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Terex Trucks signs new dealer in Texas

B-C Equipment Sales, Inc. is the new official dealer for Terex Trucks in South Texas. In operation for more than 30 years, the family-run business has built a solid reputation for itself and acquired a sizeable share of the Texan market, making it a valuable addition to the Terex Trucks dealer network.

When it comes to the mining industry, the phrase ‘Everything is bigger in Texas’ is most certainly true according to B-C Equipment Sales. With plentiful mineral resources, it is one of the main producers of cement, crushed stone, lime, salt, sand and gravel in America. It is also the leading crude oil and natural gas-producing state in the country. It is thereby no great surprise that construction equipment dealers do so well there. B-C Equipment Sales has been dominating the local market for the past 32 years, ever since Bill Lathrop and his wife Cathy decided to go into business together. With a reputation built on tradition and integrity, the family-run company has a customer network covering four major areas in South Texas: Corpus Christi, San Antonio, LaFeria, and Laredo.

B-C Equipment Sales’ first TA400 demo in South Texas.

Joining ‘Team Terex Trucks’

Earlier this year, B-C Equipment Sales signed a deal with Scotland-based Terex Trucks to be their official dealer in South Texas. They will be retailing, renting and leasing Terex Trucks’ TA300 and TA400 articulated haulers to customers as well as providing parts and service. The Texan dealer employs twelve technicians, who will be providing customers with a high quality, fast-response maintenance service. “We’re thrilled to represent Terex Trucks,” says Bill. “Like us, their goal is all about providing the best machines with the best customer service. With the demand for articulated haulers increasing like it is, we’re confident that our customers will be pleased to see that we are now offering proven performers like the TA300 and TA400.”

The TA300 is a proven performer in tough applications ranging from quarries to infrastructure developments and commercial construction projects. Powered by a Scania DC9 engine, this articulated hauler has a maximum payload of 30.9 tons, a maximum torque of 1309 lbs ft (1880 Nm) and can achieve a gross power of 370 hp. The TA400, Terex Trucks’ 41.9-ton articulated hauler, is the perfect fit for customers working on large-scale construction projects, mines, and quarries. With a heaped capacity of 30.3 yd3 and a maximum torque of 1663 lbs ft, it can put in a serious performance. Both machines also come with hydrostatic power steering and hydraulic braking systems, helping to ensure a safe and comfortable ride.

Family values

“Choosing to partner with B-C Equipment Sales ultimately came down to two factors that really differentiate them from their competitors,” says Dan Meara, Terex Trucks Regional Sales Manager. “Firstly, they have an incredibly strong reputation built on trust, quality, and tradition. As a company, they are all about people, which means they always go the extra mile to give their customers a fantastic service. In addition to this, B-C Equipment Sales has longevity. Having been a leading supplier of construction equipment for more than 30 years, customers can be assured that they will be around to support their machines for the long haul.”

B-C Equipment Sales is and always has been a family-run business. Bill oversees the strategy and day-to-day operations with the support of Cathy. One of their daughters, Sarah Baugh, heads up the marketing department and her husband, Chris Baugh, leads the sales team. Their other daughter, Melanie Lathrop, works in accounts receivable. “We’re known for the quality of our customer service, so much so that we often get people calling us about parts we’ve never stocked because they know we’ll find a way to source them,” concludes Bill. “Our customers know we will go above and beyond to ensure they have what they need to keep running smoothly.”

www.terextrucks.com

 

UAVs to Analyze and Improve Blast Design

New Electric Drive Cat® 988K XE Wheel Loader Offers Higher Fuel Efficiency And Lower Total Cost Of Ownership

Electric drive loader delivers 25% greater overall efficiency and up to 10% more productivity in load-and-carry applications than the industry leader 988K loader

The new Cat® 988K XE is the first wheel loader offered by Caterpillar with a high-efficiency electric drive system. This new large wheel loader joins the industry leader 988K and the recently launched 986K wheel loaders to provide customers with the most cost-effective loader for each application. Delivering high-production in all loading applications, the 988K XE is recommended for demanding job sites where fuel efficiency makes a difference in the machine’s total cost of operation.

