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Color Matching

Eventually, one of your architectural salespeople is going to bring in a sample of concrete from another producer and ask if your operation can produce it. Don’t worry, because you may not be able to get an exact match, but you can certainly take a stab at it without tying up profitable machine time. Percentage out your closest matching architectural mix design to a 500-gram representative batch and adjust your pigment loading as needed. If you’ve got a vibrating table and a form, you should be able to simulate your consolidation. Put the samples on a blank pallet in your curing chamber and when the cycle’s complete, see how close you got to the salesperson’s sample. There are some nuances that need to be addressed when sample matching, so if you need help contact NCMA Production Specialist Mike Maroney.

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Smartphones and site solutions

A picture is worth a thousand words, but it’s also the best way to start the process of resolving issues on the jobsite. We all get photos sent to us to explain and demonstrate a situation that our customers are going through. The question is do you have a defined policy for whom to send the photos and a step-by-step, detailed process as to how that solution will be found. For more information on developing a documentation plan, please contact NCMA’s Production Specialist Mike Maroney.

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Cleaning house

If you scheduled your spring production correctly, your yard should be seeing some significant inventory turns due to the summer demand for hardscapes and do-it-yourself projects from the local hardware stores. As the inventory leaves, take some time to clean out the lots before you fill them again. It’s an ideal time to get behind the rows and clean up any debris or loose stretch wrap along the fence line. It’s also a great opportunity to take a look and see what inventory you made that didn’t take off as quickly as anticipated. Segregate it and get it out of your yard before you end up having degraded stretch wrap and aged pallet decay, potentially causing more than eyesore. For more information, contact NCMA Production Specialist Mike Maroney.

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Shift change and variability

Alan Perlis, a mid-twentieth century computer scientist stated, “One man’s constant is another man’s variable.” It’s a profound statement especially when considering the dynamics of operations running two shifts. More often than not, adjustments and settings are changed when one machine operator takes over for the next as every equipment operator has their own method of operation and adjustment, this is a fact, and it’s good as long as the information is being shared with the next shift operator. Once again, communication is the key to success and a way of maintaining consistency in production. For more information on variability and shift transition, contact NCMA Production Specialist Mike Maroney. Do you have a question about production? ASK MIKE.