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Contents SEPTEMBER 2018 | VOLUME 33, NUMBER 8



FEATURES 14 In-depth report: wheel loaders

Industry experts provide insight into the market, technology, hydraulics, couplers, attachments, cab design and more

21 Camera system adds safety and supports drivers Multiple views of a truck and its surroundings provide opportunities for driver training and safety management

27 The evolving contractor– dealer partnership

41 For perfect paving, know the five forces of a floating screed 44 Road resurfacing simplified Data collected at highway speed

46 Microtunneling taps fresh water for B.C. project Akkerman’s SL60C MTBM proves key to the construction of tunnel

52 Smart construction with aerial mapping

56 SharpGrade Leveller brings precision and speed to sidewalk paving prep

New Zealand attachment manufacturer plays key role in B.C. concrete paving contractor’s unique grading method

Cover photo: Case 1121G wheel loader.


SECTIONS 27 Equipment Dealer 10 Spotlight 14 In-Depth Report Spotlight 41 Roadbuilding 21 Trucks

55 World’s first excavator training system with innovative soil simulation

46 Underground Construction 52 Technology 56 Attachments for Compact Equipment

8 Editor’s Letter 61 Industry News 62 Advertiser Index SEPTEMBER 2018

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

MID-SIZE WHEEL LOADER LINEUP RECEIVES UPDATES INCLUDING HIGHER TIPPING LOADS Volvo has expanded its H-Series 2.0 updates to its L60H and L70H wheel loaders, giving its mid-size lineup improved fuel efficiency and enhanced productivity features including higher tipping loads and a new loader arm design. “With the L60H and L70H joining the previously announced L90H 2.0, we have completed the H-Series 2.0 update for our mid-size wheel loaders,” said Chris Connolly, product manager, wheel loaders, Volvo Construction Equipment. The L60H, L70H and L90H 2.0 wheel loaders boast up to 25 percent greater fuel efficiency than their predecessor models. Fuel-saving features include a lock-up torque

converter (L70H-L90H option) that lowers rpm and increases speed, resulting in faster cycle times and up to 25 percent improved fuel efficiency. A Smart Control function ensures the correct torque in all situations, improving engine and hydraulic harmony, and helping to shorten cycle times and conserve fuel. The Smooth Control function helps operators maintain a steady throttle position on uneven ground, resulting in a more even engine speed and smoother ride while saving fuel. Rim Pull Control reduces wheel spin and slippage, thereby saving fuel, reducing tire wear and improving productivity while lowering total cost of ownership.





The new R 926 Compact excavator continues Liebherr’s compact excavator product line but with a Stage IV/Tier 4 Final compliant engine and other developments compared to its Stage IIIB model. Enhancements include Liebherr SCR technology, an improved swing torque and greater engine power. The improved innovative maintenance concept enables simplified, safe and fast maintenance and repair of the machine. Depending on the option selected, the new Liebherr R 926 Compact offers an operating weight of between 25.4 tonnes and 29.5 tonnes. With a tail swing of 1.7 m and a front swing of 1.9 m, its dimensions have been further reduced. Altogether this results in a swing radius of less than 4 m. The new R 926 Compact’s diesel engine generates a higher engine power of 129 kW, which is an increase of eight per cent compared with the Stage IIIB / Tier 4 Interim predecessor model. Exhaust gas aftertreatment takes place without the need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF) or an EGR valve.

Manitowoc has just unveiled the latest in its line of rough-terrain cranes: the Grove GRT9165. The crane offers the longest reach and highest capacity of any model in Grove’s rough-terrain lineup. The GRT9165 is a 149 t (165 USt) capacity crane that features a 62.5 m (205 foot) six-section, pinned boom – in fact, the boom is 1.5 m (5 feet) longer than the closest competing model, the manufacturer states. Tip height maxes out at 91.2 m (299.1 feet), and both manual and hydraulic extensions are available. It has been designed for easy transport, with a compact overall height of 3.8 m (148.5 inches). It also has hydraulically removable counterweight and outrigger boxes, in addition to a hydro-gas suspension on the rear axle. With all components removed, the GRT9165 weighs in at an easily roadable gross vehicle weight of approximately 52,617 kg (116,000 pounds). As with all of Grove’s latest-generation roughterrains, the GRT9165 was developed with

operator comfort and convenience in mind. The updated cab features a new wide-body design, measuring 2.5 cm (3 inches) wider than other rough-terrain models, and the Crane Control System (CCS) viewing screen has been optimized for easy viewing. The cab can also hydraulically tilt up to 20 degrees, providing improved visibility for the operator.


TRENCHER AVAILABLE WITH CAB Toro’s new cab assembly has been specifically engineered to be factory installed as an option on the Toro RT1200 riding trencher. Heat and air conditioning are integrated into the cab design to allow use of the machine in both extreme heat and cold. In terms of accessibility, the cab features doors on both sides of the trencher for simple entry and exit to and from the operator’s station, regardless of jobsite obstacles or challenging terrain. Various safety features have been incorporated into the cab assembly including front and rear windshield wipers for maximum visibility in lessthan-ideal conditions, and a pressurized cab which virtually eliminates dust and debris from entering the operator’s station. The pressurized cab also reduces noise from outside the cab to help minimize operator fatigue.


HYDRAULIC PULLER FOR UNDERGROUND APPLICATIONS The ARS610 hydraulic puller from Condux Tesmec is ideal for a wide range of underground pulling applications including power transmission and distribution cable installation, telecom and fibre. With over 10 tons (100 kN) of pulling force, the ARS610 offers features like a negative self-acting hydraulic brake, an integrated hydraulic dynamometer, a hydraul10



ic cooling system, advanced user controls and more. A standard electronic pull and speed monitor and recorder kit provides users real time data on pulling operations. Bull-wheel grooves on the ARS610 are made from heat-treated steel. While the trailer mounted unit is standard, an integrated self-propelled track system option is available for easy jobsite positioning.


IT’S ALL AND NOTHING. With a single-lane footprint, nothing stops the flow of traffic. The 3-pump hydraulic system delivers multi-function power for faster cycle times so nothing stops your productivity. With no DPF, nothing slows you down with regenerations. Did we mention the roomy comfort of its full-sized cab? This machine really is all and nothing. HitachiConstruction.com





HIGH FLOAT BOOMS PERFORM HEAVY-LIFTING TASKS The new Genie S-80 high float (HF) and S-85 HF telescopic booms are designed to perform heavy-lifting tasks in sensitive ground conditions, such as sand and turf. Engineered to “float” on soft or delicate surfaces, the Genie S-80 and S-85 HF booms protect softer surfaces during operation that could be damaged by the more aggressive tread on regular rough terrain tires. These new Genie HF models offer a dual lift capacity of 600 pounds (272 kg) unrestricted and 1,000 pounds (454 kg) restricted, giving customers the ability to work with up to three people on board while still leaving room for tools and jobsite materials. The new Genie S-80 HF and S-85 HF models also feature automatic envelope control, which is the ability to automatically retract as the booms reach their operating envelope. This feature allows for simple platform positioning and an enhanced operator’s experience. And, the Genie HF booms are equipped with a load sense cell that continuously checks the weight in the platform and limits the operating envelope to match the load chart, all while

boasting the ability to do zero load field calibrations. The booms also boast an expanded working zone thanks to a chassis tilt sensor incorporated into the machines’ function. This unique chassis tilt sensing technology gives operators access to different ranges of motion based on the chassis angle. And, it is engineered to automatically cut out certain lift and drive functions of the machines when the tilt activation setting is reached. This feature means that not only are the Genie HF machines able to carry more load than ever before, but they can also access hard-to-reach work areas on challenging jobsites. Like the new Genie XC booms, the Genie S-80 HF and S-85 HF models have been updated with a CAN-based control system that incorporates the Genie Smart Link control system.




3.5-METRIC-TON ZERO-TAIL-SWING COMPACT EXCAVATOR LiuGong North America’s compact 9035EZTS excavator is its first zero tailswing model in the 3.5 metric ton class. With an operating weight of 8,510 pounds, the 9035EZTS tows easily to and from worksites behind a standard 1-ton pickup truck. Its 0.14-cubic-yard bucket with 5 foot 7 inch arm reaches digging depths of 11 feet 3 inches. Maximum ground level reach is 18 feet 9 inches. Model features include a mechanical quick-coupler connecting system that allows operators to easily swap between bucket and attachments. Zero tail swing means the rig stays completely within its own 6-foot 11inch by 5-foot 7-inch footprint.

Terex Trucks has updated its TA300 articulated hauler with the introduction of a new and improved transmission. The 28-tonne (30-ton) workhorse will now incorporate the latest EP320 transmission from ZF as standard. This results in a 5 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, as well as enhanced performance and productivity when compared to the previous model working in the same application. The new transmission comes with eight forward gears as well as four reverse gears, higher overall gear ratio spread, equal ratio steps between gears and optimized gear shifting with partial load shifts. The TA300 is also equipped with true independent front suspension as standard, further enhancing operator comfort and enabling excellent traction control and maximum productivity in the most challenging of conditions. In addition to this, the hauler’s maximum speed has increased to 55 km/h (34 mph), up from 50 km/h (31 mph). As

a result, customers can achieve faster cycle times and lower cost per tonne. Other operational features include automatic shifting with manual override, a hydraulic integral retarder and a hydraulic power-shift longitudinal differential lock. Together, these help to ensure safe and productive operation, as well as reduced fuel and diesel exhaust fluid consumption on jobsites. The hauler’s fuel efficient Scania DC9 engine meets the requirements of EU Stage IV / Tier 4 Final emissions legislation without a diesel particulate filter.


REVERSIBLE PLATE LOWERS VIBRATION FEEDBACK Bomag has developed a specially designed comfort handle for their reversible plate compactors which reduces vibration feedback to the operator’s hands, reducing fatigue. Rubber vibration buffers connect the steering rod to both the handle and the base plate. This exclusive comfort handle design is available on all Bomag medium and large reversible plate models, ranging from the BPR 45/55 D to the BPR 70/70 D. The BPR 70/70 D reversible plate features a longer steering rod design that requires less effort to maneuver the compactor during operation. Vibration and throttle controls are located on the steering rod, providing intuitive control and quick reversal. A standard working width of 27.6 inches (700 mm) allows the reversible plate to compact large areas quickly at speeds reaching 91.9 fpm (28 mpm). Available bolt-on extensions increase compaction area to 33.5 inches (850 mm).


HDD USES ALL ON-BOARD HORSEPOWER FOR THRUST AND ROTATION Ditch Witch released a new JT20XP horizontal directional drill (HDD) package featuring a JT20XP drill and XP44 mixing system. The solution is the only drilling system in its class to utilize all on-board horsepower for thrust and rotation, the company states. “We designed the JT20XP package to complement the unique needs of HDD contractors in the midsized utility-installation space,” said Seth Matthesen, Ditch Witch HDD category manager. “The JT20XP drill provides improved spindle torque and speed over its predecessor, while delivering 56 percent more mud flow than competitive units. It’s matched by the XP44’s superior mixing capabilities to offer a more 12



productive solution for larger jobs, while retaining a small, compact footprint.” The full XP package features an innovative, compact design making it easy to maneuver and transport between urban jobsites. And it offers contractors an all-diesel jobsite for more convenient operations and simple fuel service. Powered by a 74.5-hp Tier 4 Deutz diesel engine, the JT20XP HDD maximizes available horsepower for thrust and rotation. The drill delivers 14 percent increased spindle torque over its predecessor, allowing operators the ability to run downhole tooling at faster speeds for improved underground cutting.

With no grease zerks – a Ditch Witch exclusive – the JT20XP is easy to maintain for increased uptime. And, the environmentally friendly, Tier 4 engine requires no DEF, further simplifying maintenance. The XP44 mixing system is equipped with a dedicated 44-hp Tier 4 Yanmar diesel engine for superior mixing capabilities and drilling fluid delivery.


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in-depth report

wheel loaders

Designed for maximum performance Our panel of wheel loader experts provides insight into the Canadian market, technology, hydraulics, couplers, attachments, advanced cab design and other information to guide you in future buying decisions By Lawrence Buser, Editorial Director The Canadian market and trends in wheel loaders

“In the past year, we’ve seen strong market growth for wheel loaders, specifically in building and site development, roadbuilding and quarrying.” John Chesterman, product marketing manager, production class four-wheel-drive loaders, John Deere Construction & Forestry




“Overall, the wheel loader market in Canada has shown positive growth over the last two years, and a good portion is related to large civil/construction projects, which also drives construction materials, such as cement and aggregates, with direct ties to wheel loader sales. Generally, smaller models for construction and large ones for aggregate industries display the most increases in sales,” said Lucas Sardenberg, Product Application Specialist with Caterpillar. “For general construction sites and applications where severity is not high, the trend is toward simple machines that are still efficient but provide simple operation, ease of maintenance, and low owning cost,” he added. In fact, Caterpillar introduced their 950 GC wheel loader to allow more customer choices in this exact segment. Another point Sardenberg made is that “in applications requiring peak productivity and maximum efficiency, there is more bias for technology and advanced features.” John Chesterman, product marketing manager, production class four-wheel-drive loaders at John Deere Construction & Forestry, said: “In the past year, we’ve seen strong market growth for wheel loaders, specifically in building and site development, roadbuilding and quarrying. Particularly for the quarrying market, we have seen more customers considering models that increase productivity, such as the John Deere 844K-III Aggregate Handler option.” He explained that with larger material-handling

buckets, this model can handle more product than the traditional wheel loader in two passes, making it ideal for markets where traffic or regulations limit the number of times trucks can travel to the quarry. Another area of interest is technology, particularly for improvements that increase productivity and machine reliability, according to Chesterman. “We have seen that many of our customers are especially interested in our hybrid-electric drive offering, available on the John Deere 944K model, as it has significantly reduced fuel consumption for many of our customers.” He also noted that this model provides strong pushing power and quick acceleration, allowing it to load the bucket easily and climb ramps quickly. The hybrid-drive system allows the engine to be run in a finite speed range providing quick, responsive and consistent hydraulic cycle times, and in the standard setting, engine speed is automatically controlled, allowing the wheel loader to operate in its most efficient speed range. Chris Connolly, wheel loader product manager, Volvo Construction Equipment, said: “We are seeing the most significant growth in building, heavy infrastructure, oil and gas, industrial material handling, and road construction. In terms of size, almost every horsepower class size has continued to grow, with our largest market being the 150- to 175-hp range. No matter the size, owners and operators are looking for more information to be available on the job and want features that will help improve productivity and efficiency.” When it comes to size, Aaron Kleingartner, marketing manager, Doosan Infracore North America, pointed out that for them, “A popular size of wheel loaders remains the 2.5- to 4-cubic-yard models, which includes the Doosan DL200-5, DL200TC-5, DL250-5, DL250TC-5 and the new DL280-5. Wheel loaders in

