Concrete Products

JUL 2014

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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86 • JuLY 2014 INNOVATIONS EQUIPMENT & PRODUCTS Ladder safety device The Lad-Saf X2 Detachable Cable Sleeve offers hands-free climbing, automatically follow- ing the user during ascent or descent, and one-handed cable attachment or detachment for fast and safe connections. Its lightweight stainless steel construction offers added dura- bility and longevity. Compact and more ergonomically refned than prior offerings, the Lad-Saf X2 sleeve has two independent means to activate its fall arrest function: a mechanical system that locks onto the cable almost immediately in the event of a fall; and, a supplementary inertia mechanism that activates locking in- dependent of the mechanical system, providing a redundant safety measure. The intertia system likewise prevents unintentional upside-down installation. The Lad-Saf X2 sleeve also features an in-line shock absorber to reduce the forces a worker's body will experience in a fall arrest event. "Jobs that require workers to climb ladders, poles, towers and tanks are not only phys- ically demanding, but create safety risks at height," says Capital Safety Systems and Anchors Product Manager Joe Yeatman. "We developed the Lad-Saf sleeve to provide a cable-based fall protection option, and with the addition of the next generation Lad-Saf X2 sleeve, ladder system climbing has reached the next level in ease of use and safety." The sleeve meets all the requirements of the proposed new ANSI Z359.16 Standard for Climbing Ladder Fall Arrest Systems, he adds, while all Capital Safety products adhere to current OSHA or ANSI industry standards. — Capital Safety, 800/328- 6146, 651-388-8282; FAIRBANKS SCALES, PLANT ARCHITECTS PEN SERVICE, SUPPORT AGREEMENT Kansas City-based Fairbanks Scales will be providing exclu- sive support and service to construction materials specialist Plant Architects under the Plant Pride Extended Service Pro- gram. In addition to weighing systems, Fairbanks provides nationwide industrial equipment services for plant machin- ery and controls, aerial work platforms, electric security vehicles, and optical license plate readers. Fairbanks Scales will provide factory-trained service and support to operators of key plants used in fracking sand and cement production facilities. A plant maintenance management process has been developed to provide Plant Architects' customers with a convenient and professional service experience. "We believe that Fairbanks Scales can significantly enhance the value of the Plant Pride program by leveraging our 300 direct industrial equipment service personnel," says President Richard Norden. "The alliance will afford Plant Pride customers with rapid responses provided locally, and unmatched customer service back up. Plant Pride is all about uptime. By teaming up with Fairbanks, additional uptime is ensured for customers of Plant Pride," adds Robert Ober, chief executive officer of Texas-based Robert Ober & Associates LLC, of which Plant Architects and Plant Outfitters are divisions. — Command Alkon builds out MOBILE offering Command Alkon's latest launch MOBILE- connect, moves producers into the world of mobile computing. MOBILEcommerce is the first product in this suite to be released, giving construction materials producers and their customers a mobile toolset for submitting orders, monitoring deliveries, viewing account balances, reprinting tickets, and receiving notifications when new orders or placed or trucks are loaded. Producers will see their customers enabled to obtain critical informa- tion quickly and seamlessly as incoming call volumes decrease. —800/624-1872, 205/879- 3282;

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