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PCL Construction Named a Top Green Contractor by ENR

PCL Construction has been ranked #5 on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Top 100 Green Contractors list for 2014. Total sustainable construction revenue across the industry in the US has increased 10.1% to $47.09 billion from last year’s figures.

“Sustainable construction continues to pick up momentum and is reflective of the exciting time it is to build,” said PCL’s president and chief operating officer of US Operations Shaun Yancey. “Providing clients sustainable business solutions to projects benefits all parties involved.”

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Excavators

Efficient excavation, Volvo's new EC480E

The heavy-duty Volvo EC480E crawler excavator is an exceptionally productive machine that lowers operating costs through reduced fuel consumption and simple maintenance requirements.

Powered by a proven Tier 4 Final/Stage IV-compliant Volvo D13 engine, the EC480E delivers high digging and breakout forces alongside reduced emissions and improved fuel efficiency.

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Equipment Management & Maintenance

Titan’s Rear-Aft Fuel Tank

Titan Fuel Tanks, the leading manufacturer of high-performance, engineered, polymer aftermarket fuel tanks, has announced that it has started shipping its new 40-gallon 8020011, cross-linked polyethylene, rear-aft fuel tank. The polymer tank is the only one on the market engineered to fit 2011-2015 Ford F-350, F-450 and F-550 diesel cab and chassis trucks.

Titan’s new tank virtually eliminates the service and maintenance issues associated with diesel fuel line contamination originating in OE and aftermarket steel fuel tanks. The tank was met with widespread fleet interest during its first public display on June 8, at the Equipment Fleet Management 2014 National Conference and Trade Show in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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Earthmoving Equipment

Caterpillar Reaches Milestone of 75,000 Wheel Tractor-Scrapers

Caterpillar Inc. employees have marked a major milestone, commemorating the production of 75,000 wheel tractor-scrapers at the Decatur, Illinois facility. The historic machine, an open-bowl, twin-engine 627K, is built to move high volumes of material quickly and economically with optimum fuel efficiency.

“Scraper sales have been rebounding steadily in North America since the last downturn,” said Caterpillar Mining Products Vice President Tom Bluth. “And with our new K Series machines, we’re in a great position to win business outside North America as construction investment recovers.”

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New Quarryman laser scanner system for rockface profiling

The new Renishaw Quarryman Pro 3D laser scanner system uses innovative technology to help optimize blasting and increase the profitability of quarrying operations. The system, which also helps to improve safety, was recently launched at the Hillhead 2014 tradeshow, June 24-26 in Buxton, UK. Quarryman has been an essential on-site system for quarries for over 20 years, transforming on-site safety and allowing quarry managers to modify processes simply and swiftly, and decrease post-blast workflow and costs. The new Renishaw Quarryman Pro is optimized for speed of operation in tough environments, with swift set-up, programming, scanning and data processing, and offers significant benefits over previous models.

New viewing and editing software is quicker to operate, easier to integrate with other mapping software, and includes filtering and data processing functionalities. The new sun-readable screen is larger than on previous models, for better visibility, and is now in full color. Data is saved to a USB, rather than a flashcard, for ease of data transfer and larger file capacity.

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Light Equipment

Lincoln Electric Introduces Vantage 600 SD and Air Vantage 600 SD Engine-Driven Welder/Generators

Lincoln Electric's Vantage 600 SD and Air Vantage 600 SD engine-driven welders/generators are designed for heavy industrial applications such as mining, general construction and pipe welding.
Lincoln Electric's Vantage 600 SD and Air Vantage 600 SD engine-driven welders/generators are designed for heavy industrial applications such as mining, general construction and pipe welding.

Lincoln Electric introduces two new models in its industrial Vantage engine-driven welder series. The Vantage 600 SD and Air Vantage 600 SD are each equipped with a Tier 4 Final (T4F) compliant Deutz turbo-charged diesel engine that meets all new EPA diesel fuel emission standards.

Designed for heavy industrial applications such as mining, general construction and pipe welding, both engine-driven welders are engineered to handle a variety of processes:

  • Stick welding
  • TIG welding
  • MIG welding
  • Flux-cored wire welding
  • Arc gouging

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CASE Launches New Equipment Configurator at CaseCE.com

CASE Construction Equipment has launched a new equipment configurator. The online tool allows customers to configure their optimal machine across all CASE product categories and send the specs directly to their local dealer. This simplifies the buying process and provides contractors with the tools to configure a complete machine from the comfort of their home or office.

The streamlined process gives customers greater visibility into all the options available prior to meeting with their dealer in order to have a more productive conversation and make a more informed decision. The quoting process also becomes more automated and shortens the time it takes to buy equipment. Customers can visit www.casece.com/configure to start configuring equipment.

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Grand opening of first Remote Training Centre celebrated in Neskantaga

The grand opening of the Neskantaga Training Centre was celebrated in Neskantaga Territory, Ontario, showcasing the new innovative facility and collaboration technology which delivers training directly to the remote community.

The Neskantaga Training Centre is a multi-purpose facility with construction components designed to be flown into remote communities and assembled on-site. The centre is outfitted with state of the art technology, including Cisco TelePresence, high-definition two-way video communication and collaboration technology, a 70-inch Smart Board, a 70-inch LED HDTV, high-speed satellite broadband connectivity, as well as individual laptops. The centre directly connects to e-learning tools and programs to offer a wide variety of curriculum including access to secondary and post-secondary institutions, safety training courses, trades and technical certifications.

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Trucks & Trailers

Kenworth T880 Adds Natural Gas Option

Kenworth Truck Company is adding a natural gas option for the Kenworth T880, the company’s flagship vocational truck.

The Kenworth T880 day cab and 52-inch mid-roof sleeper configurations now can be specified with the factory-installed Cummins Westport ISX12 G 400-hp natural gas engine with 1,450 lb-ft of torque. The ISX12 G is available with manual, automatic and Eaton UltraShift Plus transmission options, including 10-speed LAS and 13-speed MHP series.

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Surveying and Location Tools

Topcon releases next generation of 3D laser scanners

Topcon GLS-2000 laser scanner.
Topcon GLS-2000 laser scanner.

Topcon Positioning Group, has announced the release of the newest edition to the GLS line of laser scanners — the GLS-2000. Featuring an expanded field of view, the GLS-2000 is designed to pair with ScanMaster v3.0 software for quickly capturing and processing 3D point cloud data.

“The GLS-2000 is the fastest and most versatile scanning system in its class,” said Charles Rihner, vice president for the Topcon GeoPositioning Solutions Group. “With a scan range of more than 350 meters, the GLS-2000 is capable of accurately capturing long-distance measurements in applications where access is limited due to safety or logistics concerns.”

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