Insights & Innovations: An interview with silo safety expert Jim Mantz about Hycontrol’s Shield Silo Protection System

Each year, thousands of silo over-pressurizations occur in the U.S. - injuring employees, stalling operations and in some cases, costing millions to repair. If you work in an industry that uses powders – from cement to lime to fiber – you’re probably familiar with the risks. It takes only a small increase in internal pressure … Continue reading Insights & Innovations: An interview with silo safety expert Jim Mantz about Hycontrol’s Shield Silo Protection System

Concrete Block and Paver Industry Growth

Stamped concrete and pavers have come a long way in the last few decades – so much so that experts are predicting an annual industry growth rate of 6% through 2024.* Research and Markets, a firm dedicated to understanding industry trends, reports that the stamped concrete market overshadows other sectors, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. … Continue reading Concrete Block and Paver Industry Growth

The 2016 Trend to Invest in This Year

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 … Continue reading The 2016 Trend to Invest in This Year

2 Awesome Raw Material Alternatives

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 … Continue reading 2 Awesome Raw Material Alternatives

Dry Cast Versus Wet Cast

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. Wet cast is a favorite for use in the precast industry. Wet cast is better for … Continue reading Dry Cast Versus Wet Cast

Correcting Cement-Admixture Compatibility Issues

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 … Continue reading Correcting Cement-Admixture Compatibility Issues

Shave Off Construction Time with Rebar Roll Mats

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 … Continue reading Shave Off Construction Time with Rebar Roll Mats

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