Heavy Equipment Guide Logo

This ad will close in 15 seconds

Technology driving portable power innovations

An Atlas Copco generator powers a pump.
An Atlas Copco generator powers a pump.

Company info

3700 East Michigan Blvd
Michigan City, IN
US, 46360


Read more

1293 Glenway Drive
Statesville, NC
US, 28625


Read more

215 Power Drive
Berlin, WI
US, 54923


Read more

Sickla Industriväg 19
SE, SE-105 23 Stockholm


Read more

1800 Overview Drive
Rock Hill, SC
US, 29730


Read more

1502 W. Fourth Avenue
PO Box 888
Holdrege, NE
US, 68949


Read more

Getting the right power to your jobsite is about efficiency, convenience and safety. We asked the experts at Atlas Copco to share their insight on the latest trends in portable power and what innovations they expect to power jobsites in the future.

Light towers
"The biggest change in light towers is the rapid growth of LED technology," according to Angel Nieto, product manager for power and light at Atlas Copco Power Technique. He said that LED lamps use less energy, are more durable and offer higher performance than metal halide technology. 

The necessity of correct engine sizing when using LED light is also becoming more understood by customers, Nieto said. Correct engine sizing is essential to avoid low load issues that will cause an early failure of the light tower's engine.

He expects that new power options, such as battery packs and solar panels, will increase light tower performance in the future. Nieto also expects that these technologies will be able to replace diesel power in some applications.

Knowledge is power, and telematics is being incorporated into more tools – including generators – to give owners more insight into their tools. Nieto said that good telematics solutions that offer location, geo-fencing and full read access to generators are becoming more and more demanded, especially by rental companies.

One current issue with generators is that a lot of large power generators are not available with Tier 4 Final engines yet. Nieto said that this gap is driving the demand for paralleling of generators. "The versatility that this modular capability provides makes it a very suitable solution for rental companies," he said.

Nieto expects that green technologies will have an increasing presence in the market. "Green storage systems are a perfect fit for generators," he said. "They increase the overall efficiency of the package."

He added that low load issues are an ongoing concern for generator users and said that the current solutions of adding external load to generators will be replaced by more efficient technologies. "Atlas Copco will soon bring a new innovative solution to this problem," he said.

"The compressor industry is right in the middle of the Tier 4 Final EPA emission transition," said Clayton James, product manager for large air compressors at Atlas Copco Power Technique. He added that Atlas Copco's entire compressor lineup now meets these standards.

He sees meeting Tier 4 Final standards as an opportunity; whether for compressors offering low-pressure or high-pressure air, adapting to Tier 4 Final provided Atlas Copco with the opportunity to change compressor technology in terms of control and regulation systems.

James expects that new electronic regulation systems will allow compressors to be built for a wide range of applications in a single unit. "Atlas Copco has designed new regulation systems Pace Air and Air Expert 2.0 for low-pressure and high-pressure applications. Simply put, we have four models of compressors that complement each other to have a wide range of pressure and flow, giving our customers flexibility in their fleet." 

Sullair Perkins-powered Tier 4 Final portable air compressors
A Tier 4 Final Perkins 2506J diesel engine will be offered on the 1600H and 900XHH/1150XH Series machines alongside current Caterpillar offerings to give customers additional choices.

The 1600H produces air pressures up to 1,600 cfm at 100 or 150 psig, while the 900XHH/1150XH Series machine produces air pressures of 500 psig at 900 cfm and 350 psig at 1150 cfm. The Perkins-powered machines focus on enhanced usability, with a state-of-the-art 7-inch Sullair Touch Screen Controller providing easy access to all compressor operation data. Standard features include LED taillights, CDT, air filter maintenance indicators and much more – all in a smaller and lighter overall package. The units are approximately 20 percent smaller than previous generation Sullair compressors, allowing for easier maneuverability, storage and transit, and tow and load.

The units are powered by the Sullair 25-series air end and an oversized 249-gallon fuel tank provides up to 10 hours of runtime at full load.

Doosan Portable Power C185 air compressor
The redesigned C185 has a runtime of 12.6 hours at 100 percent load – which Doosan Portable Power says is 26 percent longer than other brands. The longer runtime is achieved by adding a 65 percent larger fuel tank without sacrificing the compact size.

