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  • Your NCAT Basket Could Be Causing Your Long Burn Times

    Your NCAT Basket Could Be Causing Your Long Burn Times

    Many of you might remember when the square-designed NCAT baskets were the only baskets available. This was before the angled cornered baskets became the standard thanks to some clever marketing and adoption of the asphalt industry.  Well, in true Gordon Technical fashion, we have revisited the original design, and are surprised by the results. Warping ...

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  • Your NCAT heating elements might not be working properly

    Your NCAT heating elements might not be working properly

    You don’t need to know the inner workings of an NCAT ignition furnace to understand how it works. You fill a basket with material, you put that basket into the NCAT, you press start and 20-40 minutes later (hopefully) you pull out the aggregate with all the liquid burnt off. But what do you do ...

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  • The Top 5 Amazing Asphalt Sample Containers Sold to our customers.

    The Top 5 Amazing Asphalt Sample Containers Sold to our customers.

    An interesting but unique challenge in our industry lies in how we hold and move our asphalt samples from place to place. It would be one thing if our samples were small and light but as it just so happens, asphalt is pretty heavy. On top of that, our samples need to stay mixed up ...

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  • The Instrotek AutoRice™ VS The Way It’s Always Been Done

    The Instrotek AutoRice™ VS The Way It’s Always Been Done

    There are two camps on how the Rice (or Maximum Specific Gravity) test needs to be done in order to be correct. One is team Autorice, who love that the unit performs the entire test automatically, and the Other is team “This is the way we’ve always done it”. “The way we’ve always done it” ...

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  • Gordon NCAT Calibration, the 1 thing you can do to save your NCAT

    Gordon NCAT Calibration, the 1 thing you can do to save your NCAT

    NCAT Calibration A Gordon NCAT Calibration is one of the most reliable calibrations you can get for your lab. It’s not because we think we’re the best at them ( Although we probably are), but because we go above and beyond when it comes to doing our homework. How the NCAT was made The NCAT ...

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  • New Series, Old Series, Which NCAT Do I Have?

    New Series, Old Series, Which NCAT Do I Have?

    If you have ever called in for maintenance, you’ve been asked this question. Do you know which series you have? It’s your typical deer in a headlights situation. There’s always an audible silence before the caller ends up saying, “no” and “how can I find out”? Today, we are going to tell you the difference ...

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  • Why You Destroy Your Vacuum Pump and 1 way to fix it.

    Why You Destroy Your Vacuum Pump and 1 way to fix it.

    The T209 rice test is the worst possible situation for a vacuum pump. By design, vacuum pumps need to be free of contaminants and never EVER allow water in. So what do we do? We put a container of water and hook it up in line with our pumps. Because we don’t have time to ...

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  • Good NCAT Maintenance: The 10 Simple Commandments, Part 1

    Good NCAT Maintenance: The 10 Simple Commandments, Part 1

    “NCAT maintenance”, Mike said matter of factly. “What?” I said because his statement came out of nowhere. “Do a blog on NCAT Maintenance, and call it something cool” Mike was looking at me expecting me to completely understand what was going on. “ Call it the 10 commandments of NCAT Maintenance or something like that.” ...

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  • Stop using harmful chemicals to clean glassware: the PIE2 story

    Stop using harmful chemicals to clean glassware: the PIE2 story

    Chemicals Clean Glassware It’s a basic belief that most of us were taught when we were growing up. Your glassware got dirty, you would grab some type of cleaner, and then you would scrub it until it was clean. This hasn’t changed for centuries. Labs today are no exception. They clean most of the compounds ...

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  • How to install a Setra balance and 3 dangerous things to look out for.

    How to install a Setra balance and 3 dangerous things to look out for.

    There is a metal box that sits inside of your NCAT Ignition Oven. It’s rectangular and sits directly under the burn chamber. That box is the reason why your oven can perform the burn-off method so accurately, but that same box also has the potential to ruin hours, days, or even months of testing if not installed ...

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Your NCAT Basket Could Be Causing Your Long Burn Times

Many of you might remember when the square-designed NCAT baskets were the only baskets available. This was before the angled cornered baskets became the standard thanks to some clever marketing and adoption of the asphalt industry.  Well, in true Gordon Technical fashion, we have revisited the original design, and are surprised by the results. Warping …

Read more

The Instrotek AutoRice™ VS The Way It’s Always Been Done

Rice setup with an AutoRice

There are two camps on how the Rice (or Maximum Specific Gravity) test needs to be done in order to be correct. One is team Autorice, who love that the unit performs the entire test automatically, and the Other is team “This is the way we’ve always done it”. “The way we’ve always done it” …

Read more

Good NCAT Maintenance: The 10 Simple Commandments, Part 1

“NCAT maintenance”, Mike said matter of factly. “What?” I said because his statement came out of nowhere. “Do a blog on NCAT Maintenance, and call it something cool” Mike was looking at me expecting me to completely understand what was going on. “ Call it the 10 commandments of NCAT Maintenance or something like that.” …

Read more

Stop using harmful chemicals to clean glassware: the PIE2 story

PIE2 Solvent free cleaning oven designed to clean glassware, metal tools, and ceramics

Chemicals Clean Glassware It’s a basic belief that most of us were taught when we were growing up. Your glassware got dirty, you would grab some type of cleaner, and then you would scrub it until it was clean. This hasn’t changed for centuries. Labs today are no exception. They clean most of the compounds …

Read more

How to install a Setra balance and 3 dangerous things to look out for.

Setra balance showing all of the individual parts laid out

There is a metal box that sits inside of your NCAT Ignition Oven. It’s rectangular and sits directly under the burn chamber. That box is the reason why your oven can perform the burn-off method so accurately, but that same box also has the potential to ruin hours, days, or even months of testing if not installed …

Read more

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