This year’s AGG1 Show Was Bigger and Better, and on the Show Floor, Manufacturers Let the Equipment and Technology Do the Talking.
By Mark S. Kuhar and Josephine Patterson
|NSSGA Officials look on as the ribbon-cutting begins, opening up the AGG1 show.|
The 2018 AGG1 Academy & Expo, co-located with the World of Asphalt, concluded a successful run, March 6-8, with a very positive atmosphere, as attendees and exhibitors conducted business and discussed issues affecting future growth such as infrastructure funding and industry experts shared best practices during well-attended education sessions.
The co-located exhibitions were held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Exhibitors and attendees interviewed by Rock Products expressed satisfaction with their show experience, booth traffic and educational opportunities.
The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association each held their annual convention in association with the event. Rock Productssponsored NSSGA’s Young Leaders Luncheon speaker, former Navy SEAL David Sears.
Registered attendance was more than 8,300 at the close of the shows, down slightly from last year, with attendees coming from all 50 states, all 10 Canadian provinces and 50 other countries worldwide.
Both AGG1 and the World of Asphalt hosted a sold-out show floor that broke size records and spanned a combined 174,000 net sq. ft. of exhibits. More than 460 exhibitors, including more than 160 new to the shows, displayed their latest products and technologies for the aggregates, asphalt, and pavement maintenance and traffic safety sectors.
Education was an integral component of the event, with attendees purchasing more than 10,000 tickets for the shows’ signature learning programs: People, Plants and Paving Conference from the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and AGG1 Academy from the NSSGA.
“These outstanding numbers emphasize the value of the convention and AGG1. This really is the best time for anyone in our industry to connect with peers, examine business issues that affect our operations and get energized for the future,” said Joel Galassini, Cemex regional president and AGG1 Academy & Expo chair.
|At a press event held at its booth, McLanahan President Sean McLanahan (left) talked about the company’s growth and how it can meet the challenges of aggregates producers. At right is Mark Krause.|
“This was one of our best events ever that delivered it all for industry professionals: product innovations, focused education and quality networking,” said Kevin Kelly, president of Walsh & Kelly and World of Asphalt 2018 chair. “It is always an incredible opportunity to come together and learn from each other, and we thank all participants for their continued support.”
Industry support amplified the shows’ networking and knowledge sharing. More than 25 allied groups from the United States, Canada and worldwide participated as official supporting organizations.
AGG1 Academy & Expo focuses exclusively on the aggregates industry as its leading exposition and education resource, also co-located with the NSSGA Annual Convention. World of Asphalt Show & Conference is the largest education conference and exhibition focused on the asphalt, pavement maintenance and traffic safety industry sectors.
The shows are industry-owned and managed. World of Asphalt is owned by AEM, NAPA and NSSGA, and produced by AEM. NSSGA owns and produces AGG1.
|The AGG1 show broke records for floor space.|
The next AGG1 Academy & Expo and World of Asphalt Show & Conference will be held Feb. 12-14, 2019, at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis. The shows are held annually except in ConExpo-Con/Agg years, when that show spotlights the exhibitors and products of AGG1 and World of Asphalt.
A number of manufacturers used AGG1 to show new products and services, as well as equipment enhancements and improvements:
Bridgestone Americas Inc. announced it is expanding its portfolio of industry-leading technology solutions with PressureStat, a tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) launched for off-the-road (OTR) tires in the construction, quarry, underground hard rock and port industries.
The PressureStat system is easy to use and provides instant access to important tire pressure and temperature data, allowing customers to accurately manage tire pressure on a real-time basis.
“At Bridgestone, we take pride in producing best-in-class products and delivering solutions-based technology to help our customers lower their total cost of ownership,” said Rob Seibert, director, marketing, commercial off-the-road tires, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “We recognized an opportunity to expand our TPMS offering beyond giant radial tires to empower our OTR customers across our entire portfolio of products. With the PressureStat system, they not only can improve tire performance, but also increase jobsite safety and reduce unplanned downtime.”
