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AEM Poll: Rural-Urban Agreement on Need for Infrastructure Investment

An overwhelming majority of Americans in urban, suburban and rural communities believe that investing in infrastructure will improve the U.S. economy according to a new poll released Tuesday by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers(AEM).

While infrastructure needs differ in different parts of the country, the new survey shows that adults strongly support modernizing U.S. infrastructure and believe that investments will create jobs and improve their quality of life.

“The findings underscore the fact that infrastructure connects rural and urban America – both literally and physically,” said AEM president Dennis Slater. “America’s infrastructure was once the envy of the world, but after years of underinvestment, our infrastructure and connectivity between rural and urban America have deteriorated considerably. This is one of the areas rural and urban Americans agree on today – that we must modernize and rebuild our infrastructure to reclaim the infrastructure advantage we once had.”

The national poll identified a number of key findings, including

  • An overwhelming majority (89 percent) of all adults believe that investments in infrastructure will strengthen the U.S. economy, including eighty-six (86) percent of urban and eighty-nine (89) percent of rural Americans.
  • More than eight out of every ten adults (82 percent) agree that investments in infrastructure will increase the number of jobs in their communities, with eighty-four (84) percent of suburban, eighty-two (82) percent of urban and eighty (80) percent of rural Americans sharing this belief.
  • Americans across the country agree that investments in infrastructure will improve their quality of life (81 percent). This sentiment is equally strong in suburbs or towns (82 percent), cities (80 percent) and rural America (79 percent).

Read the full polling memo here.

“It is time for Congress and the administration to listen to the American people and rebuild our infrastructure, spur economic growth and accelerate job creation as a result,” said Kip Eideberg, AEM vice president of public affairs and advocacy.

Respondents also identified transportation, construction and manufacturing as the top industries poised to benefit most from increased infrastructure investment. Thirty (30) percent of all Americans pointed to manufacturing as one of the three primary beneficiaries of increased spending on infrastructure, a figure that rises among Midwesterners (34 percent) and rural Americans (34 percent).

The poll also found that a third of Americans (33 percent) believe that investing in broadband and wireless connectivity would most likely benefit their ability to access educational and workforce training resources.

The findings support recommendations made in a recently released report by AEM called The U.S. Infrastructure Advantage (TM). The report emphasizes the importance of the United States reclaiming its infrastructure advantage in order to maintain its global economic dominance. The report also highlights several areas in which infrastructure, such as surface transportation and broadband, provide critical links between urban and rural communities and economies.

About the Survey

AEM conducted the poll in partnership with YouGov through its online omnibus survey. The survey was fielded to 3,481 U.S. adults, including 667 adults who self-identify as living in a rural area. Figures have been weighted and are representative of all American adults (18+). Fieldwork was conducted between July 26 and July 28, 2017.

ArcReach® Technology Now Available on Additional Miller® Engine-Driven Welder/Generators

Remote control of the power source without a control cord expanded to Trailblazer® 325 machines and Big Blue® 600 Air Pak™, 800 Duo Pro and 800 Duo Air Pak models

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., a leading worldwide manufacturer of arc welding equipment, has expanded its ArcReach remote control technology to more engine-driven power sources in the Trailblazer and Big Blue families of products. ArcReach technology is now available on Trailblazer 325 power sources as well as Big Blue 600 Air Pak, 800 Duo Pro and 800 Duo Air Pak models, providing complete control of welding parameters at the weld joint — without a control cord.

With the addition, ArcReach capabilities are now available or standard on nearly all products in the Big Blue lineup and on Trailblazer 325 models. The expansion provides greater flexibility and fleet compatibility in heavy industrial applications, including maintenance and repair rigs, construction, mining maintenance, railroad maintenance and pipe welding.

The same ArcReach accessories that work on ArcReach-equipped XMT® and Dimension™ power sources are now also compatible with select Trailblazer and Big Blue engine-driven power sources — so companies can expand use of the technology with their existing accessories. In addition, legacy wire feeders and stick/TIG remotes will continue to work with the ArcReach-equipped machines, so companies can fully utilize their existing accessories and equipment until they are ready to replace or upgrade.

“Miller is the only welding equipment manufacturer to offer this type of remote control technology in an engine-driven power source, and we’ve added even more ArcReach-compatible engine-drive options for greater flexibility,” said Ben Froland, product manager, Power Systems Division, Miller Electric Mfg. Co. “The ability to adjust weld settings at the weld joint saves trips to and from the power source, and now more customers can realize the productivity, efficiency and safety benefits across their entire welding fleet.”

With several ArcReach accessories to choose from, welding operators can remotely set up and make process and parameter adjustments for stick, TIG, MIG, flux-cored and advanced wire processes all at the weld joint. This reduces the amount of time spent walking back and forth to the power supply to make changes, which significantly improves productivity while also providing benefits for welding operator safety on the jobsite.

Slip, trip and fall hazards are among the most common workplace injuries. Limiting jobsite movement by reducing necessary trips to the power source to make adjustments helps improve operator safety and save significant time.

For more information, visit www.MillerWelds.com/ArcReach.

