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Licensed system brings precast efficiency to light pole bases, foundations

Mindful of general and electrical contractors seeking alternatives to cast-in-place lighting structure foundations, Redi-Rock International—developer of namesake and Rosetta Hardscapes structural or decorative earth-retaining block—has introduced Pole Base. The precast units are typically 2-ft. in diameter and 3- to 4-ft. high, with up to 12 feet of additional structure below grade; reinforced with four #5 vertical and #3 round tie steel bars; and, fabricated with four galvanized anchor rods plus four PVC electrical conduits for light pole mounting and wiring.

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Hilti bolsters workhorse adhesive anchor

Manufacturer has announced engineering improvements to its HIT-RE 500 anchor system, including a 60-plus percent increase in published load performance, lowest installation temperature in the industry, and ICC approval for cracked and uncracked concrete and all seismic zones.

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Measurement, safety features lead Cat medium series loader upgrades

Caterpillar has announced 2016 product updates for its 950M, 962M, 966M and five larger machines in its medium wheel loader series, including all new Cat Connect Technologies plus features adding safety and reducing operating costs.

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Marcotte platform affords Béton Chevalier plant control from anywhere, anytime

David Chevalier owns seven ready mixed plants, operating under Béton Chevalier inc., the Stoneham, Quebec-based flagship business, or as Béton Royal. His fleet of 70 mixer trucks covers a 150-mile radius of metropolitan areas and rural communities in central and eastern Quebec.

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3D machine vision lifts wall panel automation, quality control

Finland’s Elematic Oyj and North America’s Elematic Inc. answer growing demands for precast element productivity and verification with Comcaster. The new automatic casting system eases quality control in wall panel production, detecting possible errors early. It scans the casting table using a 3D machine vision system, making sure all of the details are placed correctly: shuttering, reinforcement, lifting hooks, and spots for different electric wall sockets or other inserts.

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