The new loader features switched reluctance (SR) technology and leverages more than 15 years of Cat electric drive experience and more than 4 years of stringent testing in a range of applications for proven reliability in the field. The field proven and tested C18 ACERT™ engine, mechanical dropbox, driveline and axles from the 988K remain in the electric drive machine for consistent, trouble-free operation.

Maximum Efficiency & Productivity

Offering increased truck loading and load-and-carry efficiency, the new 988K XE increases efficiency by 25% overall and by up to 49% in face-loading applications, as compared to the 988K. This reduces costs and helps operations reduce greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint. At the same time, Caterpillar production studies report the new loader delivers up to 10% higher productivity in load-and-carry applications.

The new Cat 988K XE loader offers a range of bucket capacities from 6.2-17 yd3 (4.7-13 m3). Rated standard and high lift payload for the loader reaches 12.5 tons (11.3 tonnes) when working with face material and 16 tons (14.5 tonnes) with loose material. Advansys™ Series Ground Engaging Tools (GET) protect bucket components and reduce operating costs, so operations can get the most out of machine performance.

The standard 988K XE wheel loader is performance matched to offer efficient 3-pass loading of the 42.6-ton (38.6-tonne) Cat 770G and 4-pass loading of the 51-ton (46.3-tonne) Cat 772. Its high-lift configuration delivers 5-pass loading of the 61-ton (55.3-tonne) Cat 773G and 6-pass loading of the 70.5-ton (64-tonne) Cat 775G.

Extended Service, Lower Ownership Costs

Cat electric drive technology found in the new 988K XE lowers overall maintenance costs, while increasing engine life expectancy. Offering extended oil change intervals of 2,000 hours, the electric drive wheel loader uses 40% less powertrain oil.

The durable SR drive motor, generator and inverter are built to last through the second engine life with minimum maintenance. Additionally, the efficient electric drive design increases engine life by up to 3,500 hours, extending time between powertrain rebuilds.

To assist with electric drive rebuilds, Caterpillar offers customers world-class service training material, backed by industry-leading customer support from the extensive Cat dealer network. Remanufactured drive motors, generators and inverters will also be available to reduce rebuild cost.

Similar Operation, Greater Productivity

Slight changes inside the cab of the new 988K XE provide operators with the familiar functions and feel of the 988K. At the same time, operators will experience improved handling smoothness and ease of operation. The new loader offers a single speed range, so the machine efficiently operates without the need for gear shifting. New virtual gears help to control machine ground speed and deliver smooth direction shifts.

The standard Cat Product Link™ offers remote data monitoring through VisionLink®, so key personnel can stay informed of critical machine operating data.  Fuel usage, payload summaries, scheduled service reminders, fault code alerts and various productivity reports are available to help improve machine management.  Additionally, the onboard Vital Information Management System (VIMS) provides the operator with operating data such as real-time fuel consumption and fuel efficiency via an interactive touch screen display.

The new Cat 988K XE loader is equipped with a host of technology solutions to increase operating efficiency and machine uptime. Cat Production Measurement (CPM) brings payload weighing to the cab, so operators can work more productively and deliver accurate loads with confidence. CPM offers advanced weighing modes, which assist with payload accuracy and increase loading cycle speed.

Optional Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is a fully integrated Cat feature, which enables operators to monitor tire inflation. Available through the VIMS display, the operator can quickly view each tire’s pressure and take action when needed to reduce wear and increase service life.

As customers have come to expect from the 988K, operators safely access via left- or right-hand stairs built at a reduced 45-degree angle and maintain three points of contact at all times. The STIC steer armrest easily folds up, allowing the operator to quickly enter the cab. Isolation cab mounts and an air-suspension seat reduce vibration transmitted to the operator for increased comfort, while the enclosed pressurized structure reduces operator sound levels. The automatic, in-cab temperature control system maintains operator comfort even in extreme temperatures.

