Enjoy the Ride with the NEW Rover Ride-On Floor Grinder from CPS

Why walk when you can ride? Runyon Surface Prep is proud to offer the newest equipment innovation from CPS at its Carmel and Rancho Cordova locations. Runyon Surface Prep is now accepting orders for The CPS Rover, a propane-fueled, ride-on concrete grinder with major power and incredible ease of use.

Years of experience in the industry led David Padgett, CEO of Concrete Polishing Solutions, to look for an equipment-based solution to employee exhaustion and labor costs that wouldn’t sacrifice the quality of the end product. The Rover was born.

“While Remote-Controlled grinders available on the market improve worker exhaustion, the disconnect between operator and grinder can lead to poor end results for the customer, as well as an increased chance of machine damage, because the operator can’t ‘feel’ the performance of the grinder,” explains Padgett. “The CPS Rover changes everything.”

The American-Made CPS Rover is a zero-turn, propane-fueled grinder with a 32” path, perfect for many applications. From the operator’s seat, there is clear visibility of all points on the machine. The precise hand-control and cordless operation makes The CPS Rover the ideal machine for jobs big or small. An onboard electric head lift makes for easy tooling changes and transport, while onboard electric generation allows for adjustable lighting. An on-board water sprayer allows for easy wet grinding.

Combined with CPS’ range of diamond tooling, available at Runyon Surface Prep in both Indiana and California, the CPS Rover delivers on power and quality while minimizing operator exhaustion, allowing contractors to save time and earn more. Runyon offers the full line of CPS products, including the G320D Propane floor grinder, metal bond and resin diamond tooling, spare parts and tool holder plates. Please let us know if you’re ever wanting for anything. We can even schedule one-on-one training or a demo of this new machine with our CPS rep and your crews. Contact us for more info!

The Time is Now to be OSHA-Ready for New Crystalline Silica Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica.

The new OSHA regulation, Respirable crystalline silica, Section 29 CFR 1926.1153, took effect on June 23, 2016. Industries have one to five years to comply with most requirements, based on the following schedule:

Construction – June 23, 2017, one year after the effective date.

General Industry and Maritime – June 23, 2018, two years after the effective date.

Employers who fully and properly implement the engineering controls, work practices and respiratory protections are not required to measure respirable silica exposures to verify levels at or below the PEL for workers.

For contractors, this means now is the time to make sure your equipment will comply.

OSHA Enforcement Table

(Fine information supplied from Contractor Supply Magazine)

About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces. This includes 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in brick manufacturing, foundries and hydraulic fracturing.

Who Is Affected?

Anyone working on a construction site who creates or is exposed to silica dust in the course of performing work, including, but not limited to:

  • Grinding
  • Drilling
  • Barrel mixing
  • Edging
  • Cutting block
  • Sweeping
  • Shot blasting
  • Hand Grinding
  • Scarifying
  • Drywall sanding
  • Demolition
  • Precasting
  • Bricklaying
  • Broom sweeping

Key Provisions of the New Crystalline Silica Rule

  • Reduces the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift.
  • Requires employers to use engineering controls (such as water or ventilation) to limit worker exposure to the PEL; provide respirators when engineering controls cannot adequately limit exposure; limit worker access to high exposure areas; develop a written exposure control plan, offer medical exams to highly exposed workers, and train workers on silica risks and how to limit exposures.
  • Provides medical exams to monitor highly exposed workers and gives them information about their lung health.
  • Provides flexibility to help employers — especially small businesses — protect workers from silica exposure.

New Exposure Limits

New Silica Exposure LimitsChanges to the Permissible Exposure Level (PEL) of respirable crystalline silica is 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air (50μg/m3) at an 8-hour, time-weighted average (TWA) under any foreseeable conditions. The Action Level (AL) is 25 ug/m3 (0.025 mg/m3). You are at risk if the dust you breathe during an eight-plus-hour shift contains more RCS than the accessible amount, which is much smaller than a penny. 

