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FEATURES 10 High and mighty: an in-depth report on all-terrain cranes

22 Spray paver technology advances thin and standard overlays

16 Machine intelligence drives dozing improvements

28 GMC adds new options to 2020 Sierra 1500

18 Liebherr’s latest excavators achieve higher power with lower consumption

32 How to get the right rental equipment to your jobsite

20 Earthmoving introductions from bauma 2019

37 Volvo CE launches first electric compact equipment models at bauma

42 Best practices for integrating software and technology Cover photo: Liebherr LTM1230 all-terrain crane.


SECTIONS 8 Spotlight 10 In-Depth Report 16 Earthmoving & Excavation 22 Roadbuilding

41 Adding business management tools makes sense for all sizes of contractor

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Trucks & Transportation Rental Spotlight Equipment Focus: Portable Power

37 Compact Equipment 41 Construction Business Management

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VIEWPOINT Exploring alternative power


e hear a lot about climate change and the need for the world to rethink its use of fossil fuels as the main driver of industry and transportation. The heavy equipment and truck manufacturing industries have been facing this reality for some years now, thanks to steadily more stringent engine emissions requirements driven by U.S. and European regulatory bodies over the past decade. For the construction industry, as well as trucking, the long drive toward Tier 4 and EU Stage V emissions regulations has brought the lowest emissions from diesel engines ever, as well as far more efficiency that has helped cut costs for owners. It’s been an impressive push from regulators and manufacturers to reach that point; at the same time, alternatives to diesel are also being advanced. Alternative fuels have been a part of research and development with truck companies for quite some time. They have seen the advent of such alternative options as biodiesel, compressed natural gas, propane and other fuels, but the usage has generally been tied closely with specific tasks; it’s not unusual these days to see refuse trucks running on CNG, for example, as communities recognize the potential for reduced pollution from their vehicles. Delivery vehicles, as well, have moved to natural gas options, and many have adopted hybrid technology as well. The heavy trucks that construction fleets use remain generally well-served by diesel power. That’s not to say that there aren’t options available; Cummins Westport natural gas engines, which generate near-zero emissions, are available on a number of different truck brands, including on their big work trucks. Some manufacturers are continuing research on these alternative options; Kenworth is looking into hybrid power as well as CNG and hydrogen fuel cells, for example. But, while electric is all the rage in the consumer automotive sector, vocational trucks are generally not leaning in that direction – at least not right now. Peterbilt has a number of electric-powered vehicles in the development pipeline, while Daimler Trucks has acknowledged – as we report on page 30 – that battery-electric will be the power of choice for commercial transport in the future. Volvo is perhaps the most advanced in the electric side, though, at least in terms of product delivery. The Sweden-based company has delivered a number of electric trucks to customers in Europe, including for refuse and local transportation, and continues to develop its offerings. It has also brought that electromobility effort into its construction equipment. On page 37, Managing Editor Kaitlyn Till reports on Volvo’s move toward electric machines in its compact range – and the company’s decision to cease R&D work on diesel-powered units in that size class in the near future. Caterpillar already has electric drives in some of its machines – the D6 XE dozer and 988K XE wheel loader – paired with diesel engines, which provide the primary power for the machine; the electric drives cut down fuel use and improve efficiency. Several electric concept machines were on display at bauma, though, as Cat continues research toward electrification. Other manufacturers have their own projects underway, both with electric and other fuels – Case and FPT showed a concept CNG-driven wheel loader, as described on page 21. All in all, the heavy equipment industry seems to be taking a cautious approach to alternative fuels at this time – but one that seems to be speeding up as new technologies and developments are perfected. It will be interesting to see who does what in the coming months and years.

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TWO NEW MID-SIZE EXCAVATORS OFFER FULL-SIZE BENEFITS The SK75SR-7 and SK85CS-7 excavators are mid-size machines offering full-size benefits with short rear swing capabilities. Kobelo says that these models deliver greater efficiency and productivity, as well as increased power and speed, over preceding models. With a dynamic digging force of 14,070 pounds and an approximately 37 percent increase in digging speed, the excavators deliver continuous operation and reduce cycle times by about 15 percent. A new Tier 4 Final engine increases power output by roughly 28 percent and enables both machines to maintain superior productivity and efficiency – even while working at high power levels, lifting heavy loads or travelling on steep grades. The SK75SR-7 and SK85CS-7 feature a compact design and long digging reach to provide easy maneuverability and a broad working range. Enhanced multi-function capabilities include

an attachment selection system with adjustable flow-rate presets for the bucket, breaker, nibbler and thumb, allowing the operator to change between tools quickly and easily. These excavators also feature the exclusive Kobelco iNDr Cooling System to deliver ultra-quiet operation. These machines come standard with an ergonomic lever and air ride suspension seat to reduce operating force and fatigue by about 25 percent. Both models also boast various cab features, including an optimized control layout with a new jog dial and 10-inch colour monitor. Built-in rear, left and right side cameras with a customizable splitscreen display function enhances operator awareness and jobsite safety. Access to the cooling unit, engine compartment and electrical components makes day-to-day maintenance convenient.




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The 600 X4 material handler features an electronically controlled 362-hp Isuzu engine that meets Tier 4 Final requirements, without the need for a diesel particulate filter. It features a two-piece attachment with hose burst check valves. The machine has a straight boom and droop-nose arm. The hydraulics package features Spool Stroke Control (SSC) technology to achieve maximum control and productivity. “The new hydraulics package delivers faster cycle times than its predecessor,” said Adam Woods, LBX product manager. “This performance increase is largely due to a new proprietary control valve with a larger hydraulic passage area. But we didn’t stop there. We increased the size of arm, boom and auxiliary spools to reduce pressure loss and distribute oil more smoothly. Two electrically controlled Kawasaki pumps and one Kawasaki gear pump assure that hydraulic flow gets delivered precisely when and where it’s needed. The end result is more smoothness, maneuverability and precision across all operating modes.” 8


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The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado will arrive on the market with several new features, including new engine options available in some trim levels and technologies to help drivers on the road and with their towing needs. More than half of Silverado trim levels will be available with the 6.2L V-8 with 420 hp and 624 Nm (460 lb-ft) of torque, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The 6.2L V-8 is available on Silverado RST models equipped with four-wheel drive. As a result, the maximum towing capacity of the Silverado is increased to 6,078 kilograms (13,400 pounds) when properly equipped. Some Silverado models will be available with an all-new 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel engine, which generates 277 hp and 624 Nm (460 lb-ft). Both Silverado and Silverado HD are available with 15 unique camera views to make trailering more convenient, whether pulling a camper or a large cargo trailer. That includes the transparent trailer feature, which uses the tailgate-mounted camera and an available accessory camera mounted on the rear of the trailer. Smart trailer technology allows access to select features of the iN Command Control System from ASA Electronics through the myChevrolet mobile app. Finally, the Silverado is available with Adaptive Cruise Control – Camera for 2020. The system features a single high-mounted camera behind the rearview mirror that scans the road and uses proprietary software and algorithms to maintain a safe distance to the vehicle ahead.


JAW CRUSHER The second generation J-1160 is a 1,000- x 600-mm (40- x 24inch) jaw crusher that is ideal for recycling, demolition and aggregate production applications. The hydrostatic drive has variable crushing speed and the chamber can run in reverse. It delivers a low cost per ton and features an updated and larger heavy-duty variable speed vibrating grizzly feeder with integrated pre-screen. The increased screening area and aggressive action provides a more efficient method of separating and removing fines before entering the crushing chamber. The variable speed VGF ensures continuous choke feeding of the crushing chamber. Material from the pre-screen can be diverted to a stockpile via the on-board bypass conveyor, or join the crushed product on the main belt. The 5-cubic-metre (6.6-cubic-yard) hopper has fixed sides and is available with hopper extensions fitted with hydraulic self-locking. A new feature is the 900-mmwide (36-inch) main conveyor which can be raised and lowered, allowing the operator to perform maintenance from ground level.


UTILITY VEHICLES The new UV34 and UV34XL utility vehicles feature an all-new chassis for increased durability, an enhanced suspension system, increased towing capacity and more integrated accessories. These diesel utility vehicles feature high-performance diesel engines designed to excel in harsh and challenging working conditions. The all-new chassis dramatically improves ground clearance and off-road capability while allowing more range of motion in the suspension for superior ride quality. The UV34 seats an operator and two passengers, while the extended UV34XL has room for an operator and five passengers. The rugged cargo box on the new models offers increased payload capacity allowing operators to haul more. The cargo box can be emptied manually or with an optional powered cargo box lift. The standard and XL models have a towing rating of 2,500 pounds to accommodate hauling of light-duty trailers.

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PIVOT TACK SYSTEM FOR FLAMELESS POTHOLE PATCHER Tack that is sprayed into potholes to increase adhesion within a patch can also adhere to equipment hoses. In addition, hoses can present jobsite tripping hazards. To address these issues, Bergkamp offers the new Pivot Tack/ Air Hose System for its FP5 Flameless All-In-One Pothole Patcher. Located at the back-right side of the FP5’s hopper body, the system’s pivoting arm holds the original tack hose off of the ground and parallel to the hopper, locked in place for transporting with a spring-loaded pin. When in use, the pivot arm also locks into position, allowing the operator to keep the hose suspended and off of the ground. The pivot arm and hose system has a 180-degree pivot capability, and provides approximately 20 feet of overall extended reach with the tack wand. A retrofit Pivot Tack/Air Hose System can be mounted on existing FP5 Pothole Patchers.


RIG CONTROL SYSTEM FOR PIT VIPER BLASTHOLE DRILLING RIGS Epiroc’s fifth generation Rig Control System (RCS), RCS 5, provides the next step for the mining industry from the automation program that brought autonomous drilling into a sustainable reality. Features include Machine-to-Machine Communication, sharing real-time drill plan updates between drills; Auto Tower Angle; and Integrated Camera View advanced awareness. Whether operating from a remote location or on-board the drill, the new and improved RCS 5 intuitive main menu creates a user-friendly experience that ultimately increases productivity. This new design allows the operator to focus on the task at hand and switch seamlessly between screens in a well-organized and dynamic environment. RCS 5 with the new function Drill Plan Generator (DPG) allows for creating and editing drill plans on board the rig or from a remote location quickly and easily. The new Drilling Data Screen in RCS5 features real-time depth and penetration rate feedback with histogram for easy in-hole monitoring.




MORE RELIABLE. “How does Komatsu work for our construction business? First it’s their reliable, quality designed and built equipment. We can’t afford downtime, and Komatsu’s products are number one in our book. The support we receive from our dealer is outstanding as well. Training, parts, financing–we have experienced the best personal care with Komatsu. They just work best for us!”

The Fat Truck is the first in a series of industrial off-road utility vehicles that are designed for the transportation of personnel and materials in difficult terrains. The Fat Truck can transport up to eight people and is ROPS-certified, amphibious, has ultra-low ground pressure and offers 360 degrees of visibility. It is powered by a CAT Tier 4 engine and has an automatic Danfoss transmission. The Fat Truck has intuitive proportional joystick drive and can be driven from either the left or right side.

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HIGH AND MIGHTY All-terrain cranes taking technology, safety and versatility to a new level By Kaitlyn Till, Managing Editor


ll-terrain cranes are big machines designed for specialized applications, whether that is construction and maintenance in the oil fields, assembling tower cranes, or lifting HVAC units to the top of buildings. There are many things to consider when bringing an all-terrain crane to a jobsite – including road and bridge regulations, safety and training for the operators, and space on the jobsite in more condensed areas, as well as the costs that go beyond the sticker price of the equipment. We asked a panel of industry experts to share their insight on these topics and more.

Needs driving the market

Michael Klein, product marketing manager for Demag Cranes, said that customers are looking for versatile machines with strong lift charts, short rigging times, efficient transport and compact dimensions. He said that Demag offers a large range of AC cranes with these features, from the 50 USt capacity class AC 45 City to the 1,320 USt capacity class AC 1000-9. Mark Krajci, All-Terrain product manager for Tadano, said that a key concern is boom length versus capacity and then how hard or easy it is to move the crane. There are a lot of things to consider. For example, “the crane can pick x amount and I have this boom length, but what good is all that if I can’t move it? Regulations in Canada can be really tricky,” he said. Moving a crane can also be expensive “by the time you put a trailer on it, a dolly on it, and everything else that’s associated with a dolly,” Krajci said. Factor in moving the crane in a province such as Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba which have strict laws and lower weight allowances during the banned season (when the ground thaws) – that can also vary between northern and southern parts of the provinces – and that can add an enormous amount of money to the cost of a crane. Liebherr Canada agrees that the main focus for users is lifting capacity and boom lengths and said that the company is taking this into account with every new model. The company also said that diesel engines are another concern. “We have to offer cranes with engines which comply to the demands of highly regulated countries and low regulated countries. The Liebherr solution is one basic engine with different exhaust systems.” Joshua Boyer, product manager for Grove GMK Cranes (Manitowoc), said that for Grove’s customers, the competition is very

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aggressive. “The need to be able to complete jobs at a minimum expense is high. We are road-ability focused to get maximum taxi counterweight configurations to complete bigger jobs without offloads. This helps keep expenses down to stay competitive.” Bill Ostrander of Strongco Equipment, a Canadian dealer for Grove Cranes, said “We have the Mega-Trak suspension to our advantage. This helps distribute the weight evenly throughout the crane while in transit. Also, our single-engine design helps keep the gross vehicle weight down.” Manitowoc is also involved with the Crane Rental Association of Canada (CRAC) boom dolly safety program. “This program tests and analyzes different crane and dolly combinations to help better roadability in Canada. Our ATs come standard with boom dolly hitch points to make it easy to fit our cranes with the proper boom dollies.”

