ACT’s exclusive show guide to ICUEE.
The utility industry’s largest trade show, the International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE), also known as the Demo Expo, will play host to more than 18,000 visitors who want to see the latest and greatest equipment and services. Featuring indoor and outdoor exhibitions, ICUEE is the leading event for utility and construction contractors seeking comprehensive insights into new technologies, innovations and trends in the electric transmission and distribution, telecom, cable, natural gas, water and wastewater and vegetation management sectors.
More than 18,000 utility professionals are expected to attend ICUEE, also known as the Demo Expo, in Louisville, KY.
ICUEE 2019 will cover more than 30 acres where attendees can participate in hands-on equipment test drives and interactive product demonstrations. This year’s show features more than 240 product categories and more than 200 new exhibitors. Their goal is to help attendees find the right jobsite solutions.
ICUEE has been designed to help attendees find ways to increase business efficiencies, stay in the know, compare equipment before buying or renting, discover the latest safety equipment, explore business solutions at the Emerging Technology Pavilion and discover opportunities for business growth, according to show planners. The show covers equipment, tools and services for all utilities. Of interest to the crane, rigging and specialized transportation sector are new cranes, rigging gear, PPE and safety equipment, trailers, drones/UAVs, electronics, controls and instrumentation, heavy equipment attachments and related jobsite tools.
One of the most popular aspects of ICUEE is the field classrooms that bring educational offerings to the show floor. The Lunch and Learn Workshops feature panel discussions of hot industry topics, including effective applications of drones, the business model for building and maintaining a smart utility infrastructure and workforce development.
ACT’s ICUEE show guide, which focuses on equipment and services pertinent to our readership, has been developed for those who attend and those stay at home. Following are the companies that answered our request for information about their exhibits as well as our select list of companies in the crane, rigging and specialized transportation sectors.
Altec will celebrate its 90th anniversary at ICUEE. The company will announce the launch of the AC30-53T, a tractor-mounted telescopic boom truck crane designed with versatility and jobsite flexibility. The Altec team will also host live demonstrations of the AC30-53T, which offers integral safety features and productivity benefits.
Altec will launch the AC30-53T boom truck.
With a 53-foot boom and a maximum lift capacity of 60,000 pounds, the AC30-53T can pick up and transport heavy materials across any distance. Features such as a lowest in-class fifth wheel, a low auxiliary outrigger profile and integrated trailer supply hoses make this unit ready to serve as both a go-to crane and heavy-haul tractor. Altec will display a full set of products, including aerial devices, digger derricks and cranes. Altec’s equipment line includes steel, aluminum and fiberglass bodies that provide customers a variety of solutions for payload requirements and environmental conditions.
American Cranes & Transport/KHL
The American Cranes & Transport team and our KHL Group colleagues will cover the show all three days, visiting stands, taking photos, conducting interviews and watching demonstrations. Be sure to stop by the KHL Group stand where you can pick up this issue of ACT as well as the KHL’s full portfolio of magazines.
Autec North America
Among the wireless control solutions to be presented by Autec will be the Dynamic+, the company’s newest products series suitable for hydraulic machinery. Autec will also show the new Compact, Link and Curve models. Dynamic+ has a dual-band radio technology and many HMI interfaces, such as the TFT LCD 2.8-inch or 4.3-inch color displays. Transmitting and receiving units communicate with each other in frequency hopping mode, as they dynamically utilize the working frequencies included in the 915-928 MHz band or 863-870 MHz. The receiver (CRD), 8-30 VDC power supply, offers customizable cabling with the choice of M12 circular connectors, a 10-pin reduced plug or a cable gland. It provides up to 12 analog and 64 digital outputs (available via CANopen interface), 2 STOP outputs, 2 UMFS outputs, 4 programmable MOSFET outputs and 2 CAN outputs. The two CAN outputs allow simultaneous management of CANopen and J1939 protocols. The CRD also has a 4-digit display for diagnostic information.
