Gate Dispatch

Six Major Myths about EPA's Proposed Carbon Regulations

Posted by Josh Swank on Jun 27, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Last week, I had the opportunity to hear a representative from the American Coalition For Clean Coal Electricity speak at the Wyoming Mining Association's Annual Meeting in Jackson Hole, WY.  One of the primary interests I had in attending the meeting this year was to hear the thoughts from the industry about Obama's proposed carbon regulations.

Interestingly enough, there was a breakout group that had a discussion specifically about this typic where the content from below was provided by the ACCCE.  In situations like what the coal industry is experiencing now, I like to think of a quote that a wise man used to say to me: "There are three sides to every story - there is your side, there is their side, and there is the truth."

I am not an expert at political science, but it is part of our business to stay abreast of changing regulatory landscapes as they can impact our business.  Below is a summary of the six myths discussed last week, all of which I found interesting.  As with everything, there are most likely three sides to this story... If you would like a PDF of the entire six myths, you can download it here.

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MYTH #1: The Proposal will prevent global climate change.

FACT: The proposal will have practically no affect on global climate change.

Here is the main reason why the proposal will not prevent global climate change: U.S. power plants are responsible for a small fraction (4%) of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  EPA's proposal will reduce global GHG emissions by a tiny amount (less than 1%) at a cost, according to the EPA, of $4.2 billion per year.  This insignificant reduction in global GHG emissions means that:

  • Atmospheric CO2 concentrations will be reduced by less than 1%.
  • Global average temerapture increase will be reduced by 0.016 Farenheit.
  • Sea level rise will be reduced by 1/100th of an inch, which is the thickness of three sheets of paper.

 

MYTH #2: The proposal will prevent asthma and heart attacks.

FACT: This is a bait and switch tactic.

Because the EPA proposal will have virtually no effect on global climate change (MYTH #1), EPA is claiming health benefits for reducing ozone and particulate matter, pullutants that have been tightly regulated under the Clean Air Act for decades to ensure that air quality is safe.  Moreover, EPA is required to revise these existing air quality regulations periodically if they do not protect public health.

In addition, EPA's estimates of health benefits are controversial and have been questioned by health experts.  EPA itself recognizes numerous uncertainties in these estimates in the RIA.

 

MYTH #3: The proposal will reduce energy bills.

FACT: This is misleading, at best

EPA acknowledges that nationwide average electricity rates woould increase by roughly 6% in 2020 and 3% in 2030.  (A nationwide average rate increase might look relatively small, but it masks substantially higher increases in individual stats>)  At the same time, EPA claims the total cost that consumers pay for electricity will fall udner its proposal.  However, this lower total cost is deceptive because it assumes that consumers will reduce their electricity consumption by at least 10%.  In short, consumders are forced to pay higher electricity rates, but use less electricity.

 

MYTH #4: The proposal will create jobs.

FACT: This is a common claim about many EPA rules, but it's not true.

Here are a few of the reasons why this claim about jobs creation is a myth:

  • More comprehensive projectiosn of the employment impacts of a program similar to EPA's proposal shows as many as 178,000 lost jobs per year.
  • EPA claimis that its proposal will create jobs in the electric power production and fuel extraction sectors of the economy in 2020, but this is due to temporary construction jobs.  Closer scrutiny of EPA's analysis shows these sectors are projected to lose an average of 47,000 to 49,000 job-years from 2017-2030.
  • EPA did not attepmt to quantify job losses due to higher energy prices, although EPA seems to acknowledge there woudl be job loses.

 

As you can see, the above four myth's are pretty substantial.  To read about the additional two myth's, expound upon the myth's above and access the sources, download a copy of ACCCE's paper here.

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Topics: Mining, Power Plant, Resource Library, Industry News

3 Ways PHIL Rear Eject Bodies are Transforming Mining & Construction

Posted by Abby Meister on Jun 24, 2014 9:29:13 AM

Entering the mining and construction industries several years ago, the patented PHIL Rear Eject is relatively new to the mining and construction scene when compared to traditional end-dump bodies. While it’s still one of the “new guys”, the PHIL Rear Eject has no problem showing what differentiates it from its end-dump counterparts:

1. More Control

Unlike standard dump bodies, PHIL Rear Eject bodies don’t use gravity to get the load out of the bed of the body. It instead uses a hydraulic system to push a ram horizontally through the body to move the material to the back and out the end. This system gives the drivers complete control over speed and quantity of material being discharged, as well as how the material gets dumped. The material can be dumped in a normal pile, like any end-dump body would dump..

