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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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Asphalt Oxidation: Advantages of Pressure Aging Vessel Test
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.

What Is The Rolling Thin Film Oven Test Method?
All You Need to Know About RTFO

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 the procedure to benefits and 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

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: 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.

How Simple Soils Inspection Equipment Promotes Trench Safety

Before workers are allowed to enter an excavation, it’s important to evaluate conditions and make decisions about safety. Proper soil classification and evaluation is an important component of keeping your workers safe. This post outlines three equipment solutions that can significantly reduce the number of trenching accidents occurring on the job.

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.