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Valley firm launches renewable antifreeze resource

With a commitment to providing best-in-class environmental solutions for the automotive and transportation industry, Thermo Fluids, Inc. announced today they have received ASTM E1177 certification for their EcoShield remanufactured antifreeze product.

“We are very pleased with our accomplishment of reaching this very stringent virgin-equivalent antifreeze product specification for EcoShield” said Ted Sinclair, Thermo Fluids’ Chief Operating Officer.

EcoShield is an alternative option to virgin antifreeze, available for use by quick lube centers, automotive dealerships, vehicle services centers, and other transportation related companies. EcoShield is a “green” and environmentally friendly solution to the costs and environmental hazards associated with drilling for new crude oil, shipping oil and then refining the product which is a process used in the manufacturing of virgin antifreeze.

The used antifreeze goes through a process that separates ethylene glycol, a valuable natural resource, from the waste materials. Deionized water and high quality corrosive inhibitors are then added to the ethylene glycol to create EcoShield, which is then tested by Thermo Fluids, as well as third party laboratories, to ensure the product meets industry requirements for antifreeze.

EcoShield meets the stringent American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications for virgin glycol and coolant, including D6210, D3306, D4985, and E1177 certifications. Thermo Fluids utilizes a proprietary hybrid organic acid technology to produce the eco-friendly remanufactured antifreeze, which is a viable alternative to virgin ethylene glycol and a more environmentally acceptable product that meets the same performance and quality standards as virgin ethylene glycol.

“The development of EcoShield is a product borne of our commitment to environmental stewardship and a sincere endeavor to substantively and meaningfully contribute to a greener marketplace in this industry.  We wanted to create a cost-effective closed loop alternative that offers the same high quality found in a virgin product while reducing liabilities and significantly impacting the environment in a positive way,” said Todd Bogart, Thermo Fluids’ Chief Marketing Officer. “Through ongoing education, improvement and promotion of EcoShield, we hope to change the antifreeze product landscape and to create a competitive marketplace for more eco-friendly options in the automotive services industry.”

Thermo Fluids is a recognized leader in the U.S. environmental solutions oil recycling industry, offering a suite of services including used oil, antifreeze and filter collection and recycling, parts washer services, and residual oil reclamation. The Scottsdale-based company works with service centers in 19 different states around the country, offering eco-friendly alternatives to traditional services and products and educating its customer base by demonstrating and facilitating an awareness and understanding of environmental responsibility.

ZERO-C - AZRE Magazine September/October 2010

ZERO-C: A Solution To Shrinkage-Induced Cement Cracking

ZERO-C: A Solution To Shrinkage-Induced Cement Cracking

Despite the technological advances in the science of concrete repair, shrinkage-induced cracking has long been the unsolvable problem of Portland cement-based repair materials — until now.

BASF Construction Chemicals has developed a new product called ZERO-C that aims to eliminate material cracking.

Without cracking, structures last longer and require fewer resources of time, money, material and effort, ultimately making concrete more sustainable. The factors that influence cracking in concrete repair materials are design errors, installation mistakes and material performance.

Portland cement-based products shrink as they cure and harden, causing internal stresses to develop within the material. When the accumulated stress exceeds the tensile strength of the material, or if the material is restrained, as with a typical concrete repair, the stress is relieved by cracking. ZERO-C; AZRE Magazine September/October 2010

The failure of concrete repairs weakens infrastructure, devalues buildings and increases cost.

Correcting failed repairs creates additional costs in lost time, opportunity cost and lost revenue.

Repairs cause disruption when tenants must be relocated, traffic rerouted and parking lots closed.
Failed repairs can mean lost resources — from both the original repair, as well as correcting the problem. The result: more waste in landfills, more CO2 emitted into the atmosphere and more fuel consumption in transportation.
More importantly, repairs that fail can result in weakened structures and risk of injury.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 50% of concrete repairs are unsatisfactory within the first five years. ZERO-C exceeds both the ASTM and ICRI requirements for “low cracking potential products.” It is the industry’s first product to comply with ICRI Data Sheet Protocol, fully tested at an independent laboratory.

The construction industry is witnessing an era in which science and technology focus on restoring buildings and infrastructure with advanced materials to create greater longevity at affordable costs.

For more information about BASF Construction Chemicals’ ZERO-C, visit buildingsystems.basf.com.

AZRE Magazine September/October 2010