PolyGroup Inc. offers bio-solvent solutions for use in the manufacture of Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) composites and resinous coatings.

Our bio-solvents derived from renewable resources can provide high performance substitution for acetone, toluene, xylene, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) xylene, methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK), methylene chloride, N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP), methyl n-propyl ketone (MPK), mineral spirits and other hazardous petroleum-based solvents. The main ingredient in most Vertec Bio® blended products is ethyl lactate, an ester solvent derived from corn or sugar beets having excellent solvating ability for many resins, pigments, gums, soils, greases, etc.  Performance is further enhanced by the addition of co-solvents and/or other proprietary ingredients.  As cleaning solvents, they are very effective at removing a wide variety of resinous materials.  As a formulating ingredient, ethyl lactate and its blends provide high solvating capacity, thus enabling production of concentrated or high-solids product formulations.

Safety and Environmental Benefits of VertecBio™ Bio-Solvents

• Safer for human exposure and non-carcinogenic
• No environmentally hazardous ingredients and 100% biodegradable
• No film residue and moderate dry time
• Does not promote corrosion or pitting of metals
• Low vapor pressure (slower rate of evaporation)
• Reduces state regulated/reported emissions
• Opportunity for hazardous waste reduction
• Recyclable with separation of solids
• No ozone depleting chemicals (ODC)
• No hazardous air pollutant (HAP)
• Not SARA 313 reportable
• Non-hazardous under Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
• No California Proposition 65 listed ingredients
• No global warming compounds
• Ships “Non-Regulated” under Department of Transportation (DOT) Guidelines
• Patented formulations
• Sweet and pleasant fragrance

Economics

Many of the most hazardous petroleum-based solvents are often less expensive to purchase compared to eco-friendly bio-solvents.  However, their actual total cost of use in a manufacturing environment is often overlooked.  Volatile petroleum-based solvents often require high loading to overcome losses due to rapid evaporation.  VertecBio™ high cleaning performance bio-solvents exhibits lower volatility and slower evaporation rates resulting in significantly reduced usage.  In addition, our bio-solvents can substantially reduce expenses associated with specialized shipping, handling and storage.  VertecBio™ may be shipped by ground transportation as a DOT (Department of Transportation) non-hazardous liquid.  No specialized hazardous liquid storage complications, reduced spill containment concerns, no carbon fees, and no HAZMAT (HAZardous MATerial) removal fees associated with the bio-solvent.  VertecBio™ bio-solvents can also be easily and inexpensively recycled for reuse.

VertecBio™ FRP

VertecBio™ FRP cleaning and thinning bio-solvent based product has been specifically designed to replace acetone, toluene, xylene, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) xylene, methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK), methylene chloride, N-Methyl Pyrollidone (NMP), methyl n-propyl ketone (MPK), mineral spirits and other hazardous petroleum-based solvents used in Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) composites production and laboratory environments.  It is a highly effective solvent for uncured resins such as unsaturated polyester, vinyl esters, polyurethanes and epoxies.  VertecBio™ FRP is free from environmentally hazardous ingredients, completely biodegradable with 100% of the solvent converting to carbon dioxide and water, safer for human exposure and non-carcinogenic.

Vertec Bio™ FRP patented co-blend formulation is a highly effective at stripping and cleaning industrial mixers, eliminating contaminates on chrome rolls and nip rollers, flushing feed pipes and hoses, cleaning gelled spray tips and nozzles, and removing resin, polymer and gel from rollers, brushes, laboratory instruments, hand tools and other equipment.  Our lower volatility and no-HAP (Hazardous Air Pollutant) bio-solvents provide a clean and film free surface.  VertecBio™ is an EPA approved Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) solvent.  Refer to https://www.epa.gov/snap for more information.

VertecBio™ FRP bio-solvent is a proven to work effectively in the most demanding of laboratory and production environments.  No more trial and error or disappointments with exaggerated claims; it just works.

VertecBio™ FRP Best Applications

• Cleaning unsaturated polyesters, vinyl esters, polyurethanes and epoxies
• High performance alternative to hazardous petroleum-based solvents

VertecBio™ Elsol KTR1

Vertec Bio™ Elsol KTR1 blending and thinning solvent has been specifically designed to replace methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) and other hazardous petroleum-based solvents often used in resinous coatings production and laboratory environments.  It is a highly effective solvent for resins such as epoxy, polyurea, polyurethane and other liquid flow coating materials.  Vertec Bio™ Elsol KTR1 is free from environmentally hazardous ingredients, completely biodegradable, safer for human exposure and non-carcinogenic.

Vertec Bio™ Elsol KTR1 patented co-blend formulation is highly effective as a blending or thinning solvent exhibiting 20 – 30% greater efficiency in viscosity reduction compared to MEK.  This allows for high solids loading capacity with reduced solvent usage while maintaining excellent flow characteristics.  Vertec Bio™ Elsol KTR1 also has a slower rate of evaporation and dry time for increased time to apply coatings.  It can also be used as a more effective stripping and cleaning solvent to remove coatings resins from mixers, application rollers, brushes, laboratory instruments, hand tools and other equipment.  Our lower volatility and no-HAP (Hazardous Air Pollutant) bio-solvents provide a clean and residue free surface.  Also visit our FloorGrain® page to view our professional grade slip resistance microparticle additives for use in your coating formulations.

VertecBio™ Elsol KTR1 Best Applications

• Blending and thinning coating resin
• Stripping and cleaning of coating resins

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