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Paul Smith is a product development manager at KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens. He can be reached at

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Potential pitfalls of standardizing material processing Posted on 08 Aug 2018 in the featured & Features categories.

Successful material processing requires innovative techniques, but is streamlining crushing, screening and other stages taking creativity from producers away.

Selecting feeders for optimized success Posted on 18 Sep 2017 in the featured & Features categories.

They may seem like minor components, but feeders can play an important role in the overall success of a plant.

Make ConExpo-Con/Agg work for you Posted on 14 Feb 2017 in the Editors' Blog categories.

How to maximize your time between the exhibits, educational sessions, networking opportunities and other events at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017.

3 factors to consider when choosing a screen Posted on 16 Jan 2017 in the featured & Features categories.

Columnist Paul Smith offers the three variables producers must consider when choosing a screen.

The portable plant of the future Posted on 09 Feb 2016 in the Features categories.

Dust collection systems, refined guarding and noise suppression are ahead for portable plants.

Keeping up with infrastructure requires special mindset Posted on 08 Dec 2015 in the Editors' Blog & featured categories.

Passage of a long-term highway bill was long overdue. Investing in our infrastructure is like investing in our health. We should never stop. In fact, I don’t think it is […]

Which power configuration is best? Posted on 05 Mar 2015 in the Features categories.

The world we live in is constantly changing. I’ve learned it’s crucial to stay “loose in the saddle” and keep doing the next right thing. Otherwise, I’ll create unnecessary misery […]

Tracked vs. wheeled portable plants Posted on 18 Aug 2014 in the Features categories.

Tracked? Wheeled? We take a look at which type of portable plant is the more productive. About 15 years ago I had this fantastic idea to revolutionize our industry by […]

6 steps to streamline mobile processing Posted on 08 Jun 2014 in the Features categories.

Six simple solutions to enhance culture, improve safety and increase profits. Have you ever found yourself waiting impatiently at a traffic light when there were clearly no cars coming in […]