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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80 • February 2018 INNOVATIONS EQUIPMENT & PRODUCTS Programmers have added features to the BatchTron models I, II and III, giving them a new look and enhanced usability. Many pages of setup choices make all models adaptable to different concrete plant con- figurations without extra customization. Users can work with combinations of aggre- gate bins and cement silos, dry plant or with mixer, and method of aggregate transfer— by conveyor, conveyor and holding hopper, or skip hoist. BatchTron programmers have always related the timing sequence for materials entering the mixer to the mix design. A lightweight-block mix, for example, always loads aggregates first and adds water, then pre-mixes before the remaining materials are added. Relating the mixing cycle to the mix design eliminates the frequent mistakes when setting up the day's run. Such additions allow installers and dealers to set up their batch controllers on-site without need for custom programming. Anchoring a new look, BatchTron sym- bols have been redesigned to meet today's world of muted graphics while giving better Batch panel upgrades usability, while screen sizes of all models have been increased. BatchTron has used PLC and touchscreen technology since its introduction in the early 1990s, freeing concrete producers from the need for soft- ware upgrades leading to plant downtime. — Scale-Tron Inc., Quebec, 800/632-7083, 514/940-0337; Low dust polymeric paver sand High-performance sand and sand-based product specialist Fairmount Santrol kicked off commercialization of Accel dust-preventing polymeric sand at the 2017 Hardscape North America trade show, staged at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville. Manufactured with the company's Prevent technology, Accel reduces on-site dust and haze up to 90 percent compared with traditional polymeric sand— enhancing air quality with an engineered, environmentally cleaner formula. "Our R&D team's goal was to develop a product that would improve working conditions for the building industry and increase project value," says Fairmont Santrol Industrial and Recreation Vice President of Sales Mike Lenahan. Accel's uniform gradation and exclusive polymer formula, he adds, ensure a durable bond for strong and flexible joints; prevent stress cracking, even in extreme hot and cold weather conditions; and, afford quicker, even filling of joints for interlocking concrete or brick pavements. — Fairmount Santrol, Sugar Land, Texas, Hardscape contractors and unit installers confirm the Accel sand's capacity to nearly eliminate dust and haze.

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