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Innovations in Aggregate Machinery for Utah Businesses



In Utah, the construction industry is a vital employer for the state. It is estimated that Utah has the second largest proportion of workers in the construction industry, with 7.6% of the workforce being employed in this sector. Only Wyoming has a larger proportion of construction industry workers, being at 8.5% of the total workforce. In short, the wider construction industry is a vital contributor to the economy of Utah and is vital for its ongoing economic growth. This article focuses on aggregate machinery used in the construction industry. If your Utah firm operates in the building, excavation, or mining sectors, you will know the value of having effective and efficient aggregate machinery. However, it is important to understand that these types of machinery and the processes that they support are in a constant state of evolution and ongoing development. Some of the key innovations of aggregate machinery will now be explored. 

Inventory management

Aggregate machinery is commonly used at excavation sites such as quarries. In the state of Utah, large quarries such as Milford Quarry and Star Stone Quarries, inc. in Salt Lake City process high volumes of aggregate and depend on a wide range of industrial equipment to facilitate this. However, at all stages of the aggregate production process, there is a need to keep a keen eye on the site inventory at the site and undertake routine survey work. In recent years, drone technology has begun to take a key role in this progress and is now regarded as a vital supporting piece of equipment when producing aggregate. Drones can be deployed to survey large areas of aggregate production and quickly help to build a clear picture of the inventory that is being produced on-site. This can be vital in helping to accurately forecast production volumes and remove human workers from potentially hazardous environments when surveys are being conducted.

Full lifecycle management options when purchasing 

In the early days of aggregate machinery, companies would purchase equipment such as excavators, screeners, and pugmills without any ongoing support from the supplier. This meant that the firm would need to investigate other specialist avenues for the repair, maintenance, and tech support for the equipment. This would ensure that it remains useable throughout its lifecycle and that any unplanned downtime of the equipment could be minimized. Today, when firms purchase aggregate equipment on Machinery Partner and from other reputable construction equipment sites they gain access to teams of experts. Service technicians and industry experts are on hand to offer advice and guidance for the setting up of aggregate machinery. In addition, such companies make ordering spare parts easy thanks to their comprehensive knowledge of the equipment and the wider industry. In short, this gives firms full lifecycle support for the equipment they purchase, helping to improve efficiency and keep operating costs down. 

Minimizing downtime with improved componentry

Briefly, in recent years, the componentry that forms aggregate machinery has been improved to offer enhanced operation and reduced downtimes. This can be seen in the use of crushing machinery used in quarries. Today, many pieces of such equipment use hydraulic bolts, nuts, and belt tensioners instead of traditional components. This allows the components to remain tightly fastened during operations and dramatically reduces the time required for ongoing maintenance and downtime. Traditional bolts and nuts would need to be periodically tightened during operation, which could lead to extended periods of downtime and money lost through lower production volumes. In short, this simple but ingenious solution can be a key way for firms to enjoy improved efficiency in such equipment.

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