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Contents MAY 2019 | VOLUME 34, NUMBER 5
FEATURES 12 The heart of power
Updates to hydraulics and electronics lead to improvements in 20â€“50 ton excavators.
20 Loader scales put trust in every bucket
30 A better way to locate buried utilities
52 Chasing off cold weather
34 Gantry system gives GO Transit bridge work a lift
56 Virtual reality
Vacuum excavation reduces potential damage to existing underground utilities.
24 Technology, changing approaches 40 Filling the capacity gap to buying push aggregates Ford introduces new chassis cab with industry in new directions 26 Frontline Demo Day
smaller footprint and bigger capability.
B.C. dealer shows off latest crushers, screens, stackers and a removable genset.
Simulated scenarios have real-world impact on jobsite safety. Cover photo: Doosan DX490LC-5 hydraulic excavator.
48 Recycled parts bring new life to machines
SECTIONS 10 Spotlight 12 In-Depth Report 20 Aggregates & Quarries
Heating solutions for heavy equipment solve starting issues, cut down emissions and lower costs.
30 Underground Construction 34 Cranes & Lift 40 Trucks & Transportation
48 Equipment Maintenance & Management 56 Safety Focus
8 Editorâ€™s Letter 61 Industry News 62 Advertiser Index MAY 2019
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VIEWPOINT Keeping safety in our sights
afety is a key word for everyone in the heavy equipment industry, from manufacturer to owner to operator – just as it should be. Manufacturers are constantly doing their best to design and engineer equipment that is safer for its users and the people around it, and contractors are taking advantage of new advances in tools and technology to ensure their employees are safe when they are working. Unfortunately, despite the important message that safety must be of top priority, injuries and deaths on jobsites continue to occur. According to the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada, in 2017 there were a total of 251,625 lost time claims made across Canada, and 951 fatalities – 920 men and 31 women. And, when broken down by industry, the largest number of those fatalities, 217, occurred on construction sites. Needless to say, it would be far better for all of us for those numbers to be far lower, which is why industries band together every year in May to draw public and industry attention to the need for more action on workplace safety. Safety and Health Week was held from May 5 to 11 in Canada, the United States and Mexico; originally known as North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, the event was established in 1997 and continues to be led internationally by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, along with partners including the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety as well as American organizations. According to the Safety and Health Week website, the goal is to focus employers, employees, partners and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community. It’s an important message to share, as a way to raise awareness both on the jobsite and on a broader scale. As companies seek to establish a stronger and more effective safety culture, they may seek out new tools to help with that effort. Many construction software companies have begun to release tools that make safety mobile through smartphone and tablet apps, and – as Heavy Equipment Guide has shared previously – cutting back the forests of paperwork that can slow down safety officers. Others have taken their own steps, as we explore in this issue with a look at training tools that take advantage of virtual reality to teach best practices for everything from paving to crane operation. There are a myriad of ways through which construction contractors can make their jobsites and their employees safer – and they don’t have to wait for Safety and Health Week to do it. Sending more construction workers home safely and bringing those statistics down is a job that all of us should be doing – every day. Lee Toop Associate Editor
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CRAWLER TRACTOR FEATURES STANDARD ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS
The new PR 736 G8 is powered by a newly developed Liebherr Stage V diesel engine (160 kW/217 bhp). The machine’s operating weight is up to 25,500 kg. A range of blade versions (straight, semi-U and 6 point blade) with capacities from 4.1 to 5.56 cubic metres as well as many rear equipment options are offered. The new 6 point blade offers increased capacity (up to 4.84 cubic metres). The new assistance systems on the Generation 8 crawler tractors offer three assistance levels: Free Grade for active blade stabilization during fine grading, Definition Grade for automatic blade positioning when creating 2D grades, and 3D Grade as an optional GPS machine control system to model complex terrain shapes – among others, with the standard roof-mounted GPS/GNSS antennae. The Liebherr Active Sensor Control to stabilize all blade axes is standard. Two independent, permanently mounted integrated sensor circuits (gyroscopic and inertia sensors) allow for particularly high grading speeds and perfect fine grading. The strong electronically pilot-controlled work hydraulics allow for swift work
cycles at high precision. It can be adjusted to operating conditions and the operator’s requirements. The standard LiDAT fleet management system delivers information on the machine’s position, operating and usage duration, fuel consumption and service intervals.
MINING EXCAVATORS PROVIDE NEXT-LEVEL FUEL EFFICIENCY
The new EX2600-7 and EX5600-7 mining excavators feature Hitachi’s Fuel Consumption Optimization (FCO) technologies which reduce fuel consumption 8 to 10 percent versus the previous models through engine options and hydraulic system improvements. Customers can choose from a Cummins or MTU EPA Tier 4 Final engine option. Improved hydraulic efficiency includes main pump electric regulators, which were previously controlled by a hydraulic pilot system, and a reduction in the mechanical workload to power the hydraulic pilot system. The EX2600-7 and EX5600-7 also reduce the power consumption with a boom lower circuit regeneration and a large hydraulic oil cooler and fan which can operate at a lower speed to maintain optimal oil temperature.
KOMATSU AND MINEWARE
PAYLOAD MANAGEMENT FOR MINING Argus PLM drives whole-of-mine improvement by increasing loading tool productivity and efficiency, which ultimately lowers cost per tonne. Argus PLM is an OEM version of the MineWare Argus monitoring system designed exclusively for the Komatsu range of hydraulic excavators. Argus PLM integrates seamlessly with Komatsu’s Komtrax operating system and forms part of the on-board display. This delivers actionable production information, in real time, from the machine directly to the operator. If the mine site has suitable connectivity, this information can be transmitted back to the site office too. The system provides mining personnel on and off site with greater production visibility and performance benchmarking data to monitor, take action and understand how to improve productivity. Argus PLM will be available on all new Komatsu PC7000-11 models and will be offered on more PC models in the future.
PANTHER TRACKED DUMPER The Prinoth Panther T7R is a tracked dumper that offers low cost of ownership. The company says that this model’s fuel autonomy will easily allow contractors to work through a whole day, even a long one, without needing to refuel. Additionally, the vehicle is also under 2.5 metres wide, which makes transporting the vehicle between jobsites easy. The Panther T7R offers unrestricted cab views for the safety and security of operators and other workers on the jobsite. The T7R also includes a combined pedal and steering wheel, making operation intuitive.
LAND MANAGEMENT COMPACT TRACK LOADER The Cat 299D2 XHP Land Management Compact Track Loader is designed for demanding vegetation-management applications including mulching, brush-cutting, vegetation control and mowing. This machine’s Cat C3.8 engine is rated at 110 gross horsepower (82 kW), and combines with its highflow/high-pressure auxiliary hydraulic system – 40 gpm at 4,061 psi (150 L/min at 28 000 kPa) for a hydraulic-horsepower rating of 94 (70 kW). The 58.1-gallon (220 L) fuel tank, which is 80 percent larger than the tank on standard 299D2 XHP models, provides an estimated run time of 11 to 12 hours. Seal and cover components restrict debris and other material from entering the engine compartment and lower frame. A debris deflector channels any material created by rotating attachments away from the front of the cab. Parts and covers are designed to deter debris from collecting on the engine and emissions components, and large frame-access panels provide easy access to aid routine cleaning. A turbine-type pre-cleaner ejects dust, dirt and debris from engine-intake airflow before it reaches the filter. Guarding protects the front and rear LED work lights, the work-tool coupler area, work-tool electrical harness connections, and auxiliary-hydraulic quick-disconnect fittings from impact and debris. 10
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VOLVO CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT
NEW GENERATION TOOTH SYSTEM The new generation Volvo Tooth System features higher penetration, longer life and an easy hammerless fitting system. They are offered for Volvoâ€™s wheel loaders between L60 to L350, and for Volvoâ€™s excavators from 14-tonne capacity up to its largest 95-tonne machine. The low profile design offers greater penetration capability and higher bucket fills, offering quicker cycle times and up to 20 percent more penetration over the life of the tooth. The self-sharpening design reduces fuel consumption. Five types of tooth are available for excavators: general purpose, abrasive material & rock, pick point, twin pick and spade nose. Two adapter types are offered, and an optional mechanical wear cap is available, which fits on the standard adapter and extends tooth life further. Three types of tooth are available for wheel loaders: general purpose, abrasive material and rock, along with three types of adapter.
CONE CRUSHER The MX3 enables improved crusher productivity and lower operating costs with a design optimized for mid-sized quarrying. Metso says that Multi-Action technology enables higher uptime and savings in the operational costs of crushing operations. With the selective production features MX offers, crusher production can be optimized to maximize the yield of desired fractions. Crusher operations have been made easy and safe with advanced Metso ICseries automation. The Metso MX3 is suitable for secondary, tertiary and quaternary crushing stages. Designed for both hard and soft rock applications, the new Metso MX3 will be available first for stationary solutions.
With a redesigned, slim rectangular profile tank, the new Vermeer MX300 mixing system helps HDD contractors optimize productivity and offers customizable mounting configuration options. Equipped with a 23-hp (17.2kW) Kohler gas engine that outputs 350 gpm (1,324.9 Lpm) of flow, the MX300 can be paired with up to two tanks at once to help decrease time spent mixing and refilling drilling fluid tanks. It can be paired with a 750-gallon (2,839.1-L) or 1,000-gallon (3,785.4 L) tank and works with a variety of horizontal directional drills. The MX300 comes with a 16-gallon (60.6-L) fuel tank and is convenient to service with access to the roll jets through the top of the tank and two drainage points that are operated by two accessible valves.
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THE HEART POWER Today’s excavators take advantage of improved hydraulics and electronics for everything from increased efficiency to integration of grade control systems By Lee Toop, Associate Editor
xcavators are the heart of today’s earthmoving projects – they handle the bulk of any contractor’s needs when it comes to moving dirt, whether they’re digging a trench, a basement or a road bed. Manufacturers have spent the last several years responding to new emissions requirements in Europe and North America by revolutionizing engines and emission reduction systems that have improved efficiency. Now, they have turned their sights onto improvements in what could be considered the heart of the machine: the hydraulic system. Combined with advanced electronics that take efficiency to new heights, these updates are taking excavator capabilities to new heights. We asked a panel of industry experts to share the latest developments in hydraulic and electronic systems on excavators in the 20- to 50-ton range – and discuss how they help operators and owners save time and money.
Efficiency expanded with hydraulic improvements
Manufacturers put in vast amounts of development work to ensure their machines would meet the demanding Tier 4 Final and European Stage V emissions requirements, but in the process kept in mind how the changes being made to engines and powertrains would affect other systems on their excavators. “As manufacturers went through the design processes that resulted in Tier 4 Final engine technology, they worked extensively to weigh how additional improvements could be made to complement the changes that were being made to the engines and all systems throughout the machine,” said Andrew Dargatz, product marketing manager for Case Construction Equipment. “We had to ask the question: how can we meet these emissions standards in a practical way, while also giving the owner/operator something more from their machine in terms of performance, efficiency and lower cost of ownership. Hydraulics play a very significant role in that and work together with the continued evolution in electrical systems to really dial in machine performance.” Efficiency is a key word in the description of hydraulics, said Aaron Kleingartner, marketing manager for Doosan Infracore North America. He said that more efficient components are being used in today’s hydraulic systems – for example, an upgraded main work valve, pump or motor in a track. Over time, those enhanced components help improve the overall capacities of the excavator. “More recently, additional new technology has allowed components to be more optimized. For example, better feedback from the controls allows the operator to be more precise. Another example would be work modes that allow the operator to match the mode to the task to ensure only the required power and fuel are used to complete the task,” Kleingartner said. George Lumpkins, product development and general manager of marketing for Kobelco USA, said that the improvements that have been made in excavator hydraulics are almost mind-boggling, thanks to the variety of technology developed to help drive these systems. “Not only can excavators now monitor and closely match engine power to hydraulic power, but they can also tailor the hydraulic flow for precision control and better fuel efficiency with two pumps. Contractors in North America are more frequently viewing excavators not just as bucket or digging machines, but as versatile tool carriers,” Lumpkins said. “Hydraulic thumbs, couplers, shears, hammers, grapples and other attachments can increase machine versatility and
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flexibility to tackle a wide variety of jobs that bring in additional revenue.” Hydraulic cylinders and motors remain the most efficient way to transmit power on excavators, compared to electric or mechanical actuators, according to Sejong Ko, Volvo Construction Equipment excavators product manager. Ko said that the integration of hydraulic control with an electrically controlled system makes the hydraulics even more efficient while saving energy. Paired with electronically controlled engines, efficiency can be maximized. “At Volvo we have many years of designing and building hydraulic components, as well as engines, to build excavators with full electric/electronic control on both the engine and hydraulic system. One of the key benefits of this system is an in-cab monitor that stores hydraulic settings for up to 20 attachments. This is ideal for customers who need to frequently switch out their attachments with various flow and pressure setups. The response of an attachment can also be selected to best match the attachment. For example, the swing response speed of the rotator can be smoother with a mode selection so the operator can operate the attachment more precisely,” Ko said. “The benefits, however, extend well beyond attachments. For example, Volvo’s unique ECO mode optimizes the hydraulic system to reduce flow and pressure losses, resulting in improved fuel efficiency without any loss of performance in most operating conditions.” Link-Belt excavators have taken advantage of electronic control and, being directly fitted to the engine flywheel, reduce engine horsepower loss while allowing more responsive operations, according to LBX Company product specialist Rob Dulaney. “Hydraulic power can now be delivered more precisely when and where it’s needed in the job cycle. At the same time, hydraulic flows in noncritical areas of the system are reduced. The end result is better breakout force, smoother operation and faster machine response time, with the additional benefit of moving more dirt per gallon of fuel.” Komatsu excavators have also focused on the relationship between the engine and hydraulic pumps, with the goal of balancing the pump output for efficient multifunction operation, said senior product
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LBX 350 X4 manager Kurt Moncini. “The focus on engine and pump control logic helps us achieve the highest production levels possible, while minimizing fuel consumption. Recent new controller logic for the midsize excavator line and up yielded significant improvements to cycle speed and performance,” Moncini related. “Current hydraulic systems can now ‘feel’ machine operation and provide direct operator feedback with recommendations for how to improve operation.” For some manufacturers, more pumps mean more efficiency for their machines. John Deere has recently released its 345G, which uses a three-pump hydraulic system that Jonathan Spendlove, product marketing manager, excavators with John Deere, said has an advantage over two-pump machines, providing more hy-
draulic flow. “The multifunctioning on this excavator is phenomenal, and its swing and cycle times are fast. This is important because it can allow operators to do more in a shorter amount of time. Over time, this adds up to extra bids and more money for our customers.” Increased efficiency, durability and reliability are key reasons why Hitachi has introduced the ZX345USLC-6 reduced-tail swing excavator featuring the TRIAS II three-pump hydraulic system, which the company says provides multifunctioning performance and some of the fastest cycle times in the industry. Spendlove, who also acts as product marketing manager, excavators for Hitachi, noted that the system provides more flow, which leads to many benefits. “When demanded, the third pump supplies additional hydraulic oil to the swing circuit without stealing oil and speed from other functions. This hydraulic system enables an operator to maximize productivity without sacrificing fuel economy. When you’re talking about hydraulics, it’s important to consider what the system delivers. First, an improved hydraulic system delivers multi-function power for attachments. Owners should also consider the faster cycle time, and how more work completed helps their bottom line. Then, they shouldn’t forget the benefit of improved fuel economy,” he said. For Caterpillar users, new hydraulics bring a number of benefits, including the ability to change up control systems to meet the operator’s needs, as well as improved maintenance efficiency. “The new hydraulic systems also offer users the ability to customize joystick settings to best match their individual preferences. Examples include input lever response rates, operating patterns, and configurable shortcut buttons on the joysticks. These examples help make the operator more comfortable, productive and efficient on the jobsite,” said Cat product specialist Brian Stellbrink. “New hydraulic systems are also having a positive impact on lowering maintenance costs. With our Cat 330 we have been able to reduce maintenance costs up to 20 percent compared to our previous generation. Some key contributors to help lower these costs include eliminating and extending the service intervals of hydraulic filters, along with less overall hydraulic oil in the system.”
