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NSF-61 Certified Industrial Coatings – Ecodur 201

  The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) was founded in 1944 at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. The foundation’s purpose is to standardize safety requirements and product certification. It is also accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which is represented by regulators, users, and manufacturers, to ensure that quality and standards [...]

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Selecting a Suitable Industrial Coating

  The main purpose of a protective coating is, of course, to provide protection and prevention of deterioration, contamination, corrosion, or other benefits like chemical resistance, physical performance, ease of maintenance, and much more on different industrial surfaces.   But you need the right type of protective coating for the job along with a myriad [...]

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Disadvantages of Epoxy Coatings

  Epoxies are a popular type of coating, but it might not always be the best choice for your project, especially in the long run.   Epoxies are solvent-based and can cause some serious health issues which include: Any exposure to high amounts of epoxy consistently without proper equipment, asthma and sensitization to epoxy can [...]

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Ecodur 201: Concrete Repairs at Harvest Meat (PCS)

Ecodur, which can work well in sub-freezing environments, was successfully used by PCS on repairs for a major structural concrete threshold for Harvest Meats, a major food and beverage distributor in Colorado and abroad. The work was done in a few hours, rather than days, at 23ºF (-5ºC). And Ecodur has no VOCs and noxious [...]

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Components of a Basic Coating Specification

  The purpose of the coating specification is to provide a project template. It also provides certain requirements for inspectors, contractors, and applicators to adhere to to ensure the maximum lifespan of the coating application.   What generally goes into coating specifications? The coating product to be used. Include information like product sheets, technical data [...]

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Castagra Innovation and Quality Team Hard at Work [Sneak Peak]

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Q&A: Adding aggregates like silica sand, quartz, epoxy flakes, RAS to Ecodur

Q: Will adding aggregates like silica sand, quartz, epoxy flakes, RAS (for Anti Slip purposes) decrease the performance of Ecodur A: Broadcast material (aggregates like silica sand, quartz, epoxy flakes, RAS) will not have a negative effect on the performance of the Ecodur 201 coating. Adding these types of material to Ecodur is common practice [...]

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Castagra’s Veggie Plastic Approved for Moon and Martian Use

source   Castagra’s veggie-plastic foam Ecodur has been certified as an Extraterrestrial Construction Composite (ECC) by NASA, paving the way, says CEO Peter Roosen, for its possible use in Lunar or Martian building programs.   “Ecodur is comprised of gypsum and vegetable oil and tests with Moon dust have shown it works just as well [...]

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Castor Oil’s Many Uses Include Decreasing Poverty

  It turns out castor oil seeds had a shot in the limelight recently. Did you ever watch the hit show Breaking Bad? Well it turns out, Ricin, a poison derived from the castor oil seed, was highly featured in the show to use against the main character’s enemies. (If you haven’t watched it, be [...]

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4 Inspiring Women In the Coating Industry

  The coating industry has been a male dominated profession due to gender stereotyping, unequal job opportunities, and pay disparity between men and women. In the past few years, however, women are beginning to rise to higher ranks in the coating industry and are starting to pave the way for other women who are interested [...]

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