Left: The Cat 972M XE features an advanced powertrain which delivers better performance and fuel efficiency, while simplifying operating technique. Performance Series Buckets improve material retention.

this size class are a staple on construction jobsites, as well as pit and quarry applications, and scrap and recycling facilities.” Gordon Plotkin, district sales manager for Hyundai in Canada, explained that their dealers are finding increasing opportunities for their HL940 and HL955 (13,000-kg and 15,000-kg class, respectively) wheel loaders in snow-removal applications for Canadian customers. “Other Canadian sectors in which we’ve seen growing or resurgent activity include sand and gravel, where the demand is up for larger machines, such as the Hyundai HL975 and HL980 wheel loaders (27,000-kg and 31,000-kg class, respectively); and the oil and gas industries that are using more midsized loaders such as our HL955 model.” Jon Jennings, product marketing manager, HST Loaders, Komatsu America Corp, noted that over time, more technology has been integrated into wheel loaders for the operator to increase efficiency and comfort, such as adjustable traction control, which allows the operator to tune the machine’s tractive effort to the work surface, saving fuel and tires. “Operators demand more information and comfort while working [and] this trend of information and comfort will continue to drive design improvements across all machines.” Liebherr Canada believes that the overall market for wheel loaders will continue to be stable for the foreseeable future. “One trend that we have noticed is the features that were once rarely chosen as options are now becoming standard machine specs. Items such as on-board weigh scales, auto reversible fans, backup cameras, factory-installed auto-lube systems and joystick steering are delivered on a high percentage of new wheel loaders,” said Dave Maxwell, Regional Operations Manager, Liebherr Canada (Earthmoving Division). Hyundai’s Plotkin pointed out that another trend is increasing recognition by contractors of the value of the standard on-board weighing system, which Hyundai offers on their HL900 series wheel loaders for accurately monitoring productivity.

era system, AAVM (All-Around Video Monitoring), provides a variety of benefits to the operator, including 360 degrees of visibility around the machine, 10 operator-selectable views, full operational awareness of surroundings, ease of use through the in-cab touchscreen monitor, object detection with safety alert zones, and an audible alarm with colour-coded arrow tracking.” The system also has IMOD (Intelligent Moving Object Detection) which alerts the operator to the presence of people or objects. Doosan provides a rear-view camera as standard equipment on all their heavy construction equipment, including wheel loaders, and that their LCD monitor allows the operator to view the rear-view camera image while still seeing machine information on the monitor, said Kleingartner. “Rear-view cameras are standard for Komatsu loaders and a growing number of manufacturers,” Jennings said. Sardenberg pointed out that on machines used primarily in construction, where there is usually space constraints and lots of truck traffic and workers, Cat offers an optional, separate display for the rear-view camera so it is always on. In addition, they also offer object detection, which works similar to car systems that provide an audible alarm when the machine is approaching an obstacle while backing up. The system is speed-sensitive, which means the alarm will start sooner if operator is backing the machine faster. Within the 2.5- to 4-cubic-yard size class, wheel loader manufacturers, including Doosan, have started offering hydrostatic-drive system as an alternative to torque converter transmissions, said Kleingartner, such as the new hydrostatic drive system in the Doosan DL200-5 and DL200TC-5 which delivers higher performance at lower engine rpm, and that improves fuel efficiency. Additional features of the hydrostatic drive system include traction control management and speed management, he added. “With traction control management, three modes allow operators to easily match traction to the jobsite conditions and minimize wheel slippage. Speed management is a variable speed control feature which allows operators to obtain full engine rpm for optimal lift arm and hydraulic attach-

“Operators demand more information and comfort while working [and] this trend of information and comfort will continue to drive design improvements across all machines.” Jon Jennings, product marketing manager, HST Loaders, Komatsu America Corp. ment performance while fine-tuning the maximum machine travel speed in the first-gear range.” Caterpillar’s XE powertrain has replaced the torque-converter and transmission with a combination of hydrostatic and mechanical system that selects the best power combination based on machine application, resulting in significant fuel saving while also allowing for simpler machine operation, said Sardenberg. It is available on 966M XE and 972M XE models. The newly designed Liebherr XPower wheel loaders utilize “a new driveline that combines the benefits of both the hydrostatic and mechanical drive systems for dramatically improved productivity and fuel efficiency,” said Maxwell. Chad Parker at Hyundai pointed out that advances have been made in Tier 4 Final engines to meet EPA Tier 4 certification levels without the use of diesel-particulate filters. “The real advantage to the customer is the reduced stress of no longer having to worry about stopping the machine from production for the scheduled manual regeneration process. Operators can stay in the cab enjoying the air conditioning in the summer or heat in the winter without the worry of having to shut the engines down due to excessive idle time.” “Modern hydraulic systems have become more intelligent,” noted Andrew Dargatz, product marketing

Technology reaches deeper into machine design

Volvo’s Connolly pointed out that their “customers are particularly interested in technology that improves efficiency and productivity and gives them the information they need to be successful.” On-board weighing systems that provide the operator with a live look at the bucket’s load are a good example. For example, Volvo’s recently updated Load Assist on-board weighing system provides real-time information on a bucket’s payload within +/- 1 percent accuracy, according to Connolly. For machines operating in aggregate, asphalt and cement production, Caterpillar Production Management (CPM) is an on-board scale that helps operators target the correct amount of material to be loaded in trucks or hoppers. “This assists in maximizing efficiency and avoiding trucks having to dispose of excess material,” said Sardenberg. “The system communicates via telematics so information can be aggregated and monitored for production analysis and optimization.” Technologies that help improve visibility and safety are important, as wheel loaders can change direction quickly. Chad Parker, senior product specialist and sales trainer, Hyundai, explained that their “exclusive cam-

Liebherr’s L 538 – with an operating weight from 13,900 to 15,000 kg – is an all-round, mid-range wheel loader with parallel-lift arms optimized for a wide range of attachments, making this an extremely versatile machine. SEPTEMBER 2018

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In-Depth report: wheel loaders A good lighting package, as seen here on the Volvo L90H, is critical to safe operation at night. This model has an operating weight from 31,968 to 38,140 pounds, static tipping load at full turn of 21,400 pounds, and bucket capacities from 2.7 to 9.2 cubic yards.

“Electronics systems have advanced to a point where the machine – from the cab to the engine, hydraulics and everything in between – is intertwined.” Andrew Dargatz, product marketing manager, Case Construction Equipment manager, Case Construction Equipment, “with the electro-hydraulic system allowing for automated machine functions, different work modes or the ability to easily select other operating functions with a simple keypad or touchscreen.” These systems have also become easier to maintain, he added, with Case electro-hydraulic systems able to self-diagnose any failures or malfunctions. “The system can show the operator if it’s an issue with one of the pumps, or a filter, and locate the issue easily. We’ve made it easier for the operator to understand what’s happening inside the machine.” He also noted the difference a variable displacement pump makes. “Fixed displacement pumps basically work by having the hydraulic flow running fullbore at a constant rate, with most of the flow being dumped over a relief valve during lighter operation. While this type of system works, it is very inefficient, and can create extra heat in the system. By utilizing a variable displacement pump, you only produce as much flow as needed, which increases the efficiency of the machine and eliminates excess heat. “Having one pump that does everything might make a machine more compact, but it also makes it less efficient,” he emphasized. “By putting in multiple pumps and separating steering from the work circuit, we are able to match the pumps to the pressures that are needed, which reduces throttling losses.” Telematics systems have become a crucial part of machine health maintenance and customer total-costof-ownership planning, according to Parker. Manufacturers now offer mobile apps for their telematics systems, like Hyundai’s HiMATE, providing customers with instant access to the machine’s production and operating data from their mobile devices. Connolly at Volvo agrees and recommends that customers consider telematics for the insights it provides on machine efficiency, downtime and main-

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tenance needs. “If they are not interested in looking through all the data themselves,” he said, “Volvo offers a service called ActiveCare Direct in which Volvo sifts through the information and alerts owners and dealers only about immediate concerns.” “Electronics systems have advanced to a point where the machine – from the cab to the engine, hydraulics and everything in between – is intertwined,” said Case’s Dargatz. He explained that this integrated technology has allowed for the development of automatic bucket control features, such as height control, returnto-dig and return-to-travel. These help automate common boom and bucket functions, such as loading trucks or hoppers of a common height and then returning the bucket back to a desired travel position. This helps increase productivity and simplify operation, while cutting down on wasted time, movement and fuel with each cycle, Dargatz added. “Every moment and ounce of fuel saved by eliminating excessive and corrective movements – especially in high-production, repetitive/cycle applications – adds up to savings to the bottom line.”

Importance of linkage, couplers and attachments

There is a diverse range of buckets for wheel loaders, noted Hyundai’s Parker, from general purpose and material handling buckets to grapple buckets, waste/refuse buckets, wood chip buckets, mulch buckets, 4-in-1 buckets, high tip rollout buckets, ejector buckets, and side-dump buckets. Other types of attachments include log forks, log grapples, logsorting grapples, pipe clamps, pipe forks, construction forks, lumber forks, car-body forks, coil stings and a pot handler for use in steel mills. Sardenberg at Cat said not to overlook the most important attachment customers can select – the bucket. “Caterpillar has invested a significant amount of time and resources to provide the best design of buckets to match a customer application while also reducing operating costs for the machine. The Caterpillar Performance Series Buckets accomplish all of this with a flat and longer floor, curved edges, integrated spill guard, and other features.” He emphasized that having the correct bucket will impact every aspect of production, not to mention

operating cost. “We encourage customers to rely on their equipment dealers to size the bucket appropriately and always question if the standard offering is the best fit for application.” Sourcing your attachments is another consideration. Sardenberg suggested that customers ensure their dealer rents or sells all the attachments they need, “not only for simplicity but also because tools designed and manufactured by the same brand as the loader will take advantage of the performance and capabilities the machine has to offer.” Volvo’s Connolly pointed out that their new rehandling buckets are designed with convex sides and an improved spill guard to ease filling and minimize spillage. Couplers have become ubiquitous on wheel loaders, particularly in construction segments, in order to increase versatility on the jobsite; however, most couplers add an offset (meaning they add to the overall length of the machine) which in turn affects performance, explained Sardenberg. “Caterpillar’s Fusion coupler,” he said, “is the only coupler system offered today with no offset which helps maintain machine performance, breakout force, and visibility.” Couplers can lead to demand for third valve functionality to run attachments, pointed out Komatsu’s Jennings, such as is available on their WA200-8, WA270-8 and WA320-8 loaders. In addition, Komatsu loaders accommodate JRB or ISO style attachments to suit customers’ needs. A popular option for Doosan wheel loaders is a hydraulic coupler, available in JRB and ISO style, with a four-point style pickup which allows operators to hook up attachments easily, even on irregular terrain, according to Doosan’s Kleingartner. Non-hydraulic attachments, such as a pallet fork, can be changed without the operator having to leave the cab. Most Doosan wheel loaders are designed with a standard Z-bar lift arm linkage for heavy lifting in loading applications, Kleingartner added, as it has excellent breakout forces for easier digging and penetration into tough materials, as well as increased lifting capacities. “A high-lift Z-bar linkage, available as an option, provides more dump height and reach where it’s needed,” he added. “It is a popular option in applications such as cement plants, scrap/recycling yards, mulch facilities and wastewater transfer stations.” An alternative to the standard Z-bar lift arm linkage is parallel lift linkage, Kleingartner continued. It gives operators precise control of the movement of buckets, pallet forks and other attachments in applications other than loading where it is important to

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Left: Hyundai’s 13,600-kg HL940TM has an integrated rear-view camera to keep the operator aware of objects and personnel behind the machine, significantly reducing the risk of accidents. Right: Komatsu’s WA270-8 has parallel-lift linkage, auto tilt-in feature to ensure good bucket fill in the toughest of digging conditions, and fourth-generation Hydrostatic Transmission. keep the attachment level, allowing for faster lifting and placing of materials. Liebherr offers two different styles of loader arms on many of the most common wheel loader sizes, Maxwell said. “On all of our machines we offer the conventional Z-bar linkage which provides high levels of breakout forces and a great deal of torque at ground level. Alternatively, for the pure material handling operations we offer an industrial-style boom arm which provides parallel lift through the entire loading cycle, as well as high levels of torque in the raised position.” Hyundai has noticed that “the parallel dual-lift-arm design, used on our Tool Master models, is having a big comeback due to the extreme visibility it offers without the visibility obstruction of a Z-lever linkage or torque parallel bar,” Parker commented. “You get the benefits of high breakout force, maximum visibility and the ability to pick the payload level.” A new loader arm design on the Volvo H-Series 2.0 wheel loaders results in increased tipping load, explained Connolly. “The Boom Suspension System reduces bucket spillage and boosts productivity by as much as a 20 percent on rough ground, and a unique Torque Parallel linkage delivers high breakout torque and excellent parallel movement throughout the entire lifting range,” he said. Caterpillar’s solution on the 950 and 962 wheel loaders was to redesign the traditional linkage to accomplish parallel lift while still retaining the benefits of a traditional linkage, such as breakout force – a common trade-off when going to specialized toolcarrier linkages. Caterpillar also offers different options of linkage, boom, and arms to specific industries, such as forestry, block handling, and others to provide the best solution in terms of performance and machine productivity. Sardenberg said, “Customers should be wary of manufacturers that offer the same linkage, boom and arm to every application, since those would not be taking any advantage of the machine potential.” He added that since boom, arm and linkage still depend on machine and hydraulics performance for smooth operations, “Always request a demonstration or spend enough time in the product to ensure there is a balance between the machine performance, balance and productivity to ensure the machine fits your needs and the linkage choice is appropriate.”

