Category Archive: Epoxy Coatings & Joint Filler

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.

Crusher Backing Solutions from Copps: Better for Equipment, Your People, and the Environment

In the dynamic, demanding world of aggregate and mining, there’s zero time for unplanned equipment downtime. When it hits, production halts. Profitability crashes. And jobs can be at stake.

To help minimize the ripple effects of downtime, on-site managers and engineers alike count on crusher backing solutions from Copps. For over 45 years we’ve established a proven track record – as well as a trust – that once our solutions disappear into critical parts of a machine, they do what we promise: help keep operations online, on time, and equipment operating efficiently for longer. For anything that needs crushing, under the most extreme conditions, anywhere in the world. And it’s with the world in mind that we develop our products. Not just for the job at hand today, but with long-term implications in mind for your people and the environment as well. In fact, Copps is the only company to date to offer non-corrosive versions of standard and high-performance crusher backing options. We don’t just lead this market in environmentally conscious solutions – we are the market.

Raising the Bar for Your Toughest Jobs

While some well-known, established companies choose only to offer one type of backing product, our experience, expertise, and chemistry tell us that different materials and machines require different solutions.

That’s why we formulate and offer both standard as well as premier, high-performance versions of our products, designed specifically for your toughest jobs. All as we continue to lead the way in our commitment to the environment by offering eco-conscious versions of our crusher backing solutions.

Standard Crusher Backing

Recommended for use in most (including severe) crushing applications. With uniform consistency, pourability, and cured toughness it offers elevated compressive strength, service temperature, and impact resistance. Does not contain VOCs, butyl glycidyl ether (BGE), or nonylphenol.

Non-Corrosive Standard Backing

A DOT non-corrosive version of our standard backing formulated to address environmental, workplace safety, and shipping concerns. It provides the same support or “backup” for manganese steel or alloy wear parts in cone and gyratory crushers as our traditional material, and is butyl glycidyl ether (BGE), VOC, and nonyl phenol free!

XP-2000 High-Performance Backing

The ultimate backing material for the toughest, most demanding crushing applications. Uniquely designed with extreme impact resistance, very low water absorption, and the ability to withstand hard or abrasive material and high-temperature crushing environments. Does not contain VOCs, butyl glycidyl ether (BGE), or nonylphenol.

XP-3000 High-Performance Non-Corrosive Backing

The DOT non-corrosive version of our current ultimate backing material. Designed to engage the most challenging crushing conditions: gyrators, primary crushing, wet crushing, and hard or excessively abrasive media. Does not contain BGE, VOCs, or nonylphenol. It offers exceptional heat, water, and shrinkage resistance.

What Crusher Backing Compounds Do For You

The stresses your equipment faces day in and day out, hour after hour, are immense. Our crusher backing compounds help protect it all from unnecessary damage and assist in long-term wear by filling the open cavities behind wear parts and supporting crushing wear surfaces. In doing so, our compounds help to minimize the effect of friction, vibration, and impact on the machinery during crushing operations. They offer a range of benefits for mining and aggregate operations including:

Extended Machinery Life
Applying crusher backing compounds on an appropriate maintenance schedule substantially extends the life of equipment and related components, minimizes downtime, and lowers replacement part costs.

Low Shrinkage
Using a properly formulated crusher backing compound engineered to manage shrinkage during the hardening or curing stage greatly reduces the risk of voids and misalignments between liners.

High Strength
Our compounds offer a higher level of compressive strength, a broader array of service temperatures, and higher impact and vibration resistance to improve component and machine efficiency and durability.

Gap Elimination
Eliminating wear liner gaps and smoothing alignment errors provides equipment with superior impact resistance compared to equipment not treated with a crusher backing compound.

Performance, Profitability, and More.

Across the US and around the world, mining companies today are coming under scrutiny. While keeping up performance and remaining profitable will always be job number one, mining leaders are being asked to do more than ever. Like enhancing commitments to the environment and making conscious efforts to improve workforce health and safety.

With the crusher backing solutions offered by Copps on-site and at the ready, you can do both.

To learn more about our crusher backing compounds or other epoxy-based solutions, contact us or request a quote.

Put the power and innovation of Copps Industries to work for you today. From our commitment to the environment and sustainability to our private label offerings and “virtual chemist” opportunities, we’re ready to help create better solutions for you.

What Innovation Looks Like: Epoxy Solutions and Copps Industries

As the lifeblood of progress in any industry, innovation propels business, drives growth and reshapes possibilities.

