COMPACT WHEEL LOADERS Offering increased engine and hydraulic power as well as a choice of buckets and attachments, the manufacturer emphasizes, the new
COMPACT WHEEL LOADERS
Offering increased engine and hydraulic power as well as a choice of buckets and attachments, the manufacturer emphasizes, the new W50TC and W80TC wheel loaders are suitable for backfilling, digging, grading, hauling, scraping or stacking applications in tight work spaces. The machines are powered by oil-cooled Deutz engines that produce 55 and 75 gross horsepower, respectively. Operating weights are 10,173 and 12,727 lb., while bucket capacities are 1.0 and 1.44 cu. yd.
Both models’ Universal Link design is said by product developers to offer increased versatility with greater operator comfort and control. The new boom design features one lift cylinder and one bucket cylinder. Better visibility and increased dump-reach facilitate load placement for improved cycle times, company representatives note.
Maneuvering between job applications is optimized by an integrated hydraulic coupler; a quick-attach mounting system; and built-in, front-mounted hydraulic disconnects. The machines’ versatility can be increased with a broad range of wheel loader and skid steer loader attachments.
The new compact wheel loaders are equipped with a two-speed, hydrostatic transmission that allows travel speeds up to 12.4 mph. An optional high-speed transmission on the W80TC can produce a top speed of 21.7 mph. The high-speed option includes two electronic ranges: 0 to 3.1 mph and 0 to 9.9 mph, plus the mechanical-gear, high-speed range of 0 to 21.7 mph. New Holland
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The Champion 12-cu.-ft. silo mixer (SM1200) is suitable for use under small silos and in applications calling for standard mixers. The mixer features three adjustable legs that can be used to level the mixer or position it closer to the charge chute. The legs provide stability and allow the mixer to be dumped into larger conveyances Û buggies and grout pumps, as well as wheelbarrows and mortar tubs.
As protection against job-site dust, the mixer is powered by a 13-hp Honda engine with a cyclone air filter. Features include:
- Quadruple seal and bearing system in a removable housing.
- Power Blend system moves blades in a triple-8 mixing pattern for smooth and uniform blending
- Guard lifter moves the guard out of the way while dumping
- Starburst bag splitter easily breaks bags when in use as a standard mixer.
Operator controls are located on both sides of the one-piece, swing-away cowl. The SM1200 silo mixer also includes bi-directional fork pockets for easy transporting and positioning. The hydraulic system includes a removable 20-gal. baffled hydraulic tank and incorporates Parker guaranteed three-year leak-free hoses and fitings. Stone Construction Equipment
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VENEER STONE MORTAR
Product is a contractor-grade blend of portland cement, hydrated lime, masonry sand, and other ingredients specifically formulated for veneer applications and tuck-pointing of stone and thin brick. Distributed nationwide in 80-lb. bags as well as 3,000-lb. super sacks, it is formulated to meet the specific standards of local building markets, the producer notes. While Veneer Stone Mortar is available in standard gray, it can also be colored for use in mortar joint applications.
Compliant with ASTM 270 and ASTM C 387, the product suits mortar-joint applications as a bonding coat to adhere stone to a wall and as a ?- to _-in. scratch coat applied over expanded metal lath. A polymer-modified and water-resistant formulation is also available. Quikrete Cos.
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CATCH BASIN FILTER
A retrofit for existing stormwater catch basins, EnviroSafe is equipped with advanced filtering technology that can address a broad range of pollutants commonly found in storm water run-off, including sediment, oils, metals, organic matter and even bacteria. The filter cartridges’ modular construction (in a rugged co-polymer basin) makes it easy to target pollutants, the manufacturer notes. The basin offers large storage capacity for trash and debris. High filtered flow rates (over 100 gpm), coupled with an overflow bypass designed into the basin, alleviate flooding. Ease of installation and low maintenance, product developers add, are further benefits, making EnviroSafe an economical and effective choice as a stormwater BMP device. Transpo Industries
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Touted by the manufacturer as the world’s first comprehensive cargo bumper system for forklift trucks, Fork-Kushions are said to reduce damage and operating costs by providing cushioning protection from marring and denting. Fork-Kushions are mounted directly to the upright face of the fork using permanent mounting brackets designed specifically for that function. The cushion then slides into the bracket.
Five styles are offered to satisfy a wide range of material handling applications: Ultra Soft offers dense cushioning for fragile handling; Soft is best suited for lightweight material; Medium is considered to be all-purpose; Cut-Resistant and Maximum-Impact are suitable for extremely heavy objects. The next generation of Fork-Kushion was introduced to make the installation process easier with a specifically designed adhesive primer and the latest industrial grade VHB tape. Kastalon Inc.
