CMC Ready Mix deploys first Tecwill batch plant in the U.S.

CMC Ready Mix, a branch of the Construction Materials Company, started its third batch plant in Heber Valley just south of Utah’s prestigious Park City resort in July 2023 to provide concrete year-round for a fast growing, underserved market. “We saw this as our opportunity,” says Taylor Larson, project manager, who joined CMC Ready Mix in 2021. “There was so…

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Remote slab monitoring capability surfaces in eGate, Procore integration

eGateSmart Building Technology Corp. recently joined the Procore Technologies’ namesake App Marketplace, an online hub for third-party integrations and programs supporting construction ecosystem growth. The integration allows users to remotely monitor job site conditions using eGate sensor data and Procore software. While project teams have traditionally relied on manual on-site measurements—leading to delays, increased risks and costly errors—Procore users can…

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Trolley and hook block sensors arrest tower crane load sway

The Wolff 6523 Clear, debuting in Europe with a North American version in the works, features a newly designed jib plus technical equipment for operating the manufacturer’s High-Speed-Positioning-System (HiSPS), introduced last year at the bauma trade fair in Munich. Sensors on the trolley and hook block, coupled with a control unit, enable the load to be transported free of sway…

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Belgrade Steel Tank gains versatility, quality with welding wire switch

Founded in 1963 and now under a third generation of family ownership, Belgrade Steel Tank began business building bulk feed bins for farmers. Today, it is known across North America for producing top-quality portable and stationary silos for the concrete industry. The company offers cementitious material storage solutions for ready mixed, volumetric order, and precast producers out of its Belgrade,…

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UberEat’s Secret? Infuse Convenience into the Experience

By M. Brinker, W. Ripple The way people buy and sell goods has changed dramatically over the decades. With more and more businesses selling their products online, consumers are inclined to purchase this way. This trend is only going to continue as e-commerce becomes more prevalent and as the demographics of the population changes. Millennials and Gen Z have been…

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Kraft Match-Cure removes guesswork from QC in precast, prestressed

Kraft Curing Systems’ new Match-Cure insulated enclosure heats and cools test cylinders or cubes containing the same mix design as prestressed concrete elements in the production area, replicating their curing conditions. Temperature sensors, wired or wireless, installed in the Match-Cure enclosures and production area, transmit concrete temperatures to the central AutoCure automatic concrete curing control system. It “matches” the temperature…

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BulkSource delivers construction materials producers data intelligence through open technology platform

ConExpo-Con/Agg 2023 offered a preview of data science methods destined to improve construction materials production and delivery profits. By capturing a groundswell of plant and fleet inputs from signals, sensors, production logs, and order or ticket files, a new class of information technology specialists demonstrated algorithms or programs greatly extending the dashboard and business intelligence tools accompanying current software suites.…

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Startup C60 leverages technology to optimize business operations

The pressure is on for concrete producers. Demand is high, especially with the passing of the U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, but the market is more challenging than ever.  Construction costs rose 14.1 percent year over year by the end of 2022, according to CBRE’s Construction Cost Index. Recruiting skilled labor continues to be difficult as many industry veterans…

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AI-wise Spider Bot bests buckets for precast, prestressed mix placement

One of the major innovations premiering at The Precast Show 2023 (February 23-25, Columbus, Ohio) is a pinpoint placement machine engineered to succeed mix delivery by crane and bucket, gantry devices or specialized vehicles in precast, prestressed concrete production, while eliminating most of the labor typically required along formwork or casting beds. The EquipPro Spider Bot couples artificial intelligence and…

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Hyster big trucks shoulder M CON’s elevated volume, structure scale

Founded in 1989 to serve Ottawa and eastern Ontario markets, M CON Products Inc. is a leading provider of precast concrete infrastructure components. It produces everything from manholes and catch basins, to pipe, box culvert and other critical concrete structures supporting residential and commercial developments. As the City of Ottawa and surrounding areas have grown, so too has M CON,…

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