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The Dragon Mine’s 3.3 million-ton iron oxide resource comprises distinctive limonite, goethite, and hematite alongside a deposit of halloysite clay, whose applications include a high performance concrete pozzolan, Dragonite.New York-based Applied Minerals, Inc. unveiled the Amiron natural iron oxide pigment line at the National Concrete Masonry Association’s premier ICON X-Change earlier this year. Vertically integrated from deposit to market, the company’s Dragon Mine harbors what officials describe as one of the world’s purest in-situ iron oxide resources. 

The container affords producers a unique, portable solution to pinpointing the most effective steam or hot air curing regimen for concrete masonry and precast. Pathfinder Systems has added to its CureTec offerings a test container with which manufactured-concrete producers can determine the ideal conditions—notably air, steam and temperature settings, and schedules—for curing products and structures. The test container contains a steam generator, plus warm air and mist systems, which can be run individually or together. It is available for rent to test product and many different types of atmospheres and temperatures.

Gauges enable the E9 to distribute concrete mixes according to the finished hollow core slabs’ target engineering properties, meaning fewer overbuilt floor components and lower dead loads. Chief among innovations at this year’s World of Concrete in Las Vegas and The Precast Show in Houston was a new generation of extruding equipment that represents a significant step forward for prestressed hollow-core slab flooring production.

A Rotoconix 1500-anchored batch plant will be used for premium architectural precast panels at Italy’s Styl-Comp, whose mission centers on “a highly skilled implementation of client and designer requirements, blending technology and aesthetics.” Skako Concrete unveiled the Rotconix mixer in Munich at bauma 2013, billing the new equipment series as one based on tried and tested components but setting a new benchmark in the method the individual techniques are combined, interacting as one.

Road King Technologies mobilizes electronic ticketingCloud-based information technology developer has added E-Ticket to mixer fleet-suited management and GPS tracking systems. The program, Road King Technologies officials note, replaces paper delivery tickets; saves an average of three to five minutes of driver’s time; automatically logs site arrival plus mix discharge start and completion times; and, captures signatures on pdf documents, automatically forwarded to designated e-mail accounts.