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APR 2017

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44 April 2017 product news Multi-Purpose Truck Chassis Tackles Off-Road Applications ARDCO recently produced the next gen- eration of its Articulating Multi-Purpose Truck (AMT), featuring a modular back- end platform that offers the flexibility to customize the vehicle to suit extreme off- road jobsites. The AMT is designed to accept a wide array of standard and customizable attach- ments. Available configurations include a bare chassis, flatbed, water tank, fuel tank, dump bed, service and lube station, utility bed, personnel carrier, pipe trailer, drill, and custom solutions. End-users can easily change attachments, while rental companies can serve a variety of customer applications with a single machine. Multiple tire choices — tractor, con- struction, terra or sand — help further configure the machine to various work conditions, including extreme situations such as saturated pits or refuse piles. The AMT can navigate difficult terrain and work in any environment. Powered by a 250-hp Cummins QSB6.7 Tier 4 Final diesel engine, the AMT 600 model features selectable 4- or 6-wheel- drive and offers a maximum payload of 45,000 pounds (lb). The AMT 400 model has a 200-hp Cummins Tier 4 engine, of- fers 2- or 4-wheel-drive, and provides a max payload of 28,000 lb for hauling fuel, water, dirt and more. Top travel speed for each unit is 23 mph. The AMT features a 2-person, fully en- closed, all-weather ROPS cab that is sound rated to 68 decibels (dB). An upgraded 7-in. display is incorporated in the steering column, providing digital gauges with on- board diagnostics, digital manual access, and an optional backup camera display. A streamlined front-end angle offers the driv- er panoramic visibility to enhance safety. Specifically built for off-road travel, the AMT includes a high-strength center pivot trunnion with approximately 20° of oscilla- tion, which allows all the tires to maintain ground contact and traction while travelling over rough terrain. Dual hydraulic cylinders provide 37° of steering each way, allowing not only great maneuverability, but also added traction. The articulating motion allows the tires to slide left or right in wet/ muddy terrain and gain traction instead of spinning in one place and digging a rut. Both models include a Dana 6-speed powershift transmission with twist grip shifter. The AMT 600 features AxleTech rig- id planetary axles with driver-controlled differential lock, while the AMT 400 has Dana rigid planetary axles with automatic limited slip differentials, front and rear. Optional accessories include a hy- draulically operated front push blade, front-mounted hydraulic winch, heavy- duty front bumper/brush guard, and aux- iliary hydraulics. The AMT is covered by a limited one-year warranty. Plant Uses Radar to Monitor Silo Capacity When delivering electricity to one of the largest electric power markets in the world, there is no room for second guessing over which level instruments will align correctly with the automation process to ensure that

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