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Infra-Tect to Present At Water Infrastructure Industry Conferences

(Phoenix, Arizona – August 25, 2015) – Infra-Tect, focused on delivering innovative solutions for the water and wastewater infrastructure industry, announced today that it will be attending and presenting at several upcoming industry conferences.

• Rural Water Association of Arizona (RWAA) – Leadership Conference: Wednesday, August 26, 2015, Prescott Arizona.

• American Public Works Association (APWA) – International Public Works Congress & Exposition: August 31 – September 2, 2015. Phoenix, Arizona.

• Tri-State Seminar (California, Arizona, Nevada): September 22 – 24, 2015. Las Vegas, Nevada

• National Rural Water Authority (NRWA) – WaterPro Conference: September 28 – 30, 2015, Oklahoma City, OK

Michael Neill, the Company’s president stated, “These conferences represent some of the leading events for our industry and we’re very thankful for being selected as a speaker and presenter. Covering subjects such as beveling pipes, worker safety, and mitigating corrosion, we’re excited to attend and meet many of the great companies and people that are a big part of the water infrastructure industry.”

Infra-Tect invented the patented Bevel-Sert and is developing other innovations for the world’s water and wastewater infrastructure industry that increase pipe longevity, reduce installation and maintenance costs, and improve worker safety. The world’s water infrastructure is in dire need of repair and being upgraded with billions of gallons of water lost each year from leaking pipes and water main breaks, and is estimated by industry experts as a $1.2 trillion issue.

About the Bevel-Sert
Infra-Tect’s flagship product, the Bevel-Sert, is a pre-beveled NSF-61 certified radius insert used in conjunction with standard size buried ductile iron pipe, and is intended to facilitate the safe installation of underground utilities where field cut pipe beveling is required. The product eliminates the industry practice of grinding a bevel into the cut end of the pipe, improving worker safety and saving significant time and money.

The Bevel-Sert may also be used in ductile iron pipe as a barrier to electrical current, promoting the existence of an electrically discontinuous pipe-joint segment and, and by doing so, it reduces pipe corrosion and maintenance, which increases the lifetime of the underground pipe infrastructure.

About Infra-Tect
Infra-Tect is a water and wastewater underground infrastructure company that provides innovative solutions around pipe corrosion prevention, worker safety and productivity improvements that save companies time and money. The Company has developed several patented products designed to ease the installation process and protect ductile iron pipe, as well as for C-900 PVC, IPS PVC, SDR-26 and SDR-35 PVC pipe or fittings.

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Infra-Tect Selected as Semi-Finalist for the Spring 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC) Provided by the Arizona Commerce Authority – the AIC awards the most money in the country for a technology commercialization challenge at $3 million per year

(Phoenix, Arizona. May 12, 2015) – From their headquarters in Tempe Arizona, Infra-Tect, Inc. announces that they have been selected as a semi-finalist for the Spring 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC). Infra-Tect was selected among 138 companies that submitted applications as one of the 25 businesses that move on to the final round to be considered for a financial grant of up to $250,000.

Michael Neill, the Company’s president stated, “Infra-Tect was previously a finalist in the Spring 2014 AIC, and we are determined to go for it again this year. The fact that we were selected as a semi-finalist for this year’s challenge is a testament to our progress and achievements as a company. Working with the Arizona Commerce Authority has been very rewarding and insightful to us as a growing enterprise, and we congratulate all the other semi-finalists for their achievements and being selected.”

Infra-Tect invented the patented Bevel-Sert and is developing other innovations for the world’s water and wastewater infrastructure industry that increase pipe longevity, reduce installation and maintenance costs, and improve worker safety. The world’s water infrastructure is in dire need of repair and being upgraded with billions of gallons of water lost each year from leaking pipes and water main breaks, and is estimated by industry experts as a $1 trillion issue.

About The Arizona Innovation Challenge
Know How Arizona proves it’s the best state in the country for innovation? A $3 million reality check. The Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), powered by the Arizona Commerce Authority, awards the most money in the country for a technology commercialization challenge – $3 million ($1.5 million twice yearly) to the world’s most promising technology ventures with awards ranging from $100,000 to $250,000 per company.