 

988k XE Wheel Loader Product Specifications

   
Engine Cat C18 ACERT™
Gross Power (SAE J1995) 588 hp (439 kW)
Operating Weight – Standard 116,362 lbs (52 781 kg)
Operating Weight – High Lift 119,618 lbs (54 258 kg)
Rated Payload – Standard (face/loose) 12.5 tons (11.3 tonnes) / 16 tons (14.5 tonnes)
Rated Payload – High Lift (face/loose) 12.5 tons (11.3 tonnes) / 16 tons (14.5 tonnes)
Bucket Capacity Range 6.2-17 yd3 (4.7-13 m3)
Dump Clearance – Standard 11.5 ft (3 492 mm)
Dump Clearance – High Lift 12.7 ft (3 885 mm)

 

MICHELIN Introduces New Rigid Dump Truck Tire

XTRA LOAD Tire Range Provides Productivity Advantages for 40- to 80-ton Payload Trucks

Michelin Earthmover today announced the next generation of rigid dump truck (RDT) tires with the introduction of MICHELIN® X®TRA LOAD GRIP and the MICHELIN® X®TRA LOAD PROTECT. The first-ever “3-star” 24.00R35 tire size on the market1, the new MICHELIN XTRA LOAD range will allow users to increase load capacity or accommodate faster speeds to maximize productivity.

“It is a common worldwide practice to add side boards and lift gates to rigid dump trucks in order to increase payload capacity for optimal profitability. This demand puts incredible stress on the tires,” said Jamey Fish, director of earthmover marketing for Michelin North America Inc. “This new, robust Michelin tire range provides a solution so that the maximum amount of material can be loaded into these trucks while still delivering traction, damage resistance and increased tire life.”

The new MICHELIN XTRA LOAD tire is available for two surface applications experienced by RDTs:

MICHELIN XTRA LOAD GRIP for soft, loose, muddy ground conditions — experienced in mining and quarrying operations on slopes and inclines, where the priority is high grip and traction. Due to a reinforced casing, the tire has a 16 percent higher payload2, or an increase of nine tons in load capacity per machine — a huge increase in productivity when multiplied by the number of cycles made daily. And with a tread comprising 30 percent more lug edges3, increased grip improves braking, cornering and accelerating. The tire has the ability to drive 21 miles per hour due to the cooler internal running temperatures4. The tire also provides 8 percent more wear resistance5, with more rubber in the contact patch and improved damage resistance with corrosion-isolating steel cables. This tire replaces the Michelin XDT® and X® Traction offers.

MICHELIN XTRA LOAD PROTECT for hard, sharp, abrasive conditions on flat, dry surfaces — where the priority is protection and damage resistance, conditions that are present in areas such as quarries and construction sites. This application is for customers who want to carry more load and increase the distances they carry every hour. The new highly protective and damage-resistant tread pattern contributes to a better load distribution across the contact patch. This tire has interlocking blocks and improved heat dissipation that reduces the temperature in the tread area by up to 17 degrees F. This tire replaces the Michelin X®QUARRY S and X®HAUL tires offers.

Productivity — as measured by TMPH — is a function of load and distance covered in an hour. For the new XTRA LOAD GRIP, the TMPH is increased by at least 20.3 percent in the A4 compound and 13.5 percent for the B compound, when compared against previous Michelin ranges6. For the new XTRA LOAD PROTECT, the TMPH is increased by at least 14 percent in the A4 compound and 42 percent for the B compound, when compared against previous Michelin ranges. This extended load and speed capability will allow users to optimize machine cycles and increase productivity. Greater volume of tread rubber in contact with the ground contributes to better load distribution, improved wear resistance and an increase in tire life.