Advanced cab design

Since the cab is the operator’s office, wheel loader manufacturers will continue to improve cab comfort to the level of over-the-road semi-trucks and automobiles, according to Hyundai’s Parker. “Some manufacturers,




including Hyundai, have already moved in this direction. Our HL900 wheel loader series, for example, includes standard backup cameras, optional AAVM, proportion rolling thumb switch to control third spool valve attachments, accurate on-board weighing system, air pressurized cab for overall healthy in-cab environment, joystick steering, Bluetooth radio, and customizable operational and performance settings in the machine monitor.” These are all standard features, except AAVM which is an option. Deere’s Chesterman said that “understanding the daily demands operators face, comfortable operator stations are necessary to ensure maximum productivity.” This starts with the seat, which Deere has improved. Their ventilated and heated seat is now standard on the 944K and will be introduced to other models. Some of Volvo’s newest machines have a premium operator seat available as an option, said Connolly. The anatomically shaped seat includes climate control and air suspension with built-in compressor. Another feature on some Volvo models is electroservo hydraulic controls which allow operators to shift quickly between linear and single-lever controls. “For safety, look for features like a rear-view camera, anti-slip steps and an optional radar detection system that provides audio and visual alerts in the cab whenever there is an obstruction behind the machine,” Connolly added. The Case G Series offers three seat options, including a premium heated air-ride seat with active suspension, as well as fully customizable seat positioning, control adjustability and increased legroom. These models also feature an all-new HVAC system that achieves the fastest cab cool-down of any loader in the industry, said Dargatz. The new G Series wheel loaders also have a solidstate controller that provides software control over electrical power distribution and basic vehicle functions, which eliminates fuses and relays, and significantly lowers the amount of wiring throughout the machine. Plus, Dargatz added, “the new steering console mimics the driver controls – lights, wipers, turn signals, etc. – found in most cars/trucks.” Sardenberg said Cat was the first, and until recently the only manufacturer, to offer joystick steering as standard for models 966 through 982. It provides operator feedback and is speed sensitive for intuitive operations. In 2018, Doosan introduced a new forward-neutral-reverse (FNR) joystick control/gear selector and a paint scheme update to the loader’s lift arms. They switched from Doosan orange to a charcoal. Darker colors tend to blend in with a background, while

“Features that were once rarely chosen as options are now becoming standard machine specs . . . such as on-board weigh scales, auto reversible fans, backup cameras, factory-installed autolube systems and joystick steering.” Dave Maxwell, regional operations manager, Liebherr Canada (Earthmoving Division)

brighter colours, such as orange, are more likely to stand out. “The lower contrast of the charcoal lift arm with the background allows the eyes to shift focus to the background, which provides the optical perception of improved visibility to the work area,” said Kleingartner. Maxwell commented on the excellent visibility Liebherr wheel loaders have to the rear due to the unique placement of the radiator behind the operator’s cab and the fact that it is installed lengthwise on the machine. In addition, rear visibility has been improved with a now-standard backup camera.

A wide range of options are available

During the past 12 months, Doosan has introduced new options available for select wheel loaders, said Kleingartner, including a wide-fin radiator. It has six fins per inch to provide better cooling and help filter out dust and debris, which can be particularly helpful in scrap, recycling and solid waste applications. He also pointed out that the new Doosan DL280-5 wheel loader can be equipped with heavy-duty axles, which allow for the use of solid tires that improve uptime in applications where pneumatic tires are susceptible to puncture. “An optional guarding package to protect critical wheel loader components when working in harsh conditions – such as scrap processing, waste transfer stations, recycling and demolition – is also available to help minimize machine downtime.” Volvo has a Special Application Solutions group

In-Depth report: wheel loaders The 34,207-kg John Deere 844K-III is packed with power – 283 net kW (380 net hp) at 1,600 rpm – to handle the 5.5-cubic-metre (7.25-cubic-yard) bucket. which helps customize solutions to wheel loaders, noted Connolly. “They will guide a customer through creating a machine that works best with their loading application. If customers need something beyond a standard product, a customized wheel loader could be the answer.” Caterpillar’s Sardenberg said that they offer auto-lube (or autogreaser) with direct connectivity to machine telematics to provide worry-free operation and reduced operating cost. The system is owned by Caterpillar and communicates with machine systems to determine optimal greasing intervals, as well as diagnostics capabilities, he explained. Auto-lube provides features such as ground-level fill, diagnostics tied to machine telematics, and application-based lube intervals (for instance, the machine will not apply grease if it is idling). “Since some jobs operate during extended hours close to residential areas, it is common to receive complaints or even have requirements about noise,” Sardenberg added. “Caterpillar offers variable volume back-up alarm which limits the sound based on ambient noise, and also offers a white-noise alarm which sounds different than traditional beeps.” Liebherr’s Maxwell pointed out that some of the newer options available on their wheel loaders include adaptive work lights whereby the brightness is regulated automatically and continuously according to the position of the attachment, resulting in less glare, and a roof-mounted camera that gives the operator an unobstructed view over any large attachment on the front of the machine.

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In terms of the future for wheel loaders, Caterpillar’s Sardenberg said: “Look for more technology to help efficiency . . . integration between the data of your machine and operation for efficiency gains. Technology will also allow the operator to do his/her job better with non-intrusive systems designed more to assist than to automate machine operation. In terms of powertrain, look for lower operating costs with a variety of improvements to engine technology.” Hyundai’s Parker added there is “something that wheel loaders might borrow in the future from the design of four-wheel-drive articulated forklifts, in serving as purpose-built machines for use in logging and oil/ gas pipe yards. I’m referring to the lift linkage that could offer more stability and lifting capability on a smaller wheel loader chassis, while providing the all-terrain capabilities you need for transporting the materials across the rough unstable ground conditions in the log/mill yards and the oil/gas pipe stockyards.” Hydraulics will continue to increase engine and transmission efficiencies, he continued, with engineers constantly studying ways to reduce energy loss from components such as torque converters. Parker also sees enhancements to telematics systems in order to troubleshoot remote maintenance situations, quickly resolve repairs and reduce machine downtime. HEG


in-cab camera system adds safety and supports drivers Cameras that capture multiple views of a truck and its surroundings offer owners greater opportunities for driver training and safety management By Lee Toop, Associate Editor


ocational truck drivers frequently have to navigate trucks through heavy traffic, squeeze into tight jobsites and avoid hazards. Cement mixers and refuse trucks, in particular, are challenging to operate at the best of times, let alone when there are difficult conditions all around them. Under these conditions, accidents do happen and can be costly in terms of repairs, lost time and legal issues for truck owners. To avert these issues, owners and fleet managers are taking more advantage of systems that can capture video outside of the vehicle, while also providing a view in the cab to allow for coaching and management of drivers. As more trucks are fitted with more cameras, both front and back as well as on the sides, systems that collect and monitor that data are expanding as well, offering owners improved safety and awareness all the way around their vehicles. For vocational truck owners, the move from driver safety and coaching to full vehicle camera monitoring is a recent one. “The thing that’s been driving our motivation in the heavy truck sector is the severity of collisions. When they do get in a collision, it’s usually a highdollar, high-injury and high-severity type of collision,” said Dave Riordan, executive vice president and chief client officer with Lytx. “A lot of these companies hold preventive maintenance, safety and behavior change as core principles of how they make an impact on safety. They have been leading the charge, getting out in front of the types of collisions that are causing the more severe losses and using behavior coaching to make an impact.” As owners have seen improvements in safety and their bottom line, they have begun to see the benefit of cameras for different applications, Riordan added.

Range of video solutions

Lytx offers fleets a number of solutions focused on cameras inside and outside of vocational trucks, as well as the use of video from those cameras to provide insight on driver behaviour

while on the job. The company, which recently partnered with Mack Trucks to offer prewires ready for its systems on Granite and LR refuse trucks straight from the factory, captures and analyzes video associated to on-road incidents, allowing managers the opportunity to coach drivers who may be exhibiting problematic behaviours. Things such as a lack of awareness of what is going on around them are key problems for heavy trucks on the road, according to Riordan. “When you look at the videos that are causing some collisions, the big hitters include late response . . . seeing something up ahead and either not allowing for the right spacing around the vehicle or not being fully alert and aware. Late response really contributes to about a third of the severe collisions,” he said. “Then there’s unsafe lane change. In our incident list, you see it as same-direction sideswipe incidents, but the root cause is lane change and awareness behaviours.” There are also awareness issues with intersections and scanning of roadways, he added. When a customer installs the Lytx DriveCam system in their truck, they gain the opportunity to review any risky occurrences that may happen while their driver is on the road. Kristin Costas, Lytx director, product development, said the system captures exception-based video that gives insight on what happened ahead of – and inside – the truck at the time of that particular incident. Sensors in the Lytx device, mounted in the truck cab, activate the camera when actions like sudden braking or acceleration occur, Costas explained. “If there’s a lane departure warning or forward collision warning, we’ll capture 12 seconds of video, and then we review that video to identify behaviours that are happening,” Costas said. “Through telematics data, you can get some insight about G-forces happening during cornering or braking, and all of that is interesting, but without really knowing what’s happening inside the cab, it’s hard to manage what the driver is doing.”

The Lytx in-cab camera system is unobtrusive and captures video both inside and outside of the truck. Additional driver training opportunities

The added driver training opportunities that come with Lytx DriveCam are valued by fleet managers, but it has been, quite literally, focused on just the road and the driver. The proliferation of cameras to the side and rear of trucks, and the potential for use of that video in even more situations, has been on Lytx’s radar for some time. Its Video Services solution is one way to take advantage of that broader video view. Video Services captures footage from both the forward-facing view as well as other cameras on the truck, allowing owners a good look at what’s happening all around their vehicle at any particular time – an important addition in a variety of situations. “The types of things we’re starting to explore with heavy vehicle fleets are things like safety on work sites – what’s going on in and around the vehicle if you have multiple views from multiple cameras, whether it’s a pour being done by a ready-mix truck or just backing through a congested workplace,” Riordan noted. Video Services can be used for everything from insurance claims to

confirmation of delivery, depending on the customer’s needs. Pilot projects are currently being undertaken in the recycling and construction sectors, Riordan noted. “One trial is with a recycling group in Penticton, B.C., looking for recycling compliance and waste stream contamination. They have a camera in the hopper when a recycling bin is deposited . . . the driver already has the ability to monitor what’s going into the hopper, but this gives him the ability to say ‘oh, that’s a TV’ or ‘that’s a car battery,’ to recognize there’s something that shouldn’t be in the waste stream and be able to record that time instance in the vehicle,” he explained. Another pilot is focused on the value of multiple camera feeds surrounding concrete pour operations, Riordan added. He pointed out that “there are a lot of sensors on the vehicle that register exactly when you’re doing certain tasks, like pouring, and there are monitors from other systems as well. We’re working with a proof of concept where we are finding those points in time and evaluating the safety value of seeing what is going on in and around the vehicle.” HEG


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The 2019 Silverado 1500 will introduce several levels of towing features to improve customers’ trailering experiences – all light-duty Silverado models have myChevrolet mobile app trailering capability and customers can add the Advanced Trailering System, which includes access to the system in-vehicle. The Trailering Camera Package works in conjunction with both of these technologies and provides a more comprehensive trailer view. Chevrolet is also helping to take the guesswork out of calculating the

combined weight of customers’ truck and trailer combinations thanks to a trailering label. All four trailering levels offered on the 2019 Silverado 1500 will provide customers more confidence, easier trailer hitching and improved connectivity between the truck and trailer. The myChevrolet app will offer select trailering features such as pre-departure step-by-step towing checklists and a glossary of towing terms for compatible smartphones and data plans. The app also allows drivers to conduct a trailer light test that uses an automatic exterior light sequence to help confirm that the trailer is properly connected. For customers who tow more often, the Advanced Trailering System provides features to make towing a more seamless process. The system is standard on LTZ and High Country trim levels and available on LT, RST and Trail Boss trim levels. The system includes Auto Parking Brake Assist, Hitch Guidance with Hitch View, and a Trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The Advanced Trailering System Infotainment app allows customers to track the mileage, fuel economy and transmission temperature of their truck while towing.


