DEWALT Announces Metal Tool Storage Line Expansion

DEWALT Announces Metal Tool Storage Line Expansion

New Metal Storage units are made in the USA with global materials

DEWALT announces the expansion of its Metal Tool Storage line, including top chests, workbenches, and rolling cabinets ranging from 26-to 52-inches wide as well as 18-inches to 21-inches deep for ample storage solutions. Each is made in the USA with global materials.

The 21-inch depth metal storage options include the 41-inch Wide Tool Chest (DWST24071) and Rolling Cabinet (DWST24071) combination, the 41-inch Wide Mobile Workbench with Wood Top (DWST24192), and 52-inch Tool Chest (DWST25182) and Rolling Tool Cabinet (DWST24191)combination. They are each constructed of double-wall steel for strength and durability. The drawers in the rolling cabinets provide a 200-pound load capacity with one 300-pound, full-width load capacity drawer. Each drawer of all 21-inch deep units features full-extension ball-bearing drawer slides that are equipped with the POSI-LATCH® drawer latching system for easy release. The 21-inch units each include an integrated power and USB port in the top chests and mobile workbench as well as a keyed internal locking system and embossed drawer liners and top mats in each unit. Each top chest and rolling cabinet combination offers an overall load rating of 2,500 pounds with reinforced mounting channels and four 6-inch by 2-inch casters, for easy mobility around the shop floor. These storage units are perfect for mechanic’s tool sets, hand tools, and accessories storage needs and more.

The 18-inch depth series of metal storage options include three top chest and rolling cabinet combinations, ranging in size from 26” inches wide to 52” wide. They are constructed of double-wall steel for strength and durability. Each drawer comes equipped with 100-pound load capacity drawers featuring full-extension, ball-bearing drawer slides with soft close latching for smooth and quiet operation. Each top chest and rolling cabinet features a keyed internal locking system to safeguard tools and each chest has built-in power and USB strips to conveniently charge power tools, batteries, and electronics. Each top chest and rolling cabinet combo has a 1,500-pound load capacity with four, 5-inch x 2-inch casters. Embossed drawer liners and an embossed top mat come standard and help protect drawer and unit surfaces.

Available now where DEWALT products are sold, users can choose from a variety of sizes and depths in top tool chests, rolling tool cabinets, and mobile workbenches. Each 21-inch and 18-inch deep storage unit is sold separately.

About DEWALT

DEWALT is obsessed with how users work in the real world and is relentlessly pursuing total jobsite solutions. By incorporating its latest technology and industry innovations, DEWALT is leading the charge for the jobsite of the future. DEWALT products are GUARANTEED TOUGH®. For more information, visit www.dewalt.com

DEWALT Announces 20V MAX Cordless Framing Hammer

The new 21° Plastic Collated Cordless Framing Nailer (DCN21PL) from DEWALT features a dual speed motor optimized to drive a wide range of plastic collated fasteners.

At only 8.5 lbs. (bare tool), the lightweight 21° Plastic Collated Cordless Framing Nailer takes 2” – 3-1/4” full round head fasteners with a 0.113” – 0.148” diameter. Part of the growing 20V MAX* System that now features over 180 products, this nailer eliminates the need for extra equipment such as compressors and air hoses. Other features of the nailer include a stall release lever to reset the driver blade in the event of a jam, an easy-to-access nose piece for quick remove of jammed nails, an adjustable rafter hook, and a dry-fire lockout that prevents the tool from firing when nails are low.

The 21° Plastic Collated Framing Nailer achieves up to 899 nails per charge** and features mechanical switches to make adjusting the tool quick and easy, without complicated interfaces and electronic control panels. The nailer makes tool adjustments simple with its tool-free depth adjustment for precise nail placement and a tool-free selector switch for bump and sequential modes. It offers a high strength aluminum magazine with an easy-to-operate pusher latch that holds up to 49 plastic collated nails.

This nailer offers cordless convenience for a variety of applications including framing out a wall, fastening walls together, setting trusses, installing a subfloor, sheathing, and fence building for general contractors, residential remodelers, residential framers, punch-out crews, fence builders, and deck builders. Coming in fall 2018, the 21° Plastic Collated Cordless Framing Nailer Kit (DCN21PLM1) will come kitted with one 4.0Ah DEWALT battery, one charger, and a bag and will be available where DEWALT products are sold. It will come standard with a three-year limited warranty, one-year free service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee.

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

** In speed 1, using DEWALT 4.0Ah DCB204 battery when fastening 2” nails into SPF.

About DEWALT

DEWALT is obsessed with how users work in the real world and is relentlessly pursuing total job site solutions. By incorporating its latest technology and industry innovations, DEWALT is leading the charge for the job site of the future. DEWALT products. GUARANTEED TOUGH®. For more information, visit www.dewalt.com or follow DEWALT on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

New Cat® D8T Dozer Delivers More Productivity, Better Fuel Efficiency, Greater Ease Of Operation For Faster Payback

The latest Cat®D8T dozer is designed to move more material in less time, at a lower cost per ton, for a faster return on equipment investment. The bulldozer features an all-new fully automatic transmission, delivering up to 18 percent more productivity without consuming more fuel, as well as unprecedented ease of operation. Added blade capacity, increased power and steering performance, and a full range of technology options help customers realize more productivity and a faster payback.

