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By Jay Nagy, Midwestern Industries, Inc. 

Over the years, screen blinding and pegging have been barriers to efficient material screening that processors have sought to overcome via a variety of half-measure solutions including; frequent washing, slap chains, ball decks, and heated decks. Screen blinding of media is typically a result of fine material accumulating around screen openings–remaining unaffected by a machine’s vibration. Similarly, pegging ensues when an irregular material enters the screen apertures but is unable to pass through.


In response to the demand from a vast array of aggregates, minerals, and other media processors, Midwestern Industries, Inc. (Massillon, OH), a leading manufacturing mainstay of innovation for the screening industry since 1953, is introducing their new KLEAR-SCREEN series panels. The series (Styles: S-M-W) design features spaced wire cloth urethane strips that essentially operate as live moving wires, to create more through-put to dislodge materials. Ultimately, the resulting ‘near size’ particles wont’ blind the screens.

The non-blinding, wire cloth clear screen’s urethane strip designs are spaced across the panels and the wire flexes so it won’t fall apart–meaning less screen changes. Made to fit most applications and rectangular vibrating machines, each series’ panel is available in openings ranging from 1/16” TO 1” and in a variety of wire sizes.

The KLEAR-SCREEN design configuration increases screening efficiency, extends screen life, and produces a consistent product–decreasing costs per ton! 

“S” STYLE:              Most Common Weave…Square Type, More Precision

Midwestern’s KLEAR-SCREEN “S” style screen panels are ideal for applications with a high percentage of near sized particles that often cause blinding in traditional woven mesh screens. This style of screen has a square opening and is measured the same as woven wire openings. 

“M” STYLE:             High Impact…Precise Sizing

Midwestern’s KLEAR-SCREEN “M” style screen panels are ideal for applications with high impact and heavier loading. This style is also great for smaller openings for fine material. The “M” style screen has a triangle opening which is obtained by alternating crimped and straight wires. The crimped and straight wires vibrate at different frequencies–practically eliminating blinding and optimizes throughput. 

“W” STYLE:             More Open Area…High Production

Midwestern’s KLEAR-SCREEN “W” style screen panels are ideal for applications with a high percentage of fine material. The “W’ style screen offers the largest percentage of open area in the KLEAR SCREEN line-up. It utilizes a “W” shaped opening with all wires parallel to each other.


Midwestern’s new KLEAR-SCREEN wire product series premiered to potential end-users in March at the CONEXPO/CONAGG 2020 (Las Vegas, NV), and will be available to order in late summer 2020.

According to Midwestern’s President of Manufacturing and Sales, H.J. “Chip” Painter, “The launch of our KLEAR-SCREEN panel series unique designs overcome the age-old issue of pegging / blinding, which prevents fine material from passing through. Screening efficiency is key…KLEAR SCREEN consistently achieves that goal.”

For more information visit: www.midwesternind.com

CORPORATE PROFILE: Since 1953, Midwestern Industries, Inc. has been a mainstay of innovation for the screening industry, delivering customized manufacturing and design solutions for a myriad of processing industries including: Pharmaceutical, Food & Beverage, Chemicals, Aggregates, Shot Peening, Plastics, Brick and Clay, Ceramics, and Powdered Metals, amongst others. Known throughout the industry as “The Sizing People®”, Midwestern’s comprehensive product line offers advanced application solutions for handling coarse, fine, wet, and dry materials with the ability to screen and separate particles from 20 microns and up. We achieve these demanding standards by leveraging advanced precision manufacturing screening techniques and accessories that drive productivity.

AEM Announces: The World’s Largest Heavy Metal Show in 2020:

The World’s Largest Heavy Metal Show in 2020:

Mark Your Calendar to Attend CONEXPO-CON/AGG

3 Steps to Get Ready Now


CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 is one year out, but it’s not too early to make plans for North America’s largest construction trade show for the asphalt, aggregates, concrete, earthmoving, lifting, mining, utilities and related industries.

“The show is shaping up to be one of the best ever; attendees and exhibitors will not be disappointed!” said Mary Erholtz, CONEXPO-CON/AGG chair, and vice president marketing for Superior Industries. “AEM and our show committees of industry leaders are working to deliver an outstanding event focused on the latest innovations, technologies and best practices to succeed in our changing world.”

At CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020, big iron and tech will share the stage in Las Vegas, USA on March 10-14, 2020, with more new products, thousands of equipment and technology headliners, and hundreds of industry-driven education sessions. Plus, the Tech Experience returns with two locations.

Take these 3 steps now to punch your ticket to success for your business and career.

  1. Sign up for show alerts to be the first to learn the latest show information – visit http://www.conexpoconagg.com/show-alerts.
  2. Be the first in line to purchase show tickets (Registration opens July 23). Register early to save time and money and get the best hotel rates and availability.
  3. Stay in the know “365” with the show’s online news and trends articles, monthly CONEXPO Radio podcasts and the new CONEXPO Connect digital platform for contractors and off-road equipment buyers.

“Our company has been attending CONEXPO-CON/AGG for three decades now and plans to continue due to the amount of knowledge we gain. CONEXPO-CON/AGG has provided us the resources needed to create greater efficiencies and synergies within our own company,” said Chris Lane of Ronald Lane Inc.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG co-locates with IFPE, the International Fluid Power Exhibition for the fluid power, power transmission, and motion control industries. Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is a show owner and producer.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE 2020 will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center and nearby Festival Grounds. The show connected campus will feature multiple registration areas and hotel and intra-show shuttles.  

“The show is a critical piece to our workforce development efforts. We send somewhere between 30 and 40 company representatives to Las Vegas to see what’s new and bring relevant information back to our company. It’s a great way to build our team,” said Jarrad Whissell of Whissell Contracting Ltd.

