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FEATURES

DEPARTMENTS & SECTIONS

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In-depth report: skid-steer loaders for demolition

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Lessons learned from dredging soil aid in recycling contaminated aggregate

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News Room

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Spotlight

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From hybrid machines to autonomous crushing

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In-Depth Report

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Family feel keeps top talent paving at Burnaby Blacktop

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Attachments

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Aggregates

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Ease of use and capability drive designs for trailers of all kinds

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Roadbuilding

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Data keeps mine tires rolling

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Trucks & Transportation

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Equipment Maintenance & Management

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How a VMAC air compressor can reduce downtime for road department operators

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Advertiser Index

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Segmented skid-steer tires shorten downtime

From the Editor


JULY/AUGUST 2022 | VOLUME 37 • NUMBER 7 EDITOR IN CHIEF Kaitlyn Till ktill@baumpub.com 604-291-9900 ext. 330 EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Arturo Santiago asantiago@baumpub.com 604-291-9900 ext. 310 EDITOR Lee Toop ltoop@baumpub.com 604-291-9900 ext. 315 ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Sam Esmaili sam@baumpub.com 604-291-9900 ext. 110

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FROM THE EDITOR

FROM THE EDITOR ATTRACTING AND RETAINING EMPLOYEES CAN COME DOWN TO COMPANY CULTURE AND VALUES

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eavy Equipment Guide has been working to bring more attention to the people who represent our industry on the ground in recent issues. I’ve spoken with a number of dealers and contractors who have interesting stories to tell, and through this effort I’ve been learning a lot about the people who make up the heavy construction sector in Canada. Heavy equipment has been a big part of my life through the years. I grew up around machines, my relatives run and work on them, and today I write about them. But there’s also a theme that was often present, and that I often see when talking to the successful contractors and business owners who I profile for this magazine: it’s the people and how they’re treated that makes the difference between success and failure. A few issues back, we learned about Ken White Construction, a family business that is growing thanks to the newest generation’s online efforts. Last issue I spoke with Matt Stringer from Headwater Equipment, whose father established the dealership and whose family has helped it expand. This issue we profile Burnaby Blacktop, whose owner Adrian Alblas treats his employees as members of the family – greeting them by name, keeping track of their families, helping them through challenges. In each case these businesses have been successful for years and is able to attract key talent thanks to how they manage their employees – as individual people who matter, as opposed to the clinical “just a number” approach that may be seen elsewhere. Construction has a very high turnover rate – more than 20 percent, according to some reports. Employees often move around looking for the ideal fit, and in the current labour market that means they can be choosy with the jobs on offer. Construction workers are also showing a greater interest in the corporate culture when considering potential employers. According to many human resources studies and reports, they are increasingly looking for management with strong values that are shared with their team, good communication, opportunities to improve and advance themselves, and are becoming more focused on technology as part of corporate philosophy. Those demands may be a challenge for contractors to implement, but the benefits are immediately evident. According

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When construction employees find a company that fits their values and needs, they are highly loyal as long as their employer is loyal to them. In a tight labour market, retaining employees is just as important as attracting them. to research, when construction employees find a company that fits their values and needs, they are highly loyal as long as their employer is loyal to them. In a tight labour market, retaining employees is just as important as attracting them. A positive, welcoming corporate culture bolstered by opportunity, interesting work opportunities, and that feeling of family that we’ve seen in many of our profiles all combine to be a real benefit for attracting and retaining employees. It is well worth every contractor’s time to review their own corporate culture and see if there are any potential challenges in the way of hiring and keeping new talent.

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NEWS ROOM

CATERPILLAR SIGNS SPONSORSHIP WITH NHL, ANNOUNCES OFFICE RELOCATION

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aterpillar Inc. has added yet another sport to its sponsorship roster, signing a multi-year global sponsorship with the National Hockey League (NHL) naming Caterpillar the official heavy equipment and industrial power sponsor of the NHL. Launching this fall, the sponsorship will focus on recognizing those who manufacture, sell, and operate Cat products and services. Caterpillar and its dealers may identify opportunities to assist the NHL by providing behind-the-scenes products and services to support NHL games and special events. The NHL will incorporate Cat products into NHL events by highlighting the company’s equipment and industrial power generators with TV-visible signage and in-arena branding at events. Along with the NHL agreement, June was a lively month for Cat, which also announced it will move its global headquarters to the company’s existing office in Irving, Texas, from its current location in Deerfield, Illinois. Caterpillar has had a presence in Texas since the 1960s across several areas of the company. Caterpillar will begin transitioning its headquarters to Irving in 2022. In addition, at Caterpillar’s annual general meeting, 96 percent of investors (based on the company’s preliminary tally) supported a shareholder resolution filed by As You Sow, Amalgamated Bank, Canada Post, and SHARE. The resolution asks management to release a report disclosing interim and long-term greenhouse gas targets aligned with the Paris Agreement’s goal of maintaining global temperature rise at 1.5 degrees Celsius and progress made in achieving those goals. Importantly, targets should cover Scope 3 emissions from use of products that combust fuels for operation, which account for a vast majority of value-chain emissions.


JOHN DEERE COLLABORATES WITH WACKER NEUSON ON DEVELOPMENT OF MINI EXCAVATORS

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ohn Deere has expanded its relationship with Wacker Neuson to include North America. John Deere and Wacker Neuson will collaborate on the development of excavators of less than five-metric tons, including battery-electric excavators, that will be manufactured by Wacker Neuson. Additionally, John Deere will have control of the design, manufacturing, and technology for the five- to nine-metric-ton models. “Excavators are an integral part of our customers’ job sites, and we anticipate growing demand to continue,” says Domenic Ruccolo, senior vice president of sales, marketing, and product support, global construction equipment at John Deere. “As we look to the future of our excavator lineup, this agreement will allow us greater flexibility as we continue to deliver a robust product portfolio that prioritizes the operator experience.” Distribution, parts, service, and support will continue through the John Deere dealer network. “We’re excited about the expanded agreement as it supports our goal of bringing productivity-driven features and industry leading technology to customers with greater agility,” said Jerred Pauwels, vice president, excavators, strategy and business development, John Deere. “Through this relationship, we’ll innovate faster and offer additional features and performance differentiation for our customers.”

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HYUNDAI CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AMERICAS ENTERS ADT MARKET

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yundai Construction Equipment Americas is entering the articulated dump truck market with two new models – the HA30 and HA45 articulated dump trucks – targeting the popular 30- and 45-ton segments. The first of the new ADTs are now available for order through Hyundai’s North American network of authorized dealers. With rated payloads of 28 and 41 tons respectively, the HA30 and HA45 articulated dump trucks provide an ideal haul truck match for Hyundai’s larger crawler excavators and wheeled loaders. Designed primarily for high-volume earthmoving projects, highway construction, and mine and quarry operations, Hyundai says its articulated haulers provide ideal drive and traction in job site conditions, maintaining year-round productivity for the customer.

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VOLVO CE DELIVERS ADT MADE OF FOSSIL-FREE STEEL TO NCC

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olvo CE has delivered an articulated hauler built using fossil-free steel. The A30G articulated hauler was handed over by Melker Jernberg, president of Volvo CE, to Swedish construction company NCC. The A30G uses fossil-free steel from steel company SSAB. The move comes just nine months after Volvo CE unveiled what it says is the world’s first vehicle concept using fossil-free steel, as part of the testing of the implementation in an ordinary production setup. While the commercial introduction is expected to be gradual with selected customers, this first handover is an important milestone in Volvo CE’s global climate goals.

