Concrete Products

JAN 2018

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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58 • January 2018 INNOVATIONS REPORT FIBER REINFORCEMENT Concrete-grade synthetic fibers are produced from 100 percent virgin materials, color blended, non-magnetic and alkali resis- tant. Ferro, the most popular offering, is a macro synthetic fiber used to reduce plastic and hardened concrete shrink- age, improve impact strength, increase fatigue resistance and toughness. Its twisted bundle technology combines standard fibrillated polypropylene fiber and heavy-duty monofilament with a strong synthetic copolymer. Ferro is pre-blended and typically used in 1.5- to 2.25-in. lengths and 3-, 5- or 7.5-lb./ yd. dosages to yield a higher reinforcing steel replacement level than standard synthetic fibers. Econo-Mono is a homopolymer polypropylene micro mono- filament fibrous reinforcement offering long-term durability for a variety of applications. Used in conjunction with steel, it is intended to reduce the formation of shrinkage cracks prior to initial set and reduce settlement shrinkage. Econo-Mono is typically used in 0.5- to 0.75-in. lengths and low (1 lb./yd.) dosages. Super-Net is a homopolymer polypropylene micro fibrillated fibrous reinforcement in a collated fibrillated (network) form. Its "super-networking" and web-like characteristics are used to reduce plastic or hardened concrete shrinkage and settlement cracking, while improving impact strength, fatigue resistance and con- crete toughness. Super-Net is typically used in 0.75- to 1.5-in. lengths and 1.5- to 3-lb./yd. dosages. — Forta Corp., Grove City, Pa., 800/245-0306, 724/458-5221; World of Concrete Booth N2313 FORTA Forta-Ferro Econo-Mono Super-Net TRANSFORMING THE WAY THE WORLD WORKS Over 2 million vehicles use Trimble transportation technology, learn more at, call +1.480.489.2270, see us at booth N837 Better intel equals better decisions equals better productivity equals better business. TrimFleet management tools can greatly increase ready mix and aggregates fleet efficiency, with real-time, actionable intelligence. Status auto-sensing reduces the need for operator input. Improved delivery efficiency with accurate location updates. Smarter business analysis with reporting and real-time alerts. Hours of Service tracking for ELD compliance.

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