The AIC invests in the most talented entrepreneurs that are bringing products to market that literally change the way the world works, while also driving wealth and job creation for the state of Arizona.

These investments represent non-dilutive capital and will be provided to the winning companies as they attain certain business milestones during a 12-month period. In addition, Arizona was recently voted as first in the country for entrepreneurial activity by Fast Company Magazine.

About the Bevel-Sert
Infra-Tect’s flagship product, the Bevel-Sert, is a pre-beveled NSF-61 certified radius insert used in conjunction with any size buried ductile iron pipe, and is intended to facilitate the safe installation of undergoround utilities where pipe beveling is often required. The product eliminates the industry practice of grinding a bevel into the cut end of the pipe, improving worker safety and saving significant time and money.

The Bevel-Sert may also be used in ductile iron pipe as a barrier to electrical current, promoting the existence of an electrically discontinuous pipe-joint segment and, by doing so, it reduces pipe corrosion and maintenance, which increases the lifetime of the underground pipe infrastructure.

About Infra-Tect
Infra-Tect is a water and wastewater underground infrastructure company that provides innovative solutions around pipe corrosion prevention, worker safety and productivity improvements that save companies time and money. The Company has developed several patented products designed to ease the installation process and protect ductile iron pipe: C-900 PVC, IPS PVC, SDR-26 and SDR-35 PVC pipe of fittings.

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Infra-Tect Announces New Website Launch Providing Water Infrastructure Solutions Worldwide The world’s aging water infrastructure is a $1 trillion dollar issue and Infra-Tect has a solution to increase pipeline longevity, cut installation costs and reduce maintenance.

(Phoenix, Arizona. March 27, 2015) – Today, from their headquarters in Tempe Arizona, Infra-Tect announces the launch of their new corporate website, which can be found at www.infra-tect.com. The website features Infra-Tect’s latest technology, information on its growing product line, and the various solutions they provide for the world’s water and wastewater infrastructure industry to increase pipe longevity, reduce installation and maintenance costs, and improve worker safety. Infra-Tect’s new website incorporates valuable product information, installation videos, product submittal sheets, as well as expanded information on the Company, its team and industry resources.

Since the Company’s recent commercial launch of its revolutionary product, the Bevel-Sert, a patented pipe corrosion prevention technology, Infra-Tect felt it was best to redesign its website and provide significantly more information to its prospective customers and partners. Michael Neill, Infra-Tect’s President, stated “We’re very excited about the launch of our new corporate website and providing a contemporary and informative presence where people can learn about our products and solutions, while we can also keep our clients up to date by providing the information they need. The new Infra-Tect website is a great step for the Company in conveying our message and connecting with the water infrastructure industry that needs our solution.”

About the Bevel-Sert
Infra-Tect’s flagship product, the Bevel-Sert, is a pre-beveled radius insert used in conjunction with any size buried ductile iron pipe, and is intended to facilitate the safe installation of underground utilities where pipe beveling is often required. The product eliminates the industry practice of grinding a bevel into the cut end of the pipe, improving worker safety and saving significant time and money.

The Bevel-Sert may also be used in ductile iron pipe as a barrier to electrical current, promoting the existence of an electrically discontinuous pipe-joint segment and, by doing so, it reduces pipe corrosion and maintenance, which increases the lifetime of the underground pipe infrastructure.

About Infra-Tect
Infra-Tect is a water and wastewater underground infrastructure company that provides innovative solutions around pipe corrosion prevention, worker safety and productivity improvements that save companies time and money. The Company has developed several patented products designed to ease the installation process and protect ductile iron pipe: C-900 PVC, IPS PVC, SDR-26 and SDR-35 PVC pipe or fittings.

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Infra-Tect Named Semi-Finalist in 2013 Cleantech Open Business Competition and Accelerator Program

(Phoenix, Arizona. August 6, 2013) – Infra-Tect, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of the Semi-Finalists in the 2013 Cleantech Open Business Competition and Accelerator Program.

