Category Archive: Epoxy Coatings & Joint Filler

Breaking the Mold: Affordable Customization from Copps Industries

In the search for industrial products, too many organizations settle for a low standard. You might browse a catalog and order what’s available, even though it has features and properties you don’t really need or requires processes that delay your production. The price is acceptable, and you trust it will arrive on time.

But there’s a better choice: a custom solution formulated specifically to optimize your success.

At Copps Industries, customization isn’t just an option; it’s our preferred path to help you harness precision, efficiency, and cost savings. Here, we’re diving into our approach to customizing unique formulations and addressing the most common objections we hear to demonstrate why a custom solution is crucial to your success. 

Understanding Customization

There’s a common misconception that custom solutions are more expensive and come with longer lead times than off-the-shelf products. And that’s often the case when you contract with other suppliers. Not at Copps Industries.

We’ve noticed that many customers aren’t aware that tailoring a solution to their specific needs is an option, let alone an affordable one. The usual instinct is to opt for standard products because they seem more accessible and can be fulfilled immediately. But what if the standard solution isn’t the perfect fit for your unique requirements?

Our Customization Process: Designed for You

At Copps Industries, our goal is to adapt our product to your process, not the other way around. We start by understanding what you want to achieve and examining what is and is not working with your current formulations. Then, we collaborate to create a formulation specifically designed to meet your needs—at no additional cost.

We don’t believe in charging more just because a solution is customized. We aim to understand your processes and develop an ideal formula for your processes while considering your cost targets.

Achieving Efficiency & Savings

Sometimes, concerns about availability and shipping delays come up in conversations about custom solutions. We’re transparent in addressing these questions head-on. If the necessary raw materials are available, your lead times remain unchanged. If your custom formulation requires unique raw materials, procuring them may extend the development phase. However, once development is complete, production and shipping will resume normal lead times without delays.

When considering costs, you might assume a custom solution comes with a high price tag. In cases where special materials are required, the initial cost may be higher. However, a tailor-made solution can result in significant savings in your manufacturing processes with increased throughput.

We have extensive experience developing products to create efficiency and reduce costs without compromising on quality or efficiency. One customer was using an aerospace-grade product primarily for its heat resistance despite having no need for many of its other properties. Working together, we developed a custom solution that focused on exactly what they needed and removed unnecessary properties. The resulting formulation met their specific needs, reduced their costs, and simplified their process—it eliminated the need for them to cure in specialized ovens, leading to huge operational savings.

Collaboration Over Compromise

We believe in collaboration over compromise. You tell us what you need to improve your process, and we work together to make it happen. This personalized process ensures a one-of-a-kind solution adapted to your needs.

Unlike many others in the industry, our threshold for customization is reasonable, meaning we can provide tailored solutions without the usual barriers, like extended lead times. Our capacity to develop and supply custom products quickly and efficiently is at the core of our approach.

The Virtual Copps’ Chemist is more than just a service—it’s a testament to our commitment to your success. As a catalyst for collaboration, the Virtual Chemist allows you to harness our expertise, secure top-quality products, and gain a partner dedicated to moving your business forward.

Go Beyond Standard Solutions with Copps Industries

Choosing a custom solution with Copps Industries means investing in your success at a cost comparable to, or even less than, standard options. Our formulations are designed to seamlessly integrate with and enhance your operations. We ensure you get exactly what you need without paying for what you don’t.

Why settle for the standard when you can optimize your output and secure your success with customization? We supply custom solutions on an everyday basis at Copps. Contact us today to learn more about Copps Industries and get started collaborating on a custom solution.

Epoxy Resins with Carbon Fiber: The Perfect Match!

From high-speed race cars to cutting-edge aircraft, epoxy resin and carbon fiber are the secret ingredients powering innovation across industries. In applications where every ounce counts and resilience is non-negotiable, carbon fiber reinforced with epoxy resin is the go-to choice.

Let’s explore how this perfect match redefines what’s possible in strength and durability.

Epoxy Resins for Carbon Fiber

Composites are specialty materials made from a combination of fibers and resins. Epoxy resin is a thermoset polymer material that is heated and cured to chemically alter the material’s composition to create a permanently hardened substance. Epoxy resins can have glass transition temperatures above 400F˚, allowing them to retain their physical properties in high-temperature ranges. Once the liquid polymers in an epoxy resin solidify, the hardened piece becomes strong, resistant to chemical and thermal damage, and can withstand physical wear or impact.