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Connecting systems electronically
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As Volvo’s Ko points out, upgraded hydraulics are an important development for excavators, but when they are tied together with improvements to electronics they can take machines to another level. The company’s electro-hydraulic (EH) system manages pressure and flow as it is needed, allowing its machines to move the boom, arm, tracks and swing joint at the same time when an attachment is in use. “With EH control, the machine can calculate and provide the best distribution of hydraulic power between the actuators and attachment. Operators can adjust and set a priority for the attachment,” Ko said. The EH system and main control valve take advantage of intelligent technology to manage on-demand flow and cut losses in the hydraulic circuit, Ko noted, which increases controllability, shortens cycle times, increases digging capacity and improves fuel efficiency. “The Volvo electro-hydraulic system is made up of multiple functions including a summation system that combines the flow of both hydraulic pumps to ensure quick cycle times and high productivity. Boom priority gives priority to the boom operation for faster raising when loading or performing deep excavations, arm priority gives priority to the arm operation for faster cycle times in levelling and for increased bucket filling when digging, and swing priority gives priority to swing functions for faster simultaneous operations. The hydraulic regeneration system prevents cavitation and provides flow to other movements during simultaneous operations for maximum productivity, and boom and arm holding valves prevent the digging equipment from creeping.” Electro-hydraulic systems that combine electronic intelligence and efficient hydraulics make a big difference for owners in numerous ways, Stellbrink said. Cat’s next-generation excavators provide examples of how this pairing can benefit owners. “With our Cat 320 we were able to reduce fuel consumption up to 25 percent compared to our previous generation. These significant savings are made possible through a combination of low engine speed driving large hydraulic pumps with a highly intelligent electro-hydraulic main valve. These components work in unison to offer maximum performance while lowering fuel consumption,” Stellbrink noted. Updated electronics allow for owners and operators to manage the machine and its systems more efficiently and reduce fuel consumption, according to Doosan’s Kleingartner. “For example, the Smart Power Control (SPC) feature in Doosan excavators controls the engine, the fuel delivery from the engine and the engine rpm. Matching the engine and the hydraulic pump to optimize the system improves operator productivity. SPC allows the excavator to take over and adjust the engine rpms to adjust the machine’s needs versus providing full rpm or power all the time. Each of the four power modes will function with SPC engaged or disengaged, however SPC only is active in the digging work mode. “The whole system is designed to make sure that every piece maximizes its efficiency and productivity so that the system as a whole really works together,” he added. Kobelco machines also have the ability to manage many functions; varying hydraulic flow, making pressure adjustments, and adapting responses to individual job conditions and the attachments being used are all possible, as are setting operator preferences, according to Lumpkins. “Another new update to the electronics available is modern Engine Speed Sensing (ESS) which increases efficiency in modern hydraulics by providing engine power where and when it is needed; couple this with variable displacement pumps, which can take the engine up to full power with one individual pump, and performance is again increased,” he described. “The addition of electronic proportional auxiliary circuits, which allow the operator to see flow and pressure levels from the operator’s cab, are also common. Independent rotation circuits for rotating shears or tilt buckets are available for modern
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KOMATSU PC390LCi-11 excavators as well.” For Dargatz, that interconnection between the systems provides the key benefits that have been included in Case’s recent machines in the 20- to 50-ton range: speed, responsiveness, smooth operation and efficiency. “Each excavator in this span features a new, electronically controlled hydraulic pump, a larger control valve and multiple sensors. These new features matched up with the Case Intelligent Hydraulic System – a series of four integrated control systems – give the
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operator the best combination of the excavator’s power and productivity to minimize wasted energy and increase efficiency. It actively manages hydraulic power throughout the digging cycle movements to maximize speed and efficiency while reducing fuel consumption by minimizing unnecessary hydraulic flow,” Dargatz described. Case combines four systems that make up its Intelligent Hydraulic System: Boom Economy Control, which cuts rpms by using gravity during boom down and swing; Auto Economy
Control, which lowers engine rpms to idle when the machine isn’t working and shuts down the engine after a specific time; Swing Relief Control, which controls hydraulic power at swing start; and Spool Stroke Control, which adjusts the hydraulic flow based on operator input during dig cycles. “Using additional improvements to the Spool Stroke Control system, D Series excavators redirect hydraulic fluid at the control valve whenever possible to automatically increase cycle times and efficiency,” Dargatz said. “The operator experiences a more productive machine without losing the precision of the machine’s controls. That precision is important with excavators, where both lag at the beginning of a swing, and overswing due to a loose machine, can add considerable time and waste to an operator’s day, add wear and tear over the life of the machine, as well as added exertion on the part of the operator in overcorrecting.” Another benefit to improved electronics on excavators comes from the growing interest in grade control and guidance, Dargatz added. “It is also the integration of electrical systems and sensors with hydraulic systems and components – as well as just about every other part of the machine – that helps make the rapid evolution of machine control and telematics systems possible. In terms of machine control, this results in more precise work being done more efficiently; and in terms of telematics, it means a greater understanding of machine health and performance over the life of the machine.” Hitachi has introduced its new Solution Linkage, a factory-integrated grade guidance system developed in cooperation with Topcon. Spendlove said the system takes guesswork out of meeting the right grade by monitoring in real-time to ensure jobs can be com-
pleted quickly. “Electronics should make the job easier, which is why full integration is so important. When selected, Solution Linkage is fully integrated into the machine’s cab and structures, which helps shield key components such as wire harnesses and sensors from damage. That integration also provides the operator with conveniently placed joysticks to provide effortless control,” Spendlove said. “We offer 2D or 3D Solution Linkage grade guidance systems. The 2D system with an optional laser receiver displays the elevation of the cutting edge in relation to a reference plane while the 3D system with Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) displays position and elevation with respect to a global reference. System data from both options can be sent to ZXLink for analysis, so the machine’s health can be monitored to keep projects up and running.” At the recent bauma exhibition in Germany, Liebherr shared its most recent excavator releases as it rolls out the Generation 8 machines, including several in the 20- to 50-ton range. For the German manufacturer, updates have been focused on improving performance; as part of that effort a new work equipment concept was devised that optimizes the load curve and inertia of the swivelling drive in order to reduce fuel consumption. Liebherr also shared advances in machine communications with its INTUSI concept. This new concept connects machines to the Internet of Things, and combines an intelligent operating logic with a smart machine intelligence. INTUSI – INTuitive USer Interface – is a new, modern control environment that provides machine operators with a future-focused machine interface that features Lieb-
“ELECTRONICS SHOULD MAKE THE JOB EASIER, WHICH IS WHY FULL INTEGRATION IS SO IMPORTANT.” Jonathan Spendlove, product marketing manager, excavators, Hitachi
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T R A I L LIEBHERR R 930 herr’s clear overall logic. Komatsu is also combining electronics improvements with machine control opportunities; the company recently introduced its fifth Intelligent Machine Control excavator, Moncini noted. The second-generation machine control allows contractors to expand versatility in their applications. According to Link-Belt’s Mulaney, integrating grade control with hydraulics means that the better the hydraulic system, the better the system works. “The Machine Control (MC) system on our Link-Belt 210 X4 uses a hydraulic valve block that controls the boom and bucket to keep the machine on grade to create smooth, flat or sloped surfaces with more precision and ease. The operator is in full control and can override the semi-automatic function at any time.” Cat next-generation machines feature high-performance sensor technology that aids in the use of grade control as well, Stellbrink said. “Front linkage sensors are standard on our new Next Generation excavator models 336, 330, 323 and 320. These standard sensors enable up to 45 percent operator efficiency through the use of standard technologies such as Cat Grade, Cat Grade with Assist, Payload and Lift Assist.” Factory-integrated 2D or 3D grade guidance options are available on John Deere machines as well, along with a Grade Reference Ready option, Spendlove noted; it “enables dealers and customers to choose the grade reference offering that is best for their application and their pocketbook. In some applications – for example underground trenching applications – grade guidance may be sufficient and is available at a far better price point than a full grade control system. The return on investment may be much higher in both the short and long term on such an acquisition.” HEG
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LOADER SCALES PUT TRUST IN EVERY BUCKET Lifelong career built on relationships drives aggregate producer’s need for accurate, easy to use measuring equipment
or Wayne Ylitalo, relationships with suppliers and customers is everything. That is how he built his business. Following that core principle has led him to a successful lifelong career in the aggregate industry around Toronto and across Ontario. It’s also why he’s been using VEI loader scales from RMT Equipment for 20 years. “When you buy something good, you have to tell other people how good it is,” he says. His loader scale is a computerized weighing system that is mounted on the loader he uses. According to VEI, it’s also used in all types of equipment used to lift any payload in every industry where measuring is a factor. VEI loader scales are simple by design and operation, says Marc Lefebvre, president of RMT. “For frontend loaders, the payload in the bucket is measured by load sensors that are connected to the hydraulic system. They detect the change in hydraulic pressure required to lift the load. As the arm on the loader passes a fixed weighing sensor, the pressure information is sent to a computerized monitor in the cab that translates the hydraulic pressure into the weight of the payload in the bucket, that’s all there is to it,” explains Lefebvre.
Ylitalo started out working for his father and in his uncle’s gravel pit when he was a kid – more than 50 years ago. “I’ve been around this stuff forever,” he says. Over those decades, he built 20
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his business, Blue Rox Resources, to a peak of more than 15 machines and 60 employees, recycling and producing aggregate, excavating, screening ballast, supplying gravel and contracting for aggregate producers and others across Ontario. Now in the twilight of his career, he’s downsized to 75 acres just outside Tottenham, 40 km north of Toronto, where he continues to recycle and produce aggregate, supply gravel, and produce premium grade garden soil for landscapers in the Muskoka area. And, for the past four years, Wayne has been using a VEI Helper X model loader scale from RMT Equipment in his 924G Caterpillar wheel loader. It’s the latest of about a half-dozen VEI loader scales he’s had over 20 years. He still has the original P5 version he bought in 1998, although all of the others were sold with the machines they were mounted in when he upgraded machinery. Ylitalo bought his first one in 1998 at a pit and quarry open house demo show held at the Dufferin Quarry in nearby Milton. I was looking for a loader scale that could weigh on-the-fly, as he describes it. At the time, there were other loader scales available, but they required the operator to stop the machine in order to weigh the material in the loader bucket. “That breaks your rhythm and slows down the cycle times,” says Ylitalo “And time is money.” At that show, he met a representative from VEI, who gave him a ‘30-second lesson’ on how to operate a loader scale
mounted on a front-end loader. The representative then got him to load a truck without stopping to weigh the material in the bucket. Afterwards, they weighed the load on a scale on site. “When we compared the weight showing on the Helper P5 and what showed on the scale, it was within shovels full,” he says. He was sold and offered to buy the VEI loader scale on the spot. At that point, he was introduced to Bob Lefebvre, the co-founder of RMT Equipment, the North American distributor of VEI products. Bob came to Ylitalo’s site at the time, installed the VEI loader scale for him and gave him a quick lesson on how to operate and troubleshoot it. That was the beginning of a relationship that endures to this day. RMT Equipment is a small, familyowned company and when Ylitalo calls now, he talks to Marc Lefebvre, Bob’s son. Although now retired, Bob recalls the first time he met with Wayne and agrees that this was the start of a great 20-year relationship. If Wayne encounters a problem with the Helper X that he can’t solve on his own, he just picks up the phone. “They have always been able to resolve his issues within a few minutes. RMT is very big on teaching,” Ylitalo says, “And I swear the software is bulletproof.”
