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How does Juno XP Impact the Glue of Concrete?

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Juno ConcreteWhat is the glue of concrete?

Concrete is a mixture of aggregate, Portland cement, and water. But what actually holds concrete together? The answer is the hydrated cement matrix – the glue of concrete. Concrete is formed when Portland cement materials are combined with water to create a paste that binds with sand and rock to harden and form a composite structure. Common materials used to manufacture cement include limestone, shells, and chalk or marl combined with shale, clay, slate, blast furnace slag, silica sand, and iron ore. These ingredients, when heated at high temperatures, form a rock-like substance that is ground into the fine powder we call cement.

The hardened cement matrix of the concrete composite is a porous and hardened sponge that provides the structural strength for civil construction as well as the backbone for durability and a long service-life.

The ultimate object of combining Portland cement with supplementary cementitious material is to increase the efficiency of the cementitious matrix, maintain and enhance the fresh and hardened properties.

Why do we care?

Concrete is one of the oldest and most reliable construction materials in the world. Concrete is at the foundation of our civilizations providing everything from the sidewalks in urban, suburban, and rural areas; to the enormous concrete dams, like the Hoover Dam, spillways, and locks.

In order to achieve the durability of concrete, large amounts of Portland cement are utilized. Although cement provides concrete binding, cement production accounts for 3-5% of the worlds CO2 emission.

Cement is manufactured through a closely controlled chemical combination of calcium, silicon, aluminum, iron and other ingredients. The manufacturing of cement is a long process and at every stage of its production, the environment is affected. Carbon emissions, water pollution, and release of heavy metals in the air are common problems associated with manufacturing.

Cement dust is a pollutant that affects both the health of people and plants. Chronic diseases and respiratory disorders are observed in people who work in a cement industry and are exposed to the cement constituents and cement dust. The setting of cement is a long process and it is alkaline in nature, which may lead to lung and skin disorders because of the excessive heat normally released during setting and curing (Cement Production, Hazards, and Recycling, 2011).

How does Juno XP affect the glue of concrete?

The proprietary and novel make-up of Juno XP effectively manipulates the molecular kinetics of cement hydration to increase the toughness and durability of concrete; making concrete stronger and last longer. The science behind Juno XP is a combination of pozzolanic and mineral materials that increase production of the strength-bearing microstructure. Juno XP also has a mechanical impact on fresh concrete and creates an environment that allows for a reduction of traditional cementitious material while maintaining the creaminess needed to allow grey concrete to go down the chute into the formwork.

Juno XP acts as a binder replacement to allows for a reduced the need for cement. Juno XP allows for the following:

  • Maintenance of fresh properties
  • Increase in Strength and Toughness of Hardened Concrete
  • Environment for Portland Cement reduction is created

Juno XP creates performance based concrete that delivers the same properties of traditional concrete with a reduction in both cost and environmental impacts. Juno XP, saving the world with all the concrete in it.

 

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Juno XP Continues Course

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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.

 

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 http://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

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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/.