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McElroy’s Self-Propelled TracStar® 1200 for Thermoplastic Pipe Fusion

The McElroy TracStar 1200 fuses pipe from 16" OD to 48" OD (450mm to 1200mm) bringing the largest pipe fusion capability to its line of track-mounted machines. Upgrades include an advanced emission control engine that burns ultra-low-sulfur diesel to meet US EPA Tier 4/EU Stage IIIB standards and the ability to upload joint reports to the DataLogger® Vault™ for storage and analysis. A redesigned cowling and rearrangement of internal components allows better access to the engine for maintenance. Other features include hydraulic outriggers for machine stability and leveling, an ergonomic operator platform and remote engine stop/start capabilities. 

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Con Cast Pipe acquires Hy-Grade Precast Concrete

Con Cast Pipe, a manufacturer of precast concrete drainage products including concrete pipe, manholes, catchbasins, and box units, as well as a wide range of bridge and specialty precast products in Canada, has announced the recent purchase of Hy-Grade Precast Concrete in St. Catharines, Ontario. Due to their outstanding reputation in the Niagara community, Hy-Grade Precast Concrete will continue to operate under the Hy-Grade name and become the third Ontario manufacturing facility for Con Cast Pipe.

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McLaughlin Adds New PTO-driven Options to MEGA VAC Line

The Vermeer MEGA VAC VXT truck series by McLaughlin is a highly productive vacuum excavator designed to meet increasingly strict weight restrictions and regulations. Ideal for utility and distribution contractors, the VXT Series is a reliable, cost-effective solution for high-production potholing crews. The new 6-inch (15.2 cm) PTO-driven series comes in three standard spoil capacities ranging from 1,200 to 2,000 gallons (4542.5 to 7570.8 L). The VXT series is powered by the industry-proven OMSI Gearbox and a ROOTS 3200 CFM (91 m3/min) blower. The new CAN Control system allows for two-way communication between the remote control and the vacuum excavator, which helps contractors increase jobsite productivity. The new Vacuum Neutral feature allows the blower to breathe free air and stop suction without the need to close the hydraulic gate valve in the boom.

Learn more at www.mclaughlinunderground.com

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McLaughlin launches new 60-inch auger boring machine

McLaughlin launched its biggest machine to date at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 trade show. The McL-60 Workhorse is a 60-inch (152.4-cm) auger boring machine designed with operator convenience in mind. The low-profile engine design, remote control operation and Rabbit Travel help water, sewer and pipeline contractors install large-diameter casings at a lower cost than directional drilling

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Vac-Tron Equipment has developed a new gamechanger in the Micro Trenching process

Micro Trenching is one of the installation methods being utilized by contractors to bring fiber networks to consumers. Micro Trenching is an installation method in which a narrow and relatively shallow trench is cut, usually on an asphalt roadway. Trench dimensions can range from .75 to 2.24 inches wide and 8 to 16 inches deep. While cutting, a vacuum system connected to the cutter wheel cleanly diverts and transports debris away from the worksite. Once the conduit is laid, the trench is backfilled with a grout compound. Advantages of Micro Trenching include minimal cutting width that boosts installation production, reduce costs of backfill, shallow depth placement which helps avoid encounters with existing utilities and jobsite cleanliness thanks to the vacuum spoil that removes debris.

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New large diameter high-performance pipe introduced by Advanced Drainage Systems

New large diameter high-performance pipe introduced by Advanced Drainage Systems

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS) (NYSE: WMS), a leading global manufacturer of water management solutions, today announced its latest breakthrough in storm water pipe technology, HPXTM 75. This new technology provides heightened levels of stiffness, is available in a range of sizes, and yields significant cost benefits for customers compared to alternative products.

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Ditch Witch introduces SK1050 mini skid-steer for superior versatility and productivity on demanding jobsites

The SK1050 mini skid steer, offers easy access to the machine undercarriage and no daily maintenance points or grease zerks to help ease maintenance and reduce total cost of ownership.

Ditch Witch has introduced the construction-grade SK1050 mini skid-steer, ideally suited for a variety of demanding landscape, hardscape and irrigation jobs. The unit improves versatility and productivity by directing more hydraulic power to the attachment.

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TT Technologies offers new cutterhead configuration for static pipe bursting operations

The new special cutterhead design allows for a smoother host pipe cut and greater protection for the new pipe.

TT Technologies recently introduced a new cutterhead configuration for its Grundoburst static pipe bursting system. The new configuration consists of three specially designed bladed, roller cutterheads in succession. The bladed roller cutting head configuration allows contractors to burst/split large diameter steel and ductile iron pipes when used with larger Grundoburst static bursting systems. The new special cutterhead design allows for a smoother host pipe cut and greater protection for the new pipe.

