New Technologies Aimed at Making Work Easier for Contractors

No-Dig Show brings out current and new equipment for municipalities and contractors to explore

New Technologies Aimed at Making Work Easier for Contractors

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While it’s not a huge show floor, the exhibit hall at the No-Dig Show at the Palm Springs (California) Convention Center is still a draw to those municipalities, engineers and contractors looking for the latest in trenchless technology.

“You still see a pretty good amount of new equipment and stuff that can make our jobs easier,” says Henry Sauer, a contractor based in Southern California. He had just checked out the universal pull head from QuickConnect.

The QuickConnect universal pull ahead’s unique clamshell design makes connections to pipe easier, eliminating the need to fuse it to the end of a pipe. It accommodates both IPS and DIPS pipe diameters and is designed to be used as a bursting head or pull head in HDD or pipe bursting applications.

Clint Baumgartner, right, a product specialist with QuickConnect, describes the tool to a contractor at the No-Dig Show.
Clint Baumgartner, right, a product specialist with QuickConnect, describes the tool to a contractor at the No-Dig Show.

“You just switch out a few components and it can work for you either way, it looks like it would be super easy to use,” Sauer says. “It’s equipment like that that I’m looking for to make work easier for my guys.”

Sauer said he was also on the show floor checking out some of the smaller vacuum excavation trucks including the Prodigy from Vactor, the RAMVAC truck, and the Rival unit.

“They’re all smaller units and that’s what I’m looking into now,” Sauer says, adding that his company only does directional drilling work, but is looking at expanding in the near future. “I don’t want to go into a big truck, so the smaller units would be perfect for us.”   

Across from the QuickConnect booth was another new tool to the industry — the ACROBAT Gyro Navigation System for HDD. The device, from UK-based AnTech, is a real-time gyro steering tool for the horizontal directional drilling market.

According to Tim Mitchell, sales manager for AnTech, the ACROBAT allows contractors to accurately drill in areas that are badly affected by magnetic interference. The tool can operate accurately in close proximity to existing metal pipelines, railways and reinforcement pilings, all of which can disrupt the earth’s magnetic field and can make magnetic steering tool inaccurate.

While it has already been out in the UK for a little while, the company was at the No-Dig Show to get input on the device in the U.S.

“I enjoy checking out what is new and what isn’t here,” Sauer says. “It doesn’t take long to go through the exhibit hall, which is another reason I enjoy this one.”

The show wraps up today with technical paper sessions from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., while the exhibit hall is open from 9 a.m. to noon (PDT).



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