December 12th, 2013 // By mkezdi
With operating weights ranging from 38,100-41,600 lbs., the PC170LC-10 provides improved performance with up to 5 percent more lift capacity with the standard counterweight, while an optional heavier counterweight provides up to 15 percent more lift capacity when compared to the previous model the PC160LC-8.
The heavier counterweight option is ideal for contractors looking for a more powerful excavator. The lighter counterweight machine offers mobility and can be hauled on a 40,000 lb. tag-along trailer, embodying versatility with power for applications such as residential and non-residential construction.
The cab of the PC170LC-10 has a high-resolution 7-in. LCD color monitor that displays information in 25 languages for global support. The operator can easily select from six working modes of operation to match machine performance to the application.
These working modes include Power Mode, Economy Mode, Heavy Lift Mode, Breaker Mode, Attachment Economy and Attachment Power. The new monitor panel also provides Eco Guidance (operational efficiency guidance), operational records, fuel consumption history, and utilization information. The standard rear-view monitoring system allows the operator to view directly behind the machine with the push of a button.
The PC170LC-10 offers a net 115HP at 2100 rpm, yet it is up to 10 percent more fuel-efficient than its predecessor, depending on the application and conditions. This improved efficiency comes in part from a variable-flow turbocharger that provides optimal airflow under all speeds and load conditions.
All of the excavator’s major components including the engine, hydraulic pump, motors and valves are exclusively designed and manufactured by Komatsu. This integrated design employs a closed center load sensing hydraulic system that takes hydraulic efficiency to the next level, utilizing both variable speed matching and low speed matching technology.
Variable speed matching allows the engine speed to adjust based on the hydraulic pump output for both light and heavy-duty applications, while low speed matching utilizes a larger pump capable of producing higher pump output at lower engine speeds. Enhanced working modes are designed to match engine speed, pump delivery, and system pressure to the application.
The PC170LC-10 does not have a scheduled replacement interval for its Komatsu Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (KDOC). The KDOC integrated design allows the system to remove soot using 100 percent “true passive regeneration” without the need for a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). The KDOC is designed for long life without a scheduled replacement interval. Less complexity and truly seamless operation for the operator means lower owning and operating costs.
To reduce owning and operating costs further, all PC170LC-10 excavators are covered by Komatsu CARE, Komatsu’s complimentary scheduled maintenance program for three years or 2,000 hours (whichever occurs first). Factory-certified technicians use only Komatsu genuine parts and fluids to perform these services.
The excavator is powered by either an EPA Tier 4 Interim or EU Stage 3B Emission Certified Engine depending on market.
Built on Komatsu’s proven Tier 3 technology, the SAA4D107E-2 engine provides lower emissions and lowers fuel consumption. The Komatsu Tier 4 Interim engine uses an advanced electronic control system to better manage air-flow rate, fuel injection, combustion and exhaust after-treatment to optimize performance, reduce emissions, reduce fuel consumption and provide advanced diagnostic capability.
The excavator is equipped with the exclusive Komatsu Equipment Management Monitoring System (EMMS), which provides enhanced diagnostic features that give the operator and technicians greater monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities. The system continuously monitors many critical systems, as well as the planned maintenance schedule, and provides troubleshooting assistance to minimize diagnosis and repair time.
KOMTRAX technology, which is fully integrated with Komatsu’s Tier 4 technology and sends machine operating information to a secure website utilizing wireless technology. Hour meter, location, cautions, load ratio, fuel consumption and maintenance alerts – to name a few of its features – are relayed to the web application for analysis.
The KOMTRAX fleet monitoring system increases machine availability, reduces the risk of machine theft (compared to machines not KOMTRAX-equipped), allows for remote diagnosis by the distributor, and provides a wealth of other information to drive business efficiency and productivity.
December 11th, 2013 // By mkezdi
“I am honored that the Board has selected me to lead Sany America and the dedicated and talented group of employees who work here,” Rhoda said. “We will build on the company’s recent successes, which include a significant expansion of our dealer network, as well as growing sales and profit in this important market. Sany is the fifth-largest manufacturer of construction equipment in the world, and has a great reputation in China for product support and service. We intend to work hard to ensure that every Sany customer here can count on excellent support as well.”
