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PLANING PAIR HOW TO PROPERLY MATCH COLD PLANERS & CARRIERS
Obstacles Abound on Complex Pavement Rehab Project
Compacts take on new forms and functions.
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Cold Planers Carriers &
Page 14 Matching the cold planer to the host and application
will ensure the attachment performs most efficiently.
PRODUCTS 20 Attachments
Find the tools to enable your equipment to place and repair pavement.
26 Road Building & Repair Equipment
Pavers, rollers and other equipment for use on concrete and asphalt pavements.
36 Compact Excavators
Sort through this collection of versatile compact machines.
DEPARTMENTS 6 Breaking Ground 8 Equipment Introductions 22 The Cutting Edge
FEATURES OBSTACLES ABOUND ON MAJOR DESIGNBUILD PAVEMENT REHAB PROJECT pg 24
Unique configurations are reshaping how the industry views, and designs, compact excavators.
NEW OILS TACKLE EMERGING ENGINE TECHNOLOGY pg 40 The API unveils diesel engine oil categories to replace the existing CJ-4.
CAN TELEMATICS DATA IMPACT EQUIPMENT RESALE VALUE? pg 52
5 Mobile Apps That Are Slashing Construction Costs
Proactive Maintenance Tips for Hydraulic Equipment
49 Profit Matters
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COMPACTS TAKE ON NEW FORMS AND FUNCTIONS
How to Select the Right ELD for Your Trucks
58 Running the Business
Surviving the Skills Gap: Three Ways to Acquire a Qualified Team
Lane Construction manages nightly challenges and more than 100,000 tons of asphalt.
46 Trucks & Transportation
55 Industry Update
Digital data could provide a more complete history for your equipment.
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B R E AKI N G G R O U N D By Becky Schultz
Don’t Risk Communications Failures
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ON MANY CONSTRUCTION SITES the day starts off with a tailgate talk, where issues related to the job are discussed before the work begins. Safetyrelated topics are often the focal point of these discussions. While it’s easy to assume that such talks are effective at conveying information, how certain are you that the information is actually being received? Are
workers actively engaged in listening, or are you or whoever else may be leading the discussion being met with glazed eyes, robotic nods and blank stares? We’ve all been in the workers’ shoes, where you sit through a meeting or presentation and come away with little memory of what was said. The difference is, when this happens on a jobsite, it can result in costly mistakes, delays and even accidents.
There are a variety of reasons why such “communications failures” can occur. Here are just a few possibilities: ˜˜ The crew is anxious to get the “real work” started to avoid missing a deadline, and simply rushes away without fully absorbing the information.
˜˜ The information is confusing, incomplete or hard to follow. Language barriers may impede comprehension for some workers.
˜˜ The conversation is cut short before
anyone has a chance to ask questions or get clarification, or they are too intimidated to acknowledge they don’t understand what’s being discussed.
˜˜ The speaker is hard to hear, difficult to
understand or otherwise hard to follow.
˜˜ Trust issues or other animosities cause workers to tune the speaker out.
˜˜ The discussion takes a negative tone, which puts workers on the defensive and causes them to stop listening.
˜˜ Workers don’t feel empowered to speak up with their ideas or to bring up concerns about problems on the site.
These and other circumstances can impede workers’ ability or willingness to absorb or relate critical information that affects the job being performed and the safety of the work environment. The results may range from unnecessary delays and added costs, to OSHA violations, preventable accidents and other risks. Of course, not all organizations have outright communications failures, but most have areas that can stand improvement. Start by identifying where those areas are and their underlying cause(s). In addition to face-to-face conversations, consider conducting an anonymous survey of your workforce to obtain their “honest” feedback. Prioritize your findings in terms of their impact on project performance and safety, then take steps to correct the most pressing deficiencies. Most communications problems/failures can be resolved pretty easily once they’re recognized. But in some cases, it may require outside assistance (e.g., specific safety training). More extreme cases may call for a neutral third party to help you delve into and resolve deeper issues. A simple first step to improve communications is to ask pointed questions about the topic after each tailgate talk, safety meeting, etc. This will help you determine if the topic was understood, as well as help promote further discussion. For more information to improve jobsite safety, turn to the Construction Zone Safety and IPAF Elevating Safety supplements included with this issue, and visit ForConstructionPros.com. ET
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These pages feature some of the latest equipment available. You’ll find a solid sampling of both new machines and models that have been recently revamped by the manufacturers. For more information, simply fill out the reader service card following page 22 or visit the Buyers Guide at ForConstructionPros.com. Hilti
TE 800-AVR Breaker The TE 800-AVR features Hi Drive technology that helps deliver 15 ft.-lbs. of impact energy. Its D-handle design offers versatility for horizontal and vertical breaking. Using the Wall chisel TE-SW delivers more impact energy and control when working with wall demolition. The unit features the Active Vibration Reduction (AVR) sub-chassis system to ensure low vibration values, as well as the active cooling system for active air flow over electronics, motor, gear and hammering mechanism toward the tool chuck, resulting in lower operating temperatures. A triple chamber design isolates the hammering mechanism, piston area and chuck to help prevent dust and other harmful external elements from entering the gearing, decreasing repair frequency and extending the tool life.
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Site Scan Aerial Analytics Platform The 3DR Site Scan analytics platform allows you to inspect, survey and scan work sites with the Solo smart drone and seamlessly deliver that data to the cloud for processing and analytics. Included in the package are a Solo drone, Sony Xperia tablet preconfigured with the Site Scan app, a Sony UMCR10C or GoPro HERO4 Black camera, unlimited storage in the 3DR Cloud and unlimited processing and publishing credits with the Autodesk Cloud. The app supports all reality capture needs with Inspect, Survey and Scan modes. The workflow, from flight and collection to processing and importing data, is managed entirely on the included tablet, with a simple and familiar app interface designed for the business user.
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Abbi Mobile Refuelers The Abbi mobile refueler is a double-walled trailermounted fuel storage tank certified for safe storage and transport of fuel under UL, ULC and UN approvals. Capacities range from 264 to 790 gal. A secure, lockable equipment cabinet encloses the pumping and dispensing equipment. Direct access into the inner tank is via an access manway for cleaning and inspection. The unit’s mobile design with internal baffles facilitates safe transport. Forklift pockets enable easy maneuvering. The Abbi Blue model has dual compartments to store fuel and diesel exhaust fluid. A separate poly tank and pump cabinet for DEF provides a closed environment for the fluid to be stored and eliminates cross-contamination risk between fluids.
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T595 Compact Track Loader
Ground Protection System SlatTrax is a ground protection system that uses a skid-steer loader to roll out and retrieve temporary roadway in about two minutes, providing an alternative to plywood and mats. The hydraulically-powered attachment holds dual spools of Trax up to 100 ft. in length. The hydraulic-powered chain drive system is used to turn the spools of the Trax. The Trax are made of durable 3/4-in.-thick recycled plastic with PVC-impregnated strapping. They come in 36and 42-in. widths, and incorporate break point sections to allow for manual maneuvering. The system can be used on hills, curves, turf and hard cover. An optional trailer holds the complete system with two 100-ft. spools of Trax.
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The 8,055-lb. T595 vertical lift path compact track loader has a 2,200-lb. rated operating capacity (35% of tip load) and a 119-in. lift height to hinge pin. Its 74-hp Tier 4-compliant, transversely mounted, turbo diesel engine does not require a diesel particulate filter or diesel exhaust fluid. The unit has a 7.1-mph maximum travel speed, or up to 10.4 mph with optional two-speed travel. It comes with standard controls (hands and feet) or optional Advanced Control System (ACS) and Selectable Joystick Controls (SJC). Non-hydraulic attachments can be changed from inside the cab via the Power Bob-Tach attachment mounting system. Auxiliary hydraulic flow is rated at 17.1 gpm. Options include high-flow hydraulics (26.7 gpm), the Roller Suspension system undercarriage and auto idle (SJC-equipped models).
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SS 2 Vacuum Lifting System The SS 2 Vacuum Lifting System allows a skid steer to lift steel plate, saw cut concrete, granite and marble slabs, landscape pavers and more. The lightweight (98 lbs. without mounting plate), all-aluminum attachment has a hydraulically driven vacuum pump that enables it to lift up to 2,716 lbs. The pump maintains a constant vacuum in the pressure reservoir. When activated, the system pulls a vacuum between the integrated 24” x 24” vacuum pad and the object to be lifted, providing a positive seal. The pump uses the carrier’s auxiliary hydraulics and requires a minimum 10 gpm and maximum 3,000 psi. Quick-connect hydraulic hoses and a universal mounting plate allow use on any skid steer; a clevis hook connection is also available for use on mini-excavators or small cranes.
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S-Series Tier 4 Final Dozers The 94-hp TD-8S and 113-hp TD-9S crawler dozers are powered by Cummins QSF 3.8 Tier 4 Final turbocharged engines with proven electronic controls and a DEF aftertreatment system. Rexroth dualpath hydrostatic drive systems transmit full power to both tracks in all conditions to ensure smooth speed changes, pivot turns and counter rotation. A six-way C-frame is complemented by a robust undercarriage incorporating a standard lubricated track system (LTS), split link track chains, pivot shaft installed suspension and hydraulic track adjusters. The units offer integrated technology options that include Trimble Basic, Trimble Ready and full Trimble 3D control systems.
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AR16 Propane Buggy The 16-cu.-ft. AR16 Propane power buggy includes a factory installed, propane-powered, 11.7-hp, 389cc Honda GX390 engine designed for use in indoor or confined areas where air quality is a concern. Power and load are unchanged compared to a gasoline-powered version. The propane engine runs cooler and will not vapor-lock, and the closed fuel system keeps components cleaner for less maintenance. The 8-gal. fuel tank is easy to refuel with no spillage, evaporation or water in the tank. The 1,370-lb. unit comes with a high-strength polyethylene bucket that can haul up to 2,500 lbs. It has a wheelbase of 40 in. and a top speed of 7 mph. Foam-filled tires relieve the risk of tire punctures on the jobsite.
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RTK Stand-On Track Trencher The RTK stand-on track trencher features a standard fixed platform, one-hand controls and fine-tuning control adjustment that uses rod linkage instead of cables. The Adjustable Trenching Control can be positioned to modify the trenching speed of the tracks individually while on the go. Track speed can be adjusted individually while in operation to keep the trench straight when working on uneven terrain. The 1,690-lb. unit measures 35.5 in. wide and trenches up to 48 in. deep and 6 in. wide. Its 7-in. track creates a 241-sq.in. footprint on each side of the machine. Power options include a 20- or 23-hp Honda (GX630 or GX690) or 23-hp Briggs Vanguard V-Twin engine. Five chain options are available.
Defender Max Side-by-side Vehicle The Defender MAX features a 1,750-lb. payload capacity, 1,000-lb. cargo box load capacity and 2,000lb. tow rating. It has a roomy, intuitive cockpit with dual VERSA-PRO bench seats with two 40/20/40 profiled benches that accommodate up to six adults. A 72-hp Rotax HD10 or 50-hp Rotax HD8 rear-mounted, heavy-duty engine is combined with a PRO-TORQ transmission with Quick Response System that enhances low-speed riding and offers smooth engagement. The unit includes a four-mode traction system, three selectable engine operating modes and available specific-tuned Dynamic Power Steering system. Its TTA-HD rear suspension provides comfort, driveability and durability, and has 10 in. of travel.
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AT TACHM E N T S By Kim Berndtson
Cold Planers Carriers & To perform its intended task most efficiently, match the cold planer attachment to the host and application.
old planer attachments can work shallowly, providing just what’s needed to remove paint lines from parking lots, airports, etc. They can also mill deeply to cut through concrete or one or more layers of asphalt for repairing streets, highways, sidewalks, etc. But in order to efficiently and productively perform these and other jobs, it’s important to match the attachment to both the carrier and the tasks. “Peak performance starts with proper matching of the attachment and the host machine’s provided power to the application,” says Adam Runner, special projects manager, ConeqtecUniversal. “A small, low-flow planer used for parking lot patch repair will probably be disappointing if used for deep milling or concrete work.”
