DEWALT® Expands Battery and Charger Offerings

DEWALT® announces the continued expansion of the FLEXVOLT® System with the dual-voltage 20V/60V MAX* FLEXVOLT® 12.0Ah Battery (DCB612). In addition, DEWALT announces the new 4-Port Fast Charger (DCB104) which simultaneously charges four FLEXVOLT® 12.0Ah Batteries (sold separately) in 120 minutes. By combining long runtime with fast charge time, DEWALT reduces downtime on the job site.

The 20V/60V MAX* FLEXVOLT® 12.0Ah Battery (DCB612) is optimized for use in new and existing DEWALT tools designed for high-power applications. These tools include the new 2,100 Max Watts Out (MWO) 9 in. 60V MAX* Cut-Off Saw (DCS690) as well as the existing 2,400 MWO 60V MAX* 7-1/4 in. Worm Drive Style Saw (DCS577), the 1,700 MWO 60V MAX* 4.5 in. to 6 in. Grinder (DCG414), and the 2,100 MWO 120V MAX* 12 in. Double Bevel Compound Sliding Miter Saw (DHS790). DEWALT FLEXVOLT® batteries are also backward compatible with most DEWALT 20V MAX* tools.

The 4-Port Fast Charger (DCB104) not only charges the new 20V/60V MAX* FLEXVOLT® 12.0Ah Battery (DCB612), but it also offers multi-platform versatility for use with 12V MAX* and 20V MAX* DEWALT batteries. The Fast Charger is compatible with the ToughSystem® storage system allowing for convenient transport and storage. Including through-hole wall mounts, a cord wrap, and transport handles, the Fast Charger can be conveniently carried from truck to tool crib. In addition, the 4-Port Fast Charger is Tool Connect™ Tag Ready™, providing a flat surface where the Tag (sold separately) can be attached. Tool Connect™ is a 3-part inventory management solution that encompasses the Tool Connect™ Inventory Manager web portal, the Tool Connect™ mobile app, and connected products.

From 1.5Ah to 3.0Ah compact batteries, 4.0Ah to 6.0Ah XR® batteries, and 6.0Ah to 12.0Ah FLEXVOLT® batteries, DEWALT offers the right combination of ergonomics and runtime for just about any application, while innovative charging solutions keep batteries ready for use. Coming in summer 2018, the 20V/60V MAX* FLEXVOLT® 12.0Ah Battery (DCB612) will be available where DEWALT products are sold and will come standard with a three-year limited warranty, three-year free service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee. The 4-Port Fast Charger (DCB104) will be available where DEWALT products are sold  and will come standard with a three-year limited warranty, one-year free service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee.

With respect to 12V MAX* – Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 12 volts. Nominal voltage is 10.6.

With respect to 20V MAX* – Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.

With respect to 60V MAX* – Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 60 volts. Nominal voltage is 54.

With respect to 120V MAX* – Based on using 2 DEWALT 60V MAX* li-ion batteries, combined having a maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) of 120 volts and a nominal voltage of 108.

AEM Reports: 3D Printing of Construction Equipment: 3 Things You Should Know  

3D Printing of Construction Equipment: 3 Things You Should Know  

 If you were at CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2017, you may have seen the unveiling of the world’s first 3D-printed excavator at the event’s inaugural Tech Experience.

It was more than just an attention-getter.

3D printing has slowly but surely developed into a disruptive technology poised to have far-reaching effects on the equipment industry.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) was part of the team effort that developed that 3D-printed excavator.

AEM relays three things to keep in mind when looking at 3D printing and its potential for equipment manufacturing.

3D printing has enormous potential, but it is still growing and evolving.

The consensus right now among leading additive manufacturing experts is that the technology’s immediate potential can be most readily found in smaller-scale deployments, according to Dr. Lonnie Love, a corporate research fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

“(3D printing) is not going to change all of manufacturing overnight,” says Love. “It’s not going to displace casting. It’s not going to displace welding.”

One key hurdle to adoption is that 3D printing is not yet fast enough, says Love.

“When you make these great parts at low volumes, you don’t care that it takes a week or a month… but we’ve got to go faster because it drives the productivity up and the costs down (for manufacturers).”

3D printing can help manufacturers do things they’ve never done before.

Love and his colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory can attest to both the technology’s incredible capabilities and its value proposition for manufacturers.

They were involved in building the world’s first operational 3D-printed excavator unveiled at the Tech Experience at CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2017.

