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2019 Fall Training on Oct 9th & 10th - Register Before the Sep 25th Deadline!

Posted by Stephen C. Barton on Sep 12, 2019 1:33:09 PM

2019 Fall Training on Oct 9th & 10th - Register Before the Sep 25th Deadline!

2019 Fall Training on Oct 9th & 10th - Register Before the Sep 25th Deadline!

Register NOW before the September 25th deadline!

Click Here to Register NOW!

October 9th & 10th, 2019 at Alchemy-Spetec HQ in Tucker, GA

Get ready for a thorough education in Leak Seal, Slab Lifting, Soil Stabilization and the Alchemy-Spetec Deep Lift™ process. You’ll get hands-on training from a technical staff with decades of on-the-job experience.

Wednesday - Leak Seal

  • Leak Seal Product Line Overview
  • Curtain Grouting
  • Permeation Grouting
  • Leak-Seal Product Mixing
  • Pump & Packer Overviews
  • Leak-Seal Accessories
  • Municipal Applications
  • Live Injection Demos
  • Open Discussions

Thursday - Geotech

  • Geotech Product Line Overview
  • Soil Stabilization
  • Geotech Product Mixing
  • Rig & Mobile System Overviews
  • Geotechnical Accessories
  • Slab Lifting Live Demo
  • Deep Lift™ Overview
  • Soil Testing with the
  • GPR & Penetrometer
  • Maintenance Discussions
  • Pricing / Estimating / Cost Savings
  • Open Discussions

Click Here to Register NOW!

Participants receive a Samsung tablet loaded with training material.

Your Instructors:

Stephen C. Barton (President/CEO), Jim Spiegel (VP Sales & Business Development), Andy Powell (Southeastern Regional Manager), Anthony Sandone (Eastern Regional Manager), Charlie Lerman (Western Regional Manager), and Michael Binyaminov (Western Sales Representative). 

Topics: Repair Seawalls, Equipment & Accessories, All Posts, Lift Slabs, NSF Certification, Seal Leaks, Stabilize Soil, Business Tips, Repair Cracks, Waterstop, Deep Lift, Floor Repair, Fill Voids, Engineer Resources

Attention Spray Foam Installers - Alchemy-Spetec Seeking Geotechnical Services Representative

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Sep 5, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Attention Spray Foam Installers  Alchemy-Spetec Seeking Geotechnical Services Representative

Attention Spray Foam Installers  Alchemy-Spetec Seeking Geotechnical Services RepresentativeAlchemy-Spetec Seeks Field and Phone Support Technician

We are a manufacturer of geotechnical soil and concrete repair foam and we use the same equipment to lift concrete slabs as you have been using to spray foam insulation. 

General Duties:

  • Conduct hands-on in-field training of contractors and participate in evaluation of potential projects.
  • Perform slab lifting and void fill projects.
  • Manage customer service activities and support the technical sales team at Alchemy by becoming an internal expert on the company’s products, applications and customers with the goal of being able to answer most general and technical incoming questions from customers, prospects, and engineers.
    More specifically:
    • Answer incoming calls and respond to website inquiries
    • Coordinate customer orders and related documentation
    • Be a proactive and hands-on learner about Alchemy’s products, customers, partners and processes so that candidate can properly and independently respond to questions in a timely manner.
  • Develop positive working relationship with all parties by properly representing the company.
  • Participate in other marketing related activities such as trade shows and industry events for the purpose of furthering company’s profile in the industry.
  • Other activities and duties may be assigned. 

Are You Right for This Job?

  1. Are you mechanically inclined and detail oriented?
  2. Do you have an entrepreneurial personality?
  3. Do you thrive on producing professional results?
  4. Are you comfortable with a casual dress code?
  5. Do you like occasional travel?

Are We Right for You?

  1. We maintain a laser-like focus on serving our customers.
  2. We care more about the results you achieve than how you achieve them.
  3. We enjoy our work and we work hard.
  4. We are a small team doing big business on a global scale.

Overview:

Alchemy-Spetec is headquartered in Tucker, GA outside of Atlanta. We manufacture polyurethane grouting technologies for the construction and engineering industries. As part of our growth both domestically and internationally we have a need to bring on an additional support technician.

This customer support position represents an excellent opportunity for a career-minded, technically oriented individual who is an outgoing self-starter, enjoys multi-tasking and wants to deliver results with accountability in an entrepreneurial environment.  This role is a career development position best suited for savvy candidates who are interested in professional growth with a growing company.