PAY ATTENTION TO HYDRAULIC NEEDS Improper pairing of the attachment to the capabilities of the carrier is one of the most common mistakes contractors make, says Larry Giberson, owner, GECON Attachments. “An under-powered skid steer, both in terms of pushing power and hydraulic power — meaning adequate pressures and flows — won’t perform to expectations,” he notes. “If the attachment can’t get its required ‘juice,’ then it will only be partially productive. While nothing bad can really happen to the carrier, the wheels [of a skid steer] may spin or break traction, and the performance of the attachment will be less than can be achieved. Wheel wear costs can also go up if the machine is undersized.” One of the first steps is to match the hydraulic needs of
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the attachment with those provided by the host machine. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding hydraulics, especially auxiliary power. “It is important to know what hydraulic horsepower (hhp) is available for each [carrier] that will be running attachments,” says Runner. “It is not the host machine’s engine power but rather the hydraulic horsepower that is available... The host machine will need to deliver enough power to the attachment for it to operate productively. Minimal requirements may not cut it if the application is more demanding, such as milling 2 in. deep vs. 6 in. deep.” Mike McSorley, field product support and training, Paladin Attachments, agrees, adding, “It’s important to understand the hydraulic performance of the machine. When you read the specifications, manufacturers are talking about gross hydraulic performance. That doesn’t necessarily mean you will yield 100% of those hydraulics through the
When selecting a loader to be used with a cold planer, it’s best to stay at the high end of the machine’s hydraulic flow range to ensure optimal attachment performance. attachment coupling system that attaches it to the machine. A lot of people have the presumption that all of the hydraulic flow is going to the attachment when it isn’t. There are other demands on the hydraulics, such as what is needed for an undercarriage.” When acquiring a new machine, McSorley suggests checking with the dealership to confirm its actual hydraulic performance. You can confirm hydraulic flow and pressure via field service trucks, as well. Runner also stresses that the
Peak cold planer performance begins by properly matching the carrier’s capabilities and the attachment’s power requirements.
hydraulic horsepower of a system must be calculated, rather than following what is stated as the amount of flow. “This would be similar to stating the horsepower of a truck is simply its torque,” he points out. He offers the following calculation to determine hydraulic horsepower: multiply the system’s flow by its pressure, then divide by 1,714 (gpm x psi/1,714). “To be more accurate, knock off another 10% for inefficiencies, e.g. heat loss, etc.,” he says. “A hydraulic system with a lower flow rate at higher pressure can have more horsepower than a higher flowing system with lower pressure.” To estimate the planer’s hydraulic horsepower requirement, multiply the drum width by 2. “That means, for example, a 24-in.-wide planer would require a host system with at least 48 hhp to run efficiently,” says Runner. “If a contractor anticipates deep milling or concrete work, he might want to multiply the drum width by 2.5 or 3 to find the minimum hhp required for the application.” When selecting a loader to be used with a cold planer, Katie Althoff, attachments product
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5 SETUP/OPERATING TIPS
TIP #1 : Inspect the grinding bits. The bits chew through the concrete or asphalt so it’s important to prevent uneven wear and keep them free of debris. Bobcat’s Katie Althoff suggests checking bits every four to eight hours of operation to ensure they are freely spinning. “You can go through a pair of bits pretty quickly if you aren’t paying attention,” she comments. “These tools have to stay free-moving during operation, otherwise they will flatten on one side,” Mike McSorley, Paladin Attachments, explains. “A stuck bit can also overheat the hydraulic system and drive up fuel consumption.” “When cutting bits become stuck and do not rotate, they become unequally worn on one side, which decreases their performance and wear life,” says Adam Runner, Coneqtec-Universal. “Continuing to operate a planer whose cutting bits are too worn will usually result in damage to the bit holders. This can be rather expensive when you take into account that replacement bit holders have to be welded to the drum and the planer is out of production while repairs are made.” To minimize downtime, some contractors purchase extra bits that can be quickly swapped out with those that need cleaning or replacement.
TIP #2 : Operate the host machine at full rpm. “This gives you the necessary torque and power you need,” says Althoff. specialist, Bobcat, suggests it is best to stay at the high end of the machine’s flow range. “If you are on the low end of the range, you will have less performance,” she says. “It will feel like the attachment is under-performing and not getting enough flow. With a planer attachment, there is a lot of resistance as you cut through the material. To get the best performance, you want to get as much flow going through the attachment as possible. A high-flow loader will also help improve performance.” Runner advises paying attention to high-flow vs. low-flow requirements. “There will be problems if a high-flow attachment is mounted on a host with low-flow hydraulics,” he says. “There are also various hydraulic line configurations (three-line, five-line, etc.) on host machines that will need to be matched or accommodated.”
BIGGER ISN’T ALWAYS BETTER Another common misstep is selecting the wrong size of attachment. While cold planers can make cuts as wide as 40 in., wider isn’t always better. “There is a misconception that a wider cut will give more
productivity,” says McSorley, who notes that Paladin planers range in widths from 16 to 40 in. “But in fact, it slows down forward progress.” Cold planer attachments can weigh up to 2,500 lbs. “Combined with the weight of the host machine, you are trying to push a lot through a road bed,” McSorley comments. “Oftentimes, contractors are better off making multiple passes with an 18- or 24-in. attachment rather than trying to do it all at once with a wider one. Multiple passes is a more efficient use of the hydraulic system, and it extends the service life of cutting teeth on the drum.” Likewise, cutting too deep all at once can be a mistake. “The most efficient use of carbide tools [for asphalt] is to cut somewhere between 1.5 to 2 in. in depth,” says McSorley. “That will keep the tool in the asphalt just long enough so it can rotate and have a chance to cool down a bit.”
TIP #3 : Conduct proper maintenance. Runner advises greasing all pivot points and immediately making adjustments and repairs when needed. “Like any piece of machinery, staying on top of key maintenance activities will help performance and extend the life of the machine,” he says. “Take extra minutes a few times a day to make sure all the teeth, or pics, are turning in the holder,” adds Larry Giberson, GECON Attachments. “Also conduct proper grease cycles and maintenance. Preventive maintenance on planers is smart business.”
TIP #4 : Be prepared for the unexpected. Material can be deeper or shallower than expected. Asphalt can also have more or less oil than expected, thereby affecting the speed of the milling job. “A lot of times, a contractor may go out on a job and think they only have 3 in. of asphalt when they actually have 5 in.,” says Althoff. “A job is often a matter of trial and error so be prepared for the unexpected and don’t force the planer.”
TIP #5 : Consider a “tip crew”: Bits aren’t necessarily plug and play, says McSorley. “It’s so important to manage the tools, and it is a complex job,” he says. “Some contractors have a ‘tip crew’ whose only job is to manage the carbide tools.”
CONSIDER HOST SPECIFICATIONS There are considerations when choosing a host machine for a planer attachment. Carriers are typically skid steers, compact
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According to GECON Attachments, built-in conveyors are becoming popular options for cold planer attachments, allowing 90% to 95% of the trench to be cleaned out with each pass.
track loaders or excavators, but may also include backhoe-loaders and wheel loaders. McSorley advises using a skidsteer loader over a compact track loader. “A compact track loader is designed with an undercarriage and tracks to diminish ground pressure and improve flotation,” he says. “That undercarriage is very expensive. As you work on concrete or asphalt, it wears the rubber tracks quickly.” To reduce tire wear on skid steers in this application, Althoff
“All-wheel steer gives you the ability to move the wheels in a crab-like position. That means you will have less skidding, but you will still get plenty of maneuverability.” — Katie Althoff, attachments product specialist, Bobcat suggests Bobcat’s all-wheel-steer option. “All-wheel steer gives you the ability to move the wheels in a crab-like position,” she states. “That means you will have less skidding, but you will still get plenty of maneuverability. Some contractors have told us they have extended tire life four to five times when using the machine in all-wheel-steer mode.” Operating system preferences can come into play when choosing a host machine. A joystick can make a planer attachment
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easier to operate, notes Althoff. “You aren’t ‘feathering’ much so you don’t need to keep touching a handle,” she says. “With a joystick, you can ‘dial’ it in by selecting how fast you want to travel, which is generally slow, which will keep the torque high. Then you can drive without having to worry about adjusting your speed. You can dial into your sweet spot and maintain maximum driveline torque and full hydraulic power.” Maintaining a constant speed is less taxing on the operator, as well. “It is one less thing they have to focus on,” says Althoff. “Operators don’t have to rock back and forth to maintain speed. This offers a nice, constant biting away at the asphalt for a cleaner cut, better performance and less feedback to the operator. You will get better fuel efficiency for the loader, as well.” According to McSorley, Bradco’s joystick controller can make operation easier. “Setting up the three or four functions (depending on which style planer is purchased) is more easily controlled by using our joystick controller because the left side operates independent of the right side,” he says. “And if your machine goes down, you can immediately pick up the cold planer and move it to any other high-flow machine and go right back to work.” GECON Attachments offers a “performer” enhancement feature to show an operator an
easily visible measure of the most efficient way to do a job, eliminating the guesswork and any too slow or too fast operation. The company also offers a universal wiring harness. “That means anyone with a high-flow skid steer can run our planer with a conveyor,” says Giberson. “If a contractor has more of a particular brand of skid steer in the fleet, this would allow for changing the carrier and putting the planer on a different skid steer without having to plug in a different wiring harness. We also have a pigtail adapter to match any brand skid steer to the planer so the skid steer’s joystick and controls can be used.” Built-in conveyors are becoming popular options, Giberson asserts. “A built-in conveyor allows for 90% to 95% of the trench to be clean every pass,” he says. “That saves time and labor, as well as minimizes a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on sweeper brooms.”
CHOOSE THE RIGHT DRUM At the heart of the cold planer attachment is the drum, with varying options offered by manufacturers. “Contractors need to understand there is a significant difference in drum design and configuration for concrete vs. asphalt,” says Giberson. “The best advice we can give is that there needs to be a mindset that there are two totally different applications in the field. “Most planers are set up to attack asphalt,” he continues. “But just changing the pics, or teeth, is not the best answer because drum construction, placement of pic holders, pic composition and total number of teeth are different for milling concrete vs. asphalt.” Concrete exacts more of a toll on equipment and wear parts. “Milling concrete with an asphalt setup will lead to less production and considerably more wear cost,” says Giberson. “The smart thing to do is invest in an extra/spare drum and teeth for concrete if you know you will be doing jobs with concrete.” Bobcat offers different drum types on its planer attachments. “Fast-cut” drums have fewer bits to mill asphalt quickly with a relatively fine end product and scarified surface for patching or layering asphalt. The drum can mill more deeply (3 to 4
in.), depending on hydraulic flow and how much oil is in the asphalt. “Surface” or “smoothcut” drums are typically used on concrete where a shallower cut is needed, such as when removing paint lines. “They mill more slowly and only about 1/16 to 1/8 in. deep,” says Althoff. “Once the spoils have been cleaned away, your surface will be smooth.” Coneqtec-Universal offers an open drum design that features staggered, offset plates with the grinding bits attached to the perimeter of the plates rather than a barrel. “The open drum has proven to be much more productive and efficient due to the elimination of regrinding the aggregate,” Runner explains. “With closed drums, much of the spoil is thrown back over the drum and ground repeatedly into a fine dust. Open drums have the advantage of the spoil falling between the plates and left in the planing path without regrinding.” Paladin provides one drum type for its Bradco planers and another for its FFC planers, each offering its own scarification pattern. “The FFC model cuts deep because of the pattern on the drum and the placement and shape of the carbide cutting tools,” says McSorley. “It’s designed to cut deep in a single pass, piercing through the road deck and into the sub base. It’s a great choice for cross cuts or lateral cuts to replace plumbing pipe or drain tile. “The Bradco unit is typically favored by contractors who are interested in weight, torque, rear spoils clearance and quality of the scarification pattern,” he adds. “It gives more bondable surface, offering a place for more adhesion to occur.” The 40-in. GECON PL-C planer attachment has a splitdrum design that can be split into two halves in a combination of three configurations: 20” + 20”, 16” + 24” or 24” + 16”. “This feature allows for removal of one of the sections that is a type of clamp-on half shell and leaves the smaller (milling) area for more flexible milling,” says Giberson. When a section of the drum is removed, the scraper and conveyer must also be disconnected. “The segmented planer will act just as a basic planer with no trench cleaning unless the full drum is in place.” ET
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ATTACHMENTS >> Products Heatwurx HWX-AP40 Asphalt Processor
Utilicor Minicor-2 Coring Attachment
Coneqtec/Universal AP Cold Planers The AP cold planer attachment line comes in widths from 12 to 48 in. and cutting depths to 6 in., with easy adjustment via hydraulic or electric-over-hydraulic controls. • 24-in. side shift travel • Planings stay inside of the planer cowling due to depth adjustment positioning • Drum rotates faster for less bounce • Stress spread out across the width of the planer • Swingaway hydraulic controls • Fewer wear points and parts • Patented open drum design
The 48-in.-wide Minicor-2 keyhole coring attachment fits skid-steer loaders with a rated operating capacity of 2,000 lbs. and a hydraulic flow rate of 16 gpm. • Cuts keyhole cores up to 24 in. in depth through asphalt, concrete or reinforced concrete pavement • Accommodates coring drums from 8 to 24 in. in diameter • Compact size and mobility enable fast, accurate work in tight spaces • Integrated 100-gal. water tank • Universal quick-attach coupler system and quick-connect hydraulic and electrical hookup allow for “plug and play” installation
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The HWX-AP40 Asphalt Processor has a 40-in. working width, and is designed to mix existing asphalt that has been heated in place by Heatwurx infrared heating systems. • Screeds material into place over the patch amd blends patching material with the heated pavement • Provides a heated joint between repaired areas and existing pavement • Easily attaches to a skid steer
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PavementGroup SkidPatcher10A Asphalt Plant and Recycler The SkidPatcher10A mobile asphalt mixer and recycler produces virgin hot mix using pre-packaged 50-lb. bags of DOT-approved mix. • Heats up to 400 lbs. of mix to 340° F in eight minutes • Also recycles millings and small chunks • Suitable for military airfields, airports, roadways, parking lots and driveways • Attaches to skid-steer loader using standard connection mount points and two hydraulic lines for mixing • Fully mobile and simple to operate
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Hitek Pavijet Mini Pavers
Ditch Runner DR-150 Utility Paver These Utility Pavers are designed to make asphalt patching and utility paving faster and more profitable by reducing labor time. • 1/4-in. heavy-duty steel construction • Adjustable width from 24 to 48 in. with paving depths of 2.5 to 8.5 in. • Independent adjustment depth screws • Side shoes adjustable from 0 to 5 in. • Easily adapts and clamps to any skid-steer bucket
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The Pavijet Mini Pavers fill a niche between stand-behind paving machines and the use of spreaders, drag boxes or hand-spread asphalt. • Can be used to lay hot and cold asphalt or to spread sand, gravel and stones • Simple to operate, maintain and transport • Connect to a skid-steer loader or compact excavator, depending on model • MG7 has a retractable, vibrating, heated screed, 3.5-ton hopper and paving speed up to 82 fpm
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Road Widener Skid-steer Attachment The Road Widener can be used for work on road shoulders, driveways, trails and paths. • Handles widths of 1 to 3.5 ft. and can disperse a 20-ton truckload of gravel in minutes at speeds of over 12 mph • Width, height and flow hydraulically controlled with precise control of material placement • Features include adjustable slope control and a hydraulic-driven conveyor belt with heavy-duty 10-in. head and tail pulleys • 2,600-lb. empty weight and 10-ft. width allow easy transport via a standard-width trailer
OKADA AMERICA INC. OAC SERIES VIBRATORY COMPACTOR/DRIVERS Okada OAC Series vibratory compactor/ drivers let you expand the versatility of your loader/backhoe or excavator. Rugged construction and proven compaction technology make quick work of any compaction or driving job. Keep your crew safely out of the trench and eliminate the need for expensive shoring. The Okada OAC Series is available in five different models. • Flow control is standard • Extendable plates available for narrow trenches • Heavy-duty motor extends service life • Quick attach mounting system available for most models • Mounting bracket and whip hoses are all inclusive in cost • Minimal maintenance requirements Visit www.okadaamerica.com for more information.