The Cleantech Open recognizes emerging green and sustainability-oriented companies and provides accelerated expansion opportunities. It also provides greater visibility to showcase products and services to those who could most benefit from advances in clean and sustainable technology in areas that include water management, infrastructure, and environmental technology. Infra-Tect was chosen as a Cleantech Open Semi-Finalist because the company has designed and patented the Bevel-Sert, a unique and easy-to-install isolation flange for ductile iron pipe (DIP). The Bevel-Sert is proven to address corrosion and safety issues by multiplying the longevity of DIP underground water and wastewater infrastructure. Advantages versus currently available DIP accessories include:

  • Isolation of each pipe joint, improving cathodic protection, polywrap protection, and non-protected pipes to greatly increase pipe lifespan.
  • Improved installation speed, ease, and safety by eliminating the need to bevel the pipe.
  • Meets ANSI/AWWA C906-7 for Polyethylene Pressure Pipe and Fittings for Water Distribution and Transmission
  • Material is NSF/ANSI Standard 61 approved

Infra-Tect is adding the Bevel-Sert to its product line which also includes the Snap-Sert isolation flange used to encapsulate the exposed cut end of Asbestos Cement Pipe (ACP) during installation, repair, and removal/disposal.

  • What would it mean if you could eliminate the need to bevel pipe?
  • What would it mean if you could isolate each pipe joint in a cathodic protection scenario?
  • What would it mean if you could improve worker safety in pipe assembly?
  • What would it mean if you could increase the life of Ductile Iron Pipe?
  • What would it mean if we could lower life cycle costs for infrastructure?

About Infra-Tect
Infra-Tect is a water and wastewater underground infrastructure company that provides innovative solutions around pipe corrosion prevention, worker safety and productivity improvements that save you time and money. The Company has developed several patented products designed to ease the installation process and protect ductile iron pipe, C-900 PVC, IPS PVC, SDR-26 and SDR-35 PVC pipe or fittings.

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Could Bevel-Serts have Prevented a Disaster like this?

(Phoenix, Arizona. May 17, 2013) – “They were actually kayaking back and forth on the street here.”

Last Sunday, a water main break in San Diego, CA caused significant damage to homes and apartments. The water pipe in question was installed in 1943.

  • This is just one of the more than 850 water main breaks that occur in North America every day.
  • According to Arian Collins, spokesman for the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department, “the break was likely due to corrosion to an old cast iron water main.” Continue reading

Simple Electrical Testing Shows Efficacy of Bevel-Sert

(Phoenix, Arizona. April 19, 2013) – “…the Ductile Iron pipe most probably will collect stray current. This area needs to be electrically isolated from adjacent piping that will not be collecting stray current. One method of achieving this is installing insulating couplings.”
–(Richard W. Bonds, P.E., Stray Current Effects on Ductile Iron Pipe, Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association, Birmingham, Alabama)

“Insulated joints are used to break the metallic electrical connection between two pipelines, pipeline components or structures, thereby preventing the flow of electrical current between them.” –(AWWA Manual M41, “Ductile-Iron Pipe and Fittings”, American Water Works Association)

The Bevel-Sert isolation flange is made out of 3608/4710 NSF High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), a dielectric material. When used in Ductile Iron Pipe (DIP) applications, the Bevel-Sert acts as an insulator and a barrier to electrical current at each joint, promoting the existence of an electrically discontinuous pipe joint segment when the joint segment is bottomed out in the bell. The Bevel-Sert is designed to make infrastructure pipe joints electrically discontinuous, thereby reducing the corrosion rate and effectively extending the useful life of water and sewage pipes well beyond their current life expectancy.

high efficacy of Bevel-Sert for electrical discontinuityTest Results
Independent test results show that use of the Bevel-Sert in DIP joints increases the resistivity across the joint and thus helps to reduce the potential for corrosion in pipelines.

