PRODUCT EQUIPMENT MARKET

Aug. 14, 2003

Eyewash station

No plumbing is necessary to install the Pure Flow 1000 Emergency Eyewash Station, which can be placed less than 10 seconds away from severe caustic and chemical hazards and be in compliance with regulations. The Pure Flow 1000 from Fendall, Smithfield, R.I., delivers the company's Eyesaline solution, designed to match human tears, in a soft ribbon at a tepid temperature and a constant flow rate. The self-contained fluid cartridge has a 24-month life, is easy to replace and remains sealed until activated.

Eyewash station

No plumbing is necessary to install the Pure Flow 1000 Emergency Eyewash Station, which can be placed less than 10 seconds away from severe caustic and chemical hazards and be in compliance with regulations. The Pure Flow 1000 from Fendall, Smithfield, R.I., delivers the company's Eyesaline solution, designed to match human tears, in a soft ribbon at a tepid temperature and a constant flow rate. The self-contained fluid cartridge has a 24-month life, is easy to replace and remains sealed until activated. Waste fluid is captured for easy disposal.

Maximum eyewear

Soft, molded cushioning on brow guards and temples gives the Maxim safety eyewear series from AOSafety, Indianapolis, a division of Aearo Co., maximum comfort, impact protection and worker compliance.

Maxim eyewear features a newly designed and patented dual-aspheric lens that provides superior clarity of vision, full orbital eye socket coverage for unsurpassed protection and sleek styling. It is available in two frame colors and two temple styles—a standard adjustable-length temple and a sport-grip temple—with replaceable lens shades. Maxim eyewear also is available in a sport model.

Cone setting system

The Road Automation Machinery CSR 3000 Cone Handling System manufactured by Safe Zone Solutions for Industrial Automation Supply, Fargo, N.D., is designed to reduce the risk of injury to employees and travelers by automating the process of setting and retrieving cones on the roadway. The truck-mounted unit makes this hazardous activity safer by keeping the employee setting cones within the confines of the truck bed. With an optional timing system, this unit can set cones at predetermined spaces, taking the guesswork out of the process.

High-visibility PPE

High-visibility personal protective equipment (PPE) garments from Sellstrom Manufacturing Co., Palatine, Ill., can be used over fall-protection harnesses. The garments increase the visibility of employees working in or near moving vehicles, heavy equipment or other endangering elements, while allowing full access to standard fall-protection equipment. The PPE garments are easily attached to a fall-protection harness by simply snapping the harness inside the PPE garment. The garment features heavy-duty polyester construction, an opening for back D-ring and interior quick snaps for fastening garment to harness. It is available in five sizes with adjustable sides for custom fit. Meets ANSI/ISEA 107-1999 Class 2 standards.

EZ respirator

A unique slide-release strap allows the respirator wearer to quickly remove the EZ Drop half-mask cartridge respirator by unhooking the neck buckle and allowing the respirator to slide down the straps to "park" on the wearers chest. The EZ Drop respirator from AOSafety, Indianapolis, a division of Aearo Co., is a low-cost, low-maintenance respirator available in three sizes. It is molded in TPR, a man-made rubber that is very comfortable and provides a good, snug fit. It fits lower on the nose to accommodate eyewear, and the smooth curved neck buckle is comfortable on the back of the neck.

Dual-material earplugs

Fusion reusable earplugs fuse an earplug's rigid core and soft flange materials into one solid piece. Howard Leight, Smithfield, R.I., introduced Fusion to provide all-day comfort, easy insertion, maximum performance and increased safety in a reusable earplug. Using its unique injection-molding, dual-material manufacturing process, Fusion's patented quadruple SoftFlange exterior is thermally fused to its rigid FlexiFirm core to ensure all-day comfort, easy insertion and superior attenuation, with a noise reduction rating of 27. The earplugs are packaged with a detachable cord in a flip-top box for easy, accessible storage.

