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Tool speeds rebar tying, lowers wire consumption, shortens ties

Launched at World of Concrete 2018, the battery operated TwinTier RB441T is faster and delivers greater efficiency and labor savings than the company’s earlier rebar tying tools. Product engineers cite among leading TwinTier attributes: faster tying speed, which further increases productivity; a reduction in wire consumption, adding to cost savings for end users; and, a wire tie that is shorter in height, thereby requiring less concrete cover.

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BASF agent propagates CSH crystals to increase early, late-age strength

Focusing on the compound at the heart of quality concrete, BASF Construction Chemicals has developed a first-of-its-kind liquid admixture that improves early- and late-age strength development. Master X-Seed 55 is a stable suspension of synthetically produced crystalline calcium silicate hydrate (CSH) nanoparticles that facilitate growth of CSH crystals between cement grains and improve overall portland cement hydration.

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ELE programs automatic compressive strength test machine control

The ADR Touch Control Pro features what system developers call the latest in materials testing lab technology. A key feature of new ADR-equipped machines is LAN connectivity for remote control via the PC-based app, known as ‘ELE Logger.’ It enables quality control technicians to initiate and monitor tests away from the lab, and service staff to conduct remote diagnostics.

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Heavy-duty work boots

Three “Old School Tough” work boot series—Troweler, Galvanizer, Groundbreaker—join the company’s Iron Age Footwear line. The outsoles of the Troweler feature slip-resistant tread on traditional lugs with extra stabilization for climbing and balancing on grating. The boots bear the Shift Kicker abrasion-resistant toe guard and new BootBed footbed.

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Low dust polymeric paver sand

High-performance sand and sand-based product specialist Fairmount Santrol kicked off commercialization of Accel dust-preventing polymeric sand at the 2017 Hardscape North America trade show, staged at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville. Manufactured with the company’s Prevent technology, Accel reduces on-site dust and haze up to 90 percent compared with traditional polymeric sand—enhancing air quality with an engineered, environmentally cleaner formula.

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