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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60 • January 2018 www.concreteproducts.com INNOVATIONS REPORT FIBER REINFORCEMENT Steel and microfiber blends provide a unique synergy, improving hardened concrete performance while reducing plastic shrinkage. Historically, steel fiber blends utilize synthetic microfibers to reduce plastic shrinkage cracking. The UltraFiber 302 combination effectively creates an alternative to welded wire fabric in several applications, and improves on conventional blends by replacing synthetic fibers with natural cellulose. The UltraFiber 500 cellulose microfiber meets or exceeds polypro- pylene fiber performance characteristics, company engineers contend. When blended with steel fiber, the result is higher impact and abra- sion resistance. In addition, the UltraFiber 302 reduces plastic and temperature shrinkage, and has no negative effect on color, finishing, or appearance of the concrete. The combination of steel and cellu- lose fibers is a natural form for improving early age and long-term performance. — Solomon Colors Inc., Springfield, Ill., 800/624-0261, 217/522-3112; www.solomoncolors.com World of Concrete Booth O41054 SOLOMON COLORS Map Key Plant Water Terminal Land Terminal Bedford Bedford Bangor Jersey City Change is here, and you can be a part of it. Our terminals in Providence, RI, St. Catherine, QC and Oshawa, ON are receiving vessels and shipping cement to customers. Additional terminals are under construction. McInnis has arrived. 850 Canal Street, 3rd Floor Stamford, CT 06902 1-888-MCINNIS (1-888-624-6647) mcinniscement.com

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