Concrete Products

FEB 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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20 • February 2018 NEWS SCOPE ORGANIZATIONS The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute's revised PCI Design Handbook: Precast and Prestressed Concrete provides easy-to-follow design procedures, numerical examples, and both new and updated design aids using Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI 318-14) and Commentary (ACI 318R-14); ASCE 7-10 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures; 2015 International Building Code; and, other cur- rent standards. "Whether a newcomer to precast design or a seasoned practitioner, the eighth edi- tion will not disappoint," says PCI Industry Handbook Committee Chairman Tim Salmons. "It lives up to its reputation as the ultimate design authority for precast/prestressed concrete with comprehensive treatments for PCI releases Design Handbook, Eighth Edition The revised handbook can be ordered through the PCI Bookstore tab at industry-specific challenges, coupled with cutting-edge design techniques." Handbook design information and recommendations are based on the latest research and a consensus of engineers in practice, he adds. METROMONT CORP. ADDS SHOCKEY PRECAST GROUP South Carolina-based Metromont Corp. is building on its position as one of the pre- mier precast/prestressed concrete operators in the Southeast and lower mid-Atlantic markets, acquiring Shockey Precast Group. Based in Winchester, Va., the latter spe- cializes in parking structures, mission critical structures and wall enclosure sys- tems for owners, developers and contractors throughout the mid-Atlantic region, and will operate under its legacy banner as a Metro- mont division. "Shockey Precast Group has an outstand- ing reputation," says Metromont CEO Rick Pennell. "Our culture and business models are very similar, which will make for a smooth transition beneficial to both parties. The addition of Shockey Precast and its associ- ates to our team will further strengthen our capabilities in the mid-Atlantic region." "The decision to sell Shockey Precast Group has not been easy due to the long family history behind it. However, Metro- mont has an excellent reputation in the industry and we feel the business as well as our employees are in good hands," adds Don Shockey, chairman of Shockey Cos., which retains ownership of Howard Shockey & Sons, general contractor, and Shockey Realty, a commercial real estate division. Conventional sweep elbow blowouts cause ongoing system shutdowns. 45° and 90° elbows available in diameters from 1.25 to 18 inch, with flanges and socket-weld ends in tube, Schedule 10/40 and Schedule 80 pipe, in cast iron, carbon steel, aluminum, stainless steel and specialized alloys depending on diameter. ABRASIVE CONCRETE MATERIALS BLOWING OUT YOUR PNEUMATIC CONVEYING ELBOWS? Prevent elbow failure by preventing material impact Unlike conventional "impact" elbows and "plugged-tee" elbows that rely on material impact to change direction, HammerTek's Smart Elbow design features a spherical chamber that protrudes partially beyond the desired 90º or 45º pathway. This causes a ball of material suspended in air to rotate— in the same direction as the air stream that powers it—gently deflecting incoming material around the bend without hitting the elbow wall. ® Ask for a Free, No-Risk Trial Offer 1-610-814-2273 Prevent elbow wear, blow-outs, recurring maintenance and shutdowns once and for all with Smart Elbow ® deflection elbows from HammerTek ® Lime, clay, sand, alumina, iron oxide, fly ash, granite, cement, shale, slag, clinker, cinders, aggregates and other abrasives wear through conventional sweep elbows because material must hit the elbow wall at high speed to change direction. Instead, the Smart Elbow design gently deflects material around the bend without impacting the elbow wall, providing concrete producers with three important benefits: Virtually no elbow wear, blowouts, replacement costs or related downtime Virtually no material degradation, reducing dust generation Reduced space requirements—about 40% shorter than sweep elbows 1 2 3 Smart Elbow deflection elbows at concrete plants still going strong after 15 years. EE-1024

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