In his new role Rhoda,a construction and industrial equipment executive with extensive international experience in marketing, operations, product development and sales,has overall responsibility for manufacturing, sales, marketing and support for all Sany equipment products in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America.
“Mike Rhoda has more than two decades of directly relevant experience in the off-highway equipment sector, including work in Asia and emerging markets,” said Liang Wengen, chairman of the board of Sany Group, based in Beijing, China. “Mike’s strategic expertise and record of accomplishment will serve Sany well as we continue to grow our presence and further establish our brand as a market leader in North and Central America.”
Prior to being named CEO, Rhoda was chief technology officer with Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment.He also served at Volvo Construction Equipment as vice president of product development, and then president and CEO of the excavator business line.Rhoda previously served in various senior management positions at Ingersoll Rand.
Rhoda holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.
Peachtree City, Ga. based Sany America Inc. is a global leader in the manufacture and sale of hoisting equipment, concrete machines, road machinery, port equipment, excavators, mining equipment, pile-driving machinery and wind turbines.
December 10th, 2013 // By mkezdi
The sale, announced Dec. 9, for cash proceeds of approximately $160 million is subject to government regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The sale is targeted to close in the first half of 2014.
The truck business manufactures and sells off-highway rigid and articulated haul trucks and the sale includes the manufacturing facility in Motherwell, Scotland.
“The truck business has been an important part of our company for more than three decades and continues to produce world class products with dedicated and talented employees,” said Ron DeFeo, Terex chairman and chief executive officer.
“However, trucks no longer fit within our changing portfolio of lifting and material handling businesses. I am confident that the truck business will benefit by joining a company sharing similar competencies and offering complementary products and services. We are pleased to have entered into this agreement with Volvo, which represents a strong strategic buyer for the business who values our distribution network and team members.”
DeFeo continued, “The sale of the Truck business reflects our strategy to manage our portfolio of businesses and focus on those businesses that provide the greatest returns for our shareholders. We recently announced the initiation of quarterly cash dividends to our shareholders and a share repurchase program and the proceeds from this sale aid our efforts to improve our financial efficiency and implement these programs.”
This agreement does not affect the rest of the Terex compact and heavy equipment lines in the Terex Construction portfolio. Terex remains commitment to the success of these product lines, as evidenced by several recent significant investments to the remaining lines.
“This is a strategic acquisition that offers Volvo CE considerable scope for growth. The addition of a well-respected range of rigid haulers extends the earthmoving options for customers involved in light mining applications at a time of renewed confidence in the sector," said Pat Olney, Volvo CE’s president.
"The addition of TEL’s articulated hauler range will enhance our position in this segment, particularly in high-growth markets. We believe that the Motherwell facility and its global team members, as well as the current distribution partners, are valuable to the success of the business in the future.”
December 10th, 2013 // By kgribbins
“We are especially grateful to the many dedicated individuals who made this official grand opening possible,” said Keith Shadrick, senior director of operations and logistics for CNH Industrial Parts & Service in North America.
“It’s been a challenge to complete this project on time and on target, especially in the wake of the November 17 tornado that caused significant damage to our Master Parts Depot facility just a few hundred yards from here. Our team has done an unbelievable job.”
For the last three weeks, CNH Industrial has been focused on repairing and rebuilding its Master Parts Depot facility, while completing the new Special Processing Center. In fact, several operations that had been located in the damaged Master Parts Depot were moved recently to the new Special Processing Center.
CNH Industrial is the Lebanon area’s largest employer and currently employs an estimated 500 full-time and an additional 200 contract workers at the Lebanon Business Park. The Special Processing Center is the company’s third location and is expected to add 100 new area jobs in the coming months.
From the three facilities, CNH Industrial Parts & Service serves 10 regional parts distribution centers that supply daily parts to New Holland, Case IH and Case Construction Equipment dealerships throughout North America. The new Special Processing Center significantly enhances and expands the overall capabilities of the CNH Industrial North American parts operations.
