CASE Wichita Plant Produces 300,000th CASE Skid Steer/CTL

 

Manufacturing facility in Wichita, Kansas produces milestone TR270 compact track loader

CASE Construction Equipment announces that its manufacturing facility in Wichita, Kansas has produced its 300,000th CASE skid steer/compact track loader. The commemorative edition TR270 compact track loader rolled off the production line on March 13th, 2017 and will be shipped to Southeastern Equipment Co. in Brunswick, Ohio.

Established in 1974, the 11+ acre Wichita facility houses both skid steer loader and compact track loader product manufacturing, as well as dedicated research and development. The site employs over 400 people and exports to national and international markets in the NAFTA, EMEA, LATAM and APAC regions.

CASE Construction Equipment sells and supports a full line of construction equipment around the world, including the No. 1 backhoe loaders, excavators, motor graders, wheel loaders, vibratory compaction rollers, crawler dozers, skid steers, compact track loaders and rough-terrain forklifts. Through CASE dealers, customers have access to a true professional partner with world-class equipment and aftermarket support, industry-leading warranties and flexible financing. More information is available at www.CaseCE.com.

CASE Construction Equipment is a brand of CNH Industrial N.V., a World leader in Capital Goods listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CNHI) and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario of the Borsa Italiana (MI: CNHI). More information about CNH Industrial can be found online at www.cnhind.com.

Cat® D6T Features Optimum Fuel Efficiency, Fully Automatic Transmission And Technology To Match The Job

The new Cat® D6T Dozer features a new, fully automatic transmission to optimize performance and achieve fuel savings of up to 20 percent in heavy work and as much as 30 percent in light work and finish grading applications. The fully automatic bulldozer is easier to operate – just set the desired ground speed and the four-speed transmission will set the powertrain for optimum efficiency.

Availability of the full range of Cat Connect GRADE for Dozers technologies enables equipping the D6T for the application. Cat GRADE with Slope Assist is now standard on the D6T, providing basic blade positioning assistance without the need for added hardware or a GPS signal.

Four-speed automatic efficiency

The new D6T uses a fully automatic, four-speed, power-shift transmission with an integral lock-up clutch to provide a significant increase in fuel efficiency. The operator simply sets the desired ground speed, and the Auto Shift system smoothly and automatically chooses the optimal gear and engine speed to match operating conditions.

The new D6T transmission adds a gear between first and second ranges for smooth shifting and to maintain power to the ground during load changes. The added gear allows the machine to remain in the most efficient mode for a higher percentage of the time. The operator experiences an aggressive feel in the dirt, as well as up to 2.5 percent greater productivity.

Powering the new D6T is the fuel-efficient Cat C9.3 ACERT™ engine, Tier 4 Final certified with a net power rating (ISO 9249/SAE J1349) of 215 horsepower (161 kW).

Many choices of GRADE technology

Cat Connect GRADE technologies help get work done more efficiently and more accurately. With the D6T, customers have a wide range of technologies to choose from—to equip their dozers to work best in their applications. Technologies range from simple grade indicators to full factory-integrated GPS, all supported by Caterpillar and Cat dealers.

   Cat GRADE with Slope Assist, a new standard feature for the D6T, automatically maintains pre-established blade position without the need for added hardware or a GPS signal.

   Cat Slope Indicate, (standard), displays machine cross-slope and fore/aft orientation on the primary monitor, assisting operators to work accurately on slopes.

   Cat Stable Blade, (standard), complements the operator’s blade-control input to achieve finish grades faster with less effort.

   Cat GRADE with 3D is an available, factory-integrated grade-control system that provides three-dimensional guidance both for production dozing and fine grading. The system feature roof-mounted antennas, and the Cat AccuGrade Ready Option is included with the system, as is the AutoCarry™ system that adjusts the blade for optimum load retention.

   Cat AccuGrade is a dealer-installed after-market grade-control system that provides the flexibility to scale system features to changing needs, ranging from lasers for 2D flat-plane and slope work, to systems using the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) or universal total stations for complex contours and precise finish grading.

   AccuGrade Ready Option allows the machine owner to upgrade to an AccuGrade 2D or 3D system as requirements demand.

In addition to grade control technologies, the Cat Product Link™ telematics system integrated into the D6T provides timely, pertinent data—such as location, hours, fuel usage, productivity, idle time, and diagnostic codes—that is easily accessed through the online VisionLink® interface. The system assists machine owners achieve more effective asset management, improved productivity, and lower operating costs.

The D6T remains a versatile workhorse, available in multiple undercarriage configurations and with a wide range of blades to match the machine to the application. Available rear-mounted equipment includes a new high-lift, multi-shank ripper. For more information about the D6T Dozer, contact the local Cat dealer or go to: www.cat.com.

