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Vacuum devices best hooks, slings and chains for up to 22-ton loads

Manufacturer has tailored hydraulic- and diesel-powered vacuum lifting devices for product or structure handling at construction sites and precast or concrete pipe plants. All systems feature wireless remote operation and 360-deg. rotation to position loads without a tag line operator. They offer an alternative to hook, sling or chain handling, and help limit the number of crew members in a load’s path.

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Digital calibration drives new generation rheometer for SCC mix measurement

Germann Instruments has unveiled ICAR Plus Rheometer, citing a strong motor, personalized electronics and more comprehensive software than the predecessor model. ICAR Plus’ principal advantage is a digital calibration process affording operators a ready to use system under any environment and working condition. Calibrated on-site, it can be verified in the laboratory with the same silicone as the ICAR Rheometer.

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Wausau Tile and Iowa Mold Tooling: A delivery solution

Precast site furnishings common in settings from municipal streetscapes to McDonald’s and Target locations positioned Wisconsin’s Wausau Tile among the first producers to establish a national concrete brand. One of the key means of supporting and building that brand is a delivery service catering to non-contractor customers who are not equipped for heavy lifting or repairing concrete damaged in transit.

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A-Lok looks past steel to basalt fiber reinforced polymer rebar

As composites of fibers embedded in polymeric resins, fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP) have emerged as an alternative to steel for concrete reinforcing bars, offering weight savings, strength and corrosion-rooted durability advantages, and longer service life. Manufacturing advances have positioned FRP rebar as competitive with conventional steel reinforcement, and very competitive with higher performance epoxy-coated and stainless steel rebar, according to A-Lok Products.

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Elematic program executes continuous hollow core production

The FloorMES E9 is a hands-on tool for supervising and planning precast floor element production. The automated manufacturing execution system (MES) from Finland’s Elematic Oyj and Wisconsin-based Elematic Inc. optimizes and balances the production plan and schedules; monitors work process against the original plan; and, engineers note, spells an end to manual processes and paper piles that have accompanied hollow core fabrication.

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