Seibert told Rock Products that PressureStat is different from the company’s TreadStat and B-Tag offerings in that it is tire-pressure specific, and offers Bluetooth-enabled monitoring to provide real-time alerts that prevent issues before they cut into your bottom line. The product is actually designed to integrate with TreadStat, giving you instant access to additional tire and rim condition reports for your entire fleet.
Tire pressure is critical in OTR applications to ensure a vehicle’s weight is evenly distributed, preventing uneven wear and increasing tire performance. The PressureStat system facilitates tire asset monitoring and optimization with:
- Easy-to-install valve stem sensors that save time and money.
- Onboard alerts to the driver that make them aware of potential issues before they impact operations.
- Bluetooth connectivity that seamlessly provides real-time pressure updates to mobile devices.
- Instant inspection reports for the entire fleet available on desktop or mobile device with Bridgestone TreadStat Tire and Rim Management software.
- Streamlined forecasting and analysis when combined with TreadStat software, allowing users to report on the condition of tires and rims from any device, anywhere in the world.
Bridgestone Americas, commercial.bridgestone.com/en-us/pressurestat
CASE Construction Equipment is celebrating its 60th anniversary of wheel loader production with a variety of promotions and activities throughout the year. The activities started at World of Concrete 2018 and continued at AGG1.
The current offering of CASE wheel loaders evolved from the W9, the first CASE integrated four-wheel drive wheel loader introduced in 1958.
“The wheel loader is an iconic piece of the CASE lineup dating back to 1958, bridging the construction and agricultural industries that CASE has most proudly served for generations,” said Scott Harris, vice president – North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “These machines have come a long way since the original rigid-frame models built in our Racine tractor plant, and more than ever reflect the practical innovation CASE builds into its equipment to maximize performance and dependability.”
The latest wheel loader offering from CASE – The G-Series – span 141 to 347 hp, with bucket capacities ranging from 2.1 to 6.25 cu. yd. In the short time since their introduction, the G-Series have won several awards, including the prestigious Good Design Award in the Industrial Category from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, and top new product recognitions from industry publications.
The full-sized G-Series line is complemented by the compact F-Series line, which features models ranging from 58 to 74 hp and 0.92 to 1.3 cu. yd.
The new Cat 988K XE is the first wheel loader offered by Caterpillar with a high-efficiency electric drive system. The product was introduced to the trade press last year at a special event in Peoria, Ill., and the rollout of the product continued at AGG1.
This new large wheel loader joins the 988K and the recently launched 986K wheel loaders to provide customers with the most cost-effective loader for each application, according to the company. Delivering high-production in all loading applications, the 988K XE is recommended for demanding job sites where fuel efficiency makes a difference in the machine’s total cost of operation.
The new loader features switched reluctance (SR) technology and leverages more than 15 years of Cat electric drive experience and more than four years of stringent testing in a range of applications for proven reliability in the field. The field proven and tested C18 ACERT engine, mechanical dropbox, driveline and axles from the 988K remain in the electric drive machine for consistent, trouble-free operation.
Offering increased truck loading and load-and-carry efficiency, the new 988K XE increases efficiency by 25 percent overall and by up to 49 percent in face-loading applications, as compared to the 988K. This reduces costs and helps operations reduce greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint. At the same time, Caterpillar production studies report the new loader delivers up to 10 percent higher productivity in load-and-carry applications.
CDE is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and showcased its most recent innovations at AGG1. Key to the success of CDE is the company’s focus on delivering innovative and high-efficiency materials-processing solutions specifically developed for the requirements of local operators. At AGG1, the company introduced its new Combo XL, designed for the production of manufactured sands, as well as its fines and ultra fines recovery systems.
The Combo XL features CDE’s two staple modular treatment units, the EvoWash materials processing plant and the AquaCycle thickener. With a capacity of up to 250 tph and up to 90 percent of process water recycled and immediately ready for re-use, the Combo XL ticks all the right boxes for North American operators looking for high volumes of high-quality materials that are ready for market in record time. With the option to produce up to three materials of even consistency and in spec every time, the new CDE Combo solution presents significant added benefits compared to existing systems.
In terms of the company’s fines and ultra fines recovery solutions, they are the product of years of innovations to bring the advantages of the most advanced cyclone technology to operators so that not one fraction of sand is ever lost to ponds again.
