Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Higher Performance & Greater Safety

Jack Doheny Companies is thrilled to announce the new and exclusive MXL2 Locator and MXT2 Transmitter now available for our municipal and commercial customers! This multi-frequency precision pipe and cable location equipment provides higher performance and greater safety  for excavating applications.

The MXL2 and MXT2 have been designed to set a new benchmark in excavating safety. These models are loaded with new features which enable operators to find more buried utilities by delivering improved levels of performance and helping to reduce the effects of human error.

Using the MXT2 Transmitter in combination with the MXL2 Locator maximizes the full performance capabilities of this locator unit. With the MXT’s class leading One Watt 4-Level Adjustable Power Output it is now possible to apply a detectable signal onto deeper and harder to detect pipes and cables for complex locating tasks.

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The MXL2 Locator

The MXL2 is a high performance digital locator specifically designed to detect, identify, and trace specific buried pipes and cables reliably and accurately, even in the most congested areas.

The MXL2 Pipe and Cable Locator is driven by powerful Digital Signal Processor Technology. Advanced software programming enables the MXL2 to attain performance levels previously associated with high end pipe and cable surveying instruments. The MXL2 delivers improved signal detection sensitivity and better noise rejection so the locator is now capable of detecting and tracing the smallest of signals, even in areas of high service density and electrical noise.

The MXT2 Transmitter

The  MXT2 is a digital transmitter that is designed to be used with the MXL2 Precision Pipe and Cable Locator. The high power multi-frequency MXT2 Transmitter enables the operator to fully optimize the improved levels of performance on offer from the new MXL2 Locator.

Loaded with new features to help detect, trace and identify specific buried pipes and cables more effectively, the MXT2 Transmitter is a must have for reliable and accurate reading in areas of high service density.

If you’re looking for more information on JDC’s New MXL2 Locator and Transmitter Click Here.

If you would like to schedule a demonstration give us a call today at 888-936-4369!

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Introducing Pacific Tek’s Valve Operators & Vacuum Excavators

We’re excited to announce the new availability of Pacific Tek’s line of Valve Operators and Vacuum Excavators for the United States and Canada! With over 50 years of field experience, Pacific Tek founders have put all of their industry knowledge into creating equipment you can rely on. Great for municipalities and contractors, Pacifc Tek’s Valve Operators are built for exercising and shutting down water distribution valves of all sizes along with Vacuum Excavation packages for non-destructive digging around utility lines or underground infrastructure for easy operator access.

With a large assortment of tank sizes, valve operator models, and specialized accessories, Jack Doheny Companies can help you build the perfect system to meet all of your intended application requirements and more. Give us a call today at 800-936-4369 so we can help you find the perfect vehicle to get the job done right!

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Vacuum Excavators

The Power-Vac series from Pacific Tek was originally designed to work with valve operators for valve box clean out & catch basin cleaning, but have become a popular method of non-destructively finding utilities & pipelines through vacuum excavation. These units come in skid, trailer, and truck mounted units with 9 basic tank sizes and over 100 different configuration options depending on your needs. The larger tanks have a reverse flow option where, at the flip of a lever, flow is reversed in the system allowing you to pump liquid or slurry out to a higher elevation, or free up pickup hose clogging by having air exit the hose.

Valve Operators

The Pacific Tek product line includes their vehicle mounted valve operators and a line of transportable vacuum excavating units. Together, they are the core of an underground valve maintenance system. The basis of Pacific Tek’s system, the ability to clean out valves, excavate lines, and to safely operate underground valves can be found in one compact unit that can be either truck or trailer mounted. Model options include the PT-8, the PT-25, and the PT-1000SH “Arm Valve Operator”.

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Valve & Vac Swingers

The Valve & Vac Swingers were originally a request by customers who needed to be able to do multiple valves on a corner without re-positioning their truck. Thus, the Valve & Vac Swinger System was created to allow just for that. This unit can be mounted on a truck or trailer and rotated 180°, giving you an extended reach (Long Reach) up to 30 in. with the gate runner or truck mounted valve operator. In addition this unit is equipped with a vacuum excavator or pothole machine that can clean out valve boxes & catch basins.

Custom Vehicle Systems

The Power-Vac models can be combined with water jets, air compressors, valve operators, core drills, truck beds, cranes, lifts, custom lighting, and storage to deliver complete truck mounted systems. Vacuum trucks are a good way of getting multiple uses out of your vehicles and also have a small profile in traffic. Any of the 9 available Power-Vac units can be truck mounted in addition to being combined with truck mounted valve operators and water jet systems. Some additional popular options include data collection systems with complete GPS mapping of work orders, which generate reports at the click of a button.

