Concrete Products

FEB 2018

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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www.concreteproducts.com February 2018 • 81 INNOVATIONS EQUIPMENT & PRODUCTS The ADR Touch Control Pro features what system developers call the latest in mate- rials testing lab technology. A key feature of new ADR-equipped machines is LAN connectivity for remote control via the PC-based app, known as 'ELE Logger.' It enables quality control technicians to initiate and monitor tests away from the lab, and service staff to conduct remote diagnostics. "This is [our] most significant product launch in over a decade," says ELE Man- aging Director Tony Power. "The advantages of the ADR Touch Control Pro are now available on new compression machines, and we are also able to offer the system as an upgrade for existing ELE cement and concrete [models]." "Key drivers in the development process were the requirements to make testing easier, even more reliable and transparent," adds Product Manager Adeel Hassan. "All of the most common standard tests are built into the machine and users are guided intuitively through the testing process. The new 7-in., high-resolution, color touchscreen is scratch and splash proof, and located in a flexible head that can be rotated to 75 degrees and tilted to 45 degrees. The screen display language is avail- able in a choice of English, Spanish, Portuguese or French, and users can set tests as 'favorites' for faster start-up." "As a result of these enhancements," he contends, "concrete and cement testing will be easier than ever before, and inbuilt product quality combined with test automation will remove the potential for human error and inconsistencies between operators." Automatic sample loading is provided by a closed-loop microprocessor controlled system, with automatic stress calculation. All test results are logged with the machine serial number, and load vs. time is plotted in real-time. "Labs will be able to clearly demonstrate full compliance with the testing standard," Hassan observes. "This level of traceability is vital in any modern laboratory." — ELE International, Loveland, Colo., 800/323-1242; www.ele.com ELE programs automatic compressive strength test machine control Three "Old School Tough" work boot series— Troweler, Galvanizer, Groundbreaker—join the company's Iron Age Footwear line. The outsoles of the Troweler feature slip-resistant tread on traditional lugs with extra stabiliza- tion for climbing and balancing on grating. The boots bear the Shift Kicker abrasion-re- sistant toe guard and new BootBed footbed. The Galvanizer provides top-of-the-foot comfort and protection with Cushguard, an internal metatarsal guard. Welders who tested prototypes in real fabrication shops noted that the slip-on and lace-up models were "super comfortable" with "lots of cushion and snug- ness around the foot." Both feature Scuff Tough abrasion-resistant toe and heel guards. The Groundbreaker is being extended with two high-heat outsole metatarsal guards. The work boot has a traditional external metatar- sal guard, the slip-on version the Cushguard. Both feature the Vibram TC4 Alpha high heat rubber outsole, Kevlar stitching, and Bootbed footbed. — Warson Brands, St. Louis, 314/721- 8500; www.ironagefootwear.com Heavy-duty work boots

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