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Air-Entraining Admixture for Concrete

Product Description


CATEXOL A.E. 260 increases concrete’s durability, making it more resistant to the damaging effects of freezing and thawing, while improving workability and reducing bleeding. CATEXOL A.E. 260 is carefully formulated and subjected to stringent quality control in order to guarantee superior results in both the plastic and hardened concrete.

CATEXOL A.E. 260 is effective in increasing the workability of the concrete, especially in lean or harsh mixes.

CATEXOL A.E. 260 is an aqueous solution of a unique, synthetically manufactured surfactant for the air entrainment of concrete. CATEXOL A.E. 260’s patented formula provides superior controllability of the air content and finishability in air-entrained concrete.


• Superior resistance to freeze-thaw cycles and scaling.

• Improves workability. • Reduces bleeding. • Improves appearance of architectural concrete.

• Reduces size and number of capillary chanels, increasing impermeability.

• Increased compressive strength in lean mixes.

• Substantially increased durability. • Increases moisture retention for cement hydration.

• Superior air-void system.

CATEXOL A.E. 260 is designed for use in exterior concrete such as highway paving, curb and gutters, sidewalks, driveways, slabs, walls, or other areas needing protection from freezethaw damage or the harmful effect of de-icing salts.


The recommended dosage range for CATEXOL A.E. 260 is 0.1 to 6.0 ounces per 100 lbs. (7 to 400 ml/100kg) of cementitious material. Various concrete materials, slump, ambient air temperature, additions of pozzolanic materials, mixing time, and type and brand of cement will affect dosage rates. It is suggested that trial mixes be conducted in order to determine the required dosage to obtain the required percentage of entrained air. In addition, a regular program of air tests should be instituted in order to adjust the dosage to changing conditions.

Directions For Use

CATEXOL A.E. 260 can be dispensed into any of the concrete materials except cement, slag or fly ash. Preferably, CATEXOL A.E. 260 is dispensed into the sand. CATEXOL A.E. 260 is compatible with other Axim admixtures. However, each admixture should be added separately to the mix.

Applicable Standards

CATEXOL A.E. 260 meets or exceeds the requirements of ASTM C 260 and AASHTO M 154.


Health and Safety

Refer to the MSDS for additional health and safety information.


CATEXOL A.E. 260 is supplied in either 55-gallon (200L) drums, 265-gallon (1000L) totes or bulk delivery.

Technical Service

A trained Axim representative is available to assist in the preparation of specifications, and the resolution of concrete problems in the field.

CATEXOL A.E. 260 should be kept above 3ºC (38ºF). If product drops below 3ºC (38ºF), DO NOT USE and immediately contact our Technical Department. DO NOT USE PRESSURIZED AIR FOR AGITATION.

Warranty Axim warrants its products to be free of manufacturing defects and that they will meet Axim’s current published physical properties when applied in accordance with Axim’s directions and tested in accordance with ASTM and Axim standards. Axim makes no warranty or guarantee, express or implied, including warranties of fitness for a particular purpose or merchantability, respecting its products, and Axim shall have no other liability with respect thereto. Any claim regarding product defect must be received in writing within one (1) year from the date of shipment. No claim will be considered without such written notice or after the specified time interval. User shall determine the suitability of the products for the intended use and assume all risks and liability in connection therewith.

United States: 800.899.8795 • Tel: 330.966.0444 • Fax: 330.499.9275 P.O. Box 234 • 8282 Middlebranch Road • Middlebranch, Ohio 44652 • Axim is an Essroc Company

Canada: 800.263.6427 • Tel: 519.622.5940 • Fax: 519.622.5893 141 Shearson Crescent • Cambridge, Ontario NIT 1J3 Printed in the U.S.A. on 04/10



PRODUCT NAME (as used on Label) CATEXOL™ AE 260 Product Use: Air Entrainer for Concrete. Manufacturer's Name & Address: AXIM P.O. Box 234 8282 Middlebranch Road Middlebranch, Ohio 44652

Emergency Telephone Number: Telephone Number for Information:

