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26 Bridging the gap between concrete batching and dispatch systems
12 In-depth report: tandem rollers 20 Top of the stack
A look at new developments in aggregate stackers and conveyors.
24 Driving the concrete boom pump market Manufacturers of concrete pumps pick Mack Trucksâ€™ Granite and TerraPro models.
41 Utilizing telematics to maintain a MEWP fleet 45 Live schematics improve training opportunities for technicians
36 Best practices for protecting DEF supplies from winter chills
50 Technology brings remote expertise to the field
Diesel exhaust fluid can be challenging to manage in cold weather.
38 Uplifting up north
Cover photo: Hamm HD+ 120 VO combining vibration in one drum and oscillation in the other.
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VIEWPOINT Seeking a more diverse workforce
’ve been thinking a lot about bathrooms on construction sites lately. Strange, perhaps, but let me put this little curiosity into context for you – and maybe you’ll give it some thought as well. I was recently invited to Arizona for Procore’s annual Groundbreak conference, which brings construction professionals from across North America and beyond together with developers and experts in construction business management software. It was quite a good conference, and readers will see more from that in the coming months as I work through story ideas. However, there was one area that I didn’t expect which has caught my interest. One of the presenters there was Vicki O’Leary. An ironworker for more than 30 years, she is now an organizer with the Ironworkers International union; more than that, she has become an advocate for a more diverse workforce in the trades. The murder of a woman on a jobsite in 2017 by a male coworker who had been harassing her for days beforehand spurred O’Leary to begin the “Be That One Guy” campaign, intended to cut down on harassment and bullying of women, as well as other minorities, on construction jobsites. Listening to O’Leary speak was, frankly, enlightening – as was listening to the tradeswomen who attended her event. As a man, I’ve never considered the need for separate washrooms on the jobsite, but I think we can all agree that men’s rooms do get rather unfortunate when guys are tracking in and out in dirty and muddy gear. Bathroom runs for women are a little more complex than we have to deal with, guys; having to deal with nasty port-a-potties doesn’t sound like fun to me. I’ve also never walked into a workwear store and been told they didn’t have any boots that fit me, and that I’d have to order them online if I wanted some that I liked, or that the hi-vis vest that’s available is a safety hazard because of how it fits on me. Nobody’s ever bullied me off a job because I wasn’t one of the boys. And those are just some of the challenges that women face when they try to establish themselves in the trades. No wonder the hiring rate for women in construction is as low as it is. Statistics Canada reported recently that only about 3.9 percent of the people employed in the trades were women – and that’s a slight increase among the around 900,000 tradespeople across the country. With the continuing concern about a skills gap in construction, it makes sense to open the doors to more people who want to be part of the trades, and that can be aided by embracing a more diverse workforce. That may mean making a few changes to the way things have always been done, but in the long run that can only be a benefit. Needless to say, this has caught my interest, and in the coming months Heavy Equipment Guide will be looking more closely at diversity in the workforce. We’d be interested in hearing from our readers on this topic – if you have thoughts or a story to tell, please feel free to connect with us. Lee Toop Editor
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TWO NEW EXCAVATORS NOW AVAILABLE IN NORTH AMERICA JCB is offering two new X Series excavators in North America, the 13-ton 131X and the 15-ton 150X. “JCB started the X Series revolution in North America with the 20-ton 220X. We’ve seen that machine quickly become one of our most popular excavator models, with operators calling it the best JCB excavator ever,” said Ashby Graham, general manager of product at JCB North America. “The new 131X and 150X provide construction, utility and rental buyers with 13- and 15-ton excavators that deliver the same gains in productivity, comfort
and residual value.” The 131X is equipped with the 74-hp (55-kW) JCB EcoMAX engine that requires no replaceable diesel particulate filter or diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). The 150X is powered by the 109-hp (81-kW) JCB EcoMAX engine that requires no replaceable DPF. Other key features include: wider, quieter JCB CommandPlus Cab for all-day operator comfort; modern styling with durable strike points to preserve residual value; and higher-diameter pipework to boost hydraulic efficiency.
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SMART PUMPS Xylem’s new Godwin NC100S and CD100S Dri-Prime dewatering pumps are equipped with interchangeable, application-specific impellers and a new generation of cloud-based Field Smart Technology. These new 4-inch surface mounted centrifugal pumps deliver enhanced levels of control and flexibility for the toughest dewatering applications. The pumps enable the operator to switch from a NC100S to a CD100S, and vice versa, due to the interchangeable impellers on both models. The Godwin CD100S is ideal for utility and construction applications, as well as emergency response dewatering. The CD impeller, generally used in construction dewatering applications, can be exchanged with a Flygt N-Technology self-cleaning, non-clog impeller, which delivers sustained hydraulic efficiency. This provides customers with the flexibility to tackle stringy, fibrous materials most commonly associated with modern wastewater applications, all with the same pump. The NC100S and CD100S feature a redesigned pump-end, resulting in 20 percent greater uptime and 40 percent reduced service time. Both models have a Tier 4 Final engine. Xylem’s Field Smart Technology (FST) telematics comes standard. Customers can track, monitor and control the pump in real-time from any smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. 10
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Equipped with a 101-hp, Tier 4 Cummins diesel engine, the JT24 packs a punch with unbeatable power. The unit offers 24,000 pounds of thrust and pullback while still maintaining a small footprint, offering outstanding performance on a wide range of urban and residential gas, fibre and other utility installations. A new hydraulic platform utilizes leading technology to maximize drilling efficiency and conserve horsepower for where it matters most – downhole. The JT24 is designed with a wider frame than competitive units, offering
best-in-class stability without sacrificing maneuverability in tight urban environments to confidently traverse uneven terrain and city curbs. And with its small footprint, it can easily
be towed from one jobsite to another. Maximum carriage speed is 216 fpm. It also holds up to 400 feet of drill pipe on board, allowing for longer bores on the job.
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HYDRAULIC EXCAVATOR LOADS 70- TO 200-TON RIGID FRAME HAUL TRUCKS FASTER The PC2000-11 hydraulic excavator is equipped with an EPA Tier 4 Final certified engine; it has more horsepower and a new engine-pump control for faster cycle times and improved multifunction performance. “The PC2000-11 is designed to load 70- to 200-ton rigid frame haul trucks and is an excellent tool for stripping overburden, loading coal, and loading shot rock,” said Robert Hussey, product marketing manager, Komatsu America. “The PC2000-11 has a simplified power module (cooling package, engine, PTO, and hydraulic pumps) which provides excellent accessibility to major components, low noise levels in the cab, and reduces labour hours when it comes time for planned overhaul.” The PC2000-11 offers improved multifunction performance, and a productivity increase up to 12 percent, and can therefore load more trucks per shift. The redesigned hydraulic system monitors work equipment loads and optimizes hydraulic flow based on operating conditions. Selectable working modes tailor machine performance to application requirements, including the all new “Power Plus” mode. Increased engine power and new engine pump control logic give the PC2000-11 faster cycle times.
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Allen’s MSP475 Riding Trowel is a mechanically driven, eight-foot-class ride-on power trowel that is powered by a 57-hp Kubota liquid-cooled gasoline engine. This riding trowel comes with liquid-cooled gasoline engine to keep machine running cooler, digital readouts for accurate fuel levels and diagnostics, and a large 12-gallon fuel tank for longer run times. This rider produces excellent torque even at high rotor speeds which make this machine excellent for panning or finishing operations.
SMALL ARTICULATED LOADERS Bobcatâ€™s small articulated loaders have the ability to fit into narrow areas and offer low turf disturbance. The boom extends up to 24 inches (L28 model). The telescoping boom arm includes a dual-cylinder design that keeps the load level as operators move the bucket. The telescopic cylinder is synchronized with a secondlevel cylinder, providing superior levelling and preventing excessive rollback. These loaders can lift and handle heavy loads for their size, giving customers excellent lifting capacity in a compact machine. Comfort is a focus with a steering wheel and joystick that are simple to reach and intuitive to use. Switches and controls are strategically positioned for operator ease and quickness. A heated cab enclosure and a heated seat provide additional comfort.
ELECTRIC SCISSOR OFFERS HIGH REACH IN A COMPACT FOOTPRINT Part of the updated line of Genie GS global-spec scissor lifts, adhering to the new ANSI A92 and CSA B354 standards, the new Genie GS-4655 slab scissor lift comes in a compact, lightweight package that combines increased battery runtime and fully sealed AC electric motors for maximized productivity and drive efficiency. Key applications include narrow aisle warehouses, electrical installation and facilities maintenance tasks, as well as demanding tilt-up and heavy-duty construction jobsites. Designed for use in a wide range of indoor and outdoor applications, the Genie GS-4655 scissor lift combines a narrow chassis (4 feet 7 inches / 1.4 m), indoor working height (52 feet / 16.02 m), maximum outdoor working height (34 feet 6 inches / 10.7 m) and a 770-pound (350 kg) platform capacity to maximize rental utilization and productivity on the jobsite. It is equipped with a 4-foot (1.2 m) roll out extension deck and offers fulldrive height capabilities at the 46-foot (14 m) maximum platform height. The AC electric drive system replaces the traditional hydraulic drive motors and reduces the number of hydraulic service points. The heavy-duty front-wheel electric drive motors are fully sealed to stand up to harsh jobsite conditions. With 25 percent gradeability and a 14-degree breakover angle, it can climb demanding ramps for easy transportability. The efficient AC electric drive technology, combined with regenerative breaking, also ensures that long runtime per charge is possible. Other advantages of the new AC electric drive technology include precise and smooth drive control and fewer hydraulic touch points. Dual zone capabilities rate this lift for indoor and outdoor use. This new model will be full height capable indoors, with reduced maximum platform height outdoors.
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By Kaitlyn Till, Managing Editor he needs of roadbuilders vary from region to region. Evolving highway specifications, project owner demands, maneuverability and ease of operation are just a few things that contractors must factor in when choosing a tandem vibratory roller.
Roadbuilders’ needs driving direction of tandem rollers
According to Tim Kowalski, Hamm applications support manager, Wirtgen America Inc., roadbuilders need to be able to compact quickly and choose their roller based on the type of mix used. “Depending on the mix type we can match the roller to the mix to give the customers an advantage when it comes to compaction. We are also constantly training customers on proper rolling techniques to help them get the most out of the rollers in the fewest number of passes.” “We have double-drum standard vibratory machines at 3,000 vpm, high-frequency double-drum vibe machines at 4,020 vpm. We have oscillation rollers with the front drum in standard vibe at 3,000 vpm, and the rear drum using oscillation at a frequency of 2,200 vpm. We also have rollers with a standard vibe drum in front with rubber tires in the rear,” said Kowalski. Nathaniel Waldschmidt, product marketing manager, compaction, for Case Construction Equipment said to look for a roller with crab-offset-capable drums. “The ability to offset drums is important for a couple of reasons. When compacting asphalt on a roadway or another large-scale project, it’s important to bind each pass together. By having a compaction machine that allows you to have the rollers either in-line or offset, you’re able to have an overlap of up to six inches to bind the two passes together.” Another benefit of offset drum capability is that the machine has a tighter turning radius for added maneuverability in confined areas. Simple operation is vital for today’s roadbuilders, according to Bryan Downing, global sales support consultant for paving products at Caterpillar. “Caterpillar is continually making product improvements to deliver higher productivity for operators. Recent machine updates have included refinements in machine setup ensuring the best success of operators. Caterpillar continues to focus on making machines and operators more productive with less setup and with automation of features.” Downing also said that the company has been focused on offering smarter compaction energies, operation simplicity, lower fuel consumption and modular technology additions. An available option on Caterpillar tandem vibratory rollers is an Automatic Adjustable Compaction (AAC) vibratory system. With AAC, the operator selects the vibratory frequency needed for the target paving speed, presses the Automatic button and drives a consistent rolling pattern. Waldschmidt from Case also noted the importance of ease of use and operator comfort. “All construction equipment is becoming more operator- and user-friendly in terms of comfort, which is obviously important when sitting all day on a machine.” A few things to look for in the cab are: visibility to the drums, seat maneuverability for both forward and backward operation, and intuitive controls that enable the operator to easily adjust amplitude and/or frequencies on the fly. Waldschmidt also said that compactors should have easily accessible maintenance and service points. If a machine goes down on a paving job, it is vital that it can be serviced quickly as asphalt must be compacted at a certain temperature. If there is a delay in service, the job deadline may be at risk.
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IN-DEPTH REPORT: TANDEM ROLLERS New features boost productivity in achieving ideal compaction and density
“PROCESS CONTROL MEASURES HAVE GREATLY IMPROVED COMPACTION CONSISTENCY AND UNIFORMITY.”
