WORLD’S LARGEST PIPE-RAMMING HAMMER
HammerHead Trenchless Equipment unveiled the world’s largest pneumatic pipe-ramming hammer at the 2013 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition held in January. The 34-inch hammer can install casing 48 inches to 180 inches in diameter in drainage culvert and washover applications, and can be used for pipe assist or pipe extraction, guided pilot bore ramming, and horizontal directional drilling assist.
The hammer was recently field-proven in an Ontario, Canada, washover casing job where it successfully installed 185 feet of 72-inch-diameter steel casing.The 34-inch rammer has been released for production, and 48-inch collets are already available. Ram adapter cones are currently in development for other sizes ranging from 48 inches through 180 inches.
Although the hammer is designed specifically for pipe ramming projects, with custom-built tooling the hammer can also be used for pipe bursting to replace 36-inch pipe and larger. HammerHead will provide custom-built accessories upon request. To learn more about the world’s largest pipe-ramming hammer, visit www.hammerheadtrenchless.com.
CONCRETE EXPERTS UNITE
Experts in the concrete supply industry are joining in an effort to stop the production of bad concrete in poor nations like Haiti. In extreme poverty, builders use shovels to mix very low-strength concrete for homes and buildings. Cement Trust gathered at World of Concrete to find ways to stop the shovels from producing the poorest concrete on earth.
To understand the problem one must only look back 3 years ago to a 7.0 earthquake that struck the island nation of Haiti killing 230,000 people and destroying much of the country’s infrastructure. Cement Trust and others blame the practice of mixing concrete on the ground for the tragedy. Mixing on the ground has been the concrete blending method of choice in Haiti and other poor countries for generations. Studies from Georgia Tech found that shovel-mixed concrete is so weak that it is a major contributor to building collapse.
By combining the knowledge and experience of many industry experts, Cement Trust will create appropriately scaled systems that can replace the death and destruction from a thousand shovels. To further these efforts, they are sponsoring the Cement Trust Symposium in July of this year. The event will be a strategic planning meeting for thought leaders from the concrete, manufacturing, engineering, mining, and distribution industries. Members of the international aid and development community are also invited to join with business and association leaders to lay out a plan of action. The event is sponsored by Cart-Away Concrete Systems, Inc. and will be held in the heart of the world-famous Oregon Wine Country. For more information, visit www.cementtrust.wordpress.com.
MOBILE APP FOR MATERIAL HANDLING
KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens announce the launch of its new mobile application, which can be downloaded by Android and Apple devices. The company decided to create a mobile app after hearing several requests from its customers and dealers, says Lisa Carson, marketing manager for KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens.
The app gives users easy access to its social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and provides them with a photo and video library of its latest equipment offerings, as well as innovative calculators for return on investment and material handling calculators that allow customers to determine needs for horsepower, width, discharge height, standard radial stacking conveyor stockpile, SuperStacker® conveyor stockpile, and conveyor belt carrying capacity.
The app is free to users and can be found by searching “KPI-JCI” in the Google Play or Apple iTunes store. For more information about KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens, visit www.kpijci.com.
NEW BARK & MULCH BLOWER
FINN Corporation introduces the BB 5-Series Bark & Mulch Blower, a new model designed for ease of use and dependable performance for the landscape and erosion control contractor. The new lightweight design and full 5-cubic-yard material hopper increases payload capacity and leaves available more towing options. Due to its simplified control package and streamlined engineering design, the BB 5-Series will be a dependable workhorse for bark, mulch, compost, and soil blend applications, and is straightforward to maintain and troubleshoot, leading to vital uptime and optimal productivity. Operators are also easier to train in its proper use, helping to maximize revenues and giving the end user greater flexibility with their workforce. For more information, visit www.finncorp.com.
COATED TO PROTECT
LINE-X Protective Coatings, announces the launch of an all-new “Survive the Drive” advertising campaign, featuring Reed Timmer and Chris Chittick of Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers fame.
“Although widely known for our truck bedliner coatings, LINE-X has broadened its product offerings and applications to offer more protective coatings solutions for everyday consumers,” says Kevin Heronimus, CEO of LINE-X Protective Coatings. “The goal of the ‘Survive the Drive’ campaign is to showcase to our customers that the very same technology used to protect the Storm Chasers on the Dominator is available to protect their vehicles and investments as well.”
The Storm Chasers rely on LINE-X to protect the Dominator and their lives from the harshest weather conditions on the planet. The LINE-X coating applied to the Dominator protects against rust, corrosion, and flying debris is the same formula used to protect consumers’ vehicles and truck beds. For more information, visit www.linex.com.
BUCKET DEBUTS ON TV SHOW
The Leading Edge Attachments, Inc. Hi-Cap Multi-Ripper® Bucket was shown on the Discovery Channel’s reality show Gold Rush Alaska a few times. In the show, Dakota Fred says, referring to the bucket, “We affectionately call this bucket the Bedrock Shark.” They used the bucket to rip through the cemented cobble and bedrock near the bottom of an ancient waterfall that they call their “glory hole.” The show footage showed the conventional trenching bucket just skimming over the top of the rock, so he then switched to the Multi-Ripper SHARC bucket, and it was ripping the material with ease. Shown was our Hi-Cap Multi-Ripper Bucket for their Hitachi EX270. This bucket is the most powerful, most severe, and effective rock and frost ripping bucket in the world. The bucket uses our patented “SHARC”™ technology. SHARC refers to “Shanks on an ARC”, meaning that each tooth hits one at a time, thus providing the full breakout force sequentially on each tooth. This provides huge rock ripping forces. The bucket also utilizes our patented Multi-Ripper Teeth, manufactured for us by MTG Corp. of Spain to fit on their KingMet System adapters. These teeth are like a little Multi-Ripper in that the spikes do not align, so that each point hits one at a time. For more information, visit www.leadingedgeattachments.com.
SUGARCANE HARD HAT
Pittsburgh-based safety equipment manufacturer MSA is the largest producer of industrial hard hats in North America and other regions of the world. But that dominance hasn’t diminished the company’s appetite to innovate and find ways to improve a relatively common product worn every day by construction workers, industrial personnel and utility workers, as well as fans at NFL football games.
MSA’s iconic V-Gard® line of hard hats, identified by their unique and raised “V-shaped” crown, has saved countless lives by protecting wearers from falling objects and other cranial hazards. But now workers have the option of using a hard hat that not only helps to protect their head, but protects the environment as well.
The new MSA V-Gard GRN (for green) Hard Hat is the first industrial safety product produced from nearly 100-percent renewable resources. Developed and manufactured by MSA in Brazil, the MSA V-Gard GRN Hard Hat is similar to conventional hats in that it’s made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE). However, unlike traditional hard hats, the HDPE in the MSA V-Gard GRN model is sourced entirely from sugarcane. Additional information is available at www.MSAsafety.com. Information on Safety Works products can be found at www.SafetyWorks.com. ■
Modern Contractor Solutions, March 2013
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