EVO maintains all the benefits of its predecessor, the Dura-Bright wheel with XBR technology, while exhibiting a 10-fold gain in resistance to corrosion caused by road salts and weather elements, and greater resistance to chemicals found in truck- cleaning agents. The durability characteristics enable the use of a wider variety of cleaning solutions to simplify maintenance, while preserving the wheel’s integrity and brightness.Read More
In collaboration with Metalsa, a global supplier of light and commercial vehicle and chassis structures, Alcoa Aerospace Transportation & Industrial Products unveiled a development-phase, all-aluminum commercial truck frame at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show. The aluminum alternative will reduce heavy-duty truck weight by over 40 percent compared to steel frames, saving nearly 900 lb. per vehicle. In addition to increasing fuel efficiency and payload, company engineers note, the aluminum frame’s increased stiffness will double rigidity, enabling a smoother ride. Higher corrosion resistance, compared to a steel frame, can extend a vehicle’s service life.
A new brushless motor dosing module suits air-assisted and airless diesel exhaust fluid systems used in Selective Catalytic Reduction treatment of heavy-duty diesel engine emissions.Read More
Company’s newly branded, next generation electronically controlled air suspension (ECAS) technology augments fuel economy and increases vehicle efficiency through chassis suspension control. OptiRide maintains the trailer at a constant ride height. The Intelligent Lift Axle Control can automatically optimize trailer load transfer, including temporarily putting more weight on the drive axle, to improve traction performance. The system delivers enhanced load protection and stabilized vehicle operation, which also helps to increase vehicle and road safety.Read More
Steel end dump model has returned to company’s offering of truck bodies equal to sand & gravel and crushed stone hauling.Read More
Allen Hamblen is 2015 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Chairman
By Steven Prokopy
For the last two or three years, economic forecasts have indicated that things are looking quite promising for the construction industry in general, and the concrete industry specifically, with demand for product increasing year-after-year for at least the next decade. In terms of both product and information, the ready mixed industry could not be more prepared, according to National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Chairman Allen Hamblen, president & CEO of CalPortland Co.
Kyle Wundt has joined Rober Ober & Associates LLC as engineer, based in the San Antonio design center headquarters. He has 15-plus years of engineering experience, and will be responsible for the design and specification of bulk material handling systems on local, regional and global projects.
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association committees and divisions recognized individuals and groups for association and industry contributions. Following Drivers of the Year Edward Rieper (Eastern Concrete Materials) and Pete Scarborough (Concrete Supply Co.), who were featured in March (“Front Line Excellence,” pages 32-33), Concrete Products joins NRMCA here in saluting others honored during the 2015 convention, by AWARD:
The American Concrete Institute elected officers and directors last month during its spring convention in Kansas City. Sharon Wood, FACI, has begun a one-year term as president. Dean of the University of Texas, Austin, Cockrell School of Engineering and ACI member since 1983, she serves on Committee 318, Structural Concrete Building Code. She is the past ETC Product Development Committee chair and previously served as ACI Foundation trustee, Financial Advisory and International Advisory Committee member.
Gregg Lewis, AIA, has joined National Ready Mixed Concrete Association as senior director, Building Innovations, responsible for providing developers and design professionals technical expertise on advanced, cast-in-place concrete methods. Additionally, he will integrate architect, engineer and contractor teams to offer durable, energy efficient and economical concrete solutions meeting building developer and tenant needs.Read More