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Wyco Introduces a Lighter More Efficient ErgoPack Vibrator for Concrete Consolidation

For Release:  June 20, 2016
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Mike Pilger
mpilger@badgermeter.com
800-876-3837  

WYCO INTRODUCES A LIGHTER MORE EFFICIENT ERGOPACK BACKPACK VIBRATOR FOR CONCRETE CONSOLIDIATION

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Wyco, a division of Badger Meter and pioneer in the development of concrete vibration products, announces the release a new improved version of the Wyco ErgoPack® gas-powered backpack vibrator for construction site concrete consolidation. Delivering a powerful 50cc Honda gas engine in a highly mobile yet comfortable form factor, the ErgoPack is the only backpack vibrator on the market to offer an ergonomic design where the engine weight is properly supported by the operator's hips.

The revolutionary design of the Wyco ErgoPack discourages injury-prone postures and delays operator fatigue to improve overall productivity while allowing easy mobility around the job site. With this solution, one user can easily vibrate low- to high-slump concrete with up to a 2-inch head. Adjustable straps fit all operator sizes, and make the ErgoPack the most comfortable backpack on the market. The rugged steel frame withstands abuse from the most rigorous job sites.

“We are very excited about our new lighter ErgoPack and the benefits it provides to our customers and ultimately construction workers,” said Greg Perona, Product  Manager for Wyco. “The design had been improved by reducing the overall weight of the unit by 10 pounds bringing it in line with other products on the market. By listening to and observing customers, we realized that we needed to further improve our backpack that was launched about 18 months ago. ErgoPack employs similar backpack technologies of those used by U.S. service members, campers, extreme hikers, etc., who carry heavy loads for long periods of time and distances.”

Because the bulk of the weight is distributed over the hips, ErgoPack reduces the strain on shoulders and upper back so that the operator’s upper body remains stable during concrete consolidation. This, in turn, enables operators to work longer jobs more effectively while helping prevent aches, pains and strains, which can result in lost work time. Perona added, “Not only does ErgoPack allow operators to consolidate concrete longer, it also discourages concrete consolidation quality issues that may arise due to operator fatigue.”

The new generation ErgoPack still uses flexible throttle design that adjusts for operator comfort, and features a "kill switch" and lock-in for the proper vibration speed. It is the only backpack that comes standard with a digital tachometer/hour meter, which allows for quick reference of vibration speed and enables users to take full advantage of the variable speed control to harness the most effective vibration for any mix. The hour meter tracks running hours to assist in preventative maintenance. Reengineered gears and bearings extend product life, and a speed increaser doubles the engine speed, making the ErgoPack a very powerful vibrator.

The Honda 4-cycle 50cc engine has a heavy-duty clutch mounted on a rugged steel frame with a flexible throttle and kill switch. ErgoPack's quick disconnect method of connecting shafts is compatible with the Wyco 994 and Sure Speed electric motor vibrators to allow customers to optimize their tool inventory to fit the needs of any concrete consolidation job.

For more information about the Wyco ErgoPack, please visit wycotool.com/index.php/gas-backpack/.

About WYCO

Wyco, a division of Badger Meter, has a long history of developing safe, high-quality products for the concrete and paving industries, including handheld electric and portable gas‐powered vibrators as well as hydraulic vibrators for paving machines. Its products feature the exclusive Square Head™ vibrator head design for faster consolidation. For more information, visit www.wycotool.com.

About Badger Meter

Badger Meter is an innovator in flow measurement, control and communication solutions, serving water utilities, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers worldwide. The Company’s products measure water, oil, chemicals and other fluids, and are known for accuracy, long-lasting durability and for providing and communicating valuable and timely measurement data. For more information, visit www.badgermeter.com.