 

Move More Material, Use Less Fuel

Meet the Cat D8T

The new D8T moves up to 18 percent more material per hour than the previous model, while using about the same amount of fuel, representing a significant fuel efficiency gain. In lighter applications, customers can expect to see up to 11 percent fuel savings compared to doing the same work with the previous model.

Much of the productivity gain comes from a new Caterpillar designed fully-automatic 4-speed transmission. The powertrain continuously optimizes the dozer for maximum power and greatest efficiency based on the load. There is no need for the operator to upshift/downshift, so operators of varying experience levels can get the most from the dozer without having to manage gear shifts. The added gear and seamless lock-up clutch engagement ensure smooth shifting.

The Semi-Universal (SU) blade capacity has been increased by 19 percent. At 13.4 yd(10.3 m3), the largest SU blade in the size class finishes jobs in fewer passes. Optional patented Performance Cutting Edges increase blade payload by up to 25 percent versus standard cutting edges, especially in hard/frozen ground or heavily compacted materials.

Powered by a Cat C15 ACERT™ engine, the new D8T offers class-leading 354 net horsepower (264 kW). Drawbar power is increased by up to 13 percent. A 10 percent increase in steering torque, fully automatic transmission and differential steering combine to provide best-in-class steering performance under load.

Technology Choices for Your Business

Caterpillar offers a choice of Cat Connect GRADE technologies help get work done more efficiently and more accurately. Technologies range from simple grade indicators to full factory-integrated GPS, all supported by Caterpillar and Cat dealers.

  • Cat Slope Indicate is standard, showing the machine cross-slope and fore/aft orientation on the primary monitor for quick and easy reference.
  • Cat GRADE with Slope Assist™is an option on Single Tilt D8Ts that provides basic blade positioning assistance without the need for added hardware or a GPS signal.
  • Cat GRADE with 3Dis an optional factory-integrated grade-control system that provides three-dimensional guidance both for production dozing and fine grading. The system features roof-mounted antennas to eliminate blade masts and cables.
  • Factory Attachment Ready Option (ARO)provides optimal mounting locations, brackets, and hardware and simplifies installation of an aftermarket grade control system.
  • AutoCarry™automates blade lift to maintain desired blade load, improve load consistency, and reduce track slip. Works seamlessly with GRADE with 3D.

Cat LINK telematics technology helps take the complexity out of managing job sites – by gathering data generated by equipment, materials, and people – and serving it up in customizable formats.

  • Product Link™collects data automatically and accurately from equipment assets – any type and any brand. Information such as location, hours, fuel usage, productivity, idle time, maintenance alerts, diagnostic codes, and machine health can be viewed online through web and mobile applications.
  • Access information anytime, anywhere with VisionLink®– and use it to make informed decisions that boost productivity, lower costs, simplify maintenance, and improve safety and security on job sites. With different subscription level options, Cat dealer can help you configure exactly what you need to connect your fleet and manage your business, without paying for extras you don’t want. Subscriptions are available with cellular or satellite reporting or both.

Save Maintenance Time and Money

Like all Cat dozers, the D8T is designed for easy routine maintenance with features like grouped service points and a ground level service center. New cartridge fuel filters, longer engine oil service interval and standard programmable automatic reversing fan help save maintenance time. New optional Heavy Duty Extended Life Undercarriage – Cat HDXL with DuraLink™ – offers up to 25% more wear life in abrasive conditions to help reduce maintenance time and overall cost. More robust structures provide the added durability to handle the increased weight and productivity.

The D8T is available in Standard and Low Ground Pressure (LGP) configurations, as well as purpose-built Waste and Stockpile arrangements. A variety of blades and track shoe types/widths allows each machine to be optimized for performance in specific applications.

For more information about the D8T dozer, contact your local cat dealer or visit the D8T model page on cat.com.

 

D8T Product Specifications

Engine Cat C15 ACERT
Emission standards U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final
Net power – 1,900 rpm
ISO 9249/SAE J1349
354 hp
Engine power – 1,600 rpm
ISO 14396
394 hp
Operating weight standard (single-shank ripper) LGP (drawbar) 87,600 lb.
83,200 lb.
Blade capacity, Semi-Universal
Universal
13.4 yd3
15.4 yd3

 

Caterpillar and Newmont to collaborate on underground vehicle automation

Caterpillar and Newmont to collaborate on underground vehicle automation

Caterpillar and Newmont Mining, with the support of Cashman Equipment Co., the Cat dealer in Nevada, have entered a collaboration agreement to validate and improve underground hard rock mining vehicle automation technology. The initial focus of the collaborative effort is Command for underground, the Cat®system for semi-autonomous and remote operation of underground loaders. Command for underground is a technology within Cat MineStar.

