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Volvo launches Dig Assist in North America, an intuitive machine control solution for crawler excavators

Volvo Dig Assist unlocks the full potential of an excavator’s productivity. Utilizing Volvo Co-Pilot — the award-winning in-cab interface with 10-inch high-resolution touch screen — Dig Assist allows operators to easily input job specifications and track progress along the way to ensure the job is done right the first time, every time.

“We’ve designed Dig Assist in a way that is very easy to learn and very intuitive to use — requiring as little as 10 minutes of upfront training and only a few touches to get started with a new job,” said Matt McLean, product manager, GPE products at Volvo Construction Equipment. “Once you’re up and running, there’s no more guesswork. You can design and track progress in real time — thereby reducing the need for on-site engineers, surveyors, and manual grade and depth checks. It’s very simple to use, but can make an enormous impact to productivity and job profitability.”

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Volvo launches 24-Hour Parts Guarantee in North America

The Volvo 24-Hour Parts Guarantee is a new program to help ensure that Volvo delivers when customers need parts most. If a machine should go down, Volvo guarantees delivery of parts within 24 hours of order placement. The Parts Guarantee follows the opening of a third U.S. distribution facility – a $70 million Central Parts Distribution Center near Memphis, Tennessee. With additional investments in systems, inventory and people, Volvo is continuing its commitment to customer support and expansion in North America.

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New Michelin Hard Surface Traction Airless Radial Tire Available for Skid Steers

Michelin Tweel Technologies has introduced a Hard Surface Traction (HST) version of its award-winning MICHELIN® 12N16.5 X® TWEEL® SSL Airless Radial Tire.  For skid steer operators who work on hard or highly abrasive surfaces, such as asphalt and paving, tires tend to have a short tread life due to the aggressive nature of these applications on tires. Operators are constantly looking for options with excellent wear characteristics, but many cannot afford any major compromise in off-the-pavement traction. 

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Construction Equipment Operator Training Revolutionized with New Virtual Reality Tool from Immersive Technologies

Finding and keeping trained, skilled heavy equipment operators is one of the greatest challenges facing the construction industry. With tight schedules and increased project risk there is less and less room for human error and poor performance at crucial phases like site preparation. Immersive Technologies is using leading edge technology to bring versatile and effective simulation based operator training to the construction field with their new virtual reality tool, WorksiteVR Simulator.

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Michelin Leads Innovation with RFID Technology and Upgrades to Service Offers That Drive Value for Fleets

Michelin Americas Truck Tires,  has announced today a technological enhancement that allows fleets to more efficiently manage their maintenance and assets. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is being added to MICHELIN commercial truck tires and retreads,  enabling fleets to better manage their tire assets throughout the full life cycle. In addition, the MICHELIN Tire Care tire maintenance program is being upgraded to include new features providing fleets’ greater visibility, assurance and ease around the maintenance of their tires.

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On-board oil change system to be displayed at NHES

FLO Components Ltd. will be displaying QuickFit On-board Oil Change Systems at the upcoming NHES show on April 6-7. In 2016, FLO announced its new partnership with RPM Industries LLC to sell and install their complete product line of centralized fleet fluid maintenance systems. With the RPM Industries product line, FLO Components Ltd. has a complete range of engine pre-lubrication and fluid evacuation technologies that automate routine maintenance of heavy equipment to save owners and dealers time and money.

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Tips for Maintaining Tier 4 FINAL aerial work platforms

After decades of preparation, aerials with Tier 4 Final engines are beginning to find their way into rental fleets. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) outlined a tiered series of emissions regulations for off-road engines in equipment in the mid-1990s. Tier 4 Final (T4F) is the culmination of the EPA’s mandate, and all new Genie diesel-powered aerial work platforms (AWPs) and telehandlers are in compliance.

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Case offers online Total Cost of Ownership calculator

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. 

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Increased oil drain intervals with Mack Engine Oil

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.

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KLONDIKE Lubricants launches in Atlantic Canada

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.

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Tier 4 mandates driving demand for used non-Tier 4 equipment market

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.

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Getting maximum performance, life and safety from OTR tires

Zipper-like injury resulting from running the tire underinflated.

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.

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