Without the Bevel-Sert, corrosion issues abound in metal pipes. That corrosion leads to a shorter life span for the pipes, resulting in increased costs for municipalities, which need to replace these pipes more often. According to the 2009 “Report Card for America’s Infrastructures” by the American Society of Civil Engineers, “New solutions are needed for what amounts to nearly $1 trillion in critical drinking water and wastewater investments over the next two decades.” Corrosion also translates to millions of gallons of wasted water – our most precious resource. Depending on location, the current replacement cost of an eight-inch water main can be as high as $180 per foot.

The simple investment in the economical Bevel-Sert exponentially extends serviceable life of the pipe.

About Infra-Tect
Infra-Tect is a water and wastewater underground infrastructure company that provides innovative solutions around pipe corrosion prevention, worker safety and productivity improvements that save you time and money. The Company has developed several patented products designed to ease the installation process and protect ductile iron pipe, C-900 PVC, IPS PVC, SDR-26 and SDR-35 PVC pipe or fittings.

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Bevel-Serts and Snap-Serts

(Phoenix, Arizona. April 8, 2013) – “At the dawn of the 21st century, much of our drinking water infrastructure is nearing the end of its useful life.” –(ASCE 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure)

“Capital investment needs for the nation’s wastewater and stormwater systems are estimated to total $298 billion over the next 20 years.” –(ASCE 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure)

“Drinking water systems alone require an investment of $334.8 billion over the next two decades.”–(EPA, 2011)

Infra-Tect, Inc. is now taking orders for its patented, unrivaled product, the Bevel-Sert, which is proven to address corrosion and safety issues while improving the quality of ductile iron pipe (DIP) underground water and wastewater infrastructure. Infra-Tect is also taking orders for its Snap-Sert, used to encapsulate the exposed cut end of Asbestos Cement Pipe (ACP) during installation, repair, and removal/disposal.

The Bevel-Sert 
The United States and countries worldwide are facing massive failures in their water and sewer pipe infrastructure. This corrosion-related failure costs billions of dollars per year to repair or replace. Leakage in existing pipe infrastructure accounts for approximately 22% of current water bills. Current methods for repair and/or replacement of corroded pipes are both expensive and unsafe, as well as in violation of OSHA safety regulations.

The Bevel-Sert Isolation Flange is a pre-beveled radius insert used in conjunction with any size buried DIP. It is the first product that specifically addresses both corrosion and safety issues, as well as water leakage, when utilized to connect infrastructure pipes. The Bevel-Sert is designed to make infrastructure pipe joints electrically discontinuous, thereby reducing the corrosion rate and effectively extending the useful life of water and sewage pipes well beyond their current life expectancy. Additionally, the Bevel-Sert provides for a better bevel at the pipe joint, effectively reducing the potential for leakage at the rubber gasket. The Bevel-Sert saves on average 81% of the pipe joining time. It also reduces worker’s compensation claims caused by safety issues with the current OSHA prohibited practice of using a gas-powered cut-off saw to grind a bevel onto the end of the pipe.

Without the Bevel-Sert, corrosion issues abound in metal pipes. That corrosion leads to a shorter life span for the pipes, which in result leads to increased costs for municipalities as they need to replace these pipes more often. According to the 2009 “Report Card for America’s Infrastructures” by the American Society of Civil Engineers; “New solutions are needed for what amounts to nearly $1 trillion in critical drinking water and wastewater investments over the next two decades.” Corrosion also translates to millions of gallons of wasted water – our most precious resource. Depending on location, the current replacement cost of an eight-inch water main can be as high as $180 per foot. The simple investment in the economical Bevel-Sert drastically cuts installation time and expense and exponentially extends serviceable life costs of the pipe.

The Bevel-Sert, with its patented design and ease of installation also requires less assembly force than factory beveled pipe. This is in part due to the beveled high density polyethylene radius versus a straight 30 degree angle as found on uncut or field beveled pipe. The reduction in assembly force reduces the possibility of rolled or cut gaskets thus providing peace of mind and a cheap insurance policy that the installation will not leak.

Snap-Sert
The Snap-Sert is a fast, easy way to encapsulate friable asbestos on the ends of Asbestos Cement Pipe (ACP) and prevent its release into the environment and potable water systems. It also reduces erosion of ACP at the cut end by encapsulating the end of the pipe so water flow and resulting turbulence cannot erode the end of the pipe and induce asbestos into the water system.

