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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Sandvik Launches the New QA441 Doublescreen

Sandvik Construction has announced the launch of the new QA441 Doublescreen.This latest addition to the Premium range has been upgraded to encompass the many product refinements of the larger QA451 triple deck version in order to improve operation, efficiency and ease of maintenance.

New features on the QA441 include a color-coded push button control system with sequential start-up for ease of operation as well as an updated feeder hopper and feeder drive system for increased throughput. To speed-up screen media changes, the QA441 includes hydraulic screen separation, new wrap around walkways, a newly designed access ladder, optimized screen drives and hydraulic raise / lower facility on the main conveyor. The standard radio remote control and upgraded electrical system will also further enhance operator safety and control.

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Cat Launches 303E CR Mini Hydraulic Excavator

The new Cat 303E CR mini hydraulic excavator, only 61 inches (1 550 mm) wide across the blade and having a compact-radius design that limits tail swing to less than 5 inches (127 mm), is an easily transported machine that works efficiently and safely in small spaces and on congested job sites. With a maximum operating weight of 7,782 pounds (3 530 kg), the 303E CR expands the Cat mini excavator line and gives buyers more choice in the 2.5-3.5 metric ton size class. The new model’s 23.5-horsepower (17.5 kW) Cat C1.3 engine combines with a powerful load-sensing hydraulic system—delivering flows to 23.1 gpm (87.6 L/min)—to provide productive, reliable performance in demanding applications.

Available both in cab and canopy configurations, the 303E CR is designed for the operator’s convenience and safety. All operator stations, cab or canopy, are ROPS, TOPS, and Top Guard Level 1 certified, and the Cat interlock system, which prevents hydraulic movement when the safety bar is raised, adds further to operational safety, as do the standard travel alarm, automatic swing brake, and three-inch-wide retractable seatbelt.

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JLG Adds Custom Simulator to Its Training Tools

JLG Industries, Inc., has added a lift and access equipment simulator to its arsenal of teaching tools at its recently expanded training center in McConnellsburg, PA. The simulator employs advanced gamification learning to familiarize operators with the controls and operation of the JLG800S telescopic boom lift and the JLG G10-55A telehandler. It offers three training sessions on each piece of equipment, including controls familiarization and two operation scenarios (beginner and advanced levels).

“All of the controls work just like those on a boom lift or telehandler. Two joysticks allow an operator to maneuver height and reach, and also drive the machines,” said Richard Smith, JLG Industries’ senior director of product training. “Everything is to scale, and the module offers two views: one from the operator’s perspective and a second external side view of the equipment. The simulator helps reduce the learning curve when a user first operates a piece of JLG equipment, as it replicates working with an actual machine on an actual job site.”

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New Vermeer trommel allows for production of three products

Vermeer has introduced the TR620 trommel screen that allows for an optional third product conveyor, and which will handle the majority of screening needs for compost, mulch, aggregate and topsoil producers, in a compact design for sites with limited space.

“This new trommel screen can fit into a smaller space than our other models, which is a requirement for customers who have a limited amount of space on their site,” said Jeff Bradley, product manager for recycling and forestry at Vermeer. “We listened to contractors who told us they wanted a trommel that could produce three separate products without running the material through the machine twice. That is why we developed the optional third conveyor.”

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Ditch Witch Releases SK850 Mini Skid Steer

Ditch Witch has announced the release of the SK850, designed and engineered to be the most comfortable, most productive and most durable mini skid steer in its class. Equipped with a 37-hp (27.6-kW), Tier 4 Yanmar diesel engine, the SK850 is the most powerful of the company’s mini skid steers. The engine provides outstanding power for all machine functions and directs more power to the attachment than competitors’ models, so attachments are more productive. The SK850 accepts dozens of attachments for a wide range of utility, landscaping, plumbing, and other underground construction tasks.

The SK850’s innovative high-drive track system has bolt-on sprockets that can be interchanged—an exclusive Ditch Witch feature—to provide longer-lasting performance. The track system also has a low-maintenance track-tensioning system with a grease cylinder for easy adjustment and track removal, which helps increase track life and reduce downtime. The SK850 comes with the customer’s choice of 42-inch (107-cm) or 36-inch (91-cm) wide tracks.

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DPL Telematics Launches Multitrack, Portable Battery Powered Tracking System for Trailers and Smaller Assets

DPL Telematics, has announced the release of the MultiTrack system. MultiTrack is an advanced solution for wireless monitoring and remote tracking of any powered or unpowered asset to improve logistics, manage inventory and curb theft. The portable GPS unit requires no external wiring or antenna and may be hidden on any asset, installing in seconds.

The MultiTrack allows managers to remotely monitor any asset accurately from a robust, Internet based software package or mobile app. The unit is the first telematics product of its kind to feature:

  • No external wiring or antenna. Quick, unwired attachment to any asset in a true “slap and track” type installation
  • Internal battery powered. Up to 16 weeks of internal battery life between charges and completely recharges in 3 hours via wall plug
  • Little to no sky view required. May be hidden inside or under certain assets
  • Rugged, SAE J1455 compliant waterproof design. For deployment in harsh environments
  • Compact and complete portability. May be rotated between company assets easily

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New JLG Customer Training Center and Proving Grounds Graduates First Classes

Classes are underway at the expanded customer training center and all-new proving grounds for lift and access equipment at JLG Industries’ headquarters in McConnellsburg, PA.

Completed in August, the $2.5 million project quadruples the size of the company’s original training facility to accommodate more students and machines. In addition, a four-acre outdoor proving grounds course provides trainees with a hands-on learning experience to develop driving and operating skills on telehandlers, scissor lifts and boom lifts.

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Vermeer Launches New Mini Skid Steer

Vermeer has introduced its newest mini skid steer that can handle a wide array of projects, from irrigation systems and hardscape projects to tree care removal and fiber optic installations. The S725TX fits in the middle of the product lineup and can accommodate a wide range of attachments, making it one of the most versatile machines a contractor can have.

“Vermeer is meeting the evolving needs of our customers,” said Todd Roorda, tree care and rental sales manager for Vermeer. “The markets we serve have different needs, but all desire cost-effective, high-performing and reliable equipment.”

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Game Changed – Lincoln Electric Introduces the Power MIG 210 MP

The Power MIG 210 MP from Lincoln Electric is a multi-process welder for the hobbyist, educator or small contractor who wants to perform MIG welding and a lot more, including DC stick, DC TIG and self-shield flux-cored wire welding. 

Push-and-turn digital controls and a color display screen make setup and operation intuitive and easy, while the all-metal wire drive and sturdy sheet metal construction make the welder rugged and ready for any job in the home or small shop.

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Facelift: The New 172 EC-B 8 Litronic Flat-Top Crane

Liebherr has updated its 160 EC-B Flat-Top crane and has now unveiled its successor, the 172 EC-B 8 Litronic. The crane's lifting capacity has been increased to provide users with increased performance. The crane's erection process has also been simplified even further.

The redesign of the new 172 EC-B 8 Litronic Flat-Top crane has resulted in a major increase in performance in terms of its lifting capacity. Its lifting capacity has in fact been increased by 15% over the full length of the jib. The new Flat-Top crane will now hoist 2,100kg at the jib head with a radius of 60.0m and offers a maximum capacity of eight tonnes. This represents an increase of 250kg at the jib head over its predecessor. The modular concept and the compatibility of the tower systems among each other ensure that the crane is suitable for a wide range of uses. With the Liebherr 120 HC, 170 HC or 256 HC tower systems, free-standing hook heights of up to 71.4m can be achieved.

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