TULSA, OK – Road Science, a division of ArrMaz, introduces ArrMuls Tack Technology, its latest innovation in asphalt emulsifier chemistry focused on eliminating tack coat tracking for faster traffic return to the roadway, while improving pavement layer bonding for better, longer-lasting roads. ArrMuls Tack Technology is a two-component chemical kit that enables emulsion producers to manufacture anionic non-tracking tack coat using strain-tolerant, non-brittle paving-grade asphalts. In contrast to conventional tack coats, ArrMuls Tack Technology is formulated to prevent the tack coat from being picked up and tracked away by vehicle tires, resulting in significantly improved pavement structure and strength.
A tack coat is an asphalt emulsion which, when sprayed onto pavement, functions as a glue to hold existing and new pavement layers together. It enhances the bonding of individual pavement layers so that they function as a single, unified pavement for improved strength and durability. When properly bonded, the resulting pavement structure uniformly distributes traffic load stress. Without proper bonding, each pavement layer works independently, failing to distribute stress evenly, leading to cracking, rutting, slippage and other distresses that destroy road quality.
In order for a tack coat to bond effectively, it must be allowed to dry before trucks and paving vehicles drive onto it to place a new pavement layer. If vehicles drive onto the tack coat too soon, it can be picked up by tires, tracked away and deposited on nearby roads. This can lead to reduced friction of the road, impacting driver safety. The longer it takes for the tack coat to dry, the greater the time needed to pave the road and return traffic, and the more likely the tack coat gets tracked away compromising pavement strength.
ArrMuls Tack Technology solves this problem by decreasing tack coat drying time by 75% from what is typically 60 minutes or more, to less than 15 minutes. By reducing paving downtime and returning traffic quicker, paving crews save several hours per week which can translate into hundreds of thousands in savings per paving crew per year. By preventing tack coat from being tracked away, ArrMuls Tack Technology not only extends pavement life, but also eliminates costs to remove tracked tack coat and replace traffic paint, while eradicating the safety liability of reduced friction roads.
Most conventional non-tracking tack coats are made of hard, brittle asphalt that is susceptible to cracking and can even promote cracking in pavement layers. ArrMuls Tack Technology is better for pavements because it uses softer paving-grade asphalts that are flexible, strain-tolerant and much less susceptible to cracking. It can also be formulated to meet typical specifications including AASHTO M-140 and ASTM D-977 for slow-setting (SS-1h) emulsion.
“Emulsion manufacturers find ArrMuls Tack Technology easier and more convenient to produce since it uses paving-grade asphalts they can source easily and emulsify without difficulty. Paving contractors prefer it because it becomes non-tracking in a matter of minutes after being sprayed, and remains stable when stored for long durations in tank trucks and storage tanks,” said Ivann Harnish, Business Manager, Emulsifiers at Road Science.
ArrMuls Tack Technology chemistry is one more way that Road Science is helping the asphalt paving industry improve road quality and safety worldwide.
MULBERRY, FL – ArrMaz’s SandTec®, a silica frac sand coating technology, reduces respirable silica dust generated during hydraulic fracturing by up to 99%. Just last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule requiring industries that generate respirable silica dust to reduce the amount of silica dust their employees are exposed to by 50% within five years. ArrMaz is already helping hydraulic fracturing operations quickly and easily meet the new silica dust exposure limit with SandTec.
Since 2011, the use of silica sand proppant per well in hydraulic fracturing has been steadily increasing. Exploration and production companies have discovered that if they use more sand when performing hydraulic fracturing, they are able to increase well production. The sand helps prop open the formation, allowing hydrocarbons to flow more freely. The transfer of sand proppant, however, generates respirable silica dust which, when inhaled, can impact worker health if not handled properly.
Since September 2013, OSHA has been evaluating new proposed regulations for respirable crystalline silica which it estimates affects almost 17,000 workers engaged in support activities for oil and gas operations. On March 23rd, 2016, OSHA announced their final rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The new rule reduces the permissible exposure limit for respirable silica dust to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air effective June 23rd, 2016. The hydraulic fracturing industry has until June 23rd, 2018, two years after the effective date, to comply.
The rule also requires that hydraulic fracturing operations use engineering controls as the first line of defense to protect workers against silica dust. The compliance deadline for engineering controls is June 23rd, 2021. As an engineering control, SandTec is more efficient than bulky mechanical systems (such as vacuum trucks and ventilation equipment) which are difficult to mobilize onsite, require significant space, present handling risks, and are time consuming and expensive to set up, maintain and break down. Mechanical systems also do not provide protection at all transfer points. SandTec solves these challenges by applying a microscopic coating to frac sand proppant to control and minimize silica dust generation whenever and wherever proppant is transferred.
