Monthly Archive for July, 2011

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Case Donates Engine And Components Display To Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Students at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s diesel and heavy equipment technician program will have hands-on access to some new instructional aids, following the recent donation by Case Construction Equipment of a diesel engine, transmission and hydraulic pump display from a Case loader/backhoe.

Case had been using the equipment at its Tomahawk Customer Centerin Tomahawk, Wis., but donated it to the Sturgeon Bay college after NWTC students visited Tomahawk with their instructor Jon Sowl, senior instructor of the school’s diesel technician program.

“Because of our longstanding relationship with Case dealer Miller-Bradford, we’ve been working with Case and their staff at Tomahawk and at their corporate training center in Racine for the past 20 years,” Sowl said.

“Each year we take our students to visit the Case Customer Center in Tomahawk to learn about the Case product line.  Students have the opportunity to operate equipment and receive training covering Case equipment history, machine features and technology,” Sowl continued. “Russ Wadzinski, the general manager at Tomahawk, asked us if we had a need in our program for the 580SM components display that they’ve been using in their dealer and customer training programs. We are very excited and grateful to Case for this generous donation.”

Sowl noted that the diesel and heavy equipment technician program is one of seven such programs in the Wisconsin tech school system, and the only one in the state to be accredited by the Associated Equipment Dealers. NWTC’s diesel program includes instruction covering agriculture, on-highway and construction machinery and diesel engine maintenance. Upon completion of the two-year program, students receive either an associate’s degree or a technical diploma.

“There’s a great career opportunity for students graduating from this program.  There has been a steady demand for diesel technicians in northeast Wisconsin and beyond,” Sowl said. “We’re a good source of talent for equipment dealers and companies with large fleets.”

Both Case and its local dealer, Miller-Bradford & Risberg, value the relationship with NWTC. “We’re happy to help Jon and his program,” said Wadzinski. “We look at his students as an important part of our industry’s future. Providing equipment and support is a good way for Case to invest in the future success of the industry.”

Mike Soley, Jr., president and CEO of Miller-Bradford & Risberg, Sussex, Wis., agreed. “Creating and sustaining solid partnerships with programs like the one Jon Sowl directs is a way of building a bridge to our future customers and employees,” Soley said.

Digging’ Its Way Into Orlando, Florida

Volvo Rents announces the acquisition of Contractors Equipment Rental (CER), a single location construction equipment rental company based in Orlando, Florida. The address of the Orlando equipment rental store is 7616 Narcoossee Road, Orlando, FL 32822 (www.volvorents.com/orlando).

Anchored by an increase in local construction spending that is projected to total nearly $30 Billion between 2012 and 2016, Volvo Rents is looking to grab a bigger piece of the construction equipment rental pie that is currently up for grabs in Orlando. To capitalize on the economic upturn, Volvo Rents is embarking on a new course, where it will not only operate a franchise network of rental stores, but also manage and grow a network of company-owned stores.

“Since 2002 when we initiated a relationship with Volvo Rents, I have had admiration for the integrity of the Volvo Rents management team and their commitment to local decision-making. The company’s culture of taking care of our employees and customers made becoming part of Volvo Rents an attractive decision for my family and my employees,” said Gary Tripp, owner of Contractors Equipment Rental. “Volvo Rents is embarking on a significant expansion and we looking forward to facilitating their growth.”

In addition to Volvo Rents’ expanding line of Volvo compact equipment – such as backhoe and skid steer loaders, compact wheel loaders and compact excavators – the new center will carry a comprehensive line of essential equipment and tools for the construction, commercial, industrial and homeowner markets. The focus is on daily, weekly and monthly rentals.

“Contractors Equipment Rental’s commitment to customer care and local decision-making has enabled the Tripp family to assemble an excellent team that is fully committed to VIP customer service,” said Mike Crouch, Vice President of Business Development for Volvo Rents. “Gary and team will serve a significant role in the expansion of Volvo Rents in the state of Florida.”

New Doosan Rock Buckets Tackle Severe Applications

New Doosan rock buckets are built to tackle the toughest, most severe digging and loading applications.

Doosan offers three models with heaped capacities of 4, 4.5 and 6 cubic yards. The two smaller buckets are 128.9 inches wide and 54 inches high while the largest bucket is 136.2 inches wide and 68.5 inches high.