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The stationary Whiteman 12-cu.-ft.-capacity plaster/mortar mixer eliminates the axle interference of tow-behind mixers. Additionally, standard pockets facilitate expedient lifting and moving by a forklift. Moreover, the mixer’s stationary design entails no wheels to work around; plus, the unit’s stabilizer jacks are retractable and height adjustable for use at virtually any location. The heavy-duty WM120SHHDS hydraulic mixer is fueled by a 13-hp Honda gasoline engine designed for use on commercial construction sites.
Standard features on the plaster/mortar mixer include hydraulic dump and wide dump lip for simple transfer of materials to wheelbarrows and pans; a rugged, wear-resistant 516-in. steel tub for extended life; and, long-lasting, greaseable seals. At a weight of 1,400 lb., the hydraulic drive unit enables mixing of stiff loads with no belt slippage. Multiquip Inc.
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A new dual-joystick pilot control option has been added to the company’s mid-sized 2076 and 2086 skid-steer loaders. Designed to be intuitive for the operator, the dual assembly controls drive functions with the left joystick and loader lift/tilt functions with the right. Optional horn and two-speed drive are operated by buttons on the left joystick; optional Hydraglide Ride Control and float functions are operated by buttons on the right joystick.
Hydraglide Ride Control, a load-suspension system designed to stabilize the load when traveling at higher speeds and on rough terrain, comes standard with dual-joystick pilot controls. The system uses a hydraulic accumulator in the lift circuit to suspend the lift arm when transporting loads.
Further, skid-steer loaders equipped with the dual-joystick assembly offer the ability to tailor fit controls to the operator by adjusting the two control-tower positions. Adding functionality to the auxiliary hydraulics, operators can use a yellow proportional thumb switch to control the variable-flow auxiliary hydraulic pump, optimizing hydraulic flow for each attachment and application without reducing engine and travel speeds. For continuous flow, the operator moves the switch to the desired flow rate position and sets it by pressing a red trigger button. Mustang Mfg.
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LIFT TRUCK BRAKE
A new compact, hydraulic-actuated, full-circle disc brake suits fork lifts and related equipment. Model LWB utilizes the center hub of the wheel rim as a friction surface, eliminating the need for a bolt-on friction rotor. Reportedly easy to install, the brake is constructed of high-strength ductile iron and asbestos-free friction material for reliable stopping and a long service life.
Secondary wiper seals protect the LWB brake piston seals, and a deflector plate prevents foreign objects from becoming entangled in the piston. Designed to minimize fluid displacement, the piston seals are available in a variety of materials. All LWB brake components come with corrosion protection.
LWB brakes act as a spindle and bearing support for the load wheel and minimize brake temperature rises by using the wheel’s thermal mass to absorb heat. The brake is easily adapted to alternative spindle-type brake applications, such as reach type lift trucks, scissor lifts and aerial work platforms. Carlisle Industrial Brake & Friction
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According to the manufacturer, Bag Dump Stations are multi-function machines that help eliminate waste, clean up regimens and hazards associated with the spillage and dust normally present where bagged materials are mixed or conveyed. Stations consist of a large collection hopper covered by a hinged door, a pulse-jet filter equipped with polyester cartridges, and a fan. When the door is opened for filling, the fan automatically starts drawing dust through the filter. Programmed reverse air pulses dislodge the dust that collects on the cartridges and allow it to fall into the hopper, from which it can enter gravity or pneumatic lines. Airlanco
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VACUUM TUBE LIFTER
The Hummingbird Control for the VT Series vacuum tube lifters provides precise up/down movement by rotating a red hand grip Û with the ability to stay in place when the handle is released. The control and lifter feature a proprietary valve that functions without springs to handle weight loads up to 400 lb. Designed for high-production applications, the manufacturer notes, the Hummingbird Control is offered in compressed-air and electric-powered versions.
VT-Series vacuum tube lifters are described by product developers as ergonomic assist devices that provide a continuous-duty cycle as well as unlimited starts and stops. They can be ordered with a variety of standard or custom vacuum suction pad attachments. Venmark International
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Product features a sawtooth thread pattern that cuts its own grooves into concrete. Useful for temporary conditions, the Large Diameter Tapcon (LDT) self-threading concrete anchor improves job-site productivity, optimizes installation speed and delivers substantial holding power, the manufacturer contends. It is available in several lengths and in ?-, _-, ?-, and Ê-in. diameters, making it suitable for such anchoring applications as seating, shelving, railings, racking, sill plate attachment, conveyors, material handling, and mezzanine.
