Showing Growth in San Antonio
Thousands flock to Texas for World of Asphalt/AGG1.
By Andrew Macklin
Deep in the heart of Texas, equipment manufacturers from around the
globe gathered to show off the newest machinery and the latest
technology to thousands of prospective buyers from across North America.
Deep in the heart of Texas, equipment manufacturers from around the globe gathered to show off the newest machinery and the latest technology to thousands of prospective buyers from across North America. From new crusher designs and screen media solutions to tandem paving plants and redesigned vibratory rollers, there were plenty of reasons to tour the show floor. Co-located with several state and national events, World of Asphalt/AGG1 also provided an excellent opportunity to learn from the experts about the issues affecting the aggregates and roadbuilding industries.
Our editorial staff met with representatives from the companies whose equipment is scattered throughout Canada. Here is our look at the products, innovations and industry news that you should know about from World of Asphalt/AGG1.
Fayat Group changes Terex white to BOMAG yellow
Paving contractors looking to see the traditional white pavers from the Terex Cedar Rapids brand got a glimpse of how those same machines will now look as part of the BOMAG brand. BOMAG’s parent company, The Fayat Group, has chosen to paint the familiar white Terex machines with the same yellow as the traditional BOMAG equipment. Included on display sporting the new colour was the CR462 paver.
Sandvik’s new crusher provides job site versatility
Sandvik made an impact with the introduction of the C1521 Prisec. Billed as the first impact crusher to provide both primary and secondary crushing operations, the C1521 is a compact horizontal impact crusher that provides a solid cube-shaped product in either application. The C1521 promotes better reduction ratios through the use of a specially designed two curtain system built into the traditional three-curtain configuration crusher.
Carlson launches new commercial paver
The newest commercial paver from Carlson, the CP-100, was on display at World of Asphalt. Carrying a 100 hp Cat T4i engine, the CP-100 focuses on user-friendly controls, easier maintenance points, and a strengthened material distribution system. Featuring a large 8.5-ton hopper capacity, the CP-100 has improved lift cylinders to provide better lift angles for greater material flow.
CASE debuts new series of asphalt rollers
The new DV series rollers combine a compact size, excellent manoeuvrability and visibility, with the same control features found in heavy asphalt rollers. The DV series small tandem rollers feature a tapered offset drum and high curb clearance, allowing users to compact right up to high curbs or other tight areas. The four new models, replacing the DV201, 202 and 204 are part of Case’s complete line of compaction equipment.
Volvo provides sneak peek at two lines
Volvo Construction Equipment provided a sneak peek at the new 7000 class series paver and the DD110 roller. The 7000 class paver is the successor to the 6000 class paver, refining the technology by using Volvo innovations to provide a high-quality highway-grade paver. The DD110B tandem roller is built as a 10-ton class roller but features a little more weight than the typical machine in its class. Volvo has introduced a 51-inch drum diameter on the DD110B, keeping with its tradition of providing a larger roller width than similar models in its class. Neither of these machines are available for purchase yet, providing attendees at the show with a peek at new technology coming soon to the North American road paving market.
McCloskey’s V80 built for high-spec sealing aggregates
McCloskey’s newest Vertical Shaft Impactor made its North American debut at the show. The V80 has a CEMCO Turbo T-80 CAT VSI crusher, and a powerful 430 hp C13 CAT engine. The sturdy I-beam plate fabricated chassis construction can handle the most heavy duty of applications, and its long-wearing Hardox hopper sides add to its durability and strength.
Roadtec promotes new line of reclaimers/stabilizers
Roadtec made a splash with the release of the first model in its new line of reclaimers/stabilizers. The SX-4e is promoted as a 450 hp versatile mid-sized stabilizer/reclaimer with enhanced features for greater performance, accessibility and durability. The SX-4e is powered by a Cummins QSX-15 Tier 4i engine. The SX-4e offers cut depths of up to 20 in. (508 mm) and 100 in. (254 mm) wide. Roadtec will also offer an SX-6e and an SX-8e, the details of which were not released at the show.
Major Wire expands flexibility of screen media products
Major Wire’s Flex Mat 3 product line now offers a 1 ft. x 2 ft. self-cleaning modular screen media panel that can adapt to flat-surface screen decks currently operating in the aggregates industry. That includes screening operations using traditional 1 ft. x 1 ft. (305 mm x 305 mm) and 1 ft. x 2 ft. polyurethane and rubber panels, providing a potential increase of their existing screening capacity and in-spec material throughput up to 50%.