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ASV’S FIRST COMPACT TRACK LOADER COSMETICALLY RESTORED

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SV Holdings has cosmetically restored an Ag-Track compact track loader prototype. Built in 1988, the machine led to ASV’s first commercial compact track loader, the Posi-Track MD-70. The restored Ag-Track is now on display at ASV’s headquarters in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. To restore the machine, the Ag-Track was disassembled down to the frame. Components were sanded down and sandblasted, fibreglass was repaired, the armrests were reupholstered, and more was done to the machine. ASV’s team used as many original parts as possible. The only new pieces of the restored Ag-Track are the seat, the headlights, and several hoses.

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HILTI LAUNCHES OPEN API FOR ON!TRACK UNITE

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RYB International has acquired Rad Technologies and Dalkotech. The acquisition comes as the result of aligning company cultures. The newly acquired companies will expand and enhance the GRYB portfolio. Both Rad Technologies and Dalkotech bring decades of experience in lean manufacturing, along with a history of developing products specifically for the OEM market, specializing in light implements for the snow and agricultural segments. GRYB now has over 500,000 square feet of manufacturing space, eight factories, nearly 1,000 employees, and a fleet of fully automated welding equipment.

ilti North America has launched ON!Track Unite, a new open API for software integration. The platform allows for an ideal digital integration experience which unifies data from multiple sources, increasing data quality and consistency, and automating processes involving other software. ON!Track Unite helps make ON!Track features more extensive. Contractors can use off-the-shelf integrations available on the marketplace or create their own integrations by leveraging the ON!Track Unite open API. Developers can rely on guidance and modern API documentation on the ON!Track Unite hub to build scalable integrations.

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SPOTLIGHT

SPOTLIGHT

INTRODUCTIONS & UPDATES

Compact inclined screen

High lift loader

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The new L200H High Lift wheel loader has a 27 percent increase in lifting capacity and 13 percent larger grapple compared to the L180H model it replaces, offering more productivity while reducing operating costs. A new loading unit features a reinforced lift arm system, cross beam, and rotator unit. This increases the machine’s maximum lifting capacity to 24,600 pounds. The loader is equipped with larger 875-type low-profile L4 tires standard, to improve stability. It is able to stack logs up to nearly 23 feet in height. Its ability to rotate 360 degrees and tilt makes it easy to reach any log on the stack. The rotator unit is maintenance-free and features an integrated dampening system that also improves stability. This is Volvo’s first high-lift variant to be compatible with Load Assist for productivity improvement. The On-Board Weighing app adds insights into the grapple’s payload to help improve efficiency.

The Falcon 820 is a ruggedly designed compact finishing screen intended to handle sand and gravel, crushed stone, topsoil, and demolition waste. It features a double deck, two bearing 8-foot by 4-foot screenbox. The screen has a versatile and robust design, and its compact transport envelope makes it easy to move between sites as needed. This model is one of three in the Falcon range, which combine scalping, screening, and stockpiling into one self-contained unit. Their versatile screen angle range add efficiency to the Falcons’ classification of fines in multiple applications.

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Active overload systems

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New overload systems on Kleemann crushers are designed to ensure the plants can operate a process that is as continuous as possible. A multi-stage overload system on the MOBICAT MC 110(i) EVO2 jaw crusher provides more safety with uncrushable material – if metal enters the process, the crushing gap opens automatically in up to two seconds over the complete gap range, meaning the crusher does not have to be stopped during the temporary overload. On the MOBICONE MCO 90(i) EVO2 cone crusher two systems are installed: a “tramp release” protects against uncrushable material by lifting the bowl, including the bowl liner, so problem materials fall through. “Ringbounce detection” reacts to high fines in the feed material to prevent clogging of the crusher or “briquetting” of material by monitoring hydraulic pressure and reacting as needed.

A new generation of the RT-50 Posi-Track compact track loader has been released, powered by a Yanmar engine. The re-powered RT-50 also offers improved serviceability, allowing owners to have the Yanmar engine serviced at ASV dealers. In addition to these benefits, the new RT-50 features new comfort, visibility, and performance features. The RT-50 features a more powerful 53.8-hp Tier 4, three-cylinder Yanmar engine, a full eight percent power increase from the previous model. The machine has a high tractive effort and ideal pushing and digging power thanks to ASV’s Posi-Power system. The RT-50’s quick attach fits a wide variety of attachments.

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IN-DEPTH REPORT: SKID-STEER LOADERS

HOW TO SELECT A SKID STEER FOR DEMOLITION

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IN-DEPTH REPORT SKID-STEER LOADERS BY KAITLYN TILL, EDITOR IN CHIEF


IN-DEPTH REPORT: SKID-STEER LOADERS

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he roles that skid-steer loaders can play on a demolition job site are wide and varied. Their compact size and power make them ideal for tearing down small structures, accessing hard-to-reach demolition sites, and cleaning up debris. They are particularly versatile for demolition applications due to the ease with which attachments can be swapped out. Outfitted with a grapple bucket, they are the perfect support option for cleaning up debris and loading trucks on the job site. With a hammer or breaker they can help break up concrete footers and other structures that are not as ideal or easy for an excavator to get to. Today’s skid steers can even be outfitted with shears to cut through metal material on demolition job sites, or with concrete and asphalt rock saws for breaking down those materials. With a broom, a skid-steer loader can clean surfaces that you’ve already worked on, and for demolition applications where a site needs to be restored to its natural setting with grading and grass, a skid steer can take care of those tasks too – moving topsoil and utilizing a landscape rake. Demolition environments are harsh on equipment and there are a range of factors to consider when selecting a skid-steer loader for demolition work. In this in-depth report, we take a look at a few of those elements – maintenance and tire selection, how to spec your machine for the job, what to consider when selecting a skid steer for interior vs. exterior work, and the latest equipment advances that can increase safety for workers on demolition job sites.

senior product specialist for skid-steer loaders from Caterpillar, says that most of the time in demolition applications the machine will be around flying debris and dust. You will want to have a good maintenance schedule set up for cleaning the machine, especially making sure that the cooling cores are cleaned out to remove any accumulated dust. Anything around the engine compartment should be cleaned regularly to ensure debris doesn’t get in and around components. A reversing fan option can help keep the engine compartment clean, and you can set up a manual purge or automatic purge. Coleman also recommends cleaning and replacing filters. You can extend filter life by adding an engine-free cleaner to get some of the material out of the airflow stream before it makes its way to the engine air filter in a dusty environment. Finally, general inspection is especially vital in demolition applications. There is ample opportunity for damage to the machine in the course of demolition work and operators should look around the machine at the beginning and end of their shift to see if any damage has occurred that could cause potential downtime – including bent lines and tire damage. “Because of the nature of the work – you’re dealing with steel, concrete, rebar – the daily pre- and post-operation walkaround and inspection . . . is critical,” says Jeff Jacobsmeyer, product manager from CASE Construction Equipment. “A piece of rebar stuck up in an undercarriage, or bent rims . . . can lead to unexpected downtime throughout the workday. Identifying that, particularly at the end of the day, can help you get a fix in place and make sure you’re up and running first thing in the morning.” He adds that normal rules of equipment operation apply: as much straight forward and reverse operation as possible minimizes wear, while consistent counter rotation will accelerate wear and lead to downtime.

