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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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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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Terex Advance shortens, lightens new urban fleet-geared front series

Terex Advance bills the Charger front discharge mixer as its first true city-class truck designed and built specifically for delivering concrete in urban areas. Premiering in a three-axle version at World of Concrete 2018, the lighter, shorter model offers the tight turning radius characteristics of traditional Terex Advance front discharge mixers, including the current FD and FDB series models, and is priced competitively with rear discharge trucks.

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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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Extruder paces major Spancrete machinery series expansion

Engineers at Wisconsin-based Spancrete, a leader in engineered precast hollow core machinery solutions, have embraced product variety, plant productivity and automation in one of the most ambitious equipment portfolio upgrades in the manufacturer’s history. An expanded lineup announced last month includes new extruder, plotter, multi-function machine, multiple saws and other ancillary plant components.

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