Technology elevates capability

Klein from Demag said that “customers want efficient planning tools and ease of handling. With Lift Plan, which is available for nearly all AC cranes, Demag offers a free-of-charge, easy-to-use tool to plan and execute lifts. It is especially helpful together with the IC-1 Plus. This innovative control system determines lifting capacities for every position of the boom subject to the slewing angle of the superstructure. This enables you to use your maximum lifting capacity, especially when lifting over the outriggers. The effect is even higher with reduced outrigger settings and reduced counterweight.” “Due to this real-time determination,” Klein continued, “the lifting capacity for a defined radius is no longer limited to the minimum value of a pre-calculated 360-degree lifting capacity: capacities are computed instantaneously in the cab. Your crane can perform jobs where higher capacity cranes are typically needed.” Demag’s IC-1 Remote telematics solution is currently available on the AC 130-5, AC 160-5, AC 220-5 and the AC 250-5, and will be extended to other models. Klein said that a key benefit of IC-1 Remote is remote diagnostics. “This allows the customer to troubleshoot and diagnose the crane remotely and give the ability to receive remote and online assistance from Demag service technicians. IC-1 Remote also helps customers manage their fleet by providing data on crane position, operating hours, error codes and other vital crane data. This helps to increase overall performance of the crane and optimize fleet management.” Liebherr is seeing customer demand for fleet management systems. Liebherr’s LiDAT system, which was unveiled at bauma in 2016, is now available for almost the entire crane range. This independent interface records telemetry data and one of the major benefits of LiDAT is that machines from other manufacturers can be integrated into the system. LiDAT clearly records and

TADANO ATF60 G-3 presents data that includes location, operating state, crane capacity, mileage, downtime and more. In 2017, Link-Belt Cranes introduced its Pulse 2.0 control system, which is on the latest Link-Belt all-terrain crane introduction, the 175AT. Pulse 2.0 offers a simple interface for the crane operator. In the operator’s cab, it features a large, 10inch programmable display with a resistive screen that can be used by an operator wearing gloves. It’s readable in direct sunlight and the software can be updated remotely. The company says that operators who have felt overwhelmed by crane operating systems in the past will find Pulse 2.0 quick and easy to use, requiring fewer inputs. Pulse 2.0 is also in the driver’s cab with a 7-inch, full-colour touchscreen display that doubles as the monitor for the machine’s Vision camera package. Pulse 2.0 continuously monitors carrier operations that include engine and transmission data, tire pressures and temperatures, suspension cylinder pressures, and alerts the driver that the crane is ready for transport in dolly configuration.

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Safety has always been a major concern for crane operations, both in transport and when lifting. Tadano offers a range of technologies on their all-terrain cranes that make operation easier and safer. Lift Adjuster automatically compensates for boom deflection. “So if I was going to pick up a load at, say, a 30-metre radius, the load is 30,000 pounds and the boom is going to give me a deflection of four metres, it’ll guarantee that when I lift the load, it always stays at the 30-metre radius – it doesn’t go to 34 metres and take me out of my load chart capacity,” said Krajci. Klein said that Demag addresses safety concerns by offering technical solutions to aid in operation, maintenance and servicing of the equipment, as well as training for all operators. Safety features include automatic levelling and automatic counterweight detection. “The IC-1 Plus control system also features an enhanced visualization to provide the crane operator with additional information on capacity in relation to the boom position. This coloured visualization of the work area capacity promotes both efficient and safe use,” said Klein. According to Demag, with this control system movement speeds are reduced prior to auto shutoff; movements are automatically shut off prior to an overload condition; and the system offers the visualization of maximum capacity for +/- 30-degree slewing angle and luffing area, depending on the boom length. Determined capacities are visible on the control screen. Liebherr’s VarioBase system allows the crane to be positioned for lifting with outriggers at uneven lengths. The company said that their VarioBase system is a great contribution to safety, addressing the concern of constricted space on jobsites that prevents the even extension of outriggers, and enabling the operator to concentrate

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fully on the hoist. The load moment limiter within the LICCON control ensures that the crane can operate safely, preventing accidents from human error during both the setup and when hoisting loads. According to Liebherr, before VarioBase crane drivers had to reduce their support bases and use appropriately programmed lifting capacity tables. This drastically reduced the lifting capacities of machines, resulting in the need for more powerful cranes. V-CALC (Variable Confined Area Lifting Capacities) is Link-Belt’s solution that allows 81 different asymmetrical outrigger positions. The operator can preview available capacities for all outrigger configurations on the Pulse 2.0 display.

Addressing the deficit in skilled operators

Klein from Demag said that the company believes that the IC-1 intuitive control system is helping alleviate the skilled operator shortage. “It is designed in a way to guide the crane operators through the lifting process. Our cranes also have automatic counterweight rigging process, automatic counterweight detection, working range limitation and capacity radar.” The company also offers operator training. Liebherr offers an eLearning program to teach crane operation theory in addition to practical training programs. At bauma 2019, Tadano introduced several technologies to assist operators. Lift Visualizer shows the range of lifting capability visible from a bird’s-eye camera. The operator can visually confirm the range of lifting capability according to the actual load. The Lift Compass is composed of a radio remote control system and a bird’s-eye camera. The operator can move loads with a single joystick by synchronized elevating, swinging and hoisting operations. The Human Alert System uses cameras to show objects that are hard to see, and Wide Sight View utilizes four cameras to give the operator a clear view of the crane’s entire periphery. Boyer from Grove said that the company has standardized most of its product lines into one common control system. “This makes it easier for an operator to go from one Manitowoc machine to the next and already have a sense of familiarity. Additionally we have a training centre dedicated to offering customer classes for operation and basic troubleshooting. Customers can be sponsored and enrolled through their local Manitowoc dealer.” Krajci also noted that training is important. Tadano works with customers to better understand the regulations, configure the crane properly for easier transport and train personnel for success.


Considering a crane?

According to Krajci, one of the biggest concerns when purchasing or renting an all-terrain crane is costs that go beyond the cost of the crane itself. The buyer or renter needs to consider where the crane is going to be used in the future given the broad difference in regulations across the country. “If you’re going to be in the Alberta region or in Manitoba, you need to know that because you could buy a crane that will never be able to get there legally,” he said. “Secondly, you need to know what additional equipment is going to be required for you to work where,” Krajci added. “The other thing that comes into play, and we’ve run into this quite a bit in Ontario, is union regulations.” Under these regulations, larger-capacity machines may require two operators. “And where do you have to put the second operator on the machine? That generally happens at a certain capacity range, let’s say 100 tons. So if a crane’s rated at 100 tons or over, it requires two operators. That’s costly.” HEG 14


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Komatsu’s new dozing logic moves machine control beyond finish grading into rough dozing By Lee Toop, Associate Editor


achine control has been around for some time and many contractors have benefited from the advantages these tools have provided. However, in the last few years dramatic functional developments have improved the way many contractors move dirt, adding efficiency and precision where there used to be judgment calls and plenty of boots on the ground measurements. When it comes to technology, there are always ways to improve and plenty of efforts to find those improvements. With Komatsu’s most recent addition to the machine control landscape, the machine itself – in this case, the D51EXi-24, D51PXi-24, D61EXi-24 and D61PXi-24 dozers – gathers its own knowledge about its surroundings to make the job easier for operators and more precise for owners. The new proactive dozing logic, part of Komatsu’s Intelligent Machine Control initiative, allows the machine itself to gauge the surrounding ground, determine what has been done on the area being graded, and use that information to make its own decision on what action is needed to meet the planned grade without limiting the operator’s ability to use his skill. “As the machine is moving, it is recording terrain data and generating a surface based on that, giving the system real-time conditions describing what the terrain around the machine looks like. Now, the system can make calculated decisions – whether it needs to cut and carry material, whether it has to spread or fill that material, or whether they’re doing finish grading,” 16


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said Derek Morris, Komatsu product marketing manager for Intelligent Machine Control and Smart Construction. “By continuously learning the terrain this new logic makes for highly efficient dozing beyond finish grade.”

Shaping and finish grading difficult

Prior to the advent of grade control for machines such as dozers, trying to shape and finish grade with dozers was an exercise in precision that required grade stakes, surveyors and expert operators who could run their machine by touch, Morris noted. “He would load up his blade and then would listen to the draw on the engine, monitoring the travel speed corresponding to whatever gear he

was in. He would get the feeling when that blade load would hit its maximum before the tracks would start slipping, and he would pick up and carry the cutting edge tight to the ground so he wouldn’t lose material off the blade,” Morris said. “That’s exactly what proactive dozing logic is doing – making a calculated decision with respect to the existing terrain in front of the machine, allowing the dozer to carry the material to the end of the pass.” Those expert operators know how to move their machines from cutting to filling – they know where the material needs to go, said Michael Salyers, senior product manager for Intelligent Machine Control and Smart Construction with Komatsu. “You want to be

Sensors built on to dozers, including the D61PXi-24 (top) track machine location as it moves across terrain, then uses the dozing logic system to recognize how the ground ahead is shaped and react (above).

able to move material in such a manner to get the right compaction wherever you’re going to put hard material like asphalt, pavement and concrete. So, you want to try and spread consistent layers, cut consistent layers and do it as efficiently as possible.” The new dozing logic studies the ground under and around the machine as it works, just like an expert operator might, and takes that information into account the next time it passes across that particular piece of the jobsite. With that knowledge, it can adjust the blade to precisely cut or fill depending on the needs of the location. It’s a significant step forward from today’s version of machine control, Salyers said. “Machine control in the past has just been an add-on to the machine – you bolted it on and used the system to just drive the blade. Everything was really just blade reaction,” he said. “When this system becomes part of the machine, now it can gather data, supply it to the system and then be able to compute more information about what is happening on the ground. We now have the capability of understanding what the actual terrain is like.” The machines are designed with an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) on the body, along with a GNSS antenna located on the cab. Those two sensors work together to help understand exactly where the tracks are on the ground, Salyers described. “If we know where the tracks are on the ground, we are able to determine not just horizontal location but also vertical location, and we can generate a profile of whatever we just tracked,” he said. “The machine can store that information, and then whenever it gets

ready to go back over that area to cut or work it more, it knows exactly what it was like before when it tracked over it – therefore, it’s able to follow the existing terrain, or the terrain that was just created.”

it has a transition coming up; when the centre of gravity of the machine hits that transition, it boosts hydraulic performance to limit the blade gouging into the finished surface,” Morris said.

Integration aids in advances

Using proactive dozing logic as part of any job is a way to make work more efficient in the long run while improving production. “Previously, typical machine control systems were only utilized 10 to 20 percent of the time. Typically in finish grade applications most companies can rationalize and justify their

Advances in integration of machine control and systems on the dozers themselves have helped Komatsu push these capabilities forward, Morris pointed out. “Because of this true integration, the machine control system is talking with the tractor’s hydraulic controllers, engine controllers and the machine control controller. Really, the majority of the components are the same as they were in 2013 – the logic and intelligence in our Komatsu controllers is the real advancement we’re providing,” he said. The combination means that operators are no longer tied directly to design documents programmed into their machine control system, which previously limited the amount of assistance they could use when the situation on the ground changed. “Operators have had to compensate for the limitations of the existing machine control technology and doze manually the majority of the time,” Salyers said. “They had to do what they do best – read the terrain, understand the drainage, recognize where the cuts and fills are and take everything down to a point where they could utilize the technology. Because of this true integration, the operator is now able to truly use the technology from beginning to end.” There’s little change to be seen for the operators themselves, Salyers noted; they will continue to run the machine, read the jobsite and move material as the jobsite needs. The dozing logic system will pick up on the terrain and help with blade movement to efficiently take off and place material as required. For example, if an operator is dozing a wide section of a jobsite in multiple passes set side by side, the machine can provide unique assistance in the process. Once a first pass is made, there is enough information available to bring that assistance into play. “When the operator moves to that next blade width, he’d normally have to do all the same input as the first. With this logic, when he tracks back and moves over to the next cut, the machine will follow what he did in that first pass – it means a lot less input, a lot less manipulation of the blade, a lot less work that he has to do,” Salyers said. “It learns what he wants the machine to do, and then it starts to do that.” The system also helps with finish grading, bringing precision to the table while handling things like slopes and transitions to assist the operator in protecting the surface from gouging and other issues. “The proactiveness of the system can look out in front of itself and recognize

More efficient dozing

return on investment from that 10 or 20 percent. Imagine if you could use it 100 percent – think about how much quicker the return on investment is and how much more dividend that will pay,” Salyers said. “We’re selling a consistent, high-production proactive machine control system, and we’re reducing wear and tear on the machine,” he added. “The machine is intelligent enough that if you’re in a high-production dozing situation you are going to minimize track slip greatly. Fifty percent of the ownership cost of a dozer is the undercarriage. We’re going to greatly

reduce that ownership cost.” Since its introduction on the D51 and D61 dozers – two of Komatsu’s most popular models – the dozing logic technology has proven itself popular and this is a further improvement on that logic, though some operators were skeptical at first, Salyers noted. “When they get in the seat and start to use it, the reception has been just tremendous – they start to visualize the possibilities of what they can do and understand that this is actually helping them be a better operator, even the experienced ones,” he said. HEG





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LIEBHERR’S LATEST EXCAVATORS ACHIEVE HIGHER POWER WITH LOWER CONSUMPTION Thirty-tonne R 930 adds a brand-new weight category for crawler excavator series


ince the beginning of 2019, Liebherr has launched seven crawler excavator models under 50 tonnes. The Generation 8 series, which has gone into production at Liebherr-France SAS, is made up of seven models ranging from 22 to 45 tonnes: R 922, R 924, R 926, R 930, R 934, R 938 and R 945. The easy-to-transport, versatile and efficient R 930 crawler excavator is fully compatible with the requirements of customers and operators of 30-tonne machines. The machine has been designed to provide extra comfort and safety, as well as optimum ergonomics and performance. The R 930 complies with Stage V emission standards and – together with the R 926 – is based on a specific platform developed by Liebherr. The R 926 and the R 930 have an operating weight of between 26 and 36 tonnes, and achieve a power of 150 kW/204 hp and 180 kW/245 hp respectively. The backhoe bucket capacities vary from 0.55 cubic metres to 1.75 cubic metres on the R 926 and between 1 cubic metres and 2.15 cubic metres on the R 930. The R 926 and R 930 models are available worldwide with the relevant engines. To achieve Stage V emissions standards, the R 926 replaces the Stage IV excavator of the same name that was launched in 2016. The R 930 is a brand new weight category for the crawler excavator series. This was developed in answer to customers’ needs for 30-tonne excavators: The easy-to-transport, versatile and efficient R 930 crawler excavator more than meets the expectations of customers and operators. An extremely wide range of equipment and tools makes the R 926 and R 930 crawler excavators very versatile for earthmoving, levelling, digging, loading and even lifting tasks.

