Utility Industry Returning to Louisville for 2023 Utility Expo

When it comes to exhibitions and education focused on the new installation side of underground utility infrastructure construction, there is no bigger event than the Utility Expo.

Boasting more than 30 acres of indoor and outdoor exhibit space, this biennial event heads to the Kentucky Exposition Center Sept. 26-28 for the 2023 iteration of the expo.

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Early data by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) – the show’s owner and producer – indicates that the 2023 show will have 6 percent more exhibit space than the record-breaking show in 2021. The show will feature more than 850 exhibitors and 50 innovative education sessions during its return to Louisville.

“Our team worked to create additional space this year while grouping similar product types together better, making it even easier for everyone to find what they’re looking for,” said John Rozum, show director of The Utility Expo. “That’s important given the show covers more than 1.4 million square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibits.”

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Education Opportunities

Continuing education and professional development hours are important parts of the utility industry, and learning about new technologies and equipment is a focus for The Utility Expo. The show has updated session offerings based on attendee feedback, and utility pros can learn more and register for the show and education here.

New this year, The Utility Expo features a Safety Symposium, with 10 sessions and two different certifications from the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA).

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The Utility Expo will offer more than 50 education sessions, including the following that allow participants to earn professional development hours (PDHs):

Advanced Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD): Challenges and Good Practices for a Successful Installation – with Dr. Sam Ariaratnam (Tuesday and Wednesday). Utility pros will walk through considerations including geological conditions, locating technologies and mapping tools to improve jobsite productivity and end the job with a successful installation. Eligible for 1.5 PDHs.

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Electromagnetic Underground Utility Locating – with Mike Parilac (Tuesday and Wednesday). Utility pros will walk through how electromagnetic locating instruments interpret information, letting the user better understand the accuracy of each measurement, and how to use improved knowledge of the devices to improve locating results. Eligible for 1.5 PDHs.

Safety Tech Trek – with Monica Rakoczy (Tuesday and Wednesday). Utility pros will take a tour of the new and exciting innovations in the utility and construction industry that will make safety easier and more manageable on the jobsite. Eligible for 1.5 PDHs.

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Everything You Need To Know as a New Engineer – with Doug Houseman (Wednesday morning, Wednesday afternoon, or all day Wednesday). Engineers focused on the utility industry will take part in a conversation about how utility equipment is used, how to think about it on the jobsite and advantages and disadvantages of different types of equipment in different situations. Eligible for up to 8 PDHs.

The Jobsite from Planet Underground also returns to host hourly, free peer-to-peer demonstrations of Predictive Analytics Software, Electromagnetic (EM) locating, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE), Underground RFID Marking Devices and GIS Mobile Applications.

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New Community Zone Experience

Utility and infrastructure pros are not only able to see and experience the latest overhead and underground infrastructure equipment and technologies at work, they will also have a new space to gather and recharge. The new Community Zone experience, located in the North Lobby, will feature daily events including presentations, live music, and samples of local products.

“The Community Zone is both a place for attendees to gather and recharge, but also a gateway to the City of Louisville itself,” Rozum continued. “We hope everyone that stops by this area is then inspired to explore this fascinating city at the end of the show day.”

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Another feature at The Utility Expo is the free Utility Rocks party Sept. 27 at 8 p.m., featuring local rock band The Crashers at Louisville’s famous Fourth Street LIVE! outdoor stage.

For more information about the show including a complete exhibitor list, registration and accommodations, visit theutilityexpo.com.

2023 Utility Expo Exhibitor Profiles

Barbco

Barbco

Barbco, a family-owned business, is a manufacturer of quality trenchless construction equipment located in East Canton, Ohio. Brothers David, Tony and Jim Barbera lead a team of 80 employees who build and support a wide range of underground equipment designed with the underground contractor in mind. The flagship product for Barbco is its line of Auger Boring Machines (ABM) up to 96”, with thrust capabilities of over 2 million pounds. Barbco manufactures two of the strongest Guided Boring units in the world, the Pathfinder and the Tribor, which is a three in one machine capable of Auger Boring, Guided Boring and Directional Drilling. In addition to this line up, Barbco produces a line of Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) that is known to have accomplished record breaking bore lengths. Rounding out the product line is a wide range of auxiliary equipment, accessories, and parts, marketed to support the needs of the underground industry.

