Masonry & Hardscape Solutions

Admixtures for producing high-quality manufactured concrete products.

We have developed a full line of admixtures designed for dry-cast concrete products. Widely known as the maker of the DRY-BLOCK® System of integral water repellents, we manufacture admixtures to control efflorescence and enhance the production of architectural concrete block, concrete pavers and segmental retaining wall units. 

OPTEC® offers admixtures to control primary and secondary efflorescence while QUANTEC® offers plasticizers, accelerators and strength enhancers to improve overall quality and enhance production.

Documents

Masonry & Hardscape Solutions Product Documents

Product Name Product Data Sheet SDS/MSDS
DRY-BLOCK® mortar admixture
Product Data Sheet
SDS/MSDS
OPTEC® EC-130
Product Data Sheet
SDS/MSDS
OPTEC® EC-140
Product Data Sheet
SDS/MSDS
OPTEC® EC-191 and OPTEC® EC-192
Product Data Sheet
SDS/MSDS
OPTEC® EC-255
Product Data Sheet
OPTEC® EC-365
Product Data Sheet
SDS/MSDS
OPTEC® EC-978
Product Data Sheet
SDS/MSDS
OPTEC® Paver Enhancer
Product Data Sheet
SDS/MSDS
Pallet Lub 205
Product Data Sheet
SDS/MSDS
QUANTEC® NC-525P
Product Data Sheet
QUANTEC® NC-525P Product Data Sheet
Product Data Sheet
QUANTEC® NC-544
Product Data Sheet
SDS/MSDS
QUANTEC® PL-410A
Product Data Sheet
QUANTEC® PL-410A Product Data Sheet
Product Data Sheet
QUANTEC® PL-415A
Product Data Sheet
QUANTEC® PL-415A Product Data Sheet
Product Data Sheet
QUANTEC® PL-450
Product Data Sheet
QUANTEC® PL-450 Product Data Sheet
Product Data Sheet
QUANTEC® PL-466
Product Data Sheet
SDS/MSDS
QUANTEC® PL-466 Product Data Sheet
Product Data Sheet
QUANTEC® PL-477R
Product Data Sheet
SDS/MSDS
QUANTEC® PL-490
Product Data Sheet
SDS/MSDS
QUANTEC® PL-495R
Product Data Sheet
SDS/MSDS
QUANTEC® ULTRA ES
Product Data Sheet
SDS/MSDS
QUANTEC® XL-524P
Product Data Sheet
SDS/MSDS
QUANTEC® XL-524P Product Data Sheet
Product Data Sheet
TRYSTA®
Product Data Sheet
SDS/MSDS
Products & Accessories

Products

  • Product Name
  • Description
  • Key Benefits
  • Applications Type
DRY-BLOCK® mortar admixture
Description

An integral water repellent admixture specially designed to disperse throughout the mixture during manufacture of the block so that a uniform level of water repellency is achieved. Utilizing patented polymer technology, a long-term water repellency is developed.

Key Benefits
  • Improved machinability
  • Uniform surface finish
  • Improved workability
Application Type

The DRY-BLOCK System has been successfully used on thousands of masonry structures to provide moisture control.

OPTEC® EC-130
Description

OPTEC® EC-130 admixture is specifically formulated to enhance the overall appearance and physical properties of concrete paving stones and segmental retaining wall (SRW) units. OPTEC® EC-130 is formulated as a ready-to-use admixture to aid the zero-slump manufacturing process. It provides color enhancement and efflorescence control to manufactured concrete products. OPTEC® EC-130 provides a medium swipe on the surface of the unit.

Key Benefits
  • Improves cement and pigment dispersion
  • Enhances color
  • Minimizes efflorescence
Application Type

OPTEC® EC-130 admixture is specifically designed for the efficient production of hardscape concrete products like segmental retaining wall units and concrete paving stones.

OPTEC® EC-140
Description

OPTEC® EC-140 admixture offers a new level of efflorescence control to the concrete hardscape industry. It is formulated as a ready-to-use admixture to enhance the quality and appearance of concrete pavers and segmental retaining wall units.

Key Benefits
  • Controls primary and secondary efflorescence
  • Improves color consistency
  • Reduces feed and finish times
  • Improves cement utilization
Application Type

OPTEC® EC-140 admixture has been especially designed for the efficient production of concrete pavers and segmental retaining wall units.

OPTEC® EC-191 and OPTEC® EC-192
Description

OPTEC® EC-191 admixture is specially formulated to control primary efflorescence by reacting with alkaline salts before water can solubilize them. It is a ready-to-use admixture to enhance the quality and appearance of masonry units.

