What Are the Most Common Uses For FastPatch®?

FastPatch® Common Uses

“We are using FastPatch® to repair cracks, spalls, and joints. One product for all the repairs and from the same machine. We don’t have to handle any material during our shift since it comes in 250 gallon totes, which saves us a lot of time.” – DOT Supervisor

By now, you may have read about WVCO’s unique polymer repair system, FastPatch®, and why it’s commonly used by DOTs and transportation professionals from all over the United States and around the world to repair airports, highways, bridges, railroads, and other various applications. Transportation professionals rely on FastPatch® for its ease-of-use, dependability, and versatility. However, what you may not understand is HOW it is used. 

FastPatch® is most commonly used to repair broken concrete and asphalt, spalls, potholes, joints, driveways, highways, bridge decks, parking lots, cracks, slab repairs, ramps and loading docks, warehouse floors, post anchors, and trip hazards.  When installed properly, this pavement preservation solution will last longer than the life of the pavement. Not to mention, it bonds tenaciously to surfaces and remains flexible throughout its service life.

FastPatch® Applications

Here are some questions that we often get about FastPatch and its most common uses. 

How is FastPatch® applied?
FastPatch® is packaged in cartridges, kits, drums, and totes. Choose the package type that matches the accessibility of the repair area, and minimize the waste or handling of multiple packages. For example, have several 3-gal FastPatch DPR Kits available, so you can use it for a smaller repair instead of wasting half of a 5-gal kit.  You’ll learn the proper steps and procedures for the metering systems by following these tutorials.

Are FastPatch® repairs environmentally safe?
Yes. FastPatch® uses recycled and renewable materials to repair existing materials. It is 100% solids and does not contain any volatile chemicals. Repairing with FastPatch, rather than removal, eliminates disposal costs and excess waste.

Which product do I use to fill a joint to seal it and keep water out? 
EJC-100 with PolyPrime is the best combination to handle exterior joint movement and seal it from water. TIP: Use topping sand that blends with the surrounding surface.

Do you have a product that can fill joints on a slope or vertical?
Yes. For slope grade application, ask for the SG version of EJC-100. For vertical joints, consider the EJC-NS. For ramps, use the FastPatch® DPR and extend it with dry, clean sand until the consistency is correct for the slope.

I want to repair concrete and asphalt. Can I do that with FastPatch?
Yes. FastPatch DPR Kit can be used for both distressed pavement repairs. The kit comes with colored topping sand. FastPatch can also be machine dispensed from drums or totes to repair cracks, joints, and spalls.

What Package Sizes Do You recommend? 
For smaller repairs, including repairs to joints and cracks, FastPatch® cartridges are an easy and durable solution. For medium-sized repairs of concrete or asphalt in a short period, the Kit packaged or machine-dispensed products are a fine choice for a quick return to service. If you have a large repair project, machine-dispensed FastPatch products are ideal for completing larger repairs or multiple repairs in a single shift, without having to handle material or containers.

What tools will I need to install FastPatch Kits?
CLEAN and DRY the repair area with a high velocity and CFM blower (250 MPH / 700 CFM) blower or dry compressed air (120 CFM / 90 psi). Use a propane field torch to DRY area if moisture is present. 2. 1/2 in. Corded drill. Mud mixer drills work well. 3. Egg-Beater style pail mixer 4. Trowel. 5. Personal protection—safety glasses, skin protection, and gloves. 6. Towels for cleaning mixer and tools. 7. Optional: Tape for protecting edges of the repair area. Broom for clean-up.

Is a bond agent or primer required?
Depends on the application and product. Bonding agents reinforce the repair area and help promote the adhesion of the repair material. FastPatch® DPR Kits are typically applied without a bonding agent since the first layer in the repair area is very fluid and when it cures, it has excellent adhesion. The EJC Sealant product typically requires a bonding agent to reinforce the joint walls and maximize the movement capabilities under thermal movement in exterior joints.

As a Contractor, how can I find out more information about using FastPatch on future projects? Contact us at FastPatch@wilvaco.com or 800-333-9826 and check out some of our case histories. 