Bigfoot Construction Equipment
An American manufacturer, Bigfoot specializes in building outrigger pads, cranes mats and cribbing. Bigfoot is the only major manufacturer of both wood and composite ground stabilization products, as well as being the longest in-house manufacturer of custom composite outrigger pads. Bigfoot builds standard outrigger pads as well as custom pads to fit the needs and demands of its customers around the world. Bigfoot offers private labels for some of the largest crane, concrete pump and tree-trimming companies and makes specialty outrigger pads. Bigfoot uses the highest-grade American materials that will outperform other outrigger pads. The custom composite pads are guaranteed for life. An American veteran-owned company, Bigfoot stands behind every outrigger pad it builds. Bigfoot pads and cribbing is built for strength, stability and safety.
CM Lab Simulations
CM Labs Simulations, developer of Vortex training simulators, will give ICUEE attendees the opportunity to operate two different simulator platforms. The company will display the immersive Vortex Advantage and the entry-level Vortex Edge Plus simulators. Both simulators can run the company’s full catalog of lifting equipment and earthmoving equipment, commonly used by electric utilities and rural electric cooperatives. This includes simulations for boom trucks, mobile cranes, backhoes, excavators and more. The training packs provide exercises for trenching, pipe placement, excavation around utilities and more.
Exhibiting with CM Labs is Crane Industry Services, a training expert serving both construction and utility markets. Crane Industry Services deploys Vortex simulators for crane operator training and qualification.
Columbus McKinnon, a leading designer and manufacturer of motion control products, technologies and services for material handling, will give attendees the chance to experience Columbus McKinnon’s array of hoist and lifting equipment, including the new Little Mule 322C/344C strap hoist and Magnetek brand wireless controls and cable reels.
The Magnetek brand MHR Radio Controller, available as a hands-on demo, combines the components of a radio receiver and hydraulic valve controller into a single convenient unit, saving money and freeing up valuable real estate on a vehicle. Magnetek brand wireless controls, including the MHR, Flex VUE handheld transmitter with graphic display, and the XLTX belly box transmitter are designed to meet customer specifications, reducing internal engineering and manufacturing costs, improving time to market and enhancing equipment performance.
Custom Truck One Source/Load King
Custom Truck One Source will showcase a large variety of equipment, including aerial equipment, digger derricks, utility trailers and forestry equipment. But the big attention getter this year is the Load King Stinger line of boom trucks for the first time since the boom truck division was purchased from Terex Cranes.
The company will also showcase the Load King brand of dump bodies, services trucks and trailers. The Stinger 25-92 will be known for its durability and trouble-free operation, the company said. The Load King Stinger 29-92 was designed for lighter lifting and day-to-day usage, the company said. Formerly the Terex BT 5092, the Stinger 25-92 travels at highway speeds and features trouble-free operating features that are easy to use, Load King said. Equipped with a 92 foot, fully synchronous telescopic keel boom, the Stinger 25-92 features a maximum lifting capacity of 25 tons (50,000 pounds) and has a quick-reeving boom head and an electronic rated capacity interior. This new model was designed with a modular, dual-control console that allows operation from either side of the machine, and the operator can define boundaries for boom rotation, lift and lower. A warning alarm sounds if the boom moves outside the defined area. It features a keel boom design that has four sections. The self-centering design that optimizes strength and delivers performance for high lift capacities at all lift radii.
DICA will debut a new addition to the ProStack Cribbing product line designed for the types of equipment used in the electrical utility industry. ProStack interlocking cribbing blocks will be on display along with a variety of the company’s outrigger pads and crane pads.
The new ProStack Cribbing product is a lighter weight and lower cost solution that was developed with customer input to meet the specific needs of this market. ProStack Cribbing Blocks are an engineered, integrated solution that resolves this critical problem. The interlocking blocks can be stacked for additional height to create a safer set-up than traditional methods. ProStack Cribbing is made from a combination of post-consumer recycled and new materials to produce a strong and reliable finished product that interlocks into a SafetyTech Outrigger Pad.
