Hyster big trucks shoulder M CON’s elevated volume, structure scale

Founded in 1989 to serve Ottawa and eastern Ontario markets, M CON Products Inc. is a leading provider of precast concrete infrastructure components. It produces everything from manholes and catch basins, to pipe, box culvert and other critical concrete structures supporting residential and commercial developments. As the City of Ottawa and surrounding areas have grown, so too has M CON,…

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PLC, in-transit mix management raise performance, sustainability attributes

By Jason Straka Reducing net carbon dioxide emissions in finished concrete is a critical endeavor for the industry. As portland cement production accounts for a measurable percentage of global man-made CO2 emissions, stakeholders are under a microscope to change the way they finish binders and develop new approaches that are more sustainable through the entire cycle of concrete production. From…

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Shumaker Industries reloads automated truck wash station

One of past decade’s best examples of equipment uptake among North American ready mixed concrete producers is also a textbook case of user experience-driven continuous improvement.  Shumaker Industries piloted and initially deployed its Load and Go automated mixer truck wash station over a 2007-2012 window. Operators saw the 12- x 15-ft. aluminum frame device—outfitted with hoses and wands feeding nozzles…

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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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Werner weaves compliant answer to ANSI self-retracting lifeline standard

To answer American National Standards Institute code changes effective Q3 2022, a key player in jobsite fall protection has evolved its Bantam and Max Patrol Self-Retracting Lifeline product families. ANSI approved revisions to the Z359.14 standard for self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) in 2021, affording Werner Fall Protection and peers more than a year to update gear.  “Our philosophy is to continue…

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Freightliner SD Plus standardizes critical road, site safety technologies

Sources: Daimler Truck North America, Portland, Ore.; CP staff To extend sister brand Detroit’s latest safety technology offerings and elevate driver productivity, Freightliner is upgrading the electrical systems and interiors of its vocational and medium-duty series, respectively yielding the 108SD Plus/114SD Plus and M2 106 Plus/M2 112 Plus models.  Plus series trucks’ new electrical architecture invites the Detroit Assurance 5.0…

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QMC machines 30-ton tractor mount boom truck

QMC Cranes’ new tractor mount boom truck, the 4554S, affords manufactured-concrete producers the ability to deliver oversized payloads with an unencumbered trailer and no overhead interference. The crane has a 30-ton lifting capacity and a 54-ft. long, three-section boom with 50-ft. maximum working radius. Main and auxiliary outriggers spread 20 feet and 12 feet.  Other product features include a high…

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Digitizing production and QC: Nothing to lose, and so much to gain

Optimizing the production side of ready mix operations reduces cost, manual processes, carbon emissions, and wasted human potential The production side of the ready mix industry has traditionally consisted of many manual processes. Think about your own operation: Do your batch operators sit behind a screen from the time they arrive at the plant until it is time to go…

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Western Star plays its extra safe and driver friendly in X-Series third act

Western Star Truck Sales Inc. consummates its X-Series “Trilogy of Tough” with this month’s on-highway 57X reveal, building on sister brand Detroit technology, safety and powertrain features that underpin the on/off-highway 49X and 47X models unveiled in 2020 and 2021. Available in a day cab plus two long-haul versions, the 57X bears hardware and software designed to protect the driver,…

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