Mechanical aptitude guides contractor to rethink dry mix preparation

Continuing a show tradition where tradesmen spring the best new mousetraps for batching, mixing, placing or finishing concrete, northern California general contractor Stephen Steele arrived at World of Concrete 2021 with a mechanical marvel bound to challenge conventional methods for preparing packaged concrete, mortar or grout. 

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Gomaco premiers first battery-powered slipform curb machine

Concrete paving equipment leader Gomaco Corp. unveiled the first battery-powered slipform curb machine at World of Concrete 2021, staged last month in Las Vegas. The CC-1200e is equipped with a power dense 48 VDC lithium-ion battery pack. When measured against a conventional slipform curb model, the result is a paver with fewer vibrations plus zero engine noise and exhaust emissions.…

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Arizona crew builds artful, calming element amid Masonry Madness

The Arizona Masonry Council, Inc. (AMC) demonstrated new approaches for site wall treatments and outdoor living spaces with a crafty exhibit adjacent to the World of Concrete 2021 Masonry Madness center stage. The group credited a solid and screen block display to material, design assistance and labor donations from AZ Best Block, Spec Mix and Oldcastle APG. AMC runs Arizona’s…

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Best Block and Construction Robotics lift 8 x 32 CMU practice

Masonry Madness at World of Concrete 2021 offered Best Block a prime venue to show the speed and productivity of building with its 32-in. Large Format Masonry (LFM) and the Material Unit Lift Enhancer, best known as the MULE. The Atlanta-based producer recently unveiled the LFM series in scored structural gray and architectural face textures, delivering “a striking aesthetic that…

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Precast tunnel rings connect to Las Vegas venue visitors

Precast concrete tunnel segments’ engineering efficacy is on full display between the two sweeping entrances to the new Las Vegas Convention Center West Hall, dedicated June 8 concurrent with the World of Concrete 2021 opening. A full scale, 12-ft. inside diameter tunnel segment model offers visitors a unique perspective of the LVCC’s second, but far less visible new attraction: the…

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World of Concrete: Face-to-face interaction roars back

Although subdued compared to its normal January volume of booths, exhibit space and attendees, World of Concrete concluded three upbeat days last month at the Las Vegas Convention Center—likely the North American construction industry’s largest 2021 gathering, as well as a strong affirmation of interest in live, business-to-business functions.

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Artificial intelligence drives mix design performance, CO2 profiles

Sources: Concrete-AI, Los Angeles; CP staff First-time exhibitors at World of Concrete 2021 included an artificial intelligence and machine learning specialist demonstrating the computing and data visualization capabilities of four modules for concrete optimization and supply chain management: performance prediction, cost minimization, embodied carbon dioxide optimization, and mixture design generator. Concrete-AI has been launched as an independent entity to commercialize…

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Messaging service provider Zello raises driver-dispatch communication

Sources: Zello Inc., Austin, Texas; CP staff The developer of a voice messaging service that enables communication and collaboration for workers, teams, and businesses has increased its construction materials fleet offerings. Through Dispatch Hub, Zello modernizes dispatcher-driver communications with push-to-talk technology, dispatcher workload sharing, call queuing, location tracking, and message replay.

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Sysdyne Pioneer platform raises batch control to the cloud

Sources: Sysdyne Technologies, Stamford, Conn.; CP staff Sysdyne Technologies presents its latest tool for ready mixed concrete producers, Pioneer Cloud Batch, as the first cloud-native concrete batch control system. Unveiled at World of Concrete 2021 as an alternative to traditional, local computer-hosted solutions, the platform brings batch software online and makes loading, weighing and mixer truck charging sequences visible to…

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PLACING EQUIPMENT

A survey of the latest offerings from mixer truck-mounted conveyors. ROTABELT  Manufacturer credits the quality components and strong industrial experience behind its namesake mixer truck-mounted conveyor series as key to ensuring producers “profitability, performance and reliability while delivering concrete on site.” RotaBELT models reach from 42 feet to 57 feet with standard, single telescopic, double telescopic, or the Rotating Chute—the…

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