“Our new Special Processing Center has several unique capabilities, such as a specialized warehousing center dedicated to supporting our import and export operations, and a new logistics command and control operation for our extensive parts delivery system,” said Shadrick.
“Now, we can deliver both depot-stocked and supplier ship-direct parts via our industry-leading Daily Stock Order delivery system. We’ll also assemble and package repair and maintenance kits in our new state-of-the-art kitting center, put protective finishes on parts in our new paint booth, and protect parts during shipment with the new facility’s specialized packaging capabilities.”
CNH Industrial is eligible to receive from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation up to $650,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. In addition, the City of Lebanon is providing tax credits of up to $285,000, for a total incentive package in excess of $1 million.
December 10th, 2013 // By kgribbins
December 10th, 2013 // By mkezdi
The unveiling was part of Hypertherm's showcase of its Built for Business Integrated Cutting Solutions platform. Visitors met with Hypertherm cutting experts, saw live cutting demonstrations, viewed cut samples and discussed the pros and cons of plasma, laser and waterjet.
“Our goal is to provide show visitors with the information they need to confidently decide how to best address their cutting needs,” said Reese Madden, director of North American marketing for Hypertherm. “We do this by providing in-booth consultations and educational sessions, and highlighting new technologies which may help visitors discover new and better ways of solving their cutting challenges.”
The Powermax125, available this month, delivers the most power of any portable air plasma system available. It features a 1.5 in. recommended cut capacity and the ability to sever 2.25 in. thick metal, while boasting a full 100 percent duty cycle.
Also on display, more Duramax torch options, including new long-handled plasma torches for cutting skeletons, scrapping, dismantling and other similar jobs.
The unveiling of HyPrecision Waterjet showcased the complete line of waterjet ranging from 15 to 150 horsepower. The systems come with Advanced Intensifier Technology to extend maintenance intervals, reduce maintenance time and maximize performance. Additionally, the reliability of HyPrecision waterjet products drives down the total cost of ownership, by as much as 20 percent when compared to competitive systems, resulting in increased profitability for customers.
Hypertherm, a U.S. based manufacturer of advanced plasma, laser and waterjet cutting systems, manufactures advanced cutting products for use in a variety of industries such as shipbuilding, manufacturing and automotive repair. Its product line includes handheld and mechanized plasma systems and consumables, as well as fiber laser and now waterjet products, in addition to CNC motion and height controls and CAM cutting software.
December 9th, 2013 // By mkezdi
Industrial material handling equipment such as wheel loaders and forklifts are typically planned for short life cycles due to the severe environments they have to work in. From mining to metal smelters to glass plants to fertilizer operations, extreme temperatures and corrosive elements take a heavy toll on machinery.
With many facilities running continuous multi-shift schedules, light-duty, commercial-grade, material handling equipment wears out prematurely. This is because much of today’s industrial equipment is not actually industrial grade, but commercial-grade, light-duty equipment intended for farming, landscaping, or construction that has been re-purposed for industrial use.
“If you need material handling equipment that will last and don’t want to keep taking it out of service to repair or replace it, look to severe duty industrial equipment,” suggests Bill Barns, a project manager at Langeloth Metallurgical Company (LMC), one of the world’s largest ferromolybdenum producers, and the first site to commercially convert molybdenite concentrates to technical molybdic oxide.
“If it’s built to last like our severe duty wheel loaders, you’ll put it to work and not worry about much other than routine maintenance.”
At LMC’s Langeloth, Pa. plant, six multi-hearth furnaces called “roasters” can operate at temperatures up to 1400 °F to provide flexibility in processing various metal-bearing materials. To keep the plant operating 24/7 year-round, a fleet of wheel loaders on its fifth floor must continuously scoop up concentrated mine ore and dump it into the feed hoppers of the roasters, which process the ore into finished product.
“Our Waldon 4500B loaders have to feed the roasters continuously without fail,” Barns said. “Light-duty, commercial equipment cannot reliably do that because they’re not intended for hard 24/7 industrial use in confined areas.”
A growing number of managers in harsh industrial environments like Barns’ are finding that by lengthening the life of material handling equipment and increasing its reliability with severe duty designs specifically intended for industrial use, they can reduce capital costs and improve production. This approach can not only eliminate premature equipment repair and replacement costs but also minimize production downtime due to unscheduled equipment breakdown.
