Better Biosecurity & More Profits with CeramycShieldTM
Concrete Porosity Increases Animal Infections
As animal husbandry becomes more sophisticated and the number of animals per building unit goes up, the risks associated with biosecurity rises proportionally due to the porosity of concrete.
Concrete forms the foundation of most animal structures. The upside is that it is a low-cost building material. The downside is that is has problems with porosity and chemical instability. In short, this porosity captures and spreads disease, and the chemical instability ensures more porosity is generated the more cleaning cycles it experiences. Pigs, cows, and chickens all suffer from various bacterial infections held by this porosity, because it traps food and water and provides habitat for bacteria to proliferate.
Viruses are also trapped and spread by animal contact with porous concrete. Currently, the threat of African Swine Fever, a fatal hemorrhagic fever that affects pigs, is threatening North America. This virus can live outside the host for a month, however, other viruses both common and rare, can live happily outside an animals’ body for days or weeks in the pores of the concrete, waiting for their next host. Bottom line, concrete is an infection vector for current and future biological threats that no farmer wants. But, no concrete “cure” existed until now…
CeramycShield Makes Concrete “Biologically Impervious”
CeramycShield is a Ceramic Surface Treatment (CST) that uses alumina and zirconia silicates to renew and preserve concrete surfaces. This dense ceramic polymer wraps around and atomically bonds to all elements in the concrete, shielding the surface from the environment and eliminating porosity. The dense oxidative surface is biologically impervious to microbial and viral habitation permanently.
This technology translates into:
- Lowered incidence of microbial infection in animals
- Increased profits from increased animal yield
- Lowered toxicity of operations to workers and animals
- Reduced Maintenance Costs
- Lowered overall economic risk
Better Biosecurity with CeramycShield
Are you prepared?
African Swine Fever is the hot topic of the day for hog facility mangers. It is a devastating hemorrhagic fever, with equally devastating financial consequences to the hog industry should it come to the USA. So, how does a facility manager prepare for it?
One of the issues with African Swine Fever is that the viral particles have a thick protective outer membrane that can last a month outside the host pig. This means it can remain in porous concrete floor surfaces and continue infecting other pigs in the vicinity. Many other infections agents, like bacteria, can do the same because concrete is up to 10% porosity (open space). This porosity captures food and water and provides a safe habitat for microbial proliferation.
CeramycShield eliminates most of this porosity and creates a dense, oxidative surface that does not allow microbes or viruses to penetrate or proliferate in the concrete.
CeramycShield makes concrete “Biologically Impervious”
By using CeramycShield as a ceramic surface treatment, concrete goes from a catch-all for disease, to an easy-to-clean surface, that continually and permanently decreases exposure to biologically infectious agents.
In the world of animal husbandry today, every manager has some threat of disease, and therefore a need for a detailed biosecurity plan. The goal of every facility biosecurity plan should be to decrease threat of all infectious agents, reducing current and future threats. This means reducing the biological load preserved by porous building materials like concrete, both inside and outside of the animal containment. This is what CeramycShield does.
CeramycShild is a critical part of every biosecurity plan.
CeramycShield is necessary for every concrete surface because it eliminates the threat of holding and spreading infectious disease in manner that cannot be achieved by any other means. CeramycShield is a hyper-oxidative alumina-zirconia-silicate ceramic slurry that is applied like paint and forms a durable ceramic surface at room temperature. It has no peer in the current marketplace.
Exclusive Benefits Of CeramycShield Concrete
CeramycShield is designed to coat the surface as well as, bridge, and fill the pores and micro-cracks in concrete, binding all elements together under a protective ceramic layer.
ELIMINATES SURFACE VOIDS
CeramycShield reduces surface porosity dramatically to prevent feces, water, microbes, viruses and other destructive elements from entering the concrete. (This is critical for animal health!)
EASY TO CLEAN
The dense surface repels liquids, and is exceptionally easy to clean, including power washing, without any damage to the coating.
PENETRATING CHEMICAL BONDING
CeramycShield coats the surface, bridging and filling the pores and micro-cracks in concrete, chemically bonding all elements together within a protective ceramic layer.
Safety First! CeramycShield provides a non-slip surface that does not wear away and is easy to clean.
EASY TO APPLY
CeramycShield is a three-part coating system that mixes and sprays or rolls-on like paint. No special training is needed.
CeramycShield bonds into itself, meaning you can spot repair this ceramic coating without the need for full repainting. This gives you infinite repairability and lowers the cost of maintenance and renovation, while dramatically lowering the cost of asset ownership over time.
MADE FOR TOUGH CONDITIONS
CeramycShield is immune to UV, heat, cold, and salt. It is also highly abrasion resistant and will not peel or tear, ever.
It is also water-based, non-toxic and safe for workers, animals and the environment.
CeramycShield is also highly photocatalytic, meaning the surface will generate oxygen free radicals in the presence of light (also called “bleaching”), which will degrade organic materials of all kinds.
CeramycShield is Available in Two Varieties:
CeramycShield + QuartzSeal*
QuartSeal is an environmentally friendly water-based penetrating sealer designed to cross-link into the surface of Zirconia’s CeramycShield ceramic surface treatment. Working together with CeramycShield, QuartzSeal chemically transforms porous, hard-to-clean concrete surfaces into a dense ceramic surface with these additional attributes:
Extreme Wear Resistance
CeramycShield + Vitrium*
Vitrium is a green-solvent based penetrating sealer designed to cross-link into the surface of Zirconia’s CeramycShield ceramic surface treatment. This solution of glass particles creates a zero-porosity glass surface. The resulting non-porous surface prevents the penetration of oil, dirt and other contaminants and makes concrete cleaning easy!
Zero Porosity (Complete Moisture & Vapor Barrier)
Adhesion Promoter for Topcoats
Both CeramycShield + QuartzSeal and CeramycShield + Vitrium enjoy the follow additional benefits:
Example CeramycShield Applications
- Agriculture & Dairy
- Bridges (decks, beams, piers)
- Cast Concrete Products
- Cinderblock Walls
- Cold Storage
- Commercial & Industrial floors
- Concrete Runways, Pathways
- Concrete Sewage Pits
- Equestrian Facilities
- Food Manufacturing
- Grain Silos
- Greenhouses (walls and floors)
- Hog Slats
- Processing Houses
- Hog Finishing Barns
- Husbandry Facilities
- Loading Docks
- Milking Parlors
- Poultry Facilities
- Sow Farrowing Barn
- Veterinary Services
- Waste Containment
- Wastewater Treatment
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