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Contractor–Dealer Partnership Canadian equipment dealers increasingly deliver technology, productivity and uptime wherever, whenever, to help customers succeed By Lawrence Buser, Editorial Director


ealers provide many services to their customers, from equipment sales to rental, leasing, financing, maintenance, training and telematics. For many business, the dealer is essentially like a partner that has an interest in their customers’ success. As the heavy construction industry becomes more technologically advanced, dealers are becoming even more important. The twists and turns of technological development can be challenging, but are also designed to help customers improve their operations, reduce costs and maximize profitability. In today’s competitive market, it is essential for customers to invest in the latest technologies to help them improve their bottom line, according to crushing and screening dealer Foreman Equipment. For example, the Powerscreen Pulse telematics solution, used on Powerscreen equipment sold by

Foreman, provides at-a-glance metrics and diagnostics on a computer, tablet or smartphone for their customers in the aggregate, environmental, recycling and contracting industries. Information such as GPS location, start and stop times, fuel consumption, tonnages, cone settings, wear ratings, operating hours, maintenance status and much more allows customers to take action before damage occurs to equipment. It’s integral that the dealer understand how that product works and its benefits to the contractor. As telematics data expands, so does the need for managing it. Volvo Construction Equipment saw that customers and dealers faced ongoing challenges with the amount of telematics data, what to do with it and how to create value from it. They responded to this problem by becoming actively involved in the processing and management of the customers’ data. “All the data analysis, all the machine monitoring

Canadian dealer Chieftain Equipment’s Jeff Friesen and Geoff Wheeliker (middle left and right) receive an award as a GOMACO Top 10 distributor from GOMACO’s Travis Brockman, Canada District Sales Manager (left) and Kent Godbersen, Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Marketing.

and all the report distribution, providing easy telematics to our customers and even to our dealers, now is all done by us centrally,” said David Adams, Product Sales Manager, Connected Services with Volvo. “The benefit to customers is that this really takes the burden from them and from our dealers for analyzing that data and using it to return value on the product, and it provides a service that really is a return on investment on the telematics they all have, that we all have,” explained Jim Bretz, Director – Uptime & Connected Services at Volvo Construction Equipment. “Whether it was a large customer with a big fleet trying to incorporate it across their whole fleet, or just a customer with one or two machines, they were really trying to use telematics but it wasn’t easy,” Adams said. “Even a customer with one or two Volvos may have 10 other different machines from other

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Left: Foreman Equipment provides orientation on a cone crusher. Right: SMS Equipment is a distributor for Komatsu excavators and their Intelligent Machine Control system. OEMs and had to look at three or four different websites, get their reports and then analyze all the data. Now with us doing it and sending it to them, they no longer have to do that. I think customers really appreciate the OEMs’ involvement in the actual process of maintaining their machines. The customer acceptance is really good.” Technological change isn’t just limited to telematics in one part of the construction industry. Even segments like concrete paving are being shaped by high-tech advancements. GOMACO has a large and well-regarded dealer network in Canada, and according to Bob Leonard, Inside Sales manager, they share a trait: they’re excellent listeners. This skill allows them to assist customers in customizing a model to fit the application and jobsite specifications they are facing. It’s highly important that GOMACO dealers understand the changes in today’s slipform paving machines and supporting products. “They must embrace these changes and have the ability to communicate the new technology to the GOMACO customer,” Leonard said. “This includes telematics and GOMACO Remote Diagnostics whereby a machine connected to GOMACO’s service centre receives software updates and troubleshooting that can save countless hours and limit downtime. The benefits of connecting a customer’s machine to their cell phone or laptop are enormous.” In the area of earthmoving equipment, Intelligent Machine Control (IMC), part of Komatsu’s SMART Construction, has revolutionized the industry since being introduced five years ago. Today, IMC dozers

Terrafirma sells and rents a wide range of aggregate processing equipment, excavators and specialty attachments.

and excavators sold by SMS and other dealers deliver increased productivity and efficiency on jobsites at levels that have transformed how excavating and grading work is performed. The results speak for themselves: production times have improved by 61 percent, adding an extra 31 hours of extra productivity per month or up to $372,000 per year. Success based on the numbers is one thing, but hearing it from contractors is another. Take, for example, Ashley Godwin and Kyle Melnyk, who founded Alberta-based TAHK Projects Ltd. 11 years ago. They quadrupled forecasted revenue in the first year, and in 2015 won the prestigious Prairies Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Part of the reason for their success is their dealer: SMS Equipment. “Small companies don’t have the flexibility that larger players have,” said Godwin. “With only a few machines, we couldn’t swap out equipment – you need your equipment up and running. SMS Equipment was a huge help and they always stepped up.” For example, when they had a track hoe sink in the muskeg and had no backup equipment, SMS refinanced them for a brand-new excavator before the insurance came through and they were able to keep the project running. SMS even helped manage their equipment before they hired their own equipment manager, added Melnyk, and “we didn’t have to buy multiple pieces of equipment to get great service – we’ve had it since day one.” Dealers are also relied upon by their customers to bring new technology and advancements to their attention. For Frontline Machinery, which serves customers in aggregate processing, biomass, and wood and waste recycling, that means introducing new products to the North American market – hybrid crushing and screening plants that can reduce fuel costs by up to 70 percent, for example, or volumetric measurement tools that monitor material production in real time, or material separators that use innovative technology to remove impurities from highly contaminated material in a single pass. Investing in a new piece of heavy equipment is not always an easy process for any organization, according to the team at Frontline. That’s why they take the time to sit down with customers to understand their businesses and discuss their needs before offering a solution. They emphasize that their goal is to increase the productivity, efficiency and profitability of their clients through a personalized approach, flexible financing options and specialized services. Some dealers have a special focus which is a benefit to customers. Manulift, for example, specializes exclusively in telescopic handlers. By committing 100 percent to this market, they say they say that makes them “the ultimate specialist, [which] allows all their departments to reach an impossible-to-match know-how.” Manulift said that in order to serve customers bet-

ter today, dealers need to invest in technology themselves, which is why they have invested in a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for themselves and their cross-Canada dealer network. The benefits they have realized are productivity gains, a coherent information system that facilitates communication, and a centralized control of the business that enables making quick decisions based on real-time data. Another dealer that provides a special service is Terrafirma Equipment. Not only do they sell and rent a wide range of aggregate processing equipment, excavators and specialty attachments from a range of brands – such as SBM, Rubble Master, Antraquip, Allied and Epiroc – they specialize in demolition attachment rentals. Their team works with customers to determine precisely what their needs are when it comes to shears, breakers, pulverizers, compactors and other demolition tools so they can pair customers with equipment effectively. Rentals are also available on an assortment of excavators and mobile aggregate equipment. At SMS Equipment, they make a point of knowing the technology and how to make it work for their mining customers without forcing them to change their processes. “When we work with a customer, it is about finding the technology that fits the customer, not adapting the customer to fit our technologies,” said Scott Schellenberg, Senior Manager of Autonomous Haulage Systems for SMS Equipment. That could be Komatsu Frontrunner, an autonomous technology that has demonstrated savings in both safety and productivity, along with a reduction in operating costs, according to Mike Brown, VP, Innovation & Advanced Technology at SMS.

The future

“I think ‘the dealer of the future’ is a big change in business process,” said Bretz. Volvo customers and dealers, he elaborated, receive a lot of operational information, such as idle time and fuel consumption, in monthly reports from ActiveCare Direct. “What dealers need to begin to do is be consultants for customers on their operational needs with the machines and not just provide service support.” The more advanced machines become as the industry moves to greater automation and electrification, the more information will be available to collect – and the more data will be available to react to. “Sensor data . . . will allow us to monitor more and more systems on the machines,” Bretz added. The future will be “having systems on the machines that can actually learn and make autonomous corrections to anything on the machine, based on the machine ‘learning’ about itself. “That’s going to drive a lot of different growth for dealer business, as far as relationships with the customer and working with them, and using the data that’s available to improve the customer’s operation.” HEG SEPTEMBER 2018

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At Frontline, we not only offer the most advanced and versatile crushing, grinding, screening, shredding, and material measuring and handling equipment available – we know it inside out. Should you need service, we have a team of heav y equipment specialists on hand to get gears and wheels turning and earning again – fast. It’s all part of Frontline Machinery’s world-class after-sales support.






Canada’s Leading Mobile Industrial Heavy Equipment Provider Frontline Machinery 43799 Progress Way, Chilliwack, B.C. V2R 0E6 604-625-2009 www.frontline-machinery.com info@fl-machinery.com


rontline 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 in 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 to understand your business, discussing needs before offering the best solution. At Frontline Machinery, the success of their clients’ projects is always top priority.

TECHNOLOGY Having the right equipment to solve your material processing challenges is what Frontline Machinery is all about. Armed with sound knowledge of material management and heavy-duty machinery, Frontline set about acquiring the technologies and equipment that will deliver the right results – and a better bottom line. Frontline introduces Canadian customers to new equipment from around the world. They take a lead role in promoting technology advancements and solutions never before seen in North America to help customers improve operations. From hybrid crushing and screening plants which reduce fuel costs by up to 70 percent, to volumetric material measurement solutions which accurately monitor material production in real time, to innovative material separators which extract impurities from highly contaminated material in just a single pass, Frontline’s selection brings maximum durability, superior quality, and reliable results.

SERVICES OFFERED In-field demonstrations, technical support, 24/7 emergency support, mobile fleet, remote on-site services, on-site training including equipment safety training, machine commissioning, equipment optimization, preventative maintenance, equipment refurbishing, on-site equipment inspections, short-term and long-term equipment rentals, equipment financing.

FLEXIBLE FINANCING OPTIONS Whether you’re an experienced owner looking to expand your operations or new contractor just starting out, Frontline Machinery has flexible financing, helping you preserve your capital while getting you the equipment you need. Ask how their customized equipment financing solutions can fit your personal needs from shortterm to long-term financing, to rental and rental-to-own purchase options.

SERVICE & SUPPORT When you work with Frontline, you have access to an entire team of experienced heavy equipment specialists who are trained to go above and beyond in their service. Frontline’s team of technicians provides service anywhere across Canada – even those remote sites requiring private chartered flights. With emergency 24/7 support, you receive service where and when you need it. In addition to exceptional aftermarket service, Frontline carries one of the most extensive inventories of spare and wear parts – in addition to emergency parts for those unexpected breakdowns. EQUIPMENT DEALER SPOTLIGHT / A special advertising feature






Expertise in Multiple Services for an Excelled Customer Experience Terrafirma Equipment 18104-111 Avenue Edmonton, Alberta T5S 2R1 888-240-4098 www.terrafirmaequipment.com info@terrafirmaequipment.com


errafirma Equipment sells and rents out a wide range of aggregate processing equipment, excavators and specialty attachments. Terrafirma’s experienced staff are able to pair customers with the proper tools and equipment needed to get the job done. By partnering with trusted manufacturers, such as SBM, Rubble Master, Antraquip, Allied and Epiroc, customers can be confident in the level of quality and reliability in their equipment. Terrafirma puts the customer’s experience first in every engagement, which is why they offer a wide range of supportive services. Their dedication to remain a trusted service for customers has given Terrafirma sustainability in the industry for over 50 years.

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SERVICES OFFERED Terrafirma is a one-stop shop by offering a variety of services, such as sales, rentals, parts, servicing and in-house financing. Their specialty is demolition attachment rentals with inventory including shears, breakers, pulverizers, compactors and much more. Rentals are also available on an assortment of excavators and mobile aggregate equipment. In terms of sales, Terrafirma is a North American dealer for many aggregate processing companies, such as SBM Mineral Processing. They are also a Western Canadian dealer for Rubble Master’s screens, crushers, scalpers, stackers and conveyor belts. By forming strong partnerships, Terrafirma is able to remain wellinformed on their product range and keep prices competitive. Terrafirma is also a parts dealer for all their suppliers including Allied, Epiroc, SBM, Pro Mac, Drumcutters, Betek and HKS Technology. By utilizing their large network of dealers, Terrafirma is able to get quick access to parts for all makes, models, years and specialty orders. They are able to procure high-quality parts in a time-efficient manner, getting customers back to work as soon as possible. In-house servicing is also available to customers for equipment repairs, maintenance, rebuilds and modifications. Terrafirma’s experienced technicians have access to a fully equipped shop, allowing them to tackle nearly any service job. Their technicians are also readily available to customers for on-site servicing. Customers can give Terrafirma a call if they are unsure of what they need. No problem is left unsolved. For no additional cost, Terrafirma’s customers have full access to in-house financing. A certified commercial financial expert is on hand to get customers the best deal, regardless of the type of equipment or size of order. Whether it’s to upgrade or explore new financial opportunities, Terrafirma’s financial service is available to customers. Their financial expert has the ability to customize a plan to suit different businesses with diverse needs. Terrafirma Equipment puts customers’ needs first by providing them with a variety of supportive services. They have remained a trusted company since 1967 by forming strong relationships with their customers and vendors. Terrafirma remains dedicated to maintaining these relationships in the many years to come. SEPTEMBER 2018


Your road to custom solutions starts with our complimentary maintenance package ✓ Regular service at 500, 1000, 1500, and 2000-hour intervals ✓ Included with all new equipment purchases ✓ Travel credits up to $300 CAD per interval Komatsu CARE® is a complete service and advanced product support solution that we provide to our customers throughout the entire lifecycle of the machine. The Komatsu CARE® program covers the machine for the first 3 years or 2,000 hours, whichever occurs first. *Available on all eligible Tier 4 Final construction equipment

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MS Equipment partners with world-renowned brands, including Komatsu, to provide equipment sales and services to the mining, construction, forestry and utility industries. Through its network of over 35 branches across Canada, Alaska and Mongolia, SMS Equipment operates at the leading edge of innovation and offers advanced technologies that keep jobsites running safely, efficiently and productively. Even in extreme conditions, SMS Equipment ensures customers have the best solutions in place to cultivate resources, build infrastructure and create vibrant communities. Your job is tough and SMS Equipment is up to the task. Call 1-866458-0101 or visit www.smsequip. com/contact-us for a consultation.

TECHNOLOGY Intelligent Machine Control (IMC), part of Komatsu’s SMART Construction, has revolutionized the industry since being introduced five years ago. Today, IMC dozers and excavators deliver increased productivity and efficiency on jobsites at levels that have transformed how excavating and grading work is performed. Consider the results: production times have improved by 61 percent, adding an extra 31 hours of extra productivity per month or up to $372,000 per year. In head-to-head competition, Komatsu IMC excavators have shown a 20 percent improvement in grade accuracy over other intelligent machine offerings and a 46 percent improvement over conventional excavators. Komatsu machines come with KOMTRAX Telematics, a remote health monitoring solution that helps ensure fleet reliability and maintenance costs are managed effectively, and machines are ready to move dirt when you need them to. Whether your business uses intelligent machines to optimize construction costs, monitor real-time machine codes to improve reliability, or is exploring the use of drones for aerial 3D mapping, SMS Equipment will meet your needs.

