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HDD virtual reality simulator developed by Ditch Witch to improve training and safety

Operators can use the new Ditch Witch-developed VR training simulator to improve safety and efficiency on the job site.
Operators can use the new Ditch Witch-developed VR training simulator to improve safety and efficiency on the job site.

More than 50 percent of reported underground utility damages are the result of insufficient excavation practices according to the 2017 DIRT Report. The Ditch Witch organization, a Charles Machine Works Company, has introduced an industry-first Virtual Reality (VR) Simulator to better prepare horizontal directional drill (HDD) operators for safe underground construction through cutting-edge training technology. 

"Our next-generation HDD VR Simulator takes training to the next level by allowing operators to familiarize themselves with HDD equipment and experience a realistic jobsite without the potential risks of putting a novice operator in complex environment," said Greg Wolfe, Ditch Witch director of training. "Combined with our comprehensive Certified HDD Training curriculum, the simulator provides operators with the proper training to safely and effectively complete an HDD jobsite project, without the pressure of consequences from mistakes."

As the industry's first simulator utilizing VR technology, it provides both novice and experienced HDD operators with a 360-degree view of a realistic jobsite - simulating a variety of soil conditions and installation applications so operators can learn how the drill reacts. Through a series of lessons that increase in difficulty, operators are evaluated and educated on machine functions, product location, damage prevention, extended bend radius and steering. The program emphasizes damage prevention by requiring operators to preplan, set up equipment correctly and test protective systems.

The full VR simulator kit includes a portable operator station, joystick, dongle, lead motion detector sensor and VR goggles. To truly simulate a real jobsite experience, the equipment is configured to replicate what operators see and feel, leveraging the same joysticks found on Ditch Witch HDD equipment. 

HDD contractors and education centers looking to incorporate the latest HDD training technology into their program can purchase the simulator at their local Ditch Witch dealership.

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Cat multi-processors feature quick-change jaws, greater cutting/crushing forces, increased speed, durable design

The new multi-processor models are designed with

Three new Cat MP332, MP345 and MP365 Multi-Processor models are heavy-duty, high-production tools that accept multiple interchangeable jaws for taking on a variety of specialized demolition tasks. The new models, compared with previous models, can cycle 50 percent faster and generate up to 19 percent greater cutting/crushing forces. An innovative locking system enables a single operator to typically change jaw types in 15 minutes or less, using only standard hand tools. An included stand securely and stably holds unused jaw sets.

  • Concrete Cutter: outer jaw cracks concrete, inner jaw shears steel
  • Demolition: cracks thick concrete structures
  • Pulverizer: crushes concrete, separates rebar
  • Shear: cuts structural steel, pipe, cable
  • Tank Shear: cleanly cuts tanks or plate steel at right angle on three sides
  • Universal: cuts steel and crushes concrete

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Hyundai to exhibit upgrades and new attachments at World of Concrete 2019

The 197-hp Hyundai HL955 wheel loader displayed at World of Concrete will feature the Hyundai exclusive AAMV (All-Around View Monitoring) system that uses four cameras to provide a 360-degree-surround virtual operating view of the wheel loader's working environment.

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas will feature a variety of recently upgraded models and newly available third-party attachments at World of Concrete (Booth C7027). The company is also displaying its Hyundai HX130LCR hydraulic excavator for the first time since the model's recent introduction.

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Honda Power Equipment to display generators and pumps at World of Concrete

Among the Honda generators highlighted at this year's show will be the all-new Honda EU2200i Super Quiet Series generator that offers tremendous value to users, delivering 10 percent more power (200 watts) than the EU2000i it replaces—all at the same price.

At World of Concrete, the Honda Power Equipment team will showcase a number of its power products for commercial applications at its outdoor booth #O31200. Front and centre will be the Honda comprehensive line of generators – models providing smooth, dependable power for construction, rental, emergency and recreation applications. All Honda generators are powered by advanced Honda four-stroke engines and incorporate technology that make Honda generators among the world's quietest.

