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ELE programs automatic compressive strength test machine control

The ADR Touch Control Pro features what system developers call the latest in materials testing lab technology. A key feature of new ADR-equipped machines is LAN connectivity for remote control via the PC-based app, known as ‘ELE Logger.’ It enables quality control technicians to initiate and monitor tests away from the lab, and service staff to conduct remote diagnostics.

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Low dust polymeric paver sand

High-performance sand and sand-based product specialist Fairmount Santrol kicked off commercialization of Accel dust-preventing polymeric sand at the 2017 Hardscape North America trade show, staged at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville. Manufactured with the company’s Prevent technology, Accel reduces on-site dust and haze up to 90 percent compared with traditional polymeric sand—enhancing air quality with an engineered, environmentally cleaner formula.

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Excavator grading technology optimizes slab, bedding material estimates

Caterpillar’s Next Generation Hydraulic Excavator series has debuted with the 20-ton 320 GC, 320 and 323 machines, each engineered to increase operating efficiency, lower fuel and maintenance costs, and improve operator comfort compared to previous models. The new models offer unique combinations of purpose-built features designed to match customers’ productivity and cost targets.

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Batch panel upgrades

Programmers have added features to the BatchTron models I, II and III, giving them a new look and enhanced usability. Many pages of setup choices make all models adaptable to different concrete plant configurations without extra customization. Users can work with combinations of aggregate bins and cement silos, dry plant or with mixer, and method of aggregate transfer—by conveyor, conveyor and holding hopper, or skip hoist.

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Steam curing equipment, system engineering

The manufacturer’s signature equipment for precast, prestressed, pipe, masonry and tile curing, generates large volumes of controllable, low-cost steam. Operating at half the cost of traditional boilers, engineers note, CurePak can show return on investment in two years or less. Its capacity to produce steam instantly and initiate combustion prior to water contacting hot air equates to nearly 100 percent thermal efficiency and carbon monoxide risk reduction. CurePak also fits precast operations with flexible curing parameters, especially those requiring both intermittent and continuous steam flows.

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