SERVICES OFFERED From autonomous solutions to remote health monitoring analytics, SMS Equipment helps maximize the return on investment of your fleet. “SMS Equipment has one of the most robust service offerings in the industry,” says Reid Perkins, General Manager of Service at SMS Equipment. “Our customers benefit from top-of-class advice, warranty options, in-field demonstrations, rental opportunities, training and support.” Julia Kinley, Manager of Warranty at SMS Equipment, notes that the Komatsu CARE program is part of all eligible Tier 4 construction equipment, whether rented, leased or purchased. “It’s exclusive to Komatsu and offers coverage for the first 3 years/2,000 hours of the machine. SMS Equipment is notified when our customers require service through KOMTRAX, Komatsu’s remote monitoring system, which adds an extra level of protection for the machines, resulting in overall operating efficiencies.” For the first three years, customers receive regular service, scheduled 50-point inspections by factory-trained certified technicians, Komatsu dealer support, Komatsu lubricants and Komatsu oil and wear analysis (KOWA). This commitment means owners can count on exceptional service experience.

FINANCING Finance Manager Dean Trybuch notes that financing with SMS Equipment ensures customers can enter the market or upgrade to Komatsu machinery with relative ease. “We have customers today who were able to open their business because SMS Equipment helped them out when no other dealer would. Our exclusive partnership with Komatsu establishes opportunities for flexible financing and leasing." Contact one of SMS Equipment’s branches across Canada or go to smsequip.com to arrange a consultation and bring your company to the next level. EQUIPMENT DEALER SPOTLIGHT / A special advertising feature



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Manulift and Merlo – The Team That Brings You Productivity Manulift 100 rue D’Anvers St-Augustin-de-Desmaures Quebec G3A 1S4 450-652-5550 www.manulift.ca michel.robert@manulift.ca


anulift believes that customer service should always be the priority. They know their customers need the most productive equipment. That is why Manulift’s mission is to offer the best and most suitable equipment that will offer more productivity and increase customers’ profitability. With experience since 1972 and a passion for satisfying customer needs, Manulift became the specialist in telescopic handlers and chose the best brand in the world: Merlo. Since then, their passion has been shared with their dealer network across Canada and made it possible for Merlo to have presence across the country. At Manulift, all decisions are made with customer satisfaction in mind and they are investing to always increase their level of service and ensure that they and their dealers exceed customers’ expectations.

Nowadays, to better serve customers you need to invest in technology. That’s why Manulift invested in a new ERP system which is now in full swing. With it, Manulift and its crossCanada dealer network is getting benefits which include productivity gains, a coherent information system that facilitates communication, and a centralized control of the business that enables making quick decisions based on real-time data. For customers, this translates to significantly improved response time from the Canada-wide service team thanks to better route planning and repair times that are clarified, standardized and reduced. The parts department can manage inventory in an optimal manner and avoid back orders or long delays. Manulift believes that to better serve customers you need to be an expert in your craft and that the only way to achieve it is to be a specialist. That’s why Manulift is 100 percent telescopic. Their unique specialization allows all of their departments to reach an impossible-to-match know-how. The result: customers enjoy substantial benefits. Rather than expand to offering other product lines, Manulift has preferred to focus on investing in telescopic handler expertise. That is why each employee or dealer is constantly trained by their national trainers to ensure that everyone is knowledgeable. Merlo invests 8.8 percent in R&D each year to offer the most advanced telescopic handler on the market, with the most productivity gains going to the end users. This means that Manulift has to be proactive in training. It is how they stay the number one telescopic handler distributor in Canada!

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Foreman Equipment is the authorized dealer for Powerscreen for the Province of Alberta. All existing Powerscreen customers please call us for reliable, quick parts delivery. We have 2 full time parts people and stock over $2,000,000 in parts and components for your convenience. Equipment inventory in-stock in Alberta with more on order. Call us for details.

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Foreman Equipment Ltd. is Western Canada’s Foremost Supplier of Material Handling Equipment Foreman Equipment Ltd. 31244 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, B.C. V2T 6L5 604-852-9021 www.foremanequipment.com info@foremanequipment.com


oreman Equipment Ltd. sells, rents and services crushing, screening, shredding and stockpiling equipment for the aggregate, environmental, recycling and contracting industries. With locations throughout British Columbia and Alberta, as well as a mobile service fleet, they can provide timely service to customers all over Western Canada. With a parts inventory worth over $2 million dollars, Foreman ensures maximum uptime for customers. Foreman Equipment Ltd. is pleased to announce that they have been appointed the exclusive authorized dealer for Powerscreen portable track-mounted crushers and screening plants for the province of Alberta. “This is an exciting opportunity for us and we look forward to reconnecting with old customers and are excited to meet new ones,” said Adam Foreman, President of Foreman Equipment Ltd. For Alberta, Foreman will have a dedicated fleet of rental equipment (crushers, screening plants and conveyors) to suit any of your needs. They have over 35 years of experience and knowledge to get you the right machine for your job and are able to minimize your downtime by providing support through parts and service to any corner of the province. If you are looking to rent or purchase a new or used Powerscreen unit, they will be more than happy to talk with you about your application and provide you with world-recognized, industry-leading equipment that best suits your needs. Feel free to give them a call, toll free in Western Canada, at 1.888.852.9021 or visit www.ForemanEquipment.com

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TECHNOLOGY In today’s competitive markets it is essential for customers to invest in the latest technologies to help them improve their bottom line. Foreman Equipment is proud to represent the Powerscreen product line which offers the latest telematics software to keep the customer up to date with their production numbers. Technology is driving improvements in all aspects of our lives. With Powerscreen Pulse, Foreman Equipment, Ltd. is continuing this revolution by bringing you new digital tools to help improve your crushing and screening operation. Powerscreen Pulse will transform the way you work with your Powerscreen machines. Available online anywhere and at any time, Pulse offers comprehensive information on the GPS location, start and stop times, fuel consumption, tonnages, cone settings, wear ratings, operating hours, maintenance status, and much more. The user-friendly interface displays information clearly for at-a-glance metrics and diagnostics. Take action before damage occurs: predetermined maintenance intervals are signalled and error messages are displayed in plain text. “No matter where you are in the world, Pulse lets you stay on top of production by giving you accurate up to date information direct to your PC, tablet or smartphone. We’ve taken a lot of time to get the system to perform exactly as customers want so that this robust platform will generate massive cost and time savings for equipment owners and operators alike,” said Powerscreen Product Line Director, Colin Clements.

SERVICES OFFERED Foreman Equipment offers a wide variety of services. With over 35 years servicing the aggregate industry, they have an extensive wealth of knowledge for customers to draw upon. The service department is constantly kept up to date with the latest equipment innovations and training and is well-equipped to provide customers with on-site training and servicing. Foreman Equipment’s service team consists of factory-trained technicians utilizing fully equipped service vehicles to keep your equipment producing. Their three-bay shop is outfitted with all the tools needed to complete every repair, from a simple oil change to a complete overhaul and rebuild. Whatever service you require, Foreman Equipment can satisfy your needs. Need a part? They have two full-time parts specialists to answer your calls. With a warehouse of over 2 million dollars worth of OEM parts for all product lines, they can meet your requirement typically same day or via overnight shipping. They carry an extensive inventory of genuine Terex wear liners for jaw, cone and impact crushers at competitive pricing. Use of genuine parts assures customers that parts fit correctly and do not void factory warranties. SEPTEMBER 2018



RB For perfect paving, know the five forces of a floating screed By Tom Kuennen


oday’s asphalt pavers offer an extraordinary array of technological improvements that automate or enhance many aspects of placement of bituminous pavements. “The quality of today’s asphalt surface is much smoother with an overall improvement in surface texture consistency and joint quality,” says Laikram (Nars) Narsingh, Commercial Support and Development, for the Vögele division of Wirtgen Group. “Also, the deterioration of the surface takes much longer, due to improved paving processes, such as reduced mass and temperature segregation, and higher joint density.” This is the result of a number of technical achievements, including more rigid screeds, better material feeder systems, precise propulsion capabilities, screed “hold-and-freeze,” integrated grade and slope control, on-board diagnostics, backup systems, and often through use of compaction and high-compaction screeds. Despite these elements, the essential asphalt paver is extremely simple, composed of two components: tractor and free-floating screed. These are completely independent of each other, being connected only at the screed tow point on each side of the tractor. Because the screed is independent of the tractor, the performance of the screed determines the quality of the mat.

The five forces holding the screed to grade

If that’s true, what determines the performance of the screed? It’s con-

trolled by five physical forces, and understanding the principle of the free-floating screed is quality paving, Narsingh says. The free-floating screed is not held to grade (the thickness of the mat) by any mechanically or hydraulically controlled set position. Instead the free-floating screed is held to-grade by five forces in balance or equilibrium, including: 1) The force exerted by the tractor to pull the screed; 2) The weight of the screed; 3) The force created by the head of material in front of the screed; 4) The frictional resistance of the material as it flows under the screed plate; and 5) The force induced by the paving material during compaction process. “When these forces are in balance, the screed is held to-grade with an equilibrium angle of attack. This angle of attack ensures that the trailing edge of the screed plate does the final screed compaction and sets the surface texture. Any changes in these forces will disrupt the balance of the forces, resulting in roughness and mat blemish. So it’s important to ensure maximum stability of the five forces to optimize screed performance,” says Narsingh In addition, while the principle of the free-floating screed has remained unchanged since inception, mat quality has been continuing to improve due to several reasons, one of which is improved paver technology.

Technological advancements

“Improved control technology – such as CANBUS with digital display,

non-contact sensors, and improved hydraulic controllability – has allowed better controllability of the five forces to ensure stability,” Narsingh says. “Some manufacturers have made full use of this technology to ensure stability of the above five forces, while others are hesitant. Some paving crews have embraced this technology on pavers – and have been improving mat quality – while other providers, like some OEMs, are hesitant to embrace technology, and are not performing as well with mat quality.” Some systems and features in which recent technology has provided improved management of the five forces affecting the free-floating screed are control of material feed system, and propel controllability, with screed stability during stopping and starting.

Technological improvements include: • Compaction screeds. Compaction screeds use a tamper bar that is located in front of the screed to provide the initial screed compaction. This technology is making a comeback in North America mainly because of globalization of the paving Industry, and the dominance of international paver manufacturers such as Wirtgen Group, Volvo and Caterpillar. The compaction screed increases in-place density, and reduces rolldown, resulting in smoother pavement. These screeds usually have the rigidity for wide paving, with its ability to eliminate cold longitudinal joints. They also help contractors win smoothness and density bonuses.

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These screeds could also be used to place roller compacted concrete (RCC), a pavement with growing applications. • Material feeder systems. Today’s material feeder systems ensure material consistency. Independent auger and conveyor design that allows better material flow under the auger drive box are features of modern feeder systems that ensure material consistency. These features not only provide consistent material feed, but also material consistency under the screed, all of which results in uniform surface texture of the asphalt and smoother pavement.

• Precise propulsion capabilities.

On track pavers, precise propel controllability allows the operator to maintain the proper straight lines that improve smoothness and joint quality. The Vögele single-steering joystick – together with the ability of the operator to set his desired paving speed, guided with a digital display – allows operators to significantly control the pull force. New technology also allows Vögele operators to automatically set the turning radius of the paver into turns, which is one of the most challenging operations for operators. • Screed “hold and freeze.” The screed “hold and freeze” function

automatically engages with the propel lever to prevent screed settling and hump due to stops and starts. This is a standard feature on Vögele pavers, but an optional feature on other brands.

• Integrated automatic grade and slope. Today’s integrated automatic

grade and slope control systems make it much easier for operators to implement automatic grade, as the systems are native to the paver and do not have to be transported to the jobsite. Also, these integrated systems allow operators to monitor grade and slope without being in automatic control mode, especially with the Vögele Niveltronic system, in which operators monitor both sides from either side.

The passage of asphalt mix under an independently floating screed and its final placement is influenced by multiple factors.

• Onboard diagnostic and backup controls. These allow the operator to

maximize uptime and efficient operation of the paving. “Ease of operation has dramatically improved with recent technology,” Narsingh concludes. “This reduces operator tiredness, allowing them to perform more efficiently during long work days typical of the paving industry.” Tom Kuennen is a technical writer specializing in roadbuilding.

With a free-floating screed in balance or equilibrium, mat depth is increased or decreased by changing the screed angle of attack. It can be done manually, by adjusting thickness control screw (red); manually by using the tow point jog switch (green); or automatically by using grade and slope control systems.