While ordinary soil weighs about 60-80 lbs. per cubic foot, LMC’s ore weighs about 150 lbs. per cubic foot, according to Barns.
“With our heavy loads and continuous use, we’re putting more stress on the frames,” he said. “If we used light-duty, commercial equipment, we would be breaking a lot of lift cylinders and main frames.”
“When a vendor brought some light-duty, commercial loaders for us to try out, our operators looked at them and said, ‘They won’t last a week,’” relates Barns. “The minute we saw them we knew they would require excessive repair, and we can’t afford the downtime or early replacement.”
Fairview, Okla.-based Waldon Equipment, a manufacturer of heavy duty industrial loaders, lift trucks, forklift attachments, and a mini backhoe, has specialized in material handling equipment for harsh environments for more than 45 years.
According to Barns, compared to typical commercial loaders, his loaders’ extra heavy duty frames, 2-in. thick articulating frame plates, and simple drive train contribute to their longevity in a tough industrial environment.
“Our fleet of seven severe duty loaders does the work of a least ten to twelve light-duty, commercial loaders because we would probably need that many light-duty units to keep our roasters reliably fed,” Barns said.
But space restrictions within the plant building, which was built almost a century ago with low ceilings, multiple columns and narrow access points, make having compact, low-profile loaders capable of tight turns and fitting into a maintenance elevator a must.
“Since light-duty, commercial loaders are typically made for outdoor use with higher cabs, bigger tires and bodies, many wouldn’t clear our fifth-floor ceiling or fit in a maintenance elevator without lengthy disassembly,” Barns said. “With our roasters’ feed bins in different positions, there’s also a need for better maneuverability than they can provide.”
According to Barns, even skid steers known for their small size lack desired maneuverability in this setting. This is because their fixed frames do not turn quickly, and their wheels tend to lock up and skid, which is less than ideal for maneuvering in confined spaces.
Because the severe duty loaders are low profile with articulated frames, however, they have more ceiling clearance and a lower center of gravity than typical light-duty, commercial loaders or skid steers, which improves their turning and maneuverability, according to Barns.
“The Waldon loaders put operators closer to what they’re scooping,” he said. “Since they steer like a car, they can articulate around corners and between columns with greater control and safety than typical joystick-style controls allow.”
The four-wheel drive of the severe duty loaders also provides better traction than two-wheel drive loaders. In fact, they have been the only loaders that are compact and maneuverable enough for operators to drive on and off LMC maintenance elevators without lengthy disassembly, Barns says.
In the end, however, Barns concludes that the choice between light-duty commercial equipment and severe duty industrial equipment should be easy for production or operations managers to make, as it all comes down to longevity and reliability.
By Del Williams
Del Williams is a technical writer based in Torrance, California.
December 9th, 2013 // By mkezdi
The company purchased the LG959 model -- within days of its introduction to the North American market -- to perform a wide array of duties for its 30-year old excavating business. Among the LG959’s many tasks will be underground water and sewage work, road construction, lagoon building, material handling and more.
Cole Koch, superintendent and part-owner of the family-operated company, said he found SDLG’s LG959 to be an ideal machine for Double K’s needs.
“A wheel loader isn’t something we use for 10 to 12 hours a day, every day. We look at it as a support machine,” he said. “Some days it will get eight hours, some days only two or three. So it doesn’t make sense for us to purchase a more expensive, premium machine.”
Koch was also impressed by many of the LG959’s features, and after only a few days of working with the machine, felt the wheel loader lived up to its quality reputation. He’s even considering purchasing another one next Spring.
Double K purchased the LG959 from Regina-based Redhead Equipment, one of SDLG’s seven North American dealers.The two companies have been doing business together for several decades.
Dean Wolfe, salesman with Redhead Equipment, said the attractive price of the LG959, as well as Double K’s particular needs, convinced the company to purchase the new SDLG wheel loader over a more expensive used machine from another brand.