Epoxy resin is advantageous due to its properties in its cured state. The material has the unique ability to fuse with carbon fibers to create an even stronger microstructure that showcases the advantages of both the epoxy and the fibers.

Carbon fibers are strong, lightweight, and fatigue-resistant fibers used to build composite materials. By combining carbon fibers with epoxies, manufacturers can create incredibly hard, durable materials that outperform both individual material types. Composites are a relatively new production material compared to materials like aluminum, iron, and steel, but there are many benefits to working with carbon fiber-strengthened composites that span a range of industries.

Carbon fibers resist fatigue, have low thermal expansion, and absorb or dampen vibrations. They are supplied in two forms that are suitable for creating composites. Carbon fiber tows are bundles of thousands of untwisted, continuous fibers that can be used directly in epoxies or converted into woven reinforcement materials like fabrics or tape.

Benefits of Epoxy Resins for Carbon Fiber

Epoxy resin and carbon fiber composites are uniquely strong and offer excellent performance in commercial and industrial applications. Some of the benefits of this material include:

  • Strength: Carbon fibers have high tensile strength but are prone to damage. Epoxy resins have low tensile strength, but their toughness and malleable properties protect the fibers from damage, creating an even stronger material.
  • Lightweight: The composite material has an excellent strength-to-weight ratio, surpassing even aluminum and titanium. As a result, manufacturers can produce lightweight parts that can be used in more energy-efficient vehicles and assemblies.
  • Flexibility: Despite its strength and durability, the composite is simultaneously very flexible. This means the material can withstand strong impact forces by absorbing the force. It also won’t develop spider cracks under impact or when the material is bent.
  • No shrinkage: Epoxy resins won’t shrink after curing. This extends the lifespan of composite parts and components used in harsh environments.
  • UV resistance: The composite material can withstand exposure to sunlight. It’s 100% UV resistant, so it can be used in long-term outdoor applications without the risk of wear or degradation.
  • Aesthetics: Epoxy resin and carbon fiber composites are transparent, which makes them an excellent choice for visible components and consumer-facing products.

Applications of Epoxy Resins with Carbon Fiber

The versatility of epoxy resin and carbon fiber composites makes them useful in a wide variety of applications and industries. At Copps Industries, we formulate epoxy resins for composite materials used across the following applications:

  • Aerospace
  • Aircraft and avionics
  • Automotive component construction and assembly
  • Boats and marine applications
  • Consumer goods
  • Construction
  • Corrosion-resistant parts for industrial and manufacturing equipment
  • Military and defense—DoT-approved epoxy resin systems
  • Oil and gas processing
  • Sporting goods and recreational products
  • Transportation

Choose Epoxy Resins with Carbon Fiber From Copps Industries

Since 1979, Copps Industries has been a leading provider of high-performance epoxy resins for use in civil engineering, adhesives, manufacturing, and more. Our company is ISO 9011:2015-certified as part of our commitment to excellent product quality. We produce resins for use in a wide variety of composite materials. 

If you’re ready to elevate your projects with the strength and resilience of carbon fiber and epoxy resins, contact us today to request a quote and start your order.

Recap: SAMPE Annual Conference and Exhibition 2024

As a professional society dedicated to providing information and resources, the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) is a valuable network for scientists, engineers, and researchers. The SAMPE Annual Conference and Exhibition brings together professionals from around the world to explore the latest advancements in materials and processing technology.

Copps Industries is excited to have participated in the SAMPE Annual Conference and Exhibition 2024, held in Long Beach, California, May 20-23. Featuring a variety of speakers, technical papers, educational sessions, and an expansive expo, the event is a place where groundbreaking ideas are exchanged. Here, we’re sharing some of the highlights and key takeaways from this year’s conference.

Keynote Address: Empowering the Materials and Process Community

An inspirational session at the conference was the keynote address, “Empowering the Materials and Process Community for Tomorrow’s Innovations,” by Stephen Heinz from the Composite Materials Division at Syensqo. Heinz discussed how industries reliant on composite materials have faced rapid disruption with the evolution of advanced air mobility and advances in technologies. He emphasized the need for materials and process professionals to innovate at the same pace to continue to advance the industry.

