Reshaping the Future

Innovative Designs And Strategies Will Benefit Quarry Operations Around The World.  By Toni Allen Without technology, there’s no mining. Ever since the most primitive forms of rock extraction with sticks and picks, innovative tools have continuously reshaped the way we gather and produce minerals and metals. As with any industry that focuses on natural resource extraction, increased awareness of the…

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SRM Concrete Buys Clinton-Tecumseh Aggregates

SRM Materials, the aggregate division of SRM Concrete, acquired Clinton-Tecumseh Aggregates, a sand and gravel quarry in Lenawee County. This addition marks the company’s second quarry in Michigan and the 17th nationwide. President of SRM Materials Ryan Hollingshead stated, “We are thrilled to have added another quarry in Michigan to help supply the needs of our concrete plants. Not only…

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Cat Electric Drive Wheel Loader Features Technology, Efficiency Updates

Built on a solid switch reluctance technology foundation leveraging more than 15 years of Caterpillar electric drive experience, updates to the Cat 988K XE deliver up to 10% faster downhill speed, improved rimpull and increased hydraulic breakout force for up to 5% better production. The updated design improves cycle times in load and carry applications, while an optional counterweight increases…

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New V-Plow Design Delivers Lighter Weight, Safer Handling

Martin Engineering has redesigned one of its most popular tail protection devices to be a lighter weight, modular unit delivered in a compact package for improved safety and convenience. The re-engineered Martin V-Plow HD achieves the gains with no compromise in performance.  “The heaviest section of the previous design was about 21 lb. (9.5 kg), while the new modular unit’s…

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CalCIMA Announces Excellence in Safety Awards Winners

The California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) announced its 2021 Excellence in Safety Awards winners. These awards acknowledge the exceptional work and contributions to safety in regard to leadership, innovation, commitment, and impact beyond the plant. “Safety has to be JOB #1 in our industry. We’re proud to prioritize the safety of our workers, from training and tools, to…

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Trimble Offers Autonomy, Productivity Solutions

Trimble will present a wide range of mining solutions to improve safety, productivity and efficiency, and put mining operations on the path to autonomy at MINExpo 2021. Mining companies need to overcome challenges like rising costs and skilled labor shortages and maximize opportunities from higher commodity prices.  Today’s market leaders are using new tools to optimize operations, provide greater visibility…

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NSSGA Applauds Introduction of PAVE Act

Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.), along with Reps. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) and Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.) introduced the bipartisan Providing Assistance for Vital Enhancements (PAVE) Act, legislation to authorize an additional $18 billion in emergency funding for state Departments of Transportation (DOT). “Too many critical infrastructure projects in Pennsylvania have been delayed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lamb. “Congress…

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Construction School Could Build Opportunity

May 14, 2021 – Well, it seems like a good idea on the surface. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announced plans to build an inner city construction school that includes a working concrete and asphalt plant. The project would be built around East 79th Street along the “Opportunity Corridor” that connects Interstates 490 and 77 to University Circle. The school would include a…

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Cat Pitches Performance at Recent Loader Launch

May 13, 2021 – At a recent virtual product launch, Caterpillar discussed its ability to offer premium performance in the 10- to 12-ton wheel loader class, via the new Cat 980 and 982 medium wheel loaders. The machines are up to 10% more productive and feature lower maintenance costs up to 20% when compared to the previous 980M and 982M powershift models.,…

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