Concrete Products

MAR 2017

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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42 • March 2017 FEATURE SHOW REPORT ConExpo-Con/Agg and co-located IFPE exhibition spotlight the newest product innovations and technologies to increase productivity, reduce downtime, and enhance safety and sustainability for the construction, construction materials and fluid power/power transmission/motion control industries. Running March 7-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, every major material, product, equipment and service sector is represented amongst 2,500-plus exhibitors over a record 2,500,000 net square feet of exhibit space. Hundreds of industry meetings, including annual conventions of industry associations, are also held in conjunction with the shows. Among new services and features for this year's show are the Tech Experience, a 75,000-sq.-ft. immersive, future-forward showcase; education tracks on technology, business management and workforce development; and, ConExpo-Con/Agg Radio. The podcast examines how manufacturers are developing technology that is rapidly enhanc- ing efficiency and reducing operating and maintenance costs, all while maximizing peak performance levels. Additionally, show producer, Association of Equipment Manu- facturers, has released a mobile app to help attendees efficiently pre-plan their visit and stay connected onsite. It is equipped with beacon technology and features interactive 3D contiguous maps to help attendees more easily navigate the convention center halls and outdoor exhibit areas. Programmers have continuously synched the app to an online show planner where attendees can create a person- alized agenda of priority exhibits, education sessions and meetings. Attendees can also use the app to stay connected with real-time show notifications; access the event's high-value news content; participate in gamified show activities to earn prizes; network with fellow attend- ees; and, share updates, photos and video via social media. It can be obtained at mobile app stores via ConExpo-Con/Agg or IFPE search. EDUCATION ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 will offer a record 143 education sessions across 10 tracks, including Concrete, Transportation and the new Technology. "Education is a critical component, and we encourage attendees to take advantage of the convenience of so many learning opportunities available; they'll be able to work smarter because of the knowledge they gain here," says ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 Chair Rich Goldsbury (Bobcat Co., Doosan). The Concrete track features 17 sessions, Tuesday-Friday, covering operations, technical and market development topics: Tuesday, March 7 • Innovations in Concrete Structures, 9:30–10:30 a.m., John Arnold, Arnold Development Group, Kansas City BIGGER AND BETTER

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