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PHIL’s Rear Eject system also allows operators the ability to dump on the move. Since the vertical center of gravity isn’t changing when dumping, chances for roll-over or hitting something the driver can’t see decrease drastically. Dumping on the move also helps with grading, as the material is being dumped, the driver will slowly drive forward, leaving a line of material that a dozer won’t have to spread around later.

2. Less Limitations 

With a standard end-dump body, there are many limitations. One of area PHIL Rear Eject Bodies have fewer limitations in is safety. Since gravity is used to get the load out of the body, the vertical center of gravity shifts with the body lifts up and increases the possibility of roll-over and of the driver hitting something he can’t see.

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 The end-dump bodies are also limited in where they can operate whereas the PHIL Rear Eject is not. Underground quarries and mines are notorious for low ceilings which can force operators into pricey short term options. Covered hoppers can cause frequent body damage if too low for the truck being used. Rear ejects provide a permanent solution; the mobility of a dump truck without needing the same height clearance.

 3. Increased Production

PHIL Rear Ejects make the whole operation more efficient and increase production. One way this is done is by reducing the cycle time on each load. Since the operator isn’t waiting for the body to come back down on a Rear Eject, the driver can leave immediately after the material is out. The blade will retract on the way to get the next load, cutting off unnecessary dead time..

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It also saves other parts of production work. Since the PHIL Rear Eject can dump in a spread out line, valuable time doesn’t have to be spent spreading piles later on. The fact that PHIL Rear Ejects need minimal maintenance – and therefore drastically limits downtime - is just icing on the production cake.

Currently operating many countries worldwide in operations such as above ground and underground mining, construction, refuse, steel mills, and power plant locations, the PHIL Rear Eject has been a unique, but much needed addition to the mining and construction industries’ equipment line-ups. To learn more about the Rear Ejects, click  HERE.

Do you have questions for us? Do you have a specific topic you want to know about?? If you do, drop us a note in the comments area, on our Facebook page (Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc.) or on Twitter (@PHILsystems). We'd love to hear from you!

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Topics: Rear Eject

3 Reasons to Visit PHILsystems.com

Posted by Abby Meister on Jun 10, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Let’s face it, since its recent update, the PHIL website has been rocking the new snazzy look and easier navigation harder than Motley Crüe in the 80s. Now, while it’s easy to get distracted by the new look (don’t feel bad, it happens to us all the time!), there are a few things on the updated site that we here at PHIL would like to take some time to point out. Here are three things we thing are better than ever at PHILsystems.com.

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Pictured: Rocking it harder than all 80's hair bands. Combined.

3. PHIL Resource Library

How to get there: At the top of the home page, scroll over ‘About Us’ and then click on ‘Library’ link.

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One of the awesome features we have available on the site is the PHIL Resource Library. Our library is full of articles, papers, press releases, and other information published by PHIL available for download. In the Resources Library you can find the Tailgate Service & Maintenance Manual, Tailgate Calculator, both of our current Haulage Guides, and several articles/papers published by associates here at PHIL. If you need information quickly and at your fingertips, make sure to take a look at the PHIL Resource Library. Also be sure to keep in mind that if you have suggestions on publications or papers you’d like to see listed, you can contact us with your thoughts HERE or drop us a message in the comments section or on our Facebook page.

2. Working at PHIL Button

How to get there: The ‘Working at PHIL’ button is located below the products links at the bottom of the page, directly next to the ‘Small Parts’ button.

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This new addition to the PHIL website is an easy shortcut to the PHIL Employment page (which can also be found through the ‘About Us’ link at the top of the page). It’s the fastest way for someone looking into career options at PHIL to access the current job opportunities. The link takes you straight to the Employment page, which gives instructions on how to apply, employment information, benefits information, as well as a list of the current positions available. All of the positions are links to a more detailed description of the position, as well as position duties and requirements.

