Aggregates Manager’s Top 25 Rollouts Of 2017

Therese Dunphy

December 29, 2017

Aggregates Manager Top 25 Rollouts of 2017

How we made our choices
When we ask readers how we can best help them keep track of changes in the products and services they use to produce aggregates, almost everyone wants an annual short list of the really important stuff.
No wonder. The sheer volume of introductions is overwhelming. Aggregates Manager covers numerous products each year in RollOuts and Supply Lines, and offers even more product coverage through newsletters and online products of the week.
So each year, our staff reviews all the product introductions we’ve covered for the past year to pick out 25 that we believe are worth further review. Our priorities are new concept products, which are rare; new series/new generation products in categories that relate to the aggregates industry; and other rollouts which serve our readers’ interests by increasing competition in a product category. We also consider reader engagement through website and social media traffic.
Inevitably, we omit deserving products, either because we just didn’t understand the significance of the product or because the announcing company didn’t communicate what was special about the product, or both. In either case, we apologize in advance for these omissions.
Drilling and Blasting
Atlas Copco
Underground drilling automation software

Atlas Copco’s Dynamic tunneling package is an automation software for face drilling rigs. Previously, an operator imported a 3D model into software used for planning and reporting of drill rig data and information and would then complete drill plans manually. With the automation software, the 3D model is imported and a set of rules is established in the planning and reporting software. The rules and model are then sent to the drill rig via USB or WiFi connection, and the drill rig will make its own drill plans based on location and the model, allowing drill plans to be adapted precisely to the size and section to be excavated.

Atlas Copco |

Drill rig offers enhanced efficiency, technology

Sandvik’s Pantera DP11000i top hammer drill rig is an intelligent, self-propelled, crawler based surface rig designed for hole sizes of 3.5 to 5.5 inches. Engine options include Tier 3 and Tier 4 Final engines. It is available with a high-frequency RD1635CF rock drill, which is designed to ensure hole straightness, and the Circulating Shank Lubrication System, which is said to reduce shank lubrication oil consumption by up to 70 percent compared to the old system. Both Driller’s Office and Driller’s Notes software come with the rig, with an option for one-hole automatics.

Sandvik |

Astec Mobile Screens
Hybrid multi-frequency screen increases capacity

Astec Mobile Screens’ GT205 Mobile Multi-Frequency Screen features patent-pending hybrid technology. The multi-frequency screen can run on either line power or diesel power. It features a 5-foot by 20-foot screen. The manufacturer says operators can expect up to 50 percent higher screening capacity on the bottom deck. The unit offers on-site flexibility and simple controls.

Astec Mobile Screens |

Cone crusher feeder

Deister Machine Co., Inc.’s EMCO 360 Crusher Optimizer Feeder is specifically engineered to optimize cone crusher performance. It features a 360-degree discharge opening and distributes a homogeneous feed to cone crushers to keep them choke-fed for improved efficiency, product consistency, and higher production rates.

Deister Machine Co., Inc. |

Haver & Boecker
Plant simulation software optimizes operations

Haver & Boecker’s NIAflow plant simulation software is designed to help producers optimize quarry operations by diagramming plant flow, machine placement, product pre-calculations, and more. The software is said to instantly analyze existing or proposed processes, record plant statuses, and recognize potential for plant optimization. It is available for download on Windows-based systems. The software allows users to analyze more than 90 pieces of equipment.

Haver & Boecker Canada |

Mobile crusher is built for quarry applications

Kleemann’s Mobicone MCO 11i PRO mobile cone crusher is designed for demanding quarry applications. The high-performance cone is powered by a diesel-electric drive and achieves an output of up to 518 tons per hour. The plant can also be equipped with an external power supply. By installing the hydraulics in the lower part of the plant, the unit achieves a lower center of gravity, which improves stability while reducing noise and vibration. All plant components can be accessed from ground level or work platforms. Kleemann’s control concept, Spective, is available on the crusher.

Kleemann |

Jaw crusher offers increased capacity

Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc.’s 3365 Pioneer Jaw Crusher features a unique shaft and bearing assembly to increase serviceability, reduce maintenance, and rebuild costs for lower total cost of ownership. The electric motor mount, v-belt drive, and guarding are all integrated on the machine, simplifying installation for mobile or stationary applications. The crusher is said to offer up to 20 percent more capacity than the next machine in its width class in hard rock and recycled applications. It features an automatic adjust for both the wedge style and tramp iron release systems, as well as replaceable jaw die seats and barrel protector plate.

Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. |

McCloskey Washing Systems
Modular wash plant built on a single chassis

McCloskey Washing Systems’ Sandstorm is a modular wash plant that includes feeding, screening, and washing, along with stockpiling of products, on a single compact chassis. The range, including the 516, 620, and 824, can process feeds up to 550 tons per hour with up to four grades of aggregate and two grades of classified sand. Easy access around the plant allows for simple operation and safe maintenance. The S-Line range combines the modular plant with sand screws as another option for sand producers.

McCloskey Washing Systems |

Trommel features FAST set up

McLanahan Corp.’s MMS Track Trommel is a mobile unit that can be containerized when nearly fully assembled. It can be set up and running within 15 minutes. Capable of handling up to 165 tons per hour of material, it features a self-cleaning drum to minimize downtime. The drum — which measures 16 foot, 9 inches, by 4 foot, 7 inches — features four lifter bars and three wrap-around screen mesh sections. All mesh sections are bolted to the outside for quick media change outs. The trommel has variable speed drives on all conveyors and can be hydraulically driven with forward and reverse capabilities.

McLanahan |

Cone combines piston and rotating bowl methods

Metso’s MX crusher is based on patented multi-action crushing technology that combines the piston and rotating in a single crusher. It is said to cut operational costs by 10 percent and enable 10-percent higher uptime than traditional cone crushers. Key benefits include an easy under-load setting adjustment and wear compensation without having to stop the crusher. The cavity design, stroke direction, and distributed crushing action enhance rock-on-rock crushing for extended maintenance intervals.

Metso |

Expanded mobile options with wheeled crusher

Sandvik’s UI310+ Prisec impact crusher features the patented CI512 Prisec impactor and a triple-deck vibrating pre-screen on a single trailer frame. It was designed to be configured into either a primary or secondary configuration. Operator friendly features include safety guards around the crusher and screen and a self-contained switchgear cabinet on board for power distribution.

Sandvik |

Superior Industries
New option IN washing crusher fines

Superior Industries, Inc.’s Alliance Low Water Washers offers a new solution for processing crusher fines right next to the crushing circuit. The unit accepts a dry feed directly from the crushing circuit and processes material into a higher value manufactured sand. It is said to use up to 80 percent less water than the traditional screw/screen combination. An agitator section is positioned at the front end of the screen where water is added to the dry feed and mixed, producing a thick slurry. The slurry is then dumped onto a dewatering screen with a series of spray bars to help clean and wash out the fines. The end result is a saleable manufactured sand with approximately 8 percent moisture content. The unit processes up to 300 tons per hour.

Superior Industries |

Terex Finlay
Wider components
enhance material flow

Terex Finlay’s I-140 direct drive 50- by 48-inch horizontal impact crusher features enhanced material flow achieved by increasing the width of components. The machine features an electronic control system that manages the speed of the rotor and regulates the heavy-duty vibrating feeder with integrated pre-screen to maintain a consistent feed of material to the impact chamber. Material from the integrated pre-screen can be diverted to a stockpile via an optional by-pass conveyor, or it can join the crushed product on the main belt. The hopper capacity is 7.5 cubic yards.

Terex Finlay |

Belt vulcanizing press

Asgco’s Vul-Con Vulcanizing Press is said to be lightweight and easy to set up and maintain. Made of high grade aluminum platens and beams to provide maximum tensile and bending strength with minimum weight, the press provides uniform temperature and pressure required to vulcanize a wide variety of conveyor belts.

Asgco |

Conveyor belting for steep inclines

Continental’s Select ContiCleat is a conveyor belt for steep inclines and challenging conveyor applications. In 17 different profile options, the cleated belts are said to be ideal for conveying materials such as stone, sand, and gravel. They are available in both U and V shapes. In a 1-inch cleat design, the belts can convey products at up to a 45-degree incline.

Continental |

Martin Engineering
Belt tracker prevents drift

Building on a standard crowned roller, the Martin Roller Tracker, from Martin Engineering, uses a unique ribbed lagging made of polyurethane to keep return belts on track. The roller does not come in contact with the belt edge, which means no fraying, as well as consistent tracking for single-direction or reversing belts. The tracker’s 7.5-inch diameter allows it to react quickly to fluctuations in the belt path. As the belt drifts, the roller constantly tilts and turns, reacting to the direction of the belt’s drift.

Martin Engineering Co. |

Mobile Equipment
Excavator offers greater digging force, lifting capacity

Case Construction Equipment’s CX750D is its largest excavator. The Tier 4 Final 512-horsepower unit is available in standard and mass excavation configurations. An electronically controlled hydraulic pump and larger control and solenoid valves boost breakout forces, increase lifting strength, and improve responsiveness. A larger cab offers a fully adjustable workstation with a new high-back seat for comfort and support. Standard rear- and side-view cameras feed a 7-inch monitor that provides access to performance parameters such as fuel consumption, operating hours, and machine information.