As with all CDE solutions, the Combo XL and fines and ultra fines recovery systems are offered as packages, co-created with each client and designed and built for their operations’ specific requirements, with an ongoing focus on efficiency and reducing environmental impact.
Command Alkon exhibited at this year’s AGG1 Aggregates Academy & Expo. “The show gives leading manufacturers and service providers in the aggregates, asphalt, pavement maintenance and traffic safety industry sectors the opportunity to come together and showcase their latest products and technologies, learn new techniques through education courses, and network with more than 9,000 industry professionals,” the company said.
“We were proud to showcase our products again this year at the World of Asphalt/AGG1 Show and Conference,” said Scott Dugan, manager of operations at Command Alkon. “This is a can’t-miss, high quality event. It’s the one place where you can interact with most every leading company and learn all the latest industry expertise.”
Command Alkon featured these products at the show:
- Apex – Automation for the aggregates and asphalt industry.
- TrackIT – GPS/Telematics.
- HaulIt – Quoting, dispatching and billing solution for aggregate haulers.
- MOBILEsales – Create and manage quotes in any remote location for producers and supplier.
- MOBILEticket – Paperless ticketing solution for producers and suppliers.
- BuildIt – Supply chain management solution for contractors.
Command Alkon, www.commandalkon.com
Eagle Iron Works
Eagle Iron Works debuted the new Condor line of screw washers at AGG1 in Houston. Backed by the Eagle Iron Works name that is known for long wear life, heavy-duty design and durable wear parts, the Condor line offers all of this and more, according to the company.
This line features the same Classic Eagle Iron Works outboard bearings, rising current classifier and adjustable weirs that are standard among all Eagle Iron Works screw washers. These units are built with a Class 1 Dodge reducer. The Condor line offers standard value line Urethane flight shoes or if you prefer the premium Eagle Armor, that can be added as well.
The washer tubs are constructed with a lighter gauge U.S. steel construction and match the same capacities as the Classic screw washer tubs. The tubs also contain the same mounting points as Classic Eagle Iron Works products.
Single- and dual-shaft models are available in:
- Fine Material Screw Washers: 36-, 44- and 54-in.
- Coarse Material Screw Washers: 30-, 36- and 44-in.
Eagle Iron Works, www.eagleironworks.com
Haver & Boecker
Haver & Boecker introduced new configurations of its Ty-Rail quick-tensioning system for screen media. As a result of Ty-Rail’s success, Haver & Boecker developed and now offers three angle-box designs for different vibrating screen setups. This allows producers to benefit from Ty-Rail’s time savings during screen media change-outs, even on difficult-to-access areas of a vibrating screen.
The patented Ty-Rail system is designed specifically for Haver & Boecker’s Tyler brand of vibrating screens and now comes standard on all new F-Class and T-Class machines with three-bend tension rails. The system solves an age-old problem of time-intensive screen media change-outs. Replacing tension rails is typically time consuming and requires removing and replacing many pieces of hardware per screen section. Washers or bolts are often dropped or lost in the process, which adds to downtime and parts costs. Ty-Rail eliminates this problem by combining the tension rail and all of its hardware into one piece. The new Ty-Rail angle box designs provide the ability to change screen media in half the time, even in tight or hard-to-reach areas.
“Our goal is to continually develop new ways to help our customers achieve more productivity,” said Karen Thompson, Haver & Boecker Canada president. “Our patented Ty-Rail system is just one way we are achieving that goal. The feedback from customers and the positive impact on their operations encouraged us to develop additional configurations to accommodate more screen designs and applications.”
Haver & Boecker, www.havercanada.com
Aerial intelligence solutions provider Kespryshowcased the work of more than ١٧0 aggregates customers at AGG1. These organizations, including new Kespry aggregates customers CSA Materials, Stoneco of Michigan (a division of Oldcastle) and York Building Products, all use the Kespry industrial drone-based platform to manage stockpile inventories, plan mining operations and maximize revenue.
To date, Kespry aggregates customers have flown 10,400 worksite missions measuring 223,000 stockpiles across 1.4 million acres.
