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FAST AND FURIOUSLY PRODUCTIVE IN-DEPTH REPORT ON WHEEL LOADERS FOR AGGREGATES Q&A WITH KEVIN THIENEMAN, CHAIRMAN, LIUGONG NORTH AMERICA heavyequipmentguide.ca PUBLICATIONS MAIL AGREEMENT NO. 40069270

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LIFT EQUIPMENT DEALER ADDS XCMG EARTHMOVING LINE

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Q&A: KEVIN THIENEMAN


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FEATURES

DEPARTMENTS & SECTIONS

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In-depth report: wheel loaders for aggregates operations

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News Room

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Ontario dealer CanLift steps into earthmoving with XCMG agreement

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Spotlight

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Q&A: Kevin Thieneman, Chairman, LiuGong North America

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In-Depth Report

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Earthmoving

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Technology driving developments in roadbuilding

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Roadbuilding

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5 tips to increase MEWP battery life

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Lift & Access

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Cleaner power meets demands of construction sites

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Equipment Roundup

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Advertiser Index

From the Editor


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FROM THE EDITOR

FROM THE EDITOR SUPPLY ISSUES PLAGUE EQUIPMENT INDUSTRY IN 2022

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he heavy equipment supply chain, much like most of the routes that consumer products take from start to finish, is very rarely a straight line. In today’s industrial pipeline, the sources of parts and components for any kind of manufactured good are spread over a broad space, and it doesn’t take much for one of the little kinks in the pipeline to cause problems. Witness the challenges that the world’s supply chain faced when the container ship Ever Given ran aground and clogged up the Suez Canal in 2021. The disruption certainly seemed much longer than the six days it took to clear the blockage. That’s the trouble with the broad supply networks that manufacturers must deal with: one hiccup is enough to throw off the flow of key materials to the entire process. At present, the world is dealing with one of the most significant supply chain disruptions it has ever faced. The continued challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have slowed production at facilities across the globe, and the knock-on effects have been felt in numerous industries, heavy equipment manufacturing among them. In the heavy equipment supply chain, many components are sourced from overseas providers, and those components are shipped to the manufacturer’s facilities – and for North American manufacturers, that means container shipping. The problem here is that for months now there have been significant delays for unloading at American ports. A report in late January from supply chain experts project44 showed that shipping delays from China to West Coast ports had been increasing since October. It takes longer to load container ships at their originating port, it takes longer for those ships to get to their destinations, and when they arrive they are stuck waiting for unloading – and manufacturers’ schedules fall further and further behind. Another challenge is sourcing of materials. A shortage of semiconductor chips, which control electronics in a variety of vehicles, bogged down the automotive industry in 2021 and continues to plague heavy-duty truck manufacturing, for example. The bottom line is that manufacturers are finding it difficult to meet the demand of an expanding construction market. That will leave potential buyers to either purchase a

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The bottom line is that manufacturers are finding it difficult to meet the demand of an expanding construction market. new machine that they may not see until next year, or find alternatives to keep their businesses moving while the industry catches up again. That may mean contractors turn to the used market to bolster their fleets – a market that, according to Ritchie Bros. in its year-end pricing review, saw prices jump 10 percent for large earthmoving equipment and 35 percent for medium machines through the end of 2021. Alternatively, there are some manufacturers for whom supply chain issues haven’t been as problematic, and contractors may give those brands a test drive. There are indications that supply issues are slowly clearing up and could ease by early 2023, but until that time buyers will need to be creative about how they update and expand their fleets.

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NEWS ROOM

MANUFACTURERS SHOW STEADY FINANCIAL IMPROVEMENT THROUGH END OF 2021

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eavy equipment manufacturers are seeing improvements in their financial results as recovery from pandemic challenges continued in 2021. After the market challenges of 2020, Caterpillar has shown strong financial results with a significant increase in sales and revenues both in its fourth quarter and the full year of 2021. The company posted $13.8 billion USD in sales and revenues through the fourth quarter, a 23 percent increase from the same period in 2020. Over the full year, sales and revenues were $51 billion, a jump of 22 percent from the $41.7 billion reported in full year 2020. Increases are driven by a higher end-user demand for equipment and services, as well as changes in dealer inventories, the company stated. Meanwhile, Volvo Construction Equipment has continued solid growth with high infrastructure investment particularly across Europe, North America and South America, and increased revenue from services, the company has reported. A decline in China is due to a saturated market for excavators following last yearʼs high sales levels and the overall slowdown in construction and infrastructure investments across the region. In Q4, 2021, net sales increased by 5 percent to SEK 21,812 M (20,810 M). Adjusted for currency movements net sales increased by 2 percent, of which net sales of machines were flat and service sales increased by 14 percent. Primarily impacted by the decline in the Chinese market, global order intake decreased by 24 percent and deliveries decreased by 18 percent for the final quarter. For the full year 2021, net sales amounted to SEK 92,031 M – rising from SEK 81,453 M from last year and demonstrating that the global market is continuing to spring back from the initial hit caused by the disruptions of 2020.


LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AND SANY PARTNER TO EXPAND MACHINE CONTROL ADOPTION AND INCREASE EFFICIENCY

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eica Geosystems will collaborate with SANY America to simplify the adoption and support of Leica Geosystems machine control technology on SANY excavators and motor graders. Enhancing SANY equipment with Leica Geosystems machine control technology enables greater precision for excavating and grading work and allows machine operators at various skill levels to increase their productivity while lessening the intensity of tasks. This helps keep workers safe and results in less wear and tear on machines. The companies have launched a joint Technology Access Program whereby SANY dealers nationwide can offer customers a variety of machine control solutions through their leasing and purchasing agreements, with installation and support by certified Leica Geosystems dealers. SANY dealers nationwide can now offer customers a variety of Leica Geosystems machine control solutions through a joint Technology Access Program. “This Technology Access Program will make deploying technology seamless and painless for operators,” says Troy Dahlin, vice president, Heavy Construction, at Leica Geosystems U.S./ Canada. “Local SANY dealers are now able to retrofit their machines easily with Leica Geosystems technology. This collaboration extends beyond both our companies, stretching deep into local dealer partnerships for both organizations.” The Technology Access Program also offers SANY customers and dealers the ability to experience Leica Geosystemsʼ machine control technologies at the SANY Digs demo area, located in the SANY America headquarters near Atlanta, Georgia. “Our customers and dealers want straightforward, streamlined solutions that make working with a mixed fleet easy and simple,” says Gabe Weiss, director of marketing for SANY. “This program is built on feedback from our Dealer Partner network and will provide operators with a technology option for grade control and dedicated access to the Leica Geosystems dealer support network.”

GEAR EQUIPMENT AMONG MECALAC’S SEVEN NEW NORTH AMERICAN DEALERS

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ecalac has added seven new North American dealers to its growing network. One of the new dealers is Gear Equipment; the Ontario-based dealer has opened a new location in Surrey, B.C. Other new Mecalac dealers are located in Virginia, New York, Tennessee, Idaho, Kentucky, and Colorado in the U.S. The expanded dealer network offers customers increased access to equipment and support. Mecalac says that it continues to support dealers with the tools they need to provide ideal customer service. Many of these new dealers supply Mecalacʼs complete line of advanced machines – the MCR Series of crawler skid excavators, the MWR Series of wheeled excavators, AS Series swing loaders, and dedicated railroad excavators.

BREAKING INTO NORTH AMERICA Kevin Thieneman, the chairman of LiuGong North America, does not want to take the path of least resistance. Read the Q&A on page 36.

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NEWS ROOM

KINPERIUM INDUSTRIES ACQUIRES SCRAPER MANUFACTURERS K-TEC EARTHMOVERS AND ASHLAND INDUSTRIES

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inperium Industries has acquired K.A. Group, consisting of K-Tec Earthmovers and Ashland Industries. Kinperium partnered with the owners and management of K-Tec and Ashland to acquire a majority stake of the company. K-Tec and Ashland are the manufacturers of pull-pan earthmoving scrapers and implements for the construction, mining, and agriculture end markets. The two scraper brands previously merged in 2020, with manufacturing facilities in Rosenort, Manitoba, Canada, and Ashland, Wisconsin, USA. With the growth goals set out, both factories and all current employees will remain under new ownership. The factories are looking to add additional staff to their teams and open future facility expansion projects to fulfill the existing orders of earthmoving equipment. Benefitting from a dedicated and knowledgeable global network of equipment dealer relationships, K.A. Group has grown consistently by developing and manufacturing a variety of earthmoving scrapers and implements. “Kinperium is a family office which focuses on the genera-

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tional, stable success of businesses,” said Mike Palitsky, president and CEO of K.A. Group. “I firmly believe that this structure is exactly in line with the culture that we are enjoying at K.A. Group today. From the start, we identified Kinperium as our number one partner candidate. We are thankful that we can now begin our working relationship together for a promising future of long-term growth.” Kinperium closed the transaction on January 31, 2022. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


JOHN DEERE ACQUIRES MAJORITY OWNERSHIP IN KREISEL ELECTRIC

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orld of Asphalt has released the official app for the 2022 show in Nashville, Tennessee. Asphalt paving professionals can download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play before leaving for the trade show and plan their visit based on the live map and exhibitor directory. “The World of Asphalt app is the easiest way for asphalt paving pros to make the best use of their time at the show,” said World of Asphalt show manager Brittany Weltcheff. “Not only does it help attendees plan before they get there, but it also helps them find their way around once on the show floor. Attendees who download it before they leave for Nashville can land ready with a plan.” World of Asphalt runs from March 29 to 31, 2022, and will showcase 500 exhibitors and 120 education sessions. Visitors can use the app to explore the show before they register.

eere & Company has acquired majority ownership in Kreisel Electric. The Austrian company manufactures high-density, high-durability electric battery modules and packs for high-performance and off-highway applications and has created a battery-buffered, high-powered charging infrastructure platform called CHIMERO. This transaction was announced in December 2021 and is now complete, following regulatory approval.

