09 February 2003
09 February 2003
Oshkosh Truck Corporation’s subsidiary, McNeilus Companies, plans to reach full-rate production this fall at its new plant dedicated to the McNeilus Revolution composite ready-mix drum.
The manufacturing facility is being built approximately 25 miles from the McNeilus headquarters in Dodge Center, Minnesota.
""Construction plans are moving forward on schedule,"" said Robert G. Bohn, Oshkosh's chairman, president and chief executive officer. ""We're looking forward to getting the new facility up and running so we can meet the pent-up demand we're seeing among our customers.""
Once full-scale production of the Revolution begins, Oshkosh expects to manufacture approximately 300 Revolution drums at the new facility by the end of calendar 2003.
While the Dexter facility is under construction, the company is continuing limited rate production of its Revolution composite drum in Australia. The aptly named Revolution - the first-ever composite ready-mix drum, weighing 2,000 pounds less than a comparably sized steel drum - was introduced at the Conexpo Con/Agg trade show in March 2002 amid great industry acclaim.
""We have over 60 Revolution mixer barrels out in the field right now,"" said Bohn. ""They're going out on the job every day, getting used and put through their paces in various climatic and operating conditions by ready-mix producers across the United States.""
These field results have shown the Revolution to exceed expectations for loading, mixing and discharge performance. The Revolution has also provided excellent performance in terms of clean-up.
Covestro is pushing ahead with developing and marketing its continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composites by introducing Maezio as brand name.
Shape Machining has pressed the first batch of parts that combine short fibre sheet moulding compound (SMC) over an optimised, long fibre carbon ShapeTex preform.
3M is adding Scotch-Weld Multi-Material Composite Urethane Adhesives DP6310NS and DP6330NS to its portfolio of structural adhesives. These products are designed for lightweight assemblies in trucks, buses, RVs, speciality vehicles and passenger rail, and other markets like sporting goods and panels.