View introductory show video here. Learn more at www.conexpoconagg.com.


Charlie Luck Takes Over As Chairman of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association

image001Charles Luck IV, president and CEO of Luck Companies, Richmond, Va., is the 2015 Chairman of the Board of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA). His election came during the NSSGA Board of Directors’ meeting at the association’s annual convention in Baltimore.

“Charlie’s insights into what the aggregates industry faces each day, coupled with his values based leadership, will take NSSGA to the next level,” said NSSGA President and CEO Michael W. Johnson. “He is well-prepared to lead and execute our Rocks Build America strategic plan and will advance our association as the leading voice of the industry.”

Charlie Luck IVIn his acceptance address to the NSSGA Annual Membership meeting, Luck urged all to think about how the aggregates industry impacts America. “Let’s never forget that we are building the future infrastructure of our country that enables a quality of life that many other countries can only wish to have,” he said.

He also called on the entire aggregates industry to be a part of the effort and to make a difference. “When all of us are engaged and committed, NSSGA is doing well. When NSSGA is doing well, we are building a better future for this country.”

Luck also outlined a key priority for 2015: a Board Evolution Initiative. “We have a best-in-class strategy, now how do we get a best-in-class board structure?” he asked.

The plan calls for a task force to provide recommendations on a new board structure and rule changes to align the governance of NSSGA with the Rocks Build America strategic plan. “The goal is to have representation in every state with highly qualified and highly committed leaders to ensure the long-term health of NSSGA and the aggregates industry,” Luck said.

Luck considers himself the guardian of a family legacy, built on the founding principles of honesty, integrity and reliability. A 1983 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Luck is an active member in several professional and trade associations as well as numerous community organizations.

He oversees a growing corporation that employs approximately 800 and has locations in the mid-Atlantic and northeast through its four distinct business units: Luck Stone; Luck Stone Center, Har-Tru Sports and Luck Development Partners. One of Luck’s goals is to ensure the future growth and development of employees and the corporation, while maintaining the company’s leadership role in the aggregates industry.

In April 2011, Luck was honored as the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business Executive of the Year. He is active in civic affairs in Va., and currently serves as a board member for a number of organizations including: the Virginia Foundation for Independent Schools; Virginia Military Institute’s Jackson Hope-Fund; and the Virginia Business Council.

Founded in 1923 and having thrived under the leadership of three generations of the Luck family, Luck Companies has embraced creativity, commitment, leadership and integrity as its core values, and strives to build a culture centered on the success of others. Luck Companies inspires its associates, customers, partners and communities to positively impact their lives and the lives of those around them through Values Based Leadership. Luck Companies believes the best path to exemplary personal and business performance is through making a difference in the lives of others around the world. To learn more about Luck Companies, please visit luckcompanies.com.

NSSGA is the leading voice and advocate for the aggregates industry. Its members – stone, sand and gravel producers and the equipment manufacturers and service providers who support them – produce the essential raw materials found in homes, buildings, roads, bridges and public works projects and represent more than 90 percent of the crushed stone and 70 percent of the sand and gravel mined annually in the United States. Production of aggregates in the U.S. in 2014 totaled 2.17 billion metric tons at a value of $20.3 billion. The aggregates industry employs approximately 100,000 highly-skilled men and women.

Kralicek Retires After Four Decades of Service to Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. (KPI-JCI)

Kralicek DennisKPI-JCI Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. (KPI-JCI) warmly thanks Dennis Kralicek for more than four decades of service, and wishes him success and happiness in his retirement.

Kralicek, who retired Jan. 4, worked for Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. for 41 and a half years, starting at the age of 19 when he moved back to his hometown from Sioux Falls, S.D. He spent his entire career building conveyor undercarriages, along with training five different supervisors over the course of his career.

Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. is a worldwide manufacturer of heavy equipment for the aggregate and recycle markets.

Kralicek is one of 107 employees who have been inducted into Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc.’s Quarter Century Club, which honors employees for 25 years of service, since the club’s inception in 2000. 60 members are currently employed at the company. Company president Joe Vig said the high number of Quarter Century Club members reflects a positive work environment that encourages employees to stay and grow with the company.

“It is incredibly gratifying to have employees like Dennis Kralicek, who are so committed to the success of this company,” Vig said. “We strive to provide an enjoyable, rewarding work experience for our associates, and I believe that is the reason behind our success in maintaining a large number of long-term employees. We greatly appreciate the service of these individuals. Without dedicated employees like Dennis, our company would not have seen the growth and development we’ve experienced at our facility since it began in 1965.”

For more information about KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens, visit www.kpijci.com.

Atlas Copco updates ROC Manager surface drilling software

Atlas Copco announces availability of ROC Manager 3.0 planning and administration software, replacing ROC Manager 2.0 for SmartROC drill rigs. In addition to creating drill plans, the new software will also produce production and fleet management reports, including the ability to create reports to compare all SmartROC drill rigs in a fleet.

“In general terms, the software upgrade will allow our customers to plan service based on actual needs and to manage individual units of their fleet based on verifiable data,” said Maurice Hunter, business line manager—Surface Drilling Equipment.

Data provided by ROC Manager 3.0 includes

  • Drilled versus planned holes
  • Accumulated hours for engine, percussion and drilled meters, among other data
  • Average penetration rate
  • Meters per engine hour
  • Percussion time by engine time
  • Operator access to the latest production planning

The software is composed of four primary integrated functions: (1) Creating work orders and drill plans; (2) presentation and analysis of log files; (3) monitoring of work performed by rigs; (4) a report generator.

The drill plan created in the office by ROC Manager 3.0 may be transferred to the rig by USB device or wirelessly via Rig Remote Access (RRA). Log files may be transmitted from the rig to the office in the same manner.