All three models feature a spade nose design and standard weld-on teeth. Doosan rock buckets are available with pin-on mounting only.

Dynapac CC Line Tandem Asphalt Rollers

The Dynapac CC Line series of eight double-drum and eight combi tandem asphalt rollers offers sizes and options designed to match contractor needs and work style.

The rollers can be tailored to local conditions, including engine power, operator’s  platform, and air conditioning. Designed to yield precision results, each Dynapac CC tandem asphalt roller is equipped with the DCA-A Compaction Analyzer which monitors and records key parameters via a GPS-assisted, graphic, real-time display of temperature and number of passes.

The CC224HF, CC234HF, CC324HF, CC334HF, CC384HF, CC424HF, CC524HF, and CC624HF are dual-drum models. Combi models—CC224CHF, CC234CHF, CC324CHF, CC334CHF, CC384CHF, CC424CHF, CC524CHF, and CC624CHF feature a drum roller and rear set of wheels.

Dynapac CC rollers are engineered to compact any type of asphalt mix. They feature high frequency/low amplitude for thin layers and high amplitude for thick layers.  The articulated tandem rollers are powered by a Cummins QSB 4.5 water-cooled turbo-diesel engine with after cooler. The rated power is 125 hp at 2200 rpm for the CC424HF, and 152hp for the larger CC524HF and CC624HF models. The new machines have operating masses ranging from 11.6 tons to 13.9 tons. The weight is split evenly between the front and rear drum modules.

The tandem asphalt rollers are said to achieve high-quality surface finishes through operational features such as soft starting and stopping, which is designed to prevent unevenness and cracking in the asphalt layers. In a panic situation, the machine will drop out of the soft mode and immediately brake.

The machines feature a double-pump vibration system, which eliminates the need for a vibration valve. This feature is designed to make the system for efficient, aid in the servicing, and reduce fuel consumption. Fuel consumption is expected to be further reduced because there are fewer number of hydraulic hose fittings, proportional control of cooler fan speed used for engine coolant and hydraulic oil temperatures, and automatic diesel engine idling after 10 seconds in neutral.

Dynapac CostCtrl tool for all of the models, is designed to help roller owners estimate total cost of ownership by controlling fuel, investment, maintenance, wear, and operator cost parameters.

AEM and MSHA Confirm Cooperative Alliance -Goal Is Miner Health and Safety

At the AEM-MSHA Alliance signing are (left) Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joseph Main and (right) AEM President Dennis Slater.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) have reconfirmed their previously established alliance to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces related to mining operations.

AEM and MSHA established the alliance in January 2007 with a signing ceremony in Washington, DC.  Prevention of accidents and injuries remains the leading focus of the alliance.

The new agreement, signed on July 14, 2011 in Washington, DC states that the alliance will promote “effective means to facilitate seatbelt usage, prevent slips/falls from equipment, prevent collisions, improve blind area visibility, prevent dump point overtravel, and develop machine-specific training materials for new miners.”

The key elements of the agreement are below:

AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE BETWEEN THE MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION AND THE ASSOCIATION OF EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) recognize the value of working collaboratively to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces at the nation’s mining operations.  MSHA and AEM hereby renew their Alliance to provide miners who operate and maintain equipment with information, guidance, and access to resources that will help protect miner health and safety.

Focus will be given to promoting effective means to facilitate seatbelt usage, prevent slips/falls from equipment, prevent collisions, improve blind area visibility, prevent dump point over-travel, and develop machine-specific training materials for new miners as examples.  MSHA and AEM recognize that time and budgetary constraints may prevent some or all of these issues from being addressed simultaneously and agree to prioritize projects, maximize Alliance efforts and optimize the use of available resources.

MSHA and AEM will work cooperatively through the Alliance to:

  • Aid in identifying the scope of safety and health concerns and provide a way to proactively communicate that scope to all (AEM) manufacturers of mobile equipment and powered haulage equipment.
  • Promote educational and training programs addressing the maintenance and operation of equipment in a safe and healthful manner.
  • Develop and disseminate best practices to stakeholders who operate and maintain equipment.

Speak, exhibit, or appear at MSHA/AEM conferences, other industry conferences or meetings attended by equipment operators, maintenance personnel and mine operators to promote safe use and maintenance of mining equipment.