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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Best Block 8 x 32 CMU weighs on the Construction Robotics MULE

Sources: Quikrete Cos. and Best Block, Atlanta; Construction Robotics, Victor, NY; CP staff Masonry Madness at World of Concrete 2021 offered a prime venue to show the speed and productivity of building with Best Block 32-in. Large Format Masonry (LFM) and the Construction Robotics Material Unit Lift Enhancer, best known as the MULE. A two-day equipment demonstration was set up…

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Batch plant equipment exhibitors top World of Concrete loyalists

Sources: Informa Markets, Irving, Texas; CP staff Although subdued compared to its normal January volume of booths, exhibit space and attendees, World of Concrete concluded three upbeat days 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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General contractor reinvents dry mix preparation with mechanical verve

Sources: Steele House Industries, Novato, Calif.; CP staff Continuing a show tradition where tradesmen spawn 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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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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