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Heavy Equipment Guide's Top Innovations for 2018: Part 2
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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.
VOLVO CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT
H-series 2.0 wheel loaders
The 2.0 Update for Volvo H-Series wheel loaders includes next-generation OptiShift, new load-sensing hydraulics and a new transmission which results in faster cycle times, plus up to 10 percent greater productivity and 20 percent greater fuel efficiency. OptiShift technology allows operators to customize the lock-up engagement of their machines. It also integrates the Volvo-patented Reverse-By-Braking (RBB) function and the new torque converter with lock-up, creating a direct drive between the engine and transmission.
Fleet managers are turning to cameras for driver training and safety around their vocational trucks. Lytx is helping with its DriveCam and Video Services. DriveCam records the road and driver simultaneously, allowing managers to review any potentially problematic driving behaviours with the operator. Video Services collects video from cameras around the truck and reviews it for safety issues; it can also protect operators in situations such as a customer complaint about a pickup being skipped or a service not being performed.
KOMATSU AND PROPELLER AERO
Drone data management for smart construction
Komatsu, as part of its Smart Construction program, partnered with Propeller Aero to better analyze photos taken by UAVs. Propeller Aero's system crunches thousands of drone images in hours, and delivers the results as a cloud-based 3D model right to the user's desktop or tablet. The result is earthmoving and levelling operations that are more precise, completed faster thanks to off-site processing. In addition, Propeller is able to work with multiple coordinate systems and include local site calibrations; users can incorporate up-to-date survey data using specific geospatial coordinates already in use on the site.
Alliance Low Water Washer
Alliance Low Water Washer is designed specifically for washing crusher fines and uses 80 percent less water than the traditional screw/screen combination. This eliminates costly handling and hauling of material to a separate wash site. The feed is mixed with water to produce a thick slurry, which is dumped onto a dewatering screen with a series of spray bars to clean and wash out the fines. The end result is a saleable manufactured sand with just eight percent moisture content. Units are available for rates up to 272 mtph (300 tph) and custom-designed machines can produce higher rates.
Xtra Load tires
Michelin's 18.00R33 tire for rigid dump trucks provides operators with up to 11 percent more load capacity or more distance per hour, while also providing longer wear life. The Xtra Load Protect tires, with their revolutionary tread pattern and improved heat dissipation, are designed for hard, sharp, abrasive conditions on flat, dry surfaces, where the priority is protection and damage resistance – conditions often found in quarries and construction sites. The Xtra Load Grip tires are for soft, loose, muddy ground conditions in mining and quarrying operations on slopes and inclines, where the priority is high grip and traction.
DD-240t Midi HDD Rig
The American Augers DD-240T Midi Rig is a whole new design concept in horizontal directional drills. It is totally configurable, completely self-contained and easily mobilized to get drillers from job to job faster. The patented moveable cab comfortably accommodates both driller and wire-line operator – no other rig in this class size features a dual-person cabin. The cab can also be set off-board to reduce vibration conveyed to the operating compartment, or set on board to work in confined spaces.
Sharkuda swinging-ladder dredge
The DSC Dredge Sharkuda dredge with two provisional patents, walking carriages and a wide-format swinging ladder, delivers higher dredging efficiency and output than a comparably sized conventional unit through continuous, uninterrupted dredging. It uses four spuds (vertical piles) which are automatically positioned in spud glider assemblies and reset in sequence, ensuring three spuds are engaged with the bottom at all times. This provides straight line advance and exceptional security when working in swift currents, and ensures material is not missed during environmental remediation projects.
LR330 Luffing Jib Crane
Raimondi Cranes has created a transformative approach to heavy lifting technology with the LR330 luffing jib crane, which has a maximum lift capacity of 18,000 kg. A breakthrough equilateral triangular jib design allows for improved packaging and transportation,simplifies the construction phase and reduces wind impact on the jib, thereby decreasing the out-of-service radius. Together with the new Raimondi safety control system that monitor all of the crane's movements and the load, there is a significant advancement in performance and control.
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Caterpillar industrial designers blend art and engineering to imagine the future of construction equipment
In the northeast corner of Caterpillar's "AC" facility in a secured location, there is a dedicated work area unlike any other at the company. The ceilings and windows are high, sunlight fills the open space, smoky glass walls surround conference rooms, and large tables promote a collaborative environment. There are unique product sketches hanging on the walls and laying on desks and tables. Cat models – old and new – are on display; as are trophies, plaques and other awards recognizing the inspiring work that is completed here.
Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas has been awarded a contract for procurement of construction equipment and accessories by Sourcewell, a national cooperative representing more than 50,000 U.S. and Canadian government, education and nonprofit organizations.
JCB has executed contracts with the Canadian Army, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the Blanc Sablon Airport to deliver a total of 10 large excavators and wheel loading shovels valued at more than CAD 2.5 million.
