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Heavy Equipment Guide's Top Innovations for 2018: Part 1

Innovations shape our world, every day in many ways, and the staff at Heavy Equipment Guide want to acknowledge their importance in the world of construction-related equipment. As a result, we have created this new annual feature. Our goal is to illustrate the range and scope of advances, from earthmoving to paving, aggregates, lift, maintenance, training, wearables and others. These innovations offer advantages from doing the job faster, more accurately, more safely, more comfortably or more efficiently, to improving maintenance or providing a better ROI. The editors' selections are drawn from our coverage during the year. The selection was not always easy as there are many worthy innovations but we hope the diversity of the ones shown provide an appreciation of the vast amounts of time and money which manufacturers spend developing innovations, large and small, that make our lives better.

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KAL TIRE MINING GROUP

Gravity Assist System

Kal Tire's Gravity Assist System (GAS) acts like a weightless mechanical arm to maneuver 36-kg torque guns used to fasten the many lug nuts on earthmover tires. It allows a tire technician to easily fasten nearly 70 lug nuts by utilizing the weightless mechanical arm to hold and swivel the torque gun. This eliminates pinched fingers, muscle strain and fatigue – common injuries from holding a heavy torque gun.

HAMM – WIRTGEN GROUP

Hybrid-power tandem asphalt compactors 

Hamm's totally new hybrid powertrain for tandem asphalt compactors combines a diesel engine, which covers the base load, with a hydraulic accumulator to meet peak loads. For normal applications, maximum load is only called up for seconds. Afterwards, there is sufficient time to replenish the accumulator. The powertrain is markedly quieter, saves up to 15 percent in fuel consumption, substantially cuts CO2 emissions and does not require an SCR catalytic converter or DEF. The hydraulic system also functions as an auxiliary drive to supply a maximum short-term load of up to 27 hp (20 kW), such as when starting the vibration drive.

PROALL

Cement Load Cell System

ProAll introduced something on their 2018 Reimer Mixer that is not found on any other mixer: a Cement Load Cell System. It uses sophisticated scale technology to dispense cement from the mixer by weight, raising the accuracy of cement measurements in real time. For the rest time, load cells provide mobile mixer users with ultra-precise cement measurements with greater assurance and confidence. This provides a way to gain acceptance from engineers who may not be familiar with concrete poured with a mobile mixer, and can even produce mixes that a drum truck cannot provide. 

PROGRESSIVE GROUP

SharpGrade Leveller

The Progressive Group SharpGrade Leveller has a rigid, patented linkage that enables compact track loaders, skid steers and small articulating wheel loaders to accurately grade to within +/-3 mm faster than with a typical box blade. It is available in Junior, Compact, Medium and Heavy Duty models ranging from 1.4 to 2.5 metres wide and can be paired with Trimble, Leica or Topcon grading technology. It can be fitted with clip-on scarifiers, quick-release laser guidance poles, adjustable centre wing for narrow grading, clip-on extension wings for finish-grading of sports fields and a clip-on power rake that allows precision power raking on grade.

GENIE

High float telescopic booms 

The S-80 HF (high float) and S-85 HF telescopic booms have an expanded working zone thanks to a unique chassis tilt sensor incorporated into the machines' function. The tilt sensing technology gives operators access to different ranges of motion based on the chassis angle and is engineered to automatically cut out certain lift and drive functions when the tilt activation setting is reached. This feature means that not only are these machines able to carry more load than ever before, but they can also access hard-to-reach work areas on challenging jobsites.

CM LABS

Simulator training systems

CM Labs has introduced a number of training systems for its Vortex simulators that have been recognized for their advancements. The Excavator and Dozer simulator packs feature new methods of simulating the machine's interaction with soil; as the simulated equipment pushes, the material pushes back, providing a far more intensive and realistic experience for trainees that will transfer well to the jobsite. The dozer simulation has been designed from the "ground" up; as the machine engages, it simulates the actions of the blade, engine, transmission and controls using the laws of physics to give operators that realistic touch.

MCCLOSKEY INTERNATIONAL

All-terrain stackers

McCloskey has blended the benefits of on-site track mobility with the high productivity of a radial conveyor in their new all-terrain stackers through the ability to switch the conveyor from track to radial mode in just seconds. The stackers also have a unique rear counterweight that counterbalances the tracks and wheels, enabling a much higher stockpile capacity and greater stability for the stacker in radial mode. The stackers can be used in any terrain, range from 60 to 150 feet, and are easily moved site to site without the need to remove the wheels.

TOPCON POSITIONING GROUP

Modular 3D machine control excavation system 

Topcon's new 3D machine control system – the X-53x – offers a faster, modular, easily upgradable aftermarket solution for excavation. It features fully integrated receivers for precise positioning of the boom, stick and bucket at all times, as well as a controller which offers compatibility with all brands and models of excavators. It is engineered to be easily upgradable for future excavation demands as technology becomes available.

Heavy Equipment Guide's Top Innovations 2018: Part 2

Heavy Equipment Guide's Top Innovations 2018: Part 3

Company Info

  • Kal Tire

    1540 Kalamalka Lake Road
    Vernon , BC
    CA , V1T 6N6

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  • ProAll International Manufacturing Inc.

    5810 - 47 Avenue
    Olds , AB
    CA , T4H 1V1

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  • Progressive Group

    38c Northway Street
    Hamilton
    NZ , 3241

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  • Genie - A Terex Brand

    Redmond , WA
    US , 98052

    Genie, a Terex brand, is a leading global manufacturer of aerial lift equipment, including Genie® S® telescopic, Z® articulating and TZ™ trailer-mounted booms, GS™ slab and rough terrain scissor lifts, GTH™ telehandlers, aerial work platforms, material lifts and vertical mast lifts. Genie also offers a variety of jobsite support equipment, including Terex® and Genie light towers, and a full line of options and accessories, designed to increase operators' productivity in the field. Genie equipment is used in a variety of industries and applications worldwide, including rental, aviation, construction, entertainment, government and military, industrial, as well as warehouse and retail. 

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  • CM Labs

    645 Rue Wellington
    Montréal , QC
    CA , H3C 1T2

    CM Labs builds simulation-based solutions to help clients design advanced equipment and prepare for skilled operations. With our Vortex Software Platform, clients are able to experience their product vision before it’s a reality and train crews for safe and efficient operations before stepping foot on the real jobsite. Today, CM Labs is the leading vendor for simulation-based training in the construction industry. With over 1,000 simulators in 30 countries using Vortex software, it has become the de facto standard for the industry. For two years in a row, CM Labs was named to the prestigious Deloitte Technology Fast 500TM and among the fastest growing technology companies in in North America. The company’s markets are global – working with established leaders as well as emerging market trailblaze

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  • Topcon Positioning Systems

    7400 National Drive
    Livermore , CA
    US , 94550

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