Methacrylate webbing

A new Web portal from Degussa Corp., Parsippany, N.J., is dedicated to the exchange of information about and heightened awareness of the role played by methacrylate road markings in the safety and convenience of the motoring public. The ultimate goal of the site (www.cc4roads.com) is the expanded use of safety markings and the dissemination of information to road authorities, government, private organizations and educational institutions concerned with traffic safety. Visitors to the free portal are provided with access to a number of databases, including government regulation and standards, as well as technical publications and specifications.

Nimble dozer

The new D65 crawler dozer is faster and more agile than the competition thanks to its hydrostatic steering system (HSS), according to Komatsu America Corp., Vernon Hills, Ill. The D65 operates with 190 hp at 1,950 rpm and ranges in operating weight from 42,540 to 45,080 lb, depending on the model. Blade capacities range from 4.8 to 7.34 cu yd. The HSS is powered by an independent hydraulic pump with engine power transmitted to both tracks, so the outside track is allowed to move faster than the inside track for smooth, continuous turns. Automatic shift and automatic down-shift features monitor engine speed, travel gear and travel speed, down-shifting when travel speed is reduced to maintain optimum speed for efficient operations. The Palm Command Control System, new to the D65, is ergonomically designed to provide efficient operation and enhance operator comfort. The blade control stick utilizes a proportional pressure control valve.

X-braced plow

XBlade snowplows from Fisher Engineering, Rockland, Maine, are available in 8-ft and 9-ft lengths and combine an exclusive X-bracing design with premium, corrosion-resistant stainless steel for commercial or municipal applications. Key features include a 12-gauge, polished 304 stainless steel moldboard and powder-coated steel structure; Xtreme blade curl and 10-in. moldboard "overhang" to promote optimum snow rolling and "foiling" action; and Xtreme 75° attack angle for better ice breaking and scraping.

Quick turnaround

With a wheelbase 15.75 in. shorter than its predecessor and an optional turnaround system, the A25D 4x4 articulated hauler can turn through 180° in just 31.17 ft of space, with the entire operation taking just 25 seconds to execute. The A25D 4x4 from Volvo Construction Equipment North America Inc., Asheville, N.C., has a payload capacity of 26.5 tons and a top speed of 32.9 mph. Its heaped load capacity is 17 cu yd, resulting in a ground pressure of 23 psi on the front and 28.1 psi at the rear. The hauler is equipped with a load-sensing hydraulic system that only consumes power when needed. It is powered by a 306-hp, six-cylinder diesel engine.

Top-tier excavators

Highly efficient, turbo-charged and aftercooled engines in the Solar V excavator series meet Tier II emissions standards by using high-pressure injection designs while offering high displacement and higher horsepower for excellent power versus fuel economy ratios. In addition, a preheat duty cycle decreases startup smoke. Eleven models of crawler and wheel excavators in the Solar V line from Daewoo Heavy Industries America Corp., Suwanee, Ga., increase the operator's view of the jobsite by a slight increase in cab size and the addition of glass area to the front and side windows and sunroof. The instrument panel features dual LCD displays and enhanced multimedia graphics that present up to nine operation conditions and 21 fault codes.

Breaking up is easy

As part of Tramac Corp.'s heavy breaker range, the V46 and V56 are effective for secondary breaking, general rock excavation and concrete demolition. Both models are available from the Parsippany, N.J., company with Metro Silencing sound suppression, Tramac's Auto Lube System, which feeds grease automatically to the tools and bushings, the BRV automatic blow control system and a patented built-in pressure regulator.

Highly visi-pole

Using reflective sheeting to provide maximum reflectivity, D-Lineators from Lordon Inc., Hackettstown, N.J., improve the visibility of utility poles during the day or evening or in inclement weather. Their highly reflective surfaces are visible up to 1,000 ft away. They have been approved for use by a number of state DOTs. They are available in eight colors, three levels of reflectivity and a variety of sizes.

Literature

Post-tensioning CD

A new CD from VSL, Hanover, Md., contains the features of various post-tensioning and special construction systems as well as the technical data and dimensions of the company's multistrand, bonded slab and mono-strand post-tensioning systems.

About The Author: Allen Zeyher is associate editor of Roads & Bridges.