OPTEC® EC-192 admixture is specially formulated to control primary efflorescence by reacting with alkaline salts before water can solubilize them. It is a ready-to-use admixture to enhance the quality and appearance of masonry units.

Key Benefits
  • Controls primary and secondary efflorescence
  • Improves color consistency
  • Provides short-term water repellency
  • Reduces culls
Application Type

Efficient production of hardscape concrete products like segmental retaining wall units and concrete paving stones.

OPTEC® EC-255
Description

OPTEC® EC-255R is an innovative admixture formulated to enhance the quality and appearance of Segmental Retaining Wall (SRW) concrete units and architectural Concrete Masonry Units (CMUs) as well as other low slump concrete products. OPTEC® EC-255R can enhance color dispersion and help minimize both cube and secondary efflorescence. OPTEC® EC-255R provides a textured unit with no swipe.

Key Benefits
  • Minimizes cube and secondary efflorescence
  • Increased throughput
  • Decreases cycle times
  • Lowers absorption
  • Improves surface texture
Application Type

OPTEC® EC-255 may be used in plants producing architectural block, segmental retaining wall units, pavers and other low slump concrete products.

OPTEC® EC-365
Description

OPTEC® EC-365 admixture is specially formulated to enhance the physical properties and overall appearance of concrete pavers and segmental retaining wall (SRW) units. OPTEC EC-365 enhances color dispersion and helps minimize both primary and secondary efflorescence.

Key Benefits
  • Reduced absorption
  • Reduced efflorescence
  • Improved color density
  • Increased compressive strength
Application Type

OPTEC® EC-365 admixture improves compaction and densifies the concrete structure, producing a unit with higher compressive strengths, lower absorption, sharper corners and edges and better overall appearance.

OPTEC® EC-978
Description

OPTEC® EC-978 admixture provides color enhancement and efflorescence control to the concrete roof tile industry. It is formulated as a ready-to-use admixture to aid the extrusion process and enhance the quality and appearance of concrete roof tile.

Key Benefits
  • Improves cement and pigment dispersion
  • Minimizes efflorescence
  • Enhances color
  • Aids extrusion process
  • Lowers absorption
  • Improves compressive strengths
Application Type

OPTEC® EC-978 admixture is especially designed for the efficient production of concrete roof tile.

OPTEC® Paver Enhancer
Description

OPTEC® Paver Enhancer is an innovative admixture specifically formulated to enhance the physical properties and overall appearance of concrete Pavers and Segmented Retaining Wall (SRW) units. OPTEC® Paver Enhancer can enhance color dispersion and help minimize secondary efflorescence. It provides excellent mix plasticity for improved physical attributes and machinability.

Key Benefits
  • Improves cement and pigment dispersion
  • Cement and pigment reduction potential
  • Improves compressive strength
  • Minimizes secondary efflorescence
  • Decreases cycle time
  • Increases density
  • Lowers absorption
Application Type

OPTEC® Paver Enhancer may be used in concrete pavers, segmental retaining wall units and other low slump concrete products where improved physical properties and aesthetics are desired.

QUANTEC® NC-544
Description

QUANTEC® NC-544 admixture is a non-chloride, non-corrosive, accelerator for use in the manufacture of concrete products where the process requires zero or very low slump concrete and accelerated early strengths. QUANTEC® NC-544 admixture does not contain calcium chloride and is non-corrosive to pallets, racks and molds.

Key Benefits
  • Non-chloride/non-corrosive
  • Hastens hydration process
  • Sharper corners and edges
Application Type

QUANTEC® NC 544 admixture is typically used at a rate of 5-10 oz/cwt (325-650 mL/100 kg) of cementitious material.

QUANTEC® PL-466
Description

QUANTEC® PL-466 admixture is specially formulated for use in the manufacture of machined concrete products where the process requires zero or low slump concrete and where a smoother, denser, surface finish with a swipe is desirable.

Key Benefits
  • Faster cycle time
  • Smoother, denser surface
  • Reduced cracking and crazing
  • Increased plasticity
  • Sharper corners and edges
  • Fewer culls
  • Cost effective
Application Type

QUANTEC® PL-466 admixture may be used in all zero or low slump concrete to increase workability while retaining cohesiveness.

QUANTEC® PL-477R
Description

QUANTEC® PL-477R admixture is specially formulated for use in the manufacture of machined concrete products where the process requires zero or low slump concrete, and where a normal textured surface is desired.

