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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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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.

Proctor Compaction Test: A Basic Guide
Proctor Compaction Test: A Basic Guide

This blog post covers everything you need to know about the Proctor Compaction Test including history, importance, procedure, tips and more.

Sieve Analysis of Coarse Aggregate: From the Field to the Lab (Part 2)

Sieve Analysis of Coarse Aggregate: From the Field to the Lab (Part 2)

In part 2 of this three-part series, we’ll outline sieve analysis of coarse aggregate including proper preparation of bulk field samples for lab testing and necessary equipment and tips.

Wet Sieving: A Practical Guide
Wet Sieving: A Practical Guide

When dry sieving isn’t sufficient for producing an acceptable degree of separation between individual fractions of a sample, it’s time to try wet sieving. This blog post covers the importance of wet sieving, when it is best used, and recommended equipment for various procedures.

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.

Atterberg Limits: A Quick Reference Guide
Atterberg Limits: A Quick Reference Guide

This blog post outlines the three main components that encompass Atterberg Limits, explains why these tests are important, and covers basic equipment used in these procedures.

Asphalt vs. Concrete: Which is Right For You? [Infographic]
Asphalt vs Concrete: Which is Right For You? [Infographic]
Sieve Analysis of Coarse Aggregate: From the Field to the Lab (Part 1)
Sieve Analysis of Coarse Aggregate: From the Field to the Lab (Part 1)

In Part 1 of this thee-part series, we’ll cover sieve analysis of coarse aggregate, beginning from gathering samples at a job site, including tips and necessary equipment.