A Texas ready-mix producer has embraced upgraded aeration of material silos at 38 plants for more than two decades, realizing savings of “hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
The National Concrete Masonry Association’s ICON-Xchange and B2B activities, February 24-26 in Orlando, plus 2016 bauma, April 11-17 in Munich, will feature new models and upgrades from block & paver machinery and component manufacturers. Concrete Products samples offerings from key ICON and bauma participants.
With founding-family members at the helm since 1892, Cleveland-based Carr Bros. has demonstrated a capacity to adapt to the changing nature of the concrete business, including current efforts to reduce fuel consumption. The producer recently worked with Schwing America to identify prospective savings using the manufacturer’s SMART Drum technology. The electronic wireless control system nets longer drum life, higher quality concrete, improved safety conditions, and reduced fuel consumption when measured against standard mixer trucks.
A 124-in. bumper to back of cab (bbc), set-forward axle model suited to heavy-haul or other extreme conditions commanding big bore power, the CT680 completes Caterpillar’s initial on-highway truck series—joining the CT660 (120-in. bbc, set-back axle) and CT681 (114-in. bbc, set-forward axle) models introduced at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011 and 2014, respectively.
Mindful of ready mixed concrete producers’ pursuit of differentiating their businesses through value-added services—fast, efficient mix placement, among them—Shumaker Industries has expanded its equipment portfolio with the Rotabelt T3D mixer-mounted conveyor and optional 360-degree rotating chute.