How to Choose a HEPA Vacuum

  • High quality HEPA filters that are tested and certified, with a rating of at least 99.99 at 0.3 micron
  • 25 CFM per blade is required for hand grinders
  • High CFM & Water Lift for proper matching to equipment
  • Must have a mechanical filter cleaning method that is contained and allows no dust to escape
  • Multi levels of filtration, including a cyclonic chamber, pre-filters, HEPA’s and pre-separators
  • Drop down bagging containment systems, no dust can or tray
  • Availability to attach tools for collection at the source
  • Wet and dry availability when needed

For an in-depth look at the new regulation, read our blog, The New Crystalline Silica Rule – Are You OSHA-Ready?

Runyon Surface Prep is a full service stocking distributor for all your concrete prep, polishing, decorative, repair, restoration and maintenance needs. We carry the full line of Ermator vacuums and pre-separators, as well as grinders, removal equipmentoverlay productscolor products, densifiersmixersdiamond toolingpolyasparticsjoint fillers and much more. You name it, we have it!

Contractors Get Big Advantage with Section 179: Fast Facts on How Buying Now Can Expand 2017 Business

Have you ever wished you could buy new equipment to grow your business and also help your bottom line? The Section 179 deduction allows for businesses to deduct the full amount of the purchase price of equipment up to $500,000, as long as the equipment is purchased before the end of December 31, 2016.

Fast Facts:

  • Section 179 is aimed at general business equipment. If you plan to use the equipment you are leasing, financing, or buying for business purposes in 2017, then it most likely qualifies for a Section 179 deduction.
  • Section 179 deductions are simple to handle. Simply buy, lease, or finance your equipment and fill out IRS form 4562.
  • Section 179 is a “Use- It-Or-Lose-It” write-off that ends on the 31st of December, so it makes sense to utilize the tax savings while you can.
  • Section179.org offers a calculator where you can estimate your savings on qualifying equipment.
  • The equipment you write off for Section 179 must be bought in the tax year in which you are claiming the deduction.

Reasons to Buy Now:

  • Expand your services in 2017 to offer coatings, decorative concrete and polished concrete by investing in the right equipment to do the job
  • CPS Grinders, burnishers, auto scrubbers, and vacs, including electric or propane versions, qualify for this deduction
  • CPS is offering incentives and special deals during the end of the year, so you can increase your savings even further on equipment.

Taking the Section 179 deduction is a straightforward way to invest in the future of your business while saving a bundle. Why not take advantage of the opportunity to grow your contracting business with CPS grinding and polishing equipment? Through December 31st, customers with qualifying equipment purchases through Runyon, a CPS distributor, will receive a $250 Amazon Gift Card AND a $250 credit towards CPS tooling.

Be sure to talk to your tax advisor to learn more.

To take advantage of this special offer, contact us here or for more information, download the PDF info sheet here.

Contractors Get Big Advantage with Section 179: Fast Facts on How Buying Now Can Expand 2017 Business

About Concrete Polishing Solutions

Concrete Polishing Solutions is the leader in providing equipment, tooling, chemicals, and training to contractors and distributors in the polished concrete flooring industry. CPS offers a full line of equipment, tooling, and chemicals for all of your polished concrete needs. From start to finish, CPS helps you save time and earn more. More information on Concrete Polishing Solutions can be found at our website www.go2cps.com.

Spartacote Applicator Inter Tech Offers Texas Motor Speedway High Performance Flooring Built to Last

The Texas Motor Speedway.

There’s a reason they call it the Great American Speedway.
Fastest mile and a half NASCAR track.
24-degree banks on the turns.
1500 acres for you and 190,000 of your closest friends.
Four Cowboy Stadiums fit inside the infield.
Home of Big Hoss TV – the world’s biggest high-def video board.

Everything about the place says “high performance.”

And just in time for NASCAR’s Triple-A Texas 500 Tripleheader Weekend, Texas Motor Speedway partnered with Austin-based Inter Tech Flooring, Laticrete Supercap and SPARTACOTE concrete coatings to bring a whole new, high-performance floor to the garage areas and technical inspection bays.

Inter Tech Flooring’s crew applied SPARTACOTE Resinous Coatings and moisture mitigation to give Texas Speedway participants over 22,000 square feet of Texas pride right inside the commercial garage bays.

It’s the commercial bay garage first floor of its kind at any NASCAR track. Beautiful. Tough. Durable. Professional-grade. Ready for action.

