Crushing spread, wear life technology come to market

By |  June 23, 2017
Elrus’ portable crushing spread

Elrus’ portable crushing spread

Elrus Aggregate Systems developed a portable crushing spread that offers increased plant efficiency, a smaller size and a lower overall cost of ownership, according to the company.

The spread is self-contained on two chassis, and it sets up in less than two hours with only one or two people, Elrus says. It consists of an Elrus MS612 6-ft. x 12-ft. triple-deck feeder screen plant and a Sandvik 200-hp CH430 crusher with ASRi 2.0 automated cone control mounted on a chassis with control-center enclosure.

Elrus engineered these units to handle large loads, and they are capable of fitting in smaller locations, the company says. Both plants feature run-on hydraulic leveling and hydraulic adjustable on-board feed and discharge conveyors to facilitate rapid mobilization and optimized plant efficiency, according to Elrus.

Trimble’s ConnectedTablet

Trimble’s ConnectedTablet

Rockland Manufacturing Co., meanwhile, developed a technology that determines how much wear life remains in wear parts.

Operators can equip wear parts with the company’s Rockland Wear Pin technology to check for remaining wear life. When a moldboard, blade, liner or wear plate wears to a specific point, contrasting wear pins appear, signaling the need for maintenance or replacement. The system assures operators can plan for maintenance issues well in advance, eliminating downtime and lost production, according to the company.

“We created this technology for two reasons,” says Bill Pratt, marketing director at Rockland. “First, to prevent unscheduled downtime due to equipment failure by using a visual indicator of wear, and second, to eliminate the need for multiple manpower-intensive ultrasonic inspections.”

Also new, from Trimble, is the ConnectedTablet, which is a ruggedized mobile computer for fleets in the ready-mix and aggregate industries.

Atlas Copco’s HiLight

Atlas Copco’s HiLight

The Android-based ConnectedTablet connects wirelessly to the Trimble Vehicle Gateway (TVG), providing a rich in-cab experience for operators, including features such as in-cab navigation with CoPilot Truck from ALK Technologies, hours of service, daily vehicle inspection reports, and text- and push-to-talk voice communications, the company says.

The TVG uses GPS technology and cellular data to provide vehicle tracking with real-time updates on location and events, using a combination of automated geo-based statuses for site arrival and departure and sensor-based automated statuses for load and unload events.

In addition, Atlas Copco expanded its range of HiLight towers to seven models, including four advanced LED solutions.

The comprehensive HiLight range gives users a variety of choices when it comes to sourcing safe and efficient light towers for multiple applications and industries, including construction, outdoor events and industrial applications.

Atlas Copco’s latest LED light towers feature a unique, fully directional optic lens that maximizes practical light coverage while minimizing dark spots. A single HiLight LED light tower, depending on the model, can illuminate large areas with an average brightness of 20 lux, the company says. The lights can also run as long as 260 hours before needing to be refueled and consume less than 0.25 gallons of fuel per hour.

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