Maintenance & Management News
CASE Construction Equipment has launched an all-new Total Cost of Ownership Calculator at CaseCE.com that provides both prospective buyers and current equipment owners insight into lifetime ownership costs. Based on a broad range of operational factors covering the entire line of CASE equipment, the program calculates data in U.S. and Canadian currencies, as well as metric and imperial measurements.
Mack Trucks has announced extended engine oil drain intervals for customers using its newly formulated genuine Mack Engine Oil EOS-4.5. Depending on the application, oil drain intervals have been extended by up to 15,000 miles compared with previous formulations, helping reduce customer maintenance costs. Introduced as the factory fill in Mack’s 2017 engines, genuine Mack Engine Oil EOS-4.5 also extends drain intervals for all 2011 and newer Mack engines.
Stellar Industries, Inc.is introducing the TMAX 30K service body. This body is designed to serve municipal markets, contractors, rental houses, light equipment dealers and others needing a service crane that lifts 5,000 pounds or less. The TMAX 30K weighs nearly 1000 pounds less than its heavy-duty counter part, the TMAX 1.
KLONDIKE Lubricants Corporation announced today the expansion of their distribution network to Atlantic Canada. The company has been growing quickly from its West Coast origins, manufacturing and distributing OEM certified packaged and bulk oils, industrial lubricants and chemicals throughout the Canadian market. Warehousing and distribution centres have increased significantly in the home base of Vancouver, and have grown over the years to include facilities in Edmonton, AB, Winnipeg, MB, Toronto, ON, and now Moncton, NB, as part of a planned North American expansion.
According to a recent survey of Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA) members, the EPA’s Tier 4 mandates are driving up the demand of non-Tier 4, used construction equipment and predicts this trend will continue for the next several years. For many equipment categories, used equipment availability is outpacing demand, but for other categories, including excavators, backhoe loaders, wheel loaders, dump trucks dozers and compact equipment, IEDA members are seeing resale pricing increase by as much as 20 percent. Also, more than 50 percent of survey respondents noted that quality used equipment is getting harder to find.
VMAC announced it has completed development of all UNDERHOOD 30, 70, 150 CFM and Direct Transmission Mount (DTM) 70 CFM air compressor mounting kits for 2017 model year trucks and vans.
EquipmentWatch has announced the finalists for the 2nd annual Highest Retained Value Awards. The awards recognize manufacturers in 28 heavy equipment categories – spanning the construction, agriculture and lift/access manufacturing sectors – for products that show the highest retained value over the last five years.
Herman Ciardullo, president of Hamilton, Ontario based Oakridge Landscaping, was absolutely clear about his reasons for switching to a new tire supplier for his skid-steer fleet.
Tires are critical components of off-the-road (OTR) vehicles and serve several functions that affect the productivity of your equipment and subsequently affect your bottom line. They support the load of the vehicle by retaining the inflation pressure, provide traction and braking, control the direction of travel, absorb road shocks to smooth the ride (on most OTR equipment, the tires are the only suspension for the equipment), and overcome road hazards.
Michelin Tweel Technologies, manufacturer of Michelin X Tweel airless radial tire, has announced it will expand the reach of its airless skid-steer tires with the launch of a new size – 10N16.5 X Tweel SSL All Terrain. The revolutionary tire-wheel assembly, originally introduced four years ago, offers a solution to the seemingly unavoidable challenge of chronic flat tires that plague the millions of skid-steer loaders and zero-turn radius mowers utilized by many commercial operations.
The redesigned Cool Flow auxiliary hydraulic cooler from Loftness meets the needs of tool carriers and other machines operating in the most demanding conditions. Along with a decreased profile, the Cool Flow’s increased cooling capacity keeps machines and attachments running safely until the job is done.
When a person is fatigued, the operation of heavy machinery or hand tools can become very dangerous. “A fatigue-related incident is more severe than a non-fatigue related incident,” said Todd Dawson, Project Manager for Cat Safety Services, at a recent Caterpillar trade press event. “People that fall asleep when they’re operating equipment or vehicles, they don’t do anything. They just run into whatever’s in front of them or run off the edge at whatever speed they’re going. A drunk driver, they’ll swerve. They just swerve too late or they put on the brakes. They just don’t put them on quick enough.”
Cummins Inc. revealed its newest offering – Data Enabled Mining Solution – at MINExpo. This prognostic capability allows Cummins to monitor engines and deliver accurate, real-time operating information, enabling a quicker and more focused response to potential issues. The solution ultimately allows miners to optimize profitability by lowering total cost of ownership. Cummins Data Enabled Mining Solution enables customers to reduce costs by extending engine life, preventing catastrophic failures and decreasing unplanned maintenance expense.
Power management company Eaton has announced the launch of the GH100 and GH101 hoses for high-percentage biodiesel blend and high-temperature oil applications. Unlike standard fuel hoses that only last 1-2 years, Eaton’s GH100 and GH101 solutions are engineered for maximum performance in systems with a variety of fuel types, featuring a unique polymer that more effectively resists degradation.
In development testing for the last six years, the MICHELIN XDR3 MB4 surface mine-haul tire – developed for 400-plus-ton trucks – is designed with new compounds and a revolutionary new tread pattern that provides exceptional tire life, increased by a minimum of 10 percent without any compromise on TKPH.