Rock to Road

Equipment Pits & Quarries
Philippi-Hagenbuch HiVol water tanks earn additional U.S. patent


February 5, 2013
By Aggregates and Roadbuilding

Topics

phil_hivol_water_tankFebruary
5, 2013, Peoria, Ill. – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded LeRoy
G. Hagenbuch, P.E. of Philippi-Hagenbuch (PHIL) a patent for the Variable
Volume feature on the company’s line of HiVol® Water Tanks.

phil_hivol_water_tankFebruary
5, 2013, Peoria, Ill. – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded LeRoy
G. Hagenbuch, P.E. of Philippi-Hagenbuch (PHIL) a patent for the Variable
Volume feature on the company’s line of HiVol® Water Tanks.

 

Advertisment

Hagenbuch
and PHIL have received multiple U.S. patents for water tank innovations. The
other patents cover advancements such as the unique structure for baffling and
the system of interior and exterior access doors. Since its founding in 1969,
PHIL and Hagenbuch, the company's co-founder, have earned more than 65 patents
for innovations and designs related to heavy-duty, off-highway haul truck
enhancements.

 

“Our
focus at Philippi-Hagenbuch is to continue to design and engineer innovative
solutions that provide customers with safe, superior equipment for their
jobsites,” said Josh Swank, Philippi-Hagenbuch vice president of sales and
marketing. “These patents continue to reaffirm our position as a leader in
developing industry-changing innovations.”

 

PHIL
specifically developed its water tanks with a focus on increasing productivity,
minimizing maintenance and enhancing safety in applications such as dust
suppression, fire protection, road construction and wash down. They provide a
unique design that optimizes capacity and enhances travel safety.

 

PHIL’s
newly patented variable volume feature enables operators to regulate the water
volume of the tank with a simple adjustment. When full water tank capacity is
not needed, operators can adjust the variable volume to the desired level in
less than five minutes. This option is ideal for operations that have haul
roads with significant grades and can be used to effectively Load Profile™
water to specific compartments to achieve proper load distribution and balance.

 

Another
hallmark of the PHIL tradition is safety, a critical consideration when hauling
liquid. To ensure maximum safety, the patented system for fluid baffling not
only stops water surges from back to front, but effectively provides a
full-height/full-length/full-center BacboneTM structure that eliminates surging
from side to side, as well. Each tank features a series of compartments to
completely eliminate any occurrence of surging, providing maximum stability
during hauling. To further enhance safety, HiVol tanks are built with square
corners and internal water deflectors designed to slow water churn within
individual compartments. This nearly eliminates instability and the potential
for unharnessed energy to turn the truck on its side.

 

The
patented design of the HiVol tanks minimizes confined space issues and provides
easy access for maintenance by incorporating full-size exterior and interior
access doors as well as access points on the top of the tank. All interior
access doors provide rustproof pivots; when all the doors are open, clean air
flows through and natural light bathes the tank. This clears the tank of
anaerobic bacteria, which can be dangerous to workers entering the tank to
clean it.

 

The
commitment to durability and minimal maintenance is reflected in the quality of
materials used to manufacture the PHIL HiVol Series. With a nominal yield of
180,000 psi and a corresponding Brinell hardness of 450, the
abrasion-resistant, superior-grade steel utilized by PHIL provides years of
reliable use in the most adverse conditions. After more than 14 years on the
market, the first tanks manufactured show no signs of rust, corrosion or
failure.

 

Rear-mounted
spray heads, an optional remote controlled water cannon and individual in-cab
component controls ensure precise yet simplified water control. Horizontal
spray heads operate independently, allowing users to utilize any or all spray
heads at the same time and offer multiple settings from wide to narrow for
added versatility. With the remote controlled water cannons, operators can
disperse water with precise control and accuracy from 150 to 200 feet away.
This allows operation from inside the cab or externally while roaming within a
quarter mile of the vehicle.

 

The
exclusive soft-start/soft-stop system allows users to start and stop the water
pump at any engine rpm. This enables water to be turned on at full throttle
quickly and easily with no damage to the pump.

 

HiVol
Water Tanks are fully customizable to any make or model of off-highway
articulated or rigid frame truck, making it easy to convert existing haul
trucks into water trucks. For clients in cold weather climates, PHIL offers an
insulated version of its tanks. That versatility makes PHIL HiVol Water Tanks
ideal for nearly any application and in almost any environment.