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AEM Produces New High-Pressure Sewer Cleaner Safety Manual

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has developed a High-Pressure Sewer Cleaner Safety Manual with industry-recognized best operating practices that help communicate effective safety messages to equipment end-users.   

The new AEM manual features safety content related to high-pressure water jetting, vacuum hazards, and spoilage dumping, as well as describes preparing for safe equipment operation, safe operation guidelines, and important equipment maintenance. 

Members of AEM’s Underground Equipment Manufacturers Council (UEMC) played a key role in reviewing the new manual to ensure it provides end-users with the latest industry-consensus best practices for safe machine operation.

“The new AEM High-Pressure Sewer Cleaner Manual is a welcome addition to those involved in sewer cleaning. It provides clear and consistent safety instruction for day to day operations and for getting new operators up to speed,” said Andy Current, technical information supervisor at Vactor Manufacturing Co. and a UEMC member.

Manufacturers Promote Safety 

AEM’s safety materials are developed, reviewed and approved by committees empaneled by AEM.

“AEM safety materials offer companies a high-value, economical way to deliver safety messaging to equipment operators,” said Jaime Vos, AEM safety materials director. “They provide an industry-consensus viewpoint, written in clear language, and produced in an easy-to-follow format that encourages safe equipment operation.”

AEM safety materials include more than 55 unique manual titles, and they extend to additional collateral such as videos, brochures, decals and training kits.

In many cases, the manual is often assigned a part number as part of a manufacturer’s production process to ensure it is included with other safety literature when the equipment is sold into market. 

This integration with the manufacturing process helps AEM member companies in their risk management programs. The information is intended to supplement, not replace, manufacturers’ operating manuals.

“Always take time to review your safety procedures and communicate everyone’s responsibilities to ensure a successful job and the team’s safety,” said William “Bernie” Bernhard, AEM technical and safety services manager.

“A daily check of the machine (s), work area and the actual job function will always make for a safer and more productive performance of the operator and equipment,” Bernhard said.

Find AEM Safety Materials Online 

All AEM safety and training products are available online at the AEM Store.  Some materials are offered in downloadable files or in MP4 video format. AEM members receive discounts on select materials. For more information, visit www.safetymaterials.org.

The new AEM High-Pressure Sewer Cleaner Safety Manual will be available through the AEM Store beginning November 1. 

About the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) – www.aem.org  

AEM is the North America-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers with more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry in the United States supports 1.3 million jobs and contributes roughly $159 billion to the economy every year.

Doosan Bobcat celebrates opening of The Studio, a digital innovation center

State-of-the-art facility in downtown Fargo is designed to accelerate digital and technology advances and host collaborative community innovation events

From left to right: Mike Ballweber, president, Doosan Bobcat North America; Dr. Tim Mahoney, Mayor of Fargo; Scott Park, CEO of Doosan Bobcat; and Joel Honeyman, Vice President of Global Innovation, Doosan Bobcat, commemorate the opening of The Studio with a unique ribbon-cutting ceremony performed with the use of a collaborative robot (cobot). 

Doosan Bobcat (Bobcat), a global leader in the compact equipment industry, today announced the opening of The Studio, a data innovation center located in Fargo, North Dakota. The Studio will advance development through digitalization and new technologies by bringing members of the company’s research and development teams together with academic centers, entrepreneurs and emerging companies to advance community innovation and foster hands-on collaboration in a high-tech environment.

In addition, Bobcat is partnering with Emerging Prairie, a local nonprofit organization focused on accelerating entrepreneurship in North Dakota, to bring area business leaders and innovators together to exchange ideas and share best practices through future technology events and programming held at the Bobcat Studio.

“We are the industry leader and want to continue building on this proud legacy, so we are committed to digital innovation and accelerating Bobcat’s spirit of collaboration,” said Doosan Bobcat CEO Scott Park. “As we work to deliver new insights and solutions to the marketplace, there is no limit to the technological advances expected to occur at The Studio.”

The 11,000-square-foot Studio is located on two, adjoining floors of the historic and iconic Black Building, at 118 Broadway in downtown Fargo. The facility features an open concept design with high-tech project team rooms, lounge areas, meeting rooms, standing desks and a pitch room with sliding, curved walls and a high-resolution large screen for presentations and video to collaborate with outside partners. The ceilings are open with exposed vintage brick walls, giving the space a modern industrial feel. The project’s design and construction team include Shultz + Associates Architects and the Kilbourne Group.