Made from NSF-61 approved ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) plastic, the Snap-Sert encapsulates the exposed cut end of ACP during installation, repair and replacement, thus reducing asbestos exposure to workers and the public, and promoting safe handling and disposal of ACP as identified in OSHA regulation 1926.1101(g)(5)(ii)(B)(6).

About Infra-Tect
Infra-Tect is a water and wastewater underground infrastructure company that provides innovative solutions around pipe corrosion prevention, worker safety and productivity improvements that save you time and money. The Company has developed several patented products designed to ease the installation process and protect ductile iron pipe, C-900 PVC, IPS PVC, SDR-26 and SDR-35 PVC pipe or fittings.

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Push-on Fittings Reduce Worker Injury in Ductile Iron Pipe Joints The Bevel-Sert Replaces Dangerous, OSHA-prohibited Practices

reduce worker injuries when installing ductile iron pipe joints(Phoenix, Arizona. June 13, 2011) – In the world of underground piping, a mechanical joint fitting has been the status quo for connecting two pipes for as long as anyone can remember. When laying water pipes, crews have historically had to stop and install a mechanical joint fitting to complete the connection, which takes additional time and labor. A cost-effective and easy alternative to this option is to use a push-on fitting, which results in a significant reduction of worker injuries.

The Bevel-Sert, an HDPE edge that instantly creates a bevel to join two pipes, is a push-on fitting that nearly eliminates worker injuries and corrosion associated with electroconnectivity while extending pipe life up to 11 times. Currently, the accepted practice among underground construction teams is to use a cut-off saw to cut the pipe and then, with the same saw, grind a bevel onto the cut pipe to connect them. However, OSHA clearly prohibits this behavior due to the safety implications to workers using the tools incorrectly.

Using a cut-off saw to bevel pipes has been the go-to solution for a number of years because of its speed and ease. The worker already has the saw in hand from cutting the pipe end, so turning it on its side to bevel is arguably the easiest option. The sideways blade grinds down the pipe to create the angled edge casinobonuses.io and then the male end of the pipe is forcibly pushed against the rubber gasket in the female end to create a seal.

While this may seem a reasonable way to bevel pipes and keep production moving forward in a timely manner, it presents numerous hazards. Eye injuries are prevalent when cutting pipe, even if the worker is wearing personal protection equipment. Ductile iron pipe shrapnel consists of tiny flecks of ground material that can be caught in the eye area and even get rubbed into the eye itself after goggles are removed. The irritation causes increased tearing, and those salt-water tears oxidize the iron very quickly, causing it to rust to the surface of the eye. If you magnify that result with millions of gallons of water coursing through ductile iron pipes, you begin to see the larger issue of corrosion in our infrastructure.

About the Bevel-Sert
The Bevel-Sert is an HDPE beveled edge that connects two pipe ends. The product comes in a variety of sizes to suit your needs. It is manufactured by Infra-Tect, located in Tempe, Arizona.

About Infra-Tect
Infra-Tect is a water and wastewater underground infrastructure company that provides innovative solutions around pipe corrosion prevention, worker safety and productivity improvements that save you time and money. The Company has developed several patented products designed to ease the installation process and protect ductile iron pipe, C-900 PVC, IPS PVC, SDR-26 and SDR-35 PVC pipe or fittings.

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Bevel-Sert Reduces Corrosion by Making Underground Piping Electrically Discontinuous HDPE Beveled Edge Has the Potential to Save Municipalities Significant Infrastructure Repair Expenses

(Phoenix, Az. April 21, 2011) – If you were to look at the average water pipe running under the ground, you would inevitably find some level of corrosion, from a minimal amount to the pipe being on the verge of breaking. This corrosion can affect the quality of the water and the lifespan of the pipe. The Bevel-Sert, an HDPE beveled radius developed by Infra-Tect, connects two ductile iron pipes and reduces the corrosion potential by increasing the electrical discontinuity between the pipe segments to a level of no more than 9%.

