Concrete Products

AUG 2015

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 • August 2015 NATIONALCONCRETE ® CUSTOM CONCRETE PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT custom concrete production equipment tailored to your specifications 1.800.657.5420 concrete batch plants silos aggregate handling cement handling dust control automation systems retrofits turnkey services < < < < < < Jennifer Bronson has joined Tampa-based Meadow Burke to oversee the Quality Assurance/Quality Control program, bring- ing 25-plus years' experience in quality management, engineering and customer service. Her certifications and achieve- ments include Six Sigma Black Belt, Qual- ity Auditor, and Quality/Organizational Excellence Manager. Bronson holds a Bach- elor of Science degree in Business Manage- ment from the University of Tampa. The Swiss parent company of New Jer- sey-based Sika Corp., Sika AG, recently acquired the remaining shares of Addiment Italia from joint venture partner Buzzi Unicem. The company is active in the production and sale of concrete admixtures and cement grinding aids; full ownership will strengthen and extend Sika's presence in Italy. Addiment Ital- ia reported 2014 sales of $15.5 million. Sika AG and Buzzi Unicem formed a joint venture to own and operate Addiment Italia in 2003. To help customers around the world optimize parts performance and further understand the health of their equipment, Caterpillar Inc. has entered into a strategic alliance with Modustri, a provider of service and measurement technologies for use in the field. The com- panies will target innovations that enhance equipment and machine operators' abilities to measure parts wear like never before. "Our parts monitoring and management tool has been a leader in the industry for 75 years, but we're always looking for ways to step up our game," says Caterpillar Reman, Components and Work Tools Divi- sion Vice President Doug Hoerr. "Our relationship with Modustri will allow us to take advantage of emerging technology that gives custom- ers more information on parts and components to maximize uptime." By utilizing web-based and mobile platforms, the companies will deliver simplified processes that provide customers accurate, immedi- ate access to useful, real-time data while still in the field. The tech- nology could save customers hundreds of hours and millions of dollars by proactively helping Cat dealers and customers better measure wear rates and manage wear parts replacements—including those from other suppliers. "We've seen how mobile technology can change the behaviors of customers; now we can see groundbreaking hardware and software that can help dealers interact with customers, build trust and plan ahead for maintenance and parts replacements," notes Brian Steketee, founder and CEO of Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Modustri. "We are at the forefront of a revolution in the heavy equipment industry," contends Greg Folley, vice president of the newly formed Caterpillar Analytics & Innovation Division. "Emerging technologies are changing the way we can help customers maintain a competi- tive advantage and achieve new levels of equipment productivity and profitability. Our alliance with Modustri will be key in making this happen." The Manufacturing Leadership Council of management consultant Frost & Sullivan has recognized Peterbilt Motors Co. in the areas of employee leadership development, manufacturing innovation and operational efficiency. Manufacturing Leadership Awards honor a wide range of companies throughout many industries. Peterbilt was recognized in the Operational Excellence Leadership category for its Cab Trim Line project and North Texas Lean Consor- BRIEFS MANUFACTURERS Jennifer Bronson

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