Crossfield Production Corp.
We are highlighting Crossfield Production Corp. because we use glue and tape in some of our boat construction demonstrations; these art supplies play the role of well-designed chemicals that build on centuries of scientific advances. Crossfield develops and sells the adhesives, paints, concretes, etc. that are used in ships and buildings across the world. Our Elmer's Glue® is their Dex-o-Tex®. This reading material focuses on the history of Crossfield Production Corp. while showing various engineering applications of their discoveries.
You may want to start with this marketing overview video (1:06) or the video in the Engineering Challenge below to help increase interest and introduce this topic.
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Introduction: Crossfield’s corporate history is described at https://www.crossfieldproducts.com/history. This website describes how the company “Crossfield” was started by a British chemist named Mr. Crossfield. You will see these technical terms in the article:p>
“sloping compound” – A chemical that hardens to create a slope. This chemical is used to ensure water runs off surfaces and does not form puddles.
“underlayment” – Chemicals that goes under flooring. For example, an underlayment for a tile in a classroom helps it stick to the floor.
“allocation” – During wars, in this case World War II, the American government took some resources to ensure they could make the weapons needed for war.
“polymer modified concrete” – Concrete that has long molecules added. The long molecules are called polymers.
“epoxy resin” – A type of chemical that is combined to create a strong bond with materials. There are many uses, but most epoxies are used as paints or glues.
Questions about reading:
What is a “formulation” as used in the first sentence?
What does a “sloping compound” do?
Who named the company “Crossfield Products Corp.”?
What event gave the company a lot of business in the beginning?
What does “core” mean in the first phrase of paragraph 3, “Although the marine business was its core…”?
Paragraph 3 says that the company “patented flexible roof deck surfacing material.”
What does it mean to patent something?
What does “flexible” mean in this context?
What does “diversified” mean in paragraph 2, “the most diversified product line of construction coatings”?
Select all the occupations that were mentioned as initial employees of Crossfield Products Corp.
Which paragraph did you find the information for the last question?
Select all the products that are part of Crossfield’s mission.
Explain what Dex-O-Tex® is and how it is used.
Is there anything still unclear about this reading?
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Crossfield Production Corp. is always innovating, but has some chemicals that are core to their history and their current products. Watch this video about how a Dex-O-Tex® related product is used to improve the safety of a parking deck while making it more green.
Crossfield's product improved the parking deck because it is more resistance than other products, so it will last longer. It will stay waterproof so the concrete is protected from the weather. It is skid resistant and gasoline and grease will not affect it. This product is also environmentally safe. For these reasons, Crossfield's product was used to improve this parking garage.
Engineering Challenge: What is something in your community that would be improved by this product from Crossfield?
Think about what would be the benefits. Discuss whether there might be any potential problems. How much cost would it save your community? How much should your community be willing to pay for these benefits?
If you create a presentation, feel free to upload your posters, videos, papers, etc. to our FLEET Forum (our central hub for STEM communications). Have fun!
If you need more examples to get started, read this case study about how Crossfield helped improve the Greek Theater in Griffith Park.