A piece of rebar stuck up in an undercarriage, or bent rims . . . can lead to unexpected downtime throughout the workday. Identifying that, particularly at the end of the day, can help you get a fix in place and make sure you’re up and running first thing in the morning.

WHAT ELSE TO CONSIDER WHEN SPEC’ING A SKIDSTEER LOADER FOR DEMOLITION APPLICATIONS

The first thing to look at when spec’ing a skid-steer loader for demolition is machine size. Larger machines will have more lifting capability and can lift heavier loads into trucks. Coleman recommends picking the largest maJeff Jacobsmeyer chine that will work for your application and Product Manager, CASE Construction Equipment workspace in order to get the highest capacity for what you’re handling. This is particularly important for demolition applications where you will use a grapple bucket to handle large pieces of concrete. TIRES AND MAINTENANCE FOR Jacobsmeyer adds that customers working in these environSKID-STEER LOADERS IN DEMOLITION ments will definitely want a demo door. Demo doors are built APPLICATIONS with higher-grade components and glass to minimize the risk Demolition job sites are among the harshest that a skid-steer of broken glass and damage. loader will encounter and its tires need to stand up to the punMost attachments used in demolition will operate with stanishing conditions. According to all of our experts, non-pneudard hydraulic flow, but our experts agree that high-flow could matic tires are essential. be needed for some attachments, including some breakers. Foam-filled or solid rubber tires are two of the best options, But for most standard attachments, such as grapples, high-flow as well as segmented tires where you can replace individual capability won’t be needed. damaged segments, says Mike Fitzgerald, marketing manager Jacobsmeyer recommends opting for high-flow hydraulics from Bobcat. anyway. “That way you’ll be able to run a full gamut of attachIn addition to harsh ground conditions, Kevin Coleman, ments without worrying about whether you’ve got enough

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IN-DEPTH REPORT: SKID-STEER LOADERS

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power to work them,” he says. He adds that CASE has built-in control technologies in its compact loaders that allow you to control the percentage of flow to the attachment, which both provides greater control and ensures that the attachment is operating at optimal parameters. Both vertical and radial lift configurations will work for most demolition applications, but all of our experts agree that if your skid steer is going to be loading trucks regularly, a vertical lift arm is the way to go. While canopies are ROPS certified, additional falling object protection is available on most machines. Guard kits are also available for lights, hosing, and service access points. Extended bumpers also provide additional protection for the rear compartment. Ethan Clowes, product manager with JCB, says that a demolition machine should be spec’d with cab guarding to protect the operator, and notes that JCB machines are designed with side-entry, which can eliminate the chance of being trapped in the machine if something falls on the front screen. Fitzgerald from Bobcat recommends an engine seal kit, which can prevent debris from getting into the engine compartment. Some machines come built with a sealed engine compartment. Good visibility is also essential for demolition jobs. “Many manufacturers have rear-view cameras, but not all are created equal with regards to the field of vision that they provide,” says Coleman. “A rear-view camera that gives you a wide panoramic view behind the machine can be quite helpful.” According to Clowes, a telescopic boom is ideal for demoli-

tion applications as it provides greater reach and keeps the machine at a safer distance from the structure you are removing. Luke Gribble, solutions marketing manager with John Deere, recommends adding an engine air precleaner and reversing fan. Deere also says that access to critical machine information is also beneficial through a telematics solution, such as its JDLink.

HOW TO CHOOSE A SKID-STEER LOADER FOR INTERIOR VS. EXTERIOR DEMOLITION

While there isn’t much difference between skid-steer loaders suitable for interior demolition and those suitable for exterior demolition, machine size, job site awareness, and dust suppression are the three things to consider. The obvious consideration for interior demolition jobs is whether the machine is small enough to access the job site, but smaller machines may also be necessary for exterior partial demolition projects where the machine needs to work around structures that are not part of the demo job, says Fitzgerald. However, for large interior demolition projects with wide access, a smaller loader may not be necessary, so machine size choice will be entirely dependent on the types of projects that you are doing. Job site visibility constraints may also be different on interior projects. Coleman says that there may be different lighting considerations for skid-steer loaders that will be working in interior applications versus those working on exterior demoli-

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tion. Cat offers standard LED front and rear working lights, but you can also add side lights to the machine that will allow you to cast adjustable light and provide a better field of vision. CASE has built in the ability to always have the rear camera on a split-screen in its cab to improve job site awareness. Jacobsmeyer says that CASE has also focused on overall 360-degree visibility with a full-length rear-view mirror, visibility to the sides of the machine and down to the bucket, and excellent rear visibility. For interior applications, you may also want more dust suppression so the machine could be equipped with a water tank. Coleman says that Cat’s 44-gallon water tank option can provide that dust suppression, particularly while working inside.

SAFETY ADVANCES FOR SKIDSTEER LOADERS IN DEMOLITION APPLICATIONS

Safety must always be top of mind in demolition applications, and the latest equipment features can enhance safety on the job site. ROPS and FOPS standards ensure that skid-steer loaders meet the strictest roll-over and falling object protection standards. Clear sightlines on today’s machines, as well as rear-view cameras and additional lighting, can provide operators with excellent job site awareness. Gribble from John Deere points to the excellent visibility from inside the cab. “Not only are there clear sightlines to attachments and other parts of the machine itself, but operators can back up with confidence if the machine is equipped with an optional dedicated rear-view camera.”

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Both vertical and radial lift configurations will work for most demolition applications, but all of our experts agree that if your skid steer is going to be loading trucks regularly, a vertical lift arm is the way to go. Coleman says that technology on the machines can provide added safety benefits. Cat Command enables remote operation of the machine in harsh environments, keeping the operator within viewing distance, but away from the area of work. Coleman also says that non-line-of-sight technology is another option. This relies on cameras to give the operator a field of view from even further away. Clowes from JCB recommends being aware of how to safely enter and exit the machine on a demolition job site and recommends JCB’s side-entry design, which enables the operator to exit the machine even if the boom arm isn’t all the way down. With side entry, the operator can enter and exit no matter what attachment is on the front of the machine, or if the boom can’t fully lower. HEG


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DEMOLITION ATTACHMENTS BREAKERS AND GRAPPLES FOR COMPACT EQUIPMENT

EPIROC SB202 SOLID BODY BREAKER

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Epiroc’s SB202 Solid Body breaker is ideal for demolishing small concrete structures and asphalt pavements, both outdoors and indoors, performing earthworks, scaling in underground operations, and cleaning ladles and converters in foundries. The Solid Body concept integrates a percussion mechanism and guide system into a single block of special cast iron, decreasing the total number of parts. It also eliminates components like damping and guiding elements and tie rods or stud bolts completely for a compact shape to simplify handling.

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Bobcat’s line of six nitrogen breaker attachments covers compact excavators, compact track loaders, and mini track loaders in addition to skid-steer loaders. The nitrogen breakers have minimal internal parts, a single lower bushing and easily accessible grease ports. These design features reduce the breaker’s maintenance requirements and make rebuilds easier. The unique valve design of the concrete breakers lessens hydraulic pressure fluctuation, which reduces stress on the skid-steer loader’s hydraulic pumps.