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WVCO Solutions for DOT Infrastructure Repair Projects

Infrastructure Repair Products

U.S. highways, railways, roads, and bridges are in decline and in desperate need of repair and have been so for years. According to Reuters, studies indicated “close to half of U.S. roads are in poor or mediocre condition and more than a third of U.S. bridges need repair, replacement or significant rehabilitation”. It is one of the reasons why many influential business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, unions, and elected U.S. officials are asking Congress to take action and dramatically boost spending on the crumbling U.S. infrastructure.

The good news is major DOT Infrastructure repair projects are happening all over the country, and they are likely to ramp up even more in the next few years. Multiple signs indicate the United States could soon be in the midst of a massive improvement initiative to critical transportation and infrastructure projects. There is talk of passing a bold infrastructure spending bill, and earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced it is seeking applicants for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. INFRA grants will fund transportation projects of national and regional significance. 

WVCO has created various custom products and services for the transportation industry for several decades. State DOTs are already embracing our innovative solutions to repair important infrastructure like roadways, airports, and facilities. WVCO products like FastPatch® have been approved by state DOTs (e.g., California, Texas, Georgia, Washington, etc.) for service on major highways. The product is also being used around the world (e.g., Australia, China, South America, Canada, Mexico, UK) to repair airports, highways, bridges, railroads, and other various applications. 

Here are some of our infrastructure repair solutions praised by state DOTs all over the country for use on highways, bridges, railroads, airports, and more. 

FastPatch® 
FastPatch® will outlast and outperform traditional repair materials due to its unique polymer properties. The cure time of FastPatch® is only a few minutes, allowing for quick return-to-service times. It is also cold-applied, which makes it safe to use and means it will not push/shove after it is installed.

SPIKEFAST®
SPIKEFAST® is a tie-plugging compound for wood & composite railroad ties. This non-foaming, 100% solids compound is designed to anchor cut-spikes or screw-spikes.

POLYQuik® 
POLYQuik systems are thoroughly evaluated for performance with the latest in application equipment, physical properties testing, weather exposure, adhesion testing, chemical resistance testing, and much more.  Click here to view POLYQuik’s product line of Concrete Repair Products, Fillers & Sealants, and Spray Coatings

Keeping reading to see some examples of these products! To learn more about all WVCO concrete and railroad repair solutions, click here to contact us or email info@wilvaco.com

WVCO Railroad Repair Solutions

-FastPatch® Railroad Industry Application, Sealant and Repair Products 

-Concrete Ties 
-Dispensers: Handheld Systems, SpikeFast® Intermediate Production, High Production
-Railcars: POLYQuik® Hopper Car Lining
-Structures: FastPatch® Facility Maintenance, FastPatch® Bearing Pad Repair, POLYQuik® Bridge Deck Waterproofing

-FastPatch HPRE-MD: specifically designed for embedded rail applications and provides excellent electrical isolation, resilience, and vibration and sound damping.

FastPatch HPRE-MD from FastPatch Systems on Vimeo.

-POLYQuik spray elastomers- continue to provide superior coatings for railroad cars and other transportation applications.

WVCO Road Pavement Repair Solutions 

-Pavement Industry Application, Sealant and Repair Products: Applications include potholes, spall repair, pavement repair, crack sealing, crack filling, reflector & button replacement

-FastPatch Microtrench Systems: Restores micro trenches, curb cuts, or short runs. 

FastPatch Microtrench Systems from FastPatch Systems on Vimeo.

-FastPatch 8400: allows for continuous reinstatement of micro-trenches at a rate of 10-23 ft/min. FastPatch Systems are used for fiber optic projects (FTTH) and reinstatement of micro trenches in both roadways and sidewalks.

FastPatch 8400 Continuous Reinstatement of Micro-trenches from FastPatch Systems on Vimeo.

WVCO Airport Repair Solutions 

-Airport Industry Application, Sealant and Repair Products
-FastPatch DPR Airport Repair

FastPatch DPR Airport Repair from FastPatch Systems on Vimeo.

-POLYQuik spray elastomers continue to provide superior coatings for airport runways and other transportation applications.