“Innovation is at the core of what Bobcat has stood for in its 60-year history,” said Doosan Bobcat North America President Mike Ballweber. “Our customers count on us to enhance their productivity. From this space, our work, along with collaboration with industry and higher education partners and researchers, will help us deliver next-generation products, services and solutions.”

The Studio will initially house members of Bobcat’s Fargo-based engineering, innovation, marketing, IT, telematics, and digital experience project teams. The number of team members working in the facility will fluctuate throughout the year depending on the projects being pursued and explored.

In partnership with Emerging Prairie, Bobcat will soon announce and host a series of peer group sessions with key area business leaders who have an interest in integrating and advancing technology and data into their businesses. In addition, Bobcat and Emerging Prairie will team up to launch an innovation-themed challenge event, which will pair businesses with students and community members. These teams will then present their technology-driven, business advancement ideas in a startup-style, pitch competition.

“The Studio presents a unique opportunity where innovation thrives,” said Doosan Bobcat Vice President of Innovation Joel Honeyman. “We are excited to bring individuals and students from our community into an environment that fosters creative thinking and encourages collaboration between businesses and industries for a brighter tomorrow.”

At the official grand opening event held today, CEO Scott Park, President Mike Ballweber, Vice President of Global Innovation Joel Honeyman and Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney provided remarks. They were joined by college and university leaders, Bobcat employees and area business and community members who are leading innovation efforts in the Fargo-West Fargo-Moorhead community to commemorate the opening of the Studio with a unique ribbon-cutting ceremony performed with the use of collaborative robots (cobots). 

“This new facility symbolizes Bobcat’s dedication to advancing innovation in our business and industry,” Honeyman added. “Today, we take this step with our community’s entrepreneurs and technology leaders as partners.”

Miller-Bradford & Risberg Supports Team Rubicon in Response to Severe Storm Damage in Northeast Wisconsin

CASE Construction Equipment dealer Miller-Bradford & Risberg supported Team Rubicon’s second wave of response to severe storms that originally hit the area in July 2019, including five tornadoes, that caused severe damage across Langlade and Oconto Counties in northeast Wisconsin.
The severe storms and tornadoes uprooted or snapped tens of thousands of trees, devastating wide swaths of forest land. Areas sustaining significant damage included recreational areas such as ATV and snowmobile trails that are important to the tourism economy in the area — especially throughout the winter. During the 10-day operation, 76 Team Rubicon volunteers worked to clear dozens of miles of recreational trails, many of which were completely unpassable.
On some trails, including the Crocker Hills Glacier Trail in Lily, Wisconsin, trees and limbs formed walls across the trail taller than 20 feet. To clear the trails, Team Rubicon sawyers partnered with heavy equipment teams that operated CASE compact track loaders and excavators provided by Miller-Bradford. As the sawyer teams would cut trees into movable sizes, the CASE CTLs and excavators pushed the debris to the side of the trail, making it passable and usable once again for ATVs and snowmobiles.
“We were keenly aware of the impacts that the storms and tornadoes had on the state and the communities that were hit,” said Dan Soley, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Miller-Bradford & Risberg. “We know the financial and long-term economic impacts that these natural disasters have on local communities – especially those dependent on tourism – so providing equipment for the clean-up efforts was our way of letting those people know that we have their backs.”


According to estimates, hundreds of thousands of trees were downed during the mid-July storms, which produced winds of greater than 100 miles-per-hour.

For more information or to donate to Team Rubicon, visit TeamRubiconUSA.org. For more information on the partnership between CASE and Team Rubicon, visit CaseCE.com/TeamRubicon.

DEWALT® Introduces Cordless Polishers

DEWALT® Introduces Cordless Polishers


DEWALT debuts two new polishers; automotive specialty tools that add to the extensive lineup of 20V MAX* tools from DEWALT. The new tools include the 20V MAX* XR® 7 in. (180mm) Variable Speed Rotary Polisher (DCM849) and the 20V MAX* XR® 5 in. (125mm) Variable Speed Random Orbit Polisher (DCM848).