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SPOTLIGHT

SPOTLIGHT

INTRODUCTIONS & UPDATES

VIBRATORY ROLLERS

CASE Construction Equipment

Single-drum vibratory rollers The SV215E and SV217E single-drum vibratory rollers are built for fast and consistent soil compaction on varying lift depths and material types. This is achieved with high centrifugal forces plus standard dual amplitude and dual frequency capabilities that allow the operator to dial in compaction performance to each lift. Both rollers operate at 154 hp and weigh in at 33,420 and 36,500 pounds, respectively, with centrifugal forces up to 73,063 and 74,861 pounds. Each model is also compatible with ACEforce intelligent compaction technology to further ensure compaction quality, documentation, and productivity. CASE E Series compactors feature a low centre of gravity,

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as well as an axle-free design that provides constant power to the wheels and drum with an electronic self-adjusting torque control system. This is further assisted by automatic traction control with HX drive propulsion system, which is optional on smooth drums and standard on padfoot rollers. This creates excellent stability and performance on grades up to 67 percent. Compaction performance is further enhanced with an oscillating articulated roller joint that maintains consistent drum-toground contact, and an updated drum design that reduces drift and maintains constant compaction throughout each rotation.



SPOTLIGHT

Boom lift

JCB

Articulated boom lift

The JCB AJ48D articulated boom, part of JCB’s mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) range, is powered by a Tier 4 Final JCB by Kohler diesel engine. It has a load capacity up to 551 pounds, enough for two occupants and tools, and 48 feet 4 inches of lift height. A multi-coloured base display is a unique feature designed by JCB, providing machine feedback, including platform load and diagnostics, for outstanding safety and efficiency. Both base and platform controls offer a user-friendly layout with function speed control, for operator ease-of-use and stable operation. The AJ48D complies with the latest ANSI and CSA legislation ensuring the highest quality standards. The AJ48D is used in a variety of material handling applications across global markets.

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Mulcher

Caterpillar

Mulcher

The new Cat D1 Mulcher is specially designed to optimize performance when clearing a mix of small- to medium-diameter materials. Design-matched with the rugged Cat HM518 Mulcher, the D1 Mulcher clears a 188.2 cm (72 inches) wide strip on each pass. It is powered by the 77.6-kW (104-hp) Cat C3.6 diesel engine. The machine’s lower sloping hood line improves visibility to the mulching head, allowing the operator to better assess the job site from the cab. Bolt-on wear plates deliver long wear life and are quickly replaced. Drum speed range is 2,150 to 2,450 rpm, and the drum’s 38 fixed teeth feature a single-bolt carbide tooth retention design for simple replacement. Its closed-loop hydraulic circuit includes load-sensing hydraulics. The HM518 Mulcher has a 78.7-cm (31-inch) maximum lift height, 36.8-cm (14.5-inch) maximum tilt and 25-degree maximum angle to either side. Undercarriage options are conventional (XL) or low-ground-pressure (LGP).

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Digga

LED auger alignment system

Digga’s HALO is an LED light alignment system built into the hood of the auger. A band of green LED lights indicate when the auger is in a plumb position, while a sequence of red and green lights guides the operator back to plumb when the unit goes out of alignment. Incorporating an alignment system directly into the hood eliminates the need for an in-cab display screen. The HALO can be powered by either a cable to the cab to draw power from the cigarette lighter, or by using a battery with no cables. Operators can start drilling plumb within minutes. HALO utilizes a microprocessor and six sensors to provide accurate readings to +/0.25 degrees, even under heavy vibration, and eliminates the need for a spotter with a spirit level. Auger alignment system

Wacker Neuson

Wheeled site dumper

Site dumper

Wacker Neuson’s newest dumper is designed to move bulk materials in tight spaces as well as across rough terrain. The 3-ton-payload model DW30 offers a modern, compact design that delivers high performance, comfort, and safety for the operator. The 45.3-hp Stage V Perkins engine produces the power and speed needed for efficient cycle times. The hydrostatic all-wheel drive is easy to maneuver without the need to change gears and a single joystick control for all the machine’s functions is conveniently located and simple to use. It can travel up to 15.5 miles per hour and the 180-degree swivel skip enables the load to be precisely placed. The DW30 is available in ROPS (Roll Over Protection System) and cab versions with construction or turf tires. The ROPS is designed to quickly and easily be folded down for transportation and low clearance situations.

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IN-DEPTH REPORT: WHEEL LOADERS

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and, gravel, rip rap, fill – aggregates producers may move many different types of material around their quarries throughout the day, and they need machines that can handle a broad range of products. Wheel loaders are the most popular machine option for most quarries; they are nimble and capable of feeding crushers, stockpiling, loading, and handling a variety of other tasks as needed. Machines in the 50,000- to 80,000-pound range are an ideal choice for their versatility and capabilities. Heavy Equipment Guide spoke to a panel of industry experts about how aggregates producers can get the most out of their wheel loaders.

require buckets and capabilities to handle trucks of various sizes while also handling some excavation work as needed. “They’ll either be at the face, feeding the crusher or another sort of plant, or shipping finished products out to end users. The requirements are slightly different, certainly with buckets, depending on the material,” he said. “A lot comes down to the material the customer is working with.” Juston Thompson, Hyundai Construction Equipment senior product manager, noted that it’s often easier to think less about weight and more about capacity when it comes to this class of loader. “A five-and-a-half-yard machine is roughly 54,000 pounds for us – that size machine starts getting into the production A VERSATILE MACHINE FOR QUARRY capacity, where you can quickly load trucks . . . it can be the WORK yard loader, and at some larger quarries it’s a cleanup maWheel loaders are ubiquitous in quarries, simply because chine around the crusher because it’s a little more nimble,” he they offer the best option for moving material either into trucks said. “Something closer to the 70,000 pound weight, around a or around the site as needed. Volvo Construction Equipment 7.3-yard machine, those tend to do the bulk of the work.” Product Manager Eric Yeomans points to the wheel loader as the The amount of material that needs to be moved daily can be most maneuverable and fastest machine for the various tasks a deciding factor in the size of loader purchased, advised Scott required – loading, stockpiling, feeding crushers or screeners, Schmidtgall, Caterpillar product application specialist. and so forth. Comfort and reliability are also valued by opera“You could bring in a 988, a huge loader, or you could use a tors and owners, and wheel loaders fit the bill there as well. compact or small wheel loader, but now you’re not balancing your production rates. If you have a small bucket and you have customers showing up where it will take 10 passes to get the truck loaded, you don’t want them waiting there – they want to be in and out of the yard in 10 or 15 minutes. If they’re not, they’ll go down the road to the next quarry,” he noted. “There’s a delicate balance on what’s too There’s no one spec that you can put small and what’s too big.” Aggregates operators want loaders that can your finger on and say ‘I’ve got to have load a truck in two passes, and manufacturers that.’ I think today the buyers are looking have answered that with machines specifically targeted at that role, noted Luke Gribble, John for a lot of things, and they want to Deere solutions marketing manager. Deere’s 844 see how it all works together – how aggregate handler is aimed at use as a production machine or for two-pass loading of 24-ton the manufacturer can bring all these trucks, he noted. Smaller loaders can work as different things I need on a job site well depending on the workflow of the quarry; for example, slower operations might be fine together to deliver me a lower cost per with three-pass loading and buy a smaller machine in response. ton, ultimately. There are other roles that wheel loaders might find themselves used for in quarries as David Reid well – moving large blocks, for example, or Sales Manager, Liebherr-Canada other bulky materials, noted Aaron Kleingartner, marketing manager with Doosan Infracore North America. In those quarries, larger maKomatsu machines in this size class are generally being used chines are fitted with pallet forks to carry blocks, requiring in loading operations at quarries, explained Product Marketing versatility from the machine. Manager Adam Braun. “A lot of what we’re seeing is rehandling of processed MATCH SPECS WITH APPLICATIONS materials and loadout of processed material onto highway WHEN BUYING trucks . . . a lot of times if that quarry site happens to be a proWhen selecting a wheel loader for aggregates use, there are a duction facility for asphalt or concrete, these wheel loaders broad range of considerations that buyers should review, from will be working those batch plants as well,” he described. “I’ve engine power to bucket size. In many ways, it comes down to visited some sites where those machines are only doing loadthe right combination for the situation in which the machine out and I’ve been to other sites where they have the quarry will find itself on a daily basis. across the street and they’re feeding processing plants or only “There’s no one spec that you can put your finger on and say mixing asphalt.” ‘I’ve got to have that.’ I think today the buyers are looking for David Reid, sales manager with Liebherr-Canada, noted a lot of things, and they want to see how it all works together that wheel loaders find themselves in loading operations and