(800) 424-9300 (CHEMTREC) (330) 966-0444 Ext. 2046

Date Prepared: June 2009

MSDS Prepared By: Industrial Health & Safety Consultants, Inc. MSDS Number:


Cancels MSDS #:


Date of Last Rev.:

February 2011

SECTION 2. HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION This product is a brown liquid with no odor. EMERGENCY OVERVIEW WARNING! Causes eye irritation. May cause skin and respiratory irritation. Inhalation of vapors may cause headache, dizziness, and nausea. Ingestion may cause mouth, throat, and gastrointestinal irritation. Repeated exposure may cause liver and kidney damage. See Section 11 for detailed information. SECTION 3. COMPOSITION/INFORMATION ON INGREDIENTS Component Alpha Olefin Sulfonate Diethylene Glycol Non-Hazardous Ingredients

CAS No. Proprietary 111-46-6 Mixture

Amount by Wt. 1-5% <2% 95-100%

SECTION 4. FIRST AID MEASURES Eye: Immediately flush eyes with large quantities of water for at least 15 minutes, holding the eyelids apart. Get medical attention if irritation persists. Skin: Remove contaminated clothing. Immediately wash skin thoroughly with water for 15 minutes. If irritation develops or persists, get medical attention. Launder clothing before re-use. Ingestion: Do not induce vomiting unless directed to do so my medical personnel. If conscious, rinse mouth with water and give one glass of water. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious or convulsing person. Get immediate medical attention. Inhalation: Immediately remove to fresh air. Get medical attention if symptoms persist.

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SECTION 5. FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES Extinguishing Media: This product is not combustible but residue will burn after the water has evaporated. Use any media that is appropriate for the surrounding fire. Special Fire Fighting Procedure: Firefighters should wear positive-pressure self-contained breathing apparatus and full protective clothing for all fires involving chemicals. Unusual Fire and Explosion Hazards: None known. Hazardous Combustion Products: Burning of residue may release oxides of carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur. SECTION 6. ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES Wear appropriate protective clothing as described in Section 8. Contain and collect liquid with an inert absorbent and place into container. Wash spill area with water and collect water for proper disposal. Report releases as required by local, state and federal authorities. SECTION 7. HANDLING AND STORAGE Handling: Avoid contact with the eyes, skin and clothing. Avoid breathing vapors or mists. Use with adequate ventilation. Wear appropriate protective clothing and equipment. Wash thoroughly with soap and water after handling. Keep containers closed when not in use. Do not reuse un-approved containers. Empty containers retain product residues can be hazardous. Follow all MSDS precautions when handling empty containers. Storage: Store in a cool, well ventilated area away from incompatible materials. SECTION 8. EXPOSURE CONTROLS/PERSONAL PROTECTION Exposure Guidelines: Alpha Olefin Sulfonate Diethylene Glycol

None Established 10 mg/m3 AIHA WEEL

Engineering Controls: Use with adequate general or local exhaust ventilation to maintain concentrations below the occupational exposure limits. Respiratory Protection: If exposure levels are exceeded, a NIOSH approved organic vapor/ particulate respirator should be worn. For higher exposures, a supplied air respirator may be required. Selection and use of respiratory equipment must be in accordance with OSHA 1910.134, 1910.1048, CSA Standard Z94.4-02 and good industrial hygiene practice. Skin Protection: Wear impervious gloves such as rubber or neoprene to avoid contact. Eye Protection: Chemical safety goggles are recommended. Other: Wear impervious clothing as needed to avoid contact.