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The Kubota GB30 is a good choice for use in demolition operations, recycling plants, salvage yards, and for rental thanks to its ability to move sharp, jagged, and bulky debris easily. The grapple bucket is made of 1/4-inch shell material with 1/2-inch end panels and 3/4-inch grapple tines. A pair of independent upper jaws aid the grapple in holding uneven loads. An optional bolt-on cutting edge is available; it is reversible and replaceable to extend the cutting edge life.

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Okada small hammers are suitable for use with skid-steer loaders as well as mini excavators and tractor loader backhoes. Typical applications include demolition, excavation, and trenching. Customized upper mounting brackets (UMBs) and quick coupler systems are available for all Okada breakers. Thirteen models of ORV breakers provide a broad range of skid-steer solutions for customers.

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AGGREGATES

LESSONS LEARNED FROM DREDGING SOIL AID IN RECYCLING CONTAMINATED AGGREGATE BY LEE TOOP, EDITOR

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ontaminated soils can come from many places when earthmoving projects are undertaken in cities. Outside of our cities, there are other potential challenges when it comes to contaminated soils, and there is a need to clean that material up before it is disposed of or reused. On Vancouver Island a continuing need for shipping channels to be dredged and efficiently managed has generated a steady flow of contaminated materials – and often some unique contaminants. For one aggregate processor, cleaning up those dredged materials started a process that has led to a major effort to recycle both dredging soil and excavated dirt on land. GRT started out as part of a construction company in the mid-2010s when a challenge arose surrounding dredging work in the busy Esquimalt Harbour at Victoria, B.C. Home of the Canadian Navy’s west coast fleet, Esquimalt was being updated and improved and that required dredging. However, that dredging left the operators with a problem, according to GRT CEO Peter Reid. “The dredge material they excavated out was taken to Seattle for disposal – it cost a lot of money, because it was both soil and water,” he explained. “GRT was formed to take that soupy dredge and dewater it – take the water out of the soil. That way, the disposal would cost a lot less money, because you aren’t disposing of the water.” Reid, a trained environmental engineer who has built a career on managing contaminated soils, said the process of dewatering provided the team working on that project with some new insight on how to improve the process. “In order to discharge that water we had to treat it, and when we treated the water and tested the soil it didn’t have the same concentrations as it did in situ because of the process,” Reid said. “We said ‘okay, this is working fairly well – can we recycle more water through this aggregate?’ Instead of just

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What we used to do back in the 1990s, was we’d dig it up and move it to a landfill . . . we didn’t know how to treat it. Now the landfills we brought that soil to are being moved to other landfills because the land has become so valuable. Peter Reid CEO, GRT using the water to dewater the aggregate, we put more water through it to pull more contaminants off of it.”

CHEMICALS AND RANDOM OBJECTS TURN UP IN SOILS

Contaminants in soil can include a variety of different problem chemicals and materials, from metals to hydrocarbons and salt, among others. Development of brownfield sites turns up numerous challenges that need to be met, and dredged soil has its own problems. “If you have a piling in the ocean, it’s got creosote on it. So, we have creosotes, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, parabens, and pentafluorophenyl,” Reid said.


GRT OPERATES A PLANT IN NANAIMO, B.C., PROCESSING CONTAMINATED SOILS OF VARIOUS KINDS.

Beyond the chemical contamination, dredge soil tends to have other material, especially around working harbours such as those around Vancouver Island. “You do find whatever people have thrown out – you find old books, old shoes, bottles from around the world . . . people just throw them overboard, and it all gets deposited in the top layer, which is what comes out for dredging,” Reid described. Other jobs have turned up such contaminants as dozens of tennis balls, duck decoys, Cheez Whiz jar lids, and more – making for a unique challenge when it comes to processing. Management and disposal of contaminated soil is becoming more and more of a challenge. Generally, soils are disposed of in landfills. The problem, Reid points out, is that the landfills are filling up – and old landfills are becoming prime real estate. “What we used to do back in the 1990s, was we’d dig it up and move it to a landfill . . . we didn’t know how to treat it,” he said. “Now the landfills we brought that soil to are being moved to other landfills because the land has become so valuable. We’re moving it from one site to another site, moving the same soil over and over again.”

CLEAN TREATED SOIL IDEAL FOR REUSE The answer, for GRT, is to clean and reuse that soil in the region where it is produced. To that end, GRT began focusing fully on recycling contaminated soils, both from dredging and excavation work on land, in 2019, and in 2021 expanded into a full-scale operation based in Nanaimo, B.C. “We successfully worked with the Nanaimo Port Authority, the regional district in Nanaimo, and the Snuneymuxw First Nation and opened up our full-scale plant – we call this a pilot plant, but it does 10,000 tons a month,” Reid said. “In that time we’ve worked on different types of aggregates, anything from clays to different sands to rocks. We’ve worked on a whole

AFTER CLEANING AND PROCESSING, GRT PRODUCES A VARIETY OF AGGREGATES FOR REUSE.

bunch of different contaminants.” The Nanaimo plant is a custom design based around equipment developed for the mining industry by CDE, Reid said. From there, GRT has added water treatment systems and its own innovations to provide a range of approaches to handle whatever contaminants may be present. Soil comes into the plant and water is added, then the slurry goes through a series of physical separations. Depending on the contaminants and other factors, the water is treated with additives to help remove materials, then the mixture is sent to a centrifuge or hydrocyclone where the water is removed for its own treatment process. Different parts of the plant and different additives are used for different needs, Reid said, all based on years of research and development work by industry experts. “There was a lot of trial and learning – I’m not going to say ‘trial and error,’ but there was trial and learning in the beginning to come up with these recipes as to how to make it work,” he said. “We’re processing soil from Vancouver Island and soil that comes from Vancouver by barge, and the soils are different – the recipes for Vancouver Island are different than the recipes from the Lower Mainland.” At the end of the process, GRT is supplying regional industry with several aggregate products: oversized greater than four inches, four-inch minus, pea gravel, a wash sand, and clay. With growing demand for recycled materials in construction, Reid said GRT is hoping to expand its capability moving forward. “We are actively looking for land in the Lower Mainland to be able to do the Nanaimo plant but bigger. Based on what happens in that location, we could go elsewhere. Excess soils are a problem everywhere,” he said. “From a societal standpoint, in 10 or 15 years we . . . won’t look at this soil as a waste, we will look at it as a resource.” HEG JULY/AUGUST 2022 | heavyequipmentguide.ca

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FROM HYBRID MACHINES TO AUTONOMOUS CRUSHING HOW SBM EMBRACES TECHNOLOGY TO BENEFIT AGGREGATES OPERATIONS

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or almost 40 years, SBM Mineral Processing has been using diesel-electric drive systems and has supplied plug-in hybrids for track-mobile jaw and impact crushers from under 30 tons to about 150 tons operating weight. The most recent models are the 40-ton-segment JAWMAX 450 and REMAX 450.

