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Ritchie Bros. to Sell 7,350+ items at Edmonton Truck and Equipment Auction

Ritchie Bros. will sell 7,350+ equipment items and trucks at its unreserved public auction in Edmonton, AB (September 9 – 11, 2015). More than 630+ trailers, 200+ truck tractors, 120+ compactors, 90+ excavators, 90 crawler tractors, 70+ boom trucks, 65+ wheel loaders, 40 articulated dump trucks, 40+ cranes, 40+ farm tractors, 290 pickup trucks, custom and classic cars, and much more will be sold. Oil and gas equipment will be sold on Day Three of the auction (September 11). Bidders can participate in person, online at rbauction.com and by proxy.

"With more than 7,350 items being sold over three days, our next unreserved truck and equipment auction is the only auction in the Edmonton area with something for everyone," said Ryan Eacrett, Regional Sales Manager, Ritchie Bros. "Buyers will find a wide range of top truck and equipment brands for their industry, including oil and gas, construction, transportation, forestry, farming and more. As always, all equipment will be sold without minimum bids or reserve prices. More than 850 owners have already consigned to the auction, and we'll be adding more equipment up until auction day."

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Cat Inspect Mobile App Improves Machine Inspection Process

Caterpillar is taking the paper out of the machine inspection process with Cat Inspect, an easy-to-use mobile application that allows users to download machine-specific inspection forms and capture actionable information during their walkarounds.

Inspection types include Technical Analysis (TA1) inspection forms and Preventive Maintenance (PM) checklists. The checklists are serial-number specific, which gives users guidance specific to the Cat equipment they depend on every day.

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Trimble Acquires Vianova Systems

Trimble has acquired Vianova Systems AS, a Norwegian company specializing in Building Information Modeling (BIM) software for infrastructure design software solutions across the European region. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Vianova Systems is a pioneer in the development of software leveraging advanced BIM technology for the civil engineering market and infrastructure lifecycle management across road, rail, sea and air infrastructure design. The company offers a portfolio of solutions for civil engineers, civil contractors and project owners. These solutions include specialist tools for road, rail, utility, site, bridge and tunnel civil design, advanced geotechnical analysis and sophisticated model-based multi-user collaboration tools. In addition, the tools include civil design project tracking, design model traceability and automated design change monitoring. Vianova Systems has a strong record of delivering infrastructure management solutions for national road and rail authorities, with the goal of bridging the gaps between design, construction and maintenance.

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Volvo EC60E Increases Swing Force, Lifting Capacity and Power While Improving Fuel Efficiency Over Previous Model

The new EC60E crawler excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment is built to perform on any jobsite – from confined spaces to major construction projects. Equipped with a Volvo Tier 4 Final engine and adjustable hydraulic flow, the machine offers a 10 percent increase in swing force and lifting capacity, as well as a 20 percent increase in power – all while boasting an 8 percent improvement in fuel efficiency as compared to the prior series model. With a compact design, heavy-duty arm and offset boom, this versatile and powerful excavator is suitable for any application.

The machine’s highly responsive controls ensure fluid movement throughout each cycle. The auxiliary hydraulic flows, electric dozer blade and boom offset speed can be adjusted by the operator and tailored to three different work response modes – active, normal or soft – to suit the operator’s work style and deliver the proper power for the task at hand. The redesigned, proportional joystick provides better grip and further increases ease of control.

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Screen Machine Industries Introduces CXT Cone Crusher

Screen Machine Industries is introducing a new cone crusher model to their extensive equipment lineup.

The model CXT Cone Crusher is a mid-sized track mounted unit with a heavy-duty 40-inch (1m) high-speed bushing cone with hydraulic adjustment and tramp relief. Creatively designed for both function and efficiency, the CXT offers high production of cubical-shaped material with a compact footprint. It is driven by a powerful Caterpillar C-13 415-hp (310kW) Acert diesel engine.

