Coretex program creates first ‘truck area network’ for mixer fleets

Coretex, developer of cloud-based visualization software to help heavy-duty truck fleets turn rich data into automated business intelligence, unveiled an integrated Internet of Things solution at World of Concrete 2021. CoreHub connects an in-vehicle IoT hub with self-installed wireless drum rotation, hydraulic temperature and water add meter sensors, plus cameras throughout a mixer truck. By collecting and presenting information about…

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National Mixer Driver Championship registration opens

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is accepting National Mixer Driver Championship registrations through August 13. Part written exam, part vehicle inspection and part driving course negotiation, the October 1-3 championship will be the centerpiece of the NRMCA ConcreteWorks Conference, September 30-October 4 at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee,…

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State DOT spec recognizes mixer truck option for FDR cement slurry hauling

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association credits a prospective fleet utilization opportunity for members to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s adoption of a Full-Depth Reclamation specification allowing mixer truck delivery of cement slurry. A rapidly growing practice among pavement engineers, FDR entails blending of cement…

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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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