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The arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine should invigorate consumer and business confidence and elevate employment levels. Photo: matejmo/ iStock / Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

Why producers can expect a return to normalcy in 2021

January 14, 2021By

Businesses can look forward to an increasingly favorable operating environment this year as the economy gradually rebounds from the effects of the pandemic.

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As water affordability and accessibility cause continued challenges, mine water treatment technologies supporting environmental sustainability will become more and more commonplace. Photo: P&Q Staff

How smart tech can enhance mine water systems

January 14, 2021By

Mine operators are turning to digital solutions and smart technology to help boost on-site efficiency – including in their mine water management processes. 

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The fragmentation pictured here resulted from the use of Multivariate Blast Design. Photo: Anthony Konya

New methodology to optimize quarry blasts

January 13, 2021By

An innovative approach to blast design has produced results that were previously unfound in the aggregate industry.

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After a shot is executed, data on the fragmentation, muckpile shape, vibration and noise can automatically be integrated to allow AI to refine its models for use in the next drill-shot plan. Photo: Picsguru/iStock / Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

Cutting-edge approach to achieve the perfect ton

January 12, 2021By

How AI can enhance everything from blast design and drilling plans to fragmentation and flyrock prevention.

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Visualizing the future of industry trade shows

January 11, 2021By

What’s ahead for aggregate industry trade shows is somewhat uncertain as aggregate producers adapt to new ways of doing business.

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With Joe Biden in the White House and tighter margins in the House and Senate, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association leaders expect a more moderate agenda to be pursued. Photo: lucky-photographer/iStock / Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

What the industry pathway forward looks like in Washington

January 8, 2021By

With the government in transition, leaders at the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association share what they expect in working with the Biden administration and the next Congress.

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Manufacturing trends to watch in 2021

January 7, 2021By

From a brand-new customer experience that’s here to stay to cutting-edge technology, Syncron’s Venkat Eswara offers a look at what 2021 has in store for manufacturers and, ultimately, end users.

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2021 industry calendar unlike past years

January 6, 2021By

Trade shows and conferences typically dominate the first quarter, but cancellations, postponements and virtual events are now part of the norm. Find out what’s ahead in the new year.

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