WVCO is more than just a provider of equipment and products—we’re innovators. Let us know the challenges you’re experiencing, and we’ll work with you to create a solution custom-tailored to meet your needs. Contact us at FastPatch@wilvaco.com or 800-333-9826 or https://wvcorailroad.com/contact

 

Tapel Willamette Celebrates 20 Years in Business!

Tapel Willamette

Tapel Willamette, Willamette Valley Company’s South American division, recently celebrated 20 years in business- a major milestone! When it began operations in May 2000 the company had just 7 employees and was headquartered in a small warehouse near downtown Concepción, Chile. Today, Tapel Willamette is a leading supplier for the industrial, environmental, and wood products industries, providing innovative solutions and services all over the world from their current headquarters in Coronel, Chile.

Coronel, Chile

The company has faced its share of challenges through the years – the subprime crisis, the earthquake in 2010, climate change, the current coronavirus pandemic, and a 2019 national social and political crisis in Chile that resulted in widespread strikes and road closures. Despite these challenges, the Tapel Willamette team stepped up and continued to supply high-quality solutions to their customers by following a simple credo:

“Nos asociamos a través del servicio, la innovación y la integridad”- We partner through service, innovation, and integrity.

It is this commitment to quality, service, and innovation that has made Tapel Willamette a success story.  

Tapel Willamette 2020

Not even a global pandemic can stop our Tapel Willamette team from serving our customers and essential businesses.

Tapel Willamette

After the 2010 Earthquake

Tapel Willamette is verified with Responsible Care, which reaffirms their commitment to the community, to the environment and to all those who are part of our business activities. The company demonstrated this commitment by participating in initiatives like this hydrological restoration program to reduce the environmental, social, and economic vulnerability generated by the mega-fires of the summer of 2017. 

We are very proud of our Tapel family!!! For more information, please visit www.tapel.cl

Obtenga más información visitando www.tapel.cl

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How the WVCO Railroad Solutions Are Revolutionizing the Rail Supply Industry

Division Spotlight: WVCO Railroad Division
WVCO Railroad
Did you know that the rail industry’s roots go all the way back to 1st millennia BC when the Ancient Greeks used a prepared earth road that forced land cars to follow a predetermined path? European countries began to use railroads back in the 1600s to help transport coal and eventually other materials. 

By the early 1800s, it began transporting passengers and for the last 2 centuries, railroads have been the backbone of the U.S. economy and have evolved to provide efficient and advanced transportation solutions to American businesses and consumers. 

Maintaining our modern rail system is no small feat and the rail supply industry has also seen advancements in repair products and methods through the years. Before 1999, the only spike-hole plugging products on the market for wood-tie remediation were wooden plugs and rigid foam products.

While these products were effective, they presented numerous challenges to railroad maintenance crews. They needed spike-hole plugging products that could last longer and perform well in extreme weather conditions, including heavy rain, freezing temperatures and high humidity. WVCO’s Railroad Solutions responded to this challenge and developed and engineered a new solution, SpikeFast®, a dual-component, non-foam polyurethane product that is currently regarded as the industry’s most reliable product for plugging spike holes. 

Today the railway supply industry plays an essential role in the U.S. economy in terms of jobs, tax revenue, and gross domestic product (GDP) on both the state and national level and we are proud to be a part of it. The importance of this industry and it’s many challenges is what drives us to provide some of the most innovative maintenance solutions on the market for modern railroads including wood and concrete tie repair materials, dispensing systems and FastPatch® and POLYQuik® products to improve the durability of structural applications. 

We have partnered with leading organizations like Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) and American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) to better serve our customers by having access to the latest technologies, methodologies, and resources. 

Visit wvcorailroad.com/products to learn more about WVCO’s Railroad Solutions.

WVCO looks back on 2019 – the year of innovation.

WVCO Railroad Products

2019 was a year of innovation. The wood products industry thrived as game-changing technology was introduced into the marketplace while cross-laminated timber, known for its economic advantages, construction quality, durability, sustainability, and aesthetics, was embraced by more architects and construction companies around the world.