Besides its on-the-fly capability to maintain a loading rhythm and its weighing accuracy, Ylitalo says using a Helper X scale loader maximizes
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efficiency, improves productivity and is simple to operate. “It’s absolutely user-friendly,” he says. “It only takes minutes to show other employees how to operate it.” To demonstrate that point, he tells a story about one of his regular customers who needed materials and called Ylitalo and reached him when he was away from his site. “I explained over the phone in about 30 seconds how to operate the Helper X and told him to load himself. He figured it out after his first load, and now he does his loading on his own, even when I am around.” The Helper X also provides quick printouts with simple or detailed truck tickets and production reports. The printed information can include company name and address, date, times, product loaded, loaded weight, vehicle ID, material recipe, overall product total, operator ID, ticket number, signature box and a footer for a company tagline. In Wayne’s case, the bottom of the ticket reads Quality Products Since 1989. There is also a recipe function that allows for blending multiple products into special formulations. These are stored on the Helper X, eliminating the need for paperwork in the cab and simplifying specs for operators. Today the Helper X also comes with a USB port and a wireless data transfer function. Both allow the operator to transfer payload information to a computer data22
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Loader scales control box. base, where it can be exported to billing software. The Helper X can be ordered with an optional WiFi link or cellular modem. Remote keys can be mounted anywhere in the cab even on the right-hand joystick. TrackWeight, a feature that works with WiFi, or the modem allows owners to stay connected with their loader’s operational data, around the clock, seven days a week. According to RMT, if you need more data management capabilities, the VEI loader scale can meet your requirements. iPot, a web-based feature is now available. For a low monthly fee, this new VEI cloud portal is available allowing you to manage your products and customer lists and upload them to your VEI loader scale. For Ylitalo though, the basic functions of the Helper X like weighing accurately and on-the-fly and printing tickets in the cab are what it’s all about. “I operate my business on relationships. I know that the Helper X provides accurate weights and times and my customers do too.” Although he is aware of other loader scales on the market and discusses the pros and cons with friends in the industry, he’s sticking with the reliability and simplicity of VEI loader scales and relationship he’s developed over the years with RMT Equipment. “When you have the best, why change?”
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Terex Minerals Processing Systems (MPS) has launched a new series of Simplicity Standard Incline (SI) screens designed for heavy-duty, medium and fine screening applications and come with many features which make the screens more versatile and highly reliable in the market. “The SI screens are intelligently engineered to provide maximum value and long life. The screens are versatile, reliable and have features designed for easy maintenance, such as large spacing between decks, which also allow for quick media changes,” said Edwin Sauser, Terex MPS product manager. The SI screens are built with a robust drive mechanism and oversized bearings to handle large tonnages and a wide variety of applications. Utilized as wet or dry screens, these units have adjustable stroke and speed combinations to fit a variety of applications and are available in two- or three-deck configurations. They are fitted with woven wire media but can be converted into modular media with polyurethane, rubber media or steel plate without any cutting or welding. The SI screens also have the option of operating with grease or oil lubrication, with an Auto-Lubrication system available with grease lubrication. Side plates are made of hot rolled semi-
killed/killed steel and the decks along with reinforcement plates are Huck bolted to the side plates. The robust tubular deck frames are made of hollow sections and fabricated structures. Feed tray and discharge lips are provided with abrasion-resistant liners. The screen box is made of weld-free construction to reduce stress concentration. The screen mechanism consists of steel eccentric shaft-mounted in Vibration Screen Duty Self Aligning Spherical Roller Bearings, designed for longer bearing life. The stroke can be adjusted as per requirements by changing the counterweights mounted on the flywheels. The screens can be converted into a rinsing screen by adding the rinser kit on site. The screens are also available with dust encapsulation arrangement.
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Metso has introduced a completely new mobile screen unit enabling new business opportunities in screening. The world premiere of the Lokotrack ST2.3 mobile multi-use screen took place at bauma 2019. The Lokotrack ST2.3 brings the proven quality and operational reliability of Lokotrack track-mounted solutions to a completely new lighter-weight screening solution. Thanks to its compact and safety-driven design, the easy-to-use ST2.3 is an ideal solution for entrepreneurs looking to enter the screening business. “For businesses thinking of expanding their operations into aggregates production, the first logical step is often screening. They can be already working in earthmoving or agriculture and want to utilize their existing soil property to grow their business,” said Jarmo
Vuorenpää, product manager, Mobile Screens at Metso. The Lokotrack ST2.3 is suitable for a wide range of applications from multiuse to fine screening and recycling. It has a 5-foot-wide screen with matching feeder and conveyor and aggressive stroke up to 13 mm with 5G acceleration that results in the best screening performance in its weight class. The solution is easy to set up and is ready to screen in minutes. The ST2.3 is easily moved from one site to another using standard trailers in most cases. The Lokotrack ST2.3 has the robust Lokotrack-grade design and is suitable for standalone and multistage applications. Service and support are provided by the extensive global Metso and distributor network. The product will be commercially available as of 2020.
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TECHNOLOGY, CHANGING APPROACHES TO BUYING PUSH AGGREGATES INDUSTRY IN NEW DIRECTIONS By Lee Toop, Associate Editor
s the general manager of aggregate equipment manufacturer McLanahan, Mark Krause has seen a lot of change in the industry as
a whole. Advances in technology are making significant inroads into aggregates, and that, combined with desire for more mobility from customers and a drive to draw new, younger professionals to the industry is what Krause sees shaping the market in coming years. Just as the broader consumer market
is being pressed by technology and new buying methods, so is the aggregates industry, Krause said during an interview at AGG1 2019. Customers want more choice and faster response, something Krause referred to as the Amazon Effect. The ability to search for information on any particular
purchase, compare it to the available options, and make purchases from a single touchscreen is changing the way that people make purchases; that desire is starting to bleed over into the equipment market as well. “People are saying that they want all of the information they can get and all of the comparisons at hand. . . and when they order they want to use one click and it comes – and they need it now,” Krause said.
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For an industry that builds and sells plenty of custom pieces of equipment, there is quite a logistical challenge to meeting that demand, especially the need for faster response that has become a growing part of purchasing. That may require a new approach to the way in which manufacturers serve their customers – and how they relate to their dealership networks. “No two things are the same – they may have the same components, but the structure of the system is different or the height has to change. That makes it hard to handle this Amazon effect; if the customer is just buying a screen, you could maybe see it work,” Krause said. Aggregates dealers and sales reps, such as those in McLanahan’s network, tend to be more technical and work to customize sales depending on the customers’ needs, so it’s difficult for them to adapt to immediate demands, Krause noted. One way in which McLanahan may try to approach the Amazon effect and its demand for rapid response is to create modular components for its plants. A company that offers modular systems to swap in and out of aggregates plants can potentially get those parts to the customer faster and at a lower cost. For the dealers, a centralized sales inventory on McLanahan’s parts may shift how they serve their customers, to some extent, Krause said. “From their standpoint, they’re seeing that their money will be in the service side, and parts for local support, and they will be looking to us to have those components available for sale,” he described. “Rather than putting a bunch of stuff in their yard that they have to go sell, that screen module will be in our inventory and the dealer network will have it at their disposal. They can take their money and put more parts in their warehouse or more service trucks on the road.” McLanahan is trying that approach out in some parts of the U.S., and Krause suspects that concept will likely be picked up through the industry as a whole.
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Equipment mobility is another area in which the industry is moving, Krause suggested. More customers are looking for smaller mobile plants to handle multiple jobsites these days, rather than relying on the big stationary equipment that has been a mainstay of the industry previously. “There are still some plants that are doing 4,000 tons an hour, and there always will be, but now if you’re a producer you want to have an asset that you can move easily to the next location, and that is flexible enough it can handle what needs to be done there,” Krause said. “Capital is limited for everyone, so if I can take that capital and move a piece from here and a piece from there – I don’t see that trend changing any time soon.” McLanahan has been expanding its holdings on the portable side of the industry, including the purchase of Anaconda Equipment in early 2019. Initially a partnership allowing McLanahan to market Anaconda’s mobile tracked equipment, the purchase brings new expertise into McLanahan’s engineering team as well as more mobile options to the dealers.
McLanahan’s new H-Series Max screen is designed for easy retrofitting onto existing units.
Flexibility for retrofits
One way that McLanahan has adopted the need for flexibility is with the new H-Series Max Screen introduced at AGG1. The triple-shaft horizontal screen line increases operation efficiency by offering a screen with more accurate particle sizing. Easy adjustment of speed, stroke and angle allows the operator to dial in the exact screening action to best fit the application. It is also designed to allow easy retrofitting onto many screens currently on the market, reducing replacement costs. McLanahan also showcased a growing line of its modular equipment, including Ultra Sand Plants and Ultra Fines Recovery units that are easy to set up and easy to configure for a variety of applications. A final aspect of the aggregates market that Krause expects to see a focus on in the near future is a continuing problem for many markets: the need for people. “It’s not so much finding engineers, it’s the people who want to work on equipment – diesel engine mechanics, people splicing conveyor belts and so on,” he said. The aggregates industry needs to focus on that employment gap, which Krause said is also reflected on the agricultural side of McLanahan’s business; associations need to form partnerships with the educational sector to encourage training in those areas. “Can we work with the technical colleges? They did it originally for the auto industry. . . can we work with the technical schools and come up with some kind of track that gets people into this industry? I don’t know, but we’re going to have to work at it,” he said. HEG
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FRONTLINE DEMO DAY FEATURES LATEST CRUSHERS, SCREENS, STACKERS AND A REMOVABLE GENSET
By Keith Barker
rontline Machinery hosted their annual Demo Day & Open House event March 13 at the company’s headquarters in Chilliwack, B.C. About 200 customers, industry partners, OEMs and staff were in attendance to see the latest innovations from Frontline equipment partners, including global crusher/screen plant manufacturer Keestrack, Optical Belt Scale manufacturer Sensortechnik and screen/shredder and mobile conveyor manufacturer EDGE Innovate. Also in attendance was Shearforce Equipment, which demonstrated its latest hydraulic pulverizer attachment. Keestrack displayed the latest H6 model hybrid cone crusher, a K6 scalping screen, and an R6e electric impact crusher crushing recycled concrete with rebar. A highlight for Keestrack’s equipment display was a newly available removable genset, shown on the H6 cone crusher, which can power multiple machines. It can be machine-mounted or moved around any site easily. According to Daryl Todd, Frontline president, he expects the new genset to be a game changer in the crushing and screening industry, which he says is moving more and more toward electric and hybrid-electric power options. “Every year we try and bring something new to this event,” said Todd. “This year we have the Keestrack H6 cone crusher with the removable genset. That’s a first in Canada,” he said, adding that EDGE’s automated radial stacker with 270-degree stockpiling capability shown at the event is also an industry first. “I’m really pleased with this year’s event. It’s grown over the last year, and over the year before,” he said, adding that he sees great value in events like this one. “For those that take the time to travel, network with other industry professionals, share best practices, share ideas, talk to the factory guys, talk to the dealers, there’s a lot that can be learned. It can ultimately make those who are constantly trying to improve become more competitive, win more projects and make more money. Bottom line, this is what it’s all about.” HEG 26
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From top: Frontline Machinery demonstrates a removable genset (foreground) for the H6 cone crusher (background); a variety of crushing equipment was demoed for customers, OEMs and industry partners; a Liebherr L 580 wheel loader.
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erex|Finlay showed off the latest addition to their 8-Series lineup of heavy-duty screeners, the 883+ triple-shaft, at bauma 2019. This new model has been developed specifically to work in a variety of dry and difficult sticky applications including quarry, mining, sand and gravel, construction and demolition debris and recycling applications. The heart of this new model is the new triple-shaft screenbox, featuring two true full-size 16- by 5-foot screening decks. The triple-shaft design of this new screenbox employs an oval motion stroke to generate an aggressive screening action, reducing plugging and blinding over the screen decks to ultimately provide a quality product with high tonnage output.
The aggressive screening action of the machine with its larger throw on the screenbox makes it ideal for fine screening a diverse range of materials. Even when under heavy load during the testing phase the screenbox has consistently produced high tonnages across a range of difficult and challenging applications. Terex|Finlay retained some of the in-built features of the current 883+ screener, including the ability to hydraulically raise the discharge end 500 mm to facilitate easy and efficient media changing. There are three new design features included in this plant: first, the width of the fines conveyor has been increased to 900-mm wide. Second, hydraulic power to the fines conveyor has been increased; and third, the engine has been set to run at a lower speed. Each of these features have been incorporated to maximize the overall operational ef-
ficiency of the plant. Those updates will be carried across into the standard 883+ platform and will be a feature on plants configured with either the standard screenbox or Spaleck screenbox option. Key features of the 883+ triple-shaft: • Higher G-force and larger stroke of the triple shaft screenbox provides the optimal solution for high productivity in dry and sticky applications; • Multiple media configurations including bofor bars, finger screens, woven mesh and punch plates are available for a wide range of applications, from fine screening to heavy scalping; • All media configurations are compatible with both the standard and triple-shaft screenboxes; • The banana profile of the bottom deck maximizes the screening of fine materials.
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gle-source crushing, an RM first: the screen can be powered through the new RM 120GO! NEXT hybrid crusher. Both crusher and screen can operate from a single power source. The crusher’s high-power generator supplies the electricity without the need for an additional diesel engine. This reduces emissions and noise levels. The customer has more mobility and flexibility than ever before when using the equipment because, apart from the single source crushing, the hybrid screen can also be operated by a diesel engine or other external power sources. But RM has gone even further: The screen and crusher communicate with each other without wires or cables. When the crusher’s discharge belts are started, the screen also starts automatically. If blockages or faults occur, the screen also stops automatically. In addition, on the RM MSC8500e, a full-featured radio
remote control system with display is used for the first time. RM GO! NEXT is the logical continuation of the RM GO! principle. Notable features are even more intuitive machine operation and further improvements to access points for maintenance and repair work. RM GO! SMART has been using an app to make customers’ lives easier for several years now. A new feature
RM GO! NEXT takes development of the Rubble Master GO! line to the next level. This makes RM crushers and screens even safer and incorporates numerous digital features on both crushers and screens as well as a fully integrated hybrid drive and an RM innovation. Crusher and screen are coordinated using a central control unit, optimizing overall performance. Rubble Master and Maximus have been working on an innovation in the screens sector: the new fully electrified RM MSC8500e hybrid screen. The new screen was developed on the basis of the tried-and-tested RM MSC8500M screen unit. All the hydraulic drives have been replaced with electric ones. Only the crawler gear remains hydraulic. Components have been integrated that were developed specifically for RM in order to create powerful and robust hybrid machines. All these engineering innovations add up to sin-
that resulted from the development of the hybrid screen is that every fraction can be weighed individually by means of integrated belt scales. Up to four weighing points are possible and provide real-time data via the app. The RM Partscout offers a glimpse of the future of spare parts management. With this new RM app, it will be possible in the future to scan the required spare part with a cameraphone.
