25 Jan Carbofen is a Vinsol Resin Substitute
Given the increasing demand for natural resins in the global market as companies focus more on their green footprint and allied with the decrease in the supply of Vinsol, Polytrade offers its line of Carbofen products as a substitute and extender for the Vinsol resins.
A Quick Overview
After opening a new office in Miami, FL, USA at the end of 2017, the year of 2018 was full of victories. Our company closed a deal for blending and distribution services with 2 American companies in order to better service our clients in the North American market. In addition, Polytrade secured a business partnership with a couple of international logistics companies to improve our lead and delivery times. Notwithstanding, we make sure that Polytrade has an inventory buffer at all times and that Carbofen and Respin are available for immediate freight and sea shipping.
The year of 2019 was focused on research and development to address client pains and enhance customer satisfaction. Polytrade’s different departments worked together to collect qualitative data, brainstorm different solutions and test new ideas. After much hard work, we are proud to announce that in 2020 not only one, but two new products have been added to the Carbofen family.
The Applications of the New and Improved Carbofen Line of Products
Our Carbofen line of natural resins has successfully grown from 4 to 6 products. Once consisting of Carbofen 6060, Carbofen 5055, Carbofen NCX, and Carbofen 5770, these materials are now complemented by Carbofen Gold and Carbofen-X. All of the Carbofen products act as Vinsol Resin replacements in a variety of applications and industries, such as:
- Air-entraining agent and plasticizer for concrete and mortar in wet and dry systems,
- Anionic bitumen emulsifying agent for slow setting (SS-1 and SS-1H) emulsions for road pavement rejuvenation, slurry seal and roofing applications,
- Tackifiers for the gasket sealant and adhesive industry,
- Flexographic inks and coatings,
- Foundry coatings, varnishes and inks,
- Binder in paperboard and composition board.
Comparing the Vinsol and Carbofen Line of Products Side by Side
As you can see from the list above, Carbofen is a Vinsol substitute since it can be as extensively applied as the Vinsol resins themselves. For instance, depending on the application, the Vinsol Resin can be exchanged by Carbofen 6060, Carbofen 5055 or Carbofen 5770. Furthermore, the Vinsol Flake can be replaced by the new Carbofen Gold, while the Vinsol NVX Resinate can be substituted by Carbofen NCX and Carbofen-X. The following table summarizes the above information:
Comparing the Vinsol and Carbofen Line of Products per Application
The Carbofen product line is extensive and is a Vinsol resin replacement for innumerous applications in several industries. Below we will discuss the utilization of the Carbofen family when replacing the Vinsol resins in the following industries:
- Concrete admixture,
- Mortar mix,
- Bitumen emulsion,
- Adhesives and automotive sealants.
Carbofen Substitutes Vinsol in Concrete Admixture Applications
Within the concrete industry, Carbofen 6060, Carbofen 5055, Carbofen NCX and Carbofen-X can be utilized to replace the Vinsol Resin. Over the years, the Carbofen family has been improved and new products added to best fulfill a specific purpose by application.
Usually, our clients purchase Carbofen 6060 and Carbofen 5055 as an air entraining agent for concrete or mortar. Not only these two products behave very similarly to Vinsol, Carbofen 6060 and Carbofen 5055 are both in compliance with ASTM C260, Standard Specification for Air-Entraining Admixtures for Concrete Made of Portland Cement.
The active principle that makes these two materials excellent air entraining agents is the same, however, they have slightly different manufacturing processes. Furthermore, their presentation is different. Carbofen 6060 is a powder, while Carbofen 5055 is a liquid. Also, Carbofen 6060 has to be saponified before being mixed with concrete, while Carbofen 5055 is already neutralized and only has to be diluted to the desired proportion.
Of course, the client will ultimately choose what material is most convenient to their needs and manufacture process. But when it comes to entraining air in concrete, our team usually suggests Carbofen 6060 and Carbofen 5055 out of all the products in the line. Thus, both Carbofen 6060 and Carbofen 5055 can replace the Vinsol Resin (flake or powder) as an air entraining agent for concrete.
