Admixture for manufactured products
The RheoFIT 900 line of plasticizing admixtures is specially formulated to enhance the efficiency and aesthetics of manufactured concrete products. The line includes RheoFIT 900 for light swipe and RheoFIT 900 S for moderate to heavy swipe. They are ideal for concrete block, concrete pavers, segmental retaining walls, hollow-core slabs, concrete pipe, and concrete roof tiles. BASF Construction Chemicals. 800-628-9990. www.basf-admixtures.com.
Seal contains conveyor material
The new Double Apron Seal Skirting provides two wear surfaces on a single elastomer sealing strip installed along the bottom of the skirtboard in a belt conveyor loading zone. When the bottom side of the strip against the belt is worn, the sealing strip is inverted to provide a second service life. The product contains material, eliminates spillage, and reduces cleanup expenses. Martin Engineering. 800-544-2947. www.martin-eng.com.
Measure corrosion at harsh jobsites
The new CANIN+ corrosion measuring instrument functions in harsh jobsite conditions. The rod electrode tests areas below 215 sq. ft. and hard-to-reach surfaces where wheel electrodes are impractical. With a raster, it accurately locates corrosion hotspots. The four-wheel electrode is ideal for very fast testing of large areas. Proceq USA Inc. 800-839-7016. www.proceq-usa.com.
Increase plant's component life
The Intelli-Drive Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) system monitors a batch plant's activity and decelerates the drum's rotation between batches or when mix time has been exceeded. When the process logic controller (PLC) senses the drum being loaded, it speeds the mixer back up to the ideal mixing speed. Once the mixer begins tilting for discharge, the PLC again slows the mixer's rotation. The system increases component life, reduces maintenance and spatter, and optimizes discharge speed. Con-E-Co. 402-426-4181. www.con-e-co.com.
Insulation for wall forms
Install the T-Roc Thermal Laminate Foundation Insulation System in conventional concrete wall forms and eliminate the need for stud frame out, batt insulation, and dry wall. Once the concrete has set, remove the forms to reveal insulated basement walls ready for final finishing. Once installed, it can be left as is or it can be finished using mesh tape and setting compound, followed by painting for a customized look. CertainTeed. 800-233-8990. www.certainteed.com.
Measure and control slump
The Ready Slump System is being sold under the brand name Verifi, a system for ready-mixed concrete with reduced variability, while enhancing productivity. It measures and controls slump from when a truck is loaded, until concrete is discharged. It also records drum revolutions, water additions, and slump changes over the mix, delivery, and discharge cycle. Grace Construction Products. 877-423-6491. www.graceconstruction.com.
Quick, clean form release
Aqua Blue provides a quick, easy, and clean release of concrete formwork, leaving the concrete free of voids and defects. The product is 100% organic and biodegradable. It contains no VOCs and will contribute to LEED EQ credit 4.2. It comes pre-blended and ready to use, and can be applied with a brush, sprayer, and roller. US SPEC. 800-397-9903. www.usspec.com.
Spray for concrete floors
The CP 672 Fast Cure Speed Spray is paintable and designed for use with concrete floor assemblies rated up to three hours. When used with Spray Tech EPX 2355 or EPX 2555 sprayers, application is swift and easy. The spray is water-based, making spills and over-spray cleanup quick and easy. The product meets LEED requirements, as it contains no halogens, solvents, or asbestos. Hilti. 800-879-8000. www.us.hilti.com.
Direct basement access
Consisting of a precast concrete stairwell and a basement door, PermEntry is a fast and economical way to add convenient, direct basement access to any home. It is ideal for new home construction and can be delivered and installed by a dealer in just a few hours. The product also satisfies IRC 2006 building code requirements for emergency egress. Bilco. 800-854-9724. www.bilco.com.
Wheel loaders have long service intervals
The L45F and L50F wheel loaders include Torque Parallel loader linkage, 100% axle differential locks, Volvo Care Cab, and long service intervals. The loaders provide separate power steering and load-sensing hydraulic pumps, ensuring full steering power, regardless of the load on the main hydraulic pumps. Oil flow on the pump automatically adjusts to match work demand, resulting in lower fuel consumption when operating in tough conditions. The loaders' rollout continues through 2009. Volvo Construction Equipment North America. 828-650-2000. www.volvoce.com.