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A BETTER WAY TO LOCATE BURIED UTILITIES Vacuum excavation reduces potential damage to existing underground utilities By Cori Walsh
ith congested underground easements and roadways, it is becoming increasingly important to visually identify the location of underground utilities – gas, fibre, water, telecommunications and sewer – to prevent an accidental utility strike. However, using a compact excavator or a shovel to expose the line
could also damage a utility. To reduce the risk of damaging existing utilities, underground contractors and municipalities have started using vacuum excavators, commonly called soft excavation, and over the last two decades there has been a rise in demand for these machines. According to Jake Jeffords, director of marketing and global accounts at Vermeer MV Solutions, the increasing number of buried utilities that occupy the rights-of-way of city streets is the
driving force behind the expanded use of vacuum excavators. “Before digging for a new utility line, a call must be placed to 811/One Call so existing utilities can be marked,” he explained. “However, on almost every utility job, the contractor must expose any buried lines that a new installation may cross to help avoid unknowingly striking an existing utility, and using a vacuum excavator is an efficient and nondestructive way to do that.” The use of vacuum excavators extends
beyond exposing underground utilities. They are used by HDD crews to suck up the mixing fluids used while boring. Municipalities and sign installers also use vacuum excavators for digging because the process helps minimize restoration work after a hole is dug. “To get the most from these machines, contractors and municipalities should take the time to understand how vacuum excavators work and the different options available on the market today,” Jeffords suggested.
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Vacuum excavators use high-pressure water or compressed air to penetrate and break up soil and the unit's powerful vacuum to remove the loose material. Often called potholing or keyholing, this soft excavation method can quickly expose buried utilities without causing damage to buried conduit, pipe or lines in the process. “A lot of science is involved with the process,” Jeffords explained. “Inches of mercury, CFM, cyclonic filtration – these are all associated terms that help explain how a unit will perform in the field. To make sense of all the specifications, it’s important for a user to have a basic understanding of technical components, including blower type, volume of air and pressure being created.” Vacuum blower: There are two primary types of blowers in vacuum excavators: Positive displacement and centrifugal units. With positive displacement blowers, air enters a blower and is trapped against a cylinder until it is forced – or displaced – through a discharge pipe. This type of blower is becoming the most common for potholing due to its
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ability to maintain velocity and airflow when in operation. A centrifugal blower typically uses rotating impellers or blades to increase the pressure or the air before discharging it. Volume of air: CFM stands for cubic feet per minute and is a measure of the volume of air being moved. For optimal performance, the CFM specification on a vacuum excavator must be in direct correlation to the diameter of the hose on the machine used. Optimal hose size will depend on the type of spoil most commonly being removed. Cobble, for example, will be easier to remove with a 4-inch (10-cm) or larger hose and will require a larger blower. Less challenging ground conditions might only require a 3-inch (7.6-cm) hose and less CFM. The key is having enough velocity so the spoils that enter the hose are suspended until they reach the tank – if the material settles in the hose, it could clog the system. Pressure: Inches of mercury (psi) is a unit of measurement for pressure. It is more or less a function of how much material the vacuum excavator can move, or lift, at a time. For example, 15 inches (38 cm) of mercury is the lift involved to be able to pull a column of water 17 feet (5 m) into the air. The industry standard for trailer-mounted units – and for potholing and most drill fluid cleanup applications – is 15 inches (38 cm) of mercury. More inches of mercury may be beneficial when dealing with heavy fluid or slurry.
Evaluating the dealer and their service and support when shopping for a vacuum excavator is also important. While vacuum excavators are not challenging to operate or much different from other machines to service, having a local dealer that is familiar with them will shorten the amount of time spent learning. Since vacuum excavators usually are not a mainline product for most equipment dealers, finding local support can be a challenge. Buyers should seek out reputable underground construction dealers with multiple locations, so help is never far away.
Vacuum excavators can be equipped with additional options and accessories to increase their versatility. The most popular ones include hydraulic booms to make handling the hose easier, a hot box that warms the water coming out of the high-pressure wand, a core saw for potholing through pavement and concrete, as well as a sewer jester for cleaning pipes. There is also a list of accessories that will increase the number of applications vacuum excavators can be used for including sweepers and cleaners, which can help clean up a jobsite after
an outdoor event, as well as a misting ring to help handle dry dust and debris during microtrenching applications. The use of vacuum excavators is on the rise not only out of necessity, but also viability. The ability to quickly and effectively remove dirt and debris is important to contractors and municipalities. However, before setting out, buyers should compare manufacturers and models to ensure they are getting exactly what they need. Cori Walsh is a marketing specialist for Vermeer MV Solutions.
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Choosing the right unit
There are a lot of different manufacturers and models of vacuum excavators in the market and buyers should weigh their options carefully. It is important to ensure they get the right unit for their needs, as well as the necessary service and support they will require in the future. Many manufacturers, including McLaughlin Underground, offer truck- and trailer-mounted vacuum excavators with a range of tanks sizes starting with 300 gallons (1,135 L). Models also vary in the amount of material they can displace, the volume of air being moved and suction pressure. According to Jeffords, vacuum excavators with a 3-inch (7.6-cm) diameter suction hose is the most popular size for utility potholing work. “Units with this size hose, tend to be on the smaller size of the vacuum excavator models but pack plenty of suction force,” he added. “Of course, one unit isn’t the right choice for everyone, which is why McLaughlin offers several different options in the 3-inch (7.6-cm) hose category. We carry gas and diesel trailer-mounted units, as well as fuel-efficient truck-mounted systems. Users can also choose between spoil tanks ranging from 300 to 3,000 gallons (1,135 to 11,356 L) in size.”
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HDD OFFERS NEW FEATURES INCLUDING INCREASED ROTARY TORQUE The DD4050 horizontal directional drill (HDD) offers a number of new features to complement the existing HDD product line, including increased rotary torque, restyled guarding around the stake-down area, and a software upgrade to the TDOS-1 drill operating software. The innovative DD4050 offers 5,000 ft-lb of torque for improved performance in challenging conditions. The additional torque can aid in the boring process through tough terrain, including hard rock drilling applications. The operator can control and monitor all functions of the drill head from the integrated LCD display, all in the same small footprint that contractors have come to appreciate. Additional features found on the all-new DD4050 include restyled guarding around the stake-down area. In addition to providing a better vantage point to the pipe entry area, the operator will also appreciate the improved overall visibility from the well-appointed operator’s station. Another key feature integrated into the DD4050 is the software upgrade to TDOS 1, which provides streamlined drill controls for increased load/unload
cycle speed. This functionality, coupled with improved navigation and the ability to monitor drill idle time and total engine hours, is designed to deliver increased operator productivity.
HIGHER TORQUE FOR WIDER RANGE OF APPLICATIONS Liebherr has introduced the LB 45, which offers a higher torque, a wider range of applications and useful assistance systems for improved operator comfort and increased safety in one elegant design. The LB 45 offers torque of 450 kNm. That is an increase of approximately 10 percent in comparison to the already high performance of the LB 36 it succeeds. Both the counterweight and the leader are modularly constructed. This enables quick and easy assembly and flexible application. The leader top is designed for different drilling axes and is therefore suitable for all applications. Through the enhancement of the drilling axes by 500 mm, the LB 45 can be applied for drilling diameters up to a maximum of 3.3 m. At the same time, the maximum drilling depth for Kelly drilling with 5-fold Kelly bar has been increased to 100 m. Strong winches with a maximum pull force of 42 t enable high performance even under the most difficult conditions. Furthermore, noise emission is considerably reduced thanks to their elastic mounting. The ground load-bearing capacity and monitoring of the ground pressure are key for the safe operation of a con-
struction machine. The Ground Pressure Visualization of the LB 45 calculates the current ground pressure of the machine in real time and compares it with the specified safety limits of the relevant jobsite. Ground pressure is displayed in the operator's cab and the operator is permanently aware of whether the machine is situated in, or is approaching, a critical area. Dangerous work stages can be avoided or changes made quickly. Locking of the Kelly bar’s telescopic sections is made significantly easier due to the Kelly Visualization system in the LB 45. Thanks to the real-time display of the Kelly locking recesses of the Kelly bar on the cabin monitor, the operator is permanently informed of the actual distance to the next locking recess. Colour indications inform when the bar can be locked. In addition, false positioning of the Kelly bar during the shake-off process is indicated through a warning signal. During continuous flight auger drilling the concreting process is automated thanks to the Drilling Assistant. Remote control simplifies the loading process for transportation as well as the assembly of the machine. All assistance systems contribute to time savings, higher availability of the machine and a significant increase in safety.
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HammerHead Trenchless has announced its exclusive Bluelight LED system is now available in North America. Already proven in Europe and Russia, the Bluelight system is a cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) lining system that cures up to five times faster than conventional methods. Made for laterals and small sewer pipes 4 to 10 inches in diameter, this exclusive technology greatly reduces the time installers must wait for a liner to cure, allowing them to complete jobs more quickly. “Without the Bluelight LED system, installers can waste hours waiting for a liner to cure,” said Matt Gabrielse, product manager of HammerHead Trenchless CIPP lines. “But our specially formulated resin cures with LED light, which is much quicker than traditional epoxy resins that are cured with steam, hot water or ambient air.” While the curing speed alone helps installers complete more footage in a given workday, the Bluelight system’s LED technology offers another important advantage as well. Since the resin cannot be activated by heat, air or non-LED light sources, resin-impregnated liners are stable enough for storage and extended working times. The Bluelight LED system is compact and lightweight, making it easily portable on the jobsite. In addition, it includes a camera mounted in the LED curing head, allowing the installer to visually inspect inverted lining and monitor the cure progression.
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GANTRY SYSTEM GIVES GO TRANSIT BRIDGE WORK A LIFT
Heavy lift contractor Western Mechanical chose a hydraulic gantry over a crane for eightweek project replacing a key railway bridge in downtown Toronto
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hen Canadian heavy lift contractor Western Mechanical was asked to assist in the replacement of the Humber River railroad bridge it selected an Enerpac hydraulic gantry for the precision lifting and replacement of bridge spans over an eight-week period. A Canadian Crown agency manages and integrates road and public transport in the Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario, including the city of Toronto. Earlier this year the agency undertook a major project to refurbish six century-old bridges on GO Transit’s 01 Lakeshore West line, one of the seven train lines of the GO Transit system in the Greater Toronto Area. Working for main contractor, Soncin Construction, Western Mechanical was charged with replacing eight bridge spans on the Humber Bay railroad bridge crossing the mouth of the Humber River, south of The Queensway and north of Lakeshore Boulevard and the Gardiner Expressway, in downtown Toronto. Originally constructed in 1911 for the Grand Trunk Railway, the bridge’s steel girder system and concrete substructure well reflected the engineering techniques of the early 20th century; however, the 107-year-old bridge had run out of functional lifespan. According to the Crown agency, “The bridge was approaching the end of its life cycle and required some much needed repairs.” They wished to replace and raise the bridge’s steel spans to bring the structure to a good state of repair, improve the vertical clearance to the river and renew the waterproofing system, over an eight-week period. Given the critical role of the bridge, the rail line had to remain open to local traffic during weekdays and could only be closed for bridge work during a 50-hour work block on weekends.
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The Humber River four-track railway bridge is comprised of steel plate girders spanning a concrete substructure. Two spans are carried by a central stone pier and abutments, which incorporate portions of the 19th-century stone abutments that supported the previous Great Western Railway bridge. Over time the bridge had settled about 800 mm, so a second helper pier was installed to help support the bridge some 75 years prior. The construction of the bridge as two spans per rail line meant that a pair of spans could be changed out at one time during a single work block. Each span section weighed 400 tons and was 100 feet long, 12 to 17 feet wide and 9 feet high. Western Mechanical opted to use its new Enerpac SBL1100 telescopic hydraulic gantry rather than a crane for the project. “The gantry is ideal for this type of heavy lift where you are handling a long, heavy structure. Using a crane would have been expensive, especially since we’d only be using it at the weekends,” said Rob Doucet, project manager for the Heavy Lift Division of Western Mechanical. Western Mechanical’s challenge was to lift the old bridge span clear of the bridge and then install the new span without placing any excessive load on the partly deconstructed bridge. To achieve this, the company installed its deep truss gantry track system running parallel to the bridge and on either side, but independent of the bridge itself. Western’s track system was supported on new additions made to the two existing piers and at each abutment. This approach relied on using a gantry header beam that was wider than the width of the bridge. “We needed a header beam 24 metres in length, which is far longer than we’ve used on past project lifts. Working with Western Mechanical’s engineering department, Enerpac provided full engineering support enabling us to confidently proceed with our lift strategy. Given the length of the header beam
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Most of the work Western Mechanical did was on weekends to avoid impacting transit schedules. and load distribution, Enerpac recommended a wider header beam and modifications to the swivel interface where the header beam rests on the top of each gantry leg,” noted Doucet. With the gantry in place, Western Mechanical could begin the job of removing the span sections. Each steel span configuration was DPG (dual plate girder) style construction with an upper precast concrete panel deck. The top concrete deck of the bridge included a steel I-beam section creating significantly higher weight in the upper part of the span, making it top-heavy with a high centre of gravity. This wasn’t the only challenge of the lift that needed to be overcome, Doucet noted. “We found that the spans were not linear and were skewed by about three degrees; also, the east end sections had previously settled by 800 mm at the abutment. We had to level this using rail ballast before installing
the new span sections.” By using the gantry, the spans could be precisely lifted in this skewed state and held aloft while cribbing was installed below to correct the angle. In selecting the Enerpac SBL1100 gantry system for this lift, Western Mechanical maximized the freedom of movement offered by the telescopic gantry. “The telescopic legs meant we had the vertical movement to lift the span section clear of the bridge itself. The gantry’s independent track system running the length of the bridge gave us east-to-west movement parallel to the bridge providing us the ability to utilize Enerpac’s independent motorized gantry leg rollers saving time to reset for the next adjacent span lift,” Doucet said. “An integral component to the system was the Enerpac header beam and powered side shift beam traveller units. With a 1,500 kN capacity these units allowed us to move the lifted span from north to south
Old bridge sections were loaded onto flatcars using the gantry.