Cordless automotive tools not only offer convenience both in the shop and in remote work areas, but they also help to prevent damage to work by not having power cords drag across surfaces. The 20V MAX* XR® 7 in. (180mm) Variable Speed Rotary Polisher features a high-efficiency brushless motor and achieves a no-load speed of 800-2200 RPM with a variable speed trigger and dial. Designed to be held either by its side or bail handle (both included with the tool), the tool can be held at a variety of angles and positions. Featuring rubber molding, it is also covered in key areas to protect worksurfaces. In addition, the battery housing is oriented horizontally so that the foot of the tool doesn’t interfere with polishing, and so that the user can get as close to the surface as possible. Its tool-only weight is 4.7 pounds and it’s 16 inches long.

The 20V MAX* XR® 5 in. (125mm) Variable Speed Random Orbit Polisher also features a brushless motor and variable speed trigger and dial. It achieves a no-load speed range of 2000-5500 OPM with a 15mm throw for a wide variety of applications including detail work on cars, headlights, windshields and fiber glass. The tool is also designed to be held either by its front-end gripping area or side handle (included with the tool), and it also has rubber molding to help protect the tool and the worksurface. The rubber molding also helps the user grip the tool, and finally, like the new DEWALT 20V MAX* Variable Speed Rotary Polisher, the Random Orbit Polisher features a battery housing that’s positioned away from the head of the tool. Its tool-only weight is 5.7 pounds and it’s 17-1/8 inches long.

Available in fall 2019, the 20V MAX* XR® 7 in. (180mm) Variable Speed Rotary Polisher will come kitted with two 5.0Ah Batteries (DCM849P2) or bare (DCM849B). Also available in fall 2019, the 20V MAX* XR® 5 in. (125mm) Variable Speed Random Orbit Polisher will come kitted with two 5.0Ah Batteries (DCM848P) or bare (DCM848B). Both 20V MAX* Polishers will come with a three-year limited warranty, one-year free service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee.

*Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.


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. GUARANTEED TOUGH®. For more information, visit www.dewalt.com



Roads and bridges that are deteriorated, congested or lack some desirable safety features cost Louisiana motorists a total of $6.9 billion statewide annually – as much as $2,291 per driver in some urban areas – due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays. Increased investment in transportation improvements at the local, state and federal levels could relieve traffic congestion, improve road, bridge and transit conditions, boost safety, and support long-term economic growth in Louisiana, according to a new report released today by TRIP, a Washington, DC based national transportation research nonprofit.

The TRIP report, Louisiana Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility,” finds that throughout Louisiana, nearly half of major locally and state-maintained roads are in poor or mediocre condition, 13 percent of locally and state-maintained bridges (20 feet or more in length) are rated poor/structurally deficient, and the state’s roads have the fifth highest fatality rate in the nation. The report also finds that Louisiana’s major urban roads are becoming increasingly congested, causing significant delays and choking commuting and commerce.

Driving on deficient Louisiana roads costs the state’s drivers $6.9 billion per year in the form of extra vehicle operating costs (VOC) as a result of driving on roads in need of repair, lost time and fuel due to congestion-related delays, and the costs of traffic crashes in which roadway features likely were a contributing factor. The TRIP report calculates the cost to motorists of insufficient roads in the Baton Rouge, Lafayette, New Orleans and Shreveport urban areas.  A breakdown of the costs per motorist in each area, along with a statewide total, is below.

The TRIP report finds that 25 percent of major locally and state-maintained roads in Louisiana are in poor condition and another 22 percent are in mediocre condition, costing the state’s motorists a total of $2.1 billion each year in extra vehicle operating costs, including accelerated vehicle depreciation, additional repair costs, and increased fuel consumption and tire wear.

Thirteen percent of Louisiana’s bridges are rated poor/structurally deficient, with significant deterioration to the bridge deck, supports or other major components. Thirty-seven percent of the state’s bridges are rated in fair condition and the remaining 50 percent are in good condition.

“The strength of Louisiana’s manufacturing economy relies in a large part on reliable, accessible infrastructure. It is getting harder to find a funding solution for new highways and bridges that does not include new revenue and we support that,” said Dow Chemical Southeast U.S. State Government Affairs Director Tommy Faucheux. “We not only have to address the poor condition of our existing roads and bridges, we also need to look to the future and the new projects, like a new bridge in the Baton Rouge area, that the Capital Region and the state desperately need.”

Traffic crashes in Louisiana claimed the lives 3,683 people between 2013 and 2017. Louisiana’s overall traffic fatality rate of 1.54 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel in 2017 is significantly higher than the national average of 1.16 and the fifth highest in the nation.  Traffic crashes in which the lack of adequate roadway safety features were likely a contributing factor cost Louisiana drivers $2.3 billion annually.

