The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s Jobsite Chute Rinse-off video has earned the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) 2018 Communicator Distinction Award, part of the largest and most competitive program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals. AVIA receives 6,000-plus entries from companies, organizations and agencies of all sizes. Representatives of members—Condè Nast, Disney, Republica, Sesame Workshop, MTV, Starbucks, Time Inc., Tribal DDB, Yahoo!, among them—oversee and judge the program.
|Jobsite Chute Rinse-off, the latest addition to the NRMCA Environment | Sustainability video series, is available for purchase in streaming 24/7 or DVD formats at www.nrmca.org/store.|
Jobsite Chute Rinse-off was created at the direction of NRMCA’s Operations and Compliance Division. Videographer Thunder Bay Productions staged at the Draper, Utah, plant of producer member Jack B. Parson. The video instructs mixer drivers about the various methods to get their chutes clean while not violating environmental regulations. It also discusses the driver’s responsibility to adapt to each jobsite’s requirements and when to notify his or her company if there is a problem. Finally, the lesson points out that chute rinse-off plays a role in fleet maintenance as well as being a safety factor since correctly rinsing a chute prevents debris from hitting other vehicles as the mixer returns to the plant.
“Winning this award continues the Association’s commitment to constantly communicate the latest information, products, services and programs to help our members expand their markets and improve their operations, while supporting workforce performance,” says NRMCA President Robert Garbini.
‘Cost of Poor Quality’ CONCRETE SPREADSHEET
The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Research, Engineering and Standards Committee has released a spreadsheet and guidance document with which producers can calculate the financial impact caused by deficiencies in raw materials, plant equipment and production. “Cost of Poor Quality” (COPQ) measures a producer’s total cost of internal and external failures leading to ready mixed concrete not meeting specifications or rejected prior to placement. As a tool, it focuses attention on the quality management system in place at a plant or across a company.
By investing and implementing better quality practices, RES Committee members note, producers can reduce COPQ and increase profitability. Measurement of real costs also helps track quality improvement on an annual basis. The spreadsheet and guidance document are posted at www.nrmca.org/quality/index.htm#cost. Additional information on RES Committee activities can be obtained from NRMCA Vice President, Technical Services Karthik Obla, 888/846-7622; [email protected].