1. Accessibility to Popular Products

How to get there: Go to PHIL website – no further navigation needed!

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Now, it may be hard to believe, but the new design for the PHIL website was not created solely to look fantastic. It’s also set up to make navigation to the main PHIL products much easier. On the home page, there are five sections: Tailgates, Bodies, Rear Ejects, Water Tanks, and Lowboy Trailers. You can go straight to the general page for each product by clicking on the name of each section or you can go to the more specific products listed below to be taken straight to a specific product page. While the products can still be accessed by industry (through a menu bar under the header) or by using the Search bar, this change in the site’s set up can get you the information you need faster, without any further navigation.

Do you have questions for us? Do you have a specific topic you want to know about?? If you do, drop us a note in the comments area, on our Facebook page (Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc.) or on Twitter (@PHILsystems). We'd love to hear from you!

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Topics: PHIL Website, Resource Library, PHIL Employment

Spotlight: PHIL Product Videos

Posted by Abby Meister on Jun 5, 2014 10:44:40 AM

Across the board of our internet presence, it has always been our goal to provide a steady stream of visuals of PHIL products. Sure, we can talk about their benefits and unique features all day long, but having a picture along puts that information in perspective and doesn't leave any benefit or unique feature of our products up to imagination.

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With the goal of providing visual representation of what PHIL products can do in mind, PHIL's Youtube channel was created several years ago. The Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc. Youtube Channel has videos of PHIL equipment in action, ranging from rear eject bodies to water tanks to tailgates and several other products as well.

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The videos on the PHIL channel have been posted because they showcase each PHIL product and are often products customers would like to see in action. We've linked a few of them in this post as well as other posts, but to check out all of the PHIL videos, go take a gander at the PHIL youtube channel. Keep in mind, we don't have videos of every product up, but if you let us know what you're interested in, we'll put your request on our list of videos to shoot!

Do you have questions for us? Do you have a specific topic you want to know about?? If you do, drop us a note in the comments area, on our Facebook page (Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc.) or on Twitter (@PHILsystems). We'd love to hear from you!

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Topics: Tailgate, Water Tanks, Rear Eject, PHIL Videos

The History of PHIL's Wellness Program

Posted by Maria Allen on Apr 15, 2014 11:00:00 AM

 

The PHIL/WEL program, as we know it today, began 7 years ago. Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc. partnered with Optimum Health Solutions, a workplace wellness company, to address the health concerns of our associates and promote a wellness community at work.

A wellness committee was formed to work directly with Optimum Health and develop ideas to encourage wellness in the workplace. There was an optional wellness screening that included personal information concerning the healthy habits of associates or lack of, such as diet, sleep patterns, smoking, etc. We also had blood work done to assess our cholesterol and other levels. From this information a plan was developed that included Optimum Health giving presentations about various topics to encourage developing healthy habits.

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One such habit is keeping your mind healthy, and it gets its own workout during the PHIL/WEL Olympics.

The wellness committee, nicknamed The PHIL/WEL Group, met separately and with Optimum Health representatives. We developed plans for fun activities to encourage the healthy changes mentioned in the presentations and to initiate the motivation to change.

Over the years PHIL/WEL has promoted and introduced several weight loss competitions with the prizes being funds to purchase health/workout equipment. We have also had several Bocce Tournaments and Ping Pong Tournaments. We have had “Wellness Wednesdays”. This was when a member of the committee would bring a “healthy” snack to be shared by all employees. But our most enduring and enjoyed event has been and is our “PHIL/WEL Olympics”.

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The PHIL/WEL Olympics is a day to celebrate health and wellness and enjoy a day in the sun with our coworkers!

The PHIL/WEL Olympics is a day of fun in the sun. In the beginning the committee chose the menu for lunch and did all the preparation, focusing on healthy foods. Next we contacted gyms, chiropractors, massage therapists, health food stores and any other vendors we could think of to come and set up tables for the associates to visit during the games. Because we did have games!  Bocce, bags, hillbilly golf, etc., and fun was had by all. This fun day has progressed to choosing a healthy menu from a local business and the meal being catered and the games and vendors have evolved and improved over the years.

