Digitizing production and QC: Nothing to lose, and so much to gain

Optimizing the production side of ready mix operations reduces cost, manual processes, carbon emissions, and wasted human potential The production side of the ready mix industry has traditionally consisted of many manual processes. Think about your own operation: Do your batch operators sit behind a screen from the time they arrive at the plant until it is time to go…

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Western Star plays its extra safe and driver friendly in X-Series third act

Western Star Truck Sales Inc. consummates its X-Series “Trilogy of Tough” with this month’s on-highway 57X reveal, building on sister brand Detroit technology, safety and powertrain features that underpin the on/off-highway 49X and 47X models unveiled in 2020 and 2021. Available in a day cab plus two long-haul versions, the 57X bears hardware and software designed to protect the driver,…

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Sika colloidal silica agent arms contractors to control slab destiny

Nanotechnology driving deployment of particles far smaller than those typical of cementitious materials augments the latest addition to the Sika Corp. line of concrete admixtures for improving slab on grade performance. A colloidal silica topical agent, SikaCem-190 Concrete Control is spray applied during floating or troweling to maintain adequate moisture, promote cement particle hydration, and reduce premature set risk. The…

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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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Sioux engineers automated mixer truck washing station

Sioux Corp. has leveraged its long history in industrial cleaning and concrete batch plant equipment to deliver ready mixed producers a mixer truck cleaning and rinsing station machined and piped to cover the drum, chutes, and charge hopper.  The Sioux Truck Wash System is built and programmed to keep drivers safe in the cab and execute a quick, thorough cycle…

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Sika colloidal silica agent arms contractors to control slab destiny

Sources: Sika Corp.,Lyndhurst, N.J.; CP staff Nanotechnology driving deployment of particles far smaller than those typical of cementitious materials augments the latest addition to Sika’s line of concrete admixtures for improving slab on grade performance. A colloidal silica topical agent, SikaCem-190 Concrete Control is spray applied during floating or troweling to maintain adequate moisture and reduce premature set risk. The…

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Precast yard ushers GH Cranes’ first electric, battery powered gantry

GH Cranes & Components cites delivery of the world’s first rubber tire gantry crane running 100 percent on battery power. Inaugurated last month at a U.S. precast concrete operation, the 30-ton rated GH35i has a lithium battery power bank producing 480 volts and storing enough power to run an eight- to 10-hour shift. A built-in battery charge system requires only…

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Holcombe welds, programs next generation volumetric mixer

Holcombe Mixers arrived at World of Concrete 2022 with the G2, one of the Las Vegas show’s major equipment introductions and representing what Managing Partner Brent Holcombe frames as “the new frontier of volumetric concrete. The G2 is breaking boundaries with the first-ever moisture control system with dynamic calibration, plus a cement speed responsive gate optimization aggregate system. These next-generation…

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BATCH CONTROLS

SysdyneThe latest Pioneer Cloud batch control system takes advantage of cloud computing technology to minimize batch personnel and improve efficiency. Designed and developed as an integral part of Sysdyne’s ConcreteGO Cloud dispatch, it updates inventories in real-time with material usage and documents receipts. Pioneer users can access batch plant controls anywhere, anytime by logging onto the ConcreteGO.com portal, maintaining consistency…

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Command Alkon taps cloud to bring real-time dispatch views to the field

Command Alkon kicked off 2022 with the World of Concrete unveiling of CONNEX Dispatch, a cloud-based offering that provides heavy building materials producers’ employees, suppliers, and customers with access to receive up-to-date statuses of tickets anywhere, and at any time. CONNEX Dispatch for Ready Mix is the first milestone in the company’s pursuit of enabling cloud-based dispatch for all industry-leading…

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