Concrete Products

JUN 2019

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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Page 38 of 55 June 2019 • 37 INNOVATIONS REPORT BLOCK & PAVER Pathfinder Systems has unveiled a rack crawler for its Tiger International Inc. machine series. With a com- pact design and wireless charging technology, the battery-operated, low profile equipment eliminates the potential for time consuming tasks associated with festoon power cables, especially tan- gles or snags. The device uses Wi-Fi communication between crawler, transporter and wire- less charging control panels. While docked on the trans- porter car, the crawler charges wirelessly. The crawler and transfer car use positional sensors to ensure that the equipment is in the proper location to allow for wireless charging. Additionally, the crawler is equipped with light displays to allow the operator easy troubleshooting in case of an issue with the char- ger or equipment position. If necessary, the crawler can be manually moved using a release valve to lift the elec- trically driven wheels onto free rolling wheels. The elec- trical cabinet inside holds the charger, and has a display for errors and charging status. The new Battery- Operated Rack Crawler, Pathfinder Sys- tems notes, highlights Tiger International's dedication to responding to customer requirements with emerging technologies and advancing block & paver production. — Pathfinder Systems, Hol- land, Mich., 616/395-8447, 877/498-4437; www.pathfind- Tiger sheds cables with battery-operated rack crawler Wi-Fi enables communication between the crawler, transporter and wireless charging control panels, shown respectively, from left, in their cabinets. Upon return to the transport car, the crawler engages a charger nestled between the crawler and wireless charging panels. Positional sensors ensure that the crawler is properly situated for wireless charging.

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