HYBRID DESIGN CONCEPT AVAILABLE ACROSS THE LINE

SBM says it aims for consistent design in all of its plants to ensure the significant benefits of diesel-electric drive systems plus power grid option are available in all power classes. At the heart of these machines is a diesel generator unit with emission-optimized Cummins diesel motors and directly flanged low-maintenance generators. The compact drive units are positioned outside of the dust-intensive machine zones. As standard, the control cabinets are additionally overpressured and can be heated or air-conditioned for extremely difficult operations. At the control cabinet, the plant is optionally supplied by the grid or by alternative external power sources (auxiliary generators) – activation is easy and safe. Operators simply switch the central master switch before starting the plant. Then the central SBM plant control system, Crush Control, automatically starts, monitors, and controls the individual machine components during crushing operations. The working hydraulics system (crusher gap setting, hydraulic cylinders, etc.) and the proportional traction drive are energized by two electrically operated pumping systems and circuits that are activated separately. This assures full functionality of the plants even in all-electric operation; at the same time, the energy footprint is not affected due to the unnecessary standby status of the track motors, for example. This minimizes the oil quantities required on board. Instead of using complex hydraulic pipings – resulting in high thermal losses and costly oil cooling – all other drive systems and components in SBM plants are connected to practically eliminate leaks and corresponding breakdowns. Without the detour via control blocks, electric activation ensures continuous quick response of the various plant components and facilitates easy and simple adaptation of feeding

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SBM OFFERS ECO-FRIENDLY HYBRID MACHINES ACROSS ITS CRUSHING LINE.

rates, screening capacities, or frequency converter controlled functions, such as the automatic cleaning function of the feeder and feed hopper.

EFFICIENT AND ECO-FRIENDLY HYBRID MACHINES

The degree of efficiency of diesel-electric-drive systems can be considerably increased if energy-intensive hydraulic drive components are eliminated. At about 80 percent the efficiency clearly exceeds that of diesel-electric systems without or with optimized load-dependent control; with grid connection the efficiency factor comes to more than 90 percent. This directly influences fuel consumption: the diesel engines of the SBM plants operating at a speed of 1,500 to 1,800 rpm adjustable in steps consume more than 40 percent less than all-hydraulic systems. Compared to models with directly driven crushers, consumption is still reduced by 20 percent. Given the sharp increase in fuel prices, even if electricity costs vary SBM says that its hybrid technology will deliver a 60 percent benefit in energy costs. SBM anticipates that due to saving operational costs, diesel-electric hybrid plants with a high all-electric workload will – thanks to lower maintenance costs resulting from less wear and a longer service life – fully pay off after just a few years. SBM says that its hybrids provide even further benefits. The enclosed units deliver low noise levels without load-dependent fluctuations. If switched over to all-electric operation, the noise generated by the same plant will decrease by another 6 dB. With all-electric zero-emission operation, these crushers are ideal for tunnel construction or indoor recycling. For urban demolition this technology efficiently reduces exhaust emissions.


At the heart of these machines is a diesel generator unit with emission-optimized Cummins diesel motors and directly flanged low-maintenance generators. The compact drive units are positioned outside of the dustintensive machine zones.

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Looking forward, SBM Mineral Processing will demonstrate the possibilities for development of its in-house electrified mineral processing technology with the REMAX 600 tracked mobile impact crusher. The new 60-ton plant takes the technology a step further, towards autonomous and fully automated mobile crushing systems. This intelligent crusher features all the benefits of the all-electric SBM drive system and uses telematics to analyze data in real time, providing actionable insight. Using sensors, the plant automatically monitors feeding material and final products, determines load conditions of the crusher and conveyors, and optimizes all separation processes down to overbelt magnetic separators and wind sifters. The SBM Crush Control system validates all operating conditions and material properties in real time, matches the values via a cloud solution with thousands of reference data points, and carries out the necessary adjustments (gap setting, rotor speed, etc.). Pre-production of this machine starts in summer 2022, and the crusher will debut in October at bauma in Munich.

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he new BOMAG BM 2200/65 large planer is lighter, more compact, and maneuverable. A modest 58-inch (11,473 mm) milling radius improves machine productivity in the field, increasing efficiency in tight-radius applications like small roundabouts and culs-de-sac. Its conveyor offers a 16-foot (4,880-mm) discharge height plus larger, 130-degree conveyor slewing angle – 65 degrees left or right of centre – allowing material to be efficiently discharged into trucks on both sides of the mill. To facilitate transport, the conveyor retracts to a length 23.6 inches (600 mm) shorter than previous designs. Meeting Tier 4 Final/Stage V emissions standards, the mill’s 630-hp (470 kW) engine effectively matches power with milling speed for greater operating efficiency. The slim profile of the advanced BOMAG BMS15L quick-change cutting tooth holder system reduces resistance and delivers up to 20 percent fuel savings. Offering a range of milling drum designs and the choice of three different rotor speeds to tailor rotor speed to the job, the BM 2200/65 planer can be used on a wide range of asphalt and concrete milling applications. Intuitive operation is the hallmark of the new 60,296-pound (27,350 kg) BM 2200/65 half-lane mill. To simplify milling control, BOMAG Easy Cut technology automatically regulates the height of the rear drive, so the rear of the machine follows the front to its set depth, making the operator’s work simpler. BOMAG Easy Level clearly displays grade and slope settings on the large 7-inch (177.8-mm) display, and settings are quickly changed with minimal screen navigation. Designed for comfort and efficiency, the BM 2200/65’s vibration-isolated operator’s station delivers comfortable operation from either a seated or standing position. Additional cushioning at the platform’s standing areas help to ensure fatigue-free operation. Stepless platform side-shift up to 7.8 inches (200 mm) provides excellent visibility to the right cutting edge and side plate, allowing the operator to hold the milling line. Minimal navigation with limited submenus to get to machine parameters delivers intuitive, efficient operation.


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ROADBUILDING

FAMILY FEEL KEEPS TOP TALENT PAVING AT BURNABY BLACKTOP BY LEE TOOP, EDITOR


After starting out with a couple of guys and a truck, Burnaby Blacktop has grown to encompass all aspects of the road construction and repair sector, from asphalt to concrete, in both residential and commercial jobs.


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n the busy southern British Columbia roadbuilding sector, Burnaby Blacktop has established itself as a capable contractor for a broad range of paving services, from residential to municipal. From its start as a one-man operation, the company has developed a large, skilled workforce and a family vibe that holds on to talented employees. About 12 years ago, Adrian Alblas was working as a deckhand on tugboats around Vancouver, B.C., when he concluded that the jobs he was doing weren’t for him. He looked around, saw that there were driveways that needed repairs, and decided he would try seal coating as a new enterprise. That was the start of what would become Burnaby Blacktop, and from there the work started to pick up. Starting as a one-person operation, Alblas quickly teamed up with a friend, bought a dump truck, and the business started to grow. Kevin Bustard, who today is Burnaby Blacktop’s quality director, was a member of the first five-person paving crew formed by Alblas. “I worked with a wheelbarrow. We were five guys, mostly doing hand work,” Bustard recalled. “We struggled for a long time hiring good people but we kept moving ahead.” Bustard recalled that after its initial foray into driveway repair and sealing, Burnaby Blacktop started buying more equipment – a CASE skid steer, a Mauldin paver, and more trucks – and moved into pothole repair, followed by growth into commercial parking lot repair and paving.

