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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LiuGong Launches Its Largest Wheel Loader the CLG8128H at Baum China

At this years Baum China exhibition held in Shanghai, LuiGong has introduced its largest wheel loader the CLG8128H.

The CLG8128H has a  4,04m dumping height, 7.0m3 rock bucket with movable blade and DANA-C9672 torque converter. With 12 ton rated load and 360KN breakout force, it only takes 7.4 seconds to raise for full loading, which improves work efficiency.

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Lifting Equipment

Crane Operator Skills Competition to be featured as World of Concrete Outdoor Event

In cooperation with the 2015 World of Concrete show, Crane Institute Companies, CIC and Crane Institute of America, will bring two crane operator skills competitions to commercial concrete and masonry contractors, Feb. 3-5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Making its debut is a Knuckleboom Crane Operator Challenge, which draws its skills assessment criteria from Crane Institute Certification’s articulating boom crane certification. Three knuckleboom crane operators—one each day of the Outdoor Gold Lot Events—will win cash and other prizes.

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Information Technology

Schneider Electric Introduces QuoteFAST in Canada

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, has announced the Canadian launch of QuoteFAST, an online tool designed to help contractors and distributors increase their profits and productivity. QuoteFAST is a free, cloud-based application that gives contractors faster quotes and drawings, accurate bills of materials, and access to Schneider Electric product and pricing information at the click of a button.

“We know this is an industry where speed, accuracy and flexibility rule,” says Susan Uthayakumar, vice president of partner business at Schneider Electric Canada. “Our customers told us they wanted a simpler purchasing process. We used that input to develop QuoteFAST, a tool that enables users to manage their bills-of-material and get product and pricing information quickly.”

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Telematics & Machine Control

Danfoss Telematics Solutions Drive Efficiency, Profit

The Danfoss Telematics Solutions is applicable to any application.
The Danfoss Telematics Solutions is applicable to any application.

Danfoss has introduced Danfoss Telematics Solutions, a powerful and easy-to-integrate telematics platform for mobile off-highway equipment. While other telematics solutions offer bits and pieces of capability, Danfoss brings the comprehensive suite of telematics performance into an all-in-one system. Available for new machines and existing fleet retrofits, Danfoss Telematics Solutions utilize data to enhance equipment and increase end-user profitability.

Danfoss Telematics Solutions combine machine-integrated technology, satellite and cellular network connectivity, and a customizable, intuitive user interface to give fleet owners visibility of how, when, and where their equipment is used. A “plug-and-perform” design, comprehensive capabilities and flexibility differentiate Danfoss Telematics Solutions from other telematics systems currently on the market.

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JCB GT Crowned the Fastest Backhoe on Earth

"The Dig" unmasked....Matthew Lucas who drove the JCB GT to its world record breaking speed.

The world-famous JCB GT has been crowned the fastest backhoe loader on earth after reaching speeds of more than 70 mph in Australia.

The JCB GT, originally designed to perform high-speed wheelies at racing events, made the attempt in front of independent record officials in Bathurst, Australia, near Sydney. Guinness World Records confirmed that the powerful JCB GT was officially the fastest backhoe loader in the world with a speed of 72.58 mph (116.82 km/h). The GT has achieved even faster undocumented speeds of 90-100 mph (144.84-160.9 km/h) when operated in the U.S., thus earning its nickname, “The 100-mph Backhoe.”

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Gehl Unveils All-New Z25 Compact Excavator

The all-new Gehl Z25 compact excavator brings 8 inches (203 mm) deeper dig depth and 8.3 inches (211 mm) additional reach at ground level compared to the previous model, the Z27. The new Z25 is equipped with a 20.4 hp (15.2 kW) electronically-controlled Yanmar Tier IV emissionscertified diesel engine. No engine regeneration is required on the Z25, reducing downtime on the jobsite. Low exhaust position on the machine reduces noise, increases safety and improves visibility.

Cold-weather starting is easy with an electric glow plug starting aid, reducing the need for block heaters or starting fluid. The controls on the Z25 include a proportional auxiliary hydraulic rocker switch with detent on the joystick. This allows the operator to adjust the hydraulic flow for precise attachment performance while keeping his/her hands on the joysticks. The operator can easily select standard ISO or an optional backhoe control pattern with a turn of a mechanical lever. The two-position, high speed travel switch is conveniently integrated in the blade control lever for easy accessibility.

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Komatsu America Corp. Launches the New D155AX-8 Crawler Dozer

Komatsu America Corp. has announced the D155AX-8 crawler dozer with an operating weight of 89,300 pounds. Rated at 354 horsepower net, the D155AX-8 is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D140E-7 engine, which is EPA Tier 4 Final emissions certified. Komatsu’s Tier 4 Final engines were built on a solid foundation that started in 1996 with the introduction of Komatsu’s first Tier 1 engines. The resulting benefit today is a Tier 4 Final engine that is productive, dependable and efficient. This new crawler dozer leverages Komatsu’s leadership in technology and innovation by delivering a more environmentally friendly engine that provides high levels of performance while reducing fuel consumption and operating costs.

The D155AX-8 is equipped with the latest KOMTRAX technology. Data such as fuel levels, DEF levels, operating hours, location, cautions and maintenance alerts are relayed to the web application for analysis. A new Operator Identification System reports key operating information for multiple operators and a new Auto Idle Shutdown function helps reduce idle time as well as operating costs.

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Atlas Copco Completes New Roller Line with Dynapac CA1300 and CA1500 Rollers

With the same innovative features as larger models in the Atlas Copco, soil roller range, is the versatile CA1300
With the same innovative features as larger models in the Atlas Copco, soil roller range, is the versatile CA1300

Atlas Copco has introduced its CA1300 and CA1500 single-drum soil rollers for high maneuverability and visibility on parking lot, road, utility pipe and street projects. The new CA1500 roller features Atlas Copco’s exclusive Active Bouncing Control (ABC), a cross-mounted Tier 4 Interim or Tier 4 Final engine and steel blades that improve compaction, safety and visibility.

The engines on the CA1300 and CA1500 are cross-mounted, or placed perpendicular to the frames, which is an industry first. The rollers’ hydraulic pumps are also in line with the engine. This allows users to reach all the necessary components on the engines and hydraulic pumps for fast and easy service and maintenance. And because the engines are cross-mounted rather than parallel to the frame, they provide optimal weight distribution and contribute to the units’ minimal footprint.

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Pink CASE 621F Wheel Loader Battles Breast Cancer One Snowflake at a Time

Wintec Building Services of Winnipeg, Manitoba, recently purchased a pink CASE Construction Equipment 621F wheel loader. The loader, the first of its kind to be produced by CASE’s Fargo, N.D., plant, will primarily be used to help with the snow removal of the city’s roads.

10 percent of the profits generated from the custom-ordered loader will be contributed to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Prairies/NWT region. The website where people can make a donation, www.wintec.ca, will also be displayed on the machine.

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Belaz wins Swedish Steel Prize 2014

Winner Swedish Steel Prize: Belaz
Winner Swedish Steel Prize: Belaz

This year’s winner of the international Swedish Steel Prize is Belaz from Belarus. The prize was awarded for the company’s innovative and new construction for axle suspension and slewing bearings for the world’s largest dump truck. The new construction takes full advantage of the properties of high-strength steel.

“Belaz has boldly gone beyond the boundaries of what has earlier been considered possible using available technology,” says Gregoire Parenty, Chairman of the jury and Executive Vice President and Head of Market Development SSAB.

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