Whether your project is large or small, Barbco has the right combination of equipment, support, and technical expertise to get the job done.

Utility Expo booth number K177

Infinity Tool Mfg.

World Class Rock Drilling Products

Infinity manufactures world-class Drilling Tools for rock and consolidated ground conditions including PDC bits, PDC Reamers, horizontal directional drilling (HDD) consumables and drilling accessories. With our American facility utilizing state-of-the art machinery, along with a combined experience of over 200 years in the drilling industry and ISO9001:2015 certification, Infinity takes that extra step in providing a top quality product. Our products include PDC BITS, PDC REAMERS, DIRECTIONAL HAMMER BITS, DTH BITS, DTH HOLE OPENERS, DRAG BITS, CABLE TOOL BITS, TRICONES and TRICONE HOLE OPENERS. Please visit our booth to learn the latest advancements in rock tooling.

Booth Number: N1938

Kondex

Reduce Job Costs Increase Footage with Kondex Drill Defender HDD Components

Kondex Drill Defender™ HDD components provide drillers with improved product life and performance thanks to our patented laser cladding application that outlasts hard face welding. Our sonde housings, cobble and dirt bits, starter rods, and collars are raising the bar on wear protection while minimizing your labor costs as you no longer need to apply hard face welding. Get better protection right from the start with Kondex laser cladding, which adds a very carbide-dense layer of protection that’s metallurgically bonded to the base material so it won’t easily chip or wear off. And because it’s robotically applied, you gain wear protection in areas that require pinpoint accuracy to protect. You’ll notice a big difference in your toughest conditions! Shop all our HDD products at www.kondexparts.com/hdd

Booth #: N831

Super Products

Super Products LLC, an Alamo Group Company, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. For the past 50 years, Super Products has been at the cutting edge of vacuum truck development featuring advanced technology and customized solutions driven by customer needs. Innovation is at the forefront of everything Super Products does. All units are engineered for a variety of applications and designed with the operator in mind while being recognized for high quality, durability and ease of operation. Super Products gives contractors and municipalities access to the industry’s most efficient and progressive vacuum excavators, combination sewer cleaners, industrial vacuum loaders, truck-mounted jetters and liquid vacuum trucks on the market today. Super Products has a broad support network with representatives supporting contractors, dealers supporting municipalities and nine rental facilities supporting short- and long-term rentals, parts and service. Join the company at Utility Expo 2023 to celebrate its proud history and promising future.

Booth Number: N401

TRUVAC

TRUVAC Delivers Performance, Precision, and Productivity to Meet Today’s Demanding Excavation Needs

TRUVAC is the industry leading brand of vacuum excavator trucks and trailers designed specifically to satisfy safe-digging requirements of businesses and organizations that locate and verify underground utility lines and pipes. TRUVAC is a brand dedicated to advanced, safe-digging technology to deliver maximum productivity, maximum performance, and maximum payload in every vac truck and trailer they build.

TRUVAC HXX

TRUVAC has an expansive coverage of dealers and factory trained technicians across North America. That adds up to a lot of know-how. Whether we are training at our manufacturing facility, online in a virtual class, or going coast-to-coast with our excavator training roadshow, we take a lot of pride in making sure our team knows how to keep your TRUVAC equipment running at max performance levels.

When it comes to quality, engineering, innovation, and reliable service, no other vacuum excavators can match TRUVAC. For more information about our products and services please contact us.

Booth# E221 (Inside) and N231 (Outside)

Going the Distance from the Heartland

Underground Magnetics continues to fight for the HDD industry by developing common-sense HDD Locators with the contractors’ bottom line in mind. From the beginning, drill manufacturers have relied on technology first used in Europe to locate sanitary sewers made of clay. Small radio transmitters, or sondes, were used with a simple antenna installed in a handheld receiver to find a peak signal and the general location of the utility. The evolution from there has been significant, but for the most part, a derivative of that technology.

