When a longtime contractor customer commits to improving flatwork productivity with the purchase of a laser-guided screed, the concrete producer can share in the success. However, keeping up with the productivity rate of a laser screed requires a higher level of communication and coordination than ever.

"We touch base with all the variables before going on a big pour," says Tom Williams, plant manager at Port City Redi Mix Co., Muskegon, Mich. For scheduling, "We like to shoot for the 5 p.m. to midnight range. It's easier for our guys to put in a workday and do an additional 5 or 6 hours instead of getting up in the middle of the morning and working through the afternoon."

Giving contractors discounts for using screeds help Port City increase truck turnaround, Williams adds.The article includes a case study of efficient producer-laser screed contractor interaction, a 556,500-square-foot industrial warehouse slab in Fayetteville, Ark. Tune Trucking, Fayetteville, was the producer on the project.Included is information about the benefits of using front-discharge mixer trucks when supplying a laser-screed project.

The article also includes related stories about how paving mixers and spring-loaded chute covers can increase truck turnaround, how laser screeds have allowed contractors to get better F-numbers on floors, and the extra attention concrete mixes for large floors require.