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Sand Alternatives for Aggregate

November 21, 2016

In a study released by the African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, stone powder was pitted against sand as an alternative for fine aggregate.

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Sand is a naturally occurring material, while stone powder is a byproduct of crushing stone, usually for other projects. While the consistency of sand is mostly uniform, stone powder consists of particles that vary in size due to the nature of their creation.

For example, stone powder consistently came out over sand in terms of strength. In fact, the study showed stone powder was almost 15 percent stronger than sand.

However, the quantity of stone powder isn’t as robust as sand, and the price is not easily defined.

Since fine aggregate is one of the most important ingredients in cement affecting overall strength, choosing the right material requires thorough research. You’ll need to consider the desired longevity of the project, the project’s budget and the strength your project will require.

No matter what your choice for fine aggregate is, Standley Batch has the tools and equipment you need for the optimal mix. Email or call Standley Batch Systems now to learn how we can set your plant up the Standley Batch Systems ready way. Contact us at sales@standleybatch.com or call (800) 325-8084.

It’s that time of Year Again…

November 17, 2016

That’s right, it’s trade show time.

Again, next year, Standley Batch will be attending the World of Concrete (WOC) trade show in Las Vegas, Jan. 16 – 20.

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As an exhibitor, we see firsthand exclusive and original equipment from manufacturers around the world. That’s about 1,300 different organizations occupying more than 500,000 square feet of exhibit space.

WOC attracts many in the industry from around the world, including commercial contractors, concrete contractors, concrete pumpers, construction managers, decorative concrete contracts, masonry contractors, architects, engineers, brick and block concrete contractors, pipe and block producers, precast/prestressed producers and just about anyone else you can think of in the industry.

The trade show began in 1975. Even though it’s much larger by today’s standards, in 1975, its Texas roof held 77 exhibitors in 22,000 square feet. The event has quickly grown in its 39 years into a full-fledged demonstration of new products and services.

WOC has led the way for growth and innovation in our industry, and we continue attending to stay on top of the latest trends and learn what new technology we might be working with in the coming years.

Come see us at the WOC this Jan. 16 – 20 in Las Vegas!

Domes, Homes and New Tech

November 8, 2016

Historically, dome architecture has been a favorite of powerful civilizations. To this day, the center of the concrete dome within the Pantheon bathes new and returning tourists in natural light. From Rome to Persia to Asia, many cultures have a period where domes were the architectural standard for their monuments and temples.

It’s no surprise either, given the structural integrity of domes as a source of shelter. Because of their shape, domes disperse external stress throughout the entirety of their contours, unlike cubes, which give in to pressure at point of impact.

What’s fascinating is the recent resurgence of interest regarding domes. More and more often, families are looking for smaller homes that still offer protection and energy efficiently. Dome homes have the ability to withstand some of the worst tornados while still being affordable.

Where does concrete come in?

New construction techniques are making it easier than ever to erect concrete domes. Consistent development of these methods will yield cheaper and safer accommodations for a variety of uses:

  • Pop-up surgery locations
  • Storm shelters
  • Chemical storage
  • Temporary living quarters

The Vienna University of Technology developed a technique for “inflating” concrete domes by laying level concrete slabs together with flat rebar. Then the slabs and rebar are lifted together with an inflating cushion underneath to hold the pieces in place.

You can watch the time-lapse video of how it’s done here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1s-CIihwRNU

As concrete technologies continue to improve, the demand for concrete will increase. Be Standley Batch Systems ready, and have your plant outfitted to meet the demand.Contact us at sales@standleybatch.com or call (800) 325-8084.

Exposing Commercial and Residential Concrete Project Differences

October 31, 2016

If you’re interested in breaking into the residential or commercial industries for your concrete products, you should be aware of the pretty large differences between the industries.

Commercial concrete covers a large range of potential projects, including paving, polishing, parking lots and full-on construction. Commercial projects usually require stronger concrete mixes over residential due to the nature of commercial properties.

Concrete is useful for commercial properties because it resists stains, is easier to maintain than other materials and can help cut down on lighting costs if polished to a reflected surface.