At Copps Industries, innovation is evident in the epoxy solutions we’ve developed for over 400 customers in 27 countries. But it’s also apparent in how we do business as well.

From everyday interactions to unique, private-label formulations, we invest time, expertise, and people power in the pursuit of better solutions for those we serve. To earn trust. And to always do what’s in the best interest of our customers, employees, and the environment.

3 Reasons “Why” Copps Industries

A reliable name in epoxies since 1979, today we’re among a select group of innovators capable of offering (and supporting) proven, economical, and uniquely formulated systems for markets including:

  • Aggregate/Mining
  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Adhesives
  • Electrical/Electronics
  • Composites / Carbon Fiber

1. We Can Be Your Virtual Chemist

When the ideal epoxy solution you need today isn’t already on our shelves – or not within your company’s capabilities to develop right now – count on Copps to be your “virtual chemist.”

It’s how we empower companies to explore the best solution possible – to zero in on what’s necessary and not just available – with zero additional upfront investment. What’s more, with Copps as your virtual chemist you don’t just get the formulation to meet a specific challenge. You get the power and expertise of our entire company, from top to bottom and start to finish, including:

  • Product development
  • Quality Control/Assurance
  • Custom Product Formulation Modules
  • Fully Equipped Testing and Analytical Laboratory
  • Environmentally Responsible Chemical Management
  • Complete Customer and Technical Service Support
  • Manufacturing, Packaging, and Labeling
  • Direct Shipping

2. The Power Of Private Label

The benefits of private labeling are well documented: key performance standards like customization, brand identity, and quality control to name just a few. 

But having evolved over the decades from a single product line manufacturer to one of the premier OEM and private label providers, the benefits of working with Copps go beyond just what gets put in the bottle, including:

  • No Research and Development Costs
  • No Fixed Costs
  • Regulatory and Environmental Compliance 
  • No Expensive Start-up Costs
  • No Manufacturing Costs
  • Export Shipping Compliance

Bottom line is, working with the Copps Private Label Program is a powerful tool that can improve your bottom line without risk. Because everything we can do for you is covered in the price of your product. 

Why? Because it’s how we do business. And because your success is our success. To get to our promise, our path includes:

INNOVATIVE MARKET-PROVEN PRODUCTS – Over 2,500 formulations immediately available as-is or readily modified to meet your requirements.

CUSTOM PRODUCT FORMULATIONS – Comprehensive in-house research, development, testing, and prototyping capabilities enable us to formulate products to your precise specifications. All with rapid turnaround.

A BETTER WAY TO GET TO MARKET – Whether you select from our large inventory of market-ready products or customize with our chemists, our turnkey program significantly shortens time to market and greatly increase your ROI.

A SOLUTION FOR EVERY SIZE – Whatever size your company is, whatever circumstances you’re operating under (i.e., downsizing, restructuring, or hampered by limited manufacturing or design capability) we’re the solution.

JUST WHAT YOU NEED – Our experts assess all aspects of your product(s) requirement. Product development, production parameters, specifications, packaging, and labeling details are all evaluated to ensure regulatory compliance. And market success.

TOTAL CONFIDENTIALITY – Backed by our proven track record for compliance, maintenance, and performance around the world. All pertinent documentation and product furnished by Copps is controlled by our state-of-the-art ERP computer software system.

The only question left to ask is simple: What is it costing your company to not private label with Copps?

3. A True Commitment To The Environment

The epoxy solutions we formulate for our customers don’t just have to perform on the job to our exacting standards. They must meet our sustainability standards for the health and well-being of our customers, our people, and the planet we share.

  • NO Corrosives
  • DOT Non-Corrosive
  • Non-corrosive = Improved User Safety
  • Easy Shipping Paperwork
  • Readily UPS shippable
  • Air Shipments
  • Reduced Shipping Costs
  • Warehouse Storage with No Corrosive Fees
  • Eliminates hazardous materials storage / warehouse regulations / improves worker safety

From the removal of all flammables and chlorinated solvents in our plant, to re-formulating core products replacing known or suspected toxic ingredients, to the continual upgrading of our packaging – we stand on the promise to always evaluate new information and seek better solutions.  We never had to “become” environmentally conscious. We started out that way.

Your Success Is Our Success

As a company, we’re guided by the commitments we keep – to those we work with as well as where we live. Our goal at the beginning of every relationship is to provide the type of experience other companies can’t (or aren’t willing) to deliver. 