The LDT reportedly installs in less than half the time of wedge or adhesive anchors. After a standard ANSI bit is used to drill a pilot hole, and the drilled hole is cleaned, the anchor is driven with an impact or socket wrench. Once installed, the LDT exposes its finished head design, which eliminates a tripping hazard by virtue of the absence of exposed threads. The head of each anchor is stamped with a length identification code for easy inspection. Anti-rotation serrations on the washer prevent backout.
According to the manufacturer, LDT anchors do not stress concrete like wedge anchors, allowing closer edge placements. And, the anchor can easily be removed in seconds with no torching or grinding required. ITW Red Head
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BULK BAG FILLER
Units are said by the manufacturer to combine flexibility and economy with custom features, including bag inflation, electronic scales, adjustable height loop support arms, integral dust collection, and bag compaction. Standard units feature a heavy-duty, carbon steel rugged box frame; round 10-in., ANSI-material flanged inlet; inflatable bag spout seal; fill spout with displaced air venting; and, forklift access for palletized bulk bags. The unit is also available in 304 or 316 Stainless Steel and NEMA 7/9 controls per customer specifications. Company representatives note that the Bulk Bag Fillers are custom built to accommodate any process of free-flowing dry bulk materials that can be stored in bulk bags. Cyclonaire Corp.
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SELF-LEVELING PIPE HOOK
Device is said by the manufacturer to suit all sizes and types of pipe, with features including:
- Field-proven design that accommodates lifting a wide range of pipe sizes
- 3,500-lb. capacity that allows for a wide pipe selection
- Self-leveling mechanism housed inside the hook body
- Urethane pad that prevents damage to inside pipe walls
- Suits all pipe configurations, including elliptical
- Functional in trench boxes and confined spaces Kenco Corp.
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Featuring what the manufacturer cites as a broad range of offerings to address particular lifting needs, the company’s online catalog at www.ConstructionLifters.com allows the user to search for products by use, industry, or specific name. Many items are in stock and can be shipped within 48 hours after an order is placed.
Products include grabs and tongs, spreader beams, lifting slings, and fork attachments. Ensuring OSHA compliance, each lifter adheres to high-quality standards, the manufacturer notes, and all products conform to ASME B30.20 and B30.9 standards. Construction Lifters
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SUCTION HANDLING PADS
Grabber Cups protect the user from cuts and scrapes when handling building products. Four sizes are available Û in diameters up to 4.75 inches and lifting capacity of 25 lb. Û with one-, two-, or multiple-finger grips. Grabbers are suitable for installing ceramic tiles, carrying sheet metal, installing or removing windshields, window, or other glass surfaces, i.e., wherever nonporous items are being hand carried. Vi-Cas Manufacturing
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MANITOU EXTENDS OFFERINGS
Expanding its Maniscopic line of telehandlers, Manitou’s product range now includes 18 models of fixed-frame and rotating telescopic forklifts Û the world’s largest telehandler to the smallest, the SLT 415 B Twisco. Lift heights in the group range from 13 ft. to 68 ft.
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The company announces improvements to its MR-2200, a machine combining a one-ton pan-type mixer with a high-performance RP-10 pump built for heavy-duty construction refractory applications. Among the key modifications are an improved, pan-type mixer design with 2,200-lb. mixing capacity. Field tests using dense castable refractory indicate a 3- to 4-min. full-capacity mix time.
The mixer also features an improved shell design with an internally mounted gearbox that drives the paddle assembly. In addition, the modified mixer’s 25-in.-diameter center hub is three times larger than the original model. Powered by a John Deere 115-hp diesel engine featuring an electronic diagnostic control system, the MR-2200 is able to achieve increased speed Û more than 42 strokes per minute Û and greater output Û up to 15 tons of dense castable refractory per hour. Allentown Equipment
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DUST COLLECTOR CD CATALOG
A new CD, designated Farr APC CD 2.0, provides an electronic catalog of the company’s dust, mist and fume collection equipment. Included on the CD is in-depth information on dust collectors for a wide range of applications, noting especially the Gold Series line of cartridge collectors featuring HemiPleat filter technology. Product literature, technical data, application guidelines, photos and drawings, and PowerPoint presentations are provided for key products. The CD also contains a library of technical papers and case studies on dust collection topics. Farr Air Pollution Control
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The company’s recently introduced high-temperature fluidizer disk is designed to promote the discharge of dry powders from storage silos, dust collectors, weigh bins and filters, withstanding temperatures from -50_ to 450_F (-45_ to 230_C) for storage and transport of cement and fly ash. The family of silo fluidizers enables a uniform flow of most dry bulk materials through aeration and hopper wall vibration. The fluidizer disk distributes air along the bin wall, freeing up product evenly, while minimum back pressure ensures energy is directed within the silo or storage container walls.