SafetyTech engineered thermoplastic outrigger pads deliver proven performance, durability and ease of use for setting up mobile cranes, concrete pumpers, aerial lifts and digger derricks, DICA said. For situations that require greater outrigger pad rigidity and stability in a lighter weight solution, the company’s FiberMax fiber-reinforced polymer outrigger pads provide an engineered alternative to heavy steel plate or excessive matting materials. FiberMax Crane Pads weigh 60 percent less than typical solutions and are designed for exceptional load distribution, stability and cost-effective operation.
These and other DICA products will be in use at many OEM equipment displays, including Terex, Altec, Dur-A-Lift, Elliott, Hiab, Manitowoc, Skylift, Spiradrill and TIME/Versalift equipment.
Elliott Equipment Company will introduce an all-new tilting crane cab on its model 40142 boom truck. The new cab was designed to provide unobstructed visibility and operator comfort. The 40142 has a state‐of‐the‐art control package, featuring full hydraulic controls monitored by a system that provides essential load information as well as the ability for remote Bluetooth diagnostics and performance tailoring to the operator’s preference, according to Elliott. Creature comforts include heat, air-conditioning, heated seat, cupholders, storage space, ease of entry/egress and more.
The 40142 crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 40 tons, 152‐foot main boom tip height and 207 feet with its two‐stage jib. The 40142 can be equipped with a hydraulic dampened work platform and radio remote controls. The 40142 is also designed for severe duty applications like transmission construction, the 40142 is designed with substantial operator input, to ensure maximum uptime and productivity.
HBC-radiomatic, a worldwide technology leader in the field of radio remote controls for construction machinery and other industrial equipment, will be presenting the new generation of their spectrum transmitter series at ICUEE. The renovated spectrum versions will incorporate completely updated radio technology and numerous new features for enhanced safety and operating comfort, including high-performing color displays, additional category 3 PL d safe commands according to EN ISO 13849-1:2015, and new batteries with significantly increased operating times. Additionally, the new larger spectrum 4 transmitter for the control of the most complex machinery will be presented as the latest addition to the spectrum series.
With the new spectrum generation, HBC-radiomatic will continue the success story of their bestselling series, which was first introduced more than 30 years ago, the company said.
Lube-A-Boom recently launched its Tool Box Series which includes Loose-N-It, a four-in-one industrial lubricant and penetrant containing PTFE; Lube-A-Boom Degreaser, Lube-A-Wipes and Lube-A Hammer, which was released in September as a hydraulic hammer and chisel paste. Lube-A-Boom will debut its Lube-A-Boom Insulator, a non-conductive insulating lubricant for equipment that works around power.
Designed to simplify and shorten the process of supporting three phases of energized conductors, the LineWise TLL-1300 Triple Line Lifter features remote-controlled hydraulic articulation and hydraulic extension and retraction of the outside phases. Using the remote control, the unit can switch from a horizontal to vertical configuration, and the spacing between insulators can be adjusted from 6.5 feet to 14.5 feet to capture the outer conductors. Compared with current methods, reports from the field are showing the TLL-1300 can do the same job in up to 50 percent less time. The TLL-1300 is powered by a separate ground-level hydraulic power unit featuring a 10-horsepower diesel engine. Insulated hoses run from the power unit to the crane boom up to the line lifter.
A division of Diversified Products, Linewise designs, engineers and manufactures line lifters, insulated work platforms, phase lifters, transmission temporary conductor supports and the Buddy Bushing transmission hardware reinforcement system.
Manitex has been participating at ICUEE for more than 30 years. ICUEE is the perfect place for the company to launch new products, and this year is no exception. Manitex will add a new model to the TC series line of truck-mounted cranes, the TC600. The TC600 is rated at 60-tons with a maximum main boom tip height of 141 feet.
