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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 Reverification FAQ’s
Sieve Reverification FAQs

Ongoing verification of working sieves is an important part of your QC/QA program to ensure that your sieves are in working order and meet their minimum requirements. In this post, we’ll answer all your questions regarding reverification of your used sieves.

Why Complete Testing of Fresh Concrete Matters
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.

Testing Oxidized Asphalt Binder? Here’s Why a Pressure Aging Vessel is Valuable
Why a Pressure Aging Vessel is Valuable

A method to simulate long-term, oxidative aged asphalt binder is important for predicting distress in asphalt as it ages. A Pressure Aging Vessel is a great solution and this blog post will highlight the background and benefits of these powerful machines.

Aggregate Abrasion Testing (Part 2): The L.A. Abrasion Test
Aggregate Abrasion Testing (Part 2): The L.A. Abrasion Test

Abrasion testing is an important component to your quality control process. This follow-up post presents the benefits of the widely-used L.A. Abrasion Test.

Everything You Need to Know About Asphalt Rolling Thin Film Ovens
Everything You Need to Know About Asphalt Rolling Thin Film Ovens

If you need to accurately measure the effect of heat and air on asphalt binder, a good option to consider is a Rolling Thin Film Oven (RTFO). This blog post outlines everything you need to know from procedure to benefits to equipment recommendations.

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.

6 Alternatives to Mercury Thermometers
6 Alternatives to Mercury Thermometers

As mercury continues to present shipping challenges and high costs, Gilson wants to make it as easy as possible to select the proper non-mercury alternative for your application, if mercury thermometers are not an option for you.

How To Get Optimal Performance From Your Gilson Testing Screen
How To Get Optimal Performance From Your Gilson Testing Screen

Gilson TS-1 and TS-2 Testing Screens offer years of service when maintained properly. This blog post covers the steps you can take to ensure you get optimal use out of your Gilson Testing Screen.

How to Optimize Fines Content Determinations
HM-57R Infographic

Gilson Automatic Aggregate Washers efficiently wash fines out of aggregate and soil samples for sample preparation or determination of fines fractions.

Aggregate Abrasion Testing (Part 1): The Micro-Deval Test Method
Aggregate Abrasion Testing (Part 1):  The Micro-Deval Test Method

Understanding the history, procedure and benefits of the Micro Deval Test can help you consider a new method for abrasion testing.