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MCT advances concrete mix delivery and distribution for precast production

The MCT Concrete Distribution System is the result of Marcantonini Concrete Group engineers’ research & development efforts to achieve maximum functionality, efficiency and reliability for rapid transport of high and low slump mixes. Aerovan AV flying buckets can deliver concrete loads up to 750 feet/minute in a controlled way, whereby material safely reaches its point of transfer or placement swiftly without affecting any of its properties. A Wi-Fi control system, developed in-house alongside plant automation devices, synchronizes the buckets with the batch plant and casting machines. It is programmed to allow only the plant operator to override bucket position and machine status.

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Haarup helps Valmont Utility scale rising prestressed pole demand

In 2016, Valmont Utility completed the installation of a new batching and mixing plant for concrete utility poles production in Bartow, Fla. The company is a leading fabricator of concrete and steel structures for the electric utility industry, and the central Florida operation is the largest source of static cast and spun prestressed concrete utility poles in the U.S.

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Big board Premier model joins Besser Servopac family

A decade after delivering the charter model of its next generation of Servo hydraulic concrete block and paver machines—each suited to legacy or competitor molds and delivering quick mold and height changes plus adjustments at the push of a button—Besser Co. has rounded out the Servopac family with its biggest offering.

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Installation system opens market for elevated stone decks, patios, stairs

For years, decks, elevated patios and balconies have been popular choices for homeowners when designing or remodeling their outside living spaces. Until recently, options have been limited primarily to wood or composite materials since natural stone, pavers and tile—while aesthetically pleasing—were too heavy and difficult to install on traditional wood joist framing.

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Precast wall systems match residential, commercial and earth-retaining sites

VanHooseCo Precast, LLC recently launched a production licensing program for proprietary wall systems. Engineered for residential and commercial building, plus earth-retaining applications, they are based on EnvirOcast structural panel templates, with vertical and horizontal concrete studs and bond beams imparting flexural and shear capacity. System licensees can offer various face finish options, including patterns from brick or stone form liners. VanHooseCo Precast will promote licensing options for these systems at the 2017 Precast Show (March 2-4, Cleveland):

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