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Watch JCB's first electric compact excavator do the bottle cap challenge

The bottle cap challenge is the latest internet sensation and involves performing a precise roundhouse kick to spin the cap off a bottle without knocking the bottle over. It was started by Farabi Davletchin, a Kazakh Taekwondo champion, who then challenged action stars such as Jason Statham to give it a go – and now all the kids are doing it. Not to be left out of the silliness, JCB has gotten in on the fun with its first electric compact excavator performing the stunt.

Cat marks 30,000 rollers with special-edition utility compactor award

Caterpillar Inc. recently celebrated 30 years of small vibratory roller manufacturing and surpassed the 30,000th roller production mark. To commemorate the milestone achievement, Caterpillar held a sweepstakes in the United States to give away a special-edition Cat CB24B roller. Thousands of contractors entered the Feelin' Lucky sweepstakes held from February 4 through April 15, 2019.

Partnership aids Volvo Trucks in behaviour prediction for trucking industry

Recently Volvo Trucks North America, along with automated vehicle software provider Perceptive Automata and customer Dependable Highway Express (DHE), showcased a collaborative innovation project designed to strengthen safety capabilities for the trucking industry through automation. This project leverages human intuition artificial intelligence that reads the intention and awareness of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists, to enhance the situational awareness of truck drivers.

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Mack Trucks’ RoadLife 2.0 debuts with double feature

Mack Trucks is doubling down on the debut of RoadLife 2.0 with the launch of two episodes on roadlife.tv. Featuring the grueling efforts of Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT) snowplow drivers to clear one of the snowiest highways in the U.S., to the challenge of building a modern logistics business from the ground up, RoadLife 2.0 picks up from last season, sharing the stories of everyday people doing extraordinary things. 

Discover how Komatsu’s new dozing logic moves machine control beyond finish grading into rough dozing

Machine control has been around for some time and many contractors have benefited from the advantages these tools have provided. However, in the last few years dramatic functional developments have improved the way many contractors move dirt, adding efficiency and precision where there used to be judgment calls and plenty of boots on the ground measurements.

Volvo launches Haul Assist with on-board weighing in North America to optimize hauler loads

Volvo Construction Equipment continues to add to its portfolio of productivity services with the North American launch of Haul Assist, a system that shows how much material an articulated hauler has moved, providing operators data and real-time insights to help achieve optimal payloads and improve productivity. Haul Assist comes standard on Volvo's A35G through A60H haulers and is optional on the A25G and A30G models.

Volvo's Load Assist, Dig Assist now standard on select excavators and wheel loaders

Volvo Construction Equipment continues to unlock the full productivity potential of its excavator and wheel loader lineup with its basic package of Dig Assist – Dig Assist Start – now standard on new EC220E to EC480E excavator models, and its Load Assist system now standard on new L150H to L260H wheel loader models.

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.

Genie offers new resources and music video to raise awareness on safe use of MEWPs

In support of OSHA's upcoming National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction week, May 6–10, Genie is sharing new resources that raise awareness about the safe use of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) in the aerial access industry. The new Genie "Safe Use Plan Guidance" whitepaper provides tips for creating a safe use plan when operating MEWPs. The Genie "Big Changes" music video highlights important information on MEWP operator and occupant training requirements. 

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Caterpillar reports first-quarter 2019 results

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

SMS Equipment deploys largest Komatsu autonomous truck in the world into commercial operations in Canada

This month, SMS Equipment deployed the Komatsu 980E-4AT -  the largest autonomous Komatsu truck in commercial operations in the world - into production in Canada.  The Komatsu 980E-4AT is modeled after the proven work horse 930E series.  This 400-ton capacity truck has many of the same attributes, such as a simple and reliable hydraulic system design and proven GE drive system.  Fuel efficiency is maximized due to optimized air handling with two stage turbocharging and the truck features a Cummins 3500 HP SSDA18V170 engine.  

Construction skilled trades have high job satisfaction levels, but recruitment is a challenge

Ontario's construction industry is facing labour supply issues despite the tremendous opportunities that await young people across a wide spectrum of trades. These opportunities will improve for two major reasons: (1) the wave of retirements that is anticipated over the next decade, and (2) the expectation that construction activity will increase due to the emphasis on infrastructure from Ottawa and Queen's Park, with budgets due this spring.  

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Volvo CE celebrates International Women's Day

To mark International Women's Day, Melker Jernberg, President of  Volvo Construction Equipment, has laid down the challenge of exceeding the company's target of having 25% female leaders by 2025. This is because he believes that diversity is a major contributor to the company's success and it will give Volvo CE a competitive advantage in the construction industry. "Generally speaking, the construction industry is not as diverse as it should be," says Melker. "I strongly believe that the more diverse the company, the better it is. Diversity brings huge advantages as different people bring different perspectives. That's why I am challenging our employees to go even further and help us exceed our target of having 25% female leaders at Volvo CE by 2025. We have a lot of talented, successful and inspiring women at Volvo CE and we are committed to encouraging even more to join our company."

Link Manufacturing completes family of self-steer auxiliary suspensions

Link Mfg., Ltd. will unveil details of its newly updated and improved 20K self-steer suspension in booth 2019 at this year's NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana. The enhanced 20K axle incorporates proven technological and component upgrades already available in the company's lighter-capacity suspensions. With the formal introduction of its upgraded 20K axle, Link has achieved its goal of consolidating its self-steer suspension lineup, creating a highly uniform offering with industry-leading advantages.

Smartload technology spreading across JLG telehandler line

Currently available for the 1644 and 1732 high capacity telehandlers, SmartLoad Technology - featured by JLG Industries, Inc. at the ARA Showin Anaheim, California - will be available as an option on all JLG telehandlers over the next 12 months. SmartLoad is an advanced bundle of three integrated technologies that work together to increase operator confidence and optimize productivity. This award-winning system includes automatic attachment recognition, a load management information system and a load stability indicator.

multiVIEW Locates celebrates 30 years

multiVIEW Locates Inc. (multiVIEW), a leading professional services firm that specializes in utility locating, announced the 30th anniversary of the company's inception. For the past three decades, multiVIEW has supported safe construction practices throughout the province by offering a diverse range of services that include Private & Public Locating, Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE), CCTV Sewer Inspection, Concrete Scanning, Hydro Vacuum Excavation, Ticket Screening and Near-Surface Geophysics. 

Fecon introduces Tier 4 FTX150 mulching tractor

Fecon's the Tier 4 compliant FTX150 Mulching Tractor delivers 150 net horsepower for proven performance in a versatile, fuel-efficient, compact design. This low-ground-pressure (3.8 psi) tractor features a BH85SD Bull Hog Mulcher with either an FGT or a DCR style rotor. An aggressive 60 gpm, 5,000 psi high flow hydraulic system, with in-cab adjustability with presets, powers the mulcher or other optional attachments like a Tree Shear, Stumpex, Grapple Bucket, Root Rake, Rotary Deck Mower, Dirt Bucket, and attachments requiring high-flow hydraulics or low-flow auxiliary hydraulics.  

Portable vehicle scales​ help heavy-haul carriers stay compliant

Heavy-haul carriers transport oversized objects using public roadways. While these loads may weigh hundreds of thousands of pounds, operators must still comply with permitted limits, while also completing their job safely. Intercomp has a variety of options to fill this unique application for a range of applications including construction, oil & gas, waste and recycling, heavy-haul transportation and electrical utility.

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