Underground Magnetics Headquarters

Underground Magnetics is one of several HDD Locator manufacturers that have evolved with the HDD industry to develop more advanced ways of getting from point A to point B. As thousands of customers have already learned, UMag’s Simple, Powerful, and Affordable philosophy stands true with our newest locator innovations.

See us at the Utility Expo in September to learn how we have been fighting for you and Going the Distance from the Heartland.

Booth N1301

Vacall

VACALL ALLEXCAVATE AND ALLEXCAVATE2 811 MODELS DELIVER HYDRO AND AIR EXCAVATION IN A SMALLER FOOTPRINT

The AllExcavate 811 delivers power and reliability in a smaller footprint. Get in and out of tight jobs faster with the 8-cubic yard debris tank, 1,100-gallon water tanks, and an overall vehicle length of under 35 feet. The AE 811 delivers vacuum forces up to 5,400 CFM at free air and water jetting power of 0 to 25 gpm at 3,000 psi. The AE2 811 adds air pressure modes at 110 psi at 185 CFM or 150 psi at 150 CFM.

AllSmartFlow™ CAN bus intelligent control system features a programmable LCD display that monitors engine, water-flow, air pressure, and vacuum performance for precise boom and reel adjustments. Aluminum water tanks and optional galvanized debris tanks with supreme finish carry a lifetime warranty.

AllExcavate and AllExcavate2 models, manufactured by Gradall, use one engine to power the chassis and excavation functions, reducing service and operation costs.

Utility Expo Booth #EH2127

Vanair

Providing Mobile Power Solutions since 1972

Vanair® offers the most comprehensive product line of vehicle-mounted air compressors, generators, welders, hydraulics, Electrified Power Equipment®, chargers/boosters, engine starters, and custom products worldwide. Vanair® engineers rugged and dependable products that improve efficiency and productivity worldwide. With over 100 standard commercial models ranging from 10 to 1500 CFM, Vanair® offers multiple configurations to meet your needs.

Our EPEQ® Electrified Power Equipment® is a comprehensive, end-to-end zero-emission system for clean, quiet power. Powered by Vanair’s EPEQ® Smart Controller, which communicates with a specifically developed line of ELiMENT™ Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries, EPEQ® allows you to turn off the vehicle’s engine and still run the equipment you need on the job site. EPEQ® is a fully self-contained and independent system that can be mounted on or within combustion engine vehicles, electric vehicles, or trailers.

Learn more at vanair.com.

Vermeer

Vermeer Highlights Latest Utility Solutions and Celebrates 75 Years

Vermeer will showcase a full line of utility equipment solutions at the Utility Expo 2023 for contractors to see and demonstrate. The lineup will include small, midsize, and large horizontal directional drills, mixing systems and reclaimers, HDD tooling, trenchers and plows, vacuum excavators, utility locators, mini skid steers, compact articulating loaders, and pile drivers. In addition to legacy machines in celebration of Vermeer’s 75th anniversary, there will also be new machines and tooling shared for the first time anywhere at the show.

Be sure to make Vermeer (booth K225) your first stop at Utility Expo 2023. For more information, visit vermeer.com/utilityexpo.

Vivax Metrotech

Vivax-Metrotech

Vivax-Metrotech Corporation, headquartered in Santa Clara, California, has been a worldwide leader in locating technology for more than four decades. We offer high-end solutions for locating buried utilities and video pipe inspection. We provide free local support and on-site training through our nationwide distributor network. Visit us at www.vivax-metrotech.com to see our full line of video inspection and buried utility locator products.

Our vLoc3 series utility locators introduce innovative tools for locating buried utilities assuring damage prevention while gathering information for analysis. The RTK-Pro receiver is the first to add RTK GNSS accuracy to a utility locator allowing for centimeter mapping accuracy. Our vLoc3 series locators with optional Bluetooth connectivity provide real-time mapping and data analysis through our VMMap web portal.

Our video inspection products offer solutions for residential, industrial, and municipal applications. Perform high-definition inspections direct to a tablet or smartphone that are instantly shareable through the device’s sharing options.

Booth #EH2300

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