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Fixed, portable aggregate moisture sensors suit batch plants, field testing

The SonoVario-Xtrem sensor measures on-line moisture of aggregates up to 1-1/4-in. with accuracy, repeatability and reliability. Cable Radar technology, positioning the sensor in direct contact with material being measured, allows installation under hopper gates to log each batch’s sand and stone moisture. Sono-Vario-Xtrem sensors are delivered with 15 pre-installed, linear material calibrations for all standard construction materials. Free interface software supports calibration and simulation of the analog interface integration, plus setting and parameter adjustment. An auto-zero function keeps moisture readings accurate over the long term, even with highly abrasive limestone.

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Chevron programs tools to gauge, log lubricant cleanliness

Chevron Products and Noria, a global provider of lubrication consulting services and training, characterize Isoclean Calculator as a first of its kind tool that helps companies gauge prospective equipment life based on lubricant cleanliness. Developed by Chevron and powered by Noria Life Extension tables, it helps calculate particle contamination levels typical of each user’s fleet.

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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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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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