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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36 • June 2019 PRECAST COMING HOME A fourth bauma 2019 takeaway was the interest in developing precast concrete processes to create affordable, resilient housing. RATEC, celebrating its 25th anniversary, showcased a new mold used for casting modular concrete rooms. The mold's inner core and outer formwall can be quickly adjusted to create a different room size. The system was created in response to a customer's request to build affordable housing units. Vollert introduced the Motus Construction system. It allows designers to create earthquake-resistant construction using hol- low-core slabs. In the Motus system, producers wet cast slabs on pallets. Vollert engineers have adopted a unique casting produc- tion approach, where tensioning and additional reinforcements, cross-connectors, coupling elements, and recessed placeholders are easily installed on the pallet. Each unit is made to measure—elim- inating production wastes associated with traditional prestressed concrete fabrication. Another innovative launch to meet the demand for affordable housing was by the Umdasch Group Ventures. This two-year old venture capital company, of which Doka is an investor, plans to bring several innovations for commercial and residential construction. Neulandt, the group's concept of a mobile precast factory, is one of their first initiatives. The factory system is specifically designed to produce affordable concrete housing. The entire production process fits under a two-story fabric mobile structure that's about the size of a football field. Its compact size is the result of the use of but- terfly formwork technology that allows easy form prep, casting and stripping at different work stations. Neulandt's production concept enables easy adjustments for openings while offering cost-effective production opportunities. Rick Yelton is a veteran journalist covering concrete construction and production for more than 25 years, primarily with Hanley Wood, and is now Editor at Large for Informa Exhibitions' World of Concrete. He can be reached at bauma 2019's carnival experience included its own Selfie Tower. Brave attendees were elevated up 300 feet to an open platform over- looking much of the 150 acres of equipment and activities. FEATURE BY RICK YELTON 800-544-9538 New Distributor and Rep Opportunities With our growing contractor network, we are in need of new distributors and reps to meet the increased demand. Grow with us and expand your product offerings with ProFlex ® vinyl expansion joints. Visit our website or give us a call for more information. information. Oscoda Plastics and ProFlex are registered trademarks owned by Oscoda Plastics, Inc. OP140003-ProFlex Distributor Flyer_3.19.19 Your best steel pallet partner / No Tariff

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