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Excavator Productivity Testing: Which Brand Wins?

Searching for the best-performing excavator? Your search ends here. We tested the Volvo EC350E and EC380E against a leading competitor in three different tests: trenching, truck loading and lifting capacity at reach. The results show a 20% difference in cost-per-ton, a 15% difference in tons-per-hour and a 12% difference in both operating costs and lifting capacity. See the results and put an end to your search for the best excavator.

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Straight talk on paving roundabouts

A popular traffic management approach in Europe for many years, roundabout intersections are becoming a regular sight on North American roads. The safety aspect of roundabouts, which reduce injury crashes and fatalities by a significant amount over traditional signalled intersections, are a big draw for road planners at all levels.

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Caterpillar now offers 2D and 3D grade control platform for select mini excavators

Caterpillar now offers Cat Grade technologies as an aftermarket option to owners of Cat next generation mini hydraulic excavators in the 6- to 10-ton class range. Available through Cat and Sitech dealers, owners can equip excavators with Cat Grade with Advanced 2D or Cat Grade with 3D systems. Modular components facilitate quick installation of the hardware, while the technology seamlessly integrates into the Cat next generation excavator electronics infrastructure.

Honda partners with Black & Veatch to test autonomous work vehicle prototype

Honda and Black & Veatch have successfully tested the prototype Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle (AWV) at a Black & Veatch construction site in New Mexico. During the month-long field test, the second-generation prototype of the fully-electric Honda AWV performed a range of functions at a large-scale solar energy construction project, including towing activities and transporting construction materials, water, and other supplies to pre-set destinations within the work site.

New Topcon solution adapts to machine control and data integration needs as fleets and workflows expand

Topcon Positioning Group has launched its MC-Max machine control solution. Based on its MC-X machine control platform, and backed by Sitelink3D — the company's real-time, cloud-based data management ecosystem — MC-Max is a scalable solution for mixed-fleet heavy equipment environments. It is designed to adapt to owners' machine control and data integration needs as their fleets and workflows expand.   

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