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Small mistakes can have an enormous impact on mat quality. Volvo has developed new features to assist operators and help automate compactor functions. “Speed limiters, auto vibration, automatic water spray and impact spacing meters are perfect examples of technologies that help automate tasks that could cause mat quality problems and really help to make compactor functions easier for the operator,” said Mark Eckert, compaction product manager for Volvo Construction Equipment. “Our advanced drum vibration system diminishes start-up power consumption for optimum performance.” Bert Erdmann, product manager for compaction at Bomag Americas, said that contractors are opting for machines with intelligent compaction (IC) features to ensure meeting specific densities and smoothness specifications on interstate, highway and roadway projects. Bomag offers a range of features to help contractors meet specifications. Economizer determines material stiffness and where the roller is in the compaction process. Lights illuminate on the Economizer gauge to let the operator know when optimum compaction is achieved. Erdmann said that these readings can be correlated to nuclear gauge density testing. Bomag’s Asphalt Manager offers self-adjusting drum vibration amplitudes that automatically react to material stiffness. “On a fresh mat, vibration amplitude will be high, but it will gradually change from a true vertical to horizontal amplitude as material stiffness increases, virtually eliminating the possibility of over-compacting,” Erdmann said. “You can combine Asphalt Manager with a mapping system to provide documentation of the project.” Erdmann added that proper impact spacing is critical for achieving mat smoothness. “Bomag heavy tandem rollers have a screen that displays impact spacing based off roller speed and selected vibration frequency. This allows the operator to adjust rolling speed to find the sweet spot on spacing that will give the smoothness and productivity desired.” Contractors want 10 to 14 impacts per foot. Smaller diameter drums require more impacts per foot (12 to 14) to achieve desired smoothness and larger diameter drums do not require as many impacts (10 to 12) to achieve smoothness, Erdmann noted. Downing from Caterpillar said that “intelligent compaction usage and implementation has been growing in recent years. Use of IC methods, compaction meter value (CMV), machine pass count and temperature mapping provide process control measures for the compaction train. These process control measures have greatly improved compaction consistency and uniformity. IC machines can be further enhanced with connectivity options that allow for mapping data to be sent to the cloud and into offices. . . so that near-realtime evaluation can be reviewed. Connectivity also allows two IC machines to share mapping data, which is very important for the echelon rolling patterns that often occur in the initial compaction phase.” “HCQ (Hamm Compaction Quality) is Hamm’s intelligent compaction system that maps out rollers’ passes by colour and mat temperature for each pass, as well as recording stiffness of the compaction effort on the front drum,” said Kowalski. He added that more and more jurisdictions are requiring this technology to document the consistency of rolling patterns, ensuring proper coverage and compaction. “This results in better compaction effort overall, and the consistency of coverage of the mat for better results. Our exclusive Easy Drive operating system can control our set speed and impact spacing, so each pass is compacted with the same effort.” Eckert said that Volvo’s highway-class DD110C, DD120C and DD140C double-drum compactors feature several intelligent features that increase productivity and improve fuel efficiency for a boost in performance on large-scale projects. “These compactors bring together high centrifugal force, heavy static weight and variable amplitude for high-quality compaction.” It is now very common to see compaction meters offered by compaction OEMs, according to Waldschmidt. “These meters measure the amount of rebound at each drum as they go over an area. If the machine passes over an area and does not register any rebound during soil compaction, for instance, that lets the operator know they’ve hit a bad area that requires attention. “If the meter is registering full rebound, the operator will know to avoid over-compaction of that area. The compaction meter helps identify areas that will require added attention prior to testing.”
IN-DEPTH REPORT: TANDEM ROLLERS Another tool that’s gaining popularity is automatic vibration on/ off as rolling speed slows. According to Erdmann, “This prevents the potential of divots developing in the mat at the beginning and end of the rolling pattern. For example, as the roller slows upon approaching the paver, the vibrators kick off and automatically start up again after the change of direction and ramping up to rolling speed.”
Skilled operator shortage leads to simplified control systems
OEMs have been taking note of the skilled operator shortage that has been a trend across the industry for some time. “The shortage of skilled operators has led manufacturers to work toward simplifying controls and processes across all equipment lines,” said Waldschmidt. One example is automation technology that will adjust the vibration of the drums automatically as it goes along. The operator just has to steer and manage speed at which the machine is travelling. Hamm’s Easy Drive system ensures the consistency of controls across most of the company’s rollers to ensure that an operator will remain familiar with the controllers when switching machines. Kowalski also said that Easy Drive reduces the time needed to train operators. Caterpillar has also focused on updating models for operating simplicity, operator productivity and comfort. Downing said that the AAC system will help operators, whether skilled or newer, be their best. “At Volvo, we’re constantly evaluating machine features that help contractors counter the skilled labour shortage by allowing operators to work more productively, efficiently and accurately,” said Eckert. “In terms of control systems, several of our tandem rollers include the optional Volvo Intelligent Compaction system, Compact Assist with Density Direct. Density Direct allows customers to see real-time estimated density values across 100 percent of the mat. Compact Assist also features pass mapping and temperature mapping functionality, as well as data collection capabilities for integration with Veta data management and analysis software.”
Jobsite connectivity elevates roller performance
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The future of documentation and intelligent compaction lies in the hands of mapping technologies, according to Waldschmidt. Documentation is currently a standard function on many IC systems, displaying the details of every pass for the contractor to demonstrate that the job was performed to spec. With mapping technologies, the contractor can plug in coordinates that match up with the IC documentation and show where passes were, how many were made, compaction levels, parameters and more.
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CAT CB10 “With the intricate detail of the mapping systems, if there’s an area on the jobsite that’s not reaching compaction levels, contractors will be able to pinpoint exactly where it is. This is crucial because there could be bad base materials underneath or some other obstruction that’s impeding the ability to achieve proper compaction. “Without the mapping technologies, the operator simply knows that there is a bad patch somewhere on the lift. They may be able to make an educated guess as to where it is, but they won’t be able to pinpoint it. With the mapping technology, they can make targeted adjustments or repairs,” explained Waldschmidt. Downing noted that connectivity of IC rollers has greatly improved rolling patterns. “This improvement has happened mostly due to Global Navigational Satellite Systems (GNSS) map-
ping data being shared to construction back offices for analysis and, more importantly, shared between rollers for near real-time pass count uniformity.” Hamm’s WITOS HCQ is a cloudbased system that transfers the data from its IC system to the office. Parameters include pass, temperature and stiffness data. All of this can be viewed in real time from the jobsite or the contractor’s office. Kowalski noted that “this is a great tool for quality control personnel with which to monitor roller activity when they are not on the jobsite.” With the WITOS Paving module, the paver communicates with the roller and vice versa. “This is in conjunction with mat temperature monitoring behind the screed with our Vögele RoadScan system and the temperature recording on the roller in its first pass,” Kowalski said.
“These help us in controlling the compaction based on temperature differences we see as we roll.” Erdmann said that, at present, the effect of jobsite connectivity on roller performance and design is minimal. “Bomag does offer this type of connectivity through third-party vendors, such as Topcon and Trimble, where rollers communicate with each other to know what areas have already been compacted, avoiding overlapping and over compaction.” In the future Bomag intends to use the cloud to offer roller connectivity through its Bomap app. This recently introduced app uses the GPS on an operator’s mobile device to track pass counts, regardless of the brand of roller. This app can be configured to work with and document readings from temperature gauges as well as Economizer and Asphalt Manager
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compaction values. This also allows the contractor to go back and correlate density and smoothness readings to the values captured by Bomap. Volvo’s compactors are supported by the company’s ActiveCare Direct telematics system. ActiveCare Direct does not overwhelm the fleet manager with fault codes. Instead, it analyzes data and sends case alerts in near real time providing probable cause, recommended solution and consequences of inaction. ActiveCare Direct also provides monthly fleet reports.
The evolution of tandem rollers
Exciting new advances in construction equipment as a whole are coming to tandem rollers as well, such as hybrid technology and autonomy. Bomag introduced its hybrid technology for tandem rollers at Bauma. Bomag hybrid rollers reduce fuel consumption, lower costs and decrease emissions, according to Erdmann. This is particularly beneficial on urban jobsites. Bomag hybrid tandem rollers are currently in production. Hamm has also introduced tandem rollers with a hybrid powertrain. Bomag also introduced a fully autonomous roller at Bauma 2019. This concept machine is not yet commercially available. The roller has no operator station, which Erdmann said can be of benefit on hazardous jobsites. Kowalski from Hamm commented that autonomous rollers are coming, but it will be some time before they are commercially available. “There are a lot of safety features that have to be monitored. A lot of testing is going to be needed before we see them in the field.” HEG
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PIONEERING CRUSHING TECHNOLOGY Sandvik launches upgraded tracked mobile impact crusher
andvik has launched its new QI442 track mobile impact crusher. This latest addition features the newly developed CI621 Prisec Impactor which comes with a host of innovations for improved efficiency and greater safety during maintenance. It can be operated in either primary or secondary crushing modes. Like previous Sandvik Prisec impact crushers, the new CI621 can be configured to work as either a primary or secondary machine, whilst the two hydraulically assisted curtains can be readily adjusted to produce a wide range of high-quality product sizes. The new CI621 includes further enhancements primarily focused on increased safety during maintenance and serviceability. These include a new rotor position and locking device, new hammer locking wedges for quicker removal and fitting, and a new wedge removal tool to provide safer installation and removal. The rotor bearings have also been upgraded for easier assembly and clearance setting, in addition to an improved sealing system and greater range of adjustment in curtains. This allows greater usage of wear parts and maintains tighter settings in the secondary position.
Crushing and screening in one unit
One of the benefits incorporated into the QI442 is the optional modular hanging screen system. Recently launched on Sandvik mobile cone crushers, this system is interchangeable and offers the flexibility for the crusher to operate in open or closed circuit. The unique design enables set-up in less than 30 minutes and can be fitted without the use of additional lifting equipment. The patent pending hanging screen option delivers multi-functionality as a 1, 2 or 3-way split screener, as well as a highly productive and efficient impact crusher. The double-deck hanging screen enables the machine to produce two screened products and recirculate the oversize back into the feed conveyor.
The oversize conveyor may be hydraulically rotated for material stockpiling (90 degrees) of up to three products on the floor, or removal (180 degrees). The tail section can be raised hydraulically to give improved ground clearance for transport when loading or unloading.
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• Ease of operation with a user-friendly PLC control system and colour screen. • My Fleet remote monitoring of key parameters to help optimize machine operation.
My Fleet telematics
The QI442 comes with Sandvik My Fleet remote monitoring system as standard. According to Sandvik, My Fleet has been developed to help customers know exactly how their equipment is being utilized. Through the collection and accurate monitoring of a wide array of parameters, this facilitates accurate production forecasting, ensuring that the most efficient use is obtained from equipment, thereby maximizing return on investment. The QI442 comes equipped a range of customer focused features designed to improve the return on investment and experience for the operator. A prescreen is fitted to ensure maximum scalping capability and to prevent any undersize material passing through the impactor, maximizing throughput and reducing wear costs. This also allows a specific sized product to be produced from the natural fines conveyor. The pre-screen also has a choice of grizzly or punch plate top deck and mesh bottom, providing the flexibility to suit any application and the underpan feeder drastically reduces spillage generally associated with impact crushers.
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AGGREGATES & QUARRIES
TOP OF THE STACK A look at new developments in aggregate stackers and conveyors
By Lee Toop, Editor
ggregates operators are always looking for efficiencies in the quarry to help reduce their costs and those of their customers. When that involves moving and stockpiling a wide variety of materials, it’s important to have machines that are able to keep up with production. Reliable and durable stackers or conveyors are essential to stockpiling work in gravel and sand pits, as well as for various recycling jobs. While they may seem very straightforward – material goes on one end and off the other – there’s more to these machines than one might think. According to experts from Metso, which has built conveyors and stackers for mining and aggregates operations for more than 50 years, customers are searching for equipment that is reliable, long-lasting and durable. Easy to operate and maintain equipment at a reasonable cost, delivered quickly, is also important. For customers of Frontline Machinery, which represents Keestrack and Edge material handling equipment, efficiency is also top of mind when selecting conveyors or stackers. “Conveyors can operate at a maximum efficiency every hour of operation. Traditionally, sites employed wheel loaders to move material, effectively handling finished products at least twice,” said Royden Todd, vice president of operations for Frontline. “With the utilization of stacking conveyors on site, operators can leave crushers and screens running, moving the product just once with the wheel loader straight to the delivery trucks. This eliminates double handling of material and cuts operators’ cost per tonne.” There are other benefits that come with the use of conveyors, including an increase in safety; it’s far safer for 20
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employees when there are less wheel loaders running from one stockpile to another, or shuffling material back and forth as needed. In addition, conveyors and stackers cut down on maintenance costs. “Wheel loaders require additional maintenance and scheduled services to ensure efficiency and productivity, compared to stacking conveyors,” Todd noted. “Studies have shown that maintenance costs are reduced by 95 percent on an annual basis compared to wheel loaders.”
Different design directions
When it comes to the design and operation of a conveyor or stacker, there are a number of different approaches that provide a variety of benefits to the customer. Metso, for
example, works with clients to ensure that advanced design work goes into their elevated steel belt conveyor structures, said Bob Kaib, vice president, Bulk Products. Working in collaboration with TEKLA software that creates, combines and distributes highly detailed 3D buildable models, Metso generates models that allow for control of production and project management in an integrated manner. That boosts productivity, allowing constructions and structures to be more sustainable and realistic. Metso also works with customers to ensure that design, precise sizing, quality manufacturing, modularization and standardization are included in their products. Custom engineering is also important for Frontline customers, especially when it comes to specific sectors of industry
making use of their products. Todd pointed to producers of compost, who use conveyors like the Edge FTS Mulch Master to deal with issues surrounding compaction, contamination, material bridging and risk of combustion. “By combining the three functions of flipping, rotating and constant conveyor flow, the Edge FTS Mulch Master prevents unwanted material friction and compaction,” Todd explained. “The hydraulic variable working angle allows operators to control material discharge heights. By maintaining a minimum discharge height, operators can eliminate the age-old problem of compaction that other conventional conveyors create.” Vertical hopper wall inserts also help for difficult materials, Todd noted. “A variable speed feeder convey-
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or enables an even spread of material, which is further regulated via the double-screwed forward/reverse auger. The auger screw pattern pulls material toward its centre point of transfer from feeder belt to the main incline conveyor, and further prevents material bridging at the transfer point.” Other additions are being made to conveyors and stackers depending on the needs of the customer. Metso has incorporated a number into its machines, including booster drives – intermediate drives located on the carry side of the conveyor belt that bring better belt tension distribution, make starting up of equipment easier and reduce the size of components. Shaftless pulleys are another addition that Metso has taken advantage of on its machines, according to Kaib. Replacing conventional pulley construction, the new system uses turbine blade shaped discs that protrude from the shaft ends; these discs are made of forged steel and are welded to the pulley body. The result, Kaib says, is a strong but lighter pulley that resists high belt tensions. Track-mounted conveyors are a good choice for many operators today, who need to reposition their machines regularly in their operations. “A track conveyor is a self-propelled, independent unit that can be easily and quickly maneuvered across rough terrain with increased operator handling,” Todd described. Radial track mounted stackers are an even more efficient solution, he added. “The Edge RTS series has packaged all the advantages of a mobile radial stacker and tracked stacker into one product. Combining the ability to self-propel and the capacity to create massive radial stockpiles, this stacker provides operators with a product that is independently powered, has excellent on-site maneuverability and the ability for 360-degree continuous rotation.” Consideration has been given to both loading and transfer aspects of conveyors. On the loading end, Edge’s Low Feed Tracked Stacker provides an easy approach for wheel loaders on three sides of the hopper; there’s no need to build ramps, which many conveyors require. Meanwhile, Metso has considered the transfer discharge chute design through use of simulations – the company investigates how material flows at those points using Discrete Element Method (DEM). Kaib said this ensures that the discharge chute design is efficient and will avoid plugging and spillage of material.
the radial conveyor pressure is too high, the feed conveyor will automatically back off,” described Todd. “The system will also act as a safeguard against component damage – for example, if material gets jammed and spikes the hydraulic pressure, the unit will automatically shut down.” Conveyors are also designed to shut down automatically if they run empty for a certain period of time, improving fuel economy and reducing other running and maintenance costs. Self-greasing systems, motorized head pulleys, engine sensor inputs for total protection, and automatic shutdown in the case of critical fault alarms are several other advances that Todd pointed to as being key for buyers to consider. The use of electric power solutions on mobile units is becoming popular among customers, though not all manufacturers offer that option, Todd said. “Electric-powered equipment can significantly reduce operating and maintenance costs, while providing unbeatable dependability and uptime,” he explained. “Electric systems are more efficient than their hydraulic equivalents and more reliable regardless of the operating climate.” Energy savings can be a big boost to the bottom line for aggregates producers. In its efforts to cut down on energy consumption, Metso has developed the ESI – energy saving idler. “The goal of this development is to cut down friction between the belt and material, as well as between the belt and rotating parts that resist movement of the conveyor,” Kaib said. According to Metso, the ESI has in the most favourable cases shown a power saving of about 30 percent. With many quarries far from indus-
Tracked units like the Metso CT3.2 conveyor add convenience and easy mobility. trial centres, reducing energy consumption is both important for the bottom line and for the environment. Other environmental considerations when buying a conveyor or stacker may involve concerns for dust control; both Metso and Frontline’s teams point out that properly designed and enclosed conveyors can manage dust compared to busier quarries with many machines running around. At the same time, there is a noise reduction benefit to using conveyors compared to wheel loaders and other equipment.