General Requirements:

  • At least 5 years of experience with technical industrial products is a must - reference industries include spray foam application, general construction, materials, engineering or automotive.
  • Ability to easily interface with technically oriented people at all levels of a company, domestically and internationally.
  • Friendly, outgoing personality that must be able and comfortable to work independently in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment and maintain a can-do attitude.
  • Possess a strong focus on customer service and teamwork.
  • Solid written and verbal English communications
  • Flexibility to travel (up to 50%) as well as work on some weekends when needed
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Applications.
  • Other key skills: quick study, thoroughness/attention to detail, deadline-oriented, ability to resolve problems and find creative solutions.

Competitive compensation and benefits available based on relevant professional experience.  

Application Instructions:

Please contact Jim Spiegel via LinkedIn and/or email him at jspiegel@alchemy-spetec.com for job descriptions or questions. 

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Introducing AP Microfine 10

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Sep 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Introducing AP Microfine 10

Introducing AP Microfine 10A Microfine Cement from Alchemy-Spetec

AP Microfine 10 is a blast furnace slag ultrafine cement intended for use in specialty grouting applications. With a D95 particle size of ten microns and a D50 particle size of three microns, this microfine cement is able to penetrate very small openings such as soil pores and microscopic rock fissures in order to improve strength and reduce permeability.

Advantages

  • Excellent permeability.
  • Environmentally friendly.
  • Long-term durability.
  • Highly adaptable.
  • Brine tolerant.
  • Highly predictable.

Applications

  • Pre and post-excavation grouting.
  • Water cut-off grouting.
  • Dam and embankment grouting.
  • Foundation stabilization, new and existing.
  • Soil consolidation.
  • Oil and gas well remediation.
  • Hazardous waste containment grouting.
  • Maintenance grouting of existing dams and tunnels.

Packaging

  • 44 lb (19.96 kg) plastic pail.
  • 6 oz (0.17 kg) bottle of plasticizer included.

Want more information on Alchemy-Spetec Geotech products?

Download the Info-Packed Geotech Product Catalog!

 

Topics: All Posts, Stabilize Soil

Showroom Floor Slab Repair

Posted by Michael Binyaminov on Aug 30, 2019 1:16:15 PM

Showroom Floor Slab Repair

Showroom Floor Slab Repair Concrete Leveling & Stabilization for Showroom Floors

Do you own or manage a business with concrete showroom floors? Auto dealers, large wholesale stores, convention centers and other businesses need strong and stable floor slabs to function properly. Unstable slabs can put merchandise, customers and even ownership at risk.  See our two-part blog series on trip hazards and litigation risks...
Concrete Leveling to Prevent Trip Hazards & Litigation Risks - Part 1
Concrete Leveling to Prevent Trip Hazards & Litigation Risks - Part 2

You should also understand the larger danger of complete slab collapse if the voids underneath your floor are large enough. See this stunning security cam footage from the National Corvette Museum for an example in action. Ownership was completely unaware of the large voids that eventually caused this showroom floor to collapse, taking all those Corvettes with it.

Concrete Leveling & Stabilization Contractors

Alchemy-Spetec can help you find a contractor to detect, level, and stabilize slabs at risk. Even if you aren't noticing any immediate problems, it may be worth getting your slabs tested for dangerous voids lurking beneath. Call us now at 404-618-0438 for help finding a contractor in your area!

Want more info on commercial & industrial slab repair?

Download an Info-Packed Commercial & Industrial Slab Repair Brochure!

Topics: All Posts, Lift Slabs, Stabilize Soil, Fill Voids

Loading Dock Slab Repair

Posted by Andy Powell on Aug 28, 2019 9:37:02 AM

Loading Dock Slab Repair

Loading Dock Slab RepairSunken concrete slabs can be lifted back into place with two-component polyurethane foams designed to work in wet or dry conditions. The expansion force of the concrete leveling foam coupled with the pressure of a specialized pump generate enough controlled force to lift virtually any structure back into position with 1/8” precision.

- From the Alchemy-Spetec blog post Polyurethane Slab Lifting Explained. (Read more and watch an animation that explains the slab lifting process in detail.)

If you own or manage a facility with loading docks, it is essential to understand the dangers of unstable concrete.  Warning signs include rocking, cracking, and unlevel seams between slabs.  If you notice any of these red flags, you need to contact a professional concrete repair contractor immediately. (For assistance on that front, contact Alchemy-Spetec at 404-618-0438.)

This very real risks of ignoring unstable loading dock slabs include:

  • Damage to vehicles and equipment.
  • Personal property damage.
  • Sudden slab collapse.
  • Trip hazards.
  • Employee injuries.
  • Limitless liability issues.

As industry experts consulting with contactors around the world, we've seen all these scenarios play out unfortunately.  Here's a photo from a slab collapse that prompted the owners to call in a contractor to inspect and stabilize the rest of their slabs...

Collapsed-Slab

Don't wait for this to happen on your property.  Contact Alchemy-Spetec at the first sign of any issue and let us help you find a contractor in your area!  Call now at 404-618-0438.