Known as Project AME (Additive Manufactured Excavator), the excavator was 3D printed using a variety of machines to create and assemble three components: a cab, a boom and a heat exchanger. The excavator’s boom was fabricated using a cutting-edge free-form additive manufacturing technique to print large-scale metal components.

It was an incredible undertaking, and the success of Project AME proved the sky’s really the limit in terms of what 3D-printing technology can do.

Play video of Project AME’s creation. Learn more about industry trends through AEM’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG 365 initiative (https://www.conexpoconagg.com/subscribe/).

3D printing can help manufacturers create efficiencies and save money.

The costly and time-consuming process of tooling is a prime example of an opportunity for manufacturers to leverage 3D printing to create efficiencies.

According to Love, the production of molds, jigs, and fixtures used in the mass production of heavy equipment can take months, run six-figure costs and very often involve tooling companies based overseas. However, Love believes that the widespread adoption of additive manufacturing could change all that.

“This may be a mechanism to rapidly get tooling back in the U.S.,” Love says, “To make it take days and not months. It costs thousands instead of hundreds of thousands. We’ve already proven this on the automotive and aerospace sides. Now it’s time to take a look at construction and see where it fits.”

The equipment industry has earned a well-deserved reputation for designing and building machinery that stays in use for decades. But manufacturers spend heavily to keep massive inventories of spare parts on hand to meet customer needs.

According to Love, companies are now combating that challenge by cutting back on the overhead costs of warehouse space through 3D printing.

“The advantage of this technology is you could actually print a replacement part without having to have that inventory,” Love says. “That, to me, has tremendous potential.”

The Tech Experience returns to the next CONEXPO-AGG and IFPE, in 2020. Learn more about industry trends through AEM’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG 365 initiative (https://www.conexpoconagg.com/subscribe

 

 

View photos of 3D excavator development at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View photos of 3D excavator in action at CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2017

 

VOLVO CE MOVES INTO 3D PARTS PRINTING

Volvo Construction Equipment moves into a new dimension to assist customers in supplying spare parts and as part of its commitment to the research and development of new products.

A workshop tool for mounting parts on an axle has been made by 3D printing.

As the construction industry looks to new methods for efficient production, equipment manufacturers are likewise exploring additional ways to boost productivity. Volvo CE has introduced 3D printing in order to deliver spare parts to customers more quickly and efficiently. The company is also investing in 3D printing methods in the research and development of its prototype machinery.

“We are supporting customers through the life cycle of their equipment,” says Jasenko Lagumdzija, Manager of Business Support at Volvo CE. “It’s especially good for older machines where the parts that have worn out are no longer made efficiently in traditional production methods. Producing new parts by 3D printing cuts down on time and costs, so it’s an efficient way of helping customers.”

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING BENEFITS CUSTOMERS

Additive manufacturing – as 3D printing is commonly known – is the process of repeatedly layering a molten material or liquid in a specific pattern that is set by the printer’s software, until it solidifies into the required three-dimensional shape. For its aftermarket service, Volvo CE commissions the creation of spare parts made of thermoplastics to send to customers who require the replacement of a part that has worn out through natural usage.
Parts can be made of any shape and size, and for any unit in Volvo CE’s range of off-road machinery. Typical parts made by 3D printing so far include parts of a cabin, plastic coverings, and sections of air conditioning units. The company uses its own archive of drawings, 3D models and product information to feed into the printer to produce the correct new part.
“The customer is getting exactly the same part in replacing plastic with plastic,” says Annika Fries, Aftermarket Branding Manager at Volvo CE. “We do a lot of quality assurance – the 3D parts have the same specifications and go through the same process as the original, and get the same warranty, so customers can be confident they are getting a genuine Volvo approved part.”

QUICK AND EFFICIENT RESPONSE

The creation of new parts via the 3D printing process can take as little as one week. Fast delivery of required components maximizes the uptime of customers’ equipment, and the ability to supply new parts to replace those that have gone out of normal production may also extend the lifetime of the machine as a whole. Parts made of metals through additive manufacturing may also be offered in future.
“Lead-times are significantly reduced with 3D printing and since there are no minimum order quantity requirements, we benefit from quicker delivery of parts, lower inventory levels in our warehouses and an improved ability to balance supply and demand,” says Daniel Kalfholm, Project Leader for Aftermarket Purchasing for Volvo CE’s EMEA region. “And it can all be carried out a purchase price that is comparable to that of a traditionally manufactured component.”

