Gaining an edge in efficient performance can only occur when plant maintenance is proactive – not reactive. The latter is merely a fix-it-after-it’s-broken mentality. A proactive approach generates an ongoing preventive and predictive maintenance strategy that ensures increased uptime and throughput, maximum equipment wear life, higher quality products, and improved safety.
It was a grueling winter in Nova Scotia in 2014-15. As the late days of April approached, aggregate and road construction crews were finally working with conditions that would allow them to operate. Sure, road conditions were still soggy and weight restrictions remained in affect, but site prep work could finally begin and pits and quarries finally got in a position where stone could be crushed to create the stockpiles needed for customers and projects throughout the province.
Building roads and mining aggregates in the middle of cottage country is not without its advantages. There are pristine lakes to boat, fish and swim on in the summer, and perfect conditions for ice fishing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter.
Mission Ridge Aggregates, which produces and supplies sand and gravel to companies in southwestern British Columbia, operates in a tough market.
Family-owned and operated since 1978, Sundre Contracting Co. understands the importance of delivering a quality product. The operation, located in Sundre, Alta., produces more than 30 different product sizes – from 1/16-inch (1.6-mm) fine sand to 12-inch (305-mm) screened rock and everything in between. Whether its customer is an Alberta road builder, concrete plant or any of a number of golf courses in Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan, its products must meet tight specifications or be rejected. Dealing with severe screen media blinding and pegging from clay material and a rainy climate, Sundre needed an advanced solution. After exploring several screen media options, the operation found one that helped eliminate the production-crippling effects of these conditions, ultimately saving them thousands while waiting for Mother Nature to cooperate.
When talking about aggregate, the term “clean” is used to refer to material that is free of dirt, clay or organic material. These days (at least in British Columbia), the definition of clean can be extended to include material that does not generate acid or leach metals when exposed to rainfall.
On the face of it, New Brunswick’s 2015-16 transportation and infrastructure budget, at $409.5 million, is surely a cheery improvement over last year’s $213.2 million budget. But for aggregate producers, there is little in it to crow about, according to Tom McGinn, executive director of New Brunswick Road Builders & Heavy Construction Association (RBHCA).
A new impact crusher is keeping a western Ontario aggregates producer in the black as it processes 1-in.-minus reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) particles from chunks as big as a coffee table, with the help of the right excavator.
Across six weeks spanning from early March to the middle of April 2015, Superior Industries made headlines in the Canadian aggregates industry with the purchase of two Canadian manufacturers.
May 15, 2015 - Cemen Tech announced the hiring of a new President/CEO and a new Director of Sales and Marketing. Connor Deering has been named President/CEO and Mark Rinehart has been named the Director of Sales and Marketing. Both have extensive experience in the construction and manufacturing industries.
May 4, 2015 - Superior Industries, Inc. announced its acquisition of MFE Manufacturing. Family owned and operated since its inception in 1947, MFE designs and builds portable plants for construction, aggregates and material handling industries. The 68-year company is headquartered in Miramichi, New Brunswick.
April 24, 2015 - A well-known water conservation technology has found its way into washing equipment for the sand and gravel industry, and the natural stone and recycling industries in North America, courtesy of Haver & Boecker Canada’s Hydro-Clean mobile washing systems.
October 29, 2015 - A major section of northbound PTH 75 from Ste. Agathe to St. Adolphe has been upgraded, bringing the entire rebuilding of this key highway linking Winnipeg with the U.S. closer to completion.
October 28, 2015 – Alberta’s Infrastructure Minister says that construction of the southwest ring road in Calgary will begin by the end of 2016.
October 26, 2015 - A major investment in Manitoba’s largest western city is underway to build new bridges to replace the aging First Street Bridge in Brandon.
Roadway construction zones are dangerous by their nature. Add in the element of night and suddenly the traditional hazards of roadway work zones are joined with low visibility and a higher rate of impaired or distracted drivers.
October 5, 2015 – More than $69 million in new funding has been announced for highway projects throughout central Ontario.
October 5, 2015 - The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure is releasing its fall tender plan, announcing more than $174 million of highway work for the 2016 construction season.
By 2019, barring the unforeseen, an unbroken ribbon of asphalt will stretch 1,247 kilometres between the western border of Labrador and Quebec, near Labrador City, to the eastern border of Quebec and Labrador at Blanc Sablon, on the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
September 21, 2015 – Vancouver’s Port Mann Bridge has officially completed, saving commuters significant time on their journey between Langley and Vancouver.
September 21, 2015 – Surfacing work on Saskatchewan’s Highway 51 is progressing ahead of schedule according to the province’s Ministry of Highways.
September 8, 2015 – The City of Ottawa is about to be bombarded with fall road construction work, as 45 projects are set to begin in the coming weeks.
September 3, 2015 - Construction is underway on a new interchange at the intersection of PTH 59 and PTH 101, which will increase safety for motorists and greatly improve traffic flow.
August 13, 2015 - Ontario is suffering from significant infrastructure problems. To tackle these issues, this year’s budget made an unprecedented investment – a 10-year, $130 billion infrastructure commitment. Of this investment, $2.6 billion is set aside for transit and transportation, critical factors that directly affect the health of Ontario’s economy. Currently, gridlock is costing the economy of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area $6 billion annually, and Ontario has finally decided to solve the problem.
