Around the Globe
BY AsphaltPro Staff
The Pavement Preservation and Recycling Alliance (PPRA) also takes its convention north of the border with the 2015 Fall Meeting at Sheraton on the Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario this Oct. 13 through 15. Visit ppralliance.org/ppra2015 for registration information.
During the opening ceremony of the Hannover Messe 2015, ContiTech of Continental Corporation, Hanover, Germany, was recognized among the top five for the Hermes Award 2015. With a material innovation for future vehicle heating—thus operator comfort—ContiTech is in the top five for this internationally renowned technology award. The new mode of heating comprises a patented conductive material that can generate heat without any wire being fitted. The conductive and spreadable polymer compound is integrated in automotive surface materials by means of screen printing, and consumes minimal power.
SITECH® New Zealand has joined the network of SITECH technology dealerships that offer Trimble® and Caterpillar® machine control systems for an entire fleet of heavy equipment. For more information about SITECH dealers, visit www.sitech-construction.com.
It looks as if bitumen prices weren’t consistent in their movements around the globe this spring. While bitumen prices in Brussels dipped a bit in April 2015 and rose in Iran and India—as compared to the previous month—Vietnam CFR Bitumen prices remained steady in April 2015 as compared to March. Source: Petrosil’s Bitumart
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With the start of the 2015 paving season, safety was on everyone’s mind. The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) has created a series of new videos aimed at helping reduce roadway work zone accidents and saving lives. Each three-minute animated video is based on federal government reviews of real incidents that resulted in the loss of life, and focuses on a major cause of the more than 100 highway construction and maintenance worker deaths that happen annually: workers being run over by vehicles. Eight videos are available on the ARTBA-TDF’s “National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse” and more videos covering other causes of death and injury will be added later. ARTBA Senior Vice President of Safety and Education Brad Sant recommends the videos be viewed in a group training setting with a safety instructor available to pause the action and discuss how to control or eliminate risk in your company’s workplaces.
Atlas Copco Construction Equipment, Commerce City, Colo., recently appointed five managers to lead its expanding road construction division. They are Brian Bieller, vice president and road construction business line manager; Steve Cole, distribution business development manager; Tim Hoffman, heavy compaction equipment product manager; Jonathan Oney, paving and milling equipment product manager; and Imelda Moon, equipment parts product manager.
BJM Pumps, Old Saybrook, Conn., welcomes Dwain Breedlove to the team. He will serve as pump technician and his responsibilities will include pump assembly, repair and maintenance. He already has more than 29 years of experience in submersible pump assembly and service, and is a graduate of Southington High School in Southington, Conn.
Danette Swank, president of Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc., Peoria, Ill., received the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award March 26 from The Manufacturing Institute in Washington.
The 7th Shingle Recycling Forum takes place Oct. 29 through 30, 2015, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel just outside Chicago’s O’Hare airport. The CDRA has issued a call for papers to anyone who has an innovative and exciting idea for the use of recycled shingles. Submit your abstract to CDRA headquarters via email at email@example.com.
The Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa (APAI) celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.
While Donaldson Company, Inc., headquartered in Bloomington, Minn., celebrates is 100th anniversary this year, the company has announced the patent recipients and winners of the company’s 13th annual Inventor Awards. Tark Ji YP, operations managed based in Wuxi, China, has received the Richard M. Negri Manufacturing Excellence Award. Greg LaVallee, Rakesh Yadav, Vijay Kapoor, Derek Jones, Joan Gao, Bob Rogers, Dan Little, James Barsness, Greg Tronnes, and Emily Nykiel, all based in Bloomington, received Technology Achievement Awards for their work with Synteq® XP filter media. Mark Boyce based in St. Louis, received the Emerging Innovator Award. Dan Adamek based in Bloomington, received the Technology Champion Award. Andrew Dallas and Thom M. Weik, both based in Bloomington, received the Frank A. Donaldson Award for long-term engineering achievement. The company also recognized 61 employees who received patents in calendar year 2014.
AsphaltPro Magazine, Fayette, Mo., wishes to recognize and applaud the asphalt professionals who make the industry great. We’re looking for a few good projects. As you work this summer, as you compile your numbers and stats, be sure you take pictures and notes to share with us. You could be featured in the pages of AsphaltPro and could be in the running for something special. Stay tuned for details. Stay alert for quality projects that we should brag about. Share them with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you think engineering is cool? Are you planning to attend the JEC Americas Composites Show and Conferences in Houston this June 2 through 4? The planners have announced R. Byron Pipes, a John Bray Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Purdue University and member of the Royal Society of Engineering Sciences of Sweden, will deliver a keynote address entitled “Manufacturing Innovation and the Future of Composites,” Wednesday, June 3. Visit www.jeccomposites.com for more information.
Ten children of highway workers who were killed or permanently disabled on the job will receive college financial assistance from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation’s (ARTBA TDF) “Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship” fund during its 15-year anniversary this year. The scholarship program was established in 1999 with a gift from Stan Lanford of Lanford Brothers, and Jack Lanford of Adams Construction Company. About 100 highway workers are killed on the job every year in roadway construction and maintenance accidents; and thousands more are seriously injured. This scholarship helps their children pursue college and technical training. 3M of St. Paul, Minn., once again supported the families and scholarship program with a donation of $20,000 through the 3M Visibly Safer Work Zones Project. 3M makes its annual contribution by donating a portion of its sales of 3M™ Diamond Grade™ fluorescent orange reflective sheeting, which is designed to enhance work zone safety with retroreflective technology.