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SECTION 9. PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES Appearance and Odor: Brown liquid with no odor. Physical State: Liquid Vapor Density: Not determined Solubility In Water: 100% Specific Gravity: 1.012 +/- 0.015 @ 25°C Melting Point: Not applicable Flash Point: None

Boiling Point: 220ºF Vapor Pressure: Not determined Evaporation Rate: Same as water pH: 11.5 +/- 1.0 Octanol/Water Coefficient: Not determined Flammable Limits: LEL: Not applicable UEL: Not applicable

SECTION 10. STABILITY AND REACTIVITY Stability: Stable Incompatibility: (Materials to Avoid): Avoid contact with oxidizing agents. Hazardous Decomposition Products: Burning of residue may release oxides of carbon, sulfur, and nitrogen. Hazardous Polymerization: Will Not Occur SECTION 11. TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION HEALTH HAZARDS: Ingestion: Ingestion may cause irritation of the mouth, throat and gastrointestinal tract, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Not expected to be acutely toxic if swallowed. Inhalation: Inhalation of vapors or mists may cause nose, throat and upper respiratory irritation, and central nervous system effects such as headache, dizziness, nausea, euphoria, and drowsiness. Eye: Contact may cause irritation with redness, pain, and tearing. Skin: May cause irritation with redness, swelling, itching and burning on prolonged contact. Sensitization: This product is not expected to cause skin sensitization. Chronic: Prolonged exposure to diethylene glycol may cause liver and kidney damage. Carcinogenicity: None of the components present at 0.1% or greater is listed as a carcinogen or suspected carcinogen by IARC, NTP, ACGIH or OSHA. Mutagenicity: No data available. Medical Conditions Aggravated by Exposure: Employees with pre-existing skin and respiratory conditions may be at increased risk from exposure. Acute Toxicity Values: Alpha Olefin Sulfonate: Oral Rat LD50 1300-2400 mg/kg; Skin Rabbit LD50 1130-2150 mg/kg Diethylene Glycol: Oral Rat LD50 25,300 mg/kg; Skin Rabbit LD50 11,900 mg/kg SECTION 12. ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION Alpha Olefin Sulfonate: LC50 fathead minnow 8.2 mg/L; LC50 rainbow trout 3.5 mg/L. Diethylene Glycol: EC50 daphnia 49,000 mg/L/48 hr; LC50 fathead minnow 78,000 mg/L/96 hr. SECTION 13. DISPOSAL CONSIDERATIONS Waste Disposal Method: Dispose according to local, state, and federal regulations. SECTION 14. TRANSPORT INFORMATION This product is not regulated for transportation by US DOT or Canadian TGD. Surface Freight Classification: Air Entraining Agents for Concrete Page 3 of 4


SECTION 15. REGULATORY INFORMATION CERCLA: This product is not subject to release reporting under CERCLA. Many states have more stringent release reporting requirements. Report spills required under federal, state. and local regulations. SARA Hazard Category (311/312): Acute health, Chronic health SARA 313: This product contains the following chemicals subject to Annual Release Reporting Requirements Under SARA Title III, Section 313 (40 CFR 372): None EPA TSCA Inventory: All of the ingredients in this product are listed on, or exempt from, the EPA TSCA Inventory. CANADA: This product has been classified under the CPR and this MSDS discloses information elements required by the CPR. Canadian WHMIS Classification: Class D - Division 2 - Subdivision B - (A toxic material causing other chronic effects) Canadian CEPA: All of the ingredients in this product are listed on, or exempt from, the Canadian DSL. SECTION 16. OTHER INFORMATION NFPA Rating: Health = 2 Fire = 0 Instability = 0 HMIS Rating: Health = 2 Fire = 0 Reactivity = 0 4 = Severe Hazard 3 = Serious Hazard 2 = Moderate Hazard 1 = Slight Hazard 0 = Minimal Hazard REVISION SUMMARY: Date Prepared: November, 2001 Revised: October 2004 Revised: May 2006 Revised: April 2009 Revised: June 2009 Revised: February 2011 MSDS Prepared By: Address:

Industrial Health & Safety Consultants, Inc. 17 Hazel Terrace, Woodbridge, CT 06525


Denese A. Deeds, CIH

MSDS Preparer Phone No.:

Senior Consultant 203-929-3473

fax 203-929-5823

The data included herein are presented in accordance with various environment, health and safety regulations. It is the responsibility of a recipient of this data to remain currently informed on chemical hazard information, to design and update its own program and to comply with all national, state and local laws and regulation applicable to safety, occupational health, right to know and environmental protection.

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