Concrete Products

JUN 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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Page 44 of 51 June 2017 • 43 INNOVATIONS EQUIPMENT & PRODUCTS The Promix electronic sensor mounts on the Carmix 3500 TC truck drum to gauge concrete parameters and provide a report on a load's characteristics in real time. Combined with the Concrete-Mate weighing system, product engineers contend, Promix is the technological evolution that has made Carmix an authentic small mobile batching plant and construction site concrete laboratory. The solar panel-powered stainless steel Promix is housed inside the drum. Information from the sensor is shown on a display in the cab, including data on slump, temperature and drum rotation speed, along with indicators that a batch is ready. Data is updated every 10 seconds and sent to a receiver and display. Measurements can be stored in an exter- nal computer or sent to other mobile devices through the GPS network. The ability to accurately monitor mix properties provides direct control over the quality of the product and ensures it is maintained over time. Having instant data to evaluate durability, workability and strength offers producers a com- petitive advantage, Carmix officials note, as it eliminates time spent on analysis and enables production of concrete that fully complies with specifications and customer requirements. — Manufacturer presents the Ability Electrical Distribution Control System as a breakthrough innovation for cloud-based energy man- agement, remote supervision and diagnostics. The system connects a facility's electrical equipment with the Internet of Things and leverages an ABB circuit breaker's built-in sensing and connectivity to provide the information and control functions to reduce total operating costs by up to 30 percent. ABB Ability is a range of digital, connection solutions allowing the company to support customers and optimize their assets. The system's cloud-based platform analyzes data from a site's equipment and makes recommendations to optimize electrical system perfor- mance. It enables the remote monitoring of plants, their energy consumption and costs at a glance to make it easier and faster to implement energy management strategies. The Ability system provides direct supervision of electrical assets and reporting functions. With alerts, immediate access to documen- tation as well as remote diagnosis of devices, maintenance becomes simpler. When necessary, facility managers can take corrective action in a matter of minutes. — ABB North America, Cary, N.C., 919/856- 2360; SENSOR MEASURES MIX PROPERTIES Electrical distribution control

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