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ECA promotes Sciortino to northeast regional sales manager

 

Equipment Corporation of America (ECA) has promoted Anthony Sciortino to northeast regional sales manager. He will manage all of the firm’s product lines in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

Sciortino came to ECA when the company acquired New England Construction Products in 2015. He had been serving as a mechanic and sales representative at the time. Sciortino was named sales engineer in March 2015 and held that position until now.

“Anthony is well-rounded with deep roots and in-depth knowledge of the New England market,” said Jeff Harmston, ECA’s vice president – sales and marketing. “We’re looking forward to giving him greater responsibility to develop this region.”

Sciortino earned a Bachelor of Science in construction management at the University of Massachusetts. Although he enjoys golfing in summer and snowboarding in the winter, most of his free time is spent with family.

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ECA has promoted Anthony Sciortino to northeast regional sales manager

 

Ten things facility managers should know about eyewashes

Many in facility management believe that eyewash stations are only necessary for industrial locations where powerful or potentially dangerous chemicals are used. That is not the case.

Eye injuries, of which there are approximately 300,000 annually in the U.S., can occur in about any work setting.

“In fact, eye injuries in office buildings, schools and public spaces are far more common than many people realize,” said Dennis Knapp, director of product development for Impact Products. “Invariably, the faster these injuries are addressed, the less likely they can cause permanent injury.”

The following information is what facility managers need to know:

  1. Seconds – The first few seconds after an accident are critical. Victims of an eye injury should be able to reach some type of eyewash station within 10 seconds, the equivalent of about 55 feet.
  2. Minutes – If a built-in eyewash station is installed, eyes should be rinsed for five minutes for non-chemical irritants, 15 to 20 minutes for more severe or chemical-related accidents and up to 60 minutes if the worker’s eyes are exposed to strong alkalis such as sodium hydroxide or calcium hydroxide.
  3. Open and rotate – The worker should hold their eyelids open and rotate their eyeballs in all directions.
  4. Repeat – If irritation persists, repeat the process.
  5. No shower – Injured workers should not take a shower. A conventional shower can exert too much pressure on the eyes and cause further damage.
  6. Face and eyes – Note that eyewash cleaning solutions are for the face and eyes only. They are not designed for head or skin rinsing.
  7. Visible – Eyewash stations or solutions should be easily visible, on the same floor and near an emergency exit.
  8. Report – All eye injuries, as with most work-related injuries, must be reported to management.
  9. Eyewash fluids – Managers can also install supplemental plastic eyewash stations to be used until a worker is brought to an emergency room. These are specially designed plastic bottles filled with saline solution. Select bottles that have a wide-mouth to help cover the entire eye when used.
  10. You decide – In some cases, the worker may want to go back to work after using an installed or plastic eye washing station. This is a management decision, not the worker’s. It is usually best that the worker visit an emergency room to be sure their eyes have not sustained damage and that they are okay to return to work.

 

The new DAT TinyLog

Introduced at the Bauma Exhibition, the new datalogger of DAT instruments is now in production. DAT TinyLog is 35 centimetres wide, 25 centimetres long and is less than six centimetres thick.

 

A project evolution

Born from the top range DAT WideLog, this new instrument is born from the market and the specific needs of operators. It is a product with high performance, maximum functionality and connectivity together with small dimensions.

“From DAT WideLog,” Amedeo Valoroso, CEO of DAT instruments said, “the DAT TinyLog has inherited all main technical characteristics. DAT TinyLog monitor is a 12-inch coloured touch screen, which [displays] in a detailed way, a huge quantity of graphics, numerical values and gauges, and everything needed by the operator in order to drill or inject in the most precise way. Obviously, this is a touch screen deployed for [the] field… which can be used even wearing gloves.”

DAT TinyLog is made of stainless steel and aluminium to be as strong as possible. In addition, DAT TinyLog can work in extremely high or low temperatures, sand and water. DAT TinyLog is waterproof, thanks to the appropriate seals and IP68 connectors. The system can also be remotely programmed and supported through remote-assistance/e-care by DAT instruments technicians for set up, maintenance or creation of new customized functions.

 

Totally versatile

The new DAT TinyLog is a champion of versatility. As it is possible to connect any kind of sensor, this new datalogger can be used in any drilling sector.

Data can be downloaded via USB flash drive or uploaded to the internet. In fact, the DAT TinyLog is equipped with an ethernet port and Wi-Fi antenna for internet connection. Moreover, it is also possible to install a 3G or 4G modem. During the operating phase, data is transferred to every single hole, and the results are available in the office in real time. The data can be displayed on every kind of device and all files are compatible with Microsoft Excel.

“It is perfect for the most innovative markets, but able to work even in the most common fields. The price of this datalogger is between the top of the range DAT WideLog and the cheaper JET DSP 100, JET SDP and JET 4000 AME,” said Valoroso.

 

CZM introduces long reach rig to fleet

CZM Foundation Equipment recently introduced a long reach (LR) option to their fleet.

The LR version of these machines will serve applications such as sound bearing walls, transmission lines and utilities, drilling on a steep slope and difficult to reach holes. These machines will be offered on Caterpillar and John Deere bases. The LR65 will be mounted on a CAT 330 (or equivalent) and the LR125 and LR160 will be offered on a CAT 336 (or equivalent). The machines also have a specially-designed boom with two lift cylinders which allows for a higher torque and crowd force to be applied to the tool, which aligned with locking interlock kelly bars, makes it efficient on rock and hard soil drilling. Round friction bars are also available for high production on softer soils. All these models will have extendable and longer undercarriages. This really makes a big difference on the stability and performance of the machine.

The largest model, the EK160, will have a torque of 155,000 ft-lb., a maximum drilling speed of 32 revolutions per minute and spin-off of 120 rpm, 41,000 lb. of effective main winch line pull and 45,000 lb. of crowd force with an operating weight of 110,000 lb. All the machines come equipped with a service winch, CZM’s technology package which includes auto gear shifting, drill lock and auto crowd, auto level, return to centre, telematics and other functions. The LR160 and LR125 are in production and the first units of each went into operation in August.

Training and service support are provided by CZM and equipment is available for rental, direct sale or rental/purchase options.

 

Liebherr releases “Compendium Deep Foundation”

Deep foundation construction has made great progress in recent years and the scope of application has become ever more varied. In order to provide a wide audience with an overview of cutting-edge technology and comprehensive information about the various drilling processes, Liebherr has released a new reference book, Compendium Deep Foundation, Part 1: Drilling.

The Compendium is intended as a reference work for planners and contractors, and newcomers to the deep foundation industry who wish to learn more about drilling technology. Currently used processes, equipment, areas of application and IT solutions for drilling technology are covered in detail. Numerous illustrations, renderings and site photos supplement the descriptions in the text and should ease understanding for the reader. Technical data, as well as the mechanical and application limits of deep foundation machines round off the information needed for the planning of deep foundation works.

 

Result of collaboration

The Compendium Deep Foundation is the result of collaboration
between engineers and technicians from contractors and equipment manufacturers, and is based on technical
regulations, current construction processes and extensive practical experience. It covers kelly drilling, continuous flight auger drilling, double rotary drilling, full displacement drilling, grab drilling, reverse circulation drilling, down-the-hole drilling, applications of the drilling processes and IT solutions.

Liebherr is promoting further development in deep foundation engineering through innovative machines and equipment, tools and IT solutions. In addition to the wide range of equipment technology, Liebherr offers – with the help of engineers and technicians – comprehensive advisory and technical support. Thus, the company has developed into a system provider for deep foundation engineering in recent years.

 

Unprecedented anytime, anywhere tracking capabilities

With the growth of the digital workplace dramatically transforming the way people work, leading global time management expert HMS Software has announced the launch of TimeControl 8, a breakthrough automated time sheet system that fills an important industry gap by providing managers with unprecedented capabilities to remotely manage their workforce.

This first-of-its-kind technology provides supervisors of medium and large enterprises with a real-time holistic view of their resources, taking the efficiency and intelligence of an organization’s time management operations to the next level.

“Since the release of our first mobile product two years ago, we have received an overwhelming number of requests from clients worldwide for software that enables managers to make enterprise-wide time management decisions on a mobile interface,” said HMS Software president Chris Vandersluis. “TimeControl 8 uniquely gives supervisors real-time access to key data at their fingertips, enabling them to increase productivity by making accelerated, data-driven decisions anytime and anywhere, using a dynamic and modern interface.”

Calling the new version, “a powerful business tool that is a significant release in the timesheet industry,” Vandersluis says that the new mobile interface for the TimeControl Mobile app –  available on Google Play for Android users and on the App Store for iOS users – has been enhanced with functionality to empower supervisory and administrative staff from the convenience of their smartphones or tablets.

Beyond the TimeControl Mobile App, other new features of TimeControl 8 – a multi-function system that includes support for time and attendance, time and billing, project tracking, human resource tracking and research tax credit tracking – include:

Links to the widely-popular Jira tool, used for bug tracking, issue tracking and project management. According to Vandersluis, the integration between these two products holds the potential for a revolution in how time is accounted for in software development projects.

