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Somethings Never Change…

By Greg Sitek

In construction one of the key components in being successful is completing a project on time or ahead of schedule. Another is completing the project at or under budget. There are many factors that can and do impact both the productivity and cost of a project but a lot depends on the equipment.

If the equipment is dependable and reliable; if the equipment doesn’t perform at it was designed to it’s difficult to be productive and operating costs are up. Throw in a major failure and costs can skyrocket and productivity plummet. 

One critical production machine being down can throw a job behind in every sense and every way.

There is insurance that can prevent this from happening or at least minimize the potential for such a catastrophe happening – good equipment management and good equipment maintenance program.

Equipment, all equipment has always demanded maintenance and management. If the equipment isn’t properly maintained, i.e. following the maintenance programs and procedures as outlined in the owner/operator manuals or online programs provided by the machine’s manufacturer. 

The routine daily inspections and procedures need to be done by your operation either by the equipment operator or company maintenance staff. Periodic or interval maintenance requirements can be fulfilled either by your operation or through contractual arrangements with your equipment dealer. 

To make certain that you are going to get the most out of the equipment make certain that the machine operators and maintenance staff are properly trained, use the correct tools and equipment to do the inspections, repairs and maintenance and use wear-products, i.e. filters, lubricants, belts, hoses, replacements parts, etc. recommended by the manufacturer.

Cutting corners with any of these “components” won’t save you money long term. Quite the contrary, usually it will end up costing much more than you could possibly have saved.

Manage the use and application of the equipment. Establish and follow, religiously, inspections, routine maintenance, wear-part replacement and periodic maintenance as prescribed by the manufacturer. Don’t put off a scheduled maintenance/inspection because you need the machine on the project. Don’t tempt fate. If you need the machine and a routine inspection or maintenance procedure comes up, shut the machine down or bring it in and follow the schedule.   

Use all the available maintenance aids you can to make the job easier, more efficient, more exact. Things like oil and/or fluid analysis provide excellent data on the internal conditions of your equipment.

Use maintenance software programs to help with the scheduling and recordkeeping. Good records are essential to good management and maintenance practices. 

Use your equipment in applications for which it was designed, engineered and manufactured. A piece of equipment that’s too big for an application doesn’t mean you get the job done fasted. 

Intelligent Sizing Drives Success

We’d all love it if we could justify owning and operating the biggest equipment – just to have it in case certain jobs come up that may require that added capacity. But it’s not practical in terms of owning and operating costs, and zoning in on equipment size ranges that best complement your work will make the most sense for your business in the long run.

(Source CASE News: (https://www.casece.com/northamerica/enus/resources/articles/measuring-up-factors-for-sizing-equipment-from-backhoes-to-bulldozers))

What size equipment is right for you?

Determining what size of equipment is best for you depends on many factors. Primarily, it’s the application or exact task you require the machine to do. It also depends on what you expect as a return on investment. Generally, larger and more complex machines have higher purchase and operating costs, and have to be billed out at a higher rate. Smaller machines are more affordable to own and run, but they don’t command the large dollar-per-hour fees their big cousins do.

Equipment sizes vary according to volume demands. Often, the machine’s physical weight and dimensions affect the capacity more than engine horsepower or hydraulic pressure. Transportation is another prime issue when it comes to deciding on the right-sized piece of equipment. Having to purchase or arrange for large-capacity hauling between worksites can be an additional overhead that doesn’t pay back. (Source Warren CAT.com)(https://www.warrencat.com/news/construction-equipment-size-guide/))

It’s March and for most of the country time to start getting the equipment ready for the surge of work and from all indicators, this is going to be a busy construction season across the country. If you have questions about maintenance programs, equipment applications, training for operators and/or maintenance staff contact your local dealers. They are a good and reliable source for virtually all equipment related questions. 