Miller Electric Mfg. Enhances ArcReach® Technology With New Capabilities

New technologies automatically compensate for voltage drop in the weld cable and let welding operators adjust parameters while welding — for improved productivity, safety and weld quality.

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., a leading worldwide manufacturer of arc welding equipment, has enhanced its ArcReach technology with two new industry-exclusive capabilities that provide even more time savings to help welding operations lower labor costs and improve productivity and safety on construction jobsites.

“These innovations are game-changing and can save up to two hours per welder, per day — improving jobsite productivity and efficiency so companies can lower labor costs and meet critical project deadlines,” said Joe Ryan, infrastructure segment manager, Miller Electric Mfg. Co. “ArcReach technology lets operators make adjustments at the point of the weld using the wire feeder or remote without a control cable, which can save companies hundreds or even thousands of dollars every day in downtime. These new technologies add even more capabilities that will save significant time and improve operator safety.”

Cable Length Compensation (CLC™) technology makes proper setup of welding parameters faster and easier by automatically compensating for voltage drops in the weld cable. This ensures that the voltage welding operators set is the voltage they get at the weld — even up to hundreds of feet from the power source. With traditional machines, the welding operator must manually make adjustments for the voltage drop that occurs with the resistance in weld cables by setting the voltage higher than necessary at the power source to ensure they get the voltage they want at the feeder or remote. CLC technology eliminates the need to do this manually, saving time and providing greater accuracy in welding parameters.

Adjust While Welding (AWW™) technology allows for precise adjustments and parameter changes at the wire feeder or remote without stopping the arc, so operators can make changes during welding to compensate for heat buildup, changes in weld position or variations in part fit-up. This saves time by eliminating the need to walk back to the power source to make changes and contributes to improved weld quality, since each stop and start of the arc introduces the potential for discontinuities or quality issues.

These expanded ArcReach capabilities are available by pairing enhanced ArcReach accessories with the new XMT 350 FieldPro™ offerings from Miller. The XMT 350 FieldPro lineup includes a polarity reversing model that joins the larger ArcReach portfolio in late 2017.

XMT 350 FieldPro power sources are compatible with all ArcReach accessories, which include multiple feeder and remote options — to help efficiently meet evolving project needs on the jobsite. The accessories provide maximum flexibility, delivering remote control capabilities for stick, MIG, TIG and flux-cored welding. The ArcReach Smart Feeder also offers pulsed MIG and Regulated Metal Deposition (RMD®) welding processes. In addition, the power sources have a new case design for enhanced durability and reliable operation, even in the harshest jobsite environments.

“No other welding system in this class makes it easier for operators to accurately adjust parameters at the weld joint, so they can do their best work with more efficiency and safety,” Ryan said. “As our industry changes, investing in new technologies gives companies a leg up in today’s competitive environment, paying off through greater productivity, reduced labor costs and improved safety.”

Available now, the XMT 350 FieldPro power source delivers improved jobsite productivity and efficiency as well as exceptional arc performance for welding applications in structural steel, shipbuilding, bridge and commercial building construction.

The XMT 350 FieldPro with Polarity Reversing model — coming later this year — eliminates the need to walk back to the power source to switch weld cables. The welding operator selects the welding process with the push of a button, and the proper polarity is automatically selected by the system based on the welding process. This saves significant time in applications that require switching between weld processes for different weld passes. This model is designed to help maximize productivity and decrease rework for contractors in process pipe welding for refineries, power plants, petrochemical, HVAC and water pipe applications.

With the complete control at the weld joint provided by ArcReach technology, welding operators reduce the amount of time spent making trips back and forth to the power source to make changes. This not only significantly increases productivity, it also helps improve operator safety on the jobsite, since limiting movement limits exposure to slip, trip and fall hazards — which are among the most common causes of jobsite injuries.

In addition, the ArcReach family of products provides maximum fleet compatibility and greater flexibility, allowing companies to fully utilize their existing accessories and power sources until they are ready to replace or upgrade. ArcReach SuitCase® feeders are extremely versatile. They function as standard equipment (without remote control capabilities) when paired with standard power sources/engine-driven welders. They provide remote control functionality — without CLC or AWW — when paired with previous generation ArcReach machines or ArcReach-capable engine-driven welders. And they deliver the full range of ArcReach benefits when paired with XMT 350 FieldPro welders.

ArcReach accessories are also compatible with a wide variety of Miller engine-driven welder/generators — so companies can expand use of the technology with their existing fleet. Miller is the only welding equipment manufacturer to offer this type of remote-control technology without a control cable in an engine-driven power source.

For more information, visit www.MillerWelds.com/ArcReach


Products at Work — A GOMACO 9500

GOMACO 9500 equipped with Trimble 3D guidance


A GOMACO 9500 is trimming the grade on a four-lane entrance road to Fort Bragg near Fayetteville, North Carolina. The 9500 is equipped with Trimble 3D guidance, and a 12 foot (3.7 meter) wide trimmerhead. The conveyor is placing the material into a truck behind the 9500. The discharge conveyor has folding capabilities for transporting.

Photos By Ed Lampe, GOMACO Corporation.

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National Center for Pavement Preservation Welcomes New Director