Concrete Products

JUL 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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30 • JuLY 2014 www.concreteproducts.com A publication that the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is releasing this month discusses concrete quality measurement, along with tangible and intangible benefits attributable to improved product quality. Co-published with CRC Press, Improving Concrete Quality shows ready mixed company executives and managers how to boost operational performance; reduce labor and material costs; and, lower the environmental footprint of concrete while raising the overall quality of concrete construction. Based on quality surveys and award submissions, it has been observed that the indus- try does not commonly track quantifable quality indicators and, as a result, the return on quality investments is not well understood. The book suggests steps to measure and reduce variability due to concrete ingredient materials, production and testing. Improv- ing Concrete Quality also delves into basic statistics and how to use test data. Doing a test and collecting data by itself is of little value unless data analysis and necessary corrective action are taken, contends author, NRMCA Vice President, Technical Services Karthik Obla, Ph.D., P.E. Other key topics he explores include how to a) identify non-standard testing and initial curing, plus abnormal material variation; b) control mixing water vari- ation and improve batching accuracy; c) ensure ingredient material quality and elements of a quality management system; d) perform a quality audit; and, e) select appropriate tests. Readers will be afforded readily implementable steps to reduce variability and attain a more consistent product, thereby seeing performance benefts and cost savings. Sug- gestions are provided on how architects and engineers can ensure good quality concrete through their specifcations. Improving Concrete Quality will also help testing labs mea- sure and improve service and assist cementitious material and admixture suppliers to better understand how their product variability affects concrete performance. In contrast to the industry's deep library of concrete technology titles, Improving Quality Concrete addresses the management and fnancial rationale of strong quality control/ quality assurance measures in ready mixed production. The book can be ordered at an introductory price ($60) through the NRMCA bookstore, www.nrmca.org/store, or by contacting NRMCA Manager, Customer Service Jacques Jenkins, 240/485-1165; jjen- kins@nrmca.org. BRIEFS ORGANIZATIONS NRMCA frames Improving Concrete Quality

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