National Precast Concrete Assn (NPCA)

National Precast Concrete Assn (NPCA)
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By Ashley Smith | President/COO, Smith-Midland Corp.
I have traveled to The Precast Show and earlier versions of this important industry trade show for 40 years – ever since I was a teenager working in the family business. Now that I’m running the company, I have a different perspective on the trade show, and it’s become an even more important...

The concept of 3D printing is nothing new, but its promise makes it one of the biggest potential technologies for the construction industry. When it comes to creating a concrete structure, the term is actually an umbrella name covering different methods that involve constructing a product without the use of a form. Here are two common methods that...

Following ASTM standards for testing wet-cast fresh concrete is critical for manufacturing a high-quality precast concrete product. By Mitch Rector Editor’s Note: This article is intended to serve as a reference guide for entry-level production workers. This second article of the series explains the basics of slump-flow testing, air content testing...

Whether you are the lone representative of your company at The Precast Show 2018 or you’re bringing a crew, it’s an investment of time and money and you want to make the most of it while you’re there. Lucky for you, The Precast Show is the largest meeting of the industry so there are plenty of opportunities. This year’s show, Feb. 22-24 at the...

It’s a new year and many of us will be tackling our personal resolutions such as eating healthier, saving more or spending more time with family and friends. But resolutions in the workplace can be effective as well and one word that is on the forefront of many business owners’ minds is lean. NPCA wrote on this topic recently in Precast Inc. in the...

National Precast Concrete Assn (NPCA)

 •  November 28, 2017

One of the most common ways to reinforce concrete is with steel rebar. When a product design or rebar layout requires welding, it is important to know if the steel you are using can be welded. ASTM A706 weldable-grade rebar is acceptable for welding under most circumstances. But unless special analysis and precautions are taken, it is not...

As autumn settles in, many of us have started dressing in warmer layers and donning thicker coats. We’re also more conscious of the thermostat – and that drafty door – both at home and in the precast plant. Throughout the year, and especially during times of seasonal transition, it’s imperative to remember how Mother Nature affects concrete and the...

Every Sunday, thousands of fans pack NFL stadiums across the U.S. to cheer on their favorite teams. For those in attendance, the focus is on the exhilarating game being played on the field. But, all around them, infrastructure systems built with precast concrete products work to make the experience possible. Although many these products are...

NPCA regularly receives questions regarding the manufacture and installation of precast concrete products by phone and email. Select questions and answers are included in each issue of Precast Inc. magazine. Occasionally, these questions lead to articles or blog posts, and such is the case with a recent inquiry requesting clarification on the...

Ashley Smith, a lifelong precaster and president of Smith-Midland Corp. in Midland, Va., will take the helm of the National Precast Concrete Association for the next 12 months after the passing of the gavel at the NPCA 52nd Annual Convention on Oct. 14 in Atlanta. This year’s meeting was the third largest in NPCA’s history, topped only by the 2007...