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“The gantry is ideal for this type of heavy lift where you are handling a long, heavy structure. Using a crane would have been expensive, especially since we’d only be using it at the weekends.” Rob Doucet, project manager perpendicular to the tracks and onto awaiting rail flatcars to be loaded out to the demolition yard. The process was reversed for installing the new spans.” Using the SBL1100 gantry system provided many advantages over traditional cranes. The primary advantage was the controlled movement in the X, Y and Z axes, all while being controlled from Enerpac’s body-worn, RF (radio frequency) remote pendant and information centre providing operators with real time load-weight and position during the entire lift process. Another advantage was the modularity of the lifting system. Enerpac’s gantry components could be easily transported by rail to site and their light weight enabled the use of a smaller crane for assembly, which was completed ahead of schedule. All gantry operations were controlled using the lifting system’s wireless controller, allowing the operator unrestricted views and automatic synchronization for lifting, lowering and travelling. This controlled movement, along with the gantry’s ability to accurately measure the weight of the spans, improved the safety of the lifts. Another safety feature was the ability to mechanically lock the header beam and gantry legs in place, allowing rail clearance for train traffic to flow beneath during the week. Western Mechanical completed the Humber River railroad bridge project over the allotted eight 50-hour weekend work blocks. It was allowed 26 of the 50 hours during the work block to perform the scope of work. Including Enerpac as an integral team member on this project and Western’s decision to use the SBL1100 system was the right choice, allowing Western to finish all of the major weekend work blocks safely ahead of schedule. By the end of the project, Western was able to set a new record for completing their scope of work in just 21 hours.
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UPLIFTING INTRODUCTIONS FROM BAUMA 2O19
here were many key introductions from big players in the crane segment at bauma 2019. Here are a few of the highlights.
Liebherr mobile crane
Liebherrâ€™s LTM 1110-5.1 is a 110-tonne mobile crane with a 60-metre telescopic boom and is designed for variable axle loads. This five-axle crane achieves axle loads of 12 tonnes with 13.1 tonnes of ballast, but can also be driven with a gross weight of less than 48 tonnes with a maximum axle load of 10 tonnes. With its maximum ballast of 28.7 tonnes, it remains below an axle load of 15.5 tonnes. A quick-change system for the ballast slabs ensures maximum flexibility for modifications. The variable support base VarioBase delivers particularly high load capacities with its widened rear supports. Liebherr calls it VarioBase Plus. Although the new LTM 1110-5.1 has a lightweight construction that achieves a gross weight of 48 tonnes with axle loads of less than 10 tonnes, its 60-metre telescopic boom and maximum ballast of just 28.7 tonnes enable it to rival the performance of similar mobile cranes on the market. Even in countries where mobile cranes with a 12-tonne axle load are permitted on the roads, crane operators have for some time been demanding cranes which can be driven with 10 tonnes per axle by simply removing the ballast. This version delivers major benefits for road licensing and route approval procedures. The ability to carry up to 13.1 tonnes of counterweights with an axle 38
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weight of 12 tonnes on a 5-axle crane means that operators can complete the vast majority of crane jobs at low cost without having to transport additional ballast. The rear supports have a double-stage design and achieve a support width of 8.3 metres, 1.3 metres wider than the front supports. This increases the capacity over the rear supports even more. Liebherr calls the combination of the trapezoidal and variable support base VarioBase Plus. With a length of 60 metres, the telescopic boom on the LTM 1110-5.1 is one of the longest in its crane class. In addition, a 10.8- to 19-metre folding jib is available which, as an option, can also be adjusted hydraulically between 0 and 40 degrees. Two 7-metre lattice sections can also be installed to extend the telescopic boom to achieve the maximum hook height. This means that the new 110-tonne mobile crane achieves the same system length as the LTM 1130-5.1. A 2.9-metre erection jib and a runner, which can be swung to the side, round off the equipment list. A six-cylinder Liebherr diesel engine in the undercarriage offers 400 kW / 544 bhp and torque of 2,516 Nm. The engine meets Stage V emissions requirements and can be built to comply with Tier 4 Final requirements for North America. The new ZF-TraXon gearbox is used to transmit power to the craneâ€™s axles. As with its predecessor, the AS-Tronic, the 12 gears are changed automatically. ECOdrive is a new feature and Hillstart Aid makes starting on gradients easier. Liebherr has continued its single-engine strategy on the new crane
with a mechanical driving unit for the superstructure. This reduces weight from the predecessor models, allowing for a longer boom and more ballast with an axle load of 12 tonnes. ECOmode for crane operations reduces fuel consumption and noise.
Grove rough-terrain cranes
Grove showed two new rough-terrain models at bauma. The GRT8100 has a 100-t capacity and 47-m five-section main boom which provides better reach and greater versatility. The crane also features the Manitowoc Crane Control System (CCS) with its user-friendly interface. Other features include a tilting cab and impressive load charts. With a full complement of boom extension and insert options, the GRT8100 has reach of 77 metres. Both 10- and 17-metre manual and hydraulic offsettable extensions are available as well as a heavy-duty 3-metre jib that
Terex RT 100US
Liebherr LTM 1110-5.1 can be offset to 40 degrees. The GRT655L is a smaller, 51-tonne-capacity crane. It has a 43-metre, five-section boom, which the company says gives it a reach advantage of 8 metres over the closest-competing model. This longer boom gives it a maximum working radius of 36 metres and an 80 percent greater chart capacity than competing cranes at that radius. Grove also offers a regular boom version of the crane, the GRT655, with a total main boom length of 34.8 metres.
Terex rough-terrain crane
The Terex RT 100US (RT 90 in Europe) rough-terrain model offers a five-section, fully hydraulic boom that extends to 47 metres. A 17-metre bi-fold jib further enhances the reach and versatility of the crane. Maximum capacity is 95 tons. Designed for easy operation, the Terex RT 100US features a control system with integrated
diagnostics, a new ergonomic cab design with an 18-degree tilt and an easyto-access flat deck for safety, superior usability and comfort. The Terex RT 100US crane also features four steering modes, including two-wheel, four-wheel, crab and independent rear axle steering. It has a narrow width of just 3 metres and a removable counterweight, which allows it to be trailered without weight and width restrictions in most situations.
Tadano rough-terrain crane
The GR-1200XL has a maximum lifting capacity of 120 tons (110 tonnes) and features a 183.7-foot-long (56-metre) boom. The GR-1200XL has the largest maximum lifting capacity in Tadano’s rough-terrain crane product line. Its strong yet light, high-tensile steel, rounded boom features a single telescopic cylinder. It gives the crane a 184.0-foot (56.1 metre) lifting height and 150.0-foot (45.7-metre) load radius. Its jib provides additional reach, extending the lifting height to 241.4 feet (73.6 metres) with a load radius of 159.0 feet (48.4 metres). The GR1200XL rig’s ease of transport and on-site maneuverability are largely due to its compact carrier size. Overall rig length is 47 feet 5 inches (14,450 mm), but its carrier is just 28 feet 5 inches (8,655 mm) long. Additional features include HELLO-NET telematics and Tadano’s new Smart Chart system. HELLO-NET telematics help customers optimize their operations with real-time monitoring of crane activity, history, position data and maintenance information. This crane features Tadano’s EcoMode fuel monitoring system and Positive Control. Eco-Mode reduces fuel consumption while the crane is operated. Positive Control economizes fuel consumption while the crane is on standby.
termines the crane’s lifting capacity for every boom position as a function of the superstructure’s slewing angle in real time. This means that the lifting capacity for a specific radius is no longer limited to the lowest value for a pre-calculated 360-degree lifting capacity. Instead, the crane can always take full advantage of the maximum available lifting capacity. An optional electrohydraulic E-Pack is available which allows the AC 45 to work in crane operation with zero emissions.
Demag AC 45 City
Demag City crane for use in confined spaces
The AC 45 City is a 3-axle crane that offers compactness and a 45-tonne lifting capacity class. Total length is 8.68 metres, width is 2.55 metres, and height is 3.16 metres. Since the base section of its fully hydraulic main boom is also compact with its length of 7.80 metres, the AC 45 City is also able to work in buildings with a relatively low clearance while still keeping its boom at a steep angle. It has a fully hydraulic 31.2-metre main boom. Configuration flexibility makes it possible to customize the crane perfectly for different job requirements. In addition, the Demag AC 45 City also comes with features such as an axle load indicator, a hook height indicator, cruise control, and cameras for load, hook and hoist monitoring and for backing up. Remote radio control and storage boxes are included as well. The IC-1 Plus control system deMAY 2019
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FILLING THE CAPACITY GAP Ford introduces new chassis cab with smaller footprint and bigger capability By Lee Toop, Associate Editor
hen Ford held its annual press event at the Work Truck Show this past March, nobody was expecting a brand-new nameplate to be introduced – but that’s just what happened, and buyers will be able to take advantage of that surprise addition to the company’s chassis cab line in 2020. Ford rolled out the entirely new F-600 Super Duty work truck to fill a gap that has been a challenge for customers for some time: they have been asking for more capacity in a smaller package. The new truck will deliver the capability of a Class 6 truck in a Class 5 footprint. It was one of several updates to Ford’s work truck line that were released at the event. Medium-duty customers had been asking for a number of new features in the Super Duty line, and Ford found an opportunity to take that feedback and run with it, said Mike Pruitt, global chief program engineer. “There’s certainly a need there for that increased incremental GVWR for vocational users, whether it be for dump beds, bucket trucks or in landscaping – it helps them do more work,” Pruitt described. “The best way to categorize it is that it’s between our Class 5 chassis, the F-550, and our medium-duty F-650, which is Class 6.”
list for some time; we go out and poll our customers pretty regularly and we have advisory boards that provide us a lot of feedback, and at some point over the last two or three years, their voices steered us in this direction, where they wanted to have more capacity in the F-550,” Koester said. The main desire was for an increase in payload capacity, as much as was possible to fit into the F-550 chassis size, Pruitt suggested. “The real advantage here is providing that increased GVWR, which for the F-600 is up to 22,000 pounds, in that familiar Class 5 chassis,” he said. “Our tagline is ‘it’s poised to go where
the bigger trucks can’t.’ That’s what we’re excited to deliver.” Ford’s customers in the market segments that will be interested in the F-600 are leaders in their industries and are looking for tools that are better suited to their tasks than the competition, said Koester. “Let’s say you have a customer who’s going out into an oil field; they’re loading up their truck, trying to make decisions about what tools they can put on and stay under weight. Are they going to be able to bring enough people for the job? When you get to a point where you are having to make decisions about what you’re going to put
into your truck based on the weight capability. . . quite frankly, you’re in the wrong truck,” he explained. “This keeps people in a platform that they very much like, that’s an industry leader, and it gives them the extra payload so there are fewer decisions; the feedback we had that drove us to this is very much focused on that point. People are continually asking for one more pound, one more foot, and that’s what this achieves.”
New 7.3-litre V8 available
The F-600 Super Duty will feature Ford’s new 7.3-litre V8 gasoline engine, which replaces the previously
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Ford has been hearing customer demand for a truck along these lines for some time, said Kevin Koester, Super Duty fleet brand manager. “This was something on our wants
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The F-600 cab will feature numerous comfort features as well as updated technology options.
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The New Demag® CC 2800-2
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Challenges come in a lot of different sizes and no truck takes them on better than the Western Star® 4700. It was created to help you tackle the toughest jobs and win. Whether as a tractor, or as a truck bodied up the way you need it, the 4700 gives you the edge. And in this world, we could all use a little edge. FIND YOURS AT WESTERNSTAR.COM Western Star - A Daimler Group Brand WS/MC-A-587 Specifications are subject to change without notice. Western Star Truck Sales, Inc. is registered to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004. Copyright © 2019 Daimler Trucks North America LLC. All rights reserved. Western Star Truck Sales, Inc. is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, a Daimler company.
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XL unveiled the first plug-in hybrid-electric Ford Super Duty F-250 pickup truck at the NTEA Work Truck Show. XL’s newest product expands its plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) product family, which also includes the XLP Ford F-150 that the company began shipping in 2018 to municipal, utility and commercial fleets. According to initial assessment, XL is reporting that the XLP F-250 truck will provide up to a 50 percent improvement in miles driven per gallon over conventional factory units, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 33 percent during normal operation. These numbers are consistent with what the PHEV F-150 has been proven to achieve at EPA-certified testing facilities. The XLP F-250 features a high voltage 15-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is compatible with Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations using an industry-standard J1772 plug interface. The battery is also charged by regenerative braking during driving, which captures and stores energy while slowing the vehicle. The energy is then transferred back into the drivetrain through an electric motor which helps propel the vehicle during acceleration, reducing fuel consumption, carbon dioxide emissions and brake wear. The entire system weighs 750 pounds and is professionally mounted onto existing factory components. The XLP F-250 has no effect on Ford factory warranties and requires no special maintenance procedures or charging infrastructure enhancements.
XL SPECIALIZED TRAILERS
LOW-PROFILE GOOSENECK TRAILER The newly designed Low-Profile Hydraulic Detachable Gooseneck (HDG) trailer from XL Specialized Trailers offers a loaded deck height of only 15 inches. With a capacity of 110,000 pounds in 12 feet and many operator-friendly features, the unit is ideal for adaptable hauling in commercial and construction applications. The 13-foot gooseneck has a swing clearance of 110 inches, and the relief cut out in the gooseneck provides additional space between the truck and trailer. The hydraulic neck detaches and reattaches quickly using a power unit or a wet kit. The redesigned sloped nose of the gooseneck protects air and electric connections from damage. Additionally, a new front access panel in the base of the gooseneck allows for easy engine maintenance. The neck also offers a five-position ride height. Based on neck position and load, the deck can be levelled as needed with the adjustable wheel area ride height. A work light in the upper deck increases visibility when monitoring the load at night. With the 15-inch deck height and 4.5-inch ground clearance, this flat-deck lowboy can accommodate loads that may otherwise require a dropside trailer. The new three-beam deck design offers an improved strength-toweight ratio, keeping drivers' payload possibilities high.
