When APE started in 1990 the deep foundation world was dominated by foreign machines from France and other countries, even though the advancements were developed in the USA. Inventors in the US were not taking the time or effort to defend their inventions. For example, MKT, a US based company, was the first to introduce a hydraulic vibratory pile driver. Today almost every vibratory machine operates on hydraulic oil.
Another example is H&M’s introduction of the first vibratory pile driver with a rubber suspension. Today nearly every vibratory pile driver has a rubber suspension. H&M patented their invention but failed to defend it. H&M’s technology revolutionized vibratory pile driver suspension systems. It is a dark mark in vibratory pile driving history and a perfect example of what happens when a company fails to protect its intellectual property. APE has led the way in innovation and has placed the USA on top of the world with regards to pile driving technology. The installation of 40 foot diameter concrete piles in China is one example. No other company has driven a pile of that size or weight. It is a world record that may never be broken.APE has also led the industry in patents and has worked very hard to defend its intellectual property. It is a very expensive process to protect patents; APE has spent millions of dollars doing so. We must protect our property from those that wish to steal it. We do so in the name of APE and to protect our customers that have invested in our equipment. Owning APE equipment provides our customers the edge they need to stay competitive. We owe it to them to defend our intellectual property which is also their property as well.
Five of our most expensive patent infringement cases have been against US based companies. We are very pleased to report that APE has never lost a patent infringement case. We have a strong warning for all those that feel they can steal technology from us. We will defend our technology using the court of law. Our legal strategy is to limit losses created by those that steal our technology. APE plans to introduce a new type of vibratory pile driver as well as a new type of impact pile driver at this year’s DFI in October 2009. We encourage all folks involved in the Deep Foundation world to attend the DFI meeting in Kansas City next month.
John L. White
We received a nice letter from David Robinson, the former BA of 2520 in Alaska. Dave is in Iraq putting in the Iraqi Navy Port and Seawall in Umm Qasr off the Tigris River. It is a project joint venture with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Two APE Model 200-6 vibratory pile drivers are working hard to get the job done. Dave’s letter ended with these words “Semper Fi” and since most APE employees are former Marines and Navy Seals or Army Rangers we understand the meaning of those words….”Always Faithfull”
Thanks Dave for all the hard work and a return “Semper Fi” to you and your men. Thanks for the photo too. Send more please.
The APE 200-6 is a six eccentric machine loaded with heavy metal technology.
Sparwick Contracting of Lafayette NJ needed to drive sheet piling for the I-80/I-287 Interchange in Parsippany, NJ. They knew it would be tough driving so they called APE Northeast. APE provided a model 200-6 vibro, packing 6600 in/lbs to drive the cold rolled sheets into the difficult soil conditions.
Sparwick Contracting owners, the Fagerstens (patriarch Rick, and sons Brian and Mark), along with LU 1456 dockbuilder forman Bob Glew, know who to call for the best in pile driving equipment. APE Northeast is proud to have them as a loyal customer.
Call Paul Kuzik 201-400-8356 for all your pile driving equipment needs.