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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NRMCA continues Mixer Truck Rollover Survey

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

For the first time in more than a decade, NRMCA is conducting the Mixer Truck Rollover Survey, collecting data on ready mixed delivery vehicle accidents throughout 2017. The electronic form uses check and drop down boxes for ease of completion and data compilation; requires no personal or company names; and, can be obtained here. Completed forms can be submitted to and additional survey information obtained from NRMCA Executive Vice President, Compliance and Operations Gary Mullings, 240/485-1161, [email protected].

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Schwing America, Putzmeister America announce chief executive transitions

Sources: Schwing America, St. Paul, Minn.; Putzmeister America, Sturtevant, Wis.; CP staff

Pumping equipment and mixer truck manufacturer Schwing America announced the resignation, effective immediately, of CEO Brian Hazelton, who notified the German parent of his intention to pursue a new leadership position in the recreational vehicle industry. “Until a new chief executive office is announced, operation will be ‘business as usual’ for our employees, customer and suppliers,” notes Schwing Group CEO Dr. Gunther Abolins.

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Oshkosh President and COO Jones to succeed CEO Szews

Sources: Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis.; CP staff

The parent of rear and front discharge mixer truck leader McNeilus Cos. has announced an executive transition, effective January 2016: Wilson Jones, president and chief operating officer, will replace Charlie Szews as chief executive officer. Since his 2005 appointment as Oshkosh Airport Products Business Unit vice president and general manager, Jones has held executive vice president and president posts in the Access Equipment (JLG) and Fire & Emergency (Pierce) segments—companions to the Commercial segment over McNeilus. In addition to the CEO appointment, he will replace Szews on the Oshkosh board.

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