Cathedral Stone bridges past and future for preservationists

Hanover, Md.-based Cathedral Stone Products, Inc. has developed a full line of masonry restoration systems, backed by technical support, laboratory testing and color matching services. As an industry pioneer, the company offers proven systems for preservation projects including surface preparation products, mineral coatings and masonry staining systems.

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Vacuum devices best hooks, slings and chains for up to 22-ton loads

Manufacturer has tailored hydraulic- and diesel-powered vacuum lifting devices for product or structure handling at construction sites and precast or concrete pipe plants. All systems feature wireless remote operation and 360-deg. rotation to position loads without a tag line operator. They offer an alternative to hook, sling or chain handling, and help limit the number of crew members in a load’s path.

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Digital calibration drives new generation rheometer for SCC mix measurement

Germann Instruments has unveiled ICAR Plus Rheometer, citing a strong motor, personalized electronics and more comprehensive software than the predecessor model. ICAR Plus’ principal advantage is a digital calibration process affording operators a ready to use system under any environment and working condition. Calibrated on-site, it can be verified in the laboratory with the same silicone as the ICAR Rheometer.

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A-Lok looks past steel to basalt fiber reinforced polymer rebar

As composites of fibers embedded in polymeric resins, fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP) have emerged as an alternative to steel for concrete reinforcing bars, offering weight savings, strength and corrosion-rooted durability advantages, and longer service life. Manufacturing advances have positioned FRP rebar as competitive with conventional steel reinforcement, and very competitive with higher performance epoxy-coated and stainless steel rebar, according to A-Lok Products.

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Wausau Tile and Iowa Mold Tooling: A delivery solution

Precast site furnishings common in settings from municipal streetscapes to McDonald’s and Target locations positioned Wisconsin’s Wausau Tile among the first producers to establish a national concrete brand. One of the key means of supporting and building that brand is a delivery service catering to non-contractor customers who are not equipped for heavy lifting or repairing concrete damaged in transit.

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Elematic program executes continuous hollow core production

The FloorMES E9 is a hands-on tool for supervising and planning precast floor element production. The automated manufacturing execution system (MES) from Finland’s Elematic Oyj and Wisconsin-based Elematic Inc. optimizes and balances the production plan and schedules; monitors work process against the original plan; and, engineers note, spells an end to manual processes and paper piles that have accompanied hollow core fabrication.

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Pneumatic deflection elbows cut wear, dust, offload time for bulk handling

The tight-radius Smart Elbow deflection component provides a controlled flow, which is especially advantageous when conveying dusty materials such as cement or fly ash.

San Antonio-based Robert Ober & Associates is a design/build firm serving an international client base for bulk material handling projects that range from $25,000 retrofit contracts to $25 million turnkey plant projects. Its early focus on pneumatic handling for concrete plants has grown to include a wide range of material transfer, weigh batching, and powder blending systems in other industries. About 60 percent of that focus is on new plant designs, the remainder on retrofits.

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NPP’s Valley Forge crossing celebrates Washington’s bridge builder

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary of Transportation Leslie Richards joined National Park Service and other federal, state and local officials for a late-summer opening of the $9.2-million Sullivan’s Bridge. The 14-ft. wide, 604-ft. long bicycle and pedestrian trail structure spans the Schuylkill River in Valley Forge National Historical Park, near Philadelphia.

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Curve Appeal

High Concrete precast system is key in ‘gravity defying’ 1200 Intrepid

Denver, Pa.-based High Concrete Group played a key role in creating a “gravity defying” 92,000-sq.-ft., four-story office building in the heart of Philadelphia’s Navy Yard Corporate Center. World-class architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), based in Copenhagen and New York, designed the $34 million 1200 Intrepid to mimic the curves of the adjacent Central Green park. Challenged with this unique design opportunity, High Concrete Group’s engineering team developed a precast component system necessary to execute the curved façade.

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