Category Archives: Features

Hey Prairie Dawg, “Let’s talk magnets in mining.”

Hey Prairie Dawg, “Let’s talk magnets in mining.”

Prairie Dawg Practical by Tim Holmberg Why in the world would I need a magnet in my mining or aggregate producing operation? Is this a spoof or something serious I need to look further into? What kind of magnet(s) would I be looking at to install? Where would I use such a thing and for […]

Hey Prairie Dawg, “Let’s talk drive-thru aggregates”

Hey Prairie Dawg, “Let’s talk drive-thru aggregates”

Prairie Dawg Practical by Tim Holmberg, DEMI Equipment Can I weigh the productivity of my efforts while processing aggregate materials, even as I stockpile it on the ground? How accurate can a weighing system be, and will someone I’m producing or working for be able to confidently pay me without either of us wondering if […]

Hey Prairie Dawg, “Let’s talk wash plant maintenance.”

Hey Prairie Dawg, “Let’s talk wash plant maintenance.”

Prairie Dawg Practical by Tim Holmberg, DEMI Equipment What do you do to maintain a materials wash plant? Do these plants require only minimal maintenance since they aren’t being used to crush rock down to size? Do they require little housekeeping to keep them clean and clear of rogue material and debris? Does utilizing a […]

Marijuana-impaired drivers

Marijuana-impaired drivers

Source: EHS Today David Sparkman | April 16, 2019 Trucking research group recommends ways to stem increasing threat to commercial drivers A new study urges state and federal governments to take stronger actions to improve the ability of law enforcement to seek to identify and deter the growing danger of marijuana-impaired driving. A study of our […]

Hey Prairie Dawg, “Let’s talk tech!”

Hey Prairie Dawg, “Let’s talk tech!”

Prairie Dawg Practical by Tim Holmberg, DEMI Equipment It would be difficult to imagine our world today without remote controls, computer logic or other technology-based advancements integrated into just about everything that surrounds us. So why not press on with these welcomed features into new equipment being designed and created for today’s (and future) markets? Is […]

Addressing the need for sharp workers

Addressing the need  for sharp workers

by Jeff Winke The scene is a busy mid-size construction contractor’s office where owner-operator Bill plops into his desk chair while thinking that he and his incredible crew need relief, need help.  “I’m gonna close my eyes for just a minute,” he promises before dozing into a familiar dream where he’s sifting through a stack […]

Keestrack expands worldwide manufacturing

Keestrack expands  worldwide manufacturing

With the official opening of a new 8,740m² assembly complex, the second extension phase of the company’s main factory in Šternberk, Czech Republic has been completed. Next milestones and new extension projects will be set and started in 2019, including the opening of Keestrack’s Indian assembly in Neemrana and new production capacities in Ponzano Veneto, […]

Recycling the Brackenbox Inc. way

Recycling the Brackenbox Inc. way

In today’s eco-conscious world, it is more important than ever for construction companies to focus on recycling materials that once would have been considered waste. Not only will recycling efforts help boost the image of the company, they will also reduce any negative environmental impact of any projects. Based in Markham, IL, one company, Brackenbox Inc., […]

Rockster showed a wide spectrum

Rockster showed a wide spectrum

Wolfgang Kormann, CEO of Rockster Recycler from Austria, is convinced that the Bauma trade fair really deserves to be called “The World’s Leading Trade Fair for Construction Machinery.” “The visitors come from all over the world and the potential of serious prospects is considerable. On the first day of the fair, we were already able […]

Hey Prairie Dawg, “What’s up with wear parts?”

Hey Prairie Dawg, “What’s up with wear parts?”

Prairie Dawg Practical by Tim Holmberg, DEMI Equipment Wear parts: I’m sure you understand what makes this subject a bit frustrating at times. “I don’t understand why my new parts don’t fit so good?” or “Why did they wear faster than the last time I changed them out?” or maybe “It sure takes a long […]

More than Luck on its side

More than Luck on its side

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t fret over the details. Words to live by? Perhaps in one’s personal life, such “wisdom” is well advised and embraced. But when it comes to business, the perspectives change drastically. Often times, what differentiates a good company from a great company is the attention paid to the so-called “small […]

Supplying the rock resources in west Texas

Supplying the rock resources in west Texas

Since 2007, West Texas Rock Resources LLC has been a leading provider of crushed limestone and other materials in Roscoe and surrounding areas. The company produces flex base, concrete aggregate and flexible fill for individuals, wind farms, highway construction and oilfield services. A major part of its success has been its crushing and screening equipment, […]

Hey Prairie Dawg, “What makes a conveyor work its best?”

Hey Prairie Dawg, “What makes a conveyor work its best?”

Prairie Dawg Practical by Tim Holmberg, DEMI Equipment Conveyors have no value without a couple of key components working together to transfer materials from one location to the opposite end where they will exit or be discharged. The specific distances and elevations of the site will determine how the conveyor will be required to perform […]

Statements made during OSHA informal conferences: Are they admissible?

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips: by Travis Vance and Pamela Williams An employee is electrocuted while working on a breaker box. After the incident, OSHA conducted an inspection and issued serious citations to your company relating to an unauthorized employee working around energized parts without adequate protection. Your company decides to contest the […]

Riverbend Construction Services boosts productivity and saves fuel

Riverbend Construction Services  boosts productivity and saves fuel

Quarrying is an expensive business. It’s expensive in equipment, time, people and operating costs. Any advantage a quarry or contractor can get helps improve the bottom line, profits and makes the business more viable.  A quarry in South Carolina has benefitted from using a specialist crushing and screening contractor, which, through the use of its […]

Conveyor transfer point design: Material containment for safety & efficiency

Conveyor transfer point design:  Material containment for safety & efficiency

As tons of material per hour are quickly dropped with great force through receiving chutes onto a receiving conveyor, fugitive cargo often piles up around the frame and dust migrates throughout the area, collecting on idlers, pulleys and floors and affecting air quality. Workers have to continuously clean up the material before it encapsulates the belt, […]

Prairie Dawg Practical: “What are the different types of screening equipment?”

Prairie Dawg Practical: “What are the different types of screening equipment?”

Luckily, there is a lot to choose from in screening equipment – many more choices and brand names then ever before. “So, which one is the best, the most universal, the most economical and the simplest to operate for what I am doing?” you may ask. This is a rather lengthy subject to discuss depending […]