May 2007 Table of Contents

HeidelbergCement and Hanson Come to Agreement

Germany's HeidelbergCement will acquire Hanson PLC of Great Britain for $15.8 billion both companies announced. Read more

Formwork Rust: Reasons and Prevention

There are several reasons for metal corrosion and the results can take many forms: contact corrosion, crack corrosion, inter-crystalline corrosion, and pitting. Read more

Eat Your Vegetables, Or Else Eat Your Vegetables, Or Else

How do you explain prison construction to a child? Read more

The Strongest Team The Strongest Team

In business, just like in sports, the strongest team wins. Most people in the concrete industry recognize this and would agree that "our people areour most important asset." Greater demands continue to be placed on personnel due to growth, more complex business environments, and the need to transform companies to stay competitive. Additional skills and improved capabilities are needed to meet these higher expectations. Read more

Name Recognition Name Recognition

It doesn't take an impressive title to prove you are good at what you do. A title describes what you do. Beyond that, it's up to you to live up to your title and to prove that you've earned it. Read more

Trucks on Parade Fleet Factors Trucks on Parade

At most Work Truck Shows presented by the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA), new truck chassis and bodies take center stage. At this year's show, held in March Indianapolis, the new models of trucks took second billing to the emergence of hybrid truck technology. Read more

Specialized Handling

Producers are trapped. QC departments are increasingly creating special mix designs calling for exotic supplementary bulk materials, such as cements and pigments. Unfortunately, these high-profile jobs are often not large enough to justify a major plant expansion to handle these additional materials without adding plant labor. But producers can find solutions to the problem of incorporating small bulk quantities into their fast-paced batching operations. In the last few years, there have been significant gains in affordability of small bulk handling technology developed for the plastics and food processing industries. Read more


In the last decade, there's been a new trend in prison management. What was once purely a government process, is slowly being turned over to the private sector. One main reason for this switch has been the efficiency with which many prison management companies can build new facilities. Read more

Splice of Life

Effective conveyor maintenance for producers has two key goals, both with bottom line consequences. The first is to prevent surprise belt failures. The second is to minimize repair downtime. While all aspects of conveyor system maintenance are important, belt splicing is among the most critical. Its impact on maintenance is unquestionable. It's one of the few components that constantly receives heavy, abrasive wear. Also, when a splice fails, it not only stops operation and causes downtime, it results in material loss. Read more

Site Batching of Concrete Site Batching of Concrete

Not all parts of the world have the luxury of relying on consultants to prepare organization plans to create a more efficient organization. In some parts of the world, just batching concrete is painstaking. Read more

A Look at Tech Concrete Returns A Look at Tech

In March, two information technology providers in our industry, Command Alkon and Systech, held their annual Customer Conferences. Pierre Villere spent some quiet time with a few of the senior executives at the two companies and heard their thoughts on the future direction of technology in our industry. Read more

Strength Testing Woes Problem Clinic Strength Testing Woes

Concrete strength testing is a much larger problem for ready-mix producers than many in the industry realize. Read more

It's no Steal It's no Steal

The U.S. steel industry had a good year in 2006, at least until the fourth quarter. Prices rose steadily through the spring and summer, then spiked in the fall. Read more

Mining Aggregate From Landfills

The inventor hopes a process will provide producers a new aggregate source: plastics. Read more

Green to the Core Green to the Core

It's one thing to talk about sustainability and green building; it's something else to actually do something about it, and that's where Holcim is stepping up. Read more

Knowledge Transfer Knowledge Transfer

Our industry is having its second version of what is quickly becoming the graduate school of concrete higher learning: the 2007 Concrete Technology Forum. Read more