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The 2016 Trend to Invest in This Year

January 30, 2017

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While concrete pavers look lavish, recent innovations have shown increased benefits for communities that use them for side roads instead of asphalt. For example, in Atlanta, Georgia, a city very prone to flooding, city officials had six miles of permeable pavers installed to cut down water backup.

Since asphalt is one mass, proper drainage will always be a problem. When flash flooding occurs, asphalt drains do not have the capacity to absorb water as quickly as they need to. This leads to unsafe and stationary water clogging up roadways and ruining property.

Permeable pavers soak up rainwater by filtering it through small spaces between pavers. This cleans the water because any debris is too large to seep through the pavers, helping keep the environment cleaner.

Permeable pavers are more expensive than asphalt, and they can only be used for areas where semis will not be traveling, due to the vibrations.

Overall, permeable pavers show promise. Major cities across the U.S., including Washington D.C. and San Francisco, are looking to invest in the technology.

If you’re in the market for a paver/block plant, Standley Batch Systems, Inc. can set your plant on the right path. Prepare for growth now. Contact us at sales@standleybatch.com or call (800) 325-8084.

 

2 Awesome Raw Material Alternatives

January 25, 2017

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While fly ash and Portland cement are the big dogs in terms of raw materials for adding to cement, there are other alternatives ready to make a name for themselves.

Silica fume

This fine, glass-like powder is collected from electric arc furnaces. This multipurpose concrete mixture is made of water-soluble particles. These particles chemically react during the hydration process and fill space in between grains of cement. This makes the cement denser and less permeable to moisture. Silica fume also improves the bonding strength of other materials in a batch.

 Ground granulated blast-furnace slag

As a Portland cement alternative, this glassy material is produced as a by-product of the iron and steel making process in blast furnaces. It is slow to harden, but it does develop very durable concrete.

No matter which raw materials your organization uses for your concrete batches, we have the solution to your storage needs. Email or call Standley Batch Systems, Inc. today to learn about how we can help with your concrete paver output. Contact us at sales@standleybatch.com or call (800) 325-8084.

 

Dry Cast Versus Wet Cast

January 20, 2017

If you’re not well into the concrete industry, the differences in product creation and the reason for those differences can be hard to grasp. With wet cast and dry cast, the differences go further than the product’s manufacturing purposes.

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Wet cast is a favorite for use in the precast industry. Wet cast is better for larger, complex concrete pieces. Think unique slabs with distinctive detail.

Dry cast uses an expensive machine, but the machine can be used for multiple slabs. This concrete dries quickly because it has a low water-cement ratio. It’s zero slump and perfect for pipes, manholes and other various products. Dry cast is also faster to produce than wet cast.

Obviously, these methods exist for very different reasons. Depending on your project’s needs, one or both techniques for molds will lead to the satisfying delivery of speed and results.

No matter if your organization is producing wet cast or dry cast, Standley Batch has the mixers and silos to complement your efforts. To find out more, contact us at sales@standleybatch.com or call (800) 325-8084.

Correcting Cement-Admixture Compatibility Issues

January 3, 2017

If developing concrete were easy, the world wouldn’t need professionals to tackle the job. However, a big problem facing some in the industry is cement-admixture incompatibility.

For the record, when discussing admixtures, we’re referring to air-entraining admixtures, water-reducing admixtures, plasticizers, accelerating admixtures, retarding admixtures, hydration-control admixtures, corrosion inhibitors, shrinkage reducers, alkali-silica reactivity inhibitors, coloring admixtures and other miscellaneous admixtures.

065-080-january-blog-image_web1Here are two of the best methods for approaching any compatibility issues in your products.

Delay adding admixture

Research shows that waiting until water and cement have effectively mixed before the addition of admixture produces a more favorable chemical reaction. Waiting decreases the likelihood of the admixture dissolving in the mixing water. If admixture dissolves in mixing water, which the final product will have workability loss.

 Run trial mixtures

If you’re not testing your batches before official runs, you’re setting your company up for failure. When using admixtures, test your mixture recipe by running a trial in the conditions you anticipate having for the job. This includes making considerations for temperature and humidity. While these variables are often difficult to predict, the optimum performance of your concrete depends on the outcomes of these tests.