“Double K wasn’t looking for a 2,000-hour-a-year wheel loader,” he said. “For the limited number of hours the machine would run and for the amount of money the company wanted to spend, it made more sense to purchase a brand new SDLG machine with a 1,500-hour warranty than a used machine from another brand.”
Wolfe also said the LG959’s ease of use was a factor in the purchase.
“The SDLG wheel loaders are very simple to run – there are not a lot of quirks,” he said. “Anyone can learn to run the LG959 in a matter of minutes.”
The LG959 is a 4.0 yard³ wheel loader with an operating weight of 38,250 lbs. It features a Tier 3 Deutz engine with 224 hp and 777 lb.ft; ZF transmission and axles; wet disc brakes; a hydraulic quick coupler and 3rd function hydraulics; a modern fit and finish with high visibility; and an operator friendly cab. The base unit is priced at $144,500 and comes with a 12-month, 1,500-hour warranty.
Alan Quinn, director of SDLG North America, said the first purchase of an SDLG wheel loader in the region is a historic occasion and the quick time frame in which it sold is testament to Redhead Equipment’s understanding of its customers’ needs and its confidence in the new SDLG model.
“We are really excited to have launched SDLG in North America and already be able to celebrate the first purchase,” he said. “SDLG gives our customers a new loader at the cost of a traditional used loader and this represents a new option, not previously available to customers in North America. Our startup has been exciting and our early successes are exceeding expectations.”
December 6th, 2013 // By mkezdi
The article, written by Clayton Foster, business development manager at TYRI Lights, covered the three lighting technologies available as well as the energy savings and versatility of LED lighting.
Follow this link to read the full article.
Two weeks ago, the Stevens Point, Wis. based company joined and posted its first video (shown above) to YouTube highlighting the benefits of its 1010 LED, 1017 LED and VL4 LED Lightbar on a UTV. The TYRI folks took the vehicle on a festive romp through the wilderness.
Yesterday, the TYRI folks were at it again. This time, they show viewers the benefits of the Heavy Duty 1010 and 1017 LED work lights at night. You can watch that video below.
December 6th, 2013 // By mkezdi
The opening of the facility in a more centralized industrial area means that in many cases, AGCO Parts dealers will have next-day delivery of in-stock parts to 85 percent of eastern Canada. Previously, agricultural equipment parts for the eastern provinces were supplied through a facility in Kitchener or were shipped in from AGCO Parts’ Batavia, Ill. location.
The much larger, 67,000-square-foot building will allow inventory of about 45 percent more stock keeping units/SKUs than in Kitchener, increasing inventory to an estimated 50,000 SKUs.
“As growers continue to increase the size of their operations, the need to minimize downtime becomes increasingly important,” said Joe DiPietro, director, Supply Chain, AGCO Parts. “Relocating our parts distribution center serving Eastern Canada and upgrading it to a full-stocking location is another important way AGCO is improving the ways we support our dealers and their customers. This will provide faster service to our dealers so they are better able to keep customers’ equipment in the field and performing at optimum levels.”
A significant innovation made possible with the AGCO Parts’ relocation is the adoption of a Warehouse Management System, which will improve productivity and accuracy.
“The WMS is a wireless warehouse system that enables parts to be tracked through the building from initial pick assignments right down to packing them in the carton,” DiPietro said. “Electronic monitoring of the parts that fill orders will decrease errors at the packing stations and save dealers time and the inconvenience of receiving wrong parts. It will help us respond more quickly and efficiently once an order is received from a dealer.”
AGCO’s relocation of this center and the increased inventory will improve order responsiveness and lower parts delivery times by two to three days, compared to previous efforts. Changes implemented will result in next-day delivery of in-stock parts and earlier delivery of emergency and priority shipments for nearly 85 percent of the dealers in Eastern Canada. Customers and dealers also may pick up parts at the Woodstock location.
This is the fourth AGCO Parts facility to be upgraded to a full-service PDC since 2010. Collectively, the upgrades offer significant benefits for customers to reduce shipping times. Parts for all product lines from tractors and combines to tillage and application equipment are stocked there, with shipments to dealers made daily.
AGCO, Your Agriculture Company, is a global leader focused on the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery.