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Putzmeister America Pioneers 'Breakaway' Step Design for its Truck-Mounted Concrete Boom Pumps


If an operator backs the steps of a truck-mounted concrete boom pump into an obstacle, Putzmeister's unique 'breakaway' steps are designed to only break at two bolt locations, thereby preventing major damage to the overall unit and reducing repair costs.

Putzmeister America Pioneers 'Breakaway' Step Design for its Truck-Mounted Concrete Boom Pumps

A smart step results in decreased damage and reduced repair costs

STURTEVANT, Wis. (January 10, 2006) - In an effort to further minimize unit damage, repair costs, and machine down time in the event of a minor accident, Putzmeister America is introducing new 'breakaway' steps at the tail end of its truck-mounted concrete boom pumps.

If an operator accidentally backs the truck into an obstacle, the steps are designed to only separate at two bolt locations, thereby preventing major damage to the overall unit. In addition, the design features two steel lanyards connected to prevent the steps from being left behind when the two bolts break. As a result, the only repair and replacement cost an owner should incur is the minimal price of two bolts to reattach the steps.

According to Jim Bury, Putzmeister America's Engineering Manager, “As the steps are no longer an integral part of the side deck assembly and all electrical components are independently attached, minor crashes will not cause expensive damage or downtime for repairs.”

The heavy-duty bolts are 14mm (0.55”) in diameter and the new design exceeds the CPMA/SAE step requirements, including withstanding over a 500 lb. static load. Since Putzmeister incorporates two sets of steps for better access to its loading decks, both sides of the unit will feature the new design.

Putzmeister is showcasing the “breakaway” steps on its powerful yet lightweight three-axle 38Z-Meter at the World of Concrete and will include the new feature as standard equipment on all models scheduled for spring 2006 delivery. For more details, contact Putzmeister America at (800) 884-7210 or (262) 886-3200.