This feature appeared in the March 2020 issues of the ACP Magazines:

California Builder & Engineer, Construction, Construction Digest, Construction News, Constructioneer, Dixie Contractor, Michigan Contractor & Builder, Midwest Contractor, New England Construction, Pacific Builder & Engineer, Rocky Mountain Construction, Texas Contractor, Western Builder

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

Holt Cat® Celebrates Grand Opening Of Little Elm Store, TX

6A53CC47-3003-4829-9854-CA6B5ECD57A6HOLT CAT®(holtcat.com), the Caterpillar® Equipment and Engine dealer for South, Central, North and Northeast Texas, celebrated the grand opening today of a $14 million, 61,000 square-foot full-service facility at 27600 East University Drive in Little Elm, Texas.

The new Denton County store extends HOLT CAT’s presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to nine locations.

“Little Elm is one of the fastest-growing cities in Texas and investments in construction and infrastructure here are driving an ever-increasing demand for Cat® heavy equipment and services,” said Dave Harris, HOLT CAT president and chief operating officer.

“With this new HOLT CAT location, customers can be confident of always having the right machine for the job, backed by knowledgeable advice and expert service delivered by the best-trained technicians in the industry.”

HOLT CAT leaders including CEO Peter M. Holt were joined by customers and state and local dignitaries at the event, including state Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound.)

Nelson predicted the new store would deliver important benefits to the region:

“It’s wonderful to see HOLT CAT expand their presence in North Texas to Little Elm, she said. “This investment will not only bring jobs and economic development to our community, but also help to immensely support this area’s rapid growth.”

Army Sergeant First Class Dana Bowman, a retired U.S. Army paratrooper who is a double-amputee and a leading wounded warrior advocate, performed a skydiving show at the event. HOLT employs more than 350 veterans, approximately 17 percent of its workforce, and is dedicated to actively expanding job opportunities for men and women who have served in the armed forces.

The new Little Elm store features a comprehensive range of offerings to serve a variety of customer needs across the construction, industrial, oil & gas and paving industries: everything from Cat machine sales, rentals, parts and service, to comprehensive rebuild capabilities and custom product fabrication. For a full description of services and store hours, visit Holt Cat Little Elm.

About HOLT CAT®

HOLT CAT® sells, rents and services Caterpillar machines, engines, generator sets and trucks in a 118-county Texas territory spanning from the Red River to the Rio Grande. HOLT offers total machine and engine rebuild capabilities, sells used equipment around the world and fabricates its own line of land clearing equipment and HOLT Spray King® water tankers. HOLT is the dealer for Link-Belt Cranes in the Eastern half of Texas as well as the El Paso area. They are the dealer for AGCO/Challenger and Claas farm equipment for the Eastern half of Texas and portions of Arkansas and Missouri.

The Holt name has been associated with heavy equipment and Caterpillar for more than 100 years. Peter M. Holt, Chief Executive Officer of HOLT CAT, is the great-grandson of Benjamin Holt, who in 1904 developed the first successful track-type tractor which he named the “Caterpillar.” HOLT CAT has come to be synonymous with quality, integrity and commitment to customer service. The HOLT CAT team is committed to providing rock solid stability with superior products and services to heavy equipment and engine users from Brownsville to Texarkana, Texas.

HOLT CAT® to Host Grand Opening of New Store in Edinburg, TX

80815ACD-AAAF-4A3F-BAFB-2667D91D6ADCEVENT DATE: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

WHAT:          HOLT CAT® CEO Peter M. Holt will join company executives and local and state officials for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s newest store, located at 10701 US 281 North (Exit El Cibolo Road and take the turnaround – NOTE – This is a new location and NOT our truck service facility on 281 and 25th street).

21627D5F-F5BF-401B-8C6C-0E49824ACE65This 47,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility will provide heavy equipment and engine parts, service, sales and rentals to customers across the Rio Grande Valley. The facility will continue to deepen the roots HOLT CAT has in this vitally important region and support continued business growth.

