Category Archives: AASHTO

Dave Savage has left the building

Yes, it’s true.  The legendary, Dave Savage will retire in January 2022.  After 38 years of travel, customer care, and a lot of Pine company growth, he decided it was time.  Time to pass the proverbial torch.  For Dave, it’s time to move on to greener pastures (aka fairways).  No more O-dark-thirty flights, sleep disruptions,…

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Technical Bulletin –  20210118

Deformation Rate & Sprocket Arrangement Pine slowed the specimen deformation rate of the Pine AF850 Test Press by installing the same size sprockets on the motor and the jack to achieve a 1:1 ratio between the motor and the jack because it was found not to comply with the specimen deformation rate of 50 ±…

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We’re Back!

Well, the start of 2020 has rocked many worlds.  The COVID19 pandemic swept over the world causing companies to immediately press pause.  For many, the loss of jobs, business reductions, and health concerns have had devastating impacts.  We have all been impacted in some manner.  That sums up the media-dominated bad news. The good news…

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Angle Matters

I know that AASHTO T312 requires a gyratory compactor to operate at an internal angle of gyration of 1.16° ±0.02°.  But, what impact does variation in this angle really have? A low angle of gyration leads to less compaction and higher air voids.  A 0.1° drop in the angle of gyration lowers the bulk specific…

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AASHTO Implements ISO 17025 Requirements

AASHTO R18 (2016) Sections 6.2.1.5 and 6.2.1.5.1 include a new requirement—ISO/IEC 17025-certified calibration of measurement standards not manufactured by the calibrating laboratory.  The 2017 edition of R18 reportedly changes Section 6.2.1.5.1 to exclude only proprietary measurement standards from the ISO-certified calibration requirement.  The purpose of this requirement is to build confidence into test results because…

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Growing Business Outside Our Borders

Identifying and utilizing resources in any organization can be daunting especially when there is a lack of awareness or understanding of such resources.  Companies often find success when demonstrating open-mindedness and embracing change.  With communication and logistic advancements, many companies can easily export product outside the country’s borders.  But how exactly is this done?  Where…

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2016 AASHTO SOM Meeting

Todd Arnold, Division Manager, will attend the AASHTO Subcommittee on Materials Meeting July 31-August 4.  The Subcommittee is responsible for the development of materials and test standards utilized by all of AASHTO member departments.  Todd Arnold along with materials engineers and technical experts from member departments work for consensus on these important documents.  Industry and academia participation…

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