Stephens to produce, promote DrumBlaster mixer truck cleaning equipment

Sources: Stephens Mfg., Tompkinsville, Ky.; CP staff

Stephens Mfg. will manufacture, service and market the DrumBlaster Daily Washout System in North America under a new agreement with the equipment’s Brisbane, Australia developer. Through a small control booth and telescoping, nozzle-tipped wand, the system automates rear or front discharge mixer truck drum cleaning, typically in five-minute cycles, and can reduce material build up on fins up to 85 percent compared to conventional washout routines. North American DrumBlaster installations since the system’s 2017 market premier include sites running Stephens batch plants. 

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Final FMCSA driver hours rule remains friendly to construction materials hauling

Sources: U.S. Department of Transportation; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

A final U.S. DOT rule updating Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hours of service (HOS) terms increases flexibility for the 30-minute break provision by requiring a work pause after eight hours of consecutive driving and allowing it to be satisfied by a driver using on-duty, not driving status, rather than off-duty status. Effective in August, the rule also changes the short-haul exception available to certain commercial drivers by lengthening their maximum on duty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit within which they can operate from 100 to 150 air miles.

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Mixer Driver of the Year nomination deadline nears

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.

NRMCA is accepting nominations through December 31 for the Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional Driver of the Year Award, recognizing career achievement, safety, professionalism, competence and customer service skills. The 2020 Ready Mixed Concrete Truck Driver of the Year and program finalists will be honored at a ceremony during the NRMCA Annual Convention, March 7-9 in Las Vegas. Nomination forms are posted here; completed forms and companion files can be forwarded to NRMCA’s Gary Mullings, [email protected].

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NRMCA opens Driver of the Year nominations

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.

NRMCA is accepting through December 31 producer member nominations for the 2020 Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional Driver of the Year. The award acknowledges a mixer truck driver’s significant contribution to the growth and success of individual companies and the industry, and salutes career achievement, safety, professionalism, competence and customer service. The 2020 Driver of the Year Award recipient will be honored during the NRMCA annual convention, March 7-9 in Las Vegas. Nomination forms are posted here.

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Mixer truck technician training program debuts

McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, Inc. has launched a program to train service technicians in concrete mixer maintenance. “A mixer truck mechanic is a valuable asset to a customer’s organization and the industry as well,” says Vice President and General Manager, Customer Support Solutions Jim McReynolds. “That’s why we want to do our part to increase both the quantity and quality of the mechanics working in the industry. These training courses are designed to teach technicians what they need to know to keep their fleets in top condition, increasing efficiency and improving their company’s bottom line.”

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Marcotte, Cortex exploit sensors’ potential across mixer truck spectrum

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Batch controls and concrete plant automation developer Marcotte Systems has entered a technology-integrating partnership with Cortex Ltd., a fleet management program and Internet of Things (IoT) device specialist. The Marcotte Control platform adjusts the required quantity of each mix constituent during batch execution, while preserving key ratios and volumetric yield. All parameters such as local material properties, density, absorption, granularity, moisture and temperature are used to smart-balance concrete mixes. The Cortex 360 solution encompasses a complete set of sensors specifically designed for ready mixed delivery and quality control—drum rotation, water-added measurement and precise auto-statusing among them.

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Mixer truck driving simulator lowers training costs, raises results

Company’s latest simulator for ready mixed producers, the 550ConcreteTruckplus, integrates three large screen, high-definition LED displays, netting a 225-degree field of view, with 5.1 surround sound. Drivers are presented dynamic graphics portraying pedestrians, construction crews plus concrete plant, street, road and job site settings.

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National Cement parent drives carbon emissions-free mixer project

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Sources: Vicat Group, Paris; CP staff

The newest addition to the fleet of Béton Vicat, a Lyon, France, sister business of National Cement Co. in North America, runs on a compressed natural gas engine, bears a lithium battery-powered electric mixer drive, and operates across the concrete loading and delivery cycle nearly 100 percent free of carbon dioxide emissions. 

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