Concrete Products

JAN 2014

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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FEATURE ICON-XCHANGE through rigorous value engineering analyses to ensure buildings achieve performance objectives at the lowest possible costs. • Plant Certification. NCMA continues on its path towards a certification program. Presenters will discuss what it will entail and what producers should do to prepare. • Environmental Product Declarations. Experts profile EPDs and how producers can measure and communicate the environmental impact of concrete masonry units, and what industry resources are available to ease document preparation. • Better Units with Internal Curing. Participants will learn how the simple concept of adding saturated lightweight aggregate to mix designs can improve masonry unit quality and reduce production costs. • Check-out the Check-off. The march toward achieving the vision of a concrete masonry check-off program continues. Session leaders will field questions about how this program will be created and implemented. • NCMA's Solutions Center. NCMA is continuing to help members become better service providers to their own customers, including through website content measures. In between B2B Xchange and ICON-Xchange will be a day loaded with committee meetings, education sessions and networking events. Highlighting the February 7 schedule is: • Front Line View–Virtual Plant Tours, 7:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Industry suppliers and service providers will showcase their latest advancements in equipment and production techniques, offering live video feeds from several concrete masonry production lines. • Plant Operations Boot Camp: Introduction to Absolute Volume, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Experts will provide essential information for plant and operations managers, machine operators, accountants and owners on how to use existing raw materials' specific gravity data to create an accurate mix design that will benefit in terms of costing, yields, material waste and cement optimization. • NCMA Product Development and Creative Concepts Forum, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. An NCMA subcommittee spotlights efforts advancing the development of new and existing concrete masonry products, methods of production, innovation in block and brick designs, and systems integration within markets. • NCMA PAC Reception, 7:00 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. The most important fundraising event for the NCMA political action committee, supporting Congressional incumbents or candidates friendly to legislation helping concrete masonry interests, including the Check-off initiative. Continued on page 38 INDUSTRIAL DESIGN CONSULTANTS SPECIALTY & RETROFIT CONTRACTORS enterprises of ROBERT OBER ROBERT OBER & ASSOCIATES, LLC Committee meetings are scheduled February 7 and 9, the latter day featuring the NCMA Industry Business Luncheon, with a state of the association update from Chairman Charles Newsome. Additional ICON-Xchange details and registration can be obtained at www.iconxchange. org, or from NCMA, 877/627-3976. Hotel reservations can be made through, or by calling 877/253-0041. .com January 2014 • 37

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