York Building Products operates stone quarries, and sand and gravel operations throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, providing high-quality aggregates to the Mid-Atlantic region for more than half a century. To ensure greater control over inventory management and mine planning processes, the company implemented the Kespry aerial intelligence platform so it can frequently and automatically calculate the perimeter and volume of all aggregate stockpiles. It also uses Kespry to estimate reserve levels, and to compare volume measurements from stripping and mine reclamation work.
“With the Kespry drone, we can fly as often as we want across all of our sites to make sure that our production numbers are right on target,” said Jim Gawthrop, vice president, York Building Products. “We no longer have costly surprises. Bottom line, it’s about getting the right information – and more information – just when we need it, instead of waiting for a manned aerial survey.”
Stoneco is a leading supplier of crushed limestone, sand and gravel in Michigan, that has been in business for more than 100 years. It serves the Michigan Department of Transportation and Ohio Department of Transportation, and commercial organizations, with aggregates materials designed for highways, parking lots, driveways, and other applications.
“Stoneco uses the Kespry system monthly at all of our operations for inventory management and it has allowed us to increase our accuracy, and have same day results,” said Austin Fisher, assistant operations manager and quality control manager, Stoneco of Michigan. “The speed of obtaining data from the Kespry system has allowed us to tweak changes to our operations days faster than old methods, providing us with virtual real-time inventory checks that increase our operations’ efficiencies.”
“The Kespry aerial intelligence platform delivers a single source of truth for aggregates companies’ worksite data,” said George Mathew, CEO and chairman, Kespry. “Our 170 aggregates customers are all experiencing the unprecedented benefit of survey-grade, aerial topographic data that enables them to accurately define volumes for stockpiles, blasting and stripping. It easily and rapidly enables them to take that data and use it to calculate volumes, manage material, create inventory reports, and validate or update design plans. We’re extremely pleased so many companies are reaping such significant benefits from our platform.”
Major Wire Industries
Major welcomed attendees to its booth to learn about maximizing their production and profit potential by using FLEX-MAT High Vibration Wire Screens. Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing André Mathieu and Vice President of North American Sales Jimmy Siler were on-hand to speak to customers.
FLEX-MAT high-vibration wire screens have individual wires that vibrate independently at a high-frequency of between 6,000 to 10,000 strokes per minute. FLEX-MAT accelerates the stratification process and allows more material to pass through the screen.
Major ensures optimum wire quality and consistency at all times by developing, (through its own specifications and internal laboratory quality controls), the best recipe for a wire’s chemical content to optimize all factors, and by using the most advanced patented wire-making process, Major also only uses the highest quality of stainless steel wires with the highest tensile strength, available in Type 304 and Type 316.
FLEX-MAT vibrating wire screens will provide more spec product at a lower operating cost, while delivering more wear life and eliminating blinding, pegging and clogging issues, the company said.
Major Wire Industries, majorflexmat.com
At a press event held at its booth, McLanahan President Sean McLanahan talked about the company’s growth and how it can meet the challenges of aggregates producers.
“Today more than ever, producers want to know they have a partner in those challenges – whether that be someone to assist in turnkey plant set or to be there to troubleshoot when things go wrong,” he said. “More and more, that is what we’re trying to develop – whether through our process engineering team or a dealer network that is focused on keeping you running with local service and support.
“We are also focused on sites that want quick set-up and delivery,” he said. “We continue to be excited about the growth the aggregate industry is seeing and look forward to what the coming years are going to bring.”
Mark Krause, managing director – North America for McLanahan, added, “Obviously, a lot of our success here in Texas has come from our strong reputation in the frac sand market in places like Wisconsin and Minnesota, but it also comes in part due to our ability to offer customers equipment that has quick set up upon delivery. For us, that has largely come from creating a more standardized set of equipment modules that can be designed and manufactured to meet the needs of producers.
“For a long time, we touted our custom engineered process solutions,” he said. “While we still make sure that your equipment meets the processing needs of your site, standard equipment modules allow us to quickly configure a site to meet your processing needs, as well as provide a competitively priced solution. “
McCloskey Washing Systems (MWS) launched a new product line, the Compact Sand Plant (CSP), at the AGG1 and World of Asphalt Show. The new additions to the MWS product range are compact sand plants, CSP 60, CSP 120, CSP 200 and CSP 250 single and twin sand plants. The range has been designed to give the ultimate choice and flexibility to meet customers’ expectations.