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Mr. Manhole Gold Series Six Shooter Manhole Cutter The Gold Series Six Shooter offers improved cutting surfaces, a heavier frame, a Quick Adjust variable cutting diameter and custom heavy-duty auger drive for easier manhole removal. • Attaches to any skid steer capable of a 30-gpm minimum flow and 2,500-lb. minimum lift capacity • Includes a custom heavy-duty auger drive • Adjustable cutting diameter from 28 to 72 in. and cutting depth up to 20 in. (14 in. with standard blades) • Completely removes the manhole frame and road surface from concrete or asphalt in minutes • Carbide teeth can be replaced in seconds even on the job
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Attachments International Patch Master The Patch Master is designed to patch cracks on both asphalt and concrete. • Hydraulic gate allows precise metering of asphalt from the loader cab • Tungsten carbide wear shoes allow precise leveling on asphalt or concrete • Adjustable front door to set the depth of the material
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GECON Attachments Asphalt Float The GECON Asphalt Float is suited for asphalt repairs, trench work/repairs, skidsteer paving and asphalt trenching. • Simple hookup/connection to skid steer • Adjustable moldboard (screed height) • Hydraulic side shift out to 5.5+ ft. • Hydraulic wing adjustments (5-in. trench or 6 ft. wide) • Low maintenance
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T HE CU T T I N G E D G E By Jessica Stoikes
Can Robots Help Repair Roads? Addibots are being tested to fill cracks and potholes along roads, saving material costs and keeping workers out of danger.
Founded in 1963, Takeuchi introduced the first compact excavator in North America. Today, Takeuchi provides an extensive line of compact track loaders, compact excavators, compact wheel loaders and skid steer loaders. Takeuchi’s design philosophy focuses on four pillars: performance, durability, serviceability and operator comfort. Every machine we build incorporates these features into solutions that work for our customers. The new TL12V2 track loader is just one example in the Takeuchi lineup. This vertical lift loader sets a benchmark for compact track loaders as one of the most capable and innovative machines of its kind on the market today. The cab has been completely redesigned and enlarged and now features a smooth, low-effort overhead door design for improved entry and egress. A quiet track design with flotation pads also reduces vibration and noise levels while improving ride quality.
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ndoubtedly, you’re aware of the 3D printing revolution taking place. These devices are being used to create anything from artificial organs to skyscrapers, and the technology is only advancing in its capabilities. But there are limitations when it comes to construction use. The printers tend to be large and heavy, which makes moving them around a construction site or roadway unrealistic. The bigger ones have to be rigged from a gantry and outfitted with a large reservoir to hold the printing material (e.g., concrete) to complete the task. Robert Flitsch, a recent engineering graduate from Harvard University, set out to change this by devising a compact, wheeled, 3D printing “robot” designed for portability. Essentially a 3D printer on wheels, this mobile interface for additive manufacturing (AM) allows the AM implements to move to any desired location or space. Flitsch has built four prototypes thus far, and launched a startup called Addibots that will produce and sell the robots once they’re ready for market sometime in the next two or three years.
same overall additive methods, Addibots are also able to construct entirely new surfaces rather than just repairing them.” Flitsch and his team believe that Addibots will help contractors and state DOTs complete more work faster, not replace members of the workforce. “In many areas of the world, the amount of necessary repair and construction tasks typically exceeds the ‘bandwidth’ of the workforce employed to complete them,” Flitsch comments. “When these tasks take too long to be completed because of a
Flitsch and his team believe that Addibots will help contractors and state DOTs complete more work faster, not replace members of the workforce.
EXPANDING THE LABOR “BANDWIDTH” Many methods exist for repairing surface defects within road repair. Flitsch asked how these repairs could be completed more quickly and precisely. “Coupling computer vision capabilities with high-resolution and precision AM implements, an Addibot is the perfect tool for many resurfacing applications — to either improve upon the methods or results of existing resurfacing applications, or to make new applications possible,” Flitsch says. “With road repair for example, Addibots can drive down a road and sense cracks or potholes while laying down material to fill and repair these defects at a constant driving speed. With the
lack of bandwidth, the condition of the roads... further deteriorates, making each task even more costly and time consuming, thus further limiting the budget and bandwidth of the workforce. “One of the main ways Addibots will solve these significant problems for firms within this market space is by allowing for a drastic improvement in their bandwidth with respect to completing repair and construction,” he asserts.
A SAFE SOLUTION Flitsch’s first prototype was used to fill in cracks on ice surfaces that had been scraped by ice skates. That prototype carries a tank of water that had been pre-cooled to just above the freezing mark, then laid along cracks in the ice. This was important as a proof of concept. Flitsch hopes his new model will be used on roadways as a tool to assist road workers by putting down
The Addibot developed by Robert Flitsch (shown) is a compact, wheeled, 3D printing robot that will be capable of assisting in road repair operations. a sealcoat, filling in cracks or even filling potholes. Like earlier prototypes, the latest version has a series of printer heads attached to the undercarriage and will be able to print in a range of materials directly onto the ground upon which it drives. The little bot will use the raw material (hot mix) to build up surfaces layer by layer, much like a desktop 3D printer, but without the same space constraints. Space is one of the main limitations that 3D printers have, Flitsch notes. “You have to be printing inside this box, and you can really only print objects of the size of the workspace you’re printing in,” he says. Since the Addibot runs on wheels, it could be used for any number of tasks connected with maintenance of road surfaces, including repairs on busy highways where workers are exposed to the most risk. “Addibots would be a great way to move workers out of danger,” Flitsch says. He envisions future Addibot models large enough for operators to sit inside a cab during operation, particularly for operation on highspeed roadways. “In these cases,” he states, “the operator will be better protected from the dangerous traffic speeding by while they conduct repairs or construction.” ET
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R OAD B U I LD I N G & R E PA I R By Lisa Cleaver
on Major Design-Build Pavement Rehab Project The Lane Construction Corp. managed nightly challenges and 100,000+ tons of asphalt on a major pavement rehabilitation project in Virginia.
he Lane Construction Corp., a contractor specializing in highways, bridges, mass transit and airport systems headquartered in Cheshire, CT, completed a major design-build project for the Virginia DOT (VDOT) last November. The project included major restoration work designed to increase pavement life by 15 years or more for distressed eastbound and westbound segments of I-64 and I-264 in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. “There were two separate intersecting interstates involved in this design-build,” says Mark Range, assistant plant manager with Virginia Paving Company, a division of The Lane Construction Corp. The first section was a 3-mile stretch of I-264 with four lanes in each direction that is the main artery connecting Norfolk to Virginia Beach. This segment of road also takes you to Portsmouth going west and heading east toward the main oceanfront area. The second section was a 7-mile stretch of 1-64 with three lanes in each direction and the main interstate connecting I-264 to the Norfolk Naval
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Station on I-564. It also takes you west toward Williamsburg and Richmond and east to Chesapeake. “Both of these highways carry in excess of 50,000 vehicles per day,” says Range. “With the summer tourist traffic and the always present Norfolk Naval Station commuter traffic, they’re very busy roadways. Therefore, all of this work had to be done at night.”
PREPARING THE PAVEMENT The two highways were originally concrete pavement that had deteriorated over the years to the point that the state couldn’t keep up with maintenance and repairing of potholes, says Range. The VDOT let the first contract to patch all of the concrete pavement and repair/ hot seal open joints. Next came a contract to mill and repave the existing asphalt shoulders and
overlay all of the concrete patching with a 3/4-in. lift of thin hot mix asphalt concrete overlay (THMACO). The THMACO contract was performed by Virginia Paving Company. This was followed by the leveling course — a 2-in. lift of 19MM stone matrix asphalt (SMA) and a 1.75-in. lift of 12.5MM SMA — along with raising the median barrier, drainage structures and guide rail. “Since the roadway was going to be raised 3.75 in. with new asphalt, we had to raise all the concrete median barriers separating the eastbound and westbound lanes, all the drainage structures, all of the guide rail, as well as all-new asphalt curb and
backup material under the new guide rail,” says Range. The first step to prepare the pavement was to survey the entire job and identify areas that did not drain properly or had under-spec or less than desired cross slopes. “Once these areas were identified and marked out, we needed to cut tie-in and tiedown joints longitudinally and transversely so the level course would blend in with adjacent lanes,” says Range. “This also helped to prevent raveling of the edges when we opened to traffic.” The joints were cut in by a milling machine. Then it was time for the paving crew to pave a leveling course to increase
Virginia Paving Company used a milling machine to cut tie-in and tie-down joints longitudinally and transversely to ensure the level course would blend in with the adjacent lanes. ForConstructionPros.com
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ROAD BU IL DING & REPAIR
The I-64/I-264 project involved repaving the existing asphalt shoulders and overlaying all of the concrete patching with a 3/4-in. lift of thin hot mix asphalt concrete overlay.
the cross slopes to ensure water would properly drain from the roadway. “This was a challenge because the required leveling had variable depths,” says Range. “In many instances, this work was being done across two or three — and in some cases four — lanes of traffic with vehicles traveling 55 mph, 2 ft. away from the milling and paving crews. We all know most of those cars and tractor trailers were not obeying the legal speed limit.” Joint cutting also needed to be done through exit and entrance ramp areas. With this step accomplished, the main paving began.
THE PAVING PROCESS With the 3/4-in. THMACO layer already installed over the concrete, the next step called for two and in some areas three additional lifts of asphalt. A variable depth lift of mix (SM-9.5A) for cross slope adjustments, a 2-in. lift of 19MM SMA and then a final 1.75-in. lift of 12.5MM SMA would be installed for the final riding surface. “Out in front of the paving crew, the milling crew cut tiein joints before and after every bridge, at all of the exit and on ramps and interchanges and at the beginning and end of the project, so the new asphalt layers would blend into the existing grades,” says Range. “This entire process had to be done prior to the paving of each new lift of asphalt.” This was a huge task. There were 22 bridges on this project to tie into, 12 major interchanges to pave through and 32 exit and entrance ramps to pave and tie into. In all, there were more than 200 tie-in joints required. With all of the bridges, ramps, interchanges and tie-down points, the average length of a paved section without stopping and picking up was approximately 2,300 linear feet. “Despite the numerous short sections, the average IRI numbers on I-64 were less than 50,” says Range. The mix designs for the project included 19MM SMA and 12.5MM SMA mixes with PG76-22 asphalt cement used on the mainline, while conventional IM-19.0A and SM-12.5A Superpave mixes were used on the shoulders. “The SMA mixes, even though they are more costly, were good choices for the mainline due to the stiff binder in these mixes that prevent cracking and rutting while holding up to the high traffic volumes and also giving the owner a longer service life,” says Range. “You get what you pay for with SMA — very expensive but better
performance. Conventional Superpave mixes cut costs on the shoulders, as they were not subject to the same traffic volumes and stresses as the mainline.” The combination of 19MM SMA, 12.5MM SMA and conventional Superpave mixes for the leveling and shoulder work added up to over 100,000 tons of asphalt placed by Lane Construction crews.
