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Wade Weiss, PE Greene County, Iowa Engineer

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The 114SD helps Greene County maintain over a thousand miles of roads. When it’s your job to keep the roads safe for the community, there are no days off. That’s why Greene County’s Secondary Road Department relies on the Freightliner 114SD with the TM Detroit DD13® engine to get the job done 24/7/365. The way they see it is they’re providing a vital service for their families, friends and neighbors. And they trust Freightliner won’t let them down. To watch a video of Greene County’s trucks in action, visit Freightliner.com/Roads.


MOBILE AGGREGATE PROCESSING SBM aggregate processing plants are used to process natural stone or demolished concrete. More than 120 years of aggregate processing experience has culminated in state-of-the-art crushers that are the highest quality.

NEW ARRIVAL SBM Remax 500 Impact Crusher & Screen CONCRETE MIXING SBM manufactures stationary, mobile, and supermobile concrete batching plants that meet your requirements for speed, quality, and flexibility. Ideal for long-term projects, shortterm projects, and everything in between.

The Remax 500 is perfect for crushing natural rock and recycling materials. This compact crusher can crush up to 500 tonnes of material per hour! 400 KvA Gen-set Engine ▪ 1300 mm Crusher Lateral Discharge Conveyor ▪ 2 Deck Mesh Pre-screen Diesel- electric ▪ 2 Deck Final Screen

RECLAMATION PLANTS RBR mobile and stationary residual concrete reclamation plants are the ideal solution to ensure the efficiency and cost effectiveness of your project, all while minimizing environmental impact.












FEATURES 12 2018 Top Innovations

A new annual feature highlighting the diversity of innovations shaping the construction equipment world

24 2O19 Pickup Trucks

39 Insight on the jobsite

29 GOMACO Xtreme GT-3600

46 In Memoriam

The pickup market across North America is focused on power and comfort for the 2019 model year but in addition there are a number of smart new features

18 Caterpillar reintroduces a 4O-ton-class ADT

The new 740 GC has the best of current models in the series, along with new features and options

20 Liebherr adds new Generation 8 excavators to extensive line

Finite and accurate machine control for curb and gutter paving

33 From mining to minis

SMS Equipment adds Takeuchi line to provide one-stop shop for customers

A daughter’s reflection on her father, Engelbert J. Baum, founder of Baum Publications Ltd.

Cover photo: PCL employee accesses Job Site Insights by tablet in the field.


SECTIONS 8 Spotlight 12 2018 Top Innovations 18 Earthmoving & Excavation 24 Pickup Trucks – Annual Report

PCL’s Job Site Insights system monitors conditions on major projects to help improve productivity, reduce costs and ensure the safety of its employees

28 Trucks & Transportation 29 Concrete Construction 33 Compact, Light & Rental 39 Technology

6 Editor’s Letter 43 Industry News 45 Advertiser Index


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Zero-emission construction sites The Norwegian government has set a new policy of zero-emission construction sites, according to Danfoss Editron, a segment of Danfoss Power Solutions. In the capital city of Oslo, they report that diesel engines in construction machinery account for about 20 percent of all CO₂ emissions. This makes the use of zero-emission construction equipment necessary to meet the country’s 2016 pledge to become climate neutral by 2030. Pon Equipment, a Norwegian Caterpillar dealer, is taking steps toward this goal. Using electrification technology from Danfoss Editron, they have developed a battery-operated 25ton electric excavator, the Cat 323F Z (for zero emissions) which can operate for up to seven hours on a single battery charge under nominal load. “Electrifying the excavator brings multiple benefits for our customers: lower vehicle emissions, safer and more reliable operations and shorter payback time,” said Eivind Hafslund, project manager for Special Products at Pon Equipment. “The first commercialized unit is now in production; we have already received seven orders from customers in Norway and Scandinavia, as well as interest from Germany, France, Holland and the U.K.” I expect more cities will follow suit. According to C40, a network of the world’s megacities, cities will shape our future when it comes to addressing climate change. There are over 90 megacities involved in C40; they account for over 650 million people and have combined economies amounting to one-quarter of global GDP. One example of their activities is their pledge to transition to “Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets” by procuring only zero-emission buses from 2025, and ensuring a major area of the city is zero emission by 2030. Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver (listed as an Innovator city) are part of C40. Zero-emissions construction equipment will undoubtedly play a part in these cities, and many others, to reduce CO₂ emissions. A major part of this zero-emissions shift will be in transportation, and auto, truck and other companies are ramping up their plans to move away partly or wholly from the internal combustion engine. GM, for example, has committed to switch to electric and fuel-cell power. D. S. Kim, Hyundai Construction Equipment (HCE) senior executive vice president & CTO, noted that: “As electric vehicles continue to expand their share in the automotive market, we are simultaneously seeing the electrification of commercial power systems being pursued by many as both an environmentally friendly and economically sustainable solution for construction equipment.” HCE is working with Cummins to develop an electric-powered mini excavator. Cummins notes that as urban cities around the world expand zero-emissions standards for transit vehicles, and small- and medium-size construction equipment, their customers are seeking electrified products that match or exceed the reliability and performance of their diesel counterparts. After engine manufacturers spent years to reduce emissions and meet Tier 4 Final standards for diesel engines, and OEMs redesigned equipment to accommodate the added emissions components, power sources and construction equipment are about to undergo an even greater challenge and change.

Lawrence Buser Editorial Director


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HEAVY EQUIPMENT GUIDE NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 VOLUME 33 • NUMBER 10 EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Lawrence Buser lbuser@baumpub.com; 604-291-9900 ext. 310 ASSOCIATE EDITOR Lee Toop ltoop@baumpub.com; 604-291-9900 ext. 315 MANAGING EDITOR & DIGITAL CONTENT MANAGER Kaitlyn Till ktill@baumpub.com; 604-291-9900 ext. 330 ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Sam Esmaili sam@baumpub.com; 604-291-9900 ext. 110 ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER David Gilmour dgilmour@baumpub.com; 604-291-9900 ext. 105 ADVERTISING PRODUCTION MANAGER Tina Anderson production@baumpub.com; 604-291-9900 ext. 222 DESIGN & PRODUCTION Morena Zanotto morena@baumpub.com; 604-291-9900 ext. 320 PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER Ken Singer ksinger@baumpub.com; 604-291-9900 ext. 226 VICE PRESIDENT/CONTROLLER Melvin Date Chong mdatechong@baumpub.com FOUNDER Engelbert J. Baum Published by: Baum Publications Ltd. 124 - 2323 Boundary Road Vancouver, BC, Canada V5M 4V8 Tel: 604-291-9900 Toll Free: 1-888-286-3630 Fax: 604-291-1906 www.baumpub.com

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Heavy Equipment Guide’s Spotlight features key products and equipment that have been recently introduced. To keep up to date on the latest equipment and product introductions visit HeavyEquipmentGuide.ca or subscribe to our weekly eNewsletter at HeavyEquipmentGuide.ca/newsletter-info VÖGELE


From now on, Vögele pavers will be allocated into two new lines, Classic or Premium, with each subdivided in up to five classes: Mini, Compact, Universal, Highway or Special. The machines will make their world debut at Bauma 2019. The current total of 48 machines and 26 screed versions are assigned to a line based on operating system (ErgoBasic on Classic and ErgoPlus on Premium) and equipment, and to a class depending on paving width, performance and areas of application. The extremely easy-to-use ErgoBasic operating system has all the essential features required for daily paving work. Cutting-edge technology and advanced mechanical engineering are features of ErgoPlus 3, which uses a display screen to manage screed, conveyors and augers, automatic programs like Vögele’s AutoSet Plus, RoadScan temperature-measurement system, and WITOS Paving process-management solution.





LBX has two new factory-installed grade control technology options for their 210 X4 excavator. The Link-Belt 2D MG (Machine Guidance) system provides an operator with visual and audible indication when they are above, below or at their desired target grade. The monitor indicates the position of the attachment relative to the target grade at all times, without relying on a grade checker.

Engcon’s new EC233 series tiltrotator has a break torque of 340 kNm (240,771 lbf-ft), making it the market’s most powerful tiltrotator built for excavators in the 24- to 33-metric-ton range. It replaces Engcon’s EC30, which has been available since the mid-1990s. The EC233 comes standard with either the QS70 or QS80 quick hitch, and central lubrication load valves on tilt cylinders, plus it is ready for EC-Oil automatic oil coupling, with or without gripper. Tilt angle is +/- 45 degrees.


MULTI-FREQUENCY SCREEN LINE Astec Mobile Screens’s multi-frequency technology combines a conventional, two-bearing vibrator, traditionally used on an incline screen, with a high-frequency vibrator on the bottom deck. The combination of the two systems creates a screen that operates with a higher G-force. The increased screening energy enables the multi-frequency screen to process material with higher moisture content. The company reports that customers have seen tremendous improvements in their operations by using the multi-frequency screen in the GT205, launched in early 2017, and the company now offers the technology on all its five-foot-wide, two-deck screens, their portable PTSC205 plant and the GT145 track screen.

IOWA MOLD TOOLING The Link-Belt 2D MC (Machine Control) system provides the same indications as the 2D MG but can also control the boom and bucket while the operator controls the speed of the stick to maintain a consistently smooth, flat or sloping surface. It is ideal for applications like trenching for underground utilities, pipelines, or anything that requires the last pass to perfectly match the desired target. LBX reports that compared to a 2D MG system, operators are up to 40 percent more productive with 2D MC excavator automatics. 8


HIGH-CAPACITY HYDRAULIC LOADER CRANE IMT’s newest hydraulic loader crane, the 42684, provides precise handling and expert maneuverability of palletized materials for the building supply construction industries. It offers the longest and highest lift capacity in the IMT lineup at 305,580 foot-pounds, and has a maximum lift capacity of 10,500 pounds (4,763 kg), up to 84 feet of horizontal reach and a maximum vertical reach of 95 feet. A hydraulic out-and-down stabilizer span provides excellent stability for loading and unloading palletized goods, while a high lift-to-weight ratio allows for maximum payload on the truck. The 42684 model also includes an Electronic Vehicle Stability (EVS) system which increases the working area of the crane by calculating improved stability conditions. Additional features include: Radio Remote with InfoCenter which provides real-time display of loader conditions; Progressive Crane Control (PCC) for smooth crane movement and operator efficiency; Priority Flow Control (PFC) to optimize crane movements during operation of multiple functions; and a 420-degree turntable.








ALL-TERRAIN CRANE The five-axle, 175-ton (150-mt) 175|AT is Link-Belt’s most versatile and compact all-terrain crane design yet and is loaded with features. The purpose-built and proprietary-toLink-Belt two-person cab has all the comforts a driver could want, the company says. Pulse 2.0 features a seven-inch, full-colour touchscreen display that doubles as the monitor for the Vision camera package. It continuously monitors carrier operations that include engine and transmission data, tire pressures and temperatures and suspension cylinder pressures, and even alerts the driver that the crane is ready for transport in dolly configuration. The 175|AT is equipped with a six-section 13m to 60.1m formed boom, plus an optional three-piece 3-m/9.9-m/16.8m on-board hydraulic or manual offset fly and three 5.4-m lattice extensions. It includes “Sure Lock” to help ensure proper fly erection and stowage sequence while minimizing work at height. Maximum tip height is 96 m (315.1 feet). The 175|AT is capable of travelling under 12,020 kg per axle with 4,989 kg of counterweight on the crane and boom over the front.

Digital Job Box is a rugged solution which the company claims will transform the way the construction industry manages jobsite projects and connects remote workers to their office counterparts. The Enterprise Technology Group at PCM worked closely with construction industry leaders to create a powerful, rugged and scalable solution that will allow construction firms and project teams to reduce costs and waste. A heavy-duty locking steel jobsite storage box is outfitted with marine-grade power outlets for connection to commercial power. It includes iPads with cellular connectivity (6 or 10 unit configurations) with magnetically mounted ruggedized cases that use induction to charge (no cables to worry about), an uninterruptible power supply and a large 4K display for collaboration, powered by Apple TV. The Digital Job Box can also be fitted with additional accessories such as printers, drones, safety sirens/strobes, and a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. Fully managed service and access to apps, such as those from Procore Technologies, Inc, are also available.


TRACK-MOUNTED CONVEYING SOLUTIONS Of two new Superior portable conveying solutions, the 75-foot (23-m) tracked stacker is one of the heaviest models available in its class at 34,000 pounds (15,420 kg) and can handle 1,000 tph (907 mtph). Cross-bracing designed and built into the undercarriage of the tracked stacker ensures structural rigidity and stable track travel. The second solution, an 8- by 16-foot (2.4- x 4.9-m) tracked, portable, feed hopper, processes up to 800 tph (725 mtph) from an 8-cubic-yard, reinforced hopper. A bi-directional dumping grizzly is equipped with adjustable grizzly bars and can be tilted at one of five preset angles. The discharge conveyor’s fold and raise features, and the hopper’s drive and backstop are hydraulically controlled.