MOVING FORWARD WITH PROTOTYPING

In addition to 3D printing being an increasingly desirable element in the production of aftermarket parts, the process is also being used by Volvo CE in building new components for prototype machinery. The company has several 3D printers for this purpose at its research and development premises.
“As we only need to produce low volumes of parts for prototyping, it’s a good way to see what works,” says Fredrick Andersson, Development Engineer for Wheel Loaders Powertrain Installation at Volvo CE. “We have a lot of knowledge and we can make changes quickly and easily with 3D printing. And because of this, it means that the time to market for a new product is quicker, so it’s of great benefit to our company.”

Red Wing Shoe Company Unveils Wall of Honor in Tribute to Skilled Laborers

Recently Red Wing Shoe Company unveiled its Wall of Honor, a monument that features epic stories about skilled laborers and their Red Wing boots, in the honorees’ own words. The Wall of Honor pays tribute to those who have handled some of the toughest jobs such as delivering goods and services across ports and seaways as a U.S. Merchant Marine; installing the spire atop the Willis Tower in Chicago; and the cleanup at ground zero after the 9/11 attacks.

Red Wing asked for customer stories in the summer of 2017, and after receiving nearly 500 submissions selected 32 to highlight, along with their boots, on a permanent, physical Wall of Honor at its flagship store in Red Wing, Minn. In addition, a virtual experience can be found at http://in.redwingshoes.com/wall-of-honor-2018 where the honorees’ impressive tales – surviving job-site accidents, repairing public services during dangerous storms or simply getting up each morning for decades knowing a trusted pair of boots would provide safety and comfort – are featured.

“We receive thousands of notes every year from workers sharing their Red Wing stories – and often times their boots – the Wall of Honor was created to honor these customers,” says Dave Schneider, chief marketing officer at Red Wing Shoe Company who conceived the Wall of Honor. “Our customers tell us their Red Wing boots are like tools in their tool belt. We are touched by the amount of love our brand receives, and it felt right to provide a space where their stories can live forever, paying respect to our customers’ boots and the remarkable work they have accomplished in their communities.”

Since its founding in 1905, Red Wing has focused on providing purpose-built footwear designed to handle and outlast all kinds of demanding work without sacrificing comfort. To that end, the Wall of Honor chronicles work from several industries including commercial and residential construction, energy, manufacturing and public services.

Submissions are open for the 2019 Wall of Honor at http://in.redwingshoes.com/wall-of-honor-2018.

About Red Wing Shoe Company

Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc. is a global leader in the design, production and distribution of work, safety and lifestyle footwear and work apparel. Established in 1905 in Red Wing, Minn., today the privately-held company’s family of brands includes Red Wing®, the premium choice for purpose-built work footwear, workwear and accessories including a collection of Heritage styles created for any occasion; Irish Setter®, the footwear brand of choice for hunters and workers who want uncompromising quality and technological innovation; Vasque®, a pioneer of performance hiking footwear; WORX™, a trusted brand for the industrial safety footwear market; and S.B. Foot Tanning Company, one of the largest U.S. producers of fine tanned leather for footwear and leather goods. Its brands are distributed to more than 110 countries in an immersive multi-channel environment of 500+ Red Wing retail stores, third-party partners, and owned e-commerce platforms. The Red Wing Shoe Company employs more than 2,000 employees worldwide and operates two U.S. manufacturing facilities in Red Wing and Potosi, Mo.

For more information, please visit redwingshoes.com, facebook.com/RedWingShoes or follow @RedWingShoes.

Below:  Jason Mraule, Construction Worker,  redwingshoes.com, Grand Junction, CO

To read his story visit: http://in.redwingshoes.com/wall-of-honor-2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contacts for Red Wing Shoe Company

Kohnstamm Communications
Luke Gillespie, 651-228-9141
luke@kohnstamm.com

 

 

Summer Really Is Coming, DEWALT® Unveils Two Lawn Mowers

Mowers expand the DEWALT 20V MAX* and 40V MAX* systems

The 2x20V MAX* Brushless Mower is optimized for use with DEWALT construction battery platforms. The two DEWALT 20V MAX* 5.0Ah Batteries (DCB205) work simultaneously to deliver the power demanded by the user and provide flexibility to be used with other tools in the DEWALT 20V MAX* system. The 2x20V MAX* Brushless Mower marks the continued expansion of the DEWALT 20V MAX* system of 100+ products and is also compatible with the DEWALT FLEXVOLT® battery system for maximum flexibility and extended runtime.