Higher power with lower consumption

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the previous generation. Thanks to these improvements, the R 926 and R 930 crawler excavators achieve a much higher level of performance on construction sites. In conjunction with the launch of this new generation of excavators, a new work equipment concept was devised that optimizes the load curve and inertia of the swivelling drive in order to reduce fuel consumption. The R 926 and R 930 crawler excavators are available with a variety of robust X- shaped undercarriage types. The crawler chassis require zero maintenance.

The track rollers are lubricated for life and the automatic central lubrication system makes it possible to maximize both component service life and productivity.

Greatest possible comfort and maximum safety

The operator benefits from an ultra-spacious, temperature-controlled cab. To make work particularly convenient, the excavators have pneumatic seats with vertical and longitudinal suspension and a high-resolution, extremely user-friendly 7-inch touchscreen. The windscreen can be fully lowered. LED technology has completely replaced the halogen headlights, increasing the operating life and reducing the electricity consumption – while also dramatically improving the lighting. The range of lighting is available in the form of separate packages, with the high-performance LED+ lighting packages also available as an option. The unobstructed panoramic visibility and the monitoring cameras at the rear and sides ensure maximum safety in the driver’s work environment. The fold-away console makes it easy and safe to access the cab. The certified ROPS cab structure provides robust protection in the event of the crawler excavator tipping over. The rear window serves as an emergency exit on all configuration versions of the excavator. The windscreen and right-hand window are made of tinted laminated glass.

Simplified and even safer maintenance work

The machine has been carefully designed to offer even higher standards of safety. The uppercarriage is now accessed via a secured access platform (either standard or optional extra depending on the region). Additionally, the entire uppercarriage is fitted with non-slip studs and does not have any protruding elements. The R 926 and R 930 crawler excavators also boast a new maintenance concept with maintenance points that can be accessed from the ground. The engine oil, hydraulic oil, fuel and urea levels can be read straight off the display for convenience.





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From unique European-style machines to concepts and worldwide favourites, bauma 2019 proved popular for window-shoppers and equipment purchasers alike. VOLVO EC200E EXCAVATOR

The EC200E crawler excavator (top) gives a new choice for contractors and rental companies who want Volvo quality with exceptional value in light to medium applications. The EC200E from Volvo Construction Equipment gives customers a new option between Volvo’s 16- and 22-ton machines – a 20-ton class excavator that offers strong performance and comes without the added features and cost of a larger excavator. The EC200E was designed primarily for customers who need a light- to medium-duty digging excavator. It has a maximum digging reach of 32 feet 9 inches and a maximum digging depth of 22 feet 3 inches, with a lifting capacity of 16,138 pounds. The EC200E is fitted with X1 hydraulic piping and has an attachment management system that allows for pre-setting hydraulic flow and pressure for up to 20 attachments. The machine is equipped for quick couplers, which makes it easier to swap out



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attachments quickly. Additional features include auto idling, auto engine shutdown and ECO mode for increased fuel efficiency; service-friendly features like grouped filters and single-layer cooling systems are easily accessible from ground level; integrated work modes incorporate engine rpm and hydraulic flow into a single dial, allowing operators to easily get the perfect balance of power and controllability; and more.

ENGCON TILT SENSORS FOR EXCAVATOR GUIDANCE SYSTEMS A new tilt sensor will provide a clear interface, cheaper installation and facilitate support. For years, Engcon tiltrotators (left) from the EC209 and up have been compatible with the market’s major excavator guidance systems. Some of the manufacturers also offer an automatic tilt function. Engcon is now taking things further by developing its very own tilt sensor. “Our tiltrotators work extremely well with the market’s excavator guidance systems. The only unresolved issue was the actual interface – and we’re fixing that now with our own tilt sensor,” says Peter Huczkowsky, in charge of developing Engcon’s control systems and other electronics. Huczkowsky explains that the interface is seamless now that Engcon provides all the necessary technology from the tiltrotator, via the DC2 control system cabling in the cab to which the excavator guidance system is connected. This also saves time and helps reduce installation costs. Tests will be carried out in 2019, and before the end of the year Engcon anticipates that its tilt sensor will be ready and compatible with the most common excavator guidance systems.


UPDATED HYDREMA ADTS Hydrema has an updated version of its 20-ton 922 articulated dump truck. Fitted with the latest Stage 5 engine from Cummins the new G series will now be available in two versions, the 922G and the new 920G. Under the new engine cover, the Cummins Stage 5 engine is simpler than the stage 4 version. The exhaust gas recirculation is no longer present on the engine as all exhaust gas treatment is now carried out after the engine in a one-canister solution, which includes a DOC catalyst, SCR catalyst with AdBlue additive and diesel particulate filter. The Cummins engine delivers an increased power output of 314 hp (previously 296 hp) – (up from 218 to 231 kw). The torque is increased by as much as 23 percent, giving the machines even greater tractive power. Both machines are fitted with a newly developed retarder system combining an engine brake and hydraulic retarder. This can achieve over 300 kW of retardation power which will relieve the service brake significantly on inclines. Hydrema has also introduced a “brake-care” system that triggers an alarm on the dashboard in the event of brake overload. Hydrema has developed a new system to measure the dump truck’s payload. The payload measuring system is standard on all models.

The Mecalac Swing loader – with high efficiency and speed of action – provides top performance on all construction sites. Urban construction sites are often congested, workspace is limited and ground conditions are often compromised. Designed around a one-piece frame with three steering modes as standard – two-wheel steering, four-wheel steering, crab – the mobility of this machine is 100 percent assured. With four-wheel steering, combined with the 180-degree swivel arm, the Mecalac Swing (below) can perform a complete rotation on a footprint that is 20 percent smaller than that of a conventional loader. Whatever is lifted by the bucket at the front, once the rear axle is locked, can be turned through 180 degrees without any loss of steadiness. The Swing loader, thanks to its arm, pivots instead of having to reposition. As a result, less time is wasted, less noise and visual nuisance are generated, less maintenance is required, and there is a lower risk of accidents and less impact on the environment. For example, the Swing only needs a 5-metre footprint for truck loading.


The concept optimizes the line of sight both in the new main direction of travel as well as in the working area facing the skip. The operator changes the direction of view and the forward travel direction with the seat position.

CASE METHANE-POWERED LOADER CONCEPT FPT Industrial is sustainably powering a new Natural Gas (NG) methane-powered wheel loader concept – Project Tetra. The new wheel loader concept is

The new MB-HDS series of shaft screeners were launched publicly at bauma. These screeners are designed to adapt to a range of different working environments and can select different types of materials with unprecedented simplicity and speed, without the need for a specialist or special training. Designed with a constructive approach toward reducing waste and increasing the profitability of the construction site, this machine is an ideal solution for those who have to process different kinds of waste rubble, which can quickly be turned into reusable and profitable material. The innovative MB-HDS Screening Bucket is available in four models with shafts suitable for the different material selection requirements and, as with all MB Crusher machines, they can be easily installed on excavators, diggers, mini diggers and loaders (from 5 to 35 tonnes) in order to easily access and move around work sites, construction sites, areas containing large pipelines, towns or remote agricultural areas.

the first Natural Gas construction machine from Case (right) and is powered by a 6-cylinder NG engine from FPT Industrial’s NEF family. This power unit, delivering power up to 230 hp and torque up to 1,184 Nm, has diesel-like performance, but with a smoother and quieter drive. It also offers the same reliability and durability and fuel savings up to 30 percent. The engine runs on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), ensuring 15 percent less CO2 and 99 percent less particulate matter than its diesel-based counterpart.

The NEF engine uses stoichiometric technology, which ensures the correct chemical balance between air and methane in every working condition, delivering clean combustion and low emissions.

BUILT FOR BIG DREAMS AND SMALL SPACES. With Kubota’s KX and U-series excavators, you no longer need to choose between power and fuel economy, size and utility. Both series offer variations in operating weight, dig depth and blade size along with the hydraulic power and spacious operator cab you’re used to. With Kubota, there’s no need to flip a coin between power and function. Look forward, dig deep and dream big with Kubota.


New standards in terms of operator and construction site safety, flexibility and cost effectiveness are set by the Dual View wheel dumpers from Wacker Neuson with payloads of six to ten tons. Dual View allows the operator to conveniently and quickly change the seat position through a 180-degree rotation of the entire operator control panel and the seat console. This always gives the operator a perfect view in the direction of travel – during transport, loading and dumping. The Dual View dumpers DV60, DV90 and DV100 set new standards for unrestricted view in every situation. The seat console and the control panel can be rotated conveniently from the operator’s seat by simply unlocking the console and then turning it to define the direction of view and travel.

kubota.ca | *Financing available on approved credit. Minimum down payment of 25% required for financing offers. Representative finance offer based on a new and previously unregistered SSV75PHC. MSRP is $68780. Financed at 0% APR equals $755 per month for 60 Months. $17195.00 down payment required. Cost of borrowing is $7327 for a total obligation of $68,780.00. Taxes, applicable fees (including, but not limited to, environmental fees, administration fees, set-up fees, dealer fees, and delivery fees), insurance and registration are extra. Freight is included. Dealer may sell for less. Dealer order/trade may be necessary. Prices, payments and models may vary by dealer. Some restrictions apply. See your participating Kubota dealer or visit www.kubota.ca for details. Offers valid only at participating dealers in Canada and are subject to change, cancellation or extension at any time without notice or obligation. **Warranty is subject to the terms, restrictions, limitations and exclusions set out at kubota.ca. Offer valid until June 30th, 2019.

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“Spray paving for conventional HMA is just one more tool in the owner’s toolbox they can use for superior pavements. It does a very good job.” Andy Ernst



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ontractors and government road agencies in North America have been using spray pavers to place ultrathin bonded overlays (UTBOs) for years. But increasingly, spray paver technology is being used to place standard or conventional hot mix asphalt overlays as well as UTBOs. Now, departments of transportation are going beyond ultrathin bonded overlays as they consider the benefits of placement of conventional hot mix asphalt (HMA) mats using the built-in spray system of the spray pavers.

Superior bond or “tack” coats

A bond or “tack” coat adheres one layer of asphalt to another layer of pavement, whether bituminous or portland cement concrete. The same way that fragile, thin veneers of wood are glued to each other to form a robust sheet of plywood, research shows layers of pavement perform better when thoroughly bonded to each other. The benefits of using a spray paver for conventional HMA placements are many, and they all revolve around the bond coat as applied thoroughly by the built-in spray systems. With the spray paver, eliminating the bond coat distributor truck ahead of the paving train means less congestion in the work zone, providing a safer environment. Placement of bond or tack coat by a spray paver is generally more thorough than done with an independent

distributor truck, at higher rates of application. With the spray paver, the warm, fresh emulsion is directly overlaid with asphalt as soon as it’s sprayed. Like the UBTOs, this hot-on-hot paving results in a superior bond of the conventional asphalt overlay to the substrate. This saves a great deal of time, as there is no longer any need to hold off paving until the emulsion “breaks” (loses its water content, leaving residual asphalt behind). This water from the emulsion is wicked up into the asphalt overlay and dissipates. Placement of bond coat simultaneous with overlay means there is no way the asphalt can be picked up by haul truck or automobile tires, where it can be tracked onto adjacent roadways, curbs, parking lots or retail stores.

Spray paver for HMA

With their superior means of placing the bond or tack coat – complete, a full lane wide – it’s little wonder DOTs are looking at spray pavers to place conventional hot mix asphalt lifts. “In the three states in which we do business, it’s a requirement for some jobs that a spray paver be used to apply the bond coat emulsion and the mix, whether for an ultrathin bonded overlay, or a conventional Superpave mix,” said Andy Ernst, vice president for construction operations with Pace Construction. “A competitor could not have bid on this portion of the job with only conventional paver and tack distributor truck, unless he chose to place a chip seal with asphalt overlay, which we chose not to bid.”

Spray paver placed conventional overlays are specified at the discretion of the DOTs, according to the job at hand. “I don’t ever see distributor tack and paving going away,” Ernst said. “Instead, spray paving for conventional HMA is just one more tool in the owner’s toolbox they can use for superior pavements. It does a very good job and I see a need for both types of applications.” Nonetheless, Ernst sees more spray paver applied conventional HMA pavements in the future. “Last year we placed two of these applications in Indiana,” he said. “They’ve been doing UBTOs, but 2018 was the first time they placed conventional HMA with a spray paver.” For this work Pace uses its new Vögele Super 1800i-3i SJ SprayJet spray paver, applying both UTBOs and conventional hot mix overlays. As an alternative to spray paving, the Vögele Super 1800i SJ also can be easily adapted to conventional HMA paving following removal of the emulsion spray module. In late summer 2018, Pace was using its paver to swiftly place a 2-inch-deep conventional Superpave HMA lift, compacted to 1 3/4-inches, on dual-lane U.S. 60 near Mansfield in southwest Missouri. Two breakdown rollers and a finish roller were being used, with a target density of 94 percent. Missouri DOT provided an option for standard paving with the spray paver. That’s because owning agencies like elimination of the tack coat distributor truck for conventional paving, as is possible when HMA is placed with a spray paver.

