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Peeking At CONEXPO

By Greg Sitek

It’s over and now the industry has it sights on 2020 March 7-11 for the next roll of the CONEXPO-CON/AGG experience. The massive construction show will once againtake over LasVegas as it did this year.

Some 2017 CONEXPO show facts:

  • S. buyer attendance jumped over 16 percent from the 2014 show, and total buyer attendance improved by almost 8 percent.
  • Overall contractor and producer attendance grew by 10 percent.
  • Total attendance neared 128,000 for the week.
  • Almost half of all attendees serve in executive positions at their company, and more than 3-in-5 attendees serve in a decision-making role.
  • Almost 26,000 international attendees from 150 countries braved global headwinds including a strong dollar and flagging export markets and composed nearly 20 percent of overall attendance.
  • Attendees purchased a record-breaking 52,000 tickets for education sessions at the show, a 26 percent increase from the 2014 show. Total ticket sales excluding IFPE jumped by over 27 percent compared to 2014.

Without doubt this was one of the most upbeat industry shows I’ve attended. The excitement over the proposed $1 trillion infrastructure bill permeated the show. It was a treat to feel the positive attitude that greeted you every time you sat down for a press conference or entered a booth.

A forward-looking vision for construction and infrastructure took center stage at CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2017, from the unveiling of the world’s first 3D-printed excavator and the new Tech Experience to the largest show floor in history and a stellar education lineup featuring leading innovators.

The exhibitions held March 7-11, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, highlighted the newest product innovations and best practices for the construction and construction materials and fluid power/power transmission/motion control industries.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2017 spanned a record 2.8 million-plus net square feet of exhibits with a record 2,800-plus exhibitors from the leading U.S. and global manufacturers, from multinational giants to small firms with specialized products.

The technological changes revolutionizing construction and manufacturing were a central feature throughout the show. The first-ever Tech Experience pavilion attracted solid traffic throughout the week, as attendees flocked to see the world’s first-ever 3D-printed excavator, hear from industry innovators during a collection of “Tech Talks,” and engage with the conclusion of the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge Finale, which awarded $100,000 in prize money to winners over a crowd sourced competition to develop forward-looking infrastructure solutions.

There was no shortage of new products and technologies introduced at the show. The following are less than glimpse of only a few but illustrate the kinds of information and products shown this year in Las Vegas. Watch for more. 

JCB previewed an all-new skid steer and compact track loader with a telescopic boom. The JCB Teleskid is a revolutionary new product that can reach 60% further forward than other skid steers and can dig below its chassis to an unparalleled depth of around a little more than 3 feet (one meter).

LiuGong showcased its revolutionary new product – the Vertical Lift Wheel Loader. The product was first unveiled at LiuGong’s global dealer conference in November 2016 and was shown for the first time outside of China at CONEXPO This truly is new technology. The key innovations of the product are the vertical lift loader arms on an articulating frame and the mechanical self-leveling Z-bar bucket linkage on a vertical lift loader.

Wacker Neuson is expanding its telehandler line with the addition of the TH627. The TH627 is the second model in the manufacturer’s line to offer a unique ground-engaging telehandler that is a versatile three-in-one machine concept. Designed with a hydraulic universal attachment plate (SSL), the TH627 can be used with ground-engaging attachments and work like a (1) wheel loader to dig and carry, (2) a skid steer with a compact foot print capable of using multiple attachments and (3) a telehandler with a lift height of 18-feet, 7-inches and 5,500 pounds lifting capacity.

GOMACO Remote Diagnostics (GRD) is proven in the field by GOMACO contractors. GRD is more than telematics, giving owners the visibility of how, when, and where their equipment is being used. It’s a powerful extension to GOMACO’s existing service capabilities. It allows technicians a diagnostic review of a GOMACO machine from corporate headquarters in Ida Grove, Iowa, USA, at the owner’s shop, or on the job site. GRD will transmit G+® settings, configuration and fault history for an immediate and complete diagnosis. GRD also allows software updates, fleet management, service indicators. This remote capability also allows software updates to the G+ for specific applications or unique job-site logistics, such as new radius technology, support for new sensors, new code for 3D machine guidance technology, or additional updates for new product introductions. 

Topcon Positioning Group announces the next generation of automated concrete paving — the ZPS system — with the new Z-Robot and Z-Stack sensor. Using enhanced Topcon Millimeter GPS® technology, the ZPS system is designed to bring unmatched accuracy to concrete paving with a fraction of the hardware required for traditional LPS (local positioning system).

The new Z-Robot is an advanced robotic total station with integrated Z-beam laser technology. The Z-Robot is designed to provide a hybrid function of high-precision, optically-based vertical accuracy control and the convenience of Z-beam laser positioning to maintain that accuracy across the paver. It was shown at the show on a GOMACO paver.

CASE introduced the DL450 a fully integrated compact dozer loader AKA “Project Minotaur” – a first-of-its-kind fully integrated design that matches the best operating characteristics of a compact track loader (CTL) with a crawler dozer. A launch/production date for the machine has not been confirmed, but CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 represents a new and advanced phase in product development with extensive voice of customer work being conducted at the show and with top contractors.Project Minotaur” brings together the footprint and performance of a compact track loader with the true power and dozing characteristics of a bulldozer; the new product is currently in “concept” phase.