Innovation. It’s well-documented in the better epoxy solutions we create to meet the highest performance standards in the evolving industries we serve. It’s also in how we create those solutions, and how we operate day in and day out with the people we serve. 

Are you ready to put the power of innovation and private labeling with Copps to work for you? Connect with us today.

What Are Epoxy Composites?

Epoxy composites are versatile materials that combine durability and strength. Their unique characteristics have made them essential to a wide range of demanding industry-diverse applications. In this comprehensive guide, we will discuss what epoxy resins are, how they are made, their various applications, and key advantages and challenges you should be aware of.

Understanding Epoxy Resin

The most crucial component of any epoxy composite is epoxy resin. Epoxy resins are thermosetting polymers that are formulated by combining epoxide monomers with a curing agent. The resulting material will irreversibly harden when exposed to heat. Epoxy resins are known for their exceptional adhesive properties, chemical and moisture resistance, and mechanical strength.

Reinforcements in Epoxy Composites

In an epoxy composite, a polymer material is combined with fibers or other fillers to create a low-density material with a high strength-to-weight ratio. To meet the needs of diverse applications, there are many types of reinforcement materials that can be used.

Types of Reinforcements

Since epoxy resin alone typically doesn’t provide enough structural integrity, many different materials can be added as a reinforcement. Some of the most commonly used reinforcements include:

  • Carbon fiber
  • Fiberglass
  • Kevlar
  • Natural fibers: jute, flax, and kenaf
  • Exotic fibers: boron
  • 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 a given application depends on its intended use. Some of the most common properties reinforcements offer include:

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

Manufacturing Process

Creating epoxy composite systems is a process that requires meticulous attention to detail and precision. While there are multiple manufacturing methods that can be used, the most common techniques include:

  • Vacuum bagging: An open molding technique that places mechanical pressure on a laminate during its cure cycle.
  • Hand layup: Fiber reinforcements are wet out by hand and manually positioned into a mold.
  • High-pressure resin transfer molding: An automated process that involves creating a preform, preform layup, closing the mold, injection, and finally curing.

No matter which method is used, quality control and testing are vital to ensure the final product will meet the required standards.

Applications of Epoxy Composites

Epoxy composites are used throughout virtually every industry. In aerospace, they are a popular choice for aircraft components due to their lightweight nature and strength. In the automotive sector, they are used to create vehicle parts, while the marine industry relies on them to manufacture boat hulls.

Since epoxy composites are durable and strong, they can be used to form structural components for the construction industry. They are also used to create sports and recreational equipment, such as tennis rackets and bicycles.

Advantages of Epoxy Composites

There are many significant advantages to using epoxy composites. In applications where minimizing weight is important, their excellent strength-to-weight ratio makes them ideal. They are also known for their corrosion resistance, design flexibility, and durability.

In addition, epoxy composites provide various environmental benefits. For example, since they can make very lightweight components, they can reduce fuel consumption during transportation.

Challenges and Limitations

Despite their many advantages, there are certain limitations to epoxy composites. For example, they can be challenging to recycle or dispose of since they are made from a fusion of various materials. Other challenges include cost limitations, health and safety concerns, and the complexities involved in the manufacturing processes.

Learn More About Epoxy Composites

Epoxy composites are lightweight yet high-strength materials that are easily customizable to achieve desired performance capabilities. Due to their many advantages, epoxy composites are used throughout virtually every industry. If you’d like to learn more about these versatile materials, visit our epoxy composite systems webpage. To get started on your next project, contact us or request a quote today.

What Are the Applications of an Abrasion Resistant Coating?

An abrasion-resistant coating safeguards components and surfaces from wear caused by abrasive environments. Various applications depend on abrasion-resistant coatings, including mission-critical aerospace equipment, road vehicles, and heavy manufacturing machinery. Here, we will highlight the specific applications of abrasion-resistant coatings and their various advantages.

Applications of Abrasion-Resistant Coatings

Abrasion-resistant coatings are applied in various applications to prevent wear and tear. Common applications include:

Manufacturing and Industrial Equipment

Industrial machines and equipment are subject to friction and abrasive materials that can cause continuous wear. Abrasion-resistant coatings can be applied to polymer, concrete, and metal surfaces to protect them from abrasion caused by impact, sliding contact, and moving parts. This will help to extend the lifespan of equipment while ensuring smooth operation. Specific machinery and equipment that benefit from abrasion-resistant coatings include:

  • Pump components
  • Chutes and hoppers
  • Agitators and mixers
  • Rollers, gears, and bearings
  • Conveyor belts and pulleys

