With so much to do and see at World of Concrete, producers should make an extra effort to spend some time at the Las Vegas Convention Center's North Hall.

Once again, that area will be home to the show's Producer Center. This show within a show is where more than 200 exhibitors will show off their admixtures, batching equipment, and other products and services.

As the official publication of the Producer Center, THE CONCRETE PRODUCER is previewing products from some of these exhibitors.

Planetary mixers

All Sicoma MP series planetary/ countercurrent mixers feature a generous pan size, so they can mix small or large batches with ease. Their three-bladed mixing arms are angled for optimum wear and can discharge a full-capacity load in 20 seconds. They each have a large reduction gearbox with over-sized gears for cool running and long life. Up to four discharge doors can be fitted on each model. Sicoma North America Inc. 800-921-7559. www.sicoma.biz.

Stop concrete spills

The Shute Shutter is a patented, fully automatic chute closure device for ready-mix concrete trucks. It stops concrete spills, damage claims, and injuries, and contains debris within the chute when washouts are not allowed. It also saves time and increases profit. It has no springs or moving parts to become clogged with concrete, and it will retain a chute full of concrete, if necessary. Forfam Inc. 888-774-8887. www.forfaminc.com.

Pigments with consistency

Bayferrox pigments are lightfast and weather-stable, and meet or exceed ASTM C 979 specifications for coloring concrete. They are non-toxic, physiologically safe, and insolu-able in water, posing no known risk to the environment. All manufacturing sites have ISO 9001-2000 certification, which ensures a high level of consistency. Lanxess. 800-526-9377. www.us.lanxess.com.

Concrete recycling system

The Model 4000 concrete recycling system is capable of processing 40 cubic yards per hour of returned ready-mix. Buffers can be supplied to unload and handle up to 12 ready-mix trucks at one time and handle more than 24 cubic yards at one time. The External Loading Buffer can also be added to existing systems. BIBKO, Div. of RJ Miller Co. 281-858-8844. www.bibko.com.

Hot water on demand

The Direct Contact Water Heater delivers 180o F water on demand with no need for a warm-up period. The water heater is constructed of stainless steel, requires no permits, no inspections, no licensed operator, and has no tubes. With an efficiency of better than 99%, the unit also cuts fuel costs. Ludell Mfg. Co. 800-558-0800. www.elliscorp.com.

Magnetic forming system

Ratec manufactures a magnetic form system for structural precast products. The Modular SideRail system is designed for production of wall panels and double Ts. Other products include the Klacker Power Box, as well as magnetic chamfer, reveal, and lifting systems. Ratec LLC. 877-337-2832. www.ratec.org.

Mobile gravity transit mix plant

The Erie MG-11T transit mix plant combines mobility and gravity feed cement into a high-production plant that can roll onto the jobsite and start work the same day. Its rugged travel frame won't distort over time. It features capacity of 228 cubic yards per hour; based configurations include a 20-cubic-yard, three-compartment aggregate bin, and 715 bbl cement silo. Erie Strayer Co. 814-456-7001. www.eriestrayer.com.