Commercial properties can also go up faster through the use of precast concrete walls brought in from off-site. This results in less construction time which mean property intended as a warehouse or retail store can get to work.

In a previous blog, we discussed why concrete can be good for homes. Now, here’s why you should be providing the service.

Residential concrete can involve slower projects, but customers usually want to see your more creative side here, and the projects can be more personal since you’re working with someone’s individual property.

Residential is also where many contractors have fun with textures and color mixes to really develop a home. This type of work includes driveways, floors, walls, porches, pavers and concrete overlays.

Whether you’re interested in commercial concrete development, residential concrete development or both, Standley Batch can work with you to design and customize a plant system to reach your fullest potential. Contact us to learn more.

How Your Plant Can Measure Up to Your Projects

October 20, 2016

At Standley Batch Systems, Inc. we work with the best materials available to ensure your plant functions to the highest degree. The material of our choice for our plants is Epoxy-Coated Rebar.

Fast facts:

  • Epoxy-coated rebar is used in more than 65,000 bridges across the U.S.
  • Epoxy coating is the second most powerful prevention for reinforcement corrosion
  • Almost all epoxy-coated rebar produced domestically in the U.S. is from CRSI certified plants

Epoxy-Coated reinforced steel has earned its place as a favorite material among concrete manufacturer specialists because of its consistent reliability.

By choosing Standley Batch as your plant’s developer, you’ll know your customized plant shares this same materials as the bridges you and thousands of others drive over every day, and you’ll know your plant will not only stand the test of time and constant traffic but have the strength for even your most substantial jobs.

By choosing Standley Batch, you’ll know you’re prepared to tackle all of your contracts with guaranteed precision and plant dependability.

With over 76 years of experience in the concrete industry, Standley Batch knows what works. Let us get it working for you. Contact us at (800) 325-8084.

Are You Monitoring the Most Potentially Destructive Ingredient in Your Aggregate?

October 12, 2016

As a concrete manufacturer, you should be well familiar with Abram’s law: a mixture’s water to cement ratio determines the concrete’s strength. In other words, excess water means weaker concrete. 

Serious concrete producers use precise tools for measuring their aggregate contents. And if you’re not measuring moisture condition, you could be compromising your entire batch.

If you value predictability, a batch control system with the capacity to compensate for water on the surface of aggregates or water that will be absorbed into the pore structure of dry aggregates, is mandatory for your plant.

At Standley Batch, our innovative structures ensure your plant is accurately measuring the moisture level of the concrete inside our mixers. The mixer moisture control is also designed to improve plant performance and help product finish properly.

With our aggregate bin moisture control, you have the ability to measure and compensate the aggregate weighing system for moisture discrepancies in the aggregates.

Aggregate bin moisture control improves the concrete quality by delivering the proper yield of aggregate and promoting mixer water objectives.

Contact us to get your plant the moisture measurement tools it needs and to learn about the variety of options we have available.

The Controversial Pipe Materials Debate: Concrete versus Plastic

October 6, 2016

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Reinforced concrete pipe (RCP) continues to provide drainage solutions for projects all across the world, but some are beginning to wonder if the alternative, corrugated high-density polyethylene pipe (HDPE), is the better investment.

On the surface, plastic pipes seem more affordable than precast pipes. However, as is the case with most products available at a lower price than a competitor’s, if you choose plastic over concrete, odds are you’re going to pay more in the long run.

For one, precast pipes comes to construction sites already meeting the standards needed for construction. Plastic pipe must be assembled on site in the presence of inspectors. Many critical elements such as load strength and soil condition must be checked and rechecked with plastic, whereas concrete has such a high threshold, we can safely predict when and where issues might occur.

Since plastic can bend under the right conditions, any absurd change in the environment can compromise the system, which means at some point you’ll have some cost intensive repairs or entire replacements to make on your projects.

Finally, concrete has history and reliability on its side, and plastic still has a long way to go before it can boast. For example, some concrete systems have been in place for well over fifty years and are still being used today.

Go with trusted materials so you don’t end up eating more costs later.

Interested in outfitting your concrete plant with precast materials? Learn more about our precast solutions here, and call us for customized solutions to fit your needs: (800) 325-8084.

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