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Galvanizing 102

By Bob Woods
November 03, 2020 Category: General

BLOG 2---Robert M. Woods 8/1/2020 Degreasing is an important step to ease creation of the galvanized coating your customer is paying you for. So what processes are available, and what are the general pros and cons of each? First, let us look at them broadly: Cleaning Type Mechanical Solvent Alkaline (Hot Caustic Alone, 165 F) Hydronet type acid degrease Acid-Pickle (without Hydronet D) Biological Wide Range Soils x x x Carbon Emission x x x Evergreen x x x Productivity Improvement x x Hydrogen free x x x Paint removal x x Safety x x Water savings x x x Then lets look at some of the soils that show up in galvanizing, and how the different types of cleaners that galvanziers use do against them, with 5 being the best. Cleaning Type Mechanical Solvent Alkaline

The Grasselli Years

By Jim Krimmel
October 08, 2020 Category: Our Company

With the startup of Grassellis Cleveland Plant in 1866, the plant began shipping sulfuric acid to John D. Rockefellers #1 refinery which was conveniently located mile from Grassellis plant. But Rockefellers refinery was not the only one in Cleveland. In fact, by 1867 Cleveland had become the unquestioned center of the oil refining business in the United States with fifty oil refining plants. Large quantities of sulfuric acid were essential to wash the gasoline, coal oil, and the other products of distillation. The Grasselli Chemical company prospered. Because of the high demand for sulfuric acid in Cleveland, new sulfuric manufacturing plants soon sprung up including the construction of a plant by Marsh Harwood directly across the street from Grassellis Cleveland plant. As a result of the overcapacity, prices and profits in the Cleveland market collapsed. Caesar and Eugene began to look elsewhere for lucrative markets and built manufacturing plants in New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia,

Quilon®: Treatment for Leather

By Craig Keeley
August 10, 2020 Category: Quilon

Quilon, Zaclons Chromium+3/Fatty Acid Release Treatments, are used routinely to impart water or stain resistance to tanned side leather or suede. In addition, Quilon treated leather has been shown to have improved lubricity and dimensional stability. For instance, the upper leather of shoes that have been Quilon treated has more resistance to water and or perspiration. Similarly, suede can be treated with Quilon to improve dry cleanability. Garments made from suede that have been treated with Quilon will retain their color and natural softness through repeated dry cleanings. Quilon can be applied either at the fatliquoring stage, where the Quilon will be applied at 10%-40% concentration or in the post fat liquoring stage using a 6%-10% Quilon C or M solution. Quilon is produced from 100% Chromium +3, the safe and essential nutrient form of Chromium. Craig Keeley -Marketing Manager With over 30 years of experience in the chemicals industry, I have developed many long-lasting relationships.

Quilon®: Versatile and Natural Release Treatments

By Craig Keeley
July 02, 2020 Category: Quilon

Quilon, Zaclons Chromium+3/Fatty Acid Release Treatments, have been used in multiple applications since their development in the 1950s. Quilon finds use in the Commercial Bakery as a treatment to paper intended for Pan Liner to additives in printing inks used in Food Contact applications. Quilon also finds use as a treatment to the inside lining of sausage casings to allow faster processing and as the main release treatment for tee shirt appliques. Quilon is FDA approved for use for incidental food contact, as well as, being Kosher Certified. As Quilon contains 100% Chromium+3, the essential nutrient form of Chromium, it is edible. The Chromium+3 in Quilon has been found to help build muscle, reduce fat, improve stamina, lower cholesterol and help regulate blood glucose levels. Chromium+3 is found naturally in soil and is non-toxic. None of the Chromium+3 in Quilon is ever converted to the hazardous Chrmoium+6 version. Quilon treated products, when Quilon is properly applied, are perfectly

Galvanizing 101

By Bob Woods
July 02, 2020 Category: Galvanizing

From the Desk of Bob Woods: Galvanizing 101 Hot-Dip Galvanizing is the process of alloying iron and molten zinc to create a corrosion-resistant alloy coating. This coating protects steel or iron from rust, both as a barrier and with an electrochemical reaction. To get this alloying reaction to happen, though, the steel or iron surface has to be prepared; mostly, this means cleaning off the surface. The things that can be found on the work can include everything from fingerprints to cosmoline-type grease, light rust to heavy scale, and sometimes other coatings such as stencil, chalk, spray paints, etc. All of this has to come off. Most of the time, the grease and other dirt is removed with either a dip-tank full of a degreaser, often an acidic (such as Hydronet) or a caustic (such as sodium hydroxide boosted with SB Clean). The other common cleaning method is mechanical, such as a shot-blaster, grinder, or even a file. The choice of the type of cleaning is difficult, since almost every

The History of Zaclon

By Joe and Jim
July 02, 2020 Category: Our Company

The Cleveland Plant is Born! The year is 1836 and an Italian entrepreneur named Eugene Grasselli is eyeing America as the land of opportunity. Eugene had been working in his fathers growing chemical manufacturing business located in France. The industry was in its infancy and Eugene was anxious to strike out on his own. Eugene Grasselli had been educated in Strasburg and Heidelberg where he learned the art of Sulfuric Acid manufacture from his studies while under the tutelage of his father, Giavanni. So, Eugene left the comfort of his home in France, and set out for America. The journey took 5 months, crossing the Atlantic in a small sailing vessel. The trip was perilous but in early 1837, Eugene landed in Philadelphia. He had 2 cents in his pocket. In Philadelphia, Eugene found employment with Farr Kunzie Chemical for $1 per day. While working for Farr Kunzie in Philadelphia, Eugene struck up a friendship with another local chemical manufacturer named DuPont. This friendship would

Potassium Silicate use in Masonry Coatings

By Craig Keeley
July 01, 2020 Category: Specialty Chemicals

Potassium Silicate has been used for over 150 years as the vehicle for Masonry Coatings. When properly formulated and applied, silicate paints will last for decades as they chemically bond to the surface of concrete, stone and other forms of masonry. They are resistant to Acid Rain and provide a degree of Water and Stain resistance. Furthermore, as silicates are alkaline, they are natural biocides. Because silicate-based coatings chemically bond to the surface, they help fill the pores of stone and cement materials providing a weatherproof surface and allows many years before recoating is necessary. Zaclon LLC produces several grades of Potassium Silicate. Typically, we recommend our Zacsil 30 Grade, a 2.5 weight ratio Potassium Silicate for use in masonry coatings. In addition, Zaclon LLC represents our Swiss based partners, van Baerles Inocot series of modified Potassium Silicates. The Inocot series of products provide enhanced stability and formulating flexibility. The use of silicate

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