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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Elematic Extruder E9 speeds production at Molin Concrete

  Prestressed hollow core production, measured in feet per minute, has spiked at the Molin Concrete Products headquarters plant in Lino Lakes, Minn., owing to a late-2021 Elematic Extruder E9 delivery.  “We have two different profiles: 12-inch light and 12-inch heavy, plus other opitions,” says Vice President of Manufacturing Mike Rufenacht. “By using the new E9, we’ve been able to…

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Honda autonomous work vehicle equal to Black & Veatch site duty

Overland Park, Kan.-based engineering and construction giant Black & Veatch recently deployed a Honda autonomous work vehicle (AWV) prototype for material transfer, water delivery and towing duty at a New Mexico solar farm construction site. The all-electric vehicle employs a suite of sensors to operate autonomously, using GPS for location; radar and LIDAR for obstacle detection; and, stereoscopic (3D) cameras…

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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. 

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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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Vacuworx jumbo pads give Tindall double tees a lift

The Tindall Corp. San Antonio Division has a new way of handling some of its largest precast elements after teaming with Oklahoma-based Vacuworx to develop the CC-TT Computer Controlled Double Tee Vacuum Lifting System. The companies are redefining the standards for handling precast, prestressed members popular in the design and construction of parking structures and buildings that require long clear…

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Durlach Industries strives to save time each “step” to project delivery

Palmetto, Fla.-based Durlach Industries has specialized in precast stairs and landings for 20-plus years, shipping product up and down the East Coast. Leading its current project roster is SunSeeker in Port Charlotte, Fla., a prime example of the producer’s fabrication capabilities and time-saving approach to construction schedules. The resort will feature approximately 500 hotel rooms, 180-plus extended stay suites, 55,000…

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