ConExpo-Con/Agg and co-located IFPE exhibition spotlight the newest product innovations and technologies to increase productivity, reduce downtime, and enhance safety and sustainability for the construction, construction materials and fluid power/power transmission/motion control industries. Running March 7-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, every major material, product, equipment and service sector is represented amongst 2,500-plus exhibitors over a record 2,500,000 net square feet of exhibit space. Hundreds of industry meetings, including annual conventions of industry associations, are also held in conjunction with the shows.
Among new services and features for this year’s show are the Tech Experience, a 75,000-sq.-ft. immersive, future-forward showcase; education tracks on technology, business management and workforce development; and, ConExpo-Con/Agg Radio. The podcast examines how manufacturers are developing technology that is rapidly enhancing efficiency and reducing operating and maintenance costs, all while maximizing peak performance levels.
Additionally, show producer, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, has released a mobile app to help attendees efficiently pre-plan their visit and stay connected onsite. It is equipped with beacon technology and features interactive 3D contiguous maps to help attendees more easily navigate the convention center halls and outdoor exhibit areas. Programmers have continuously synched the app to an online show planner where attendees can create a personalized agenda of priority exhibits, education sessions and meetings. Attendees can also use the app to stay connected with real-time show notifications; access the event’s high-value news content; participate in gamified show activities to earn prizes; network with fellow attendees; and, share updates, photos and video via social media. It can be obtained at mobile app stores via ConExpo-Con/Agg or IFPE search.
|Attendees can explore the following areas within the new Tech Experience: What’s Next: Jobsite; What’s Next: Infrastructure; What’s Next: Workforce; Tech Talk sessions; drone aviary; and, 3D Printworks with the world’s first 3D-printed excavator.|
ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 will offer a record 143 education sessions across 10 tracks, including Concrete, Transportation and the new Technology. “Education is a critical component, and we encourage attendees to take advantage of the convenience of so many learning opportunities available; they’ll be able to work smarter because of the knowledge they gain here,” says ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 Chair Rich Goldsbury (Bobcat Co., Doosan).
The Concrete track features 17 sessions, Tuesday-Friday, covering operations, technical and market development topics:
Tuesday, March 7
- Innovations in Concrete Structures, 9:30–10:30 a.m., John Arnold, Arnold Development Group, Kansas City
- Achieving the Perfect Pour, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Michael Marchesano, Turner Construction; Doug Marquis, Conco Pumping; Joe Sostaric, The Conco Cos.
- Opportunities and Threats for Concrete in the Low/Mid-Rise Buildings Market, 1–2:30 p.m., Lionel Lemay, Gregg Lewis and Tien Peng, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
- Material Placement Standards: Building a Solid Foundation, 3–4 p.m., Robert Edwards and Tony Inglese, NBIS Insurance Services; James Bury, Construction Forms Inc.
Wednesday, March 8
- Supplementary Cementing Materials for Use in Concrete, 9:30–10:30 a.m., Jason Ideker, Oregon State University
- How to Read a Concrete Delivery Ticket, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ken Hover, Cornell University
- Architectural Shotcrete – Creative, Sustainable and Durable Concrete Structures using Shotcrete, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Charles Hanskat, P.E., American Shotcrete Association
- Improving Concrete Quality, 1–2:30 p.m., Karthik Obla, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association; James Shilstone, Command Alkon
- Materials Testing and Handling Traffic on Concrete Pavement Projects: What the Contractor Needs to Know to Reduce Risks, 3–4 p.m., Brian Killingsworth, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
Thursday, March 9
- Concrete Construction & Mother Nature, 9:30–10:30 a.m., Ken Hover, Cornell University
- Chemical Admixture Technology: The Pathway to More Sustainable Concrete, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ara Jeknavorian, Jeknavorian Consulting Services
- Evaluating Concrete Mix Designs and Specifications, 1–2:30 p.m., Michelle Wilson, Portland Cement Association
- Three and Up: Bracing Multistory Buildings, 3–4 p.m., Scott Collins, PE, Meadow Burke
Friday, March 10
- The State of the New Normal: Mixer Driver Retention and Recruitment, 9:30–10:30 a.m., Eileen Dickson, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
- Concrete Surface Defects: Causes, Prevention, and Cure, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Michelle Wilson, Portland Cement Association
- Control and Prevention of Cracking in Concrete Flatwork, 1–2:30 p.m., Tim Cost, LafargeHolcim
- Concrete Overlay of Existing Asphalt Paving, 3–4 p.m., Jonathan Hansen, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
The Technology track focuses on industry innovations and future growth opportunities in the field, including drones, autonomous machines, 3D imaging, smart apps, gamification, big data and Internet of Things. Among notable sessions:
- What the Intelligent Truck Means to the Construction Materials Industry, March 7, 1–2:30 p.m., Chris Wurtz, McNeilus; Alex Moody, FiveCubits, a Command Alkon Co.
- With the IoT Systems, the Devil’s in the Details, March 9, 9:30–10:30 a.m., Len Auer, ZTR Control Systems
Along with Concrete and Technology, the education program includes these tracks:
- AGGREGATES: Focus on current methods and trends in quarry production and plant design.
- ASPHALT: Focus on techniques and innovations in asphalt paving, recycling, materials, and plant management.
- CRANES, RIGGING, & AERIAL LIFTS: Focus on innovations, regulations and safety in crane, rigging, and aerial lift operations.
- EARTHMOVING & SITE DEVELOPMENT: Focus on current business and equipment practices for large equipment contractors.
- EQUIPMENT MANAGEMENT & MAINTENANCE: Focus on the latest in fleet asset management and maintenance trends.
- MANAGEMENT - BUSINESS BEST PRACTICES: Focus on improving and building business strategies/tools needed to manage and strengthen your company for today’s and tomorrow’s success.
- SAFETY & REGULATIONS: Focus on practices, training, and regulations designed to keep crews and plants safe.
