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Command Alkon secures patent on mixing process, strength predictability

Command Alkon product design and programming veterans Bob Phare and Charlene Hohl have been awarded U.S. Patent No. 9,533,429 – System and Process for Mixing Concrete Having Desired Strength Characteristics. It covers methods for a) rapidly determining the predicted strength of concrete prior to pouring; and, b) creating and maintaining a database in which mix designs and their performance characteristics can be logged and updated as hardened concrete’s actual strength is measured. Functions based on the technology will be incorporated in future versions of the quality control platform, COMMANDqc.

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CDS elevates energy efficiency with steam-based aggregate drying method

Best known in manufactured-concrete production for its Envirocure technology, CDS has unveiled the R-O2 Drying System, whose reduced oxygen, superheated steam atmosphere serves as an energy-wise medium for bringing sand, gravel and stone moisture levels to zero.

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A Super audience for ATMI Precast

Auto protection product manufacturer WeatherTech Direct LLC, Bolingbrook, Ill., offered the 100 million-plus viewers of this year’s Super Bowl a quick sampling of precast concrete construction methods’ speed and efficiency in a 30-second spot aired during the second quarter.

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Contractors’ nonresidential building backlog hits record levels

The Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) of nonresidential and infrastructure segments expanded to 9.67 months during the fourth quarter of 2017, its highest level ever, and finished the year up 1.36 months—16.3 percent higher than 2016.

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NPCA, PCI members exhibit optimism at The Precast Show 2018

Drawing 4,500-plus attendees late last month to Denver, The Precast Show continues a steady, post-recession growth trajectory as North America’s largest annual, precast-specific trade show. This year’s event had 375 exhibitors across 73,000 net square feet of Colorado Convention Center space.

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