Along with the TC600 Manitex will exhibit the A62 truck-mounted aerial work platform. The A62 can reach a max working height of 62 feet with a max platform payload of 550 pounds in the basket.
Manitex’s articulating crane line MAC will feature the MAC 47.5 knuckle boom crane. Manitex’s articulating crane products combine the versatility of a knuckle boom crane and the dependability of the Manitex brand to bring a highly engineered machine to get the job done.
Manitowoc Cranes will showcase a trio of cranes that thrive in utilities applications, the Grove GHC30 telescoping crawler crane and a pair of National Crane boom trucks: the NTC55L and NBT30H-2 TM.
The Grove GHC30 has a full-power, three-section 83-foot telescoping boom allowing operators to handle a variety of lifts at various radii, and because of its use of crawler tracks to maneuver, users don’t have to set outriggers for lifts, saving time on the jobsite. The GHC30 on display will be outfitted with pole claw and auger attachments. When equipped with the auger and pole claw, the crane is adept at off-loading, lifting and installing utility poles.
The National Crane NTC55L features a 55-ton capacity and 151-foot boom. The truck crane “replacement” can maneuver into the tight working quarters typically reserved for a truck crane, but it has the added roadability of a boom truck that in many cases can increase efficiency and versatility for utility workers, the company said. In addition to the utility sector, the NTC55L is ideal for a wide variety of applications, such as commercial construction, steel erection or HVAC installation. The key to the NTC55L’s versatility is its ability to set up with a reduced 20-foot outrigger span typically seen in truck crane applications. The NTC55L boasts standard features, such as hoist and rear-facing cameras for increased job site visibility, and a wireless windspeed indicator integrated into the crane cab display.
The National Crane NBT30H-2 TM, a 30-ton capacity boom truck with a 69-foot boom, is designed for use on a short wheelbase “tractor” style chassis. This boom truck configuration allows for hauling a trailer to and from the jobsite for delivering various materials to be used in utility applications. Additionally, the NBT30H-2 TM is viable for everyday taxi crane service due to the Federal Bridge Law compliant chassis configuration. The NBT30H-2 TM offers 360-degree stability, with and without the trailer attached, thanks to the out and down main outriggers and stabilizers, as well as a fully integrated heavy-duty front outrigger; all of which can be used with full, mid and retracted span chart configurations.
From crane and rigging safety demos in NCCCO’s Lift Safety Zone to written NCCCO exam administrations, NCCCO will be promoting crane safety and the benefits of NCCCO crane and rigger certification. Subject matter experts will be available throughout the show to answer questions about all NCCCO programs, as well as how OSHA requirements – including the final personnel qualifications crane rule published last November – impact the utility industry. Qualified attendees will have an opportunity to try their hands on the controls of a service truck crane courtesy of Liftmoore Truck Cranes and to test their skills on an NCCCO practical exam course. Attendees are also invited to enter a drawing for a die-cast metal model of a Terex crane. To register for written NCCCO certification or recertification exams – to be held on Wednesday, October 2, at 8 a.m. – please contact Kim Qualls at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Palfinger will feature its highly regarded TEC cranes with the new P-Profile patented boom system. Palfinger’s HPSC add-on module recalculates and defines the working range and stability of the crane, and its patented AOS system dampens the boom system of the crane, compensating for vibration and shock.
Scott Powerline and Utility Equipment
For nearly two decades, Scott Powerline has partnered with manufacturers to develop and provide its customers with the equipment needed to get their jobs done safely and efficiently. The company will display the new PowerTraxx RT18 rubber-tracked vehicle, which features joystick steering, back-up/rear view camera, 7-inch color touch screen display with instrument readouts, troubleshooting/fault code readings and diagnostic capabilities. The PowerTraxx RT18 is a 95,000-pound GVWR vehicle with a ground pressure of approximately 6.0 psi. It has payload capacity of 50,000 pounds and is powered by a 350 HP Cummins T4F turbo diesel engine.