Commenting on the decision to unveil the product line at AGG1, Sean Loughran, McCloskey Washing Systems director said, “AGG1 is an important event for us. We have a strong global presence, and this is the perfect platform to showcase our products. As specialists in the design, manufacture and commissioning of wash plants, key members of our team will be in attendance. We have an aggressive road map, a clear vision of where we and our dealers should be positioned in the coming years. We have a commitment to grow our businesses together, to provide world class products, and deliver exceptional levels of customer service”.
The McCloskey Compact Sand Plant range enables superior separation efficiency, produces the driest, drip-free final washed sand product, and produces up to two in-spec sands, to your desired grade, at up to 250 total tph.
As with all McCloskey products, these plants have been designed with the machine operator in mind. In addition to the highest level of quality and performance, significant benefits include simple and fast assembly times, ease of operation, low maintenance and an overall reduced footprint.
The McCloskey S130 and S190 Tracked Rinsers, paired with the right size Compact Sand Plant, offers a portable wash plant option for up to 250 tph total sand production and an overall production of sand and aggregates of 400+ tph. By simply building up an elevated terrace on site to elevate the S130 or S190 Rinser nominally 7 to 8 ft. above the ground grade level that the CSP sits on, the tracked wet screen has plenty of elevation for gravity flow to move sand and water to the sump of the CSP.
Each CSP is individually tailored to suit any application, regardless of the desired tonnage, from 20 to 250 tph, or silt percentage in the feed material. McCloskey engineering and application teams have extensive experience in the design, manufacture, installation, start-up, operation and maintenance of compact sand plants and as such ensure each is suited to the application and requirements.
McCloskey Washing Systems, www.mccloskeywashing.com
Sandvik introduced the New Ranger DXi Series, which it said pushes boundaries with several new superior features for improving the drilling process: a 592-sq.-ft. drilling coverage area equipped with the most powerful new rock drill. Sandvik style intelligence and highest fuel efficiency makes this drill rig the most powerful and efficient top hammer drill rig in its class. It represents a totally a new revolutionary generation of the Ranger product family.
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has worked with drilling solutions for more than 50 years. The Ranger DX top hammer drill rigs with counterweight revolving superstructure and ultimate stability enable excellent drilling coverage. These features make Sandvik a pioneer in getting the job done even in the most challenging conditions with lowest production costs.
All the Ranger DXi-Series top hammer surface drill rigs feature a revolving superstructure. The new Ranger DX900i with 290-degree reach enabling drilling coverage of 592 sq. ft., saves working time and minimizes the need to reposition the rig. Despite the rig’s ability to rotate, its counterweight structure ensures stability by maintaining weight opposite the boom. Ranger DXi rigs are extremely mobile, thanks to a low center of gravity and high tramming power.
Operator ergonomics and low cabin noise has been the focus areas in developing this new iCab cabin. New user interface has been developed based on experience of several customer trials. Positive feedback has been received from good ergonomics and easy to use joysticks and control panels. In the new cabin, there is also room for a trainer behind the operator seat. Thanks to long and successful co-operation with VTT, Finnish Technical Research Center, Sandvik has been able to lower the noise emission into the level never seen before in this type of drill rigs.
SSAB introduced Duroxite 300, an iron-based steel alloy overlay deposited on mild steel. It is designed for extremely severe sliding wear for both dry and wet (slurry) abrasive environments.
The overlay contains a unique high volume of ultra-fine borocarbides with a grain size refined down to 500 nm. The borocarbides are completely wetted in a ductile matrix resulting in a product with significantly improved service life that maintains high toughness in extreme sliding wear applications. Duroxite 300 is an excellent alternative to tungsten carbide overlay.
- Extreme wear resistance in dry and wet abrasive environments with a high degree of toughness.
- Cost-effective alternative to tungsten carbide with equivalent service life and better impact resistance.
- Overlay thickness is reduced compared to traditional overlays resulting in a lighter weight product while increasing service life.