- MANAGEMENT – WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: Focus on developing and advancing your career skills.
Principal sponsors of ConExpo-Con/Agg are Association of Equipment Manufacturers, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association. Show sponsor is Associated General Contractors of America. AEM is show producer. — www.conexpoconagg.com
|The new Conexpo-Con/Agg and IFPE show app, powered by CAT, helps attendees efficiently pre-plan their show visit and stay connected onsite. The app is enhanced with beacon technology and features interactive 3D contiguous maps to help attendees more easily navigate the show floor.|
BASF ADMIXTURE SYSTEMS
The company will engage ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 attendees with the MasterVision virtual reality system. A self-directed experience offering a real world perspective not possible in print or video, MasterVision provides a total immersion opportunity that brings complex and innovative concepts to life.
“With virtual reality, we can take our industry on a voyage of discovery, conveying much more intense information about our technologies, and how we create chemistry,” explains Sven Asmus, global business segment director for BASF Concrete Admixtures.
MasterVision users can begin with a tour of a virtual city where replicas of the world’s most iconic “supertall” skyscrapers rise up out of the landscape to their constructed heights. BASF Admixture Systems’ Master series products have contributed to the construction of the structures—thought to be questionable or impossible just over a decade ago—including One World Trade Center in New York City, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and the mile-high Kindom Tower under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
|Ready to take users through the BASF Admixture Systems virtual laboratory, MasterVision debuted in January at the 2017 World of Concrete. The virtual reality platform returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center this month for ConExpo-Con/Agg.|
Users can then take a virtual laboratory tour, experiencing in a 3D environment how innovative products help construction professionals realize new concrete performance possibilities:
- Master X-Seed. An engineered admixture of suspended crystal seeds containing nanoparticles, it accelerates concrete hardening at low, ambient and even heat curing temperatures, expediting construction.
- MasterFiber CB. A family of new generation, chemically bonding macrofibers replaces steel reinforcement in many applications, including slabs-on-grade, and results in more efficient, economical concrete placements.
- MasterSphere. A microsphere-based admixture technology that produces consistent, freeze-thaw durable concrete to extend structures’ service life.
- MasterSuna. A convenient admixture solution for consistent concrete quality, even with clay-bearing sands.
|Virtual laboratory visitors can “experience” MasterFiber CB. PHOTOS: Concrete Products|
|MasterVision’s first project presentation reaches high, to supertall reinforced concrete or composite concrete and steel structures. Their common thread is the use of high performance concretes designed with BASF Master Builders admixtures.|
From the laboratory, MasterVision proceeds to a virtual cinema, where users can hear about how BASF and Master Builders Solutions support the success of their next construction project.
MasterVision debuted in North America at the 2017 World of Concrete, offering attendees a unique view of current and future BASF Admixture Systems business innovations. “The virtual reality platform enables BASF to provide industry education from a unique perspective and allows us to share the value of our innovative solutions, hands-on, with the entire construction team,” says Brad Violetta, head of Marketing, BASF Admixture Systems North America. “Users have been fascinated with the experience. And ideas regarding future opportunities for our virtual reality system are endless.”
Prospective extensions of the charter 2017 World of Concrete and ConExpo-Con/Agg offerings include tours of BASF laboratories in Cleveland and Trostberg, Germany, from anywhere in the world. Future versions may likewise incorporate interactive product demonstrations, equipment simulations, and actual project tours under construction. — BASF Construction Chemicals/Admixture Systems, Cleveland, www.masterbuilders.com, www.basf.com
Terex Advance | SAF-HOLLAND
The FD4000 Front Discharge mixer has multiple component upgrades for 2017 that reduce truck weight, increase payload and improve performance. A lighter weight rear tandem axle design allows customers to efficiently run either super single or dual tires, increasing its flexibility for use in multiple markets.
New Meritor DualTrac rear axles feature disc brakes to reduce stopping distance. The axle design increases bearing life by effectively repositioning wheel bearing loading similar to that of dual tire configurations when used with single 0-0.56-in. outset wheels. A lighter weight and less expensive option to wide track housing, DualTrac gives operators the ability to convert between wide-based single tires for increased fuel economy plus higher payload capacity and duals for greater tractive effort. The new rear axle offers a full 40,000-lb. rating with no de-rate necessary. The truck’s lightweight Meritor front axle offers a 42-degree wheel cut to reduce turn radius and features disc brakes.
|Shown here at World of Concrete 2017, the FDB4000 has been upgraded with the SAF-Holland ADZ Vocational air drive rear tandem suspension.|
|The Bridge Formula market-geared FDB6000 bears weight-reducing upgrades for 2017, along with a new video camera system.|
The FD4000’s SAF-Holland ADZ Vocational air drive rear tandem suspension reduces overall truck weight and, building on the AD series, combines advanced designs and technologies with proven testing procedures. A one-piece integral lower module eliminates the traditional bushing design to increase roll stability by more than 25 percent over conventional options. Featuring premium shock absorbers to improve ride and longevity, the new suspension incorporates welded axle and unique single EZ-Align connections to eliminate maintenance and simplify alignment procedures.
Terex Advance now offers as an option for the FD4000 truck the ZF CML 12 drum drive with re-engineered pedestal mounting that reduces truck weight over other drive designs. The standard 11-yd. drum is constructed with a 3/16-in.-thick hardened AR400 brinell steel to provide a balance between wear-resistance and low weight.
The FD4000 is available with LED headlights, which enhance the driver’s field of vision during nighttime operation. Inside the cab, the dashboard design includes logical gauge positioning, bright LED dome lights, plus rear vents and louvers to improve operator productivity and comfort.