Case Construction Equipment |

Electric drive loader boosts efficiency, productivity

Caterpillar’s 988K XE is its first wheel loader offered with a high-efficiency electric drive system. It features switched reluctance (SR) technology. The C18 Acert engine, mechanical dropbox, driveline, and axles from the standard 988K are carried over in the electric drive loader. The electric drive unit is said to increase efficiency by 25 percent overall and up to 49 percent in face-loading applications, compared to the 988K. At the same time, Cat production studies report it delivers up to 10-percent higher productivity in load-and-carry applications.

Caterpillar |

John Deere
Dozer gets tech upgrade

John Deere integrated SmartGrade machine controls on its 850K crawler dozer, which is said to improve accuracy and quality of work through the complete integration of the Topcon 3D-MC Grade Control System. A key feature of the integrated machine control is Auto SmartGrade, which allows the operator to easily adjust the system when moving the machine from one soil type to another. It also automatically lifts the blade over heavy loads before track slippage occurs when returning the blade to grade.

John Deere |

John Deere
Aggregate handler
loads in two passes

John Deere’s 844K Series-III Aggregate Handler features a 401-horsepower, 13.5-liter John Deere PowerTech Tier 4 Final diesel engine. It is equipped with standard five-speed transmission with torque-converter lockup in gears two through five. This increases acceleration, speeds, and cycles, and optimizes power and fuel efficiency during transport, roading, and ramp climbing. It is built for two-pass loading with increased power, large tilt cylinders, higher hydraulic pressure, and increased counterweighing to handle bigger material-handling buckets. The result is a 30-percent decrease in loading time, eliminating the third pass.

John Deere |

Excavator offers machine control enabled joysticks

Komatsu America Corp.’s PC210LCi-11 hydraulic excavator is a second-generation unit that adds machine-control joystick functionality and up to a 63-percent improvement in excavating efficiency over a PC210LC-11 and traditional stake-plus-grade-checker methods. Key features include: machine-control-function enabled joysticks, full 3D GNSS capabilities, work equipment automation, stroke-sensing hydraulic cylinders, and intelligent guidance.

Komatsu America |

Off-highway trucks reduce fuel consumption

Komatsu America Corp.’s HD605-8 off-highway truck is equipped with a 724-horsepower Tier 4 Final SAA6D170E-7 engine and reduces fuel consumption by up to 12 percent when compared to its predecessor. It has a payload capacity of 69 tons. Standard features include a 7-inch LCD monitor, dedicated rearview monitor, fast-fill system, engine compartment light, and premium heated and ventilated operator’s seat with air suspension.

Komatsu America |

Safe haul road
maintenance Solution

Philippi-Hagenbuch’s Material Spreader Body is designed to provide a safe and efficient solution for haul road maintenance. In winter weather, it can apply road grit to icy roads. In the spring, it can spread repair material and build up areas on deteriorating roads. It couples the new material spreader attachment with the Phil Rear-Eject Body. The attachment can spread material ranging in size from very fine to more than 2 inches. The haul truck operator controls the material spreading rate and width from the truck’s cab.

Philippi-Hagenbuch |

Volvo Construction Equipment
Tablet interface provides operator insights

Volvo’s Co-Pilot is a 10-inch tablet computer that acts as an interface to its machine-specific Assist applications to provide real-time intelligence to the operator. The first Assist program for aggregates operators was Load Assist for wheel loaders. Built on an Android operation system, the platform is said to be easily scalable as future software updates, additional functionality, and new applications are developed. The system is 3G-compatible when equipped with a SIM Card.

Volvo Construction Equipment |

Volvo Construction Equipment
Two-pass loader boosts fuel efficiency

Volvo Construction Equipment’s L260H is a purpose-built, two-pass loader that achieves a 10-percent fuel efficiency improvement over its predecessor. The 38-ton loader boasts 5 percent more horsepower and torque, 15 percent more payload, and features two larger bucket sizes designed specifically for the unit: the Volvo Rock bucket and Volvo Rehandling bucket. Fitted with a 416-horsepower Volvo D13J Tier 4 Final engine, the H-series uses passive regeneration to automatically clean the diesel particulate filter during normal operation, without operator input. A new load-sensing hydraulic system supplies power to the hydraulic functions only when required.

Volvo Construction Equipment |

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