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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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Setting Up A CMT Field Lab: Application-Specific Equipment & Considerations

In this month's blog, we examine the civil engineering laboratory equipment needed for typical operations performed where field laboratories for construction materials testing are required. With so many possible variations in specific project requirements, we break it down by application.

How To Set Up A Field Lab For Construction Materials Testing: The Essentials

In this blog, it will discuss setting up and furnishing temporary field-testing labs with essential laboratory equipment. Field labs are generally limited to a few particular tests, but no matter the material, most require the same essentials to measure properties like size, weight, and moisture.

How to Select the Right Jaw Crusher

The selection of the best jaw crusher for your application will naturally be governed by the particle size, volume, and properties of your bulk material, along with the desired particle size and quantity of the final sample. In this blog, we help you select the right jaw crusher for your testing application.

Characteristics of Aggregates: Shape, Size & Specific Gravity

Concluding our two-part series on aggregate characteristics. Find out how shape, size, and specific gravity play a part in determining the effectiveness of aggregates in construction projects.

Aggregate Properties You Need to Know: Strength & Durability

Soundness, toughness, and durability are all critical components to the effectiveness of aggregates used in construction. In part one of our series on aggregates, you’ll get an insider’s look at their strength properties, the methods of testing, and how to select the proper equipment for testing.

Dust and Noise: Can Better Equipment Help? Part 2: Noise

High decibel levels can potentially be a dangerous element in your materials testing lab. In part two of our special series on workplace safety, you’ll discover some of the best ways to reduce noise levels during testing.

Dust and Noise: Can Better Testing Equipment Help? Part 1 Dust

In part one of our special series on workplace safety, we take a look at how advances in materials testing equipment are minimizing potentially harmful exposure to dust in the lab.

Streamlining Aggregate Gradation Tests: Tips and Tricks

Sieving for particle size distribution is the primary test requested for construction aggregate samples. Whether field samples are being tested to evaluate a new aggregate source or just coming in as part of day-to-day quality control of production, particle size distribution is a primary consideration. If processing and sieving is not handled efficiently, it creates a backlog.

Fineness Modulus of Aggregate

When designing concrete mixes, fineness modulus of the fine aggregate alone is required for effective proportioning of mixes. This blog post explores the process of determining and calculating fineness modulus, and how to accordingly select proportions of coarse aggregate.

The Gray Pages: ASTM’s How-To for Concrete and Aggregates Testing

The Gray Pages: the how and why of test methods and a guide to performing concrete and aggregate tests efficiently while complying with requirements within the standards.