HammerTek deflection elbows end blowouts for packaged materials producer

Sealmaster of Allentown, Pa. packages and ships pavement maintenance products to 50-plus countries through more than 100 distribution centers in North America and Asia. Its headquarters plant uses silica sand as a filler to improve durability and add skid resistance to pavement sealers. The 60 mesh (250 micron) sand arrives by pneumatic truck trailer equipped with a 1,000-cfm blower. A…

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Technology developer to fleet owners: Are you reclaiming fuel taxes?

Last year saw ready mixed concrete producers adopt paperless documentation for common procedures in a big way. Many such measures were focused on customer service activities and quality control, yet officials from Florida-based Link2Pump suggest it might be time to extend paperless documentation to a fleet fueling system.

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Safety, fairness and the new era of workplace drug testing

The ready-mix concrete industry prides itself on leveraging technology to optimize the customer experience. Its technology investments generally focus on improving production and delivery such as quality and service. To its discredit, technology does not always provide direct benefits to employees—the resource that leaders in ready-mix production universally acknowledge is the most important. However, through the championing of cutting-edge technology,…

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Concrete Maturity Method: Tradition Enables Innovation

The construction materials testing (CMT) industry is excited by the possibilities of estimating concrete strength via the non-destructive maturity method. This method provides a number of enhancements to the traditional laboratory compression test method. But the maturity method is not an alternative or replacement. Indeed, maturity testing relies completely on the traditional compression test method.

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Fast returns flow from silo aeration retrofit investment

Flooring materials manufacturer Forpac realized more efficient operation through an investment in modern silo aeration at its Haines City, Fla. operation. “We had been operating with airpads in our 144-ton silos that store white cement powder and calcium carbonate used to make our thin set adhesive and grout for tile floors,” observes Plant Manager Mike Dulin. The result, he adds,…

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PMP Industries delivers a new level of control for mixer drum drives

“It’s not uncommon to see a mixer truck roll off the assembly line using drum drive technology from the 1980s,” says PMP Industries North America General Manager Robert Magness. While the maturity of such technology may provide confidence in the equipment, he adds, mixer fleet owners are prevented from realizing important drive and control performance improvements in an age of…

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Finfrock Technologies expands paperless platform to the field

Finfrock Technologies’ comprehensive Command Suite of software solutions includes three integrated programs for increased efficiency and communication in precast, prestressed concrete. Together, StructureWorks, XceleRAYtor and PieceTracker provide a synergistic approach to improve information flow and productivity for a competitive advantage in project design, engineering, production and construction.

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Stubbe’s Precast traces road to hollow core layout automation

After nearly two decades of serving agricultural markets with bunk feeders, bunker silo walls, slats, plus posts and beams, Harley, Ontario-based Stubbe’s Precast Commercial Ltd. entered mainline construction in 2001 with the introduction of hollow core plank. Over the next nine years, the producer added structural wall panels, columns, beams and double tees, the portfolio of which now anchors a…

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