NIGHTLY CHALLENGES For Lane Construction, there were many nightly challenges.
then the tractor could hook back up to the trailer and get out of the way. “When on the left side, this was the only way we could unload our equipment safely,” says Range. Another aspect of this project was there were three separate contracts going on all at the same time. This presented many lane closure conflicts throughout the project that had to be worked out between all of the contractors and subcontractors. “Virginia Paving was fortunate enough to be doing the
THERE WERE 22 BRIDGES ON THIS PROJECT TO TIE INTO, 12 MAJOR INTERCHANGES TO PAVE THROUGH AND 32 EXIT AND ENTRANCE RAMPS TO PAVE AND TIE INTO. IN ALL, THERE WERE MORE THAN 200 TIE-IN JOINTS REQUIRED. “One challenge was the lane closure times and restrictions we had to adhere to,” says Range. “When working on the left lanes, we were only able to close one lane at the beginning of each shift. With only a 6-ft. left shoulder and a 12-ft. lane closed, we barely had enough room to unload our equipment from the trailers and get started, especially the MTV and paver, which is a safety concern for us.” Crews also had to be totally off the road by 5 a.m. or face heavy fines compounded every 15 minutes. Thinking and planning ahead was key. Keeping one eye on the weather at all times was important, as well. In order to make it safer in the tight quarters on the left lanes and allow an on-time start, crews had to use a rolling road block with the help of a state trooper. This allowed equipment that was just unloaded the ability to get in front of the tractor,
paving work on three of the four ongoing contracts, so that helped some, but this scheduling was a nightmare,” says Range. “Many changes were made to accommodate all the activity while still trying to maintain the production we were shooting for. Communication and many meetings were the keys to making this work. Range has worked for The Lane Construction Corp. and Virginia Paving Company almost 40 years now. “The level of coordination and cooperation that was required between all involved rivals anything I’ve seen so far,” he says. “At the end of the day, this turned out to be a very safe and productive project,” he continues. “Looking back now at all this organized chaos, you really get a sense of pride and satisfaction knowing we pulled it off under less than ideal circumstances.” ET
CENTER: With only a 6-ft. left shoulder and a 12-ft. lane closed, Lane Construction barely had room to maneuver equipment such as the MTV and paver. RIGHT: The combination of various mixes for the leveling and shoulder work added up to 100,000+ tons of asphalt placed. ForConstructionPros.com
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ROAD BUILDING & REPAIR >> Products Power Curber 5700-C The 5700-C includes the Smart Amp control system, which offers the simplicity of an analog system with the features of a digital system. • Paves curb/sidewalk up to 7 ft. wide in the offset position or 10 ft. in the center pour position and barrier/parapet up to 5 ft. tall (8 ft. with optional MAX Package) • Hydraulic adjustable offset • Standard single-lane or optional dual-side pouring capability • 130-hp Cummins QSB4.5-130C turbocharged diesel engine • Three hydraulically powered crawler tracks with planetary gear reduction
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Minnich A-1C and A-2C On-slab Drills The A-1C single-drill series and A-2C doubledrill series can drill in horizontal, vertical and 35° stitch positions, plus the A-1C is capable of skew drilling for maximum versatility. • Feature steering to enhance operator accuracy and control • Automatic shutoff feature extends drill life • Available dust collection to minimize dust and debris on the jobsite
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Terex Bid-Well 3600 Paver The Bid-Well 3600 with enhanced paving carriage design can complete standardduty slab-on-grade paving jobs as well as bridge decks, and offers standard paving widths from 8 to 86 ft. • 21-hp Kohler ECH650 fuel-injected gas engines • Paving carriage includes segmented upper and lower sections and a heavy-duty design for dual drag-pan configurations • Available with universal power crown adjuster, swing leg design for zero clearance paving, pivot leg configuration for a true vertical operating position and integrated LED lighting system • Rota-Vibe system with 11.5-in.-long roller generates up to 5,000 vpm to consolidate the top 2.5 in. of the slab
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Wacker Neuson RD 27 Series The redesigned RD 27 2.5-ton doubledrum vibratory roller incorporates a multi-functional lever that contains buttons for all vibration options, water on/off and even the horn. • Features a tapered front frame for optimal visibility to the front drum and ergonomically designed operator’s station with easy-to-read dashboard and control panel • 5,470-lb. RD 27-100 comes with a 39.4-in. drum width and produces a low/ high total centrifugal force of 15,589/ 16,860 lbs. • 5,950-lb. RD 27-120 has a 47.2-in. drum width and produces 15,285/20,232 lbs. of low/high centrifugal force • Single or dual drum vibration • 37.5-hp Kubota diesel engine
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JCB Vibromax Double-drum Rollers The VMT380 and VMT430 both come in 51- or 55-in. drum widths, creating four distinct models with modern styling, a front-mounted engine and tapered front frame design. • Improved drive system delivers a 20% increase in vibration frequency to 66 Hz • Gradeability improved by 42% • Three working modes with three different frequencies • Features include the Automatic Vibration Control system, a single-piece exciter shaft and maintenance-free center joint
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BOMAG Cedarapids CR662RM RoadMix MTV/Paver
THE IDEAL CHOICE FOR MAXIMUM PRODUCTIVITY Husqvarna’s FS 7000 D and 5000 D flat saws are faster, cleaner and smarter. Their powerful, modern diesel engines have low emissions and are EPA Tier 4 compliant. These fast, efficient saws deliver more power to the bladeshaft with optimum torque so you will always have the power needed to complete your job. The saws are also equipped with a digital display dashboard that makes it easy to monitor and control important functions. These saws are perfect for making short work of large projects such as airport runways, highways, larger service work and other applications where production is a concern. To learn more, visit www.husqvarnacp.com or 800-288-5040 to find your closest Husqvarna representative or dealer! facebook.com/husqvarnaconstruction
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The CR662RM RoadMix MTV/Paver allows the rear material transfer conveyor assembly to be removed from the tractor and replaced with the screed assembly for paving in less than four hours. • 30-in.-wide MTV conveyor offers a discharge height of 73.2 to 115.8 in. for non-contact paving and swivels 55° left or right of center for offset paving • Available with the Stretch 20 or Fastach 10 screed for paving widths up to 30 ft. • Throughput capacities in excess of 600 tph whether equipped as a paver or MTV • 260-hp Cummins Tier 4 Final diesel engine • Improved Remix Anti-Segregation System • Smartrac self-tensioning system applies correct track tension in forward or reverse
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Hyundai Series 9 Rollers The Series 9 line includes the HR70C-9, HR110C-9, HR120C-9 and HR140C-9 single-drum rollers offering dual frequencies and amplitudes, smooth drum or optional padfoot kit and Perkins or Deutz engines from 84 to 140 hp. • Operating weights (smooth drum) range from 15,652 to 30,644 lbs., with drum widths from 67 to 83 in. and 45° to 50° gradeability without vibration • HA control delivers continuous tractive effort at the axle and drum • 5,400-lb. HR25T-9 and 6,600-lb. HR30T-9 compact tandem-drum models have 40- and 50-in. drum widths, 30.2hp Deutz D 2011 L2 I diesel engines, hydrostatic drive, hydrostatic vibration system at both drums and maximum gradeability of 35° without vibration
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UNTIMED POWER BOOST: STRENGTH ON YOUR SCHEDULE We know what it’s like to sit in the operator’s seat when you hit solid rock. The power boost button on most excavators can deliver the extra force you need to break through – but only in short bursts. We knew there had to be a better way, so we took our jobsite experience and collaborated with our engineers. The result is an untimed power boost that comes standard in all KOBELCO conventional excavators from the SK210LC to the SK500LC. It provides all the extra muscle you need continuously so you can power through the toughest jobs without interruption.
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STEALTH APPLIED TO UNCONVENTIONAL PAVER Roadtec used the U.S. Military’s stealth aircraft as a rather unconventional inspiration for its latest asphalt paver model, the SP-100e Stealth Paver. The paver is designed to reduce operating costs with its limited wear parts and high feet per minute (fpm) paving. Its angular design and black paint pay homage to the plane it emulates. The 32,360-lb., solid rubber wheeled, two-speed hydraulic paver is a completely gravity-fed unit specifically for operation in conjunction with a Roadtec Shuttle Buggy material transfer vehicle. The gravity flow design eliminates the need for slat conveyors, hopper wings, push rollers and tandem front bogies, and the associated cost of replacing the wear parts to these components. There is no need for the engine power and fuel consumption to run these moving parts. This simple design is intended to reduce maintenance costs and initial purchase price. The paver accepts the hot mix asphalt (HMA) at the top of the machine, where gravity feeds the material through flow gates directly to the auger from the cone-shaped mass flow hopper. The hopper is designed to prevent material segregation as the material moves through the machine. The head of material in front of the augers is automatically controlled by an electronic control system. As a result, HMA is expected to be delivered in one smooth motion to provide a uniformly placed mat with consistent density and smoothness. The 10-ft. electrically heated vibratory screed has a 32-in.-long screed plate. Screed options include the standard fixed-width Roadtec S-10; front-extendable Carlson EZ III-10; Carlson EZ IV-10 with 48-in. housing and unsegmented rear moldboard; rear extendable Roadtec Eagle 10; and 10-ft. rear extendable Carlson EZ–R2. Operator platforms can swing out to provide improved operator line of sight, and paving operation can be controlled from either side of the machine. The controls and display screen move with the seat to allow for safe, convenient operation. The FXS airflow system creates an air barrier between the back wall of the hopper and the operator. This feature is designed as an air curtain to push the asphalt fumes and heat up and away from the operator platform. The Stealth Paver is powered by a 173-hp Cummins QSB 6.7 Tier 4 Interim engine operating at 2,200 rpm. Due to the paver’s lighter weight, Roadtec engineers were able to derate the engine and provide added fuel savings. Engine maintenance and inspection areas are designed to be easily accessed via doors on the sides and top of the paver. The hood lifts hydraulically and has a manuallift backup feature. Indicate 77 on inquiry card
Guntert & Zimmerman S400 Slipform Paver
GOMACO 3300 Intelligent Multi-application Paver
The S400 entry-level single/dual-lane concrete paver has a 173-hp FPT Tier 4 Interim engine with Eco-Mode that does not require a diesel particulate filter. • Standard telescopic range of 6.5 to 17.5 ft., or up to 24.5 ft. with optional extensions • Multipurpose tractor frame with universal bolting pattern enables easy mounting of barrier molds, offset kit hangers and attachments • AccuSteer and SmartLeg features move track and swing leg on the fly, as well as semi-automatically reconfigure the paver into 90°, counter-rotate and transport modes • VariWidth System and TeleEnd substantially reduce paving kit and tractor width change time
The 3300 slipform paver features extreme steering capabilities with Smart Leg and Track Positioning, and a Smart Telescoping Mold mounting system for paving from the right or left side. • U-shaped operator’s platform provides a complete view of the paving operation from anywhere on the platform • Control console easily slides from side to side to accommodate the direction of the pour • 20-ft.-long conveyor with four-way hydraulic positioning • G+ digital control system and Smart Track Rotation provide the exact location and position of the tracks and reference to their straight ahead line • Smart Telescoping Mold mounting system includes the Hook-and-Go mold mounting system
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Volvo P7110B and P7170B Pavers The P7110B tracked and P7170B wheeled pavers offer 360° visibility, improved fuel efficiency with 12+ hours of continuous runtime without refueling and options to enhance productivity and mat quality. • Volvo D8J, 8-liter, Tier 4 Final engine uses continuous passive regeneration and boasts a more than 5% improvement in fuel efficiency • Press of a button extends the two-stage, 42-in. hydraulic tunnels, allowing head of material control without bolt-on extensions • Include a range of screed options and a four-sensor material flow system • Choice of two control consoles for operation from the left or right sides
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The 210B-2 SRA two-gang slab rider drill maximizes accuracy in concrete drilling projects without disturbing the subgrade. • Can operate within a 4-ft. patch and easily drill to the center of thick slabs • Roller bearing feed system powers each drill automatically with individually tailored air pressure to suit the material • Quick-release bit guides allow quick bit replacement and accommodate one-piece whirl bits, two-piece H-thread bits, taper steel bits and other bit styles • Dual-purpose guide wheels help with positioning during use and can be quickly flipped down for use in transport
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Products ROAD BU IL DING & REPAIR Caterpillar PM620 and PM622 Cold Planers The 73,260-lb. PM620 and 74,580-lb. PM622 half-lane milling machines perform controlled full-depth removal of asphalt and concrete pavements in a single pass. • 79- (PM620) and 88-in.-wide (PM622) high-production rotors provide a 13-in. maximum cutting depth • Three keypad-controlled cutting speeds match rotor rpm torque with conditions • Standard Automatic Load Control • Operator’s station includes dual operating controls including joystick steering/propel lever, upper conveyor controls and rear track steering controls • 630-gross-hp C18 ACERT turbocharged, six-cylinder, Tier 4 Final diesel engine is isomounted to reduce vibration
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Case DV209 and DV210 Tier 4 Interim Asphalt Compactors The 21,030-lb. DV209 and 22,730-lb. DV210 high-frequency, double-drum asphalt compactors feature Tier 4 Interim engines with automatic idle control systems that improve fuel efficiency as much as 10%. • Just over 66-in. standard drum width • Centrifugal force can be dialed in to match the thickness of the lift and desired depth of compaction • Feature more maneuverability in the operator compartment and a color monitor and operator interface • Optional ACEforce asphalt compaction technologies help provide precise measurement over varying conditions
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Diamond Road Smoother The Diamond Road Smoother is an all-in-one machine designed to smooth roads of bumps before preservation treatments. • Combines a fast and accurate diamond tooth grinding system in a truck and trailer • Contains a water tank, profiling sensors, 8-ft. grinding head with long averaging arms, brooms, vacuum system and arrow boards • Designed for asphalt or concrete • Multiple pivoting wheels on each arm smooth individual humps and dips, leveling surface defects • Fast forward speed
Sakai SW654-Series Rollers The single eccentric shaft SW654 and SW654B and twin-eccentric shaft SW654ND rollers are for small to large tonnage jobs requiring oscillation. • “B” model features a split drum suited for operating in tight corners without pushing or shoving material • 73-hp Kubota Tier 4 Final-compliant diesel engine • ECO Compaction Mode (ECM) reduces fuel consumption up to 37% • 58-in.-wide, 42-in.-diameter drums achieve 3,000 vpm in low frequency or 4,000 vpm in high frequency • Cross-mounted drive and vibration motors evenly apply force to the mat and prevent material shoving or pushing during compaction
Wirtgen W 35 Ri Milling Machine The W 35 Ri compact milling machine has a maximum operating weight of 10,141 lbs. and is designed for use in tight or restricted areas. • 14-in. cutting width expandable to 20 in. with a maximum 4-in. cutting depth • 82-fpm top operating speed • Three variably selectable milling drum speeds • WIDRIVE machine management system centrally manages diesel engine control, travel drive, milling drum drive, water system and Level Pro Plus • 60-hp Deutz TCD 2.9 L4 four-cylinder, Tier 4 Final engine with electronic engine control
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Carlson CP75 Commercial Class Paver The CP75 commercial class paver features a 74-hp Cummins Tier 4 Interim engine delivering more power, improved fuel economy and high torque. • Electrically heated EZC813 screed with an 8- to 13-ft. standard paving width or optional 8- to 15-ft. EZC815 screed • Screed-mounted controls provide an intuitive platform that keeps the controls relative to the operator • One-piece forward tilting hood and forward access panel over the hopper for easy maintenance and serviceability • Built with heavy-duty replaceable floor plates, hardened steel auger flights and a rebuildable platform
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Atlas Copco Dynapac F800W Paver
SB Module: Blade Screen SC Module: Screener Crusher SV Module: Vibrating Screening
The Dynapac F800W wheeled paver offers a paving capacity of up to 1,000 tph and 8- to 19-ft. paving widths. • Carlson EZIV08-15 vibratory front extension screed • 34-kW, hydraulically driven, oversized generator heats the full width of the screed at all times • Smart controls automatically lock screed to halt leveling, feed and vibration when the paver comes to a stop • Dual, swing-out operator platforms • Two-speed hydraulic motor and heavy-duty torque hub provide ample tractive force for paving and enable transport speeds up to 11 mph • 173-hp Cummins QSB 6.7 Tier 4 Final engine
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COM PACT E XC AVAT O R S By Becky Schultz
COMPACTS TAKE ON NEW F Unique configurations are reshaping how the industry views and designs today’s and tomorrow’s excavators.