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– how the manufacturer can bring all these different things I need on a job site together to deliver me a lower cost per ton, ultimately,” Reid from Liebherr-Canada described. “Horsepower isn’t really what people look at anymore. In my opinion you want to look at cycle time, and breakout force comes into that, but really you want to look at the loader in its entirety.” Machine design is often a delicate balance, and it takes a lot of work for manufacturers and buyers to find that balance. A machine designed specifically for one application will do excellent work in that use, but it might find itself outmatched in another, Cat’s Schmidtgall advised. Picking one particular spec and buying because of that can be self-defeating. “It’s hard to buy a machine off of ‘it’s got more horsepower,’ because now you’re burning a bunch of fuel and not getting any more work done – in fact, you might be getting less work done. So, you have to be careful with regards to that,” he said. “The point is to optimize that whole design, from the structure to the hydraulics behind it, as well as the software driving it.” Hitachi Regional Business Manager Dustin Hoogeveen suggested that customers review the machine’s tipping load – the weight the loader can support before starting to tip – to ensure the machine can do the intended job as safely as possible. “You have a massive amount of material in the front of that machine, and you can have all the horsepower and breakout force in the world to pull that material into the bucket. But, what if the machine can’t get it from point A to point B safely?” Hoogeveen said. Straight tip load and full turn tip load are both important and both can be affected by the density of material being moved, so that needs to be added into the decision-making process as well.

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Tip load plays into another important area, rated operating capacity, a key metric that Gribble noted to be an important aspect of wheel loader selection. It takes into account everything from bucket weight to material density, and ensures that the machine will be able to do the work it is purchased for. “From that full turn tip load, you have to look at rated operating capacity, which is typically about 50 percent of your full turn tip load . . . you don’t want to be constantly fighting a loader that’s tipping over, back and forth, all day, right? Fifty percent capacity is going to provide a smoother operator experience,” he said. “You have to do some backwards calculating – figure out your bucket size, how much your bucket’s going to weigh, the material density, and then from there you can really start getting a better understanding of what size loader you need.” Craig McGinnis, business solutions manager with Komatsu, agreed that it’s important to start from the bucket and work backwards to determine the correct loader size for the required work. “You can’t put the biggest bucket ever on a small loader – it’s not going to lift it or it will tip over. You have to pair that up, make sure the loader is able to reach over and far enough into the truck or the hopper,” he advised. “Breakout force does help because it controls the bucket and can help control as you’re dumping.” Advances in technology are making it easier to use horsepower efficiently, Kleingartner noted, allowing engines and hydraulic systems to meet the precise needs of the work. “Efficient use of power is very important. Our newest machines have a situational awareness technology platform that basically allows the machine to optimize itself to the output of the engine,” he explained. “It has a number of sensors on the machine that determine speed and efficiency and loading capacity needed, and


it will help optimize the hydraulic system to the engine power so that you’re really getting the maximum amount of power through that machine.” One aspect of loader design that should be factored into the buying process, according to Hyundai’s Thompson, is operator comfort. While lifting capacity and digging power play key roles, it’s also important to ensure the operator can do the job safely and effectively through the day. “It’s got to be a comfortable seat in that machine. There’s got to be extreme visibility within that cab so an operator can see all the way around the machine, the additional components that an operator needs to make that happen,” he said. “Additional components that can come on the machine, such as our AAVM, all around view monitoring, gives some additional viewpoints with cameras.” Operator comfort and safety should be a priority, according to Andrew Dargatz, CASE Construction Equipment product marketing manager, who noted that CASE G Series loaders have had a number of improvements to their operator environment focusing on electro-hydraulic controls, comfortable ergonomic designs, and updated interfaces to smooth things out for operators. Machines with large touchscreen monitors and easier controls offer improved ability for operators to track operation and adjust features as necessary. For Dargatz, selecting the right additional features can make a big difference for an aggregates operation. High-capacity production machines benefit from systems that can direct the breakout force and power, while making operations easier. Examples are return-to-dig, return-to-travel, and height control. Selecting the right machine size also plays into optimizing

A lot of what we’re seeing is rehandling of processed materials and loadout of processed material onto highway trucks . . . a lot of times if that quarry site happens to be a production facility for asphalt or concrete, these wheel loaders will be working those batch plants as well. Adam Braun Product Marketing Manager, Komatsu America

total cost of ownership. That adds up to much more than just fuel use over the life of a machine, Hoogeveen noted. “A lot of people look at total cost of ownership as just fuel economy, but there are so many other variables in there as well . . . you have to look at it from all different perspectives, not just how much diesel fuel you’re putting in every day or

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BUCKETS MUST MATCH PLANNED USE EFFECTIVELY

Buckets are the business end of the wheel loader, and they must be an integral part of the conversation when it comes to purchasing a new machine. In most cases, the bucket a new wheel loader arrives with stays on that machine through its lifetime, especially in a quarry, so making the right selection from the start is key. Good bucket selection starts with knowledge of the material being handled, both to determine the right size and design. “A lot of different materials sit differently in buckets. If you’re using sand, it’s more of a compact material that sticks together, somewhat. Most sand is wet . . . it clumps and sticks together. Where you have loose gravel, it can roll out of the bucket if you don’t have the right corners. In a high clay environment, maybe you need side cutters or . . . a longer pan and floor inside the bucket,” Hoogeveen explained. “We never want to pair too large of a bucket if the carrier cannot handle the density.” Generally, aggregates buckets will fall into two types: spade nose buckets often equipped with teeth that allow digging into tougher material, and more general purpose buckets without teeth that use smooth cutting edges to help dig into piles for loading, while also allowing the machine to clean up the pit floor more easily. Design-wise, the way in which the bucket is structured aids in the flow of material. Komatsu has conducted studies to de-

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It’s hard to buy a machine off of ‘it’s got more horsepower,’ because now you’re burning a bunch of fuel and not getting any more work done – in fact, you might be getting less work done . . . the point is to optimize that whole design, from the structure to the hydraulics behind it, as well as the software driving it. Scott Schmidtgall Product Application Specialist, Caterpillar termine the best designs for wheel loader buckets and designs its own production buckets for its machines, Braun noted. WA475, WA480, and WA500 yard loaders have Komatsu-designed buckets optimized for load sizes to ensure that when the bucket is lifted it will be full and will remain full even when moving around.


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The design can also play a role in efficient truck loading; Gribble pointed out that a spade bucket might require a higher lift to clear the truck as opposed to a straight edge bucket, for example. Beyond that, knowing the size of trucks that will be loaded regularly will define the size of the bucket for two-pass or three-pass loading as required. If feeding a crusher with the machine, it’s possible to overload and that needs to be taken into account as well. Aggregate buckets are also often equipped with packages that aid in reducing wear to key parts of the bucket, with guarding and other features to mitigate against abrasive materials.

KEEP MAINTENANCE IN MIND

Quarry environments can be a challenge for equipment, with grit, dust, and abrasive material everywhere. When wheel loaders are working long hours every day, it’s important to keep maintenance in mind when selecting a wheel loader to operate on this type of job site. “A lot of guys in this segment are running long shifts, they’re running hard. They put a lot of hours on in a short period of time,” Reid from Liebherr-Canada said. ‘They could be going 24 hours a day, especially when they’re feeding crushing operations. They’re looking for a machine that is going to support them.” Reid said that buyers should consider machines that make it easier for operators to do their daily safety checks. That daily maintenance is a significant amount of the service a loader receives, so anything that helps the operator get it done is a benefit, Braun added. “A lot of what we find the operators are doing, I’d call 90

percent of the basic maintenance . . . Komatsu tries to make that basic maintenance as easy as possible for the operators – checking oil, reaching grease points, having those items as accessible and easy to check as possible means they get done. If they’re not getting done, that’s going to lead to a lot of bigger issues,” Braun said. He also noted that automatic lubrication systems are growing in popularity on a variety of machines, including wheel loaders. Many manufacturers are offering machines that have extended service intervals, to aid in keeping wheel loaders on the job as many hours as possible. Oil change intervals in the 50,000- to 80,000-pound range of machines are between 500 and 2,000 hours; these longer intervals are supported through the use of monitoring with telematics and oil sampling, experts pointed out. “Oftentimes, these machines are in high-production environments, and if we have an unscheduled downtime or event where you need to have service work done, it affects the productivity of the operation significantly,” Kleingartner said. The ability to manage that data and understand when oil changes and other service is needed in advance, allowing owners to schedule the downtime for a quiet period and cut down on working time lost. Many quarries regularly request oil analysis when their machines are serviced, another way to get a snapshot of potential future maintenance needs, Hoogeveen said. The ability to recognize a potential maintenance issue before it becomes serious keeps loaders up and running and avoids the need to rent a machine or use one that’s not suited for the job.