The enhanced 4700 offers a number of new features to make getting a hard job done even easier.
BE LIGHTER In addition to its other lightweight options, the 4700 is now available with the Cummins X12, which is up to 600 pounds lighter than other medium-bore engines.
BE SAFER Along with great handling and visibility, the 4700 now comes with Collision Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning for greater safety and uptime.
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Ford is expecting plenty of interest from a number of key truck-buying segments when the F-600 becomes commercially available. “Utilities will be very interested in this truck – those are applications where, in some cases, they may never even turn the truck off – they run cycles where a new driver comes in and takes off,” Koester said. “When you can make sure that the tools are on that truck to handle any job that comes along, that’s definitely a big driver for that segment.” Applications such as dump trucks will be a good fit for the F-600 as well, thanks to the added payload available, Koester noted. “If I can get a little bit of a fuller load, or shift my vehicle from a fullsized Class 6 vehicle down to a Super Duty, then you have some cost savings there; you also have the ability to potentially shift your body purchase from an aluminum to a steel body, which also gives the customer cost savings with the same, or a little more capability,” he said. Customers and Ford dealers have been very excited about the potential offered by the new addition to the Super Duty line. “It’s exciting to bring this to the market, and the feedback that we have had from the market, from both existing customers that have been partners of ours for a long time, as well as new customers who see this as an opportunity to start working with Ford, has been extremely positive,” said Koester. HEG
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available 6.8-litre V10. The company says its new V8 will generate more torque and power than the V10, in a more compact package that allows better maintenance access for technicians while using fewer parts. The new engine features an all-new camin-block, overhead-valve architecture with cast iron block and forged steel crankshaft to ensure durability. It will include port injection with variable-valve timing and oil jets to cool pistons under heavy loads. Koester said many customers are gravitating toward gasoline engines for work trucks due to recent emissions changes with diesel engines. “Comparatively between a gas and a diesel, when I can remove the need to function with diesel exhaust fluid and a much more complex exhaust system than there would be on a gasoline engine, that’s definitely been a driver for our customers,” he said. “Certain vocations are definitely skewing toward the gas engine over the diesel. It’s able to give them a little more displacement and power comparative to the 6.8-litre and smaller gas engines.” Pruitt said the new truck will also be available with Ford’s third-generation 6.7-litre diesel, itself an upgrade on the current offering. Both will be paired with the 10-speed heavy-duty TorqShift automatic transmission.
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UNDERSTANDING THE CONSEQUENCES OF
DRIVING OVERLOADED VEHICLES By Christopher Lyon, director of Fleet Relations, NTEA
leet professionals are tasked with providing safe, reliable and compliant vehicles for their organizations. In many cases, fleet professionals that design these work trucks only have indirect control and/or input on how these vehicles are used after being placed in service. One of the biggest concerns is understanding the consequences of operating overloaded vehicles. This includes drivability issues, reliability and maintenance concerns, as well as the regulatory impacts and liability risks associated with operating overloaded vehicles. With some forethought in the vehicle design phase and broad-based education for all stakeholders, these issues can be minimized, if not completely eliminated. Industry professionals generally know gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) represents maximum vehicle weight, including chassis, body, auxiliary equipment and payload. Several other factors beyond GVWR can contribute to a truck being characterized as overloaded, including gross combined weight rating (GCWR) and gross axle weight rating (GAWR). GCWR is the maximum allowable weight for a truck and trailer combination. This covers the weight of the truck, any cargo and the trailer. In short, if the load rolls with the truck, the weight is included in GCWR. GAWR covers each axle on a truck and trailer. It is limited to the weakest component in the axle system, including suspension, tires and brakes.
Drivability – controlling a vehicle
Improperly loaded vehicles or those that exceed the weight rating will have a dramatic effect on performance. Steering, maneuverability, braking and acceleration are all affected. Most important, stopping distances are dramatically impacted. Simply stated, an overloaded truck requires more distance to stop. Operators can misjudge necessary stopping distance when a vehicle is improperly loaded. Another example is maneuverability and steering (i.e., when a vehicle exceeds weight on the rear axle which creates an imbalanced load). These factors can affect the entire characteristic of the truck. Steering and handling are impacted, and in extreme cases, the truck loses front axle traction. Excess speed and maneuverability are significant issues (i.e., a large vehicle travelling down an incline can gain additional speed paired with decreased maneuverability and stopping distances). All these scenarios can cause immediate and unsafe conditions for the vehicle, operator and general public. Isaac Newton’s laws of physics state items in motion stay in motion, and objects at rest will stay at rest until compelled to change action by an external force. Manufacturers recognize these effects in vehicle design and the influence external forces have on important components like brakes, powerplants and powertrains. All these critical components are set to operate within a specific range of parameters. Ultimately, these design characteristics recognize the physics within the operating environment.
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Improperly loaded vehicles or those that exceed the weight rating will have a dramatic effect on performance. Steering, maneuverability, braking and acceleration are all affected. Most important, stopping distances are dramatically impacted. can be completely preventable. Another significant educational opportunity is the cost of downtime. At times, vehicles are overloaded with the misconception of being more efficient. Operators believe streamlining to one trip can save time and money. However, a preventable breakdown affects drivers and customer commitments and can even require a larger fleet due to the need to retain maintenance spares – all of which are unnecessary expenses. Some drivers and supervisors in the fleet industry may think they are exempt from mandated weight restrictions/limits. There may be some organizations that have an exemption or may be permitted to run an overweight vehicle on the road. However, no one is exempt from having safe and compliant vehicles. This means vehicles cannot exceed designed weight capacity, under normal operating circumstances. Consequences are costly. Though state laws vary, overweight tickets are often expensive and can lead to impounded vehicles. Many vocational trucks do not have a working familiarity with regulatory compliance as their vehicles are not routinely crossing mandated weight stations (often seen on highways). Fleet professionals may not have as much control once the vehicle is on the road, but education can be an effective tool. Training operators and upper management can often prompt improved policies. As vehicle weight increases, so does the number of crash instances. In 2016, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) data on large trucks and buses show crashes are directly proportional to vehicle weight. This data suggests that adding weight only increases the chance of an occurrence. Furthermore, as a fleet professional, a duty of care is held for the operator and organization. In the event of an incident, there can be civil and criminal consequences.
There are several ways to prevent overload. First, it is important to understand how trucks are actually used. Many times, there is a disconnect between the design team and end users. Making
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field observations and talking with end users can be much more productive than assuming user awareness and willingness to abide by vehicle design parameters. Often, telling end users how to use equipment will fall on deaf ears. In the end, they have a job to get done and will find a way to use equipment, whether it was designed for the task or not. Unfortunately, on work trucks, you will rarely find underutilized space. Eventually, end users will add items to fill the void, resulting in unnecessary weight if the added materials/tools are rarely used. Too much space can add weight as operators may find items to fill room that’s not mission-critical. When adding weight, end users contribute to physical capacity, without taking vehicle effects into account.
When designing a work truck, there are several tools you can use to provide a safe, reliable, compliant work truck. Accounting for reserve weight and not constantly running at maximum capacity help reduce maintenance and operating costs. Considering reserve weight allows a cushion to add more, if needed. When planning for payload reserve ability, it’s typically appropriate to operate a vehicle between 80 percent and 85 percent capacity, leaving 15 to 20 percent reserve capacity. NTEA members have access to the Vehicle Center of Gravity and Axle Weight Calculator, a web-based, interactive tool that provides vehicle specification and
weight information. When upfitting or modifying a vehicle, these calculations produce information to share with customers, and assist in understanding how certain industry standards may apply.
Striving for optimization
The goal is designing a work truck that encases all elements of performance, fuel economy, maintenance, resale and versatility. Sitting down with stakeholders to create and prioritize a selector list often exposes compromises. It’s critical to understand these concessions and how they affect drivers and equipment supervisors; meet expectations from internal and external customers; and influence the bottom line. Completing a life cycle cost analysis can help you make concrete financial decisions. NTEA’s Vehicle Life Cycle Cost Tool, also available to the association’s members, performs calculations on scenario-based inputs, creating a pathway to determine true costs of ownership. It’s designed to be flexible and user-friendly to accommodate a variety of truck life cycle analysis needs and different fleet structures.
Providing compliant vehicles is essential to your company’s success. Improperly loaded vehicles negatively affect drivability and reliability and open your organization to unnecessary risk and liability exposure. These scenarios all have cost implications that can be avoided through education and proper vehicle design.
NEW REMOTE SOFTWARE UPDATE AND VEHICLE PARAMETER PACKAGE AVAILABLE Mack Trucks has announced a new package for customers that will further maximize their uptime via Mack Over The Air, Mack’s best-in-class remote programming solution that allows for remote software updates and the setting of vehicle parameters. The Mack Parameter Plus package, now available for order, enables customers to make up to 50 parameter updates per 12-month period on all model year 2018 and newer Mack vehicles equipped with Mack GuardDog Connect. Previously, customers were able to make just two parameter updates per year as part of their Uptime contract subscription. There is no limit for Mack-initiated software updates used to continuously enhance product performance. “We consistently seek out ways to improve Uptime for our customers,” said John Walsh, vice president of marketing for Mack Trucks. “Mack Parameter Plus enables customers to bundle their parameter updates into a cost-effective package, and since it’s built on Mack Over The Air capabilities, customers’ valuable schedules are not disrupted while the parameters are set. Parameters help tailor the truck to the job and help customers comply with regulations such as road speed and idle shutdown.” Mack Parameter Plus also is available for previously purchased vehicles with Mack EPA 2017 engines.
NEW CLASS 5 GASOLINE MODELS ANNOUNCED Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. has announced production plans for its 2019 and 2020 model-year lineup. Highlighting the announcement, which the company made at the National Truck Equipment Association’s 2019 Work Truck Show, was the addition of two new Class 5 gasoline engine models next year. Two Class 5 models are planned: the NQR Gas (with a target GVWR of 17,950 pounds) and the NRR Gas (with a target GVWR of 19,500 pounds). Both will be powered by a General Motors 6.0-litre Vortec V8 supplied by PSI and will be mated to an Allison 1000 RDS transmission with PTO gear. Production is expected to begin in mid-2020. In addition to the Class 5 gasoline trucks, Isu-
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zu announced a number of refinements to its returning lineup of diesel- and gas-powered trucks, including new driver-assistance and audio options for all models. Beginning in May 2019, all Isuzu N-Series and F-Series trucks will be available with a suite of Mobileye advanced driver-assistance features. Active at any speed, Forward Collision Warning alerts drivers of an imminent rear-end collision with a car, truck or motorcycle up to 2.7 seconds in advance. Pedestrian Collision Warning notifies the driver of a pedestrian or cyclist in the danger zone, and alerts the driver of an imminent collision. Operational during daylight hours only, this feature is active at speeds under 31 miles per hour. Lane Departure Warning monitors lane markings and alerts drivers with visual and audible warnings when a lane deviation occurs without proper signal activation. The system employs both a left- and right-lane warning icon and is active over 34 miles per hour. Headway Monitoring Warning helps drivers maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle ahead, providing visual and audible alerts if the distance becomes unsafe. Active at speeds above 19 miles per hour, the system displays the amount of time, in seconds, to the vehicle ahead. When the time becomes 2.5 seconds or less, and is no longer considered safe, an alert is provided.
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RECYCLED PARTS BRING NEW LIFE TO MACHINES
GROWING DEMAND FOR REBUILT EQUIPMENT PARTS BRINGS SUCCESS FOR CANADIAN COMPANY By Lee Toop, Associate Editor
et’s face a fact: construction equipment isn’t cheap. For the majority of contractors, the purchase of a new machine is a big capital outlay that requires plenty of planning and financial preparation. The cost of new equipment is one major reason for owners to seek out alternatives, whether that be buying used machines or hanging on to the ones that have served them well. Using older machines, however, means that there’s more likelihood that major components
“If you’re able to offer that person a cheaper alternative that’s still high quality – a rebuilt unit instead of a new one – there’s an opportunity to make some money and help those guys keep their equipment running longer.” James Whone 48
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need to be replaced – and they can be expensive in their own right. There is a growing interest in use of remanufactured parts to give equipment a longer life at a lower cost. One British Columbia–based company has been recycling end-of-life machinery for years, and with a recent major expansion is positioned to help buyers across North America to keep their equipment on the jobsite longer at a lower cost. Brikers started out 20 years ago this year when owner Tim Brown, a longtime parts manager with a John Deere dealer, realized that equipment owners were facing challenges with major components failing in their machines – failures that were leaving them stuck with huge repair bills. “We’re not talking oil filters, mirrors and windows, small things like that, but the major components – the pricing on those major components is quite astronomical,” said Brikers general manager James Whone. “It’s not such a big deal if you have a brand new machine that’s under warranty. If you have to put a $30,000 pump on a $230,000 machine it doesn’t have quite the same sticker shock as if you tell someone they need a $30,000 pump on a $35,000 or $40,000 machine.” When dealing with the owner of an older machine, it might not make sense to spend that kind of money to extend its life. Brown, however, realized that providing an opportunity for customers to purchase a less-costly alternative could help keep older machines working longer at a lower price to the owner. “If you’re able to offer that person a cheaper alternative that’s still high quality – a rebuilt unit instead of a new one – there’s an opportunity to make some money and help those guys keep their equipment running longer,” Whone described.
Start with reconditioned cabs
Brown started Brikers – named after his children, Brittany and Parker – with a focus on one specific type of part to be recovered and reused from retired excavators: the cabs. When Whone joined the company it was working out of a barn in the back of Brown’s property with several people disassembling and reconditioning cabs. “It started out with the cabs, figuring out what cabs fit onto what machines. If you have a cab from, say, a Deere 200 and all you know is that it fits a Deere 200, you have a limited customer base to sell to. But, if you find out that cab fits a 230, a 270 and a 330, all of a sudden your chances of selling that cab are that much better.” From Brown’s backyard, the company moved to a facility that had approximately 4,500 square feet of shops and office space. In addition, Brikers started to bring in new types of equipment and add to the parts lines that it offered.
