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FEB 2019

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52 • ROCK products • February 2019 Moisture within the haul material prevents it from sticking to the hydrophobic surface, similar to the water-repelling characteristic of a lotus leaf. As a result, it's nearly impossi- ble for anything to remain on the truck. Similar results can be achieved within the body when strategically using hydro- phobic and oleophobic steel liners to minimize material carryback. This hydrophobic technique is being added as a retrofit to existing systems to improve productivity. Material Spreaders on Rear-Eject Bodies Spreading materials may seem like a simple concept, but it's actually one that involves a great deal of variability and potential for lost efficiency. Material spreaders can be used to build haul roads, for road safety in the winter by spread- ing sand or gravel across slick and icy roads and in other areas that require dry, solid materials to be discharged and broadcast. Typical material spreaders operate in a passive mode by using steep slopes to move the material from the body to the material spinners. This results in unsafely raising the vertical center of gravity. Even though the units have vibratory devices on them, the material still tends to bridge, adversely affecting the operation of the equipment. There are also safety concerns when crew members must manually address the material clogging up within the highly sloped bodies, often requiring them to get into tight, confined spaces. An updated option involves an active system, which uses a rear eject body that horizontally pushes material towards the back of the bed and into a cross auger that delivers the material to broadcast spinners. This process increases effi- ciency by saving time on maintenance and upkeep and is able to cover more ground in a uniform manner safely, efficiently and effectively. Material spreaders have the ability to evenly distribute their material to improve the efficiency. Operators no longer need to alter their haul cycles to bypass areas that have poor trac- tion as they can maintain the traction on various grades as needed, which optimizes cycle times. Investing in Efficiency Carefully selecting support equipment helps prevent down- time as well as increases the longevity and efficiency of the equipment. And, as with any business, productivity and prof- its are the key measure of success. Partnering with manufacturers that make efficiency and safety the core of their designs helps to ensure peak equip- ment performance and reliability for years to come. Josh Swank, vice president of sales and marketing for Philip- pi-Hagenbuch, oversees the steel mill, refuse and mining industry sales group and has been with the company for more than 16 years. His previous roles within the company include global sales and marketing manager and account manager. Outside of Philippi-Hagenbuch, he participates in multi- ple industry and philanthropic organizations, including the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association's Manufacturers & Services Board, the NSSGA Young Leaders and the National Mining Association Board of Governors. He is a trustee of the JWAS Foundation and active within the Peoria, Ill., startup community. Philippi-Hagenbuch's material spreaders are designed with efficiency in mind, making it easy to evenly distribute material. Support Equipment Your Source for Customized Weighing and Metering Equipment Data Collection Your Source for Customized Your Source for Customized Your Source for Customized Your Source for Customized Your Source for Customized Your Source for Customized Your Source for Customized Your Source for Customized Your Source for Customized Your Source for Customized Weighing and Metering Equipment Weighing and Metering Equipment Weighing and Metering Equipment Weighing and Metering Equipment Weighing and Metering Equipment Control Gates Weigh Belts Belt Scales Call for a Quote or Visit Our Website Today! INDIANAPOLIS 2019 Booth #38058 February 12th - 14th Stop by and talk to our experienced professionals about a solution for your weighing & material needs. 800.536.4880

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