- Absorbs 25 percent more impact energy than the traditional chromium overlay plate as measured by the continuous high impact lab test.
- Has uniform through-thickness hardness of 67 to 70 HRC for single and multiple-layer overlay. Maintains a high hardness of approximately 60 HRC after exposure to high temperatures up to 1100 F (600 C).
- Maintains a consistent wear resistance from surface down to 75 percent of the overlay.
Duroxite 300 is suitable for use in industries such as aggregates, mining, cement, oil sands, steel production and several others.
Stedman multi-row cage mills pulverize, grind, crush and/or mix abrasive and non-abrasive materials – wet, sticky or dry. The cage mills were discussed with customers at AGG1.
The cage mills offer:
- Fine, uniform grind up to 240 tph.
- Reversible for extended wear life.
- Single-, two-, four-, or six-row cage assemblies are available.
- Optional heaters and air cannons are available to reduce buildup of wet and sticky materials.
- A quick-opening housing provides minimum downtime during maintenance.
- Cage inspection requires about five minutes, complete change-out in as little as one hour.
- Aglime, coal, fertilizer, salts, potash, corn, aluminum dross, grains and gelatin applications.
- Full-scale toll processing and testing available.
Stedman Machine Co., www.stedman-machine.com
Telsmith Inc. exhibited at AGG1, introducing The Extra Mile campaign, which honors those who go the extra mile – from Telsmith employees to people within the aggregates and mining industry, and beyond. The heart of this campaign is partnering with The Independence Fund to donate a Track Chair to a severely wounded U.S. Veteran from the Houston area who is on the waiting list.
The Independence Fund helps veterans get back outside to enjoy the outdoors through a variety of devices that include all terrain wheelchairs and adaptive bicycles. Many severely wounded veterans have lost the ability to experience activities they previously enjoyed – from hunting and fishing to simply going outside in their backyards. Wounded veterans who use The Independence Fund’s all-terrain mobility devices regain the ability to do the things they love, transforming their lives toward a better future.
Telsmith supports this program that believes, “we owe it to our veterans to provide the resources they need to move forward and build a strong foundation toward lasting physical and emotional healing in order to reestablish their independence.”
Telsmith believes U.S. Veterans are individuals who have gone the extra mile in their lives, and this is a core value of the Telsmith team.
To showcase the Telsmith promise that “The Extra Mile Isn’t Extra. It’s Included.,” the company displayed the T-Series cone crusher hybrid bearing, and had employees on hand to discuss how Telsmith goes the extra mile with their concept-to-completion services.
Telsmith T-Series cone crusher patented hybrid bearing technology provides the ability to crush at lower horsepower from improved lift that helps carry the crushing forces, when compared to roller bearing machines. Engineered to hold up to tough, abrasive aggregate and mining processes, the T-Series cones with hybrid bearings deliver tested productivity, safety and ease of maintenance with maximum uptime.
Van der Graaf
The engineers at Van der Graaf expanded research and development in the last five years to produce the all-new GrizzlyDrive design drum motor, which addresses industry-specific operating challenges.
The GrizzlyDrive is a different kind of drum motor. It has been designed exclusively to reliably perform and operate in very harsh environments and demanding conditions. Currently GrizzlyDrives operate from the extreme cold (-50 F) temperatures of Labrador to the extreme hot (+40 F) temperatures of San Antonio.
All components of the drum motor are protected inside the drum. The robust mechanical seals are designed to prevent abrasive dust and water to penetrate the unit. The massive end-flanges on the GrizzlyDrive are engineered to deflect debris and rock overspill, and inhibit accumulation to occur between the drum motor and the conveyor frame.
The heavy-duty bearings have been designed for high static and dynamic rating to absorb heavy shock loads and high belt tension. The planetary and coaxial gear configuration design can absorb the high starting torque (240 percent) produced by the high torque design “C” electric motor that is able to start the conveyor under full load conditions.
The electric motor windings are manufactured with heavy-duty magnet wire and encapsulated with the vacuum pressure impregnation (VPI) process to withstand vibration and shock loads. The rubber lagging is hot bond vulcanized with or without ceramic tiles, is reinforced and installed in sections between welded bars in order to absorb the sheer loads produced by the belt.
