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DEFENDING INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY

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.

Sincerely,

John L. White
President,
APE

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APE’s New Pile Driving Rig

Many years ago APE introduced the Junttan Pile Driving Rig into the USA. It was a very difficult venture because the rig was very expensive. In addition, Junttan’s delivery schedule was more than one year. APE sold one rig to Picone and one to Jet Drive, both New York contractors. There were many issues with parts and service and getting things through customs.

APE’s agreement with Junttan excluded APE from selling to Skanska Companies. The agreement became too restricted plus Junttan wanted to sell direct so we parted ways a few years ago. APE still maintains a fleet of Junttan hydraulic hammers. For the record I want to say that Junttan builds a very nice rig. We are proud to say that we played a very large part of introducing their technology to the USA. We learned from Junttan and they learned from APE.

APES NEW RIG

APE set out to design its own rig with the best features from both the Junttan and ABI rigs. We wanted capacity but we also wanted our leader system to pivot on the rig. We joined forces with Nippon and in 2008 we introduced the first APE rig. Here it is driving 4000 pipe piles in Florida.

The APE rig can drive longer piles than ABI’s rig. The APE rig mast can pivot sideways unlike the fixed mast Junttan rig. APE can fit the rig with a low headroom APE hydraulic hammer or a vibro as shown or a diesel hammer. APE considers this rig to be superior to the Junttan or ABI rigs. APE is in the process of putting one rig in each APE branch. So far we have rigs in Florida and New Jersey. Texas will get the third rig.

For more information please contact Jim Casavant at the APE Florida branch or on his cell at 863-660-8716.

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VIBRATORY PILE DRIVING/EXTRACTING BASICS

Pile driving dates back thousands of years. The Romans and Egyptians drove wood poles into the ground by raising and dropping a heavy weight onto the top of the pole or pile. These driven poles or piles were used to shore up bridges and building foundations. In this example we see a drop hammer being used to drive wooden poles to make a dock on a lake. The photo to the right is a close up of an ancient drop hammer.

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Understanding How The Vibro Clamp Valve Works

I hope you have watched the short video about how the clamp manifold works and how to set the clamp relief valve. When a contractor calls and claims the clamp will not open or close we say “Go tighten the clamp hose line quick disconnects”. Nine out of then times the clamp fails to open or close simply because the clamp line quick disconnects are not tight. Sometimes they work loose due to vibration. The best way to to be sure is to remove the two disconnects, clean them and re-install them. Some old school pile bucks will take the two lines off and screw them together to relieve pressure in the lines. Make sure you clean them. Also, sometimes disconnects go bad, or worse, get mis-matched. A mis-matched set of QD’s may look like they fit together but do not pass oil due to different internal components of the dis-connect.

Just remember that most of the time if the clamp fails to work it is due to loose quick disconnects. No pile buck should call for service until he has removed and cleaned the connections and re-installed them. If this does not take care of the problem then it is time to take the hoses off and start checking the clamp circuit on the power unit. Check the power unit out first, then the clamp. Watch the video please. This could save you a day’s worth of down time.

Understanding how the circuit works is a step in the right direction.

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NEW APE PILE DRIVING RIG INSTALLS 60-FOOT SHEETS IN ROME, NY

APE’S NEW RIG GIVES JUNTTAN A RUN FOR THE MONEY

APE’s new “fast set up and drive” pile rig, three years in the making, has arrived in Rome, New York. The new APE rig is fitted with a super advanced APE 170 variable moment vibro and is driving 60-foot long sheet piles. The mast rotates: something not found on any other pile rig made.

The new rig is a joint venture between APE and Nippon. APE’s Bill Ziadie helped design the rig. Bill previously worked with both the Junttan and PVE Pile rigs. Bill made sure APE’s new rig had all the best features of the Junntan and ABI rigs.

The rig leap frogs both the Junttan and ABI rigs in technology by offering a rotatable mast along with a full three drums of lifting and pull down capacity and the ability to accept high torque drilling tools.

This rig has money making features not found on any pile rig in the world. APE’s three year effort is getting is breaking news in Rome, New York!

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J&M’s Robot Vibro Arrives in Australia

J&M’s Robot Vibro that turns an excavator into a one man pile driving machine has arrived in Australia. The J&M ROBOVIB is made in USA in Kent, Washington. The machine can load and unload piles off trucks and grip the longer piles from the side or from the bottom. APE and J&M are well known for their ruggedness and ability to deliver profits to its owners.