Terrapure Environmental and Vale Canada received an Environmental Leader Award for Project of the Year for their new, sustainable option for managing biosolids during winter months, when farmland application is prohibited and storage is complicated. Instead of incinerating or landfilling nutrient-rich organics, Terrapure worked with Vale to develop a program to apply treated biosolids to its Central Tailings Area for reclamation and revegetation. It was the first project of its kind in Ontario.
Topcon Positioning Systems has been selected as a recipient of the John Deere Innovation award for 2018. The Innovation awards are part of Deere & Company's Achieving Excellence program. The Livermore-based company received the honour for demonstrating innovation in development of the SmartGrade mastless grade control system for John Deere motor graders. Sam Negasc, Topcon director of quality assurance, along with Rhondy Rahardja, Nick Petrosov, and Irfan Usman from Topcon accepted the recognition during formal ceremonies held on April 16, 2019, in Bettendorf, Iowa.
ADM Aéroports de Montréal has awarded the construction management contract for the completion of its major cityside development program to a consortium consisting of Pomerleau, SNC-Lavalin and Construction Kiewit Cie (PSK).
Minnich Manufacturing's owner Jim Minnich has retired after more than 25 years with the company.
What will the construction machines of the future look like? And how will they perform? After inviting members of the public from around the world to come up with their own inventive concepts, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) and LEGO Technic are displaying the incredible results for the first time in FutuRE:BUILD. This exclusive exhibition is coming to London Transport Museum in the heart of Covent Garden, London, from May 10 to 16.
PACCAR Parts celebrated its grand opening of a new 160,000 square-foot parts distribution center (PDC) in Toronto, Ontario on March 20, 2019. The new facility will help increase uptime for commercial vehicle fleets of all sizes in the Greater-Toronto area.
Case dealer Border Equipment provides two CTLs to help Team Rubicon with Patriot South National training exercise
Team Rubicon with a pair of TR270 compact track loaders equipped with grapple buckets as the organization participated in the national, multi-agency Patriot South training operation. The Savannah, Georgia-based operation focused on disaster response coordination between organizations like Team Rubicon and local, state and federal agencies.dealer recently provided
After last year's SENNEBOGEN national sales meeting, Oliver Nachevski, VP and Chief Operating Office of Strongco Corporation, told his organization "There's no reason we can't be at the top." At this year's meeting, he was proven right.
Hyundai Construction Equipment adds Correlli, Inc. to Northeast territory of its North American dealer network
Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas is expanding its North American authorized dealer network with the addition of Correlli Inc. Correlli Incorporated is an equipment all-in-one service provider. President Patrick Correlli and his sons started Correlli Inc. on June 1, 1999, as an independent repair shop. The business supports repairs on all makes and models of construction equipment and will be an addition to Hyundai's Northeast territory.
Liebherr USA, Co. Mining Equipment Division has added American State Equipment to its dealer network. American State holds the distinction of being the longest tenured Liebherr equipment dealer in the US. The company will serve Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and parts of Illinois and Indiana.
Sandvik has acquired privately-owned Newtrax, a supplier of leading technology in wireless connectivity to monitor and provide insights on underground operations, including people, machines and the environment.
bidadoo sales increased over 70 percent in the 1st Quarter of 2019, year-over-year. The company says that this significant increase can be attributed to bidadoo's growing experienced salesforce, geographic expansion – including additional growth in Canada and Mexico, and market migration to efficient online auctions. Increased sales was also fuelled by significant growth in the bidadoo Marketplace (Multi-channel: Buy-Now, Make-Offer), and further investment in customer-facing reMarketing technologies. These investments have greatly expanded bidadoo's operational capabilities, and success, in supporting some of the world's largest fleet owners.
GOMACO University teaches students about equipment, G+ controls, 3D machine guidance and concrete mix design
Some 638 concrete paving students travelled to Ida Grove, Iowa, for the 2019 school year at GOMACO University to learn more about their GOMACO equipment, G+ controls, 3D machine guidance systems, and concrete mix design. GOMACO University provides a unique learning experience for their students with both classroom and hands-on in the shop learning opportunities. Classes are led by University instructors with assistance from GOMACO's paving experts in the service department, 3D machine controls, and concrete mix design expert, Dr. Michael Ayers.
With growing global demand for minerals and metals to develop cleaner technologies, Canada is a partner of choice thanks to our abundant natural resources and sustainable practices. The Government of Canada recognizes this opportunity and is committed to advancing climate-smart mining, at home and abroad.
Doosan Infracore has formed a strategic partnership with U.S. big data unicorn Palantir Technologies for the first time in Korea, as part of the effort to accelerate digital transformation.
Liebherr USA Co., Construction Equipment Division has announced that three of GT Mid Atlantic's locations in New Jersey now carry the full range of construction equipment. Customers are able to purchase Liebherr crawler loaders and dozers, excavators, wheel loaders and material handlers.