The spray paver option is clean, cutting down on haul trucks driving through the emulsion, tracking it all over temporary striping, the pavement and the lift placed the day before. Spray paving eliminates all that as the tack coat is placed by the paver immediately ahead of the lift of asphalt. “I’ve been with the spray paver for all summer, and this is the first fulldepth conventional HMA job we’ve done,” said Bob Needels, project manager for Pace. “The others all have been 5/8-inch UTBOs. U.S. 60 is the first Superpave I’ve ever seen it lay, and we’re getting really good results out of it. It’s a very clean process, with no tracked tack. We’re getting a good reaction out of the truck drivers, who don’t like tack slung all over their trucks any more than we do on our equipment. Using the Super 1800-2i SJ benefits everybody.” Needels said it’s actually better not having the distributor truck in the paving train at all. “It’s safer because it rules out delivery trucks sliding on the slick tack off into the ditch,” he said. “And if a car happens to get into the closed lane, and they slam on their brakes, there is no tack to slide them out of control.” Pace owns three Wirtgen mills: a W 2000, a W 220 and a W 210i. The Super 1800-2i SJ is one of two Vögele pavers owned by Pace, the other being a Vision 5100-2i 8-foot tracked paver. Pace acquired the SprayJet paver in 2015. It succeeded Pace’s classic Vögele SF 1800 spray paver, purchased new in 2007 and used through 2014. “This is our third season with this paver,” Ernst said. “The bottom line is that the emulsion the spray paver puts down creates a very, very strong bond with the Superpave mix, or combined with the 5/8-inch-deep thin overlay with its 3/8-inch durable aggregates, makes for a very good wearing surface for higher traffic volumes in lieu of a chip seal.”

An integrated emulsion spray system places polymer modified emulsion immediately ahead of the asphalt mix already in the screed. “And the only other purchase option was a model which could only be fed by a material transfer vehicle, while the Super 1800-2i can be serviced directly by trucks if the insert is removed from the hopper,” he added. “That was a feature that was very appealing to us, because we will place the UTBO in subdivisions without much room for an MTV.” Because spray paving was designed and built into the Vögele Super 1800i3i SJ, spray paving jobs are less problematic than with aftermarket systems. The system is organically integrated into the paver, rather than bolted on as an afterthought. The SprayJet module is operated entirely via a touchscreen integrated

into the spray module, where the entire spraying process can be monitored. The operator can check all settings and values at a glance, such as spray nozzle activity (active/inactive/switched off) and spray pressure. Also, on the new Super 1800-3i SprayJet, the circuits for spraying and circulating the emulsion – as well as for cleaning the lines – are switched automatically via electronically controlled ball valves, making operation of the individual functions much simpler, and preventing operator errors, such as those associated with manual systems. Work sequences are set automatically in accordance with the function that has been selected and activated. For example, the control unit

for the SprayJet module calculates the maximum pave speed as a function of the nozzle size used and the selected rate of spread and displays this value on the paver operator’s ErgoPlus 3 operating system console. This ensures uninterrupted application of the emulsion. The rate of spread can be set and the nozzles calibrated or individually activated and deactivated just as easily on the control panel of the module. In addition, the handy automatic functions Start of Job and End of Job are activated by the paver operator at the push of a button. This ensures that spraying begins and ends at exactly the desired point over the full pave width. Tom Kuennen is a technical writer.

Built-in spray function

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One paver maker offers an aftermarket spray system that must be attached to the exterior of the machine, but this poses significant disadvantages, Ernst said. “The dedicated spray functions of the Vögele paver work great for us, because we can get those jobs with spray specs year after year and keep it operational all season,” he said. “That’s why we choose to not remove the SprayJet module for conventional paving, as can be done.” Pace looked at a competing make of spray paver, and even at the paver for which an aftermarket spray system had been devised, but chose to go with Vögele. “That maker was introducing its aftermarket system and considering it was new technology, we just didn’t feel comfortable with that,” Ernst said. “They had a different manufacturer making the spray unit to fit the paver, and with it all being so new, we chose not to go down that road,” Ernst said.

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Client: HTC

Job #: 2873

File Name: 2873-HTC-HeavyEquipmentGuide-JUNE-HP-iR

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Designer: jam

Color: 4C/Process

Trim: 7.5"× 4.875"

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ARTICULATED TANDEM ROLLER MAKES QUICK WORK OF THIN OR THICK ASPHALT LAYERS IN FEWER PASSES The ARX 91 Articulated Tandem Roller is able to compact from thin to thick asphalt layers in fewer passes with high compaction output. “A combination of drum dimensions, frequencies and amplitudes provide productivity and flexibility on a variety of jobsites,” said Dhruv Patel, Global Product Strategy – Machines. “The combination of features and setting possibilities, in addition to a unique propulsion system, help the ARX 91 efficiently achieve optimum compaction results. “The machine’s high output enables compaction goals to be met in minimal passes. “The ARX 91 can reach the same compaction goals as heavier competitive models – but with lower fuel consumption and reduced operation and maintenance costs,” Patel said. Applications include medium and large jobsites, including paving projects related to infrastructure, such as roads, airfields, harbours and parking lots. The ARX is particularly adept at compacting from thin to thick layers of asphalt.

The compactor utilizes a Cummins BS-III/Tier 3/Stage 3A engine and weighs in at 9 tonnes. The machine’s propulsion system is unique to the market, using an efficient hydraulic system, traction control and speed sensors. This enables smooth starts and stops that improve asphalt mat quality. The location of the engine in the rear of the roller is another advantage. This placement helps drive vibration away from the operator and toward the compaction target. It also improves visibility and redirects heat. The machine’s electronic joystick controls are intuitive, helping even inexperienced operators succeed. A tight turning radius improves operator control and maneuvrability. A large water tank (1,000 litres) minimizes the need for refills. The ARX 91 has maximum working speed of 7 km/h, maximum travel speed of 12 km/h and gradeability of up to 40 percent. Ammann Compaction Expert (ACE), Ammann’s proprietary Intelligent Compaction system, is available as an option.

ACE monitors density and provides feedback, helping to reduce the number of passes. It also eliminates both overcompaction and undercompaction and reduces fuel consumption.

Ease of maintenance is an added benefit. All service and maintenance points can be accessed from the ground, and bearings are self-lubricating.


POWERFUL, NIMBLE AND EASY-TO-TRANSPORT ROLLERS With models available in both double-drum and combination (front drum with rear pneumatic tires) configurations, the the DV Series of vibratory rollers are powerful, easy to transport and nimble enough to work in a variety of residential and commercial construction applications where the operator may encounter tight quarters, curbs, structures and other obstacles. Designed with a high curb clearance, no overhangs and drum widths of 51.2 (DV36D, DV45CD) and 54.3 (DV45D) inches, these new roller models are ideal for walkways, residential driveways, bike paths, tennis courts, parking lots and other small- to mid-size compaction applications. The drums can be offset to further improve accessibility, and to improve performance during turns. Visibility is improved with excellent sightlines and an adjustable work station that allows the operator to get the best vantage point down to the drums. The DV Series combines a compact size, excellent maneuverability and visibility with many features found in larger compaction machines. A 43.5-hp Tier 4 Final engine delivers high centrifugal forces and frequencies at lower RPMs, making the machine more fuel efficient, while selectable dual frequencies (2,700/3,420 VPM) further improve productivity and allows operators to dial the machine in to meet the compaction needs of the job. Operators can also choose between either automatic or manual vibration engagement to meet their preference and to help avoid damage to the asphalt during starts and stops, while the offset tapered drums reduce asphalt tearing during operation around curves. DV Series rollers are compatible with the Case ACE Force Intelligent compaction system, a technology designed to improve compaction quality, requiring fewer passes to reach target specs and resulting in savings in time, fuel costs and machine maintenance – as well as avoiding pitfalls related to under- or over-compaction.

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he HP series of pneumatic tire rollers is packed with technical innovations and further developments. Hamm has developed a common platform as the basis for all model variants in every market throughout the world. In addition, there are important innovations affecting the operator's platform, the water and additive sprinkling system as well as the ballasting. In the 1960s, Hamm launched the revolutionary GRW and has continued to develop it up to the present day. The new pneumatic tire roller generation will gradually replace the existing GRW series throughout the world in the course of the next two years. The first models, the HP 280i and HP 280, have already been available since the beginning of 2019. It is envisaged that all models and variants will be available worldwide by the end of the year. As before, Hamm will produce the pneumatic tire rollers in different basic versions: the type HP 180 and HP 180i models with operating weights of 8 t to a maximum of 18 t and the HP 280 and HP 280i models with operating weights between 10 t and a maximum of 28 t.

guage-neutral and very easy to learn. The minimal number of switches on the operator’s platform are intelligently arranged. User guidance is assisted by the unambiguous colour-coded grouping. Drive control is via a joystick ergonomically positioned on the armrest. Numerous other details in the driver’s cab ensure abundant comfort and a healthy working posture for the driver. The HP series offers considerable latitude with its variable ballasting concept. For example, prefabricated steel, magnetite or concrete ballast bodies can be inserted into or removed from the large ballast compartments between the wheel sets using a forklift, for example. This can be carried out in the user’s workshop or on the construction site. Hamm offers various ballast body kits for this purpose, allowing different weights to be achieved. Because the ballast spaces are located in the centre of the machine, the weight is always evenly distributed over both axles –

Sprinkler system optimized

Operator’s platform with first-class field of vision

The new HP series pneumatic tire rollers also offer a modern, spacious operator’s platform or panoramic cabin with maximum visibility over the machine and the construction site. In this respect all models comply with the new ISO 5006-2017 operator’s field of view standard which is markedly stricter than the previous provisions. In terms of machine design, Hamm is sticking with the proven asymmetrical frame concept in the HP series. This is not only a hallmark, it is also a quality advantage because it follows the track offset between the front and rear wheel sets and always allows a clear view of the outer flanks of the front and rear wheels. Clarity and an unimpeded overview also prevail on the operator’s platform. For example, on all models the operation is designed to be totally lan26


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perfect conditions for optimum compaction quality. Additional ballasting of up to 17 t is possible, depending on the basic weight. In addition, the HP series also scores in terms of safety. Drivers can always reach the brake pedal quickly and reliably because it is an integral part of the seat-operating unit on all HP series models. This makes for the maximum possible operational safety because the brake is always easily accessible. This aspect is especially important particularly for heavy rollers weighing well over 20 t. The new HP series rollers are visually identifiable by the large, newly designed water tank. Like the diesel tank, it is generously dimensioned so that the machines have sufficient capacity for a full working day without stopping to refill. For this reason alone, the rollers are already extremely productive. Hamm also offers a supplementary water tank with a volume of 1,500 L for all HP series models. It may be used as a water reservoir for the sprinkling system, but also serves as an easily quantifiable, flexible supplementary weight.

Hamm’s new rollers feature a clean, welldesigned cab to ensure operator comfort.

Hamm has also optimized the additive sprinkler system for the new HP series due to the profusion of special asphalts that tend to be difficult to process. High-quality compaction of these construction materials calls for sprinkling of the pneumatic tires with an additive. Previously, the additive concentrate was mixed with water and then filled into a separate tank on the roller. On the new machines, the additive concentrate is simply filled without premixing. The dosage from the large additive tank with level monitoring can be controlled from the operator’s platform in various addition levels. The roller doses and mixes the additive during the compaction in accordance with the specification. This also brings about an increase in quality, because Hamm avoids separation of the additive-water mixture. Swapping from water to additive can be done at any time at the operator’s station.

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TAKING PREMIUM TRUCKS TO THE NEXT LEVEL GMC adds options for carbon fibre bed, Duramax diesel and more to 2020 Sierra 1500


MC has announced a number of updates for its 2020 Sierra 1500 that the company states will take premium trucks to the next level. Availability of a carbon fibre bed, the 3.0L Duramax turbodiesel and 10-speed automatic transmission, plus additional technology like Adaptive Cruise Control – Camera, add to a robust portfolio of technologies that deliver an innovative and premium ownership experience.

Top towing technology

The Sierra already features an innovative suite of towing technologies that enable an exceptional light-duty towing experience. For 2020, the Sierra 1500 will be available with the upgraded ProGrade Trailering System introduced earlier this year on the 2020 Sierra HD. The ProGrade Trailering System now features an available 15 unique camera views, including a transparent trailer view to help optimize the driver’s view around the truck and compatible trailers to provide added confidence when towing. New for 2020, the available transparent trailer view uses the tailgate-mounted camera and an available accessory camera mounted on the rear of the trailer. The resulting display helps the driver to virtually see through the trailer, benefiting drivers when navigating parking lots, merging into traffic and making tight turns. The in-vehicle Trailering App has updated features and enhanced mobile integration for 2020. Owners will now be able to create and edit trailer profiles through the myGMC mobile app and load them into their Sierra, saving time 28


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when hooking up for the first time. Owners will also have the option of making a trailer profile shareable for easy transfer of trailer specs. The in-vehicle Trailering App will now also send maintenance reminders and trailer mileage information to an owner’s phone. Also new for 2020, the Sierra 1500 will feature available smart trailer technology designed to allow access to select features of the iN∙Command Control System from ASA Electronics through the myGMC mobile app, either on compatible Android and iOS smartphones or on the vehicle’s infotainment system via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility.