Want more information on warehouse & industrial slab repair?

Download an Info-Packed Warehouse & Industrial Slab Repair Brochure!

Topics: All Posts, Lift Slabs, Stabilize Soil

Reminder - 2019 Fall Training on October 9th & 10th

Posted by Stephen C. Barton on Aug 23, 2019 10:30:04 AM

Reminder - 2019 Fall Training on October 9th & 10th

Reminder - 2019 Fall Training on October 9th & 10th

You still have a chance to sign up for Fall 2019 Training while there are still spots left. Don't miss this critical opportunity to turbo-charge your business!

Click Here to Register NOW!

October 9th & 10th, 2019 at Alchemy-Spetec HQ in Tucker, GA

Get ready for a thorough education in Leak Seal, Slab Lifting, Soil Stabilization and the Alchemy-Spetec Deep Lift™ process. You’ll get hands-on training from a technical staff with decades of on-the-job experience.

Wednesday - Leak Seal

  • Leak Seal Product Line Overview
  • Curtain Grouting
  • Permeation Grouting
  • Leak-Seal Product Mixing
  • Pump & Packer Overviews
  • Leak-Seal Accessories
  • Municipal Applications
  • Live Injection Demos
  • Open Discussions

Thursday - Geotech

  • Geotech Product Line Overview
  • Soil Stabilization
  • Geotech Product Mixing
  • Rig & Mobile System Overviews
  • Geotechnical Accessories
  • Slab Lifting Live Demo
  • Deep Lift™ Overview
  • Soil Testing with the
  • GPR & Penetrometer
  • Maintenance Discussions
  • Pricing / Estimating / Cost Savings
  • Open Discussions

Click Here to Register NOW!

Participants receive a Samsung tablet loaded with training material.

Your Instructors:

Stephen C. Barton (President/CEO), Jim Spiegel (VP Sales & Business Development), Andy Powell (Southeastern Regional Manager), Anthony Sandone (Eastern Regional Manager), Charlie Lerman (Western Regional Manager), and Michael Binyaminov (Western Sales Representative). 

 

Topics: Repair Seawalls, Equipment & Accessories, All Posts, Lift Slabs, NSF Certification, Seal Leaks, Stabilize Soil, Business Tips, Repair Cracks, Waterstop, Deep Lift, Floor Repair, Fill Voids, Engineer Resources

The Best Pump for Joint Filling

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Aug 21, 2019 9:15:41 AM

The Best Pump for Joint Filling

The Best Pump for Joint Filling

In this post, we'll profile the Alchemy-Spetec Joint Filling Machine, which is used with AP Joint Fill 800 and AP Fast Repair 850 for structural repair jobs.  This article covers a lot of technical territory in a few short paragraphs.  So, if it raises any questions for you, please call us at 404-618-0438.
 
Off-ratio product is probably the most prevalent issue with polyurea joint pumps.  This typically comes down to just a few possible scenarios.  Most commonly the material may be a bit too thick for the machine.  For instance, many suppliers market their pumps as "joint filling", but fail to specify product choices for the pump.  A small difference with the Alchemy-Spetec Joint Filling Machine (manufactured by US Saws) is the 1" throat from the bottom of the hopper leading to the rotary gear pumps.  Most suppliers are using 5/8" or 3/4" throat.    
 
Another common symptom you may run across with some pumps: Any time there is any build-up in the static mixer (which is common with material that sets in 30 seconds or less), there may also be back pressure put on the system, and the seals around the shaft for the sprocket/chain assembly may blow, and then you'll see material dripping from the shafts by the chain.  This is another tell-tale sign that the pump you are using is not pressure rated high enough.  And once a seal is compromised at all, the ratios go all over the place.  Concentric seals do much better with this. Also be careful with your flushing agent here.  If you're not using the Alchemy-Spetec Joint Filling Machine, ask your pump manufacturer what the seals are made of.  PTFE seals typically hold up to solvents better than Viton, for example.  A chewed up Viton seal caused by acetone flush can be a common cause of off-ratio product. 
 
The reason we chose the pump we have for our line is because US Saws has it best figured out.  Feel free to browse the US Saws link below for specifics on the machine...
 
One of the things we really like with this pump is that they have a unique configuration of the chain/sprockets which keeps more teeth of the sprocket engaged, and that prevents any skipping of the chain when back-pressure is encountered.  Also, the HDPE tanks are nice because you can see the levels of the material.  With the steel tanks of other pumps, often times the applicator will happen to look into the tanks only to realize that the last 100' of joint fill he put down is off-ratio.  It's much better to see this in real-time, all the time.  This pump also has the wide throat and PTFE seals.

Want more information on Alchemy-Spetec products?

