MATURING MONITORING SENSORS

A survey of wireless devices and software for tracking in-field concrete temperature and strength development COMMAND Center The COMMAND Center concrete temperature and maturity system is used to measure and log concrete temperature history, calculate maturity, and evaluate in-place strength. COMMAND Center’s fully autonomous data collection option allows producers, builders, subcontractors, testing firms, owners or owner agencies, engineers, and architects to…

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Owens Corning banks reinforcing value, Buy America terms through Mateenbar

Owens Corning Infrastructure Solutions (OCIS) dispatched the first load of domestically produced Mateenbar Fiberglas Rebar in April to the site of an Ohio Department of Transportation project: the Industrial Drive Bridge, Henry County. OCIS is the exclusive North American distributor of the FRP product from Mateenbar USA’s new 130,000-sq.-ft. plant in Concord, N.C. The facility fabricates the lightweight, corrosion resistant…

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Stubbe’s Precast: Expediting mix delivery, maximizing profits

Founded nearly 40 years ago as a designer and producer of concrete hog feeders, Ontario-based Stubbe’s Precast has been a mainstay in commercial and residential construction markets for the last two decades. The producer has enjoyed continuous growth in the industry, leveraging innovation to diversify and expand its portfolio to offer total precast structures.

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HammerTek deflection elbows end blowouts for packaged materials producer

Sealmaster of Allentown, Pa. packages and ships pavement maintenance products to 50-plus countries through more than 100 distribution centers in North America and Asia. Its headquarters plant uses silica sand as a filler to improve durability and add skid resistance to pavement sealers. The 60 mesh (250 micron) sand arrives by pneumatic truck trailer equipped with a 1,000-cfm blower. A…

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Technology developer to fleet owners: Are you reclaiming fuel taxes?

Last year saw ready mixed concrete producers adopt paperless documentation for common procedures in a big way. Many such measures were focused on customer service activities and quality control, yet officials from Florida-based Link2Pump suggest it might be time to extend paperless documentation to a fleet fueling system.

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Safety, fairness and the new era of workplace drug testing

The ready-mix concrete industry prides itself on leveraging technology to optimize the customer experience. Its technology investments generally focus on improving production and delivery such as quality and service. To its discredit, technology does not always provide direct benefits to employees—the resource that leaders in ready-mix production universally acknowledge is the most important. However, through the championing of cutting-edge technology,…

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Concrete Maturity Method: Tradition Enables Innovation

The construction materials testing (CMT) industry is excited by the possibilities of estimating concrete strength via the non-destructive maturity method. This method provides a number of enhancements to the traditional laboratory compression test method. But the maturity method is not an alternative or replacement. Indeed, maturity testing relies completely on the traditional compression test method.

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