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Road Resurfacing Simplified Critical data collected at highway speed

By Jeff Winke


raditionally, highway resurfacing projects have been a challenge, not only for the contractor, but the inconvenienced community through which the road passes. To collect the project data needed to perform the resurface typically required lane closures and a team of surveyors collecting data points from along the side of the road with diverted traffic whizzing past. It was a slow, cumbersome, and dangerous process that affected the daily commuter flow and affected the contractor’s project timeline. But things have improved. Designed to work at the speed of highway traffic, the Topcon SmoothRide resurfacing system is intended to safely assist road resurfacing con-

tractors without the need for road or lane closures. The system is fully automated with GNSS and sonic tracker control. It is designed to deliver accurate thickness boundaries while maintaining projected yield. It eliminates the need for survey strings, averaging skis and lasers. “In most situations, it’s inconvenient or impossible to shut down a road and map its surface using traditional pointto-point surveying methods,” says Murray Lodge, senior vice president and general manager of the Topcon Positioning Group Construction Business Unit. “We’ve developed a way to scan roads at highway speeds with no need for lane closures, crash trucks, escorts or any other typical road survey collection obstacles. With the new RD-M1 scanning unit, the system maps the existing surface elevations – with many more points captured versus

Top: A Topcon RD-M1 (Realistic Dimension – Mapping One) Road Resurfacing Scanner attached to a pickup truck. Above: An example of collected data. what can be expected with traditional tools – providing more accurate data needed to confidently estimate materials, as well as form the basis of the final design surface.” The SmoothRide system uses a Topcon RD-M1 (Realistic Dimension – Mapping One) Road Resurfacing Scanner that is attached to a vehicle, typically a pickup truck. The downward facing laser scanner connects to a standard tow hitch or the front of any vehicle with standard tow hooks. With using standard tow hitches and hooks, the scanner is designed to be easy to remove and adapt to any vehicle, thus eliminating the need to have a dedicated vehicle to operate the RD-M1. The unit is designed to collect millions of points at scan rates of up to 100 times per second. Cruising at normal highway speeds, the 3D surface scanning can cover miles of road in a short time. The collected data is automatically timestamped and stored for the next step of data management and point cloud generation. The mounted scanner captures millions of data points that are collected safely from the cab




of the truck or car. Topcon points out that the driver can begin a roadsurface surveying session by simply clicking the start button on their laptop computer and go. The RD-M1 employs Collect 2.0 graphical collection software, which features an interface status bar that indicates the optimum speed for collecting road information based on the project requirements. Capturing road details at proper speed helps enable SmoothRide to deliver the best possible results. “I like that we can collect accurate topos while driving 50 miles per hour (80 kph),” stated Chris Smithson, project manager with Big Creek Construction, Texas. They used it on a 5.6-km-long section of road where they were able to obtain more accurate cross sections and dirt quantities on the two-lane road and shoulders project, saving time and money. Knowing the surface details in advance allows the contractor to successfully plan for an accurate material calculation, which can help with knowing how much asphalt or milling will be required for the project. SmoothRide is considered to be especially appropriate for mainline paving or milling projects requiring long sections of road that needs resurfacing. A feature called Memos is designed to allow operators to create balloons with messages on the map. The collected data can also be made visible in the processing software – enabling specific site conditions to be noted for future reference. Manage Runs is a feature designed to enable operation without necessitating an internet connection. The software display’s large buttons are intended to make using a tablet or laptop with touchscreen easier. Operators can copy data collections to a USB drive, delete them from the hard drive, and add or remove them from the manager. The RD-M1 Collect 2.0 software has a Plan Route feature that allows for the import of KML files of predetermined routes, designed to help ensure that nothing is missed during the data collection run. KML (Keyhole Markup Language) was developed for use with Google Earth, which was originally named Keyhole Earth Viewer. KML files display geographic data in internet-based, two-dimensional maps and three-dimensional Earth browsers. “Using the map downloader, operators can be assured of having all map details visible while collecting data, without the need of an internet connection. Additionally, overlapping locations can be managed by creating areas where predefined overlaps are required for the project,” said Kriss Maas, manager of machine control – Topcon. “The detailed road surface scanning can be used to create and manage large point cloud information with our intuitive ‘Mobile Master Office’ software. The data can then be seamlessly transferred into MAGNET Office soft-

ware’s ‘Resurfacing’ module to bring out the full array of software features needed to meet smoothness and cross slope requirements, while adhering to any minimum or maximum thickness specified for the job.” The SmoothRide system can assist contractors with variable depth milling and achieve uniform thickness in paving. The system is said to eliminate the time and costs of survey work and to benefit bid and spec jobs in advance by providing more accurate surface data. “We use the 3D scanner part of SmoothRide as a survey tool to safely collect the data we need and eliminate hours of cross-section measurements,”

stated John Dowalter, survey and machine control manager for Shelly and Sands, an Ohio highway construction company with an aggressive, costefficient, complementary group of corporations implementing cutting edge technologies with state-of-theart equipment. “The system’s RD-M1 Scanner is great for capturing bridge approaches that sometimes have a big skew leading up to the bridge surface.” He said that this feature helped tremendously on a recent resurfacing section of highway which has a number of bridges that could have occupied hours of time for his crew. In summary, the Topcon Smoo-

thRide system is designed to offer 3D scanning collected while driving the jobsite road, which is said to replace hours of surveyor-obtained cross-section measurements. The system’s software is designed to deliver confidence throughout the paving and milling process by providing the key data needed to complete the job accurately to spec. As Topcon would phrase it, this resurfacing roadwork system fits squarely in the intersection of infrastructure and technology. Jeff Winke is a construction business writer.

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microtunneling taps fresh water for b.C. project Akkerman’s SL60C MTBM proves key to the construction of a tunnel bringing clean water to the city of Campbell River

By Laura Anderson


ohn Hart Lake, near Campbell River on Vancouver Island, has for decades provided the people of British Columbia with electrical power and local residents with a generous source of clean, fresh water. However, an aging facility meant that BC Hydro needed to upgrade the John Hart Generating Station, which left the nearby city to rethink its drinking water source. Campbell River had, since the 1940s, received much of its water supply through the generating station. When BC Hydro embarked on construction of a new underground hydroelectric generation facility, it resulted in an ambitious project to give the city an independent means for sourcing its drinking water. The Campbell River Water Supply Upgrade required an $18.3­million investment from BC Hydro and $10 million from the City to construct and operate an independent water delivery system and build a new water treatment facility and pump. The design provides better efficiencies to reduce costs, and also reduces impact on the surrounding Elk Falls Provincial Park

by combining operations at one location and eliminating a section of transmission line through the park. The first phase of the project involved open-cut installation of 1.2 kilometres of connecting pipe, while Phase 2 required 1.4 km of connecting lines along with the lake intake structure, pump station and water treatment facility. A key portion of Phase 2 focused on the raw water intake, which called for a new 1,524-millimetre (60-inch) microtunneled pipeline connecting a caisson adjacent to John Hart Lake to a submerged intake screening system at 14-metre depths. The intake tunnel comprises 116 m (380 linear feet) of 1,556-mm ID Permalok microtunnel section joined to the intake screening system with a submerged 147­-m, 1,600-­mm fused joint HDPE pipeline. Aecon Infrastructure­-Frontier­ Kemper Constructors JV was awarded the contract for this segment of work on May 10, 2016, with Frontier-Kemper (F/K) performing the microtunneling work. The microtunneling system, ancil-

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The Akkerman SL60C MTBM is lowered into place; the unit was launched from the bottom of a caisson built for the new pump station. lary equipment and pipe was moved to Vancouver Island on the City of Vancouver’s car carrier barge. FrontierKemper crew mobilized to Vancouver Island in early September. “The location of the MTBM installation and slurry plant was adjacent to the lake and the jobsite surroundings were impeccable with an abundance of wildlife,” remarked F/K MTBM operator Mike Abbott. “The natural beauty of the site location made the job that much more enjoyable for the crew.” The lakeside geologic conditions for the microtunnel installation involved clays and sands, with sand primarily present near the lake. Microtunneling is an ideal means of accurate pipe jacking in low blow count and flowing soil because its closed slurry system offers continuous support to the MTBM face to balance groundwater and soil pressure during excavation. It’s also the safest choice in high water levels, since the MTBM is remotely controlled by an operator in the control container at the surface level. Frontier-Kemper used an Akkerman SL60C MTBM system with a mixed ground cutter head to contend with the mixed-face geology. The

system includes an MT875K jacking frame with 800 tons of thrust capacity, a control container with the operator control console, power distribution centre and MTBM drive motor, a series of pumps to assist with excavation and slurry circulation and a Derrick slurry separation plant. A 9-m­-diameter, 15.2-m­-deep caisson intake structure built for the pump station served as the microtunneling jacking shaft and was modified with a shaft seal to prevent lake water and ground intrusion, a concrete reaction block to bear jacking thrust loads and scaffolding stairs for crew access. Microtunneling on projects with high volumes of ground water offers unique challenges and requires a delicate balance of expertise, operator skill and risk mitigation. F/K project manager Nestor Garavelli explained, “F/K viewed the interface with the lake and the disconnection of the MTBM from the jacked pipe as the two points of high risk on the project. We employed Fraser Burrard Diving Limited to survey the interface and remove any foreign material that may create an obstacle for the MTBM.”

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F/K was concerned with the shallow cover and flowable material present at the lake interface. “The pipe would be subject to uplift when disconnected from the MTBM, thus making the connection with the remaining pipeline an issue,” Garavelli stated. To counter this upon MTBM breakthrough, he explained, “the diving crew would add concrete blocks with straps to weigh down the section of pipe behind the MTBM to prevent pipe flotation. A grouting campaign through the pipe would also be undertaken to ensure that no cavity existed between the pipe and the excavated ground surface.” To prevent the tunnel and shaft from flooding, Garavelli said, “a double bulkhead was built into the end pipe section closest to the MTBM. The in­-pipe bulkhead was welded in place at 1.2 m in the first pipe joint. Next, small hydraulic jacks were installed between the end of the MTBM and the bulkhead of the last pipe section, which were controlled from the shaft side within the pipe, to allow for the release of the MTBM from the pipe section.” Preservation of the ecological integrity of the lake, which not only provides drinking water for city residents but also feeds prime salmon habitat in Campbell River, was key. A floating debris boom was installed in John Hart Lake to inhibit potential contaminants during construction. The SL60C MTBM was launched on September 6, 2016. The first seven 1,594-­mm­ OD Permalok pipe joints were fully welded to prevent joint separation from the weight of the MTBM when it emerged into the lake bed and subsequent buoyant force when the MTBM was removed. Between each 3-­m pipe set, a pipe clamp helped to counter the average 18 psi static groundwater pressure and hold the most recently installed pipe in place while the next pipe set was lowered and welded. Along the 116­-m alignment, the MTBM encountered soil variances from soft silts to glacial till seams. Frontier Kemper’s seasoned operator navigated the MTBM through the changeable ground. It’s common to find tree stumps in man-made reservoirs, and an extra­-large specimen was discovered on the lake bed in the alignment path. While microtunneling was underway, Fraser Burrard’s dive crew used underwater chainsaws to dislodge a large stump and massive root system lying in the path of the MTBM’s entrance into the lake. On September 21, with the obstruction removed, the MTBM had a clear path to emerge into the lake at 14­-m depths on line and grade. Afterward, F/K entered the tunnel from the caisson side to disconnect the microtun­neling utility lines and install the MTBM’s bulkhead cover. Next, crew retracted utility lines from 48



Microtunneling on projects with high volumes of ground water offers unique challenges and requires a delicate balance of expertise, operator skill and risk mitigation. the first pipe section, closed the bulkhead hatch door and pressurized the chamber between the MTBM and pipe bulkhead. “Prior to releasing the MTBM from the pipe, a pressure test was conducted on the bulkhead to ensure that no leaks were present and the hydraulic jacks were also given a test run to ensure that there were no failures,” Abbott described. The MTBM was successfully released and retrieved from the lake surface without any water breaching the bulkhead. Fraser Burrard’s team retrieved the MTBM from the lake on September 30. Aecon Infrastructure completed the intake connection with a 147-­m fused­-joint 1,600 -mm HDPE pipeline which was floated and submerged into the lake and attached to the microtunnel, angled downward toward the intake screen. “The project was deemed a big success for Frontier-Kemper and the project team,” Garavelli con­cluded. “This was the first lake tap that Frontier-Kemper had undertaken, and the crew’s knowledge and teamwork were instrumental in the success. The support of the owner and engineer along with AECON formed the perfect team to allow for a very important piece of infrastructure for the Campbell River community to be completed on time and on budget.” The City of Campbell River put its new water supply facility into operation in June of 2018, on time and on budget. “The direct, deep-water intake and consolidation of water treatment under one roof provides water in an efficient and safe manner and will serve the residents of Campbell River for many decades to come,” said Campbell River Mayor Andy Adams. Laura Anderson is Marketing & Communications Director with Akkerman. This article was originally published in the NASTT publication Y-Dig, and is reused with permission.



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operators to easily match chain speeds to soil conditions. “Designed specifically for heavyduty trenching, the HT275 is an excellent addition to the fleet of any underground construction contractor working on a broad range of trenching jobs,” said Steve Seabolt, Ditch Witch product manager, heavy-duty trenchers. “Modular and patentpending designs and purpose-built attachments further enhance productivity and enable contractors to accept a broader range of jobs than previously feasible.” The HT275 boosts jobsite performance with four hydraulic quick-disconnect blocks that reduce the time it takes to change attachments from days to hours. The design allows operators to change rear attachments in the field without the use of heavy lifting equipment. And, for better performance on uneven terrains, the machine has a patent-pending suspension that mounts to the centre of each track frame. This innovative design feature provides the unique ability to “float” each track independently, which takes stress off the main frame. Equipped with a power sliding cab and featuring external cameras, the HT275 offers extensive visibility of the jobsite.


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PURPOSE-BUILT TRAILER OFFERS EASIER CIPP APPLICATION WORK HammerHead Trenchless has introduced a new, purpose-built trailer for cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) applications that gives installers a uniquely versatile and efficient workstation suited to almost any job they encounter. The LT-20PRO features a modular design with all storage, electrical power and air supply needed for a wide range of lateral lining tasks. The configuration is customizable, allowing the customer to tailor it to their specific needs and avoid duplication of existing equipment. The 20-foot-long trailer’s modular design not only maintains an efficient workspace during installations but keeps all components secure and atthe-ready travelling from job to job. On more restrictive jobsites, all equipment in the LT-20PRO can be unmounted for easy relocation. “Our trailer’s modular design accommodates the widest range of environments, difficult site conditions and logistics,” said Matt Gabrielse, HammerHead product manager. “Versatility was key in creating these trailers for our customers,” Gabrielse said, explaining that ideally all jobs could be completed from right inside a contractor’s trailer. “But in cases where it is necessary to work from a roof or inside a large building, our rig allows key components to be easily The new design features increased boom length, full six-way hydraulic function, five-inch hose, curved end with oversized rollers, new wireless remote control, vacuum valve function operated from remote, wired harness, new remote storage location, forward stored boom in front of engine compartment, 330-degree swing, quick connect four-inch tooling, easily connected additional section hose, water jet cleanout in boom, and easily accessible cleanout port that requires no tools.

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Komatsu adds drone-powered mapping and aerial photo processing to technology offerings through partnership with Propeller Aero While it may seem daunting to add something like drone mapping to a contractor’s tool kit, the fact is that incorporating aerial imagery and processing is relatively simple and painless, says Jason Anetsberger, Komatsu America.