We still have our feet in residential, we still do hundreds of driveways a year. We have our civil clients who like what we do, paving trenches and sections of streets around new building installations, or doing curb and gutter sidewalk. Kevin Bustard Quality Director, Burnaby Blacktop

FAMILY FEEL HELPS ATTRACT NEW TALENT

Along the way, Alblas continued to ensure that Burnaby Blacktop maintained a family feel for its employees, which helped draw more talent when it was needed. A focus on growing health and safety programs in the late 2010s made a huge difference, and the company experienced massive growth to become a contender for large jobs in the Vancouver area. Bustard said the addition of a comprehensive occupational health and safety program made Burnaby Blacktop more attractive for talented employees who were looking for positions with companies that kept them in mind. That growth gave Alblas the opportunity to start adding more equipment to the company’s fleet. “We started bringing in better people and Adrian just started buying equipment – every cent he made, he barely paid himself, it went into the company,” he described. Better equipment continued to draw better talent, and the family feel of the company made it even more attractive to potential employees. Bustard said that continues to be a key part of the draw for Burnaby Blacktop today. “Adrian himself is such a humble and helpful person – people recognize that if they work for him, they aren’t just a number. He knows their name, he participates in their life. That’s powerful, and unusual,” Bustard said. Today that attitude remains, even through the massive growth the company experienced and its continued expansion into larger markets. Fit and feel for employees continues to be a large part of employee retention. “It’s a hot market, and the labour pool is small,” Bustard said. “The culture brings the people – it’s word of mouth, it’s other people within other paving companies who may prefer the smaller company for its dynamics. They’ve watched us from day one, maybe, when we had one or two trucks on the road, and now we have dozens of trucks.”

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SKID-STEER LOADERS ARE A BIG PART OF BURNABY BLACKTOP’S FLEET.

OWNER ADRIAN ALBLAS (RIGHT) CHECKS IN WITH TEAM MEMBERS ON A JOB SITE.


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BURNABY BLACKTOP WORKING A LARGE PROJECT ON MARINE WAY IN VANCOUVER.

DIVERSE MIXED FLEET OF EQUIPMENT

Today, Burnaby Blacktop employs about 95 people, who stick around thanks to the positive work environment and the ability to work on a variety of projects with a broad range of equipment types. Burnaby Blacktop has a diverse mixed fleet of machines that have come a long way from that first CASE skid steer – though smaller machines remain a big part of the roughly 150-unit-strong fleet. “They developed an infatuation with Bobcats and other machines – the small compact loader is so important to us, so we have a load of them,” Bustard described. Caterpillar, Deere, and Bobcat are well represented in the smaller machines, and recent purchases across the board have leaned towards Cat, while specialty paving and milling equipment comes from manufacturers like BOMAG, LeeBoy, Wirtgen, Cat, and Weiler, along with Ammann rollers and others. A mixed fleet comes with challenges, but finding good dealer partners can take time and experience to get the relationship and service levels right, Bustard added. With a skilled and loyal workforce and a substantial fleet, Burnaby Blacktop takes advantage of those strengths as key parts of its project management approach. Ensuring that employees are familiar with the machines they run is a starting point, Bustard noted. “When a new piece of equipment rolls in, if you’re going to touch it, we want you to sit down and read the user’s manual, hit the maintenance intervals, and be responsible for that piece of equipment,” he said.

MOBILE TECHNOLOGY KEY TO SUCCESS Mobile technology is a big part of the process as well, with phone apps providing important data throughout the company’s operations. Health and safety efforts, for example, are using SafeTApp, a mobile product that employees can use to access certifications and resources as needed, Bustard noted. Samsara apps are used for the company’s fleet management

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work, and a customized version of Salesforce is used by the sales department. What these apps do is provide a way to track all aspects of the business, adding a variety of benefits, Bustard said. For example, when a new piece of equipment is added to the fleet, a first-use inspection is done and entered into the operator’s phone, and is logged as part of Burnaby Blacktop’s extensive maintenance program. On the job site, these apps are used to collect items like quality control reports, near miss reports, disciplinary notes, fuelling, and other data, Bustard said. “Now, we couldn’t live without those digital interfaces. They take some time management and time with the creators of the app . . . they’re a blessing and a curse,” he described. “But when it comes to crunch time and you have an incident, that has a lot of meaning – whether it’s underground interference, a line, or an injury. If you haven’t tracked everything prior to that, you’re at the mercy of some powerful forces. These apps help us track our processes and our progress, and they hold us accountable to our commitment and our word that we do things in a certain way.” Today, more than a decade after starting with one truck, Burnaby Blacktop handles jobs that run the gamut from residential to commercial, along with municipal work and more, in both asphalt and concrete depending on the need. That flexibility ensures that the business has plenty of work, but one focus for the future is to determine where they can truly use their skills. Even so, while Burnaby Blacktop’s expertise extends to things like pavement and base refurbishment, turnkey parking lots for new tilt-up structures, or other projects that are taking them further into heavy industrial jobs, the company still retains its traditional client base for much of its work. “We still have our feet in residential, we still do hundreds of driveways a year,” Bustard said. “And, we have our civil clients who like what we do, paving trenches and sections of streets around new building installations, or doing curb and gutter sidewalk work.” HEG


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EASE OF USE AND CAPABILITY DRIVE DESIGNS FOR TRAILERS OF ALL KINDS FLATDECK GETS UPDATES FOR IMPROVED PERFORMANCE

The PJ Trailers Low-Pro Flatdeck with Duals (LD) has been updated for improved performance. A 25,000-pound GVWR unit, the LD is now offered with an all-new gooseneck design, frame design coupler, suspension, and more. The ProBeam gooseneck gives the LD a modern design look. It is built from a single piece of steel and redistributes stress across the neck’s frame for fewer stress points. The TwistGuard frame uses T-shaped intersecting pipe supports to reduce frame twist and improve torque control. The Demco EZ Latch gooseneck coupler provides easy hitching with help from

Demco’s EZ Latch system in a custom gooseneck housing. Other new features include the Dexter HDSS Adjustable Suspension, Monster Steps with a new retractable design, and new hold-down latches for optional Monster Ramps, which provide reduced noise and vibration while in transit.

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THE XL SIDE DUMP IS A VERSATILE, DURABLE AGGREGATE TRAILER.

sure the tub is always secure. An electric mesh tarp system also prevents the tub from dumping when it is covered. The XL 60 is equipped with a tub that offers a capacity of 23 cubic yards water level and 33 cubic yards strike-off. Built with quarter-inch AR450 steel, the tub is designed to be crack resistant. The XL 60 SD2-37 has an overall length of 39 feet 8 inches, while the XL 60 SD337 measures 41 feet 9 inches. Both trailers are 102 inches wide and have a capacity of 60,000 pounds. Trailers fea-

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LENGTHENED APPROACH RAMP IMPROVES LOADING ACCESS Felling Trailers has modified the design of its Air Tilt model to increase operator ease of use and safety. The fixed approach ramp was lengthened from 14 to 22 inches, for example, which reduces the load angle by

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A NEW APPROACH RAMP MAKES FELLING AIR TILT TRAILERS EASIER TO LOAD.

about 10 degrees and provides a more subtle break-over point, aiding in the loading of compact equipment like skid steers and excavators. The new design also offers the option of full-size oval recessed

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NEW AXLE AND OTHER OPTIONS INCREASE THE CAPABILITY OF WESTERN STAR’S 49X IN HEAVY HAUL AND VOCATIONAL DUTIES.