Traffic congestion in Louisiana is worsening, causing up to 58 annual hours of delay for drivers in the most congested areas and costing the state’s drivers a total of $2.5 billion annually in lost time and wasted fuel.

“The TRIP data confirms that Louisiana must invest heavily in improving and expanding transportation infrastructure,” said Johnny Milazzo, owner of Lard Oil Company, and member of Capital Region Industry for Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions. “Our bridges and roadways are not only unsafe and in poor shape, the level of traffic congestion in the Capital Region and the hidden costs of time and wasted fuel are striking, and felt very keenly by area businesses.”

The efficiency and condition of Louisiana’s transportation system, particularly its highways, is critical to the health of the state’s economy.  Annually, $503 billion in goods are shipped to and from Louisiana, relying heavily on the state’s network of roads and bridges. Increasingly, companies are looking at the quality of a region’s transportation system when deciding where to re-locate or expand. Regions with congested or poorly maintained roads may see businesses relocate to areas with a smoother, more efficient and more modern transportation system. Approximately one million full-time jobs in Louisiana in key industries like tourism, retail sales, agriculture and manufacturing are dependent on the quality, safety and reliability of the state’s transportation infrastructure network.

“These conditions are only going to get worse, increasing the additional costs to motorists, if greater investment is not made available at the federal, state and local levels of government,” said Will Wilkins, TRIP’s executive director. “Without adequate funding, Louisiana’s transportation system will become increasingly deteriorated and congested, hampering economic growth, safety and quality of life.

Louisiana Transportation

by the Numbers





Driving on Louisiana roads that are deteriorated, congested and that lack some desirable safety features costs Louisiana drivers a total of $6.9 billion each year. TRIP has calculated the cost to the average motorist in the state’s largest urban areas in the form of additional vehicle operating costs (VOC) as a result of driving on rough roads, the cost of lost time and wasted fuel due to congestion, and the financial cost of traffic crashes. The chart below details the cost of deficient roads statewide and for the average driver in the state’s largest urban areas.


Due to inadequate state and local funding, 47 percent of major roads and highways in Louisiana are in poor or mediocre condition. Driving on rough roads costs the average Louisiana driver $625 annually in additional vehicle operating costs – a total of $2.1 billion statewide.  The chart below details pavement conditions on major urban roads in the state’s largest urban areas and statewide.


Thirteen percent of Louisiana’s bridges are rated in poor/structurally deficient condition, meaning there is significant deterioration of the bridge deck, supports or other major components. Thirty-seven percent of the state’s bridges are rated in fair condition and the remaining 50 percent are in good condition. Most bridges are designed to last 50 years before major overhaul or replacement, although many newer bridges are being designed to last 75 years or longer. In Louisiana, 33 percent of the state’s bridges were built in 1969 or earlier. The chart below details bridge conditions statewide and in the state’s largest urban areas.


Congested roads choke commuting and commerce and cost Louisiana drivers $2.5 billion each year in the form of lost time and wasted fuel. In the most congested urban areas, drivers lose up to $1,103 and as many as 58 hours per year sitting in congestion.


From 2013 to 2017, 3,683 people were killed in traffic crashes in Louisiana.   In 2017, Louisiana had 1.54 traffic fatalities for every 100 million miles traveled, the fifth highest rate in the nation.

Traffic crashes imposed a total of $6.8 billion in economic costs in Louisiana in 2017 and traffic crashes in which a lack of adequate roadway safety features were likely a contributing factor imposed $2.3 billion in economic costs.   The chart below details the number of people killed in traffic crashes in the state’s largest urban areas between 2015 and 2017, and the cost of traffic crashes per driver.


The health and future growth of Louisiana’s economy is riding on its transportation system. Each year, $503 billion in goods are shipped to and from sites in Louisiana.  Increases in passenger and freight movement will place further burdens on the state’s already deteriorated and congested network of roads and bridges.

According to a report by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, the design, construction and maintenance of transportation infrastructure in Louisiana support approximately 78,000 full-time jobs across all sectors of the state economy. These workers earn $3.2 billion annually. Approximately one million full-time jobs in Louisiana in key industries like tourism, retail sales, agriculture and manufacturing are completely dependent on the state’s transportation network.


For full report visit https://tripnet.org