Concrete Products

SEP 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 38 of 59 September 2017 • 37 COVER STORY NORTHEAST PRESTRESSED Delivery of the super girders commenced in late-2015 on overnight schedules, whereby NPP could arrange escorts for local thor- oughfares and along Pennsylvania and New Jersey stretches of Interstate 78. NPP beefed up its fleet with steerable trailers from Nel- son Mfg., some bearing up to 32 wheels. The route from Cressona, Pa., to the Goethals Bridge site (top) in Elizabeth, N.J., totaled 120 miles. Consistent with hauling permits, the girders were festooned with LED and conventional trailer lights. • Improved safety. Strict lockout systems and safety interlocks on the new batch plant greatly reduce the chance of accidents. Another milestone is a key NPP customer's recognition of the new batch system's automated moisture measurement and compensa- tion using microwave probes in the aggregate bins and mixer. "We're offering our DOT and P3 partners a new, higher level of batching consistency and accuracy with continuous moisture monitoring and correction," notes Fink. "With our new batching technology, you are placing your faith in science and technology rather than from a single moisture reading taken by a person from the bottom of a 120-ton aggregate bin." "Our firm is in great shape for the next 10-20 years," Koons concludes. "We are state-of-art across the board at this point and capable of delivering whatever high quality products that our DOT and P3 customers demand. Our recent investments are already paying off in every way imaginable." — Prepared by Hank Giles for Advanced Concrete Technologies PHOTOS: Concrete Products

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