HESS PUMICE MINES and refines the world’s purest commercial deposit of white pumice—and from that pumice produces a line of micronized, non-hazardous amorphous silica products for functional fillers and extenders in paints, coatings, rubber, and plastics.
Alternatives for Crysalline Silica (CS) fillers have been few and often hard to source—until now. Our line of Non-Crystalline Silica (NCS) grades have all the beneficial features of CS without the carcinogenic health risks.
A True Functional Filler
Hess NCS amorphous silica is composed primarily of aluminum silicate, and, in structure, is a naturally calcined volcanic glass foam consisting of highly vesicular strands permeated with tiny holes. It is this distinctive, sponge-like foamed-stone structure that make the Hess NCS grades true functional fillers—the particles fully integrate and mesh into the polymer networks of various coatings and compounds. This results in a functionally useful, reinforced pigment or compound—moreso than is possible with platey extenders such as mica and talc.
Compared to typical extenders, improvements in coating properties have been demonstrated in key areas such as improved corrosion resistance, and improved impact resistance. Testing also show improvements in flexibility, film integrity, grain cracking resistance, color retention, and overall durability.
In addition, Hess NCS products provide outstanding scrub and burnish resistance due to the particle hardness (6 Mohs hardness). The lower density of our NCS grades (.051 gal/lb) allows for a volume replacement, rather than a per pound replacement, providing a considerable cost savings.
Workplace Safety and Health
Crystalline Silica (respirable) has been identified as a “group 1” carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). OSHA therefore requires all products containing more than .1% crystalline silica to be labeled as a cancer hazard. Hess NCS products are non-hazardous, crystalline silica free to the detectable limit of .05%)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION and SUPPORT DOCUMENTS:
» Technical Data: the physical and chemical properties of our natural pumice.
» Pumice Safety Data Sheet (PDF)
» Download: Hess NCS Product Data Sheet (PDF)
|HESS NCS FUNCTIONAL FILLER|
|Available in grades ranging from 3 microns to 12. Used to extend and add functional performance improvement to paints, stains, industrial coatings, plastic compounds, rubber compounds, caulkings, and epoxies.|
|» Size/Grade: HESS NCS-3 (Particle size average of 3 microns)
» Technical Data Sheet (PDF) for Hess NCS-3
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|» Size/Grade: HESS NCS-5 (Particle size average of 5 microns)
» Technical Data Sheet (PDF) for Hess NCS-5
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|» Size/Grade: HESS NCS-8 (Particle size average of 8 microns)
» Technical Data Sheet (PDF) for Hess NCS-8
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|» Size/Grade: HESS NCS-10 (Particle size average of 10 microns)
» Technical Data Sheet (PDF) for Hess NCS-10
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|» Size/Grade: HESS NCS-12 (Particle size average of 12 microns)
» Technical Data Sheet (PDF) for Hess NCS-12
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