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NEW HOOD AND AXLE OPTIONS BOOST HEAVY HAUL AND CONSTRUCTION CAPABILITY

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estern Star is adding new options to expand the capability of its 49X model truck to handle heavy haul and construction applications. A new, optional Power Hood is being offered on the 49X, designed to allow for higher horsepower and more cooling for set-forward front axle configurations. Made from the same impact-resistant, durable, lightweight molded resin material as the sloped 49X hood, the new offering works well in applications that need higher horsepower ratings, such as heavy haul, construction, and oil field service. It is available with the Detroit DD16 engine, which offers up to 600 hp and 2,050 lb.-ft. of torque, or the Cummins X-15, at up to 605 hp and 2,050 lb.-ft. of torque, along with the 49X’s 1,600-square-inch radiator. A second new option is the availability of the Meritor P600 planetary drive axle. Available in tandem or tridem rear axle configurations, and paired with the Neway AD260 or AD390 rear suspensions, the P600 is designed for heavy haul applications with GCWs of 200,000 pounds and more. “These new features make [the 49X] more powerful and versatile so it can deliver even better performance and results for customers,” said Mary Aufdemberg, general manager, Product Strategy and Market Development, Daimler Truck North America. “Western Star loyalists will appreciate how the more tradition-

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al design of the Power Hood evokes the brand’s storied heritage.” Both of these new options will be available on the 49X starting in September 2022. Available now on both the 49X and 47X are factory-installed twin steer front axle options, available in set-back axle configurations. These twin steer configurations are designed for heavy construction work – such as concrete pumpers, cranes, mixers, and others. On the 49X, Detroit tandem front axle ratings of 40,000 and 36,000 pounds are available, paired with equalized flat leaf front slippered suspensions. The 47X features a Detroit tandem front axle rating of 40,000 pounds paired with equalized taper leaf front suspensions. These twin steer options offer increased load capability on the front axles, along with improved steering traction, weight distribution, and easier cab access compared to previous models. “These new options for the X-Series are simply the latest results of Western Star’s commitment to building the finest trucks for heavy haul, construction and other severe service applications,” said Aufdemberg. In addition to these factory-installed, set-back axle twin steer options, the 47X offers a twin steer prep kit for set-forward configurations. Factory twin steer production begins in late 2022 for the 49X and early 2023 for the 47X.


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Data keeps mine tires rolling KAL TIRE USES TOMS TO MONITOR HAUL TRUCKS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT TO IMPROVE MAINTENANCE BY LEE TOOP, EDITOR

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ine sites are big on uptime. If a haul truck goes down unexpectedly it can throw off the routine and cost thousands of dollars on the bottom line – and that’s unacceptable in these high-paced operations. Tires have the potential for problems at many times during the day, and if a tire fails, that vehicle is out of use and not making money. To keep tires healthy and functioning well, preventive maintenance is becoming more popular. For one dealer that focus is on constant monitoring and data analysis to ensure the rubber hitting the road is as ready as it can be every day. Kal Tire introduced its Tire Operations Management System (TOMS) to mine sites that were looking for a new way to manage their fleet tire needs. TOMS enables proactive planning of tire maintenance needs, reducing the likelihood of unplanned downtime. Plus, according to Dave Allan, vice president of Canada for Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group, TOMS has the ability to collect data at greater levels which makes it even easier to manage tire life and fleet operations.

DATA COLLECTION BACKS UP MAINTENANCE PLANS

At its heart, TOMS is a way to ensure that maintenance plans are followed by the Kal Tire service teams on site, Allan said. “TOMS is a system that helps plan and schedule work. What it does is automatically releases work orders in advance of benchmarks. If we say to a customer that we want to change the tire at so many hours, or on such a date, the system will take that and generate work orders when it’s time to do that work,” he explained. “That doesn’t always happen at the time – sometimes equipment isn’t available, or the condition of the tire is fine. But, what that does is make sure our team is aware of what’s going on based on the data they have.” TOMS can produce work orders to address specific issues noted during inspections, or to answer concerns raised through automated tire pressure management system (TPMS) sensors, he noted. With large fleet operators like mines becoming more data driven all the time, the data collection aspect of TOMS is popular with Kal Tire clients, Allan noted. More data means more knowledge, and the ability to develop more precise programs across the fleet. “They really appreciate that TOMS, every month, will pro-

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DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS THROUGH THE KAL TIRE TOMS SYSTEM IS SAVING MINING OPERATIONS TIME AND MONEY.

TOMS, every month, will produce a report that shows what their tires are doing, how we’ve inspected them, what has come from those inspections, and the results of those work orders. Dave Allan Vice President of Canada, Mining Tire Group, Kal Tire duce a report that shows what their tires are doing, how we’ve inspected them, what has come from those inspections, and the results of those work orders,” Allan said.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ADDS AUTOMATED MONITORING ABILITY

TOMS keeps track of inspection data, tire condition, rim placement and changes, seasonal effects on tires, and more. With the addition of Pitcrew.ai, data collection has become even more effective while also being nearly seamless. Pitcrew.ai utilizes a thermal imaging camera that is set up near a dump or fuel site – any area where vehicles regularly roll past. The camera automatically monitors the tires passing by and, using an AI software system, analyzes the images for po-


ANALYZING INSPECTION DATA AND TIRE PERFORMANCE MEANS MAINTENANCE CAN BE PLANNED TO REDUCE DOWNTIME.

tential problems like hot spots, separations, or other issues. The collected data is input into TOMS, and any needed maintenance is scheduled based on the severity of the issues identified. “If the camera sees a heat separation or anything in a tire, it will automatically create a work order in TOMS as well. All of that work is summarized by TOMS and prioritized by the equipment on site,” he described. If maintenance teams know that a fleet unit requires imminent maintenance, it can act more quickly and reduce the downtime taken by that particular unit.

BIG TIME SAVINGS FOR GOLD MINE

With that level of data analysis, forward planning of tire maintenance is easy to add into any fleet maintenance plan. For one client with an open-pit gold mine site, forward planning has made a big difference in tire-related downtime. Over two years of working with Kal Tire’s service teams, the percentage of planned work undertaken on the gold mine’s fleet has jumped by a factor of 10. With a vast amount of data available through the system’s various inputs, service decisions can be made much more precisely. “With the level of data we are now receiving, we can use TOMS to tell us the next maintenance steps we need to take. At this site, it was a change from four percent planned work up to 42 percent, and along with that we could then measure how much downtime we saved. By doing more planning, we save more downtime,” Allan said. For this particular customer, fleet tire performance was stable during the period, while tire-related downtime was reduced by 12 percent. Thanks to the ability to analyze operating data on a constant basis, TOMS is able to ensure that tires perform as expected because service work is done before problems can arise.

The data-driven approach also cut down the time taken per tire on planned changes by 50 minutes, while on unplanned tire changes the team was able to cut 30 minutes per tire. “You can never have no unplanned work, but the goal is to have more planned than unplanned work,” Allan said. “Tires will fail, something will puncture a tire – we have to deal with that, but we look at how to do that quicker through our processes.”