The Caterpillar 304.5E2 Xtra Tool Carrier has a skid-steer loader coupler interface that is matched to various work tools such as multi-purpose buckets, brooms, forks and trenchers.
ersatility and flexibility have always been part of the compact excavator’s lexicon. Yet, manufacturers continue to push the envelope with each design iteration. Equipment Today asked several suppliers to comment on select models offered — some of which could fall into their own unique classification of these machines — as well as how these configurations may impact future design and/or model choices.
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INCREASED UTILIZATION BY DESIGN Caterpillar recently introduced the 304.5E2 Xtra Tool Carrier (XTC) and 308E2 with variable angle boom. Jennifer Hooper, marketing development engineer, shares the thought process behind the development of these configurations, the specific customer needs they’re intended to address and what may lie ahead for these machines.
Caterpillar is focused on delivering innovative solutions to meet customer needs. The 304.5E2 XTC was developed to increase productivity and save time on the jobsite. The skidsteer loader coupler interface supports load and carry applications and reduces time while backfilling. Additionally, the various work tools such as brooms, forks and trenchers are matched for ultimate performance. The 304.5E2 XTC is ideal for many applications including
landscaping, utilities and road construction. Dependent upon the work tool on the skid-steer coupler interface, operators can configure the machine to meet their particular need. This may include loading tree ball roots in an MP (multi-purpose) bucket, moving a pallet of brick or stone on forks or digging utility trenches. Additionally, management of transport through utilization of a single machine with multiple functions reduces overall operating costs. The introduction of the XTC machine allows customers to do more with the machine and be more productive. As the machine is utilized fully in the market, we will work alongside our dealers and customers to assess other models to offer with the XTC solution. As a result of the performance requirements — including lift capacity, stability and travel — it is likely XTC will only be introduced on those machines greater than 4 metric tons. The variable angle boom (VAB) configuration on the 308E2 has been introduced to provide increased working range in confined spaces. The 308E2 VAB may be used in any location that requires a broad working range in a confined area. The variable angle boom can be positioned to work closer to the machine, and achieve greater vertical reach and better clearance when truck loading. Ultimately, the aim of the mini-excavator operator is to do more with less. Both the XTC and VAB meet this critical customer requirement through versatility and accessibility. Both models offer added value through delivering increased productivity and operational efficiency. The introduction of the XTC and VAB configurations allow customers to experience the limitless versatility of mini-excavators. Across the globe operators use the machine in various ways to work within the constraints of geography and terrain, limited space and site access, as well as application-specific lift, dig and load requirements. The increase in the use and versatility
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W FORMS AND FUNCTIONS of mini-excavators is a trend that will continue as best practices are shared in machine operation, work tool integration and technology adoption.
ELECTRIFYING THE MINI MARKET IHI/Compact Excavator Sales introduced its first electricpowered compact excavator more than 15 years ago. The company shares the background behind its development, how it has evolved over the years and what has propelled its popularity on specific types of jobsites. IHI/Compact Excavator Sales has exhibited at the World of Concrete since 1994. For many years in the late ’90s, we had contractors coming into our booth asking if we manufactured an electric mini-excavator. After we continued to see the demand grow, we decided to build the first prototype at our facility in Elizabethtown, KY. The first 7J electric miniexcavator was introduced at the World of Concrete in 2000 with overwhelming response from the contractors. The 7J electric was a 2,000-lb. unit with a 5-ft. 2-in. digging depth and a fixed undercarriage at 31 in., which allowed
The IHI 9VX electric compact excavator is especially suited for work in areas requiring zero emissions.
the unit to maneuver through a standard doorway. The first electric mini-excavator was sold to Ohio Concrete Sawing and Drilling located in Sylvania, OH. They were using the unit to perform indoor excavation jobs after they saw cut the existing floor in buildings that had to have plumbing replaced. The buildings that they were working in did not allow any gasoline- or diesel-powered units. The equipment being used on the job had to be 100% free of fumes. After the first few jobs, they realized that the 7J electric saved money and time in the long run. This small electric unit can also be equipped with a hydraulic hammer for demolition applications, which eliminates the use of hand-held jack hammers. In 2008, we introduced the new and improved version of the 7J electric, the 9VX electric… It can be powered by a single-phase 208/230-volt engine or a threephase, 480-volt, 5-hp Baldor engine. This versatile unit also comes standard with an expandable undercarriage that has a width of 37.5 in. expanded and just 27.5 in. retracted, allowing the unit to easily maneuver through a standard doorway. By 2010, the demand had grown for a larger electric mini-excavator. In 2011, we introduced the 17VX electric, which is a 3,500-lb. unit with a digging depth of 7 ft. It comes powered by a three-phase,
480-volt, 15-hp Rueland engine. This electric beast also comes with an expandable undercarriage that has a width of 50 in. expanded and 37.7 in. retracted. The 17VX electric is the largest electric unit that we plan to build at this point. The demand from contractors is mostly for the smaller electric units that are able to work in existing buildings performing rehab work. Per contractors’ feedback, a larger unit than the 17VX electric would not be cost effective and the unit itself would be much too big to get inside buildings. In the past, contractors have used electric saws to saw cut concrete inside of buildings, electric hand-held jackhammers to break up the concrete and manual labor to load the debris to be hauled out. With our line of electric mini-excavators, a contractor has one unit that will excavate, break up and load debris, thus eliminating the manual labor aspect of the job that will allow the contractor to expand his business by using his employees on other new projects.
POWER AND MOBILITY CHOICES Wacker Neuson’s compact excavator lineup includes the 803 Dual Power option, as well as wheeled excavator models. Warren Anderson, product manager, excavators and dumpers, shares the mindset behind the introduction of these models in North America, their potential benefits and future opportunities for these machines. The compact construction industry is completely saturated. Manufacturers that distinguish themselves are the ones that will succeed. We like to consistently think of ways to differentiate ourselves and develop compact equipment that will help the customer become more efficient. The 803 Dual Power was our answer for contractors that need to work in areas where there is a zero emissions restriction or total noise restriction. It is perfect for confined spaces, poorly ventilated areas and states or
specific locations that have strict emissions regulations. It offers the flexibility of disconnecting from the Hydraulic Power Unit and working normally as a diesel excavator, as well. The 803 Dual Power fits perfectly with the green trend in the construction industry. Tier 4 drastically reduced engine emissions but the dual power takes it one step further. Regulations get stricter every day, so this design will open the door for safer, healthier work environments.
The 803 is the smallest Wacker Neuson excavator and is ideally suited for tight spaces. The size is just 27.5 in. wide, so it easily fits through a standard doorway, and the rubber tracks won’t damage interior floors. Excavators that are under 3 tons can fit into some very tight places, especially if they are a zero tail design. This means that any of these size units could be a candidate to be connected to a Hydraulic Power Unit and run at zero emissions. Our wheeled excavators provide excellent versatility and have found a successful home in the roads and bridges and municipality segments. The huge benefit to our wheeled excavator is the fact that it can move itself to and from jobsites at speeds up to 18 mph. Many municipalities easily see the benefits when doing road work in a several block radius and not having to constantly load and unload the excavator at each site. Wheeled excavators [are suited to] any application where you
Wacker Neuson’s 803 Dual Power is designed for work in areas where there is a zero emissions restriction or total noise restriction. It can also be used as a standard diesel excavator.
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need to move frequently (e.g., fixing sewer drains or positioning cement barriers for highway construction). Wheeled excavators can save contractors and municipalities time and money with their unparalleled mobility and by eliminating the need for a transport truck. Wheeled excavators are really big in Europe and are catching on in the U.S. For customers who have switched from a conventional tracked unit to the wheeled unit, the benefits and flexibility were immediately clear. Being able to drive 18 mph to the next job and leaving the truck and trailer parked until the end of the day allows them to be more productive and get more done in a day. I see the wheeled excavators growing in the future, which will drive more application-specific attachments and size classes.
BRINGING A CONCEPT TO LIFE Volvo Construction Equipment showcased the GaiaX 2030 concept excavator at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014 (ForConstructionPros. com/11323331). Sidney Levy, design director, discusses the reasoning behind its development, and how the company is merging its futuristic features with current equipment design. The GaiaX was designed to demonstrate potential future technologies. The aim of the project was not to produce a fully operational model or to
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CAT 304.5E2 XTC MINI EXCAVATOR WORKING WITH MULTI PURPOSE BUCKET: ForConstructionPros. com/12235463
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The GaiaX was developed to encourage dialogue between engineers and customers and explore different options for future machines. The humanmachine interface on the GaiaX was the prelude to the Volvo Co-Pilot onboard services display. develop these technologies, but to enter into a dialogue with engineers and customers and explore different options for future machines... This ensures we’re focused on new ideas and developments that benefit our customers. The fully electric, zero emission GaiaX is fitted with rechargeable batteries but can also be used while plugged into an external electrical power source. The traditional cab is replaced by a lightweight steel guard rail, while the battery alone acts as a counterweight to the arm and boom. By doing this, Volvo CE has turned the usual disadvantage of a heavy battery into an advantage. The GaiaX seat is an innovative new feature built from corrugated wood. The tension in the seat can be adjusted depending on the corrugation, offering a lot of flexibility. The seat demonstrates that simple technology can produce effective results. By using wood, we are able to reinforce our commitment to environmentally conscious machinery, as well as evoke our Swedish design roots. By investigating different ways of constructing our machines, we are able to
understand how best to develop our current products. Although they might not include features that are directly taken from concept machines, our existing products are influenced by the issues raised in creating these concepts. For example, we discussed different ways to improve operator comfort and access to the cab, and this helped us to discover how we can enhance the operator experience. On the GaiaX, we used orange guard rails, which not only command the attention of those around the jobsite but also embody Volvo’s commitment to the environment. They are covered with leather, a natural material that is pleasant to the touch. We have since improved the railings on our machines to facilitate easy access, and we addressed the choice of material and colors we use when creating our cabs. The human-machine interface (HMI) on the GaiaX was the prelude to the Volvo Co-Pilot onboard services display (ForConstructionPros. com/12194840), which was
unveiled in April at bauma 2016. The GaiaX’s augmented reality tablet shows the location of water pipes and electrical cables on screen, allowing the operator to visualize the work before it’s carried out. A ground scanner provides precise information on obstacles to guarantee the effectiveness of auto-dig modes (which paved the way for the Dig Assist service on Volvo Co-Pilot) and projects images onto the ground to show the work site and mark safe zones for the operator and passersby. The tablet also connected to other machines in the fleet to provide a more effective way of working. The in-house developed Volvo Co-Pilot system is designed for use on machines as diverse as excavators to pavers. It uses a tablet computer to deliver a new generation of intelligent machine services, such as Load Assist, Dig Assist, Compact Assist and Pave Assist. Volvo Co-Pilot and the assistfunctionalities help operators to produce higher quality outcomes, in less time and with less effort. ET
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Designed To Drive Class-Leading Productivity. JCBâ€™s new generation compact excavators deliver greater bucket and dipper tearout, added dump height and better lift capacity so that you can move more material faster. New models are available in conventional and zero tailswing configurations for use across a variety of applications.
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COMPACT EXCAVATORS >> Products Case CX75C SR and CX80C Excavators
Kubota KX040-4 Compact Excavator
The 16,200-lb. CX75C SR (minimum swing radius) and 18,800-lb. CX80C mid-sized excavators meet Tier 4 Final using cooled exhaust gas recirculation and a diesel oxidation catalyst, meaning there is no diesel particulate filter to maintain. • 55.2-net-hp Tier 4 Final engines with highpressure common rail fuel injection system • Digging force of 12,800 lbs. and digging depth of 12 ft. 6 in. • Feature three operating modes, an Auto Idle feature and automatic engine shutdown • CX75C SR can perform continuous swing and dump in under a 10-ft. working width
The 4-ton KX040-4 features a 42.4-gross-hp Tier 4-certified engine, a dumping height of 12 ft. 9.5 in. and a digging depth of 11 ft. 2.6 in. • “Eco Plus” system provides up to 20% less fuel consumption • Auto downshift travel motor • Deluxe interior with a spacious airconditioned cab, wide entrance, fully flat floor, deluxe suspension seat and easy access up-front control panel • Features an automatic regeneration system, float function and bolt-on cutting edges • Available angle dozer blade or hydraulic 6-in-1 blade
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IHI V4 Tier 4 Final Compact Excavators The V4 Tier 4 Final zero tailswing compact excavators boast a 10% increase in digging force and 20% to 25% more leg/cabin room for improved operator comfort and productivity. • Auxiliary joystick switch and centralized switch improve ease of operation • ECO mode/auto idle mode can allow up to a 24% increase in fuel savings • 22.8- to 44-hp range with operating weights from 5,955 to 12,595 lbs. • Maximum dig depths from 8 ft. to 13 ft. 3 in. and maximum reach (at grade) from 15 ft. to 21 ft. 2 in. • Deliver 5,698 to 12,100 lbs. of breakout force
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John Deere 17G and 26G Compact Excavators The 14.5-hp 17G and 20-hp 26G feature Tier 4 Final-compliant diesel engines that don’t require any aftertreatment system, as well as a spacious cab and smooth, responsive hydraulic controls. • 3,790- and 6,110-lb. operating weights and 7-ft. 2-in. and 8-ft. 6-in. maximum digging depths • 26G uses the same operator’s station as the 35G, with larger front window, wider door, standard suspension seat with adjustable wrist rests, foldable travel pedals and low-effort pilot controls • Third service door provides improved access to the side-by-side cooling core and other daily checkpoints • Feature an oil-impregnated boom, arm and bucket bushings and come with rubber tracks
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No stone unturned Featuring the industry’s only 5-year warranty, Wacker Neuson’s excavators are performance-ready today and tomorrow, no matter what turns up. They’re rugged, reliable and keep on digging with best-in-class breakout force for the toughest conditions. We’ve also incorporated technology for deeper digging along vertical walls and optimal bucket rotation to keep the load secure before dumping. And, because you work long hours, we designed our excavators with comfortable cabs and simple, intuitive operation. So, whether you’re working with dirt, stone or anything in between, Wacker Neuson has your excavation needs covered. See your dealer for all these and more details.
