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Caterpillar Enters Home and Outdoor Power Market

unknownCaterpillar is entering the home and outdoor power market with the introduction of portable generators — the Cat® RP Series.

The new generators are designed to provide reliable backup or recreational power to residential users and portable power to professional contractors who need to power tools and lights on the job. The initial models of portable generators in the Cat RP Series range in size and power from 3.6 kW to 7.5 kW in North America and 2.5 kW to 4.4 kW in Europe.

This product is available to purchase through a new multi-channel distribution approach — including Cat Dealers, local retailers, and eventually national retailers and wholesalers — which will serve as Cat Home & Outdoor Power Authorized Sales and Service Centers.

cat-rp3600-generator-stand-alone-garage“This is about providing a new customer base with the right solutions for their home and outdoor power needs that reflect the reliability, rugged capabilities and quality with which Cat products are known,” said George Taylor, Caterpillar Vice President with responsibility for the Marketing & Digital Division and the company’s Chief Marketing Officer.

“We want to connect these customers to Caterpillar’s decades of experience in the electric power business, and this new distribution approach means we can do just that,” Taylor explained.

The new products will be introduced to distribution networks in the U.S. and Canada over the remainder of 2016 with a move into European networks late in the year.

cat-rp3600-generator-stand-alone-grass cat-rp5500e-generator-in-landscape-application cat-rp6500e-generator-in-construction-applicationAn expanded home and outdoor power portfolio is under development with more product launches anticipated in 2017. For more information on the new generator line, visit:


Webinar On Commercial Drone Use To Feature Q & A With Top UAV Experts

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PRNewswire/ — An industry-leading publication and an international drone company has teamed up to provide current and prospective commercial UAV users with the information they need to navigate new legislation, get started with UAVs, and improve their business efficiency, data accuracy, and profits.

Inside Unmanned Systems and microdrones™ are pleased to announce they will be hosting a webinar called Part 107 Rule: Impact on Key Application Segments in the Commercial Drone Market. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 12:00 P.M. EDT. Because it is a web-based event, participants can join the conversation from anywhere in the world.

The webinar will include a question and answer period during which participants will be able to interact in real-time with top UAV experts. The initial discussion will focus on Part 107’s implications for mapping, surveying, and inspection applications, but anyone interested in using drones for commercial purposes is welcome to participate. Spots are limited, so interested individuals should register immediately at

The event will be moderated by Demoz Gebre-Egziabher, a professor of aerospace engineering and mechanics at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, USA. The expert panel for this webinar includes:

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    Major General James O. Poss (ret) of ISR Ideas, is a leading expert on UAS, having targeted the first armed UAS strikes, designed the US Air Force’s remote split operations system for UAS control, and designed the Distributed Common Ground Station for UAS intelligence analysis. General Poss is the Executive Director of the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Center of Excellence Team. ASSURE consists of 18 of the top US, Canadian and British UAS research universities with 100+ corporate members collaborating to solve the FAA’s UAS research issues. General Poss works for MSU at their Stennis Space Center Campus. He is a 30-year US Air Force veteran with combat experience in four wars and was the Air Force’s senior career intelligence officer at his transition from active service in November 2012.

  • Mike Hogan is microdrones’ Business Development Director, in charge of identifying new business opportunities and helping clients be more successful. Hogan has extensive knowledge of UAS for industrial applications due to his vast experience helping professionals incorporate the technology into their businesses. Prior to serving microdrones customers, Hogan served in the Royal Canadian Air Force for 21 years as an Intelligence Officer, a Geomatics Officer, and an Airfield Engineer.
  • Ben Van Lare is Operations Manager for Raecon Industries. Van Lare works with a team of professionals in the power, construction, and technology industries to evaluate and integrate the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) into the commercial work environment. Not only does he specialize in UAV usage and piloting, but also in project management and business development. He is happy to act as a resource for those who have questions on either of these topics for businesses using UAS.

“We’re excited to be hosting this webinar and to have the opportunity to assist those who are pioneering commercial UAS,” said Mike Dziok, Marketing Director of microdrones. “It is an honor to be working with panelists with such a high level of expertise. We expect there will be much interest for this event and spots are limited, so those who wish to participate should register right away.”

