New Road Products
Better Roads Staff
15 percent more lift capacity
The new Link-Belt 235 X3 Spin Ace minimum swing radius excavator, available in LC and Dozer models, replaces the 225 Spin Ace minimum swing-radius excavator. New features include an Interim Tier 4a Isuzu engine with 17.5 percent better fuel efficiency, a ROPS-certified cab with new interior and 7-inch color monitor, up to 15 percent more lift capacity, 7-percent faster cycle times and improved serviceability. The 235 X3 Spin Ace can be equipped with an optional auxiliary hydraulic system which allows the operator to change both pressure and flow settings from inside the cab.Visit www.betterroads.com/info.
Widest sweep path
Vacall’s AllSweep is the industry’s widest sweep path and a single-engine design, according to the manufacturer. An independent test shows All Sweep has the greatest air flow capacity when compared with all vacuum sweepers designed to clean up runways, parking lots, event venues, highway millings and streets, according to Vacall. Either single- or dual-sweep systems are available, as well as full-width nozzles and gutter brooms. A new position memory feature allows the nozzle height to be raised and then restored when encountering curbs, speed bumps and other obstacles. When in use, a new hydrostatic drive system controls chassis travel speed while maintaining a specific rpm level. The models also are equipped with catch basin cleaner hoses.
Fully integrated monitoring sensor
Leica Geosystems’ GM10 GNSS Monitoring Sensor is fully integrated into Leica Monitoring Solutions and can be combined with Total Stations and geotechnical sensor. Data can be logged in different formats up to 50 Hz and streamed directly to the internet or processed onboard in real time. An integrated FTP server allows archiving and push of stored data. The modular design based on the three different models: Leica GM10 Basic, Leica GM10 Performance and Leica GM10 Professional. Visit www.betterroads.com/info.
HIGHWAY SAFETY ZONE
Keeping safety workers safe
The Cone Cage from Highway Safety Zone allows the traffic control placer and stacker to deploy and retrieve traffic control devices from a transport vehicle while restraining workers from ejection during sudden or erratic direction change. Compatible with all late model pickup trucks, it is adjustable for a bed width of 54 inches to 60 inches and bed length 5.5 feet to 8 feet. A drill installation is not necessary with the Super Clamp System. Air-Star Sirocco lighting balloon brackets for night time use come standard.
Leica Geosystem’s new option for Leica ScanStation C10 laser scanner enables users to apply the brilliance of external camera imagery to laser scan point cloud data. The new option consists of a direct digital camera mount on the ScanStation C10 scanner and tight, automated integration of external camera images into the scanner’s onboard controller and data storage system. Cyclone v7.4 supports this new option. Visit www.betterroads.com/info.
Infrared technology toasts frozen ground
Serious Thermal Products’ Complete Heat System for use with its Serious Toaster ground-thawing features a heavy-duty cabinet that houses everything needed to run up to five Toasters at one time machines. The system includes storage to contain a 250-gallon propane tank (or “pig”), all necessary hoses to connect propane to five Toasters, a generator with extended gas tank, all electrical cords, and propane-tank heaters to keep the propane vaporizable in extreme cold weather conditions. Serious Toaster ground-thawing machines use a patented infrared technology to thaw frozen ground, thawing up to 1.6 inches deep per hour in a 2-foot-by-10-foot area. Visit www.betterroads.com/info.
The Role of Mechanical Clutches in Dampening Torsional Vibrations
Industrial manufacturer Eaton Corp. has published a new technical paper on how contemporary mechanical clutches can protect high-value drivetrain components from harmful torsional vibrations in commercial trucks. The one-page, two-sided, color document (item number CLWP0001) is available at www.eaton.com/roadranger. Titled, “The Role of Mechanical Clutches in Dampening Torsional Vibrations,” the piece describes how modern damper technology has evolved throughout the years to effectively reduce driveline resonance that is created naturally in any internal combustion engine. It also points out how modern dampers have been adapted to work especially well with today’s high-torque, low-speed engines, which increase the amount of vibration in the drivetrain. The paper includes information on how breadth of product, selecting the correct amount of friction material and the number of springs all factors. Visit www.betterroads.com/info.
No rust on the brakes
300 Below has three new brake rotor lines: Dura-Life brake rotors CryoRotors, and TruBlue, severe-duty brake rotors. Dura-Life is the entry-level product providing a rust inhibitor for the rotor and ABS ring. CryoRotor is the private label brake rotor available to buying groups and parts divisions of major truck suppliers in the United States and Canada. According to the manufacturer, the rotors have been tested and shown to deliver double the life of standard brake rotors. Visit www.betterroads.com/info.
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