Concrete Products

APR 2012

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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INNOVATIONS REPORT PIPE HAWKEYEPEDERSHAAB EPAK DEPLOYS LATEST IN PACKERHEAD TECHNOLOGY HawkeyePedershaab's newest packerhead machine series, ePak, incorporates the lat- est in drive and control technology, and mass produces high quality concrete pipe in 12- to 48-in. (300- to 1200-mm) diame- ter. With a small footprint, it can be in- stalled in existing plants as a stand-alone machine or paired with automated han- dling technology. The ePak features the eDrive electronic gearless drive; equipped with closed-loop controls that continuously provide feed- back to the operating system, it provides more available torque under greater control to maximize productivity and pipe quality. The gearless eDrive results in less mainte- nance costs and higher uptime, note HawkeyePedershaab engineers, who also cite these additional machine features: more intense and efficient bell vibration system for denser pipe sockets, and a uniframe machine design for more rigidity, easier adjustment, and longer machine life. The ePak allows users to incorporate the latest electronic and drive control technol- ogy into their packerhead production sys- tems. — www.hawkeye-pipe.com 36 | APRIL 2012 The ePak series had debuted with the Model 1200, whose uniframe design exhibits rigidity and affords ease of adjustment and long service life. HawkeyePedershaab engineers incorporate in the new series machine the gearless eDrive system (below) and a robust bell vibration system (above, left). WWW.CONCRETEPRODUCTS.COM

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