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M-Series ushers Tier 4 Final design to Cat’s small wheel loaders

94 Cati 150Caterpillar’s new 926M, 930M and 938M models build on K-Series predecessor loaders—924K, 930K and 938K—with engineering refinements that include new power and exhaust treatment packages meeting Tier 4 Final emission standards, plus standard or optional features aimed at improved value, operator comfort and safety. With the M-Series introduction, the nomenclature for the smallest model in the family changes from 924 to 926, reflecting the increased capabilities of the new model, compared with those of the 924H and 924Hz. All three new models have increased engine power and higher tip loads than machines they replace.

 

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Munson-equipped Kingdom Products ‘intensifies’ decorative mix production

91 Plantoverall 150Concrete Texturing Tool & Supply of Throop, Pa., began receiving customer complaints when ownership of its original manufacturer of decorative concrete materials changed hands. “We were in a situation beyond our control, with colors fluctuating dramatically,” says Bart Sacco, president of CTTS, which has been specializing in decorative concrete products for more than 16 years. “Formula changes in products like hardeners affected their workability and coverage rates, and our installers experienced color shifts in the hardeners.”

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Delaware Valley Concrete invests in Terex 12-liter CNG mixer trucks

For Delaware Valley Concrete (DVC), it was never an issue if the company would add compressed natural gas (CNG) -powered mixers to its fleet, but when and what design. The Hatboro, Pa., producer’s core values hold sustainability efforts in high regard, and management is not afraid to try emerging technologies and gain a competitive edge wherever possible.

 

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Lachenmeier equips Ash Grove Packaging to ‘stretch’ throughput nearly 50 percent

38 Lachi 150Overland Park, Kan.-based Ash Grove Cement Co. operates seven plants across the U.S.; with nearly 9 million tons of annual production capacity, they are among the industry’s most efficient and best maintained. From its early days of supplying cement in simple hand-sewn sacks, Ash Grove has grown into an organization offering a full array of products designed for commercial, residential and industrial use.

 

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Shop drawing simplification boosts precast fabrication productivity

Professionals throughout the construction value chain perennially confront the question: What are the obstacles to incorporating productivity-advancing processes and innovations the manufacturing industry has employed for years? A building is usually a one-of-one custom made product. A lack of repetitive building designs makes productivity gains in production of structural and architectural elements economically impractical if not impossible—adding time, increasing costs and compounding errors with each and every project.

 

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