November 24, 2015 - The latest Cat D6N dozer focuses on customer value, delivering greater ease of operation, a 10 to 15 per cent boost in fuel efficiency and up to 10 per cent better productivity compared to the previous model. The D6N is powered by a Cat C7.1 ACERT engine rated at 166 net horsepower (124 kW), and meets US EPA Tier 4 Final emission standards.
November 24, 2015 - Terex Washing Systems has enhanced their product portfolio with the announcement of the Terex AggreStac Conveyor Range.
November 11, 2015 - The new C-1554 cone crusher is the latest addition to the TerexFinlay range of tracked mobile cone crushers. The C-1554 provides an optimum mobile solution for any aggregates producer or contractor looking for a high output capacity machine that provides large reduction ratios and an excellent cubical shape in the surface ore mining and aggregate industries.
November 10, 2015 - Sturtevant, Inc. has introduced the world’s only self-contained, 100% mobile air classifying plant with integral collapsible conveyors, enabling parking to processing in one hour or less.
November 4, 2015 - In an effort to streamline logistical power, efficiency, and flexibility for ready-mix producers, GivenHansco has upgraded essential functionality for its Keystone Accounting suite. New features were designed from the ground up to optimize productivity including:
November 4, 2015 - When designing the new Cat F-Series Wheeled Excavators, Caterpillar solicited customer input for characteristics considered important.
October 27, 2015 - Sepro Mineral Systems Corp. introduced its new Blackhawk 100 Cone Crusher for heavy-duty mining and aggregate applications.
October 26, 2015 - Metso is introducing the new Nordberg NP13 impact crusher, the newest addition to its range of NP Series impact crushers. Designed for increased safety and performance, NP13 is built for secondary and tertiary applications.
October 23, 2015 - Lightship announced the launch of its advanced productivity and safety application for worksites. The application, also called Lightship, provides site management teams with a bird’s-eye view, in real time, of an entire worksite. It connects with mobile devices and worksite sensors to track and communicate with thousands of people, and provides a perfect memory of all worksite events. The results are improved worker response times, enhanced worker coordination and reduced operating costs.
October 23, 2015 – With a growing international presence, McLanahan is now offering the newly developed McLanahan M3H rubber lined slurry pump for the global market.
October 20, 2015 - Deister Machine Company, Inc. highlights the latest addition to its heavy-duty line of screening, scalping, and feeding equipment – the New Deister (EMF-Series) Two-Mass Electromechanical Vibrating Feeder, which is designed to allow greater control over high-capacity feed rates and productivity, while lowering costs per ton in a wide variety of rugged aggregate, mining and mineral applications.
October 15, 2015 - Komatsu America Corp. introduced the new D61-24 crawler dozer, featuring a 6.8 litre, 168-horsepower, SAA4D107E-3, EPA Tier 4 Final emissions certified engine.
It hasn’t been an easy few years for heavy equipment manufacturers in the U.S. Production volumes have decreased thanks to slower construction starts and a declining mining industry.
September 25, 2015 – Yankton, South Dakota played host to KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens’ annual National Dealer Conference, bringing together distributors from Canada and the U.S. to learn about the newest technologies and innovations added to the company’s extensive lineup of aggregate equipment.
As workplace safety issues have grown more complex, joint health and safety committees (JHSC) can be an effective means of controlling hazards. But a JHSC will only be effective if it is given the tools to succeed. Employers should be reviewing the JHSC findings in the same way as they would review profits, quality control or down time.
While most of the aggregates and road construction industry works tirelessly to meet production deadlines, an important trial awaits its final verdict.
Close to 200 female high school students gathered at Conestoga College’s Cambridge campus for the second Jill of all Trades event, providing young women an opportunity to experience the trades.
No matter where I go or what business owner I talk to, the question remains the same: how will I replace my skilled labourers in the next five to 10 years?
The Alberta Sand and Gravel Association (ASGA) has a mission to represent the interests of Alberta sand and gravel operators on key industry related issues, proposed regulatory changes, and education of aggregate consumers. The Association also advocates for the environmentally responsible and orderly development of this valuable non-renewable natural resource.
This isn’t the first time we needed to look at the industry ramifications of political upheaval, but for Albertans, this might be the most significant time to have this discussion.
June 4, 2015 – Close to 200 female high school students gathered at Conestoga College’s Cambridge campus for the second Jill of all Trades event, providing young women an opportunity to experience the trades.
The 2015 edition of World of Concrete continued to build on the success of previous shows, with the best-recorded attendance in six years.
Equipment and technology manufacturers from across the global rock to road industry converged at the Baltimore Convention Centre for this year’s World of Asphalt/AGG1.
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OHMPA Fall Asphalt SeminarWed Dec 02, 2015 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm
ASGA AGM 2016Wed Jan 13, 2016 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm
OSSGA OHS SeminarWed Jan 20, 2016 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm
NSRBA AGMWed Jan 20, 2016 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm
ORBA Annual Convention & AGMMon Feb 01, 2016 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm
World of ConcreteTue Feb 02, 2016