Remember, this is only a glimpse of what CONEXPO-CON/AGG was…

 

 

 

Tom Ewing’s Environmental Update

* Oregon’s Representatives start hearings this week on a bill that would prohibit the state from funding new bulk coal or oil terminals starting July 1, 2017 unless the Department of State Lands undertakes a “balancing test” which shows public need outweighing private need. In addition, the Department would have to consider the risks of an oil spill when issuing or amending certain leases; the bill would prohibit construction, extension or use of a wharf for receipt and discharge of crude oil. Some safety and congestion work is exempted. There are other efforts to clamp down and tighten-up on oil shipments via rail.

* The Department of Commerce presented how it will proceed in its research and evaluation of the impact of Federal permitting requirements on the construction and expansion of domestic manufacturing facilities and on regulations adversely impacting manufacturers. You’ll recall this was the focus of a Memorandum from President Trump in January. This first step is a request for information from interested and impacted parties. The Secretary of Commerce will use that information to present a report to the President “setting forth a plan to streamline Federal permitting processes.” It’s a short comment period – just through March! Not clear when the Secretary’s report is due. Stay tuned.

* EPA’s notice that it is withdrawing its requests for emissions information from existing oil and gas operations was in the Federal Register last week. Part of this request included detailed information on methane emissions and emissions control devices or practices within segments of the oil and gas industry. EPA writes that it would like to “assess the need for the information that the agency was collecting through these requests, and reduce burdens on businesses while the Agency assesses such need.” A final final decision is left open-ended.

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Tom Ewing’s Environmental Update

* DOE’s Electricity Advisory Committee meets this month. The EAC advises the Secretary on a host of critical electrical energy policies, including modernizing the nation’s electricity delivery infrastructure. The day-and-a-half session has a strong agenda. This meeting will surely draw even more interest because it will be the first such meeting that will include leadership from President Trump’s energy team. Advise if you would like a report from this meeting.

* The President’s Executive Order regarding the “Waters of the United States” rule was published last week. This is the policy extending federal authority to disconnected and temporary bodies of standing water, water that might never flow offsite or that did not clearly flow within the intermingling system of rivulets, streams, ditches, tributaries, rivers, estuaries and oceans, a co-mingling that surely presents interstate and federal issues. Despite its characterization in the daily press, the EO is hardly a unilateral order. Next steps are part of a familiar process: EPA will review the rule and then “publish for notice and comment a proposed rule rescinding or revising the rule, as appropriate and consistent with law.” Obviously, more to come on this.

* ASTM – The American Society for Testing and Materials – sets safety and performance standards for product quality, health and safety, to strengthen market access and trade and to build consumer confidence. The group works via a committee system and last week ASTM announced plans to launch a a new committee focused on creating technical standards and guidance materials for cannabis and its products and processes. If you’d like to, uh, help test some of the cannabis, you can ask to be on the new committee – but don’t wait too long, no shortage of volunteers for this one…!

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Brokk Acquires Hydrodemolition Robot Supplier Aquajet Systems AB

Brokk, a leading manufacturer of remote-controlled demolition machines, recently acquired Aquajet Systems AB, a global supplier of hydrodemolition robots. The acquisition expands the application solutions offered by Brokk in the construction and demolition industry. Aquajet Systems specializes in concrete renovation by using extremely high-pressure water jets to remove concrete without harming the underlying rebar or causing microfracturing. The machines are ideal for a variety of selective demolition applications, including bridge and road repair.

The two brands will share booth B90703 during CONEXPO-CON/AGG.

“We’re pleased to welcome Aquajet Systems into the Brokk family,” said Martin Krupicka, Brokk Group CEO. “This offers us the opportunity to better serve our customers in the concrete demolition and renovation business with a wider breadth of safe, productivity-enhancing technologically advanced solutions.”

The Holsbybrunn, Sweden-based company shares Brokk’s vision for continuous product development and global innovation, and has enjoyed strong upward sales growth over the last several years.

“We admire Brokk’s reputation for manufacturing high-quality, productive equipment for customers around the world,” said Roger Simonsson, Aquajet Systems managing director. “By joining Brokk, we look forward to growing Aquajet Systems’ global sales through their existing distribution channels in several regions, in particular the U.S. market.”

Aquajet Systems was formed in 1988 and manufactures a full line of Aqua Cutter robots designed for a variety of applications, including bridge and road repair, tunnel repair and nuclear power plant rehabilitation and refurbishment. By varying the flow and pressure of water through the specially designed ceramic nozzles, the machines can easily remove areas of loose, deteriorated or even sound concrete to a predetermined depth.

The robots feature diesel or electric power and are compatible with Aquajet Systems’ line of accessories, which include rotolances and circular power heads. The company also manufactures large power packs and mobile water treatment systems.

“Our sales and service team in the U.S. is excited about adding this state-of-the-art hydrodemolition equipment to our product offering. Our existing customer base has already expressed interest in adding Aquajet’s unique capabilities to their contracting services,” said Peter Bigwood, VP Sales & Marketing for Brokk Inc.

Both companies will maintain current management with the acquisition.

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