Pivoting lift truck

The electric powered, multidirectional Combi-MR4 reach truck is equipped with the new Dynamic 360° steering function, which provides rotation on each wheel and enables seamless directional change while on the move. Dynamic 360° allows the agile forklift to work in forward, sideward and crab steer mode, guaranteeing swift operation.  Engineers sought to develop a multidirectional model with a very low…

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Device measures silica particulate concentration in real time

The Air XS Silica Monitor is billed as the world’s first real time detector for silica particulates. Free of complicated set-up or time-consuming training requirements, it measures airborne dust mixtures’ respirable crystalline silica (RCS) in plant environments and on job sites. The Air XS Silica Monitor displays the presence of RCS mass by volume, while also distinguishing the presence of…

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Votorantim Cimentos NA joins Silicon Valley innovation platform

Sources: Plug and Play, Sunnyvale, Calif.; CP staff The parent company of Prairie Material, Canada Building Materials and St. Marys Cement is partnering with the Plug and Play Sustainability Platform to tap technology incubating in Silicon Valley and around the world. The collaboration enables Toronto-based Votorantim Cimentos North America to identify startups driving developments in such areas as digitization; new…

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Concrete, plumbing fixtures lead in construction input price stability

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff New U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index data confirms rampant inflation (> 50 percent) levels among eight of 11 Nonresidential Construction input subcategories. An Associated Builders & Contractors analysis finds segment prices up 21.9 percent year over year through May, and 44.4 percent since February 2020. Plumbing Fixtures and…

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Unit makers unite

A visit with ICPI-NCMA Chair-Elect Matt Lynch Next month’s Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and National Concrete Masonry Association unification will spawn an organization anchored by segmental concrete producers across North America whose annual output measures upwards of 2 billion square feet of horizontal or vertical surfaces, enclosures, and load-bearing structures.  ICPI-NCMA will be poised as a new information, education and…

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Testing Grounds

The Arizona Masonry Council teams up with LAST Architects to investigate the potential of masonry prefabrication. With the help of an enterprising architect, the Arizona Masonry Council is demonstrating new design and engineering potential for concrete masonry units through its annual World of Concrete Masonry Pavilion, staged in the outdoor exhibit area between the Las Vegas Convention Center and Las…

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MANUFACTURERS – June 2022

The employee-owners of Besser Co. have honored 37-year veteran Rodney Lang on his recent retirement, noting how his engineering background, outgoing nature, and resourcefulness allowed him to apply his talents in a wide variety of roles which impacted producers and fellow employee-owners worldwide. After graduating from Lake Superior State University, he joined Besser as electrical engineer, paving the way for…

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ORGANIZATIONS – June 2022

CTLGroup, Illinois-based design, engineering and materials science consultant, has promoted Giulia Alimonti, AIA, LEED AP to principal architect following her successful launch of a New York City office in January 2021. The firm recently expanded into new office space at the historic Hoover Building on 8th Avenue, in the heart of city’s Garment District, operating as CTL Engineering & Architecture.…

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PRODUCERS – June 2022

Holcim Ltd. has acquired Cajun Ready Mix Concrete, which leads the Baton Rouge, La. market with eight plants and 51-mixer truck fleet. The business is strategic to Lafarge ready mixed operations in New Orleans and becomes the latest bolt-on under Holcim’s Aggregates & Construction Materials U.S. umbrella. “This acquisition expands our footprint in the dynamic Baton Rouge market, confirming our…

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Market researcher tracks structural precast against C-I-P, steel alternatives

Structural building components lead annual precast shipments and are on pace to exhibit nearly 6 percent annual growth over the next five years, according to “Precast Concrete Products,” a new analysis from Cleveland market researcher Freedonia Group. When specified for slabs, columns, foundations, or full building systems, precast concrete reduces costs in certain construction conditions and lowers site labor requirements. 

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