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The year’s biggest show kicks off in March, and the focus is on equipment and technology.

By Mark S. Kuhar

ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011 in Las Vegas will be the global construction-industry gathering place in 2011. The show will be held March 22-26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center with a focus on construction, construction materials and fluid power/power transmission/motion control.

Industry customers say key reasons for attending are new products and access to industry experts, and they’ll find both at the 2011 shows, with the leading U.S. and global manufacturers exhibiting and more targeted industry education and training opportunities onsite. Attendees will also have access to the co-located ICON Expo, which is sponsored in part by the National Concrete Masonry Association and brings a stronger concrete products segment to the shows.

Both attendees and exhibitors will benefit from the shows’ continued commitment to provide maximum value and a positive show experience for all participants. ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011 is an industry-run show, with direction from industry companies and associations, to assure that attendee and exhibitor needs come first.

Attendees will find more focused industry education at the shows than ever before, and industry organizations will also conduct certification and examination programs.

ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011 will offer a comprehensive education program with sessions emphasizing industry issues and trends, management and applied technology. More than 125 sessions are scheduled, to be presented by industry experts, with education divided into nine program tracks to help attendees locate topics of most interest to them: aggregates, asphalt, concrete, earthmoving and site development, equipment asset management, management best practices, recycling and sustainability, safety and workforce development/competitive edge.

New for 2011 is the Green Roads Summit, with Rock Products as a media sponsor, which will provide attendees with a look at what green roads programs are all about, plus how these programs may grow and develop in the future. ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011 has joined with the Construction Materials Recycling Association, U.S. Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Associated General Contractors of America to put on the summit.

An expected 2,000-plus exhibitors taking 2.2 million net sq. ft. of exhibit space will showcase their latest innovations and technologies. They’ll be ready to discuss product features and applications to help attendees increase their productivity and their companies’ profitability. “Product concentration areas” will make it easier for show visitors to locate the specific products and exhibitors of most interest to them.

Following are some of the products and services you will find at the show.

Fort Wayne, Ind-based BMG, formerly the Barlow Marketing Group, will officially launch its new BMG Green sustainable and environmentally-focused division at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011. The sales development, marketing and research firm will also celebrate its 20th anniversary working exclusively with manufacturers, associations and technology companies serving the global construction, infrastructure, mining, aggregate, environmental and recycle markets. “BMG has been active within the rapidly developing sustainability market for some time, but the more recent expansion within all construction-related market segments requires far more specialized knowledge, expertise and skills than even a construction-focused sales development, marketing and research firm can offer,” explained President/CEO Brian Barlow. “Our BMG Green division is uniquely structured and staffed to provide clients with the knowledge, expertise and capabilities to assist them in identifying, targeting and capturing this quickly growing opportunity.”
Booth C-4855,

Caterpillar will present one of the largest displays at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011 with three different exhibit areas totaling 60,000 sq. ft. of floor space. Nearly 40 machines, a wide variety of work tools, technology solutions, engines and components will offer something for everyone — contractors of all types, aggregates miners, construction materials suppliers and specialty trades. More than a dozen new Cat machines will make their North American debut at the show. The new Cat vocational truck, the CT660, will be shown publicly for the first time. To be sold and serviced by North American Cat dealers, the CT660 will be shown in a variety of configurations and in both the North Hall and Gold Lot exhibits.
Booth G-130, N-1913,

Dexter + Chaney
Dexter + Chaney will exhibit its Spectrum Construction Software at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011. Spectrum offers 28 fully integrated modules that help construction companies operate their businesses from start to finish, and from the office to the field. Contractors employ Spectrum for job cost/accounting, payroll, human resources, project management, inventory and purchasing, equipment management and many additional activities.
Booth H-31329,

Among other products, Doosan will disply its largest crawler excavator, the DX700LC, designed for heavy-duty mining and quarrying applications as well as major infrastructure construction projects and mass excavation work. Powered by a 463-hp turbocharged diesel engine, the DX700LC has an operating weight of 156,748 lb. with standard boom and arm, 35.4-in. double grouser shoes and 4.32-cu.-yd. bucket. Optional buckets range in size from 3.27 to 5.89 cu. yd. Bucket breakout force is 78,485 lb. with the standard bucket, while arm breakout force is 64,595 lb. Maximum digging reach is 41 ft. 8 in. at ground level and maximum digging depth is 25 ft. 5 in. Dump height is 26 ft. 10 in.
Booth G-100,

Flexco will address splicing, cleaning, tracking and belt slippage needs with three booths. Attendees can visit outdoor booths S-554 and S-561 in Silver Lots 1 & 2 for product demonstrations and to cheer on the conveyor serviceability competition. In this competition, Flexco maintenance teams will race against each other to demonstrate quick and safe belt conveyor maintenance with Flexco products. Attendees can also step inside the Central Hall to booth 6693 to see how Flexco can help operations optimize their belt conveyors. Flexco also invites attendees to check out its newest products, including an in-depth look at the new PT Smart medium-duty belt trainer, featuring patented Flexco “pivot and tilt” technology. Booths S-554 and 561; C-6693,

