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PRODUCTNEWS12PPipelinersworkingintheOhioUticaShaleformationhavespecialneedswhenitcomestoexcavatorsandtheKomatsuPC360LC-10configuredwithoptionsforpipelineapplicationsisdesignedspecificallyforthoseneeds.Ourpipelinespecisapackageofoptionsspecificallyrequestedbypipelinecontractors.Theseoptionsincludesingle-grousershoesanti-driftanti-burstvalvessevere-dutyunder-coversquickcouplersandplus-onehydraulicssaidKurtMonciniproductmanagerexcavatorsforKomatsu.ThePC360isthemostcommonsizeexcavatorusedbycompanieslayingpipelineandtheoptionscanbemodifiedtomeetaspecificbuyersneeds.Thesingle-grousershoesforinstanceprovidetractiononslopesmakingthemusefulinOhiowhilecontractorsinthePlainsmightnotneedthem.ThePC360pipelinearrangementincludesload-holdanti-burstvalvesthatlocktheoilinthearmandboomcylinderspreventingtheloadfromdriftingwhenheldforlongperiods.Itprovidesgoodanti-driftcapabilitiesifyouareweldingapipestring.ItholdsthepipeinaconstantpositionforthewelderMoncinisaid.Thevalvesalsoprovideprotectionifahoseorhydraulictubeweretofailallowingtheoperatortoholdandlowertheloadtothegroundinacontrolledmanner.Theplus-onehydraulicsprovidetheabilitytopowerattachmentsonthefrontend.Onecommonuseofplus-onehydraulicsisforshakerbuckets.Thesescreeningbucketsarepopularwhenworkinginrockymaterialforseparatingsmallergranularmaterialusedforpaddingpipeinthetrenchpriortobackfillingfromexcavatedtrenchmaterial.Otherattachmentsfrequentlyusedforpipelineapplicationsincludevacuumpipeclampshydraulichammerstrenchingbucketsandtopsoil-strippingbuckets.Thesevere-dutyunder-guardsprotecttheupperstructurecomponentsontheexcavatorincludingengineandhydraulics.Guardsareespeciallyimportantwhensinglegrousershoesareusedbecauserockanddebriscanballupandrollalongbetweenthetopofthetracksandtherevolvingupperstructure.Severe-dutyguardsarealmostthreetimesasthickasheavy-dutyguards.CECOPipelineServiceswhichoperatesinboththeUticaandMarcellusareashaseightPC360swiththepipelinearrangement.Theoptionsmakethemmoreversatilemachines.WecanrunavarietyofattachmentsonthemincludingshakerbucketsandtheyoperatesmoothersaidRayCampbellequipmentmanager.Theexcavatorshaveplentyofpowerandliftingcapacity.ThesinglegrousershoesareextremelyimportanttoCECOheadded.Weareonsteepinclines60to70percentofthetime.WeusedtheexcavatorsallwinteronslickhillyterraininOhioandwehadnotroublewiththemsliding.Inourlineofbusinessifitdoesnthavegrousersitsnotsafe.Inourlineofbusinessifitdoesnthavegrousersitsnotsafe.RayCampbellEquipmentManagerCECOPipelineServicesKomatsuPC360LC-10withPipelineArrangementSPECIFICITYISTHEKEYTOPRODUCTIVITYANDSAFETY