 

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If you’re looking for more information on the Pacific Tek line of Vacuum Excavators and Valve Operators

or want to schedule a demonstration give us a call today at 888-936-4369!

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Photo by Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press

The city of Flint has been under a federal state of emergency since January as a direct result of the water crisis, following a change in the city’s water sources in mid-2014. The newer source of water came from Flint River and was found to have higher corrosive properties than the original source, causing pipes to erode and high levels of lead ran through the city’s drinking water.

“The ripple effects of the city of Flint’s tainted drinking water crisis could eventually prompt water suppliers to spend more than a quarter-trillion dollars on infrastructure upgrades faster than anticipated.”

This is a scary figure, and if these changes are expected to come into play quickly they could impose a huge financial burden on water utilities.  With the EPA’s latest survey estimating that the entire sector needs $385 billion in water infrastructure improvements, it’s going to be a tough few years.

With more than six million main service lines across the country, utilities are stepping up education efforts to reinforce public confidence while also evaluating their existing treatment protocols to ensure water quality.

There have been a number of lawsuits filed against the city of Flint with a long list of state and local agencies and officials being held accountable for the crisis. Some suits even seek to hold Gov. Rick Snyder personally liable for damages. Victims of Legionnaires’ disease are being treated in Flint hospitals and are seeking multi-million dollar awards.

The city of Flint began its $55 million “Fresh Start” initiative on Friday and hopes to replace all lead service lines in the city. The aim is to restore safe, clean drinking water as soon as possible.

 

To read the full article visit USA Today.

Source: Matthew Dolan. “Flint water crisis could cost U.S. $300 billion”. USA Today March 5 2016. 

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/03/05/flint-water-crisis-could-cost-us-300-billion/81359834/

“Communication on a construction site is vital to not only getting the job done, but getting it done safely”. With health and safety regulations tightening year after year we all want to make sure that our team is taking the right precautions, and of course, that they are doing it for themselves and not just the law.

Recent advances in technology have made this ideology a reality. Now workers can communicate on roaring construction sites without having to even press a button.  “Sonetics uses a proprietary DECT7 wireless technology in its headsets, providing users with clear audio that is full duplex, which means workers can talk to each other as if they were on a conference call”.

Sonetics headsets pair to a wireless base station, and each station has five headsets. The risk of picking up frequencies from other technologies or being overheard on another channel is eliminated through security encryption.

 

Productivity & Mobility 

Matt Cannell, Director of Marketing for Sonetics Wireless Headsets, says that, “the No. 1 factor for on-the-job accidents is communication breakdown.” “When you’ve got multiple bodies on a job site and heavy equipment or operations that require precision and attention, a user can’t afford to miss hearing instructions, signals or warnings”.

Wireless headsets completely eliminate the potential for misinterpretation and enables workers to talk and work at the same time. Productivity goes up and the number of accidents drastically comes down.

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Photo Courtesy of Sonetics,
Printed in March/April 2016 Issue of Dig Different®

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Photo Courtesy of Sonetics,
Printed in March/April 2016 Issue of Dig Different®

Noise Suppression

“Sonetics’ headsets include 20 dBA of hearing protection and automated noise suppression, which means if an employee is standing next to a loud piece of equipment, the noise will be canceled out and the user will just hear what other members of the crew are saying”. This again improves productivity, preventing workers from having to turn off machinery to communicate or moving to a quieter area. From a health and safety perspective, lowering sound levels can reduce stress on the body, making the work site less hectic.

 

More Options…

And if these factors aren’t convincing enough, workers can also integrate portable radios with their  headsets or add Bluetooth technology so they can connect to cell phones or listen to music while working. “The headsets work just like any Bluetooth device”, Cannell says.

“The standard Sonetics headset works for 24 hours and can be charged from zero percent to full strength in just four hours.” In addition they have an far operating range of roughly 1,600 feet.

Sonetics at Jack Doheny Companies

We are proud to offer Sonetics Headsets at Jack Doheny Companies with a wide range of options available for your needs!

For information on any of our packages, call us today at 800-936-4369, or, visit our Sonetics section from more information.

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Source: MaryBeth Matzek. "Safety First: A Clearer Way to Communicate. DigDifferent March/April 2016 Issue. 

Link: http://www.digdifferent.com/editorial/2016/03/wireless_headsets_bring_clear_communication_for_contractors