Whitepapers

Just as with people, tires on heavy equipment perform better at their optimal or designed shape. Optimal tire shape is maintained by proper tire inflation pressure. Underinflation may shorten tire life, compromise handling and be a safety hazard. Overinflation is also problematic—inflating a tire...
The risk of fire and explosion is a serious concern for personnel working in industrial facilities such as petroleum refineries and chemical processing plants. These facilities deal with the reality of day-to-day operation while in direct exposure to volatile materials. The threat of a catastrophic...
Overall, from 2003 to 2011, locally available conventional cold mix was used with an average annual pothole count of 17,635 ranging from 14,369 to 24,061 potholes. From 2012 to 2013 UPM Permanent Pavement Repair Material was used. The average annual potholes count was reduced to 7,002, ranging...
Virtually all municipal roadway milling and resurfacing projects have to address the presence of multiple manholes. After milling and before paving, manholes are often left raised about 2 in. above the milled surface. During this time, while drivers use the roadway mid-project, the sharp raised...
Do you and your team know what to do if a piece of equipment is struck by lightning or comes in contact with an electric transmission line? Quick and proper action could save serious injury or even loss of life. Since mine sites are often at high altitudes and have no trees, mining equipment is...
In a previous white paper, BKT Tires Inc. discussed the hidden dangers of tires on heavy equipment if the machine is struck by lightning or comes in contact with electric transmission lines. It is also important to know what to do to protect your personal safety.  
Let’s face it—heavy equipment is a big expense in construction and mining operations. This white paper is designed to highlight, discuss and offer suggestions on how to minimize the effects of mismatched tires on your loaders, articulated dump trucks, rigid haul trucks, motor graders, scrapers and...
Lower costs, reduce liability, improve traffic control and shorten project cycles by incorporating Custom Steel INLET/Catch Basin Risers into your interstate and municipal paving contracts.
Lowered cost and liability, better traffic control and shortened project cycle in interstate and municipal paving contracts.
New concepts implemented in work truck portable wash & water reclaim equipment.
This article discusses the importance of raw material certifications, presents a real-life scenario with structural steel, and outlines to the engineer, specifier and owner what is required to ensure the long-term durability performance of polyester geogrid.  
  This report addresses the infrastructure deployment challenges faced during Safety Pilot, but also provides a general discussion of infrastructure deployment considerations that will face public agencies and other practitioners as they face the opportunity for connected vehicle infrastructure...
As a procurement professional in a government agency, you may find yourself wondering whether it makes sense to buy—or not to buy—your next piece of heavy equipment if budgets are tight and resources are scarce. Read why leasing is becoming more popular with governmental agencies and how it can be...
Structure owners and users are becoming increasingly aware of the liabilities and the costs of corrosion. Carrying out remedial work—particularly on highway structures, bridges and tunnels—has led to a renewed interest in the use of stainless steel reinforcement to minimize the risk of corrosion to...
Managing the heavy equipment fleet for any municipality can be a rewarding job. But there are challenges too, particularly if your agency is under pressure to buy based solely on initial purchase price. To make the best use of taxpayer dollars, utilize these tips and help your procurement team...
When Cargill Deicing Technology officially decided to increase its environmental commitment, it were not making empty promises. Not only did the producer of anti-icing and deicing products and systems change its mission statement to reflect a greener focus, but it also backed it up by earning an...
It is no secret that winter maintenance offers up its own set of challenges for contractors. Unpredictable weather, pedestrian safety concerns and reactionary deicing can make snow removal a complicated, slippery mess. Common approaches to winter maintenance such as shoveling, brooming, snowplowing...
According to the Research and Innovation Technology Administration (RITA), United States Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the number of registered motor vehicles in 2010 was over 250 million, up from 226 million just ten years earlier. This steady increase of vehicle ownership, coupled with...
Business success requires producing a quality product while maintaining a strong bottom line. Many businesses rely on proven, cost-saving and waste-reducing practices, and road-sign manufacturing is no exception. Standards for “rotationally sensitive” materials or materials whose reflective...
The objective of this study is to determine the inlet design coefficient for the Snap-Tite Hydro-Bell. The inlet design coefficient is necessary to accurately predict head loss, or flow, through a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) Snap-Tite Culvert Relining pipe using the Hydro-Bell in submerged...
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