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s technology advances on jobsites, the buzz of small rotors is becoming a more frequent part of construction. Drones are becoming a valued part of construction site planning and management, contributing an overhead view of the work being done and providing more data back to the office than previously available. Equipment manufacturers have recognized the value of incorporating

drones into their work site toolbox, with Komatsu becoming the latest thanks to a partnership with Propeller Aero that the companies state will bring enterprise-grade drone analytics solutions to the construction industry.

Smart Construction uses data to make the true state of the jobsite visible For Komatsu, the addition of Propeller Aero is an expansion of the Smart Construction platform that has been part of its offering since its official launch at ConExpo 2017. “Smart Construction has been a

natural evolution for us because it builds upon our leading Intelligent Machine Control product and support, and delivers solutions to customers for the optimized jobsite,” said Jason Anetsberger, senior product manager, Smart Construction and Intelligent Machine Controls, Komatsu America Corp. The Smart Construction approach taken by Komatsu is aimed at optimizing the jobsite, giving contractors the opportunity to increase their efficiency and quality of work through leveraging of product, support and solutions of-

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fered by Komatsu. “To optimize a jobsite, it is extremely helpful to have accurate data to quantify current state versus future state, to measure productivity, to know cut/fill material quantities and so on,” Anetsberger explained. “Along with machine data streams, Komatsu sees aerial mapping data streams and the analysis supported as a key piece to the Smart Construction solution – it’s using data to make the true state of the jobsite visible.” Contractors have been able to use aerial mapping on large sites previously, but there has always been the challenge of collecting that imagery, either themselves or through the use of third parties. Komatsu recognized that there was a need to streamline how users processed and used that data.

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“The real challenge was accurately analyzing the data and drawing meaningful conclusions that could positively impact the jobsite going forward,” Anetsberger said. “That’s the key to using aerial mapping: making sure that you’re working with a partner provider who makes it easy to get a really useful result.” The introduction of drones to construction sites has sped up the process of acquiring aerial data and, in many ways, made it more accessible at a lower cost, he pointed out. “Ground-based topo mapping was used and remains a common method of site mapping – for everything, there is a time and place. What drones and aerial mapping bring are speed and visibility that were previously not available to the contractor. To map an entire jobsite in a fraction of time, with unbelievable resolution and powerful visuals backing it up, brings objective clarity to the status of the jobsite that was missing before,” Anetsberger said.

information they need to make datadriven decisions to reduce costs, ensure quality, and use resources efficiently. Now more than ever, stakeholders onsite, or in the head office miles away, can stay up-to-date with exactly what’s happening on the ground.” In addition, the Propeller Aero platform can support multiple coordinate systems, providing contractors the opportunity to capture up-todate data using the coordinate system they already use on that particular jobsite, a key point in ensuring that maps and models are consistent across the project. While it may seem daunting to add something like drone mapping to a contractor’s tool kit, the fact is that incorporating aerial imagery and processing is relatively simple and painless, according to Anetsberger. “Komatsu’s Smart Construction staff and our distributor network can walk a customer through everything needed to go from a traditional jobsite to a technology-enhanced Smart Construction jobsite with a minimum of fuss. Komatsu can perform aerial mapping for the customer or show customers how to pick it up themselves,” he said. Connecting customers with new technology and helping to add that technology to the jobsite workflow is one of the beauties of the Komatsu Smart Construction approach, he added – it all helps to optimize operations for contractors. “Komatsu can recommend the contractor many solutions, and along with our partners can offer what fits the contractor’s exact needs. Combining aerial mapping with 3D design and even intelligent machine as-built data ties the entire jobsite together, across construction phases,” Anetsberger said. HEG

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That is where Propeller Aero comes in – Komatsu selected the company as a partner technology for strength in service and product. Its aerial mapping tools are easily utilized on the jobsite, allowing for quick and impactful data analysis. Propeller Aero balances ease of use with accurate, reliable survey data, the company states. Its solutions make it possible to process thousands of drone images in just hours, providing a 3D model to the customer through the cloud on desktops or mobile screens. That data can be further used to generate height, volume and slope calculations, as well as providing a look at change over time. “Worksites are starting to see the real business value of accurate, up-todate drone data,” said John Frost, vice president of business development at Propeller Aero. “We drive that value through workflows that enable everyone to understand who’s moved what material, how much and where. It’s all about empowering work sites with the

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SOFTWARE MAKES IT EASY TO CREATE UAV (DRONE) INSPECTION REPORTS Topcon Positioning Group has released new software designed to facilitate data processing workflow for UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) infrastructure inspection – MAGNET Inspect. The software efficiently manages large UAV data sets to create inspection reports. “MAGNET Inspect will work with models from virtually any UAV. When combined with Intel Falcon 8+ Drone – Topcon Edition and Topcon ContextCapture, powered by Bentley Sys-

tems, the software enables operators to efficiently navigate, annotate, and create reports with inspection photos, effectively creating a very strong end-toend inspection workflow,” said David Ahl, director of software product management. “It is now a key element of the Topcon end-to-end UAV and data processing workflow for inspection projects, which results in increased safety and faster data collection than traditional methods.” MAGNET Inspect is designed to

allow operators to easily visually navigate UAV photos – aligning 3D reality meshes with raw georeferenced images in one location and filtering them based on selected criteria including field of view. “The software allows operators to easily document the observations and report them. Images from the inspection can be flagged to indicate whether there are structural issues and annotated with built-in free-hand graphical tools. Data reports can then be created to in-

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Leica Geosystems has selected the Getac fully rugged ZX70 Android tablet as hardware of choice for the new Leica Zeno GG04 plus Tablet Solution. The partnership will allow Leica Geosystems to bring comprehensive geospatial data collection capabilities to its customers in all terrains and weather conditions. Leica Geosystems has developed a range of new software and hardware including its Zeno Mobile data collection app and Zeno GG04 plus smart antenna, designed to help customers capture highly accurate geospatial data quickly and effectively in the field. By combining these products with Getac’s ZX70, Leica has created a solution that offers industry leading measurement accuracy, connectivity and durability in a single, comprehensive package. Compact and powerful, the ZX70 fully rugged Android tablet is easy to hold and comfortable to use with just one hand, making it ideal for demanding field surveying work. The Android operating system seamlessly supports Leica’s Zeno Mobile software, allowing for high accuracy Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positions to be utilized and rich attribute data to be collected to be collected easily in the field. It also means any authorized Android app can also be installed on the device, depending on the required workflow or back office systems used. Additional key features include the seven-inch IPS display, which is easy to read in all environments, including direct sunlight, while the LumiBond 2.0 touchscreen allows for full operation of the tablet in the rain and even with gloves on, essential for outdoor surveying work.

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M Labs Simulations has announced the release of an Excavator Simulator Training Pack that features what the company states is the world’s first commercial application of an innovative new method of soil simulation. The new training pack leverages simulation and visualization research that received the top presentation award at I3D, the international conference for real-time 3D computer graphics and human interaction. This realism immerses trainees in a virtual environment that promotes rapid skills acquisition – from excavating and trenching to trailer loading, safety corridor management and more. By training operators in this virtual world, organizations will see reduced wear and tear on their equipment, while simultaneously reducing risks to trainees and other personnel. Designed for deployment on any Vortex simulator, the Excavator Simulator Training Pack has been approved by professional excavator operators as a learning platform that behaves and reacts just like the real equipment. “Operator safety training is all about developing respect for the machine,” says Drew Carruthers, CM Labs’ Construction Line Manager. “Our Training Pack exposes operators to the real sights, sounds, and feel of a 21-ton excavator. It’ll push you around. You’ll feel it dig and rattle like you’re out in the yard.” The Excavator Simulator Training Pack focuses on the three training pillars of safety, technique and efficiency. While it automatically detects safety violations – including contacts with power lines or people, hazardous load trajectories, and turnovers – it also captures objective scores to indicate technical proficiency, including completion time, movement efficiency and accuracy, bucket efficiency and more. The training pack’s high-quality visuals include realistic worksite and machine graphics, as well as awardwinning soil graphics that are the result of decades of academic research. This realism engages trainees in a learning experience that translates directly into worksite skills. Advanced learning tools include a Grade Quality Sensor (GQS) over-

CM Labs’ new excavator training uses innovative soil simulation. lay, which provides visual indications to operators as a reminder to maintain a safety corridor on both sides of the trench. The GQS can be activated at any time during the exercise. In addition to real-time feedback on excavation height, slope, and consistency, the GQS will also provide an overall excavation performance score. The new training pack also introduces a “sandbox” exercise that allows operators to refine their skills by excavating near a water pipe or manhole, lifting tires, or manipulating a trench box or gravel box. In addition, operators and instructors can change the time of day at any moment during the exercise in order to practice for nighttime operations. They can also introduce inclement climate conditions, which can be difficult or impossible to recreate in a training yard.


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SharpGrade Leveller brings precision and speed to sidewalk paving prep

New Zealand attachment manufacturer plays key role in B.C. concrete paving contractor’s unique grading method

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rading for sidewalk paving doesn’t seem like an area of construction that is open for innovation, but Contour Concrete, a Chilliwack, B.C.-based concrete slipform paving company, has shown that their outsidethe-box approach with some unique equipment is paying off in productivity. Their municipal road construction projects consist of curbs and sidewalks, parking lots, concrete roadways and plazas. In addition, they perform much of their own grade work. Traditionally, the curb base is handformed using skid steers, excavators and rakes. The curb is then slipformed on top, and prep is done behind. Gravel is dumped behind the curb and graded by a compact track loader. If the sidewalk is set back from the curb, the job becomes more difficult. Con-

tour Concrete has developed a method for grading curbs and sidewalks that is much faster, more accurate and makes offset work easier – and saves weeks on their work schedule.

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According to Franz Douglas, president of Contour Concrete, they’re doing something that nobody else is in North America. Their grading method uses a wheel loader, an off-road stone slinger and a compact track loader equipped with a levelling attachment. The wheel loader feeds the stone slinger from a material stockpile. The slinger continuously throws material in front of the leveller mounted on the compact track loader, which then precision grades the material using a 2D sonic tracer, oriented either by the slipformed curb or off a string line.

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“The beauty of this setup is that we throw the material [using the slinger] to the grade control system. Even if it’s 10 feet behind the curb, it wouldn’t matter, you can still feed it. So, it’s really efficient,” said Douglas. What Contour Concrete needed to make this method work was a sturdy, precise attachment capable of forming the perfect grade at the speed that the stone slinger lays down material. When he saw the SharpGrade Leveller at ConExpo 2017, Douglas knew he had found that key part of his new grading method. “It was pretty easy to determine that it was quite a bit better designed and built than the competition, so it wasn’t hard to make the decision.” The SharpGrade Leveller was invented in New Zealand by Rodney Sharp for Progressive Equipment, part of the Progressive Group, owned by Rodney and his wife Angela. It is sold internationally by ForSite International. Finding a better solution for another specific job was what motivated Rodney to invent the SharpGrade Leveller. An earthworks contractor was grading sports fields for the Junior Soccer World Cup in New Zealand but was using a conventional grader that was heavy, inaccurate and squashed the subdrains. According to Rodney, the customer could have purchased an available U.S.made leveller from another company, but he didn’t like their product. “He thought they were too weak and had a sloppy linkage. He wanted something rigid,” said Rodney. The machine needed to be strong and rigid, but light

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WORLD’S FIRST CUT-OFF MACHINE WITH WHEEL BRAKE TECHNOLOGY The STIHL TS 440 cut-off machine with extended guard adjustment is the perfect choice for limited access cuts. It is designed to allow extended guard adjustability so that the cutting wheel is exposed at the top – ideal when traditional guard positions limit access such as the undersides of pipes in a trench where the ability to excavate is limited. This expanded guard adjustability is made possible by the world-first STIHL Quickstop® sensor-activated wheel brake technology capable of stopping the rotation of the cutting wheel in fractions of a second if kickback occurs. The STIHL TS 440 is particularly appropriate for specialized cutting tasks in confined spaces – whether concrete, metal, cast iron or stone.

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ing on jobsites for over four years, and the oldest boasts over 3,000 machine hours; Angela noted that the QuadRod linkage is still as tight and rigid as the day it left their factory. The SharpGrade Leveller features a retracting wheel that folds up for compact transportation and easy maneuverability in confined spaces, or for use of the attachment as a dozer blade. The curved moldboard rolls material easily, reducing segregation. The adjustable hitch plate sets the SharpGrade perfectly level with the boom down for maximum rigidity. Large, twin, frontmounted mirrors give the operator a clear view of both front wing tips, critical around expensive curbs, foundations, edges and irrigation sprinklers. Options include clip-on scarifiers, quick-release laser guidance poles, adjustable centre wing for narrow grading, clip-on extension wings for finishgrading of sports fields and a clip-on power rake that allows precision power raking on grade: all world firsts, according to Progressive Equipment. The SharpGrade Leveller is available in Junior, Compact, Medium and Heavy Duty models ranging from 1.4 to 2.5 metres wide, spanning 20 to 120 hp. Hydraulic requirements range from 20 l/min up to 45 l/min for the Heavy Duty 2.2- and 2.5-metre units. All units can be run closed or open centre, offering flexibility to run the same unit on multiple brands of equipment. All SharpGrades are sandblasted, zinc coated, and powder coated. “If you happen to hit something and chip the powder coat, there’s zinc underneath so they don’t rust,” said Rodney. Angela said, “Our philosophy is to do it once, and do it right.” Rodney is proud that they’ve never replaced a broken or worn linkage on a SharpGrade. His prior career as a diesel mechanic showed him how easily equipment becomes damaged in the field, so he designs his products to be “dummy proof.” The hydraulic valves have a built-in relief to protect them from overload. The Leveller can be paired with Leica, Trimble or Topcon grading technology and is usually mounted on compact track loaders or skid steers. It also adapts to compact excavators and articulated wheel loaders. The SharpGrade “Direct Connect” control integrates into the base machine joysticks without any modification of the factory wiring. The SharpGrade has been on the market in New Zealand for over four years. They began exporting into Australia after two years in production, and while ConExpo 2017 was the SharpGrade’s official debut in North America, they had already sold a model to the U.S. after a customer saw the SharpGrade on YouTube. YouTube and social media were also the drivers of their first European sales. After discovering the SharpGrade at ConExpo 2017, Contour Concrete chose a 1.8-metre model. Looking to the future, they are considering purchasing a larger model for projects such as plazas and other flat work applications.

