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Have questions about your materials testing equipment?  We have the answers to these questions and much more right here! Check back monthly for long-form blog posts, how-to guides and infographics. We’ll address industry insights, the operation and maintenance of specific equipment, and our product line recommendations, all designed to better serve you.

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Soil Classification: Foundation and Pavement Design Starts Here
Soil Classification: Foundation and Pavement Design Starts Here

There’s more to consider in planning a new highway project than location. This blog post helps lay out the importance of soil classifications, visual inspection and field/laboratory testing, ASTM, AASHTO and state DOT regulations, resources and tools and more.

Laboratory Thermometers: What is the Best Choice for your Application?
Laboratory Thermometers: What is the Best Choice for your Application?

This blog post discusses the differences between Liquid in Glass (LiG) mercury, LiG non-mercury and digital thermometers used in laboratory materials testing. It also explores the role each type of thermometer plays in maintaining compliance with industry standards and regulations governing the use of mercury.

Load Frames: Build the Optimal System for Your Applications
Load Frames: Build the Optimal System for Your Applications

In this blog post, we’ll have a look at what is available from Gilson, and how to put together a system optimal for your testing needs.

Choosing the Right Lab Oven
Choosing the right lab oven

This blog post lays out some of the most important features to consider when you’re looking for an oven for aggregate, soils, concrete or asphalt testing.

History of Concrete [Infographic]
History of Concrete

This infographic highlights major milestones in the history of concrete.

Super Air Meter [Infographic]

Super Air Meter

This infographic covers everything from what the Super is Meter is, to benefits, tips how to use it, and more!

Gilson Asphalt Content Furnace: A Step-by-Step Maintenance Guide
Gilson Asphalt Content Furnace: A Step-by-Step Maintenance Guide

In order to ensure that your Gilson Asphalt Content Furnace operates smoothly for many years, we’ve outlined some maintenance procedures and tips to follow.

Sieve Analysis of Coarse Aggregate: From the Field to the Lab (Part 3)
Sieve Analysis of Coarse Aggregate: From the Field to the Lab (Part 3)

In part 3 of this three-part series, we’ll cover the procedure for effective particle size distribution of coarse aggregates, useful equipment and testing tips.

What is Workability of Concrete?
What is workability of concrete

Concrete workability is used to describe how easily freshly mixed concrete can be mixed, placed, consolidated and finished with minimal loss of homogeneity. Workability directly impacts strength, quality, appearance, and cost of labor for placement and finishing operations. How can we measure workability? This blog post outlines everything you need to know about concrete workability, factors that can affect it, and helpful equipment and tests.

NCAT Asphalt Content Furnace: A Step-by-Step Guide
NCAT Asphalt Content Furnace : A Step-by-Step Guide

When using your NCAT furnace, it’s important to follow some basic weekly maintenance procedures.  In this blog post, we’ll provide an easy step-by-step guide, complete with a list of do’s, don’ts and maintenance help for the NCAT.