The World’s Largest Diggers – An Infographic

“The increasing demand for basic commodities has driven up prices and spurred a global mining boom, but it is not an easy task to get them from mines because big layers of rock have to be moved first. Our infographic contains detail of some heavy machines around the world that can make task easy because they are fast, efficient, and reliable.” Tom Neville     http://www.mwhire.com/teleporters-for-sale-or-hire/

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Ford Transit Takes Over As Best-Selling Full-Size Van in U.S.

imagesFord Transit closed out 2014 by capturing the title of best-selling full-size van for the second month in a row – reflecting increasing demand for Ford’s innovative new full-size van.

Transit is Ford’s replacement for the venerable E-Series, first sold in 1961 as Econoline. In 2014, sales of the Transit and E-Series totaled 123,711 vans, outselling the nearest competitor by 17,718 vehicles. As a result, Ford extends its leadership of the full-size van market to 36 years in the United States. Transit also has been the best-selling van in the United Kingdom for 49 years.

U.S. sales of 10,030 Transits in December nearly equal the 10,418 total sold over the previous six months – the vehicle’s first months of production.

Ford’s smaller Transit Connect van also had a breakout December, setting its own monthly performance record with 5,012 vehicles sold. Total 2014 sales of 43,210 vans make Transit Connect the best-selling small van of the year.

“We are seeing a resurgence in the van market as customers increasingly take advantage of the versatility, efficiency and low cost of ownership of Transit and Transit Connect,” says Yaroslav Hetman, brand manager for Transit, Transit Connect and E-Series. “December was an exciting month for us, as we sold more vans in the United States than in any single month since June 1999. It is clear that our new vans are connecting with our customers’ needs for modern, flexible work vehicles.”

Transit is available with a choice of three roof heights, two wheelbases, three body lengths and three engines, which can be combined into 47 possible body configurations from the factory to enable customers to purchase the Transit that best fits their needs. Transit vans offer up to 487 cubic feet of cargo space – 75 percent more than the largest E-Series – and are designed with upfitters in mind, ready to accept many aftermarket rack and bin systems. Maximum payload is 4,560 pounds whenproperly equipped. High-roof Transit cargo vans allow an inside stand-up height of six feet, nine and one-half inches.

Transit wagon is available with seating for as many as 15 passengers when properly equipped, and high-roof models offer an inside stand-up height of six feet, five inches.

Available powertrains include two gasoline-powered V6 engines and one diesel-powered inline five-cylinder. The available 3.5-liter EcoBoost® provides 46 percent better EPA-estimated fuel economy than the premium gas engine available in E-Series van.

Transit is manufactured at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri for the North American market. It is built on Ford’s experience addressing the needs of the 7 million-plus customers who have purchased Transit in 118 markets around the world.

Transit Connect is ideal for businesses that require capability in a smaller package. The van provides best-in-class torque rating of 184 lb.-ft. and an EPA estimated fuel economy of 30 mpg highway. Transit Connect also provides an unsurpassed 178 horsepower when run on premium fuel and towing capacity of 2,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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Komatsu America Introduces the PC210LCi-10 Hydraulic Excavator

Meet the world’s first intelligent Machine Control excavator

Komatsu America introduces the PC210LCi-10 intelligent Machine Control excavator to the North American market. The PC210LCi-10 features Komatsu’s unique machine control and guidance technologies, built upon the successful foundation of the standard Komatsu PC210LC-10 excavator. Thanks to the exclusive control function, the PC210LCi-10 goes beyond simple guidance to semi-automatically limit over-excavation and trace a target surface. From rough digging to finish grading, the PC210LCi-10 excavator offers improved efficiency and accuracy over traditional methods.

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“The PC210LCi-10 represents a huge leap forward by bringing automation features to excavators,” said Jason Anetsberger, Product Manager of Intelligent Machine Control. “Thanks to the exclusive semi-automatic control function, customers will unearth their productivity and operators can focus on moving material while the machine semi-automatically protects the target surface.” Anetsberger added, “The efficiency improvement, greater value and operation simplicity of the PC210LCi-10 mirror what has been proven with Komatsu’s established intelligent Machine Control dozer products: experienced and inexperienced operators alike will realize the benefits.”

With an operating weight of 52,036 pounds and a net horsepower of 158 hp the PC210LCi-10 is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D107E-2 engine and is EPA Tier 4 Interim and EU Stage 3B emissions certified. 

Innovative: Automatic Real Time Digging Control

The bucket of the world’s first intelligent Machine Control excavator is semi-automatically limited from digging beyond the target surface. The control function also semi-automatically follows the design surface allowing for accurate finish grading, with real-time bucket edge positioning in relation to the machine and the job surface.

Integrated: Standard Factory Installed Integrated Machine Control System

Factory installed, Komatsu’s fully integrated intelligent Machine Control system includes GNSS antennas, stroke-sensing hydraulic cylinders for the boom, arm and bucket plus an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), for precise real time bucket edge positioning. Status is instantly displayed on the full color, multi-function 12.1” control box monitor, eliminating the wait time associated with conventional sensors.

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Intelligent: Enhancements for Optimized Performance

The Komatsu PC210LCi-10 allows the operator to focus on moving material efficiently, aided by the intelligent Machine Control technologies. The touch screen control box monitor makes grading easy and accurate with a facing angle compass, a light bar and audio guidance. Information such as real-time “as-built” status, a magnified fine grading view or a 3D-view may be displayed simultaneously.

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Customer peace-of-mind is standard

Both the base machine and intelligent Machine Control technologies are fully supported by specially trained distributor-based Technology Solutions Experts. Every customer who purchases a PC210LCi-10 has the support of Komatsu intelligent Machine Control certified personnel.

Komatsu remains focused on lowering the customer’s ownership costs by engineering machines with increased fuel efficiency and productivity. To further reduce owning and operating costs, Komatsu CARE® complimentary scheduled maintenance is standard on all PC210LCi-10 excavators for three (3) years or 2,000 hours (whichever occurs first). Services are performed by factory-certified technicians using only Komatsu genuine parts and fluids.

The PC210LCi-10 is equipped with KOMTRAX® remote monitoring technology, which sends machine operating information to a secure website or smart phone application utilizing wireless technology. Data such as fuel level, operating hours, location, cautions and maintenance alerts are relayed to the web application for analysis. The KOMTRAX® fleet monitoring system helps increase machine availability, reduces the risk of machine theft, allows for remote diagnosis by the distributor, and provides a wealth of other information to drive business efficiency and productivity.

Komatsu product engineers said that the machine can help improve productivity significantly while reducing costs. The intelligent machine controls can virtually eliminate the need for correcting “over dig” a time consuming and material-wasting process that results from removing too much material

According to some of the comments that were made, the intelligent machine control will make a good operator great and new operators become better quicker.