February 1, 2009
The first ever AGG 1 Aggregates Forum & Expo promises to gather together the latest products and equipment available for the aggregate industry. Here’s a selection of what you’ll find at the show.
by Kerry Clines, Senior Editor
SmartRig crawler drill
Atlas Copco’s new ROC F9C SmartRig crawler drill lets operators lay out shot patterns on a computer and then helps them follow through with GPS-guided, automated drilling for higher accuracy and speed. It also documents performance for better planning and accountability. The company says the crawler drill adjusts impact power and feed pressure to suit rock conditions, achieving smoother drilling and reducing stress on the drill steel.
Off-highway retread source
Bridgestone Firestone Off Road Co. plans to highlight its retread tires manufactured with Continuum tread rubber at the show. The company says the integration of new tire and retread solutions will be very attractive to off-highway fleets that want to run highly efficient and environmentally friendly tire-management programs.
Breaker Technology Inc. (BTI) plans to highlight its new BXR160 rugged hydraulic breaker. It offers an extra-long stroke design which improves the power-to-weight ratio of the breaker, providing the widest carrier range (120,000 to 220,000 pounds) and power available, according to the company. Features include a working weight of 12,000 pounds, an 8-inch diameter, a flow range from 85 to 120 gallons per minute, and an operating pressure from 2,030 to 2,755 pounds per square inch.
Underground haul truck
Caterpillar Inc. says its new 55-metric-ton AD55B underground articulated truck features more power and enhanced braking and retarding for fast speed on grade and great productivity. The Cat C27 Acert engine produces 805 gross horsepower for a 20-percent increase in speed when fully loaded. The truck also features enhanced operator comfort and safety, ease of maintenance, and a seven-speed planetary power shift transmission.
Continental Crushing & Conveying
Continental Crushing & Conveying will showcase its Continental JLV Pulleys with keyless locking elements between end-discs and shafts. According to the company, the stress-balanced end-discs design philosophy eliminates high-stress areas in the pulley, which can cause failure.
Extends oil life
Deister Machine Co., Inc. plans to highlight its new System Saver, which the company says is designed to extend the life of anti-friction bearings by removing the contaminants in the lubricating oil. The system extends oil change intervals and time by filtering the oil rather than changing it.
Electronic blast initiation system
Dyno Nobel Inc. will display its electronic initiation system, DigiShot, which provides accurate timing, ease of use, and minimal on-bench components. Delay timing is defined on the blast box; the blaster can choose either auto-programmed or fully programmable. The system can fire up to 300 detonators in a blast with up to 15 detonators per hole, and will support multiple blast boxes – one master and up to four slaves can be used in series for larger blasts.
Next generation crusher
Eagle Crusher Co. will showcase its Hybrid Traxx, the company’s first track-mounted impactor plant, which features diesel electrical power for both the impactor and the plant, with hydraulic operation powering the tracks. The Hybrid Traxx is easily transportable, features a compact design, and can work in tandem with other stationary or mobile equipment. The plant is equipped with the new, three-stage UltraMax II Impactor and features the largest under-crusher clearance in the industry, 18 inches, according to the company.
Grasan Equipment will emphasize its complete crushing, screening, conveying, stacking, and feed/storage systems for quarry operations of all types and sizes. The company says it can create a whole new system from the ground up or integrate new equipment and systems into existing facilities for upgrading or expansion.
GreyStone Inc. plans to exhibit its new Aggre-Dry FMW Screen at the show. The company says the innovative sand dewatering unit combines a fine material screw and dewatering screen to produce products with moisture content as low as 8 to 13 percent, by weight, using only 30 horsepower to wash and dewater up to 100 tons per hour. The screen re-introduces the throughs from the screen back into the screw’s washing process, where the screw portion of the unit again pushes it to the dewatering screen, increasing the amount of salable product.
Improved emissions compliance/power
John Deere Construction & Forestry says its 710J Backhoe features a new PowerTech E 6068 Tier 3 engine with improved emissions compliance and power. The new engine, which became standard on backhoes beginning in January, will provide an increase in horsepower over the previous unit, according to the company. In addition, the high-pressure common rail fuel system provides higher injection pressures, variable timing, and precise control of fuel injection for highly efficient combustion.
Larger jaw crusher
KPI-JCI will feature its FT 3055 Fast Trax mobile track-mounted jaw crushing plant that has a maximum production rate of up to 700 tons per hour. The company says the standard overload protection system optimizes the plant’s productivity by regulating the crusher feed to prevent crusher overload and possible plugging.
Major Wire will exhibit Flex-Mat 3, one of its three most popular products. The company says Flex-Mat 3 High-Performance, Self-Cleaning Screen Media increases throughput of spec product by up to 40 percent over woven wire or polyurethane panels by eliminating blinding, pegging, and clogging. It also increases production volume of spec product because it has up to 30 percent more open area than woven wire screens, allowing 30 percent more properly sized material to fall through, according to the company.
Dewaters plant sludge
McLanahan Corp. will showcase Matec Machinery’s HPT Plate and Frame Filter Press. The company says Matec’s use of high-pressure technology allows the press to work at pressures of up to 300 psi and handle even the most difficult, high-clay-content sludge. McLanahan says the Matec Press functions without the use of flocculants; does not require a full-time operator to monitor feed density, flocculant dosage, or belt conditions; and eliminates the need for settling ponds.