D6T SPECIFICATIONS
Engine model                            Cat C9.3 ACERT
Emissions                                  U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final
Engine Power – 2,200 rpm
(ISO 9249/SAE J1349)            215 hp
Engine Power – 1,200 rpm
(SAE J1995) – Gross                  253 hp
Operating weight range            47,846 – 54,526 lb.
Blade capacity                             4.96 – 7.38 yd3

 

Complete In-Motion Dozer Control — An integrated 3D dozer system defines cutting edge

Complete In-Motion Dozer Control

An integrated 3D dozer system defines cutting edge

A development in the ongoing evolution of machine control technology, is Topcon Positioning Systems’ introduction of its 3D-MCMAX integrated 3D dozer system. Most notably, the new system has eliminated the GPS/GNSS receiver masts and associated cables which are anchored to the machine’s grading blade.

Instead the Topcon system uses two inertial measurement units (IMUs). The IMUs are low-profile boxes about a foot square and two inches thick. One mounts on the backside of the blade, the other on the undercarriage frame. The antennae for the GNSS signal is built into another low-profile box that is mounted on top of the machine cab.

In comparison, a GPS machine control system with just one position sensor on the dozer blade processes location information about 10 times a second. With Topcon’s dual IMU arrangement, the two combined sensors are designed to process information up to 100 times a second. The faster processing speed is designed to give the Topcon 3D-MCMAX system the ability to react to and compensate for small inconsistencies between the blade’s position and the position of the rest of the dozer.

As the company describes it, “3D-MCMAX provides high-accuracy elevation, slope, and blade rotation resulting in maximum speed, maximum control and maximum grading performance.  With its dual IMUs and mast-less blade, the 3D-MCMAX increases on-grade performance, maximizing both speed and grade performance.”

“We like the 3D-MCMAX system’s incredible speed, especially when we’re working on a pond project with an intricate model,” stated Ian McDonald, assistant general manager-equipment, ConDrain Company Ltd., Concord, Ont., Canada. “We have a 300-plus equipment fleet so it is good to learn, as we did, that the system works like magic on older machines, thus saving us from needing to invest in new machines in order to benefit from this advanced technology.”

In essence, the system is designed to correct errors in blade position that occur during rough or fine grading.

“In practical terms what that means is that the small errors in blade position that happen when the dozer lurches or the tracks hit low or high spots are corrected almost instantaneously,” said Murray Lodge, senior vice president and general manager of the Topcon Positioning Group and Construction Business Unit. “The end result is that in many cases the dozer can do the fine grading, eliminating the need for a motor grader, and the dozer can maintain higher speeds without needing to slow down to maintain accuracy. Additionally, the dual IMU’s know the blade’s position at all times without cylinder sensors or GNSS.”

With the elimination of the mast and connecting cables on the top of the blade, there is time savings since the operator doesn’t need to install and remove masts and cable assemblies before andafter a production shift. Plus, it can be unsafe when operators are climbing around on the dozer blade for set up and removal. If a company decides to leave masts attached to the dozer overnight, there is a theft risk, since receiver masts are high-dollar items that can attract thieves.

In addition to eliminating additional tasks that can cut into productivity, the cab-mounted receiver with the 3D-MCMAX system gives the dozer operator an unobstructed view of what’s ahead.

“We’ve been using 3D-MCMAX on our dozers for more than a year and have found it to be very user friendly—simple to install and operate,” states John Loudermilk, owner / president, Loudermilk Contracting, Vincennes, IN. “The system is very fast, which helps us complete work sooner.”

The cab-mounted GX-55 control box features integrated LED light bars, a graphical interface and data processor, which are designed to guide the machine operator to maintain grade. The control-box software captures as-built data for volume and productivity reporting.

As part of the Topcon 3D-MCMAX system, the MC-R3 is an interchangeable receiver with integrated boards for GNSS, radio, and controller to receive RTK corrections, as well as drive valves of the machine.

Mounted on the cab of the machine, is the Topcon-patented Fence-technology MC-G3 receiver/antenna. By arranging the receiver pins in an array or “fence” along patch edges, it increases the effective frequency bandwidth of the antenna. The MC-G3 antenna captures all available GNSS satellite signals, while identifying and rejecting signal noise thus, maximizing grading control.

In conclusion, the dual IMU sensors and new, unique algorithms deliver an integrated solution that locates the sensitive GNSS technology safely inside the cab instead of out on the harsh environment of the blade mounted on a receiver mast.

The rental revenue forecast strengthens; Rental Penetration Index steady in 2016

The American Rental Association’s (ARA) five-year forecast for equipment rental industry revenues was released by the ARA in January 2017. The forecast shows a moderate strengthening compared to the November forecast. ARA now projects U.S. equipment rental revenue will reach $48.9 billion in 2017, but then grow at an average annual rate of 4.3 percent over the forecast to top $56 billion in 2020.
“We continue to see strength in key economic data that drive our rental revenue estimates,” said John McClelland, ARA vice president for government affairs and chief economist. “The economy continues to gain strength and the promise of tax reform, reductions in regulations, a more accommodative energy policy and additional infrastructure will only add to that strength. The big question continues to be how fast these changes will occur and go into effect,” McClelland said.