Themes of Advancement and Sustainability

The conference featured several sessions and panels reflecting key themes of advancement and sustainability. Some of those sessions included:

  • Advancing Composite Materials Technology, which emphasized the importance of collaboration between academia and industry to drive innovation in composite materials and prepare the next generation of engineers to continue this progress.
  • Sustainability and Circularity in the Advanced Materials Industry, which explored strategies for sustainability in the production and use of advanced materials and shared insights to help businesses integrate sustainable practices into their operations and product life cycles.
  • Sustainability and Applications of Advanced Materials, which looked at the various applications that contribute to sustainability, from lightweight composites that reduce fuel consumption to materials designed for renewable energy systems.

Another standout session was “Doing Business in Mexico,” where Dr. Yadira Gochi-Ponce highlighted Mexico’s leadership in advancing multifunctional materials and the country’s significant aerospace manufacturing contributions.

USDOE & SAMPE Co-Sponsored Workshop

One of the key conference highlights was a workshop on Advanced Materials for Hydrogen Infrastructure Technologies, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) and SAMPE. The workshop examined state-of-the-art advanced materials like fiber-reinforced composites. Participants left with a better understanding of current challenges and opportunities and potential strategies to reduce costs and improve performance.

Exhibit and Customer Engagement

The exhibition floor bustled with manufacturers and suppliers showcasing their latest products and innovations, offering organizations the opportunity to engage face-to-face with potential customers and partners. For participating companies like ours, the exhibit hall offered valuable opportunities to connect with customers and gain insights into market demands and emerging trends.

Connecting to Copps Industries Values

Copps Industries emphasizes many of the same themes highlighted at the SAMPE 2024 Annual Conference as part of our ongoing commitment to innovation and sustainability. This includes our dedication to advancing materials technology and exploring sustainable solutions for our customers and the community.

The SAMPE conference provided a platform for industry professionals to exchange ideas, explore innovations, and foster connections. From an inspiring keynote to engaging sessions on sustainability and advanced materials, the event showcased how the engineering community is addressing some of today’s most pressing challenges. At Copps Industries, our commitment to sustainability and cutting-edge innovation ensures we continue to meet the evolving needs of our customers in the materials industry.

Industry Insights: Why Dry Process May Be Your Best Composite Epoxy Solution

When it comes to composite manufacturing, you can choose from many materials and methods, each with unique advantages. Among the choices, two techniques stand out: the dry process and pre-impregnated (or pre-preg) process. Understanding the differences between the two will help you settle on the most effective way to bring your project to life.

Here, we’re comparing the dry process versus pre-preg to shed light on their characteristics and applications. From cost efficiency to customization to performance, you’ll learn that the dry process is often the best composite epoxy solution. 

What’s the difference? Dry Process vs. Pre-preg Solutions.

Dry process and pre-preg solutions are two common methods for applying epoxy resin to fabric substrates. Each method comes with its own characteristics and applications.

Dry Process

In the dry process, a raw carbon fiber tow or fabric is loaded into a mold and epoxy resin is used to saturate the substrate. The resin then cures, bonding the fibers together to create a solid composite structure.

Characteristics

  • Requires separate handling and application of resin and dry fibers
  • Offers flexibility and customization in material selection and layup techniques
  • Can reduce material waste and enhance performance
  • More cost-effective and compatible with automation compared to pre-preg solutions

Pre-preg Solutions

Pre-preg refers to a composite material where reinforcing fibers are pre-impregnated with a resin before use. This pre-impregnation is typically done by the manufacturer, who applies a precise amount of resin onto the fibers and then cures them to a partially cured state. The pre-preg materials are then stored in a freezer until they are ready to be used. When heated, the resin cures, bonding the fibers together to create a solid composite structure.

