New Road Products
Better Roads Staff
Fire-retardant vegetation control
U-TECH’s WeedEnder Utility Pole Mats provide fire-retardant vegetation control around utility poles and other structures. This variation of the WeedEnder product is designed to provide power distribution companies with a simple, effective method of maintaining the areas around non-exempt structures that are potential fire hazards.
Steerable roller screed
The RS844 ride-on steerable roller screed from Allen Engineering is powered by a 44-horsepower Kubota turbo diesel with a 8-inch-diameter paving tube that provides 25-percent more surface contact than other roller screeds, says the maker. A manual crank, removable dolly jacks with foam filled pneumatic tires, paving tube scrapers to eliminate concrete buildup and a sectionalized truss-style overhead mainframe are standard. Four lights, adjustable seat and arm rests, emergency kill switches on both ends of the machine and operator panel, and 8-inch polyurethane coated drive rollers also come standard. The RS844 is available in widths of 14 to 34 feet with working widths of 12 to 32 feet.
Side dump hauls more
Jet’s side dump trailer with side extension is available in steel or aluminum and offers additional tub hauling capacity. It has a trunnion-mounted inverted cylinder designed to reduce tub acceleration and significantly improve trailer stability. The trailer also has the customary rounded tub that improves clean out, external tub supports that make hauling long items easier, and high strength 1/4-inch abrasion resistant steel for additional tub strength and reduction of dents. A new bushing design makes all tub and cylinder pivot points maintenance free.
Eliminating transportation expenses
Isuzu Commercial Truck of America (ICTA) has a new process that will enable Isuzu dealers to more quickly convert or modify gasoline-powered NPR-HD (14,500-pound GVWR) trucks for its customers. ddealers can select a ship-through option to indicate that they have arranged to have the trucks modified at one of two independent modification centers near the trucks’ Charlotte, Mich., assembly plant. Following the modification, the center will return the trucks to ICTA, which will then transport them to the dealers.
Impact Recovery Systems
Enhanced conspicuity at crosswalk
The Ped-in-a-Bag pedestrian sign from Impact Recovery Systems provides enhanced conspicuity at crosswalks in accordance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), in order to alert motorists to local laws concerning yielding to, or stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks. This sign’s lightweight design (26 pounds, including sign and base), and quick release system allows the sign to be removed from the base in less than five seconds. It also is easily transported and features Impact Recovery Systems’ patented, anti-twist reactive spring system that returns the unit to its original position after impact.
Keeps cables neatly organized
Pile Dynamics has developed the Motorized Probe Deployment System (automated reels) that works with its Cross Hole Sonic Logging (CSL) testing equipment, the Cross Hole Analyzer. In addition to sparing the testing engineer from constantly handling wet and often cold cables, the Motorized Probe Deployment System keeps the cables neatly organized on the spool, and allows the tester to gather information at a consistent speed, (this reduces the possibility of missed data points due to too fast of a pull). The system is powered by either an eight-hour duration battery or by an external 12-volt power source.
Volvo construction equipment
Smaller machines with larger performance
The L45G and L50G wheel loaders from Volvo Construction Equipment are in the 9- to 10-ton machine weight class — but with the versatility and performance of much larger models. Both models meet Tier 4i emissions and are fitted with the Volvo four-cylinder turbocharged off-highway diesel engine. The L45G and L50G feature the latest emissions-compliant engines and Volvo patented TP Linkage, ensuring high breakout force and parallel movement throughout the entire lifting range. This combination gives high tilt-back torque and lifting power, increasing productivity when loading or rehandling. The progressive lift helps retain loose bucket material and minimizes disturbing the load when lifting pallets.
Scale fits any excavator
The Wilk Electronics W3X Excavator Scale is built to fit any style of excavator. It has a 5.7-inch-high contrast screen and dual pressure sensors and multiple angle sensors with speed in motion sensing, giving accurate readings for any excavator. Data logging is also available with a built in USB port allowing for the storage of customer and product data, truck numbers and a variety of other information. The same port is also used for the installation of new W3X software.
Tires as innovative road base
Mechanical Concrete is built with cylindrical tension bands created from used auto tires from which both sidewalls have been removed. These cylinders are placed side-by-side on the ground covering a road’s foundation and nailed together into a grid. When appropriately-sized stone aggregate is poured into the cylinders, the stones tightly lock together and behave as a solid, immovable mass. This construction method uses less stone, requires no compaction or curing, and is instantly ready to support construction loads.
Volvo Construction Equipment
Critical diagnostic trouble codes are provided remotely
Volvo Construction Equipment’s Remote Diagnostics provides proactive diagnostic and repair planning assistance with detailed analysis of critical diagnostic trouble codes. The remote communication platform facilitates live dealer and customer communication through Volvo Action Service, Volvo’s 24/7 support team. Proactive diagnostics streamline service procedures with confirmation of parts on-hand before a truck arrives at a service location, increasing uptime.
All-aluminum drop deck trailer
With the new low-height all-aluminum drop deck trailer with a low-slung 36-inch deck height, there is less need for partial dismantling of the load to get it below the 13-foot-6-inch maximum legal height. The 36-inch drop deck height has a lower center of gravity, providing the trailer with improved stability, which increases in value the more unusual the size and shape of the load. The trailer is available in multi-axle configurations, in lengths up to 53 feet.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)
Aerial platform safety manuals for Quebec
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) now offers French Canadian versions of its Aerial Platform Safety Manual and Aerial Devices Safety Manual to help equipment manufacturers comply with government language requirements for distributing products in Quebec. The two manuals outline possible responses to basic safety situations that may be found during normal equipment start-up, operation and maintenance. The new safety manuals are published in an illustrated format of sensible do’s and don’ts. The AEM manuals are not a substitute for original equipment manufacturer operation guidelines.
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