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New Tow-Behind Conveyor Saves Producer Substantial Time, Money

45 KPIJCIKPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens released a new portable tow-behind conveyor, designed to eliminate the costly double-handling of material and built as a perfect match for the manufacturer’s exclusive FT line of continuous crushing and tracking impactors.

The tow-behind conveyor is constructed with a hitch that can attach to a track plant and easily travel behind the plant as it moves, according to Jodi Heirigs, product manager for KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens. A bolt-on hopper side wall allows the conveyor to rotate 180 degrees to discharge material to either side or rotate 90 degrees to transport inline.

“Our new tow-behind conveyor pairs perfectly with our track-mounted impactor plants – which are the only continuous crushing and tracking impactors on the market – and allows material to be stockpiled on either side of the machine,” Heirigs said. “This is ideal for highway contractors, who can stockpile material over Jersey barriers and minimize the number of times material is handled for reduced operating costs.”

Results proven from the field have shown that producers can achieve more than $1 per ton savings by eliminating unnecessary haul trucks and replacing with the tow-behind conveyor, thereby minimizing the number of times the material is handled.

“Unnecessary material handling is a costly mistake,” Heirigs said. “By investing in a tow-behind conveyor, producers and contractors can achieve very significant savings over the lifetime of the machine.”

Additional features to the tow-behind conveyor include an 11-ft. discharge height, which enables it to load material directly into trucks or build a windrow of material alongside of the track plant. The conveyor also utilizes a hydraulic drive, which allows it to be powered off the track plant. Producers have the option to add dust suppression to the tow-behind conveyor by hooking it to the track-mounted impactor plant.

KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens showcased the portable tow-behind conveyor at the 2016 AGG1/World of Asphalt tradeshow, held March 22-24 in Nashville.

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