Asphalt Demand Requires Embracing Innovation

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 … Continue reading Asphalt Demand Requires Embracing Innovation

Methods for Monitoring Concrete Strength

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 … Continue reading Methods for Monitoring Concrete Strength

Sand Alternatives for Aggregate

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. 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 … Continue reading Sand Alternatives for Aggregate

It’s that time of Year Again…

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. 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 … Continue reading It’s that time of Year Again…

Domes, Homes and New Tech

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 … Continue reading Domes, Homes and New Tech

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

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. … Continue reading Are You Monitoring the Most Potentially Destructive Ingredient in Your Aggregate?

The Controversial Pipe Materials Debate: Concrete versus Plastic

  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 … Continue reading The Controversial Pipe Materials Debate: Concrete versus Plastic