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False and Misleading Vibro Specifications-Watch Out for Tricks

Are you purposely being mislead?

One of the first steps in selecting the right size vibratory pile driver is to do an amplitude equation to determine whether the vibro has enough amplitude to shake the pile. To do this calculation one must know the eccentric moment of the machine. Some manufacturers fail to list the eccentric moment of their machine. Why would this important information be missing from their specifications? The answer: To make you believe their hammer is really bigger than it is. A good example is HMC’s spec sheet on the Movax Sonic Side Grip. (see their literature included in this blog.) It is missing the eccentric moment information.

What is the dynamic energy of this hammer? 100 tons they say. That would require over 800 inch pounds of eccentric moment! Not possible! What is the inch pounds or eccentric moment? Without this info there is no way to do a simple amplitude equation or know the true force in tons. I guess you have to risk that once it gets to the job it will drive the piles. Come on HMC, put your eccentric moment on the spec sheet please. Why hide it?

John L. White

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Diesel Hammers Here To Stay – A John White blog

Diesel Hammers Here To Stay

Ten years ago I tried to tell the pile driving world that diesel hammers would not be replaced by hydraulic hammers. The unique features of the diesel hammer, its light weight, low cost to operate, and its superior method of energy transfer (pre combustion hit, actual strike, and then post hit) make it the proper tool for driving steel and well as concrete piles.
Ten years ago the hydraulic impact hammer industry was controlled by IHC and Menck. Both companies caught wind that I was to make a presentation showing the unique features of the diesel hammer and expose the weaknesses of the hydraulic hammer. At the last moment my presentation allotted time was changed and dramatically reduced. To show my frustration I dressed in preacher’s clothing and wrapped bandages around my head and arm. When I showed up for the meeting with my preacher’s suit and bandages I then gave a class and told the crowd to be careful when renting or buying hydraulic impact hammers. My preacher outfit was a message to tell hydraulic impact hammer sales folks to stop telling lies about diesel hammers, my head and arm bandages were to show everyone how beat up you can get if you take on the big industry of hydraulic impact hammer makers.

Many folks failed to get my message, having been shocked by my wild presentation. However, many of those same folks call me to tell me I was 100% right regarding the weaknesses of the hydraulic impact hammer and the benefits of driving piles with a diesel.

APE is developing larger and larger diesel hammers. These new hammers are taking the place once held exculsively by Dutch hammer maker IHC and German hammer maker Menck. Its a great time in pile driving history.

Photo shows John White and Pat Bermingham.

I welcome those comments hear and now for all to read and learn from. Remember, if you want to make money, drive piles with a diesel hammer. Use a hydraulic hammer only when you are forced to.

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APE takes action to police and protect its patents, files suit against HPSI

HPSI and all its distributors have been sued in connection to patent infringment by using APE technology on the eccentrics. So far, HPSI Model 500′s and Model 250′s are subject to this law suit. If you own or have rented an HPSI vibro please contact us.

Sincerely,

John L. White
206 498-9400

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APE Wins Heavy Metal Law Suit Against ICE

ICE ADMITS IT VIOLATED APE PATENTS, ALSO ADMITS APE PATENT IS ENFORCEABLE AND PAYS $150,000 DAMAGES FOR BUILDING 7 HAMMERS USING APE TECHNOLOGY

APE received a patent on its heavy metal counterweight technology in 1992. ICE copied the technology shortly after hiring a former APE employee that was knowledgeable as to how to use the technology. APE sued to protect its patent rights. A four year battle ensued as ICE tried every angle to escape the charges. ICE was ordered to stop copying APE’s technology and agreed to pay APE $150,000 in damaged for the seven hammers they built using the infringing technology. ICE can no longer use Tungsten to enhance their counterweights.

APE has since learned that HPSI has been using heavy metal technology. APE has filed suit against HPSI in Washington State, California, and Texas and will file in Florida and PA shortly. We seek damages from all infringers including distributors and owners of any equipment using APE technology.

APE has settled with ICE. Here is a full copy of the settlement agreement.

If you own an APE vibro then rest assured that your machine has a technological edge over the competition. This is why APE equipment has the highest resale value in the deep foundation business. A victory for us is a victory for all who own and operate APE equipment.

We are now collecting any information leading to the location of HPSI Model 500′s and 250′s as well as any and all HPSI vibratory pile driving equipment. Send data to johnw@apevibro.com.

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