EDCO On the Job
Raymond James Stadium - Tampa, Florida (1998)
With the NFL season getting underway in September, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter their 22nd season playing at Raymond James Stadium, the home of the iconic pirate ship at one end of the stadium.
Since opening in 1998, Raymond James Stadium has hosted numerous marquee events including Super Bowls, College Football bowl games and the National Championship game and concerts.
In 2001, the Baltimore Ravens won their first NFL title at Raymond James Stadium with a 34-7 win over the New York Giants, with Ray Lewis garnering MVP honors. Eight years later, the Pittsburgh Steelers outlasted the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 in a back-and-forth affair for their sixth Super Bowl championship in franchise history.
Since 1999, Raymond James Stadium has hosted the Outback Bowl, one of the college football bowl games usually played on New Year’s Day. In 2018, the stadium began hosting a second bowl game, the Gasparilla Bowl.
But in 2017, the stadium hosted the most important game of the college football bowl season: the College Football National Championship game. The tilt between Clemson and Alabama, a rematch of the 2016 title that the Crimson Tide secured, ended with a Tiger touchdown with one second remaining to cap a 10-point comeback and claim the championship.
In addition to being the home of the Buccaneers, the 65,000-seat stadium is also the site of the University of South Florida home football games.
Raymond James Stadium has also hosted concerts with famous performers such as Kenny Chesney, U2, Beyonce and Taylor Swift.
While the stadium was under construction, long before the championship performances and concerts, EDCO’s 8” Walk-Behind Crete-Planer (model CPM-8) helped to prepare the concrete foundation of the stands. With an edger attachment, the planer leveled inconsistencies in the concrete along the edge of the tiered surfaces.
EDCo history decades series
Going the Extra Mile (The 1980s)
In September 1985, nine years after moving to Frederick, EDCO made the move to a newly built, company-owned building on Thomas Johnson Drive, approximately one mile away from the previous Frederick location. The new location was a 40,000 square foot building complete with a manufacturing floor and office space.
A year before moving to the new location, EDCO unveiled the slogan “Rental-Tough” to highlight the quality of our American-made machines and their ability to withstand the rigors of many rental jobs with little maintenance or replacements. That “Rental-Tough” phrase was added to the company’s logo in 1984, as the company turned 25 years old.
Starting in 1989, EDCO tested out a new part of their business after 30 years of serving solely the rental industry. The CONTRx line was designed to sell EDCO machines directly to contractors who used EDCO machines often. The “Rx” ending to the product line’s name was meant to represent the line being a “prescription for contractors.”
Though that part of the business was temporary with that attempt, it set the foundation for exploring similar ventures in the future.
The 1980s also saw EDCO release a wave of new machines. A four-disc grinder was released in 1980. In 1982, a self-propelled concrete planer was added to the product line. A dual-arbor saw in 1983 allowed operators to cut on either side. Professional masonry saws in 1985 furthered EDCO’s line of sawing equipment. A “Chip-Dek” scabbler, which was later referred to as a Crete-Crusher, was added in 1987 to remove, level, and texture concrete surfaces. In 1987, EDCO released a traffic-line remover to grind away existing markings on roadways. Finally, in 1989, EDCO added air spades, later called chisel scalers, to help strip away materials such as floor coverings and shingles.
Problem Solving with EDCo
The Problem: Removing Traffic Lines
Traffic lines are designed to withstand heavy traffic on roadways and in parking lots over a long period of time. However, there are times when traffic patterns change and existing lines need removed to reduce possible confusion with new markings.
Common materials used for traffic lines include epoxy, paint and thermoplastic. Each of the materials are used in varying capacities, but each can survive for a number of years after application.
To remove those materials completely, grinding or planing (scarifying) the traffic line is the preferred method because of its cost, effectiveness and productivity rate.
EDCO manufactures a line of Crete-Planers that can scarify those markings.
Using a scarifier does, however, sometimes leaves "ghost lines," which can appear to the naked eye as a traffic line, when in actuality it's a mark from the rough surface profile created during the marking removal process. In turn, drivers may falsely perceive those markings and create hazardous road conditions.
The possibility of creating those "ghost lines" in certain areas is an important consideration to keep in mind when deciding which machine to use for the line removal.
When the job necessitates a finish that will blend in with the surrounding asphalt after removal, the Traffic Line Remover (TLR-7) is the machine designed specifically for that application.
The Traffic Line Remover erases the line while creating a feathered surface that will blend into the asphalt. The cutter accessories used with the TLR-7 features small bullet-shaped carbide bits that do minimal surface damage to the road, and last for up to 60,000 lineal feet of marking removal.
The Solution: TLR-7 with Cutter Accessories
- 7" Working Width that grinds approximately 700-1,000 sq. ft. per hour
- Removes thermoplastic, paint and epoxy traffic markings
- Added side-mounted weights for extra removal pressure
- Separate pressure control allows operator to adjust grinding pressure for changing road conditions
- Minimum surface penetration
- Aggressive removal of thermoplastic lines
- Ideal for use on uneven, rough asphalt surfaces
- Minimum surface penetration
- Minimum surface penetration
- Removes paint markings
- Removes tape lines
- Removes epoxy markings