REMOTE-CONTROLLED LOADER ON LARGER HAND-FED CHIPPERS Bandit now offers an extending Kesla loader with radio remote controls on their Intimidator 21XP hand-fed chippers, giving land clearing professionals, tree care companies and right-of-way contractors a powerful all-in-one tool to dispose of limbs and even whole trees in a fraction of the time it would take using a winch. Intimidator 21XP has a rated chipping capacity of 21 inches, a huge 24.5-inch by 26-inch chipper throat opening, Bandit’s Slide Box Feed System, and engine options up to 350 hp. The Kesla loader can extend to 21 feet and when not in use, it folds up on the front of the chipper where it’s out of the way, never impeding the discharge chute or limiting access to common maintenance items. 10



The Ditch Witch Virtual Reality (VR) Simulator prepares horizontal directional drill (HDD) operators for safe underground construction through the use of cutting-edge training technology. It provides a 360-degree view of a realistic jobsite – simulating a variety of soil conditions and installation applications – so operators can learn how the drill reacts. Through a series of lessons that increase in difficulty, operators are evaluated and educated on machine functions, product location, damage prevention, extended bend radius and steering. The program emphasizes damage prevention by requiring operators to preplan, set up equipment correctly and test protective systems. The kit includes a portable operator station, joystick, dongle, lead motion detector sensor and VR goggles. To truly simulate a real jobsite experience, the equipment is configured to replicate what operators see and feel, leveraging the same joysticks found on Ditch Witch HDD equipment.

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Innovations shape our world, every day in many ways, and the staff at Heavy Equipment Guide want to acknowledge their importance in the world of construction-related equipment. As a result, we have created this new annual feature. Our goal is to illustrate the range and scope of advances, from earthmoving to paving, aggregates, lift, maintenance, training, wearables and others. These innovations offer advantages from doing the job faster, more accurately, more safely, more comfortably or more efficiently, to improving maintenance or providing a better ROI. The editors’ selections are drawn from our coverage during the year and recent announcements which are appearing for the first time in the magazine. The selection was not always easy as there are many worthy innovations but we hope the diversity of the ones shown provide an appreciation of the vast amounts of time and money which manufacturers spend developing innovations, large and small, that make our lives better.

LIEBHERR PR 766 dozer

This new 50-tonne-class dozer features innovative engine management and proactive power adjustment which automatically increases engine power for a short period based on demand. This is determined by both internal engine and external machine parameters, such as the deflection of the drive joystick. As well as enhanced response, this results in a noticeable improvement in performance and torque. The engine uses an optimized combustion process which surpasses Tier 4/Stage IV emission standards without the use of a diesel particulate filter.


The 2.0 Update for Volvo H-Series wheel loaders includes next-generation OptiShift, new load-sensing hydraulics and a new transmission which results in faster cycle times, plus up to 10 percent greater productivity and 20 percent greater fuel efficiency. OptiShift technology allows operators to customize the lock-up engagement of their machines. It also integrates the Volvo-patented Reverse-By-Braking (RBB) function and the new torque converter with lock-up, creating a direct drive between the engine and transmission.




The Gravity Assist System (GAS) acts like a weightless mechanical arm to maneuver 36-kg torque guns used to fasten the many lug nuts on earthmover tires. It allows a tire technician to easily fasten nearly 70 lug nuts by utilizing the weightless mechanical arm to hold and swivel the torque gun. This eliminates pinched fingers, muscle strain and fatigue – common injuries from holding a heavy torque gun.

HAMM Hybrid-power tandem asphalt compactors

Hamm’s totally new hybrid powertrain for tandem asphalt compactors combines a diesel engine, which covers the base load, with a hydraulic accumulator to meet peak loads. For normal applications, maximum load is only called up for seconds. Afterwards, there is sufficient time to replenish the accumulator. The powertrain is markedly quieter, saves up to 15 percent in fuel consumption, substantially cuts CO2 emissions and does not require an SCR catalytic converter or DEF. The hydraulic system also functions as an auxiliary drive to supply a maximum short-term load of up to 27 hp (20 kW), such as when starting the vibration drive.

PROALL Cement Load Cell System

ProAll introduced something on their 2018 Reimer Mixer that is not found on any other mixer: a Cement Load Cell System. It uses sophisticated scale technology to dispense cement from the mixer by weight, raising the accuracy of cement measurements in real time. For the first time, load cells provide mobile mixer users with ultra-precise cement measurements with greater assurance and confidence. This provides a way to gain acceptance from engineers who may not be familiar with concrete poured with a mobile mixer, and can even produce mixes that a drum truck cannot provide.

KOMATSU AND PROPELLER AERO Drone data management for smart construction

Komatsu, as part of its Smart Construction program, partnered with Propeller Aero to better analyze photos taken by UAVs. Propeller Aero’s system crunches thousands of drone images in hours, and delivers the results as a cloudbased 3D model right to the user’s desktop or tablet. The result is earthmoving and leveling operations that are more precise, completed faster thanks to off-site processing. In addition, Propeller is able to work with multiple coordinate systems and include local site calibrations; users can incorporate up-to-date survey data using specific geospatial coordinates already in use on the site.



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GENIE High float telescopic booms

The S-80 HF (high float) and S-85 HF telescopic booms have an expanded working zone thanks to a unique chassis tilt sensor incorporated into the machines’ function. The tilt sensing technology gives operators access to different ranges of motion based on the chassis angle and is engi-

SUPERIOR INDUSTRIES Alliance Low Water Washer

Alliance Low Water Washer is designed specifically for washing crusher fines and uses 80 percent less water than the traditional screw/screen combination. This eliminates costly handling and hauling of material to a separate wash site. The feed is mixed with water to produce a thick slurry, which is dumped onto a dewatering screen with a series of spray bars to clean and wash out the fines. The end result is a saleable manufactured sand with just eight percent moisture content. Units are available for rates up to 272 mtph (300 tph) and custom-designed machines can produce higher rates.


The SharpGrade Leveller has a rigid, patented linkage that enables compact track loaders, skid steers and small articulating wheel loaders to accurately grade to within +/-3 mm faster than with a typical box blade. It is available in Junior, Compact, Medium and Heavy Duty models ranging from 1.4 to 2.5 metres wide and can be paired with Trimble, Leica or Topcon grading technology. It can be fitted with clip-on scarifiers, quick-release laser guidance poles, adjustable centre wing for narrow grading, clip-on extension wings for finish-grading of sports fields and a clip-on power rake that allows precision power raking on grade.


KEESTRACK H6e hybrid cone crusher

A 345-kW Volvo diesel engine with a connected 500 kVA generator supplies the onboard energy for the 400 tph H6e. The entire drive unit is a removable module. Located remotely from the crushing plant, dust and vibration levels can be clearly reduced, maintenance access can be facilitated and hence the availability and service life of the drive unit can be clearly optimized. All the crusher operating functions remain active, including the connector for add-on screening units or stockpile conveyors. The H6e also offers plug-in power from the mains or additional generator.



neered to automatically cut out certain lift and drive functions when the tilt activation setting is reached. This feature means that not only are these

machines able to carry more load than ever before, but they can also access hard-to-reach work areas on challenging jobsites.

There’s a growing current in the heavy equipment market – electrical current, that is. Fully electric earthmoving equipment is being developed by several manufacturers, including an award-winning excavator from Mecalac. The e12 excavator, debuted prior to Intermat 2018, received an Intermat Innovation Award for Energy Transition that noted it was the world’s first compact wheeled excavator running only on electricity without compromising on battery life, performance and compactness. One hundred percent electric, the e12 is equipped with a 650V lithium iron phosphate battery that has a capacity of 146 kWh and can provide three times as many charge cycles with no risk of fires or battery fluid leaks. The machine produces no CO2 or particulate emissions, and can be recharged on site in six to seven hours, then work through the day.

MICHELIN Xtra Load tires

Michelin’s 18.00R33 tire for rigid dump trucks provides operators with up to 11 percent more load capacity or more distance per hour, while also providing longer wear life. The Xtra Load Protect tires, with their revolutionary tread pattern and improved heat dissipation, are designed for hard, sharp, abrasive conditions on flat, dry surfaces, where the priority is protection and damage resistance – conditions often found in quarries and construction sites. The Xtra Load Grip tires are for soft, loose, muddy ground conditions in mining and quarrying operations on slopes and inclines, where the priority is high grip and traction.


MCCLOSKEY All-terrain stackers

McCloskey has blended the benefits of on-site track mobility with the high productivity of a radial conveyor in their new all-terrain stackers through the ability to switch the conveyor from track to radial mode in just seconds. The stackers also have a unique rear counterweight that counterbalances the tracks and wheels, enabling a much higher stockpile capacity and greater stability for the stacker in radial mode. The stackers can be used in any terrain, range from 60 to 150 feet, and are easily moved site to site without the need to remove the wheels.

VOLVO CE LX2 ELECTRIC COMPACT WHEEL LOADER A second-generation prototype, the LX2 compact wheel loader is powered by a lithium ion battery that stores enough electric energy to run for eight hours in applications like landscaping or light construction work. Two electric motors, one for the drivetrain and one for the hydraulics, offers higher efficiency in both systems and the overall machine. Thanks to the battery, the LX2 – which is part of Volvo CE’s ongoing innovative research and not commercially available at present – has plenty of power for the jobsite while producing zero emissions, very low noise levels, greater efficiency and reduced operational costs compared to machines running conventionally.

CM LABS Simulator training systems

CM Labs has introduced a number of training systems for its Vortex simulators that have been recognized for their advancements. The Excavator and Dozer simulator packs feature new methods of simulating the machine’s interaction with soil; as the simulated equipment pushes, the material pushes back, providing a far more intensive and realistic experience for trainees that will transfer well to the jobsite. The dozer simulation has been designed from the “ground” up; as the machine engages, it simulates the actions of the blade, engine, transmission and controls using the laws of physics to give operators that realistic touch.


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TORO Utility loader

As the industry’s biggest ride-on utility loader, Toro’s Dingo TXL 2000 fits into a smaller class of equipment, but has the capability of small skid steers or compact track loaders. It can lift loads up to 2,000 pounds and the Toro-exclusive telescoping arm design provides extended reach allowing it to clear the side of standard dump trucks, load and unload from a flatbed, backfill hard-to-reach areas and dig below grade without moving.


The DD-240T Midi Rig is a whole new design concept in horizontal directional drills. It is totally configurable, completely self-contained and easily mobilized to get drillers from job to job faster. The patented moveable cab comfortably accommodates both driller and wire-line operator – no other rig in this class size features a dual-person cabin. The cab can also be set off-board to reduce vibration conveyed to the operating compartment, or set on board to work in confined spaces.

TOPCON POSITIONING GROUP Modular 3D machine control excavation system Topcon’s new 3D machine control system – the X-53x – offers a faster, modular, easily upgradable aftermarket solution for excavation. It features fully integrated receivers for precise positioning of the boom, stick and bucket at all times, as well as a controller which offers compatibility with all brands and models of excavators. It is engineered to be easily upgradable for future excavation demands as technology becomes available.


Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed-reality goggles have been transformed thanks to Trimble’s Connect system, which allows users to interact with 3D models of the jobsite around them. The HoloLens system is a holographic computer that can work with various additional sensors to immerse the user in whatever input has been uploaded to it. With Connect, it is able to access plans and models from the cloud in real-time. Integrated into a hard hat certified for safety and comfort, it can be an integral part of training and confirmation that a job has been built as it was designed.

LYTX Video services

Fleet managers are turning to cameras for driver training and safety around their vocational trucks. Lytx is helping with its DriveCam and Video Services. DriveCam records the road and driver simultaneously, allowing managers to review any potentially problematic driving behaviours with the operator. Video Services collects video from cameras around the truck and reviews it for safety issues; it can also protect operators in situations such as a customer complaint about a pickup being skipped or a service not being performed.




The Sharkuda dredge with two provisional patents, walking carriages and a wide-format swinging ladder, delivers higher dredging efficiency and output than a comparably sized conventional unit through continuous, uninterrupted dredging. It uses four spuds (vertical piles) which are automatically positioned in spud glider assemblies and reset in sequence, ensuring three spuds are engaged with the bottom at all times. This provides straight line advance and exceptional security when working in swift currents, and ensures material is not missed during environmental remediation projects.

JOHN DEERE Grade indicator

Intuitive and easy to use without specialized training, John Deere’s exclusive on-board grade indication option is available on their large-frame G-Series skid steers (330G and 332G) and the large-frame G-Series compact track loaders (331G and 333G) as a factory install or a kit for field installation. Machine cross slope and main-fall slope information is displayed in real time on the machine’s monitor. It is ideal for applications like water drainage, general site prep and clearing work, allowing operators to accurately monitor and alter grades from the seat of the cab.

RAIMONDI LR330 luffing jib crane

SERIOUS LABS Scissor lift training simulator

Serious Labs has created the first virtual reality scissor lift training platform that offers all of the training experience, but none of the risks. The simulator consists of a platform with scissor lift controls and a VR headset. Real-time feedback and video-gameinspired play in an immersive environment helps new operators level up their skills in a way that is both fun and functional.

Raimondi Cranes has created a transformative approach to heavy lifting technology with the LR330 luffing jib crane, which has a maximum lift capacity of 18,000 kg. A breakthrough equilateral triangular jib design allows for improved packaging and transportation, simplifies the construction phase and reduces wind impact on the jib, thereby decreasing the out-ofservice radius. Together with the new Raimondi safety control system that monitor all of the crane’s movements and the load, there is a significant advancement in performance and control.