A wireless pendant allows the driver to operate key FD4000 functions from outside the cab to simplify below-grade concrete deliveries and improve drum clean-up efficiency. The pendant box includes push-button control of drum charge and discharge, engine throttle high/low and emergency drum stop; an expansion slot allow system tailoring to specific customer needs. The truck’s Cummins ISX 12, 385-hp diesel engine delivers 1,450 ft.-lb. torque; power and torque ratings of 350 hp/1,450 ft.-lb. and 425 hp/1,550 ft.-lb. are also available, as the Detroit DD13-modeled MTU Series 1300 engine, with 350-, 380- and 450-hp packages.
BRIDGE FORMULA MODEL
In addition to the FD4000 improvements for 2017, Terex Advance has upgraded FDB6000 mixer truck, which features an extended front axle to rear tag axle span for customers working in markets that adhere to the Federal Bridge Formula standard. The model has a lightweight Marmon-Herrington front axle that offers a 42-degree wheel cut to deliver a short, fully loaded turning radius of 68 feet for improved onsite maneuverability. It also features a new four-channel video camera system with recording capability to improve operating visibility and provide video documentation of deliveries. The cell wireless system with radar provides 360-degree video around the truck and inside the cab.
A new frictional plate design integral to the front fender and bumpers offers wear resistance from rock chips to increase service life. LED daytime running lights, headlamps and work lights help to improve truck visibility. For companies located in northern climates, the truck can be equipped with the Cold Weather Package, which includes heated mirrors and water valve plus a 110V block heater. Exclusive to Terex Advance, all the valves in this package are enclosed in a manifold heated by free system heat returning from the cab heater.
Reducing tare weight, the standard 11-yd. drum is constructed with a 3/16-in.-thick (4.8-mm) hardened AR400 brinell steel shell. Delivering even discharge rates for both low- and high-slump concrete, the inner fin design minimizes concrete clumping to improve mix uniformity. Self-cleaning fins reduce weight, curtail mix build-up and offer easier clean-up.
In its lowered position, the 13,000-lb. hydraulic tag axle gives the FDB6000 its extended 390-in. front to rear axle span to meet the Federal Bridge Formula. Operation of the hydraulic tag axle is controlled by a single lift axle module for reliable operation and reduced maintenance needs. The truck’s simplified air system features fewer parts and connections than previous designs, lowering air leakage potential.
A Premium Package equips the FDB6000 with hydraulically folding chutes, air-flip charge hopper, 200-gal. aluminum water tank for drum clean-out and Terex auto-lube system to reduce truck maintenance requirements. The package also includes the exclusive Terex Total Control System that puts all critical truck functions at the driver’s fingertips in a single joystick. The system controls drum start/stop, material charge and discharge, engine throttle high/low, precise hydraulic chute control and emergency drum stop.
The FDB6000 is powered by the mid-range 380-hp MTU Series 1300 diesel engine offering 1450 ft.-lb. torque; two other MTU packages of 350 hp with 1,350 ft.-lb. torque and 450 hp with 1,550 ft.-lb. torque are available. Terex Advance also offers three horsepower/torque packages for the Cummins ISX12 diesel and ISX-12G natural gas power units. — Terex Advance, Fort Wayne, Ind., www.terex.com/construction; SAF-Holland, Muskegon, Mich., www.safholland.com
Terex Advance Booth G3382
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Two new features, rolling start and auto neutral, aimed at improving the jobsite performance and safety of Granite and sister models, have been added as standard to the manufacturer’s mDRIVE and mDRIVE HD automated manual transmissions.
mDRIVE rolling start allows drivers to shift the transmission into drive without pressing the service brakes. This eliminates the possibility of creating a bump in the slab surface—a critical benefit for paving applications. Several construction applications, including concrete mixers, rely on remote throttle controls. By automatically shifting the mDRIVE into neutral when the parking brake is set, Mack mDRIVE auto neutral helps improve jobsite safety by reducing the possibility of the truck moving due to throttle application.
|Mack Granite series customers increasingly specify automated manual mDRIVE and mDRIVE HD transmissions.|
Engineered to work exclusively with Mack’s MP series engines, mDRIVE and mDRIVE HD automated manual transmissions are a key component of the manufacturer’s integrated powertrain, boosting efficiency, productivity and performance. “mDRIVE transmissions serve a wide range of customers, including those with demanding paving and concrete applications,” says Mack Construction Product Manager Tim Wrinkle. “Now updated with rolling start and auto neutral, mDRIVE transmissions are even better suited to those tasks. Thanks to the performance, productivity and fuel efficiency benefits mDRIVE transmissions deliver, customers are increasingly choosing them for their applications.”
Mack is on track to double mDRIVE HD penetration in Granite models this year, he adds, owing to low-ratio creeper gears, plus the rolling start and auto neutral features. Originally introduced in 2010 for highway applications, the Mack mDRIVE transmission eliminated traditional shifting routines. With no clutch pedal or shift lever, drivers can remain focused on the road ahead. mDRIVE transmissions monitor multiple driving variables through sophisticated software to deliver smooth shifts and automatically select the best gear for conditions.
Mack launched the rugged mDRIVE HD in 2015 and made it standard in Granite models. With reinforced internal components, the transmission can withstand the tough demands of vocational applications. In 2016, Mack expanded its mDRIVE HD offer with two new versions featuring low-ratio creeper gears. The mDRIVE HD 13-speed offers a low reduction gear ratio designed for easier starting on steep grades or when the truck is under heavy load. The mDRIVE HD 14-speed, available only in an overdrive configuration, adds a second ultra-low-speed reduction gear designed for curb pouring applications or low-speed, heavy-haul maneuvering. Both transmissions offer up to four reverse gear ratios. — Mack Trucks, Greensboro, N.C., www.macktrucks.com
A cloud-based and telematics-connected dispatching, analytics and customer service tool is now available for Mack Trucks ready mixed concrete customers seeking improved asset visibility and real-time data identifying exactly where a concrete load is in the delivery process. After penning a late-2016 agreement with Washington, D.C.-based technology developer WheresMyConcrete, Mack announced the service at World of Concrete 2017 and continues the rollout at ConExpo-Con/Agg.
|WheresMyConcrete developer Anthony Valente walks through the platform during a formal unveiling at the 2017 World of Concrete. PHOTO: Concrete Products|
“WheresMyConcrete helps better track vehicles, while also offering analytics to improve operational performance, enabling the more efficient management of trucks,” say Mack Construction Product Manager Tim Wrinkle. “This tool gives managers information in real-time, helping eliminate the potential for unnecessary downtime on the job site.”
