At CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 Caterpillar will present its extensive line of machines and technology as well as its customer support capabilities. With 40 machines on display in two different exhibit areas totaling 60,000 square feet, Caterpillar’s presence is among the largest at the show. But it’s not all about size. Cat Connect Technologies for machine control and monitoring will share the spotlight with the iron it enhances, ranging from a skid steer loader to a 96-ton excavator.
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.
KOBELCO Construction Machinery U.S.A. and KOBELCO Cranes North America announce plans to merge under KOBELCO Construction Machinery U.S.A., effective January 1, 2017. The union of these subsidiaries in the North American market takes place following the KOBELCO Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. global construction machinery excavators and cranes merger that was announced in April 2016.
MB-R hydraulic drum cutters are available in 3 models for excavators from 6 to 35 tons. They are particularly suitable for levelling concrete surfaces, quarry excavation, tunnelling, demolition and road works.
The 14M3 features a full suite of integrated technology solutions that improve operator performance and productivity, while reducing operating costs. Caterpillar says that the 14M3, compared to its predecessor model, has a larger engine, increased fuel efficiency, improved machine balance, enhanced transmission performance, more powerful telematics and added operator safety and convenience features.
Komatsu America Corp recently previewed its new 636HP, D375Ai-8 intelligent machine control crawler dozer. Featuring more production and faster cycle times, including 20% more horsepower in reverse than the prior model, the first mining-class dozer equipped with intelligent machine control also comes with structural enhancements for increased durability of mainframe and track frame. The D375Ai-8 also features improved undercarriage, cab mounts and seat, for overall operator comfort. In 2017, a remote-control machine option will be available for difficult applications.
Cat Grade Control 3D, by automating machine functions during both production-dozing and fine-grading applications, enables dozer operators to work more efficiency, accurately, and productively, while also lowering operating costs. The system features an integrated design, including dual, roof-mounted antennas that eliminate the need to climb onto the blade to remove conventional blade-mounted masts and cables at the end of the day. The AccuGrade Ready Option is part of the package, adding versatility by allowing other Cat GRADE technologies to be used, such as AccuGrade Laser or a universal total station when satellite reception is limited.
At its recent Global Dealer Conference, LiuGong has launched a new Vertical Lift Wheel Loader. LiuGong claims this the new model features a number of key innovations such as the vertical lift loader arms on an articulating frame and the mechanical self-leveling Z-bar bucket linkage on a vertical lift loader – both industry firsts, according to LiuGong.
Caterpillar recently announced the 2017 product updates for Cat® M Series medium wheel loaders. Dedicated to responding quickly to customer requirements for optimum machine performance, Caterpillar brings new features and product improvements to market quickly, allowing machine designs to be refined more frequently than conventional machine-development cycles would allow. The 2017 product updates include new Cat Connect Technologies, additional operator comfort and safety features, and features that help reduce operating costs.
Early every morning when general manager Stuart Sharpe and his team arrive at the sprawling Tervita Metals Recycling worksite, located in northeast Red Deer, Alberta, they gaze over tons and tons of what others would call junk. But their eyes see nothing but treasure. This massive 17-acre site is the headquarters of Tervita’s metal recycling operation. From above, it looks like a maze created from every type of scrap metal imaginable. There are damaged railcars, rows of worn railcar wheels, expired city buses, kilometres of used gas-field piping, expendable parts from oil wells, drill rigs, bitumen concentrators, cooling radiators and heating units and parts from gas refineries.
ASV LLC, has introduced a large-frame, radial-lift Posi-Track RT-75 compact track loader. The RT-75 features highly efficient hydraulics and an innovative, high capacity cooling system while delivering superior serviceability. ASV’s patented Posi-Track undercarriage provides the industry’s highest ground clearance, lowest ground pressure, best traction and longest track life. These features make the compact track loader the ideal machine for applications from construction, landscaping and agriculture to forestry, snow removal and more.