Automation Systems fine tunes JEL plant control packages

Batch plant dealer Fesco Direct coordinates with equipment manufacturers across the country to tailor fixed or portable packages for ready mixed or manufactured concrete producers and contractors. Representing Milwaukee neighbor, JEL Concrete Plants, Fesco Direct recognizes how each project requires custom systems to meet producer or contractor targets for concrete grade, flow characteristics and general properties.  The JEL engineer and…

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Western Star rounds out X Series with short cab model

Western Star has started production of the 47X, a companion to the larger 49X model introduced in fall 2020—both evolving from the established 4700 and 4900 workhorses. The 47X is about 200 lbs. lighter than the 49X in like-for-like specs and available in 111.6-in. or 110.8-in. bumper-to-back-of-cab configurations, the latter best suited to mixer and dump trucks bound by federal…

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Tackling High-rise Concrete Construction Challenges

As architects design new high-rise buildings taller and with more complexity, producers are challenged to deliver ready-mix concrete that can be pumped, placed, and finished effectively for these structures.  High-rise buildings (defined as those that are 75 feet or higher from the lowest level of fire department vehicle access to the floor of highest occupiable space) typically require higher strength…

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Bio-based coating modifiers

NatureShield surface modifier line allows formulators to develop coatings with an increased amount of bio-sourced materials without jeopardizing quality. It includes various environmentally-friendly emulsions, dispersions, and natural oil blends designed to improve the weatherability of exterior surface coatings by providing water resistance and water bead to concrete and wood.  When used as an alternative to synthetic surface modifiers in performance…

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Autocar completes construction chassis family with dump model

  Nearly two years after premiering the DC-64 series family with a mixer model at the NRMCA ConcreteWorks Conference, Autocar has added the DC-64D Dump. Assembled in Alabama and dubbed “Badass,” it joins the DC-64M and more recently introduced DC-64P, geared to concrete pumping.  Nearly two years after premiering the DC-64 series family with a mixer model at the NRMCA…

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Rubber lining adhesive

Linatex liner manufacturer Weir Minerals has partnered with world’s largest adhesive producer, Henkel, and its Loctite team to develop a solvent-free adhesive for rubber lining applications with zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The custom-formulated Linatex Loctite – Lina 88 rubber adhesive range sets a benchmark for bond strength by exceeding the current British Standard by up to four times. Weir…

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Synthetic form release agent

Company’s newest innovation for concrete forming and casting is Platinum 727, a synthetic release agent especially suited to structural members. Powered by proprietary, economical and eco-friendly Platinum technology, the low-odor agent yields superior concrete surfaces, holding even fine detail. The product complies with Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines or rules for low volatile organic compound…

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High dexterity work gloves

The FlexGrip Series 363 line of gloves is made with extra functionality and improved comfort, while sporting a new, modernized look. The series includes Utility, Utility Pro, Utility Grip, Impact, Heavy-Duty, Desert Camo, Camo Impact and Cut A5 Hi-Viz Utility offerings. The gloves feature high dexterity design, with three touch screen fingertips and knitted synthetic leather palms. Their breathable birdeye…

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Tank level monitoring

The Pulse Level Tank Monitoring platform offers systems running entirely on Wi-Fi and allows users to track fuel or lubricant tank levels, capture and apply data, and allocate inventory quickly, accurately and confidently. A tank-level monitoring system measures the amount of fluid in a tank, giving service centers, fleet garages, construction operations, and industrial manufacturing companies more visibility over inventory…

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Fuel filter, engine oil monitor

The Filter Minder Connect solution monitors heavy-duty engine fuel filters and engine oil condition, consists of components that can be installed in minutes, and integrates into existing on-board telematics and fleet management systems.  Filtration efficiency is lost when filters are changed too soon, product engineers note, while servicing filters or changing fluids too late can result in unplanned downtime and…

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