“[It] provides concrete producers a comprehensive and intuitive tool that delivers better data to make better decisions,” affirms WheresMyConcrete CEO Anthony Valente, who developed the platform based on experience with his family’s Bronx, N.Y., ready mixed business, Jenna Concrete Corp., now part of U.S. Concrete Inc. “Thanks to Mack’s fully integrated GuardDog Connect telematics system, we can deliver these improvements without the need for additional hardware.”
A new addition to Mack Fleet Management Services, WheresMyConcrete provides real-time data for mixer fleet dispatchers, he adds, improving transparency and service to customers, as well as providing critical analytics designed to help improve operations. Utilizing Mack’s factory-installed GuardDog Connect integrated telematics platform, WheresMyConcrete is available on Mack MP engine-powered models: Granite, TerraPro, Pinnacle and LR models, each equipped with GuardDog Connect as standard.
The platform can be tailored to individual mixer fleets, including those needing only GPS truck tracking. Additional features can be bundled to enhance the service, among them digital tickets, electronic billing, sales tracking and analytics, and driver payroll management. Ready mixed producers are able to access WheresMyConcrete’s up-to-the-minute information either online or through a free mobile app.
WheresMyConcrete also allows contractors to download a free app to track deliveries with live traffic and up-to-the-minute estimated arrival times. Contractors can also see current, upcoming and past orders; review digital tickets and signatures; and, pay invoices online. Producers can likewise access powerful analytics for a detailed look at yards/man-hour, dead time, driver performance and contribution margin analyses.
Mack Fleet Management Services connects proprietary data from the company’s fully integrated telematics hardware with third-party solutions to help customers effectively and efficiently manage their operations. GuardDog Connect telematics solution is the enabling platform for Mack Fleet Management Services, eliminating the need for aftermarket hardware purchases and installation costs.
Mack GuardDog Connect monitors engine, transmission and aftertreatment systems in real time. If an issue is detected, GuardDog Connect through Mack ASIST and Mack OneCall, offers an initial diagnosis, schedules repairs, and confirms that needed parts are in stock and ready to install—all while the truck is still on the job. GuardDog Connect also offers proactive communication of critical information to a customer’s point person. — WheresMyConcrete, Washington, D.C., 224/250-0730; www.wheresmyconcrete.com
Doka North America
A leader in concrete formwork technology, the company will showcase wall, slab and climbing solutions, plus engineering, field support, pre-assembly and project management services. Additionally, it will display advances such as Concremote sensors, which enable contractors and quality control technicians to measure early strength development in real time—simplifying management of forming and cast-in-place concreting operations.
Among offerings Doka spotlights at ConExpo-Con/Agg will be the Super Climber SCP, billed as the next generation in climbing formwork and engineered so that the entire building core formwork is raised independent of the crane. At the push of a button, all platforms—along with interior and exterior formwork for a floor—climbs in one single cylinder stroke.
|The Doka Super Climber was used on the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, New York City’s 432 Park Ave. Crews have now deployed the system on the nearby Central Park Tower, on track to become the world’s tallest residential building. PHOTOS: Doka North America|
Additionally, the company will show the Dokadek panelized floor formwork system; a new stripping corner promoted as the fastest and easiest way to strip cores; and, Frami Xlife, a lightweight, strong, extended life cycle handset formwork system. Frami Xlife panels can be erected quickly by hand with low labor requirements and without a crane or in a gang-form when used with a crane. The system is optimized to a minimum of workplace accessories needed, which provides for fast assembly and less material on site. Suited to walls, columns and footings, Frami Xlife affords what product engineers note are unlimited possible combinations, in width and height.
“Doka shows contractors reliable, cost-effective and advanced methods for concrete construction that are proven to provide safe, successful and profitable end results on their next high-rise, power, bridge, tunnel or infrastructure project,” says Michael Schaeffer, vice president of Sales North & South America. — Doka North America, 877/DOKA-USA, 201/853-0525; www.dokausa.com
Detroit-powered Western Stars anchor Rost RM, JP Transport fleets
Since experiencing the Western Star 4700 at the 2014 Mid America Trucking Show, Rost Ready-Mix owner and JP Transport co-owner Darin Cleir has taken delivery of 15 trucks. Rost combines ready mixed production and delivery, plus concrete pumping; JP Transport hauls cement and fly ash in a 10-state area. Both companies are based in Marshfield, near Springfield, Mo., home to Western Star dealer Jenkins Diesel.
Rost has three Western Star 4700s, one 4800 and a 5700, while JP Transport has 10 4700s and one 5700. The Rost trucks are upfitted in several configurations, including concrete mixers, pumpers and end dumps. The 4700s and 4800 are spec’d with Detroit DD13 engines, the 5700 a DD15. The engines offer a nice mix of power and efficiency, notes Cleir, and average 6.5 mpg in the road tractors.
While most of the miles are logged on the road, the JP trucks sometimes deliver cement to oilfields for drilling platforms. Drivers find the Western Star models equal to the rugged conditions for oil well cement deliveries. — Western Star Truck Sales, Inc., Portland, Ore., www.WesternStarTrucks.com
WESTERN STAR DEALERS KICK OFF GOLDEN YEAR
|One of the first anniversary-themed trucks dispatched for field duty was a 4700-mounted Con-Tech BridgeKing for the World of Concrete challenge course. PHOTO: Concrete Products|
Western Star Trucks commenced a 50th anniversary celebration at its annual dealer meeting, outlining a year of special events, truck show appearances and an enhanced website presentation. The first Western Star trucks were made in 1967 in Kelowna, British Columbia, to serve the mining, lumber and oil industries. Knowing the duty cycles and site conditions customers encountered, the manufacturer built the early models by hand to ensure they met high standards and drivers could operate in comfortable and safe conditions.