FLSmidth Pekin
The versatile Raptor XL500 Cone Crusher, from FLSmidth Pekin (formerly known as FLSmidth Excel), joins the Raptor line as a high-performance, cost-effective solution for aggregate operations of all sizes. This 500 hp machine, just one of many displayed at the show, provides excellent secondary crushing capabilities due to its large feed opening, high-pivot-point crushing action and wide crushing stroke. Because of its large head diameter of 59.06 in. (1.5 m) and ideal eccentric motion, the XL500 Cone Crusher can accept feed that is up to 25 percent larger than can be accepted by a crusher with less throw or similar head diameter, while producing more material of desired cubicity and gradation than its competitors. With a maximum diameter of 148 in. (3.75 m) and weight of 106,500 lb. (48,300 kg), the crusher’s size allows flexibility for multi-site crushing opportunities.
Booth C-7907,

Force Control Industries
Force Control Industries will introduce a Two-Speed Drive package which can be added to the back of a standard motor brake to provide inching speeds of 5:1 to 60:1 during ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011. Unlike variable-speed motors which lose torque or develop heat problems at very low speed, the Force Control Two Speed Drive eliminates those problems with secondary speeds as low as 60:1 while still maintaining full torque continuously. This unique drive includes a brake motor with a low speed drive built in. This provides precise low speed control with continuous high torque as well as high-speed capability in one compact package.
Booth Icon-21036,

Grasan will stress its expertise in designing and building custom crushing and handling equipment and systems. These will include a 3,000-tph tracked impact crusher, 1,500-tph belt feeder hopper on tracks, specialized moveable modular conveyors, and other examples of specialized aggregate, recycling and related equipment. Working closely with customers, Grasan can design/build total systems from scratch, or can integrate new equipment and systems into existing facilities for upgrade or expansion.
Booth C-6815,

Construction software developer HCSS will demo its products that help contractors “bid more and run leaner.” HCSS will display its popular HeavyBid estimating software, HeavyJob job-management software and its new safety application that has been designed specifically for the construction industry. HCSS also invites visitors to its booths to experience the company’s fully integrated trucking solution that incorporates HeavyJob , The Dispatcher Resource Management Software, VECTR GPS and RFID technology. Booths S-9236, H-31511,

Inertia Machine Corp.
Inertia Machine Corp will highlight its new “triple-threat” competitive-edge crushing and screening solutions. The Inertia Machine “triple-threat” focus describes its ongoing mission to provide customers with the greatest competitive edge in today’s processing markets via equipment innovations that address three key initiatives: 1) an overall lower cost of ownership; 2) the ability to tackle multiple markets and multiple applications with one machine; and 3) a higher-quality cubical product at a lower cost-per-ton, regardless of the feed material – limestone, basalt, sand and gravel, or heavily reinforced concrete or asphalt.
Booth C-7225,

Kennametal will feature a number of notable new products, among them: Road Razor ECO – a road-milling tool with improved shape and maximum hardness, resulting in faster speeds and extended performance for road-milling machines; a new series of trenching tools; road-milling drums featuring a new set of blocks with unique performance characteristics; and a full line of track rolls and track pads, conveyor belts, conveyor rolls and more.
Booth C-7091,

Leica Geosystems
Leica Geosystems launched a special website dedicated to helping construction industry professionals get the most out of their visit to ConExpo 2011. The site features exclusive show promotions such as a chance to win a hunting trip with American music and sporting legend Ted Nugent; a showcase of Leica Geosystems’ broadest range ever of machine control and construction positioning technology for general construction applications; sign-up for “Leica Geosystems at ConExpo E-mail Alert” and be the first to receive show related information; connect with a Leica Geosystems technical expert to solve your construction jobsite problems before you arrive at the show; and a map to help you find the three Leica Geosystems booths. Booths GL-3133, GL-3139 and S-557,

Liebherr will display six hydraulic excavators, four wheel loaders, three crawler loaders and tractors, two deep foundation machines, two tower cranes as well as four mobile and crawler cranes. Each of these Liebherr construction-equipment product lines will be represented by a range of equipment that differs in size and application configuration. The lineup includes new product launches for the US market including a prize winning material handler, the first Liebherr articulated dump truck and the spectacular new design for a fast erecting crane.
Booth G-370,

Major Wire Industries
Major Wire Industries Limited will display its multiple innovative screen media solutions. The company offers many uniquely different screen media options to choose from so customers can fine tune each screen’s production resulting in the most tons per hour of in-spec products for the least cost possible. See Flex-Mat 3 High-Performance, Self-Cleaning screen media in Tensioned and Modular versions, OptimumWire Woven Wire and LFM Harp Wire, both with the industry’s longest wear life, Double-Weave Woven Wire and Flex-Mat 3 Double-Wire for the greatest impact resistance and HyperSlot for warm and hot mix asphalt and other sticky material applications.
Booth C-7433,