Another issue with older pipes is that they can burst at any time, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. According to an article in The New York Times, water mains installed across the country 70-200 years ago are bursting with alarming regularity. There are an estimated 240,000 water main breaks each year in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Aging Water Infrastructure Research Program. The article also draws attention to the cost involved with upgrading the nation’s infrastructure:

The new federal stimulus law provides $6 billion for water projects, with $2 billion of that directed to drinking-water systems. But that money is only, well, a drop in the bucket: a report released last month by the E.P.A. estimated that the nation’s drinking water systems require an investment of $334.8 billion over the next two decades, with most of the money needed to improve transmission and distribution systems.

Currently, workers are using a cut-off saw to bevel the edges of pipes to join them, a practice which is both dangerous and prohibited by OSHA regulations. Because the two pipes are directly connected, electro-connectivity will naturally occur from the moment the pipes are installed. Other issues can affect the rate at which corrosion occurs, including chemicals in the soil, the quality of the pipes, electrical current, and water. The Bevel-Sert mitigates all of these issues, extending the lifespan of most underground pipes up to 11 times by isolating each pipe segment at the joint.

How does the Bevel-Sert accomplish this? Because it is made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), the chemical reaction that causes corrosion is abated and the current cannot pass from one joint to the next. The Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association states that there are “long-line corrosion cells,” which occur due to the accumulation of electrical current passing up and down the pipe line—-but this can be eliminated by making joints that are not bonded or by making them electrically isolated. That is exactly what the Bevel-Sert does.

About the Bevel-Sert
The Bevel-Sert is an HDPE beveled edge that connects two pipe ends. The product comes in a variety of sizes to suit your needs. It is manufactured by Infra-Tect, located in Tempe, Ariz.

About Infra-Tect
Infra-Tect is a water and wastewater underground infrastructure company that provides innovative solutions around pipe corrosion prevention, worker safety and productivity improvements that save you time and money. The Company has developed several patented products designed to ease the installation process and protect ductile iron pipe, C-900 PVC, IPS PVC, SDR-26 and SDR-35 PVC pipe or fittings.

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Using Cut-Off Saws to Bevel Edges on Ductile Iron Pipes Prohibited by OSHA Bevel-Sert, High-quality HDPE Beveled Edge, Adheres to Standards and Lowers Costs

bevel edges on ductile iron pipes with the bevel-sert(Phoenix, AZ. March 24, 2011) – Many of us may not even think about how water comes through our pipes each day, but underground pipes are a necessity to pass that water from its source to our kitchens and bathrooms and from there, away. With the billions of gallons of water flowing through those pipes on a daily basis, it’s not surprising that corrosion can occur. Infra-Tect has created a new HDPE beveled edge that not only eliminates corrosion but also adheres to OSHA standards and reduces workers’ compensation claims.

The Bevel-Sert is a beveled edge that helps connect two underground ductile iron or PVC pipes. It’s that simple. What this little HDPE ring does, however, is profound. Currently, most construction workers are using a cut-off saw to cut the pipe and then, with the same saw, grind a bevel onto the cut pipe in order to connect them. However, OSHA clearly prohibits this behavior due to the safety implications to the workers who are using the tools incorrectly.

Without the Bevel-Sert, corrosion issues abound in metal pipes. That corrosion can lead to a shorter life span for the pipes, which in result leads to increased costs for municipalities as they need to replace these pipes more often. Corrosion also translates to millions of gallons of wasted water-one of our most precious resources. Depending on location, replacement of an eight-inch water main can be as high as $180 per foot. The simple investment in the Bevel-Sert drastically cuts installation and serviceable life costs in the long run.

About Infra-Tect
Infra-Tect is a water and wastewater underground infrastructure company that provides innovative solutions around pipe corrosion prevention, worker safety and productivity improvements that save you time and money. The Company has developed several patented products designed to ease the installation process and protect ductile iron pipe, C-900 PVC, IPS PVC, SDR-26 and SDR-35 PVC pipe or fittings.

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