Concrete Batch Systems brings Pemat plant equipment to North America


Under a new partnership, Concrete Batch Systems represents Germany’s Pemat Mixing Technologies in the U.S. and Canada. The Maryland-based plant specialist will offer a full range of components and mixer models, including series equipped with the patented “whirler” technology Pemat unveiled earlier this year:

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apilion consummates Zublin machinery transition


Germany’s apilion machines+services has positioned the former Zublin MAB pipe cage machinery offering for a long-awaited market upswing on both sides of the Atlantic. “As a company we are well placed to take advantage of the global economic upturn and look to the future with confidence and optimism,” proclaims Managing Director Lothar Hartenbauer.

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3D printing-enabled research & development takes shape


A new Innovation Center at Dayton Superior Corp.’s headquarters in Miamisburg, Ohio, spans product showroom (below), chemical research (shown here at right) and engineering (facing page, bottom) laboratories; product testing and prototyping equipment; and, contemporary training areas. The 15,000-sq.-ft. facility is oriented around these business segments and functions:

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Industry-Wide EPD for ready mixed premiers at 2014 Greenbuild

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

With the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild Conference & Expo as a backdrop, NRMCA announced publication of environmental impacts for concrete to help members address the movement toward product transparency in the LEED v4 project rating system. The Industry-Wide (IW) Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and Benchmark (Industry Average) Report span a wide range of mix designs from materials sourced across the country.

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Durability top of architects’ mind on green building product scale

Source: PPG Industries, Pittsburgh

A survey of 600-plus architects representing a cross-section of job titles, experience, firm sizes and geographic locations finds durability, environmental product declarations and independent product certifications the most important attributes for green building specifications.

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Engineer-friendly ACI 318-14 debuts after code’s exhaustive reorganization

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

Gathering in Washington D.C. for its fall convention, ACI officially released the completely reorganized ACI 318-14: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete, to be referenced in 2015 International Building Code.

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Test models concrete mixtures’ drying behavior, augments slab specs

Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.

Newly published ASTM C1792, Test Method for Measurement of Mass Loss Versus Time for One-Dimensional Drying of Saturated Concretes will enable engineers and producers to characterize how hardened mixtures dry. “The information provided can be used to directly assess the drying rates of a given concrete mixture,” says ASTM member Dale Bentz, chemical engineer for the Materials and Structural Systems Division in the National Institute for Standards and Technology Engineering Laboratory. “[It] could be valuable for industrial flooring applications, for example, where a quick drying is often desirable.”

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Crane Summit spotlights equipment safety

The fourth World Crane and Transport Summit, November 12-13 at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami, will feature nearly 20 presentations from top industry figures, led by  Jim Wiethorn, principal engineer at Haag Engineering and U.S. crane and rigging industry veteran. He will outline findings of his firm’s recently released “Crane Accidents: A Study of Causes and Trends to Create a Safer Work Environment, 1983-2013.”

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