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COM PACT E XC AVAT O R S Products Wacker Neuson ET65 and ET90 Compact Excavators The 6.5-ton ET65 and 9-ton ET90 compact excavators are powered by a 48-hp Perkins (ET65) and a 73.8-hp Deutz (ET90) Tier 4 Final turbocharged engine that offer up to 20% fuel savings via the Eco mode. • Three-point bucket linkage and 200° expanded angle of rotation offer enhanced breakout force and digging power and increased bucket rotation • ET65 delivers a breakout force of 11,398 lbs. and a maximum digging depth of 13 ft. 9 in. with the long dipperstick • ET90 has a breakout force of 15,829 lbs. and a maximum digging depth of 15 ft. 2 in. with a long dipperstick • Push-button control pattern change • Standard hydraulic quick attach and diverter valve
Bobcat Tier 4 Final E50 Compact Excavator The 10,677-lb. E50 minimal tailswing compact excavator is powered by a 49.8hp Tier 4-compliant non-DPF engine solution and provides a 12% increase in torque over a wide range of engine rpm. • 11.6-ft. dig depth and 19.5-ft. reach at ground level with standard arm or 12.9ft. dig depth and 20.8-ft. reach with available long arm configuration • 8,977-lb. bucket digging force • Forward-mount instrumentation system for enhanced visibility to machine vitals and improved ergonomics • Cold weather protection temporarily limits the maximum engine speed (rpm) to prevent premature component wear or failure
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Gehl Z55 Compact Excavator The 5.5-metric ton Z55 zero tailswing compact excavator features a 47.6-hp Yanmar Tier 4-certified, turbocharged diesel engine with an electronic throttle. • Provides a 12-ft. 9.5-in. digging depth and 9,419-lb. bucket breakout • Includes ECO mode and auto deceleration • Proportional auxiliary hydraulic rocker switch allows hydraulic flow adjustment for optimal attachment performance • Standard ISO or optional backhoe control pattern selectable via a turn of a mechanical lever • Boom offset swing of 68° in both directions
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Komatsu PC45MR-5 and PC55MR-5 Hydraulic Excavators
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The PC45MR-5 and PC55MR-5 tight tailswing excavators feature 38-hp 4D88E-7 2.19-liter, Tier 4 Final engines that use up to 5% less fuel with no loss of performance or productivity. • Enhanced working modes allow operators to match engine speed and pump delivery to the application • Auto-idle shutdown and economy modes help save fuel and reduce machine wear • Swing booms and convex sliding doors help with work in tight spaces • 3.5-in. high-resolution LCD monitor with Ecology Guidance enables monitoring of machine performance • High-strength, X-track frame
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JCB 48Z-1, 55Z-1 and 57C-1 Compact Excavators The 48Z-1, 55Z-1 and 57C-1 feature operating weights from 10,000 to 12,500 lbs. and a redesigned digging end that provides up to 5% greater dump height. • Upgraded hydraulic system delivers up to 9% more bucket breakout force and 2% higher dipper arm breakout • JCB by Kohler Tier 4 Final, no-DPF engines produce 48 hp and 225-Nm gross torque • Nine power modes available including Eco and H+ heavy digging modes • Electrohydraulic dozer control lever • Larger cab on 57C-1 has an 18% increase in space and up to 11% more visibility
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OI L S & L U BR I C A N T S By Curt Bennink Newer model trucks will use either CK-4 or FA-4, depending upon the truck manufacturer’s recommendations. As FA-4 is not backwards compatible, make sure you understand which products are approved for use.
New Oils Tackle Emerging Engine Technology The API unveils diesel engine oil categories to replace the existing CJ-4.
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he diesel engine oil available for your fleet is about to undergo a major change. Two new oil categories, CK-4 and FA-4, have been announced by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and will replace the existing CJ-4 heavy-duty engine oil classification. You will need to understand the differences between these new oils, since they were developed to meet the diverging needs of protecting existing heavy-duty diesel engines, and providing maximum fuel efficiency for specific new engine designs. Their benefits could be different for every user, depending upon the type of equipment and how it is used. Typically, new engine oil performance standards have emerged every four to five years. “The CJ-4 standard was first introduced in October of 2006, so it lasted 10 years,” recalls Dan Arcy, global OEM technical manager, Shell Lubricants. During that time frame, there have been dramatic changes in diesel engine technology, which are placing greater demands on engine oil and necessitated the move to the new categories. For example, if an engine can run at a higher internal temperature, it can be more
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efficient and burn less fuel while producing fewer pollutants. But this requires oil with improved oxidation resistance. The API claims CK-4 oils will be especially effective at sustaining emissions control system durability where particulate filters and other advanced aftertreatment systems are used. They are designed to enhance protection against oil oxidation, viscosity loss due to shear and oil aeration, as well as catalyst poisoning, particulate filter blocking, engine wear, piston deposits, degradation of low- and high-temperature properties and soot-related viscosity increase. Arcy points out three key changes between CJ-4 and the new CK-4: 1. Improvements in high-temperature oxidation stability 2. Improved aeration control (the ability to release air that gets entrained in the oil) 3. More stringent requirements for shear stability, meaning the oil does a better job of maintaining its initial viscosity The high-temperature oxidation stability is the most notable change. “In all my 27 years of being in the lubricants business, this is the most severe test I have ever seen,” Arcy comments. “CITGO CITGARD engine oils will have up to 60% better oxidation resistance compared to API CJ-4, which aids in
extended service intervals,” says Mark Betner, heavy duty product line manager, CITGO. Improved oil oxidation performance can help reduce piston deposit formation and increase engine rebuild life due to lower wear. The FA-4 category is targeted to on-highway tractors. “FA-4 oils are thinner in viscosity and provide a fuel economy benefit,” says Arcy. “Over the past several years, we have witnessed a transition from 15W-40 toward 10W-30 oils for increased fuel efficiency. All major OEMs factory fill with a 10W-30 or offer 10W-30 as factory fill today.” There are no set numbers for how FA-4 oils could impact fuel efficiency, but the move from 15W-40 to 10W-30 provides a clue. “Today, going from Shell Rotella 15W-40 to Shell Rotella T5 10W-30, we are able to substantiate a 1.6% fuel economy savings,” says Arcy. “Going from a 15W-40 CK-4 product to a 10W-30 FA-4 or a 5W-30 FA-4 product, I would expect that we will see a number that is greater than that 1.6%.”
REGULATIONS DRIVE CHANGE A main driver of engine technology is government-mandated regulations. The associated oil technologies must keep up. For instance, CJ-4 oils were a result of the move toward the use of diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) to meet Tier 4 emissions standards. New regulations on the horizon are pushing oil demands beyond current CJ-4 requirements.
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Stricter regulations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and improve fuel economy in on-road diesel engines start in 2017. “In 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced regulations to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and mandate fuel economy improvements for medium- and heavy-duty engines and vehicles,” says Shawn Whitacre, senior staff engineer, Chevron. “The new regulations would be phased in between 2014 to 2017, imposing different fuel efficiency targets based on the size and weight of vehicle/ equipment types.” Diesel engine design is undergoing significant change to meet these requirements. Some of the more notable changes include: ˜˜ Diesel engine downsizing — many heavyduty trucks are moving from 15 liters to 13 liters ˜˜ Down speeding — operating speeds are decreasing from 1,600 rpm to 1,200 rpm
The demand for a lighter viscosity oil for improved fuel economy resulted in the split from the traditional single heavy-duty oil classification. Consequently, the CK-4 and FA-4 API categories will be two distinct oils that can’t necessarily be substituted for one another. to develop a new commercial engine oil performance category to address engine oil requirements of these new engines,” says Whitacre. But on-road regulation was not the only factor driving the demand for increased oil performance. “Off-highway benefits substantially, and off-highway OEMs played a big role in the development of this category,” Arcy points out. High-temperature oxidation stability, improved aeration control and increased shear stability were the primary requirements.
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“Diesel engine developments over recent years include engine hardware and engine operational changes,” Betner explains. “One of the most significant changes to engines includes continuous operation at higher internal temperatures, creating more stress on the engine and engine oil.” “The Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) in turn made a request for the API
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With the GHG regulations looming, manufacturers were looking for every avenue to increase fuel economy, which led to requests for a lighter viscosity grade oil and friction modifiers. “It is recognized that engine oil can play a direct role in improving fuel economy through the use of lower viscosity grades,” notes Whitacre. “The EMA request included a proposal to introduce a subcategory with lower viscosity than allowed by previous performance categories.” The demand for a lighter viscosity oil for improved fuel economy resulted in the split from the traditional single heavy-duty oil classification. Consequently, the CK-4 and FA-4 API categories will be two distinct oils that can’t necessarily be substituted for one another. Designed for both the over-the-road and heavy equipment markets, CK-4 oil will be a direct replacement for CJ-4 products. “The primary difference in the two categories of heavy-duty oil is with backwards
compatibility,” says Whitacre. “API CK-4 oils will support virtually all high-speed, four-stroke cycle diesel engines, including older engines that were using CJ-4, as well as new engines that are currently being developed. Use of API FA-4 oils will be OEM dependent and may not be suitable for use in older diesel engines. This category will focus on the next generation of diesel engines that are currently in development to deliver greater fuel efficiency.” Because CK-4 category engine oils are backwards compatible with CJ-4 and API CI-4 PLUS oils, and meet the needs of new and older engines in both on- and offhighway applications, they are better suited for mixed fleets looking to utilize a single engine oil. “The improvements will deliver additional benefits to customers by enhancing engine durability and extending oil drain intervals,” says Whitacre. Some of the oil you are currently purchasing may already be reformulated to meet the CK-4 requirement. “Although CK-4 is first licensable December 1, 2016, we will be rolling out some of our new products as early as August,” says Arcy. “They will be marketed as CJ-4 until December 1.” FA-4 oils essentially offer the same performance benefits as CK-4 oils but with the added fuel economy benefit. “All of the tests that you have to pass for CK-4, you have to pass those exact tests for FA-4,” says Arcy. “The difference is the viscosity of the FA-4 product is lower, so they are basically thinner oils. The real challenge is to make sure there is no compromise on the durability by going to these thinner oils. We have been able to demonstrate that our FA-4 products can provide equivalent wear performance as our CK-4 products, even though they are thinner in viscosity.” Because of its lower viscosity, FA-4 is currently not recommended for off-highway equipment. “This API category will not be suitable for use in off-road diesel equipment in the near and most likely longer term future,” says Whitacre. “FA-4 is only recommended for 2017 and later over-the-road truck diesel engines primarily for fuel economy and will only be available in XW-30 (e.g., 0W-30, 5W-30, 10W-30) viscosity grades (no 15W-40),” Betner points out. “We expect CK-4 and FA-4 to continue to evolve as new engine technology develops.”
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New technology, such as turbo compounding on this Mack MP8, is being developed to help diesel truck engines squeeze out increased fuel efficiency. The CK-4 and FA-4 oil categories will help meet the demands of this emerging technology as OEMs continue to address GHG regulations.
Never Settle. API AND SUPPLIERS WORK TO AVOID CONFUSION The introduction of two oil categories does add a level of complexity. “The implementation of the two engine oil categories takes time and that’s why there is a long approval, implementation and testing process, which began in 2010 with the NHTSA’s announcement,” says Whitacre. “Coupled with this process is a period of education for fleets of all sizes and owner/operators.” The API and oil suppliers are working to ensure end users can easily identify the different products. For example, while the API’s CK-4 service symbol “donut” will look the same as the current CJ-4 donut, a special service symbol donut with a shaded section is being introduced to help consumers readily identify FA-4 diesel engine oil. “The FA-4 donut was developed to help truck owners who need FA-4 oils easily recognize the oil and distinguish it from CK-4 oils,” says Kevin Ferrick, API’s senior manager for engine oil licensing. Distinct labeling is also being introduced. “From a Shell standpoint, we are adding a red banner on part of the bottle and calling our products Ultra for the FA-4 products, and putting a red cap on them,” says Arcy. “We did a lot of consumer testing to see what would stand out and make it obvious to the customer.” This product differentiation will be necessary since there will be some product overlap. “There is the possibility that at the 10W-30 viscosity grade there will be both CK-4 and FA-4 products,” notes Arcy. It may still be possible to stock a single engine oil if you run a fleet of equipment that includes the newer truck engine technology. But the ultimate determination of what oils you are either required or allowed to use will be determined by the OEMs. There is a possibility that some truck OEMs may require FA-4 oils. “That could necessitate carrying two separate oils,” says Arcy. ET
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HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT ELD for Your Trucks Electronic logging devices have different capabilities. Select the solution that best fits the needs of your business. Advantages of ELD systems extend well beyond automatically tracking hours of service. Many ELD solutions offer unique features that may prove beneficial in your particular situation. Image provided by BSM Technologies
lectronic logging devices (ELDs) will soon be mandatory on your work truck fleet to meet Hours of Service (HOS) regulations. You will need a working system in place by December 2017 if you are not currently using an Automatic On Board Recording Device (AOBRD) solution. If you are using an AOBRD, then you have until December 2019. An ELD connects to the engine and records data as it happens. As the vehicle moves, the ELD automatically tracks duty status. This helps regulators since the data logs are difficult to alter. “The ELD [requirement] was really put in place for worker safety,” says Brendan Shaw, executive vice president, BSM Technologies. The goal is to reduce fatigue, which in turn results in fewer accidents and loss of life. The upside to the legislation is that there are many business advantages to ELDs, provided you chose the right system. There are labor savings for the driver. “The ELD is transforming paper logs in an automated fashion into electronic logs,” says Shaw. “Most of the solutions available are created to be easy for the driver.” You can also reduce duty hour fines or violations by keeping good records and current inspections; work with vendors to get vehicles turned around quickly; and integrate information collected from ELDs into your business systems.
