Dufferin Concrete Fibrestrand Demo

Earlier this year, Dufferin Concrete hosted a Fibrestrand Demonstration Day in both the Metro and West regions. These demonstrations were on the usage of Macro Structural Fibres replacing Welded Wire Mesh (WWM) and 10M rebar. Guests joined at the Markham and Kitchener concrete plants, where they were able to examine the finished appearance of 2.4kg/m3 Tuf Strand SF replacing 10M Rebar in hardened sample panels cast ahead of time by Dufferin. During the event, a concrete pad was placed and finished with the 2.4Kg per metre dosage of Tuf Strand SF, representing the replacement of 10M rebar on 12” center to simulate a typical stamping concrete project. Dufferin representatives reviewed the proper steps for placement and finishing procedures using fibre reinforced concrete. The concrete pad was stamped with Macro fibres, and broom, swirl and power trowel finishes were demonstrated.

All pictures and footage in the video above  were taken in PPE free zones.

Please contact us for more information on the use of fibrestrands.

Visit our new customer self-service portal

Dufferin Concrete Portal Page

Customer Self-Service Portal

We have been operating a website and customer self-service portal for many years now. In an effort to make these tools easier to use and more beneficial to customers, we are upgrading our customer-self-service portal to be an easy-to use, intuitive tool that will help you run your business more efficiently.

The customer portal is a private, secure site that enables you to pull account specific information on your orders, invoices, credit status and more. It provides complete 24/7 access to up-to-date information, containing everything that you need in one place.

We are confident the new improved solution to help our customers navigate their accounts and find content that is relevant with ease and simplicity.

Customers are invited to register for an account today by clicking the link below to access the portal. Please note that customers who have an account on our existing portals will need to re-register on the new portal as previous usernames and passwords will not work.

Click here to access the new customer self-service portal!


 How to Register

Electronic Ticketing and Invoicing

Dufferin Concrete E-Ticketing with the driver and the tablet
Delivering modern concrete, with modern technologies 

As we watch the world around us go digital to improve services – think UPS, hotels and banking to name a few – the ready mix industry has watched from the sidelines. We continuously try to improve our business and offer solutions that add value to our customers, and we are proud to say that we’re joining the 21st century by going digital.When a ready-mix truck arrives at a jobsite, someone must receive the concrete, note any water added to the load, sign the multi-part delivery ticket, and store it, often in multiple locations, for processing, accounting and record-keeping. Often, the paper ticket is crumpled in a pocket, clamped to a clipboard, or clumped in with other paperwork. More often than not, the ticket gets dropped on the job site, ending up muddied or wet. Lost tickets, that happens more than any of us like to admit, can take time to duplicate and slow down the processing of the job and invoicing. After the concrete pour, the ticket is returned to the office where it is either stuck in a file folder or scanned and stored on a computer. This labour-intensive process can lead to lost tickets and errors, not to mention extensive time spent managing the process.Electronic tickets (E-tickets) are a natural progression for our industry. With current e-ticket software, Dufferin Concrete batches a load of concrete, the load and delivery information is transmitted to a tablet in the driver’s cab. The driver and the customer can click, tap, or type in any required information which is incorporated into the delivery ticket, and then emailed to the customer, and whoever else needs to receive a copy electronically.No lost or damaged tickets in sight. E-ticketing is an integrated real-time paperless ticketing solution, that improves the speed and accuracy of your invoicing process, by eliminating the need to wait forpaper tickets.

Coupled with electronic invoicing (E-invoicing) that transmits invoices directly to customers via email as soon as it is available, the digital solution allows you to match tickets with invoices and process projects much more efficiently. Weekly invoices will arrive immediately allowing you to complete your accounting cycle and billings to your customers.

Tickets and invoices can be stored electronically, eliminating the mountains of boxes we have traditionally had to store. Electronic copies also allow you to easily move information from one location to another, without the need of copying, faxing or scanning and the need for couriers to deliver tickets from project sites to offices within your organization.

As other industries have migrated to electronic documents, we look forward to supporting our customers as our industry begins to transition.

We are excited to be able to offer these cost saving solutions to our customers soon, as part of our value-added services.

 

Pricing Carbon in Canada

North Pumping Station photo from Halton
Transitioning to a low-carbon economy

In October 2016, the Federal government announced their new carbon pricing strategy. Beginning in 2018, the Federal government will impose a price on carbon in all provinces that do not have a pricing system in place. The price will start at $10 per tonne in 2018, rising in $10 increments to $50 per tonne in 2022. Provinces are able to adopt either this carbon tax or cap-and-trade system to support greenhouse gas reduction targets. Ontario has chosen to implement the cap and trade system.

Cement plants are the lead emitters in our industry of GHGs. GHGs are emitted through the calcining process where the high temperatures in the kiln drive the carbon dioxide out of the raw materials as they change into new chemical compounds in the form of clinker, the intermediate product to cement. The GHGs are also emitted through combustion of fuels, such as coal used to produce the high temperature required in a cement kiln.

The cap-and-trade system that Ontario has adopted can be simplified as limiting a facility’s annual GHG emissions through allowance, (or credits) to emit a certain amount of GHGs (The “Cap”). If a facility requires more allowances than it is allocated, it purchases them from those that have excess. This is the “Trade”. It is anticipated that this pricing system in Ontario will be deemed equivalent to the federally imposed price. The system is designed to encourage GHG emission reductions by lowering the amount of allowances granted over time.

The three levels of government have committed a total of some $250 billion in infrastructure investments over the next decade to renew Canada’s infrastructure, in order to facilitate a transition to a low-carbon economy. Along with our peers and customers, we are proud to help identify opportunities for emission reductions and sustainable solutions to contribute to building climate resilient infrastructure. These solutions include for example, low-carbon concrete, the use of slag cements that have a lower carbon footprint, incorporating recycled concrete aggregate in mixes where appropriate and much more.

As construction industry leaders, it is important that we take opportunities to provide and use sustainable, climate-resilient solutions to meet Canada’s infrastructure needs in a socially and environmentally responsible way that will benefit generations of Canadians to come.