CDE Combo wet processing plants

Designed to process tough materials like screenings, efficient and portable Combo sand washing plants use a unique treatment system that recycles up to 90 percent of water while producing up to three products simultaneously. Its modular design puts feeding, grading, washing, water recycling and stockpiling functions all on one compact chassis. This allows operators to quickly move their washing systems from site to site as needed, cuts down on the need for settling ponds and large water supplies, and ensures that the final product is ready to be sold directly from the belt.



DSC DREDGE Sharkuda swinging-ladder dredge

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CAT REINTRODUCES A 4O-TON-CLASS ADT The new 740 GC has the proven features and performance of current models in the Cat articulated dump truck lineup, along with new features and options


aterpillar has designed their new 740 GC, 40-ton-class (36.3-mt-class) articulated dump truck by building on the success of current models while adding new controls, transmission-protection features, hoistassist system, an advanced traction-control system, a stability-assist system, a fuel-saving ECO mode and a host of beneficial options. The latest automatic retarder-control system requires no input from the operator, and a “wait-brake” temporarily applies the service brakes during pauses in the work cycle, reducing operator effort and fatigue. The operator can move from the service brake to the throttle with no roll-back on slopes as a hill-start system automatically holds the machine on grades. The cab has the new external spinal-ROPS found on other Cat ADTs in the range, with a rear-quarter glass that eliminates a structural pillar, resulting in better rear visibility. A nice touch is the “wake-up” feature which initiates machine displays when the door is opened. The door itself is now lighter, and better at sealing out dust. Interior sound levels are a comfortable 72 dB(A).

More comfortable, safer and easier operation

To reduce solar heating in cab, infrared glass is a good option to consider, as is an optional heated/ cooled seat which “dial in” personal comfort settings. The second seat with added cushioning now uses a flip-up/flip-down design to provide additional cab storage. Left- and right-hand sliding windows not only increase ventilation, they ease communication with workers and the loader operator. A lighting system, controlled via a ground-level switch, illuminates the cab’s entry steps and hitch area as part of the “wake up” feature, and optional long-range LED work lights improve overall visibility at night. External payload lights can be added which indicate payload levels for the loader operator or site supervisor, helping to ensure proper loading. Optional Cat Connect PAYLOAD technology calculates payload via sensors on the walking-beam suspension and includes load-status lights at all four corners of the cab roof to ensure visibility to the loader operator from any angle. In addition, the standard Cat Detect/ Stability-Assist system monitors the working angle of the tractor and body as well as the grade, and cautions the operator if the machine is approaching a set threshold angle, stopping the dump process if continued action might potentially result in tipping. The Cat Advanced Automatic Traction Control (AATC) system proactively applies differential locks to avoid wheel spin, which can help raise productivity and lower owning and operating costs by protecting tires from unnecessary wear. A terrain-based, throttle-smoothing system prevents throttle input surges as the ADT travels over rough ground, avoiding a situation in which the operator has difficulty maintaining a steady pressure on the throttle pedal.

Innovative controls The 40-ton-class Cat 740 GC articulated dump truck has a number of new features that improve performance. 18


A combined transmission-and-hoist lever provides efficient, single-lever control of gear selection and body-hoisting functions to reduce operator effort and automate repetitive actions. A mode switch in the cab allows operators to choose either manual or



CAT C15 ACERT Gross Power (SAE J1995 )

452 hp (337 kW)


35.7 tons (32.4 mt)


40 tons (36.3 mt)


36 feet 3 inches (11,052 mm)



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assisted-hoisting control. The latter selection allows the automatic application of the wait brake, shifting of the transmission to neutral, and raising of the body to maximum angle at engine high idle when the hoist is momentarily flicked to the “raise position.” The assisted-hoisting mode also allows automatic return of the body to the lowered position, when the hoist control is momentarily flicked to the “lower position.” Both raise and lower functions feature automatic speed reduction and cushioning of the body at the limits of its movement, reducing forces that could cause shock loads. Controls for limiting machine speed, for transmission gear-hold, and for wait-brake application are easily engaged using buttons on the combined transmission/hoist lever. A shift-protection system brings the truck to a safe stop if a directional shift is made while the truck is moving. The combined shifting/hoisting lever also incorporates the parking brake position.


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LIEBHERR ADDS NEW GENERATION 8 EXCAVATORS TO THEIR EXTENSIVE LINE “With an engine power increase for faster loading cycles and a heavier counterweight for higher bucket capacities, as well as a minimum fuel consumption, the concept of the new generation includes several measures to improve profitability.” Martin Schickel, Managing Director of Sales, Liebherr-France




tarting in January 2019, Liebherr will roll out a completely new generation of crawler excavators for earthmoving. The initial launch of their Generation 8 excavators includes the R 922 and R 924 models for countries with high emissions regulations, and the R 926, R 930, R 934 and R 938 for all countries. They range in operating weight from 22 to 45 metric tonnes, depending on configuration, with 120to 220-kW (163- to 299-hp) engines. “In the development of this new generation, the goal was to propose a brand new product that really fit our customer needs. More performance, higher productivity, greater safety and comfort for the operator were the main focus for the engineering team at Liebherr-France, the production site of Liebherr crawler excavators for earthmoving from 14 to 100 metric tonnes,” says Martin Schickel, Managing Director of Sales, Liebherr-France SAS, Colmar (France) at a trade press event in Toronto. Liebherr-France has been the production centre for Liebherr’s 14- to 100-tonne crawler excavators for earthmoving since 1961. These machines are mostly equipped with Liebherr engines ranging from 90 to 400 kW.


Overall, the company’s full range of crawler excavators spans 30 models, from the R 914 Compact to the massive R 980 SME, which is used in earthmoving and quarrying applications. They also produce specialty machines for such work as demolition of

buildings, material handling, maritime applications (pontoons) and tunnelling, as well as electric excavators. A good example is the excavator being used on the construction of the Toronto Metrolinx (see below). As you can imagine, the manufac-

Left: The new Liebherr R924 crawler excavator. Bottom: Liebherr’s new Generation 8 crawler excavators will add to their existing vast range of excavators, including specialty models such as the 924 Compact shown here working on the largest transit expansion in Canada, Crosslinx in Toronto. turing facility in France is extensive, with eight production halls on 34 hectares (84 acres) and close to 1,400 employees, including 200 engineers who work on the design of current and future product generations of excavators for use worldwide.

changed to improve the ergonomics for the operator to provide more comfort and greater productivity. Rearand side-view cameras are additional safety features. Even maintenance is easier and safer in the new models.

R 922 and R 924

“The R 922 and R 924 crawler excavators, with an operating weight between 22 and 24 metric tonnes, herald the beginning of the renewal of the range and replace the models of the same name launched in 2013,” says Schickel. The R 922 and R 924 have 120

kW and 129 kW respectively, an increase of almost 10 percent compared with the previous generation. The Liebherr engine conforms to Stage V emissions regulations and does not use an EGR valve. It is fitted with a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC), an SCR system and particulate filter for reduced consumption and higher productivity. “With such a system, there are no productivity constraints in case of malfunctioning exhaust gas recirculation valve (EGR) or eventual overconsumption of gasoline caused by EGR,” says Schickel.

A standard heavy counterweight, together with higher bucket capacity between 0.55 to 1.65 cubic metres, also supports greater efficiency on the construction site. The traction force of the undercarriage, as well as the swing torque of the uppercarriage, have been considerably increased, between 5 and 25 percent in comparison with the previous generation. With the large choice of types and sizes of undercarriages, equipment and attachments available from Liebherr, the new R 922 and R 924 will find use in earthmoving, trenching, demolition and special applications.

Generation 8

The first six models of the new generation have three different modular platforms – R 922/R 924, R 926/ R 930 and R 934/R 938 – which allows for the use of common structures and a pooling of components in production. A striking new concept is a hollow molded piece at the top of the boom which Schickel says leads to better performance and equipment forces due to the reduced operating weight of the machine. Liebherr has also optimized the load curve, which results in lower fuel consumption. The undercarriage has also received attention. The reliability of the maintenance-free travel gear and track rollers has been significantly improved through the use of lifetime lubrication. Even the side rails have been changed for easier cleaning.


Optimized comfort and maximum safety

The Generation 8 also comes with state-of-the-art LED lights instead of halogen. Not only are they more powerful lighting than halogen, they also have a longer life and use less electric power, which helps with the overall performance of the machine, safety and operator comfort. Other features that help make the operator comfortable and productive during their often long days in the machine is a pneumatic seat with vertical and longitudinal damping, as well as an easy-to-use seven-inch high-resolution colour touchscreen. “In comparison with the previous generation, the display provides much more information for the operator – such as current levels of engine oil, hydraulic oil, [and] fuel urea (diesel exhaust fluid). Moreover, machine movements are also adjustable through the touchscreen,” says Schickel. The front window is fully retractable, the front and right windows are tinted and laminated with safety glass, and the rear window is an emergency exit. The cab structure is ROPScertified and the adjustable console allows easy and safe access to the cab. The layout of the controls has been

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Updates raise performance of john Deere 944K Hybrid Wheel Loader


ohn Deere has added Tier 4 Final engine technology to the 944K hybrid wheel loader, increasing fuel economy, along with other updates that improve operator comfort, increase uptime and lower daily operating costs. The 536-hp John Deere PSS 13.5-litre engine provides 9 to 14 percent lower fuel consumption compared to its IT4 predecessor, plus impressive torque and responsiveness to help maintain good boom and bucket speed in and out of the pile for heaped loads. Not only does the 944K “provide operators with

a comprehensive loader solution that increases productivity, while efficiently managing costs,... we also maintained popular features like standard traction control that automatically limits torque to any wheel when slippage occurs, essentially eliminating runaway tire spin and tire slicing,” said John Chesterman, product marketing manager, production class four-wheel drive loaders, John Deere Construction & Forestry. Operators will benefit from an increase in coast control performance, a standard feature that provides three different settings for the operator to adjust the

aggressiveness of the machine during deceleration. The higher the setting, the more electric braking will occur during application. When all three lights are on, the loader will deliver a 33 percent increase in deceleration performance and an overall extension of service brake life. Other pluses for the operator are the addition of a heated and ventilated cab seat and, due to improved Tier 4 Final technology, lower operator and bystander noise levels. Outside the cab, remote jump-start terminals were added to all 944K T4F machines in a closed and locked engine compartment. These allow for faster and easier jump-starting, can be used with a trickle charger in cold weather and are colour-coded/insulated to help prevent improper connections and accidental contact with battery terminals. Other updates include a bolted-shut engine fan door that reduces the possibility of it accidently opening during operation; the consolidation of the engine stop switch and 24-volt electrical disconnect switches on the right side of the machine to provide easier access; and the relocation of the engine block heater plug-in for easier access in colder climates. Warranty coverage on the 944K wheel loader includes an eight-year (96-month) or 20,000-hour, whichever comes first, non-prorated assurance on wheel motors, generators, power inverters and brake retarders. This offer was extended to July 31, 2019 (from October 31, 2018) to existing machines in the field and on new 944K loaders.

Multi-Purpose Truck with removable dump beds


RDCO has introduced new dump beds, with payloads of 10 to 20 tons and volume upgrades for lighter materials, for use on their Articulating Multi-Purpose Trucks (AMTs). In addition, there are tire options to suit extreme conditions where other articulated dump trucks can’t perform, according to the company. For optimal machine versatility, the beds can be added or removed from the modular AMT platform when needing to change the back-end attachment for different jobsite tasks. The AMT 600 dump bed provides a payload of 40,000 pounds and standard dump capacity of 16 cubic yards. Side boards can be added to increase capacity to 24 cubic yards when handling lowdensity material. The AMT 400 dump bed has a 20,000-pound payload and 8-cubic-yard dump capacity that goes up to 12.5 cubic yards with side boards. Both models have a 70-degree dump angle at full dump height, with an efficient raise time of 12.5 seconds and lower time of 13.2 seconds. The dump beds are among many interchangeable ARDCO attachments compatible with the back-end platform of the AMT, allowing users to tackle multiple applications with a single machine. The AMT 600 is powered by a 250-hp Cummins QSB6.7 Tier 4 Final diesel engine, features selectable 4- or 6-wheel-drive, and has a top travel speed of 30 miles per hour. The 200-hp AMT 400 has selectable 2- or 4-wheel-drive and travels up to 25 miles per hour. The truck features hydraulic articulation steering by double hydraulic cylinders, with a brake assist option available. The articulating motion allows the tires to slide left or right to gain traction 22


in wet or muddy conditions. Users can choose from multiple tire options, including terra, construction, tractor or sand tires. The AMT has a two-person, fully enclosed, allweather ROPS cab with heating and air conditioning. A seven-inch display in the steering column provides digital gauges with on board diagnostics, digital manual access, and an optional backup camera display.


Specifically built for off-road travel, the AMT includes a high-strength, centre-pivot trunnion with approximately 20 degrees of oscillation, which allows all the tires to maintain ground contact and traction while driving over rough terrain. The company says that the AMT’s 40-degree approach/departure angle is twice that of most ADTs, giving it better off-road capability.