Now owned by Daimler Trucks North America, with Portland, Ore., and Cleveland, N.C., production facilities, Western Star cites a standard for vocational and work trucks. It also entered the on-highway market in 2015 with the 5700XE, its first aerodynamic truck.
“While we honor our roots in celebrating this milestone, it is important we continue to push the boundaries of innovation and toughness,” says President Kelley Platt. — www.westernstar.com/50
Aggregate blending method elevates transit mixed concrete consistency
|Committed to rural Kansas, the Franklin family deployed the first Fusion Hybrid-Process Ready Mix Plant, naming its new venture Fusion Concrete Products.|
|EI Enterprises applies aggregate blending technology from its asphalt production equipment to the Fusion Hybrid, whose PLC controls simplify equipment operation. Precision blended aggregate grades are conveyed in ribboned layers to the mixer drum.|
A 20-mile drive from the geographic midpoint of the United States, Smith Center, Kan., is home to new operator Fusion Concrete Products, founded by a construction-wise father and son team, Dale and John Franklin.
The decision to enter the ready mixed business, “was about more than just investing in a concrete plant. It was about investing in the community,” says John Franklin, a hard-working entrepreneur who has grown a contracting business by doing a wide variety of work. “You have to be able to work at lots of different things in a town this small.”
When contemplating concrete production, the Franklins had the opportunity to buy out a local company with three aging, but functional ready mixed plants, but attended the 2016 World of Concrete, where CEI Enterprises unveiled the Fusion Hybrid-Process Ready Mix Plant. The model combines precision aggregate blending with traditional cement metering, which augments mix consistency and optimizes cementitious materials dosages
The heart of the Fusion is a series of in-line bins that hold multiple sizes of coarse and fine aggregate. Each bin releases to its own dedicated feed conveyor, fitted with its own belt scale for accurate sand, gravel or stone monitoring quantities in real time. Feed conveyors release to a collecting conveyor that runs underneath. Aggregates are precisely blended in ribboned layers before they enter the mixer drum. An absence of clamshell gates and air solenoid valves contributes to the plant’s low maintenance design.
A fall 2016 visit to CEI’s Albuquerque, N.M., plant, where the premier Fusion Hybrid-Process model was staged for demonstrations, convinced the Franklins to invest in new equipment versus incurring the repair and maintenance costs for the aging plants back in Kansas. — CEI Enterprises, 800/545-4034; www.ceienterprises.com
The aluminum cab-fitted HX Series, whose four models entered production throughout 2016, succeeds the Pay Star line and marks the first all-new International truck since 2010. It spans set-forward and set-back axle models in two bumper-to-back-of-cab (BBC), short or long hood, configurations with Navistar or Cummins power:
- HX515, a 115-in. BBC, set-forward axle straight truck with N13 engine; suited to concrete mixer, construction dump and crane.
- HX615, a 115-in. BBC set-back axle truck or tractor with N13 engine; suited to construction dump, concrete mixer and platform stake/crane.
- HX520 and HX620, set-forward and set-back axle, respectively, 120-in. BBC and Cummins ISX15; suited to heavy haul, construction dump and platform stake/crane.
The HX Series delivers on what International characterizes as four key principles of design:
- Strength and durability. Each model has a huck-bolted frame and cross members, which produce superior clamping force to minimize vibration and maximize structural integrity. A 12.5- x .5-in. single rail delivers 3.5 million RBM at 13 percent less weight than a 10-in. rail, allowing room for a heavier load. Three-piece Metton hood is stronger and lighter than fiberglass and is designed to resist cracking.
- Driver productivity. A 40-degree wheel cut on both right and left turns improves maneuverability, while angled fenders provide greater wheel clearance to help power through challenging grounds. The hood’s low angle affords extra front forward visibility; a larger rear window bests the company’s prior model for superior rear visibility. All-new DriverFirst Cab Air Suspension, designed with 52-in. springs, contributes to a comfortable and quiet ride. The standard tilt/telescoping steering column adjusts to accommodate any size driver.
- Bold, aggressive styling. Hoods and grilles across the lineup, coupled with bright finish options, are designed to stand out on the road and at the worksite. Contoured door handles add hip room and storage space, while the central console is angled for easy reach to controls.
- Uptime. At the Navistar Proving Grounds in Indiana, HX Series models have been subjected to accelerated life testing, which simulates 10 years of wear and tear and vibration in extreme duty cycles. Vehicles underwent staggered bumps testing, which generated torsional twist in the chassis, to ensure suspension components were stabilized and equalized. — www. InternationalTrucks.com/HXSeries; www.navistar.com
Company has revolutionized the classic, tried and true way of delivering concrete with the Zim-Mixer, Z-Class, premiering at ConExpo-Con/Agg. The new volumetric model features improved concrete accuracy, increased diagnostic capability for service and maintenance, electronic interface with hydraulic system, graphic display and digital information transferable to manufacturer.
“The Zim-Mixer, Z Class is a game changer in the volumetric market,” says Zimmerman Industries President Jerry Stoner. “Computerization of the Zim-Mixer, Z-Class will provide ease of operation and offer on-site maintenance support.”
