April 18, 2017
On the heels of President Trump beginning work on a $1 trillion infrastructure investment, producer optimism was running at high levels. Add in great weather, more than 2.5 million square feet of exhibit space, and 150 education sessions, and ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 had the formula for a very strong show. An estimated 127,000 attendees walked the floors of exhibit halls and outdoor pavilions over the course of the five-day trade show.
Numerous new crusher options — both portable and stationary — covered the show floor. Other key processing equipment categories with introductions include screens, wash plants, fines recovery equipment, and more.
CDE Global highlighted its new CDE M5500 wash plant, which can produce up to 550 tons per hour of washed materials on a single chassis. Also new are its weld-free Infinity screens, which are said to generate the same acceleration as conventional screens with less weight, resulting in a reduction in power consumption and operational costs.
Haver & Boecker introduced the skid-mounted Hydro-Clean 1000 Wash Plant which combines a high-pressure washing system with a vibrating rinse screen.
Irock Crushers debuted its new plant, the TC-15CC closed-circuit tracked impact crusher. It also showed its new TS-518 tracked screening plant, which is available in two- and three-deck models.
Keestrack premiered its new tracked hybrid cone crusher H4e and its new Keestrack-er remote monitoring system.
Kleemann’s Mobicone MCO 11 PRO crusher, designed for hard and abrasive rock, was seen for the first time in the U.S. The diesel-electric drive plant also can be operated using an external power source and is said to be low maintenance. A Mobicone MCO 11i Pro option features a new control concept, Spective. The control system uses clear symbols to make all plant functions recognizable at a glance.
Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. and sister company Astec Mobile Screens each launched a portable plant featuring patent-pending hybrid technology. Kolberg-Pioneer’s GT440 mobile horizontal shaft impactor is based around a 42×40 HSI crusher, which is available in a 3- or 4-bar rotor configuration. Astec Mobile Screen’s GT205 mobile multi-frequency screen boasts a 5- by 20-foot screen with simple controls and a focus on ease of operation.
McLanahan Corp. announced improvements to its modular sand plants, which include a separator/cyclone, sump, pump, and dewatering screen. They are designed for easy set up and process coarse sand to ultra fines. It also introduced McLanahan Mobile Solutions and showed the MMS Track Trommel, which can process up to 165 tons per hour. Its Max Series Vibrating Screens were also on display.
McCloskey launched a new division — McCloskey Washing Systems — with the introduction of its Sandstorm wash plant, a modular, chassis-mounted scalping unit that can process feeds up to 550 tons per hour. McCloskey also debuted its AggStorm Range, which can work alone or with the Sandstorm plant to aggressively scrub and wash clay-bound material. “Our modular approach to the development of this range allows operators to start small and build up to a full ‘closed-loop’ system as budgets dictate,” says Sean Loughran, director of McCloskey Washing Systems.
Metso showcased its new MX4 cone crusher, which features Multi-Action crushing technology for easy under-load setting adjustment, without having to stop the process.
Sandvik expanded its crushing offerings with the introduction of its first wheeled plants, the UJ310+ jaw plant and the UI310+ Prisec impact plant. A cone plant, the CS550, is also new, as is the QJ341+, which adds a standard double-deck screen to its QJ341 plant.
Superior Industries displayed two dozen equipment introductions, including the Patriot Cone Crusher Plant, Liberty Jaw Plant, and V400 Valor VSI. “We wanted to celebrate our American roots and to remind people where our products are built,” says Corey Poppe, communications director. In addition, Superior showed its new Spirit Sand Production Plant and Anthem Inclined Screen were among the new equipment on display.
Telsmith exhibited a new portable jaw plant, the H3450. With a 40-inch by 50-inch opening, it can produce up to 659 short tons per hour, while the hydraulic toggle is said to reduce maintenance and operating costs. Telsmith also showcased the newest member of its T-Series crusher family, the T500. The 500-horsepower crusher has a 14-inch maximum feed opening and can process between 314 and 854 short tons per hour, depending on material type.
Terex had several big crushing and screening announcements. It displayed the Terex Finlay I-140 horizontal impact crusher for the first time in North America and debuted the CRC1150S portable closed-circuit cone plant. It also relaunched the Simplicity brand of vibrating screens. Terex Materials Processing launched a new brand, EvoQuip, which focused on simplicity and entry level customers. “We want to reinvigorate the focus on the basics of crushing and screening,” says Matt Dickson, global product line director of EvoQuip. As part of the new line, it featured the Bison 120 Jaw Crusher at the show.
Weir introduced its Ultra Fines Recovery plant, which is designed for operators who use settling ponds and allows them to recover waste material as a marketable product.
While there was no shortage of crushing and screening equipment on display, producers looking for new mobile equipment also had many options to choose from.
Case Construction Equipment featured its G Series Tier 4 Final wheel loader lineup, as well as its CX750D excavator. As the company marked its 175th anniversary, it also featured its design concept for a compact dozer loader, the DL450.
Caterpillar introduced the 745 Articulated Truck, which increases its cab size by 20 percent. On the wheel loader side, it highlighted the 988K and 986K Aggregate Handler models and highlighted Command for Loading.
John Deere added the 844K Series-III and 844K Series-III Aggregate Handler machines to its lineup. Its articulated dump truck lineup also gained two new models, the 260E and 310E.
LiuGong introduced its new Vertical Lift Wheel Loader, which is intended for lifting and carrying. It features vertical lift loader arms on an articulating frame, as well as a mechanical self-leveling Z-bar bucket linkage.
Volvo Construction Equipment debuted the all-new flagship of its wheel loader range, the L350H. It features a 10-percent improvement in fuel efficiency and a host of other productivity improvements, as well as a new design. Engineered for efficiency, the L350H is fitted with next-generation hydraulics and powered by a Tier 4 Final D16J engine, for high torque at low rpm. Designed for quarry production, the loader comes with a higher capacity 9.5-cubic-yard rock bucket.
More to come
As anyone who attended ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 can verify, the enormous show offered an impressive amount of new equipment and highlighted how rapidly changing technology is likely to influence the industry. This overview covers some of the highlights, but these and many more will be more extensively reported on in our RollOuts and Supply Lines articles, as well as our online coverage, throughout the weeks to come.