Planning for 2018: 4 Things Construction Professionals Need to Know

The time has come to evaluate 2017’s budget and plan for next year.   While the future is never certain, we’ve compiled a few predictions you should consider as you create next year’s goals. 1. Interest in decorative concrete is on the rise As the economy grows and more millennials buy homes, low-maintenance features are … Continue reading Planning for 2018: 4 Things Construction Professionals Need to Know

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Why We’re Thankful at Standley Batch

We try to keep most of the posts on this site purely informative, but every once in a while, we have to break the rules. This has been a great year for Standley Batch. And there are two groups of people we are feeling especially thankful for this time of year. Thank you to our … Continue reading Why We’re Thankful at Standley Batch

3 Ways to Reduce Concrete Plant Energy Usage

At a glance, concrete isn’t great for the environment. Creating product in older concrete plants uses a lot of energy. And staple ingredients like Portland cement produce substantial CO2 emissions through the manufacturing process. In the long run, however, concrete can be better for the environment than alternatives. For one, it’s tough. Concrete withstands fire, … Continue reading 3 Ways to Reduce Concrete Plant Energy Usage

Can Coconut Be Used as an Aggregate?

  Coconut water and coconut oil are taking the world by storm. Health nuts claim coconut oil offers a variety of benefits over other oils. And coconut water is a good way to add potassium to any diet. Or maybe you’ve heard of coco-biodiesel? No, it’s not a chocolatey cereal. Coco-biodiesel creators assert the fuel … Continue reading Can Coconut Be Used as an Aggregate?

Fly Ash Based Geopolymer Concrete Strength Tests

Portland Cement and Fly Ash There’s no way around it. Producing ordinary Portland cement uses lots of energy and releases an exorbitant amount of carbon dioxide. As the industry moves toward measures that would be less harmful to the environment, Portland cement has continued to dominate. Certainly, Portland cement is a great binder, but in … Continue reading Fly Ash Based Geopolymer Concrete Strength Tests

Waste to Watch: Slag as an Aggregate

If you’ve been following our latest posts, then you know there is a growing interest in using various forms of waste in aggregate – learn more about seashells as an aggregate. Some of the latest research published in Chemical Industry & Chemical Engineering Quarterly puts steel-making slag to the test using a factorial design approach. … Continue reading Waste to Watch: Slag as an Aggregate

Batch Plant Mixer Spotlight: Rapid Twin Shaft Mixer

If your ready-mix and/or precast designs do not require precision and performance, you might as well look elsewhere for a mixer. At Standley Batch, we produce and distribute only the best equipment available. That’s why, years ago, we became an official distributor for Rapid products. All Rapid products lead in mixing technology and innovation. Thanks … Continue reading Batch Plant Mixer Spotlight: Rapid Twin Shaft Mixer