VIDEO: Volvo backhoes, skid steers and telehandlers rock out with violinist group
JCB’s Dancing Diggers showed up ready to rock last week for ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014.
The team of backhoes, skid steers and telehandlers performed with a rock violinist group at the show, dancing and showing off with a few wheelies.
Wayne Grayson, online managing editor for our sister site, Equipment World, wrote this about the performance: “In the end, we were surprised to find ourselves unsure what was more impressive: the machines or the music.”
Watch the Dancing Diggers in the video below.
VIDEO: Illinois launches ‘Drop It and Drive’ campaign to educate drivers about new hand-held cell phone ban
Drivers in Illinois caught using using a cellphone without a hands-free device (except in an emergency) such as speakerphone or headsets that feature voice-activated or one-digit dialing are ticketed and fined from $75 up to $150 for repeat offenses, with eventual suspension of their driver’s licenses after a new state law took effect on Jan. 1.
Now the Illinois Tollway, Illinois Secretary of State, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and AAA has launched a public awareness campaign, dubbed “Drop It and Drive,” to educate drivers about the hand-held cellphone ban. The agencies officially launched the initiative last month.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says that these new laws are “critical to making Illinois’ roads safer.” He says the new campaign is intended to convey the message that “no phone call, text message, status update or tweet is as important as the lives of others.”
Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur notes: “Our goal is to educate drivers about the cellphone ban and, ultimately, reduce the number of crashes caused by distracted driving.”
Drivers using hand-held phones are four times more likely to get into a crash that causes injuries, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that at any given time of day, about 800,000 people are using hand-held cellphones while driving.
Illinois was the 12th state to ban the use of hand-held devices while driving. Although texting while driving has been illegal in Illinois since 2010, the new state laws provide stricter penalties following crashes in which electronic devices were being used at the time of collision.
Watch the included video to see part of the state’s campaign.
Topcon releases Enterprise Solutions workflow management system
Topcon Positioning Systems announced its new Enterprise Solutions workflow management system at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 in Las Vegas.
The system is designed to connect all sites, data, crews and equipment working on a project, allowing them to communicate, share data, set up tasks and more in real time.
Users participating from off the project site can watch from a screen to see real-time progress from the operator’s seat. Viewers can see work being done in-cab as well as at nearby locations on the site and can assist with troubleshooting issues from afar.
Topcon says the system can be paired with services such as SiteLink 3D, Magnet or the company’s iPhone or iPad apps to improve efficiency.
See the photos below for more on Topcon’s Enterprise Solutions.
Volvo launches Tier 4 Final engines, E Series excavators, G Series articulated haulers and H Series wheel loaders
Volvo has launched its Tier 4 Final technology and several new machines that use it.
The D4, D6, D8, D11, D13 and D16 diesel engines improve fuel efficiency by 5 percent compared to previous models.
The engines were “comprehensively tested,” according to Volvo, in harsh environments and have been validated in bench and multi-application field testing to reduce NOx levels 80 percent from the Tier 4 Interim levels.
To meet these new requirements without dramatically changing the base engine, Volvo says the majority of its Tier 4 Final engines incorporate selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology, which the manufacturer has tested in more than 1 million of its trucks since the system was introduced in 2005.
In addition to SCR, the engines also use cooled external exhaust gas recirculation (cEGR) to decrease NOx.
A fully automatic diesel particulate filter (DPF) system is used to reduce particulate matter (PM)
Volvo’s new G Series articulated haulers feature a redesigned, turbocharged, six-cylinder engine that meets Tier 4 Final emissions regulations and will be available to the United States and European markets.
G Series articulated haulers
The A25G, A30G, A35G, A35G FS A40G and A40GS G Series models all have automatic traction control (ATC) and unique differential locks as standard features. The machines also all come fitted with CareTrack telematics system.
The ATC system automatically switches between 6 by 6 and 6 by 4 drive combinations for maximum traction and to lower fuel consumption. The oil-cooled, wet multiple disc brakes on the A35 and A40 models are being integrated into the A25G and A30G machines.