MAXIMIZE THE BENEFITS Advantages of ELD systems extend well beyond automatically tracking hours of service. But you need to select a vendor that most closely matches the needs of your business. Not all ELD solutions are created equal, and many offer unique features that may prove beneficial in your particular situation. For example, ELD data can help you maximize utilization of a vehicle. “You can geofence repair shops and know when that vehicle goes into a shop and is down for a certain period of time,” Shaw points out.
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Insight into how the fleet is operating can help you better manage expenses. “Fuel cost is one of the biggest expenses with most customers,” says Shaw. Being able to reduce idling and theft of usage of that vehicle after hours is a real benefit. With an ELD solution you can set up parameters to track that data. “You can also make maintenance and business decisions based on the data captured.” Driver behavior can be tracked, as well, using ELD data such as vehicle speed, posted speed, acceleration and braking. This allows you to coach drivers and potentially reduce risk exposure due to unsafe driving practices. Vehicle inspections can be greatly simplified if the ELD has the proper capability. “There are a number of different features that are out there from different vendors,” says Shaw. The DOT requires 12 different inspection points on a vehicle as part of a pre- and
post-trip inspection. ELDs have the capability to go beyond what’s required. “You may have trucks where you want to look at different types of inspections,” notes Shaw. “Make sure your vendor gives you the flexibility to have custom menus and custom questions per vehicle and asset type. A good example of that is a boom truck. You may not be required by law to inspect the boom, boom hydraulics and boom cradle, but as a company regulation, you may want to inspect different components.” Don’t forget that DOT vehicle inspections include the item being towed. “Make sure the vendor you are looking at has the flexibility that if you are towing, it will automatically trigger an inspection form for a trailer or specific other asset,” says Shaw.
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You may also need to tow assets other than trailers, such as light towers, generators, compressors, etc. You can maximize your investment in the ELD if the inspection form goes beyond what’s required by the DOT. Inspections can be handled differently depending upon the technology you select. “Most of the ELD applications work across a fix-mounted tablet in a vehicle,” says Shaw. “That is the physical logging device. That is Android or iPad.” Many owners prefer fixed-mounted tablets since they stay secured in the vehicle. However, you may want to use bar codes or NFC (near field communication) tags for inspections. To use this type of capability, you would need a mobile tablet solution that enables you to walk around the vehicle to do your checks, scan QR codes and take pictures of defects. A further consideration is the level of desired integration. You may want the device to operate on a common system such as iOS, Android or Windows so it can coexist and integrate with your company’s other business systems. Look at the integration available from the ELD supplier.
This regulation is beneficial to the way most contractors work. “Most of the time, you are on the jobsite for a long period of time and you would want to take advantage of this rule set,” says Shaw. But make sure your ELD supplier has the ability to track and convert the required information should you breach the air-radius limitation. “Once you breach this circle, you would be regulated by your state or federal regulation,” says Shaw. “You want to make sure you have
MAKE SURE YOUR ELD SUPPLIER HAS THE ABILITY TO TRACK AND CONVERT THE REQUIRED INFORMATION SHOULD YOU BREACH THE AIR-RADIUS LIMITATION.
ADDRESS THE REGULATORY HIERARCHY Before you select any ELD solution, however, you need to have a thorough understanding of how the revised HOS regulation impacts your business. “A good example is if you are towing and the combined GVWR is over 10,000 lbs., you must have regulated logs,” notes Shaw. “The towing rule is very common in the construction industry. “For example, if you have a Ford F-250 and you drive the first four days of your cycle around a jobsite, technically it is under the 10,000-lb. GVWR so you are not required to have a graph log,” he explains. “But as soon as you [tow] over the 10,000-lb. weight limit, you are required to have a graph log. Most construction companies that we work with are looking at outfitting all of their vehicles so that when they do end up towing, they have this covered and they have actual graph logs in the vehicle itself.” There are specific rules that can prove advantageous if you never travel outside of a defined area. “In construction, you can operate under the air-mile radius exemption — what is often referred to as the short-haul exemption,” Shaw notes. Make sure the ELD supplier covers the air-mile radius rule set. “If you do business within a 150 or 100 air-mile radius, you don’t need a physical graph log. You are able to use the system to track your on-duty and off-duty time and you are also not required to put in a 30-minute break.”
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the capability of tracking drive time or hours in case you go outside of that [regulated airmile radius]. If you go outside of that radius, you basically have to go back and put in all of your associated drive time.”
Think of the HOS regulation in terms of a hierarchy. “You have the federal mandate, which is the ELD mandate,” says Shaw. “But as most people know, the states also have their own particular mandates. Make sure the vendors you consider have state-based compliance. Each state has a different set of rules.” Pickup trucks in the fleet add yet another level of complexity. “If you are using a bunch of different light-duty vehicles... you are adding another piece into the hierarchy of rule sets,” says Shaw. Take the towing rule. “If [the vehicle is] under 10,000 lbs. and I start towing something, then I may move into an air-radius rule. From the airradius rule, I move to state compliance and from state compliance I move out to federal.” The personal conveyance rule may also need to be considered. It applies when drivers are allowed to take vehicles home and have the capability to use that particular vehicle for nonwork driving. “Make sure the vendors you choose have the personal conveyance rule set so you can utilize that, as well,” says Shaw. All of the rule sets available with a particular ELD system need to comply with the way your business operates. “Look at personal conveyance, air-radius and other [regulatory] components required from an ELD perspective, and then look for the right solution for your business,” says Shaw. “You have a hierarchy of rule sets,” he adds, “and it is important that you make sure when you are working with vendors that they meet your business requirements and how you do business.”
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Pickup trucks in the fleet add a level of complexity that should be considered when choosing an ELD provider. Make sure the rule sets accurately reflect how the vehicles are used within your business. to take effect until December 2017, that is not a lot of time given all of the considerations that should go into making the best ELD choice. “It is a pretty tight timeline,” says Shaw. You need to have drivers trained and IT support in place well before the regulation goes into effect. This will require management support. “If management is on board and they are helping to coach the drivers in real time, you are able to see a much higher success rate using the ELD-based solution,” Shaw comments.
YOU NEED TO HAVE DRIVERS TRAINED AND IT SUPPORT IN PLACE WELL BEFORE THE REGULATION GOES INTO EFFECT. THIS WILL REQUIRE MANAGEMENT SUPPORT. Put programs in place to ensure proper ELD implementation. “Make sure there are actions to take based on the driver performance,” Shaw advises. “If a driver is continually not signing into his vehicle as he is driving, or not doing the pre-trip or posttrip inspection, there [should be] ways put in place to coach those drivers to really help them learn the system and make sure things are going smooth from phase to phase as you move throughout the application.” ET
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Five contractors use software applications for mobile devices to improve their construction operations.
oftware applications (apps) for mobile devices are designed to put computing power in your hand where it is most convenient to use. And while consumers tend to equate apps with games, industry is increasingly using apps with smartphones and tablets to allow employees on remote work sites to capture data crucial to the business. The 2016 Connected Contractor Report from ForConstructionPros.com measured 85% of construction contractors responding to the survey as using smartphones daily. Yet, of these, 70% to 80% were using the devices for texting, phone calls, email and checking the weather; only 33% used smartphones to access apps or construction-related software. With most contractors lagging in adoption of mobile apps, those who want a competitive advantage should be encouraged to find and use the apps that can help trim bids and improve profit margins. With so many apps available, this can be overwhelming. But for those who succeed, the benefits are measurable.
FASTER DECISIONS ACCELERATE PROJECTS Chicago-based Clayco takes its real-time design collaboration and engineering process into the field during construction using Autodesk BIM 360. Its cloudbased coordination of building information models (BIM) and field data management service combine mobile technologies at the point of construction with collaboration and reporting abilities. Field staff use tablets to access project management workflows, such as quality assurance/quality control, commissioning, issue creation and sign-off, job
tracking and safety, as well as a project-based document library. Instead of shuffling through drawings and papers, field teams turn to iPads to complete checklists at the jobsite and add digital photos to markup observations, and share that data with the entire project team. All actionable items are tracked in one database that everybody uses — from the project owner down to field foremen — eliminating data silos. “Our business model is structured around handing out iPads with the Autodesk BIM 360 Field mobile app (ForConstructionPros.com/
Autodesk BIM 360 enables field staff to use tablets to access project management workflows, such as quality assurance/quality control, commissioning, issue creation and sign-off, job tracking and safety.
11191571) on every job. That includes subcontractors,” says Tomislav Zigo, director of virtual design and construction with Clayco. “The issue-generating features improve accountability because now everyone is required to follow checklist guidelines and react promptly to issues being created by our subcontractors. There’s no room in our process for a lethargic approach.” Accessing BIM in the cloud from mobile devices is saving time and increasing productivity throughout Clayco’s project life cycle. For example, the amount of time field staff spend obtaining information needed to make decisions was reduced by an average of 1.7 hours a week per user. And the time spent on issue creation and distribution was trimmed by an average of 80%, or 1.2 hours a week per issue. Finally, weekly project team coordination meetings have been reduced from two hours to just one hour.
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MOBILE REPORTING SAVES SUPERVISORS 30 MINUTES A DAY Written daily reports had become a disappointment at TDIndustries. They were always a day late for resolving problems, and they were often thin on details and difficult to read. Looking for better ways to track change orders, incidents, late deliveries, quality issues and other deviations from the construction plan, the Dallas-based mechanical contractor tried the voice-to-text NoteVault Daily Reporting Platform (ForConstruction Pros.com/ 11565248). “Completing daily reports can take hours to detail what has happened throughout the day, especially if you’re writing hard copy reports by hand,” says Jimbo Bunnell, vice president of operations at TDIndustries. “NoteVault lets our supervisors use their phones to record throughout the day, allowing them to recap and With NoteVault, supervisors can speak into relay events in real their phones to report incidents and instantly time. This is particularly useful for send a text to designated people.
incident reporting, as our staff can communicate exactly what has occurred and instantly send that information to our corporate safety manager, me and the project manager.” With the NoteVault mobile daily reporting app: ˜˜ Management can view in near real time all notes from any jobsite ˜˜ Supervisors can speak into their phones to report incidents and instantly send a text to designated people ˜˜ Reports can be translated (Spanish voice to English text) ˜˜ Content such as photos and audio can be included in reports (automatically geoand time-stamped) ˜˜ Multiple field staff input is collated into single reports ˜˜ All notes are transmitted regardless of wireless coverage (NoteVault updates asynchronously if connectivity is not immediately available) ˜˜ Routine reports are forwarded to external stakeholders automatically and seamlessly
REVU CUTS 40 HOURS PER MONTH FROM RFIS Pasadena, CA-based general contractor C.W. Driver created a virtually paperless environment on the 110,000-sq.-ft. Bloomingdales Galleria project in Glendale, CA, using
With the Revu iPad app, RFIs can be compiled into one document and delivered to all stakeholders from the field.
Bluebeam’s Revu mobile app (ForConstructionPros.com/ 11305802). The company mandated subcontractors use the Bluebeam app to give everyone access to the same project documents simultaneously. Advantages of the policy were most evident in dealing with submittals and requests for information (RFIs). Subcontractors with iPads can take a screenshot of drawings, annotate them and submit. “With the Revu app on my iPad, I’m able to look up my submittals, my RFIs and compile that into one document on the Revu app, giving all that stuff back to the architect and the client faster, out in the field,” says Jim Gentile, C.W. Driver superintendent on the Bloomingdales
mall job. “So the issue of going back to the trailer, finding all that stuff, scanning it and creating this huge PDF are gone. Now I can do it all from the field, over WiFi or over the network using the Revu app. It’s cut down over 40 hours a month in time. “When I mark up a set of drawings or an RFI and I send that back, it feels like I’m a little more professional and the information is really clear back to our client and our architect,” Gentile adds. “Rather than a scanned piece of paper with a hand-drawn Sharpie sketch, it’s all electronic with the same kind of symbols that they use.”