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2O19 pickup trucks

The pickup market across North America is focused on power and comfort for the 2019 model year, but in addition there are a number of smart new features By Lee Toop, Associate Editor


n the popular North American pickup truck market, 2019’s model year has brought a variety of updates to the lighter end of the spectrum while work goes on to update and relaunch heavier-duty trucks in coming years. Both fullsized and midsized pickups have received plenty of improvements, however, with a little bit of everything coming to the table. From hybrid systems to innovative tailgates, manufacturers have added interesting and innovative features to their popular trucks, along with a good mix of models and trim levels to meet the needs of every buyer. The heavy-duty truck market may have some major updates coming in 2020; for 2019, here is a look at the updates from each of the major manufacturers.

“Mild hybrid” feature on Ram 1500 adds torque and improves efficiency

Another company that has targeted the broad pickup purchasing market is Ram, which has focused for 2019 on introducing a variety of models and trim levels for its popular 1500 series. It has also introduced an interesting new electrical system that essentially makes the truck a hybrid – the eTorque feature. Ram calls the system a “mild

Ram’s 1500 Tradesman model. hybrid” system that is paired with the second-generation 305-hp 3.6L Pentastar V6 and 395-hp 5.7L HEMI V8. eTorque replaces the traditional alternator on the engine with a belt-driven motor generator unit that performs several functions. The motor generator unit works with a 48-volt battery pack to enable quick and seamless start/ stop function, short-duration torque addition to the engine crankshaft in certain driving situations and brake energy regeneration, which improves responsiveness and efficiency. The benefits are quick to be seen – the eTorque gives the V6 up to 90 lb.-ft. more torque, while the HEMI gets up to 130 lb.-ft. from the system. Updated TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmissions are also available. “The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 delivers a no-compromise approach to the full-size truck segment with strength, durability, technology and efficiency,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand. “The Ram 1500 offers truck buyers leading-edge innovation with 225 pounds of weight reduction, 12,750 pounds of towing

capability, a stunning Uconnect 12-inch touchscreen display and active systems that improve fuel efficiency and assist drivers.” The V6 and V8 powertrains in the 2019 Ram 1500 also reduce fuel consumption with an Interactive Deceleration Fuel Shut Off (iDFSO) feature that pauses fuel flow to the engine cylinders when the vehicle is decelerating. For the 2019 model year, the iDFSO feature is improved to be active in third gear and higher. Ram has brought a variety of models to the market, including the Tradesman, which is designed for businesses, construction and commercial fleets, the company states. Canadian buyers have made Ram’s Sport trim one of the most popular truck models in the country, so the company has introduced an exclusive version for Canada. At the top of the lineup is the Laramie Longhorn edition, designed with power, performance and luxury in mind. On the technology side, Ram has put a lot into the 1500, including its fourth-generation Uconnect system and 12-inch reconfigurable touchscreen display featuring split-screen capability for dualapplication operation. An available navigation system accommodates one-step, voice-controlled destination entry and enhanced 3D navigation map graphics. Safety features in the 2019 1500 include standard or available features like Adaptive Cruise Control, blind spot monitoring, Forward Collision WarningPlus, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus, and various others.

Ford adds Power Stroke diesel option for F-150

The Ford F-150 for the first time is available with the Power Stroke diesel.




Ford has placed a focus in the 2019 model year of bringing new updates and improvements to its venerable and popular F-150 pickup, including the addition of a diesel engine option for the first time. The company has also relaunched its popular Ranger midsize pickup, and announced plans for a major update across its offerings for 2020. Diesel fans got their wish early in the model year with the addition of the Power Stroke diesel option to the F-150. The 3.0L diesel shares technology with the 6.7L Power Stroke offered in the larger Super Duty diesels. This powerful V6 generates 250 hp and 440 lb.-ft. of torque. Peak torque comes at 1,750 rpm


platform with all the features needed to handle rugged terrain. The luxury-level Denali comes with a suite of technologies including a multi-colour Head-Up Display and rear camera mirror, as well as ride control and other improvements.

Toyota Tundra and Tacoma continue to offer variety of models for all uses

The Toyota Tundra is built around the 5.7L i-FORCE V8 for plenty of horsepower and torque. with strong torque delivery continuing throughout the rpm range, ideal for towing or hauling heavy loads over long distances. Standard in the F-150 is the 3.3L V6 paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission; also offered are a 2.7L EcoBoost V6 and 5.0L V8. At the top of the range, the F-150 Limited is powered by the high-output 3.5L EcoBoost that was previously only available on the high-performance Raptor. All but the 3.3L are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The F-150 offers a variety of trim levels from the XL up through the luxurious Limited, giving every buyer a truck style that will fit their needs whether it’s jobsite toughness or daily driving comfort and style. Also added in 2019 is a re-introduction of the Ranger nameplate in the midsize segment. Built around a high-strength steel frame backbone, the Ranger is fitted with a 2.3L EcoBoost engine and 10-speed automatic that make it rugged, maneuverable and affordable for owners. Ranger comes in entry-level XL, mid-level XLT and high-level Lariat trim series with available Chrome and Sport appearance and FX OffRoad packages, and in SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations. Looking forward, Ford fans can expect plenty of excitement as the company plans to refresh its big names. The F-150 is expected to get a major redesign for 2020, for example, and the company has suggested a hybrid powertrain may be part of the update; other segments of Ford’s truck portfolio are also expected to be updated.

This multifunctional tailgate offers proven strength and durability, having undergone more testing and validation than any tailgate in GM’s history. Sierra is the first and only truck to offer the MultiPro Tailgate, providing premium truck customers the ultimate flexibility. GMC is also offering the CarbonPro carbon fibre cargo box, which was designed to increase durability, efficiency and functionality while offering dent, scratch and corrosion resistance. The Sierra has been built with lighter materials that have shaved more than 400 pounds off the weight of the truck while keeping it strong and functional for hard work. It is available in regular cab, double cab and crew cab, all with available 4-wheel-drive. Six engine and transmission combinations are available on Sierra 1500: a 4.3L V6 or 5.3L V8 are fitted with Active Fuel Management and a six-speed automatic, while a new 2.7L turbo engine is also equipped with Active Fuel Management and an eightspeed automatic. GMC offers a new 5.3L V8 or 6.2L V8, both with Dynamic Fuel Management – which expands cylinder deactivation capability with 17-cylinder activation combinations to optimize performance – and eight-or 10-speed automatic transmissions respectively. Finally, a new 3.0L inline-6 turbo diesel will be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. A variety of models and trim levels are available, including the newly added AT4 which offers solid off-road capability and innovative technology paired with premium features. It’s lifted and set on a 4WD

Toyota continues to focus on both midsize and fullsize pickups with 2019 upgrades to both the larger Tundra and the smaller Tacoma. The company has a variety of models available, up to TRD Pro editions in both sizes, and a collection of trim levels that meet the needs of any customer. “We believe pickup truck owners shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort and features for capability, which is why we designed the Toyota Tundra to blend power and durability for the jobsite with comfort and refinement for the weekend getaway or epic road trip,” said Cyril Dimitris, vice president, Toyota Canada Inc. “The Tacoma combines remarkable performance with impressive comfort, amenities and technologies, plus industry-leading safety systems to make sure it’s ready for anything – including hauling gear, towing a trailer or taming trails.” At the heart of the Tundra is Toyota’s proven 5.7L i-FORCE V8 engine, delivering up to 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. of torque, and paired to a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift mode operation. All models with the 5.7L engine are also standard equipped with a 144L fuel tank, lock-up torque converter, trailer brake controller, and Toyota’s Tow Package. Four-by-four models feature a one-touch 4WD mode with auto limited slip rear differential, active traction control, and trailer sway control. Some models come with the 4.6L i-FORCE V8. This engine generates 310 peak horsepower and up to 327 lb.-ft. of torque, providing even better fuel efficiency. For the Tacoma, a 3.5L V6 provides up to 278 hp and 265 lb.-ft. of torque, all equipped with advanced technologies to maximize power and efficiency while minimizing emissions. All models with the 3.5L engine are also standard equipped with a Class IV weight distribution tow hitch, 7-pin wiring harness, and Trailer Sway Control technology. For those seeking maximum fuel efficiency, some models are built around a 2.7L four-cylinder engine that generates up to 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. Depending on model, the Tacoma features either a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic super electronically controlled transmission with lock-up torque converter. Both trucks are outfitted with Toyota Safety Sense P – a bundle of active safety technologies included as

MultiPro tailgate on GMC Sierra 1500 enhances loading and cargo access

GMC’s flagship Sierra 1500 has been redesigned from the ground up with a longer wheelbase and a crew cab body offering more rear legroom than the previous version of the truck. It also has a number of exclusive features that GMC says are industry-firsts, along with a wide range of engine options to make sure the truck is ready to roll for whatever owners may need it for. Sierra’s MultiPro tailgate is brand-new and exclusive; it offers six functions and positions to provide enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions, a standing workstation and easier access to items in the cargo box. The MultiPro Tailgate also incorporates a step entry and egress mode that, when paired with the assist handle, offers both step and seated functionality, with a maximum weight capacity of 375 pounds (170 kg). Ease of use is enhanced with two buttons on the tailgate handle that allow convenient inner gate release. 26


GMC Denali is one of several models available with the new MultiPro tailgate.


standard equipment on 95 percent of all new vehicles Toyota sells in Canada. TSS P features the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. These work together to enhance driver capabilities to mitigate collisions, stay in lane, and see at night. Other safety systems include the Toyota Star Safety System, eight airbags, a backup camera, and a direct tire pressure monitoring system. For performance enthusiasts, the TRD packages on both trucks offer sport, pro and off-road options that add performance, style and capability in a variety of situations, including rugged sites. Technology improvements include everything from premium audio, additional safety systems such as blind spot monitoring and more, along with a variety of other options.

Chevrolet focuses on pricing and fuel efficiency with 2019 Silverado

Fuel efficient engines and more capacity combine with lower pricing models for Chevrolet’s 2019 Silverado, the company has announced. “The next-generation Silverado [offers] more interior and cargo space, increased towing and payload capabilities, and a lower starting price on our highest volume trucks,” said Doug Kenzie, national marketing manager, Chevrolet Trucks in Canada. For example, Chevrolet says the 2019 Silverado LT crew cab 4x4 with a short box is less expensive than the previous model, even with new standard equipment that includes a 2.7L turbo engine with 22 percent more torque than the 4.3L V6 it replaces, an eight-speed automatic transmission, stop-start technology and others. For customers seeking full-size truck capability and high value, the Work Truck (WT), Custom and Custom Trail Boss trims offer two proven engine and transmission combinations. Standard is the 4.3L V6 with Active Fuel Management and a six-speed automatic transmission SAE-certified at 285 hp and 305 lb.ft. of torque; customers can opt for the 5.3L V8 with Active Fuel Management and a six-speed automatic transmission (355 hp/383 lb.-ft.). In the high-volume heart of the truck market, the LT, RST and LT Trail Boss trims balance technology, efficiency and performance. Standard for LT and RST is the all-new 2.7L Turbo with Active Fuel Management and stop/start technology; paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission generating 310 hp and 348 lb.-ft. Standard on LT Trail Boss and available on LT and RST, an updated 5.3L V-8 with Dynamic Fuel Management and stop/start technology with an eight-speed automatic transmission offers 355 hp and 383 lb.-ft. The all-new Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel with stop/start technology

and a 10-speed automatic transmission will be available on LT and RST in early 2019. Premium truck buyers who are looking for plenty of high-end features can go with the LTZ and High Country, with top levels of performance and technology. Standard is the updated 5.3L V8 with Dynamic Fuel management, while the Duramax 3.0L diesel and an updated 6.2L V8 with Dynamic Fuel Management and stop-start technology, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission to push out 420 hp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque, are both available. HEG

Fuel management systems make the Chevrolet Silverado more efficient.

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UPDATE TO POWERTRAIN TARGETED AT OPTIMIZING AND ENHANCING FUEL ECONOMY Kenworth continues to deliver fuel economy enhancements with the introduction of the PACCAR Powertrain Fuel Economy Package. This package combines the fully integrated PACCAR Powertrain, including the PACCAR MX-13 engine with a new 405-hp at 1,650 lb.-ft. of torque rating, PACCAR 12-speed automated transmission, PACCAR 40K tandem rear axle, and enhanced Kenworth predictive cruise control technology. The PACCAR MX-13 engine features a new torque curve that further

refines the engine’s fuel economy performance in line-haul and regional haul applications by lowering the engine’s horsepower rating while maintaining its torque. “One of the bigger contributors is the deeply integrated predictive cruise control function, which varies the vehicle’s speed over rolling hills without reducing the average vehicle speed,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. “The transmission software is also optimized for the PACCAR MX-13, allowing for lower

engine RPMs at cruising speeds. At Kenworth, we’re continually researching ways to enhance spec’ing to find

the best fuel economy combination available. The new 405-hp rating is just one example.” The PACCAR Powertrain Fuel Economy package will be available in the first quarter of 2019.



Dana Incorporated is expanding its Spicer Select all-makes drivetrain portfolio to include the most popular u-joints for commercial-vehicle applications while also adding new u-joint strap kits. With the addition of the strap kits, the Spicer Select offering provides a complete u-joint replacement package for a significant portion of over-the-road and vocational applications. “The expansion of the Spicer Select portfolio allows aftermarket distributors to better address the needs of customers with aging vehicles by offering replacement parts designed specifically for them,” said Mark Wallace, president of Dana Commercial Driveline Technologies and Aftermarket. “When installing a new u-joint, Dana recommends replacing the supporting hardware to ensure safety and maximum durability. The addition of the strap kits for the Spicer Select product line enables distributors to offer a complete replacement kit for customers.” Available through traditional aftermarket channels, Spicer Select offers a practical replacement alternative for aging vehicles. Spicer Select drivetrain products are Dana-engineered and -tested aftermarket products manufactured by a network of carefully selected partners. The comprehensive development and manufacturing process ensures that products provide proper fit, function and reliable performance.

“FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION IN THE JUNGLE.” THE MOST RELIABLE. “At D. Grimm, Inc., we handle construction projects across the USA and in Puerto Rico that keep our crews and equipment constantly on the edge. And it’s my reputation that’s on the line, so I choose Komatsu over all other brands because they’ve proved that they’re the most reliable. If you need exceptional construction equipment, and a company that will work hard for you, I recommend Komatsu!”

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XTREME GT-3600 Finite and accurate machine control for curbs and gutters


OMACO’s GT-3600 was the first three-track machine to slipform a 24-inch (610-mm) radius and now, the new Xtreme GT-3600 curb and gutter machine with the Xtreme package on board makes tight radius paving easier and more efficient than ever before. The Xtreme package adds G+ radius software with slew drives, smartsensored hydraulics, and intelligence to the GOMACO GT-3600. The Xtreme GT-3600 will be displayed for the first time ever in GOMACO’s booth in the Central Hall at World of Concrete 2019 in Las Vegas. Xtreme steering and intelligence has been added to each of the GT-3600’s three tracks and includes rotary-sensored slew drives, sensored All-Track Steering and All-Track Positioning,


and smart hydraulic cylinders. The Xtreme GT-3600’s tracks can now rotate further than ever before. The smart cylinders allow the G+ control system to know the exact position of all three tracks so it can make steering adjustments as needed. It’s the ultimate in finite and accurate machine control, the company says. With GOMACO’s Xtreme Radius program for tight radii on stringline, the G+ radius software allows the operator to program the size of the radius into the controller. G+ calibrates and manages all the aspects of travelling around the radius, including track angles and individual variable track speeds. As the Xtreme GT3600 approaches the radius, with the values already dialed in, the operator activates the radius program and the

GOMACO paving train at work on a project in London, Ontario, includes a PS-2600 placer/spreader, fourtrack GP3 paver and T/C-600 texture/cure machine. The GP3 has a rear-mounted bar inserter and

machine slipforms around the radius. It’s that easy for any operator to pour a curb and gutter radius. The individual track speed control provides smooth machine travel around the radius. The G+ control system also easily interfaces with any of the major 3D guidance systems for the same smooth control. A smart hydraulic cylinder is also utilized for intelligent offset when telescoping and sideshifting the mold mounting system. The smart cylinders provide G+ the ability of repeatable mold offset. The trimmerhead and mold also have independent vertical adjustments for raising and lowering to work around jobsite challenges. The Xtreme GT-3600 is equipped with the latest in Tier 4 technology. Along with Tier 4 is a new optimized

GSI (GOMACO Smoothness Indicator) units provide on-the-go smoothness readings. The PS-2600 features the GOMACO exclusive G+ control system with self-diagnostics for front and rear grade, cross slope, steering, reverse steering, and spreading ac-

cooling package with a hydraulic fan controlled by G+. G+ adapts the cooling needs to individual jobsite conditions for a quiet and efficient operation. Fuel efficiency has also been optimized and combined with an increased fuel capacity for an uninterrupted day of paving. The Xtreme GT-3600 is also available with GOMACO Remote Diagnostics (GRD) for machine t`roubleshooting, diagnostic reviews, software updates, and more. The GT-3600 will be just one of the GOMACO curb and gutter machines featuring Xtreme technology on display at World of Concrete 2019. There will also be a whole range of other machines demonstrating various capabilities and features to make concrete paving easier, faster and more accurate.

curacy and ease of operation. GOMACO’s texturing/curing T/C-600 accomplishes tasks quickly because of its optional high travel speed of 176 fpm (53.6 mpm), the fastest in the industry.


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he American Concrete Institute (ACI) announced the winners of their 2018 Excellence in Concrete Construction awards at their annual convention and exposition.

Excellence Award: World’s largest concrete arch bridge for high-speed rail service

ACI’s highest honour is for a viaduct over the Almonte River in Spain. A new high-speed rail line under construction will cross over the river on a 3,270-foot-long viaduct, a concrete arch bridge with a main span of 1,260 feet. Designed to carry 218-mph rail traffic, the viaduct had to meet rigorous dynamic, serviceability and safety criteria. It required complex, staged calculations based on nonlinear material and nonlinear geometry behaviors. The viaduct’s 1,260-foot main span makes it the world’s largest concrete arch bridge for high-speed rail service. Its design combines structural efficiency, out-of-plane stability, improved response against cross wind effects, and aesthetics. The design will include a bespoke barrier that will force birds to soar upward and above the overhead mast line. The bridge arch comprises high-performance, self-consolidating concrete. The complex erection procedure required the development of singular construction devices. The bridge was constructed using a groundbreaking instrumentation and monitoring system that provides information regarding the behavior of the structure during construction and service.

Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton, Alberta

The Royal Alberta Museum is the new home of Alberta’s Natural History and Human History collections. The project, which won second place

for mid-rise buildings, boasted one of the most advanced uses of BIM ever realized in Canada. The shared model allowed for increased geometric complexity, observable clash detection, and 4D construction scheduling. The design-build procurement method allowed for experienced and pre-qualified subcontractors to be engaged early in the design process. Concrete was selected for a majority of the structure due to its inherent acoustic rating, vibration and fire resistance, aesthetics, thermal mass, and durability. Cast-in-place concrete flat plate slabs were used for most of the structure to resist the exceptionally heavy loads imposed by displays and back-of-house artifacts. A spiral cast-in-place concrete stair located in the main entrance lobby acts as the focal point of the space and provides access to the second-level galleries. The museum showcases exposed concrete surfaces, including columns, slab surfaces, edges, and soffits. Basement foundation walls were constructed using shotcrete, reducing the need for formwork and thus cutting the time and crane dependency required to erect formwork. A full list of winning projects is available on the ACI website.

BPDL applies Tekla’s 3D BIM solution for precast concrete One of Canada’s leading precast concrete manufacturers, Bétons Préfabriqués du Lac (BPDL) is a family run business that specializes in the design, production, transportation and installation of precast concrete units. The company has been active in the industry since 1976, with six plants located in Quebec and a plant in São Paulo, Brazil. Applying new technology to an established way of working can be a cumbersome process but BPDL has rapidly succeeded with the implementation of Tekla’s 3D BIM (Building Information Modelling) and detailing tool in their operations. Working together, management teams from the two companies made a commitment to a new way of working using Tekla Structures software. One year later, 12 architectural precast projects have been designed and detailed with Tekla Structures, with many more projects in the pipeline. Tekla Structures software is the first real parametric 3D BIM solution for precast concrete detailers and manufacturers. It is a unique modelling and detailing 30


solution that integrates the entire precast workflow from sales and conceptual design to manufacture and erection. Users have the ability to design and create an intelligent building model of any size, material or complexity with ease and precision. The 3D model contains all the information required for different aspects of a project, including erection drawings, piece tickets, bills of material, scheduling dates, rebar bending schedules, tracking information and detailing and production, for example, of sandwich panels.


Advanced solutions for ready-mix and aggregate operations

Coretex has formed a technology partnership with Marcotte Systems to create an integrated process control and advanced telematics solution to increase productivity and reduce costs for ready-mix and aggregate operations. The Coretex 360 construction solution provides dispatchers with real-time visibility into the location, behaviour and status of a construction supply operation. The system contains a complete set of HD sensors specifically designed for use in a ready-mix environment, including bowl/drum rotation, water-added, load switch for aggregate and precise auto-statusing.

Marcotte Systems delivers a field-proven suite of performance solutions. Marcotte Control adjusts the required quantity of each batch constituent, in real-time during batch execution, while preserving key ratios and volumetric yield. The batch mix is automatically fine-tuned during the process. All parameters such as local material properties, density, absorption, granularity, moisture and temperature are used to smart-balance mixes. “By combining Coretex’s IoT platform with advanced tracking, integrated cameras, engine management and service data with Marcotte Systems’ comprehensive process control and automation, dispatching software and batching systems, we have redefined the meaning of an end-to-end construction solution,” said Alexandre Leblond, global VP sales of Marcotte Systems. The integrated product is currently on trial at ready-mix concrete sites and will be available during the first quarter of 2019.

Tekla is determined to increase the competitiveness and cost savings of the precast concrete sector with fast and effective implementation of an innovative and error-free software tool. BPDL, an industry leader, has been invited to participate in the expansion of Fenway Park, the Hilton at Logan Airport, the Boston tunnel and, most recently, the new Yankee Stadium, all of which involve complex and long-range production. “We are very committed to Tekla Structures and it’s proving itself as a new way of working for many precast detailers,” said Guy Bouchard, vice president and chief engineer at BPDL. Projects in Tekla are now done as rapidly as with CAD – and this continues to improve. We have already seen a 50 percent reduction in errors and can now share our 3D models with anyone in the project team.” Today, BPDL has more than tripled their investment in Tekla Structures Precast Detailing licenses and are continuing to convert more of their large detailing group from the older 2D method to the more efficient 3D way of working.

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FROM MINING TO MINIS SMS Equipment adds Takeuchi line to provide one-stop shop for customers By Kaitlyn Till, Managing Editor


MS Equipment is bestknown in Canada as a supplier of mining and roadbuilding equipment, with flagship offerings from Komatsu and the Wirtgen Group, plus other brands. In September 2018, the company announced that it would be offering a full range of Takeuchi equipment from their locations across Canada and in Alaska. Chris Hort, vice president of equipment sales at SMS Equipment, said that they had been looking for other products that would complement the Komatsu and Wirtgen primary product lines, as well as open up SMS Equipment to a new range of customers. “About three years ago, we really identified in our rental division, KRents, the need for a light equipment line that complements the products we had,” he said. The Takeuchi products are an ideal fit for homebuilders, municipalities and smaller construction firms that SMS Equipment hasn’t traditionally served. “At that time, we identified Takeuchi as a line that we felt would fit well and we took it on in KRents to start with and operated it for about a year,” said Hort. Having the line in the rental fleet gave SMS Equipment the opportunity to check out the quality of the product and get feedback from customers. Taking on Takeuchi as a full sales

and service dealer did pose some challenges and SMS Equipment had to make some adjustments. “Up until recently, SMS Equipment was used to dealing with established customers [of heavy equipment],” said Hort. “Even the way we do our credit [is affected as] this is a different customer buying a track loader or mini excavator.” Unlike the mining business, a customer needs to be able to walk out of the dealership with a machine within a few hours. So, while SMS Equipment officially signed on Takeuchi at the end of June 2018, they have taken their time announcing the partnership and rolling out the products across Canada while their staff has gotten up to speed. The Takeuchi equipment that SMS Equipment plans to focus on are compact track loaders and mini excavators, which Hort said make up one of the biggest markets for construction equipment in North America. A feature of Takeuchi machines that appealed to SMS Equipment is telematics. “We’re really big into that,” said Hort. “Our customers can look at it, and say ‘Hey where is my machine today? Is my machine running? Is it overheated? Is Sean running it, doing something bad?’ That can all be found on a customer’s cellphone.” Hort said that telematics are available on the majority of the Takeuchi equipment. Hort also noted that Takeuchi has

Top: A Takeuchi TB260 at work on the expansion of SMS Equipment headquarters in Acheson, Alberta. Above: The Takeuchi line includes compact track loaders like the TL6R. a hybrid excavator that will run off of a battery or plugged in – this machine is ideal for working in tunnels without any emissions. One of their customers is doing expansion work for SMS Equipment’s Acheson, Alberta, headquarters and is using Takeuchi equipment on the job. “Right now there are three different subcontractors working on our new addition to SMS Equipment,” said Hort. “All three have rented a track loader because they’re so [diverse in application]. The thing about these small track loaders and mini excavators is there’s a plethora of attachments that are available. So it’s the proverbial Swiss Army Knife of the construction industry.” At the Acheson facility, SMS Equipment has a demo area where customers working with sales reps can get a feel for the equipment. They have several Takeuchi machines on-site for testing; customers can set up an appointment with their sales rep and bring their

competitive machine to run side-byside for comparison. It’s this readiness to serve customers that Hort said is key to SMS Equipment’s business. SMS Equipment worked in conjunction with trainers from Takeuchi to educate their employees on the machines. SMS Equipment also sent their internal trainers to Takeuchi in Pendergrass, Georgia, to get trained so that they can come back and train SMS Equipment’s staff alongside representatives from Takeuchi. Hort said that SMS Equipment plans to eventually have demo days to give more customers the chance to become familiar with the equipment. According to Hort, taking on Takeuchi has enabled SMS Equipment to become a one-stop shop for customers. “We can now service them from the little guy that just graduated from a wheelbarrow to the guy that wants to move 400 tons of material with an autonomous truck.” HEG


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JCB INTRODUCES NEW SITE DUMPER RANGE TO NORTH AMERICA JCB North America is offering three new site dumper models in the U.S. and Canada, with maximum payload capacities ranging from 13,000 to nearly 20,000 pounds. JCB says that this new range is designed and built to be the safest in the industry, setting new standards for site dumper visibility, stability and operator protection. The range includes the 6T-1 with either a front- or swivel-tip bucket and 13,228-pound capacity, the 7T-1 Hi-Viz with front-tip bucket and 15,432-pound capacity, and the 9T-1 with front-tip bucket and 19,842-pound capacity. These dumpers come standard with folding ROPS/FOPS Level II frame, and an optional ROPS/FOPS Level II cab with integrated protection is available. The cab is designed to withstand the slewing impact from a 29,000-pound (13-tonne) excavator. In the cab, seat belt switch logic ensures the operator is correctly seated. A front camera and reverse alarm come standard and an optional white noise alarm is available. These dumpers come with JCB LiveLink telematics with geofencing and curfew alert functionality. All three models are powered by the 74-hp (55-kW) JCB EcoMAX diesel engine, which meets Tier 4 Final regulations with no aftertreatment. JCB axles and JCB powershuttle transmission ensure the power is delivered efficiently for maximum productivity and performance. These dumpers have ground-level service access and 360-degree access to the engine. JCB says that their site dumpers offer industry-leading stability to dramatically decrease the risk of overturning. By increasing the wheelbase, widening the wheel track and lowering the bucket height, the payload centre of gravity is reduced by 16 percent and maneuverability is maintained.



