Editors’ Blog

The forthcoming EC300E Hybrid excavator’s boom-down motion charges energy-storing accumulators that are used to power the hydraulic pump. Photo courtesy of Volvo CE

Volvo targeting greater fuel efficiency by field testing excavator

April 10, 2019By

The company is field testing a hybrid excavator whose boom-down motion charges energy-storing accumulators that are used to power the hydraulic pump.

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The top 20 sand and gravel producers in the nation accounted for nearly 270 million metric tons in 2016, USGS reports. Photo: Kevin Yanik

The ongoing transformation of the aggregate industry

April 10, 2019By

P&Q’S Kevin Yanik details a busy first quarter and offers some perspective on the evolving aggregate industry.

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Photo by Kevin Yanik

Healthy aggregate activity to carry on in coming months

April 9, 2019By

S-C Market Analytics’ David Chereb offers his latest aggregate forecast.

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According to Volvo CE, 5G will make remote control simpler and safer, and also offer a solution for handling massive amounts of data with guaranteed connection. Photo courtesy of Volvo CE

Volvo CE to test 5G-enabled remote-controlled wheel loaders

March 20, 2019By

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE), Telia and Ericsson launched Sweden’s first 5G network for industrial use at Volvo CE’s facility in Eskilstuna.

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Aggregate producers are forecasting several more years of significant growth, but attracting talented people to the industry remains a real challenge. Photo by Kevin Yanik

Policies, investments continue to fuel optimism

March 13, 2019By

S-C Markets’ David Chereb provides his latest aggregate forecast.

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While technology tends to pull job prospects to other industries, many aggregate producers have tech opportunities available that can lead to long-lasting careers. Photo: iStock.com/SeventyFour

Utilizing smart tech

March 8, 2019By

P&Q’s Kevin Yanik explores the positive impact the latest tech can have on aggregate operations.

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Photo:From left, Vicki Kitchin, the executive director of the Build Indiana Council; John Harper, the 2019 National Asphalt Pavement Association chairman; John Grote the director of Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ 2019 construction equipment sector board; and Randy Lake, the 2019 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association chair discuss infrastructure legislation and workforce challenges at the 2019 AGG1 Academy and Expo in Indianapolis. Photo by Joe McCarthy

Industry leaders discuss infrastructure, workforce challenges

February 22, 2019By

NSSGA, NAPA and AEM leaders come together to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the related industries.

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Applied Industrial Technologies' Mark Kenyon addresses the crowd at an AGG1 Academy education session. Photo by Allison Barwacz

How investing more in equipment increases ROI, safety

February 22, 2019By

Safety awareness starts when an aggregate producer initially purchases a piece of equipment for a plant.

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