There were great advances made in automation that will make manufacturing jobs safer and more efficient. WVCO’s Idaho Milling and Grain division kept their eyes on exciting new research that may help farmers adapt to climate pressures as researchers developed technology to create 3D-printed concrete that could revolutionize the construction industry and decrease its carbon footprint.

WVCO continued to develop robotic solutions for automated engineering, finishing, material handling, welding and more. Our team of engineers also developed unique and customized solutions that will enable companies to overcome challenges in the transportation industry and infrastructure.

Here’s a look back at some of our highlights from 2019.

In May, our WVCO Wood Products team traveled to Hannover, Germany to showcase WVCO’s wood product solutions and equipment at LIGNA 2019, the world’s leading trade show for tools and machinery for the wood processing industry. It was an exciting opportunity for us to meet with key wood and forestry industry leaders from around the globe. LIGNA 2019 had three focus themes: “Integrated Woodworking – Customized Solutions”, “Smart Surface Technology” and “Access to Resources and Technology”.

Over the summer, the WVCO team introduced the FastPatch HPRE, High-Performance Rail Encapsulator to address some of the challenges embedded rail systems on city streets present such as excessive vibration, noise, rail deflection, and maintenance difficulties. This new system is designed from WVCO’s innovative polymer and dispensing equipment and offers fast installation and a long-lasting solution for embedded rail systems with key performance properties.

We also had the pleasure of opening our newly remodeled R & D Center for our Research & Development team in Eugene. The beautiful new facility is equipped with the latest and most sophisticated analytical technologies on the market and designed with our entire R & D team in mind.

In August, Cleco presented Willamette Valley Company (WVCO) with a $34,182.40 check at our Pineville, Louisana facility for upgrading its interior and exterior lights to LED lighting through Cleco’s Power Wise™ energy efficiency program. With the new LED lighting, WVCO is projected to save 341,824 kWh annually, which is estimated to be enough electricity to power 28 homes for one year!

Also in August, our Pre-Tec division was prominently featured in this piece published in Eugene’s Register Guard.

The WVCO Railroad Division exhibited products like SpikeFast®, the industry’s most reliable product for plugging spike holes, and other custom solutions related to rail and highway safety at the 2019 National Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Conference. The conference brought leaders in the rail and highway industries together to present contemporary topics and new technology to an international audience.

In September,the WVCO team traveled to Tampa, Florida to meet with professionals in the marine industry and present how our innovative FastPatch technology can cut time and expenses at IBEX 2019, North America’s leading technical boat-building showcase.

Our team also exhibited our railroad products and FastPatch products at Railway Interchange 2019, the largest U.S.-based technical conference and trade show for the railroad industry! took place in September in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was a great success. An estimated 7,000+ attendees and hundreds of exhibitors from all over the world gathered at this combined railway industry event, sponsored by AREMA (American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association) and CMA (Coordinated Mechanical Associations) and the exhibits of RSI (Railway Supply Institute), REMSA (Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association) and RSSI (Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc.)

In November, WVCO was named “APA Supplier of the Year” at the APA Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the EWTA Info Fair in Tucson, Arizona. This marks the fifth year in a row we have received this esteemed award, and the tenth out of the last 14 years! EWTA’s Supplier of the Year Awards are based on the quality and delivery of EWTA member products, equipment and/or services supplied to APA members, as determined by a vote of APA mill managers.

2019 also brought major changes to the world of robotics. WVCO’s PRE-TEC division enhanced robotic weld cell automation by introducing a unique line-up of FASWeld Standard Robotic Weld Cells, built for companies using automation for the first time, as well as customers looking to expand their robotic automation capabilities. Each system is developed using the highest quality industrial components.

What new developments do you predict 2020 will bring? Stay tuned and find out! WVCO wishes all of our employees, customers, partners and friends a very happy new year!

The FastPatch Products Team to Exhibit at Two Major Events in September

WVCO’s Concrete Repair Division to exhibit new products at League of CA Cities Annual Expo & 2018 Railway Interchange, two major US infrastructure products.

The FastPatch team, a division of WVCO, is on the move again! Fresh off of a successful few days at APWA PWX in Kansas City, a major public works convention, the company will be showcasing concrete repair solutions at two major infrastructure conferences in September.