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Honda Engines to unveil new additions to commercial engine lineup at World of Concrete

At World of Concrete 2019, January 22-25 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth #C4341, the Honda Engines team will unveil powerful new additions to its general purpose commercial engine lineup—models that offer commercial construction and turf industry customers more versatile power and greater adaptability with exceptional fuel efficiency in a compact package.

At World of Concrete 2019, the Honda Engines team will unveil powerful new additions to its general purpose commercial engine lineup – models that offer commercial construction and turf industry customers more versatile power and greater adaptability with exceptional fuel efficiency in a compact package.

  • The Cyclone Air Cleaner, available on the Honda GX160, GX200, GX270 and GX390 engine models, features a smaller footprint and a more compact design than the legacy cleaner it replaced. The Cyclone Air Cleaner fits within the overall engine shape and targets OEM applications where overall engine dimensions are critical.
  • The Honda GXR120 general purpose engine, a model uniquely developed as an ideal source of power for rammers – equipment used to compact soil or other granular material. Offered as a second power option to the reliable GX100 engine, the GXR120 engine is designed to provide superb durability and reliability for heavy-duty applications.
  • Offering the same quality and durability attributes of the GX series engines, GX Pressure Washer Optimized Industrial Series engines are specifically designed for direct-drive pressure washer applications; the Optimized series is available with Honda GX160, GX200, GX270 and GX390 engines. The model lineup delivers Honda's smooth and reliable power, maximized engine performance at wide-open throttle and increased power output in the GX200 and GX390 series engines. These engines also offer a fixed throttle, enabling superior performance, making them ideal for the rental market.

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Takeuchi's new 5-ton compact hydraulic excavator is a versatile tool carrier

Serviceability of the TB250-2 is easy to perform due to the large hoods, which open overhead providing access to key daily inspection points, pattern change valve, selector valve, control valve, battery and toolbox.

Takeuchi-US has released a new compact excavator, the TB250-2. Weighing 10,957 pounds (canopy), the machine provides Takeuchi with a true 5-ton excavator offering that is suited for a wide range of applications including landscape, general contracting and rental. 

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JLG expands its BIM library to include all equipment models

BIM is an intelligent 3D-model-based process that gives architecture and construction professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct and manage buildings and infrastructure projects.

JLG Industries, Inc. has expanded its BIM (building information modelling) library to now include the company's compact crawler booms, making the full JLG product line available for download on www.bimobject.com, an industry leading platform for BIM, with select models available directly through JLG.com.

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CostTrax time and materials tracking software features built-in cost-control and compliance

CostTrax is entirely web-based and requires no software to download — it can be accessed from any computer or device with an internet connection.

CostTrax, powered by EquipmentWatch, is a new software solution that streamlines reporting, automatically flags questionable expenses, and ensures every reimbursement request is 100 percent compliant.

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Husky ends pursuit of MEG Energy after offer expires

Potential divestment of Husky’s retail business and Prince George Refinery will continue; proceeds provide for enhanced cash returns to shareholders and accelerating organic growth investments.

Husky Energy has announced that its offer for MEG Energy expired on January 16 and that the minimum tender condition was not met. Due to insufficient MEG Board and shareholder support, Husky has decided not to extend its offer.

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Metso to expand NW Rapid crushing plant range

The NW Rapid series models are electric driven and they have Metso's IC(TM) Series crushing automation as a standard feature.

Metso is introducing new higher capacity models to its popular wheel-mounted Metso NW Rapid series. In addition to a bigger jaw crusher model, the NW Rapid units are now also available with a variety of robust cone crushers, including the first model with the MX crusher. Easily transportable using standard prime movers, over a thousand NW Rapid models have already been sold into aggregates and C&D recycling applications.

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Generac's new extended run fuel system allows for longer operating hours

The extended run fuel system includes a fuel pump switch, external diesel supply port, external DEF supply port and a DEF power receptacle.

Generac Mobile users can extend their Tier 4 Final generator run time with a new extended run fuel system. The system makes it easy to connect external fuel and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tanks to the generator for longer run times. The system is optional on all Generac Mobile Tier 4 Final diesel generators starting at 75 kVA and up.