You should also retain samples of your concrete products for performance specifications organized by method and materials used, in addition to frequently verifying the quality of the ingredients you’re using in your batches. A subpar ingredient will lead to subpar results.

To maintain workable, durable, strong, watertight and wear-resistant concrete, ensure your ingredients are high quality, consistently test your batches and use and maintain superior equipment.

We have you covered in the superior equipment category. If you think your problem might be old equipment, we can design a retrofit custom to your plant. Our plant designs ensure consistency from batch to batch, which cuts down on human error.

To find out more, contact us at sales@standleybatch.com or call (800) 325-8084.

Shave Off Construction Time with Rebar Roll Mats

December 29, 2016

Imagine the installation time for your building project decreased 80 to 90 percent with minimal effort?

Prefabricated rebar roll mats promise to aid in the reduction of overall labor and time put into construction sites.

Instead of reinforcing crews individually installing reinforcement rods or steel mesh after completing many of the other steps reinforced concrete requires, a crane lifts and drops a roll of reinforcing rods welded to flat steel bands or tied with tie-wire. Installers, often as few as two, roll out the mat like carpet.

This technique eliminates the need for on-site welding and staff with special welding certifications. This technique also keeps the roll mat flexible so adjustments and corrections can be made during and after installation.

You can see these roll mats in action here:

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This type of construction is ideal for assembling parking garages, supermarkets, runways, railway lines, bridges and tunnels.

Asphalt Demand Requires Embracing Innovation

December 15, 2016

Your favorite restaurant did not become your favorite until after you tried the food. Sure, you can like the atmosphere, the bar options, the seating arrangements and you can be best friends with the hostess, but if the food was not amazing, you would not consistently walk through the doors to taste what the chef has been cooking. All those extras – the seating, the low lights, the impeccably polite staff – come second to how much you love the food.

To make the food great, proper tools and techniques are required, along with the chef’s immense knowledge. When you’re cooking, an imprecise oven can ruin an evening by charring the meal.

The root of these ideas can be applied to asphalt plant automation. Communities, organizations and businesses choose their asphalt producers because of their reliable recipes.

A bad asphalt recipe is prone to cracking and breaking down over time. Even if you believe your plant’s recipes are great, without the proper tools, you are leaving the recipe open for human error.

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Additionally, incoming asphalt requests are requiring ingredients and mix designs that demand absolute precision. Automation is the only way to meet these demands.

The KFBatch II automated system from Standley Batch offers the ability to match targets so you do not risk wasting your batches. For dependable asphalt that yields referrals or brings large marks back, ensure your plant is on top of quality control by monitoring your yields from start to finish.

Email or call Standley Batch Systems today to learn about how we can set you up with the durable KFBatch II automation control system. Learn about our other specialty products here. Contact us at sales@standleybatch.com or call (800) 325-8084.

Methods for Monitoring Concrete Strength

December 6, 2016

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Traditional methods for monitoring the strength of concrete usually require some destruction of the final product. While the test is not applicable for all situations, core extraction, or core cutting, is a fairly accurate way of determining strength. Since a minimum thickness is required for core extraction and the strength of the extracted cores can vary depending on other factors, this method for measuring requires caution.

Popular with the Indian government, wireless tests, more aptly called ultrasonic pulse velocity (UPV) tests are quickly taking off. Because this method is nondestructive and on-site, it is growing in popularity. As far as concrete technologies go, there is room for improvement with wireless measuring techniques. However, companies are working to provide real-time data with temperature and humidity sensors transmitted to smartphones or other wireless devices.

Rebound hammer tests measure the elastic, hardness and penetration properties of concrete surfaces. UPV tests in coordination with rebound hammer tests can provide strength results without damaging the concrete. In some cases, these results can be more accurate than core extraction.

At Standley Batch, we provide the equipment for mixing so you know your aggregate is controlled in precise environments. When a recipe yields the strength results you need, with our control system, you can save and reproduce the recipe as needed.

To find out more, contact us at sales@standleybatch.com or call (800) 325-8084.

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