Ongoing innovation

Contour Concrete requested a custom design of their own, a curb follower for the leveller, and Rodney has made them a prototype. “We wanted to try this because of the way that designs of subdivisions are going,” Douglas said, to make “a high-back curb, like curb and gutter.” He explained that when they’re grading behind the curb that they have slipformed and there is a transition, say from a 4-inch sidewalk to a 6- or 8-inch driveway crossing, the existing system didn’t give them the ability to continue grading right through because the crossfall changes. “Not only does the crossfall

change, but the thickness of that concrete changes – there’s a transition on either end of the driveway where the curb ramps up and down. But it’s a tricky thing to accomplish with existing grade control. “This wheel that Rodney designed for us rides on the curb.” The wheel follows down into the crossing and then crossfall and height adjustments can be made on the screen. This allows all three parameters to be set quickly and independently. Douglas is pleased with the SharpGrade Leveller as well as Rodney’s ability to listen to a customer’s needs and develop a solution. “Rodney’s kind of like a mad scientist when it comes to designing things. He just goes to it.” HEG



John Deere’s redesigned pallet forks are optimized to work with John Deere G- and E-Series skid steers and compact track loaders, and L, K-II and KSeries compact wheel loaders, as well as most competitive models. The new pallet fork frames are engineered to handle up to 6,200-poundrated forks and have a load-securing “D” ring for reliable transportation of materials. They offer unrestricted visibility to the fork tips over previous models. Angled side corners and steps allow easy and safe side access in and out of the cab. The 45-inch frame is available with 42-inch and 48-inch tines, and rated at 3,750-pound, 5,500-pound and 6,200-pound capacities. The 60-inch frame is available with 48-inch tines rated up to 6,200 pounds.


FUSION EDGE SNO PUSHER This containment snow plow features a combination steel and rubber cutting edge. Pro-Tech says that the Fusion Edge is an industryfirst for containment snow plows, coming in 24-inch sections that consist of abrasion-resistant steel embedded directly into a rubber cutting edge. Operators can both squeegee wet heavy snow (rubber) and scrape pesky hardpacked snow (steel). Steel is fused into both sides of the edge, so that when one side is worn, it can be flipped to continue plowing. The short sections of the Fusion Edge minimize maintenance time if one needs to be replaced. The Pro-Float Coupler floats vertically and horizontally and oscillates, allowing the edge to contour to surface irregularities and variations.

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The 671 Dig-R-Tach line of augers is available in a Series 16 model for skid-steer loaders and Series 24 for excavators and backhoes. Featuring a two-speed chain/sprocket drive and a 5 to 20 gpm hydraulic flow range, the Series 16 balances smaller flow volumes in proportion to auger diameters. The result is a cleaner hole with less loose soil and debris. For higher capacity drilling, the Series 24 operates in a 15 to 25 gpm hydraulic flow range and delivers a maximum drilling torque of 2,018 foot-pounds at 2,500 psi. The 671 Dig-R-Tach series utilizes a two-inch hexagon auger drive system, eliminating excessive auger driveshaft wear. A complete line of earth augers up to 36 inches in diameter is available with Pengo-type, cast-steel boring heads and forged teeth for maximum digging performance. For additional drilling depth, full-flighted auger extensions can be added.

The high-powered Bad Ax forestry head includes a fully machined, 60-inch-diameter disc designed to cut trees up to 14 inches in diameter. Because the disc contains no welds, there are no areas subject to stress cracking. The disc is driven directly by the machine’s hydraulic motor to apply 100 percent of the power to the job. A polyurethane coupler offers excellent vibration dampening, and the direct drive eliminates the need to maintain belts. Recutter bars and counter teeth hold material in place while it is mulched. Loftness says that this exclusive design allows the unit to cut the material into finer particles than competitive products. It also helps avoid log jams in the chamber. The front of the housing is angled, allowing the teeth to mulch at ground level. Ultra-sharp, heat-treated steel Quadco blades effortlessly slice through vegetation. The blades can be sharpened or rotated on site to keep a fresh cutting edge and maintain machine efficiency. The Bad Ax requires 70 to 120 hydraulic horsepower to operate.

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The Model TOP 60B is ideal for use on 12,000 to 20,000 pound miniexcavators, skid-steers and track loaders. It requires 17 to 23 gpm at 1,740 to 2,320 psi and it breaks at a rate of 730 to 970 bpm. It is ideal for the demolition of concrete structures, building foundations and pavement, including breaking trench rock. Nitrogen gas cushions the piston on the upstroke (eliminating the need for shock absorbers) and increases the piston downstroke force. The piston travel/long stroke design increases impact power and reduces vibration. Cup seals are utilized to secure the oil and gas chambers.

The IMH Series mulching heads are for a broad range of land clearing, site preparation, invasive vegetation management and storm damage removal applications within the electrical utility, natural gas pipeline, public works and agricultural industries. They utilize the excavator’s auxiliary hydraulics and are tailored to fit a wide range of carriers from 5 to 50 tons. These mulching heads are available in 10 direct-drive and beltdriven models they feature Hardox components and bodies for optimal service life and lasting reliability.



The Fork-Mounted Extendable Truss for JLG and SkyTrak telehandlers is for lifting and placing objects around the jobsite. The attachment is ideal for metal building erection, setting wooden trusses and putting up post-frame buildings in addition to more “low-rise” applications. It is designed to accommodate a maximum fork size of 2.36 x 7 x 72 inches.

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or Terrafirma Equipment, family is a big deal – it’s a family run operation, and the company has always striven to extend that relationship to its employees and customers. That philosophy was on display at Terrafirma’s Customer Appreciation Days, August 23 to 25 at its Edmonton, Alberta, headquarters. The event was a way to celebrate the strong relationship that Terrafirma has developed with its clients in the aggregates, recycling and related industries, and featured opportunities for customers to chat with staff and representatives from the suppliers that Terrafirma works with in its rental and sales channels. “We have a little of all our equipment

and rentals on display – we want everyone to be aware of all the new things that we have coming in,” said Dave Rock, Terrafirma operations manager. “Mostly, though, this is to say thank you to our customers and let them know we’re here for the long haul.” The company brought in a number of reps from its industry partners, both in the large crushing and screening equipment from brands like SBM, Rubble Master and more as well as attachments like Epiroc, Antraquip, Allied, Seppi and others. Customers were able to see the larger equipment in action, including a new star of the show that arrived just in time. “We have a brand-new SBM Remax 500 impact crusher – it’s stateof-the-art, and you can load it with

A range of equipment was put through its paces at Terrafirma’s Customer Appreciation Days, including this SBM Remax 1312 mobile impact crusher.

Terrafirma showcased a wide selection of equipment that they have for sale and rental. a loader or excavator. It came in this morning,” Rock related. Crushers are a big growth area for Terrafirma; that market was important to owner Erich Janke, who passed away recently. Janke’s importance to the company was reflected across the event, including staff wearing shirts bearing an In Memory patch on the arm. “Erich started this company and brought it to this level – we want to take it and make it bigger and better,” Rock said. “We do want to get more crushers going – that was a dream of Erich’s, and we’re getting into more HEG_RMT-Orlaco_201809.pdf 1 18-07-17 lines of crushing now.”

The SBM Remax 500 impact crusher.


Rock said that with the economy strengthening steadily, he expects the aggregates industry and the other sectors that Terrafirma works within to be solid going forward. To meet that need, they will continue to build a team that has a strong relationship across the board. “We’re building a team where we have people who are happy to be here. They care about our customers and want to learn,” he said. “We’re seeing more interest in purchasing equipment, rentals are strong, and we want to make that bigger and be here for 08:17 our customers.”


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SMS Equipment to sell, rent and support full line of Takeuchi equipment in Canada Takeuchi-US has announced SMS Equipment Inc. as a new dealer. Headquartered in Acheson, Alberta, the dealer has over 35 locations across Canada and one in Anchorage, Alaska to support Takeuchi. They will carry the full lineup of Takeuchi products, including excavators, skid-steer loaders, track loaders and wheel loaders, in addition to stocking parts and performing equipment repair. Established in 2008, SMS Equipment partners with world-renowned brands, providing equipment sales and services to the utility, construction, forestry and mining industries. The dealer promotes advanced equipNEW DEALER

ment technologies that result in cleaner, more efficient ways to build communities, create infrastructure and develop resources. “We have been in the Canadian market for a long time, and now with this new partnership with SMS

Equipment we can continue to expand our brand in Canada and Alaska, and look forward to the opportunities that come with it,” said Todd Granger, director of sales at Takeuchi-US. “The customer service at SMS Equipment is top-notch, and we have no doubt they will do a great job selling and renting Takeuchi machines.” “We are pleased to sell and support Takeuchi’s line of compact equipment through our branches in Canada and Alaska,” said Mike Granger, president and CEO of SMS Equipment. “Takeuchi provides solutions in the compact market that are highly customizable for construction and utility applications.”

Volvo CE begins testing at world’s first “emission-free” quarry in Sweden Swedish companies Volvo CE and Skanska have created the world’s first “emission-free” quarry to conduct a ground-breaking study. Drawing on the electromobility and automation expertise of the Volvo Group, the research project, dubbed Electric Site, aims to electrify each transport stage in a quarry – from excavation to primary crushing, and transport to secondary crushing – although a negligible amount of diesel power will still be used. The system’s efficiency, safety and environmental benefits are set to impact both customers and society at large. Volvo CE and Skanska began testing the Electric Site concept on August 29 at Skanska’s Vikan Kross quarry near Gothenburg, Sweden, which produces STUDY SITE

aggregates for construction purposes as well as for asphalt and cement. Production will run for 10 weeks and has been designed to achieve the same output as Skanska’s usual equipment but, crucially, with up to 95 percent lower carbon emissions and up to 25 percent lower total cost of operations. “This is the first time that anything like this has been attempted in the quarrying industry and, if successful, Electric Site could serve as a blueprint for transforming the efficiency, safety and environmental impact of quarries around the world,” said Gunnar Hagman, CEO of Skanska Sweden. With Electric Site, Volvo CE and Skanska are challenging traditional ways of working in the quarrying industry. The project has involved developing new concept machines, work methods and site management systems which together form a complete site solution. New technology encompass-



IN BRIEF Caterpillar to sell purpose-built forestry business to Weiler Caterpillar will continue to provide forestry excavators designed for log loading, processing and other forestry applications, in addition to supplying core Caterpillar equipment to the forestry industry. Weiler will design and manufacture purposebuilt forestry products. The proposed sale includes the purpose-built forestry product line consisting of wheel skidders, track feller bunchers, wheel feller bunchers, knuckleboom loaders and related operations facilities.

Topcon acquires ThunderBuild The acquisition expands the portfolio of Topcon paving solutions. Based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, ThunderBuild develops software related to logistics management with a primary focus in the asphalt market, as well as additional applications that pertain to the transport of bulk materials.

McCloskey International acquires Lippmann-Milwaukee Inc.

es machine and fleet control systems and logistics solutions for electric machines in quarries. “We have had to completely rethink the way we work and how we look upon machine efficiency – pushing the boundaries of our competence,” said Melker Jernberg, president of Volvo CE. “The total site solution we developed together with our customer Skanska is not a commercial solution for sale today and we will evaluate the outcome of the tests but we have learnt so much already, elements of which will be fed into our future product development.”

McCloskey International has announced that it has acquired Lippmann-Milwaukee Inc., a privately held international company that manufactures aggregate crushing equipment for processing applications. The products are sold across the aggregate, mining and recycling industries. Headquarters for Lippmann will remain in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA and McCloskey International will continue to be headquartered in Keene, Ontario.

John Deere extends warranty on new E-Series ADT transmissions John Deere now offers an extended coverage of five years/15,000 hours as part of its articulated dump truck (ADT) transmission warranty on all new E-Series models. Eligible machines include new E-Series models built on or after January 1, 2017 and purchased prior to December 31, 2019.

Emagineered Solutions, Inc........................... 60

PW Trenchless Construction Inc.................... 54

Flo Components.............................................. 60

RMT Equipment.............................................. 61

Foreman Equipment Ltd................................. 38

SMS Equipment Inc........................................ 34

Admiral Marine Inc.......................................... 60

Freightliner Trucks.....................................22-23

Stihl Ltd............................................................ 58

Akkerman......................................................... 54

Frontline Machinery........................................ 30

Straightline HDD............................................. 50

Allied Construction Products, LLC................ 59

GOMACO Corporation.................................... 64

Terrafirma Equipment Sales & Rentals.......... 32

ALLU Group, Inc.............................................. 55

HammerHead Trenchless............................... 47

The Gear Centre.............................................. 53

Antraquip Corporation.................................... 44


Tigercat............................................................ 42

bauma 2019..................................................... 28

JCB.................................................................... 6

Trail King Industries, Inc................................. 26

BKT Tires........................................................... 4

JLG Industries................................................. 13

Vactor Manufacturing..................................... 49

Buffalo Turbine................................................ 61

Liebherr Canada Ltd......................................... 9

Vac-Tron........................................................... 51

Case Construction Equipment......................... 5

Mack Trucks.................................................... 43

Volvo Trucks.................................................... 17

Caterpillar Paving Products........................... 63

Manulift EMI.................................................... 36

Western Star Trucks Sales, Inc...................... 24


NLS Products.............................................Insert

Winchkraft....................................................... 48

ContiTech......................................................... 20

Okada America, Inc........................................ 53

Wirtgen Group................................................. 19

Detroit Diesel................................................... 25

Power Curbers Inc.......................................... 45

World of Asphalt.............................................. 40

Eberspächer.................................................... 55

Pumps & Pressure Inc.................................... 56

World of Concrete........................................... 57



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