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Loadscan launch new conveyor belt scanner at AGG1/WOA

The LVS and CVS systems both utilise laser scanning technology, combined with proprietary software, to measure the exact volume of the material (either loaded in a truck/ trailer bin or flowing on a conveyor belt).

Loadscan will show their recently launched conveyor volume scanner (CVS) at the NSSGA's AGG1 expo in Indianapolis. This year Loadscan will be showcasing its CVS alongside the well-known load volume scanner (LVS) on 12-14 February 2019 at booth 39063.

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Hyundai Construction adds Butler Equipment to North American distribution network

Butler Equipment currently services the compact construction and landscape market in central Connecticut and Hyundai will allow them to better service their customer base along with new customers' needs for larger equipment.

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas has expanded its North American authorized dealer network with the addition of Butler Equipment LLC. Butler will be offering Hyundai Construction Equipment at their West Hartford, Connecticut, location.

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Skyjack's ELEVATE off-highway telematics solution takes home LLEAP Award

This is the 13th year for these awards, and their focus is to shed light on noteworthy innovations that propel the industry forward.

Skyjack took home a Leadership in Lifting Equipment and Aerial Platforms (LLEAP) Award last month. The OEM's off-highway telematics solution, ELEVATE, won in the category of OEM Features or Essential Components. The mobile first solution was launched in early 2018 and Skyjack says that it has since garnered attention from rental companies and associations worldwide.

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Link-Belt recognizes top five North American crane distributors

“This crane has the small footprint and long boom needed for this facility,” said North Anna Facilities Support Superintendent, Kenneth Boyd.

Mike Ogle, Link-Belt's manager of North American Sales, has announced the company's top five distributors for 2018. These distributors were selected on the basis of overall performance in the marketing and sales of Link-Belt cranes. Their ability to sell cranes is not only a reflection of a superior product but also their outstanding customer service, long-term financial stability and solid reputation in the industry.

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Volvo Group Venture Capital invests in wireless electric charging

Volvo Group Venture Capital is constantly on the look-out for new investments with innovative and entrepreneurial companies supporting the Volvo Group business and its transformation - especially in the areas of electromobility, autonomous vehicles and connectivity. – Volvo Group

Volvo Group Venture Capital AB, a subsidiary of the Volvo Group, announced an investment in Momentum Dynamics Inc - a leading company in high power wireless charging of electric vehicles.

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Volvo CE to launch line of electric compact equipment in 2020

In an industry-first move, Volvo Construction Equipment has announced that in 2020 it will start the launch of an electric range of Volvo branded compact wheel loaders and compact excavators.

In a pioneering commitment to future technology, Volvo CE has announced that by mid-2020 it will begin to launch a range of electric compact excavators (EC15 to EC27) and wheel loaders (L20 to L28), stopping new diesel-engine-based development of these models.

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New work trucks and equipment rolling out at The Work Truck Show 2019

Show attendees will have the opportunity to check out products from 26 first-time exhibitors in a special New Exhibitor Pavilion that opens an hour before the exhibit hall on Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 7. It’s located across from the Hall I exhibit hall entrance.

More than 100 companies have already announced plans to introduce new work trucks and equipment at Work Truck Week 2019.

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Superior Industries seeking distributor partners at bauma 2019

“Outside of the Americas, we’ve built successful distributor relationships in Australia, New Zealand, Russia and other regions,” says John Garrison, the manufacturer’s vice president of sales.

Superior Industries Inc., an American-based manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, is seeking new relationships with construction equipment dealers and distributors at bauma 2019. Before the event, distribution representatives looking to meet with Superior at bauma are asked to complete an online form at www.superior-ind.com/bauma-2019.

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Powerful performance: an in-depth report on vocational trucks

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Versatile, rugged and powerful, vocational trucks are a key piece of equipment for roadbuilding, excavation, municipal work, concrete delivery, heavy hauling, crane work and other applications. These trucks have become more capable and powerful over time, and every manufacturer offers a variety of approaches to fitting them out that match up with virtually any customer requirement. Recent trends in vocational trucks have focused on getting more power to the ground with innovative transmissions, a drive to improve the driver experience to ensure companies can keep talented drivers longer, and assurances for body builders that upfitting can be done faster and easier.

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