the 2017 PWX Conference in Orlando and highlight the unique services and suite of products that Surface Tech provides to the Public Works industry.  PWX is hosted by the American Public Works Association and is attended by thousands of public works professionals each year.

“Surface Tech understands the challenges faced by public works professionals and offers solutions that result in significant cost savings, higher quality infrastructure and streamlined processes,” said Steve Santa Cruz, President, Surface Tech. “From our groundbreaking digital business platform to our portfolio of specialty concrete and asphalt products, Surface Tech works to provide tangible solutions that are backed by extensive research and solid results.”

Be sure to visit Surface Tech’s booth (#655) and meet Bryan Goerger, Company VP, who along with other Surface Tech representatives and the FL distributor, ACF Environmental/Landsaver, will be on hand to showcase products and demonstrate our digital business solutions platform.

Surface Tech’s platform for products and services encompasses three primary components:  ACETM and AQUTM Fibers for asphalt, Specialty Concrete, and Digital Business Solutions.

Learn more about Surface Tech’s solutions at www.surface-tech.com and read more about the 2017 PWX Conference at //pwx.apwa.net.