UCT Is Go-To Place For New Technologies

March 2010 Vol. 65 No. 3
A metal culvert before and after AP/M Permaform's coating is applied.

The 8500 is equipped with a USB connection and a secure digital (SD) card on the remote display. With these, the operator can plug a laptop directly into the display and copy data, or pull the SD card out of the display and take it to the office.
Even with its sensitive electronics, the 8500 is built for durability and reliability. Specially designed padding surrounds the electronics and battery connections in the beacon. This isolates battery connections and electronics from the shock and vibration that come with extreme drilling conditions.

Other features of the 8500 guidance system include an improved beacon battery life indicator; standard C-size alkaline batteries for the 8500T; molded, soft-touch hand grips that provide greater operator comfort; and balanced weight that makes it easy to use the 8500 over the course of a long day. 800.654.6481, www.ditchwitch.com

Akkerman
Akkerman recently unveiled the Powered Reaming Head (PRH) upsizing kit for its Guided Boring Machine (GBM) system. This robust GBM accessory allows owners to bore multiple pipe diameters with just one set of 11-inch OD thrust casings and augers. The PRH’s exclusive design and packaging makes it an essential tool for sanitary sewer installations and a must-own component for GBM customers.

The base 14-inch OD PRH unit feature 16- and 20-inch OD increaser kits and corresponding pipe adapter rings to accommodate up to 20-inch OD pipe*. All PRH components rest on a customized rack for ease of transport and orderliness on the job site. The PRH front and rear sections can be launched separately to accommodate minimal diameter shafts. The PRH kit performs well with all Akkerman power packs and jacking frames.

The PRH augments the versatility of the GBM system through increased productivity rates, extended drives, and the capability to complete a wide range of jobs with less financial investment. Using smaller and lighter thrust casings and augers requires less torque than their larger counterparts thereby facilitating a swifter and longer bore. Four jetting/lubrication lines on the PRH arms and the outside rear section allow operators to lubricate spoils and minimize jacking force. Customers will reduce their overhead costs by owning a single, more transportable 11-inch casing and augers assembly. In addition, customers will be able to bid a range of pipe sizes on one job.