Kenworth opens Paccar TX-18 series automated transmission order book

Kenworth Truck has added the Paccar TX-18 and TX-18 Pro automated transmissions as options for T680, T880 and W990 models running Paccar MX-11 or MX-13 engines. Both 18-speed transmissions build upon the efficiency of the Paccar TX-12, which was designed to be the most efficient on-highway automated transmission.  The TX-18 offers additional capability for on-highway use, such as heavy haul…

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On/off road tires

The all position General Grabber OA 2 and OA 2 Wide Base tires sport a new tread compound to improve mileage, chip and chunk resistance, and protect the casing to allow for multiple retreads. Both are engineered to provide traction, minimal stone retention, and durability in on-/off-road conditions, and succeed the sunsetting first generation versions.  “Drivers should expect a reduction…

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Digital forms builder program

Programmers present HCSS Forms as a digital forms builder that eliminates paperwork; improves worker productivity; and, equips construction crews to answer questions online, add photos, generate smart forms or sign off on forms without manually filling them out. Available in the HCSS Field app as an enhancement to the HeavyJob and Safety modules, HCSS Forms allows users to: Create forms…

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Kits ease safe replacement of Hammertek Smart Elbow silo top assemblies

New kits allow direct replacement of silo top elbows and piping/tubing subject to abrasive wear, with all preparation done safely at ground level. Each contains all components required to replace failing elbows, including two Smart Elbow deflection pieces plus all necessary piping/tubing, connectors and gaskets. The kits can be assembled on the plant floor prior to silo top installation, reducing…

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Enviro-Port 5500 frames Shelby Materials’ aggregate, water recycling plan

A new Enviro-Port Complete Recovery Series 5500 concrete reclaimer at Shelby Materials’ Franklin, Ind. ready-mix plant supports permit compliance and community relations measures, most notably storm and process water management, along with space utilization and site aesthetics.  The 5500 is well equipped for the 15-25 yards of returned concrete the plant’s fleet of 19 mixer trucks channels at peak production.…

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Manufacturers – November 2022

St. Louis-based concrete plant equipment and machinery specialist Afinitas has appointed Jared Calease as Forming Systems Division director of Engineering. He previously served as product designer for the New Hampton Metal Fab business, and returns to Afinitas after 14 years at Waverly, Iowa-based GMT Corp., which specializes in large, complex heavy machining, fabrication and assembly. He served in a variety…

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Organizations – November 2022

A new logo the National Precast Concrete Association has unveiled puts a fresh, contemporary stamp on The Precast Show, the largest North American gathering of its kind. The logo represents the show’s growing reach within the manufactured concrete industry, indicated for 2023 by two peer groups’ participation, ICPI-NPCA and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. Together, the three organizations represent 1,200-plus member…

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Producers – November 2022

Lehigh Hanson Inc. has acquired JEV Recycling Inc., which runs a major concrete and asphalt materials facility in Woodinville, Wash. The deal times with the addition of a similar operation in Redmond, Wash. at Cadman Inc., Lehigh Hanson’s Pacific Northwest franchise and a key Seattle market ready mixed and aggregates player. The new facility processes slab or structural rubble into…

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Investors commit $4 million to artificial intelligence-enabled mix design developer

Billed as the only recipe-as-a-service platform optimizing local materials for cleaner and more cost-efficient concrete, AICrete has raised $4 million in a seed funding round led by Clear Ventures and VoLo Earth Ventures, with participation from Cortical Ventures plus a multinational materials producer.  The capital positions the Richmond, Calif. firm to expand a proof of concept program to several key…

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60,000-ton, coastal Georgia terminal ups Giant Cement’s Southeast stakes

South Carolina-based Giant Cement Holding Inc. will increase its capacity to serve existing and new Southeast concrete accounts with construction of a 60,000-ton import terminal on the Savannah River, set for operation by January 2024. An elongated parcel for a cement storage dome and rail or truck loadout areas was secured through an agreement with Georgia Kaolin Terminals, Inc. of…

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