Manitex International, Inc., a provider of cranes and specialized industrial equipment, announced that the Board of Directors has unanimously approved the appointment of Steve Filipov as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Manitex International, and David Langevin as Executive Chairman. The changes are effective September 1, 2019.
Heavy Equipment Guide's Top Innovations for 2018: Part 1
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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Linamar Corporation's Skyjack division recently launched its fully revamped website www.skyjack.com. The new portal was designed with a combination of new technology, international audiences, and mobile first roles in mind.
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The Toro Company is realigning the organizational structure for its underground construction businesses to better serve customers, maximize synergies and streamline costs. The company intends to combine certain aspects of the Ditch Witch, American Augers and Trencor businesses, all of which were part of the Charles Machine Works acquisition announced earlier this year. This realignment supports a streamlined approach to the marketing, sales and service functions of those businesses to more effectively support end customer needs.
Komatsu America has introduced the 354-horsepower D155AX-8 LGP (low ground pressure) dozer which incorporates proven Komatsu technology used in the D155AX-8, enhanced with two blade options and more track on the ground. With 12% wider track gauge, 9% longer track on ground and 47% lower ground pressure than the standard model, the D155AX-8 LGP offers improved performance, flotation and stability.
Gryphon Investors, a San Francisco-based middle-market private equity firm, has signed a definitive agreement to make a significant investment in Mechanix Wear, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance work gloves. Working alongside current owner and CEO Michael Hale, who will retain an ownership stake in the Company, Gryphon intends to build a leading platform in the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) sector. The transaction, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter, is subject to customary closing conditions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The new five-year forecast from the American Rental Association (ARA) updated in August calls for equipment and event rental revenues in North America to surpass $71 billion in 2023, including $64.7 billion in the United States and $6.4 billion in Canada. The latest forecast is ARA's first to project rental revenue for 2023. The current figures, which are updated quarterly, also project slightly less growth for 2019 through 2022 than what was forecast in May. "The market for the equipment and event rental industry remains positive, but there definitely are signs that the U.S. economic growth is slowing and this projected slowdown is reflected in our latest forecast," says John McClelland, Ph.D., ARA vice president for government affairs and chief economist.
Caterpillar enlists Mike Rowe to host a fake game show quizzing the experts on frequently asked questions about Caterpillar services and products.
Mack Trucks dealer Kriete Truck Centers invested $6 million in a new building at its location in Racine, Wisconsin, doubling the amount of service bays at the facility. The Mack Certified Uptime Dealer location will also add a mezzanine in October to double its parts warehouse capacity.
Bomag Americas, Inc. has appointed Matt Nelson as director of dealer sales, West Region and Canada. In this position, Nelson will be responsible for the overall sales leadership, support and development of Bomag's distribution and field sales team in the Western U.S. and the entire country of Canada.
CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2020 offering education sessions on industry trends, technologies and solutions to boost your business
Education is always a vital component of both CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE to help attendees not only survive, but thrive in a changing and global industry.
FLO Components Ltd. is representing Macnaught in Ontario and Manitoba. Macnaught has been a manufacturer of grease, oil and fuel equipment, hose reels and positive displacement flow meters for the agricultural, automotive, industrial, mining and transport industries across the globe, since 1948.
Over the course of three years and many challenges of nerve and knowledge, more than 3,200 technicians from across the globe are whittled down to a team of just three victors. As a test of grit, stamina and teamwork, there is nothing else that compares to Volvo CE's Masters Competition.
Takeuchi-Mfg. announced leadership changes at the annual shareholders meeting in May. Founder and President Mr. Akio Takeuchi has stepped down, and his son, Mr. Toshiya Takeuchi, will now serve as president of Takeuchi. He is the second president in the history of Takeuchi Manufacturing.
Brokk has hired John-Paul Duquette as regional sales manager for central Canada. Duquette manages sales for Brokk robotic demolition machines and provides support for new and existing customers throughout Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Superior Industries, Inc., the U.S. based manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, has announced a new partnership with Canada's largest distributor of conveyor belting, components and other bulk material handling solutions. Belterra, a 50-year-old distributor with 19 locations throughout the country, will stock, sell and service Superior's conveyor idlers, pulleys, scrapers and accessories in Quebec.
Bridgestone Americas, Inc.'s off-the-road (OTR) tire plant in Bloomington, Illinois, was recently recertified for continued participation in the Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program as a Star participant. The program is part of the U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).