Vinsol is Replaced by Carbofen in Mortar Mix Applications
For mortar mix applications, the Carbofen line of products has air entraining agents for both wet and dry mix systems, just like the Vinsol resins.
Similarly to concrete applications, Carbofen 6060 or Carbofen 5055 are air entraining agents that can be used to substitute the Vinsol Resin for wet system mixtures for mortar. But for dry mix, Carbofen NCX and Carbofen-X are the natural resins of the product line that replace Vinsol NVX Resinate as air entraining agents.
Frequently, Carbofen NCX and Carbofen-X are the materials sought after for dry mix mortar because these natural resins are already neutralized and presented in a free-flowing powder – unlike Carbofen 6060 and Carbofen 5055. In other words, both Carbofen NCX and Carbofen-X can be applied directly into the mortar mix as a powder without the need to be saponified or dissolved/diluted in water beforehand.
But what is the difference between Carbofen NCX and Carbofen-X? Both materials are remarkably similar, both powders soluble in water and effective air entraining agents. However, Carbofen NCX was developed for mortar applications using Portland cement, while Carbofen-X was created for air entrainment in mortar applications made of cement other than Portland.
Once again, the final choice of what product to purchase lies solely in the client’s hands. Our team mainly orients that wet system applications are better served by Carbofen 6060 and Carbofen 5055, while Carbofen NCX and Carbofen-X are more suited for dry mix applications. The table below summarizes the above-mentioned distinction:
Carbofen Substitutes Vinsol in Bitumen Emulsions
In the bitumen emulsions industry, Carbofen 6060, Carbofen 5055 and Carbofen Gold can be used as anionic bitumen emulsifying agents for slow setting (SS-1 & SS-1H) emulsions. The resulting bitumen emulsions using our Carbofen resins can be employed in several applications, such as road, tennis court and parking lot paving, slurry seal, waterproofing and roofing.
These three materials produce high quality bitumen emulsions since the active ingredient in them is the same. But their presentation is distinct, Carbofen 6060 is a powder, Carbofen 5055 is a liquid and Carbofen Gold is a flake. Why? Because over the years Polytrade developed other products with different presentations to better suit client wishes and various manufacturing processes. Also, Carbofen 6060 and Carbofen Gold must undergo the extra step of neutralization before being added to the mill, while Carbofen 5055 just needs to be diluted. Below, the table compares the emulsifying agents in the Carbofen line of products:
Thus, due to their chemical and physical properties, Carbofen 6060, Carbofen 5055 and Carbofen Gold are practical answers and Vinsol replacement resins for the anionic bitumen emulsion industry.
Vinsol is Replaced by Carbofen in Adhesive and Automotive Sealant Applications
In the adhesive and automotive sealant industry, both Carbofen 6060 and Carbofen 5770 are sought after as ingredients due to their thermoplastic and bonding characteristics.
The factor that decides which resin to pick depends solely on the client’s application. Also, depending on the desired consistency of the adhesive/sealant and the machinery available, one will be picked over the other. Consequently, it is paramount a buyer test both materials to maximize convenience and optimize their production processes.
So, Carbofen 6060 and Carbofen 5770 can substitute Vinsol as a tackifier for adhesive and automotive sealant applications.
Carbofen is a Natural Resin like Vinsol
The Carbofen product line consists of all-natural resins. Our products are derived from the Brazilian native Araucaria angustifolia, also known as the Paraná Pine. This native tree to the south of Brazil can only be found in the region and nowhere else in the world. Unlike the Vinsol Resin which is extracted from tree stumps, the Carbofen resins are extracted from the pine knot, a highly dense and resinous area that is burdened with the task of holding the branches of the tree to the trunk. Thus, there is no need to cut down trees to extract the raw resin, since the pine knot can be collected from the ground when branches fall from the Araucaria.
Fortunately, the region where the Paraná Pine is found in Brazil is free of natural disasters. Thus, the raw materials that compose our portfolio are safe from the interruption of supply as the aftermath of tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.…. Thanks to the climate of Brazil, Polytrade always has raw materials to manufacture its products.
Feel free to head on over to our product pages to learn more about the Carbofen line of products and request Technical Data Sheets and Safety Data Sheets:
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Updated on 24-April-2020.