Adaptive Cruise Control available

For 2020, the Sierra also receives Adaptive Cruise Control – Camera available on SLT, AT4 and Denali trim levels. The system features a single high-mounted camera behind the rearview mirror and can bring the Sierra to a complete stop. The 2020 Sierra is also capable of supporting SiriusXM’s next generation audio entertainment platform. New for 2020, the 10-speed automatic transmission is now offered with the 5.3L V-8 with Dynamic Fuel Management. The 5.3L V-8 and 10-speed automatic pairing will be standard on the Sierra Denali and Sierra AT4 and available on all four-wheel drive Sierras with the SLE trim level and above. The 10-speed automatic has more gears for more ratios, giving Sierra refined performance and outstanding shift quality. The previously announced available 3.0L Duramax inline-six turbodiesel engine will pair with the 10-speed automatic as well. The 3.0L Duramax

Cameras allow Sierra drivers to use the transparent trailer feature. produces an SAE-certified 277 hp and 624 Nm (460 lb.-ft.) of torque at just 1,500 rpm, perfectly suiting the engine for off-road use in the Sierra AT4. That amount of torque at such a low engine speed – and the truck’s driving range – adds another level of capability to the Sierra’s most off-road-focused package ever. The 3.0L Duramax will be available on Denali, AT4, SLT, Elevation and SLE models.

Continued technological excellence

The Sierra offers what GM states is the world’s first MultiPro Tailgate, with six unique functions and positions offering enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions, a standing workstation and easy access to items in the box. The GMC-exclusive CarbonPro Pickup Box is the industry’s first carbon fibre pickup box, developed

to increase durability, efficiency and functionality while offering dent, scratch and corrosion resistance. A multi-colour Heads-Up Display projects key, customizable vehicle data on the windshield on a 15-inch-diagonal display. The Rear Camera Mirror offers an available dual-function interior rearview mirror with a camera view display that provides a wide view unobstructed by common visual obstructions like occupants or cargo. This next generation system features the ability to tilt or zoom the view. The 2020 Sierra Denali features an Adaptive Ride Control suspension system designed to provide premium driving refinement with exceptional responsiveness. It provides continuous ride damping by employing sophisticated sensors to monitor road conditions and chassis responses in real time.


TRI-DRIVE AIR SUSPENSIONS FOR MULTI-AXLE HEAVY-HAUL AND OFF-HIGHWAY APPLICATIONS Ultra-high-capacity Triton Tri-Drive Air Suspensions are engineered to be used in multi-axle configurations for heavy-haul and off-highway applications. Designed for traditional production line installation, Triton’s brawny 105K carrying capacity gives OEMs a viable and efficient path to broaden their product offerings by increasing the load-bearing capabilities of existing vehicle platforms. Triton Tri-Drive Air Suspensions are engineered for application flexibility and can be combined to provide a variety of vehicle carrying capacities, including 35K single-drive, 70K dual-drive and 105K tri-drive configurations. Regardless of disposition, Triton Air Suspensions are designed to seamlessly integrate with most major heavy-haul axle makes and models. The Triton mounting system features extra-wide weight-bearing brackets that provide yaw stability, delivering preTKing HeavyHaul Team HEG 1_Layout 1 10/2/18 9:29 PM Page 1 dictable and well-balanced handling. Ride quality is also enhanced by Triton’s high-mounted air springs and under-slung spring saddles, which allow plus or minus 4 inches of articulation, minimizing roll. Triton is also equipped with both longitudinal and lateral control rods that ensure proper axle tracking and alignment. Trailing beams are interconnected by a torsion bar, further improving ride stability. Unique dual-height control valves help the suspension maintain optimum ride height independent of load levels, and all units are fitted with heavy-duty shock absorbers. S P E C I A L I Z E








To maximize uptime and significantly extend the life of electrical charging system components, Mack Trucks is making a battery refresher standard on all Mack models. The battery refresher helps reduce and reverse the effects of sulfation, giving lead-acid batteries longer life and superior performance. Sulfation occurs when sulfate crystals, a byproduct of normal battery operation, build up on the battery’s lead plates. As more sulfate crystals build up, the battery loses its ability to accept energy and reach a full charge, shortening its life. The refresher emits high-frequency pulses of energy to remove the sulfate crystals and allow the batteries to once again accept a full charge, resulting in significantly improved life and performance. In addition, fully charged batteries reduce the wear and tear experienced by other electrical system components, such as the alternator and starter, helping extend their service life.

Trail King and Goldhofer are teaming up to promote and support each other’s products both in the United States and around the world. Together, Goldhofer and Trail King will provide the most comprehensive line of customized hauling solutions and services. Contact us to learn how to Move the World Together!


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oger Nielsen, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), the largest commercial vehicle manufacturer in North America, recently declared battery-electric vehicles as the solution to achieve emissions-free commercial transportation in North America. Speaking to a crowd assembled in Long Beach, Nielsen said, “The road to emissions-free transportation is going to be driven with battery-electric vehicles. I believe the future is electric.” The road to emissions-free driving, he continued, does not include plug-in hybrids for DTNA. Near-zero-emissions natural gas medium- and heavy-duty vehicles are currently available and will continue from Freightliner as an interim solution until full commercialization of the battery-electric Freightliner eM2 and eCascadia. The company sees potential for hydrogen fuel cells to extend battery-electric truck range, but does not see it as viable in the near term. The vision of electric vehicles does not exclude fuel cells: “I can see glimpse of it over the horizon, but it will not be this generation of engineers who will be delivering it,” continued Nielsen. To hasten the arrival of zero-emission commercial transport, three goals must first be achieved. First, the industry must work together to establish a common battery-electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Daimler AG is a founding member of CharIN, an organization whose aim is to standardize charging requirements for electric vehicles, including commercial vehicles. Second, batteries must become cheaper, lighter and more powerful. DTNA is leveraging its global network to develop proprietary batteries for its commercial vehicles that meet the standards of quality, durability and integration that customers demand. Finally, the real cost of ownership for customers must be strengthened through increased incentives, decreased maintenance costs, and cheaper energy costs. Organizations like the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) will be instrumental in creating a viable business case for electric trucks. A $16M grant from SCAQMD partially funds the Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet. The key to ensuring electric vehicles are ready for commercialization is testing. DTNA and its global affiliates exhaustively test their electric vehicles over millions of miles on the track and in the real-world. With its first electric truck already in customer hands, DTNA plans to put nearly 50 on the road by the end of the year. This includes a test fleet and the Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet shared between Penske and

NFI. Affiliated brands Fuso and Mercedes-Benz trucks have already begun deliveries of the battery-electric eCanter and eActros in Asia, Europe, and North America. By the end of 2019, nearly 200 battery-electric vehicles powered by Daimler will be deployed for testing, co-creation and collaboration worldwide. “For our engineers, these early customer partners are our test drivers. We want them to test these vehicles to their extremes. We want to see the failures so we can engineer solutions,” said Nielsen. To enable rapid scale-up of thoroughly tested and validated electric vehicles, DTNA announced today that they will begin converting the Portland manufacturing plant to produce electric Freightliners. The plant lies just blocks from DTNA’s LEED Platinum headquarters. The plant renovations begin next year with series production scheduled to begin in 2021. The company’s decision to bring electric vehicle production to Portland was based on multiple factors, including Portland’s proximity to the huge demand for electric vehicles in California. In addition to production, the Portland manufacturing facility will also host a battery storage facility and an electric vehicle co-creation center, where the e-consulting team will collaborate with customers. Here they will integrate electric trucks into their fleets from order intake through the second life of the truck. The Freightliner eM2 truck is an electrified solution for local distribution, pickup and delivery, food and beverage delivery, and last-mile logistics applications. The Freightliner eCascadia is a Class 8 tractor designed for local and regional distribution and drayage. Both trucks enter series production in 2021.




and Kenworth dealers to help optimize truck uptime and productivity and allows fleets to track the location of the Kenworth trucks. Kenworth TruckTech+ notifications include continue driving with no action required, keep driving and address the service code during the next service interval, head to a dealer for service, or pull over to prevent possible damage. If the customer needs to take the truck in for service, the system maps out the locations of the three closest repair facilities. The data is sent to a secure web

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EV LINEUP TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT ACT EXPO Peterbilt Motors Company displayed its electric vehicle lineup recently at ACT Expo in Long Beach, California. The Peterbilt booth featured a Model 220EV, a Model 520EV and a Model 579EV. The 220EV was spec’d with the Meritor Blue Horizon eAxle first shown at CES in January, the 520EV showed off the Transpower mid-ship powertrain configuration, and the 579EV featured the new Allison AXE Series e-Axle.

Daimler Trucks president and CEO Roger Nielsen.


Kenworth is adding the TruckTech+ Remote Diagnostics system as an option for its medium-duty conventional trucks. Fleets and truck operators buying new Kenworth T270, T370 (shown), T440 and T470 models – equipped with the 6.7-litre PACCAR PX-7 engine, 8.9-litre PACCAR PX-9 engine, or Cummins Westport L9N natural gas engine – will be able to order Kenworth TruckTech+ Remote Diagnostics. The system enhances vehicle diagnostics by providing real-time engine health information to fleet managers


portal where the fleet manager can review the truck’s location, status, identified issue and recommended solution. If a repair is needed quickly, the data can be sent to the servicing dealer in advance so they can be prepared to work on the truck – saving customers time and money in initial diagnostics. When the truck arrives, the dealer’s service team can move quickly to remedy the problem.

“Peterbilt has invested in the integration of electric powertrains into a wide range of existing products and customer applications for development and testing,” said Peterbilt’s Chief Engineer Scott Newhouse. “Today, we have 14 electric vehicles built, on our way to more than 30 by the end of the year, for real customer routes and to analyze performance so that our production options meet the standards customers expect when buying a Peterbilt.” In addition to the Peterbilt booth display, six 579EVs were showcased at the front of the exposition centre representing some of the Peterbilt electric vehicles that are in the hands of customers.


AFTERMARKET PARTS SUPPLIER MARKS 25 YEARS TRP is celebrating 25 years of providing high-quality and reliable aftermarket parts for all makes and models of trucks, trailers and buses – 25 years of trusted aftermarket products, 25 years of reliable performance, and 25 years of proven quality. TRP was established in Europe in 1994 to meet a growing fleet demand for reliable parts that could be used with a wide variety of equipment. Today, TRP offers a vast selection of more than 125,000 parts through a global network of more than 2,200 DAF, Kenworth, Peterbilt and TRP Store retailers. The breadth of the TRP line and a robust product testing process contribute to making TRP parts the trusted, reliable and proven choice for commercial vehicle fleets of all sizes. In addition, operators and maintenance managers know that no matter where they purchase a TRP part, they have support through a global network of 2,200 retail locations and 18 parts distribution centres staffed by all-makes product and customer service specialists. The TRP brand has expanded to include a dedicated network of TRP retail stores launched in 2014. Reaching new customers and new markets, there are now more than 180 TRP store locations across 39 countries worldwide.


THREE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE ANSI EXPERIENCE What operators can expect when renting a MEWP under the new standards

By Ian McGregor


he industry has been alive with discussion over the past couple of years about the new ANSI standards and the changes to the design, training, and safe use of what’s now known as Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs). Many OEMs have published papers on the upcoming changes to their equipment but, now that these machines are in production, it’s time to focus on the ANSI experience.

What operators can anticipate with new ANSI

1 DESIGN A92.20 The most impactful design change is the introduction of load sensing on MEWPs. While this seems like a drastic change, this is something that has been in global markets for over a decade. When most ANSI A92.20 machines are over their maximum rated capacity, an alarm will sound/flash and all normal lifting functions will be disabled. If this happens to you, your MEWP may be overloaded. The MEWP’s capacity label(s) will show the maximum rated load. Remember: your weight, the weight of your tools, and any accessories will affect how much you can safely bring to height.



A risk assessment must now be performed, which includes: identifying the task(s) to be performed, proper MEWP selection, assessing the risk,

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developing control measures and identifying safe work procedures. As an alternative to receiving familiarization on the particular model of MEWP to be used from a qualified person, an operator may, if authorized by the user/employer, self-familiarize.

3 TRAINING A92.24 As an experienced operator you know that it’s essential to be trained and familiarized with the equipment you’re operating. One thing that you will learn, when trained in accordance with ANSI A92.24, is that training must extend past the operators and include supervisors and occupants as well. Supervisors must be able to knowledgably monitor operator performance, and occupants must have the knowledge to operate the controls in case of an emergency where you, the operator, are unable to. Ian McGregor is director of product safety at Skyjack

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By Denny Ancel

In evaluating rental equipment providers, companies not only need to look at their equipment needs but also explore how providers can help advance jobsite productivity beyond equipment.



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s construction and roadbuilding companies know, renting equipment is a small but pivotal part of any project. If a vital piece of equipment is not available, that can result in idle workers, and a project falling behind schedule and going beyond budget. Working with mixed fleets of owned and rented equipment is how most companies do business. When renting, contractors pay only for the equipment they need, at the time they need it. Rental equipment contract periods provide the flexibility to get right equipment for a job for any length of time, so a firm doesn’t invest in buying machines that will only see a short period of use and then sit idle for the rest of the year. In evaluating rental equipment providers, companies not only need to look at their equipment needs but also explore how providers can help advance jobsite productivity beyond equipment.