HOLT will also salute the contributions of our military veterans with a skydiving show by retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dana Bowman. a former member of the U.S. Army’s elite parachute team, the Golden Knights.  . Bowman is a double-amputee who lost his legs in a military skydiving accident and is an internationally-recognized inspirational speaker and wounded warrior advocate. HOLT employs 366 veterans, approximately 17 percent of its workforce. 

WHERE:        HOLT CAT Edinburg Full-Service Location

10701 US 281 North

Edinburg, Texas (Hidalgo County)

WHEN:          Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

VISUALS:     Grand opening with ribbon cutting ceremony andopen house. Aerial show skydiving event led by former U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dana Bowman. HOLT CAT CEO, Peter M. Holt, HOLT CAT President and Chief Operating Officer, Allyn L. Archer, and other HOLT CAT executives and employees will be present. Local and state officials are also expected to attend.

HOLT CAT® sells, rents and services Caterpillar machines, engines, generator sets and trucks in a 118-county Texas territory spanning from the Red River to the Rio Grande. HOLT offers total machine and engine rebuild capabilities, sells used equipment around the world and fabricates its own line of land clearing equipment and HOLT Spray King® water tankers. HOLT CAT is the dealer for Link-Belt Cranes in the Eastern half of Texas as well as the El Paso area. They are the dealer for AGCO/Challenger and Claas farm equipment for the Eastern half of Texas and portions of Arkansas and Missouri.

The Holt name has been associated with heavy equipment and Caterpillar for more than 100 years. Peter M. Holt, Chief Executive Officer of HOLT, is the great-grandson of Benjamin Holt, who in 1904 developed the first successful track-type tractor which he named the “Caterpillar.” HOLT has come to be synonymous with quality, integrity and commitment to customer service. The HOLT CAT team is committed to providing rock solid stability with superior products and services to heavy equipment and engine users from Brownsville to Texarkana, Texas.

Foley, Incorporated Announces Changes To Construction Service Department

Joe Dugan, General Service Manager of Foley, Incorporated has announced two recent promotions within the Construction Service Department.  Pete Policastro has been promoted to Construction Service Shop Manager replacing Pete Foerst upon his retirement in late September.  Felix Adrian has been promoted to Construction Service Shop Foreman, replacing Pete Policastro.

As Construction Service Shop Manager, Pete Policastro will be handling all day-to-day Construction Shop operations, reporting to Dugan.  With more than 25 years of experience in Caterpillar Service, Pete started his career in the Foley Construction Shop, advancing to an “A” rate technician within 3 years.  He contributed to the growth of the company’s Paving business as a Foley Paving Specialist and eventually became a Lead Man in the Shop.  For the past 6 years, Policastro has been working in the Service Department as the Construction Shop Foreman.  Dugan states, “Pete’s performance has changed our customers’ perception of our Service Department.  He is extremely customer-focused and a great asset as Foley strives to create customer experiences that create customers for life.”

Felix Adrian has more than 12 years of Service experience with Caterpillar equipment and On Highway Caterpillar engines.  As Construction Service Shop Foreman, Adrian will be running all daily Service Operations in the Main Construction Shop.  Having started his career in the Foley Lift Division as a “D” rate technician, he reached level “A” rate technician in the CCE Construction Department within five years.  In 2007 he became a Service Writer for the On Highway Division and most recently has been holding the position of On Highway Service Foreman.  “Felix’s commitment to customer service goes above and beyond,” states Joe Dugan, “He will be a great fit within our Construction Service Team, further strengthening our ability to deliver superior service to our customers.”

Both Policastro and Adrian have recently graduated from Caterpillar’s “Flagship Management Program” this year, providing them with even greater management skills and arming them with customer-driven solutions as they take on their new roles within the Foley Service Team.

Based in Piscataway, NJ, Foley is the Caterpillar Dealer in North and Central Jersey, Staten Island and Bermuda.  Since 1957, Foley offers solutions for Power Generation, On-Highway Engine, Construction Equipment and other job site Rental needs.  Foley continually strives to offer you the best products and services available in the marketplace, recently adding a Foley Fire Apparatus Division to serve the Emergency Services field.