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05 April 2019

Ladders are gone... on the latest CEMEX ready-mixed truck

First publishedon www.AggBusiness.com
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The latest Hymix innovation on a CEMEX ready-mixed concrete truck is the removal of the ladder and platform

The latest innovation on a CEMEX ready-mixed concrete truck is the removal of the ladder and platform, so the driver no longer has to work at height, better ensuring their safety.

This is one of several innovations introduced by Midlands-based concrete mixer supplier, Hymix, working in partnership with building materials supplier, CEMEX. The first truck of its type was on display at the recent 2019 UK Concrete Show (20-21 March).

The latest innovations focus not only on driver safety but that of vulnerable road users and have been engineered to address the principal concerns of today’s ready-mixed concrete industry including accidents with falls from height  and slips, trips and falls. Other innovations are designed to help reduce the environmental impact.

One of the new systems reduces emissions by managing the drum speed and engine condition during travelling and at the site. It is possible to make a saving of up to 90% whilst waiting to deliver on site. After delivery the Hymix system provides for self-sufficient wash down and has also introduced a method of neutralizing the pH of the wash water making it harmless and safe to dispose of into the waste water system.

For the driver these new developments will reduce their workload allowing them to concentrate on safe driving. Additional safety features help reduce the frequency of rollovers and unplanned incidents whilst the Hymix site light system (SLS) has been extended to improve visibility further in low light conditions and when manoeuvring in tight spaces.

James Harper, general manager at Hymix, said: “Improving safety and helping reduce both serious and minor accidents is a high priority in our vehicle development programme and we aim to work with the industry and key stakeholders to ensure the safety of all involved  Our roads are getting busier and potential for danger is greater than ever, it is for everyone in the supply chain to contribute in mitigating risks to all.

Charlie Stanford – national fleet liaison manager at Cemex UK, said: “We will be one of the first in the industry to take a truck with the new features. The new safety concepts in development at Hymix could reach a global audience and have potential to set a new standard in safety within our ready-mixed operations in the UK and beyond.”

The first truck to benefit from these innovations plus the latest 360° camera system with dynamic views were due to be on the roads this month.

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