Above: Brikers founder Tim Brown. Its business model is simple – it finds end-of-life machinery and picks out the parts that can be given further life, then rebuilds them. “We buy complete machines – excavators, wheel loaders, articulated trucks, some rigid trucks, mining trucks and others – we’ve done some dozers, as well,” Whone described. “We buy these from a variety of sources – auctions is one, and we also have people who call us and have an issue with their machine. . . they’re done using it, and it’s at the point in its life where they just want to sell it and get what they can.” The machines are stripped down and recyclable parts taken to Brikers’ remanufacturing facilities. They also receive used parts through a core program when those reman parts are sold
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to customers, Whone noted. “We always bring the cores back for any of the rebuild components or cabs that we supply,” he said. “We look after the core freight, we look after setting up the paperwork for the core. . . as long as everything is there, the customer will receive a full core credit. In that regard, there’s really no risk on their end of things; we just ask them to let us know when it’s ready, then email over the paperwork. We even call the truck for them.” As Brikers grew, it reached a point where that 4,500-square-foot facility was at, and often beyond, capacity. That made it challenging to manage a growing business, Whone described. “We plateaued at a certain point because with that lack of space you can’t hire more mechanics or office staff. . . as an interim solution we rented a warehouse, and kept some parts off-site. We had trucks running back and forth from the yard when we sold things or finished a rebuild,” he related. With demand continuing to expand, Brikers had to grow as well, and in 2017 it moved to a brand-new 5.5-acre location that features 44,000 square feet of space. That gives Brikers plenty
of room to meet the needs of its customers, which Whone said are always changing. “We recognize that our customers have more needs than what we were able to supply. . . we were scratching the surface as far as the customer base goes,” he said. The new facility has eight dismantling bays, and from there the desired parts move into reman shops. Brikers has three streams it operates: components, hydraulics and cabs.
Experience and quality
Their goal is to meet or beat factory specifications for the parts they rebuild. As part of the move to its new facility, Brikers added a new feature to its shop: an in-house test bench used to ensure the quality of its products before they leave the facility. “We rebuild hydraulic pumps, control valves, swing motors, propel motors and other products, and we needed a way to put those components into a machine-like setting and make sure that once the rebuild process was completed they would perform at like-new specs,” Whone said. “We deal on a North America–wide basis, and the last thing
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Technicians in the Brikers shops have years of experience (top); parts are available for a variety of machines large and small (above). you want is to ship something down to Florida or out to Newfoundland or up to Alaska and have an issue with it.” The test bench runs off a 500-hp electric motor with a variable frequency drive that allows for verification of the components. “When that part goes out the door, it’s going to be a good component that will last a long time,” Whone said. Brikers also prides itself on its staff; the team working in its reman shops brings years of experience that helps ensure quality when remanufactured parts are sent out to customers. “We have some very, very experienced guys who have been rebuilding these components for a long time,” Whone said. “They brought a wealth of knowledge acquired over the years. there’s a lot of back and forth between the office and rebuild shop in figuring out how we can have a constant state of
improvement.” The new facility, combined with that experience and capability, means Brikers can live up to one of its goals: having components in stock and ready to ship when their customers – many of whom are dealers for major manufacturers, along with a growing number of individual owners – call. “We want guys to call us at two o’clock Monday afternoon and, if they’re in Edmonton, I want to sell him that part, put it on a truck, and have it show up at his jobsite the next day so he can get that machine up and running,” Whone said. “Moving into this facility has really allowed us to do that. We have the warehouse space, we have the manpower in our rebuild shops, and we’re able to put those components and cabs on the shelf so we have them ready to ship when our customers need them.” HEG
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CHASING OFF COLD WEATHER Heating solutions solve starting issues, cut down emissions and lower costs
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be in a mine site that shuts down for maintenance in a very cold climate, the operator can’t just get right in, service the equipment and start moving it, because the fluids are too cold – it’s actually harmful to the hydraulic system,” described Jason Cook, market manager for machinery with HOTSTART, a manufacturer of heating systems for heavy equipment. Lubricant manufacturers have taken these colder temperature needs into consideration with oil blends for Arctic climates, but even those blends need to be heated to allow for easier operation, Cook said. With cooler temperatures creeping further south into the continent there’s a growing need for heating options to help keep contractors on heavy equipment, oil field and other sites running. When the temperature is dropping 10, 20 or more degrees below zero, the job gets even more difficult. Without the assistance of an independent heating system, machines can suffer from serious issues, Cook noted.
Experience in range of markets
HOTSTART, based in eastern Washington State, has been manufacturing heating systems since 1942, serving markets from backup power generation to construction to railway and marine. It works both with OEMs and aftermarket buyers looking to protect their equipment from cold temperatures; the company offers systems as simple as an engine block heater up to combinations that can warm coolant, hydraulics and engine oil as needed. “In our 77 years as a business, we have grown from a simple in-block heater solution to external heaters for gensets, hydraulic heating, oil heating and other critical fluid heating for machinery and heavy-duty equipment,” described Leslie Czernik, marketing communications specialist. “We have six established industries that we work with. . . marine, railroad, heavy equipment, generator, oil and gas, and truck/bus; we also have an emerging market to provide heating and cooling solutions to the clean energy market, specifically around thermal management of batteries being used in energy storage applications.” In the case of heavy equipment, owners may get a machine with some OEM level HOTSTART heating
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options, but there are a number of situations in which they require something more. “Sometimes the customer gets that supplied from the OEM, or in other cases they call us directly when they see a need for a more robust heating solution – maybe the equipment was located in another climate previously, and they move it to a new jobsite in a more Arctic climate,” he said. “We can provide whole packaged solutions, meaning heaters as well as controls, and all of the harness and cabling that goes into powering those heaters. In some cases, it may just be individual heaters, an in-block heater, a thermosiphon heater or immersion element.” When it comes to retrofitting machines with new heating systems, Cook said that HOTSTART generally starts with a general evaluation of where the equipment will work to determine the best approach to meeting its heating needs, which may involve a visit to the customer’s site prior to any purchases being made. “In some situations it is a case of saying ‘I will try to provide this customer as much knowledge as I can in the beginning prior to us installing anything, or selling the heaters,’” Cook noted. “We really try to educate them on best practices and what to look out for when they’re installing the equipment.” Deciding what kind of heating to use on a particular piece of equipment hinges on a number of factors. Cook noted that there are some basic questions that can start the process off and help keep costs down when purchasing heating equipment. “Say we have a customer who may be in a warmer climate – maybe it’s temperate and they experience all four seasons; it doesn’t have as harsh a winter,” Cook said. “I would probably look at it and ask ‘what is the lowest ambient temperature you will see?’ If it’s not really severe I’d probably suggest they could get by with coolant heat and maybe engine oil heating.” HOTSTART can provide cartridge-style immersion heating for oil pan heating, which would be good for less cold regions; for Arctic regions
HOTSTART systems can be retrofitted onto a variety of engine types and uses. they may require more options, such as a forced circulation system for coolant and multiple immersion elements for the hydraulic tank along with a suction manifold heater to help ensure the main hydraulic fluid reservoir is warm and ready. Immersion style heaters may work for smaller amounts of oil, but if the system contains a larger capacity of oil the company may suggest a forced circulation system. “Forced circulation is a more efficient way of heating the fluid – we’re not just installing one immersion element in a tank and then having to wait longer to heat that same volume of fluid,” Cook said. “Plus we get the benefit of circulating the fluid. This helps reduce hot spots in the application and provides more even heating throughout the system.” All in all, heating systems are a good way to protect equipment and prevent potential maintenance issues, while improving efficiency and reducing emissions, Cook noted. “When heating equipment with HOTSTART heaters, there’s less downtime to wait for the equipment to heat up, less wear and tear on critical components, reduced operating costs from unnecessary idling and quicker operational starts when you have cold weather impacting your operation,” he said. “In most cases we see a reduction in NOx from diesel engines when the engine is heated. . . if an engine isn’t at the correct operating temperature we see things like the emission system or catalyst systems not being ready, and operators experience harder starts. If the engine can’t come online and come up to power quickly and be heated to where it needs to be, then it will have to idle, wait and warm up – you’re burning more fuel, creating more wear and tear, consuming more oil and polluting the air around you with diesel emissions (white smoke) from the unburned fuel.” HEG
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VMAC has developed an innovative spline drive air compressor for OEMs that has proven to be an ideal alternative to reciprocating air compressors in industrial applications. VMAC’s direct-drive air compressors mount to SAE A, B and C ports on industrial engines, as well as PTOs, and provide 10 to 70 CFM of compressed air at 100 percent duty cycle. The spline drive air compressor was tested and is currently used by OEMs in a medley of industries, including heavy-duty construction equipment, oil and gas maintenance, and railway maintenance. “VMAC air compressors have been put to the test in industrial applications and we are pleased with the results,” said Rick Duifhuis, OEM division manager. “VMAC’s spline drive air compressor has proven to be a reliable, hardworking solu-
tion in some of the world’s toughest jobsites.” VMAC’s air compressors are an attractive option for OEMs, built to fit tight spaces with a minimal footprint. The spline drive air ends are up to 25 percent smaller and 60 percent lighter than competing products, due to innovative engineering and durable aluminum designs. The spline drive solution adapts technology from the VR70 belt drive air compressor, modifying the powerful air end so it’s compatible with common industrial and heavy-duty equipment.
The Crankenstein Jump Starting 12V/24V Power Pack is a powerful combination 12- and 24-volt portable jump starting solution, designed for the light and heavy-duty equipment market. Crankenstein revolutionizes jump starting with features built into a compact power pack that is just nine pounds. Crankenstein provides 1,200 cranking amps and 5,000 peak amps for 12-volt systems and 600 cranking amps and 5,000 peak amps for 24volt systems. Weego Crankenstein will jump start 0-volt batteries safely and automatically, eliminating jobsite downtime (until a replacement battery is installed). A premium OLED screen clearly walks users through the jump and communicates warning messages, light brightness level and connection quality for intuitive, effective and safe use. User training is not required. A built-in voltmeter is included to measure battery voltage. Crankenstein’s patent pending Connection Detection technology displays the quality of battery terminal connections so users can adjust the clamps to achieve maximum connectivity with minimum resistance; this reduces the amount of
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Camso has introduced a new steel over-the-tire (OTT) track solution. The addition of Camso’s skidsteer product line complements its wellknown offering of OEM and aftermarket skidsteer tires, CTL tracks and rubber OTT tracks. The move to a steel product now allows Camso distributors to offer the widest range of tracks. Camso believes a steel OTT product is the perfect option should an application call for a track solution, but a user is not willing to bridge to a compact track loader. While all OTT attachments are designed to enhance skid-steer traction and flotation, usually for short-term applications, rubber and steel tracks add distinctive qualities to the machine’s capabilities. Camso’s new steel OTT tracks are the ultimate solution for severe traction needs: on muddy terrain, muskeg or climbing over rock. The steel tread bars also have the cutting-edge operators need when working on heavy ice surfaces or on slopes. These tracks allow a wide range of adjustment and tensioning, making them as close as possible to a one size fits all. The company will offer its steel OTT tracks in 10- and 12-inch widths made to fit most skid-steer loaders running conventional R4 tires. An owner or operator can install these tracks in less than an hour. They can quickly remove or adjust OTT links to fit the wheelbase, easily tensioning the track for 1 to 3 inches of sag. Camso believes the quick change and ease of installation will be attractive to get the user back to work quickly.
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MINING TRUCK TIRE FOR RIGID DUMP TRUCKS After six years of development and testing, Michelin has introduced the XDR 3 surface-mine haul tire in size 27.00R49. Addressing the productivity and endurance issues found in today’s surface mines, the XDR3 – developed for a range of rigid dump trucks with payload capacity up to 400 tons – is designed with new compounds and a revolutionary new tread pattern that helps provide exceptional tire life. The use of corrosion-isolating cables in the tire architecture is a significant upgrade in situations where this equipment is always moving as it is operated for up to 23 hours a day in extreme terrain. These innovations allow customers to select the benefit that best fits their needs. Customers can choose not to increase speed or load and expect a 10 percent increase in tire life. Or customers could choose either to increase speed by 10 percent or increase load by
10 percent and achieve the same tire life as the previous generation. This flexibility allows Michelin to better support customer needs and goals. The XDR3 is designed for operator safety. Michelin’s revolutionary tread pattern provides excellent load distribution across the contact patch, lowers contact pressure and reduces wear rate. In addition, the tread pattern is designed for better endurance thanks to revolutionary heat dissipation.
NEW MIXEDSERVICE TIRE FOR CONSTRUCTION TRUCKS Cooper Tire has announced a new mixed-service wide base all-position (WBA) tire as part of its SEVERE Series lineup. The Cooper SEVERE Series WBA provides long miles to removal while handling the harsh operating conditions found in construction truck applications – especially mixers and dump trucks. The tire is available in 385/65R22.5 and 425/65R22.5 sizes, in load range L. The SEVERE Series WBA features a five-rib design with 23/32nds of tread and a unique zigzag rib in the centre. While unique in looks, the tire is designed to provide exceptional traction and cornering in slippery construction site conditions. Special cut, chip and chunk resistant compounds, plus Cooper’s Scrub Guard technology, help the tire withstand scrubbing, curbs, and other obstacles typically encountered during operations. Featuring notched circumferential ribs, the tire has stone ejector ledges to help reduce and prevent the penetration of sharp rocks and stones. Grooved walls contain a dual “shelf” to aid in tread stability while providing additional stone protection. Tie bars stabilize the centre rib to enhance driving performance, and a five-inch steel band reinforcement in the lower sidewall provides reinforcement and casing durability. MAY 2019
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hile training simulators are nothing new, advances in technology are making them more versatile, realistic and collaborative than ever. Whether it’s through online collaboration with instructors and other trainees half a world away, or through experiencing a realistic, immersive environment through a headset, simulators are a safe, cost-efficient way to level up employees’ skills for the jobsite. Here are some of the latest introductions in VR training.
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Caterpillar Safety Services has developed Cat Safety VR, a new virtual reality (VR) safety training module.
