Steel pipe inserts
These 26- and 24-gauge corrugated steel pipes offer the highest corrugation available, so they lock securely into the concrete. Sizes range from 1½ to 14 inches in diameter. The QuickShip program makes products available for immediate shipment anywhere in North America and the Caribbean. Essve Tech. 770-740-0498. www.essvetech.com.Precast Show booth #1822.
Molded plastic embedment products
Grouted connection tubes, with and without weep holes, can connect precast products and secure precast elements to cast-in-place concrete. Column sleeves facilitate through-bolted connections between columns and external spandrels, with a tapered design that funnels and centers a threaded rod. Standard and wide-shoulder spandrel sleeves allow through-bolted connections between columns and internal spandrels. High Concrete Accessories. 800-508-2583. www.highconcreteaccessories.com.
Create natural-looking walls
StoneLedge is a double-sided, multi-sized, tapered unit system with the hand-finished look of quarried stone. It is ideal for creative residential or commercial segmental retaining wall projects. It is suitable for retaining and freestanding walls, stairs, barbeque stands, planters, and pillars. CornerStone Wall Solutions Inc. 1-800-939-9193. www.cornerstonewallsolutions.com.Icon Expo booth #526 / Precast Show booth #432.
Same cement, new look
Several well-known types of cement, including U.S. Cement Custom Blends, Trinity, and some Blue Circle brands, will now be sold under the Lafarge name. This broad range of products includes high-quality portland cement, cement for corrosive environments, cement with silica fume or flyash, white cement, and cement for masonry and mortar. New bags will ship by April 2009. Lafarge. 800-331-0022. www.lafargenorthamerica.com.Icon Expo booth # 1328 / Precast Show booth #909.
Concrete color dosing system
The Granumat granular dosing system for masonry, paver, and precast operations works in combination with Granufin free-flowing dry granules. It is an efficient, accurate, and advanced system for weighing, blending, and conveying colors for concrete products. Rockwood Pigments. 800-638-4444. www.rpigments.com.Icon Expo booth #646.
Bolt-on sensors weigh silo contents
Silex sensors bolt directly onto the legs of a silo to measure the weight of its contents. They are easier to install than classic weldable sensors, perform equally well, and cost less. When installed on all four legs of a standard silo, accuracy is better than 2%. The measurement is true weight, not a value derived from a volume calculation. Silo content level and weight data can be transmitted to the SiloWeigh. Scale-Tron Inc. 800-632-7083. www.scaletron.com.Icon Expo booth #1530 / Precast Show booth #1508.
Measuring color accurately
The FLEX Multi-Purpose Color Metering System makes its debut at Icon Expo. It measures powder or granular pigments, allowing colored concrete producers to source pigment from any supplier. The FLEX 70 system has a small footprint, and provides accurate, fast metering. It conveys a dry pigment batch to as many as three separate mixers from a remote, ground-level location. Advanced Concrete Technologies. 603-431-5661. www.concretebiz.com.Icon Expo booth #1140.
Planetary mixers provide thorough blending
Composed of two double stars (or less depending on models), each with three arms, the Arcen line of planetary mixers offer a unique mixing flow combined with peripheral scraping shovels. This mixing action produces homogenous concrete for blocks, pavers, architectural products, pipes, hollow core slabs, and structural members. They are available in sizes from 0.33 to 4 cubic yards. BMH Systems. 888-793-9340. www.bmhsystems.com.Icon Expo booth #1212.