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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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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!

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 the 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.

Non-Destructive Testing of Concrete: An Equipment Guide
Non-Destructive Testing of Concrete: An Equipment Guide

With so many non-destructive testing methods to choose from, how do you know which method and equipment is right for you? This blog post will outline the importance of non-destructive testing of concrete, top methods, when you should use them, and what equipment you need.

Rebound Hammer Test: What you May Not Know
What You May Not Know About Using a Concrete Test Hammer

The Concrete Test Hammer is a critical part of your tool kit when assessing potential problems in concrete structures, but it can also create problems if expected to perform beyond its capabilities. This blog post outlines the proper way to use this tool for establishing strength estimates and relationships by comparison.

Why Complete Testing of Fresh Concrete Matters

It's important to run a complete set of tests, including air content and unit weight, on all fresh concrete batches, whatever the mix design. This is the best method to secure accurate and complete data that is very difficult to obtain later, and assures adherence to QC/QA requirements.

Compressive Strength Testing: Sulfur Capping or Neoprene Pads? (Infographic)
Compressive Strength Testing: Sulfur Capping or Neoprene Pads

Comparing the differences between sulfur mortar capping and the use of neoprene pads with metal retainer rings will help you select the ideal procedure for your application.

Concrete Curing: What Equipment is Right For You?
Choosing you ideal concrete curing system

Evaluating the differences between moisture rooms and curing tanks for concrete test specimen curing procedures will help you select the best option for your lab.

4 Important Steps to Reliable Concrete Test Cylinder Samples

Understand the basic methods used to ensure your concrete samples live up to their full potential.