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Introducing the new JTV Truck – PTO Vacuum Excavator

The JTV 873 PTO is a new series of PTO truck driven systems. This PTO truck combines vacuum excavation with high pressure jetter capabilities putting it in a league of its own.

Vac-Tron Equipment is on a roll. Only one year after releasing their very first HTV (Hydro Truck Vac) PTO, they are now introducing their NEW JTV (Jetter Truck Vac) PTO series. The JTV 873 PTO is a new series of PTO truck driven systems that combine vacuum excavation with high pressure jetter capabilities putting this truck in a league of its own.

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Polyurethane grouts from Avanti now certified by WQA for use with potable water applications

AV-248-LV Flexseal LV, AV-275 Soilgrout and AV-315 Microfoam are now certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA)

Avanti International’s AV-248-LV Flexseal LV, AV-275 Soilgrout and AV-315 Microfoam are now certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA) as tested and certified against NSF/ANSI Standard 61 - Drinking Water System Components. Avanti’s products are used to stop leaks, stabilize soil, and control groundwater in municipal, industrial, and geotechnical applications. According to technical director Roger Borremans, “These three products join three other Avanti resins earning Potable Water Certification. Engineers now have more choices between hydrophilic and hydrophobic resins for specifying the exact right product in potable water applications.”

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New Milton sewer tunnels through environmentally sensitive areas

The population growth of the Town of Milton, Ontario in recent years has been phenomenal. With the province’s Places to Grow legislation, this growth is expected to continue for many years. The Boyne Trunk Sanitary Sewer was identified in the Halton Region’s Wastewater Master Plan as being critical to convey existing and future flows to the Mid Halton Wastewater Treatment Plant in Oakville. The existing sewage pump station and force main conveying sewage from Milton was at its maximum capacity. The commissioning of a new major trunk sewer to replace the existing system and to convey future flows from the northern part of the region was of critical importance.

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Finding the keys to Rebecca Trunk

The microtunnel drives were located up to 14 metres below ground surface and excavated with an MTBM on a grade of approximately 0.15 percent.

In order to balance the needs of growing the Region of Halton with the protection and preservation of its natural and heritage resources, Halton initiated Sustainable Halton which developed goals that serve as a blueprint for building a sustainable and healthy community. The need to upgrade the existing wastewater network to service future intensification in Oakville’s Urban Growth Centre was identified as part of the process.

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HOBAS NC line installed in Quebec

Company representatives show their support at the site of the project.

When an old storm water sewer that crossed below a highway and a highly frequented shopping avenue in the City of Quebec partly collapsed and had to be replaced, the city government was presented with a challenge. The solution required a method to renovate the pipeline while keeping traffic disruptions to a minimum.

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McLaughlin introduces ECO Series of truck mounted vacuum excavators for utility market

ECO Series vacuum excavators offer utility contractors fuel economy, lower operating costs and reduced maintenance.

McLaughlin has introduced the new ECO truck-mounted vacuum excavator series to answer the market’s demand for a compact vacuum excavation system that focuses on performance and improved fuel efficiency. Powered by 49, 85 or 99 horsepower (37, 63 or 74 kW) auxiliary engines, ECO Series vacuum excavators offer utility contractors fuel economy, lower operating costs and reduced maintenance. With the ability to choose from 500- to 1200-gallon (1892.7 to 3028.3 L) spoil tank capacities ― and the ability to mount ECO Series units on both new and used truck chassis ― contractors can customize the truck vacuum excavator to their specific needs.

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Geopolymers 101: Ease of application, resistance to corrosion and light environmental footprint among advantages compared to competing spray technologies and CIPP

The geopolymer mortar is centrifugally cast from atop a sled, which is slowly
removed from the pipe to provide a uniform application. Typical application
thicknesses range between 1 and 3 inches.

Geopolymer is a term originally coined by French researcher Joseph Davidovits to describe a class of “cement” formed from aluminosilicates. While traditional Portland cement relies on the hydration of calcium silicates, geopolymers form by the condensation of aluminosilicates. Geopolymers are known to provide comparable or better performance to traditional cementitious binders but with the added advantages of significantly reduced greenhouse emissions, increased fire and chemical resistance, and reduced water utilization.

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Dealing with root causes

On Eastlawn Street in the City of Windsor, Ontario, heritage homes on double lots with mature trees beautifully line the narrow street. Not so beautifully, white sewer access caps dot the lawns of more than half of the homeowners. It is a telling sign of the ongoing battle between concerned homeowners and the roots they cannot see underground.

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