The Z-Class offers a different kind of experience for volumetric truck owners and operators, he adds. It is designed so that the user can combine basic everyday tasks—those associated with concrete delivery and mixer maintenance—and do more in fewer steps. — Zimmerman Industries Inc., Ephrata, Pa., 717/733-6166; www.zimmermanindustries.com
The 3.500 TC reflects what product engineers note is a search for a new, intelligent concrete transport vehicle design offering ergonomic controls, full-view visibility and air conditioned cab, and ensuring a high level of performance and reliability on the worksite. The concrete mixer has a 3.5 cubic meter yield; double mixing blade; mixing and jet speeds, regardless of the number of turns of the diesel motor; concrete jet in reverse mode; and, a 600-liter loader with a hydraulic command opening for direct barrel sand & gravel charging. When fully loaded, the machine can handle slopes up to 30 percent.
The Concrete-Mate system weighs material directly inside the barrel versus alternatives using hydraulic systems built on the blade. Among digital technologies on the Carmix 3.500 TC is Promix, a stainless steel probe housed inside the mixer and powered by solar panel. It provides details on mix slump, temperature and moisture, plus mixer rotational speed, and also alerts operators when mix cycle is complete and concrete is ready to place. All the data is updated every 10 seconds and sent to the receiver. — Metalgalante S.p.A., Italy; www.carmix.com
A non-contact radar continuous level sensor, RadarRight provides what product engineers note are dependable, economical, real-time level measurements for the storage of powders, bulk solids and liquids. The cement and aggregate vessel-ready instrument uses proven microwave “pulse” technology and has a small beam angle to centralize energy for high accuracy and reliability. The RadarRight is easy to set-up and configure with the included LCD push button display module. Analog or RS-485/Modbus versions are offered. Dust protection options are also available. — Monitor Technologies LLC, Elburn, Ill., 630/365-9403; www.monitortech.com
Short boom pumps
Company has been appointed North American distributor of Boom Makina concrete placement equipment. With 1,000-plus units in operation world-wide, the company notes, Spider Booms are a proven and dependable piece of equipment whose innovative design and features benefit many projects. Initial offerings are 16-meter, four-section Z-boom with a track crawler base option, plus 17- and 18-meter Spider Booms. — Cherokee Equipment Sales, LLC, Hampton, Ga., 770/331-0686; www.cherokeepumping.com
GCP Applied Technologies
A year removed from W.R. Grace & Co. ties, GCP arrives at ConExpo-Con/Agg with the Verifi V4 in-transit, concrete mix management system; an admixture platform yielding high slump mixes at competitive cost; a complete admixture and fiber offfering for shotcrete; and, new admixtures for aggregates management.
With truck-mounted sensors, Verifi V4 provides automated process monitoring and control from the ready mixed plant to the jobsite. “The system offers a new level of visibility into concrete properties and helps increase product consistency from one truck to the next,” says GCP Specialty Construction Chemicals Vice President, Global Marketing Craig Merrill. “The technology establishes a new market segment in the concrete industry, allowing producers, contractors and other stakeholders to reduce rejected loads, increase jobsite efficiency and minimize costly project delays … We are at the leading edge of translating science into solutions to address customer problems.”
The new Control Flow Concrete technology delivers the consistency and reliability of conventional concrete and offers the advantages of self-consolidating mixes without the quality control issues. The Tytro admixture and fiber portfolio brings value to shotcrete tunneling and mining applications. — GCP Applied Technologies Inc., Cambridge, Mass., www.GCPAT.com
Construction management software specialist has transformed its namesake platform and added Crew!, a labor, materials, equipment (LME) tracking and productivity application. Programmers cite intuitive ease of use as a NoteVault core strength, both on the desktop platform and applications in the field. All content captured from the field is available as a daily report either on demand or sent automatically the next morning.
The platform update includes elevated detailed daily reports; enhanced weather reporting; enriched search feature; improved photo layout; comprehensive LME tracking; intuitive mouse over functionality; and, dynamic menus. It affords an enhanced newsfeed with notes from colleagues and peers on every project for which they have access. Daily notes can contain time and location-stamped voice notes transcribed by a support team, along with photos and videos. Ultimately, this allows project news and entries to be easily shared, communicated, and acted upon as needed.
Crew! provides tracking and calculates team productivity on the job site. LME entries are highlighted in the construction daily report and record of events for the day. In addition to LME entries, the application creates specific units of measurement; tracks hours and headcount; calculates productivity; copies entire shift reports to another day; and, categorizes entries into a daily report.
“Our primary motivation for Crew! is creating tools to make our customer’s work day easier and more profitable,” says NoteVault CEO Peter Lasensky. “In a matter of a few clicks, workers can determine the output of materials and the value their team has provided against the project for the day. Simplicity and ease of use are top of mind when creating applications for field workers.” — NoteVault Inc., Seattle, 858/755-9800; www.notevault.com
|The PreView Sentry (above) and Side Defender premiered for construction applications on a CIFA boom pump truck, part of the Irving Equipment fleet at World of Concrete in January.|
The PreView Sentry and Side Defender collision avoidance radar systems debut this year in concrete and construction materials hauling. The former eliminates operators’ rear blind spots by detecting objects from the face of the radar up to 30 meters (98 feet); its detection zone width is adjustable to fit nearly every vehicle type. The PreView Sentry accurately identifies the location and velocity of up to 16 people or objects simultaneously and is designed to withstand the harsh environments typical of heavy vehicles. Built-in, fail-safe alerts notify the operator of radar blockage or communication issues.
“Sentry’s flexibility and enhanced radar capabilities are changing the way the safety industry is evaluating collision mitigation technology for the heavy-duty market,” contends Preco Vice President of Marketing and Business Development Tom Loutzenheiser. “[Our] growing list of customer and partner deployments are the best testament of the technology’s impact on the market.”
“We have spent the last 17 years developing radar based object detection systems,” adds Preco CEO Jim Bean. “Sentry represents the next generation of collision mitigation technology. We built [it] with an eye to the future, anticipating applications such as vehicle automation, sensor fusion and system integrations, including telematics and data logging.”
The PreView Side Defender is designed to actively warn drivers of objects in the vehicle’s side blind zones, including pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles. The device can read vehicle speed messages via J1939 CAN bus interface (an industry standard). Additionally, it has the ability to integrate with telematics applications, vision systems, LED mirror indicators, or other sensors using industry standard communications.
