New Road Products
Better Roads Staff
An automatic transmission in a vocational truck application is no longer a pipedream or even a novelty. In fact, as transmission system suppliers continue to develop and grow their product lines, automatics have become practical, efficient solutions to the personnel and equipment challenges forever faced by truck fleet managers. An expansion to Eaton’s UltraShift PLUS line includes two new vocational platforms, additional application approvals within a multipurpose platform, and a lower torque range for established linehaul products. Both also designed for linehaul vocational use: the newly-released, 10-speed Vocational Active Shifting (VAS) platform is available in models ranging 1,050 to 1,650 foot-pounds, as well as multi-torque; new 13-speed Vocational High Performance (VHP) models range between 1,650 and 2,050 foot-pounds. Additionally, the Multipurpose Extreme Performance (MXP) platform is now approved for logging, mining, oil-field, construction, city delivery, refuse and off-road applications, on top of the original heavy and linehaul uses. Also, Eaton has released lower-torque models of the Vocational Construction Series (VCS) and Vocational Multipurpose Series (VMS) transmissions, specifically 1,050 and 1,250 foot-pound versions. Most recently, Western Star joined fellow truck manufacturers Freightliner, International, Peterbilt, Kenworth and Volvo in offering UltraShift PLUS as an option on specific carrier and engine models.
Rollers tailored to local conditions
The Dynapac CC Line series of eight double-drum and eight combi-tandem asphalt rollers offers sizes and options designed to match contractor needs and work style. The rollers can be tailored to local conditions, including engine power, operator’s platform and air conditioning. Each roller is equipped with the DCA-A Compaction Analyzer that monitors and records key parameters via a GPS-assisted, graphic, real-time display of temperature and number of passes.
The CC224HF, CC234HF, CC324HF, CC334HF, CC384HF, CC424HF, CC524HF and CC624HF are dual-drum models. Combi models – CC224CHF, CC234CHF, CC324CHF, CC334CHF, CC384CHF, CC424CHF, CC524CHF and CC624CHF – feature a drum roller and rear set of wheels. All the CC rollers are engineered to compact any type of asphalt mix and feature high frequency/low amplitude for thin layers and high amplitude for thick layers. The rated power is 125 horsepower at 2,200 rpm for the CC424HF, and 152 horsepower for the larger CC524HF and CC624HF models. The new machines have operating masses ranging from 11.6 to 13.9 tons. The weight is split evenly between the front and rear drum modules.
Hobas Pipe USA
Compares pipe flows
Hobas Pipe’s Hydraulic Calculator compares the flows of pipes of two different diameters. It uses the Manning’s coefficient to account for various hydraulic scenarios and works for new construction or rehabilitation. This tool is free of charge and intended as a quick reference guide. To request a free calculator, send an e-mail to KPaggioli@HobasPipe.com with a complete address and put “calculator” in the subject line.
Heavy-duty industrial and bridge demolition
The Atlas Copco CC 6000 CombiCutter for Heavy-Duty Demolition is suited to heavy-duty industrial, bridge and building demolition jobs for carrier units in the 127,870- to 187,390-pound class. Available with either universal jaws (U) or steel-cutting jaws (S), the unit features two movable jaws with two main hydraulic cylinders, designed to provide consistently high crushing force throughout the entire operating cycle. The combination of a single- and double-blade jaw arm is designed to provide maximum stability, even under extreme loads.
Color monitors: The standard for track-mounted equipment
KPI-JCI’s track-mounted equipment now have color monitors as standard equipment. The color displays have a higher resolution than their black-and-white predecessors, which allows for bigger and clearer text and images on the screens that help with navigation, diagnostics and performance monitoring. The brightness of the displays also allows for better viewing in sunlight. The monitors have been installed on track jaws and impactors to include the GT125, FT5260, FT4250, FT2650, FT4240 and FT3055 units.
Controller with more memory, fast connectivity
Topcon Positioning System’s FC-236 is a solid, rugged, powerful handheld receiver and controller with 4 GB of memory and an additional 256 MB of RAM to enable fast network connectivity. The FC-236 has a Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system and includes a 3 megapixel autofocus camera, built-in Bluetooth wireless and 3.5G cellular connectivity. The controller has an IP67 rating and is waterproof and dustproof.
Redesigned Backhoe Loaders
Volvo’s BL60B and BL70B offer improved performance, usability and a modern appearance. The machine combines, in a single, stable platform, the strength and simplicity of a wheel loader with the power and performance of an excavator, says Volvo. With an average operating weight that ranges from 17,500 to 19, 500 pounds, and gross power of 83 to 98 horsepower, the BL60B and BL70B are fitted with two floor-mounted ergonomic levers. Cabs have 15 percent more space than previous models.
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