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Hughes Bros. deal brings Owens Corning division concrete-grade FRP

Owens Corning Infrastructure Solutions has acquired Aslan FRP, the concrete reinforcement business of Nebraska-based Hughes Brothers, Inc. Aslan produces and markets glass and carbon FRP (fiber reinforced polymer) products, also known as composite rebar, used to reinforce concrete in new or retrofit projects.

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Penn State affiliate develops Concrete Science Technology degree

The School of Construction & Design Technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, will launch a two-year Concrete Science Technology degree program, beginning with the fall 2018 term. Presented as the East Coast’s only program of its kind, it will equip students for success in concrete production and analytical evaluation.

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NRMCA research findings justify a revisiting of ACI 318 chloride limits

In collaboration with Dr. Neal Berke of Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Tourney Consulting Group, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has completed research to a) establish a relationship between the calculated total (initial) chloride content and measured water-soluble chloride content in hardened concrete; and, b) potentially give ready mixed producers latitude in mixture adjustments on projects bound by ACI 318 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete.

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Study: Manufacturers report positive results from Internet of Things investment

A new study by Ohio-based The MPI Group reveals that manufacturing executives around the world are seeing real effects on productivity and profitability from investing in the Internet of Things—the concept of connecting any device with an on and off switch to the internet.

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Caterpillar aligns with brick-laying robotics specialist

A memorandum of understanding positions Caterpillar Inc. and Australia-based Fastbrick Robotics to collaborate on development, manufacturing, sales and servicing of the latter company’s bricklaying technology. Effective for 12 months, it will see Caterpillar take a $2 million stake in Fastbrick Robotics, potentially followed by an additional $8 million investment.

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