Representatives from the FastPatch products division will attend and exhibit at the League of CA Cities Annual Expo September 12-13 in Long Beach, CA before heading to the AREMA Annual Conference and Exposition (AREMA 2018), September 16th-19th, 2018 in Chicago, IL. AREMA 2018, a combined railway industry event, is sponsored by WVCO partners AREMA, RSI, REMSA, and RSSI, and is the largest U.S.-based technical conference and trade show for the railroad industry.

Railway_Interchange_

WHAT IS FASTPATCH? FastPatch products have been approved by government agencies all over the United States for service on major highways and have been used to repair airports, highways, bridges, railroads, and other various applications throughout the United States and around the world. The products offer an innovative solution to permanently repair and quickly return-to-service important infrastructure like roadways, airports, and facilities.

WHAT’S NEW? Conference attendees are encouraged to stop by our booths at both of these events to learn more about two of our newest products, New FastPatch 100NS and TrenchSeal TS6  . The FastPatch 100NS in an affordable, easy-to-apply high performance single component sealant perfect for vertical or sloped application.

The TrenchSeal TS6 saves time and money as it is cold-applied (no waiting time!) and offers exceptional adhesion strength to asphalt and movement capabilities to trenches, traffic loops, and cracks.

FastPatch Microtrench Systems from FastPatch Systems on Vimeo.

To learn more about these and all of our concrete repair products, please visit the FastPatch Website or email us directly at FastPatch@wilvaco.com.

 

WVCO to Exhibit FastPatch Fiber Connect 2018

Fiber-Connect

As the demand for more bandwidth and widespread deployments of fiber broadband increases, so does the need for cost-effective concrete repair solutions. Fiber networks are enhancing economic development and social interaction in communities throughout the United States and the world. According to Cisco’s latest Virtual Networking Index, the average North American home has 7 Internet-capable devices going at any given time. And by the year 2020, that number will swell to over 12 devices per person.

Fiber optic installation must be precise and cost-effective so numerous civic, business and political leaders are turning to reliable concrete repair solutions like FastPatch to quickly repair roads, sidewalks and other important infrastructure while keeping repair costs down.

WVCO will be in Nashville June 4th-6th exhibiting products from our FastPatch division at the premier fiber broadband event in North America – the 2018 Fiber Connect conference, presented by the Fiber Broadband Association! We are looking forward to the opportunity to meet with industry leaders, fiber broadband network operators, and other cutting-edge vendors and equipment providers.

Typical uses of FastPatch concrete repair products include

  • Filling voids, defects and damaged areas in roadways, parking lots, warehouses, and sidewalks.
  • Concrete foundations and footings, anchor bolts or rebar.
  •  Repair cracks and spalls in roadways, warehouse, and freezer floors.
  • Roadway, warehouse floors, and dock repairs.
  •  Pillars, curbs, sidewalks.

About the Fiber Broadband Association (FBA)
The FBA is a non-profit association consisting of organizations that deliver services over next-generation, direct fiber-optic connections – as well as companies that manufacture fiber products and others involved in planning and building fiber networks.
Gigabit-enabled networks are now possible and are beginning to appear in some communities, with expectations that these superfast, all-fiber services will become standard within a few short years. To learn more, visit www.fiberbroadband.org.

Headed to Phoenix for the American Public Works Association’s ‘Best Show in Public Works’

Photo Source: American Public Works Association on Facebook

Next month, the fantastic team in our concrete repair products division is heading over to Phoenix, Arizona for the American Public Works Association’s Best Show in Public Works.

The APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition, the public works industry’s premier international event, is August 30 – September 2, 2015 at the Phoenix Convention Center.  For more than 100 years, the event has drawn thousands of public works professionals from all over the world and we’re honored to be a part of it.

To give you an idea of how large this event is, watch this highlight video from a previous year.

Representatives from our POLYQuick division will be in the Sustainability Pavilion to provide information and concrete repair resouces as well exhibit new and literature at Booth 1934.

WVCO will exhibit POLYQuick at the APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition in August.

