Overland 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.
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.
World of Concrete 2015 outdoor exhibits proved well worth negotiating for attendees eager to observe a different take on the U-shaped assembly through which hundreds of millions of cubic yards of ready mixed flow annually.
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.
Interstate Industrial Technology (Industec) has been a leader in concrete pigment batching equipment since 1986, supplying customers in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The company’s systems and controls have also been deployed in printing, agricultural and chemical industries.