  • Characteristics:
    • Reinforcing fibers are already impregnated with resin, simplifying handling and processing
    • Requires freezer storage to prevent premature curing
    • Offers consistency in material properties and performance
    • Typically more expensive than the dry process due to additional processing and handling

Both dry process and pre-preg solutions have their advantages, and the choice between them depends on cost, production volume, and performance specifications. The dry process offers several benefits that make it the best choice for most applications:

  • Cost Efficiency:

The dry process involves lower material costs compared to pre-preg solutions. Pre-preg materials are often more expensive due to additional processing and handling.

  • Customization:

The dry process allows for easier and faster customization and flexibility in material and techniques. You can tailor the resin type, fiber orientation, and layering technique to meet specific requirements and optimize the finished product. 

  • Reduced Material Waste:

 With pre-preg solutions, unused or excess material can lead to waste due to limited shelf life, resin wasted in pattern cuts, and storage requirements. In dry processing, the fibers and resin are combined in the mold as needed, which reduces waste and limits your environmental impact.

  • Improved Handling and Storage:

Dry materials are easier to handle and store than pre-preg solutions, which require storage in freezers. This simplifies logistics and reduces the risk of material degradation during transportation or storage.

  • Faster Production Times:

Pre-preg solutions require additional processing steps and curing time, while dry processing offers faster cycle times and increased efficiency. The dry process allows you to streamline production without compromising quality.

Copps Industries Composite Epoxy Solutions

If you want to streamline your production processes, enhance product performance, and reduce costs, consider dry processing as the ideal composite epoxy solution. From cost-effectiveness and customization to enhanced performance, it offers benefits across a range of applications. 

Copps Industries offers a range of standard and custom epoxy resin systems designed to meet your needs. Whether you need assistance with formulation selection or a solution tailored specifically to your project, we’re here to help. Contact us to place your order or request a quote. 

5 Key Questions to Ask Your Supplier: How to Choose the Right Partner

When it comes to your business, the right partners can mean the difference between stagnation and success. But when faced with making a choice, distinguishing between a transactional supplier relationship and a transformational partnership can be a challenge. 

At Copps Industries, we understand the pivotal role of partnership in delivering long-term value. With a mindset of mutual success, we strive to redefine manufacturer-supplier collaboration. We believe that beyond providing high-quality products, the right partner should offer transparency, fill knowledge gaps with their expertise, and provide proactive support.

We’re breaking down five critical questions to ask when you’re evaluating potential supplier partnerships.

1. How do you approach product development?

When assessing a potential partner, it’s important to understand their approach to product development. Are they focused on pushing the products already in their portfolio, or are they willing to tailor solutions to your specific needs and requirements?

At Copps Industries, we pride ourselves on a solutions-oriented approach, working closely with our customers to develop customized solutions that deliver real value. Plus, we continually push for improvement and innovation by refining existing formulations and venturing into uncharted territories.

2. What level of involvement can we expect from your technical experts?

Access to technical expertise can be a game-changer when it comes to coping with complex challenges. Does your prospective partner have experts on staff who can fill knowledge gaps and provide insights? Are they available to you?

Copps Industries offers easy access to a diverse team of technical experts dedicated to empowering your success. And with the Virtual Copps’ Chemist, you get to harness our expertise in every aspect of product development, use, and delivery.

3. How do you handle situations where a solution is not immediately apparent?

In the face of uncertainty or ambiguity, a supplier should be able to adapt. Does your potential partner demonstrate a willingness to experiment, test hypotheses, and collaborate to find the right solution?

Copps Industries collaborates with customers, leveraging our collective expertise and resources to overcome any obstacle that appears in our path. We’re not deterred by a challenge; we thrive on working relentlessly for a solution.

4. How do you ensure the formulas provided meet our expectations?

Trust is the cornerstone of any good partnership. Does it appear you can rely on your partner to deliver formulas that meet your needs in terms of quality and performance? Or are they simply serving up the cheapest solution?

We set the standard for quality, working alongside our customers to pave the way for performance and reliability. You can depend on Copps Industries to deliver products that exceed your expectations.

5. What measures do you take to maintain confidentiality and protect our brand?

In today’s competitive landscape, confidentiality is non-negotiable when you’re seeking a private label supplier. Your partner should be committed to safeguarding your brand and protecting your reputation.

At Copps Industries, we supply both private label as well as direct to the industry. No matter how we partner with you, our mindset of mutual success means we become an extension of your team. We work with respect and discretion, taking every measure to work with integrity and maintain the confidentiality of your custom solutions.