Miller Electric Mfg. Co.
Miller Electric Mfg. Co. will showcase new welding products, accessories and safety gear. Miller will introduce new and specialized equipment, conduct live welding demos and highlight the newest welding innovations designed specifically for the construction industry, such as the XMT WCC System, which matches an XMT 350 or XMT 456 multiprocess welding inverter with a voltage-sensing SuitCase X-TREME wire feeder and WCC Control to allow welders to control voltage settings at the point of use without an extra control cable.
Booth G-254,

Paladin Construction Group
Paladin Construction Group will demonstrate how CustomWorks can tailor equipment to outperform standard machines in the most rugged applications. CustomWorks can modify newly purchased or current equipment at its custom facility or ship the necessary parts and kits directly to the dealership so customers cost-effectively get machines that meet performance requirements for extreme applications. Attendees will also see existing and new equipment from all other Paladin affiliates, one of the largest independent manufacturers of coupler systems and attachment tools for all makes and models. Brand companies: Bradco, CP, FFC, Harley, JRB, McMillen and Sweepster.
Booth N-1849,

Powerscreen will exhibit at the Terex booth, and will focus on the Powerscreen XH500, Powerscreen XH320SR, Powerscreen XA400S and the Powerscreen Warrior 2400. The XH500 Horizontal Shaft Impactor represents the latest generation of highly versatile track mobile crusher. The XH320SR is designed to excel in the toughest conditions in recycling, demolition and quarrying applications. The XA400S is a high- performance primary jaw crushing plant, designed for operators in quarrying, demolition and recycling applications. The new Warrior 2400 is designed for large-scale operators in the quarrying and mining sectors.
Booth G-140,

Among other products, Sandvik will show the TIM3D, a drill-rig navigation system that brings drilling rigs into the realm of 3D machine automation. It is an operator aid consisting of three essential operations: Rig navigation, feed alignment and drilling. The TIM3D navigation system improves hole quality and hole position accuracy, translating into better fragmentation and decreased amount of boulders and fines. This results in increased efficiency further in the production process, both in crushing and loading and hauling. The system also removes the need for surveying and any hole marks, and thereby also the risk for marking errors, significantly speeding up drilling. Thanks to a modern and clear user interface, the system is easy to use. Booths C-6333, B-911, B-95,

On display will be the “H” Series reversible multi Cage Mill and Grand Slam Model GS4230 Secondary Horizontal Shaft Impactor. The “H” Series cage mill features the new dust-tight, easy access housing, hydraulic retractor for quick opening and capacities up to 90 TPH for agricultural limestone. Meets most state ag-lime specifications in one pass. The Grand Slam Model GS4230 Secondary Horizontal Shaft Impactor preps the material for the cage mill or to sell for road base and other state spec products. HSI offers increased capacities of 1,200 tph for the primary impactors and 1,600 tph secondary. Stedman offers a broad product line including HSI, vertical shaft impactors and cage mills, along with testing and turnkey systems capabilities.
Booth C-6321,

Superior Industries
Superior Industries will display its “best & brightest” material-handling solutions. Superior Industries sales and engineering staff will be on-hand to discuss features, benefits and applications as attendees view three innovative offerings: The TeleStacker Conveyor with a two-wheel mobile pivot base and radial travel tracks; the RazerTail Truck Unloader with a variable-height discharge conveyor; and the Trailblazer Portable Groundline Conveyor, a new first-of-its-kind overland conveying system.
Booth S-640,

Telsmith Inc., an Astec company, will display the new H3244 Hydra-Jaw, the largest model to date within the Telsmith Hydra-Jaw Series – advanced jaw crusher technology that offers lower operating costs, increased uptime and production capacity, streamlined operation and maintenance, and greater safety. Engineered with a true 32-in. (813mm) gape and a 44-in. (1118mm) width, the H3244 is designed to accept larger feed in hard rock quarry, and sand and gravel applications; and can be mounted on portable plants or modular fixed structure assemblies.
Booth C-5133,

W.S. Tyler
W.S. Tyler, a wholly owned subsidiary of the German-based Haver Screening Group, will display 3 pioneering aggregate and mineral processing equipment solutions. Making its first North American appearance is the new Haver Pelletizing Disc, which converts fines into marketable pelletized product. The second is the Haver Hydro-Clean, a high-pressure washing unit that successfully cleans heavy clay-contaminated material while using up to 75 percent less water than standard screws and log washers. The third solution is W.S. Tyler’s recently introduced Computerized Particle Analysis System that analyzes particles as small as 10 microns to determine exact size, shape and quantity up to 10 times faster than traditional sieve analysis methods.
Booth B-901,

Going to the Show?

ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011

March 22-26, 2011, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas

CONEXPO-CON/AGG will be the international gathering place in 2011 for the aggregates and construction industries.

Held every three years the exposition showcases the latest equipment, products, services and technologies.

The event will feature:

  • More than 2,000 exhibitors.
  • A comprehensive education program during the five-day exposition with sessions emphasizing industry issues and trends, management and applied technology.
  • Product concentration areas making it easy for visitors to locate specific products, services and exhibitors of interest to them including hundreds of new products and technologies.