When competitors work together to solve a problem, innovation is born. Riverside Refractories and Blastcrete Equipment Co. Inc. found their innovation in a pan mixer. After using Blastcrete’s 2,200-lbs. pan mixer, Riverside Refractories suggested some modifications that would allow both dry blending and precast options. Blastcrete listened, and the results allow refractory producers and foundries to save time, materials, and costs through small-batch mixing.