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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Asphalt Equipment

Keeping rising costs in check

An asphalt producer found himself in a situation faced by too many asphalt manufacturers. “The cost of aggregate continued going up,” said Francois Guilbeault who, with his brother, owns Asphalte Drummond Inc., based in Drummondville, Quebec. “It was having an impact on our business.”

In theory, some of the cost could be passed to customers, though that is not a business approach Asphalte Drummond likes to take. Customers don’t appreciate rising prices, and Guilbeault doesn’t want them searching for lower-cost alternatives. Yet surrendering profit margin is not a healthy business approach, either. “We had to find a way to control the costs, while not hurting our business,” Guilbeault said. He believes others in the industry face similar challenges.

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Trucks & Trailers

Titan by Mack Model Headlines Mack Booth at the National Heavy Equipment Show

Titan by Mack with Lowboy Trailer
Titan by Mack with Lowboy Trailer

Mack Trucks is bringing the biggest Bulldog of them all, the Titan by Mack model, to the National Heavy Equipment Show, March 5-6 at the International Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Titan model is engineered to tackle tough logging, lowboy, special permit and severe heavy-haul applications. Powered by Mack’s largest engine, the 16-liter Mack MP10, the Titan model is available with best-in-class torque ratings of up to 2,060 lb.-ft. In addition, Mack booth no. 1240 will feature a twin-steer Mack Granite model equipped with a nine-cubic meter concrete mixer.

Mack truck models featured in the booth will be:

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Ritchie Bros. sells CA$84+ million of equipment in first Edmonton, AB auction of 2015

Ritchie Bros., sold 4,600+ equipment items and trucks for CA$84+ million (US$67+ million) at an unreserved public auction in Edmonton, AB this week, making it the Company's largest Canadian auction ever held in February. The two-day auction, held February 25 – 26, 2015, attracted 8,700+ bidders from 43 countries, including 5,250+ online bidders. Equipment sold included 130+ excavators, 75+ truck tractors, 55+ crawler tractors, 40+ boom trucks, 30+ wheel loaders, 30+ winch tractors, 380+ trailers and more.

"We had a great asset mix for this auction which attracted one of our biggest crowds ever onsite and online," said Jim Rotlisberger, Regional Sales Manager, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. "The results of this week's auction showed the ability of Ritchie Bros. to transcend local market conditions and combine the strengths of construction, forestry and other sectors to overcome the effects of lower oil prices. By bringing together equipment buyers from different sectors and geographies we were able to achieve strong results for our sellers."

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Compact Equipment

Loftness Introduces Hydraulic Oil Cooler Attachment for Skid Steers

The Cool Flow hydraulic oil cooler from Loftness Specialized Equipment greatly reduces the risk of overheating in skid steers and hydraulically powered attachments when operating in demanding applications and hot work environments. The automatic thermostat-controlled fan provides adequate cooling to the system whenever needed to boost machine efficiency, even when an attachment is not being used.

Unlike most other hydraulic coolers that are mounted near the attachment, the Cool Flow attaches to the roof of a skid steer cab where it is less susceptible to vibration, back pressure, debris and potential impact damage. It is specially engineered to allow full hydraulic flow to the attachment in either direction without risk of damage to the cooler. This unique feature allows operators to run the attachment in reverse when needed, and it also protects the unit in case hydraulic hoses are accidentally reversed.

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Montabert V1800 and V2500 Evolution Hydraulic Breakers Provide Extended Service Life Protection

Montabert V2500 Hydraulic Breaker
Montabert V2500 Hydraulic Breaker

The Montabert V1800 and V2500 Evolution hydraulic breakers feature an automatic two-speed variation system — adjusting their impact energy and striking rate to deliver high energy per blow on hard ground and high frequency on soft ground — providing construction and demolition contractors, as well as aggregates producers, with unmatched productivity when processing homogeneous materials.

The heavy-range hydraulic breakers have recently been redesigned to extend service life and reduce operating costs.

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Generac Power Systems Announces New Generac Mobile Products Brand

Generac Power Systems, a manufacturer of backup prime and continuous power systems, mobile products, and engine-powered tools, announced that it has established a new brand and commercial group to better serve its mobile power products customers.

Generac Mobile Products will combine the Magnum Power Products, MAC Heaters, and Tower Light brands, said Aaron Jagdfeld, Generac Power Systems’ president and chief executive officer. The new commercial group will provide a more effective and efficient solution for customers to purchase products, request services, and receive customer support.

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Peterbilt Launches Rapid Check For Expedited Diagnostics, Service through Its Dealer Network

Peterbilt Motors Company has announced a new quick assessment service program that is being introduced throughout the company’s North American truck dealer network. Called Rapid Check, the new program provides customers with diagnostics and an estimate of needed repairs in two hours or less.

“Rapid Check will maximize customer uptime and make their Peterbilt service experience as efficient as possible,” said Darrin Siver, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President. “Regardless of truck make or model and regardless if the customer is local or passing through the area, Rapid Check will provide them with an expedited, best in class service assessment and estimate to help them get back on the road quickly and cost effectively.”

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U.S. Construction Equipment Exports Drop 13 Percent In 2014

Exports of U.S.-made construction equipment ended 2014 with a 13.2-percent drop compared to 2013, with a total $17.26 billion shipped to global markets. U.S. exports fell to all world regions for 2014. Business to Europe, South America and Australia/Oceania was the hardest hit, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), citing U.S. Department of Commerce data it uses in global markets reports for members.

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Honeywell Safety Products Announces 2015 Miller Fall Prevention and Protection Training Courses

Honeywell has announced  the 2015 open enrollment Miller fall prevention and protection training schedule. This comprehensive offering of fall prevention and protection classes is part of the Honeywell Safety Institute, an initiative aimed at providing educational tools, resources, and training programs that inspire workers to implement good safety practices in industries around the globe.

The schedule includes fall protection, safety at heights, OSHA and confined space training courses in more than 30 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as courses at state-of-the-art Honeywell training facilities in Franklin, Pennsylvania, and Houston, Texas which feature catwalks, climbing towers, confined space simulators, wind simulators and other equipment to simulate hazardous work environments in a range of industries. A complete listing of training courses is available at http://hwll.co/millerfalltraining.

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