Cement Americas

SUM 2019

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www.cementamericas.com • Summer 2019 • CEMENT AMERICAS 35 PRODUCTS LafargeHolcim Introduces Digital Tools The construction industry plays an important role in the world economy, with $1.23 trillion spent in 2017 in the United States alone. Construction will continue to experi- ence growth in coming years, and one key opportunity to maximize that growth is through digitization and adoption of new technology. "It's essential that innovation and adoption of new technol- ogy is at the forefront of how we do business, to continue to progress and grow as an industry," said Jamie M. Gento- so, CEO of U.S. cement operations. "At LafargeHolcim, we challenge ourselves to think of new ways to drive efficiency, time savings and ease of communication to make it as easy as possible for our customers." To that end, LafargeHolcim is transforming its customer experience with the launch of three key digital solutions. Each of these new platforms are part of an ongoing strategy to improve engagement, streamline interactions, optimize projects, and bring added convenience. • ConcreteDirect: A free smartphone app, available on iOS and Android, ConcreteDirect is a project coordination tool that helps customers save time, increase transparency with orders and deliveries, and increase crew utilization. Through the app, customers can place, change and con- firm orders, as well as track delivery progress. • DirectAccess: Allows customers direct access to their accounts at all times, with the ability to manage all aspects of the billing process 24/7, including checking account balances and making payments online. Custom- ers can now register at www.directaportal.com. • MaterialsThatPerform.com: Provides a comprehensive, centralized resource for product information, thought leadership, key projects and easy access to all of Lafarge- Holcim's U.S. locations. LafargeHolcim, www.lafargeholcim.com Bricking Solutions Reinforces Safety with Hydraulic, Incline Conveyors Bricking Solutions offers hydraulic and incline conveyors to increase maintenance efficiency and reduce worker physical strain. Made from heavy-duty aluminum, these conveyors increase efficiency and safety, while minimizing damage to kilns and refractory materials during routine maintenance. "Refractory installation is time-consuming but unavoidable," said Heather Harding, Bricking Solutions managing director. "We strive to make routine installation safer, easier and fast- er for our clients by designing equipment that ensures crews can work effectively no matter what they're up against." The company's conveyors are made from 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum and sections weigh 35 to 42 lb., making transpor- tation and installation easy for a small crew. The light weight coupled with a modular design allows for quick setup in as little as one to two hours, depending on the length of the conveyor and site conditions. Hydraulic conveyors are also equipped with easy-to-assemble 10-ft. belt sections that form a continuous surface up to 250 ft. long. Using a 5-hp hydraulic drive, the hydraulic conveyor moves up to 2,000 lb. in either direction at a rate of up to 150 ft. per minute. Three width options – 12, 20 and 30 in. – and the flexibility provided by the modular construction allow engi- neers to custom design conveyors to fit any site. These con- veyors can be set up on the ground, spring boards or elevated on adjustable legs for safe operation, regardless of terrain. The incline conveyor relies on an electric motor to transfer brick and refractory with minimal effort. The unit pairs with any size bricking machine and is ideal for difficult-to-ac- cess sites where forklifts are unable to operate. Operating height is between 5 ft., 11 in. with a 20-degree incline and 11 ft., 5 in. with a 40-degree incline. Wheels are attached to the base section for easily adjusting slope. The 1-hp motor, requiring a 110/220-volt connection, is capable of moving 15 to 20 bricks per minute. All Bricking Solution conveyors come with standard safety features that protect crews and worksites. Bricking Solutions Inc., www.brickingsolutions.com

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