Check your temperature
The Thermo-Tuff temperature sensor for aggregate bins and concrete mixers uses high-accuracy electronics to provide a high-speed temperature response. The sensor is easy to install with a mounting collar for mixers or extension mounting sleeve for aggregate bins. Its rugged, compact, and self-contained design is ideal for harsh environments. Hydronix Ltd. 888-887-4884. www.hydronix.com Booth #20949
Go with the flow
CoolPoint Mobile flowmeters monitor water added to concrete batches on ready-mix trucks. The non-mechanical flowmeters are designed to prevent particulate blockage and problems such as compressed air over-ranging, acid wash, and meter hang-up caused by entrained dirt. The flow totalizer enables truck operators to control the amount of water added to concrete within +/- 1.5% of the indicated total. Universal Flow Monitors Inc. 866-542-9641. www.flowmeters.com Booth #S-10621
Designed to excel in digging, reaching, lifting, and loading applications, the TLB840 backhoe loader is powered by an 88-hp engine. A curved boom design can dig to a depth to 18 ft. 1 in., and reach up to 21 ft. 11 in. The load height is 11 ft. 3 in. with a bucket capacity of 1.32 cu./ yds. A self-leveling feature helps prevent spill-age and allows for load retention at full height. Terex. 203-222-7170. www.terex.com. Booth #G-140
Transfer large loads
The extra-large capacity RazerTail truck unloader delivers significant cost-per-ton savings by improving cycle times, minimizing loader use, and eliminating extra material handling. It has a 72-in.-wide by 75-ft.-long belt, a deep hopper, and an 8-ft. 6-in. grate with a large 9 x 9-ft. grate opening. The unit features a hydraulically-raised conveyor. Superior Industries. 800-321-1558. www.superior-ind.com Booth #S-640
With a 138-ft. 1-in. horizontal reach, the five-section MX 43/47Z-Meter truck-mounted placing boom is one of the largest booms in the industry that does not require counterweight. It features more straight pipe for a less stressful concrete flow, reducing wear on parts. The boom can also adapt to any lattice tower with a cross-section of 7 ½ x 7 ½ ft. Putzmeister America Inc. 800-884-7210. www.putzmeisteramerica.com Booth #S-899
Monitor material levels
The SafePoint rotary paddle bin level indicator with pipe extension provides a practical solution for batch processes that require minor modification or fine-tuning. The fail-safe level switch detects and indicates material presence or absence, and continuously monitors its own function. The unit provides a relay output signal if a sensor failure occurs, or upon loss of input power. Monitor Technologies LLC. 800-601-6302. www.monitortech.com Booth #S-10633
Keep mixers clean
The company's high-pressure washout system is now available with a three-head jet suitable for pan mixers, and a four-head jet for twin-shaft and ribbon mixers. New 20-40 gal./min. pumps provide 900-1000 psi at full flow to suit concrete mixers up to 10.5-cu.-yd. size. The kit includes a high-flow, heavy-duty hand wash gun for blasting deposits off hard-to-reach surfaces. Scale-Tron Inc. 800-632-7083. www.scaletron.com Booth #11147
Extend motor brake life
MagnaShear motor brakes use oil shear technology to provide long service life, even in demanding applications such as concrete block production. The braking technology transmits torque between lubricated surfaces to eliminate wear and provides a cushioned stop, reducing shock to the drive system. Force Control Industries. 513-868-0900. www.forcecontrol.com Booth #21036
Precast batch control
The Century NX batch plant control system is designed for producing precast concrete. It is ideal for upgrading precast batch plants to manufacture self-consolidating concrete. The plant features a simple user interface, flexible recipe-based sequencing, and panel-mounted digital scale indicators for easy calibration. Columbia Machine Inc. 800-628-4065. www.columbiamachine.com Booths #S-538, #20049
Durable truck scale
The EPR+ Plus Truck Scale is engineered with state-of-the-art robotics and arrives fully prepared for efficient, no-bolt installation. The scale is available with impervious hydraulic or electronic load cells. Factory-assembled DB75000 lb. stainless steel load cells are standard, and can withstand weight up to 150% of published capacity. Cardinal Scale Mfg. Co. 800-441-4237. www.cardinalscale.com Booth #C-7733
Heavy lifting in limited space
Five models of mini-cranes range from 3800- to 10,800-lb. capacities, with lift heights up to 68 ft. The compact machines can fit through openings as small as 24 in. Attachments include a man-basket, glass manipulator, and searcher hook for jobs with overhead restrictions. Maeda USA. 713-715-1500. www.maedausa.com Booth #G-440
[WEB EXTRA PRODUCTS]: CONEXPO-CON/AGG Exhibitor Products
The construction exposition returns to Las Vegas, March 22-26.
NRMCA Annual Convention
Before CONEXPO-CON/ AGG begins, NRMCA holds its 2011 Annual Convention at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, March 19-21. Decision-makers in the ready-mix, cement, and concrete products industry can expect the event to “offer an in-depth look at the latest economic forecasts and set the stage for the industry's rebound,” says NRMCA president, Robert Garbini.
The Opening General Session on Sunday, March 20, features Anirban Basu, chief economist for the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). He will discuss economic conditions specifically affecting the ready- mix concrete industry.
Also on Sunday, attendees at the Lunch with Speakers will get a glimpse into the concrete industry's future. David Crowe, chief economist and senior vice president at the National Association of Home Builders, will discuss housing trends. He will be joined by Garbini, who will focus on potential opportunities for the industry.
At the MIT Update & Executive Summit, executives will be briefed on the latest research results from the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub, and how their companies can use the MIT lifecycle assessment models and research.
NRMCA members who are interested in advancing the association's legislative agenda can attend the CONCRETEPAC political action committee golf tournament on Saturday, March 19, or auction and dinner on Sunday, March 20.
On Monday, March 21, the association honors individuals who embody the NRMCA's vision of enriching, empowering, and inspiring the industry, at the Awards Breakfast.
Visit www.nrmca.org for the full schedule.
ICON Expo 2011
The ICON Expo International Concrete Exposition will be held in conjunction with CONEXPO-CON/AGG at the Las Vegas Convention Center, March 22-26. The ICON Expo Pavilion will be on the lower level of the South Hall in the Concrete Area.
In addition to exhibits, the expo offers product demonstrations and social networking events. With an increased focus on education, ICON Expo 2011 will sponsor educational sessions throughout the week, with topics ranging from How to Secure the Most Profitable Projects in Your Market Area to Optimizing Concrete Mixtures for Sustainability and Performance.
The annual exhibition of concrete masonry and hardscape products is produced by the National Concrete Masonry Association with partners Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and Cast Stone Institute. The Portland Cement Association and Expanded Shale, Clay and Slate Institute are also sponsors.
For more information, visit www.iconexpo.org.