The A35G FS and the A40G FS have full hydraulic suspension on all wheels, and all the models can be equipped with Volvo’s weighing system.
G946C motor grader with a Tier 4 Final-certified engine
The 38,510-pound G946C motor grader with a Tier 4 Final-certified engine and optional dozer blade or scarifier provides a stable platform for precise grading with the machine’s heavy-duty circle, moldboard and drawbar, which has a 24,957-pound blade pull at the base. The machine’s ergonomic human-machine interface (HMI) also helps the operator stay in control of the motor grader.
Twin pinion driver gives the moldboard up to 52,000 foot-pounds of circle turn torque and is supported by 700 square inches of Duramide bearing surface. The exterior teeth in the grader’s circle turn system provide a large rotation circle to eliminate material build-up and tooth damage.
The machine’s load-sensing hydraulics balance flow to all grading functions through custom-designed spools in the main valve.
Although the grader has a precision steering wheel, the equipment operator can also use an optional joystick. If needed, it also can be fitted with a third-party grade control system, using the Technology Ready Option.
H Series wheel loader
Tier 4 Final-compliant L250H high-production wheel loader is 18-percent more fuel efficient with Volvo’s OptiShifoot technology, which combines a Reverse By Braking (RBB) system and a torque convertor, as well as the Fully Automatic Power Shifoot (FAPS) feature.
The North American version of the wheel loader is capable of loading a 25-ton triaxle on-highway truck with two passes – i.e. two full buckets for one truck. The wheel loader has a breakout force of 336 KN and 395 gross horsepower. Its maximum power is 25 rps and 1,500 rpm.
GKN rolls out inverted slip design range driveshafts
The range has a service-free design, which is done through optimizing spline geometry, spline grease for off-highway loads, temperatures and advanced slip seals. Specialized design of the splined components has allowed for increased length compensation. Improved balancing characteristics also allow for a smoother running shaft.
The overall design of the Synergy range, with increased standard slip length, refined profile and more compact dimensioning, reduces the metal content of the driveshaft, which makes it lighter and easier to install and service. It also optimizes the weight distribution of any vehicle and balancing loads more evenly as a result.
Sany unveils SY16C and SY35U compact excavators
With three new machines in its booth, including two new compact excavators, Sany America is poised to deliver on the full faith of the Sany Corporation, says new CEO Mike Rhoda.
“Sany is now the 5th largest construction equipment manufacturer in the world, so that’s a lot of horsepower,” Rhoada said to a packed press event on Thursday.
With 40 dealers across all product lines, including cranes, the company is “well on its way to covering North America,” Rhoda says.
The SY16C and the SY35U compact excavators are the first compact pieces Sany has brought to North America. With an operating weight of 3,858 pounds and a maximum dig depth of 7 feet 8 inches, the short-tail-swing SY16C has a bucket breakout force of 8,333 pounds.
The zero-tail swing SY35U weighs 8,333 pounds, with a maximum dig depth of 10 feet 2 inches, and the enclosed cab has standard air conditioning. Both models have a hydraulically controlled dozer blade and load-sensing hydraulics boost fuel economy.
“Approximately 25 percent of all compact excavators sold here are in the 3- and 4-ton size class, so the SY35U hits a sweet spot,” says Eric Teague, vice president and general manager, with Sany America’s earthmoving division.
In addition to the compact excavators, Sany unveiled its SCC8100TBXL telescopic boom crawler crane.
In the included video, Teague details the zero-tail-swing SY35U.
VIDEOS: Michigan DOT debunks transportation myths with ‘Reality Check’ series
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is using a series of videos and information sheets to debunk a few transportation myths.
The series, dubbed “Reality Check” examines what the agency calls “common transportation misconceptions” and offers explanations on why those ideas are false.
“There are many myths and rumors about transportation in Michigan, often repeated, that either aren’t quite true or are flat-out wrong,” says State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “Getting these cleared up is an important step to having a logical and open discussion about the real problems facing Michigan’s transportation infrastructure.”
MDOT’s first two reality checks focus on transportation funding and on salting the roads. Check out the included videos to see the agency’s take on these topics, then read more about transportation funding here and deicing here.