The C185 performs in extreme temperatures with cold starting capabilities at temperatures as low as -10 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 20 degrees colder than the closest competitor, according to the company. The C185 also has a limited ambient temperature rating of up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit for reliable operation in areas that experience extreme heat.

The C185 is equipped with the Doosan DSN100 airend and a Tier 4 Final Doosan D18 engine. Together, they deliver 185 cfm of air at a rated operating pressure of 100 psi.

By using Doosan engines and Doosan airends, Doosan says that it can guarantee the quality of its machines and create consistency across its models.

Generac Extended Run Fuel System for Tier 4 generators
 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.

Designed to work with TransCube external fuel and DEF tanks, the Extended Run Fuel System uses a vacuum-draw technology that allows the fuel and DEF to flow seamlessly from the external fuel and DEF tanks to the on-board tanks of the generator, maximizing the total fuel and DEF capacity of all of the tanks for more operating hours before refilling is required. The System is available as a factory-installed option on all Generac Mobile Tier 4 Final diesel generators 75 kVA and up, and includes a fuel pump switch, external diesel supply port, external DEF supply port and a DEF power receptacle.

Atlas Copco HiLight V3+ Light Tower
This light tower can be powered directly from an auxiliary power source, a portable generator or the grid. The energy-efficient light tower offers easy portability, safe transportation and durability.

Excellent for construction and roadwork, the HiLight V3+ is housed on a four-wheel trailer for ease of transportation. The compact model comes with a heavy-duty steel frame, stainless steel mast and is protected by polyethylene bumpers. 
The four 160-watt LED bulbs, designed with directional glass optics, are capable of illuminating an area of up to 32,292 square feet. The unit has a manually operated vertical mast extending up to 18 feet. The tower is designed to withstand wind speeds up to 51 mph.

The LED lamps have a life expectancy of more than 30,000 hours. LED HiLight tower lamps have an aluminum casting which provides heavy-duty protection, even during transportation.

Combining variable speed smart control and paralleling capability, this unit delivers efficient power with low fuel consumption by adapting engine speed to the required load conditions.

Chicago Pneumatic CPLT E3 LED Light Tower
This high-performance light tower is designed to last and is efficient and easy to transport in a variety of applications. It is ideal for events, urban construction, road construction and temporary public lighting. 

It has exceptional plug-and-light capabilities and can be connected to any external power supply, including auxiliary power or a portable generator. For increased light coverage, up to three CPLT E3 LEDs can be daisy chained together.

The electric unit is efficient with four 160-watt high-quality LED bulbs, which have an expected lifespan of 30,000 hours. These lights can provide coverage of just over 32,000 square feet. The heavy-duty mast can be raised to 23 feet high and features block spacers to reduce friction over time. 

A robust frame and canopy includes four heavy-duty stabilizers to ensure wind stability. It is easy to put up to 32 units on a trailer with a convenient forklift pocket and compact size. Additionally, wheels and a handle kit make it simple to transport around the site. The E3 can be used indoors and is environmentally friendly.

Allmand Maxi-Power 45 Mobile Generator
This generator comes equipped with a heavy-duty, oversized alternator with separate excitation winding. The higher starting capacity enables operators to easily start larger motors with variable loads. The Maxi-Power 45 is sound attenuated with airflow design to reduce noise, features a dual fuel filter system with acrylic filter for enhanced protection and a longer engine life, and is equipped with a fluid containment system as well as a double-wall single-cell metal fuel tank to hold up to 110 percent of all on-board fluids. With a frequency switch for flexibility of jobsite power needs, and 15-inch tires for longer wear and greater towing capabilities, this generator will last and deliver the power needed to get the job done.

More from Light Equipment

Data and GPS capabilities now offered on Subsite UtiliGuard locating system

Subsite Electronics has introduced the UtiliGuard 2, a new multi-frequency utility locator based on the popular UtiliGuard system. Available in Standard and Advanced models, UtiliGuard 2 takes all the proven performance-boosting features of the original UtiliGuard and adds several important new capabilities including an all-new user interface, integrated data capture, and GPS positioning.