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Dusty aggregates operations result in some specific maintenance needs, including for air filters, Thompson said. Air flow to the engine needs to be kept up, meaning that filters – both engine and cabin – should be changed frequently. Filters that are easy to change ensure the engine and operator both have clean air on the job, he pointed out. One area on a wheel loader that may be overlooked at times is the tires. They’re an expensive component, and it’s important to have the right type of tire for the surface being driven on, Gribble suggested. “Typically you’re going to go with an L4 or L5 type tire. L4s are great for longer load and carry applications; they do have increased tread depth . . . you’re going to get protection from the elements, from the rocky and hard pack surfaces, but they’re going to dissipate heat a lot better,” he explained. “If you’re predominantly working in the pit, doing tight V-patternstyle loading . . . you want to upgrade to the L5 tires because they’re going to offer even more tread depth. They’re going to protect you from the elements when you’re doing those tight turns that cause tires to deflect. The tire’s going to be around shot rock and jagged edges, so they’re going to experience a little bit rougher terrain.” Tire wear – among other potential costly issues – can be eased through the use of assist features as well, including Cat’s Auto Set Tires. Schmidtgall explained that the system aids operators on

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Oftentimes, these machines are in high-production environments, and if we have an unscheduled downtime or event where you need to have service work done, it affects the productivity of the operation significantly. Aaron Kleingartner Product & Dealer Marketing Manager, Doosan Infracore North America the way into the pile, providing additional pressure on the front axle that then gives the tires a greater amount of traction. That, in turn, ensures the bucket is filled well on every pass. In addition, the system cuts down on tire slip, reducing wear, no matter the skill of the operator. At the same time, it allows the machine to push more efficiently into the pile, reducing fuel burn.


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Volvo also features automated systems that can aid in improving fuel efficiency while easing potential maintenance, Yeomans noted. The company’s OptiShift technology allows operators to customize lock-up engagement of their machines, while Reverse By Braking and torque converter with lock-up create a direct drive between the engine and

The more time the machine runs and it’s being productive, the more they’re making money. When the machine is running but not producing material, not loading out trucks, we’re putting wear and tear on a machine and hours that decrease the value of the machine. Juston Thompson Senior Product Manager, Hyundai Construction Equipment

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transmission, he said. The Fully Automatic Power Shift (FAPS) system allows machines to operate in the optimal gear, also enhancing fuel efficiency. A tiltable cab on Volvo machines helps cut down on maintenance times, and the company also offers a quick-fit system feature that allows for cleaner, faster oil changes. Volvo also features a rimpull control system on larger loaders, which allows operators to minimize wheel spin and optimize the balance between rimpull and hydraulic functions – all of which cuts tire wear and fuel consumption.

WHEEL LOADERS BENEFIT FROM IMPROVED TECHNOLOGY

Aggregates operations make their profit off moving material, and knowing how much material has gone into a customer’s truck is integral to the bottom line. Wheel loaders that are loading out those trucks in quarries frequently feature an onboard weighing system to help keep track of material movement. Komatsu, for example, has an integrated load meter on its machines that provides a view on the main monitor as well as reporting into the Komtrax telematics system. “If you’re loading a truck, they can use those to know exactly how much they’re putting in that truck. When it goes over the scale before it leaves, you want to have an accurate weight so the truck doesn’t have to come back around and dump anything off,” McGinnis said.


Integrated scales on wheel loaders benefit both the owner and customer by ensuring that trucks are in and out of the quarry fast with the right amount of material and without the potential to be ticketed for being overloaded. They must be accurate, and the operator needs to have a good display allowing them to track weights in real time, Gribble noted. Aggregates operations are turning more and more to telematics on their loaders to track and improve productivity. “A lot of quarries want to be able to monitor their machines constantly, so from the standpoint of error codes or service monitoring making sure their machine is running efficiently, they are monitoring these machines daily,” Hoogeveen said. Many quarries have a designated telematics foreman who monitors all of the machines working the site, he added, allowing them to react quickly to error codes as they come in. A variety of other technologies are being added to wheel loaders in this range, with efficiency being the major focus for most of them. Tire pressure monitoring, for example, is in growing demand for these machines. “Tire pressure monitoring is a game changer, because that is directly related to a loader’s uptime,” Yeomans said. “When it’s easier for operators to know when their tires are outside the parameters they set for pressure and temperature, they only need to stop and address it when they are alerted, instead of manually checking or hoping for the best.”

A lot of people look at total cost of ownership as just fuel economy, but there are so many other variables in there as well . . . you have to look at it from all different perspectives, not just how much diesel fuel you’re putting in every day or how much yardage can be moved on X amount of gallons. Dustin Hoogeveen Regional Business Manager, Hitachi Construction Machinery

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Volvo also offers an Operator Coaching app that Yeomans said brings real-time guidance to the operator. It allows them to better understand how the way they run the machine affects productivity and encourages improvement in their technique. Efficiency and reduced wear and tear are behind the addition of an auto-engine shutdown system on Hyundai machines, Thompson said. “The more time the machine runs and it’s being productive, the more they’re making money. When the machine is running but not producing material, not loading out trucks, we’re putting wear and tear on a machine and hours that decrease the value of the machine,” he explained. “That’s a direct impact on the bottom line of the quarry. We have started putting an auto-engine shutdown on our machines so that once a machine idles for a set period of time, it will automatically shut the machine down so you don’t get those additional hours of idle time on the machine.” Caterpillar also offers a variety of technology features on its machines, Schmidtgall noted, combining ease of operation with improved efficiency. The company’s assist features, such as auto dig, bucket kick out, machine speed limiters, and others, are frequently targeted at increasing the operator’s knowledge about their own technique and areas where it can be improved. HEG


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ONTARIO DEALER CANLIFT STEPS INTO EARTHMOVING WITH XCMG AGREEMENT BY LEE TOOP, EDITOR

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anada is experiencing a strong return to business in the construction sector, and with that has come a strong demand for new heavy equipment. However, challenges surrounding supply are extending timelines for new machines, and customers are looking at new options as 2022 gets underway. One Ontario dealer, known primarily for aerial equipment and material handling, is taking advantage of that new demand by moving into the construction sector, and in the process is expanding the reach of the world’s third-largest heavy equipment manufacturer into the Canadian market. CanLift Equipment recently announced an agreement with XCMG for exclusive rights to sell XCMG earthmoving equipment in Ontario. The move is a big step for CanLift, but an important one for both the dealer and its customers. “We deal with customers that are both in the general contracting side and aerial side . . . we have a bit of a different model than other general rental companies – we sell quite a bit, probably around a fifty-fifty sales to rental ratio,” explained CanLift Managing Partner Johnny Dragicevic. “So, getting involved in earthmoving was a different vertical we thought we’d jump in on.”

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Located in Burlington and London, Ontario, CanLift has been operating since 2009 and has plans to grow the business moving forward, targeting northern and eastern Ontario. Business for CanLift has been strong on the aerial side, with the Ontario market showing signs of being busy through 2022 and beyond. CanLift sales manager Geoff Grant pointed out that

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We went through several of them and XCMG came to the forefront, just given the breadth and depth of their product offering. It’s not some little niche machine – they’re incredibly massive, the number three in the world. Geoff Grant Sales Manager, CanLift tower cranes can be found throughout the Toronto region right now, and that doesn’t look like it will slow down any time soon. “Housing starts are up, there’s lots of industrial construction and condos everywhere. The renovation market is huge as well, and of course we have a really big manufacturing sector. That’s all ongoing support required on the industrial side,” Grant said. With that in mind, moving into the earthmoving sector made sense to CanLift at present. It did require a leap of faith, however, Dragicevic said. “I think there was definitely a bit of concern, because it’s earthmoving equipment. It’s definitely a different sector,” he noted.


CANLIFT MANAGING PARTNERS JOHNNY AND MARKO DRAGICEVIC AND THEIR TEAM HAVE SERVED THE ONTARIO AERIAL LIFT MARKET SINCE 2009.

Selecting a partner to work with was more of a challenge. CanLift had been approached numerous times by various manufacturers, so the company had options to work with, Grant noted. “We went through several of them and XCMG came to the forefront, just given the breadth and depth of their product offering. It’s not some little niche machine – they’re incredibly massive, the number three in the world,” he said. “Cat is number one, Komatsu is number two, and XCMG is nipping at Komatsu’s heels in the number three spot.”