They’ve got a saying out there – No Limits. And with LATICRETE and SPARTACOTE, there’s no limit to flooring design possibilities, nor to what you can accomplish.

With over 40 high-performance cars being worked on, this vast, NASCAR garage will be chock-full of power tools, floor jacks, hot tires and hotter torches that leave abrasive dirt and debris everywhere. Add to that – grinders, solvents, engine fluids and cleaners, and your concrete floor better be ready for some serious punishment.

SPARTACOTE concrete coatings offer commercial-grade garage areas customizable colors and textures, excellent protection against abrasion and chemicals, and fast return to service. This concrete coating system is up to the NASCAR challenge. No Limits.

SPARTACOTE coatings also offer flexibility in line striping for safety areas. Designers required black and yellow zebra stripes for the NASCAR inspection bays, deep cherry red SPARTACOTE metallic coatings in the walkways, and over 90 feet of Texas-size Speedway logos embedded in those cherry-red spaces.

This floor design needs exacting measurements and precision equipment to make sure every line and stripe ends up straight and even.

On the walkways, a base coat of SPARTACOTE black goes down first over the concrete to guarantee an extra-rich, deep cherry metallic top coat.

The stripe design in the NASCAR inspection bay starts with the same solid black Spartacote base coat. A rich yellow mid-coat covers the black base. The end result captivates—right through the door and into the hall.

And to lock-in every stripe, sparkle and letter in place, the SPARTACOTE resinous flooring system is finished with a clear top coat, giving it a spectacular, rock-hard, slip-resistant finish that’s ready for anything the world’s top race car drivers and mechanics can throw at it.

Inter Tech Flooring, LATICRETE SuperCap and SPARTACOTE concrete coatings systems: teaming up to give you the “Official Garage Flooring System of Texas Motor Speedway.”

**This post was originally published on HP Spartacote’s blog**

Inter Tech Flooring
1106 Smith Rd # 100, Austin, TX 78721
Phone: 512-385-4574
info@intertechflooring.com

The New Crystalline Silica Rule – Are You OSHA-Ready?

As of June 23, 2016, a new OSHA regulation, Respirable crystalline silica, Section 29 CFR 1926.1153, is being implemented and enforced. This regulation builds upon the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s National Emphasis Program on Crystalline Silica, which has been in effect since January 24, 2008. In addition to updating Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs), it sets forth stricter regulations on the contractor, demanding greater dust collection on the job site. (Click here to review the new ruling).

The Problem: Hazardous airborne dust in the industrial and construction industries.

The Solution: Engineered dust control through vacuums, air scrubbers and point-of-origin accessories.

“Equipment manufacturers, contractors and regulatory boards all need to work together to make work areas safer,” says Fredrik Akermark, VP of Sales and Marketing for Ermator USA. “With new PEL ratings for the construction industry, we all need to be pro-active in dust control.”

Concrete & Masonry Dustless Tool Systems

Dust Suppression in the Work Place

Contractors in all industries are now compelled to outfit tools and machines with dust containment equipment such as shrouds and vacuums. Manufactures of equipment in the concrete, masonry and stone industry are incorporating dust suppression systems into their equipment. These measures:

  • Control airborne dust that is harmful to breathe
  • Reduce labor on dust clean-up as it settles
  • Protect workers at the job site
  • Increase safety of employees and customers if the building is open during construction work

Hazards of Concrete Dust

Crystalline silica is a basic component of soil, sand, granite and many other minerals. Quartz is the most common form of crystalline silica, as well as Cristobalite and tridymite. All three may become respirable sized particles when workers chip, cut, drill or grind objects that contain crystalline silica. Crystalline silica has been classified as a human lung carcinogen and silica exposure remains a serious threat to nearly two million U.S. workers, including more than 100,000 workers in high risk jobs such as abrasive blasting, foundry work, concrete, rock and stone cutting, coring and drilling, quarry work and tunneling. Exposure can increase the risk of developing silicosis, lung cancer, tuberculosis and other debilitating diseases. The respirable silica dust enters the lungs and causes the formation of scar tissue, thus reducing the lungs’ ability to take in oxygen. Public health experts estimate that 280 workers die each year from silicosis – and thousands more develop silicosis as a result of workplace exposures. There is no cure for silicosis.