When it comes time to buy a new stacker or conveyor, Kaib offered several points to consider: “Optimize the installation as much as possible; buy a reliable, durable and efficient piece of equipment; and keep in mind that lower cost should not be the main driver for making a decision.” For Frontline and Todd, the top tips start with ensuring that the end goal of buying the machine be nailed
down first. “There are many benefits to stacking conveyors with different designs to choose from, all offering various pros and cons. By determining your critical objectives in the onset of the purchase, it will streamline your purchase process by refining the applicable equipment types to consider,” Todd said. He also recommended that buyers consider the requirements for the job, such as site conditions, repositioning schedule, the amount of throughput required, how large the material size will be, how best to configure the conveyor for the jobsite and needs, and whether the machines can multi-task if necessary. Ensuring that the equipment purchased matches the needs of the job is key. “Just because a machine can carry out a task doesn’t mean that it should,” Todd said. “Select machines best suited for each task, so you don’t put the unit and its components under unnecessary stress. This will help avoid unscheduled downtime and save the operator money.” HEG
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LOW-LEVEL FEEDER REDUCES OPERATIONAL COSTS IN WIDE RANGE OF APPLICATIONS
The TF-75L low level feeder has been designed to maximize productivity, enhance efficiency and reduce on site operational costs in a wide range of applications and feed material types. The large 7-cubic-metre (9.2-cubicyard) hopper with a feed in height of 1,900 mm and width of 3,500 mm enables low-level feeding directly from ex-
cavators, grab cranes and wheel loaders. For onsite safety and quick set-up the hopper is fitted as standard with hydraulically folding sides. Depending on the application, a number of grid and hopper extension options for particularly abrasive materials and a steel apron feeder option are also available. Tracked mobility and the
ability to feed material from all three sides enables the TF-75L to be easily incorporated into open and closed circuit static and mobile crushing and screening circuits. The 1,200 mm/48-inch wide variable speed main conveyor has the capability to handle up to +600 mtph of materials depending on the feed
material and working angle of the machine. The impressive 9.8-m/32-foot, 2 inch maximum discharge height provides a maximum conical shaped material stockpile capacity of 1,735 cubic metres/2,269 cubic yards. With an average fuel consumption of approximately 8.5 l/hr, the TF-75L reduces the need for doubling handling of materials and also the requirement to operate secondary equipment such as loaders on site. By replacing these supplementary pieces of equipment with a TH-75L low level feeder, operators will immediately benefit from reduced operational, maintenance and labour costs and lower the overall cost per tonne. Terex Finlay estimates that these savings can be up to 80 percent, a significant immediate saving for operators who can either redeploy their loader or simply avoid the investment altogether. The TF-75L low level feeder has been designed for ease of movement between jobsites, ease of redeployment on site and rapid set-up and tear down times so that the machine can be to put work in less than 15 minutes from transport mode.
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EXTENDED OVERS CONVEYOR ADDED TO SCREEN Astec Mobile Screens has added an optional extended overs conveyor on its GT165 track-mounted screening plant. The extended conveyor allows producers, who are operating with a drop down kit, to catch material from both decks and feed it directly into a second unit. The additional length also adds over three feet of extra stockpiling height, allowing producers to create larger stockpiles or operate at a lower angle.
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WEDGE DESIGN SIMPLIFIES BREAKER BAR MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR Stedman Machine Company’s engineered jack screw wedge design on its Grand Slam horizontal shaft impactors simplifies breaker bar maintenance and repair. Streamlined breaker bar rotation or replacement minimizes downtime and maximizes ease of use. Regular maintenance extends the life of the breaker bars for horizontal shaft impactors. The Grand Slam impactor’s unique design allows for fast, safe rotation or removal of rotor breaker bars by a single operator. Opening the hinged front or rear housing allows unobstructed access to all areas of the crushing chamber and rotor. The maintenance crew member opens the hinged housing, removes the H-retainer and inserts the rotor lock table to secure the rotor. The breaker bars easily slide out after simply removing the jack screw wedge.
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NEW MOBILE CRUSHING AND SCREENING PRODUCT RANGE LAUNCHED Metso is expanding its mobile crushing and screening solutions offering for the aggregates industry with an extensive new product portfolio. The new Metso Nordtrack range introduces 19 products designed to meet the requirements of general contractors in particular. The first deliveries are expected to take place during the first quarter of 2020. “Our target is to create a comprehensive end-to-end offering to serve diverse customer needs. Metso has traditionally been exceptionally strong in the most demanding aggregates applications, such as hard rock. Our new Metso Nordtrack range complements our offering to better address the needs of small and
midsized companies and general contractors looking for the right combination of productivity, availability and dependability at an attractive price point,” says Renaud Lapointe, SVP, business and product management of aggregates equipment at Metso. The Metso Nordtrack mobile product portfolio is designed to make the contracting business more productive. With standard designs for offthe-shelf availability, plug-and-play features and extensive Metso support network, the Metso Nordtrack solutions are ideal for a variety of applications, such as recycling, demolition, and the processing of sand and gravel. The new range consists of 19 mobile machines, including jaw crushers, impact crushers, screens and conveyors.
Haver & Boecker Niagara offers Make and Hold and Stocking Agreement programs for screen media and wear parts. The programs provide mining and aggregates customers options for short lead times, pricing stability and simplified inventory management. “We put customer service first, which is why we’re one of the only manufacturers in this industry to offer a Make and Hold program,” said Karen Thompson, president of Haver & Boecker Niagara’s North American and Australian operations. “Programs like this give producers the assurance of timely deliveries at a price they can budget for at the beginning of the year. In addition, they can virtually eliminate the challenges of inventory management.” Under the Make and Hold program, Haver & Boecker Niagara stocks products in quantities and prices agreed upon at the beginning
of the year. Product is produced and packaged in the pre-determined quantity so that it can be shipped the same day the order is placed. Once an order is shipped, the product is automatically replenished in preparation for the next time the customer requires it. A Stocking Agreement – or blanket order – program is also available as an alternative for customers interested in a one-time annual agreement. Prices are locked in at the beginning of the year for a predetermined quantity of product. Customers draw on their stock throughout the year as required, and pay per shipment. Stocking Agreement shipments are shipped the same day the order is placed. Both programs are an opportunity for operations to ensure product availability and price stability, and are particularly beneficial for products that may otherwise have long lead times.
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Thompson Recycle Company reprocesses mountains of used asphalt rubble every year with its three mobile crushing plants in Michigan. The mobile plants use generators as their prime power source at road construction sites. Since switching to Volvo Penta– powered 600 kWe generators, they’re saving hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in fuel and maintenance costs, not to mention less downtime. In 2015, the company decided to replace its existing generator at one of the crushing plants due to rising annual fuel and maintenance costs. After extensive research, they selected the Volvo Penta D16 engine generator platform. Since then, they’ve standardized on the Volvo Penta D16 engines at all three crushing plants. John Thompson, company president, said, “The 600 kWe Volvo Penta D16s are providing us exceptional power generation without fail in any kind of
weather and extreme temperatures.” “We decided to go with the Volvo Penta–powered generators for the fuel savings, power output, ease of operation and customer service,” said Joshua Ott, operations manager at Thompson Recycle. “We also were very impressed with its cold-start system. It just always does what it's supposed to do.” “The Volvo Penta–powered generators save us about 15 gallons an hour adding up to about $113,000 a year in fuel costs,” said Ott. “Equally important is the reduction in downtime, which can cost us more than a thousand dollars an hour in lost revenue.” “Those on-site love the D16," said Thompson. “It’s quieter, has a smaller frame so it's not as heavy in the trailer. We also save money from the longer maintenance intervals. Instead of needing an oil change every 250 hours, Volvo Penta's intervals are 500 hours.”
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DRIVING THE CONCRETE BOOM PUMP MARKET
Two top manufacturers of concrete pumps pick Mack Trucks’ Granite and TerraPro models to carry and run their booms on busy jobsites By Lee Toop, Editor
s cities add more people and seek ways to increase population density, the building construction industry has gone one way: up. Way up, in many cases. Vast numbers of buildings are bringing more living space to cities across North America, and along with them come the infrastructure needed to support that added population. And, to construct those condos, office towers, roadways, transit projects and more, one material is turned to over and over: concrete.
Concrete has been a reliable building material for many years, but today’s buildings require amounts of concrete that are far greater than ever before, and need it placed in more difficult places as well. The answer to that challenge has proven to be concrete pump trucks, with their powerful pumps and long booms giving builders the ability to move material to just the right spot – whether that’s to build a backyard pool or the 20th floor. The power for these pumps comes from the trucks that they are built on. For major manufacturers of pump trucks in North America, the chassis choice that handles their pump bodies and booms the best
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come from Mack Trucks. Headquartered near Minneapolis, Minnesota, Schwing America has been building concrete pumpers since the 1960s. Part of a company originally started in Germany and today owned in majority by Chinese company XCMG, Schwing builds its pumps, booms and accessories from scratch at its Minnesota facility before installing the majority of them onto Mack chassis. Reliability and power are key requirements for pump trucks, because concrete is one of the more perishable ingredients in construction, related Tom O’Malley, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Schwing. “A ready-mix company will batch up this material, and from there it’s a ticking time bomb – it needs to travel to the jobsite and be put into place all in a timely manner,” O’Malley described. To accomplish that, Schwing works with Mack’s tough vocational truck models, specifically the Granite as well as the TerraPro cabover, depending on the needs of the pump in question. “Schwing booms range in size at the small end from 17 to 20 metres all the way up to a 65-foot boom,” O’Malley pointed out. Many trucks are mounted on the TerraPro chassis in a three-axle configuration, one of the many custom modifications managed at Schwing’s factory after receiving the chassis from Mack. The Granite is becoming more popular as well; it provides the customizability that Schwing needs for its equipment while offering good serviceability and comfort levels for the operators. “These pump operators are out driving at four in the morning, they pump for 8 to 12 hours and then they have to wrestle with traffic to get back to the yard at the end of the day – the Granite has a nice employee retention aspect to it,” O’Malley described. Depending on the boom length – and the related added weight – Schwing offers trucks with up to eight axles to meet road regulations in different regions of North America. Quebec, for example, has very stringent weight regulations, so the largest booms tend to
be eight-axle designs. Schwing also modifies Mack trucks to add twin-steer options for TerraPros that come off the Mack line as a single-axle product. The relationship between Schwing and Mack is an important one for customers, many of whom are looking for reliable equipment that will get the job done. Brundage-Bone, the largest concrete pumping contractor in the United States, has chosen to work with Schwing pumps to ensure they meet the needs of their clients. Approximately 34 percent of the concrete placement market in the U.S. is done by pumping today, so it’s key to have reliable trucks to make sure that concrete gets where it needs to go. “Utilization of the asset is very important to us – assets that are built reliably and easy to maintain,” said Bruce Young, Brundage-Bone president and CEO. “We need the parts and service network to get the parts we need in a timely manner – it’s important to us as we strive to get the best return on our equipment, that quick payback, and it’s important to have a good partner in our manufacturers to support that.” Operating across a range of different areas means Brundage-Bone needs a variety of trucks to maximize payload, Young noted. “We need to have a partner that is brave enough to help us maximize the payload on that truck,” he said. “These are all fixed-load units, and we need to make sure we can put these big booms on as small a truck as possible and still meet regulations.” Brundage-Bone replaces five to 10 percent of its fleet yearly, and according to Young that means resale value is an important reason for its pump and chassis choices as well. “It’s important to us that we have assets we can put into resale or trade back to the manufacturer – they have high resale values, which improves the turnover on that investment,” he said.