Xylem's new Godwin S Series smart pumps feature new generation of cloud-based Field Smart Technology

As digital technologies continue to produce powerful value for water managers and the communities they serve, global water technology company Xylem Inc has launched the new Godwin NC100S and CD100S Dri-Prime dewatering pumps, the third and fourth pumps in the Godwin S Series of smart pumps. Equipped with interchangeable, application-specific impellers and a new generation of cloud-based Field Smart Technology, these new 4-inch surface-mounted centrifugal pumps deliver enhanced levels of control and flexibility for the toughest dewatering applications. While each is ideal for the application described below, the pumps enable the operator to switch from a NC100S to a CD100S, and vice versa, due to the interchangeable impellers on both models, thereby providing a ‘two in one' solution for each pump to increase the application range and removing the need to invest in multiple fleet models.

Enerpac cutter line features five tool families

Enerpac, an international market leader in high-pressure hydraulics, announces the availability of its new extensive lineup of industrial cutters. The new line includes five families of tools designed to cut metal bar, industrial chain, wire rope and cables, metal tubes, profiles and similar materials. The new Enerpac cutters are designed to provide quick, safe and cost-effective solutions for the construction, mining, manufacturing and many other industries.

Atlas Copco's latest air compressor designed to save money and time on maintenance

Atlas Copco Power Technique North America (AC) has introduced the XAS 950, a single-stage, oil-injected rotary screw type portable air compressor. Powered by a liquid-cooled six-cylinder turbocharged Caterpillar C7.1 Tier 4 Final diesel engine, this new unit offers simplified maintenance and cost savings by putting the operator in control.

Yamaha unveils 2020 side-by-side models with new special edition lineup

Yamaha Motor Canada introduces all-new Special Edition models for select Proven Off-Road 2020 ATV and Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles.Boasting superior capability, comfort, and confidence in a variety of terrain, the new Special Edition machines are equipped with stout new radial tires, a WARN winch, advanced suspension, new painted Titanium Bronze / Tactical Black colour scheme, and more.

Subscribe to our free newsletter

Get our newsletter

Learn more

The future of compaction

Properly done, soil compaction adds many years to the useful life of structures by increasing the foundation's strength. To compact soil in confined areas, vibratory rammers and plates are typically used. Traditionally, these machines have been powered by gasoline and diesel engines; however, due to increasingly strict environmental regulations, rammer manufacturers have been required to engineer new solutions in order to comply to the Environmental Protection Agency's standards. Wacker Neuson redesigned its own two-cycle rammer engine in order to exceed all EPA emissions regulations, but the company didn't stop there

Generac Mobile relaunches indirect flame heater line

Purpose-built with heavy-duty construction in mind, Generac Mobile's new MIH800 and MIH1.2 indirect heaters are designed for reliable performance in the harshest environments. Units are easy to use and maintain thanks to the smart control panel design and the simplified assembly design. Standard safety features protect the unit, the environment and the user.

Vermeer stump cutter makes chumps of tough stumps

Vermeer has introduced the new SC382 stump cutter. This powerful, compact machine comes equipped with a 37-hp (27.6-kW) EFI Briggs & Stratton Vanguard engine, a redesigned cutter wheel to help optimize performance, four-wheel drive and an optional blade to make cleanup more efficient. The Vermeer SC382 stump cutter boasts the power and maneuverability to take out tough stumps, making it an excellent machine for professional tree care contractors.

Know what utility products can do for you

It's not uncommon to see compact loaders and compact excavators in a contractor's equipment fleet. As utility products become more versatile with the addition of attachment capabilities, an increasing number of contractors are taking a second look at these machines to increase their jobsite productivity.

Hydra-Tech pumps and hydraulic power units can handle demanding tasks

York Fluid Controls partners with many great manufacturers to provide the best pumping products to Canadian businesses.  One of these partners is Hydra-Tech Pumps, which produces variable-speed, hydraulically driven submersible pumps and purpose-built hydraulic power units.  Hydra-Tech dedicates itself to designing and creating quality solutions.   