With speed information, PreView Side Defender can operate intelligently in different modes. In highway mode, it alerts operators of vehicles in the side blind zones, while ignoring stationary objects such as guardrails to reduce nuisance alerts. In slow-speed mode, the device is positioned to play an integral role in emerging side turn assist applications—aimed specifically at reducing vehicle collisions with pedestrians and cyclists in urban environments.
“Side Defender will help drivers and fleet operations mitigate side collisions, both on highway and while navigating busy urban streets, improving safety and efficiency,” notes Bean. “[It] represents the culmination of over two years of testing and research in order to provide our customers with the most advanced collision mitigation technology.” — Preco Electronics, Boise, Idaho, 866/977-7326; www.preco.com
Company recently secured a patent for the design of Camera Light, which functions as a backup safety device that eliminates blind spots with a special wide-angle camera housed in a SAE/DOT compliant LED light. With a unique, two-piece design, the light eliminates the need for mounting holes and brackets as a direct replacement for any 2- or 2.5-in. marker light. Camera Light joins a product offering oriented to rugged, commercial mobile video technology. The company specializes in backup, dash-cam, in-car and body-worn video, plus companion software. — Pro-Vision Video Systems, Byron Center, Mich., www.provisionusa.com
|Odor-free, low-VOC Kemperol Reflect 2K FR is one of two new cold, liquid-applied reinforced membrane systems.|
Range of liquid-applied protective solutions for the building envelope includes formulations for concrete roof decks, parking garages, balconies, terraces and walkways. Two new reinforced waterproofing membrane systems are cold liquid-applied and suit ‘cool roof’ applications: Kemperol AC Speed FR system, a fast-curing polymethyl methacrylate; and, Kemperol Reflect 2K FR, an odor-free, low-VOC system. Both are fire rated for Class A assemblies and exceed LEED solar reflective requirements with SRI ratings of 108 and 110, respectively.
For parking garages, pedestrian decks, and loading docks, the Colean Parking System can withstand deterioration caused by natural elements and vehicular traffic. The Colean Balcony System is designed to expand and contract with normal structural movements, and protects concrete balconies, terraces, walkways, patios, sun decks, and machine rooms from spalling, freeze/thaw damage and chemical exposure. — Kemper System America, 800/541-5455; www.kempersystem.net
Enterprise photo documentation
The FotoIN Enterprise Admin Console provides information technology professionals in construction what programmers contend are unmatched control and configuration of their field photo documentation process. The platform enables users to fully control and configure key FotoIN functions and options on a per project vs. account level. This level of granular configuration simplifies file capture, field photo documentation, and report generation.
With Enterprise Admin Console, an administrator can configure projects individually across the Enterprise account, including: user permissions by project, role, solutions and custom rules; project-specific content and filing tags; project-specific field report templates; multiple locations per project; and, project-specific filing paths and logic. Construction professionals can manage multiple use cases— including daily reporting, progress photos, safety and quality inspections and walks—across many locations, projects and user roles, as well as standardize and unify photo capture experience with data capture requirements.
“The vision of enabling businesses to harness the power of visual information through photos and with full central admin control and configuration now comes to full shine. The Enterprise Admin Console makes the FotoIN system even more easy, actionable and open for everyone in the organization, including IT administrators,” says FotoIN founder Sly Barisic. “FotoIN will continue to replace the old way of manually collecting, managing and using photos to document and report field work.” — FotoIN Mobile Corp., Atlanta; www.fotoin.com
KENWORTH SETS REBATE PROGRAM FOR NRMCA MEMBERS
Kenworth Truck is offering National Ready Mixed Concrete Association members a $1,000 rebate on qualifying purchases of new T880, W900, T440 or T470 vocational trucks. The offer is part of NRMCA’s M2M Benefits Program and runs through June 30.
“This cooperative program with NRMCA serves as an appreciation to fleets and truck operators in the ready mix concrete business that buy [our] trucks, such as [the] vocational flagship T880,” says Kenworth Marketing Director Kurt Swihart. “The T880 and other Kenworth vocational trucks offer durability, reliability and low cost of ownership, along with excellent comfort features that aid in driver retention and recruitment.”
Buyers must show dealers proof of NRMCA membership at time of truck purchase. The rebate program is limited to five qualifying truck purchases per single customer.
A host of 2017 product updates for the 950 and larger M Series medium wheel loaders will be featured at ConExpo-Con/Agg.
Cat Payload Technologies are designed to increase production and job-site efficiency by ensuring vehicles are loaded to exact specifications, resulting in optimum utilization of equipment and lower operating costs. Cat Production Measurement system capabilities have been expanded to include the Advanced Productivity Application, an optional web-based tool available through the manufacturer’s VisionLink portal. Owners can better develop future project costs and profitability estimates based on key performance indicators, including detailed production history, productivity and efficiency clearly visualized on their desktop computers or mobile devices.
The ability to track what each machine and operator are doing from a payload, fuel consumption, and machine application aspect is critical to eliminating potential waste in plant and jobsite operations. With subscription to the VisionLink-supported Advanced Productivity app, customers receive a user-customizable “dashboard,” making it easy to understand their loader’s production output quickly. If further analysis is required, the user can wirelessly import detailed data including fuel consumption, transactional payload information, machine application and cycle segmentation data into their specific databases. Advanced Productivity leverages the loader’s on-board Cat Product Link Elite PLE641 cellular data radio, standard on most M series loaders, to ensure reliable and fast hourly updates—all without the need for additional telematics hardware.
|Caterpillar has built out productivity-enhancing technology tools in the 950M and companion series machines. Compatible with K and M Series medium loaders, the Egress Safety Lighting provides an LED light trained on the 15-degree inclined cab access ladder.|
Cat Production Measurement 2.0 incorporates numerous updates to enhance operator and site management efficiencies. Increased system data storage means data for the last 3,500 stored payloads can now be saved in on-board memory. Owners can continue to access all historical payload data off-board in the Advanced Productivity app. For customers utilizing list management functionality for tracking of material and truck IDs, both lists have expanded memory capability up to 250 entries each. Operators can now add or delete list entries on the fly via touchscreen display. Alternatively, with the Advanced Productivity app, site management can wirelessly update material and truck IDs through the VisionLink interface to an entire fleet. For operators who require only basic payload features, such as when jobsite needs do not require tracking payloads by truck ID nor material ID, a newly added basic payload mode hides more advanced features to simplify the payload screen. The new Operator ID functionality is standard on all medium wheel loader models and enables site managers to tag payload, fuel consumption and machine application data by operator name, helping customers identify the most efficient operators.