Download the Info-Packed Leak Seal Product Catalog!
 
Download the Info-Packed Geotech Product Catalog!

Topics: Equipment & Accessories, All Posts, Repair Cracks, Floor Repair

Reminder - 2019 Fall Training on October 9th & 10th

Posted by Stephen C. Barton on Aug 15, 2019 3:59:15 PM

Reminder - 2019 Fall Training on October 9th & 10th

Reminder - 2019 Fall Training on October 9th & 10th

Sign up for Fall 2019 Training while there are still spots left!

Click Here to Register NOW!

October 9th & 10th, 2019 at Alchemy-Spetec HQ in Tucker, GA

Get ready for a thorough education in Leak Seal, Slab Lifting, Soil Stabilization and the Alchemy-Spetec Deep Lift™ process. You’ll get hands-on training from a technical staff with decades of on-the-job experience.

Wednesday - Leak Seal

  • Leak Seal Product Line Overview
  • Curtain Grouting
  • Permeation Grouting
  • Leak-Seal Product Mixing
  • Pump & Packer Overviews
  • Leak-Seal Accessories
  • Municipal Applications
  • Live Injection Demos
  • Open Discussions

Thursday - Geotech

  • Geotech Product Line Overview
  • Soil Stabilization
  • Geotech Product Mixing
  • Rig & Mobile System Overviews
  • Geotechnical Accessories
  • Slab Lifting Live Demo
  • Deep Lift™ Overview
  • Soil Testing with the
  • GPR & Penetrometer
  • Maintenance Discussions
  • Pricing / Estimating / Cost Savings
  • Open Discussions

Click Here to Register NOW!

Participants receive a Samsung tablet loaded with training material.

Your Instructors:

Stephen C. Barton (President/CEO), Jim Spiegel (VP Sales & Business Development), Andy Powell (Southeastern Regional Manager), Anthony Sandone (Eastern Regional Manager), Charlie Lerman (Western Regional Manager), and Michael Binyaminov (Western Sales Representative). 

 

Topics: Repair Seawalls, Equipment & Accessories, All Posts, Lift Slabs, NSF Certification, Seal Leaks, Stabilize Soil, Business Tips, Repair Cracks, Waterstop, Deep Lift, Floor Repair, Fill Voids, Engineer Resources

In Memory of Thomas Perry

Posted by Stephen C. Barton on Aug 14, 2019 9:01:34 AM

In Memory of Thomas Perry

In Memory of Thomas PerryWe are extremely sad to announce the passing of Alchemy-Spetec independent rep Tom Perry.  Please take a moment to read this excerpt from his obituary...

Thomas Perry of Mt. Olive Township passed away Friday July 26, 2019 at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown after a short illness.

He was 58.

Born in Pequannock, he has lived in Mt. Olive Township for 21 years.

A graduate of Pequannock High School and Montclair State University, Tom was the owner of Multi Utilities Ventures in Mt. Olive Township.

Beloved husband of Jean (nee: Miller) Perry. Devoted father of Erin and Megan Perry. Loving son of Doris (nee: Peacock) Perry and the late Raymond Perry. Dear brother of Jim Perry, Peggy Perry, Doreen Sprules , Mary Beth Wyant , Jean Wallace, Michele Bucek, the late Lee Perry, Ricky Perry, Linda Perry and Janice Moebius. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. (Read more...)

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tom and his family.

Click here to offer your condolences on Tom's obituary page.

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Charlie Lerman Promoted to Director of Technical Services – Leak Seal Division

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Aug 9, 2019 10:20:33 AM

Charlie Lerman Promoted to Director of Technical Services – Leak Seal Division

Charlie Lerman Promoted to Director of Technical Services – Leak Seal DivisionAlchemy-Spetec is proud to announce that Charlie Lerman "The Grout Geek" will be shifting roles to start up our North American Leak Seal Technical Services Department. Charlie not only brings two decades of specialty waterproofing and construction experience to his new role as Director of Technical Services - Leak Seal Division, but he also brings nine years of service in the US Navy. He understands the value of teamwork and is dedicated to the mission.

While the trend in the last few years for chemical grout manufacturers has been to reduce or eliminate their technical service roles, Alchemy-Spetec understands the needs of the specialty waterproofing contractor and is committed to customer success. Leveraging Alchemy-Spetec’s quality products, strong distribution, and our rapid response technical service is what gives our contractors the edge they need in today's fast-paced market.

Please let us know how we can assist you with your next waterproofing challenge. Whether you need help with product selection, hands-on field training, or creative grouting solutions, Alchemy-Spetec is here for you.

Want more information on Alchemy-Spetec leak seal products?

Download the Info-Packed Leak Seal Product Catalog!

Topics: All Posts, Seal Leaks, Waterstop