4 Benefits of Automation

From paper to cement, glass to food processing, industries utilizing plant automation continue to grow. And so do the advantages – like accessing data and other key information off-site. It’s no longer necessary for plant operators to manually monitor performance values and the output quality to determine the best settings  for running production equipment. With … Continue reading 4 Benefits of Automation

Concrete Highlights: Exposed Aggregate

Exposed aggregate concrete is a form of decorative concrete achieved by removing the top layer of cement paste and revealing the underlying aggregate. It’s a great choice for landscaping because not only is it easy to customize but it’s stain and skid resistant too. In recent years, industry leaders have pushed the boundaries with exposed … Continue reading Concrete Highlights: Exposed Aggregate

How To Talk Prospects Into a Concrete Driveway

While we can all agree concrete is a superior material, convincing those outside the construction industry can be tricky. Surely after all this time, there are better materials out there, right? Obviously not. We don’t need to spend time convincing you, but you have to convince potential customers. Use some of the points we highlight … Continue reading How To Talk Prospects Into a Concrete Driveway

Hybrid fiber-reinforced concrete columns and bridge stabilization

Quick fix: Researchers at the University of California recently discovered that hybrid fiber-reinforced concrete (HyFRC) tubes performed better than HyFRC cast-in-place columns during bridge seismic-testing scenarios. In the future, these HyFRC tubes could replace current precast column techniques for bridges. Making concrete bridges stronger During America’s amazing growth from 1945 through 1970, many reinforced concrete … Continue reading Hybrid fiber-reinforced concrete columns and bridge stabilization

Zonation in Marine Concrete: Simplified

Reinforced concrete is a go-to for bridges built to last. But not all of those bridges are for freshwater rivers or gaping ravines. A recent study evaluated concrete submerged in the ocean along the Norwegian and Danish coastlines. The concrete tested ranged in age from 2 to 34 years. No matter the age, the concrete … Continue reading Zonation in Marine Concrete: Simplified

Rapid concrete mixer profiles

We know you have a choice when it comes to stationary mixers. But if you want superior mixing and batching results, purchasing a Rapid International mixer is the best bet. Rapid Planetary Mixer Likes: Mixing precast, brick, glass, mortar or clay materials Body type: Compact A few words about me: Getting to my motor and … Continue reading Rapid concrete mixer profiles

Concrete trade show season 2018

At the start of every year, we pack our bags and head across the country to visit with current and new customers at industry trade shows. These trade shows also give us a great opportunity to meet other concrete and masonry professionals from around the world. Which trade show will we see you at?   … Continue reading Concrete trade show season 2018

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

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?

4 Ways To Use Concrete In Your Home

Concrete as a material is a force to be reckoned with. Thanks to its adaptability and easy to design construction techniques, it can make nearly any area a stunning feature. If you haven't thought about using it for your home, you're missing out on a material that withstands harsh weather, fire, chemicals and time. Get … Continue reading 4 Ways To Use Concrete In Your Home