Mack also popular with Putzmeister
Started in 1958 when founder Karl Schleicht invented a plastering machine, Putzmeister is another German company with a strong presence in the North America concrete market. Based in Racine, Wisconsin, the company is today a leader in pump truck development. Purchased in 2012 by the Chinese company Sany Heavy Industries, Putzmeister relies on Mack chassis – again focused on the Granite and TerraPro lines – to carry its concrete pumps as well as its Telebelt conveyor system offering. Integration between the boom pump and the truck is critical to success, considering the amount of material that must be moved for today’s projects, according to Putzmeister president and CEO Jonathan Dawley. “The rigidity and durability of the product is paramount to be able to handle the forces and loads that are put on these machines, especially with the larger booms,” Dawley said. “The 63-metre booms, spanning out and pumping material – the torque that’s pushed down into the chassis is obviously a major load. With our larger machines, we can go up to 200 feet of vertical height and pump multiple stories up into a building.” Many of Putzmeister’s Mack chassis are customized by Kriete Group, a Mack dealer that handles
Both Schwing (top) and Putzmeister (above) design boom trucks for regional requirements; these eight-axle booms are destined for Quebec, which has very specific axle weight regulations. much of the work needed to take a TerraPro or Granite from the factory and prepare it to receive the boom and additional equipment that goes along with it. “We plan out our production and inventory with Kriete and with Mack; getting those units on time, getting them prepped and delivered at the highest level of quality is critical,” Dawley noted. Ensuring Putzmeister has the right equipment available at the right time is one part of the relationship with Mack, but keeping those trucks on the road when they’re in the hands of customers is another. The complexity of the machines can be a challenge for service technicians, so Mack offers backup as close as a phone call away. “For the concrete industry, we have two dedicated support helplines,” related Roy Horton, Mack director, product strategy. “Realizing that the equipment is very complex and time-sensitive, it’s something that we see as a specific need in this industry.” That makes sure concrete pump trucks are covered by expert support no matter where the service is being done, Dawley said. “Sometimes these may go to a Mack location, but other times they may go to another location that’s not as familiar with Mack. . . when you call into Putzmeister, one of the options you can select is to go out to the Mack hotline.” That service relationship is important for customers like Pioneer Concrete Pumping, a large Putzmeister client that operates out of major centres across the United States with approximately 50 mobile boom pumps, 90 percent of which rides on Mack equipment. “Concrete pumping is tricky business – concrete
The intake of a Putzmeister concrete pump is very simple, but plenty of pressure is needed to push product through the boom. don’t wait on anybody,” said Tom Inglese, Pioneer general manager. “We’ve had people have a problem on a jobsite and they don’t move concrete, don’t call us and sit there for an hour, and the whole thing sets from one end (of the boom pipeline) to the other. That could be $50,000 or $60,000 if you lose those parts.” Mack recognizes the potential challenge that owners of Putzmeister booms face, especially clients like Pioneer that operate the big 63-metre trucks. “We work with Mack and they do what they can for us. . . they’ll give us some priority and take care of it because they know the kind of money that we make each day with the big trucks,” Inglese said. “It’s critical to keep them running. We like to standardize on Mack. . . we have a good rapport, and they just seem to fit Putzmeister pumps well.” HEG OCTOBER 2019
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BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN CONCRETE BATCHING AND DISPATCH SYSTEMS Sensors and software from Coretex keep ready-mix fleets moving efficiently By Lee Toop, Editor
here are challenges in managing any large fleet, but when that fleet carries a potentially perishable cargo that must be precisely handled and delivered on time every time it adds to the complexity significantly. Concrete needs to get to jobsites in good condition and on time. If there’s a problem with a mixer truck – it gets lost, or breaks down, or simply just lags behind – then that’s a problem for the material it carries. If there are too many trucks heading to a job at once, that’s a problem too. Frankly, just about anything that doesn’t involve arriving on time and placing that mix where it needs to be is a problem. There’s no way to completely ensure that every delivery will be perfect and precise, but mixer fleet managers do have options when it comes to tracking and planning for their trucks’ movement and needs. Coretex, which develops telematics for a variety of fleet operations, has targeted ready-mix fleets for optimization with a range of tools that can help managers and drivers keep on schedule and meet their delivery goals. “They may have done the most incredible batching of the perfect
mix, but one of the issues they have is when it leaves the batch plant and goes to the contractor’s location, there’s a mystery of what can potentially happen. That’s where we’ve come in,” said Dean Marris, executive vice president, construction materials with Coretex. “You can have an array of concerns with the vehicle from a fleet management point of view where you suddenly have an issue like overheating, you could have an issue where you have water being added in on the jobsite that’s compromising the actual load. You could just be looking, from a utilization point of view, at too many trucks, or not enough, so there’s a real balance in terms of dispatching and the batching staff getting that part right.” Currently, many fleets – especially smaller operations – use the traditional method of fleet management for concrete mixers: the good old paper ticket. The driver gets a ticket and instructions on where to deliver the load, and off they go. Larger fleets are starting to integrate their tickets with electronic dispatch systems, Marris said. “The truck receives the tickets electronically, along with instructions so they’re guided to the specific location,” he said. “So, depending on the fleet size, there are different technolo-
With Coretex software and sensors in place, dispatchers can see the status of each of their trucks, making real-time decision-making easier. gies out there.” Many ready-mix trucks are equipped with sensors that can connect to the dispatch system as well, providing status reports on the mix, the truck’s operation, and other factors. All of that requires a lot of software that often doesn’t meet in the middle.
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“Typically you have batching software and then you have dispatching software – the company is talking to other companies that are connected in to that dispatch software, and there’s nearly real-time communication back and forth.” Coretex, with its solutions including Coretex 360, can bridge the gaps between batching and dispatching software, and help give dispatchers the real-time decision-making opportunities that ensure their fleet is running as smoothly and efficiently as possible. “Where we come in is, we provide the fleet management system that gives the visibility for dispatching people, and they can make real-time decisions with the information that’s being sent back from the truck,” Marris explained. “For example, a truck can be ticketed and loaded, and we can see water has been added, and that it’s left the plant. We know when it’s arrived at the jobsite. All of this is talking to the dispatch system, so that dispatching knows straight away that the nearest truck has arrived.” Waiting times at the jobsite can be cut down as well, something that saves money for both the fleet and the contractor, Marris noted. According to the U.S. National Concrete Association, every minute a truck is waiting to pour costs $1.75 – an expense that can easily be avoided. “If the trucks have excess waiting time, that’s something that we look
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really closely at,” he noted. “The truck in front, the truck behind, the time intervals between trucks arriving at the site – these are all real-time decisions the dispatcher can make.” Coretex integrates with the dispatch system to ensure that the communications are handled, and adds a tablet that is installed in the truck to give drivers key information on deliveries and other details. From there, the system is able to take data from things like drum rotation and other sensors on the truck; that information can then be broken down through an analytics solution, which owners can then make use of in maintenance and sales efforts. Electronic logs and other regulated entries can also be done by the driver, with easy and low-maintenance equipment installed in the trucks. Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR) are moving forward quickly in the ready-mix industry, Marris noted, providing owners an opportunity to improve their response time to problems. “If you’re in a situation where a chute isn’t working properly, say, the driver can fill in the DVIR to say ‘hey, this needs to be looked at,’ and the alert can go straight to the mechanic electronically – he then knows at the end of the day that he needs to get there and fix it so the vehicle is back on the road,” he said. “That has been quite refreshing for our clients – they love the fact that they have integrated statusing, real-time information to the dispatchers, and the fleet management part all in the one solution.” In addition, the Coretex solution can integrate with a variety of other technologies, ranging from video capture to safety and more. Implementation of Coretex solutions is easy, with the company providing rugged and reliable sensors and in-cab equipment for a monthly fee through its subscription-based service. Pricing is designed to make the service a good option for ready-mix fleets large and small. “This technology provides real-time decision-making,” Marris said. “This is why I think people are considering this type of technology onboard. . . this industry has been a little behind compared to other verticals, but I think they’re listening.” HEG
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BREAK NEW GROUND. Tradition is good. Tradition helps us become who we are and who we’re going to be. But tradition also holds us back. To get ahead you have to try something new. Something better. Something different. It’s time to try something you’ve never tried before. To not do what you’ve always done. To not drive what you’ve always driven. It’s time for a truck with a rugged past and a rugged future. So break free. Break the rules. Break from the expected. And break new ground with Western Star.
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TRUCKS & TRANSPORTATION
ECODIESEL ENGINE FOR RAM 1500 EARNS SOLID FUEL ECONOMY RATINGS
FEMALE TALENT SHINES AS TRUCKING DIVERSIFIES
he trucking industry is the backbone of the economy, relied upon to safely and efficiently transport goods that support daily needs. In fact, the trucking industry is the single largest mover of freight and is expected to carry nearly 22 billion tons by 2029, a 35 percent increase in freight volume from today. Women are now making up more and more of the industry demographic, challenging stereotypes and making notable contributions across every link of the value chain. Offering rewarding careers in fast-paced, technologically advanced environments, the industry is working continuously to attract talented professionals to sustain its rapid growth and evolution.
Keys to driver retention
A strong economy with healthy consumer spending is increasing demand for transporting goods regionally and across the country, presenting countless opportunities for professional females, including drivers. Volvo Trucks is dedicated to enhancing the design of its products to ensure safety and increased comfort for drivers, as well as creating an improved perception of the profession and the industry and as a whole. “Safety is a top priority and core value of Volvo Trucks and it is also a top concern of drivers, purchasing managers and fleet owners,” said Christina Ameigh, regional vice president, western region at Volvo Trucks North America (above). “They want the comfort of knowing they’re putting their driver behind the wheel of the safest truck on the road.” In an effort to attract and retain professional drivers, Volvo Trucks incorporated feedback from more than 2,000 professional truck drivers when adding enhancements to its new VNL and VNR models, including adjustable seating and threepoint seat belts to accommodate smaller body frames, a new dashboard with often-used controls in the driver’s reach and a customizable driver information display visible at quick glance. Features such as the enhanced Volvo Active Driver Assist (VADA) 2.0 and new Volvo Dynamic Steering (VDS) have also been incorporated in Volvo powered trucks in an effort to improve comfort, productivity and safety by reducing physical strain on the driver. VADA 2.0, a comprehensive collision mitigation system that monitors and reacts to traffic, is now standard in the Volvo VNR and VNL models, and available as an option in the VNX. VDS, an ultra-responsive steering system designed to lessen steering force up to 85 percent, will soon be available as an option in the Volvo VNL and VNR models in early 2020. The need for innovative connectivity solutions and advanced-technology-driven features are a major reason behind an influx of higher-skilled job opportunities for women in the industry. Kim Mesfin, president at Affinity Truck Center, notes that Volvo Trucks is often recognized for its ability to blend trucks and technology. “If you look and spend time reading about these trucks and Volvo’s ability to communicate over-the-air, it is very cutting-edge,” said Mesfin. For example, Volvo’s Remote Programming and Remote Diagnostics capabilities come standard on the new VNL and VNR models, enabling customers to receive updates over-the-air, during a short meal or operational break, all while having 24/7 access to Volvo-trained advisors. Mesfin, having previously worked in communications, also believes that the application of marketing could bring in the diverse talent needed to sustain the tech boom the industry is experiencing. “The dealership environment has never really tried to employ marketing to modernize the perception of the industry and illustrate that is changing rapidly,” Mesfin added.
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Ram Truck has announced EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2020 Ram 1500 powered by the new 3.0-litre V-6 EcoDiesel engine. Ram’s half-ton EcoDiesel will be rated at 32 miles per gallon (mpg) highway, 22 mpg city for 4x2 models; 29 mpg highway, 21 mpg city for 4x4 models. Ram 1500’s unsurpassed 29 mpg highway fuel economy rating for 4x4 models is significant in that 4x4 models represent more than 80 percent of the U.S. full-size truck mix. The Ram 1500’s all-new 3.0-litre V-6 EcoDiesel leads the half-ton pickup truck segment in torque with 480 lb.-ft. and diesel towing capability of 12,560 pounds. The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel also leads all trucks in fuel range. Paired with an available 33-gallon fuel tank, Ram’s driving range exceeds 1,000 miles. “The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel offers the best torque and towing among all half-ton diesel trucks,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “Now with a 10-year track record, the Ram brand has emerged as a truck powertrain technology leader. The all-new EcoDiesel engine and Ram 1500 eTorque mild-hybrid powertrains deliver outstanding fuel efficiency alternatives for Ram 1500 customers.”
NEW UNDERHOOD INSTALLATIONS OFFERED FOR CHEVY, INTERNATIONAL TRUCKS VMAC has released the latest UNDERHOOD 70 air compressor installation kit for Chevrolet and International trucks. The UNDERHOOD 70 is now available for International 6.6L Duramax V8 Diesel trucks on the CV 515 chassis, as well as GMC C4500 through C6500 6.6L Duramax V8 Diesel trucks. “Our engineering team works hard on an ongoing basis to develop new applications as new model year trucks are released,” said Barry Fitzgerald, Director of Engineering & Quality at VMAC. “Our customers asked for an UNDERHOOD application for the latest Chevy and International trucks and we are pleased to deliver on that request.” This newest application for the UNDERHOOD 70 is just the latest available, with additional 2019 applications previously released for Ford and Ram trucks. Several 2020 model year applications are already in development and will be released after they are tested on the new trucks once they arrive.
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SELF LOADING TURRET REEL TRAILER Felling’s Self Loading Turret Reel trailer is a valuable tool for any fleet. With a 360 degree hydraulically operated rotating turret assembly, the FT-14-2 R Turret can lock into any position when the directional control valve is released. The turret’s self-loading feature eliminates the need to have extra equipment and operators on-site to lift and load the reel as on a fixed reel trailer. The hydraulic payout/take-up assembly is a sealed gear driven unit. Keeping repair work to a minimum, there are no chains or sprockets to break or wear out. The drive unit is exceptionally smooth and quiet to operate, easily engages, and disengages from the reel bar. Not only does it payout and retrieve, but it also has optional hydraulic braking capabilities. Hydraulic brake tensioning eliminates the heat generated by traditional caliper and rotor. This reduces line gallop and allows for a longer tensioning duration. The generated heat is absorbed in the hydraulic oil and dissipated by the oil cooler. The hydraulic tensioning feature can be used in overhead conductor installation and replacement. For those in the oil and g-as industries, this feature can be used for servicing existing wells, new deployment of ESP cable, retrieval and redeployment of ESP cable for the replacement or repair of the submersible pumps as well as deployment and retrieval for capillary tube operations.
CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
BID SOFTWARE GIVES BUSY PILING AND DRILLING FIRM STRONG FOUNDATIONS
oletanche Bachy Canada (formerly Bermingham Foundations) engages in pile foundations, excavation and shoring, marine construction and specialized foundation work. The family owned company has been building the foundation of Canada’s infrastructure since 1897 and now completes projects throughout North America. Soletanche Bachy also has a long history of developing innovative strategies, techniques and equipment for specialized marine and foundation requirements. A separate division manufactures, sells and rents “Berminghammer” drilling and pile driving equipment used throughout the world. When Soletanche Bachy went looking for a new estimating solution, their requirements were that it needed to: • Manage larger and more complex bids • Integrate with accounting • Increase repeatability • Save time and effort • Scale to accommodate growth “We were relying on intense Excel macros, and every time we refreshed an estimate to rebalance it, we’d see a slowdown. This could be on the order of several minutes, because there was so much going on in the background. That doesn't happen with B2W Estimate,” according to Sean Firth, Senior Estimator and Business Development Manager. During the selection process, B2W Software stood above the competition, the company said. Soletanche Bachy Canada took four months to review vendors, taking input from all company stakeholders, and doing its due diligence on several options. The company narrowed it down to two major competitors and settled on B2W. Features, scalability and support were among the key factors in their decision, along with the ease of use and ability to get the solution up and running easily within the company. The implementation of B2W Estimate was a smooth process. Soletanche Bachy worked with B2W on its database and templates, and after one month of testing with select users, and one day of B2W on-site training, the company rolled it out to the entire team a day later. According to Firth, “B2W has been through it thousands of times. They know what they’re doing and helped us from beginning to end. What could have been a very tedious process was done efficiently and 100 percent properly within a couple months of
us purchasing B2W Estimate.” Support was a major factor in choosing B2W Software. B2W always has someone waiting to help, and the people that answer the phone know the software inside and out, according to Firth. “I’ve been in the midst of closing a job – even on a Sunday – and they have helped me work through an issue. You don’t need much support with B2W, but if you do, it’s critical. In estimating, time deadlines are immovable. Missing a deadline could mean millions of dollars in lost opportunity, and we can’t afford that.” “We have a team of five people in the estimating department and we work closely with the project managers and operations teams. With B2W Estimate, multiple people can work on an estimate at the same time. We can work on different parts of the bid or try different scenarios without confusion or interference,” Firth continued.
Enhanced analytics a bonus
Firth also likes the enhanced analytics he gets with B2W Estimate, “We typically work as a subcontractor and negotiate reductions or increases in scope. With a tight marketplace, every general contractor wants to peel the onion and see as many options as they can. The speed and flexibility to constantly run live evaluations drew us to B2W Estimate. We can run five or six alternative scenarios in minutes, or for extremely complex bids, just hours. That is very important to us.” Soletanche Bachy also added B2W Track for field tracking along with B2W Estimate – a combination
that drives collaboration and breaks down the knowledge vaults that used to exist between estimating and operations. According to Firth, now it’s easier for the operations team to plan the work according to how the estimate was developed, and they can review and incorporate actual performance data from Track to improve estimates. “Soletanche Bachy Canada, with the help of B2W software, has been able to secure large, complex projects over the past year and increase our hit-rate,” according to Firth. The award application also described how the ability to generate and analyze multiple bid scenarios in minutes and present options to general contractors is extremely valuable. For subcontractors, an original RFQ and estimate may only be a starting point. General contractors frequently want to see several options for how subcontractors could perform and price work, says Firth. That’s a key reason his company switched from spreadsheets to specialized estimating software. “What we can do easily now that we couldn’t do with Excel is run different scenarios – run duplicate estimates,” Firth explains. “We can easily run an alternate scenario or five or six alternate scenarios, adding or removing items and seeing our margins and risk live. We now do this in minutes or, for extremely complex bids, just hours.” Similarly, Firth say that adapting original bids to reflect changes in the job scope is also an everyday requirement. Replacing spreadsheets with specialized estimating software has allowed them to do that faster and more efficiently.
CANADIAN EQUIPMENT COMPANY TESTING CLOUD-BASED EQUIPMENT COST MANAGEMENT SYSTEM Ironworks LLC has added a Canadian construction group’s equipment division to its roster of beta program participants for Ironworks, a comprehensive, cloudbased equipment cost management system for infrastructure contractors. Steel River Equipment capitalizes on Steel River Group’s expanded network of allied partners to procure and broker the equipment they need, while supplying their alliance partners and internal division with equipment and maintenance services. They will apply Ironworks’ abilities for managing machine-specific costs in planning, scheduling, budgeting and assessing the deployment of heavy equipment in various projects and applications. Steel River Group offers a diverse range of operational, construction and management support services in the construction industry. It aims to align In-
digenous communities and industry in discovering greater opportunities together. Ironworks’ beta program seeks an additional four large infrastructure contractors to use the system and provide feedback on its features and functionality. The beta program launched recently following four years of prototype development with alpha users. Ironworks’ key equipment cost management functions include fleet information administration, renting and leasing, charge-rate management, client billing rate administration, dispatching, machine performance history and fleet analysis and optimization. To be considered for participation in the Ironworks beta program, contractors are asked to go to www.ironworkscloud.com, and click on the top line menu option “Beta Program” and then “I am interested.” OCTOBER 2019
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Canada’s Leading Mobile Industrial Heavy Equipment Provider Frontline Machinery is a Canadian, family owned and operated mobile heavy equipment supplier specializing in aggregate processing, biomass, wood and waste recycling applications. Their mission is to provide only products, services, and technologies which pull toward one common goal – to increase the productivity, efficiency, and profitability of their clients. In addition to the impeccable quality of new and used equipment, their personalized approach, flexible financing options and specialized services truly set Frontline apart. Investing into a new piece of heavy equipment is not always an easy process for any organization, which is why Frontline takes the take time to sit down with you and understand your business, discussing needs before offering the best solution. At Frontline Machinery, the success of their clients’ projects is always top priority.
aving the right equipment to solve your material processing challenges is what Frontline Machinery is all about. Armed with sound knowledge and experience of material management and heavy-duty machinery, Frontline set about acquiring the technologies and equipment that would deliver the right results – and a better bottom line.
>> Taking a lead role in technology advancements and promoting solutions which help their customers improve operations, Frontline has introduced new standards to the Canadian industry by bringing in equipment from all over the world which North Americans had never seen before. Specializing in Crushing, Screening, Grinding, Shredding and Material Handling solutions, Frontline is your single source for sales, rentals, parts, service and support. >> As a committed partner to your continued success, Frontline provides a wide array of specialized services to help you achieve your goals while maximizing the return on your equipment investment. Frontline understands that the equipment you run is only as good as the people who maintain and operate it. When you work with Frontline, you have access to an entire team of experienced heavy equipment specialists, trained to go above and beyond in their service. >> In addition to providing on-site 24/7 field support, Frontline has extensive training programs developed specifically for equipment owners and field operators helping them get the most out of their dollar. Their preventative maintenance and equipment refurbishing services help you save money while extending the life cycle of your equipment. >> Along with exceptional aftermarket service, Frontline carries one of the most extensive inventories of spare and wear parts including emergency parts for those unexpected breakdowns. Whether you’re an experienced owner looking to expand your operations or a new contractor just starting out, Frontline Machinery has programs tailored specifically for you such as their flexible financing and short-term rental options helping you preserve your capital while getting you the equipment you need. Contact one of Frontline’s branches or go to Frontline-Machinery.com to arrange a consultation and learn more about these programs today. CANADIAN CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT DEALERS / A special advertising feature
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ou know how devastating it is when a machine goes down unexpectedly during a critical job. Especially if it happened because someone skipped an inspection or forgot to change the oil. Protect your investment and reduce downtime by taking a proactive approach to maintenance. SMS Equipment can help you with:
>> Seamless transition from Komatsu CARE You welcomed the free Komatsu CARE 2,000-hour preventative maintenance package when you purchased your Tier 4 machine because it gave you peace of mind. Now you’ve graduated off Komatsu CARE. But with many more machine hours still ahead, you don’t want to lose that and risk costly downtime. So, what can you do? You can slide right into an equivalent preventative maintenance program. Choose from three levels; our top level is exactly like Komatsu CARE. You can enjoy uninterrupted care for as long as you like. >> Convenient preventative maintenance programs You’ve heard the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Nowhere is this more applicable than busy machines. So, you understand the value of preventative maintenance. Can’t spare the manpower or shop space? Not a problem. You can wash your hands of this worry when you’re busy with job and customer deadlines. We can provide you a quote on the spot in as little as five minutes. We have the parts, we have the service, we’re ready to go. >> Scheduled inspections During preventative maintenance, trained and certified technicians complete a 50-point walk around inspection of your machine – including important safety-related items. Repairs that need to be completed are brought to your attention immediately. To smoothly integrate into your work schedule and operations, SMS Equipment will call ahead to schedule a maintenance visit at your convenience. >> Monitoring As a machine operator, you know not all potential problem items are visible externally, so watching internal health is important too. No worries: we take samples of fluids every 500 hours for analysis and monitoring. For example, Komatsu Oil Wear Analysis (KOWA) oil sampling to monitor wear characteristics, detect trend changes, and detect potential contaminant problems. Interested? Contact SMS Equipment and a Product Support Representative will help you discover the cost savings of our industry-leading preventative maintenance program. CANADIAN CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT DEALERS / A special advertising feature
BEST PRACTICES FOR PROTECTING DEF SUPPLIES FROM WINTER CHILLS By Jeffrey Harmening
ccording to the Farmer’s Almanac, the winter of 2019–2020 will be filled with bitterly cold weather in many parts of North America. For municipalities, public utilities, landscapers and others that are involved in outdoor work and snow removal, there is always plenty of annual winter preparation to be done. One thing that may be overlooked is the proper management of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) used in many diesel-powered trucks. Handling and storing DEF can be challenging in wintertime for drivers filling up on the road and for shops. Made from a mixture of technically pure urea and purified water, DEF freezes at 11 degrees Fahrenheit and needs to be properly maintained and dispensed to preserve its quality.
Frozen DEF can damage tanks
Like water, DEF will expand up to seven percent when frozen and can damage the storage tank if it is full or nearly full when it freezes. Keeping a tank that you think may freeze less than full is a good idea. If DEF freezes in the vehicle, do not put any additives in the tank to help it melt. DEF needs to remain pure for it to work correctly. The vehicle will start without a problem and the DEF tank has a heating element that can quickly thaw the DEF. Don’t worry; on-spec DEF is specifically formulated to allow the fluid to thaw at the proper concentration to keep your vehicle operating smoothly.
In addition to cold, there are other things to consider when purchasing, storing and handling DEF. Drivers accustomed to purchasing DEF in containers should look at the expiration date on the bottle and be sure to use it before this date as the product has a limited shelf life. If a date is not present, ask for the most recently delivered DEF products. Also, be sure to look for the API certification mark on the bottle as well. Many diesel engine manufacturers recommend that drivers use API-licensed DEF. Storage conditions have an impact on its quality. DEF can be expected to have a minimum shelf life of 12 months or even longer in optimum conditions. Check the label for recommended storage temperatures. API recommends that you don’t store it for too long in your truck once you purchase it, especially if the storage area in the vehicle is routinely exposed to extreme heat or sunlight.
Purchasing DEF for shop use
API has found that the biggest misconception by fleet managers is the belief that if the urea concentration of their DEF is on spec, then the DEF meets the required quality. While it is true that the concentration is very important, there are many other important quality characteristics built into the ISO 22241 specification regarding DEF. Those responsible for procuring DEF should confirm that their suppliers are providing DEF that meets the entire ISO quality standard. One way to do this is to ensure that their supplier is providing a Certificate of Analysis
APP OFFERS END USERS ACCESS TO MANUALS The free Perkins My Engine App, which has already had more than 140,000 downloads, is now providing end users with access to engine service, maintenance and workshop manuals for UN ECE R96 Stage IIIA or below engines. Service, maintenance and workshop manuals are a critical tool used when servicing and maintaining an engine and include information on: Disassembly and Assembly; Electrical System; Systems Operation, Test and Adjust; Specifications; Troubleshooting Guide; and Operation and Maintenance. “Up to now, manuals have always been available in paper format, but as changes are frequently made, it can be difficult for us to ensure end users always have the latest information when they require it,” said Matt O’Sullivan, general manager – aftermarket. “Now Perkins is providing live access to manuals for Stage IIIA or below engines through the Perkins My Engine App – a process which will bring many benefits to millions of Perkins end users around the world.” The free Perkins My Engine App is available for download, after which a user account needs to be created followed by registration of the Perkins engine(s).
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(or Quality) with every shipment that addresses all of the quality characteristics that the specification requires. You can also check to see if the DEF they are buying is licensed through API’s real-time directory of licensees on the API website.
Managing DEF in shops
For shops, the handling, storage and dispensing of DEF is very important so that off-spec DEF doesn’t reach the marketplace. Temperature during transport or at the point of storage or sale can harm the shelf life of DEF sold in containers. Make sure the stock is rotated to use the oldest product first. Proper storage temperatures in a shop is also vital. Storing in temperatures above 86 degrees Fahrenheit will limit the shelf life of the DEF over time. Some additional things to consider in storing and handing DEF include the following: • Bulk storage tanks should be dedicated for DEF. Don’t switch products in the bulk tank without thoroughly rinsing the tank with distilled or
de-ionized water or on-spec DEF. • A closed-loop system for transferring DEF from a drum or bulk tank is recommended so contaminants don’t get into the DEF. This is particularly important in a shop or construction site that has dust or dirt in the air. • Use dedicated equipment for dispensing DEF. Don’t use funnels, pitchers, hoses, etc. that are used for other fluids when putting DEF in a tank. • Anything used for dispensing DEF should be cleaned with distilled or de-ionized water and followed by a DEF rinse. Don’t use tap water for cleaning. For shops and drivers, it’s important to know what you are putting into your DEF tank. The quality of the DEF going into your vehicle is as important as the quality of the engine oils or fuels used in your vehicles. Use of API-licensed diesel exhaust f luid will ensure that the DEF meets the high standards required by engine and vehicle manufacturers. Jeffrey Harmening is manager – EOLCS/ DEF/MOM, American Petroleum Institute.
EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCTIVITY SERIES ENGINES CUT COSTS WITHOUT COMPROMISE
ummins Inc. is expanding its 2020 X15 portfolio with a new X15 Efficiency Series engine and the X15 Productivity Series offering operational efficiency without compromising the performance and drivability that drivers demand. The 2020 X15 Efficiency Series engine delivers up to 5 percent better fuel economy than the prior X15 Efficiency Series engine and is designed for increased uptime and improved driver satisfaction. “We are proud of the performance and reliability of the X15 engine platform,” said Brett Merritt, vice president – On-Highway Engine Business at Cummins. “The new 2020 X15 Efficiency Series engine provides improved fuel economy and further reduces greenhouse gas emissions. That’s why we’re bringing our new X15 Efficiency Series engine and X15 Productivity Series offering to the market a year ahead of regulation requirements.”
Greater efficiency and TCO
Engine hardware enhancements to the Efficiency Series provide better air handling and lower friction, delivering up to 3.5 percent fuel economy improvements to the base engine offering. Lower oil consumption is expected with modified liner geometry in the power cylinder. Valve adjustments have been made for increased durability. With a customer’s total cost of ownership in mind, Cummins has an oil drain interval (ODI) of up to 75,000 for the X15 in 2020. An ODI of up to 80,000 miles is available to customers using Valvoline Premium Blue 10W30. For added value, customers participating in Cummins OilGuard program have the potential to increase to a 100,000-mile ODI. These extensions will decrease maintenance costs and improve vehicle uptime for customers, all while protecting their coverage under warranty should they need it.
satisfaction across an entire fleet. Powertrain features in the EX ratings are available with the X15 Efficiency Series engine when paired with the Endurant transmission from the Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies joint venture. “The EX ratings represent the incredible gains that come from the integration of industry leading engine and transmission technologies. Customers, in one easy selection, receive an optimized powertrain already configured for the highest levels of efficiency and drivability. We were able to make these improvements without compromising the power drivers demand, which means everyone wins,” said Merritt.
Response when it counts
The X15 Productivity Series ratings are designed for multi-purpose, vocational and heavy-haul customers who look not only for efficiency in their powertrain, but also response and performance needed to get the job done thanks to a wider engine speed range. The introduction of the Productivity Series brings even more ratings to give customers the power of choice. With six new ratings available in 2020 and the inclusion of four former Performance Series ratings, customers can find the right solution for their application. The Productivity Series offering is comprised of two different engine
Cummins has introduced new engines in its X15 portfolio for 2020. hardware sets, common with either the 2020 X15 Efficiency Series or the X15 Performance Series. In 2020, Cummins is offering the same X15 Performance Series engine customers have come to trust. With no changes to the product in 2020 the X15 Performance Series still dominates the big-bore industry with exceptional transient response and the most powerful engine brake. The 2020 X15 Performance Series contains seven ratings, with four former Performance Series ratings moving to the Productivity Series offering. For more information about the X15 Productivity Series ratings visit cum-
mins.tech/performance-series. With a broad support network in the industry and comprehensive warranty and extended coverage options, Cummins says it is prepared to back its product in the field. With a suite of Connected Solutions, Cummins expertise is with customers no matter what their needs are – remote calibration updates with Connected Software Updates, insights into fleet health with Connected Diagnostics, or solution-based reporting and intelligent service scheduling with Connected Advisor – because customer support goes beyond delivering the right hardware.
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The new EX ratings offered in the X15 Efficiency Series deliver expanded powertrain capabilities that can deliver up to an additional 1.5 percent fuel efficiency increase on top of the improvements gained through base engine hardware and feature enhancements. These ratings contain the full suite of powertrain features, including not only all prior ADEPT features, but new capabilities such as predictive gear shifting, predictive braking, on-ramp boost and dynamic power, delivering powertrain performance and driver
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LaPrairie Crane selects Liebherr machines for safety, service and ease of use
n the rugged northern ranges of western Canada, the conditions are tough and the equipment that is used to service key industries has to be just as tough – if not more so. When LaPrairie Crane went looking for new machines to bolster its crane fleet, toughness was a big part of the purchasing process, and that toughness led to Liebherr machines – nine of them, to be precise. LaPrairie Crane is a 100 percent Canadian family owned company and is part of the broader LaPrairie Group of Companies, which boasts more than 500 employees in its Western Canada and northern United States divisions. Providing a crane fleet of 95 machines, two-thirds of them from Liebherr, LaPrairie has a clear safety-first service as well as a focus on always treating their employees well and making them feel like they are part of the family
on Liebherr’s superior factory products and long-term value and utilization that we have experienced in their all-terrain Cranes and the LRT fleet that we have in use,” explained Reagan LaPrairie, director and vice president, operations with LaPrairie. “Liebherr provides the best product when it comes to cranes and how they keep working in extreme cold operating conditions.” The LRT cranes are used in longterm jobs to free LaPrairie’s fleet of all-terrain cranes for more typical work such as taxi crane jobs. In addition, rough-terrain machines are usually requested without crane drivers
by the company’s customers. That means ease of use and safety for both the crane and operator were key decisions during the purchasing process for these RT machines. That safety and operational simplicity came in big during the decision to order four new LRT 1090-2.1 machines from Liebherr. Those machines offer VarioBase, the variable outrigger system, as a standard feature. They also include a camera monitoring system and a large, roomy cab size. Those features and a well-planned deck layout make the Liebherr LRT cranes the safest in the class, according to the manufacturer, and made the decision
Rugged terrain calls for rugged machine
LaPrairie services businesses in the construction and mining sectors, as well as in oil and gas operations in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan as well as the Yukon and Northwest Territories. There’s a lot of rugged terrain up that way, so part of the buying decision was focused on purchasing rough-terrain cranes to bolster the LaPrairie fleet. “We chose the new cranes based 38
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LaPrairie Crane has added a number of Liebherr LRT 1090-1.2 roughterrain cranes to its fleet (top), as well as bolstering its all-terrain ranks with the addition of cranes like the LTM 1130-5.1 (above).
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by LaPrairie much easier. The LRT is powered by a six-cylinder Cummins engine; that combined with a robust drivetrain make the crane rugged and aid in its ability to tackle all kinds of terrains. LaPrairie appreciated that aspect, as well as the ease of access to parts and customer service for the crane as a whole. “For the North American market I think the combination of the Cummins engine and the drivetrain is the best combination – also for service, parts availability and reliability in the long term,” LaPrairie said.
The LRT cranes were first presented by Liebherr in North America during CONEXPO 2017 in Las Vegas, to a solid response from customers – in fact, more than 100 units were sold within one year after start of delivery “It was an easy transition from our current fleet of Liebherr’s all-terrain cranes when it came to training our people on the new LRT cranes due to the similar systems on their AT cranes,” LaPrairie said. “The features on these cranes are really operator friendly. So the operators are happy, the mechanics are happy and our customers are happy – that’s why I have to say the LRT is clearly a winner in my books. I think Liebherr really got it right on these RT cranes – they were listening to the crane guys when they designed it.”
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60-TON BOOM TRUCK OFFERS MAXIMUM MAIN BOOM HEIGHT OF 161 FEET The Manitowoc Company has launched the NBT60L, the latest addition to its National Crane boom truck product line. This 60 US-ton product offering now features the longest boom length in its tonnage class with 151 feet of main boom and a maximum main boom height of 161 feet. It can be equipped with an optional 36-foot off-settable lattice jib that reaches a 196-foot maximum tip height. The NBT60L is ideal for work in the oil and gas industry, as well as utility sectors because of its long main boom and stout turntable design, minimizing machine flex and providing operators with increased confidence in making any lift. The 161-foot maximum main boom height is great for holding tools above well heads or lifting and setting long utility poles in place. “The oil and gas and utility sectors were in mind when we added a new 60 US-ton National Crane model with a
longer boom option,” said Bob Ritter, product manager of boom trucks at Manitowoc. “We are committed to engineering solid and reliable boom trucks that National Crane operators have come to expect. Listening to our customers is fundamental to The Manitowoc Way, and the NBT60L, with its long boom and higher capacity, is exactly what they wanted.” The NBT60L comes standard with operator-centric features such as the deluxe operator’s tilt cab with heated seat, an easy to use colour graphical display and real-time diagnostics for simplified troubleshooting without the need for a laptop. Additional stateof-the-art features include electric over hydraulic controls with speed adjustability, hydraulically removable counterweight, optional multiple camera system for increased jobsite visibility and a fully integrated wireless wind speed indicator. “The longer five-section boom,
off-settable jib, tilt cab and diagnostics tools all enable customers to work more efficiently,” Ritter said. “And while they’re operating the crane, it
will be far more comfortable, thanks to the new cab features. This is an extremely versatile crane that can be used on a wide variety of applications.”
NEW WEB TOOLS OFFER QUICK AND ACCURATE LIFT PLANNING INFORMATION A1A Software has introduced five new web tools for task specific lift planning activities in 3D Lift Plan. “These tools enable users to input or gather important lift planning information without creating a full lift plan,” explained Tawnia Weiss, A1A president. For on-the-go, in-the-field decision making, these web tools provide quick, accurate information accessible from a tablet or other mobile device, that can later be integrated into a full lift plan. Sketch Pad allows estimators, project managers or others involved in initial job bidding or lift planning to draw on screen using their finger. After entering an address, a Google Map displays as background. On this aerial view, it is possible to note the lift location, crane setup location, and other site-specific information. “This is a great tool for gathering initial information for a job estimate,” said Weiss. The sketch can be saved to 3D Lift Plan and will auto-create a lift plan for the user, which reduces steps and streamlines documentation. Crane Comparison allows users to compare up to 10 crane load charts at a time. “Information displays graphically, for an easy visual reference of the capacities at various working ranges,” explained Weiss. The tool is ideal for sales people who are working with customers to identify the most cost-effective option that can get the job done. Load Chart Viewer takes information in traditional load charts and presents them in a visual infographic presentation. This graphical representation overlays load chart data, such as capacity at various lift radii, into a range diagram with capacities. “If you’ve heard the phrase, a picture is worth a thousand words. . . the load chart viewer is exactly that – a visual representation of load chart data,” said Weiss. Crane Loads Calculator allows users to determine maximum outrigger loads for the specific crane configuration without creating a full 3D Lift Plan. Simply choose the crane, the load chart, boom length, load weight, and radius, and the Crane Loads Calculator will present you with critical setup information. Mat Calculator, which will likely be used in conjunction with the Crane Loads Calculator, allows users to select the appropriate outrigger pads or crane pads for the allowable ground bearing pressure. This is a mobile variation on the feature integrated into 3D Lift Plan in 2017, which provides data for engineered outrigger pad products, such as DICA’s FiberMax or SafetyTech pads, steel mats, or timber mats, into 3D Lift Plan. 40
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UTILIZING TELEMATICS TO MAINTAIN A MEWP FLEET By Christine Zeznick
Driving today’s machine technology changes is the need to increase productivity, as well as increase fleet utilization and management
o matter what size of mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) fleet a rental store has – from 10 to 10,000 machines – equipment management is something owners do every day. Controlling the cost of a MEWP rental fleet is important to be a profitable rental company, but where to begin? A majority of fleet management decisions are dictated by recommended maintenance scheduling or responding to equipment that had been taken out of service due to damage or breakdown. These scenarios represent an expense to the business which have an impact on overall profitability and return-on-investment of the machine. One of the best ways to control costs is to look for ways to reduce the time and effort it takes to perform service and repair work. To do this, rental store owners need to have greater transparency into proactively managing a MEWP fleet to minimize downtime and maximize uptime.
Understanding service and repair costs
Whether in the shop or the field, when a MEWP is being serviced or repaired it costs an equipment owner money in two areas – labour expenses and lost rental revenue. Service and repair labour is one of the highest fleet expenses for rental companies behind initial equipment acquisition costs. Let’s take a look at why service and repair can be so costly. A machine’s repair process typically involves these steps: • Identify the issue • Identify what parts are needed • Order parts (if you don’t have what you need on hand) • Complete the repair Today, understanding a basic equipment issue can often take hours because the machine is located a significant distance from the rental yard. Every hour a machine is being worked on is one hour of lost revenue. When looking at a machine’s service and repair from that perspective, downtime costs a rental business big time. Improving a service team’s efficiency can have a dramatic
effect on the company’s bottom line. One way to reduce costs associated with service and repair, and improve a service team’s efficiency, is to utilize new technologies. Rental stores are operating their businesses faster and more efficiently than ever before, constantly looking for ways to add value and drive business growth. Today, technology has evolved to help rental stores understand the information their machines are providing, enabling them to manage their businesses more efficiently.
Technology as a solution
Driving today’s machine technology changes is the need to increase productivity, as well as increase fleet utilization and management – from knowing how equipment is performing or how often a machine is being utilized, to where each unit is or when it is ready for maintenance. Machine data can provide a lot of insight to a rental business, enabling fleet owners to gather, read and understand the machine data their MEWPs are providing. One technological advance that is opening up new opportunities for rental businesses is the use of telematics. From basic location tracking to more sophisticated equipment monitoring, telematics is a tool that fleet owners can use to manage their equipment fleet. And, it’s more than just a GPS; the benefits of today’s telematics systems includes machine maintenance implications. For example, telematics can help with remote troubleshooting equipment issues in the field. What this means is if a MEWP operator has a problem with a machine in the field, rental stores can potentially identify the issue as well as any parts required before sending a technician out, which saves time and money. Utilizing telematics, rental stores can know: • When was the last scheduled maintenance? Is it due for another? • How many hours are on the machine? • How long is the machine being used per day? • How many hours has the engine run on this particular rental? OCTOBER 2019
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Knowing the answers to these questions means that telematics will change the way the machines are serviced. Telematics can also help rental stores schedule preventive maintenance needs, based on tracking hours remotely, which can translate to big savings because customers can proactively perform these tasks, even during a long-term rental.
Today’s telematics program offers “descriptive” data, allowing rental companies to know what’s going on with the machine. When a key user at the rental house sees a critical fault code, for example, they can analyze the need and contact the customer to proactively discuss a resolution, helping to maximize machine uptime on the job.