We are looking forward to unveiling the newest FastPatch products and breakthrough technologies with thousands of professionals from the Public Works, Engineering/Construction, Streets/Roads/Bridges and Facilities industries. 

Thousands of public works professionals from around the world come to this event every year.

Photo Source: American Public Works Association on Facebook

About APWA
The American Public Works Association is an international educational and professional association of public agencies, private sector companies, and individuals dedicated to providing high quality public works goods and services. Originally chartered in 1937, APWA is the largest and oldest organization of its kind in the world, with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, an office in Washington, D.C., and 64 chapters throughout North America. APWA provides a forum in which public works professionals can exchange ideas, improve professional competency, increase the performance of their agencies and companies, and bring important public works-related topics to public attention in local, state and federal arenas.

To learn more, read our post 5 Ways American Public Works Association Impacts Your Community or visit www.apwa.net.

FastPatch Launches New Consumer Friendly Website

FastPatchNew FastPatch Website Filled with Helpful Resources and Info:  www.FastPatchSystems.com

Though our roots are in the wood and railroad products industry, our groundbreaking line of concrete repair solutions is in high demand. It all began more than a decade ago when we were approached by key transportation professionals who needed fast-curing and ultra-tough materials for repairing roadways and bridges.

Our solution was the development of FastPatch.

FastPatch is a significant leap forward in technology from antiquated “powder” type repair materials that are non-flexible, require water, and are labor intensive to install. The product proved to outperform and outlast traditional products, plus it was easier to install with our custom dispensing machine and easy-to-use kits.

It didn’t take long for FastPatch to be adopted by several States D.O.T.s such as California, Texas, Georgia and Washington among others. Today FastPatch is used to repair airports, roads, driveways, highways, bridges, railroads, parking lots, ramps and loading docks, warehouse floors, and other various applications all over the world (e.g., Australia, China, South America, Canada, Mexico, UK).

Product use has become so widespread, we launched a new website dedicated to this product. The website is filled with resources for everyone from Public Works & Engineering/Construction industry professionals to home improvement “DIYers”. It is also filled with helpful data sheets, FAQs, and case studies.

We hope you will visit our new website and contact us with any questions and feedback: FastPatch@wilvaco.com or 800-333-9826. You can check out our videos all in one place at vimeo.com/fastpatch.

FastPatch Pavement and Structure Preservation from FastPatch Systems on Vimeo.

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2015 Western Bridge Preservation Partnership Meeting

Bridge Preservation
A few months ago, “60 Minutes” aired an insightful report about America’s aging infrastructure. According to the peice, titled “Falling apart: America’s neglected infrastructure“, 1 in 9 of the 700,000 bridges in the United States is considered “structurally deficient”.

Transportation activists and professionals agree there is an urgent need for lawmakers to invest in the much needed restoration of America’s outdated roads, rails, airports, seaports and bridges. One of the biggest challenges facing transportation engineering and maintenance personnel today is maintaining the integrity of these massive structures used by millions of people every day.

“Our highway infrastructure took decades and generations of Americans to build and is simply too valuable to be left to languish,” says Larry Galehouse, National Center for Pavement Preservation (NCPP) in this post. “As with any valuable asset, we must work hard to preserve it by judicious and timely proactive maintenance.”

Our POLYQuik Performance Products team is looking forward to meeting with bridge practitioners from state and local agencies, contractors, consultants, suppliers, academia, and federal government officials at the 2015 Western Bridge Preservation Partnership Meeting May 18-20, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. The event is a regional forum dedicated to bridge preservation practices throughout the Western Region.

Bridge Preservation is defined as “actions or strategies that prevent, delay or reduce deterioration of bridges or bridge elements, restore the function of existing bridges, keep bridges in good condition and extend their life.” Source: AASHTO Board of Directors, Policy Resolution PR-3-11, October 17, 2011.

The experienced chemists and engineers in our POLYQuik division continue to research and create high performance concrete repair products that are successfully utilized in bridge maintenance. The conference is an opportunity for us to share our concrete repair solutions with bridge maintenance managers, superintendents, designers, crews, planners, programmers, inspectors along with local, state, federal, and other agency bridge owners involved in bridge maintenance activities.

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