HIGH-QUALITY MACHINES FIT NORTH AMERICAN MARKET

Grant noted that XCMG has become comfortable with having its machines out internationally, where some other manufacturers from the Asian region have had challenges expanding beyond their home market. XCMG offers high-quality machines with the standard componentry expected by North American buyers. “They truly are a global company – they have manufacturing facilities throughout the world, R&D facilities throughout the world. They understand different markets, and they have the capacity to deliver a broad range of equipment,” Dragicevic said. “They were also looking for an exclusive dealer that will only sell their product; us being an aerial specialist, we had no other products on the earthmoving side of things.” XCMG was founded in 1989 and has risen to become China’s number one construction machinery manufacturer; the company is also one of the top 500 brands in the world. It has a broad range of products across construction sectors, and sells into hundreds of regions through more than 300 distributors. Even with all of those credentials, brand awareness is still

A NEW PARTNERSHIP WILL SEE AERIAL LIFT SALES AND RENTAL DEALERSHIP CANLIFT MOVE INTO EARTHMOVING WITH XCMG.

likely to be a hurdle for CanLift as it brings XCMG equipment to the market, Dragicevic said. “It won’t be the quality of the equipment, because the quality is there – it’s just brand awareness . . . getting the XCMG name out there,” he noted. “We’ve used the analogy of the auto market industry of the sixties and seventies – it’s no different than the Toyotas, Hyundais, or Kias coming into the North American market. They’re here to stay, and they have a great product. I think people will see more and more of XCMG throughout Ontario or through other provinces and states.” Grant said educating potential buyers on the benefits of XCMG will be a focus for the CanLift sales team. “We’re well used to actually walking people through, saying ‘here are the benefits, here is why you should consider this as one of our options,’” he said. “That’s part of any sales process. Do you have to do it a little more for this product line than you would someone incredibly established, like Cat? For sure, but that’s not unexpected. We welcome that challenge, given the opportunity that we’ve got.”

FULL LINE OF EARTHMOVING MACHINES

When fully up and running, CanLift will be able to offer the full line of XCMG earthmoving machines, including excavators, compactors, skid-steers, and more. “We’re concentrating on mini-excavators to start. We’re going to be strategic about it – we’re not bringing in everything they have immediately,” Dragicevic said. “We’re starting with the excavators and rollers, and then that will lead to other products.” On the service side, CanLift is leveraging its in-house expeFEBRUARY 2022 | heavyequipmentguide.ca

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EARTHMOVING rience and skill set working with aerial equipment in preparation for providing maintenance and service for the XCMG machines it sells. “We have factory-trained technicians coming to train our staff here, and we have several mechanics on the road. Our mechanics are currently versed in some of the other manufacturers’ machines, so they have the understanding of the excavators and other machines we’ll be dealing with,” Dragicevic said. Parts and components will be available from two XCMG depots currently operating in the United States, and plans are for a third in the U.S. as well as two in Canada moving forward. That availability will bring benefits for buyers of the XCMG machines, especially considering some of the supply chain challenges that have surfaced in the past two years. Grant pointed out that XCMG is vertically integrated and controls much more of its own supply chain than some other manufacturers might. “They haven’t outsourced as much of their marketing as other manufacturers, so they have a greater degree of control, and hence a greater ability to deliver in the current environment,” Grant explained. While in some cases some parts may take weeks or months to be delivered due to supply chain challenges, XCMG should be able to shorten that time frame significantly due to the vertical structure of its operation, he added. “That was something in going through the decision process, that we liked, knowing the environment that we’re in,” Grant said. “Being with a partner who had more control over supply was very attractive, because it allows us to not deal with those

XCMG HAS BEEN MAKING A STRONG MOVE TO EXPAND ITS MARKET SHARE IN NORTH AMERICA, INCLUDING APPEARANCES AT MAJOR SHOWS LIKE MINEXPO 2021.

issues when we’re dealing with our end customers.” Those benefits also apply to the machinery itself. CanLift has machines available on site, and more are on the way. “We’ve got four different sizes of excavator on the ground right now ready to go, and the next ship is due in a month or so – we’ve got stuff on the water,” Grant said. “That’s going to be arriving at the perfect time, when the ground thaws, and there’s no longer three feet of snow.” Customers have proven quite interested in the XCMG machines since the agreement with CanLift was announced, and the equipment has already started to move. “We’ve had customers from the aerial side of things who have requested these machines – a couple of customers have already purchased a couple of the excavators and rollers,” Grant said. “It’s nice when your customers validate what you believe to be true, and the response has been very, very good.” HEG

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Q&A

KEVIN THIENEMAN, CHAIRMAN, LIUGONG NORTH AMERICA

Kevin Thieneman, the chairman of LiuGong North America, does not want to take the path of least resistance. He is planning for long-term goals in the North American market even if it means sacrificing temporary success. I met with Thieneman at World of Concrete 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada, to discuss his vision for the company in the coming year and beyond, supply chain issues, and how LiuGong will tackle the subject of sustainability permeating the industry.

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What is LiuGong’s strategy for getting more of its products onto more job sites in North America?

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Last year we found ourselves having more Kevin Thieneman opportunities than we could fulfill. And while

some folks were being opportunistic, we chose instead to pursue longer-term relationships. There is not a science to that process. You can do some facts and data research. If someone canʼt get machines from a particular OEM and they buy 10, 20, or 50 from you, sometimes that’s a feel good opportunity. But if there’s no intent on their part to have you as the rolling line or as the second line, then it’s really kind of a sugar high. And we want a more sustainable business in North America, and really overseas as well.

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When you compare building your market overseas to building your market in North America, are you weighing them with the same urgency? Or does North America get more focus because you are already established overseas?

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I think North America and Europe would probably be of equal focus. Both have white space in dealer coverage and we are constantly looking to fill in those white spaces. The mantra I give our guys, and I try to coach the guys in Europe too, is the old line from former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden which is, “Be quick, but don’t be in a hurry.” Thereʼs nothing more painful for us or our customers if we pick the wrong dealer candidate. And number one among that is we donʼt want someone who can again, buy 10 or 20 machines and then theyʼre gone with the wind. We want someone who really loves the industry, theyʼre in the community, and theyʼre going to support the customer after the sale. Then you have the possibility of working with a multi-generation dealership, which is what all of us are after.

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What are you looking forward to for 2022?

KT

So 2022 is more the same from what we had in 2021, which is a segment focused. We want to make sure that weʼre understanding customer needs for every segment that weʼre focused on. This week we are focused on quarry and aggregate. Weʼve got a group of dealers here this year that raised their hand and wanted to get more into serving the quarry and aggregate industry. So weʼll be having a teaching session with them on how weʼve done so far globally in this segment, what the


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opportunities are in their particular territory, and what gaps they may have. So weʼve got a group of guys that have about 300 years of experience among them, so they go and do deep dives on the dealer territory opportunity. The dealer must-haves, in terms of being able to serve the customer, is mostly service parts and service oriented. And then if we get to the point where we’re ready to get to the starting line, then weʼre ready to go after it. Iʼd say we made a lot of good progress last year in rental, in industrial quarry and aggregate, and agriculture in Europe and North America. We want to do more of that, build that out in 2022, and even in other markets.

The environmental movement and the environmental impact to the quarry and aggregate industry is going to be more significant in 2022.

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LIUGONG PLANS TO MAINTAIN ITS FOCUS ON CUSTOMER NEEDS IN 2022.

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Everyone has been having supply chain problems. Is LiuGong experiencing the same delays? Our challenges have been a little bit different than some of the folks that are based more in North America. The supply chain issues in China have not been as severe as what weʼve heard of in North America. Where itʼs been unlike anything Iʼve seen in 30 years is the transportation. Just getting stuff onto the boat and finding out when the material is going to arrive. So thereʼs so much variation in terms of service level from what weʼve been used to. There is also a lot of variation on pricing, which is sky high. It really went up a lot in 2021. And then just all the congestion at the ports that youʼve heard the White House and others talk about, which has really had a significant impact on the supply chain, whether itʼs for finished machines or for components. That has been a big challenge and we donʼt think that it is going to remedy itself in the first half of this year. Some suggest it could be with us for all of 2022. Iʼm hoping that by the back half of the year we will see more capacity coming on. Some of those constraints

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at the ports are being worked through because there is a lot of focus being placed on it. If that happens, hopefully weʼll see things return to normal.

AS

And what I find coincidental is that a lot of those infrastructure dollars that have now been approved, over 500 billion USD in new funding, are starting to trickle in. Are you strategizing around that?

KT

It is a big opportunity. And itʼs really all about making sure that the dealers get line-of-sight to what the projects are within their territory. Get machines on order and forecast it so that we can be a reliable supplier to them. And then make sure weʼre there to support them in parts and their service capabilities. So the answer is “yes,” but as Iʼve learned in my career, you can plan all you want to, but the reality will turn out differently than you expect because


project timing will be delayed for environmental reasons, contractor disputes, you know, the things that we usually see in our business day by day, year by year, that wonʼt change in 2022. But certainly the water level is going to go up. What will be difficult is to predict if it will be in Arkansas, or Colorado, or Georgia. That is the difficulty.