Inside M Series loader cabs, a new deluxe seat option includes leather headrests and inserts, dual-level heated and ventilated seat bottoms and back cushions with lumbar support. An updated Autoshift system for the 950M and 962M uses new logic to improve performance and fuel efficiency by allowing an earlier 3L-to-4L shift at part throttle in economy mode and an earlier 2-to-3 shift during truck loading for enhanced controllability.
A new Autolube system simplifies maintenance and service needs, reducing machine downtime, and includes a ground level fill point and serviceable hoses fully integrated into the machine’s electronic architecture through both the touchscreen display and VisionLink telematics that indicate reservoir fill level and service fault code needs. To improve service and maintenance in low light conditions, optional LED Service Lighting is now available under the hood compartment and near the transmission sight glass, reducing labor costs and equipment downtime. — Caterpillar Inc., www.cat.com/requestCatinfo
Booths N10924, G4490
Company’s immersive Vortex Advantage simulator runs tower crane, mobile crane, overhead crane, boom truck, wheel loader, backhoe loader, and excavator operator training modules. An entry-level, desktop training simulator premiering at ConExpo-Con/Agg paves the way for professional-grade simulation training for the entire classroom. Optimally designed for a classroom environment, it mounts conveniently on a desktop and makes it easier than ever for training organizations to deploy CM Labs’ full range of construction equipment training modules and maximize operator seat time.
The immersive Vortex Advantage construction crane and heavy equipment simulator is designed for maximum training flexibility, and features one, three or five displays; optional motion platform; hot-swappable control sets and pedals; training modules for mobile crane, tower crane, overhead crane, boom truck, backhoe loader, wheel loader, and excavator operators; and, lifting and earthmoving equipment training modules.
Company cites 1,000-plus simulators in 30 countries using the Vortex software, and has full line of training modules is ready to run on any Vortex simulator. Each module assures complete, effective simulator training, thanks to progressive learning exercises, objective trainee performance metrics, and best-of-class equipment simulation. Also exhibiting with CM Labs at ConExpo-Con/Agg is training partners, OETIO (Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario), which has deployed Vortex simulators for 10-plus years in its advanced training facilities. — CM Labs Simulations Inc., Montreal, www.cm-labs.com
Truss Arch Specialists will be available at the Bronze Hall booth to assist customers with material and equipment storage solutions. Hercules Truss Arch buildings feature abundant natural light and spacious interiors without support posts. Each building is fully customizable and can be outfitted with conveyors and overhead cranes. Structures can likewise be custom engineered to meet any regional or municipal requirements. With minimal foundation requirements, they can be quickly built at a low cost per square foot. They can be designed for permanent installations, or as temporary, portable structures. — ClearSpan Structures, South Windsor, Conn., 866/643-1010; www.clearspan.com
COMMAND ALKON, FIVECUBITS
Companies will be showcasing a comprehensive suite of solutions for the construction materials supply chain. Highlights this year include mobile solutions for sales automation, paperless ticketing, delivery status and order requests, and project/order monitoring—each extending the reach of core Command Alkon systems to mobile devices. Visitors to the South Hall booths can observe why FiveCubit’s TrackIt is deployed as the telematics solution of choice in 35,000-plus trucks, providing full visibility into a fleet, maximizing efficiency, and saving money on labor, fuel and fleet maintenance.
Command’s Dispatch Optimization helps ready mixed operations make the best possible delivery decisions by combining industry best practices with an optimization engine factoring customer expectations and operational economies. Apex automates and optimizes truck scale ticketing, asphalt batching and loadout, transportation, and back office processes for aggregate, asphalt and cement operations. — Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala., www.commandalkon.com; FiveCubits, Rosemont, Ill., www.fivecubits.com
FiveCubits Booth S61733 • Command Alkon Booth S61829
The Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems business has upgraded the return-on-investment calculator for Tiremaaxx PRO, an advanced tire pressure control system. With the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 (GHG 2) regulations taking effect in 2018, many trailer manufacturers will begin installing tire pressure systems as standard. The interactive calculator tool suits owners of fleets who want to take an active role in understanding the payback and value of a tire pressure control system.
“It is more important than ever for fleets to truly understand their total cost of ownership. Tires are not only one of the most important maintenance components on a trailer, but also one of the most expensive,” says Hendrickson Controls Director Matt Wilson. “Our new ROI calculator demonstrates that Tiremaax PRO will quickly pay for itself and provides a convenient report summarizing the savings.” Payback will play a crucial role in the decision-making process when calculating reduced-emission technologies’ impact on GHG 2 compliance, he adds.
The calculator and Tiremaxx PRO are part of the manufacturer’s full commercial truck component offering, alongside heavy-duty mechanical, elastomeric and air suspensions; integrated and non-integrated axle systems; auxiliary lift axles; parabolic and multi-leaf springs; stabilizers; plus, bumper and trim components. — Hendrickson International, Itasca, Ill., 630/874-9700; Hendrickson Commercial Vehicle Systems, Canton, Ohio, 866/743-3247; www.hendrickson-intl.com