Subscribe to our free magazine

Get Our Magazine

Paper or Digital delivered monthly to you

Subscribe or Renew Learn more

Atlas Copco’s Smart Air Controller for large air compressors gives users powerful insights

Atlas Copco Power Technique North America is launching a new Smart Air Xc4004 controller on all of its large air compressors and boosters with flows up to 4,500 cfm and pressures up to 5,000 psi. The innovative and powerful controller increases the efficiency of operations by providing powerful insights and features an easy-to-use interface that puts users in full control. 

Wacker Neuson offers the first battery-powered, zero emissions plates

Wacker Neuson is introducing the first battery-powered single direction vibratory plates offering zero-emissions compaction. The AP1850e and AP1840e series offer a new solution for contractors and rental centres looking for a cordless, emissions-free plate compactor for a variety of applications. These plates are ideally suited for use in new commercial interior or indoor renovation projects, poorly ventilated areas such as trenches and tunnels and projects with strict emission and noise guidelines, as well as traditional soil and asphalt compaction applications.

Xylem to to show new pump solutions at bauma

Xylem Inc. will showcase its latest innovations at bauma. New and improved products under Xylem's powerful portfolio of tough dewatering and flood protection pumps is set to redefine toughness for the mining and construction industries, allowing customers across Europe to dig deeper and build bigger.

Wacker Neuson enhances its G70 mobile generator

Wacker Neuson's new G70 mobile generator, powered by a Tier 4 Final Kohler engine, is a prime powered generator designed to withstand the rigors of repeated transport and continuous load. The compact, sound-attenuated model provides single and three-phase power for construction, commercial, industrial and special applications where quiet power is needed.

Allmand Bros. introduces new portable air compressor and generator models

Allmand Bros., Inc., a subsidiary of Briggs & Stratton Corporation and a manufacturer of high-performance portable jobsite equipment, is pleased to announce the launch of its Maxi-Air 100, 375 and 400 Portable Air Compressors and Maxi-Power 65 and 150 Mobile Generator in booth #6341 at the ARA Show February 17 - 20 in Anaheim, California. 

Subscribe to our free newsletter

Get our newsletter

Learn more

Husqvarna's new K 535i power cutter offers easy starts and battery-powered flexibility

The latest addition to Husqvarna's battery-powered range, the Husqvarna K 535i battery power cutter, builds on its fuel- and electric-powered equivalents, while adding benefits such as low vibrations, low weight and user-friendly ergonomics to the mix. It's almost maintenance free and offers a low cost of ownership. And on top of that, it can easily be used for wet cutting.

Perkins debuts expanded line of worldwide engines

Perkins Engines is showcasing its expanding line of high-performance, power-dense diesel engines that meet both U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and EU Stage V emission standards at World of Concrete 2019. Featured in booth C6781 is the Perkins Syncro 2.8 litre, the 9.3 litre 1706J and the 1204J, which are among the latest additions to Perkins industry-leading global product range covering 8.2 to 597 kW (11 to 800 hp).

Vanguard exhibits new 200 and 400 single-cylinder engines at World of Concrete 2019

Vanguard will display the new Vanguard 200 and 400 single-cylinder engines, the first two models in an all-new single-cylinder horizontal shaft commercial engine line, at World of Concrete in booth O31418. The new engine line was developed around key areas of performance critical to improving overall productivity — including starting, maintenance intervals, service and support, and total cost of ownership.

Generac Mobile LINKTower to shine bright at the Rental Show

Generac Mobile's LINKTower – the portable, linkable, zero-emission LED light tower – now packs more lighting punch. New, more powerful 235W LED fixtures provide long-lasting and efficient illumination. The LED light fixtures are impact-resistant and are backed by a five-year limited warranty. They have 39 percent more lumen output then previous light fixtures and have 32 percent more coverage. It will be on display at the Rental Show 2019. 

Hilti cordless combihammer has strongest and highest-capacity battery available

Hilti is advancing tool technology with the introduction of a new cordless SDS max combihammer, the TE 60-A36. Powered by the strongest and highest-capacity battery available, the TE 60-A36 drills faster than any corded combihammer in the same size class on the market. Hilti says that it delivers up to twice the work per charge as current competitor cordless solutions, allowing users to get the most demanding jobs done even faster.

Subscribe to our free magazine

Get Our Magazine

Paper or Digital delivered monthly to you

Subscribe or Renew Learn more