Looking at equipment needs

When assessing rental providers, the evaluation should examine: can the rental company provide equipment most likely to be needed for core projects? How deep is their fleet; will availability be an issue? Can they deliver equipment to remote projects where it is needed? Having access to many different types of equipment has a major impact on construction and road-

building project success. Rental companies have a broader inventory of equipment than a single contractor could possibly own. This equipment includes attachments to tailor machines for specific tasks, trench safety solutions, wearables and GPS technology to track utilization and more. Some rental portfolios also offer onsite services such as drones, tool management, extensive heating options including propane service and onsite diesel fuelling. Another benefit of renting equipment is that rental companies upgrade their fleets on a regular basis, providing access to the most advanced gear with the latest safety technologies. This gives contractors an opportunity to not only work with the very latest equipment models but also become deeply familiar with them before deciding whether to buy. To guide contractors, rental companies typically provide a lead point of contact to advise on the selection of the right equipment to address needs and practices to ensure optimal return on rentals and jobsite productivity. In addition to dedicated support personnel, rental providers are offering digital commerce platforms that make it easy for companies to evaluate, price and procure rental equipment and services online. Increasingly, they are expanding these digital marketplaces to not only include their own equipment but also third-party and customer-owned rentals and items for purchase.

Most every rental provider can deliver needed equipment on schedule according to a project plan. While that is useful, it is only the bare minimum. Project managers are expected to maintain productivity regardless of the situation. Planned, unplanned, seasonal and other events all have to be handled flawlessly. Companies need to explore whether they can rely on their rental providers when they need them to meet unexpected needs, such as disaster response and power outages. In these situations, companies don’t want to be calling around shopping for a provider. They need an established partner in the wings – a rental company they can trust to deliver in any situation. A construction or roadbuilding company does not have to be a large, national firm to have simultaneous jobsites in multiple cities and towns, and even multiple provinces and territories. Once projects are up and running, it can be harder to predict equipment needs in advance. When unexpected needs arise, local support and proximity to equipment fleet become a significant consideration. It can be costly to manage owned equipment over long distances; even a small delay can have a ripple effect on a project timeline. Local support also means more immediate response on rented equipment repair and maintenance. Also, some rental providers offer servicing programs for owned equipment with professional inspections, preventative

ment are incredibly helpful, they are largely inward looking. Benchmarking performance enables the gains generated by fleet management efficiencies to be taken to the next level. Any rental supplier that a contractor uses should be able to provide how its equipment is utilized and consumed by market segment, job type and equipment specification. Benchmarking uncovers opportunity to understand where utilization problems are and can lead to corrective actions which change operational behavior and achieve a stronger financial result.

maintenance and repairs at customer sites or rental branches. Contractors can cut costs for maintaining equipment and periodic repairs, and reduce their need to hire and train service technicians.

Looking beyond equipment

Rental companies need to provide ways to contribute to contractor productivity beyond equipment. When assessing rental providers, companies should include a review of services in their evaluations. This includes offering digital tools to optimize equipment management, benchmarking key performance metrics and advancing training and safety capabilities. • Optimize equipment management Every minute equipment sits idle at a jobsite, it costs a company money and hurts its bottom line. That’s why optimizing equipment utilization is key to enhancing profits. Leveraging digital tools, including low-cost sensors, GPS technology and telematics, and a new generation of high-powered, cloud-based fleet management software and services, make it possible to manage both owned and rental equipment. These tools create a digital system of record, providing valuable information such as location, use and performance. • Benchmark key performance metrics While the insights gained from digital equipment fleet manage-

• Advance operator and safety training The challenges of jobsite safety and productivity are something companies face every day. Lectures with minimal classroom engagement are not enough. Companies need to look to dedicated resources that offer quality operator and safety training along with support outside the classroom – like jobsite consultation, engineered designs and safety equipment. Instruction methods need to include immersive learning that applies the use of 2D and 3D immersive graphics, gamification, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), to the education process. This method is particularly attractive to the workforce that has more recently entered the job marketplace. It is estimated the construction industry will need to recruit, train and retain an estimated 300,000 new workers over the next decade, according to BuildForce Canada. Training must be ready for the learning preferences of digital natives as they grow in numbers in the job marketplace.

Aligning equipment with jobsite needs

Today’s jobsites are demanding, highly complex, dynamic environments. Companies need to pursue equipment partnerships that help them cut through the complexity and provide resources to get the job done safely, on time and on budget. Align-

ing equipment with these important organizational goals is the ultimate business advantage. Denny Ancel is the United Rentals district sales manager in Alberta and has been with the company for 15 years.



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>> EQUIPMENT FOCUS: PORTABLE POWER << An Atlas Copco generator powers a pump. Inset: Atlas Copco HiLight P2+ LED light tower.


etting the right power to your jobsite is about efficiency, convenience and safety. We asked the experts at Atlas Copco to share their insight on the latest trends in portable power and what innovations they expect to power jobsites in the future.


“The biggest change in light towers is the rapid growth of LED technology,” according to Angel Nieto, product manager for power and light at Atlas Copco Power Technique. He said that LED lamps use less energy, are more durable and offer higher performance than metal halide technology. The necessity of correct engine sizing when using LED light is also becoming more understood by customers, Nieto said. Correct engine sizing is essential to avoid low load issues that will cause an early failure of the light tower’s engine. He expects that new power options, such as battery packs and solar panels, will increase light tower performance in the future. Nieto also expects that these technologies will be able to replace diesel power in some applications.





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Knowledge is power, and telematics is being incorporated into more tools – including generators – to give owners more insight into their tools. Nieto said that good telematics solutions that offer location, geo-fencing and full read access to generators are becoming more and more demanded, especially by rental companies. One current issue with generators is that a lot of large power generators are not available with Tier 4 Final engines yet. Nieto said that this gap is driving the demand for paralleling of generators. “The versatility that this modular capability provides makes it a very suitable solution for rental companies,” he said. Nieto expects that green technologies will have an increasing presence in the market. “Green storage systems are a perfect fit for generators,” he said. “They increase the overall efficiency of the package.” He added that low load issues are an ongoing concern for generator users and said that the current solutions of adding external load to generators will be replaced by more efficient technologies. “Atlas Copco will soon bring a new innovative solution to this problem,” he said.


“The compressor industry is right in the middle of the Tier 4 Final EPA emission transition,” said Clayton James, product manager for large air compressors at Atlas Copco Power Technique. He added that Atlas Copco’s entire compressor lineup now meets these standards. He sees meeting Tier 4 Final standards as an opportunity; whether for compressors offering low-pressure or high-pressure air, adapting to Tier 4 Final provided Atlas Copco with the opportunity to change compressor technology in terms of control and regulation systems. James expects that new electronic regulation systems will allow compressors to be built for a wide range of applications in a single unit. “Atlas Copco has designed new regulation systems Pace Air and Air Expert 2.0 for low-pressure and high-pressure applications. Simply put, we have four models of compressors that complement each other to have a wide range of pressure and flow, giving our customers flexibility in their fleet.” HEG

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A Tier 4 Final Perkins 2506J diesel engine will be offered on the 1600H and 900XHH/1150XH Series machines alongside current Caterpillar offerings to give customers additional choices. The 1600H produces air pressures up to 1,600 cfm at 100 or 150 psig, while the 900XHH/1150XH Series machine produces air pressures of 500 psig at 900 cfm and 350 psig at 1150 cfm. The Perkins-powered machines focus on enhanced usability, with a state-of-the-art 7-inch Sullair Touch Screen Controller providing easy access to all compressor operation data. Standard features include LED taillights, CDT, air filter maintenance indicators and much more â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all in a smaller and lighter overall package. The units are approximately 20 percent smaller than previous generation Sullair compressors, allowing for easier maneuverability, storage and transit, and tow and load. The units are powered by the Sullair 25-series air end and an oversized 249-gallon fuel tank provides up to 10 hours of runtime at full load.



The redesigned C185 has a runtime of 12.6 hours at 100 percent load â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which Doosan Portable Power says is 26 percent longer than other brands. The longer runtime is achieved by adding a 65 percent larger fuel tank without sacrificing the compact size. The C185 performs in extreme temperatures with cold starting capabilities at temperatures as low as -10 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 20 degrees colder than the closest competitor, according to the company. The C185 also has a limited ambient temperature rating of up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit for reliable operation in areas that experience extreme heat. The C185 is equipped with the Doosan DSN100 airend and a Tier 4 Final Doosan D18 engine. Together, they deliver 185 cfm of air at a rated operating pressure of 100 psi. By using Doosan engines and Doosan airends, Doosan says that it can guarantee the quality of its machines and create consistency across its models.


Generac Mobile users can extend their Tier 4 Final generator run time with a new extended run fuel system. The system makes it easy to connect external fuel and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tanks to the generator for longer run times. Designed to work with TransCube external fuel and DEF tanks, the Extended Run Fuel System uses a vacuum-draw technology that allows the fuel and DEF to flow seamlessly from the external fuel and DEF tanks to the on-board tanks of the generator, maximizing the total fuel and DEF capacity of all of the tanks for more operating hours before refilling is required. The System is available as a factory-installed option on all Generac Mobile Tier 4 Final diesel generators 75 kVA and up, and includes a fuel pump switch, external diesel supply port, external DEF supply port and a DEF power receptacle.



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This light tower can be powered directly from an auxiliary power source, a portable generator or the grid. The energy-efficient light tower offers easy portability, safe transportation and durability. Excellent for construction and roadwork, the HiLight V3+ is housed on a four-wheel trailer for ease of transportation. The compact model comes with a heavy-duty steel frame, stainless steel mast and is protected by polyethylene bumpers. The four 160-watt LED bulbs, designed with directional glass optics, are capable of illuminating an area of up to 32,292 square feet. The unit has a manually operated vertical mast extending up to 18 feet. The tower is designed to withstand wind speeds up to 51 mph. The LED lamps have a life expectancy of more than 30,000 hours. LED HiLight tower lamps have an aluminum casting which provides heavy-duty protection, even during transportation. Combining variable speed smart control and paralleling capability, this unit delivers efficient power with low fuel consumption by adapting engine speed to the required load conditions.


This high-performance light tower is designed to last and is efficient and easy to transport in a variety of applications. It is ideal for events, urban construction, road construction and temporary public lighting. It has exceptional plug-and-light capabilities and can be connected to any external power supply, including auxiliary power or a portable generator. For increased light coverage, up to three CPLT E3 LEDs can be daisy chained together. The electric unit is efficient with four 160-watt high-quality LED bulbs, which have an expected lifespan of 30,000 hours. These lights can provide coverage of just over 32,000 square feet. The heavy-duty mast can be raised to 23 feet high and features block spacers to reduce friction over time. A robust frame and canopy includes four heavy-duty stabilizers to ensure wind stability. It is easy to put up to 32 units on a trailer with a convenient forklift pocket and compact size. Additionally, wheels and a handle kit make it simple to transport around the site. The E3 can be used indoors and is environmentally friendly.

ALLMAND MAXI-POWER 45 >> MOBILE GENERATOR This generator comes equipped with a heavy-duty, oversized alternator with separate excitation winding. The higher starting capacity enables operators to easily start larger motors with variable loads. The Maxi-Power 45 is sound attenuated with airflow design to reduce noise, features a dual fuel filter system with acrylic filter for enhanced protection and a longer engine life, and is equipped with a fluid containment system as well as a double-wall single-cell metal fuel tank to hold up to 110 percent of all on-board fluids. With a frequency switch for flexibility of jobsite power needs, and 15-inch tires for longer wear and greater towing capabilities, this generator will last and deliver the power needed to get the job done.




Volvo CE unveiled the first machines in their line of all-electric compact excavators and wheel loaders at bauma

By Kaitlyn Till, Managing Editor


olvo Construction Equipment has not shied away from showcasing its ambition to lead OEMs in offering a range of electric-powered equipment across a variety of sectors. For the past few years, the company has been presenting innovations under its “Building Tomorrow” theme, emphasizing that electric equipment will play a significant role in the future of construction and transport – particularly in cities. With experimental projects such as the Skanska Electric Quarry Site in Sweden, electric buses and all-electric trucks for transport and waste applications, the company has set its sights high for developing low- or no-emissions solutions that don’t compromise productivity. The Volvo Group has had the advantage of utilizing R&D across its range of product sectors. “We have made a lot of effort in building a modular platform. On the hardware side, the different modules could be configured in different ways in order to fit different types of applications in the Group,” commented Volvo Group President & CEO Martin Lundstedt at the Volvo Ocean Race in 2018. In May 2017, Volvo CE unveiled its 100 percent electric compact excavator prototype, the EX2, at the company’s Innovation Summit. A year later, Volvo

exhibited the prototype at Intermat 2018 and received the Equipment & Machinery Award in the Earthmoving & Demolition category at Intermat Innovation Award. The company kicked off 2019 by announcing that it would introduce a full range of electric-powered compact equipment – excavators and wheel loaders – to the market by mid-2020. The company will stop R&D for diesel-powered excavators and wheel loaders in that size range (diesel models will still be available for purchase). The first two models, the ECR25 excavator and L25 wheel loader, were unveiled at bauma 2019. “Unveiling our first commercial electric machines marks a significant moment in Volvo CE’s journey toward building a more sustainable future,” said Melker Jernberg, president of Volvo CE. “In line with the Volvo Group’s strategic focus on electromobility in all business areas, we are driving leadership in electromobility and delivering sustainable solutions that support customer success. The electrification of construction equipment will produce cleaner, quieter and more efficient machines – this represents the future of our industry.” The ECR25 electric excavator features lithium-ion batters and an electric motor which powers the hydraulics for moving the machine and attach-

Top: The Volvo ECR25 all-electric excavator. Above: Volvo Group President & CEO Martin Lundstedt and Volvo Construction Equipment President Melker Jernberg unveil the first two machines in the electric compact line. ment. It can run for eight hours in the most common applications for this size of machine. The L25 electric wheel loader has two dedicated electric motors for the drivetrain and the hydraulics. Both machines can be charged overnight by a regular household plug and socket. Volvo says that a fast charging option will also be available. Both machines deliver zero exhaust emissions, have significantly lower noise levels, offer reduced energy costs, boast improved efficiency and require less maintenance compared to their conventional counterparts.