Automotive and Transportation

Vehicles and transportation systems are continuously exposed to sources of abrasion, including road debris, car washes, and harsh environmental conditions. With adequate protection, these elements can lead to paint scratches and other types of surface damage. By applying an abrasion-resistant coating, you add an extra layer of protection to preserve the appearance and value of the vehicle. Automotive applications for abrasion-resistant coatings include:

  • Railway carriages
  • Off-road vehicle components
  • Aircraft landing gear
  • Truck bed liners
  • Automotive body panels
  • Cargo holds

Construction and Infrastructure

Infrastructure such as highways, parking garages, and bridges, are subject to wear from environmental factors, mechanical stress, heavy foot traffic, and chemical exposure. Abrasion-resistant coatings serve as a protective barrier to prevent cracks, erosion, and surface degradation in concrete surfaces and prolong their lifespan. Common applications include:

  • Concrete floors and road surfaces
  • Pipeline coatings
  • Tunnels and underground structures
  • Bridge decks and expansion joints
  • Stadium seating and walkways

Tools and Protective Equipment

Tools, protective clothing, helmets, gloves, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) often incorporate abrasion-resistant coatings to improve protection and equipment lifespan. Specific applications include:

  • Helmets and headgear
  • Gloves and hand protection
  • Power tool components
  • Cutting blades and drill bits
  • Work boots and footwear

Recreation and Sporting Goods

Abrasion-resistant coatings offer numerous advantages to recreation equipment and sporting goods that are regularly exposed to impact, weathering, and other abrasive forces. These coatings can be applied to:

  • Outdoor gear
  • Gloves
  • Footwear
  • Padding
  • Helmets

Oil and Gas

Equipment and components used throughout the oil and gas industry are subject to constant exposure to chemicals, abrasive materials, and harsh environmental conditions. Abrasion-resistant coatings can protect against wear and corrosion to ensure the longevity and integrity of:

  • Pipes and pipelines
  • Offshore platforms and rigs
  • Boat decks and pontoons
  • Ship hulls and marine vessels

Mining and Quarrying

Equipment and machinery used in the mining industry are regularly subjected to abrasive environments. By applying an abrasion-resistant coating, you can protect these components from wear to increase the longevity and efficiency of the equipment while minimizing downtime. These coatings can be applied to the following types of mining and quarrying equipment:

  • Crushers
  • Mills
  • Screens
  • Mining machinery

Benefits of Applying Abrasion Resistant Coating in Specific Applications

Abrasion-resistant coatings offer several benefits, including:

  • Enhanced Durability and Longevity. Abrasion-resistant coatings offer valuable shielding from wear, scuffs, and scratches, improving the durability of components and surfaces. The added durability protects equipment integrity and reduces the risk of premature failure, decreasing downtime and increasing longevity.
  • Improved Performance and Efficiency. Abrasion-resistant coatings can reduce downtime and maintenance costs by decreasing the need for equipment repairs. They can also minimize friction, which enhances energy efficiency, optimizes performance, and ensures smooth operation.
  • Increased Safety and Reliability. Abrasion-resistant coatings protect the surface of equipment and structures to improve reliability and safety.
  • Cost Savings and Return on Investment (ROI). Investing in abrasion-resistant coatings can result in significant cost savings over the long haul. By extending equipment lifespan and reducing the need for replacements or repairs, these coatings save both time and money.

Abrasion Resistant Coatings From Copps Industries

Industries in abrasive environments depend on abrasion-resistant coatings to enhance the durability, safety, and cost-effectiveness of machinery, structures, and components. From automotive and construction to mining and manufacturing, these coatings play a critical role in extending equipment lifespan and optimizing performance.

At Copps Industries, we offer best-in-class abrasion-resistant coating solutions to meet even the most demanding challenges. Our products are designed to help your components reach their full lifespan and deliver the best possible performance. For more information about our abrasion-resistant coatings, request a quote or contact us today.

UV-Resistant Epoxy for Craft Products

UV-Resistant Epoxy for Craft Products

Epoxy-based coatings have been an economical choice for facility owners and designers. As a versatile coating solution, epoxies provide an aesthetic appeal, durability, chemical resistance, and surface protection from corrosion for many applications. While epoxies can be an ideal solution for surface coating, they are prone to breaking down due to exposure to light, especially ultraviolet (UV) light.