To learn more about microdrones, visit

DT Research Delivers Rugged Tablets Purpose-built for Industry with Lower TCO than Consumer Devices

dt395cr_win10_frontleft_8851Cost-effective IP65 Rated Tablets Beat Consumer Devices in Durability, Reliability, Productivity and Security

DT Research, a designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, recently announced the DT395CR and DT395GS Rugged Tablets designed for the unique needs of vertical industries, but cost less than consumer-grade tablets over the lifetime of the product. The DT395 tablets are highly durable built to withstand extreme environments, designed with fully integrated options to eliminate easily broken attachments in mission critical scenarios and include security, privacy and productivity settings.

“Many businesses have adopted mobile tablets with the goal of increasing productivity by leveraging the versatile tablet form-factor,” said Daw Tsai Sc.D., president of DT Research. “But companies in construction, field service, logistics, manufacturing and warehousing have found that consumer-grade tablets are too fragile for their environment often requiring costly repairs and replacements that introduces expensive downtime. Our new DT395 rugged tablets give vertical industries exactly what they need with high reliability and lower TCO over the lifetime of the product.”

According to a VDC Research study, the average annual TCO (total cost of ownership) of a ruggedized tablet is 22% lower than the average annual TCO of a non-rugged tablet. The study found average failure rates for non-rugged tablets is 15.2% compared to 6.9% for rugged tablets. Lost productivity, as a result of mobile device failure, was a leading contributor to higher TCO for non-rugged tablets. Mobile workers lost an average of 52-80 minutes of productivity when their mobile device failed. (Source: VDC Research, Total Cost of Ownership Models for Mobile Computing and Wireless Platforms, Third Edition.)


Unlike consumer-grade tablets, the DT395CR and DT395GS ruggedized tablets are designed to be used in a variety of indoor and outdoor environments with full HD anti-reflection outdoor viewable displays. The tablets are IP65 and MIL-STD-810G rated to withstand 4-foot drops, broad temperatures (-4°F to 140°F) and resist water, dust and humidity.

“We tried iPads, but they were not suited for our environment,” said Marty Phillips, Director of Engineering at Murray Equipment, Inc. “Our customers do millions of dollars of fertilizer loading within an 8-week window in a broad range of weather conditions. If a remote control tablet is down for even an hour, it’s a significant revenue loss. We have used DT Research rugged tablets in our automated liquid handling facilities across the U.S. for more than three years with no downtime or repair/replacement costs. The reliability of DT Research’s rugged tablets is unmatched.”

The DT395CR and DT395GS have an 8.9 inch display with 1920×1200 resolution and capacitive touch, weighing only 2.87 pounds. The tablets run on an Intel® Atom Quad Coreä CPU with 4GB RAM running Microsoft® Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise OS.

The DT395GS tablet is designed for field applications with a high-accuracy GNSS module that is compatible with existing GIS software for mapping applications and brings together the advanced workflow for GIS data capture, accurate positioning, and data transmission. The u-blox M8 GNSS module is capable of concurrent reception of GPS and GLONASS for up to 2 meter accuracy.

Security, Privacy & Productivity Settings

The DT395 tablets leverage advanced Windows 10 IoT Enterprise OS security including Device Guard, combining hardware and software security to lock down a device so that it can only run trusted applications. The DT395 also includes Lock Down features to protect against malicious users while providing a custom defined user experience.

Bluetooth, WiFi, and RFID can pose a security issue when using consumer-grade tablets within a business environment. DT Research DT395 rugged tablets can be purpose-built with a camera privacy mode and/or preconfigured with Bluetooth, RFID and WiFi disable functions. The DT395 rugged tablets can also eliminate access to internet or social media applications to address productivity challenges.

Fully Integrated Options

DT Research offers customizable options for the DT395CR and DT395GS including an optimized OS and BIOS. Customers can choose to have the options below fully-integrated.

  • 3G WWAN or 4G LTE
  • 2D Barcode Scanner
  • Class 1 Bluetooth (1000 feet)
  • Camera (5 Megapixel back camera)
  • GNSS Module (u-blox M8)
  • HF/RFID 13.56MHz reader
  • HDMI-in and Ethernet port
  • 6-pin push/pull connector for EIA/RS-232/485/422, USB port and Ethernet port

Pricing and Availability

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Making the Grade: The Benefits of 2-D Machine Guidance and Control Systems

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