The goal of Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc. and the PHIL/WEL Committee is to improve the overall health of our associates; which in turn makes for a happier and more productive working staff.

 

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Topics: Employment

Product Spotlight: Bottom Dump Trailer

Posted by Abby Meister on Apr 10, 2014 9:39:00 AM

Or, Meet the PHIL St. Patrick's Day Mascot!


PHIL’s patented line of HiVol® trailers can potentially double production over standard rear dump trucks with properly matched tractor/trailer combinations. Designed around your operation, PHIL’s trailers take into consideration your production targets, material parameters, haul or operation requirements, and any height or width restrictions within your facility. PHIL’s extensive line of trailers offers the versatility to accommodate and material or equipment haulage environment or need. Trailers are available in Rear Eject, Bottom Dump, or Lowboy designs, but today we’re going to focus on the PHIL Bottom Dump Trailer.

This year the PHIL Bottom Dump was chosen to be PHIL’s St. Paddy’s Day mascot and looked smashing while mascoting on (and no, ‘mascoting’ is sadly not currently acknowledged by any dictionary). Why did we choose the Bottom Dump, you may ask, when there are so may cool PHIL products to choose from? Well, we chose it because the PHIL Bottom Dump trailer is a unique product with state-of-the-art design that is unmatched in quality and construction by any other company in the industry. Now you might be wondering what makes the PHIL Bottom Dump so different than all the other bottom dumps out there.

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For starters, the actual design shape of the Bottom Dump really differentiates it from other bottom dumps in the industry.  Most bottom dumps have to taper so that the material will actually dump out between the tires, but this can cause major tire issues. The tapered bottom dump leaves high windrows that rub along the side of the tires, rather than the less vulnerable tread.  The PHIL design dumps practically as wide as the tires, which means the tread with take the brunt of the impact from the material dumped. Since other bottom dumps in the industry have to make up their volume somehow, they are often made taller, causing problems during loading by not giving the operators much room to maneuver without hitting the sides, in addition to a higher Center of Gravity (CoG).  To further minimize tire damage, PHIL offers an optional hydraulically controlled strikeoff blade that helps to  grade and smooth out the material before it is driven over, thus leveling out the high spots and creating a smooth surface for the rear tires to travel over.

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Another distinctive feature is the 6-way King-pin hitch PHIL uses rather than a standard ball style fifth wheel hitch. Most standard hitches are cast when made, but PHIL fabricates each hitch individually, which includes forging pieces giving it a tighter grain structure. Each 6-way King-pin hitch is crafted with attention to detail and gets thoroughly inspected. The design is not only safer, but allows for complete mobility. The hitch can move side to side, front to back, and up and down. PHIL’s 6-way King-pin hitch can also easily convert a rear-dump truck in to a tractor, so purchasing a special vehicle to pull the trailer is not necessary.

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PHIL Bottom Dumps come in two distinctive designs: Sliding Door Bottom Dump and Clamshell Door Bottom Dump.  The Clamshell Door Bottom Dump is excellent for a straight dump, like stockpiling, dumping into hoppers, and windrowing. Employing an over-center door lock for fail-safe operation especially during maintenance, the Clamshell Door operates both doors with a single hydraulic cylinder and provides secure over-center door closing.  The over-center door closing is a mechanism that operates separately from the hydraulic cylinder, increasing the safety of the Bottom Dump. If the hydraulics go out or malfunction, the doors will remain closed. When the doors are closed there is no pressure from the load placed on the cylinder, cutting down on unnecessary maintenance. The Clamshell Doors are best used for materials that will flow and that will be dumped into a hopper, like shot rock, salt, gravel, coal, etc.

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The PHIL Sliding Door Bottom Dump is great to haul, dump, and spread in a single pass. The Sliding Door is split in half, so one half dumps at one time. A unique material strike-off blade is an optional attachment that spreads the load evenly. This product is excellent for dumping material in lifts; the strike-off blade enables material lifts to be adjusted from 8 to 18 inches, minimizing the need for additional leveling. The PHIL Sliding Door Bottom Dump is ideal for use in power generation, material blend operations, reclamation, mine refuse, and ash handling operations.

