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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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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