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Solomon secures pigment process patent, brings granule production in house

Solomon Colors recently commenced full-scale ColorFlo SG Granular Pigment production at its Illinois headquarters. Using an innovative, patented process, it produces granular pigment that meets or exceeds the color development, flowability, dispersion, and dusting properties of other granular pigments in low and high slump applications, product developers contend. Unique granulation methods and high production tolerances, they add, make ColorFlo SG Granular well suited to manufactured concrete products or ready mixed.

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Shumaker ‘eyes’ efficiency, QC in wash system upgrades

Shumaker Industries has elevated technology underpinning the Load & GO, an automated ready mixed truck wash system installed in batch plant alleys across the country since its 2013 debut. Topping new features is Interactive Mixer Recognition, where a series of infrared electric eyes communicate truck position to a PLC by Siemens unit, which in turn a) directs the driver through wash stages via a red/yellow/green light alert; and, b), more importantly, activates three spray cycles per vehicle location.

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HawkeyePedershaab: Automation propels dry, wet cast plants into the future

The recent merger with Blaubeuren, Germany-based BFS, a key pipe and manhole machinery manufacturer, positions HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technology as a leader in precast plant automation solutions, while adding equipment for pressure pipe, prestressed pole, plus block & paver production.

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Hollow core production methods warrant pushing of envelope

As an invention, the hollow-core slab is of mature age, but there are still many improvements that can be made to maximize production quality and efficiency, Finland’s Elematic Oyj contends. Whether it is an old prestressed line or a new plant, the process can be improved by removing production-related bottlenecks, while material consumption can be cut down with advanced software and automation.

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Understanding biodegradable form release agents

As consumers become more eco-conscious and more informed about how the materials they buy affect the environment, the desire for environmentally friendly products is on the rise. This holds for concrete producers and contractors as well. Whether it’s to meet specific federal and state requirements on biodegradability, volatile organic compound (VOC) exposure limits, or because customers are requesting “green” materials, owners, contractors and architects want products on their job sites that are less harmful to the environment.

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