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Customized for paving applications, the new VR safety training solution immerses the trainee into a virtual four-lane rural highway construction site, where the employee learns to interact with coworkers and identify hazards in a safe and controlled environment. Road construction jobsites are full of hazards and distractions that create risks for employees, especially new workers. In-depth training related to specific road construction hazards, the importance of following proper procedures and effective communication among workers can help to reduce safety incidents at the jobsite. “Given the industries we serve and the hazards workers face in those industries, having a safe alternative to real-world training is important. As the workforce evolves generationally, so does the way in which training is delivered. VR is an engaging learning experience for all, and numerous studies have shown memory retention to be higher with VR than through more traditional training methods,” says Zach Knoop, Caterpillar Safety Services general manager. “We developed this safety training module for one of our long-time customers, who is a world leader in the construction and maintenance of transport infrastructure. However, the program can be adapted to meet the needs of specific customers, industries and applications.” The new Cat Safety VR comes complete with everything a company needs to conduct the safety module. The kit includes a gaming laptop preloaded to run the program, HTC VIVE virtual reality headset system (including hand controls), mount stand kit and transport case. Cat Safety VR is mobile, so users can easily transport the kit anywhere to conduct training with employees. Once they have put on the VR headset, the trainee is immersed in the virtual four-lane highway project for a site flyover and a pre-shift “huddle” with coworkers. A series of five scenarios then plays out during the training session, which is designed to show employees the many potential hazards associated with paving a highway adjacent to live traffic.
SIMULATED S IMPACT ON J After receiving instructions from the foreman, the user advances to the taper to inspect and install traffic control devices, which helps employees to focus when encountered by unpredictable traffic travelling at a high rate of speed. Module scenarios at the paving train help the user to identify and negotiate blind spots, safely navigate around and between equipment, and improve communication with workers. As the module progresses, another setting features an excavator and coworker using a concrete saw to teach the importance of always wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE). Each decision made offers positive reinforcement for the correct action or a memorable negative consequence for an unsafe choice. The training module concludes with a daily wrap-up to reinforce the positive lessons learned and stress that no production “emergency” at the jobsite is worth risking the safety of the worker or anyone else. Total program run time is approximately 20 to 30 minutes per session. “Cat Safety VR helps the trainee learn how to interact with coworkers, other contractors and the equipment, all in a safe and controlled environment,” comments Justin Ganschow, Caterpillar Safety Services business development manager. “For both new and experienced employees, VR is an effective and memorable experience to support the company’s overall safety training program and advances the safety culture.”
CM Labs Crane Signaller Training Station
The Signaller Training Station is a simulation-based solution. Designed to work in conjunction with CM Labs’ Vortex Trainer and Advantage simulators, the Signaller Training Station allows trainers to simultaneously engage multiple students in a single exercise. While one apprentice operates a virtual crane via the Vortex simulator, another uses the Signaller Training Station to provide guidance. The trainee signaller can move around a realistically simulated worksite to inspect the lifting area, identify potential hazards, gain a clear view
D SCENARIOS HAVE REAL-WORLD N JOBSITE SAFETY of all site activity, and provide hand signals to direct the crane operator via webcam and picture-in-picture display. Together, trainees either fail as a team or succeed as a team. The result, says CM Labs, is new operators that are simply better prepared for any worksite, as they are learning critical skills before engaging with real cranes. “From job planning to after-action review, collaborative learning builds effective teams,” said Lisa Barbieri, CM Labs’ VP marketing. “CM Labs’ new cooperative signaller station allows novice operators to train for effective teamwork and communications in a realistic and wholly risk-free environment.” Embedding the trainee signaller in a working simulation increases trainee engagement and motivation, she adds, making this an extremely effective platform to learn correct signaller and load positioning, proper hand signals, optimal lines of sight, and safe direction of lift operations. Additionally, instructors can monitor the entire operation via an Instructor Operating Station that provides scoring and reporting capabilities, as well as the ability to introduce challenges such as equipment malfunctions or weather events, at any time. The Signaller Training Station is designed for use with all CM Labs crane operator training packs, including the flat-top and luffing tower cranes, rough-terrain mobile crane and crawler crane. CM Labs’ signaller station not only reduces training costs by having team members train in tandem, reducing demands on instructors – it also makes it possible for organizations to train operators in ways that may be too risky or expensive to replicate in real life.
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John Deere launches next generation of construction simulators
John Deere is rolling out new construction simulators – further bridging the gap between the classroom and jobsite. The modular update outfits the new John Deere simulators to one of six machine types: backhoe, crawler dozer, excavator, wheel loader, joystick-controlled motor grader and fingertip control motor grader. “The next generation of John Deere simulators builds on a state-of-the-art technology that teaches machine controls, hand-eye coordination, safe operation, and operator technique,” said Jon Goodney, manager learning technology, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Simulators offer cost-effective and efficient operator training in a risk-free environment, while avoiding wear and tear on the equipment. It’s a win-win for organizations looking to get the next generation of operators ready for the jobsite.” Based on actual John Deere equipment, the updated simulators feature swappable controls that allow for quick interchange of joysticks and foot pedals to multiple machine types. The state-of-the-art software boasts highly detailed, realistic virtual environments designed to cover basic and advanced operator duties through multiple jobsite tasks. A performance function provides metrics to measure student progress, helping build proficiency and confidence.
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The updated backhoe, excavator, and motor grader simulators are available this spring, while the crawler dozer and wheel loader will be available in the summer. The new simulators can be coupled with the free online training available through John Deere University, offering a well-rounded operator training package.
Serious Labs Serious:XR collaborative worksite platform
The new Extended Reality (XR) collaborative worksite platform is designed to train and assess remote workers for plant, industrial and other types of worksite operations. The Serious:XR platform allows trainees to conduct practical and emergency operations in a safe environment, while building and assessing employee safety, efficiency and proficiency. “Safety and competency are crucial for any worksite, but logistics, time and resources often make training a challenge,” said Wade Carson, Director of Business Development, Serious Labs. “Collaborative VR training overcomes the obstacles of assessing practical, hands-on experience for today’s global workforce.” The XR platform allows multiple users to collaborate remotely from anywhere in the world with other team members, trainers and subject matter experts in a simulated virtual environment. By using a VR kit which includes a corded headset, gaming laptop and internet connection, the user is immersed in a virtual world. “Serious:XR removes physical boundaries,” said Carson. “It doesn’t matter if you are in Milan or Minsk, you can be in the same digital environment and collaborate in a shared virtual workspace.”
Above: John Deere offers a new generation of simulators for a range of equipment. Below: Serious:XR is a collaborative worksite platform that can train and assess workers for a variety of jobsite operations. Serious Labs’ extensive team of VR designers have created customizable modelled environment training modules for jobsites in a variety of industries including construction, energy, plant facilities and utilities. Trainees and instructors can communicate, interact and certify in the collaborative VR environment. Experiential learning has been shown to lead to greater comprehension and retention, and the safe training environment allows the user to learn from mistakes without risk of injury or damage. “The environment is so real looking that you forget it isn’t real,” said Carson. “Because you can immerse yourself that way, the virtual platform offers directly transferrable practical experience. In essence, you learn by doing.” The Serious: XR platform will be available globally in Q4 2019.
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Record bauma attracts more than 620,000 visitors TRADE SHOW With more than 620,000 visitors from over 200 countries, bauma 2019 generated the best results in the exhibition’s 65-year history. The number of visitors rose by about 40,000 over the total from 2016. More than 250,000 visitors came from countries outside Germany. The top 10 visitor countries after Germany were: Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Poland and Great Britain. The trade fair also experienced a strong increase in attendance from overseas visitors. Significant gains in this group were produced by China, Australia and Japan. More than 5,500 visitors came from China alone. The number of exhibitors totalled about 3,700 from 63 countries – another record. The show grounds covered an unprecedented 614,000 square metres of space. During the 2019 edition, exhibitors unveiled a huge number of innovations and new products to the trade fair’s global visitors. Many exhibitors spoke of a high willingness to invest. The record-setting bauma also had a strong impact on order books as exhibitors generated the highest sales in the history of their participation at the trade fair. Thanks to the smooth operation of the exhibition and the consistently positive feedback by exhibitors, Klaus Dittrich, Chairman and CEO of Messe München, was more than satisfied with the results of bauma 2019. “For the industry, bauma is by far the world’s most important innovation platform and economic engine, something that we clearly saw this year. Particularly in these times of sweeping technological change that is being triggered by digitalization, bauma provides the industry with security and confidence. Thanks to the momentum in demand generated by the fair’s seven days, companies will be able to calmly face economic slowdowns. bauma 2019 highlighted the opportunity and tremendous outlook of the industry as a whole.” Franz-Josef Paus, managing director of Hermann Paus Maschinenfabrik and chairman of the bauma Advisory Council, said that “with exhibitors from more than 60 countries and visitors from over 200 nations, bauma is an industry platform where technological variety, ingenuity and perform-
ance can be demonstrated to an immense international business audience.” The clear focal point of this year’s bauma was sustainable and digital solutions. All exhibitors agreed that digitalization is a “megatrend” in the construction machinery industry, said Andreas Klauser, the CEO of PALFINGER AG. Sensors and communication interfaces that collect and analyze data have become standard equipment. Overall, machines and vehicles are becoming cleaner, quieter and more efficient. Many now have electric and hybrid drive systems. “Customers’ interest in electric-drive systems has never been so high as it was this year,” said Dr. Frank Hiller, chairman of the Board of Management at DEUTZ AG. “It was a dominant issue at bauma 2019.” Some of the most interesting innovations were honoured with the bauma Innovation Award on the evening before the trade fair opened. The next bauma will be held from April 4 to 10, 2022, at the Messe München Exhibition Center.
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Are you the world’s best operator? Caterpillar launches Global Operator Challenge to find out Caterpillar is launching its 2019/2020 Global Operator Challenge Competition. Operators will test their skills against those of fellow operators around the world to determine who can claim the title of “best.” In each stage of the competition, operators will be challenged to test their agility, mental toughness and versatility, as well as their competence in using integrated technology to enhance machine performance, such as Cat Production Measurement and Cat GRADE systems. Operators qualifying in the local heats conducted by Cat dealers around the globe will participate in regional semi-final competitions that are to be held in Japan, Brazil, Spain and the United States during October and November 2019. The winners in each regional semi-final will take part in the global finals that will take place at Conexpo-Con/Agg, Las Vegas, in March 2020. The crowned champion will be awarded an all-expense, VIP trip for two to a global Caterpillar facility of his or her choice. The Caterpillar 2019/2020 Global Operator Challenge will be the largest-ever competition of its type, following in the success of the European “New Range – New Rules” competition in October 2018 at the Caterpillar Demonstration & Learning Center in Malaga, Spain. In Malaga, 18 operators from 10 nations across Europe, the Middle East and Eurasia were in the final competition; German operator Sebastian Behr took the top prize. COMPETITION
Ford invests $500 million into electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian PARTNERSHIP Through a strategic partnership, Ford will develop an allnew, next-generation battery-electric vehicle for Ford’s growing EV portfolio using Rivian’s skateboard platform. “This strategic partnership marks another key milestone in our drive to accelerate the transition to sustainable mobility,” said RJ Scaringe, Rivian founder and CEO. “Ford has a long-standing commitment to sustainability, with Bill Ford being one of the industry’s earliest advocates, and we are excited to use our technology to get
more electric vehicles on the road.” “We are excited to invest in and partner with Rivian,” said Bill Ford, Ford’s executive chairman. “I have gotten to know and respect RJ, and we share a common goal to create a sustainable future for our industry through innovation.” Rivian already has developed two clean-sheet vehicles. The company’s launch products – the five-passenger R1T pickup and seven-passenger R1S SUV – will deliver up to 400-plus miles of range starting in late 2020.
IN BRIEF Doosan forms strategic partnership with Palantir to accelerate digital transformation Doosan Infracore has formed a strategic partnership with U.S. big data company Palantir Technologies for the first time in Korea, as part of the effort to accelerate digital transformation. Palantir is a Silicon Valley–based big data startup that provides big data analysis platforms to organizations in various fields. Through a strategic partnership with Palantir, Doosan Infracore will build a big data platform to optimize the business operation and speed up the decision-making process. The company will visualize data across businesses including sales, production, R&D, quality control, customer services and IOT solutions. “DoosanCONNECT” establishes a platform for collaboration to strengthen communication between businesses, and ultimately boost effectiveness in operation.
Sandvik acquires digital mining technology company Newtrax Sandvik has acquired privately owned Newtrax, a supplier of technology in wireless connectivity to monitor and provide insights on underground operations, including people, machines and the environment. Sandvik’s suite of digital tools for analyzing and optimizing mining production and processes, coupled with Newtrax’s leading technology in wireless IoT connectivity will create a powerful, streamlined digital solution to improve safety and efficiency in underground mining operations. Newtrax is headquartered in Montréal, Canada and in 2018 the company generated revenues of about $26 million CAD with 120 employees. Newtrax will be run as an independent business unit within the division Rock Drills and Technologies in the business area Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.
Swedish investment company Solix acquires Steelwrist The Swedish investment company Solix has acquired all shares in Terratech AB, with the daughter companies Steelwrist and SVAB Hydraulik. Steelwrist manufactures tiltrotators, quick couplers and work tools for excavators, while SVAB Hydraulik produces control systems for tiltrotators and work tools. Both Steelwrist and SVAB work closely with several excavator manufacturers and the focus on OEM business will remain in the future.
Mack certifies third Quebec dealer location Mack Laval is the third Mack Certified Uptime Dealer in Quebec and third Frenchlanguage location. The accreditation confirms the dealer has met stringent requirements to amplify customer service and uptime. Mack made the announcement April 11 during ExpoCam at Place Bonaventure, Montreal.
PacLease names PacLease Edmonton as its North American Franchise of the Year PacLease Edmonton Kenworth has been named the PacLease 2018 North American Franchise of the Year. The honour was presented at the annual PacLease awards dinner held in conjunction with TRALA’s annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. Jim Callaway, general manager, was on hand from PacLease Edmonton Kenworth to receive the award. In addition to the North American Franchise of the Year award, PacLease recognized its top U.S. and Canadian franchises. PacLease named Location de Camions Eureka (Quebec) and Peterbilt Manitoba PacLease as the Kenworth and Peterbilt Franchises of the Year for Canada.
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