Assessing Supplier Responses

As you evaluate potential partners, pay close attention to their responses to these questions. Here are three red flags to watch out for when assessing supplier responses:

  1. Lack of Transparency: If a supplier is vague in their responses, it may indicate a lack of transparency or a reluctance to engage in open communication. Beware of partners who won’t speak openly about their capabilities and processes or how they work through potential challenges.
  2. Limited Technical Expertise: A supplier who offers limited access to technical experts or is unwilling to share their expertise may not be equipped to provide the level of support you need. Make sure your partner is committed to providing help at every turn.
  3. Inflexibility: Partners who resist experimentation, testing, or exploring new solutions may hinder your ability to adapt and innovate. Look for signs of flexibility, openness to new ideas, and a willingness to collaborate on solutions that drive mutual success.

When you watch for these red flags, you can better assess the fit of potential suppliers and identify the right partner who will be invested in your success. Choose a supplier who listens to your needs, freely shares expertise, and demonstrates collaboration. Steer clear of those who signal they’ll operate on their own agenda.

Partnership is Paramount at Copps Industries

Selecting a supplier can be challenging. But with the right approach, choosing a partner can become a catalyst for growth and innovation. Prioritize partnerships built on trust, expertise, and shared success. As you make your assessment, remember that Copps Industries is dedicated to your success at every stage of your journey. Contact us today to learn more about Copps Industries and get started collaborating on a custom solution.

The Power of Epoxy Composites and Copps

Stronger yet lighter weight. More flexible yet more durable. Thermally insulated. Versatile. And chemical or corrosion-resistant on top of it all. If the part or component you need must be some, all, or even more of these, your best solution is an epoxy composite. 

If you need it fast and done to your exacting standards, the only solution is to partner with Copps.

Here, collaboration with our customers is king. Short lead times and fast turnarounds are to be expected. And access to our entire team, from service to formulation, to support after you have what you need – is guaranteed.  

And because we service a wide range of markets outside of the epoxy composites world, we’re able to connect you with different expert perspectives and new ideas. The kind other sources simply can’t provide.

Reinforcements: Putting it All Together

Your job, your product, your needs are unique. What’s not unique is the fact that epoxy resin alone typically doesn’t provide enough structural integrity to meet the reliability and durability you need.

We cater our epoxy development to create a low-density material with a high strength-to-weight ratio to meet the needs of diverse applications specifically with each of these types of reinforcements:

  • Carbon fiber
  • Fiberglass
  • Aramid
  • Natural fibers: jute, flax, and kenaf
  • Exotic fibers: boron, basalt
  • Particulate fillers: ceramic, silica, metal

Properties and Advantages of Different Reinforcements 

Each reinforcement material offers its own unique characteristics and benefits. The best material for your specific application depends on its intended use. Some of the most common properties reinforcements offer include:

  • Impact resistance
  • Stiffness
  • High strength-to-weight ratio

Not Just a Manufacturing Process. Your Process.

For every type of process, there’s a set of variables that come into play – as well as the desired outcome. That’s why we develop products not just for the process type, but for the individual customer variation within each process type. That’s what makes Copps unique.

Through customer collaboration, meticulous attention to detail and precision, we develop products for all of these processes:

