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JUL 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 JULy 2018 • 35 4. 3D Printing: Here to stay. Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing has slowly but surely developed into a disruptive technology that is convincing manufactur- ers to overhaul a number of expensive and archaic processes. Many manufacturers are looking into using 3D printing to making a replacement part without having the inven- tory in place, saving them the significant overhead costs of warehouse space. The pro- duction of molds, jigs and fixtures used in the mass production of heavy equipment presents an even greater opportunity to leverage additive manufacturing to increase operational efficiency. Using 3D printing for final production applications may become common over time. 5. Automation: Mobile robotics on the rise. Groundbreaking advancements in technology are propelling manufacturing into a new age of automation. To confront the ever-worsen- ing skilled-worker shortage, manufacturers are increasingly looking to mobile robotics technology as a possible solution. Technol- ogy makes it possible to automate tasks not only on the on the shop floor, but also jobs in other areas of a business, such as main- tenance, management and administration. In many cases, machines are able to match or exceed the productivity output of their human counterparts. EU MACHINERY GROUP ALL IN ON DIGITALIZATION Joined by smaller peer groups, the Brussels-based Committee for European Con- struction Equipment has drafted "European Construction Industry Manifesto for Digital- isation." It calls for strong political leadership from the European Union; an appropriate regulatory framework on data policy; plus, budgetary focus on digital skills, research & development and information technology infrastructure. Digitalization responds to what the authors cite as the construction sector's main challenges: lack of skilled workforce, energy efficiency, lagging productivity and sustainability. The industry can help build a stronger economy and an inclusive society by sustain- ing its competitiveness on the global stage, the committee notes. "Digitalisation of the construction equipment sector has been a key priority for CECE," affirms Secretary General Riccardo Viaggi. "We recognize the importance of working in a value chain approach and, as the Manifesto reads, all representatives pledge to collaborate intensively, to lead and support the industry in order to enable a successful digital transformation." "Manifesto for Digitalisation" underlines the importance of an effective regulation to ensure the sector's competitiveness and adoption of the digital transformation, CECE observes, adding that policy makers need to prioritize the initiative within Horizon Europe, which will follow the Horizon 2020 framework. Stakeholders urge the European Commission to focus the framework program on digitizing Europe's construction sector to strengthen its industrial competitiveness and global leadership. To remain competitive, CECE contends, the European Union must transform itself digitally, while the construction sector—represent- ing 8.9 percent of GDP and 14 million-plus jobs—embraces a digital transformation along the entire value chain. Building on Europe's strength in the field of engineering and design, committee members suggest, a strong network facilitating transfer of knowledge, expertise and capabilities needs to be put in place at the EU level. NEWS SCOPE TECHNOLOGY custom concrete production equipment tailored to your specifications 1.800.657.5420 www.nationalconcrete.com concrete batch plants silos aggregate handling cement handling dust control automation systems retrofits turnkey services < < < < < < NATIONAL CONCRETE ® CUSTOM CONCRETE PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT

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