Concrete Products

SEP 2018

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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44 • September 2018 Fork Shields are designed to protect the most vulnerable part of the forklift fork from nicks, gouging, accidental damage and result- ing stress cracks. By using the easily mountable protection devices, product engineers contend, equipment last significantly longer and is protected against costly, early replacement. Sold in pairs, Fork Shields are available in three sizes depending on fork width and thickness. "While we continue to improve the design of our forks to increase durability, the fork heel remains the most susceptible to breakage," says Arrow Material Handling CEO Terry Melvin. "We believe the Fork Shield is the answer. By administering shields across an entire fleet, companies should expect a significant increase in the lifespan of their forks." In addition to Fork Shield, the manufacturer recently announced Fork Wear Indicator, an easy to read guide stamped into the side of select Arrow ITA forks. The graphic helps operators and safety managers identify forks that are unsafe or approaching unsafe wear levels. Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines and industry standards suggest forklift truck fork replacement after 10 percent of wear, as that milestone equates to a capacity de-rated by 20 percent. Using a fork caliper to determine such wear is standard practice in the industry, Arrow officials note, but current technology has left room for error and negligence. "This rugged and durable stamping will significantly reduce the chance of human error and negligence surrounding fork inspection. We believe the fork wear indicator will become a standard in the mate- rial handling industry," Melvin contends. — Arrow Material Handling Products, Lenexa, Kan., 913/495-4800, 800/821-7563; www.arrowacq. com, Lift truck fork protection, wear indicator Company's qSCALE maestro LMI upgrades the DS150G, DS350G/GW and legacy maestro systems, offering what programmers note is a flexible design that converts existing software without the need for re-calibration. It features a 4.3-in. color screen displaying actual and allowable mobile crane load, boom length, boom angle, and load radius; integrated light-bar and event recorder; and, the option of an external light-tower. With an IP 66/67 rating, the console can be mounted either inside or outside of the crane cab. "The new platform is configured to use the original calibration data for fast and trouble free installation," says Brian Considine of Skyazul, a Wika Mobile Control (WMC) dealer testing a qSCALE proto- type on a Grove RT528C crane. "The qSCALE maestro further improves the user interface and functionality of the original systems. With the qSCALE maestro, we can offer customers event recording and optional CANbus based features such as an internal and external light bar. The open architecture of the platform provides opportunities for expandability that we didn't have before." "Compared to the original maestro system, qSCALE was just as easy to install and the sensor alignment was almost identical in regards to time and ease," adds Keith Laurel of Crane Warning Systems, a WMC dealer also testing the device on Grove machinery. WMC provides monitoring, and control systems that meet OEM and aftermarket requirements in lifting applications. — Wika Mobile Control LP, 717/217-2255; Mobile-crane control INNOVATIONS EQUIPMENT & PRODUCTS

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