The size range of electric compact excavators will run from the EC15 to EC27, and the wheel loaders will range from the L20 to L28. “The ECR25 and L25 are revolutionary machines that demonstrate Volvo CE’s commitment to future technology,” said Scott Young, director of Electromobility and Automation. “As the machines are electric, no particulate matter, nitrogen oxide or carbon dioxide are released into the environment. This, together with the fact that they have extremely low noise levels, makes them ideal for use in cities and densely populated areas.” HEG

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oosan Infracore North America has added three new models in the 3.5-, 4- and 5-ton mini excavator classes: the Doosan DX35-5, DX42-5 and DX50-5, complementing the existing DX63-3 and DX85R-3 models. “Doosan customers expect high-performing, productive and reliable machines when they see the Doosan orange,” said Aaron Kleingartner, marketing manager for Doosan Infracore North America. “Now

our customers who need a 3.5-, 4- or 5-ton mini excavator can purchase, lease or rent a machine from their local Doosan construction equipment dealer.” The expanded mini excavator line allows Doosan dealers to provide a wider range of products to their customers. “We hope with the additional models, our Doosan dealers will have the ability to grow their businesses and be even more successful in their local markets,” Kleingartner says. “Also, it’s important to note that these three models will be manufactured in the United States for fast delivery to our U.S. and Canadian dealers and customers.”

Comfort features

These mini excavators will each be available with an enclosed cab, including heat and air conditioning, or an open canopy configuration. Doosan says that both configurations offer excellent all-around visibility, especially to the attachment. A standard suspension seat provides all-day comfort for operators, while a strategically positioned deluxe instrument panel provides valuable machine information for operators. A standard keyless start system helps to reduce unauthorized machine use and theft. Customers can choose between a standard arm or a long-arm option. The long-arm option gives operators more dig depth and reach and reduces the amount of machine repositioning for enhanced productivity. A blade comes standard with all three new models, and an angle blade is available as a factory option. An angle blade makes it easier for mini excavator operators to perform backfill tasks more efficiently, as well as create slopes and swales.

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cavator operators to easily change attachments to match the trenching task to the desired bucket width, minimizing over-digging. A thumb is a popular attachment to use with a bucket to effectively grab, lift and place items, such as debris in site preparation or hardscape materials for a landscaping project. Operators have access to 17 to 20 gallons per minute of auxiliary hydraulic flow, depending on the model, to provide power to other attachments, such as augers, breakers and plate compactors.


The new Tier 4–compliant DX35-5 is now the smallest Doosan mini excavator available. This 3-ton-class excavator is designed with zero tail swing, which makes it an ideal machine for operating on congested jobsites and working next to other objects. A dual-flange track roller system gives the machine greater over-the-side digging capacity, exceptional slewing and a smooth, comfortable ride. A roomy cab adds to operator comfort and tall, wide windows provide the operator with excellent visibility for enhanced productivity and safety. 


The conventional tail swing, Tier 4–compliant DX42-5 has strong bucket breakout force, dig depth and reach in a highly maneuverable excavator in the 4- to 5-ton class. Its relatively narrow width for a machine in its class provides operators greater ability to navigate through doorways, gates and other obstacles.


The 4- to 5-ton size class, Tier 4–compliant DX50-5 enables customers to operate in tight spaces with superior digging performance. It is a minimal tail swing excavator with less than one inch of tail overhang.


THREE NEW BACKHOE ATTACHMENTS The BH9B, BH10B and BH11B were designed for operators handling light construction, agricultural, landscaping or utility work. They are ideal for use on John Deere G-Series skid steers and compact track loaders. The new backhoe attachments are ideal for those working in tight spaces by offering swing speed control and 180-degree capabilities to help maximize efficiency and improve machine stability. Workspace visibility is optimized with the attachments’ sleek, low-profile design. Cushioned cylinders allow for smooth operations and limit shock loads during use. A two-lever control of boom or swing (left lever) and dipper stick or bucket (right lever) allow for precise control and movement. Each new backhoe model includes a 34–45 litres-perminute (9–12 gallons-per-minute) hydraulic flow range for smooth operation. The new backhoes provide different levels of maximum dig depths ranging of 2,945 mm (110 inches) on the BH9B, 2,945 mm (116 inches) on the BH10B and 3,380 mm (133 inches) on the BH11B. The BH model bucket widths range from 455 mm (18 inches) to 915 mm (36 inches); the new and improved heavy-duty buckets feature an easy-cleanout design for the toughest jobs. BH10B and BH11B buckets offer three linkage positions to maximize curl, reach or breakout force. Breakout force on the BH9B is 1,765 kg (3,895 pounds), 2,575 kg (5,675 pounds) on the BH10B, and 2,575 kg (5,675 pounds) on the BH11B, for the toughest of jobs. For increased versatility, the backhoe standard-tilt seating capabilities offer easy moving between machine ingress and egress. The backhoe also has a convenient grab handle and open design for convenient maneuvering.







The XP185WDO is a high-pressure model that produces 185 cfm and 125 psi, making it ideal for a variety of applications such as general construction, sandblasting, pneumatic tool operation, pipeline testing and fibre optic cable installation. The XP185 can simultaneously power both air and electrical tools when outfitted with an optional 4-kW generator. The machine is equipped with two 120V duplex outlets with easy access on the curbside, rear panel of the air compressor. An onboard toolbox allows for convenient storage of both air-powered and electrical tools for safe transport and easy access on the jobsite. Powered by a 74-hp Tier 4 Final– compliant engine, the XP185 provides reliable productivity and fuel efficiency. The high-performance Doosan D24 engine features a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) aftertreatment system that is virtually maintenance-free. It offers a 10-hour runtime at 100 percent load and is dependable even in extreme temperatures. A limited ambient temperature of 125 degrees F helps to ensure uptime in hot conditions.





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he TB250-2 compact excavator, with a weight of 10,957 pounds (canopy), provides Takeuchi with a true 5-ton excavator offering that is well-suited for a wide range of applications including landscape, general contracting and rental. “Takeuchi is excited about the addition of the TB250-2 to the excavator line, and we look forward to providing today’s contractors with a machine that will meet and exceed their expectations on the most demanding jobsites,” said Mike Ross, director of product. “Listening to our customers is key ™ to our success and we incorporate that feedback into each and every Takeuchi product to ensure the build quality, performance, and value is unmatched.” Features include a long arm with integrated thumb mount and a max dig depth of 12 feet 4.8 inches. Takeuchi Fleet Management telematics system (TFM) comes standard on the unit. This system allows the owner to view machine vitals, location, utilization, performance and maintenance data remotely and can be instrumental in ensuring machine uptime and availability. A four-pump hydraulic system provides excellent multi-function capability and precision pilot joysticks deliver smooth, metered control. The TB250-2 is also an excellent attachment platform. The primary auxiliary circuit delivers 24.2 gpm and is controlled using a proportional slide switch located on the left-hand joystick. The multi-function monitor makes it possible to adjust hydraulic flow rates from the cabin, and multiple presets allow attachments to be exchanged quickly and easily. AdditionConnect Work Tools Heavy Equipment Guide May 2019.indd 1 4/30/2019 1:10:22 PM ally, detent mode provides continuous oil flow for various types of hydraulically driven attachments helping to improve efficiency and reduce fatigue. Takeuchi says that not only will the operator be more productive with this machine, but they will also be more comfortable in the spacious cabin. The automotive-styled interior is equipped with a high capacity HVAC system to keep them comfortable throughout the year. Rocker switches provide a wide range of functions. Easy to read in varying light conditions, a large multifunction monitor keeps the operator informed of machine health and performance. The deluxe high-back suspension seat features multiple adThe Snorkel SR5719 compact rough terrain telehandler delivers top performance in a compact design. justments for height, weight, fore and Powerfully packed with full-time 4-wheel drive and variable speed drive, this telehandler is capable of aft positions and tilt for greater comlifting 2600kg (5,732 lbs) on any jobsite. An auxiliary hydraulic circuit on the boom can be controlled from fort and customization. the enclosed cab to deliver power and precision up to a working height of 5.79m (19 ft). Service is easy to perform due to the large hoods, which open overhead FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT AHERN CANADA AT 780-467-0600 providing access to key daily inspection points, pattern change valve, selector valve, control valve, battery and toolbox. Sales All grease points are clearly marked Service and easy to locate down one side of the Parts machine. The fuel fill is located behind CANADA a lockable access panel and features a sight gauge to simplify refuelling.


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t’s no secret that the construction industry can be a little behind other sectors in its adoption of technology. Many smaller companies – and some larger – have been slow to recognize the potential benefits of incorporating new developments in technology as part of their business, but as new, younger people come into the industry things are beginning to move in a new direction. While tools like machine control and telematics are becoming more prevalent on the equipment side of the construction business, so too is the use of software for project management. Businesses are taking advantage of the growth in mobile computing to make the job easier for their staff, both in the office and on the ground. That has provided an opportunity for companies in the business management sector to produce new software and products aimed at assisting the construction industry to achieve greater efficiency and productivity through easier adoption and use of technology. “As a group, construction has not been at the forefront of technology, but as we think about the problems we’re trying to solve in the industry – our desire to improve productivity rates, our desire to improve overall safety as well as visibility into safety and compliance – there’s definitely been a push toward adoption,” said Jas Saraw, vice president of Procore for Canada. “We’re also seeing that the industry is becoming more complex. Technology is finding itself not only at the centre of software purchases, but also at the centre of how materials are formulated and how construction itself occurs. So there’s a real strong confluence of a lot of different forces that require construction to look at how it adopts and uses technology going forward.”

Construction lagging behind

A recent study by McKinsey found that compared to other sectors, construction has been lagging behind in implementing productivity improvements such as increased use of technology. A change in the demographics of the construction industry seems to be starting, however, and with that is a growing interest in integrating new tools to improve efficiency. “Traditionally, we’ve seen an unwillingness for millennials or digital natives to enter the construction workforce – it’s not always seen as an attractive pro-

“The idea is that whether you’re a superintendent who’s been on the jobsite for 40 years or you’re new, the flow and user experience should be such that it should be easy to pick up.” Jas Saraw fession, and it’s not necessarily promoted in universities,” Saraw noted. “Procore has a non-profit arm. . . one of the key missions of procore.org is to provide Procore at no cost to institutions of higher learning that are training people in the trades, in order to provide those graduates with the technology tools they will need to be successful in the workforce.” The generational gap in construction is also very obvious when technology comes up for discussion. The old guard has been in the industry for decades and knows its trade from touch and feel, while newer people have grown up with mobile tools and want to incorporate them to drive efficiencies on the jobsite, Saraw noted. Procore aims to meet the needs of both user groups through a focus on research and development that encompasses 350 members globally. In addition, the company offers inside knowledge of the sector – its products have been designed with the assistance of construction professionals to meet the specific needs of construction. “The idea is that whether you’re a superintendent who’s been on the jobsite for 40 years or you’re new, the flow and user experience should be such that it should be easy to pick up regardless of your level of technological savvy or experience,” Saraw noted. Tools are designed to be focused on the roles of the users, whether they are in the office, a project manager or a superintendent – each group has different needs when it comes to their workflow and func-

Mobile computing has opened the door to many efficiencies for contractors of all kinds.

tionality. Finally, an easy implementation is important to provide good time to value, Saraw noted. “We want to make sure it’s easy to configure and easy to deploy, so in most cases we can have our customers up and running in four to six weeks. . . that drives a lot of value for construction companies that are moving at the speed of light and don’t have the time to be invested in expensive technology implementations,” he said.

Big and small contractors benefit from software tools

Scalability is also important for construction, an industry that includes a vast range of operators from major infrastructure companies to small equipment fleets. Those smaller operations, especially, are lacking the resources to have an IT team coordinate the launch of software products – and many of them end up running multiple products to meet their needs. Products like Procore bring those functionalities together into an easily accessible operation, Saraw explained. “Because Procore is a cloud-based solution, because it’s accessible without any requirement for an internal server infrastructure, and because it’s easy to use and you can extend it to iOS, Android and Windows 10 platforms, from a mobile standpoint, it really allows our customers that are smaller to compete on a level footing,” he said. As well, Procore offers an unlimited user license along with unlimited data storage, which means companies can add collaboration to their operation with ease. “It really allows our specialty contractors, our general contractors, and owners to extend the use of the Procore platform to as many people on the jobsite as possible,” Saraw said. “The benefit of that level of collaboration is we get a more complete project record – we reduce the risk on a jobsite, and we ultimately get something a lot more holistic that we can turn over to the owner at the end of the project.” Overall, adding a management tool like Procore to the operation brings more efficient project and safety management, collaboration and communications for employees and associated contractors across the board, Saraw noted. “We are creating transparency in the industry, and giving our customers a platform not only to share data, but also to proactively pre-empt safety issues, to proactively pre-empt cost, and to make sure that we’re making it a more productive industry overall,” he said. HEG JUNE 2019

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Best practices for integrating software and technology

GPS technology is playing a greater part in earthmoving and construction.

By Peter Gibbons


echnology is everywhere. It can be on any and every machine in your operation and it can improve accuracy, productivity and safety at just about any stage of the job. For many companies, the question isn’t whether to adopt technology, it’s about how, where and when to incorporate technology into the business for the best results. Imagine, machines of all makes and models connected with telematics, GPS and onboarding technologies that can be used to help businesses

operate more efficiently throughout the job. Fortunately, it’s not an all or nothing proposition. Simply integrating connected machines and utilizing the data that comes with it for one or two applications on a jobsite will deliver a benefit. Companies in the initial stages of tech adoption may be overwhelmed, not knowing where to begin, not to mention the cost and adaptation. The technology itself has become more affordable and easier to integrate, but it can still be a challenge deciding what to choose and how to get the most out of it. From site surveying and earth moving, to the management and mainten-

ance of equipment, your business can see significant benefits by adapting new technologies. There are many options; we’ve just provided a few practical approaches to consider.