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K-Tec 1263 ADT: World’s Largest Construction Pull Scraper Has Heaped Capacity of 63 Cubic Yards

K-Tec Earthmovers, a Canadian-based manufacturer, has just launched its latest and largest construction pull scraper for massive scale earthmoving. The K-Tec 1263 ADT is the world’s largest earthmoving scraper available on the market today. With a heaped capacity of 63 cubic yards (ISO) and empty tare weight of 61,000 pounds, the K-Tec 1263 ADT is built for massive dirt moving projects. Designed to be pulled with a 40Ton+ Articulated Dump Truck, this scraper is ready to help contractors substantially reduce their dirt moving costs and gain a massive advantage in the earthmoving industry. The hitch system transfers 32 percent of the scraper load weight directly to the point where the truck is designed to carry weight. An exclusive digital display screen is included in the cab for visual operating details, tracking load count productivity, and troubleshoot serviceability. The 1263 ADT has a bolt-together design which enables overseas container shipment, and ease of maintenance.

To maximize the 1263’s capacity, a push dozer in the cut is recommended to utilize the standard roller push-block innovation (an exclusive feature in today's scraper market). Additionally, for contractors with excavators, the K-Tec 1263 ADT works exceptional as a haul wagon with the large target area making for easy and efficient loading. The K-Tec 1263 ADT was enhanced from its predecessor, the K-Tec 1254 ADT. The extra 9 cubic yard capacity comes from a 15.25' long bucket and larger gate belly to contain more material. K-Tec has recognized the need for increased capacity and efficient scrapers for large contractors, and the 1263 ADT fills this gap in the market.

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Atlas Copco Introduces New Plug-and-Light Tower

Atlas Copco has launched its new QLB 02 light tower, providing flexible lighting solution for events, public spaces and general construction requirements. With four 400W metal halide luminaires, the QLB 02 can safely and effectively illuminate an area of up to 2,000m2t.

The new light tower provides complete flexibility by allowing users to easily plug into any power source including auxiliary power, electrical generator or directly into the grid. The individual luminaires can be manually adjusted to ensure light is provided only where needed, helping to ensure energy efficiency and reduce unnecessary costs. For large sites, up to four QLB 02 light towers can be connected to a single power source, providing users with complete control over their lighting requirements. An optional programmable timer allows users to choose from 84 on/off programmes to achieve the desired lighting requirements – including the ability to program the light to auto start in the mornings and shut off in the evenings.

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Concept Line Feeder from BPS Ideal for Vibratory Feeder Applications

Best Process Solutions (BPS) now offers a Concept Line Feeder (CFL). This line of vibratory feeders solves many of the inherent design flaws in vibratory equipment and can incorporate the advanced Inertial Isolation System (IIS), which eliminates the transfer of the vibratory energy to support structures and buildings.

The units are powered by twin rotating motor vibrators designed to give linear and straight-line type conveyance action. The system is ideal for all vibratory feeder applications and can be seen in operation at www.bpsvibes.com/videos. Available in mild steel and stainless steel, options include dust-tight covers, pan liners, stainless steel noses, standard base and Internal Isolation System.

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National Trucking Week 2015: We’ll Take Truck Drivers over Driverless Trucks

News articles earlier this year about driverless trucks operating in Nevada and the Alberta oil sands under restricted conditions set off speculation about whether we’ll need truck drivers within a few decades – and whether autonomous vehicles are an answer to the driver shortage.

National Trucking Week, celebrated September 6 to 12 this year, is a good time to consider the truck driving occupation and what we can do to encourage the best candidates to enter a demanding and essential career that requires judgment, planning, know-how and a host of other skills. Unlike autonomous vehicles, drivers may be called upon to react quickly to unexpected incidents on the road, bringing all their varied experience about their equipment, the load they’re hauling, and road conditions into play. The question is, is the trucking industry appealing to enough quality candidates to meet our needs today – and in the future?

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Engines and Powertrains

DEUTZ Builds Its Nine Millionth Engine

In the middle of 2015, Cologne-based engine manufacturer DEUTZ produced the nine millionth engine in its 150-year-plus history. Thanks to continuous improvements in efficiency and cutting-edge exhaust aftertreatment systems, DEUTZ engines are in demand all over the world.

DEUTZ AG was founded in Cologne in 1864 and in 1867 the company’s founders, Nicolaus August Otto and Eugen Langen, developed the atmospheric gas powered engine – known as Engine No. 1. This was followed in 1876 by the world’s first four-stroke engine, whose German name, Ottomotor, still honours its inventor today.

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