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probably be the day after by the time we put together all the reports and actually emailed it across; whereas, now by 10 a.m., it’s in their inbox ready to go.” The company runs its jobsites using iAuditor. Field people use it to document all their processes, including marked-up photos taken on their mobile devices. Improved reporting and organization on jobs speed crews Field staff can use IAuditor to document through their all their processes, including marked-up photos work, which is taken on their mobile devices. Reports can be critical on overnight road repairs. exported or emailed with just one tap. “We’re likely to incur fines of thousands of dollars for every five-minute increment that we’re late off the road,” says Peter Giannos, HSE manager. “That means on any given night, we have to be pretty much finished four hours before traffic is going to be back on the road.” Argyropoulos claims the time savings is substantial. “By using iAuditor, we’re
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JOB PROGRESS IMAGES SAVE $75,000 IN REWORK Florida-based Facchina Construction documents projects with Multivista construction photography, videos and webcam services. With the Multivista mobile app (ForConstructionPros.com/ 12160975), contractors can access Multivista archive of progress images to identify what’s inside walls, floors, ceilings and the building envelope at any time. “We are approaching the completion of a residential highrise project on which Multivista has saved us at least $75,000 to date,” says Jon Cervasio, Facchina’s quality assurance/quality control manager. “Rather than using a ground penetrating radar machine at a cost of $26,000, we were able to use the Multivista documentation to determine if and where we could core sleeves for additional MEPs without hitting the post-tension cables or existing MEP in the slab. “The detailed photos also gave us the information we needed to effectively avoid remediation costs of approximately $50,000 when we had to repair a drainage pipe in the slab on grade,” says Cervasio.
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Can Telematics Data Impact Equipment Resale Value? are not as common as one might think, and telematics can certainly help streamline the process,” says Randy Berry, senior vice president, operations and services, IronPlanet. “Integrating telematics with a maintenance management program enables contractors to easily store their maintenance plans and records in one location. “A complete set of maintenance records has a heavy impact on the residual value of a machine,” he continues. “When time to divest, it gives future buyers confidence in the current condition of your asset, as well as setting it apart from other similar machines that may be available… The more usage a machine has, the more important records become.”
AUTOMATION IMPROVES RECORDKEEPING Estimating the true value of telematics data for resale purposes is tricky since the technology is just emerging as a tool in the resale market.
Digital data provides a more complete history for your equipment, potentially boosting its appeal for buyers.
nyone who has purchased pre-owned equipment can relate to the anxiety of the unknown. Was the equipment maintained properly? How hard was it used? Is it reliable, or does it have a long history of repairs? Has it ever suffered catastrophic damage that could affect future performance? Many of these questions can be addressed through proper documentation. But maintaining those records can prove challenging, and wading through a stack of work orders may still not provide a complete picture. The emergence of telematics systems promises to solve such dilemmas by providing detailed
information on machine utilization, maintenance and repairs in an easier to use format. Currently, used equipment documentation is all over the board. “Each equipment owner is different. Some keep complete detailed reports on every single machine; some not so much,” says Doug Olive, senior vice president, pricing, Ritchie Bros. “Anything that decreases paperwork is welcomed. We will share whatever information the owner has with interested buyers, and will continue to provide as much information as possible online.” Well-documented machines are not necessarily the norm. “Complete maintenance records
The more a customer knows about a machine, the more confident they will be when they bid. This generally translates into higher resales prices.
How telematics data is managed is critical. “The telematics data itself is important, but how well an owner manages the data is what makes an impact,” says Berry. “Using telematics can improve keeping track of maintenance records. This summary of a machine’s life has a big impact on the ultimate resale value.” Documentation should include who performed the work and what parts were used. “Buyers are particularly interested in knowing how well a machine has been maintained — not just what work has been done, but whether the work was done by a certified or OEM dealer, and whether or not OEM parts and components were used,” notes Olive. The goal is to verify machine condition and maintenance. “One of the factors that determines machine value is obviously condition,” says Tom Jacobson, division manager, equipment remarketing services, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “One of the drivers of condition is maintenance.
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“Maintenance records and maintenance verification are going to be key drivers,” he continues. “What telematics offers is a more efficient way of delivering that information — better than a folder that is full of a bunch of work order pieces. The more efficient and automated and digital it can be, the more value it adds.” Rental companies understand the value of complete maintenance documentation. “Well-maintained machines command a premium when sold,” says Helge Jacobsen, vice president, operations excellence, United Rentals. “It’s one of the advantages we have when cycling equipment out of our fleet. United Rentals has made it a strategic imperative to have the highest caliber of maintenance in the industry, and customers see the value in that. Maintenance and repair data was logged manually in the past, but with the intersection of our enterprise technology and telematics, we have an opportunity to capture data at an unprecedented level of granularity.”
manager, John Deere WorkSite. “We also recently launched a complimentary My Maintenance mobile app that makes maintenance recordkeeping easier, and therefore more likely to be done.” This technology makes it more difficult to miss maintenance intervals. “Maintenance Manager will provide the customer either a factory recommended interval checklist or the customer can put in his own checklist if he wishes,” says Quinn. “It comes with a My Maintenance mobile app that is designed for a service technician or someone who is responsible for doing the daily walkaround inspection to be able to efficiently document what has been assigned to them.” Such technology promises to revolutionize maintenance management. “When we started down the development of the Maintenance Manager feature, we went all over the country and looked at how customers were managing their maintenance today,” says Quinn. “It is very much done on grease boards, Excel spreadsheets and spiral notebooks. We have seen a lot of different ways. “Contractors who know how important maintenance is have been using third-party telematics systems to try and automate things a bit more,” she adds. “But with our connection to the machine and our factory recommendations on a particular model, it gives us a little more of an advantage to provide a comprehensive maintenance Buyers are particularly interested in knowing management, checkup and docuhow well a machine has been maintained, including mentation tool.” whether the work was done by a certified or OEM “You will see better recorddealer, and if OEM parts and components were used. keeping as machine owners begin to take advantage of the growing Telematics data results in more number of individual machines equipped detailed records for United Rentals’ fleet. with monitoring technology,” Berry pre“We have always kept excellent maintedicts. “Technology has helped provide nance records, so I wouldn’t characterize more detailed records in other industries it as better,” says Jacobsen. “But the data and will do the same in the construction will be significantly more detailed. We industry. have deployed about 150,000 telematics “A major hurdle is the sheer volume of devices to date, each one transmitting the data — a single download from the ECM status of the equipment on a very reguof a truck or piece of equipment can genlar basis. And with the ever-decreasing erate tens of thousands of lines of data on cost of sensors, we foresee continuing to everything from fuel efficiency to engine increase the data that we capture. This is warning codes to oil pressure,” he points a much more valuable process than manout. “There is a lot of data available, but ually entering records when equipment is there is still a lot of work to be done returned to the yard.” analyzing trends in performance of individual systems to accurately predict how DATA CONTINUES TO IMPROVE much useful life is left in a given unit.” Data collection through equipment United Rentals is still finding ways it telematics systems continues to improve can utilize its telematics data. “We know as manufacturers add more features and infinitely more about equipment today capability. that we ever did,” says Jacobsen. “As a John Deere began putting telematsafety conscious company, we have always ics on its equipment in January documented maintenance events, but now 2011. “We just recently launched our we can capture the status of a unit in realMaintenance Manager feature on our time updates. We are currently building JDLink Dashboard telematics porthe analytical capability to use the data to tal,” says Liz Quinn, product marketing predict failures, create proactive alerts and
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“TELEMATICS IS ANOTHER ADVANCEMENT THAT PLACES INFORMATION IN A COMPANY’S HANDS WITHOUT THE NEED TO GO AND INSPECT A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT. THEY CAN MAKE DECISIONS ON THE MACHINE OR AN UPCOMING PROJECT BASED ON REAL-TIME DATA VIA THEIR PHONE, TABLET OR COMPUTER.” get even more granular in calculating the useful rental life remaining for a given unit. We invested in telematics knowing that it has implications for fleet management on many levels, and that is proving to be the case.”
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CHANGING THE RESALE PROCESS The first generation of telematics-equipped machines is just hitting the resale market, so it’s premature to predict the full impact telematics data may eventually have on resale value. Most manufacturers only recently began equipping the majority of their machines with standard telematics capability from the factory, and the technology continues to evolve. “At this point, we don’t have enough information to determine whether telematics data is having an impact on pricing at our auctions,” says Olive. “However, the more a customer knows about a machine, the more confident they will be when they bid — and that generally translates into higher sales prices.” Any additional information on a piece of equipment can help alleviate potential concerns. “Transparency has always been a key element of business since we began,” says Olive. “Our live unreserved auctions are open to the public and equipment is available on our yard for inspection ahead of the sale. We provide detailed equipment info and high-res photos on our website. We also make service records available to bidders. So we certainly encourage increased info being available.” Many customers are becoming more aware of the existence of telematics data. “We have had customers ask to see telematics data on used equipment, and I believe that will become more commonplace as telematics become more popular,” says Olive. Telematics may also have more of an impact on how machines are purchased in the future. “I don’t see the increasing use of telematics having an influence on the way we sell equipment,” says Olive. “However, as more information becomes available to people, it should have an impact on how they bid — and how much they are willing to pay. The more informed they are, the more confident they will be when they bid.” IronPlanet claims telematics data can help remote buyers bid more confidently online. “The increasing use of telematics is another indicator of the shift to online marketplaces for buying or selling equipment,” says Berry. “Telematics is another advancement that places information in a company’s hands without the need to go and inspect a piece of equipment. They can make decisions on the machine or an upcoming project based on real-time data via their phone, tablet or computer. Businesses want to spend their time focusing on the projects that drive their profits.” ET
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he economic conditions in China, especially in the construction sector, remain volatile. Nevertheless, bauma China, being held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from November 22 to 25, 2016, will continue to be used as a presentation platform by many of the big names on the local and international stage. To date, more than 2,400 exhibitors have signed up for this eighth International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles. Collin Davis, Project Group Manager at Messe Munchen, says, “The
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and most important sector event in the Asian region.” It can also be assumed that the Chinese market will recover significantly in the medium term. This is due not only to
the numerous new construction projects stimulating machine production, but also to the new emissions guidelines which necessitate new systems and machines. According to a forecast by OffHighway Research, the Chinese market for construction machinery will achieve a sales volume of $17.169 billion (USD) in 2016 — a slight upward trend. And although the sales figures for construction machinery in China have been falling for a number of years, the VDMA confirmed that in 2015, 20% of all construction machinery sold around the world was still purchased in China. The Chinese market is the second largest individual market after the U.S. With more than 180,000 visitors predominantly from Asia, bauma China offers substantial opportunities to gain access to the Asian region. ET
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percentage of you are not going to like what I have to say this month, but take note anyway. What I plan to cover is the need to move ahead with the Internet of Things (IofT), the “Mobile Evolution” and telematics. In today’s business environment, having a handle on the use of these tools will mean the difference between doing “okay” and being a top performer. Large national contractors are probably using these tools on a daily basis. They are also likely finding that their work has become more efficient and less costly compared to the days before such tools were installed as part of the systems and procedures used to complete a project. Contractors the next level down can also benefit from technology tools since they have multiple jobsites to manage, fleets of equipment and trucks to move them, and a sizable number of employees to schedule and keep track of on a daily basis. Those working as subs are finding that GCs prefer they manage their portion of the job using data provided by such tools. Small contractors with fewer employees and only one or two jobsites to worry about at a time can probably let technology slide a bit, though putting it to use would also save them time and money. Let me repeat one thing here: Using these tools will save you time and money — no matter who you are or what you do. Saving time is a good thing, as is saving money. It’s also a good thing if you can provide a better customer experience, improve the bottom line on jobs and increase the value of your company. All are great results if you can get them. But how do you get there?
IDENTIFY NEEDS THEN TEST THE BENEFITS Many of you who aren’t technology savvy may not like what you’ve read up this point. Believe me, I know where you’re coming from because I find myself in similar situations all the time. But like it or not, you will have to march ahead and determine how to adopt technology that works for you without wasting a lot of time and dollars.
You will need a team to do this. The team may consist of employees or technology geeks you know who are willing to help you understand how this stuff works and what you will need to do to make it work for you. Find out what you can get, then prioritize your requirements and proceed from there. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m not one who likes to reinvent the wheel. Consequently, I suggest you talk with other contractors that have been using digital tools and telematics for a number of years. Contact your equipment dealers and do the same. Equipment dealers should have a handle on what you need to do, what they can do for you and how much it will cost for both options. Likewise, the national rental chains you may rent from are using tools to go paperless and get data from their equipment in the field. After talking to other contractors with businesses similar to your operation, learning what your dealer can offer and chatting with some vendors who supply sensors and/or software, go back to your internal team to prioritize what you can implement and then set up a plan of attack to try it out. By “try it out” I mean do a test run to prove to yourself and your employees that this process will work toward the benefit of the company and its bank account. Start by getting a few tablets and putting them out in the field to report daily hours worked; perform job costing; send project pictures; look up service records; track trucks or equipment, etc. You can download apps (often at no or low cost) for these types of services. So far, this is nothing dramatic. Let the geeks figure it out and train your field crews as necessary.
EXTRA COST CALLS FOR ADDED CARE When it comes to telematics, we’re playing in a different ballgame. There are costs for software, sensors and service providers (though a number of OEMs offer telematics free or free for a limited period with equipment purchase), as well as other internal costs to consider. You and your team will have to prioritize what is needed and then try it out on a limited number of units. The best time to do this is during your slow season when you have time to properly manage the process. Though you’re still in “try it out” mode, use a formal process that holds participants accountable throughout the trial period. Some of the data points telematics can provide include: ˜˜ Equipment utilization ˜˜ Asset tracking ˜˜ Service dispatch and navigation ˜˜ Operations ˜˜ Productivity ˜˜ Maintenance scheduling ˜˜ Operator performance ˜˜ Emissions compliance ˜˜ Alerts and fault codes It’s a lot of data to consider — they say it compares to trying to get a drink out of a fire hose! You have to decide what data works for you and then add on when further needs arise. In summary, technology will continue to change the construction business. It will make contractors more efficient and competitive. And as usual, the work will go to those with the ability to deliver at the best price. In short, you have to get in the game by finding out what other contractors are doing and trying things out yourself until you’re comfortable that it will help you make more money. ET
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