Monitor and track your equipment

Something as simple as tracking hours and location can have a substantial impact on your bottom line. Installing software technology on your equipment is one of the best ways to invest in the long-term productivity of your operation. Knowing the location and hours on your machines can help you be more effective and efficient in managing your fleet. These web-based remote mon-

itoring tools also have the capacity to monitor fuel consumption, equipment inspections and maintenance schedules, taking the guesswork out of construction management. This way you will always know where your equipment is, what it’s doing, how it’s being utilized and how it’s performing. Remote fleet monitoring solutions use a combination of on-machine hardware and programmable software to collect and analyze data from each of your machines, delivering a full picture of the fleet’s performance. Building up a unique history of each machine’s fuel consumption, stop/start patterns, idle and operational time all contribute to optimizing the performance of your machines.

Site surveying

Enhancing the accuracy and speed of the surveying and design process is one of the simplest ways to fast track a project. How? Simply put – streamlining. You’ll be able to better match equipment to the jobsite task, starting the process of fleet optimization before machines are even brought to site. By combining survey data with 3D design models and machine control, you can also increase the efficiency and productivity of a site, moving the right amount of material, at the right location, while logging the work in real time.

Drone analytics

Imagery and data captured from the use of drones is transforming the way jobsites are surveyed and designed. Drone-based solutions survey with a 350X higher survey resolution and up to 50X faster than traditional methods. Depending on the jobsite complexity

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and reporting requirements, drone technology can capture data and imagery, automating reports for a whole range of tasks including stockpile management, haul road maintenance, cut and fill balances and much more.

Grade control

When it comes to earthmoving, even the smallest variance in the grade can have a huge impact on timing, accuracy and profitability. 2D and 3D grade control for dozers, excavators, motor graders, scrapers and wheel loaders is helping to increase efficiencies in operations. Grade control technology allows for more precise measurements which is critical when determining how much dirt to cut or fill, and can mean the difference between saving or losing money on a job. With grade control operators can get to grade faster, knowing exactly how much earth to remove or put back, almost totally eliminating the need to re-work a site.


Technology is not a replacement for training staff, but it is another tool to help contribute to overall productivity and safety on the jobsite. Take proximity detection systems which use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to aid in keeping workers safe. The system works by installing equipment with an antennae that communicates with RFID tags placed within your protective equipment like safety vests and hard hats. When the equipment is reversed, the operator will be alerted with a visual and audible alarm inside the cab and at the same time, an external audio alarm warns ground workers behind the machine they may be in danger. With new technology also comes a lot of data and the question around which data matters and how to capture, analyze and apply the data for optimum results. As we continue to see new technologies developed, we also see more developments in data analytics and insights. Companies who understand the importance of leveraging data are putting themselves at an advantage for winning future work and staying competitive. That doesn’t mean managing it on their own, but accessing the right skills and expertise to make the most of available data. Using technology to support customers and improve operations to drive overall business success is a key focus for Finning Canada. Our digital and performance solutions teams and combined expertise of professionals and technicians from across the organization can help customers make sense out of the technology to transform their business performance. Peter Gibbons is regional technology manager with Finning.


SITEWORKS FEATURES GNSS TILT COMPENSATION AND ANDROID SUPPORT Trimble Siteworks Software version 1.1, features full GNSS tilt compensation functionality in standing, walking and vehicle modes, and support for the Android operating system. Construction surveyors can now capture accurate points without levelling the pole, making surveying in areas such as building corners accurate, fast and easy. In addition, Siteworks version 1.1 now supports the Android operating system, giving contractors the flexibility to choose the field device that best fits their needs and budget. Using Trimble Siteworks and a Trimble SPS986 GNSS Smart Antenna, construction surveyors can take measurements faster and perform more efficient stakeouts. In addition, the solution was designed to shield magnetic interference, and it can be used effectively anywhere on a construction site. There are three modes available that support tilt compensa-

tion, so contractors can record accurate points while standing, walking or driving the site in a vehicle. Tilt compensation in vehicle mode is designed to capture higher accuracy measurements on steeper slopes from a moving vehicle, and more accurate volume measurements to save time and money on material planning. Easy to use for beginners and users without traditional training, tilt compensation allows points to be recorded more safely, eliminating the need to stand in the road to measure a traffic lane, for example. Surveyors can also measure points that they couldn’t before, such as building corners, edges of trenches and utility flowlines. Trimble Siteworks can now support a contractor’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy with Android compatibility. This is ideal for price-conscious users such as owner operators and utility contractors, or

users who need a less rugged solution for lighter use. This gives contractors the freedom to choose the device that works best for them.



Topcon has introduced a new generation of scanning robotic total stations – the GTL-1000. A compact scanner integrated with a fully featured robotic total station, the system is designed to offer a powerful instrument for single-operator layout and scan on a single setup. Combined with ClearEdge3D Verity, it offers a new standard of construction verification workflows. The innovative instrument includes a complete robotic total station that provides full-featured layout functionality with single operator control. The system is designed to build upon proven prism tracking and accuracy that allows operators to confidently layout points in challenging construction environments. With the press of a single button, operators can then initiate a scan. The instrument is designed to enable significantly faster speeds than comparative site scanning workflows. After processing with MAGNET Collage, the workflow is completed with ClearEdge3D Verity, an advanced software tool that automates construction verification.


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INDUSTRY NEWS | heavyequipmentguide.ca American Concrete Pumping Association releases new safe driving video SAFETY The American Concrete Pumping Association (ACPA) has updated its Proper Driving Techniques video. In the video, the ACPA addresses the No. 1 safety hazard for concrete pumpers. The video is available in both English and Spanish language versions and addresses safety practices proven to help pumpers avoid driving accidents – the most common types of accidents involving concrete pumps. Produced in conjunction with Nations Builders Insurance Services Inc. (NBIS), the video’s new content addresses the most current driving practices of concrete pumpers. “Approximately 2/3 of incidents involving pumps occur on the roadway,” said Kyle Rask, Program Manager – Concrete Pumping, NBIS. “The biggest hazard pump operators face every day is driving to and from the jobsite, according to statistics. Our goal for the video is to bring a renewed focus to safe driving practices. If pumpers can’t get to the jobsite safely, they can’t do the job.” The video is available on the ACPA website free of charge and also on the ACPA YouTube channel at: http://bit. ly/PumpDriving.

JCB contracted to supply three Canadian government agencies with large excavators and wheel loaders CONTRACT JCB has executed contracts with the Canadian Army, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the Blanc Sablon Airport to deliver a total of 10 large excavators and wheel loading shovels valued at more than CAD 2.5 million. The Canadian Army has taken delivery of six JCB JS130 tracked excavators and two JCB 220X tracked excavators. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has received one JCB 411HT wheel loading shovel and the Blanc Sablon Airport in Quebec has received a JCB 457ZX wheel loading shovel. “After more than a decade of providing rugged construction machines for U.S. government applications, we’re

excited to grow our relationship with the Government of Canada,” said Scott Whitehurst, government sales manager at JCB North America. “In addition to these recent orders, JCB is included in the Canadian Department of National Defense contract for backhoe loaders and skid-steer loader purchases. And we’re working with Canadian officials to identify cost-efficient solutions.” JCB will leverage its Canadian dealer network to support JCB machines at Canadian government facilities across the nation. In addition, JCB’s comprehensive global parts supply network will enable rapid parts delivery to maximize the uptime throughout the service life of each machine.

ShearForce and Work Truck West open new sales and service centre in Alberta NEW LOCATION ShearForce Equipment and Work Truck West are opening a new sales and service centre in Airdrie, Alberta, in July. Located approximately 20 minutes north of Calgary, the new facility will support ShearForce and Work Truck West’s customers across Alberta and Saskatchewan by supplying parts, service and support for the products they sell from a convenHEG_RMT-VEI_201905.pdf



ient centrally regional location. The shop features three full mechanics bays for in-shop services including work truck customizations and service, and excavator attachment installations and machine setups. ShearForce Equipment and Work Truck West are the two operating divisions of West Coast Machinery Ltd. ShearForce Equipment is a hydraulic attachment

specialist, offering new and used hydraulic demolition, crushing, scrap recycling and excavation attachments for sale and rent. Work Truck West brings a consultative approach when it comes to developing medium-duty work truck solutions, providing mechanics service trucks, dump trucks, picker deck trucks, and snow and ice trucks to customers and partners across Canada.


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Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas secures status as Sourcewell-approved provider CONTRACT Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas has been awarded a contract for procurement of construction equipment and accessories by Sourcewell, a national cooperative representing more than 50,000 U.S. and Canadian government, education and nonprofit organizations. Sourcewell awards competitively solicited cooperative contracts which its members can use to order and purchase equipment and services across a wide range of categories. Under the heavy construction equipment contract, Hyundai facilitates transactions with Sourcewell members through its North American network of authorized Hyundai Construction Equipment dealerships. Hyundai offers Sourcewell members guaranteed machine and accessory pricing. Hyundai authorized dealers provide customers with machine prep, delivery, service and warranty-covered repairs.

SDLG and Volvo excavators to consolidate to one line using Volvo technology and brand in China BRANDING Volvo Construction Equipment and SDLG are extending their cooperation to accelerate growth in China. As of December 2020, all SDLG excavators from 15 tons made for the Chinese market will be consolidated into one product line based on the latest Volvo technology and will be Volvo branded. Since Volvo CE acquired 70 percent of SDLG in 2007, net sales have grown from approximately SEK 3 billion to SEK 17 billion with good profitability according to the company. SDLG has a strong market position in wheel loaders and has successfully entered the excavator market with technological support from Volvo CE.

Hitachi adds two new dealers for forestry products in Canada DEALERS Hitachi has named Brandt as a new dealer for forestry products in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI. Nortrax will offer Hitachi forestry products in all its Ontario, Newfoundland & Labrador and Quebec locations.

IN BRIEF PACCAR Parts celebrates grand opening of distribution centre in Toronto PACCAR Parts celebrated the grand opening of a new 160,000-squarefoot parts distribution centre (PDC) in Toronto, Ontario, on March 20, 2019. The new facility will help increase uptime for commercial vehicle fleets of all sizes in the Greater Toronto Area. PACCAR dealers, customers, vendors and suppliers toured the new facility and learned about the products, services and technology behind PACCAR Parts parts availability. An interactive 3D model of the new distribution centre called the PACCAR Experience gave attendees an exclusive look at how PACCAR Parts uses PDC technology across its global distribution network. The distribution centre officially opened its doors in Toronto on October 22, 2018, and serves 65 dealerships throughout Canada.

NPK Construction Equipment purchases Genesis Attachments NPK Construction Equipment (NPKCE), a subsidiary of Nippon Pneumatic Mfg. Co. LTD (NPK Japan), has acquired Genesis Attachments LLC (USA), Genesis Holdings (Germany), and Genesis GmbH (Germany).

Rototilt’s SecureLock wins German Innovation Award Rototilt Group AB has been awarded the German Innovation Award for its SecureLock coupling solution. The solution eliminates the risk of dropped tools from excavators. SecureLock sounds a distinct beep to confirm that tools are locked firmly in place, and monitoring is continuous to make sure they stay that way. Two completely separate locking circuits ensure that coupling is secure and eliminate electrical problems. An LED lamp turns on automatically when changing tools to improve visibility when a new tool is attached.

Brokk Inc. adds new service and training centre and fleet managers Brokk has opened the doors to its new Demonstration and Service Center in St. Joseph, Missouri, expanding its North American coverage and bringing the number of Brokk locations to three. With the acquisition of Aquajet Systems AB in 2016, Brokk realized there was a need for a centralized location in the Midwest to demonstrate machines from both companies. The 10,000-square-foot facility incorporates an outdoor proving ground with various concrete structures to prove the power and precision of Brokk and Aquajet products, including simulated Department of Transportation materials and steel reinforcement configurations.

Minnich Manufacturing expands Canadian distribution through Montreal Tractor and HMA Equipment Montreal Tractor Inc. and HMA Equipment now offer sales, service and exchange of Minnich equipment for Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Montreal Tractor opened HMA Equipment in Toronto in 2013. Across eastern Canada, Montreal Tractor and HMA Equipment will support the complete Minnich lineup of on-grade, on-slab, machine-mounted and utility concrete dowel pin drills, along with dust collection systems. In addition, they will sell, service and exchange all Minnich concrete vibrators including high cycle, paving, flex shaft and monitoring units.

Hyundai Construction Equipment adds Correlli, Inc. to Northeast territory of its North American dealer network Correlli Incorporated is an equipment allin-one service provider. With the addition of this new dealership, Hyundai’s North American network now includes over 70 dealerships operating in just over 150 locations, offering sales, service and parts for the full line of Hyundai excavators, wheel loaders, compaction rollers and other construction equipment.



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Kubota Canada............................................... 21

RMT Equipment.............................................. 45

Connect Work Tools........................................ 40

Kubota Engines............................................... 33

Trail King Industries, Inc................................. 29

Double Coin..................................................... 23

Link-Belt Excavators......................................... 7

Volvo Construction Equipment........................ 3

Ford.................................................................. 19

Liebherr........................................................ 4, 13

Wacker Neuson............................................... 35

Genie – Terex Aerial........................................ 43

Mack Trucks.................................................... 27

Wajax............................................................... 15

GOMACO Corporation.................................... 48

Manulift EMI.................................................... 39

Wirtgen America............................................... 2


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