ConExpo-Con/Agg 2020 organizers focus like a laser on technology

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A 10- x 22-ft. smart city replica took center stage at a recent Chicago gathering hosted by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ ConExpo-Con/Agg 2020 planning team. It demonstrates how a smart city, through sensors and analytics, will be able to transform information into digestible data, providing knowledge for service departments and infrastructure to work smarter. The smart city model will be on display March 10-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and showcase such ConExpo-Con/Agg Tech Center scenarios as:

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ConExpo-Con/Agg manifests pent-up plant, fleet equipment needs

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Concrete plant equipment manufacturers, mixer truck body builders and fellow exhibitors enjoyed solid booth traffic, quote inquiries and buying activity at 2017 ConExpo-Con/Agg, some telling Concrete Products the March 7-11 event was the best such show to date. Confidence in the business climate and prospects for stepped up infrastructure investment, fueled by President Donald Trump, permeated the Las Vegas Convention Center gathering, co-located with IFPE 2017.

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ConExpo-Con/Agg organizers schedule 17-session Concrete education track

Sources: Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee; CP Staff

ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 and co-located IFPE exhibition kick off March 7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, running through March 11. The shows will offer a record 143 education sessions across 10 tracks, including Concrete, Transportation and the new Technology.

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New ASTM standard gauges prestressing strand bond integrity

ASTM A1096, Test Method for Evaluating the Bond Quality of Steel Wire for Concrete stems from assessment of precast members where indented prestressing wires exhibit potential bond-related cracking. Soon to be published by ASTM International Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys, the standard is based on A1081, Test Method for Evaluating Bond of Seven-Wire Steel Prestressing Strand.

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BASF macrofiber secures polymer-cementitious material bonding

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Following up on two major 2014 product introductions—MasterLife CRA (Crack-Reducing Admixture) 007 at World of Concrete, MasterSphere FT (Freeze-Thaw) 300 at ConExpo-Con/Agg—BASF Admixture Systems returned to Las Vegas this year with another concrete breakthrough attributable to its parent company’s vast well of chemistry.

 
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Wireless monitor flags impending hydraulic hose failure

Source: Eaton Hydraulics Business, Eden Prairie, Minn.

A breakthrough technology Eaton announced at ConExpo-Con/Agg and IFPE 2014 wirelessly monitors hydraulic hose assemblies and reports imminent failure in real time. The LifeSense system monitors up to 100 hoses and transmits data to a secure web portal where multiple users can check hydraulics’ operation status and set e-mail or text message alerts.

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