Gentle vibration aids in product flow and prevents compaction or plugging. A silicone rubber disk seals tightly against the silo wall to deter airline plugging and will not tear or pick up moisture. Combined performance characteristics overall help prevent bridging, rat holing and compacting. Solimar Pneumatics
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Wall-I is a thin veneer system, with split or ground face block design, for precast and tilt-up wall applications. The production method provides for diamond grinding of each veneer unit’s perimeter. The units are held together by a compression bar/rod system. The Wall-I system includes aluminum Tee Rail components that support each respective course joint line and provide sufficient clearance from a plant casting bed or site casting surface. UpKon Wall Systems
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Compliant with ASTM C 1620-05, the industry’s first specification for aerosol foam sealants, the new CF 812 and CF 810 Filler Foams offer an alternative to traditional sealing methods. The manufacturer notes that both products are suitable for restricting air, sound, dirt and water infiltration in a variety of applications.
Useful primarily for sealing window and door-frame perimeters (tested in accordance with AAMA 812), the CF 812 is low-pressure filler foam that also can be used for sealing openings where flexible material is needed. The CF 810 Crack and Joint Pro is reportedly a high-performance, high-yield foam for such general gap/crack applications as insulating around electrical outlet boxes, filling openings around HVAC ducts, and sealing pipe and cable penetrations.
The products help save energy by reducing air infiltration and also provide a sound-reduction barrier. For precision installation, the foams are used with the company’s Premium DS-1 dispenser, whose valve is said to prevent pressure loss, prolong shelf life, and eliminate waste. Hilti
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NOMENCLATURE COVERS CARBON FIBER REINFORCEMENT
TechFab announces a new product nomenclature for C-Grid, its line of carbon fiber grids for reinforcing concrete structures. Replacing prior nomenclature used since C-Grid’s introduction, the new system is designed to facilitate carbon grid identification and specification, making it easier for users, engineers and designers to differentiate between C-Grid products. Concrete d»cor products packed in kit formats will continue to be sold as CT300 and CT550.
C-Grid products will be designated by a series number, which represents the relative size and strength of individual carbon fiber grid elements, followed by the longitudinal and transverse spacing of the elements in either English or metric units. Where applicable, unique information may also be incorporated into the nomenclature in the form of a Type or Grade. Summarized below is the new nomenclature, along with the old product name for TechFab’s most common C-Grid products:
|Old Name||New Name|
|English Units||Metric Units|
|C3000-AX1||C12 – 1.0 _ 1.0||C12 – 25 _ 25|
|C2750-AX1||C25 – 2.6 _ 2.6||C25 – 67 _ 67|
|C2750-BX1||C25 – 2.0 _ 2.0||C25 – 50 _ 50|
|C5500-AX1||C50 – 1.8 _ 1.6||C50 – 45 _ 40|
|C5500-EX1||C50 – 12.6 _ 1.6||C50 – 320 _ 40|
|C5500-FX1||C50 – 12.6 _ 3.1||C50 – 320 _ 80|
|C5500-NX1||C50 – 2.2 _ 2.2||C50 – 56 _ 56|
|C5500-OX1||C50 – 2.9 _ 2.9||C50 – 72 _ 72|
TechFab officials note that increasing acceptance of carbon-grid technology is reflected in a growing demand for composite, noncorrosive reinforcement for concrete product. To supply the expanding C-Grid market, a new TechFab manufacturing plant is scheduled to come on line in Anderson, S.C., in July 2006. The new facility and machinery installation, now nearly complete, are undergoing final checkout and start-up preparations, according to Plant Manager Rick Clayton.
In addition, officials report the continued growth of AltusGroup, the first national network of precasters manufacturing CarbonCast in partnership with C-Grid manufacturers. TechFab and its AltusGroup partners kicked off a nine-city educational tour earlier this year entitled Carbon Fiber Reinforced Precast: A Seminar in New Technology for Highly Sustainable Building, whose focus is primarily architectural concrete. More information on the dates, cities and locations can be found online at www.altusprecast.com.
INTERSTAR CAPTURES CANADA EXPORT AWARD
Pigment, admixture and reinforcing fiber manufacturer Interstar Materials, Sherbrooke, Quebec, is the recipient of the 2005 Canada Export Award for Research & Development. Export markets account for 53 percent of sales, a significant statistic for the company, says Interstar President Zachary Gillman. Having established itself as a leader in the Canadian market, Interstar decided to increase its exports to ensure strong and healthy long-term growth.
Interstar’s exporting success is credited in part to its adherence to the principles of Lean Six Sigma and its commitment to the environment. The manufacturer’s emphasis on research and development, plus safety and staff training, also contributes to its growing world trade, which has seen the company enter American, Mexican and, most recently, Brazilian markets.