The GrizzlyDrive drum motor has been designed exclusively for mining and aggregate applications, and is built like no other, according to the company.
Van der Graaf, www.vandergraaf.com
Volvo Construction Equipment unveiled its latest innovation in mid-sized wheel loaders with the debut of the updated L90H wheel loader at AGG1. The H-Series 2.0 machine offers improved fuel efficiency, productivity, serviceability and ease of use over its predecessor and competitive products.
“The L90H wheel loader features updates to its transmission and torque converter that shorten cycle times and provide up to 20 percent greater fuel efficiency. It also has a higher tipping load and dump height,” said Chris Connolly, product manager, wheel loaders at Volvo Construction Equipment.
Among the new features are:
- Delayed engine shutdown. Reduces engine wear by avoiding hot turbo shutdowns.
- Electro-servo hydraulic controls. Features adjustable sensitivity and allows operators to shift quickly between linear and single-lever controls.
- Torque converter lockup with selectable modes. Lowers rpm and increases speed, saving fuel.
- New loader arm design. Optimized design resulting in increased payload.
- Slidable cooler. Provides easier access to remove dirt and debris.
- Rim pull control. Reduces wheel spin and slippage, thereby saving fuel, reducing tire wear and improving productivity.
- Tipping load. Increased by 3.4 percent increase over previous generation.
- Dump height. 3 in. higher than prior generation.
- External axle coolers. Minimizes the risk of overheating and prolongs axle oil change interval.
- Smart Control. Improves engine and hydraulic harmony, improves fuel efficiency and lowers driveline duty.
- Smooth Control. Improves fuel efficiency and operator comfort during load and carry/transport.
The L90H, as well as updated L60H and L70H models, will be available in late summer 2018. Note that all new features may not be available on all models and all new features may not be available at the same time for any given model. In February, Volvo launched H-Series 2.0 updates on three larger models of wheel loaders: the L150H, L180H and L220H.
Volvo North America, www.volvoce.com
A series of four new MOBISCREEN EVO aggregate classifying plants from Kleemann complements Kleemann’s mobile jaw, impact and cone crushing plants with easy mobility, flexible application options and high output.
Now being introduced to North America, Kleemann’s four new classifying screens are the track-mounted double-deck classifying screens MS 702i EVO and MS 952i EVO, and the triple-deck classifying screens MS 703i EVO and MS 953i EVO.
The two plant sizes have a screening area in the upper deck of 75 or 102 sq. ft., respectively. As with the crushing plants, the classifying screens with their convenient transport dimensions and short setup times optimize the productivity of contractor crushing operations.
The MS 702i/703i EVO achieves a maximum output of 386 tph and the MS 952i/953i EVO an hourly output of up to 551 tons. An optimized material flow through the plant makes this possible.
It starts with feeding, which thanks to the generously sized feed hopper, is possible both with a wheel loader as well as an upstream crushing plant. The material on the extra-wide feeding conveyor is conveyed to the screen box. The screening angle of the box can be adapted to the application. An impact plate at the conveyor discharge distributes the material evenly on the screen surface, keeping wear to a minimum and achieving a high output.
Kleemann also puts safety first with MOBISCREEN EVO screening plants. These new screening plants are operated by a mobile control panel that can be installed at three different points on the machine, guaranteeing ideal visibility during operation.
All plant functions are started automatically, without each side discharge conveyor having to be activated individually. Data on machine operation can be read off at the operator panel. The plant is moved without jolts thanks to the proportionally activated hydraulic valves.
When interlinked with MOBICAT jaw, MOBIREX impact, or MOBICONE cone crushing plants from the EVO series, whose size and output are tuned to the EVO screening plants, the plants work particularly efficiently and achieve a high output. An emergency-off function enhances safe working conditions.
The large engine compartment ease maintenance, and further service components are easily accessible via the all-round work platform. Thanks to the easy access to the screen deck, it’s now easier for users to change screen media. The fines conveyor can be lowered, for example, to allow access to the lower screen deck. From a large number of screen media, Kleemann offers the suitable surface for each application.
Look for more AGG1 product updates in upcoming issues of Rock Products.