Key Benefits
  • Faster cycle time
  • Low use cost
  • Increased plasticity
  • Reduced cracking and crazing
  • Sharper corners and edges
  • Uniform texture
  • Fewer culls
Application Type

QUANTEC® PL-477R admixture is intended for use in concrete block, concrete pipe, concrete roof tile and concrete brick.

QUANTEC® PL-490
Description

QUANTEC® PL-490 admixture is a concentrated plasticizer specially formulated for use in the production of concrete block, concrete, pipe and other low slump concrete products where a smooth, tight surface with a light swipe is preferred. QUANTEC® PL-490 admixture is supplied as a liquid concentrate but it is intended to be used in a diluted form.

Key Benefits
  • Light swipe
  • Increased throughput
  • Sharper corners and edges
  • Fewer culls
  • Cost effective
  • Smoother, denser surface
  • Better compaction
Application Type

QUANTEC® PL-490 admixture may be used in all zero or low slump concrete to increase workability while retaining cohesiveness, and to provide for more complete hydration of the cement.

QUANTEC® PL-495R
Description

QUANTEC® PL-495R admixture is a concentrated plasticizer specially formulated for use in concrete block, concrete pipe and other zero or low slump concrete products where a normal textured surface is desired. QUANTEC® PL-495R admixture is supplied as a liquid concentrate, but it is intended to be used in a diluted form.

Key Benefits
  • Normal texture
  • Increased throughput
  • Sharper corners and edges
  • Fewer culls
Application Type

QUANTEC® PL-495R admixture may be used in all zero or low slump concrete to increase workability while retaining cohesiveness and to provide for more complete hydration of the cement.

QUANTEC® ULTRA ES
Description

QUANTEC® ULTRA-ES admixture is a high performance cement dispersant based on a patented technology.

Key Benefits
  • Improves cement utilization
  • Reduces feed and finish times
  • Increases compressive and strengths
  • Reduces culls
Application Type

QUANTEC® ULTRA-ES admixture is a superior dispersant with a marked capacity to break up the cement agglomerates normally found in high cement content, dry-cast concrete mixtures.

QUANTEC® XL-524P
Description

QUANTEC® XL-524P admixture is a non-chloride based plasticizing set accelerator for machine produced concrete products where the process requires zero or very low slump concrete.

Key Benefits
  • Hastens hydration process
  • Increased throughput
  • Better compaction
  • Increased plasticity
Application Type
TRYSTA®
Description

TRYSTA® freeze/thaw durability-enhancing admixture is based on patented technology. It is for zero slump concrete applications such as segmental retaining wall units and concrete pavers, which are exposed to environments of repeated freezing and thawing.

Key Benefits
  • Enhances freeze/thaw durability
  • Reduces feed and finish times
  • Reduces culls
Application Type

TRYSTA® admixture provides dramatically improved freeze/thaw durability to manufactured concrete products

Accessories
Overview

DRY-BLOCK® System — The standard in integral water repellents

DRY-BLOCK® is the most widely specified integral water repellent system on the market. It is designed to resist moisture penetration of both concrete masonry units and mortar.
 
The DRY-BLOCK® System consists of two separate components which are added to the concrete mix. The first, DRY-BLOCK® Block Admixture, is mixed curing the manufacture of the concrete masonry unit. The second, DRY-BLOCK® Mortar Admixture, is added to the mortar.

While the system cures, the admixtures within the masonry unit and the mortar become locked in, offering waterproof protection that will last for the lifetime of the structure.

OPTEC® — Performance Enhancement for architectural CMU and hardscapes

Most hardscape producers battle efflorescence on a daily basis. Our OPTEC® line of admixtures are designed to control all types of efflorescence. At the same time they also help improve color intensity and physical properties. With OPTEC®, the end product is strong, is durable and repels water. And, of course, all OPTEC® admixtures make concrete highly workable to lower production cycle times.

QUANTEC® — A complete range of solutions for high-volume producers of low-slump and no-slump concrete

Our QUANTEC® line admixtures provide a multitude of benefits including improve plasticity and machinability, which results in greater throughput, enhanced compressive strength and durability and reduced absorption.

Blue360sm Field Advantage

Our Blue360sm Field Advantage experts are at your service to solve production challenges. Whether you're concerned about a quality issue or need to expand your product lines to meet your customers' needs, we're here to help.

Our field technical services include:

  • On-site product trials and testing
  • Plant process improvements
  • Certification training for DRY-BLOCK® System producers
  • On-site and remote technical support and troubleshooting