You can never have no unplanned work, but the goal is to have more planned than unplanned work. Tires will fail, something will puncture a tire – we have to deal with that, but we look at how to do that quicker through our processes. Dave Allan In all, over the two years of operation, TOMS likely saved the customer somewhere around $2 million thanks to planned maintenance and faster response, Allan noted. TOMS is scalable and can work across mixed fleets of trucks and wheeled machines, Allan noted. Any location where Kal Tire is involved with an operation’s tire maintenance can benefit from TOMS – essentially, all the business needs to do is identify their preferred tire management strategy and Kal Tire’s service teams work from there. HEG JULY/AUGUST 2022 | heavyequipmentguide.ca

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VMAC'S STACKED G30 HAS A FOOTPRINT OF ONLY 2.5 SQUARE FEET.

HOW A VMAC AIR COMPRESSOR CAN REDUCE DOWNTIME FOR ROAD DEPARTMENT OPERATORS

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anny McConnel is Madison County Road Department’s superintendent overseeing a network of 1,600 miles of mostly dirt roads across the county in Arkansas. With a fleet of 50 service vehicles, he manages the logistics of keeping the roads graded and maintained year-round. Compressed air plays an essential role in keeping McConnel’s team on top of road

install different blades on the road graders in the fleet. “We had an air compressor on our trucks, but using it was a slow process,” said McConnel. “The air compressor did not keep air pressure, and the operators had to wait for the compressor to catch up so they could finish a job.” When it was time to purchase a new lube skid, McConnel knew it was an opportunity to choose a

When it was time to purchase a new lube skid, McConnel knew it was an opportunity to choose a better air compressor for his application. maintenance – the Madison County Road Department has trucks with lube skids and 750-gallon diesel tanks on them, and the pumps are powered by compressed air. McConnel’s team also uses air tools like impact guns to

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better air compressor for his application. He went to see Phil Carrott, owner of Grand Truck Equipment in Afton, Oklahoma. “Phil had the lube skid we liked, and we worked together to build a new truck,” explains

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McConnel. “Grand Truck Equipment has full-service offerings; Phil suggested VMAC’s Stacked G30 because of its vertical configuration and also because it was powerful enough for our application.” The vertical configuration of VMAC’s Stacked G30 gas drive rotary screw air compressor was perfect for this specific truck build. The truck didn’t have space for a bulky air compressor, but the Stacked G30’s vertical design means that it has a footprint of only 2.5 square feet, making it the perfect fit. Phil also addressed McConnel’s team’s challenge with unreliable air pressure. The Stacked G30 is a rotary screw air compressor capable of providing up to 30 CFM of continuous air at 100 psi (150 psi max). “I had worked with rotary screw air compressors before,” said McConnel. “I know what they’re capable of and was con-

fident that adding the VMAC Stacked G30 would solve our problem of waiting around for air pressure to build, allowing us to work faster.” McConnel’s new truck has been delivered from Grand Truck Equipment, and it’s a hit with the Madison County Roads Department. “The Stacked G30 provides us with air on demand,” said McConnel. “Now we don’t have to wait around for air anymore. The G30 keeps constant pressure. It has sped up the process at work and reduced frustration.” Now that the Madison County Roads Department has experienced working with the VMAC Stacked G30, McConnel said they couldn’t be happier with the solution that Phil at Grand Truck Equipment presented to them. “The VMAC Stacked G30 works perfectly,” said McConnel. “We won’t buy any other air compressor in the future.”


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SEGMENTED SKID-STEER TIRES SHORTEN DOWNTIME EVOLUTION WHEEL’S TIRE SYSTEM REQUIRES LITTLE REPAIR TIME BY ARTURO SANTIAGO, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

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catastrophic tire failure can easily occur when running equipment in a rock quarry or demolition site where the equipment’s tires are exposed to extreme abrasion hazards, broken concrete, or jagged steel. This could result in hours or more of extended downtime as the tire is changed or repaired. Evolution Wheel’s innovative solid tires for skid steers, telehandlers, and a range of agricultural heavy equipment can dramatically reduce that downtime. The unique design of its tires features rubber segments that are bolted onto the rims. If one of those segments becomes damaged, it can quickly be swapped out with a new segment.

A TIRE THAT COMES TOGETHER IN SEGMENTS

It takes four nuts to bolt one segment onto the rim of the tire. This means that if a single section is damaged, the operator can easily remove that segment and replace it with a new one using only a wrench. The prolonged downtime of taking the machine out of action, moving it to a maintenance area, and replacing the tire is eliminated.

EVOLUTION WHEEL’S SEGMENTED DESIGN ALLOWS FOR QUICK REPAIRS.

Evolution Wheel Sales and Marketing Manager Marcus Leite says that this is where the main value proposition lies, “An operator with basic tools can swap out that segment in five minutes and the machine doesn’t even have to leave the location. It doesn’t need to be towed anywhere. A pickup truck could roll in with that segment, zip it off, zip it on, and you’re back off to the races.”

CORE GEOMETRY IN THE RUBBER

The rubber of an Evolution Wheel tire is able to compress and flex not only because of the geometric apertures, but also its rubber compound. The shapes of the apertures are the result of extensive engineering, testing, and research and development – as is the chemistry of the rubber. For each product, Evolution Wheel searches for the proper abrasion and flexibility. Once they are found and completely tested, a fullscale production tire is made.

WITH TREAD DEPTH COMES PERFORMANCE

EVOLUTION WHEEL’S EWRS-HS SERIES TIRE.

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Evolution Wheel tires have more tread depth than any other manufacturer, according to Leite. This is a design feature that improves the traction of a machine. He says, “It’s going to act like a paddle in what we call two-stage traction. That first bit of traction is really loading up the tire and as that tire loads up, the core geometry will twist and as that tire rotates, it’ll just push you through which is why our AT Series for skid steers is very popular.” Value is also found in a deeper tread as the thicker rubber lasts longer. “So that tire is just going to last three times that of a premium pneumatic, while our HS Series will last three to five times longer depending on how abrasive the environment is.”


An operator with basic tools can swap out that segment in five minutes and the machine doesn’t even have to leave the location. Marcus Leite Sales and Marketing Manager, Evolution Wheel

ber. Servicing is simply a matter of unbolting old segments and replacing them with new segments.

MORE PRODUCTS FOR MORE MACHINES

The company also recognizes that there are a number of different categories of equipment for which an Evolution Wheel tire concept could be applied and it is working to develop those products, such as a tire for backhoe loaders. Leite says, “We think that we’re doing something different around here when it comes to tires, having the ability to service tires in the field and at the same time get that much more life out of it. That’s what we do here. That’s our value proposition. It’s a great product because it’s simple and it works.” HEG

STEEL RIMS ACT AS A BALLAST

The tires made by Evolution Wheel are much heavier than traditional pneumatic tires. When mounted on a piece of equipment, such as a telehandler, the additional weight becomes an advantage. The most optimal place to add ballast on a telehandler is at a point closest to the ground. With tires acting as extra weight, operators can achieve better lifting performance and machine operation is more predictable.

LOW MAINTENANCE TO NO MAINTENANCE

Engineers at Evolution Wheel have worked to create maintenance-free tires. There is a break-in period of the solid tires of about 30 hours of use until they reach their full flexibility and responsiveness (they can be used in normal operations with no restrictions during the break-in period). And the geometric apertures need to be cleaned of dirt and debris, but the system is essentially free of maintenance. The tires do not even need to be rotated. Even so, retread kits are available and emphasis is placed on serviceability. The heavy-duty rims are designed to be used for multiple life cycles of the rub-

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