"The continued movement with warm mix, efficiency analysis, gradation control and the proven efficiency gain with single point automation and electrical services will continue to shape the automation side of the business," says Phillips with WEM.
McCauley with Plote notes the emphasis on quality control is not going away. "It's been a real journey since the 1970s," he says. "Illinois is a now ?pay for performance' state where compensation is based on how well a mix holds up.
"The reward for us is in doing a better job," he explains. "Quality control is very important, and the state is trending toward tighter tolerances. These types of automated controls are very important to our operation, and I can say they're only going to get more important as time goes by."