Minnich Manufacturing selected as vendor partner of Associated Construction Distributors International, Inc. (ACDI)
Minnich Manufacturing has been selected as a vendor partner of Associated Construction Distributors International, Inc. (ACDI). ACDI is a co-operative association of independently owned and locally operated distributors of specialty construction products and equipment. The organization offers members information on business and industry trends, training, fellowship, manufacturer-ready access for products, and more. ACDI distributors account for more than $1 billion in the sale of materials and equipment to the construction industry.
Within two months, Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP) Changzhou plant will celebrate the production of the 1,000th Genie GS-1330m scissor lift, introduced globally in early 2019, manufactured in the factory. This milestone is a testament to the great success of the facility's production capabilities in China and shows the brand's capacity to ramp-up production to meet high global demand for this product.
Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Inc. has added Scott Morrish to the Finance team. He will report to Mr. K.S.Seo, CFO of Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Inc.
Stellar Industries, Inc. has added Tim Worman to its team. Worman will be responsible for the planning, organizing and controlling of the hook lift, cable hoist and American Eagle accessory product lines from conceptual stages through product life cycles to optimize profit and meet marketing, financial, and corporate growth objectives.
Komatsu America Corp. has been awarded a national cooperative contract for heavy construction equipment and related accessories, attachments and supplies by Sourcewell (formerly the National Joint Powers Alliance).
Strongco Corporation has reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019, showing growth in profits and six profitable quarters overall thus far.
DEUTZ, one of the world's leading manufacturers of innovative drive systems, again delivered a positive business performance in the first half of 2019.
Tadano Ltd. completed its $215 million acquisition of the Demag Mobile Cranes business on August 1. The transaction brings together two of the top names in the lifting equipment industry - each well known for safety, quality, innovation, and performance. The Tadano and Demag brands now leverage a long combined history of manufacturing and lifting experience. Working together, we will push forward, innovate, and contribute to the success of our customers worldwide.
Mammoet has announced its intentions to acquire ALE. Both companies are specialists in engineered heavy lifting and transport for sectors such as the petrochemical industry, renewable energy, power generation, civil construction and the offshore industry.
Registration is now open for the Volvo 2019–2020 Road Institute, the paving industry's premier operator and technician training program. Courses run November 2019 through May 2020 and offer a mix of classroom and hands-on training on a variety of operations and maintenance topics.
Takeuchi-US has hired Jeremy Lindsay to fill the regional manager position, effective immediately. In this role, he will be responsible for all sales development and activity within Alaska and Canada. His additional responsibilities include visiting assigned dealers throughout the region to oversee company business and assets while strengthening dealer relationships.
Two JCB apprentices won first place in the mechatronics division at the recent SkillsUSA national championships. Anthony Smith and Victor De La Cruz were tested in practical skills in pneumatic technology, electrical systems, mechanical systems and general automation techniques. Smith and De La Cruz now have the opportunity to compete in the WorldSkills championships held in Shanghai in the Fall of 2021.
Telsmith, Inc., a manufacturer of mineral processing equipment, is pleased to announce Pacific Rock and Recycle Equipment Company as a manufacturers' representative for the entire product line of aggregate and mining process equipment.
Alliance Parts expands offering of products, retail locations to create one-stop solution for Daimler customers
With the recent addition of new retail locations and more value-based parts to its portfolio, Alliance Parts is fulfilling Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA)'s vision of a one-stop solution, to provide exceptional customer experiences and parts to customers when and where they need them. The growing parts portfolio, increasing retail footprint and ability to deliver parts in 24 hours or less will benefit customer uptime.
LiuGong NA has appointed Paul Cranage as its senior manager of Sales & Business Development. Working from LiuGong NA headquarters in Katy, Texas, Cranage is in charge of new dealer recruitment and training, LiuGong's dealer portal initiative and industry and performance reporting.
Manitowoc is launching a new apprenticeship program to help certify welders in Pennsylvania. This new program follows recent approval from the state of Pennsylvania Department of Labor. The company expects to have the program up and running in August of this year. The move reflects the company's commitment to further building the U.S. skilled workforce.
Equipment Source Inc. (ESI) JCB is the newest addition to the growing JCB dealer network in North America. The new JCB dealer sells and services a full range of JCB construction machines – including excavators, skid-steer and compact track loaders, and telehandlers – from locations in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
SMS Equipment is streamlining customer experience with a fresh new website.