Whew! This is just the scratching the surface of how a PHIL Bottom Dump Trailer can help your operation. With a unique design that makes it a stand-out in the industry and the customizations based on need, the PHIL Bottom Dump is a product that can make a big difference in operation efficiency. That’s not even including all the special features that make it so much safer to operate than other bottom dumps in the industry! Bottom line (pun intended) we chose the PHIL Bottom Dump Trailer as our PHIL St. Patrick’s Day mascot because it’s pretty darn cool.

Want to learn more about the PHIL Bottom Dump Trailer? You can check out the Bottom Dump page on the PHIL website HERE. If you'd like to see a video of a Bottom Dump Trailer click HERE

Do you have questions for us? Do you have a specific topic you want to know about?? If you do, drop us a note in the comments area, on our Facebook page (Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc.) or on Twitter (@PHILsystems). We'd love to hear from you!

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Topics: Bottom Dump Trailer

PHIL Madness: Water Tank vs. Autogate® Tailgate

Posted by Abby Meister on Apr 8, 2014 9:00:00 AM

The PHIL Water Tank and Autogate Tailgate are going to the ‘Ship! Having beat out the Rear Eject Body and HiVol® Body, both PHIL products advance to the championship round where they will battle it out to determine who wins all of PHIL Madness. Here are some key facts about each one that may help you decide who wins. Cast your vote HERE.

PHIL Water Tank:

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Age: First introduced to the industry in 2001, the unique PHIL Water Tanks was designed to be a safer alternative to the water tanks available on the market.

Safety: An important consideration in every PHIL design, safety is especially important in the design of PHIL Water Tanks. Safety is built into every facet of the PHIL tank design. The interior is engineered to minimize confined space issues and the patented internal/external access door system allows safe, easy internal access in the tank interior. Externally, the tank has a unique flat top. Sloped at only 1.5 degrees, this nearly flat top minimizes the chances of losing one’s footing. Additionally, the exclusive lifting eye design provides precise placement for perfect balance when raising the tank.

Key Feature: Stability. The patented fluid tank baffling system ensures solid vehicle control in any application. The exclusive anti-surge stabilizing system provides front-to-back baffling and a full-height/full-length center BacboneTM structure. Internal baffling, along with the internal fluid surge stabilizers, minimizes side-to-side fluid movement for maximum vehicle stability at all normal haul road speeds. Externally, the tank support structure has an exclusive exterior frame rail and cross bolster tank-to-chassis mounting system that parallels the truck chassis frame for a lower center of gravity. This provides a solid foundation for the tank-to-chassis interface while also ensuring uniform chassis loading. PHIL also uses 165,000 psi minimum yield steel to provide the strongest, best subfloor structure on the market.

Learn more about PHIL Water Tanks and see some cool pictures and videos HERE.

PHIL Autogate Tailgate:

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Age: The Autogate Tailgate was invented in 1969 by L.B. Philippi and has been a leading PHIL product ever since.

Innovation: When the first Autogate Tailgate was introduced to the industry in 1969, it set the industry standard in tailgate design. Since 1969, PHIL has produced more than 10,000 tailgates for both articulated and rigid frame off-highway trucks – from 20 to 340 ton in size. Each fast-opening, fast-acting Autogate Tailgate provides increased payloads, decreased material spillage, improved loading, and a balanced distribution. The unique, high-strength chain (stronger than any commercially available standard chain) and oversized gate pivot pins provide maximum durability. No matter what you’re hauling, the PHIL Autogate Tailgate keeps material in your truck bed no matter what the condition.

Key Feature: Productivity. With the Autogate Tailgate closing the rear of the truck, loader operators have a bigger loading target to evenly distribute the load from the front to the rear of the truck to improve weight distribution. Without the tailgate, isolated components (such as the front suspension, front axle, hoist mechanism, and steering equipment) may be overburdened because the operators try to prevent spillage by piling the load forward in the truck bed. This causes damage to the canopies, overload to the front tires, and side spillage. Another benefit of the Autogate Tailgate is that it eliminates rear-end spillage, increasing volumetric capacity up to 20% depending on the material hauled. The PHIL Autogate Tailgate reduces side and rear-end spillage by keeping the “rocks-in-the-box”. Drivers steer through clutter-free loading and haulage areas, which helps prevent unnecessary tire damage.

Learn about Autogate Tailgates HERE and see a tailgate in action HERE and HERE.

Do you have questions for us? Do you have a specific topic you want to know about?? If you do, drop us a note in the comments area, on our Facebook page (Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc.) or on Twitter (@PHILsystems). We'd love to hear from you!

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Topics: Autogate, Tailgate, Water Tanks

PHIL Madness: Meet the Final Four

Posted by Abby Meister on Apr 1, 2014 10:58:56 AM

March Madness didn’t exactly pan out the way we’d hoped, our brackets and chance to win Warren Buffet’s money died in round one. (Thanks, Mercer.) While we’re still watching to see who gets the championship this year, we decided to make our own tournament: PHIL Madness! Ladies and gentlemen…let’s get ready to rumble and meet the PHIL Madness Final Four!

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PHIL Water Tanks:

Built from 6,000 to 58,500 gallons, PHIL Water Tanks are made assist with dust suppression, fire protection, road constructions, wash down, and other applications. PHIL Water Tanks are the safest, most stable, trouble-free water tanks available due to their patented features and superior engineering. The patented front-to-back baffling system ensures solid vehicle control in almost any application. The type and quality of options for the water tanks are endless – a customer favorite: the remote-controlled water cannon that can disperse water from 50 to 150 feet with absolute control and accuracy. Take a look at the articulated water tank and rigid-frame water tank pages to learn more, see pictures, and watch a video of the PHIL Water Tanks in action!

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PHIL Rear Eject Body:

PHIL’s patented Rear Eject Bodies are simple and easy to maintain. They use only one cylinder, which operates the tailgate and pushes the ejector blade out. No bearings are there to break or bind up, nor are there external rails. PHIL Rear Eject Bodies are ideal for applications where there is low overhead clearance, trucks are operating in areas without stable and consistent ground footings, when material is sticky and clings to the inside of the bed, when material needs to be spread while driving, or on hilly terrain. These bodies are currently operating in above ground and underground mining, construction, refuse, steel mills, and power plant locations around the world. To see a video of a PHIL Rear Eject Body in action down in New Zealand, Click HERE.

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PHIL HiVol® Body:

PHIL HiVol Bodies are constructed exclusively of high strength, abrasion resistant steel which is necessary to provide the best bodies possible. Each PHIL HiVol Body design is custom engineered based on the unique needs of each operation. Whatever the application, we have designed or will design a truck body that tackles the job as efficiently as possible, utilizing our patented processes, designs, features, and standards. Click HERE to see a Hivol Flyash Body at work!

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PHIL Autogate® Tailgates:

Each PHIL Autogate Tailgate is designed for the specific version of the articulated or rigid frame off-highway truck it is going to be used on. The “bent steel construction” of the tailgate creates a high-strength design, while minimizing weight. Robust pivot pins are paired with greaseless fiber bushings to provide industry-leading operation with minimal maintenances. PHIL tailgates can also be “built-up” to accommodate sideboards in varying heights to increase the capacity even more. Haulage costs are practically the same whether an empty off-highway truck is being operated, or a truck filled to its capacity. Why not make every load a full load? To see a PHIL Autogate Tailgate hauling a liquid material with no leaking?? Click HERE!!

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Whew! The PHIL Madness Final Four is stacked with some pretty stiff competition, but only two can make it to the Dance. Which two of the PHIL Madness Final four do you think will be going to the championship?

Do you have questions for us? Do you have a specific topic you want to know about?? If you do, drop us a note in the comments area, on our Facebook page (Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc.) or on Twitter (@PHILsystems). We'd love to hear from you!

 

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Topics: Autogate, HiVol(R) Bodies, Water Tanks, Rear Eject, PHIL Madness

7 Things You Didn't Know about St. Patrick's Day

Posted by Abby Meister on Mar 17, 2014 10:45:00 AM

St. Patrick’s Day, while Irish in origin is now a holiday celebrated all over the world and PHIL associates are a very tiny handful of the millions of people that celebrate the holiday worldwide. Since our more extravagant and outlandish suggestion to paint our products green in honor of the day was gently, but firmly shot down, we’re showing our festivity with little known facts about all things St. Patrick’s Day.

