USGS Report Quantifies Cement Production

According to the just-released 2019 edition of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Mineral Commodity Reports, production of portland cement in 2018 in the United States increased slightly to about 85.4 million tons, and output of masonry cement continued to be stagnant at 2.4 million tons. Cement was produced at 98 plants in 34 States, and at two plants in Puerto Rico.…

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Cement Association of Canada Decries Lack of Wood Building Safety in BC


The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) expressed surprise at the announcement by the government of British Columbia (BC) that they would bypass the ongoing 2020 National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) processes and allow municipalities to issue building permits for encapsulated mass timber construction (EMTC) up to 12 stories. The Building Code review process is not yet complete.

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Watching Cable

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Cables Replacing Chains in Cement, Mining Modernizations. By Dane Olson While new technologies in the cement and mining sectors may not be as profound or as frequent as in other industries, quarry and mine operators are focused on continuous improvement of processes and equipment to achieve greater capacity and improved reliability.

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Riding That Train

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Cemex unveils new low-emission, high-efficiency locomotive at Victorville Cement Plant in California. By Mark S. Kuhar Cemex USA unveiled a new low-emission, high-efficiency locomotive at its Victorville, Calif., cement plant as part of its continued commitment to sustainability and to enhance air quality in a community where it has operated for more than 100 years.

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Time to Mention Tension

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Optimize Belt Cleaner Tension to Maximize Performance and Life and Achieve Cleaner, Safer, More Productive Conveying By Mark S. Kuhar Given the number of conveyor-related accidents that occur during routine maintenance and cleanup, every bulk material handler has a vested interest in technologies to help reduce hazards and prevent injuries.

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