Copps Industries has been delivering epoxy resin solutions since 1979. We serve a variety of industries and applications with solutions for complex and demanding applications and harsh environments. Our custom formulations, depth of experience, and extensive portfolio allow us to deliver solutions that meet your expectations. This blog will answer the question, “Is epoxy UV resistant?” We will explore methods to protect epoxies from UV light and the benefits of using epoxies to help you determine if UV-resistant epoxy is ideal for your application.

How Does UV Light Affect Cured Epoxy?

When epoxy resin is exposed to UV light, it undergoes a process called photodegradation. The energy from the UV radiation breaks down the cured epoxy, which causes it to become weaker, discolored, and brittle.

One of the primary effects of UV exposure on cured epoxy is a reduction in its clarity and glossiness. Over time, the epoxy may start to appear cloudy, hazy, or yellowed. This is often called “ambering,” and it can be particularly noticeable on light-colored or transparent surfaces.

In addition to reducing the visual appeal of epoxy, UV exposure can also weaken its physical properties. The cured epoxy may become chalky or powdery, indicating that it has lost some of its strength. This can make it more prone to cracking, peeling, or flaking, especially if it is subjected to mechanical stress or environmental factors like moisture and temperature changes.

Prolonged exposure to UV radiation can cause irreversible damage to cured epoxy, leading to structural failure and other issues. To prevent this, it’s important to take steps to protect epoxy surfaces from UV light, such as using a UV-resistant topcoat or keeping the epoxy out of direct sunlight whenever possible.

How Can Epoxy Be Made UV Resistant?

As epoxies are not naturally UV resistant, manufacturers commonly add UV-absorbing additives to the epoxy formulation. These additives work by absorbing the UV radiation before it can penetrate and degrade the epoxy resin and hardener. By incorporating these additives, epoxy can withstand exposure to UV light for longer periods without showing significant degradation.

Another way to protect epoxy surfaces from UV damage is to use a UV-stable topcoat. This coating can be applied over the cured epoxy to act as a barrier between the epoxy and the UV radiation. The topcoat should be designed specifically for use with epoxy and should be rated for outdoor use if the surface will be exposed to direct sunlight.

The duration of UV protection for epoxy depends on the type and quality of the UV-resistant coating used, and factors such as UV exposure, climate, and coating quality can further affect the duration of protection. Regularly applying maintenance coats of UV-resistant varnish is important, with the frequency depending on the level of UV exposure and coating quality. Reapplication every one to three years, or as needed, is recommended for optimal protection.

In addition to using a UV-resistant coating or adding UV-absorbing additives to the epoxy formulation, there are other ways to protect epoxy surfaces from UV damage. For example, keeping the epoxy out of direct sunlight and using shading devices, such as awnings or umbrellas, can significantly reduce UV exposure. Regular cleaning and maintenance of the surface can also help to prolong its lifespan and protect it from UV damage.

Protecting epoxy from UV damage is essential to ensure its longevity and maintain its appearance. By choosing a UV-resistant coating or adding UV-absorbing additives to the epoxy formulation, and taking appropriate measures to minimize UV exposure, it is possible to protect epoxy surfaces from UV damage and extend their lifespan.

Advantages of Using Epoxy

While traditional epoxy is not UV resistant on its own, epoxy resins provide the following advantages:

  • Durable: Epoxy resins offer good stability and durability, offering weather and chemical resistance.
  • Easy to Apply: Epoxy resins can be applied quickly using a relatively simple process.
  • Gap Filling: Epoxies can fill surface gaps to provide a smooth finish.
  • High Strength: Epoxy resins provide a fast and strong adhesive bond to various surfaces and deliver long-term resilience and hardness.
  • Versatile: Epoxy resins can be used in almost any surface coating application and can be a substitute for various other materials.
  • Shrink Resistant: Epoxies are not prone to shrinkage and will not become loose once they settle properly with less than a 1% probability of shrinkage.
  • Thermosetting: Once fully cured, epoxy resins will maintain their solid state and remain unaffected by high temperatures, without any melting or softening.
  • Underwater: Epoxy resins are waterproof and can be used for underwater construction.

Countertop & Crafting Epoxy Resin From Copps

Epoxy resins are a preferred surface coating material for residential and commercial applications. They offer a variety of benefits, including strength, resistance to water and high temperatures, and extreme versatility. Traditional epoxies can degrade under prolonged UV light exposure and require additives or coatings to inhibit permanent photodegradation from UV light.

