PC simulator training system

The first-ever hydraulic excavator simulator was recently released for personal computers. Two years in the development, Simlog’s Hydraulic Excavator Personal Simulator is designed to help companies teach new employees, or hone the skills of existing operators, without taking an excavator off the job – or putting the excavator in the hands of someone with little or no experience. It was developed in conjunction with Caterpillar and has formed the basis of that company’s Virtual Training Systems line.

Along the way, the program gathers results for the trainee that can be reviewed on the spot or kept for later use. Either way, the familiarity gained by the operator on the system can then easily be transferred to the actual machine, making for a safer and faster transition that’s easier on the operator and the iron.

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Unbonded Concrete Overlay

A test of unbonded concrete overlays is being conducted on a five-mile (eight-kilometre), four-lane section of highway in New York state.

The age and the design of the original roadway created a paving challenge right from the start. It was built in the 1950s and didn’t conform to current geometry requirements for superhighways.

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CAWIC Calls on Construction Industry to Promote Women's Advancement

The Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) has launched its Women's Advancement Project in St. John's, Newfoundland. CAWIC is calling on industry employers, unions and educational partners to collaborate with CAWIC to address the shortage of skilled trades in Canada by promoting the entry and advancement of women into leadership roles within the construction industry.

Earlier this year, CAWIC was awarded a grant from the Government of Canada for $249,900 through Status of Women Canada. The grant will fund a three-year project to conduct research and develop, with collaboration from industry employers and female participants, an action plan to open doors for women's entry, retention and advancement into leadership roles within the construction industry.

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Doosan Launches Wheel Loader Snow Pusher Attachments

 Doosan has released two new bucket-mounted snow pusher attachments for its 13- to 20-metric-ton weight class wheel loaders and tool carriers, adding even greater utility to these versatile machines. These dedicated snow pushers offer snow removal contractors and municipalities an alternative to buckets and traditional windrow plowing for clearing areas such as parking lots, runways and roadways.

The snow pushers — which mount to all Doosan general purpose and light-material buckets — are available in two widths. A 12-foot wide attachment weighs 2,200 pounds, while the 14-foot wide versions weighs 2,400 pounds. Both snow pushers are approved for use on the DL200-3, DL200TC-3, DL220-3, DL250-3, DL250TC-3, DL300-3 wheel loader models.

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JCB Tackles ALS Ice Bucket Challenge In A Big Way

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That day, JCB offered its Savannah-area employees the chance to demonstrate their support for ALS research. Those who donated to the cause received the cold shower of a lifetime when multiple JCB backhoes doused them with enormous buckets full of icy water. The chilling event was family-owned JCB’s way of supporting Dallas Reeves, JCB’s vice president of sales, whose family has been personally affected by the devastating disease.

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Deere Announces Waterloo Layoffs

Deere & Company has announced  that it will place approximately 460 employees who work in the company's Waterloo, Iowa operations on indefinite layoff in response to current market demand for its products. Deere said employees were informed today of the layoffs, which are effective October 20th.

"Layoffs are never easy because we understand the significant impact this action has on our employees, their families, and the community" said Dave DeVault, factory manager. "We very carefully assess our workforce requirements to ensure we make the best possible decision to respond to various market conditions."

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KOBELCO Debut's Tier IV Final SK350LC-9E Excavator

KOBELCO Construction Machinery has introduce its Tier IV Final SK350LC-9E model to the North American market. KOBELCO’s SK350 is among the company’s largest crawler excavator models and is well-equipped to provide operators with superior power and efficiency, while meeting the latest Tier IV Final emissions standards. The SK350 is set to deliver significant operational cost savings thanks to better fuel economy, greater efficiency and reduced service intervals.

KOBELCO’s robust 82,200 lb SK350 is powered by a 270 hp, Tier IV Final HINO engine allowing the machine to tackle a wide-range of heavy-duty applications with ease, while remaining highly fuel efficient. This model incorporates both Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and self-cleaning Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) systems to provide the lowest possible operation costs. This dual system minimizes Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) consumption when compared to SCR only systems. KOBELCO’s Tier IV Final solution delivers as much as a 10% reduction in fuel consumption as compared to a Tier III machine, a tremendous benefit which KOBELCO achieved by studying and refining its hydraulic system performance in real jobsite conditions.

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Trimble Releases New Software Solutions for Real-Time Construction Equipment Inspection

Trimble Inspector is a free, mobile application that runs on both Android and iOS smartphones or tablets for daily, weekly and monthly visual inspections.
Trimble Inspector is a free, mobile application that runs on both Android and iOS smartphones or tablets for daily, weekly and monthly visual inspections.

Trimble has announced three new asset inspection software solutions for heavy civil contractors Trimble Inspector, Trimble Inspector Pro and Trimble Asset Manager. Trimble Inspector is a free mobile app that allows equipment managers to easily inspect assets in real-time using their smartphone or tablet. Trimble Inspector Pro, the premium, subscription version of Trimble Inspector, is used to wirelessly aggregate and share asset condition across multiple sites using Trimble Asset Manager office software.Trimble Asset Manager software gives contractors the ability to store the inspection data of all assets in a centralized, Web-based database for accurate reporting and documentation.

"Contractors can achieve significant cost savings by proactively scheduling asset maintenance with Trimble’s new inspection solutions,” said Alan Sharp, business area director for Trimble Heavy Civil Construction. “Trimble takes the guesswork out of asset maintenance and puts the control back in the hands of the equipment manager.”

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Fecon’s LOG JAW Wood Splitter Gets New Excavator Capabilities

Fecon, Inc. has introduced the excavator mounted Log Jaw Wood Splitter to their forestry attachment product line. The Log Jaw is a hydraulic-powered wood splitting attachment that is also made for skid steers and loaders.

The Log Jaw will rip apart long, large diameter logs and stumps into manageable pieces for chippers, wood grinders, or for firewood processing. The Log Jaw is Fecon’s low cost, high return solution for handling oversized and difficult to process logs and stumps that would otherwise require expensive disposal fees.

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Effective in multiple aggregate or recycling crushing applications, this plant allows producers to benefit from low-cost transportation and set-up between job sites as well as convenient on-site mobility. A patent-pending grizzly pre-screen option employs independent grizzly fingers that vibrate independently, generating higher energy to resist blinding and plugging. Increased open-area also results in increased productivity, and the grizzly modules are easily interchangeable for flexibility, allowing producers to remove a wide array of unwanted fines from production, ensuring higher-quality premium products.

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Hyundai Construction Equipment Launches New R140/160/180LC-9A Excavators

Hyundai's New R180LC-9A Excavator.
Hyundai's New R180LC-9A Excavator.

Hyundai Construction Equipment has announced the addition of three new mid-size excavator models, the R140LC-9A, R160LC-9A and the R180LC-9A, to their 9A series product line. These machines will provide operators with enhanced features and benefits compared to prior models including a certified Tier 4 Interim engine upgrade, improved hydraulics, increased operator comfort and added durability. The R140/160/180LC-9A models provide plenty of power to get the job done and are ideal for excavating projects, road and utility work and demolition.

Hyundai has powered each of these 9A excavators with Tier 4 Interim, turbo-charged Perkins 1204E engines providing maximum power, reliability optimum fuel economy and reduced emissions. Electronically controlled fuel injection and self-diagnostic capabilities add to the engines’ efficiency and serviceability. The 1204E engines have fully automatic regeneration control strategies and service-free Diesel Particulate Filters, making operation seamless for the user. The cooling systems provide optimum efficiency in all operations, ensuring longer life of the engine and hydraulic components.

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