Mix and Washout Recycling Equipment

Concrete plant/yard space limitations, tightening storm and process water management rules, escalating waste-concrete hauling and disposal costs, and sustainability-driven water recycling measures are prompting more producers to invest in mix reclaiming and slurry filter press equipment. Concrete Products visits key players in both categories.

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Complete Load Solutions finishes critical electronic communications link

Losses from operational miscues, a general lack of ready mixed concrete dispatch and batch process efficiency, and significant task redundancies triggered a software programming and Internet of Things technology project leading to the late-2019 launch of Complete Load Solutions, LLC. By fully realizing communications links between dispatch software, batch software, and mixer trucks, the Chicago-based firm aims to eliminate load-out errors, while maximizing plant production.

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Application strikes accurate note in CMU compressive strength testing

A new non-destructive method of measuring concrete masonry compressive strength uses the acoustic impulse response of isolated unit specimens. Strike-it technology does not require bulky equipment or specialized facilities, and can be easily deployed in the field, according to British Columbia-based developer SoundQA Solutions.

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Wood ‘bucks’ stop at masonry sites bearing Quick Headers lintel supports

Utah’s Quick Headers chose World of Concrete 2020 for the national debut of its removeable lintel shoring system, market ready after four years’ proof of concept work with masonry and general contractors in its home base. Following a solidly positive response in Las Vegas, including Mason Contractors Association of America “Innovative Find” nod, Quick Headers is targeting block & brick supply yards and equipment rental operators. The company cites the potential of its namesake assembly as a profitable addition to rental programs—one that has proved to be a safe, reliable, and significant time and cost savings replacement for traditional wood framed “bucks.”

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2D drawing sunset key to improving clarity and productivity

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BY WAYNE MAIURI, CSWP

How much time does your design team spend creating erection drawings? What if you could reduce that time by 50 percent or more? What if your erector could have a 3D view of each piece to be erected individually—and could quickly access all the necessary information to erect each piece without shuffling between multiple pages on a set of 2D erection drawings?

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Software expedites materials, underground structure takeoffs

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The new Agtek Underground software combines intuitive data entry with flexible reporting to speed up takeoffs and track production of storm, sewer, water and other underground utilities. Underground applies trench and pipe specifications to compute bedding, cover, backfill, pipe displacement and trench spoil for each run of pipe. It likewise reports pipe and lateral lengths, plus counts of joints, valves and other fittings.

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Concrete Fiber Solutions, Prairie Material ‘wired’ into mesh alternative

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Concrete Fiber Solutions (CFS), along with Prairie Material and Goebel Forming, recently completed a massive flooring installation at the 110 N. Wacker project in Chicago, utilizing steel fiber reinforced concrete in place of traditional wire mesh. The high-rise features composite metal deck floors reinforced with 25 lbs./yd. of CFS 150-5 fibers in lightweight concrete mixes. The fiber substitution contributed to increased worker safety and floor-finishing efficiency.

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