Concrete Products

JUN 2019

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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28 • June 2019 www.concreteproducts.com BRIEFS MANUFACTURERS ZEN is developing a graphene-enhanced additive in collaboration with the Univer- sity of Toronto and University of British Columbia-Okanogan that has the potential to increase concrete compressive strength by 40 percent. The additive has the potential to reduce the amount of portland cement required in numerous concrete applications, thereby contributing to greenhouse gas emis- sion reductions in finished construction. In addition, graphene has the potential to make concrete more durable, resulting in infra- structure that will resist cracking related to freeze-thaw cycles and chloride-driven corrosion. Pittsburgh-based construction material test- ing equipment leader Forney LP has promoted Scott Grumski from chief engineer to vice president of Platform Development. He will be responsible for all aspects of the company's new ForneyVault technology aimed at improv- ing productivity in construction materials testing; providing test results surety for agen- cies, authorities and owners; and, enabling third-party software access and integration. Michigan-based micro rebar specialist Helix Steel has appointed Construction Innova- tions Co., a Malta, N.Y., as its Northeast U.S. representative. Complete with its own engineering team, led by Bob Edwards, Con- struction Innovations brings 45-plus years of experience in construction product sales and support, and serves architects, engi- neers, contractors, and distributors. Helix President Luke Pinkerton cites the firm's expertise in specified products and quali- fications given the technical nature of the Helix product in concrete. Volvo Group North America has improved energy performance at 14 of its U.S. facil- ities by 17.5 percent since re-pledging the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge in 2014 to reduce energy consumption by 25 percent in 10 years. COMMAND ALKON FOUNDER KEN ROBINSON, 1934-2019 Upon announcing the passing of its co-founder and former executive chair- man earlier this spring, Command Alkon honored Kenneth G. Robinson II as "an extraordinarily talented and accomplished entrepreneur" whose "belief in people being instrumental to the company's suc- cess was recognized in his compassion for the business and its employees, together steering it through shared challenges and accomplishments." A retired Air Force Captain and graduate of the University of Maryland and Harvard University Small Business Company Manage- ment Program, Robinson founded Command Data Inc. in 1976. Tenure at IBM plus Com- puter Servicecenters, a prior venture he had launched, informed his partnership- and acquisition-driven evolution of Command Data into Birmingham, Ala.-based Command Alkon, the leader in construction materi- als-centered information technology. He is shown here accepting the 2012 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Chair- man's Award. Conventional sweep elbow blowouts cause ongoing system shutdowns. 45° and 90° elbows available in diameters from 1.25 to 18 inch, with flanges and socket-weld ends in tube, Schedule 10/40 and Schedule 80 pipe, in cast iron, carbon steel, aluminum, stainless steel and specialized alloys depending on diameter. ABRASIVE CONCRETE MATERIALS BLOWING OUT YOUR PNEUMATIC CONVEYING ELBOWS? Prevent elbow failure by preventing material impact Unlike conventional "impact" elbows and "plugged-tee" elbows that rely on material impact to change direction, HammerTek's Smart Elbow design features a spherical chamber that protrudes partially beyond the desired 90º or 45º pathway. This causes a ball of material suspended in air to rotate— in the same direction as the air stream that powers it—gently deflecting incoming material around the bend without hitting the elbow wall. ® Ask for a Free, No-Risk Trial Offer 1-610-814-2273 sales@HammerTek.com www.HammerTek.com Prevent elbow wear, blow-outs, recurring maintenance and shutdowns once and for all with Smart Elbow ® deflection elbows from HammerTek ® Lime, clay, sand, alumina, iron oxide, fly ash, granite, cement, shale, slag, clinker, cinders, aggregates and other abrasives wear through conventional sweep elbows because material must hit the elbow wall at high speed to change direction. Instead, the Smart Elbow design gently deflects material around the bend without impacting the elbow wall, providing concrete producers with three important benefits: Virtually no elbow wear, blowouts, replacement costs or related downtime Virtually no material degradation, reducing dust generation Reduced space requirements—about 40% shorter than sweep elbows 1 2 3 Smart Elbow deflection elbows at concrete plants still going strong after 15 years. EE-1024

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