  • Vacuum Bagging: An open molding technique (including Wet Bagging) that places mechanical pressure on a laminate during its cure cycle. Designed to achieve higher-than-normal properties of Hand Layup without the technical challenges of VIP.
  • Hand Layup: The simplest composite molding method available where fiber reinforcements are wet out by hand and manually positioned into a mold.
  • High-Pressure Resin Transfer Molding (HPRTM): Rapidly becoming popular in the automotive, industrial, and agricultural industries, this is a high-output process where dry reinforcement fabrics are placed into metal tooling inside of a high-tonnage hydraulic press. Resin is then injected under very high pressures for precise part geometry and repeatability. It can also be automated in a 5-step process.
  • Light Resin Transfer Molding (LRTM): A closed-mold process similar to resin transfer molding where both the A and B molds are made of composites. This technology is frequently applied in production of boats and water equipment but has infinite possibilities beyond, including car body elements, trailers, aircraft, and more.
  • Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding Process (VTRM): Another variation of RTM, this too is a closed-mold manufacturing process. Unlike LRTM, the top portion of a mold tool is replaced with a flexible vacuum bag, and vacuum only, no injection, is used to assist in resin flow. Currently most used in composite production where only one part of the laminate is visible.
  • Vacuum Infusion Process (VIP): A low production-level, closed-mold process with a single-sided tool that is loaded with dry fabrics. A flexible film is then used to apply full vacuum to the part and the resin is drawn into the reinforcement through the vacuum applied. Popular infusion resin types include epoxy, polyester, and vinyl ester.
  • Filament Winding: The process of winding resin-impregnated strands of fiber around a rotating mandrel to create a composite structure. Creates high-fiber loading with good directional strength for extremely strong composite products.
  • Pultrusion: A high throughput process for making straight solid shapes where dry fibers are dipped in resin and pulled through a heated metal die creating the part profile and curing in one step. Best suited for high-volume, single-direction reinforced products like rods, poles, trim, flat panels, and more.

Regardless of the method to suit your process, our quality control and testing are vital to ensure the final product will meet the required standards.

Markets Served by Our Epoxy Composites

Where in the real world will you find epoxy composite solutions from Copps? 

Virtually anywhere. By land, sea, and air (even above and beyond) Epoxy composites are used throughout nearly every industry. 

In the automotive sector, they help create vehicle parts for increased performance and weight reduction. Composites can be used to form structural components in the construction industry. The marine industry relies on them to manufacture boat hulls, decks, consoles, and hatches.  In aerospace, they’re a popular choice for aircraft components thanks to their lightweight nature and strength. Here are just some of the markets we’re currently serving:

  • Aerospace
  • Marine
  • Construction
  • DoD
  • Industrial
  • Motorsport
  • Automotive
  • Sports & Leisure

Exceeding Your Epoxy Composite Expectations

If you have an epoxy composite need or challenge, call on Copps Industries. We’ll create a solution you can have confidence in. Performance and reliability can’t be topped by the day-in and day-out experience you’ll have working with our team of experts. When you’re ready to get started on your next, best composite, contact us today.

The Virtual Copps’ Chemist: Why it Matters to Your Success

In an environment marked by constant change, many businesses grapple with ever-shifting market dynamics, technology, and rules and regulations. Keeping pace demands expertise beyond the reach of most—no one organization has all the knowledge and resources to navigate this terrain alone. That’s why it’s so important to seek out partners who complement your capabilities and are deeply invested in your success.

Enter Copps Industries’ Virtual Chemist, a concept that redefines manufacturer-supplier collaboration. Here, we’re exploring what the Virtual Chemist is and how this innovative resource can benefit you.

The Virtual Chemist Concept

The origin of the Virtual Copps’ Chemist lies in our commitment to customer success. From the start, we recognized that most manufacturers don’t have the technical expertise to specify their formulations. You might know what you want but not necessarily how to get there. That’s where our knowledgeable team steps in to lend their insights. Since 1979, we’ve been developing custom formulations that fit a wide range of customer needs.

To picture the Virtual Chemist in practice, imagine this scenario: a customer might approach us with an inquiry about how a specific formulation would endure the extreme conditions of the African desert. While we may not have experienced this particular climate, we are confident in the product’s resilience in scorching Arizona temperatures. So, we work from there and collaborate to arrive at a solution.

This is the essence of the Virtual Chemist. Rather than succumbing to uncertainty, we leverage the collective expertise between our team and our customers. Together, we explore and innovate, pooling our resources and knowledge to address the challenge at hand.

There are countless other scenarios where the Virtual Chemist demonstrates its value. From keeping up with the latest chemical regulations to analyzing shipping requirements, we advise on every aspect of product development, use, and delivery. We also believe that access to these insights shouldn’t require exorbitant fees; it should come bundled with your custom solutions. This approach underscores our attention to your needs and our pursuit to exceed your expectations.

Commitment to Customer Success

Why does the Virtual Chemist concept matter to your success? Because the role of a supplier should transcend simply providing goods. The right partner serves as an ally who offers insights, fills knowledge gaps, and provides proactive support.

