Drop-deck trailer

A drop-deck design on the ET 7000 Escalate Trailer provides maximum safety and makes loading and unloading easier. The trailer is designed to handle payloads of up to 7,000 pounds, and has a bed size of 75 by 144 inches, making it useful for hauling such items as scissor lifts, skid-steer loaders, trenchers, personnel lifts, and all kinds of powered walk-behind equipment.

One person can load and unload equipment even while the trailer is still attached to the towing vehicle. Ramp grade is just six degrees, so equipment with a low ground clearance can be driven on and off the trailer. The ET 7000 is equipped with hydraulic surge or electric brakes, and has a low centre of gravity.

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Trail King Advantage Plus sliding-axle trailers can even load disabled equipment with ease

The Advantage Plus TK80SA and TK110SA hydraulic sliding-axle trailers from Trail King have carrying capacities of 80,000 pounds and 100,000 pounds respectively. The 20,000-pound winch, which comes with winch guard, can load disabled equipment with ease. A recessed roller at the front of the deck and a skid plate on the slope of the upper deck protect both the winch cable and the deck during loading and unloading, while the perimeter frame delivers maximum strength and stability. The design also includes an undercarriage to protect air lines when the trailer is in the transport position.

A control pad for hydraulic and air functions is located on the driver side. A full function remote is standard equipment. The front access panel offers easy access for connecting hydraulic, air and electrical lines and a lockable side access toolbox is standard. Dual-side hydraulic controls and top access with a gas shock are optional.

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Freightliner’s Market-Leading Vocational Solutions Featured at the 2015 Work Truck Show

Freightliner Trucks showcased its vocational products at the 2015 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The Freightliner featured solutions that contribute to uptime, productivity and ease of upfit.

Freightliner offers a variety of features that are engineered with the Truck Equipment Manufacturer (TEM) in mind, including easy-to-upfit chassis, clear frame rails, and multiple exhaust options. Freightliner’s best-in-class SmartPlex Electrical System offers unmatched flexibility and expansion capabilities while easing installation for the TEM. The design of the Freightliner chassis and associated systems contributes to a more productive and, ultimately, more profitable TEM.

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Ford Telematics Delivers Innovative Fleet Management Solutions for Ford’s Global Commercial Vehicle Customers

Ford Motor Company recently introduced Ford Telematics powered by Telogis to help fleets run more efficient operations and better serve their customers. Ford Telematics is the next generation of the fleet management platform previously known as Crew Chief powered by Telogis, which was available in the United States and Canada. The new version will be available globally and adds new features and analytics.

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CNH Industrial Advances in Global Satellite Connectivity for Construction Sector

CNH Industrial N.V. has embarked on a new venture to better connect the people and machines working in the construction sector, no matter their location. This development involves an agreement with Iridium Communications Inc., a global satellite communications provider for the real time exchange of mobile voice and data. CNH Industrial will integrate Iridium’s satellite network into the telematics offering for its construction equipment segment.

An important step for CNH Industrial, these new capabilities will provide global machine to machine connectivity in the absence of conventional networks. The agreement with Iridium foresees the deployment of global satellite connectivity for customers of the company’s construction equipment brands, Case and New Holland Construction. Integrating this connectivity will allow users of the brands’ telematics solutions, CASE SiteWatch and New Holland Construction Fleet Force, to function outside of cellular coverage boundaries. This will effectively allow operators to communicate with their construction equipment regardless of the physical distances between them.

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New Economizer Poly Electric Spreader Has Dual Motor Efficiency

Ace Torwel, Inc. has allied with Equifab, Inc. of Quebec to introduce the new Economizer Poly Dual Motor Electric Spreader. As a result of this alliance, Ace Torwel's Economizer pick-up V-box spreaders are now available with lightweight, rust-resistant polymer construction, simplifying installation and maintenance. Hundreds of pounds lighter than all-stainless models, model P185 1.8-yard capacity poly spreader fits a 7-foot truck bed and model P210 2.1-yard capacity spreader fits a standard 8-foot truck bed.

Alan Mckenzie, Vice President of Marketing for Ace Torwel Inc., said his company is proud to ally with Equifab to bring important new options to the company's American road service markets. "As with Ace Torwel's stainless steel models, the new poly electric spreader features upgrades important for operators and their customers," he said. "In addition to offering energy advantages, dual electric 12V motors ensure quiet yet reliable performance, eliminating disturbing vibration noise that can interfere with servicing sensitive accounts at night," he said.

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IMT Introduces Powerful New Air Compressor

Iowa Mold Tooling Co., Inc. (IMT), an Oshkosh Corporation company, is pleased to introduce the new IMT CAS80R rotary screw air compressor at The Work Truck Show 2015. The hydraulic-driven IMT CAS80R compressor offers 33 percent more air output than the previous model — up to 80 cfm at 150 psi (10.3 bar) — at a similar price point. Increased hydraulic cooling capabilities and an easy-to-set air pressure output give operators a greater range of machine operation. The IMT CAS80R compressor enables operators to run at higher cfm levels while at the same truck rpms currently used.

“We’re excited to offer our customers the productivity benefits of increased air,” said Terry Cook, product manager of commercial products at IMT. “The IMT CAS80R air compressor offers powerful and reliable performance for heavy-duty mobile applications. This unit is a perfect complement to our IMT Dominator mechanics trucks and IMT SiteStar lube trucks.”

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Case Extends SiteWatch Telematics Global Coverage with Iridium Satellite Connectivity

CASE Construction Equipment has expanded the coverage of its SiteWatch telematics service into areas without cellular network coverage through a new partnership with Iridium satellite connectivity. The new satellite service – available in Spring 2015 – is offered as an option on the existing SiteWatch packages, enabling CASE machines to transmit data from every corner of the globe even when normal cellular connectivity is absent. This new service is testament to CASE’s continued search for solutions that help customers run their businesses efficiently and make their work easier.

To ensure its customers benefit from the most reliable satellite service available on the market, CASE partnered with Iridium Communications Inc., the network provider known for its global coverage, low latency, small form factor and for the quality of its signal. CASE also selected one of the best satellite modem manufacturers, Quake Global, for its Telematics Satellite Modem.

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PCA: All British Columbians deserve to work on Site C

Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) President Paul de Jong recently argued on behalf of the tens of thousands of non-closed-shop union workers for the right to work on Site C. "Excluding progressively unionized and non-union skilled tradespersons from working on large scale projects like this serves no one," said de Jong. "Christie Clark and the BC Liberals have taken a progressive stance on this project and we support it whole-heartedly."

Speaking in response to proposed court action by the BC and Yukon Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) that would seek to ban any non-BCTC workers from working on Site C, de Jong noted that the premise of BCTC's argument is inaccurate and does not represent the modern labour reality in British Columbia.

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