7. March 17th is the day Patrick died.

As with all Catholic saints, Saint Patrick’s holy day is on the day of his death and entrance into heaven, rather than the day of his physical birth. Patrick died March 17, 461 AD of 76. This year is the 1,553 anniversary of his death.

6. St. Patrick was not Irish.

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Since St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday it is generally assumed that Patrick was Irish. That assumption is wrong. Patrick’s parents were Roman citizens that lived in Roman-occupied Britain, where Patrick was born, in 385 AD. Scholars cannot agree if the exact location where he was born in is modern-day England, Scotland, or Wales. (Learn more about the PHIL Bottom Dump Trailer HERE.)

5. St. Patrick was a slave.

When he was 16 years old, Patrick was kidnapped by Irish raiders who took him to Ireland and  sold him as a slave. During his time as a slave he herded sheep and learned about the people and culture that had enslaved him. Escaping at 22, he went to a monastery in England where he spent 12 years growing in his faith. He then returned to Ireland to take his revenge!! Haha, juuust kidding. He returned to Ireland to share his faith with the peoples he'd come to know during his time in captivity.

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4. Patrick’s color is blue, not green.

Everyone knows you have to wear green on St. Paddy’s Day to protect yourself from pinches, but interestingly enough, green was not the color first associated with St. Patrick. His original color was blue, as shown in several medieval artworks representing the saint. A blue flag with a gold harp were even used to represent Ireland as a country, green not coming into play until much later because of the green appearance of Ireland and it's nickname "The Emerald Isle."

3. More Irish people live in the USA than Ireland.

Well, ish. Approximately 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry (some 100% Irish, others with mixed ancestry). By contrast there are 4.2 million people living in Ireland. This has a lot to do with Ireland’s troubled history, leading to steady immigration during the 19th and most of the 20th centuries. It wasn’t until the economic boom of the 1990s that more Irish stayed in their country rather than look for opportunities elsewhere.

2. Until 1970, St. Patrick’s Day was a dry holiday in Ireland.

Drinking is a big part of St. Patrick’s Day and arguably the only thing college students actually know about the holiday aside from the wearing green part (and that is promptly forgotten after a few standard St. Paddy's Day green drinks). It is one of the things most associated with St. Patrick's Day. However, from 1903 to 1970 Irish law made St. Patrick’s Day was a religious observance. All pubs are closed on religious observance holidays, so no beer to celebrate St. Paddy. The holiday was reclassified to be a national holiday when the law was overturned in 1970.

1. Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are slim.

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If you really want to know the numbers, you have a 1 in 10,000 chance of finding one. Legend tells us that each leaf represents something: the first is hope, the second is faith, the third is love, and the fourth is luck.

Before we made this list we were not aware of these facts. Well, except for number one. (After many searching through clover sessions and not spotting many four leaf clovers, we figured it the probability wasn't 1 in 10.) We're hoping to win some St. Paddy's Day trivia with this knowledge! 

Want to learn more about our St. Paddy's Day Mascot, the PHIL Bottom Dump Trailer? You can check out the Bottom Dump page on the PHIL website HERE. If you'd like to see a video of a Bottom Dump Trailer click HERE. Keep an eye out for the next post where we'll be covering the Bottom Dump Trailer and all the "luck" it brings during production in more detail!

Do you have questions for us? Do you have a specific topic you want to know about?? If you do, drop us a note in the comments area, on our Facebook page (Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc.) or on Twitter (@PHILsystems). We'd love to hear from you!

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Topics: Bottom Dump Trailer, Holiday

Mischevious Leprechaun's have been busy!

Posted by Josh Swank on Mar 17, 2014 8:23:24 AM

It appears that a group of mischievious leprechaun's have been busy posting "old" content on our blog; sorry!  The blog article that was posted on Friday, 3/14/14 was an old article that was posted by accident and has been removed.  

May the "Luck of the Irish" be with you today!

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