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Are there any market conditions that LiuGong should be immediately addressing? Iʼd say the biggest issue that I see is the outsized focus on sustainability. That certainly surprised me in the last 12 months. When talking to our major customers, they feel the environmental pressures. They are talking to us about battery-electric vehicles. In some cases, in less regulated markets, they are asking about bringing in Tier 4 Final machines, which I never would have anticipated being the case. So the environmental movement and the environmental impact to the quarry and aggregate industry is going to be more significant in 2022, and beyond, than what I think the equipment industry was considering.

We want to make sure that we’re understanding customer needs for every segment that we’re focused on. AS

Is LiuGong prepared to respond to that environmental pressure?

KT

We are very well positioned. We are a leader in China in battery-electric vehicles for wheel loaders. We have moved beyond many in the industry who, I think, have these science projects. They will show a battery electric vehicle in a show, but the machine is completely locked. You canʼt open it up. We have hundreds of machines running in China, in production applications. And we expect to have those in the market in the second half of 2022. HEG

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TECHNOLOGY DRIVING DEVELOPMENTS IN ROADBUILDING

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oad construction projects are an area where contractors need precision at all times, from managing mixtures to proper sloping for drainage. It’s no surprise that technology for management of road construction equipment is focusing on improved precision and efficiency as a key point moving forward. From new automatic controls to smaller and easier equipment, there have been a range of developments on this front in recent months. Here’s a summary of how the roadbuilding sector is moving forward.

CONTROL SYSTEMS IMPROVE COMPACTION AND CURB WORK

Trimble has made asphalt paving a focus over the past couple of years, introducing new precision tools to make contractors more efficient. In 2021, it introduced the Trimble Roadworks platform for asphalt pavers, adding automatic 3D screed control in an Android-based application that is easy to use and improves paver efficiency. To start 2022, Trimble has expanded Roadworks into another important part of the paving process: compaction. Operators can use Trimble Roadworks Paving Control Platform for Asphalt Compactors to accurately control the compaction process while cutting down on passes and avoiding overcompaction. The results are improved speed, accuracy, and ease of getting the job done. “This release is particularly important because every day we’re seeing more DOTs and private owners build technology

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GOMACO HAS RELEASED THE NEW GP3 SLIPFORM PAVER WITH INTELLIGENT VALVE TECHNOLOGY.

Asphalt temperature mapping allows operators to use colour-coded data to ensure they are compacting at the correct temperature, reducing material waste and rework. requirements into their RFPs. We’re expecting there to be an influx of projects over the coming months and years as the result of increased infrastructure funding,” said Kevin Garcia, general manager, Trimble Civil Specialty Solutions. “The Trimble Roadworks platform is specifically designed to be easy to learn and use. Variable pricing helps make this platform even more accessible and levels the playing field for contractors of all types and sizes.” The Roadworks system runs similarly between machine types, making it easier for operators to work with and understand. It is flexible, and supports a range of needs and specifications for various job sites. It also provides asphalt temperature mapping, allowing operators to use colour-coded data to ensure they are compacting at the correct temperature, reducing material waste and rework. Trimble has made Roadworks available at various price levels and functionalities, depending on the needs of the contractor. Curb and gutter work is becoming more precise as well, with Power Curbers adding telematics to its machines during World of Concrete 2022. ConnectSmart telematics offers fleet management tools that Power Curbers says brings more visibility to slipforming contractors. Companies can monitor Power Curbers and Power Pavers on a dashboard that can be accessed through a web browser or mobile app. Fleet managers can monitor the live location of machinery, and can geofence machines within job sites, storage yards, or service areas to ensure equipment is not moving unexpectedly.


ELECTRIC DRIVE POWERS ASPHALT PAVER

TELEMATICS ADDS PRECISION TO POWER CURBERS CURB AND GUTTER MACHINES.

Current status is always visible, giving contractors indications of whether the machines are running, parked, or in transit. In addition, ConnectSmart displays and tracks when vibrators are on or off in real time. That is critical for slipformers as it allows them to analyze when their unit is idling versus pouring. Managing idle time is essential for maximizing fleet efficiency and sustainability through reduced fuel consumption and lowered emissions. Telematics also aid in managing maintenance, with remote monitoring of hours allowing service interval planning and live engine outputs visible through the dashboard, with fault codes available to aid in troubleshooting and repair.

SLIPFORM MACHINE ADVANCEMENTS

Telematics aren’t the only advancements being made on slipform pavers for the concrete sector. A pair of recent releases have added a variety of new features for pavers of projects large and small. Wirtgen recently introduced its SP 102i inset slipform paver, which the company says is specifically designed for North

Netherlands-based BAM Infra Nederland has taken a step towards electrifying the asphalt paving sector with a specially commissioned asphalt paver project. BAM approached Wirtgen and New Electric to convert an 1800-3 paver to full electric drive, which should save more than 93,000 kg of CO2 and 115,000 grams of nitrogen oxide emissions over time. The paver is equipped with a 270-kWh fixed battery and two smartly switched electric motors. A second 270-kWh battery can be used to help move the paver from one project to the next after a long working day, and can also be used on other electric equipment on the job site, BAM notes. According to the company, the asphalt paver will save along the lines of 150 litres of diesel per eight-hour working day, and it can work a projected 8 to 10 hours on fully charged batteries. As an added bonus, noise has been reduced significantly compared to diesel pavers. This is not the first time BAM Infra Nederland has sought out more environmentally friendly opportunities – the company built a fully electric roller that it says was the world’s first in 2020, and states 90 percent of its equipment runs on Stage V engines and biofuels.

American construction needs and has the capability to pave from 16 to 40 feet in width. The secret of the SP 102i is its modular design. Wirtgen says the paver can be quickly and easily adapted to meet project requirements, adding or removing required modules as needed. The design allows all components, including the spreader plow and super smoother, to remain mounted on the machine for transport, reducing set-up time. A power management system aids in improving engine efficiency; ECO mode automatically adjusts the speed of the 310-hp high-performance Tier 4 Final diesel engine based on the horsepower required, which reduces fuel consumption. Wirtgen technology also plays into the paving process itself; an oscillating super smoother adds high surface quality on up to 18-inch-thick concrete layers. Crown profiles can have a cross slope of up to 3 percent, Wirtgen notes. Two side dowel bar inserters available as an option place anchors into fresh concrete so that adjacent lanes don’t drift apart. The unit also features hydraulic vibrators to evenly compact concrete, and options are available to add more vibrators as needed. FEBRUARY 2022 | heavyequipmentguide.ca

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SMALLER, MORE MANEUVERABLE PAVERS LIKE THE CAT AP555 ARE BEING SOUGHT OUT MORE FREQUENTLY FOR URBAN JOBS.

Continuing the theme of added technology, Wirtgen has fitted the SP 102i with a field-proven 3D interface that can combine with a 3D system and total stations from various suppliers to improve precision and cut costs. The company’s FleetView also offers remote support for machine fleet managers. GOMACO has also advanced the technology on its new GP3 slipform paver, which was introduced at World of Concrete. A slipforming paver that can work up to 30 feet wide, the unit is available in either two- or four-track design. New intelligent valves are key to the new machine, and are also being added to other GOMACO equipment. Self-programming valves work with the paver’s G+ control system to react and automatically adjust to the dynamics of the machine. Valves react to the machine set-up and adjust accordingly, while

GOMACO has improved machine-to-machine communications, making it possible for machines to connect in a paving train and improve results.

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the operator can make fine-tuned sensitivity adjustments from any display at any time. The G+ software recognizes change requests and makes adjustments to correct elevation, steering, pivot, travel control, and more. The G+ system also incorporates new vibrator monitoring, allowing the operator to see performance on the touchscreen display and make adjustments electronically as needed. Navigator display software collects all of the paver accessories under G+ together on an optional touchscreen, which is fully Wi-Fi capable and provides wireless control from multiple display screens on the paver. Ground personnel can use a wireless extension to make fine adjustments as needed. GOMACO has improved machine-to-machine communications, making it possible for machines to connect in a paving train and improve results. As an example, a placer/spreader in front of a GP3 paver that is placing concrete too low for the paver to operate correctly can be adjusted through the Navigator and G+ controls. These technologies are being added to many of GOMACO’s pavers as well as curb and gutter machines.

SMALLER AND MORE MANEUVERABLE PAVERS

Caterpillar has recognized the need for pavers that can manage challenging job sites in urban areas with its new compact line of machines available in multiple sizes with both track and wheel versions, along with a pair of new screeds. Small footprints make these ideal for working in tight quarters, a position many contractors have found themselves in more and more as urban areas build up.


