A New Era

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Casilio Concrete celebrates 80 years with a rebranding and fleet upgrade.

Casilio Concrete has been a staple in the Lehigh Valley ready mix scene since 1938 when it was known as Frank Casilio & Sons. To mark last year’s 80th anniversary, third-generation owner Maria Medei decided it was time to rebrand and display the company’s true colors. When her grandfather Frank Casilio, an Italian immigrant, started the Bethlehem, Pa.-based company he wanted the color scheme to match the Italian flag. However, the trucks he ordered arrived in orange, green and white. Instead of having them corrected, he kept the color scheme and focused his efforts on delivering quality products and service as well as expanding the company. Now, thanks to his granddaughter, Casilio Concrete proudly displays its heritage with updated fleet graphics that honor the Old Country from Scribbles & Drips Lettering & Graphics of Laurys Station, Pa.

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Freightliner adds lightweight Cummins X12 engine to 114SD options

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The Cummins X12 engine that entered production late last year can now be spec’d in the Freightliner 114SD. The powerful combination provides a new option for a wide variety of vocational applications, particularly in concrete mixer, dump and other trucks where weight savings are key. At 2,050 lbs., the X12 is up to 600 lbs. lighter than other medium-bore engines in the 10- to 13-liter category. Its ultra-lightweight design contributes to increased payload and productivity without compromising on the power and performance required for vocational applications.

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Vehicular Muscle

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Odenton, Md.-based FTC Aggregate Supply tabled standard specs for its first 2018 dump fleet addition, enlisting The Pete Store and J&J Truck Bodies to design a workhorse celebrating 15 years of sand, gravel or stone deliveries to builders, contractors and concrete producers. The Landover, Md., Peterbilt dealer and Somerset, Pa., body builder served up one of the more muscular on/off-road dumps working any Interstate 95 corridor from Maine to Florida.

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Cummins recall aimed at fixing deterioration-prone SCR components

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

Through a voluntary recall coordinated with the EPA, Cummins Inc. will replace components in selective catalytic reduction-equipped engines powering 2010-15 model year medium- and heavy-duty trucks. SCR catalyst components to be replaced were found to degrade within a few years instead of controlling emissions of nitrogen oxides for a regulatory timetable—10 years or 435,000 miles (heavy-duty vehicles)/185,000 miles (medium-duty).

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ASTM buildings committee strategizes community resilience

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The forthcoming ASTM E3130, Developing Cost-Effective Community Resilience Strategies will inform authorities on ways to withstand, respond to and recover from a range of potential catastrophes, such as natural hazards, utility outages and human-caused disruptions. Developed by ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings, the new standard provides an economic framework to evaluate investment strategies, plus a seven-step approach to help communities formulate their own resilience plans.

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MANUFACTURERS – MARCH 2018

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Clearwater, Fla.-based Kemco Systems has named Stephen Stewart as Southwest regional sales manager. Based in Colorado, he joins the water and energy technology company after 18 years in branch and regional management roles with U.S. Filter. The company notes that Stewart’s expertise and passion for providing solutions for water and wastewater needs matches its mission to provide the most efficient and highest quality systems in the industry.

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Cummins looks to future with diesel engine footing, ‘energy-diverse’ products

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Cummins Inc. executives gathered last month at the company’s technical center, near Columbus, Ind., headquarters, to spotlight a trucking industry future where diesel power will prevail for decades in certain segments, while others evolve around packages coupling internal combustion engines with mild hybrid design, and battery or fuel cells. In the core truck business, they reflected on progress their new on-highway X15 engine has exhibited through eight months of production—42,000 units shipped thus far—and strides the X12 cousin is making in field trials toward a spring 2018 debut. At 600 lbs. lighter than any other 10- to 13-liter class diesel engine for North American on/off-highway vehicles, the X12 is poised for mixer, dump and other weight-sensitive vocational trucks.

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TRUCKS & COMPONENTS

There’s been no shortage of product development and engineering geared to concrete and aggregate delivery vehicles since last year’s Trucks & Components feature, especially with recent World of Concrete and ConExpo-Con/Agg shows. During the latter, Trimble announced its ConnectedTablet, along with a first-of-its-kind Enterprise Recording feature for the TrimFleet Communicator, and XL Specialized Trailers showed a prototype of its new lightweight bottom dump.

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Automated truck transmissions drive Eaton, Cummins joint venture

Sources: Eaton Corp., Cleveland; Cummins Inc., Columbus, Ind.; CP staff

Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies is a new joint venture targeting the global heavy- and medium-duty commercial vehicle market. Eaton and Cummins will hold 50/50 stakes in the entity, whose formation is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, but anticipated during the third quarter of 2017.

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Cummins shaves 500-plus lbs. from ISX12 successor

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Sources: Cummins Inc., Columbus, Ind.; CP staff

Sculptured block design, attributable to casting and engineering improvements that place iron where it is most needed, plus high-strength composites for oil pan and valve cover, have netted a 12-liter engine at 2,050 lbs., nearly 600 lbs. lighter than Cummins’ current ISX12. The X12 will debut in 2018 with the Single Module exhaust aftertreatment chamber, which weighs 40 percent less than the ISX series’ three-component, switch back-style assembly.

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