JLG COMPACT CRAWLER BOOM FEATURES OPTIONAL LI-ION SYSTEM The X1000AJ Compact Crawler Boom (CCB) is the latest of four JLG CCB models and brings the CCB line into the 100-foot height class. The extended work envelope offers 56 feet up-and-over and 54 feet of horizontal outreach. The X1000AJ also offers 500-pound unrestricted platform capacity and a new articulated column design gives operators the ability to work flush with the surface of a structure. The boom provides 90 degrees +/- jib movement for added reach and smart technology improves boom functionality by enabling multiple simultaneous movements. Its compact footprint allows the X1000AJ to fit through a standard double doorway for easy movement between indoor and outdoor applications. Retractable non-marking tracks, along with a patented platform disconnect system, make it easy to maneuver the machine through tight spaces. The X1000AJ is less than 22 feet long and under 20 feet long when the platform is removed. One-touch self-levelling outriggers stabilize and level the machine on slopes up to 16 degrees and stability is further enhanced by large, Teflon-coated outrigger pads. Standard forklift pockets and lift hooks allow for easy loading and unloading. SkyGuard enhanced control panel protection is included. An advanced technology 76-volt lithium-ion system is available to provide clean, quiet operation and performance, which JLG says is comparable to, or better than, traditional gas engine power. A Kubota diesel power source is standard. The X1000AJ comes with fully synthetic biodegradable hydraulic fluid for use in environmentally sensitive areas.

GENERAC DUST SUPPRESSION SYSTEM NEBULIZES WATER Generac Mobile’s new dust suppression systems nebulize the water, creating a fine mist of water that evenly covers the work area. Nebulized water particles have a 5 to 150 micron diameter and combine with dust particulate down to 80 microns, dragging them to the ground. Traditional systems, like a water hose, produce water droplets of about 1,000 microns in size, which only capture larger dust particles. Generac Mobile offers model options for jobs big and small. The


DF 7500 system can rotate 335 degrees, covering an area of 49,514 square feet (4,600 square metres). It has a maximum horizontal range of 131 feet (40 m) and a vertical range of 52 feet (16 m). The unit has an electronic control panel on board, with an optional remote control and comes skid-mounted, with a trailer optional. The DF 2.2 portable system has a maximum horizontal range of 42 feet (13 m). All Generac Mobile dust sup-

pression systems feature an electropolished stainless steel crown with nozzles and an electric-powered fan.


Case’s first precision-enabled attachment for Case skid steers and compact track loaders is ideal for concrete subgrade, athletic fields, parking lots, driveways, equestrian arenas and other fine-grading applications. The Case Laser Grading Box creates highly precise finish grades to within 1/10th of an inch. With a reversible cutting edge on all sides, the grading box’s unique pushpull design grades while moving forward or in reverse to utilize the maneuverability of a skid steer/CTL and increase productivity. The hydraulic valve system adjusts the grading box, providing operators with smooth and accurate performance even in tough environments. It is available in 72-, 84- and 96inch configurations. The grading box is compatible with Case Site Control laser receivers, control panel and beacons, and is available in two different mast configurations: single-mast for automated elevation-only, and dualmast for automated elevation and cross-slope. The grading box features a durable powder coat finish, composite greaseless bushings and comes standard with foam-filled tires.

HYUNDAI UPGRADES COMPACT EXCAVATOR Hyundai’s upgraded 3.5-ton-class R35Z-9A compact excavator has a zero-tail swing design which allows for optimum maneuverability in confined work spaces. New standard features include a Werk Brau-compatible thumb bracket, a diverter valve for easy switching between a thumb or attachment, proportional control levers with two-way piping, pin-grabber style dual-locking quick coupler and O/C piping, enhanced bucket design with lifting eye and two-piece tooth design for easy

replacement, increased curve profile on the dozer blade, an easily replaceable cutting edge to the dozer blade, a wider opening engine compartment, and a durable centered boom LED work light. A new optional feature is the 4-way angle dozer blade. It has a 23.7-hp (17.7-kW), Yanmar engine and the machine’s boom swing capability allows the operator to offset the boom 75 degrees to the left and 50 degrees to the right, facilitating close work alongside foundations and other structures, especially in congested areas.

Maximum digging depth is 10 feet 3 inches (3,135 mm), bucket breakout force is 6,900 lbf (3,130 kgf), and standard bucket capacity is 0.14 cubic yards (0.11 cubic metres).

TOUGH SEASON AHEAD? WE WOULDN’T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY. Exceptional comfort and an easy to maintain Kubota Tier IV Diesel engine combine for an impressive piece of equipment in Kubota’s SSV Series. New side lights expand the operator’s visibility on the job site, and the roll up door and wide operator area make for a more alert and productive work environment during those long all-day jobs. But best of all, our SSV Series are easy to maintain, so you can focus on your job site, not on your equipment.


MBW’s MVW11 is an 11-inch-wide vibratory wheel attachment for miniexcavators. It offers contractors two important advantages: versatility and increased productivity. The MVW11 vibratory wheel functions well in 12inch and wider trenches, keeps operators out of the trench, is ruggedly built and will attach to any mini-excavator in the 7,000- to 13,000-pound weight range with the appropriate bracket and pins.

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CATERPILLAR’S NEXT GENERATION MINI EXCAVATOR RANGE The Caterpillar range of Next Generation mini hydraulic excavators has been expanded with the addition of six new models in the 7to 10-ton category and four new models in the 1- to 2-ton category. 7- to 10-ton class

The new models in the 7- to 10-ton class include the 307.5, a standard tail swing model with a fixed boom; 308 CR, a compact radius model with a swing boom; 308 CR VAB, featuring a variable angle (twopiece) swing boom; 309 CR, a new model in the mini range featuring a compact radius, swing boom and high-flow auxiliary hydraulics; 309 CR VAB, which expands the 309 CR’s capability with a variable angle boom; and 310, also new to the range, featuring a fixed boom, standard tail swing and twin blade cylinders for handling heavy-duty dozing chores. These new models range in maximum operating weight from 18,152 to 22,447 pounds (8,233 to 10,182 kg) and in standard dig depths from 13 feet 5 inches to 17 feet (4,107 to 5,174 mm). Three models – 307.5, 308 CR, and 309 CR – are available with a long-stick option that increases dig depth by approximately 22 inches (560 mm). The variable angle boom, available with the 308 CR VAB and 309 CR VAB, enhances digging capability in congested work areas. Powering the 307.5 is the Cat C2.4 turbodiesel engine rated at 55.9 net horsepower (41.7 kW); the five larger models use the Cat C3.3 diesel engine rated at 70.3 net horsepower (52.4 kW). An exclusive feature for new Next Generation models is the standard Cat Stick Steer system, which allows the operator to switch from conventional lever/footpedal steering controls to low-effort joystick control. Automatic two-speed travel is standard, as is a cruise

control system that further simplifies machine travel. The new Next Generation mini excavators use an efficient, fuel-saving, load-sensing hydraulic system with an electronically controlled variable-displacement piston pump capable of oil flows to 44 gpm (167 L/min) in the 307.5 and 308 models and 62 gpm (233 L/min.) in the 309 and 310 models. The standard auxiliary hydraulic system provides one-way, two-way, and continuous flow and manual and hydraulic couplers are available. The 307.5, 308 CR and 309 CR come equipped with a standard undercarriage length, while the 309 has the option for a long undercarriage. The 310 is only available with a long undercarriage designed for added stability.

1- to 2-ton class

New models include the 301.5 (1.5-ton class, standard tail swing, with canopy); 301.7 CR (1.7-ton class, compact radius, with canopy); 301.8 (1.8-ton class, standard tail swing, with either canopy or cab); 302 CR (2.0-ton class, compact radius, with either canopy or cab). These models have a tilt-up canopy or cab, and optional on the 301.8 and 302 CR is a pressurized cab fitted with a climate control system (with or without air conditioning). Minimum operating weights range from 3,5004,500 pounds (1,575–2,045 kg), with weights increasing to 3,900–4,900 pounds (1,760–2,200 kg), depending on configuration. Depending on the model, dig depths are 7 feet 8 inches or 7 feet 9 inches (2,340

or 2,370 mm), and an available long stick increases depth to 8 feet 4 inches or 8 feet 5 inches (2,540 or 2,570 mm). Rubber track undercarriages are standard, with steel tracks available for all models. The expandable undercarriage narrows to allow these excavators to enter work sites through restricted access points. These new models use the Cat C1.1 engine, a three-cylinder diesel rated at 19.2 net horsepower (14.3 kW), and 21.6 gross horsepower (16.1 kW), while meeting Tier 4 Final regulations. The efficient, fuel saving, load-sensing hydraulic system with an electronically controlled variable displacement piston pump is capable of oil flows to 17.4 gpm (66 L/min). Like the 7-to-10-ton models, the standard auxiliary hydraulic system provides one way, two way and continuous flow. Manual couplers are available, and the new models are equipped with a thumb-ready package and a certified lifting eye. The Stick Steer system is also standard for these machines.

MANITOU INTRODUCES NEW MTA EASY74 TELEHANDLERS Manitou’s new range of Easy74 telehandlers were designed with the rental industry in mind, according to Steve Kiskunas, product manager – telescopic handlers, Manitou Group, and include three 74-hp models: the MTA 6642 Easy74, MTA 8044 Easy74 and MTA 10055 Easy74. “Understanding the typical demands to maintain and support Tier 4 construction equipment, we chose to provide a 74-hp option without a DEF system for our already popular Manitou MTA telehandlers. Our rental customers, especially, will benefit from the simplified maintenance,” he said. Developed from the MTA Series III telehandlers, the new Easy74 machines are powered with a Tier 4 74-hp (55-kW) Cummins turbocharged diesel engine providing 295 ft.-lbs. (400 Nm) of torque at 2,500 rpm. This engine, which Manitou says is best in class, requires only DOC exhaust treatment and does not require regeneration. This new engine package is coupled with a Dana 4-speed powershift transmission allowing full-time 4-wheel drive, three steering modes and machine travel speeds up to 15 mph. The MTA Easy74 machines have 1,000-hour extended oil change service intervals. These telehandlers are equipped with a single all-in-one joystick control.




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Doosan Bobcat North America has partnered with SafeAI to explore how advanced artificial intelligence technologies could be incorporated into Bobcat equipment. Through this pilot program, SafeAI plans to demonstrate how the latest AI technologies, Deep Neural Networks and Deep Reinforcement Learning, can be used to perceive complex dynamic environments around equipment and provide automated control. “At SafeAI we are building a safe, AI-enabled autonomous platform for the equipment industry,” said Dr. Bibhrajit Halder, CEO and co-founder of SafeAI. The partnership is part of Doosan Bobcat North America’s initiative to identify forward-looking solutions to help equipment owners and operators maximize their productivity. “We live in an on-demand, highly connected world,” said Joel Honeyman, vice president of global innovation at Doosan Bobcat North America. “The customers who purchase our machines expect to have the latest and greatest technology at their fingertips. Through our partnership with SafeAI, we hope to work toward our ultimate goal of enabling our customers to work more efficiently on the jobsite.”

