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Mitsubishi Fuso Introduces New 2013 Model-Year FUSO Canters

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA) has announced the availability of its 2013 model-year medium-duty cabover trucks. The new 2013 FUSO Canters are in production now, and the first models were displayed in the Mitsubishi Fuso booth at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, March 5-8. These trucks feature the same great lower-cost-of-ownership benefits as the 2012 models, with some additional refinements and options.

In addition to the five cab colors MFTA has traditionally offered, the 2013 Canters can be ordered in Solid Black—which helps give these trucks a striking appearance, and can save some customers from having to paint the cabs to match their company colors.

All new 2013 Canters will come standard with dual batteries, and will also include a factory-installed PTO wiring harness designed to receive an optional, matched control switch and to make connection to optional PTOs easy. Moreover, a 33-gallon side-mounted fuel tank will once again be available as a factory-installed option, and mirrors will have new, wider mounting arms that facilitate the installation of bodies with outside widths up to 102” on all Canter FE models, including the Canter FE160 Crew Cab. 

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Roadtec Brings Back Innovative Design for SP-100e Stealth Paver

Roadtec has brought back an innovative paver design with various updates. The SP-100e Stealth Paver is a simply-designed, low-maintenance gravity-fed paver built specifically for operating with the Roadtec Shuttle Buggy material transfer vehicle.

Gravity feeds the material directly to the auger from the mass flow hopper, replacing the need for slat conveyors, hopper wings, push rollers and tandem front boggies, thereby significantly reducing maintenance costs and initial purchase price. It also requires less engine power compared to a traditional conveyor system, which increases the machine’s fuel economy. The gravity-fed hopper is also used on Roadtec’s SP- 200e spray paver.

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Two Models Of Weiler Remixing Transfer Vehicles Each Offer Distinct Benefits

For efficient paving operations with the highest mat quality, Weiler offers two models of remixing transfer vehicles (RTV), the E1250A and E2850 (shown on the cover). Weiler RTVs provide non-contact, non-stop and offset paving while providing reduced particulate and thermal segregation for high-output jobs.

The 25-ton (22.7-tonne) storage capacity of the E2850 allows the crew to overcome trucking disruptions while continuing non-stop paving operations. It is designed for non-stop, non-contact paving where storage is a necessity.

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Sokkia Introduces NET AXII Measuring Station

Sokkia has announced the release of the latest edition to its line of high-accuracy measuring stations — the NET AXII. Designed for precision-intensive tasks such as monitoring, bridge construction, and other highly detailed engineering projects, the NET AXII series is a fully robotic total station solution.

The series includes the NET1 AXII and the NET05 AXII with 1” angle accuracy and 0.5” angle accuracy, respectively. “NET1 AXII is an excellent choice for long distance measurements, and NET05 AXII is a powerful solution for high-accuracy survey and construction projects,” said Brice Walker,vice president of survey sales.

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Topcon Announces Advances to P-32 Asphalt Paving System

Topcon’s P-32 asphalt paving system features new components, including the ST-3 sonic tracker, anti-vibration slope sensor and a firmware update to the full-colour, graphical-display GC-35 control box.

“The P-32 paver system was built to improve smoothness, ensure accurate slope and material thickness and provide unmatched operator ease-of-use,” says Kris Maas, machine control product marketing manager. “Announced in 2013, the P-32 saves time and improves safety by allowing an operator to view elevation and slope values of the screed from a single control box. With these new components, this state-of-the-art 2D control system will continue to improve the speed and quality of asphalt paving.”

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ASTEC Double Barrel HR Can Now Process RAP

As reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) usage continues to increase as a way for producers to keep costs down while utilizing stockpiles of reclaimed asphalt pavement, Astec has increased the ability of its signature Double Barrel drum dryer/mixer to handle RAP. The Astec Double Barrel HR includes enhancements to the drum which allows use of up to 65 percent RAP.

“The Double Barrel HR is a key product in the Astec line. It fulfills a need for those producers who already run high percentages of RAP and in whose markets the trend toward running more recycle is expected to increase,” says Astec president Malcolm Swanson.