ASPHALT INDUSTRY TARGETS CLIMATE CHANGE The National Asphalt Pavement Association has announced the industry’s plan for combatting climate change, with the goal of net zero carbon emissions by the year 2050. The organization released its road map, The Road Forward: A Vision for Net Zero Carbon Emissions for the Asphalt Paving Industry, at its 2022 annual meeting, calling on the American asphalt industry to advance its technologies, products, and processes to meet zero emissions goals moving forward.

The 13- to 15-ton pavers have a length of less than 18 feet 6 inches, and are 8 feet 6 inches in width, making them easy to transport, while a front-loading angle of 17 degrees, with high bumper clearance, makes loading easier. Cat’s Mobil-trac undercarriage is available on the AP455 and AP555 pavers. A four-bogie design with self-tensioning accumulators and centre guide blocks aids in reducing slippage and wear, while oscillating bogie wheels offer smoother transitions when exiting the cut over transverse joints in mill and fill use. Alternately, the AP400 and AP500 use wheel undercarriages, with a choice between sand-rib and radial drive tire options. The AP400 has the option of front-wheel assist, and the AP500 a front-wheel assist or all-wheel drive option for increased performance in soft base materials or when pushing heavy loads. An eco-mode feature combines with automatic speed control to cut fuel consumption, allowing the engine to operate at a lower rpm while delivering the needed power for required performance. The new pavers use a low truck entry and smaller, 14-inch diameter augers to ensure efficient movement of material through the auger chamber at narrow and wide paving widths. Personnel can move easily from machine to machine thanks to simplified menu structures and similar functions across the product line. Using the SE47 V screed, contractors can pave a standard range of 8 to 15 feet 6 inches, with a max width of 20 feet; the SE47 FM screed has the same standard range, with max width of 20 feet 6 inches. Depths of up to 10 inches support aggregate paving applications. The SE47 V has extenders behind the main screed to enable natural material flow to the end gates for smooth, stable performance. On the SE47 FM extenders are in front of the main screed, offering a smaller footprint.

The Road Forward was developed by a 21-member Climate Stewardship Task Force that has developed four goals, 19 tactics, and eight research and implementation gaps. The organization will be publishing a report on current emissions later this year to give member companies a starting point for this goal. It is also providing a range of resources on its website, a webinar series, and other educational tools.

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5 TIPS TO INCREASE MEWP BATTERY LIFE MAINTAIN AND MONITOR YOUR MEWP BATTERIES TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY AND UTILIZATION

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magine this: you plug in your machine overnight, expecting a full day’s performance the next day. Instead, the battery dies shortly into the start of the workday. The cause? Attempting to charge the machine with too long of an extension cord or too small of a generator. It’s likely that you’ve been in this

frustrating scenario before. It’s a common challenge on job sites that actually has a fairly simple solution – checking the battery system’s condition at any stage of your machine’s operation and battery charging. Mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) batteries can be monitored for many

Mobile elevated work platform batteries can be monitored for many different things, but none of these is as important as the state of charge.

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different things, but none of these is as important as the state of charge (SoC). Knowing how much charge is remaining in your machine battery pack and what can be done with it can drastically improve the MEWP’s efficiency and performance on any job site. “What if you could be confident in your MEWP battery performance over the course of a whole day?” asks Stefan Eshleman, JLG project engineer. “And what if you could be sure your machine would be able to do the job you needed it to do? One major key to maximizing a MEWP’s productivity is knowing how much charge is remaining in your machine battery pack and what can be accomplished with it.”

PREVENT BATTERY DISASTERS Flooded Lead Acid (FLA) batteries have been powering equipment in the access industry for decades. Coupled with board chargers, today’s MEWP battery systems are designed to offer peak battery performance and life, to be inexpensive to maintain, to work in a vast temperature range, and to be durable and forgiving of misuse. But, says Eshleman, they won’t operate at peak performance unless you understand how correct care, maintenance, and monitoring will prevent common problems with on-the-job battery performance. “Batteries are usually viewed as an expensive wear item that


to give SoC indication. This table is used to give an idea of SoC, but it is not always accurate.”

AVOID BATTERY FAILURES AND PREVENT USAGE ISSUES

These are just a few factors that lead to frustration with MEWP battery systems. Acknowledging and understanding the leading causes behind battery failure, as well as knowing how to monitor a machine’s battery charge, are key to getting the most out of your MEWP’s battery. To alleviate these challenges, Eshleman says that the new JLG Mobile Control app with the Advanced Battery Monitoring System was created to provide concise, need to be replaced often,” he adds. “The fact that they need to be replaced is something that can’t be prevented, but battery life can be prolonged with proper care.” According to Eshleman, one of the simplest ways to help prolong battery life is to keep batteries over an 80 percent SoC. This drastically reduces sulfation of the lead plates, keeping batteries performing at a higher level for a longer time. “Many people use opportunity charging – only recharging the machine after it has discharged completely,” he says, “and then only enough to move it for the immediate job at hand – which is detrimental to your battery life. To get optimum performance out of a FLA battery, you can’t treat your MEWP’s battery like you do your cellphone battery.” Another little-known issue of FLA batteries is freezing. If an FLA battery is deeply discharged and the temperature gets low enough, the battery will freeze into an ice cube, which can lead to potential damage, says Eshleman.

actionable data that you can use to ensure fewer worksite interruptions and improve project completion times. It’s a new system for electric scissor lifts and boom lifts that analyzes the machine’s battery charge and usage, while providing superior diagnostic information on the battery and charger system. “Understanding how your battery operates, what common problems are, as well as how your battery can best be maintained for prolonged battery life can improve your MEWP’s battery life cycles and reduce replacement costs,” says Eshleman. “This new battery monitoring app can help you monitor and maintain your MEWP’s battery system to increase equipment performance and utilization.”

During battery discharge, the sulfuric acid turns into water, making it possible to freeze. A battery with a 0 percent charge can freeze at 0 degrees Celsius. “When it’s cold, make sure batteries stay charged. Always plug in your MEWP when it’s not in use,” recommends Eshleman. It’s not unheard of for machine batteries to die during the workday, says Eshleman. Data shows that the majority of rental machines are getting charged between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. nearly 65 percent of the time. This is in the middle of the work day for most users, causing a huge efficiency problem. This could be prevented by checking a battery SoC or charger status as an end-of-day report. This data proves the prevalence of opportunity charging of machines. “Current SoC indicators can sometimes be unreliable, leaving operators with a dying battery in the middle of the workday,” says Eshleman. “Today the industry standard for MEWPs is to rely on a simple voltage table lookup FEBRUARY 2022 | heavyequipmentguide.ca

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ALL-NEW TELEHANDLER DELIVERS INCREASED LIFT HEIGHT AND REACH FOR DEMANDING APPLICATIONS

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deal for agriculture, construction, landscaping, snow removal, and more, the all new TL619 telehandler from Bobcat gives operators the flexibility to accomplish a variety of demanding tasks with precision. The TL619 has a load capacity of 5,500 pounds and a lift height of 19 feet for enhanced productivity with every lift cycle. With an optional, add-on counterweight, operators can extend their telehandler’s rated capacity throughout the lift cycle to reduce repetitive tasks and complete jobs more quickly. The advanced Tier 4 Final engine delivers powerful, hightorque performance and achieves emissions compliance without the use of a DPF or SCR. Five operation modes gives operators the versatility needed for a wide variety of applications. ECO mode allows the operator to maintain hydraulic performance without using the engine’s full power – working with lower rpm, less noise, and lower fuel consumption. Smooth Drive mode is ideal for maneuvering across job sites with mild acceleration and deceleration while carrying loads. Dynamic Drive mode increases responsiveness of the telehandler’s acceleration and deceleration for travelling between tasks. Flex Drive mode allows the operator to manage the engine speed independently from

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travel speed. Advanced Attachment Control mode allows for full auxiliary hydraulic performance. The low-profile boom sits below operator eye level to provide an open view of the surroundings. The redesigned engine basket sits lower for increased line of sight. Front, top, and rear window wipers help keep windows free of debris and precipitation. Multiple mirrors on the operator’s left and right provide added visibility when working in confined areas. An optional rear mirror kit, rear-view camera kit, and boom work light kit are also available. A single, intuitive joystick controls the travel direction, lift, and tilt functions, boom extension, and auxiliary hydraulics. This gives the operator fine adjustment for lifting loads with care. It also allows operators to control several machine functions at the same time and from one control point, enabling more precise control and higher productivity without having to remove their hand from the joystick. Fingertip control access makes operation smooth and comfortable. On the front side of the joystick, the directional switch for forward, neutral, and reverse can be operated with the index finger. The two-speed travel switch, lift-arm float, boom extension, machine function settings, and auxiliary hydraulics are located on the rear of the joystick.


