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Paper Disks Can Affect Specimen Density

“What in the world is going on?” sighs an exasperated lab manager as he finishes reviewing the report he just received.  “Why don’t our numbers match?” A thorough investigation of the testing process in both labs uncovers no differences.  Everything was done according to the specified procedure.  One seemingly insignificant difference identified was the supplier…

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Best Practices for Preventing Segregation in Compacted Specimens

“Just dump it in!” sighed an exasperated technician.  “We have lots of samples to run today.  We can’t take all day just filling the molds.” Experts say that much of the variability in test results comes from the sample preparation process.  Everyone wants consistent test results.  They are achievable for those willing to invest in…

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The Importance of Keeping Molds and End Plates Clean

“Do I really have to?” your technician asks with a frustrated look on his face when you tell him to be sure to clean the mold and end plate after each specimen.  “I hate that job!  Does it really make difference?” Well, how important are clean molds and end plates?  Let’s take a look. Debris…

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Lessons from the Olympic Games

Who doesn’t love the global hype of the Olympic Games?  Just the origin of the games is fascinating.   But as we watched the talent, cheered on our teams, and anticipated the results, there were lessons to be learned – lessons that could enrich our lives at home, work, and in our communities. LESSON #1 Cheaters…

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Pine Companies play role in solving local High School Scoreboard Dilemma

When a few LED bulbs went out on Lakeview High’s gymnasium scoreboard, the maintenance department turned to the Mercer County Career Center for help.  Unfortunately it was a little more complicated than simply replacing a panel or two.  The panels used in the scoreboard were discontinued and no longer available.  It was Greg McClure, a…

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Brian Jesteadt joins Pine

We are pleased to announce that Brian Jesteadt has joined Pine Instrument Company as the Network and Computer Systems Manager. Along with providing software and hardware assistance to Pine employees, Brian’s responsibilities will include the management and maintenance of company servers, PC’s, laptops, printers, data network, telephone system and website support. His background and expertise…

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Does Marketing Matter in Manufacturing?

Of course marketing matters in Manufacturing.  However, it is often more transparent to some than others.  This blog post is centered on the coolness of learning when learning wasn’t the intent.  This very true story unfolds during our company’s Friday afternoon break…which took on a life of its own in 2017.  The 15 minute work break,…

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Remembering Jim Tyger

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Jim Tyger.  Joining Pine Instrument Company in 2003, Jim worked closely with our asphalt customers on their equipment maintenance and calibration needs.   Our customers quickly came to rely upon Jim’s friendly reminders for their annual gyratory service arrangements and then scheduled…

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Creating the Future of the Asphalt Industry

The health of the US economy depends on the efficiency with which raw materials and goods move to market and people travel from point to point.  The efficient movement of people and goods relies on the quality of the supporting roadway infrastructure.  The quality of highways depends on the design, the materials used, and the…

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