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Azelis Americas Construction Solutions Labs

Market Segments Served

  • Stucco/EIFS/ETICS
  • Concrete Repair
  • Decorative Concrete
  • Tile Installation Products
  • Plaster/Spackle/Int. Texture/Joint Compound
  • Deck Coatings
  • Anchor Mortars
  • Masonry Mortars
  • Waterproof Membranes
  • Civil Engineering (Epoxy for Concrete)
  • Precast
  • Concrete Curing Membrane
  • Elastomeric Wall & Roof Coating
  • SLU’s- Self Leveling Underlayment
  • Grouts

 


 

Lab Capabilities

  • Benchmark Testing
  • Competitive studies
  • Launch packages
  • Formulation consulting
  • Custom formulation
  • Regional starting point formulas
  • Troubleshooting
  • Scale-up Assistance

 


 

  • Viscometer with and w/o Helipath
  • ICI Cone and Plate Viscometer
  • Drying Ovens
  • Universal Tensile/Compression Stand with Extensometer
  • pH meter
  • High Speed Disperser
  • Mixing Equipment
  • Constant Temperature/Humidity Room
  • Environmental Chambers
  • Impact Test Apparatus
  • Forney Compressive Strength Tester
  • Flow channel
  • 8 Channel Digital Calorimeter
  • 4 Channel Digital Linear Length Comparator
  • Concrete Air Indicator
  • Flow Table
  • Gilmor Set Time Apparatus
  • Vicat Set Time Apparatus
  • Spectrophotometer
  • Taber Abrasion Tester
  • QUV-SE Accelerated Weathering Tester
  • Shore A/Shore D Hardness Tester
  • Emmisometer
  • Proceq Pull off Tester
  • Hydrostatic Pressure Apparatus
  • Digital Microscope
  • Fineness of Grind Gauge
  • Wet Scrub Tester
  • Mandrel Bend Apparatus
  • Reflectometer
  • Centrifuge
  • Reflectometer
  • Water Retention Apparatus
  • Cross Hatch Adhesion
  • Reflectometer
  • Pencil Hardness Tester
  • Vacuum Power Mixer
  • Redispersable Dry Polymers
  • Calcium Sulphoaluminate
  • Anhydrite Gypsum
  • Liquid Concrete Admixtures
  • Dry Plasticizers, Defoamers, and Rheology Additives
  • Viscosity Modifying Agents
  • Fume Silica
  • Shrinkage Reducers
  • Water Retention Additives
  • Latex Polymers
  • Organic Pigments
  • Inorganic pigments & minerals
  • Dispersants
  • Defoamers
  • Wetting agents
  • Slip/mar additives
  • Monomers, oligomers, initiators, absorbers
  • Plasticizers, solvents, coalescents
  • Rheology modifiers

 

Case Studies

Supplier Support

A supplier based in Europe asked Azelis Americas to assist in the development of a new additive for industrial coatings and cleaning products by providing baseline data tailored to the local needs of the North American market. Azelis Americas tested the additive in formulations using solvents popular in areas of North America. Examples of testing Azelis Americas performed include extensive solubility and rheology profiles, stability and sag resistance per the ASTM methods favored in North America. During this project we also worked with a customer to formulate properly with the new additive and helped them overcome processing and scale-up issues and develop product specifications.

Exposure Testing

A customer manufacturing Industrial Coatings products needed outdoor exposure testing to better present their products to their customers. Many companies in the Industrial Coatings market do not have the lab capabilities to perform testing in this area, but Azelis Americas does. Azelis Americas performed tests including UV/QUV, adhesion and Taber abrasion. The results in this case substantiated that the customer’s existing products performed well. These test results enabled our customer to provide more comprehensive data to their customers and gain new business.

Formulation Expertise

A coatings customer asked for Azelis Americas’ assistance in formulating an entirely new architectural coating for a unique spray application. Azelis Americas’ broad range of raw materials and lab testing capabilities for architectural coatings enabled Azelis Americas to deliver a formulation balancing all the desired properties. For this application, special rheological properties were particularly critical. Azelis Americas’ use of sophisticated rheometers and its broad experience and knowledge serving architectural coatings applications were critical to the success of this project.

Application Expertise

A printing customer asked for assistance developing a print applied coating for both interior and exterior uses. Azelis Americas’ extensive knowledge and lab capabilities in inks, polymers and printing technologies benefited this opportunity. Working with the customer, we balanced properties of adhesion, flexibility, surface tension, and chemical resistance to achieve a product for many applications. We also helped the customer provide a coating that is intrinsically less hazardous to workers and the environment.

 


 

Staff

Jessica Silva, Lab Director / Wisconsin, Construction Solutions
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  • Education: PhD, Materials Science, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Former Principal Scientist and Co-owner at Concrete Process & Science
  • Former Senior Scientific Researcher at CalStar Products’ R&D Department
  • Former Research Fellow at the National Research Council and the Federal Highway Administration
  • Areas of Expertise include Concrete, Concrete and cementitious materials, Cement chemistry, Formulation design, Concrete testing – plastic and hardened, Analytical testing and procedures, Nanomaterials, and Concrete masonry

Dan Haines, Lab Director, Georgia Application Lab
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  • Education: Chemistry, Cedarville University
  • Former applications chemist at Rohm and Haas, Construction Polymers
  • Former Technical Director at ParexLaHabra
  • Responsible for technical service and applications work across all markets, especially in stucco, EIFS, and mastic systems

 
 

Greg Anzalone, Chemist, Georgia Application Lab
  • Education: BS, Chemistry, Valdosta State University