Hyundai and Cummins develop electricpowered mini excavator prototype


Hyundai Construction Equipment and Cummins have collaborated on a prototype electric-powered mini excavator. “HCE anticipates mini excavators, which operate in urban workplaces close to residential areas, will be a prime candidate to electrify to meet zero-emission and low-noise requirements in the near future,” said D. S. Kim, HCE senior executive vice president & CTO. Powered by Cummins BM4.4E flexible battery modules (4.4 kWh each), the 3.5-ton excavator is designed to operate for a full eight-hour shift and charge in under three hours. The machine eliminates all gaseous emissions and substantially reduces noise, making it ideal for use in urban Narrow Access and suburban construction. The prototype machine will be used for testing to optimize the performance, prove the structural integrity and enhance the marketability. Simple Service

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Insight on the jobsite

PCL’s Job Site Insights system monitors conditions on major projects to help improve productivity, reduce costs and ensure the safety of its employees By Lee Toop, Associate Editor


onstruction companies are beginning to adopt technology of various kinds as growth continues in 3D modelling, machine control and other sectors, but there is more to the jobsite than just that. In many cases, contractors need to track other conditions that can have an effect on the success of a contract. One of Canada’s largest building contractors is using Microsoft cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) technology and its own expertise to manage and monitor a wide spectrum of conditions on major projects that can improve productivity, reduce costs and ensure the safety of its employees. PCL was recently recognized by Microsoft for its Job Site Insights (JSI) development program, which takes advantage of IoT, the cloud and mobile computing to provide a single-pane view of a jobsite and the conditions ex-

perienced there. Job Site Insights is an in-house project for PCL, which has been focused on embracing technology for some time. “We actively encourage innovation from our different districts and operating units in order for them to find ways to use technology and drive business value back to our clients and customers, increase productivity, decrease cost and improve worker safety, among other things,” explained Chris Palmer, senior manager of advanced technology services for PCL. Cloud computing has been part of PCL’s technology development for several years, Palmer noted, as the company sought to take advantage of data collection as a way to expand its knowledge base on jobsites of all kinds. From there, the ability to leverage that data and break it down into information that can be used by individual staff both in the office and on the ground

was the next step. “We started to look at the Internet of Things concept, which is a way to capture meaningful data, data that you don’t have today, so you can use the power of artificial intelligence, machine learning and advanced analytics to find insights that might not normally be readily apparent or obvious,” he said. With more than a century of experience in construction, PCL has no shortage of staff with knowledge of jobsite conditions, many that can’t quite be defined, Palmer said. When someone on a site defines certain conditions combining to cause a problematic result but can’t point to the exact cause, that’s where IoT and AI systems can come in to play. “A lot of our IoT initiatives are showing that we can make inroads there, make those correlations and in turn make changes that can dramatically affect productivity, reduce our rework and warranty claims, and improve our quality,” Palmer said.

Managing variables and monitoring conditions

Top: PCL applies advanced technologies to improve its operations. Above: Sensors placed in buildings under construction can track variables like humidity and temperature across a jobsite.

There are plenty of variables on jobsites, so PCL has started its data collection and analysis with JSI with a focus on two of those: temperature and humidity. “It doesn’t sound sexy but whether it’s buildings, civil infrastructure or industrial work, temperature and humidity are measured every day, multiple times a day, and they have a direct impact on a lot of things,” Palmer said. “They can really affect things like millwork, drywall and wooden structures. If you have significant changes in temperature, for example, you can NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018

“A lot of our IoT initiatives are showing that we can make inroads there, make those correlations and in turn make changes that can dramatically affect productivity, reduce our rework and warranty claims, and improve our quality.”

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get cracking in plaster, and changes in humidity can cause millwork to dry out or warp.” For example, if a building under construction has had a heater placed to keep a room warm but the heater fails, there are plenty of problems that could happen, Palmer noted. “If someone isn’t there to catch it, that can end up resulting in some significant issues, such as water damage if pipes freeze,” he said. “All of that potential rework affects quality and also affects schedule. Schedule and productivity go hand-in-hand in allowing PCL to reduce our costs, be more

Data collected by IoT sensors through the cloud gives a more complete view of conditions on jobsites. competitive and offer a better rate to our clients.” Monitoring those simple conditions are a first step for PCL and the JSI platform, which Palmer said can do

much more as it grows. “We’re continuing to build out the Job Site Insights platform to where now we have a backlog of additional functionality we’re going to deliver in the

future,” he said. “That includes everything from other environmental conditions such as sound metering and air quality to tracking assets and people, so we can get better measurement around things like labour productivity or optimized use of equipment.”

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One idea involves tracking the use of scissor lifts on a jobsite, both to ensure that the company has enough equipment for jobsites of specific sizes but also to ensure that they are being used as efficiently as possible. “It’s not just to reduce cost in terms of a scissor lift, it’s to reduce the opportunity loss that you have from labour walking the site trying to find a lift, for example, or trying to track down a particular tool,” Palmer said. “Being able to map those things against the space on the jobsite is really a key feature.” Palmer’s team is leveraging Microsoft Azure products to build the JSI solution, taking advantage of cloud computing, Internet of Things and mapping technologies as the heart of the programs being developed inhouse. In fact, that partnership was recognized at Microsoft’s Inspire conference earlier in 2018 as a prime example of how businesses can transform themselves using advanced technology. For PCL, the Azure platform provides a launching point that the company can use to move forward with additional development as it continues to digitize the jobsite. “We’re getting a digital representation of that jobsite and the conditions on it at any one time. Then, using the Azure technologies, we are able to ingest that data through the lifetime of the project. We end up with a digital copy at any one point that we can apply various analytics on to produce actionable insights for the project staff,” Palmer said. While still in the early stages of development and implementation, JSI has proven popular with PCL’s various district offices and several pilot sites are in place. Palmer suggested that the JCI solutions could be a standard part of a PCL project within the next two years. “A lot of our different districts have looked at standalone solutions. When they find out what we’re developing, they immediately put in a request for their project to be the next one to get it,” he said. “In construction, it can be a challenge to change processes, so for us the burden is on us to show the value in this system. I think we’re doing that.” HEG


COLLABORATIVE LOGISTICS PLATFORM AIDS DELIVERY, SITE MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION Ruckit, Inc. has introduced what it says is the construction industry’s first collaborative logistics platform designed for bulk materials producers, trucking companies, and general contractors, specifically addressing the needs of the bulk materials transportation industry. Ruckit’s platform includes a free mobile app for iOS and Android devices that enables companies to efficiently dispatch, manage and track in real-time all trucks for a job, regardless of whether the truck is companyowned, leased-on or third-party. Its bring-your-own-device platform approach requires no data plans or hardware in trucks and delivers supply chain optimizations. The Ruckit platform digitizes construction workflows, which allows technology like artificial intelligence to be layered into the program to increase material movement efficiency and eliminate waste. Real-time route tracking allows dispatchers and construction managers to receive personalized trucking recommendations

to improve loading/unloading times, optimize haul routes and make more informed dispatching decisions. Operations implementing the powerful logistics tool have realized up to one extra load per truck per day. Ruckit was built to allow companies to invite everyone in their network to collaborate on one platform. The flexible cloud-based platform and free driver app works well for material producers, general contractors and trucking companies.



Topcon Positioning Group has added new accessories for the FC-5000 field computer – a landscape-style keyboard along with a stylus. The accessories are designed to improve performance in the field in harsh weather conditions. “The new keyboard quickly and easily attaches to the FC-5000 with a clip and ram mount ball. It features a positive response, raised key, and a full QWERTY keyboard design,” said Ray Kerwin, director of global surveying products. “It offers an excellent alternative if touchscreen operation is inhibited by poor weather environments, or when operators need to enter detailed alphanumeric descriptions as well as navigate through MAGNET Field menus.” Additionally, the electrically grounded stylus is designed to only look for positive responses, improving the performance of the touchscreen in snowy, rainy, wet or cold conditions. The accessories can be used together or separately as a complement to the field computer. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018

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new dimensions of technology Trimble Dimensions 2018 showcased new and future site management tools, telematics, machine control and more By Lee Toop, Associate Editor


rimble customers were big winners as the company held its semi-annual Dimensions event in Las Vegas, November 5–7, with a wide array of new and updated products brought to the table as well as sneak peeks of products coming to market in the near future. The conference, which drew visitors from around the world, included both a robust series of educational sessions and an off-site area where attendees could get up close with equipment running new products. The construction market was well served by new product announcements, with several new tools launched to meet the needs of contractors. Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform version 1.7, for example,

supports motor graders and automatic guidance for tiltrotator attachments. This is a GNSS-based, 3D grade control solution designed to make fine grading more accurate, faster and easier. In addition, Trimble Earthworks now gives excavator operators using tiltrotators the advantage of automatic machine control, which can result in increased productivity. Also new at the show was Earthworks GO!, a 2D grade control platform that is easily installed by the user and designed for skid steers or compact track loaders. It features a control box that attaches to the machine and coordinates with an app on the user’s smartphone which serves as the primary controller. Trimble states the system can increase productivity up to 20 percent.

A new GNSS smart antenna, the SPS785, was introduced, as well as dynamic tilt capability for the SPS986 smart antenna that makes it even more effective on rugged jobsites. At the off-site facility, Trimble displayed several projects that are still in development, including autonomous compactors and dozers. Mixed and augmented reality systems were also shown, including SiteVision, which pairs a portable GNSS antenna with a smartphone to provide an easy, mobile snapshot of current conditions on the jobsite.

Trimble Dimensions saw a number of product launches and updates, including an expanded line of smart antennas (above) and Earthworks for Motor Graders (below).


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Terex Trucks signs RDM Equipment as new dealer in B.C. In reaction to the strong construction market in B.C., Terex Trucks has signed RDM Equipment Sales and Rentals as its new dealer in the region. The majority of RDM Equipment Sales and Rentals’ customers are active in the mining, construction and landscaping segments. As a Terex Trucks dealer, the company sells, rents, services and provides parts for the TA300 and TA400 from its headquarters in Surrey, B.C. “With RDM Equipment Sales and Rentals’ extensive experience as a customer in this market, they know what good service looks like,” says Greg Gerbus, Regional Sales Manager at Terex Trucks. “RDM is a strong dealership that's keen to become even stronger, making them a valuable addition to our global dealer network. I think they will do very well now that the TA300 and TA400 are in their product portfolio – because a high proportion of their customers work in mines and construction sites, which are precisely the kind of challenging applications our machines are designed for.” NEW DEALER

Vermeer Corporation acquires Vac-Tron Equipment, LLC Vermeer Corporation has purchased Vac-Tron Equipment, LLC, and it plans to bring the Florida-based company together with McLaughlin Group, Inc., which was purchased by Vermeer in 2017. This acquisition and integration of the two companies builds on the Vermeer strategy to provide a comprehensive suite of vacuum excavation technology, equipment, training and support to the growing underground utility and soft dig markets. Operating under the combined group, Vermeer MV Solutions, the organization will continue to provide Vermeer-branded vacuum excavation equipment and technology through dedicated Vac-Tron and McLaughlin series product lines as well as McLaughlin-branded utility accessories and auger boring systems. ACQUISITION

GOMACO University has new director and new schedule for 2019 season PAVING COURSES GOMACO University has released their 2019 schedule of specialized courses covering GOMACO’s full range of concrete paving equipment. Rod Schneider has been appointed as GOMACO University’s new director of training after the retirement of Dennis Clausen at the end of the year. Since 1989, Schneider has served as the University’s Training Coordinator. “Rod has been in a leadership role for several years and is prepared to uphold the reputation and the personal touch to our University educational process,” said Kent Godbersen, vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. “We thank Dennis for his dedication to customer education through

several decades, teaching to tens of thousands of students and GOMACO customers.” “We are committed to setting the industry standard at GOMACO University in the education of concrete slipform paving,” Schneider said. “The legacy that Dennis Clausen leaves behind is a strong foundation for those of us whom have trained under his direction. We are looking forward to another school year of increased enrollment throughout our courses and the University staff will be ready to welcome those attending.” Visit www.gomaco.com/university to see the complete course listing or to register.

FrontRunner autonomous haulage system sets new record with latest industry milestone Komatsu America Corp.’s FrontRunner Autonomous Haulage System has achieved the unprecedented milestone of more than two billion tons of surface material moved autonomously. The FrontRunner system has now hauled more than all other commercial mining autonomous haulage systems combined. Since its first commercial deployment in 2008 at CODELCO’s Gabriela Mistral (Gaby) copper mine in Chile, the FrontRunner AHS has experienced exponential growth in cumulative production, breaking the one billion tons mark in 2016 and the 1.5 billion tons mark in late 2017. This has been accomplished with more than 130 trucks in operation to date. An additional 150 trucks will deploy to the Canadian oil sands over the next seven years. MILESTONE





Volvo Trucks, Trimble collaborate on fleet management Volvo Trucks North America has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Trimble Transportation Enterprise to develop future transportation management and fleet maintenance products and services. The proposed collaboration leverages Volvo’s on-board connectivity hardware to offer solutions that help fleets run their businesses more effectively, bringing critical uptime information into the Trimble platform. Fleet management services offer fleet managers critical information such as location, fuel economy and vehicle and driver performance data for all trucks in a fleet. This information can be utilized by the fleets to control costs, increase safety, improve customer service and enhance operations. COLLABORATION


Mecalac Group establishes presence in Canada

Mecalac has moved into the Canadian market with three distributors who now handle the promotion, sales and marketing of its construction machinery. Open Days, demonstrations and trials were held at Canadian dealerships between June and September. In Canada, the provinces covered are Alberta by Kaymor Machine & Welding Ltd.; Quebec by TraktoBobcat Montreal; and New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador by Saunders Equipment Ltd. DISTRIBUTION

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40,000th Cat large dozer to go to Teck mine in British Columbia’s Elk Valley In October, representatives from CaterpilMILESTONE lar Inc., Finning Canada and Teck Resources Limited (Teck) gathered in East Peoria, Illinois, to celebrate the milestone of the 40,000th Cat large dozer rolling off the production line. Commenting on the importance to Caterpillar of the 40,000th large dozer milestone, Greg Hepler, product manager for large dozers, said, “Caterpillar transformed the track-type tractor with the introduction of the suspended undercarriage with elevated drive sprocket. This innovation, along with a long history of others, enabled Cat large dozers to set the standards for efficiency, productivity and durability. These iconic machines continue to define who we are and play a key role in building a better world.” Denise Johnson, Caterpillar group president responsible for Resource Industries, handed the keys of the 40,000th large dozer to Louis DeLuca, Teck director of supply management, during the ceremony held October 25. For more than 10 years, Teck has been one of the top customers in the world for Cat large dozers. The 40,000th large dozer, a 225,000-pound (102,058-kg) D11T, will operate in the Elk Valley near Sparwood, British Columbia, where the company

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produces steelmaking coal at five mines. The world’s second-largest seaborne exporter of steelmaking coal, Teck currently operates a fleet of Cat dozers, each of these high-production machines logging up to 7,000 operating hours each year in the mines. Teck’s newest D11T will be used for production dozing, dump area support, mining shovel support and haul road development.