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Think about it this way – descriptive data answers today’s question: “What is happening?” • Hours • Location • Machine idle time • Faults From a rental company standpoint, a major challenge in the industry today is that there aren’t enough service technicians. Telematics can help alleviate this challenge. For instance, if telematics can save one service call per week for a rental company, that’s worth a lot.
The future of data
Over time, data from telematics can be leveraged on a larger scale and used for “predictive” and “prescriptive” activities, such as predicting failures in the field based on how the equipment is actually being used and proactively prescribing maintenance and service. To understand this, predictive data answers tomorrow’s question: “What will happen?” • Predict failures before they occur • An example would be predicting battery or charger failure for replacement before actual downtime occurs
And, prescriptive data answers the question: “What do I need to do?” • Recommend action to be taken • An example would be knowing that the machine needs to be serviced now because of the way it’s being used, and then schedule to perform maintenance on another machine of the same type later because of its usage pattern Telematics can play a vital role in effectively putting rental stores in the position to proactively manage a machine’s uptime – scheduling maintenance when it is needed, based on usage and not the calendar. Telematics is an opportunity to add value to rental store owners by increasing their fleet’s uptime, allowing them to grow their revenue or reduce their overall costs to maintain the product. This is why a telematics program should focus providing information that allows equipment owners to take action, enabling them to not only react to what is currently going on with their equipment and even proactively manage what is happening with their fleet. Christine Zeznick is Genie’s director of Product and Business Development – Telematics, Terex AWP
ATLAS COPCO AIR COMPRESSOR WITH COST SAVINGS AND EASY MAINTENANCE IDEAL FOR RENTAL
tlas Copco Power Technique North America (AC) has introduced the XAS 950, a single-stage, oil-injected rotary screw type portable air compressor. Powered by a liquid-cooled six-cylinder turbocharged Caterpillar C7.1 Tier 4 Final diesel engine, this new unit offers simplified maintenance and cost savings by putting the operator in control. Featuring new pressure adjusted through cognitive electronics (PACE) technology, the air compressor matches engine speed, power, and torque, with air demand, resulting in 15 to 20 percent fuel savings. Additionally, PACE increases the operating range with the ability to cover multiple applications with a single compressor, increasing the unit’s versatility. Some of the main applications for the new compressor size are geothermal drilling, horizontal directional drilling, sandblasting and shotcrete.
The XAS 950 has variable flow and pressure settings through the PACE technology. This results in a wide range of pressure and flow settings such as; 950 CFM at 100 psi, 900 CFM at 150 psi and 750 CFM at 200 psi. The new range was designed with overall size, operation and maintenance in mind. Atlas Copco says that with a single axle, the unit offers best-in-class output for the size. Operating under 8,250 pounds, the machine is up to 33 percent lighter than other compressors with similar output. “The XAS 950 is built around the principle of pressure and flow. The focus of the unit is putting the controls in the operator’s hands thanks to the innovation and unique performance management solution, PACE,” said Clayton Jones, product manager of large air at AC. “This air compressor delivers better performance in a smaller and lighter package. We believe it will be a game changer.”
Environmentally friendly, the XAS 950 is equipped with a spillage-free frame. This helps to avoid oil, coolant or fuel spillage for 110 percent containment. It is also designed for easy access and serviceability to consumables inside of the machine, as well as a centralized drain system. Jones said that “there are a large quantity of XAS 950s in the field already. Rentals are going out daily and we couldn’t have received better feedback from our customers and dealers. “With our PACE (pressure adjusted through cognitive controls) technology, customers, especially in applications such as blowing fibre optics and shotcrete, have been very impressed with fuel consumption, the versatile range of pressure/flow and overall compact single axle size, in addition to easy transportation to and from jobsites. The unit’s versatility and transportability make it an ideal solution for rental customers.”
SKYSENSE DELIVERS ADVANCED OPERATOR EXPERIENCE JLG Industries is now offering its SkySense technology for most boom and scissor lifts. SkySense uses strategically placed object detection sensors and innovative ultrasonic technology to heighten equipment operators’ awareness of the immediate surroundings. When operators are using the machine, sensors establish warning zones and create stop distances dependent on the machine’s direction. “JLG is committed to discovering new ways to enhance the safer use of our machines,” said Rafael Nunez, JLG senior product manager for scissor, vertical and low-level access lifts. “Our new SkySense technology demonstrates that commitment with the introduction of this innovation, which is designed to improve the operator experience on the jobsite.” Visual and audio alerts let operators know when the lift is approaching an object. As it approaches, sensors will automatically direct the machine to slow down and then stop. Users have the option to override the system and inch closer to the adjacent structure when required to complete the work at height. “We’ve found this new technology delivers a more confident work environment for a variety of industries,” said Bill Dovey, JLG product manager for boom lifts. “From aviation to petrochemical plants, SkySense greatly improves an operator’s experience on the jobsite.” OCTOBER 2019
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mong professional construction contractors who rented equipment in the past year, a majority expects to increase reliance on rental in the year ahead, according to a comprehensive survey of contractors released by the American Rental Association (ARA). The “Rental Customer Needs Study,” conducted by RSG, an independent research firm for ARA, found that 93 percent of professional contractors surveyed rented equipment in the last year. Of those who rented, 92 percent planned to rent as least as much as last year and 52 percent expected to increase renting over the next year. Portable toilets, lifts and scaffolding, backhoes, dump trucks and mini excavators are the most popular rental items among contractors, the study found. Reasons contractors rented included: it made more financial sense than buying equipment (45 percent); they needed equipment for immediate use and did not want to purchase (43 percent); and they needed to use the equipment infrequently or only for a short time period (43 percent). Contractors who expect to rent more next year will do so because they plan to use what they currently rent more frequently or they plan to take on more quick-turnaround projects, the study concluded. More than 90 percent of survey participants said rental locations are doing an excellent job of providing their customers with satisfying rental experiences. According to the study, there are five key things that professional contractors want from their local rental company: • Attentive customer service • Reliable, well-maintained and varied equipment • Online engagement • Clear communication • Rewards Tony Conant, ARA CEO, said the research findings will help guide ARA members in their mission to deliver a premier rental experience. “We invested in this study to better understand the evolving needs and preferences of contractors,” Conant said. “It’s exciting that so many professional contractors are thinking of rental first for their equipment needs. With these new research insights, our rental members will have information and knowledge to better serve the needs of this segment.” Data for the study came from surveys of various types of contractors including residential building, specialty, non-residential and commercial building, landscape, utility, road and highway construction, site development/ earthmoving and more.
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LIVE SCHEMATICS IMPROVE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR TECHNICIANS By Lee Toop, Editor
he various systems that power and run the equipment on jobsites, at mine sites and elsewhere are always evolving – and, in most cases, growing in complexity. That makes it a challenge for the professionals who service that equipment to keep up with the changes and ensure they’re ready to handle any situation that might come up. In the case of hydraulic, electrical and other systems in these machines, technicians also have to reckon with understanding those systems through the use of schematics that map out what components handle which roles, and how they all work together when active. Paper schematics have been around for a long time, but they are static and can be difficult to track when it comes to how hydraulics or electronics operate when certain inputs take place. However, one company has taken schematics and brought them into the modern world. “Schematics for a hydraulic system or an electrical system is a planning tool for the technician and troubleshooter. It’s a way of forming a battle plan, and traditionally machines come with a manual or fold-out sheets that represent the wiring or hydraulic connections on a machine,” explained Carl Dyke, CEO of CD Industrial Group. “For the most part, they’re black and white – some companies put colours on the different lines, but in many of them there are so many lines and crossings and components on the page that they seem like a spider web. It’s hard to bring together the relationships between one component and another just using lines.” Dyke started moving into the schematics area around two decades ago, when he realized that schematics could prove to be problematic for
technicians. The growth of computer training, and later the advent of mobile computing, provided an opportunity to expand the educational potential of schematics and improve training for technicians working with these complex systems. “Our live schematic was a tool we started developing around 20 years ago, and we’ve brought it through several iterations – it’s now even a tablet and iPhone ready tool. What it does is brings the schematics to life as though the machine was operating – it’s no longer black and white, and it’s no longer static,” Dyke explained. Technicians are tasked with working on systems that are essential to the
A detailed example of the hydraulic system for a loader boom and bucket.
machines they are in, but that may not be very easy to understand. In many cases, they may look quite simple – but they are, in fact, quite complicated. “Every bit of hydraulic machinery out there, or a substantial number of them, at least, have a pressure compensated pump that has to be adjusted, or at the very least have a release valve. You need to know how to adjust that correctly and safely. But, hydraulic components from the outside are just blocks of steel with hoses sticking out,” Dyke said. “You can take the valve or pump apart and hold the pieces in your hand, but now it’s not moving – and in some cases, some of the components just move a tiny bit. Some of the actions for certain valves are very subtle in terms of mechanical motion, but very substantial in terms of their control effect on the machine.” CD Industrial works with customers who want to give their technicians an opportunity to understand the systems of their machines more deeply, either by working with the basic schematics that come with the machine, working with the manufacturer, or by mapping out the systems on a machine themselves. “We would send someone to the site from our team who can map out the machine, make corrections and produce a more accurate or easy to use layout – we start with the drawing, then we start to bring it to life,” Dyke said.
Live schematics from CD Industrial allow technicians to see a hydraulic system and how changes affect it more clearly than manuals. That’s done by translating the basic schematics into a computerized simulation that turns the simple line map into something far more effective, Dyke explained. Instead of a paper drawing, CD Industrial’s live schematics show the system in operation, and allow the technician to see what happens when different things affect that system. “You can see current or hydraulic flow with moving arrows, you see pressure valves as different colours, you actually see the symbols shift so if there’s a switch or relay you see the contacts change position if you flip a toggle switch on the graphic or a hydraulic valve changes position,” he said. “The technicians see that and say ‘now I finally get it – I understand.’” The live schematics are not just video clips – they are provided as interactive and designed to allow technicians to try different things so they understand how inputs can affect the system, whether it’s by overadjusting pressures in a hydraulic system or exploring how things react when the machine is operated too harshly. All of this is done in a classroom
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situation with trainers from CD Industrial, who work with the techni cians to help them better understand their equipment. “By bringing those tools to the screen where you can see inside the system as you make changes or adjustments – or even conduct some wild experiments that might be dangerous on a real machine – you’re getting some very interactive learning that fulfills the need to discover knowledge and acquire your own skills,” Dyke said. Training sessions use a variety of techniques – for example, a drag-anddrop game where photos of components on the machine are placed in the proper spots on the live schematic, or a tool that put faults into the system so the technicians must determine how to respond. “It’s all about system thinking skills and problem-solving. Technicians face some pretty tough troubleshooting projects and often a fair amount of
resources are used up, perhaps time or parts that weren’t necessary if there was a method to home in on a more organized and logical fashion,” he said. Training is available for a large variety of machines, ranging from stationary machines at mines or factories through mobile heavy equipment. Dyke said CD Industrial has thousands of live schematics available in its training. The company’s trainers are able to take the classroom to clients, whatever their location might be. “We’ve been to the high mountains of Kyrgyzstan, the second highest gold mine in the world. . . we routinely go to Alaska or Texas, and sometimes to the Middle East,” Dyke said. “We can travel out with trucks and trailers. . . the instructor goes on-site and conducts the classes. Usually the client has sent us information about their machinery and we have prepared to meet their custom needs.” Alternately, online courses can be
Technicians can change the state of an entire hydraulic system to better understand movement within the various circuits. conducted, where clients use CD Industrial materials to teach classes at their
LOOSE-N-IT Loose-N-It allows technicians and parts managers to quickly remove old, stripped or rusty bolts from equipment. Loose-N-It is a 4-in-1 industrial lubricant and penetrant containing PTFE. Loose-N-It’s specially blended formula provides users a 4-in-1 solution for service-related needs. Specifically, Loose-N-It penetrates old bolts and screws, lubricates, displaces moisture, and resists corrosion. Loose-N-It inhibits rust and corrosion by adding a protective layer that creates a barrier to protect against water and oxygen infiltration, while at the same time displaces water from electrical contact points and
machinery parts. Loose-N-It provides important safety properties for crane and equipment users. It is critical to inspect the bolts holding pieces of equipment together, such as the bolts holding together tower crane joints. These pieces generally consist of a bolt, nut, and washer which need to be protected from the elements and replaced if worn and corroded. Loose-N-It will provide inspectors the ability to extend the life of these critical pieces by keeping them rust free. It also helps inspectors remove these pieces when they inevitably become worn and need to be replaced.
NEW HEAVY-DUTY AND DRIVELINE OILS Petro-Canada Lubricants has expanded its TRAXON and DURON product lines with the launches of DURON Advanced 5W-30 and TRAXON Synthetic 75W-85. DURON Advanced 5W-30 is a fully synthetic formulation designed to meet and exceed the requirements of API FA-4. It has also been approved by major diesel engine OEMs Cummins and Detroit Diesel. The DURON Advanced product line offers durable low viscosity, high performing synthetic and synthetic blend heavy-duty diesel engine oils that are designed for emerging and future fuel-efficient engines. These oils provide enhanced fuel economy, durability, engine protection and shear stability for the latest heavy-duty engines. In addition, TRAXON Synthetic 75W-85 expands the existing TRAXON Synthetic range providing fleet owners and operators with enhanced efficiency and long-lasting wear protection that can extend equipment life, reduce unplanned downtime and associated maintenance costs. Offering year-round performance in the harshest environments, TRAXON Synthetic 75W-85 provides easier startups and improved cold weather shifting for manu-
al transmissions, hypoid gears and rear axles. This low viscosity hypoid gear oil is designed to meet API Gear Lubricant Service GL-5 and API MT-1 Gear Lubricant standards and MACK GO-J for heavy-duty manual transmissions. It is also approved against the SAE J2360 Global Standard. TRAXON Synthetic 75W-85 is suitable for use where Volvo 1273,12 (97312) and Meritor 0-76-J specifications are required. “Both TRAXON Synthetic 75W-85 and DURON Advanced 5W-30 are specially formulated to exceed industry requirements and to offer improved performance and protection for fleets,” said Alex Buczek, category manager of Heavy-Duty Engine and Driveline Oils, Petro-Canada Lubricants. “Our entire high performance, heavy-duty product line is designed with one purpose – to protect your bottom line. Our products help to make fleet equipment longer-lasting and more reliable, therefore operations can be more productive and profitable. We will continue to focus on new products that help improve efficiency and productivity of our customers.”