With the two tread compounds (A4 and B), dealers will experience easier stock management. The four new Michelin offers will replace five existing offers as outlined below:

XTRA LOAD GRIP A4*** replaces XDTA4**

XTRA LOAD PROTECT A4*** replaces X-QUARRY S**

XTRA LOAD PROTECT B*** replaces X-HAUL**

1) Previously most 24.00R35 tires carried a ** rating; the X®TRA LOAD is the first carrying a *** rating. Star rating is the industry indicator of load capacity for a given dimension governed by the Tire and Rim Association. Compared to the same size in BRIDGESTONE® VMTP and VRLS – Source BRIDGESTONE® OTR Databook 2016 and MICHELIN® XDT™, MICHELIN® X® TRACTION™ SC – Source Michelin Databook 2017.

2) 30% more lug edges in contact with the ground. Based on customer feedback done on: 140 tires (field tests) in 10 countries at 23 customers during 2016 and 2017.

3) Star rating is the industry indicator of load capacity for a given dimension – Tire and Rim Association.

4) Compared to the same size in MICHELIN® XDT™, this data comes from Michelin Data Book 2017.

5) Compared to the same size in MICHELIN® XDT™, field tests measurements certified by the Michelin Center of Technology.

6) These data comes from Michelin Data Book 2017 and BRIDGESTONE® OTR Databook 2016.

To learn more about earthmover tires and services, visit www.michelinearthmover.com.

Caterpillar Venture Capital Invests in Alight Mining Solutions™

Investment to support Caterpillar’s mining customers with financial forecasting and scenario analysis

Caterpillar Venture Capital Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT), announced today a strategic investment in Alight, Inc., a San Francisco-based SaaS (software as a service) technology company that develops industry-specific solutions for financial forecasting and scenario analysis. The unique software has modules that are designed specifically for different industries, with mining and mortgage banking as the first two target industries.

Caterpillar has begun discussions with Alight Mining Solutions to develop enhanced solutions that will combine data from technology-enabled machines with financial forecasting software to help mining companies make more real-time business decisions.

Alight’s cloud-based products allow users to pull data from other systems such as Cat® MineStar™, quickly run multiple scenarios to facilitate financial decision making and then create enterprise-level financial forecasts.

“We’re always looking to invest in new ways that could help Caterpillar’s customers improve their profitability, especially through the use of technology,” said Jim Hawkins, managing director of mining technology for Caterpillar. “Alight’s technologies can allow our customers to see the financial impact of a machine or technology purchases as well as operational decisions before they’re made.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Caterpillar and help bring new levels of innovation to the global mining industry,” said Michele McGovern, CEO, Alight, Inc. “Caterpillar’s technology is making huge quantities of rich information available to its customers and our intention is to combine this data with Alight’s solutions so that data can be used to drive decision making to find greater profits and opportunities for growth.”

Like Cat MineStar, Alight’s mining offering was developed by mining industry experts, specifically for mining customers. Combining Alight’s software with Cat MineStar will allow production data such as tons-moved to be viewed in context of financial information such as costs and revenues, helping miners make assessments at the site level and analyze strategic opportunities throughout the enterprise.

“Our mining customers make decisions on very large capital investments, in market conditions that are constantly changing,” continued Hawkins. “We believe that the solutions we are looking to develop with Alight could help them better understand the impact of these decisions on production and operations as well as on profit margins and cash flow.”

Cat MineStar, part of the Cat Connect family of technologies and services, helps customers deal with everyday challenges: controlling costs, extending equipment life, and enhancing safety. For mines large and small, above and below ground, Cat MineStar works with any brand of equipment helping customers leverage data across their existing machines, systems, and technologies to boost business results and gain their competitive edge.

About Caterpillar
For more than 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2016 sales and revenues of $38.537 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments – Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation – and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit caterpillar.com. To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media.

About Alight
Alight is a fast-growing provider of industry-specific, cloud-based applications that change the way businesses are run. Alight’s applications let executives Manage the FutureÔ by showing the financial ripple effects of potential decisions across the enterprise. Alight works with firms in dynamic and complex industries, including mining and mortgage banking. For more information: alightinc.com.