Following Terex Corporation's release of its first quarter 2019 results, Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP) is pleased to share these, along with its segment-specific results. Terex Corporation announced first quarter 2019 net sales of $1.1 billion, up 2 percent versus the first quarter of 2018. Backlog also increased by 2 percent versus a strong Q1 2018 comparison, to $1.7 billion, with global markets for all product categories generally stable at healthy levels.
The Swedish investment company Solix has today acquired all shares in Terratech AB, with the daughter companies Steelwrist and SVAB Hydraulik.
Ritchie Bros. has received bankruptcy court approval to purchase the assets of Welded Construction, L.P. together with Gordon Brothers, the global advisory, restructuring and investment firm. The two companies will work together to sell the Welded Construction assets through multiple selling channels.
TE Connectivity has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the (Kissling or Kissling Group), a provider of high-power relays and ruggedized switches used in the commercial vehicle, transportation, industrial, military and aviation industries as well as other applications. The transaction is expected to close May 30, 2019, following the completion of customary regulatory approvals.
Aecon consortium reaches financial close on the Highway 401 Expansion project in the Greater Toronto Area
Aecon Group Inc. has announced that West Corridor Constructors has reached financial close on the Highway 401 Expansion project in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The total contract is valued at $639.8 million.
Rivian has announced an equity investment of $500 million from Ford Motor Company. In addition to the investment, the companies have agreed to work together to develop an all-new, next-generation battery electric vehicle for Ford's growing EV portfolio using Rivian's skateboard platform.
B2W Software named two Canadian contractors among the three winners of its 2019 Client Innovation Awards during the company's annual User Conference in March.
Caterpillar is launching its 2019/2020 Global Operator Challenge Competition. Operators will test their skills against those of fellow operators around the world to determine who can claim the title of "best." In each stage of the competition, operators will be challenged to test their agility, mental toughness and versatility, as well as their competence in using integrated technology to enhance machine performance, such as Cat Production Measurement and Cat GRADE systems.
As part of its expanding sales force, Road Dryer, LLC, has added new authorized dealers for provinces in Eastern Canada. Montreal Tracteur/Montreal Tractor (MTI) and its sister company Hot Mix & Aggregate (HMA) now exclusively represent Road Dryer's line of pavement-drying units in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, and Newfoundland. The company says that both dealerships focus on providing customers with excellent service, unparalleled technical knowledge, and competitive pricing in their representation of quality new, used, and rebuilt equipment, accessories, parts, and components. MTI, with headquarters in Baie D'Urfé, Quebec, was founded in the early 1980s and works with customers across Canada, the United States, and worldwide. HMA, which was founded in 2010 in Orangeville, Ontario, concentrates its efforts primarily in Ontario.
Load King LLC, a manufacturer of quality specialized equipment and trailers, announced its acquisition of Terex Corporation's boom truck, crossover and truck crane product lines. The acquisition marks the latest milestone in the continued expansion of Load King's manufacturing portfolio, which already encompasses cutting-edge water tank, dump body, roofing conveyor, mechanics body and trailer lines.
Canadian tech-company Thinkwire Inc. wins Austrian Josef Umdasch Research Prize for its AI-Powered Knowledge Management System
Doka, a world leader in formwork technology, awarded this year's Josef Umdasch Research Prize to Thinkwire Inc., a Canadian software engineering company. The award was presented for Thinkwire's new artificial intelligence powered knowledge management system, called Cupp. Doka is now working with Thinkwire Inc. to launch and implement Cupp within its company.
Caterpillar Inc. announced first-quarter 2019 sales and revenues of $13.5 billion, compared with $12.9 billion in the first quarter of 2018, a 5% increase. First-quarter 2019 profit of $3.25 per share was a first-quarter record. This was a 19% increase compared with the previous record first-quarter profit per share of $2.74 in 2018.
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- Record first-quarter profit per share
- Profit per share outlook now $12.06 to $13.06 due to a first-quarter discrete tax benefit of $0.31 per share
- Repurchased $751 million in company stock
In open letters sent to the 20 largest municipalities in Ontario, the construction industry is urging City and Regional Councils to take more of a leadership role in encouraging the recycling of concrete and asphalt.
DEUTZ brought its REVOLUTIONIZING POWER - High-Performance Advanced Drive Systems to the bauma trade fair in Munich in early April. For the first time, it presented a range of innovative drive systems for zero-carbon off-highway applications of tomorrow. The international leading manufacturer of engines for the off-highway sector is now able to offer individual combinations of diesel, gas, hydrogen, hybrid and electrified drives as part of a modular product system.
VMAC is pleased to announce that Mr. Rick Duifhuis has been appointed OEM Division Manager at VMAC. Mr. Duifhuis has been an important member of the VMAC team since 2005, managing several departments during his tenure, and has been working exclusively with VMAC's OEM partners for the past three years.