Corporate Profile: Stansteel-Hotmix Parts & Service
Mission Statement: “We make your plants run better.”
- Plants/plant components pertinent to production (can include crushing equipment)
- Plant controls/automation
- Paving and/or compaction equipment/automation
- Pavement recycling/pavement reclaiming equipment
- Fleet management/telematics/hauling/ticketing software solutions
- Additives/Emulsions/Polymer blends/Fibers/Patching materials
- Lab/Testing/QCQA equipment and/or its software
Stansteel’s Look, Lock ‘N Load™ (patent pending) Safety Loadout Truck Recognition system is a breakthrough method for asphalt plant operators to load trucks while avoiding the danger of dropping silo loads onto truck cabs or other incorrect loadout positions.
Using a training A.I. (artificial intelligence) model, the system essentially has “computer vision”—mathematically using images to train the neural network. Our A.I.-based scanning and visual identification technology is like what is used by Amazon and UPS for rapid, high-volume package sorting as well as by the U.S.A. for military applications including the targeting of strike-zones.
The Look, Lock ‘N Load system digitally scans an image of incoming trucks and differentiates between the truck’s cab and its loadout bed. The display indicates a red zone for the tractor cab and a green zone for the loading bed. Also recognizing the truck’s position, it links to the silo loadout system to confirm when a specific truck is in the loading zone, approving the silo gates to open. The console allows manual load override and an optional keylock to prevent bypass loadouts, if so desired by plant managers. And it will interface with any brand loadout system.
As an additional safety feature, the system will alert of any unsafe conditions including a hard hat, human face, or front-end loader in the loading zone. Look, Lock ‘N Load system components include a high-resolution camera, a digital recognition computer and console, and a panel for monitoring each silo.
Powerful benefits of the Look, Lock ‘N Load system for asphalt plant operators and superintendents: It eliminates the common risk and real danger of dropping hot mix loads onto truck cabs. And it reduces operator stress by providing assurance that the silos will never allow loadout when unsafe conditions exist.
Sustainability with Asphalt
Since the hot mix asphalt industry is known for being the largest recycler of materials in North America, Stansteel helps bring improved RAP utilization to the individual plant. Several crucial details need to be addressed for the integration of recycling, particularly to existing plants. For instance, there are different options on drum plants or batch plants to transform them from being able to run a minimal 10% or 15% RAP up to 50% or more. With the right equipment and technology, running 50% RAP can even be achieved on asphalt plants which are 50 years old.
By safely and sustainably upgrading these existing plants, the customer can often keep all their environmental permits in place and not further disrupt environmental concerns by modification, changing and removal and disposal of an older model plant just to buy new equipment. Stansteel has, over the last 20 years, introduced the Stansteel Green Line to the industry, which enables a series of products to help upgrade most any type of asphalt plant.