Efficient cone crusher
Metso Minerals will offer interactive displays and presentations on customer service in its booth at the show. The company will feature its new IC7000 automation technology, new HiPer line of screen media products, MV4 modular vibrating technology, and will reintroduce EnviroBak non-corrosive “green” backing product.
Stationary mounted grapple loader
Petersen Industries, Inc. will showcase its newest Lightning Loaders models SL-3 and SL-2, stationary mounted grapple loaders for use in topping off at the scales. The SL-3 features a 20-foot boom tipped with a two-thirds cubic-yard clamshell bucket. The unit is remotely controlled from inside the scale house.
New fastening system
Polydeck Screen Corp. plans to exhibit its patented PolySnap Fastening System attachment option. The company says the screen panels can be quickly installed and removed by one person with only a mallet for installation and a screwdriver for removal. Snap head variations are available for standard- or heavy-duty applications and can be used on a range of frame types.
Rice Lake Weighing Systems
Rugged belt scale
Rice Lake Weighing Systems says its rugged BCi belt scale has a 10,000-ton-per-hour capacity and up to a 1,200-foot-per-minute belt speed. The scale can handle conveyor widths from 18 to 72 inches and features four laterally opposed shear beam load cells mounted in a unitized single idler scale frame. A signal trim TuffSeal environmentally sealed junction box is expandable for multi-idler applications. The non-contact proximity sensor encoder on an 8-inch speed wheel helps ensure the operation runs smoothly, while recording data.
Retrofittable VSI rotor
Sandvik Mining & Construction’s new Hurricane rotor is said to offer breakthrough benefits in VSI autogenous rotor design. Major improvements include increased rotor throughput of up to 30 percent for the same power draw, increased uptime and availability due to reduced overall maintenance, fewer wear parts required, increased commonality of parts that decreases stocking requirements, and decreased vibration levels from the new design.
Innovative housing and rotor
Stedman Machine Co. says its new patent-pending V-Slam VS-88 vertical shaft impactor features innovative housing and rotor designs with an easy-access low-profile split-swing lid. The unit has a higher operating speed for finer grinding and capacities up to 500 tons per hour.
Stainless-steel control gate
Tecweigh – Tecnetics Industries Inc. plans to highlight its new stainless-steel control gates/slide gates, which are used to provide flow control of aggregate products ranging from sand to 6-inch materials for loadout, batching, and blending applications. The stainless-steel gate is available with either standard or hazardous location (explosion proof) electrical components. The optional CG30 controller is available for individual gate control or as an intermediary between the gate and plant PLC. The gate’s position sensor, flow switch, and open/close limit switch can be tied in directly to the plant PLC.
Track-mobile impact crusher
Telsmith, Inc., an Astec company, plans to exhibit its new Quarry Trax Model T16060, a track-mounted primary impact crushing plant designed for high-capacity production of up to 800 tons per hour. The crusher has a massive, solid-type rotor set on oversized wide-series bearings that the company says delivers higher inertia to optimize crushing. The unit is easy to transport and ready to crush in minutes.
Highway portable stacker
Thor Global Enterprises, Ltd.’s T150-20 is a 48-inch by 150-foot highway-portable telescopic stacker. The unit can be folded up and ready for transport or unfolded and ready for production within 15 minutes, according to the company. It can stockpile up to 2,000 tons per hour. The stacker features a quick-release system that allows the operator to engage or disengage the radial drive system within 3 minutes. It also boasts zero-speed switches on inner and outer conveyors to protect the stacker from overloading if the belt is broken or slips.
Adjust-on-the-fly jaw crusher
Universal Engineering plans to show off its new 3264 Jaw Crusher, which incorporates a hydraulically adjustable toggle system that allows for remote closed-side settings from 1 to 10 inches with automatic tramp iron relief. Other features include heavy-duty fabricated pitman, interchangeable and reversible jaw dies with easy top-side access for replacement, replaceable toes on both the stationary and movable die holders, and heavy-duty fabricated body with mounting pads that can be factory mounted to meet individual needs.
Large wheeled excavator
Volvo Construction Equipment will have its EW210C, the company’s largest wheeled excavator, on display at the show. It says the excavator is a multi-functional, highly balanced, fuel-efficient, and highly comfortable machine. It features a Tier III compliant engine with Volvo Advanced Combustion Technology that generates 161 horsepower. Other features include smooth load-sensing hydraulics, better controls, more space, more glass, less noise, less vibration, and an optional two-piece boom.
Company Reader Service #
Atlas Copco 1
Bridgestone Firestone Off Road Tire Co. 2
Breaker Technology Inc. (BTI) 3
Caterpillar Inc. 4
Continental Crushing & Conveying 5
Deister Machine Co., Inc. 6
Dyno Nobel Inc. 7
Eagle Crusher Co. 8
Grasan Equipment 9
GreyStone Inc. 10
John Deere Construction & Forestry 11
Major Wire Industries Ltd. 13
McLanahan Corp. 14
Metso Minerals 15
Petersen Industries Inc. 16
Polydeck Screen Corp. 17
Rice Lake Weighing Systems 18
Sandvik Mining & Construction 19
Stedman Machine Co. 20
Tecweigh/Tecnetics Industries Inc. 21
Telsmith Inc. 22
Thor Global Enterprises Ltd. 23
Universal Engineering 24
Volvo Construction Equipment 25