Through the Virtual Chemist, Copps Industries:

  • Acts as an extension of your team. Our mindset of mutual success means that we work side-by-side with your team. With easy access to our staff and resources, you gain a partner equipped to navigate chemical and technical challenges, shipping intricacies, and evolving rules and regulations.
  • Bridges knowledge gaps. We bridge the knowledge gaps our customers and other partners may have by freely sharing our expertise. Through educational initiatives for your sales or tech team, like the Rock Crusher College available to our Aggregate & Mining customers and other knowledge-sharing, market-specific events, we ensure you’re empowered with information and insights.
  • Provides proactive support. We offer proactive support by staying ahead of market trends and regulation changes. This approach can transform your supplier relationship into a collaborative partnership that ensures you remain competitive and compliant.

Partnering with Copps Industries allows you to unlock the power of the Virtual Chemist at no additional cost. It’s all about recognizing that your supplier relationship is more than just transactional; it’s a strategic aspect of your success.

Partnership is Paramount at Copps Industries

The Virtual Copps’ Chemist is more than just a service—it’s a testament to our commitment to customer success. As a catalyst for collaboration, the Virtual Chemist allows you to harness our expertise, secure top-quality products, and gain a partner dedicated to moving your business forward.

As you assess your supplier relationships, look beyond the surface and evaluate the full spectrum of support they provide. The right partner makes all the difference as you navigate an increasingly challenging landscape. To learn more about Copps Industries and get started collaborating on a custom solution contact us today.

Innovation in Action: Copps Industries’ Commitment to Customer Solutions

In the ever-evolving landscape of industrial solutions, Copps Industries stands out for our dedication to innovation and customer-centricity. With a commitment to meeting unique customer needs, our team continually pushes the boundaries in product development.

Copps Chemicals

Copps Industries’ portfolio of products includes a range of solutions tailored to diverse industrial needs. From grouts to wearing compounds, each product reflects our commitment to quality, safety, and innovation. Many of these products have been developed in direct response to specific customer demands, emphasizing our agility and responsiveness to market needs.

One example is Copps XP-3000, a non-corrosive version of our ultimate crusher backing material, XP-2000. Designed to tackle the most challenging crushing conditions—ranging from gyratories to wet crushing environments—XP-3000 is a testament to our pursuit of excellence. Unlike its predecessors, XP-3000 is free from harmful substances like BGE1, VOCs, or Nonyl Phenol, giving it a DOT non-corrosive classification. 

The difference between DOT and non-DOT classification lies in transportation regulations and safety standards. Certain products must meet Department of Transportation regulations for the safe transport of hazardous materials. These regulations mandate specific packaging, labeling, and handling requirements. DOT non-corrosive products, like XP-3000, contain substances that don’t require compliance with DOT corrosive chemical regulations. This classification simplifies logistics, reduces shipping costs, and ensures safer handling throughout the supply chain, providing customers with added peace of mind and cost savings.

The development of XP-3000 emerged from our deep understanding of the broad spectrum of customer requirements. Conceived to address the urgent needs of clients facing unforeseen situations, its ability to be airfreighted provided a solution to pressing delivery demands. Our ability to anticipate and respond to unique customer needs is tied to our ethos of constant innovation and adaptability.

Beyond XP-3000, our family of DOT non-corrosive products include:

  • Non-Corrosive QFG epoxy grout (K-020): A DOT non-corrosive version of our REDBAC Quick-Fill Grout specifically formulated to address environmental, workplace safety, and shipping concerns.
  • Non-Corrosive Deep Pour 3CE epoxy grout (K-840): A DOT non-corrosive version of our standard Deep Pour 3CE Grout specifically designed for pours up to 8 feet.
  • Non-Corrosive Armor Plate-Ceramic wearing compound (K-046): A DOT non-corrosive version of our standard Armor Plate-Ceramic specifically designed to resist abrasive wear and corrosion in high wear areas.

 

These products have been formulated and reformulated to ensure top performance and top quality. Their DOT non-corrosive classification simplifies logistics, reduces costs, and serves as an example of our proactive approach to problem-solving. 

At Copps Industries, it’s not just about the product; it’s about the philosophy driving its creation. We continually explore avenues for improvement, whether it’s through refining existing formulations or venturing into uncharted territories.