Features to Look for When Selecting a Vacuum

  • High quality HEPA filters, that are tested and certified
  • Multi levels of filtration that includes pre filters and pre separators
  • Contained filter cleaning so as not to allow dust to escape when cleaning filters
  • Proper Cubic Feet/Minute (CFM) and water lift for the tool its being attached to
  • Accessory availability to install on the tool for collection at the source and floor tools for clean-up
  • Auto tool features so as soon as the tool starts the dust control is activated
  • Wet and dry availability when needed based on job site conditions
  • Control of dust when changing bags with drop down systems

Pullman Ermator Vacuum Line Dust Extraction Equipment

OSHA Recommendations

  • Replace crystalline silica materials with safer substitutes, whenever possible.
  • Provide engineering or administrative controls, where feasible, such as local exhaust ventilation, and blasting cabinets.
  • Installing dust collection systems on to machines or equipment that generates dus.t
  • Use all available work practices to control dust exposures, such as water sprays.
  • Wear only a N95 NIOSH certified respirator, if respirator protection is required. Do not alter the respirator. Do not wear a tight-fitting respirator with a beard or mustache that prevents a good seal between the respirator and the face.
  • Wear only a Type CE abrasive-blast supplied air respirator for abrasive blasting.
  • Wear disposable or washable work clothes and shower if facilities are available. Vacuum the dust from your clothes or change into clean clothing before leaving the work site.
  • Check filters hoses, shrouds and connectors when using dust control equipment to capture all particles from escaping.
  • Participate in training, exposure monitoring, and health screening and surveillance programs to monitor any adverse health effects caused by crystalline silica exposures.
  • Be aware of the operations and job tasks creating crystalline silica exposures in your workplace environment and know how to protect yourself.
  • Use water attached to equipment to control dust.
  • Be aware of the health hazards related to exposures to crystalline silica. Smoking adds to the lung damage caused by silica exposures.
  • Do not eat, drink, smoke, or apply cosmetics in areas where crystalline silica dust is present. Wash your hands and face outside of dusty areas before performing any of these activities.

Pullman Ermator for New OSHA Regulation Compliance

Conventional vacuums don’t collect the hazardous silica dust to pass the new OSHA standards. Ermator dust extractors, air scrubbers and point-of-origin accessories help you comply in meeting OSHA’s new regulations. Ermator vacuums feature tested and certified HEPA filters, the highest CFM and waterlift in their class, Longopac collection system and mechanical JetPulse filter cleaning.

Runyon Surface Prep is a full service stocking distributor for all your concrete prep, polishing, decorative, repair, restoration and maintenance needs. We carry the full line of Ermator vacuums and pre-separators, as well as grinders, removal equipment, overlay products, color products, densifiers, mixers, diamond tooling, polyaspartics, joint fillers and much more. You name it, we have it!

Win More Concrete Coatings Jobs with Runyon Surface Prep & HP Spartacote

HP Spartacote, one of Runyon Surface Prep’s most popular brands, is a high performance resinous system that offers unique design options for installers while creating a durable and resistant-finished polyaspartic floor. HP Spartacote protective concrete coatings also show superior levels of flexibility, adhesion, corrosion resistance and protection against chemical attack by using moisture cure coating chemistry and fast application times at a lower cost. Compared to traditional epoxy and urethane coating technology, HP Spartacote provides superior performance, achieved by the brand’s expert knowledge of coating chemistry and the ability to focus on customer’s needs.

 

SPARTACOTE® Installer Marketing Initiative

LATICRETE International, Inc., makers of HP Spartacote, recently announced the Spartacote® Installer Marketing Initiative, an exciting new program that offers concrete coatings installers marketing support designed to help win more concrete coatings jobs.