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New Atlas Copco Dynapac Compact Tracked Paver

Atlas Copco’s new Dynapac F1200C paver is remarkably compact but has a laying capacity of 330 tons per hour. Equipped with a V240VE screed, the Dynapac F1200C paver delivers excellent paving results, with notable compaction and surface quality. Impressive flexibility in working widths and material filling possibilities make it a good choice for a wide range of jobs, such as cycle paths, sidewalks, repair work, parking garages and sports fields.

The Dynapac F1200C features a 4-cylinder, Tier 4 Final Deutz engine. The 66 power pack makes it easy to pave up to 10 inches thick and 10 feet wide, even under difficult paving conditions. With its reliable hydraulic system and hydraulically-driven fan, the F1200C offers outstanding economy and efficiency.

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Sakai Oscillation/Vibration Rollers Offer Complete Control

It takes a special kind of asphalt roller to handle no-vibe paving jobs where structural integrity is a concern. Sakai’s solution to this problem is their ND Series, featuring oscillation and vibration in both drums.

The ND Series of asphalt rollers includes the 57-inch SW652ND, the 67-inch SW770ND and the most recent addition, the 79-inch SW850ND model. They have operating weights, respectively, of 16,865 pounds (7,550 kg), 23,810 pounds (10,800 kg) and 29,480 pounds (13,370 kg).

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Focus On Fundamentals Crucial For Contractor

Mainline production-paving contractors receive much of the industry’s attention, yet there is obviously a need for small- and mid-sized contractors too. They improve the local roads and provide niche services the larger contractors don’t.

The smaller contractors, of course, have the same demands regarding quality. This requires adherence to fundamentals and using state-of-the-art equipment that enables delivery of a high-quality product.

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Unbeatable Versatile: Wirtgen 3800 CR – Cold and High-Performance Cold Milling Machine

By supplying the 3800 CR as a rear loader, Wirtgen not only offers an efficient and flexible solution for in-situ cold recycling: the 3800 CR also excels as a high-performance cold milling machine.

The Wirtgen cold recycler‘s versatile applications are just what the US road construction contractor Dunn prizes, for they enable the company to use the machine for a wide range of tasks, fully utilizing its capacity. ”The work is really challenging, with varying site conditions, complex designs, and tough materials. Since every project is different, it’s important for us to have versatile, reliable equipment that is up to the task”, explains Mark Stahl, Vice President Operations, Dunn Company.

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Wirtgen WR 240/WR 240i and WR 250 Now Also With Integrated "S-Pack" Spreader Module

In its recycling and soil stabilization product division, Wirtgen provides an unrivaled range of mobile machines and systems for a whole variety of applications. The "S-Pack" (spreader pack) allows binding agent to be spread without generating clouds of dust; this addition to the construction machinery manufacturer's product range creates new opportunities for optimizing the range of applications and cost-efficiency.

Used on motorways, in residential areas, on industrial estates and on difficult terrain – recyclers and soil stabilizers are confronted with an extremely varied range of situations. In many cases, contractors face additional challenges due to strict emission standards, for instance in nature conservation areas. A solution is now available for these applications too, namely the "S-Pack" for the WR 240/WR 240i/WR 250 models from Wirtgen.

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Temperature Used For Asphalt Paving Quality Control

The scanner collects the temperature of the asphalt over the whole width of the road.
The scanner collects the temperature of the asphalt over the whole width of the road.

During resurfacing of Highway 29 near Alexandria, Minnesota, the road surface was repaved over a distance of about 30 miles. The company that performed the work, Central Specialities Inc., used the PAVE-IR Scan quality control system for the first time. With this system, the temperature is recorded during asphalt paving, allowing conclusions to be drawn about the quality of the asphalt.

For road building companies, a high-quality result translates directly into money if there are financial penalties for not meeting contractually defined, quality criteria. Likewise, companies are rewarded if the criteria are met, the work completed ahead of schedule or the minimum requirements exceeded. It is therefore important for companies to be able to provide proof of their work and to be able to verify the quality.

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