The DOT plans to address more transportation myths throughout the year, tackling topics such as sign replacements, roundabout safety, truck weights, road-building standards and the effects of gas prices on fuel tax revenues.
Watch the agency debunk those myths this year at michigan.gov/realitycheck.
What your agency needs to know about how this year’s cold and snow might affect spring weather
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring weather. Sure, I love winter sports and playing in the snow with my kids, but this winter has been particularly rough with extreme winter weather. It has certainly done a number on our roads, too.
Related: Michigan DOT, local agencies could receive $100 million for highway damage caused by winter storms
The potholes that come out of the freeze-thaw cycles (or what seems like arctic freeze then thawing to still below freezing weather) this year seem more like giant holes or craters in some areas.
Pothole patching is a given, but according to Schneider Electric, the long and snowy winter may affect weather this coming spring.
With the chill and snow lingering until April or May, severe weather across the U.S., and wet weather in the Southeast, it’s important to plan ahead for a possibly volatile spring.
Jeff Johnson, Schneider Electric’s Chief Science Officer, will host a free webinar on March 18 at 11 a.m. CDT to offer guidance on how to be best prepared to handle the weather challenges during the upcoming spring.
The company says it plans to cover the following topics:
Lingering chill and snow,
Severe weather across the U.S.,
Wet conditions in the Southeast,
Anticipated temperatures, and
To register for the webinar, click here.
Ritchie Bros. Las Vegas auction coinciding with ConExpo-Con/Agg brings in $60 million-plus
Coinciding with ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 last week, the every-three-year concrete/aggregate equipment show, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers broke several of its side records with its auctions on March 6 and 7 that brought in more than $60 million in gross auction proceeds, had more than 4,750 registered bidders, more than 450 sellers and 900 total buyers, at its permanent auction site in Nevada.
Ritchie Bros. says the two-day unreserved public auction broke several site records for online sales, including more than $19 million in online gross auction proceeds, 2,900 online registered bidders and more than 400 online buyers.
More than 2,350 equipment items, including motor graders, hydraulic excavators, backhoes and skid steer loaders, were sold in the auction, with every item sold without minimum bids or reserve prices, according to Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers.
At the time of this posting, the company’s next unreserved public auction in Las Vegas was slated for June 6.
Auction Quick Facts for March 6-7, Las Vegas:
Total Gross Auction Proceeds (in-person and online): US $60+ million (*new Las Vegas, NV permanent auction site record)
Amount sold online: $19+ million (*new Las Vegas permanent auction site record)
Unique registered bidders (total): 4,750+ (*new Las Vegas permanent auction site record)
Unique registered online bidders: 2,900+ (*new Las Vegas permanent auction site record)
Online buyers: 400+
Total number of lots sold: 2,350+
Total number of sellers: 450+ (*new Las Vegas permanent auction site record)
Source: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
Manitou previews MHT 1490 telescopic handler at ConExpo-Con/Agg
Manitou showcased a prototype of its MHT 1490 high-capacity telescopic handler at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 in Las Vegas.
A 176-horsepower Tier 4 Final Mercedes engine with four cylinders powers the telehandler and is equipped with an exhaust gas recycling (EGR) valve and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) that requires diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). A hydrostatic transmission coupled to a gearbox delivers speeds up to nearly 25 mph.
The 42,990-pound machine has a lift capacity of up to 19,850 pounds; a lift height of up to 46 feet; a turning radius of 13 feet, 2 inches; and a width of 8 feet, 3 inches.
The cab includes a longitudinal stability indicator, frame leveling, a load status regulator to improve safety during handling and a Joystick Switch & Move (JSM) single lever control for stability.
The telehandler features a chassis reinforcement designed to handle heavy loads, a triplex chain boom that keeps all machine components inside the telescopic tube to avoid damage, automatic rear axle locking to increase stability and an attachment fitting system that allows the operator to quickly add an attachment to the machine.
Proportional valves make the machine easy to level, according to the company. The valves can correct leaning of 6.5 degrees on the stabilizer or 8 degrees on the tires.
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