Dynapac upgrades all models to meet emissions standards
Dynapac announced that its paver and roller lines have been upgraded to meet T4i emissions standards. Dynapac is offering both Cummins and Deutz four- and six-cylinder engines in Tier 3 and iT4 emissions technologies in order to meet the needs of each individual customer. Dynapac also introduced the fifth generation of its CA2500-CA4000 single vibratory rollers, which now feature multiple levels of compaction controls options.
BOMAG’s Economizer enhances compaction efficiency
The new Economizer technology available on the BW138 vibratory roller provides real-time compaction testing capabilities. The new technology measures stiffness throughout the roll, helping to reveal any weak areas in the pave. The real-time stiffness readings eliminate overcompaction, preventing deterioration of the quality of the aggregate.
Topcon upgrades P32 2D paving system
Topcon displayed the upgraded P32 system, officially released in February, as part of its product showcase. The upgraded P32 paving system features the GC-35 full-colour graphical display control box. The new system also includes Topcon’s Sonic Tracker slope sensor. The P32 is fully compatible with its Smoothtrac sonic averaging system. Also included in the display was the Site Link 3D system, which features a new modem and new web portal.
Polydeck shows off new technology with Armadex
Polydeck’s newest heavy-duty scalping solutions feature in-house technology known as Binary Injection Molding. Armadex combines highly pressurized rubber with steel plating to provide a heavy-duty, durable molded media product. Armadex is available in sections of up to 4 ft. x 8 ft., and is customizable to provide an alternative to traditional screw-down solutions.
ADM releases its first dual-drum asphalt plant
ADM introduced its new Excalibur series asphalt plants, the first tandem product developed by the company. The plants have a rating of 80-120 TPH and feature a drums that are 30 ft. long with a 76 in. diameter. The baghouse has a standard 18,000-ACFM, and is designed for 235-385 ºF air temperature. The series also has adjustable crank-down support legs with sand shoes for easier setup and dismantling.
Gold Rush comes to KPI-JCI
An appearance by Dozer Dave provided some extra attention as part of KPI-JCI’s presence at World of Asphalt/AGG1. KPI-JCI’s product lines have been featured on the Discovery Channel’s Gold Rush, and Dozer Dave, whose real name is Dave Turin, had previous experience with KPI-JCI’s machines before joining the hit TV show.
Metso reorganizes its operations for the aggregate industry
Normally known for making headlines with its release of new product lines at the show, Metso used the event to promote the company’s new Screening and Conveying Solutions department. Consolidating the two operations under one portfolio is expected to help provide better parts and service opportunities for clients in both Canada and the United States.
Caterpillar puts big iron on display
After several new product and upgraded product releases over the past 12 months, Caterpillar had many machines on display not seen in Charlotte a year ago. The Caterpillar display included the Cat 966K XE wheel loader, which delivers up to a 25% fuel efficiency improvement. The 966K XE is powered by a Cat C9.3 ACERT diesel engine, delivering a peak net horsepower rating of 220 kW (290 hp).
Hazemag promotes new Wobbler Feeder
Hazemag’s newest offering is providing a solution for the removal of fines from the material flow. The Wobbler Feeder is equipped to handle material 1,500 to 2,500 mm in size, and can serve as an upstream pre-screening unit for a primary crusher. The Wobbler Feeder provides reliable operation in difficult settings, including those in which coarse materials and materials with high water content are used.
New Wing Pulley design offered by Luff Industries
Luff Industries had its newest wing pulley design on display at the show: the Helix Wing. The Helix Wing has a more concentric design with strong features. The new design is easier on the belt and still has self-cleaning capabilities but with less vibration.
Shark class presented by DSC Dredge
The new Shark class cutter suction dredge was designed to meet the needs of sand and gravel producers. The portable-sized Shark class features a conventional configuration with standard discharge sizes starting at 10-36 in. The Shark class comes with a PLC-based operating system and an in-line direct marine-style transmission for dredge pump reduction.
Martin Engineering offers vibrator solution
Martin’s newest bulk material handling solution is the MM series electric vibrator. The MM series is engineered for continuous duty in high-output settings. The MM series has an IP 66 enclosure rating that protects against dust and water. The drivers are interchangeable with products from other manufacturers across the industry.
World of Asphalt/AGG1 now turns its focus to CONEXPO-CON in 2014, which takes place in Las Vegas March 4-8, 2014. Looking ahead, World of Asphalt/AGG1 2015 will take place in Baltimore, Md., with the event shifting to Nashville, Tenn., for 2016.