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Building the 21st Century

Building the 21st Century

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    The Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) World Headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Ill., was a 2006 PCI Design Award co-winner for Best Office Building. Lombard Co. of Alsip, Ill., was the precaster; Leopardo Construction, Hoffman Estates, was the general contractor.

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    The Gaylord Texan Resort is famous for its signature glass atriums.

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Batch plants ready to go

The MobilMat batch plant comes pre-assembled, pre-wired, and pre-plumbed so it can be up and running with the least amount of hassle. You can configure the plant with HPGM planetary countercurrent mixers or DWM twin-shaft mixers to ensure the highest quality concrete. Other options include the Hydromat automatic microwave moisture metering, automated controls, pigment metering, and automatic mixer cleaning. Advanced Concrete Technologies. 603-431-5661. www.concretebiz.com. PCI booth #426.

New SCC admixture

Allegro 122 is a new high-range water-reducing admixture designed to produce super high-strength, highly workable self-consolidating concrete for structural and architectural applications, as well as precast and prestressed concrete production. It is engineered to reduce concrete's sensitivity to water variation and provide a better viscosity control, resulting in improved mix cohesiveness and segregation resistance. Axim Italcementi Group. 800-899-8795. www.aximconcrete.com. PCI booth #430.

Admixture improves workability

Glenium 3400 NV is a poly-carboxylate admixture that enhances workability in precast concrete production. It gives precasters greater control over mix rheology, with improved slump retention. It meets ASTM C 494 requirements for a Type A water reducing and Type F high-range water reducing admixtures. BASF Admixtures. 800-628-9990 www.basf-admixtures.com PCI booth #218.

Liquid color dispenser

The 1000S-MW series liquid dispensing system is designed to produce multicolored or single-colored masonry units, precast pieces, or integrally colored ready-mix concrete. It uses solid-state weighing systems to measure colors in each batch. Other features include gravity color discharge and clear water rinse after each cycle. Dynamic Color Solutions Inc. 800-657-0737. www.dynamic colorsolutions.com. PCI booth #333.

Push-button magnet for casting beds

The new magnet in the Elematic Fastening Method is now 30% lighter than its predecessor. This push-button jaw magnet features 3600 pounds of holding force for casting beds, tilting tables, and other molds. Its ergonomic design also makes it easy to use. Elematic Inc. 262-798-9777. www.elematic.com. PCI booth #418.

Rotating microwave sensor

The Hydro-Probe Orbiter is a microwave sensor for pan mixers that provides moisture content and temperature information as it slices through the mix. Mounted on the mixer blades, it gives faster response, improved signal, and better sampling than static sensors. The product is easy to install. Wireless and hard-wired models are available to suit most mixers. Hydronix Ltd. 888-887-4884. www.hydronix.com. PCI booth #407.

Soy-based form release agent

Crete-Lease Bio-Tru is a soy-based form release agent that allows for easy stain-free removal of forms, formliners, and pallets from hardened concrete. It won't interfere with caulks, coatings, paints, sealers, or curing compounds. It also contains no waxes, silicones, or carcinogens. Cresset Chemical Co. 800-367-2020. www.cresset.com. PCI booth #535.

Better vision

Concrete Vision is a web-based software application designed to provide precast concrete producers with real-time information on all jobs. It produces accurate and timely quotes, lets you track jobs, gives a clear picture of inventory in the yard, and can schedule deliveries to the jobsites. All reports reflect real-time information, are listed by module, and can be customized. Concrete Vision. 616-530-5911. www.concretevision.com. PCI booth #637.