Growth and Technology
Increasingly, technology is molding the construction and manufacturing sectors. At R.W. Tomlinson Limited, we have embraced these developments. Over the past five years our company has undergone considerable changes in the way we meet new markets and grow with them. We are continually adapting new technologies; in the replacement and upgrading of our manufacturing facilities and our equipment. We’ve adopted management principals that foster a balance between performance and responsibility. This approach has increased productivity and decreased environmental impacts.
The development and installation of a production aggregate plant at our Moodie Dr location, has resulted in, an increase in tonnage output and a reduction in secondary equipment hours. By reducing the use of rock trucks and loaders, we have significantly decreased airborne particle emissions and greenhouse gases. This new facility gives us the flexibility to manage our resources. By blending different reserves from within the licensed quarry, we produce products which meet and exceed required specifications.
The installation of a new 400 tonne per hour asphalt manufacturing plant has begun at our Stittsville Quarry. The plant is a one of a kind, and will be in full operation by July. This unique facility meets all new specification requirements being developed through the Ministry of Transportation and the City of Ottawa. The advanced technology meets stringent air, dust and noise requirements.
“This was a great addition to our asphalt production needs, to serve the growing west end market” Bert Hendriks
A portable aggregate plant was assembled to serve the needs of the Stittsville and Canaan quarries. Impactor primary and secondary crushers will ensure low cost and high quality aggregates for the marketplace.
Two new CAT AP1000 pavers have been purchased and delivered to the crews. These purchases are in line with our fundamental practices of creating a better environment; the adoption of Tier III emissions standards, sound suppression, electric heating systems over diesel and operator ventilation system. The ventilation system helps to remove asphalt gas, vapors and fumes away from the operator and screed area.
Global Positioning System (GPS)
Tomlinson has recently begun using state of the art global positioning systems, which through the use of some of the 24 satellites transmitting signal information, allow for tighter grade control, accurate measurement and up to date material tracking. Our GPS receivers compares the time a signal was transmitted by each satellite with the time it was received. The time difference tells the GPS receiver how far away the satellite is. The receiver can then determine the user's position and display it on the unit's handheld electronic map.
This system has been an invaluable aid during the construction of the 7.8 km Highway 7 reconstruction just west of Ottawa, placing the work months ahead of schedule. The laser guided global positioning system, utilized by our Caterpillar 163H grader, sets grades to within millimeters, and the portability of the entire system allows for a range of applications from multi-million dollar rehabilitation/reconstruction projects, to privately developed sub-division’s, parking lot’s, or even highly controlled municipal government projects.