Copps UV-resistant countertop and crafting epoxy is easy to use and ideal for every user, from beginners to advanced artisans. Our UV-resistant craft epoxy comes in a simple, two-part system. Its self-leveling properties make it easy for users to get a perfect finish the first time. It hardens to a glass-like, crystal-clear finish to deliver lasting beauty to any countertop or crafting project. Copps has a variety of new epoxy systems with UV protection for every application. Contact us or request a quote for your UV-resistant epoxy solution.

A Guide to Industrial Concrete Flooring: Epoxy Coatings & Joint Filler

Epoxy coatings are used to create attractive flooring that is highly durable and can stand up to high levels of impact and abrasion. They are produced using a combination of polymer resins and hardeners to result in a chemical bond with the concrete. There are many types of epoxy coatings, including a wide array of colors and decorative options, and they can frequently be combined with other resinous commercial floor coatings.

Floors in industrial environments typically experience heavy loads and significant wear, making it essential that they are made to be as durable as possible. With the many types of industrial floor coatings available, understanding which type is the best choice for your facility can be challenging. This blog post will discuss epoxy concrete coatings and joint fillers and their most suitable applications.

Epoxy Concrete Coating

The right epoxy flooring benefits industrial spaces in several ways. It reduces time spent on repairs and cleaning and facilitates a more effective workspace. Some further benefits of epoxy concrete flooring include:

  • Enhanced durability: Epoxy coatings stand up to heavy traffic much better than floor paint.
  • Easy to clean: Resistant to spill stains, floors coated in epoxy are easily kept looking new and clean.
  • Versatility: Can be used in both residential and commercial environments.
  • Visually appealing: Vibrant, unique designs can be created and customized.
  • Quick installation: Little downtime is required due to installation ease and quick drying time.

In comparison to traditional floor paint, epoxy concrete coatings are over ten times greater in thickness and only require 24 hours to dry completely. The thickness of these coatings adds to their durability and enables them to easily smooth over cracks and indentations. Epoxy can be used to repair most concrete floor issues, but it’s always best to fix any chips or cracks with high-quality concrete as soon as they are noticed.

Epoxy flooring delivers not only a polished and neat appearance but also may provide additional safety for workers due to its slip and skid resistance depending on the surface texture chosen. In many situations, the right type of industrial epoxy floor coating can prevent accidents from happening and reduce certain safety concerns.

Joint Fillers

Industrial settings can incur a lot of wear on floors, making it common for cracks or chips to occur. When these situations happen, it is essential that they are quickly repaired using high-quality, reliable products. Doing so can not only prolong the life of your floors, but also ensure a safe working environment.

Control joints cut in concrete are designed to control the normal cracking of concrete as it cures. Joint fillers can be used to repair minor issues and prevent them from worsening. Using a joint filler made from epoxy or polyurea supports joint edges and prevents their deterioration as well as concrete spalling. Copps Industries manufactures several varieties of joint fillers that meet the needs of diverse industries. Our products are designed to fill these control joints and protect the joint from deterioration.

Copps Industries has a variety of joint filler products for different environments. They include:

  • FlexFill 60 Joint Filler (K-057):Highly durable, this joint filler is designed for saw-cut control and contraction joints. It bonds well with most construction materials.
  • FlexFill 80 Joint Filler (K-554):This two-component, rapid-setting solution prevents water penetration and prevents contamination. It is designed to prevent edge deterioration and support joint edges.
  • FlexFill 90 Joint Filler (K-560): Designed to reduce joint filler sinks, saving time and money, this product bonds tightly to concrete joints. It prevents the penetration of contaminants and water.

Industries: Epoxy Coatings & Joint Fillers

At Copps Industries, we understand the needs of diverse industrial environments. Businesses vary in their working environments and the specific conditions their floors are exposed to; for that reason, we’ve designed a product line that addresses these varied needs. Our products restore floors back to safe conditions in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Chemical processing
  • Food and beverages
  • Power generation
  • Pulp and paper
  • Tool and die

No matter what demands are placed on your flooring, our products will extend their lifespan and provide added safety for your working environment.

Industrial Flooring Protection and Repair Solutions from Copps Industries

Flooring in industrial environments needs to withstand heavy loads and other challenges such as chemicals and abrasions. In these situations, it’s important for worker safety that cracks and imperfections are quickly repaired. Epoxy concrete coatings and joint fillers are high-performing solutions ideally suited to these applications.

For over 40 years, Copps Industries has been a trusted formulator of epoxy resins. Our extensive selection of industrial concrete floor coatings and overlays meet the needs of even the most challenging flooring environments. To learn more about our products, contact us. When you’re ready to have our experts create a personalized solution for your floors, request a quote.