The ICUEE unit is equipped with the industry-leading Terex TM125 insulated aerial device – the RT18 can also be mounted with 45 to 50-ton cranes as well as a vast array of other large construction devices.
Tadano Mantis will exhibit two of its GTC Series telescopic crawler cranes that are very popular machines in the powerline sector. The 88-ton GTC-800 will be on display, and the newest addition to the GTC Series – the 50-ton capacity GTC-500 – will make its trade show debut in Louisville.
The GTC-500 features a 4-section full power boom that allows continuous telescoping with load to the maximum extended length of 113 feet 10 inches. The GTC-500 has an operating weight of 103,900 pounds, so it can ship in one standard truckload. An optional Heavy Configuration Counterweight (HCC) package provides increased lifting performance at longer radiuses, the company said.
The GTC-800 is the largest sub-100-ton teleboom crawler on the market and features a full power, 5-section 37-foot 8 inch to 141-foot 1-inch hydraulic boom. The main boom is complemented by a 33.1 foot/58.1 foot bi-fold jib. A new 22,500-pound standard counterweight configuration is being introduced on the GTC-800. Providing additional flexibility for users, this configuration allows for two-truck transport while maintaining maximum rated capacity. Both the GTC-800 and GTC-500 are equipped with Opti-Width, allowing for limitless combinations of symmetric and asymmetric track extension positions with no requirement for pinning track widths at fixed points.
Talbert team members will be on hand to discuss the company’s most recent trailer developments, including updates to the AC3-25, AC-20-ART tag-a-long trailer and 35FG-BVTL. Talbert will launch a new Air Ramp (Air) Tilt Series for easy loading of low-clearance equipment. The series includes the 20-ton capacity AC-20-ART and 25-ton capacity AC3-25-ART. The units air controls provide additional operator safety when raising and lowering the trailer for loading, and its low deck height offers a superior view of the equipment and surroundings.
The series features Talbert’s lowest load angle, 7 degrees, for easily loading and unloading equipment weighing as much as 25 tons. Operators use the trailer’s controls, which uses air power to fill bags near the front of the trailer to raise the deck and lower the ramps to the ground. The air-powered ramps eliminate handling heavy ramps and using cranes or other equipment to position loads.
Operators drive equipment over the 38-inch-wide, high-density Apitong wood-filled ramps and onto the trailer deck. The unit’s wheels rest on the gripped floor plates over the trailer wheels for weight balance. Once the equipment is loaded, operators use the controls to return the ramps to the upright position.
Trail King will provide information and answers on the full line of Trail King trailers, including the following models that will be on display at the show: A TK80SA+ AdvantagePlus! SlidingTail Trailer, featuring a tilting main deck with 6.5 degree loading angle, 15 degree dump angle and a 30,000 pound hydraulic winch; A TKT50LP Tilt Trailer, featuring a 12 degree load angle, 30-foot overall deck, dual air locks operated with a single switch, 25,000 single 2-speed and air operated approach plates; and A TKT16U Tilt Utility Trailer, featuring a 22-foot deck, two pair of d-rings on stationary and four pair on tilt deck, 8,000 pound electric brake axles and bolt-on lockable tool box lid and fork holders.
WIKA Mobile Control
WIKA Mobile Control (formerly Hirschmann/PAT) provides operator aids, control systems, upgrades and sensors including load moment indicators, wireless/wired load, angle and anti-two block systems for mobile cranes. The qSCALE Ix LMI features simplified calibration, and superior HMI graphic interface with 4.3-inch and 7-inch color display options. Also, on display is the PRS90 wireless/hardwired multi-sensor indicator that monitors & displays up to 8 sensors at one time.
WMC will also feature the cSCALE for use in any application from monitoring standard to custom control solutions. These systems and sensors meet OEM & retrofit requirements in lifting applications.