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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John Deere Adds 300G LC to Final Tier 4 G-Series Excavator Lineup

The John Deere G-Series evolution continues with the introduction of the 300G LC excavator. The newest G-Series model features a 223 hp certified Final Tier 4 John Deere PowerTech PVS 6.8L engine.

“The 300G LC hits a sweet spot in the 30 ton excavator market,” said Mark Wall, excavator product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “It’s bigger and more powerful than the 29 ton machine and boasts all the popular G-Series features customers expect from John Deere. This model will greatly benefit those in the underground, road building, energy, commercial building, and pipeline industries.”

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Click Before You Dig, CCGA Urges Utility Contractors

“ClickBeforeYouDig.com” is Canada’s only one-window portal to request a locate.
“ClickBeforeYouDig.com” is Canada’s only one-window portal to request a locate.

In the summer of 2007, an excavator working in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland struck a pipeline belonging to Kinder Morgan, causing a geyser of crude oil to shoot 40 feet into the air for about 30 minutes – covering homes and businesses in a Burnaby neighbourhood in pungent black goo.

Nearly 78,000 litres of oil poured into Burrard Inlet, impacting 17 kilometres of shoreline, including migratory birds, seaweed, starfish and barnacles, local media reported at the time.

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Sandvik’s New Prisec 3 CI531 & CI532 HSI Crushers

Sandvik Construction has announce the launch of the all new CI531 primary and CI532 secondary, Prisec 3 Horizontal Shaft Impact (HSI) crushers. These new generation crushers provides customers with a low capital cost solution, optimum performance and good cubical shape, while ensuring the lowest operating cost per ton for a wide range of materials and applications.

The latest additions to the CI500 Prisec Horizontal Shaft Impactor (HSI) range of crushers, the Prisec3 primary CI531, and the secondary CI532, have been developed to deliver exceptional rates of productivity and efficiency. As with the rest of the Prisec range these new HSI crushers possess the ability to be configured into either a primary or secondary crusher operating mode and with this unique, exclusive to Sandvik, patented design, providing customers with unparalleled adaptability. Additionally single stage crushing is also a possibility with the ability to recirculate material to the primary versions of the crushers.

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Ritchie Bros. Sells CA$73+ Million of Equipment in Final Edmonton Auction Of the Year

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers sold more than CA$73 million (US$63+ million) of heavy equipment and trucks in Edmonton, Alberta on December 11 – 12, 2014. This was Ritchie Bros.' 6,000th auction in its history and the largest December auction ever. More than 4,700 equipment items and trucks were sold in the two-day auction. All items were sold without minimum bids or reserved prices.

"This was our largest year ever in Edmonton. We sold more than 32,500 equipment items over six auctions for CA$569+ million," said Jim Rotlisberger, Regional Sales Manager, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. "Last week we capped the year off with our largest December sale ever. We continue to carefully watch the impact of lower oil prices on many of our customers and look forward to assisting them in their future equipment dispersal needs."

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Perkins Unveils New Compact 400 Series Engine

Perkins has launched its new 404F-E22TA, an engine designed to meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IIIB emissions standards. The launch of this compact, four-cylinder model heralds a new era for the 400 Series range, as it is the first time that common rail direct injection and full authority electronics feature on an engine of this size.

The new turbocharged aftercooled 2.2 liter model should be of particular interest to compact equipment manufacturers, especially for construction applications.

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Dayle Wetherell Named Mack Regional Vice President, Canada Region

Mack Trucks recently named Dayle Wetherell regional vice president of Canada.
Mack Trucks recently named Dayle Wetherell regional vice president of Canada.

Mack Trucks named Dayle Wetherell its new regional vice president of Canada effective Jan. 1, 2015. In this role, Wetherell will be responsible for driving sales and increasing market share and profitability in Canada.

“Mack is pleased to welcome Dayle to the team,” said Stephen Roy, president, Mack Trucks North American Sales & Marketing. “Dayle’s leadership experience, along with his strong industry and business development background, will prove invaluable to Mack and our Canadian customers.”

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Eaton Expands UltraShift PLUS Automated Transmission Coverage

Power management company Eaton has increased the functionality in its lineup of UltraShift PLUS automated transmissions with enhancements that allow for compatibility with 2-speed axles. Geared primarily to increase the appeal of UltraShift PLUS among vocational customers, especially dump and heavy haul fleets, the new compatibility provides a cost-saving alternative to torque converter automatic transmissions.

The new features include enhanced gear reduction capabilities to maximize on/off road capabilities. In addition, the option allows for the elimination of gear boxes that are typically installed behind an automatic design. The result is lower overall vehicle cost, excellent performance and less driveline complexity that typically brings about reduced servicing and maintenance costs.

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PLM Introduces the Newest Custom Carrier Solution – The PANTHER T12

PipeLine Machinery International (PLM) has announced a new custom equipment solution to the pipeline industry - PANTHER T12 by PRINOTH. As the latest innovation in a low ground pressure carrier crawler, the PANTHER T12 operates in off-road and various weather conditions offering exceptional performance and versatility.

The PANTHER T12 combines the proven capabilities of the Cat C7.1 ACERT engine model with the industry expertise in off-road vehicles by PRINOTH.

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Superior’s Aggre-Dry Dewatering Washer Saves Valuable Material From Waste Pond

Superior Industries, Inc., a major U.S. manufacturer and global supplier of material handling systems and their related components, says its washing fines recovery system was granted patent protection from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

This exclusive technology, manufactured into the company’s Aggre-Dry Dewatering Washer, reroutes minus 25mm material fines from an onboard dewatering screen back to the integrated sand screw. Traditionally, the company says, these fines are lost to waste ponds, but the recovery system processes this material to the saleable stockpile. Depending on production rates, the extra material can add tens of thousands of dollars to sand producer’s bottom line.

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Terex AWP Introduces New AL5 Vertical Mast Light Tower

Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP), a business segment of Terex Corporation, has introduced the new Terex AL5 light tower with optional vertical mast. With its field-proven AL5 light tower chassis and simpler, faster mast deployment, the new vertical mast light tower provides accurate positioning and durable performance for a safer alternative on the jobsite.

Providing 350 degree rotation, the new light tower offers ease of access. Users can rotate the mast’s four quick disconnect lights in either the raised or the stowed position. With its easy to position lights, the electric winch raises the mast providing ergonomic benefits. An electric rather than hydraulic design means there is no worry about spill containment. With one switch next to the control panel, the winch lifts and lowers the lights in 30 seconds.

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