When precast producers meet at Orlando's Orange County Convention Center for The Precast Show March 1-3, they will be joined by the International ICON Expo Concrete Exposition for concrete masonry and hardscape producers and suppliers.

The combined event creates a showcase for the entire manufactured concrete products industry–and brings Precast Show sponsors National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) and American Concrete Pipe Association together with ICON Expo hosts Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI), National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA), and Cast Stone Institute.

Almost 200 exhibitors will offer equipment, products, and services, and perform Hands-On-Training demonstrations in the Precast Pavilion each day. A Masonry and Hardscape pavilion has also been added this year.

A comprehensive educational program will offer opportunities in all facets of precast, masonry, and hardscape, including courses in design, installation, finance, management, marketing, production and safety, quality, sustainability, and advanced technical training. On March 4 and 5, Precast University sessions will provide in-depth curriculum on several topics.

At an awards luncheon on March 1, NPCA will present its Creative Use of Precast (CUP) Awards for projects promoting innovative and cost-saving advantages of precast concrete, Pinnacle Awards for ideas and inventions that solve industry challenges, and Safety Awards for producer achievements during 2011.

Venture out on March 1 to visit J.E. Hill Precast in Leesburg or the Gate Pre-cast Co. in Kissimmee.

You also can tour three local block and paver plants on March 3: A-1 Block, Bedrock Industries, and Tarmac.

An Epic Grand Celebration will conclude the event, with a party at the Disney Hollywood Studios Epic Stunt Theater on March 3.

Visit www.theprecastshow.org or www.ncma.org for information.

Following are products of Precast Show / ICON Expo exhibitors. Booth numbers were correct at time of publication.

Streamlined pipe production

Create monolithic, prebenched manhole bases for storm drains and sewers with the Perfect production system. The number, diameter, and position of required pipe connections and inlet heights can be individually designed and formed in one pour. The Perfect software generates a list of materials required to build polystyrene forms based on design requirements, and stores product dimensions for future reference. Schlüsselbauer Technology GMBH. 011 43 7735 7144 0. www.sbt-na.biz.Booth #1310

Admixture for pavers, retaining walls

CHRYSOPave 148 SE combines lubricity agents, rheology modifiers, and efflorescence control technologies to meet the exacting needs of concrete paver and segmental retaining wall producers. The liquid admixture reduces stickiness, improves mold filling, enhances cementitious hydration, and reduces permeability and absorption, resulting in improved finish, durability, and overall aesthetics. Chryso Inc. 800-936-7553. www.chrysoinc.com.Booth #713

Biotech armor for concrete

Conmic Shield concrete additive inhibits microbiologically induced corrosion, which can cause concrete pipes and drainage structures to fail. The water-stabilized silica salt is added directly to concrete mixes, replacing water one-for-one in predetermined ratios. The treated concrete is antimicrobial and non-toxic, and permanently prevents the growth of Thiobacillus bacteria. ConShield Technologies Inc. 877-543-2094. www.conshield.com.Booth #1653

Get colorful with concrete

Bayferrox pigments offer high tinting strength, are lightfast and weather-stable, and distinguished by their high-quality, simple, and environmentally compatible processing. Use them in powder, compact pigment, and granular forms to color construction materials such as cast-in-place concrete, precast concrete components, concrete roofing tiles, and pavers. LANXESS Corp. www.lanxess.com. 800-526-9377. Booth #816

Brushes for cleaning and finishing

Based on years of experience with dry cast concrete, the company has developed feedbox strip brushes, pallet-cleaning brushes, green product brushes, and concrete brushes for creating unique finishes. Through a new partnership, brush maker United Rotary Brush Corporation will distribute its own line of concrete brushes directly to customers. Rampf Molds Inc. 705-720-7300. www.concrete-brushes.com.Booth #738

Double-beam mobile gantry cranes

DB Series rubber-tired, double-beam gantry cranes are designed for long-term, heavy-duty cycle work in moderate terrain. The mobile cranes are durable, easy to maintain, and versatile in their lifting environment. Options include flexible steering modes, ability to rotate loads faster and more efficiently, and reduced fuel consumption. Shuttlelift. 920-743-8650. www.shuttlelift.com.Booth #1742

Connect rebar of various sizes

Viper-Lok rebar spacers connect rebar of various sizes, from #3 to #6, in any combination, both vertically and horizontally. The spacers install easily, without tying, and also function as form standoffs. They are ideal for connecting epoxy coated rebar. Available with 1-, 1 ½-, 2-in., or no standoff. Polylok Inc. 888-765-9565. www.polylok.com.Booth #1611

Productivity on the move

With a wide variety of mixers and control options, the Mark IV Skid Mount Batch Plant tackles projects with production rates ranging from just a few yards of concrete per hour up to 25 yards/hour. Three mixer choices provide capacities from 1/2 to 2 cu. yds. per batch. Three-day start-up and training gets production going quickly, and the affordable Mark IV can pay for itself within eight months. Mixer Systems Inc. 800-756-4937. www.mixersystems.com.Booth #1124

Heavy-duty protection

ClearSpan HD heavy-duty freestanding and pony wall building frames are manufactured from triple-galvanized structural steel, which is corrosion-resistant and long-lasting. High clearance and wide open space make the buildings ideal for a variety of precast applications such as precast plants, covered aggregates and vehicle storage, and temporary onsite facilities. ClearSpan Fabric Structures. 866-643-1010. www.clearspan.com.Booth #2035

Save set-up time

Strand Needles are steel rods with a receiver at one end that guide strand through headers. When setting up a long-line bed with multiple headers, line up the headers at one end of the bed, feed the strand through, then use a crane or utility cart to drop the headers into place. This process simplifies a cumbersome setup processes. Hamilton Form Co. 817-590-2111. www.hamiltonform.com.Booth #1913

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