Report tracks architectural trends driving construction materials selection

Sources: Frost & Sullivan, Santa Clara, Calif.  Management consultant and industry analyst Frost & Sullivan offers predictions for the global construction market in a recent analysis, “Key Architectural Trends Determining Construction Materials Usage, Outlook 2021,” previewed here. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, renewed focus on environment-friendly and circular solutions, along with geopolitical issues are expected to affect the global construction industry for…

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Libra Systems broadens Command Alkon aggregate, asphalt platform

Sources: Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff Command Alkon has announced a transaction under which Harleysville, Pa.-based Libra Systems Inc. becomes a wholly owned subsidiary. Libra Systems brings the construction material information technology leader new plant automation, scale ticketing, and business integration solutions geared to aggregate, asphalt and concrete producers. 

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Liebherr engineers invite small orders with self-service batch plant

Sources: Liebherr-Mischtechnik GmbH, Germany; CP staff

Virginia-based Liebherr USA’s parent company plans a global launch this summer of an automated batch plant tailored to small professional or do-it-yourself project customers. With output at about 35 yd./hour, the model will be equipped for adjustable height discharge of .20- to 2.5-yd. loads in small trailers or larger vehicles, including conventional mixer trucks. 

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Marcotte harnesses sensor, IoT capabilities in Coretex partnership

Sources: Coretex Ltd., San Diego; Marcotte Systems, Montreal; CP staff

Batch controls and concrete plant automation developer Marcotte Systems has entered a partnership with fleet technology and Internet of Things (IoT) device specialist Coretex, whose 360 solution encompasses a complete set of sensors specifically designed for ready mixed delivery and quality control—drum rotation, water-added measurement and precise integrated statusing among them. The integrated Marcotte and Coretex system is on field trial and scheduled for early-2019 launch. 

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Elematic extrusion technology: Automation, speed, concrete optimization

Gauges enable the E9 to distribute concrete mixes according to the finished hollow core slabs’ target engineering properties, meaning fewer overbuilt floor components and lower dead loads.

Chief among innovations at this year’s World of Concrete in Las Vegas and The Precast Show in Houston was a new generation of extruding equipment that represents a significant step forward for prestressed hollow-core slab flooring production.

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AASHTO weighs Technology Implementation Group candidate products, concepts

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Technology Implementation Group (TIG) is reviewing product, material and equipment candidates for the TIG Lead State Team and Peer-to-Peer deployment model. The AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways established TIG to champion best practices among state and local agencies and industry partners to improve the nation’s transportation system.

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