Marcotte Systems weighs the future of centralized batching

As information technology and batch plant improvements continue to usher concrete producers to new efficiency thresholds, control panel and dispatch software provider Marcotte Systems challenges the industry to imagine a ready mixed operation in which robust, high-performance programs enable each workpiece to direct itself through the appropriate production stations. Further, a concrete plant that instructs various autonomous materials handling carriers…

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Go Paperless

With an eye toward saving money and trees, and cleaning the sky, BCMI’s Craig Yeack discusses in a Q&A how concrete producers can improve operations—and the environment—through a digital “quote-to-cash” workflow BY VIKKI SICARAS Craig Yeack is president and co-founder of BCMI Corp., an industry-based technology provider that offers a platform of cloud-based, mobile software tools and apps for the…

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It is Not a Driver Shortage

By Nate Tarbox For many years those of us in the ready-mix concrete industry have complained and struggled to fill open delivery driver positions. As recently as 2017, almost one-half of ready-mix producers reported lost business due to the shortage of drivers. Over three quarters of our industry’s producers have been actively hiring drivers in recent years. We have the…

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Value Tested

RMC Research & Education Foundation books 30 years of cutting-edge programs to advance the concrete industry BY JULIE GARBINI In 1991, the RMC Research & Education Foundation was founded with a modest ambition: To fund the purchase of a million-pound testing machine at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s (NRMCA) A.H. Smith Research Laboratory in College Park, Md. Industry leaders…

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Low carbon LC3 binder steers Sika’s next admixture chapter

The Swiss parent company of New Jersey-based Sika Corp. will tailor a new family of concrete admixtures and cement additives around the chemistry and behavior of an emerging binder known as LC3, or Limestone Calcined Clay Cement. Through work with Sika AG and peers, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology officials view the material as a means of carbon footprint reduction…

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Why Covid is Pushing our Industry to the Cloud

Use Service Oriented Architecture to become the least-hassle provider and win customers. Now more than ever due to Covid, concrete producers must rely on technology to navigate the uncertain, changing future. Our own employees, and our customers, are forced to rely on remote communications with the expectation of great service and real-time information. So how do folks steeped in a…

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CIM director studies employee burnout in the concrete business

Sources: Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro; CP staff

One of the primary Concrete Industry Management Program catalysts on the academia side has commenced an online survey to gauge employee burnout and worklife context. As director of the School of Concrete and Construction Management at MTSU—home to the charter CIM degree program—Dr. Heather Brown and Associate Professor Dr. Jacob Avila cite the survey’s intent of “advancing collective understanding of work and identifying intervention strategies to enhance the health and engagement of professionals in the concrete industry.” 

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ACI Foundation doubles up on 2018 research, scholarship funding

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

ACI will close the year with $1 million in funding for the ACI Foundation, which supports research, scholarships, new technologies and issues of strategic importance to the concrete industry. Double ACI’s annual $500,000 commitment for the separately managed Foundation, the 2018 tally includes one-time contributions totaling $486,000 plus funding for a new Middle East Fellowship. 

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Steering Committee seeks 2019 CIM Auction donations

Sources: Concrete Industry Management National Steering Committee; CP staff

Concrete Industry Management patrons are calling for concrete equipment, material or tool, along with sports, entertainment and travel package donations for the 2019 CIM Auction, January 23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Scheduled amid World of Concrete day two activities, the event will have silent bidding from 11 a.m. through the start of live bidding at 1 p.m. 

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