Copps Industries is more than just a supplier of products; we stand at the forefront of innovation and product development. As industries evolve and needs emerge, we pledge to continue pushing boundaries and advancing industry standards. Get in touch today to learn more, or request a quote to get started on your order.

Diamond Clear Epoxy 101: Tabletop Epoxy vs. Casting Epoxy

Clear epoxies are commonly used for applications ranging from bars and tabletops to jewelry and crafts, enhancing protection and adding a glossy finish. But despite their popularity, it can be tough to determine the best epoxy type for your project.

The two most common types of epoxies are tabletop epoxies and casting epoxies. While the two are similar, they each have unique properties and ideal uses. Understanding the differences will help you choose the right solution for your project.

Let’s take a look at these two popular epoxies, starting with their different characteristics and applications.

Tabletop Epoxy vs. Casting Epoxy

Two of the most popular Diamond Clear Epoxy are tabletop epoxy and casting epoxy. The two share similarities but are different to work with and meant for different applications.

Tabletop Epoxy

As the name implies, tabletop epoxy is best for pouring over flat surfaces like tabletops, bars, counters, or resin art. It is a self-leveling epoxy meant for thin pours, typically 1/4″ thick or less. Pour thickness may vary depending on the application, but using tabletop epoxy for embedding thick objects requires multiple applications and several hours.

With its recommended 1:1 mixture ratio, tabletop epoxy is user-friendly for beginners and professionals. The main advantages of tabletop epoxy over casting epoxy include its higher viscosity and a faster cure time of 12-24 hours. 

Casting Epoxy

Also known as deep pour resin, casting epoxy is used for thick pours up to 2″. Casting epoxy is commonly used for river tables, embedding and encasing objects, jewelry, and more. It has a lower viscosity than tabletop epoxy and a slower cure rate of 24-36 hours.

The longer cure time of casting epoxy allows for a longer working time, but care must be taken to prevent dust and debris from settling into the resin. The typical mixture ratio for casting epoxies is 2:1, although some manufacturers offer variations with a 1:1 or 3:1 ratio.

Advantages of Diamond Clear Epoxy

  • Blush Resistance: Diamond Clear Epoxy does not blush or sweat even in high humidity conditions.
  • Yellowing Resistance: UV-absorbing additives prevent Diamond Clear Epoxy from yellowing, which significantly prolongs the life of the product.
  • Stabilizers: Our Diamond Clear Epoxy formulations incorporate stabilizers to meet commercial-grade performance expectations.
  • High-Gloss Transparency: The formula for Diamond Clear Epoxy cures with a high-gloss, transparent finish. This polished appearance can usually be achieved with three coats or less.
  • Simplified Mix Ratios: Simple mix ratios make Diamond Clear Epoxy easy to measure and mix. This reduces the risk of errors that may affect the finished product.
  • Tough Surface Protection: Formulated to tough industrial standards, Diamond Clear Epoxy creates indestructible surfaces for your project. It results in long-lasting, maintenance-free surface protection that resists scratching and distortion.
  • Wood Adhesion: Ideal for porous materials, Diamond Clear Epoxy protects surfaces while accentuating wood’s natural features.
  • DOT Non-Hazardous Formulations: Diamond Clear Epoxy complies with DOT non-hazardous formulations for safety and ease of shipping.

Remember, no matter which epoxy you choose for your project, it’s important to read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Mistakes can make a big impact on the aesthetics and performance of your finished product.

Diamond Clear Epoxy from Copps Industries

Copps Industries’ Diamond Clear Epoxy line of products was specially formulated with our customers’ unique range of projects in mind. These epoxies can help you create beautiful, clear finishes quickly and easily, whether you’re sealing a bar top, creating a river table, or adding gloss to crafts or jewelry. 

Our top two varieties of clear epoxy are Diamond Clear Epoxy Coat Tabletop and Diamond Clear Epoxy Casting. Our Diamond Clear Epoxies are self-leveling, primer-less, odorless, and always water-clear. They’re easy to apply using foam brushes, rollers, or squeegees.

To learn more about our line of Diamond Clear Epoxy, or to get started on your epoxy solution, contact us or request a quote today.