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Kenworth previews set-forward front axle version of T880 workhorse

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association 2016 ConcreteWorks attendees were afforded the first formal showing of the successor to the Kenworth W900S, a longstanding model for mixer trucks running in bridge formula markets. The T880 Set-Forward Front Axle (T880S) premiered at the mid-September gathering in Nashville, and will be among Kenworth Truck’s 2017 World of Concrete and ConExpo-Con/Agg headline offerings.

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O&G Industries adopts video-based SmartDrive safety program

Driver performance solutions provider SmartDrive Systems is equipping the 225-vehicle fleet of O&G Industries, Connecticut’s largest privately-held construction company and ENR 400 contractor, with its namesake video-based safety program. SmartDrive is billed as the industry’s only multi-tiered offering that identifies unsafe driving with an extensible platform, integrating video, vehicle data, audio and driving data. The SmartDrive 360 solution affords up to a four-camera view of the vehicle and insight on the most frequent causes of collisions—U-turns, backing up, unintended lane changes, roll-overs and close following—delivering what company officials contend is “an unprecedented level of coverage and complete visibility to risk.”

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Trimble streamlines concrete pipe-grade lasers

Trimble Construction Tools recently announced the Spectra Precision DG613 and DG813 pipe lasers, a new generation of DialGrade models for gravity flow pipe lines. The new lasers are smaller in length than their predecessors, the DG511 and DG711, a feature especially helpful when setting up the units in manholes with precast inverts and tight radii. Both models are fully self-leveling over their entire grade range of -12 to +40 percent. The cross axis is also fully compensated, providing quick set up and ensuring the laser will be level without having to manually rotate it in the invert.

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USDA certifies Cresset architectural form release agent

Cresset Chemical Co. has attained U.S. Department of Agriculture Biobased Product certification for its Crete-Lease Bio-Tru ALL-Xtra with Poly-Release agent, becoming one of the first concrete-grade products to carry such labeling. Bio-Tru ALL-Xtra is a chemically active, non-staining, product that breaks cleanly from all form types and delivers high-impact visual results for architectural surfaces.

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