Newmont is the largest user of Cat underground vehicle automation technology in the western hemisphere. The company currently operates underground loaders using Command for loading in its Carlin gold mines located in northern Nevada. The collaboration agreement leverages and builds on this experience to take underground vehicle automation to the next level of performance.

“Automating underground loaders enables machine operators to work safely and efficiently from a control room on the surface,” said Graden Colby, underground operations manager, Leeville mine. “In addition to enhancing safety, the semi-autonomous system increases loader utilization, improves productivity and allows one operator to control two or more machines.”

The collaboration agreement seeks to improve existing technology and accelerate the validation and deployment of new features. Newmont, Caterpillar, and Cashman share objectives and align to ensure Command technology delivers the desired benefits now and meets expectations for the future. The agreement also provides for sharing information to help guide strategic and tactical decision-making related to automation.

“Our business is built on cultivating long-term relationships to generate value for our customers,” said Randy Schoepke, underground commercial manager for Caterpillar’s mining technology group. “Our agreement with Newmont allows two industry leaders to tackle challenges and push each other to achieve step changes in performance by making the best use of real-world experience.”

“Through our shared vision with Caterpillar and Cashman—along with senior management commitment—we are tackling a new frontier in mining to improve safety, productivity and costs,” said David Thornton, general manager of Newmont’s Carlin underground operations. “The agreement provides the platform for new or improved capabilities to be jointly and quickly scoped, piloted, proven and adopted into operations.”

The agreement also creates a basis for rapid replication across Newmont’s business. “Through Caterpillar’s global business model and dealer network, our Command for the underground operating model can be deployed relatively easily at other Newmont mines and generate additional value from the use of common and consistent operating technology,” said Mike Wundenberg, Newmont’s vice president of operational technology and innovation.

For more information about Cat mining technology, contact the regional Cat dealer or go to: www.cat.com/minestar

AEM Recommends — Build a Strong Construction Safety Culture

Commit to Ongoing Training, Take Advantage of Technology

 Safety is improving in the construction industry, according to the National Safety Council, but serious injuries and fatalities still occur.

“I think it’s fair to say that while we have been getting better at preventing most incidents and improving safety, in general, there are specific ways in which we have not been improving and we need to do more to address,” explains John Dony of the Campbell Institute/National Safety Council.

Dony and fellow safety professionals outlined how to build a strong construction safety culture in a recent CONEXPO-CON/AGG 365 article (learn more at http://www.conexpoconagg.com/subscribe/).

Beyond Compliance: Creating a Culture of Safety

Going beyond compliance training is one of the biggest things that organizations in any industry can do, but this is perhaps more relevant in construction than any other industry because compliance training is often mandated, according to Dony.

He suggests that training around more advanced safety topics and focusing on creating a culture of safety are what is really critical – not necessarily being able to score 80 percent on a comprehensive test.

Operator In Safety Helmet and red square shirt receiving instruction for Straight Boom Lift

Creating a culture of safety includes empowering all workers, employees, or contractors to make observations, report unsafe conditions, and have the authority to stop work without retribution.

“Until an organization is able to build that sort of a culture and back it with a management system built on the principle of continuous improvement, it won’t get very far with training,” he explains.

Consider this example: you can take first aid training a hundred times, but you will never be a doctor. You’ll just be very good at first aid.

In the same way, focusing on a basic level of safety training and not paying attention to systems and culture will not fundamentally make an organization any safer, Dony says.

Still, there are a number of resources and tools at the disposal of construction companies today. For instance, rainy-day and on-the-spot training are available and effective. However, in-person training provides invaluable tools, resources, and information to ensure participants can apply information learned in the field, suggests Eric Perry of the American Traffic Safety Services Assn. (ATSSA).

Emerging Technologies Enhance Safety Training

Technology, in general, is making training and development both more efficient and effective. Case in point: mobile learning, education and training conducted via hand-held devices.

“Training is no longer one and done, check-the-box events,” says David Braunstein of Together for Safer Roads.

“Organizations can now offer ongoing, engaging micro-learning events, reaching employees who do not normally work out of an office environment. This means safety training can literally accompany employees

Excavator operator using tablet computer at work site

to the jobsite, keeping safe practices and procedures top of mind,” he explains.

Braunstein suggests one of the most important skills any employee can develop in the construction industry is hazard recognition—and technology can help.

Advances in the field of training and development include virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), which are already helping many construction professionals analyze, predict, and prevent hazardous situations.

Other emerging technologies that can help with safety training include:

  • Wearables for monitoring heat stress or limiting access to restricted areas
  • Sensors for avoiding human and machine interaction
  • Drones for inspections
  • Mobile devices for safety reporting and information

Dony says the applications for technology that help make workers safer are nearly limitless, and more are being explored by organizations every day.

“The key is to consider what technology will have the biggest bang for the buck and also ensure that you don’t add any additional or new risks to a project when you integrate technology as a solution for an existing problem,” he says.

“For many employees, acceptance of new technologies can be challenging, so it is important for companies to invest in meaningful training to understand the purpose and successful use of these technologies,” says Braunstein.

Learn more about industry trends and technologies through the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 365 initiative (https://www.conexpoconagg.com/subscribe/) of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).