Equipment Spotlight: Keyhole Technology

Keyhole technology by Utilicor Technologies, SIMCO Drilling Equipment and Buzzi Unicem USA.

Utilicor Technologies
The MPX (Multi-Platform Coring Unit) easily mounts on a variety of platforms – pickup trucks, flat deck trucks, service bodies or trailers. Built on a universal base, the MPX fits within the width of even the narrowest of pickup trucks. A simple bolt down pattern allows for easy swapping between vehicles. The new, dual stage mast deployment system accommodates a variety of deck levels or trailer heights. Powered by a 36-hp Kohler gas engine, the MPX’s hydraulic system creates over 18 GPM of hydraulic flow at 2,200. The MPX also accommodates up to a 24-inch diameter coring drum (18-inch is standard). The coring drum can be accurately positioned perpendicular to the horizon to ensure that every core can be easily extracted and reinstated using Utilicor’s Utilibond keyhole core bonding compound. The MPX comes equipped with a 100-gallon water tank, a high pressure wash system and an optional core lift device with a 500 pound capacity, as well as a Glycol winterizing system for operations in colder climates. 888.572.6666,

SIMCO Drilling Equipment

For efficient, reliable pavement coring, the SIMCO 255 PTC is able to drill in difficult to access areas. It can core through all types of pavement from 2 to 18 inches in diameter. Specifically, the drillhead torque for 2- to 12-inch cores is 200 foot-pounds and for 8- to 18-inch cores it is 500 foot-pounds; drillhead RPMs are 1,000 rpm (2-12 inch cores) and 425 rpm (8-18 inch cores). Pullback is rated at 14,700 pounds with push down at 10,200 pounds. The drillhead travel net stroke is 42 inches. 800.338.9925,

Buzzi Unicem USA
Buzzi Unicem USA manufactures Calcium Sulphoaluminate Cement used in their keyhole products. Ulti-Grout is used for core reinstatement, Ulti-Pave3 is for unusable cores and Utility-Fill One Step, a fast setting, self-compacting backfill material. All three materials are used for small-hole technology, with rapid setting qualities that allow for same day final restoration or keyhole type utility repairs of daylighting of utilities. All materials come in cold weather versions. 610.882.5000,