One of 34 projects named in the Tilt-Up Concrete Association’s 2014 Achievement Award winners, the Sugar Land, Texas, Veterans Memorial took top honors in the Special Projects category. The memorial consists of an obelisk with five concrete panels, symbolizing the five branches of the military; a flag panel entryway; and, a bridge. Each element was cast on site using casting beds and wood formwork, and were erected in less than three days.Read More
With an eye to eliminating the need for cranes on a concrete production site, Vince Hagan Co. has developed a new safety control feature that ensures level hydraulic raising and lowering of its portable dry mix or central mixed batch plant models. The self-erect power pack unit allows for a smooth set-up of all the plant components, typically over a four-hour window.Read More
Company cites a doubling of efficiency in a redesign of its original Vibro-Aerator Cone, a widely adopted, longstanding vibrating bin device among concrete plant manufacturers and concrete producers.
In line with a commitment to offer tools specifically designed for the construction materials industry, Command Alkon is actively developing mobile applications to extend the traditional client-server experience into the hands of producers and their customers. One of their first programs, MOBILEcommerce, broadens the reach of dispatch system functionality and helps users process and track concrete order and delivery information from their mobile devices.
Tighter environmental regulations and yard space restrictions are requiring concrete producers to find new ways to dispose of their waste water. McLanahan Corp. has tailored gray water recycling systems to equip producers for compliance, while positioning their operations for improved efficiency, productivity and profitability.Read More
The 2015 World of Concrete marks the debut of the Con-E-Co Lo-Pro 327S mobile batch plant, achieving what company engineers note is a new level of performance. A compact, self-erecting and self-contained model, it features an in-truss dust control system, weighed water batcher, and the Lo-Pro’s blending cement batcher and live-bottom aggregate batcher.
A set of nine Chromix Admixtures for Color-Conditioned Concrete powder pigments were developed to complement the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management’s Standard Environmental Colors guide. The Naturescapes integral concrete pigments are specifically designed to visually recede into the surroundings by reflecting the darker, more recessive color schemes of native soils or vegetation.
To improve delivery efficiencies and monitor integrity of ready mixed concrete loads, Montreal-based fleet management and automation specialist Road King Technologies has integrated Hirschmann Solutions antennas in its truck-tracking programs. “As we continue to find ways to provide more data collection benefits to our concrete transport customers, we’re creating strategic partnerships with innovators like Hirschmann, who can help advance our technology,” says Road King President Harry Marks.Read More
Charlotte, N.C.-based Fontaine Modification Vocational Services has partnered with Simard Suspensions to install and distribute the Canadian manufacturer’s patented AMS twin-steer front suspension products in the United States and Mexico. Fontaine is the first post-production installer to effect a long-term arrangement with Simard, whose tandem steering components can significantly increase a vehicle’s load capacity without impacting maneuverability.
The K-Series 4WD Wheel Loaders feature three models that meet Environmental Protection Agency Final Tier 4 emissions standards. An engine update also allowed John Deere to offer enhancements to the 624K, 644K, and 724K for added durability, productivity, increased uptime and lower daily operating costs.