Construction and industrial equipment rental revenue is forecast to grow by 3.7 percent in 2017, 4.2 percent in 2018, 5 percent in 2019 and 4.2 percent in 2020. McClelland said revenues for the general tool segment are expected to grow even faster during the out years of the forecast due to the continued improvement in the U.S. housing market, with increases of 2.9 percent in 2017, 5.1 percent in 2018, 5.3 percent in 2019 and 6.6 percent in 2020.

Quarterly updates in 2016 previously showed positive expectations, but included a very gradual slowing in the expected growth of rental revenues over the year, according to figures compiled by IHS Markit™, the economic forecasting firm that compiles data for the ARA Rental Market Monitor™. The first new quarterly forecast for the ARA Rental Market Monitor in 2017, however, reverses the trend with an expected gradual increase compared to last quarter’s forecast. “The economy definitely hit a soft patch toward the middle of 2016 that somewhat lowered our expectations for growth in the economy as a whole as well as rental revenues,” said Scott Hazelton, managing director of IHS Markit™. “We are now seeing a reversal in that growth trend suggesting a return to positive changes in our outlook for rental,” added Hazelton.

IHS Markit™ also estimated the Rental Penetration Index for 2016. The index fell by ten basis points from 52.9 percent to 52.8 percent in 2016. “The continued redeployment of equipment from oil and gas projects in early 2016 coupled with the expansion in 2016 construction spending and employment meant that contractors were expanding their fleets at a slighter higher rate than rental companies were expanding their fleets. The ten basis point change in the Rental Penetration Index really indicates that rental companies in the construction and industrial equipment space are holding their own against increasing equipment acquisitions by contractor fleets even in the face of some headwinds in early 2016,” said Hazelton. “Our forecast of a 3.9 percent increase in construction and industrial equipment investment in 2017 compared to 2016 is much stronger than the 2.1 percent investment growth from 2015 to 2016 and suggests that the growth in rental fleets will continue to increase,” added Hazelton.

The latest ARA Rental Market Monitor forecast for Canada projects $5.148 billion in equipment rental revenue in 2017, which reflects a gradual slowing in growth rates to 3.3 percent compared to the November forecast.

The 2018 forecast of 3.8 percent growth and 2019 of 3.9 percent also reflect a gradual slowing compared to the November forecast. However, the current forecast for 2020 is for a more robust 5.3 percent growth in equipment rental revenue in Canada to reach $5.849 billion, which is greater than the November forecast.

About ARA: (www.ARArental.org) The American Rental Association, Moline, Ill., is an international trade association for owners of equipment rental businesses and the manufacturers and suppliers of construction/industrial, general tool and party/event rental equipment. ARA members, which include more than 10,000 rental businesses and more than 1,000 manufacturers and suppliers, are located in every U.S. state, every Canadian province and more than 30 countries worldwide. Founded in 1955, ARA is the source for information, advocacy, risk management, business development tools, education and training, networking and marketplace opportunities for the equipment rental industry throughout the world.

DEWALT has introduced two new lasers

DEWALT has introduced two new lasers, Green Cross Line Laser (model DW088CG) and Green 3 Spot Laser (model DW083CG), bringing together the additional visibility of green laser technology with durable over-molded housing for electricians, framers, plumbers, remodelers and contractors taking on a variety of leveling and layout applications.
DEWALT® Green Cross Line and Green 3 Spot Lasers feature a semiconductor diode to directly emit bright green beams, providing a 100 ft. working range radius to support common interior tasks, from laying tile, flooring and general leveling to plumbing, concrete work, framing, cabinet and lighting installations. The lasers include an internal pendulum for self-leveling.
“These lasers bring green technology solutions at a competitive price and the quality our customers can expect from DEWALT to a broader base of professionals,” said Dustin Prevete, Senior Product Manager – Electronic Tools, DEWALT.
The DEWALT® Green Cross Line Laser (model DW088CG) features a patented integrated magnetic bracket allowing flush attachment to metal track and steel and a 1/4” thread mount for use

model DW088CG

The DEWALT® 3 Spot Laser (model DW083CG) projects three bright green spots to provide accurate plumb point and horizontal point transfer with a range of 100 ft., an accuracy of up to +/- 1/8” at 30 ft. as well as dot visibility and alignment for wall track layout. The unit is tripod ready, featuring over track design for durability and a locking pendulum to prevent damage to internal components.
Both DEWALT® lasers  are available on DEWALT.com and where DEWALT products are sold. DEWALT® products are Guaranteed Tough® with

model DW083CG

a warranty package that includes three-year limited warranty, 90-day money back guarantee and a one-year free service contract.

About DEWALT:
DEWALT is a leading manufacturer of professional power tools, hand tools and accessories, including corded and cordless drills, saws, hammers, grinders, routers, planers, plate joiners, sanders, lasers, generators, compressors, nailers, saw blades, metal and masonry drill bits, abrasives, screw driving accessories and more, as well as pneumatic tools. DEWALT® tools can be found nationally and internationally, wherever tools are sold. With more than 1,000 factory-owned and authorized locations, DEWALT has one of the most extensive service and repair networks in North America. For more information, visit www.dewalt.com or follow DEWALT on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.