The 40V MAX* Brushless Mower is optimized for use in landscaping applications. Powered by one DEWALT 40V MAX* 6.0Ah Battery (DCB406), the 40V MAX* Brushless Mower marks the continued expansion of the 40V MAX* system of outdoor power equipment from DEWALT.

Both the 2x20V MAX* and 40V MAX* Brushless Mowers feature high-efficiency brushless motors to deliver consistent cutting performance. They also both offer a 20” metal deck to cut a large path, a folding handle for upright storage, and front deck and rear deck carrying handles for easy transportation. They can mulch, bag, or rear discharge grass clippings. Additionally, the 2x20V MAX* mower features an on-deck LED light board which signals state-of-charge for each pack and indicates when a recharge is needed.

DEWALT continues to develop both its 20V MAX* and 40V MAX* systems of tools to offer solutions for construction and outdoor applications. Available in early 2018, the 2x20V MAX* Brushless Mower will come kitted with two DEWALT 20V MAX* 5.0Ah Lithium Ion Batteries (DCB205) (DCMW220P2). Also available in early 2018, the 40V MAX* Brushless Mower will come kitted with one DEWALT 40V MAX* 6.0Ah Lithium Ion Battery (DCB406) (DCMW290H1), as well as bare (battery and charger sold separately) (DCMW290B).

The mowers come with the standard DEWALT 3 year limited warranty, 1-year free service, and 90-day money back guarantee.

*Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.

*Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 40 volts. Nominal voltage is 36. 

DCMW220P22X 20V MAX* DEWALT 3-IN-1 CORDLESS LAWN MOWER (2 X 5.0 AH)

The 2x 20V MAX* DEWALT 3-in-1 Cordless Lawn Mower is powered by (2) 20V MAX* batteries to deliver 2x the voltage. The high-output brushless motor delivers powerful performance and increases torque in high overgrowth. The lawn mower’s 3-in-1 capability allows for mulching, bagging, or rear clipping discharge. It is perfect for properties up to 1/4 acre. For optimal performance, the battery-powered lawn mower can be paired with high capacity 20V MAX* DEWALT batteries or FLEXVOLT® batteries for extended runtime and maximum compatibility across DEWALT battery systems. This cordless lawn mower is designed to help you get the job done with a 20 in. metal deck, quick and easy single lever height adjustment, and folding handles for compact upright storage.

FEATURES & SPECS

FEATURES

  • Powerful brushless motor and (2) 20V MAX* batteries working simultaneously for high power output
  • 3-in-1: mulching, bagging, and rear discharging
  • Heavy-duty 20 in. metal deck
  • Single lever height adjust ranging from 1.5 in. – 3.4 in.
  • Folding handle and lift handles for easy transport and compact storage

SPECIFICATIONS

  • AMPS2 X 5.0 AH AMPS
  • POWER SOURCELITHIUM ION
  • SYSTEM20V MAX*

INCLUDES

  • 20V MAX* DEWALT 3-in-1 Cordless Lawn Mower
  • 2 x DCB205 5.0 Ah 20V MAX* Lithium Ion batteries
  • DCB115 Standard Charger
  • Collection bag
  • Mulching plug

DCMW290H140V MAX* 3-IN-1 CORDLESS LAWN MOWER KIT

With a powerful brushless motor, the 40V MAX* Lawn Mower can cut up to 1/4 acre. It is 3in1, so you can mulch, bag, and discharge clippings out the back. Its metal deck gives it durability. This lawn mower also features a single-lever height-adjust system so you can easily change blade height. The handle also folds to allow for compact storage. Plus, it’s compatible with our line of 40V MAX* DEWALT outdoor power equipment.

FEATURES & SPECS

FEATURES

  • Powerful brushless motor for high power output
  • 3in1: mulching, bagging, and rear discharging
  • Heavy duty 20 in. metal deck
  • Single lever height adjust ranging from 1.5 – 3.4 in.
  • Folding handle and lift handles for easy transport and compact storage

SPECIFICATIONS

  • AMPS 6.0AH AMPS
  • CUTTING PATH20 IN
  • POWER SOURCELITHIUM ION
  • SYSTEM40V MAX*

INCLUDES

  • DCMW290 DEWALT 40V MAX* 3in1 Brushless Mower
  • DCB406 6.0AH battery
  • Charger
  • Collection bag
  • Mulching plug
  • Safety key