“SandTec provides continuous protection from silica dust starting from the sand mine all the way to the hydraulic fracturing wellhead. It is easy to apply with no drying or curing required, and is biorenewable and biodegradeable addressing environmental concerns. Field results show that it is effective in reducing silica dust to within OSHA’s new exposure limit. These characteristics make it the ideal solution for hydraulic fracturing operations to quickly and cost-effectively comply with OSHA’s final rule” said John Suldickas, Commercial Manager for Oil and Gas at ArrMaz.
ArrMaz’s engineers and technical experts continue to work with companies in the oil and gas sector to customize the SandTec system to meet their specific hydraulic fracturing needs.
MULBERRY, FL – ArrMaz celebrated the grand opening of its new chemical manufacturing plant located in the Jalamid Mine Reserve Area in Saudi Arabia on November 24th, 2015.
Joining Dave Keselica, CEO, ArrMaz, and Dr. Said J. Al Qahtani, Chairman, ArrMaz Gulf Chemicals (AMGC), was HRH Prince Dr. Mishaal bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Mousa’ad Al-Saud, Governor of the Northern Borders Region of Saudi Arabia, who formally opened the facility.
The Al Jalamid plant produces a full range of custom-formulated process aids and additives for the processing of phosphate ore and the production of phosphate fertilizers in the Kingdom.
“Our Al Jalamid facility enables us to support the development of the Saudi phosphate industry through real-time optimization of our custom-engineered products, improved onsite process consultation capability, and increased security of supply,” says Dave Keselica, CEO, ArrMaz.
ArrMaz is committed to ensuring customer success by supplementing our global reach with a local presence within the markets we serve. The opening of the Al Jalamid plant is a step forward in ArrMaz’s vision to provide the world’s most advanced chemical technology and technical service solutions to the global phosphate industry.
Tulsa, OK – Road Science, a Division of ArrMaz, announced today a price increase of up to 18% depending on the product and as contracts permit. This price increase will apply to shipments on or after January 1, 2016, with some exceptions. Questions related to specific product price increases should be directed to Road Science’s account managers and customer service department.
“Road Science is committed to providing our customers with innovative, fit-for-purpose products of the highest quality. Continued investment in our research and development and field support services, together with raw material cost increases and regulatory compliance requirements, necessitate a price increase to the market,” says Alistair Macdonald, Road Science Vice President, Sales.
“We continue to drive productivity to reduce the impact of these costs, however, we have not been able to fully offset these increases. Road Science remains a leader in the supply of chemicals and services to the asphalt industry, and is committed to meeting the demands and needs of our customer base.”
(MULBERRY, FLORIDA) Road Science, a division of ArrMaz, introduces ArrTekk 1295 as the latest addition to its line of asphalt emulsifiers. The new formula creates cationic emulsions for micro-surfacing, a preventative maintenance application that provides an aesthetically pleasing, skid-resistant surface to restore pavement profile and seal the underlying pavement. This protects the pavement from further deterioration and extends the life cycle of your road.
“You want your roads to last and micro-surfacing is what protects them against wear and tear,” states Ivann Harnish, Emulsifier Products Business Manager. “ArrTekk 1295 provides micro-surfacing that’s even more durable than other available options and much easier to apply in extremely hot and cool conditions. This allows you to get your roads back in use, much faster.”
Going beyond meeting typical specifications – including the International Slurry Surfacing Association’s (ISSA) A143: Recommended Performance Guideline For Micro-Surfacing – the unique ArrTekk 1295 chemistry offers significant performance advantages:
(1.) The strong adhesion properties result in less early construction and long-term raveling or aggregate loss. Comparative testing versus two market-leading chemistries show ArrTekk 1295 consistently averages 30 to 70 percent less aggregate loss in 6-day Wet-Track Abrasion (WTAT) testing, the industry’s primary test for predicting micro-surfacing life cycle duration and long term durability. Field testing in Kansas and Florida confirmed these results.
(2.) Additionally, the chemistry allows for 20 to 150 percent more mixing time with hot pavement and hot aggregate, allowing for paving in hot conditions without struggle. Easy control of chemical break allows for fast traffic return times when paving in cooler conditions and at night.
ArrTekk 1295 is compatible with all asphalt types, including paraffin-rich and SBS-modified, as well as polymer modifiers like SBR and natural latexes. It can be formulated to perform with both reactive and unreactive aggregates of various types, including granite, diabase, basalt, chert, limestone and sandstone.
As their latest product, ArrTekk 1295 is one more way Road Science is providing the paving industry with high-performance solutions to improve the quality of roads for people worldwide. Road Science will continue to focus on its research and development efforts, and advance its products to exceed industry expectations.
(MULBERRY, FLORIDA) —Road Science, a division of ArrMaz, is announcing their most recent product launch of ArrTekk 860. This emulsifier is extraordinarily dynamic, easily making both cationic and anionic slow-setting emulsions for applications such as tack coat, fog seal, slurry seal, central plant recycling and mixing-grade CIR and FDR recycling. Yielding smaller emulsion particle size characteristics, enhanced stability and greater durability, ArrTekk 860 is a superior solution for quicker traffic return to roadways and improved short and long-term product performance.
Ivann Harnish, Emulsifier Products Business Manager at Road Science, states, “ArrTekk 860 is much more versatile than competing products. It offers smaller particle size, so tack and other emulsions manufactured with ArrTekk 860 remain stable longer, even if they are over-pumped or stored for a lengthy amount of time.”
The new ArrTekk 860 is compatible with most types of asphalt and polymer modifiers, and offers emulsions that easily mix, coat and adhere to damp and/or dusty aggregates, granular materials and recycled asphalt pavement (RAP). The constructability aspects of this emulsifier solution allow for easy pick up, lay-down and compaction of RAP with CIR machinery equipment.
“ArrTekk 860 works incredibly well in recycling applications,” Harnish adds. “It creates emulsions that effortlessly coat RAP and granular materials and won’t break prematurely. Once the emulsion does break and begins curing, the roadway develops strength faster than alternative products. That means quicker return of traffic and less ravel. In short, ArrTekk 860 makes recycling construction easy.”
Following the recent launch of ArrMuls® 1315, ArrTekk 860 is another of Road Science’s recent innovative solutions to help meet the needs of the asphalt industry. The experts at Road Science and ArrMaz are dedicated to providing advanced solutions that offer significant performance value, backed by responsive and dependable support.
Road Science is not done offering new advancements for their customer partners in the pavement industry. Look for additional product launches in the near future.
(MULBERRY, FLORIDA) Road Science, a division of ArrMaz, is pleased to announce the launch of ArrMuls 1315 to the asphalt market. ArrMuls 1315 is an anionic slow-setting emulsifier that allows customers to produce emulsions with outstanding stability and pave roads faster and more efficiently.
ArrMuls 1315 is designed for multiple end-use applications, including tack coat, fog seal, pavement sealer, mixing-grade and industrial coatings. It’s best-in-class in producing dilute and non-dilute emulsions that remain stable during extended storage and after repeated pumping cycles.
“ArrMuls 1315 is new technology for customers who need an emulsifier chemistry that yields emulsions that not only remain stable during extended storage, but break and dry faster than the leading product,” states Ivann Harnish, Emulsifier Products Business Manager.
The new ArrMuls 1315 offers efficiency by being 70% active, requiring significantly lower dosage requirements and reducing freight expenses. The formula is also non-lignin based, which protects against biological growth that can result in emulsion foul odor issues. This new anionic emulsifier is compatible with most asphalt types, dry and wet compounding additives and most types of aggregate and granular materials.
Road Science is committed to innovative solution development that provides the global paving industry valuable performance advantages backed by responsive and dependable customer support. In fulfillment of this commitment, Road Science continues to make strides that serve the need for innovation in the markets they serve.
Road Science isn’t stopping with ArrMuls 1315. The company has additional new product announcements in the near future. Details for the next launch in their line of asphalt emulsifiers will be coming soon.
ArrMaz(AMCC) announces the acquisition of the world-leading Galoryl™ brand of additives and coatings for ammonia-based nitrogen chemicals and fertilizers, from Nufarm, LTD. AMCC is the leading producer of chemical reagents, additives and coatings to the North American phosphate fertilizer and asphalt industries.
AMCC’s majority owner is Wind Point Partners, a private equity investment firm with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Southfield, Michigan.
The acquisition includes Nufarm’s plant in Lobeco, South Carolina, a toll-supply arrangement with Nufarm in France and worldwide Galoryl™ marketing and distribution. Galoryl™ products substantially enhance structural, storage and handling characteristics of technical-grade ammonium nitrate and dry, particularly nitrogen, fertilizers. The Lobeco plant also has world-class tolling operations.
“The Galoryl™ business is highly complementary and offers numerous synergies with Arr-Maz’s additives and coatings businesses to the phosphate fertilizer and asphalt paving industries,” said Doug Campbell, ArrMaz CEO. “It also broadens our technical reach and further diversifies our product mix, making Arr-Maz a more attractive supplier in step-out markets.”
Galoryl™ was formerly a product line of Nufarm Specialty Products, a subsidiary of Nufarm LTD, a publicly-traded Australian crop protection company. Operations in South Carolina will continue to be headed by Paul Kern and Antoine Meyer will continue to lead the International Marketing Team headquartered in Gennevilliers (Paris), France.
“The Nufarm product line and management team is a great complement to the Arr-Maz platform investment and is an excellent continuation of our strategy to create value through both organic growth and add-on acquisitions,” said Alex Washington, principal at Wind Point Partners.
Senior debt financing to facilitate the Nufarm Specialty Products acquisition was led by Antares Capital.
About Wind Point – Wind Point Partners is a private equity investment firm with offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Southfield, Michigan that manages over $1 billion in capital. Wind Point focuses on partnering with top caliber CEOs to acquire solid middle market businesses with a clear path to value creation. Wind Point has successfully invested in more than 80 companies since 1984. Additional information about Wind Point is available at www.windpointpartners.com