September 2007 Table of Contents

Articles
Does PCA Invest Enough in our Industry?

There seems to be consensus about the need for the PCA to do more to support the industry, but when it comes to suggestions, the answers are as varied as our readership. Read more

World of Concrete is One of the Top 50 Fastest-Growing Tradeshows

World of Concrete was recently named by Tradeshow Week as one of the Top 50 Fastest-Growing Tradeshows, based on 50% total net square footage growth and 50% net growth between 2004 and 2006. Read more

Product Pulse: Crushers Product Pulse: Crushers

Maximize efficiency while holding the line on costs with the new, updated crushers featured in our latest installment of Product Pulse. Read more

A Little Help A Little Help

We all need the advice of those who have more experience. There is nothing wrong with being new or inexperienced. Joining associations is a great way to find mentors or people to mentor. Read more

Crusher Reduces Costs

When Pennsylvania-based Denucci Excavating needed to update its crusher to meeting increasing demand for its services it turned to the Extec C12 jaw crusher. Read more

Getting in Early Getting in Early

While concrete producers have been at the forefront of using industrial waste materials (fly ash and slag) in their mixes, they haven't been as receptive to reusing construction waste. But this is about to change. Read more

Fleet Factors Keeping the Pressure On

No one can guarantee you won't have a flat, but there are actions you can take to minimize the possibility of catastrophic tire failure. Read more

The Facts About Tanktesting The Facts About Tanktesting

What are the criteria that satisfy the requirements of a structural proof of design test and a watertightness test for a precast concrete onsite tank? Ask 10 different people in the onsite industry and you will probably get 10 different answers. Read more

Watertight Watertight

Precast concrete producers and the onsite wastewater industry have plenty in common. Together, these two industries play an important role in protecting the nation's water resources and supporting the wastewater infrastructure. Read more

An Aggregate Replacement An Aggregate Replacement

The synthetic aggregate market is a $2 billion industry in the United States, with estimates that only a fraction of currently available recyclable materials are being utilized. Read more

An Alternative for Infill Wall Systems An Alternative for Infill Wall Systems

Recently, researchers at the University of Missouri-Rolla investigated the potential for using an unusual alternative construction material in manufacturing masonry units for non-load bearing applications. Their goal was to develop products for infill wall systems, a practice common throughout the world. Read more

From Field to Future Dreams

Alfred H. Smith Jr. is building his field of dreams in Branchville, Md. No, he's not building a baseball diamond like in the 1989 film, Read more

Concrete's Impacts

Reclaimers and washout pits are a cost of doing business we do not mind being saddled with. It comes with the territory. Read more

Concrete Returns Housing's Perfect Storm

Against the financial backdrop of the new housing market, it is becoming harder to predict the outcome of 2007. But we could see a year where concrete production falls as much as 10% to 15% from the 2006 record. Read more

Spec Watch ASTM to Develop Green Roof Guide

A proposed new ASTM International standard, WK14283, "Guide for Green Roof Systems," will identify terminology, principles, and concepts for building vegetated green roof systems. Read more

Problem Clinic Does Well-graded Aggregate Stand Up?

Q: We are beginning to work on a new set of mix designs for a large commercial project. We are experimenting with some potential changes in the aggregate gradations of our commonly used products. Read more

Slag Cement: New Opportunities Slag Cement: New Opportunities

One industry's byproduct is another industry's treasure. Read more

Checking for Oil Problems

OPW Fuel Management Systems, a Hodgkins, Ill., manufacturer of fuel dispensing equipment, recently introduced a high-tech hydrocarbon sensor suited for the harsh conditions of a concrete plant. Read more

In The Mix: September

Noteworthy news from the industry. Read more

Shades of Green

It's a safe bet to estimate that our industry will spend upwards of 10 million dollars marketing, promoting, researching, and demonstrating that concrete is green. With so much at stake, it's important we don't confuse our customers on the varying hues of green our concrete provides. Read more

Sustainable Construction Resources

A companion to our September 'Material Issues' featuring essential readining and resources for sustainable construction. Read more