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Improved outlook ahead for construction materials market

Jun 16, 2014

Improved outlook ahead for construction materials market

 By George H. Reddin At mid-year 2013, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) had reported flat results in construction aggregates. While the residential market was showing life, the results had not impacted the sector’s reported volumes; however, by year-end, the sector was ...

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The nation’s top 25 construction aggregates producers

Jun 16, 2014

The nation’s top 25 construction aggregates producers

2012 production numbers document a second year of incremental growth in the market. U.S. production of construction aggregates in 2012 was 2.18 billion short tons valued at $17.6 billion, free on board (f.o.b.) at plant. In 2012, construction aggregates production remained ...

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Texas Panhandle offers flatlands of the high and low plains

Jun 01, 2014

Texas Panhandle offers flatlands of the high and low plains

The Texas Panhandle offers the flatlands of the Low Plains and the really, really flatlands of the High Plains. By Bill Langer Today, we resume our trip along historic Route 66 starting at Texola, Okla., and head west across the Texas Panhandle. ...

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Mind over Media

May 01, 2014

Mind over Media

Proper synthetic media maintenance and efficiency demands a much different mindset than that required for traditional wire cloth, punch plates, or other metal media. Consider that for many plant managers, the old adage of “that’s the way we’ve always done ...

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Screeners 101: Sifting Through the Facts

May 01, 2014

Screeners 101: Sifting Through the Facts

Tips and tricks to select the right mobile screener You get out what you put in. While this old saying is true with most projects, jobs, or life challenges, it couldn’t be further from the truth in the screening business. In ...

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MSHA Issues Guidance on POV Corrective Action Programs

Apr 15, 2014

MSHA Issues Guidance on POV Corrective Action Programs

MSHA’s Pattern of Violations (POV) saga continues. On April 3, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Program Information Bulletin (PIB) detailing the corrective action program (CAP) for mines facing a POV status. ...

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Keep Your Motor Running

Apr 01, 2014

Keep Your Motor Running

Sophisticated, yet easy-to-use motor analyzers detect and address motor issues before they escalate. Electric motors are ubiquitous in the mining industry. Both AC- and DC-powered equipment is used for critical operations such as drilling, ventilation, hydraulics, conveying, crushing, excavation, emergency power ...

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Dewatering with Hydrocyclones

Apr 01, 2014

Dewatering with Hydrocyclones

By understanding the various methods of dewatering, an operator can select the best option for an operation. Hydrocyclones have traditionally been used for classifying, but they can also be used to produce a thick, dewatered underflow. This can be accomplished in ...

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Publicly traded companies report positive trends

Apr 01, 2014

Publicly traded companies report positive trends

  After a significant wave of activity last month, there is little to report this month. At the same time, the news from the sector is positive, with a strong showing by many of the publicly traded companies for the fourth ...

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Surface miner streamlines production, eases impact in Saudi Arabian mine

Feb 07, 2014

Surface miner streamlines production, eases impact in Saudi Arabian mine

In an opencast mine in the north of Saudi Arabia, a Wirtgen 2500 SM surface miner equipped with a 2.5-meter wide cutting drum has been mining large phosphate deposits since 2012. In addition to the primary extraction of relatively soft phosphate ...

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Recycling Plant Crushes Energy Concerns

Jan 03, 2014

Recycling Plant Crushes Energy Concerns

Melbourne, Australia-based Alex Fraser Group processes millions of metric tons of waste construction material – such as concrete, asphalt, rock and glass that would traditionally end up as landfill – and turns it into products suitable for reuse as roadbase ...

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3 Tips for Sustaining Growth in the New Normal

Jan 02, 2014

3 Tips for Sustaining Growth in the New Normal

After a delay due to the 16-day federal government shutdown, total construction numbers for October arrived and were strong. Total construction in 2013 was higher year-over-year by 7.1 percent according to the Commerce Department’s report. Expect continued growth for 2014 as ...

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