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CONTINENTAL DEBUTS GEN 3 CONSTRUCTION TRUCK TIRES AND DIGITAL TIRE MONITORING SOLUTIONS
eavy Equipment Guide attended a demo of Continental’s construction and on/ off-road tire portfolio at the company’s proving grounds in Uvalde, Texas, in September. Demos ranged from a 19.5-inch medium-duty truck tire up to heavy truck tires and earthmoving OTR tires. The company also introduced its digital tire monitoring solutions. Continental debuted its Generation 3 construction truck tires for on/offroad or mixed use. The Conti HSC 3 steer/all-position tire, Conti HDC 3 drive tire, and Conti HAC 3 all-position tire are ideal for construction, cement, utility, emergency vehicles, forestry and logging applications.
and braking causes heat buildup, especially in warmer weather. Monitoring via sensors ensures that tires always have properly maintained air pressure and internal casing temperature can be monitored. This helps fleets reduce downtime, improves safety and boosts fuel efficiency. It also minimizes labour and maintenance costs associated with tire inspections. Marco Rabe, director of Truck Tire Technology for Continental called the company’s tire monitoring solutions for construction tires a game changer. “Every tire will have a pressure intelligence sensor which will allow us to provide real time data of temperature and pressure of the tire.”
UPDATES TO JDLINK New capabilities of John Deere’s JDLink telematics platform include notifications and adjustments to JDLink Mobile. “Machine technology, specifically connectivity, continues to create new opportunities for fleet managers to maximize their equipment and revolutionize everyday tasks,” said Ana Mallia, product marketing manager, JDLink. “Our goal is to utilize technological advancements to provide users with the most reliable, sustainable and cost-efficient solutions possible.” Updates to the Notification Center include email alerts. A notification can be set up to alert fleet managers when a machine diagnostic trouble code (DTC) occurs or when there is an upcoming scheduled maintenance interval. Managers also now have the ability to ignore DTCs that they no longer wish to be notified about by using a specific DTC filter. John Deere has also made improvements to JDLink Mobile. Contractors can use the app to quickly view information, such as machine hours of operation, alerts, and equipment location, and to even get directions to a machine. A recent addition to JDLink, Machine Analyzer, allows fleet managers to view and compare equipment utilization across their fleet and to see which machines are idling and which machines are working. This tool not only helps contractors determine optimal distribution of equipment across jobsites, but it also provides valuable insight on whether equipment is appropriately sized for the job.
Every Generation 3 and radial OTR tire from Continental now comes pre-equipped with digital tire monitoring solutions. The tires deliver high performance in mileage, durability, traction and retreadability, all of which lower overall driving cost in the on/off-road segment. These tires are pre-equipped with Continental tire sensors for digital monitoring of tire pressure and temperature, and are covered by a six-year, three-retread warranty. Pre-equipping these tires with sensors offers the benefits of tire monitoring in on/off-road applications. When used off-road, tires are at greater risk of cuts, chipping and chunking, and punctures. In off-road applications the tires operate under heavier loads in a limited radius. Frequent starting, stopping
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Rabe said that the data can be accessed multiple ways. “The simplest way is the yard reader, which is basically a stationary antenna which picks up the sensors in one position. That’s good for small fleets or yards where trucks can come to a stationary unit.” This is a low-investment option and no hardware is needed on the truck in this case. “The next step is to install some hardware on the trucks which would access that data and then either display it inside the truck or connect it to a telematics system.” The telematics system would be accessed at an office. The sensors have a six-year, 400,000-mile battery life and have a six-year warranty. HEG
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TECHNOLOGY BRINGS REMOTE EXPERTISE TO THE FIELD By Sergey Krasovski & Jessie Van Gundel
What is the business impact of this workforce gap; is money being lost?
AR technology to cut shortages
ugmented reality (AR) solutions continue to expand into industries across the field service management spectrum, from fleet management to heavy equipment. Anytime an interactive experience is provided – bringing the user closer to a real-world situation without having to be in that real-world location – augmented reality is at play. AR can be found in a variety of apps, implemented in many ways from gaming software to browsers to GPS navigation. Now we’re starting to see its adoption in the heavy equipment industry. This is driven by a handful of factors but one of the most pervasive across the industry is the existing and continued skilled workforce shortage.
Shortage of heavy equipment technicians
If you talk to any contractor and ask them to list the challenges that keep them up at night, the workforce shortage that the heavy equipment industry is experiencing will likely top that list. This shortage comes as a result of experienced and skilled technicians exiting the field as they retire and the lack of new people entering the field. This leaves contractors and dealers alike to grapple with three big challenges: How will knowledge transfer from experts to new technicians? How will archival knowledge be preserved within the organization? 50
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AR solutions connect field technicians with expert-level advice through a platform that, ideally, integrates with a workforce management system. Service organizations can rapidly transfer troubleshooting guidance and expertise from support experts and more experienced workers to field technicians in real-time, while they are both able to “look” at the same thing with AR technology. Combined with service workflows, AR might be one of the most powerful solutions that could address these impending challenges. There are some key areas where AR can make an important impact in a business, and it’s because of this impact that similar industries like manufacturing are adopting this technology. Upskilling your workforce: AR-based training can be used to “upskill” technicians. In addition to reducing idle time, new technicians are able to hit productivity benchmarks more quickly with the help of AR in the knowledge transfer process. Building knowledge resiliency: When the most experienced, most trusted technician leaves so does that knowledge acquired over years of experience. However, when AR is implemented and new technicians are trained by experienced technicians through remote-expert applications, those sessions can be recorded and saved, adding to a powerful knowledge database. Minimizing unnecessary idle time: When a
technician doesn’t have the knowledge to resolve an issue, a repeat visit to the site is often necessary. This could happen a number of times while the equipment sits idle, delaying the project and costing money. A remote expert solution changes all of that with an off-site senior technician coaching the on-site tech through the process while they look at the same piece of equipment together in real time.
Slow adoption in heavy equipment
While AR could be a huge component to the workforce shortage solution, adoption has been slow across the heavy equipment industry. The biggest reason for this might be a bit of an anecdotal sentiment held throughout the field: “It’s not the way we’ve always done things.” From the operation itself to the technicians out in the field, the heavy equipment industry has a learned-tolerance for some of these inefficiencies (like a technician not being able to solve the issue the first time out to a site) that are costing them time and money. The early adopters are going to be the winners. Implementing a remote-expert solution is a cultural, operational and training shift. It’s a big decision and one that can’t be taken too lightly. The sooner you can implement better succession training and solve for this gap, the better foundation you’ll have moving forward, in addition to putting you ahead of the competition.
4 ways to successfully implement a remote-expert solution
There are four keys to successfully implementing a remote expert solution.
Designate a champion:
Do you have someone on your team who loves to learn new skills, try new tools and understands the business? Give them the opportunity to lead the implementation of your remote-expert integration project and get the rest of your team onboard.
Integrate with work order process:
Determine your process:
Map out your integration plan and make sure that your future remote-expert solution fits in seamlessly with your existing work management ecosystem and processes. How will your in-field technicians connect to the right expert? Will you have a team of experts, or one main contact to triage the call and assign to the best technician for the issue? Deciding how you want this process to look before imple-
menting a remote-expert solution will set the foundation for successful adoption. The workforce shortage will continue to be a challenge for the heavy equipment industry. Skilled technicians will not materialize out of the jobs market so it is up to dealers to take the years of organizational knowledge and experience that lives within their expert technicians and translate that into a scalable format to share with newer technicians. AR solutions can facilitate this while improving efficiency and customer experience.
Above: AR solutions connect field technicians with expert-level advice through a platform that, ideally, integrates with a workforce management system.
Sergey Krasovski is strategic marketing analyst in the Emerging Markets Sector at Trimble Inc. Jessie Van Gundel is content marketing manager for the Field Service Management division at Trimble Inc.
Incentivize your team:
Reward the early adopters, encourage feedback, and make them a key part of your implementation strategy to help share the value with the rest of the organization.
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Bobcat cuts the ribbon on new Colorado training facility, unveils range of new products and services and “Next is Now” approach at fall press event EVENT Bobcat has launched a new branding campaign, “Next is Now,” to coincide with the ribbon cutting of the company’s brand-new training facility in Aurora, Colorado, and the reveal of several new products and services. “With the launch of Next is Now, we are creating solutions that are unique and innovative with connected technologies,” said Scott Park, CEO of Doosan Bobcat, Inc. “Next is Now means customers can continuously rely on Bobcat to lead the industry with the tools that help them do more and do it better.” The company showed an impressive new 44,400-squarefoot dealer technician training centre including interactive labs, warehouse space, auditorium and classrooms.
“The new Bobcat training centre addresses our need for additional training capacity,” says Mike Ballweber, Doosan Bobcat North America president. “It also affirms our dedication to all dealers by providing a convenient location to service them. We look forward to being part of Aurora and the greater Denver community.” Bobcat introduced its largest excavator ever as well as the first models in its completely redesigned R-Series range of skid-steer and compact track loaders, small tractors, R2-Series compact excavators, and small articulated loaders. The company also highlighted a number of new technology projects. Learn more in the November/December issue of Heavy Equipment Guide.
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Hexagon and Procore pair up to improve efficiencies PARTNERSHIP Hexagon’s Geosystems division plans to further cooperate with Procore. The developing relationship between the two organizations focuses on linking Hexagon’s reality capture, measurement and digital construction positioning solutions and Procore’s suite of construction management solutions. These integrations will result in increased efficiency and productivity across building construction projects. “Our vision of smart digital realities for all requires easy access to information for all parties, and Procore is an ideal partner for achieving this vision by extending digital construction layout and measurement technologies to construction customers,” said Fabio Ponzio, vice president of Building Solutions at Hexagon’s Geosystems division. “With the integration of our technologies, our customers have the opportunity to benefit from seamless integration and improved workflows, which lead to improved productivity and quality on construction site.” Multivista, part of Hexagon, already has an ad-
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New dealer agreements with BOMAG and Cemen Tech expand SMS Equipment road construction offerings DEALER Road construction equipment buyers across Canada will have a new buying option thanks to two dealer agreements announced in October by SMS Equipment. Through its 38 branches across the country, SMS Equipment will now offer BOMAG and Cemen Tech equipment, bringing on compaction, milling, paving and reclaiming/stabilizing equipment as well as mobile and stationary concrete mixers and cement storage silos through the arrangements. Cemen Tech equipment is available immediately, while BOMAG equipment will be available effective December 1, 2019. Brad Beebe, SMS Equipment chief operating officer, said that SMS has been working hard to secure new long-term relationships with known and respected manufacturers. “BOMAG and Cemen Tech are both premium lines sold around the world, and SMS Equipment is proud to represent them across Canada,” Beebe said. In business worldwide for more than six decades, BOMAG’s equipment offerings are complementary with SMS Equipment’s efforts to support Canadian customers, Beebe noted. “BOMAG customers will benefit from experienced and dedicated staff and tech-
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nicians who will provide on-site support, no matter where their equipment takes them,” he said. Rob Mueckler, president of BOMAG Americas, said the relationship is an exciting one for his team. “There is no doubt BOMAG has aligned itself with the most solutions and customer-service oriented dealer in the Canadian construction sector in its partnership with SMS Equipment. This collaboration will enable BOMAG to expand its position in the roadbuilding sector even more rapidly from coast-to-coast across Canada,” he said. Adding Cemen Tech to the SMS Equipment offerings opens an excellent opportunity for customers working in a number of sectors. “The addition of the Cemen Tech brand will provide the Canadian market with access to a high-quality volumetric mixing and silo solution,” he noted. “SMS Equipment customers will benefit from increased concrete pouring flexibility in both the road construction and general construction industries.” “The addition of SMS Equipment to Cemen Tech’s North American dealer network continues to expand the number of businesses who can benefit from using volumetric mixers,” said Connor Deering, CEO/President of Cemen Tech. “SMS Equipment’s extensive
TRADE SHOW Record numbers of utility and construction professionals converged on Louisville, Kentucky, for the 2019 International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) October 1–3 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Registered attendance topped 19,000, from the United States, Canada and more than 65 other countries worldwide. “We shattered our attendance record on Tuesday,” said John Rozum, ICUEE show director. “Our 70 registration kiosks were printing 25 badges per minute between 8 and 10 a.m., so we knew the temperature wasn’t the only thing running hot that day and breaking records.” ICUEE 2019 included over 1,000 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and solutions for the utility construction industry. Exhibitors covered a record 1.34 million square feet, or more than 30 acres. Exhibits included the show’s signature hands-on equipment test drives and interactive product demonstrations.
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IN BRIEF Wacker Neuson sells its concrete power trowel business Wacker Neuson has been developing and producing trowels in North America, which represented the company’s largest market for these products. “Our existing concrete power trowel customers will receive the same level of service and support as they experienced in the past,” says Alexander Greschner, CSO of the Wacker Neuson Group. “We are and will remain a reliable partner for our customers in the concrete sector.” Wacker Neuson will continue to offer trowels as part of its product range throughout 2020 within the framework of an OEM agreement with Husqvarna and will continue to supply spare parts and services to its customers beyond that. The Group’s business with concrete internal and external vibrators remains unaffected by the sale.
Manulift opens new operations centre in Stoney Creek, Ontario Manulift is opening a $10-million operations centre in the Greater Toronto Area, strategically situated on the QEW in Stoney Creek, Ontario (near Hamilton). The state-of-the-art Manulift service centre in Stoney Creek covers some 30,000 square feet. It is designed to cater to the needs of clients who work in building, tunnelling, mining, public works, recycling and other industries.
Timken acquires Beka Lubrication The Timken Company has reached an agreement to acquire BEKA Lubrication for approximately $165 million. Timken acquired Interlube in 2013 and acquired Groeneveld in 2017. With the acquisition of BEKA, Timken will become the world’s second largest producer of industrial automatic lubrication systems.
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