Installers who are:

  • trained Spartacote concrete coatings installers
  • LATICRETE Most Valued Partners (MVPs)
  • dedicated to building their business and their brand

can take advantage of this innovative program that offers your choice of eight different marketing tools to help grow your business:

1) Access to the Spartacote sample program

2) Personalized leave-behind brochures for both commercial and residential installers

3) Access to the Consumer’s Guide to Residential Garage Concrete Coatings FAQ’s

4) Worldwide web and social media promotion of installers’ high-profile Spartacote jobs

5) Lead generating software and support from Dodge Global

6) Web site audit and SEO best practices support from LATICRETE

7) Personalized print ads

8) Personalized trade show banners

Sign Up Today

Please contact your Runyon Surface Prep representative to sign up for the Spartacote® Installer Marketing Initiative. Learn more about this marketing program – watch an introductory video here.

Ameripolish® PCA – Drastically Reduces Crazing and More

This Penetrating Curing Agent is an impressive alternative to traditional cure and seal products.

Ameripolish PCA (Penetrating Curing Agent) chemically hardens and dust-proofs concrete for improved abrasion resistance without forming a coating. Recommended for new concrete pours, PCA adds initial water and stain repellency while retaining slab moisture for improved curing. PCA requires no UV light for dissipation and can be used with integrally colored concrete.

 

Penetrating Curing Agent Strengthens at Cure

  • Improves cure by retaining slab moisture
  • Drastically reduces crazing and map cracking
  • Highly penetrating, non-film forming – no need to grind or chemically remove layer to seal and burnish
  • Forms a hydrophobic barrier and increases stain repellency
  • Greatly improves abrasion resistance
  • Helps reduce efflorescence and minimizes dust for healthier indoor air quality
  • Replaces traditional cure and seal products on new concrete

Top 3 Reasons Traditional Cure and Seal Products Fail

  1. Crazing (map cracking) – due to early surface drying and slab shrinkage
  2. Scuffing – doesn’t penetrate and protect within the slab
  3. Yellowing – doesn’t have the stability to protect against UV light

How is PCA different from other curing agents? Older generation cure and seal products form a membrane at the surface of concrete to retain moisture for curing, which can result in a variety of flooring challenges:

  • Soft, porous surface leads to pitting, crazing and map cracking
  • Very low abrasion resistance shows forklifts or tire marks, scuffing and overall wear deterioration
  • Discoloration or “yellowing” of floor surface

In addition, topical cure and seals must be mechanically or chemically removed before grinding and/or polishing the new flooring surface. PCA actually soaks into the surface, leaving no topical residue.

How well does PCA work as a curing agent? PCA delivers proven results. A study by American Engineering Testing, Inc. performed on fresh concrete compares a non-treated control slab versus one treated with Ameripolish PCA. While the control slab is only able to retain 70% of its moisture in a 72-hour period, the surface using PCA keeps 93.6% in the same time-frame. Other findings:

  • PCA eliminated any crazing experienced by the control slab when subjected to high temperature and rapid air movement
  • PCA improves abrasion resistance
  • PCA retains 23.6% more moisture overall
  • PCA is an effective curing agent and finishing aid

Expanded Benefits of Ameripolish PCA

Other curing agents only retard moisture loss to varying degrees. In addition to moisture retention, PCA actually strengthens the concrete surface by improving abrasion resistance.

  • PCA has also been shown to be very effective at reducing surface defects, including crazing
  • PCA coverage rate is dramatically higher: 1,000 – 1,500 ft.2 per gallon, when applying product with microfiber mop
  • PCA has a lower than average cost per square foot than leading competitors
  • PCA is the best solution when grinding and polishing
  • PCA is the best solution when doing a seal and burnish application
  • PCA is better than traditional cure and seal products, regardless of the application

Harsh chemical strippers or aggressive metal bond abrasives are no longer needed to remove PCA – like traditional topical curing products.

What are the cost-benefits of using PCA as a curing agent? True film-forming curing agents always require removal prior to preparing the concrete further. Many dissipative cures may also require removal due to certain environmental requirements, such as UV exposure, to degrade the material. PCA does not need removal, saving labor and material costs.

Ameripolish & Runyon Surface Prep

Founded in 2005, Ameripolish revolutionized the concrete polishing industry by introducing solvent based, concrete penetrating dyes. Since then, the Ameripolish product development team has continued to unveil cutting edge technology to prep, strengthen, color, protect and maintain polished concrete floors. Runyon Surface Prep is proud to carry Ameripolish architectural concrete products.