Dynamic data analysis for management of all timesheet data. Instant graphics in numerous formats enable rapid decision-making based on an easy-to-view big picture of where time is being spent.

A unique resource planning feature that allows managers to not only track actual time reporting data, but also to make plans directly in the system of where future resources are required for maximum efficiency.

A completely rewritten front-end interface that delivers a new standard in web and mobile designs, providing simplified, at-a-glance overviews of time-tracking data collection.

Integration with the Ares Prism G2 cost control system – a popular construction project management solution – enabling Prism cost elements to be tracked by TimeControl, and TimeControl hours and costs to be captured by Prism for analysis and reporting.

TimeControl 8 will be upgraded automatically for TimeControl online subscription clients. The upgrade is available to existing on-premise clients with a current support and maintenance agreement at no additional charge from the TimeControl upgrades site: www.TimeControl.com/support/updates. A free hosted TimeControl trial is available at www.freetrial.timecontrol.com. For further information about HMS Software, please visit www.hms.ca or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

BSP piling hammer delivers elite solution

A BSP DX-SP25 excavator-mounted impact hammer is playing a central role on the £225 million Luton Direct Air-Rail Transit (DART) construction project in Bedfordshire, England. DART will provide a rapid link between Luton Airport Parkway rail station and the London Luton Airport terminal building, transferring passengers in less than four minutes.

Construction is being undertaken by a joint venture between VolkerFitzpatrick and Bedfordshire-based Kier. The VFK venture is responsible for building and completing the civils works for the Luton DART Parkway and Luton DART Terminal stations, the Gateway Bridge over Airport Way, a viaduct leading from the Luton Parkway station and tunnels and approaches to the airport terminal.

Elite Sheet Piling, based in Stoke-on-Trent, has been subcontracted by VolkerGround Engineering to install multiple sheet piles and coffer dams along the route of the works, right up to the end of the runway. Sheet piles up to 12.5 metres long are being installed to a depth of 10.5 metres, to provide ground security in the predominantly chalky soil, as the project climbs the hill from the rail
station to the airport.

Elite is driving the piles initially with Movax side grip piling equipment and completing the task with the new BSP hammer mounted on a Volvo EC380EL crawler excavator. The DX range of hammers from BSP International Foundations has been developed to drive steel sheet piles, though they can be adapted for use with concrete, timber, tubular steel and small bearing piles if required.

Mounted on a crawler or wheeled excavator, the DX-SP25 can be rapidly deployed from a horizontal transport position to a vertical operating position, with no requirement for a crane to assist. During piling operations, the DX hammer is automatically guided or crowded in the vertical plane.

There are three models in the DX line-up – the DX20, the DX25 and the DX30, offering drop weights of 1.5 tonnes, two tonnes and 2.5 tonnes. Maximum impact energy is 20 kNm, 25 kNm and 30 kNm respectively, while blow rate at rated energy for all models is approximately 60 blows per minute.

The hammers have low hydraulic power requirements, requiring 130 to 170 litres per minute of flow, and can be operated directly from an excavator. They are also available with a range of BSP Hydro-packs for optimum hammer performance.

“We went with BSP for the reliability, the quality, the strength of the hammer and the good name of the company,” said Elite’s managing director Carl Ingram. “It’s been working brilliantly; I really can’t fault it.

“The DX-SP25 can be interchanged between any of the three larger machines when required. We are also in talks with BSP for a smaller hammer, to work with our smaller excavators, as part of our plan for continued growth.”

 

Pile Dynamics’ State of Practice: Quality Control of Deep Foundations Seminar

Pile Dynamics, Inc. (PDI), has been travelling around the U.S. offering State of Practice: QC of Deep Foundations seminars. These one-day workshops cover the latest in testing practices and technology for both driven and drilled foundations. The final workshop for 2019 is offering the PDA Proficiency Test to engineers who attend.

On November 11, the PDI workshop will be making a stop in Miami, Fla., at the Miami Airport Marriott. The workshop will include lectures on quality control and quality assurance of deep foundations, the GRLWEAP wave equation, load testing of deep foundations, high-strain load testing of drilled shafts, along with Allowable Stress Design and Load and Resistance Factor Design methods: code and economics.

The workshop will be in Tallahassee, Fla., on November 13 and will make its final stop in New Orleans, La., on the 15th. In addition to the workshop lectures, the PDA Dynamic Measurement and Analysis Proficiency Test will be offered to any attending engineer at the New Orleans workshop. A certificate of participation will be provided to attendees of the workshop with documentation of 6.5 Professional Development Hours.

For questions about the workshop, PDA Proficiency Test or registration, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Nov. 1, 2019. To learn more about Pile Dynamics, Inc., visit www.pile.com.

 

 

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