JLG PARTNERS WITH RE2 ROBOTICS TO HELP DEVELOP A ROBOTIC SOLAR FIELD CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM

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LG has partnered with RE2 Robotics to advance the integration of robotics with access equipment, which the company says will increase operator safety and productivity on the job site. RE2 was recently awarded a project by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a robotic solar field construction system for the outdoor autonomous manipulation of solar panels. The RE2 Sapien 6M robotic arm, along with RE2 Detect and RE2 Intellect software are being integrated with a JLG aerial work platform to support the transfer, lifting, and placement of solar panels. JLG is supplying engineering support during the technology development phase of the project. Joint work is being completed on the mechanical and control system interface between the robotic arm and the lift. The resulting integration will provide the foundation for the robotic solar field construction system. Skilled workers will supervise the robotic solar field construction system, which uses computer vision to autonomously retrieve solar panels from a delivery vehicle and precisely place the panels onto a racking system. An onsite worker then follows to secure the panel. The RE2 Sapien intelligent robotic arm offers a high strength-to-weight ratio, precise control, and ideal dexterity to place the burden of heavy lifting on the robotic system. This system is expected to significantly improve

productivity and reduce the amount of time required to construct a solar field. A concept machine is forthcoming, with demonstrations planned to gather additional feedback in the near future.

PUTTING EVERYTHING WITHIN REACH With a maximum lift height of 70 ft. and a forward reach of 53 ft. 10 in., the Xtreme XR1570-C will help you reach new heights. Designed with safety, reliability and serviceability in mind, Xtreme proudly manufactures in the U.S.A.

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Cleaner power meets demands of construction sites HOW THE RIGHT DEALER CAN SUPPORT YOUR TEMPORARY POWER DEMANDS BY MIKE KUZMINSKI

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onstruction sites involve power-intensive operations with high energy usage. Each piece of electrical equipment has its own power requirement and every construction job has its own unique power demands. From tower cranes, equipment, and site trailers to heating, lights, and tooling used by workers – keeping the construction site at peak performance is a top priority. Contractors are increasingly looking to cleaner energy sources to power sites while reducing costs, decreasing GHG emissions, and increasing productivity. And with demanding project timelines, new regulations, and tighter competition, access to the right equipment partner who can help provide safe, customized, dependable, and efficient power solutions is critical to any operation's success.

THE RIGHT DEALER CAN HELP YOU MEET YOUR POWER NEEDS

Keeping equipment up and running through to completion of the job is the primary goal for every contractor. The grid provides the most reliable power source, but not every job site has access to utility power. Temporary power can also be used to quickly bring power to a construction site, but for it to work optimally it requires detailed planning that takes into account all of the factors – including electrical load, site layout, and even weather conditions. The primary challenge for job sites is sizing the generator correctly based on the load demand. A diesel generator that is oversized for the job can increase costs and emissions. Generators that are too small can impact productivity by not providing enough power. Climate also factors into the equation. A generator that operates effectively in a southern climate will not necessarily provide the same reliability in the freezing temperatures of a northern Alberta winter. The right equipment dealer can help you understand your site’s exact power needs and find the best, most cost-effective solution. They can also provide customized solutions designed to your specifications, using in-house expertise to ensure the right power source is selected and any cabling, transformers, or distribution requirements are met. This is not only economical but can increase productivity and drive greater efficiency throughout your entire operation. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing that you

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Contractors are increasingly looking to cleaner energy sources to power sites while reducing costs, decreasing GHG emissions, and increasing productivity. are using well-maintained, safe equipment that has been inspected by certified electricians and meets current CSA code. Engaging your dealer from the beginning of a project is key so they can provide end-to-end support, offering a solution that’s right for you, including scheduled maintenance, repairs, and access to the latest technology. This will ensure your dealer is aligned with your company’s business needs, keeping you up to speed on industry advancements and new technologies.

A MOVE TO CLEANER POWER

For most site managers, a portable diesel generator is the first thing that comes to mind when they think about powering their site. But even with advancements in engine design, diesel generators are still a major source of emissions on job sites and as a result, the industry is seeing a conscious shift from diesel towards cleaner fuel sources like natural gas or propane. By using cleaner fuels, companies can not only reduce costs but their CO2 emissions as well. Recent developments in power generation technology and renewable energy sources are proving to be more economical and reliable in meeting the power demands for construction sites.

Solar

For construction, solar is primarily used for light towers, which illuminate sites and are more efficient than traditional, diesel-powered lighting. They are powered by 100 percent renewable energy, can operate year-round and help reduce emissions as well as save on fuel consumption and operating costs.


Electrification and battery

Electrification is a big topic of discussion for the future of construction. As more equipment becomes electrified, companies are starting to give more consideration to how they power their construction sites. One of the main benefits of batteries is that sites are able to operate for longer, produce less noise, and significantly reduce costs a fuel and maintenance perspective. As technology improves, the cost of batteries have come down in recent years and charging solutions have improved significantly. So in time, this will provide a more cost-effective solution for construction companies.

short-term need, it might be more cost effective to rent. Timing is another factor – many construction sites have quick turnaround times, and it is relatively easy to acquire a site permit for installation of a temporary utility power solution. A rental allows contractors to get a replacement for a generator that’s temporarily out of service or help meet the increased demand caused by a sudden surge in business. You also have the option of testing units before you buy. When you have a dealer on board that understands your business needs, they can help ensure you get the right equipment for the job – from size, voltage, fuel delivery, technicians, and installation to maintenance and repairs, and they can also customize the solution to meet your specific requirements.

STAYING TAPPED INTO A CHANGING INDUSTRY

Power is critical to any construction site and when it comes to temporary power, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Alternative energy sources

Other alternative energy sources, such as hydrogen, are in development. There are currently opportunities for hydrogen solutions to be applied across the oil and gas sector, which faces significant hurdles in cutting fossil fuels, but eventually they will likely make their way to powering solutions for the general construction industry.

PARTNER WITH A DEALER TO FIND THE POWER SOLUTION THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU After you make the decision to source temporary power, the next question is whether to rent or purchase equipment. Generators are typically the best solution for reliable temporary power, especially at a remote job site or in areas where there is no access to the power grid. When you have a

Power is critical to any construction site and when it comes to temporary power, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Maintaining a high level of efficiency makes it easier to stay on schedule and keep costs down. A loss of power can be devastating to the productivity of an operation. Whether it’s purchasing, or renting, the first step for any contractor is to find the right dealer who can support your power needs while understanding the demands of your business. Technology is changing quickly, providing better reliability, quieter operation, increased fuel efficiency, optimized performance, and emissions reduction. Building and maintaining a relationship with your dealer can help you stay on top of advancements in the industry while keeping your business profitable.

MIKE KUZMINSKI is the power

systems rental industry manager for Finning Canada. He has been with Finning for over 16 years working in the electric power generation business and has extensive knowledge and experience supporting temporary power generation projects across all major industry sectors.

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PORTABLE GENERATORS DELIVER POWER FOR DEMANDING APPLICATIONS

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The QAS generator range was designed specifically for the needs of the Canadian market. The range has been completely overhauled and incorporates nine models covering power rating from 25 to 700 kVA. All QAS generators include the latest Tier 4 Final engine and have a footprint that is up to 20 percent smaller than the previous generation. Atlas Copco says that the QAS range is all about the user experience and maintaining the value of your asset. It’s packed with features that make transportation, operation, and maintenance as easy as possible. Up to 32 units of the QAS 700 can also be linked together in parallel for specialized applications, providing up to 20MVA of stable and reliable power.

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Doosan Portable Power has seven generator models outputting from 70 kVA to 400 kVA that meet all applicable safety and environmental regulations in Canada and the United States. Doosan says that it was the first manufacturer to offer a portable generator compliant with fuelling and venting requirements for operation in Ontario, as prescribed by B138.1-17/ B138.2-17. In addition to complying with B138.1-17/ B138.2-17B138, the new Doosan Portable Power Canadian generators are certified to meet Canadian Standards Authority rule 22.2 No 14 and Transport Canada rule CGSB43.146/UN31A.

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Designed for construction, rental, and other demanding applications, Wacker Neuson says that its quiet, high-performance portable generators deliver unmatched tool starting and voltage regulation in a rugged compact package. They are an excellent choice for powering single or multiple tools on an entire job site or as emergency or standby power. The portable generator series includes six models ranging from 2500 to 9700 watts and are powered by Honda engines. All models feature a unique step-start generator technology with Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR) and separate excitation winding that delivers excellent tool starting and voltage regulation. The unique auto-idle control with time delay system automatically reduces engine to low speed, reducing fuel consumption, noise, and wear.

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Equipped with automotive technology and a load pickup response system that delivers smooth and steady power, Generac’s XT8500EFI portable generator offers hassle-free operation in a variety of outdoor settings. With a carburetor-free design, the XT8500EFI uses Electronic Fuel Injection to eliminate issues caused by bad fuel and pesky gum-ups when the unit is in storage. The XT8500EFI also features COsense technology, which Stops, Alerts, and Saves, providing powerful protection from carbon monoxide. Other attributes include a ControlGuard, which protects the unit’s control panel, and TruePower Technology, which provides clean, stable power ideal for sensitive electronics, tools, and appliances.

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