Wacker Neuson launches a construction equipment technician apprenticeship program Wacker Neuson has announced a unique apprenticeship program to help fill the growing need for qualified machine technicians in the construction industry. Wacker Neuson has teamed up with the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) to create an apprenticeship program that allows students to “earn as they learn.” The program combines work-based learning with related classroom instruction using the highest industry standards, knowledge base and technology. “The program is intended to act as a funnel for qualified technicians into our dealer network,” explains Jake Gaylord, technical training manager for Wacker Neuson and author of the program. “As a manufacturer, we heard from our dealer channel partners that they have trouble finding qualified skilled technicians to work on their equipment. We designed the apprenticeship program to help fill this gap by allowing technical apprentices to receive paid related instruction and on-the-job training at the same time.” NEW PROGRAM

Brandt expands into specialty transportation equipment sector with Camex acquisition The result of this ACQUISITION acquisition is a new Brandt Group of Companies division called Brandt Truck Rigging & Trailers. This new division carries on the Camex tradition of supplying premium-quality specialty transportation solutions for industry. The Camex name will continue as a product brand for the specialized transportation equipment that the company manufactures, rents and sells.

NTEA offers updated resource to help upfitters meet upcoming Canadian regulations NTEA developed the Rear Visibility F/CMVSS 111 Field of View Conformity Manual to capture the latest regulatory information in the U.S. and Canada. This edition now includes conformance mandates that take effect in Canada in 2019, providing a more complete representation of field of view requirements for commercial vehicle companies in North America. UPDATED MANUAL


“NTEA is offering this updated manual to the work truck industry to support anyone upfitting light vehicles,” said Steve Spata, NTEA technical assistance director. “It gives guidance on performing test procedures outlined in F/CMVSS 111 related to repositioning OEM-provided cameras to meet field of view criteria.” Full FMVSS 111 rear visibility conformance in the U.S. – which includes

requirements for field of view, image size, response time, deactivation, durability, default view and linger time – took effect May 1, 2018. This requirement is applicable to vehicles with a 10,000-pound (4,536-kg) gross vehicle weight rating or less. The full equivalent regulation in Canada is mandatory starting May 2019 and includes threewheeled vehicles. Learn more at ntea. com/mvss111rearvisibility.

PACCAR Parts has announced a new 160,000-square-foot parts distribution centre in Toronto, Ontario. The facility officially opened on October 22. It will increase parts availability and maximize uptime for PACCAR Parts customers across eastern Canada. The facility features state-of-the-art technologies such as voice-activated picking, an automated banding conveyor, optimized pick paths and custom inventory zones that lead to improved quality, productivity and efficiency. The Toronto PDC, along with the Montreal, Quebec, PDC, which opened in 2014, will offer eastern Canadian customers exceptional parts availability that is unique to the PACCAR Parts supply chain.

HammerHead Trenchless training facility up and running The new two-story, 5,000-square-foot educational facilities provide trenchless method contractors, plumbers, project engineers and utility company and municipal crews both classroom and hands-on application training for every HammerHead product line. The first class of contractors to graduate from HammerHead University received manufacturer certification after three days of hands-on, guided instruction. The training facilities and curricula had been officially announced as fully operational at the Lake Mills, Wisconsin, headquarters of HammerHead Trenchless during its annual August sales meeting.

Four Alberta Bobcat dealerships acquired by Calmont Equipment Ltd. Calmont Equipment Ltd. has expanded its dealer network with the acquisition of Bobcat of Edmonton, Bobcat of Calgary, Bobcat of Red Deer and Bobcat of Fort McMurray, establishing Calmont as the Bobcat equipment provider in those four cities and surrounding areas. All four dealerships will continue to serve as authorized sales, service, parts and rental providers of Bobcat equipment. The four Bobcat dealerships will serve a variety of markets, including construction, landscaping, snow removal and agriculture.

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KOBELCO Construction Machinery............... 19

Topcon Positioning Systems..........................32

Easi-Pour, LLC................................................ 31


Trail King Industries, Inc.................................27

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Kubota Canada...............................................35

Wirtgen Group...................................................7

Flo Components.............................................. 42

Link-Belt Excavators.........................................9

World of Asphalt..............................................25

Freightliner Trucks........................................ 2-3

National Leasing.............................................38

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A daughter’s reflection on her father,

Engelbert J. Baum, founder of Baum Publications Ltd. By Melina Baum Singer


ngelbert’s professional ventures – publishing and construction equipment – were intertwined in two specific ways. Born in 1948 in Wiesbaden, West Germany, Engelbert came to maturity during a significant historic period. The postwar generation was characterized by an optimistic desire to find innovative ways to remake the country from bottom up. I believe my father took to heart the broader emphasis to create and to build. This ethos became Engelbert’s lifelong sensibility, as well as characterized the two industries that defined his career. Engelbert started in the publishing world with his twin brother, Heribert. Attracted to the informal, creative and collaborative world of publishing, they earned their publishing diplomas in 1969 from Schulze-Delitzsch School in Wiesbaden. During their studies, they worked together at the Textile Journal. In school or work, they were never in competition, but rather shared a goal of equal success. Influenced by the possibilities promised by the American dream, Engelbert unsuccessfully attempted to find work in Toronto and Chicago in 1970. He returned to Germany, where he met my mother, Susi. In 1972, he left Germany for Vancouver. It was in Vancouver, hometown of my mother, where my father successfully established himself professionally. Engelbert became a Canadian citizen in 1979, and in the mid to late 1970s, Vancouver also became the home of his brother and mother. At Southam’s Journal of Commerce, BC Lumberman, and Construction West, Engelbert worked as production manager, then sales manager, and in the early 1980s, he proudly became the associate publisher for the Journal of Com-




merce. My sister, Simone, and I share many happy memories of our father at Southam. Growing up, he always told us that he loved what he did for a living. My sister and I still can not drive past the old Southam building without a flood of memories coming up. He would take us to work and we would play around and under his desk, a desk where we would quickly gather his white and blue business cards and stationary in our pockets to use later in our game of being a “newspaper man” like our dad. With his wonderful deep voice, he would introduce us with the statement “these are my daughters” to everyone and then step back and watch our interactions with his associates. Almost 40 years later, we are still in contact with almost all of the people my father came to know in that period. During this time, Engelbert’s idea for Heavy Equipment Guide started to come together. My father envisioned the magazine as a vehicle to bring new product information to Canada. There were no construction magazines at that time in Canada that provided more than two or three pages of product information. Engelbert realized there was a need for a vehicle that expanded on the needs of heavy equipment buyers, as well as a place for manufacturers to publicize their products. Due to management changes, Engelbert left Southam in 1984 and worked part-time at Expo 86 in Vancouver as director of the transportation display at the Canadian Pavilion in Abbotsford. With the editorial assistance of Len Webster, whom he met at the Journal of Commerce, Engelbert published the first issue of Canadian Heavy Equipment Guide (the name was later shortened to Heavy Equipment Guide) in June 1986. I remember the way my father’s eyes lit up with excitement and pride as he handed copies to my sister and me. He said to us something to the effect that “this is for us,” and when he chose the logo of an olive

tree (Baum means tree in German) he clearly stated that it represented us too. These were big moments for us as a family as was every step on the road in the development of Baum Publications Ltd. In every new magazine he started, every new office building he moved into, every new employee he was excited to hire, every employee he was happy to see succeed and every new business opportunity ventured, my sister and I felt proud of our father’s many accomplishments, as well as for the way he always seemed to rise after experiencing a setback or hardship. Engelbert understood that publishing success grew from a robust understanding of the industry served. He had a commitment to seek out and form relationships in every facet of the construction equipment industry, from users, manufacturers and distributors to writers, editors, salespeople and publishers. It was from these varied relationships that my father’s understanding of the industry was earned. His signature conversation opener, “What’s new?” reflected not only his endless desire for information, but also his underlying belief in the importance of connection. He wanted industry news as much as he wanted to know about you. The latter quality is one that is typically reserved for family bonds, but my father really cared for the people he met professionally and nearly every associate or client would quickly be transformed into a dear and lifelong friend. The best of family values, loyalty, generosity and curiosity became his professional code of conduct. In a very real way, Engelbert’s larger than life personality, good humour, and general sense of fun was a positive force in the lives of the people around him. If you only met my father once, you would always remember the encounter and be able to recall details many years later. My sister noted recently that our father may not have been in a helping profession per se, but his personal and

Engelbert Baum with his daughter Melina at CONEXPO in 1996. professional sensibility was always to help. I have been told many times how my father gave someone an idea to start their own magazine, set up their own venture, provide a job, make an industry connection, point to a lead, give a loan, and say or do something unexpectedly thoughtful. The people that shared with me these stories insisted that their success stemmed from the seeds my father gave them to plant. And it speaks volumes about the work community my father created that well over half of Baum Publications employees have been with the company for 10, 15, and even 20 years and continue to remain integral to the company’s success. Engelbert was recognized not only for his knowledge and expertise but also as an industry leader with an unflinching commitment to community building. Among his various industry roles in the publishing and construction equipment industries, my father was co-founder and president of Publications in Construction Association (PICA), marketing committee member of CONEXPO/CON-AGG trade show, board member of Construction Industry Manufacturers Association (CIMA), and director of the B.C. region of Canadian Associated Equipment Distributors (CAED). Engelbert not only uniquely transcended but also intertwined singular professional and industry categories: he was a publisher, editor, salesman, production manager and a virtual encyclopedia of trade and construction equipment and related industry knowledge. Engelbert’s brother also started a publishing company covering logging and the related construction equipment industry. They bought offices beside each other. Over their daily coffee breaks, they would often reminisce that they were living their early dreams. The commitment to

family connection was also reflected in the ways in which my father encouraged my sister and I to participate in the company as children and teenagers. We went to trade shows with him, handing out magazines and talking to people about ad space and price, and performed various forms of office work. He shared with us the highs and lows of running a company, and we cheered him on, not from the sidelines, however, as he made us feel central to all his endeavors and a part of his community. He would often ask for our advice about various business matters and brainstorm businessrelated ideas with us. In fact, the idea for one magazine on health care came from my sister’s interest in the medical field. My father did encourage me to work in the company as an adult. He once arranged for me to represent the company in Lyon, France, at a trade show: he had business cards made for me, arranged meetings there and insisted I write a solid article upon returning. These experiences helped build my confidence and provided a new feeling of responsibility. I ended up following in my father’s footsteps in a different way, the world of literary and academic editing. He was happy to assist me, arranging for printing when needed and proudly kept what I published in his night-side table. When the first article I wrote was published, I dedicated it to my father. As with my sister, my father never expressed disappointment when I told him that I intended to work in a different field: in fact, he said he hoped that my sister and I would follow his example of working in a profession that we loved. This sentiment is one he often shared with his grandchildren, even though I know nothing would have made him happier if all five grandchildren decided their path

was in his company. My husband, Ken Singer, eventually started working at Baum Publications in digital development. My father happily mentored him on the larger business and quite simply he was thrilled to have Ken work with him. These were feelings shared by Ken. When the time came for him to step back from his role as publisher due to health issues, I know it was a great relief to my father that it was his son-in-law that took his place and that the company would remain family owned and operated. It is heartening to see my oldest son, Zev, now spending days with Ken in the office and it was particularly meaningful for me to see them work together at a recent trade show. I remember my father’s smile when I showed him a picture of Ken and Zev holding up an issue of Heavy Equipment Guide at the show. My father said, “That’s the third generation.” As stated in Canadian Heavy Equipment Guide’s first editorial comment, Engelbert intended to succeed in the realization of his dreams and wanted all his family, associates, friends and communities to grow and prosper as well. In that spirit, Simone and I will always remember our dear father as a remarkable tree, a great and generous tree that played a role in the creation and building of many forests. Acknowledgments: I appreciate the many details provided by Bruce Guerin, Bruce Davie, Greg Sitek, Sharon Holling, Lou Maggio, Jim Shepard, Stan Sauerwein, Larry Aller, Frank Raczon, Mike Porcaro, Don McIntosh, Ian Stuart, Dean Baxendale, Dee Egan, Lawrence Buser, David Gilmour, Sam Esmaili, Ariel Savion-Lemieux, and especially by Simone Baum, Heribert Baum and Ken Singer.


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