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AEM Reminds Industry That Hall of Fame Nominations Due By June 12, 2019

Don’t Delay: Submit AEM Hall of Fame Nominations by June 12

TheAssociation of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Hall of Fame is seeking outstanding equipment industry leaders who have made meaningful advancements to the industry’s growth and success.

Nominate a deserving individual by June 12 to be considered for 2019 AEM Hall of Fame induction.

Details and the easy-to-fill-out nomination form are online at www.aem.org/HallofFame.

The AEM Hall of Fame celebrates those who have changed the trajectory of the off-road equipment industry with their vision and creativity.

Anyone (living or deceased) who have made noteworthy and specific industry contributions is eligible for induction.

Candidates are evaluated by an independent panel of judges, and inductees are announced and celebrated at AEM’s Annual Conference of Member Companies.

The AEM Hall of Fame highlights the off-road equipment manufacturing industry’s legacy of progress to promote greater understanding and appreciation for its contributions to global economic and social prosperity – and to inspire the next generation of industry leaders, innovators, and visionaries.

Individually and collectively, AEM Hall of Fame inductees represents some of the best, brightest and most influential minds in the history of the off-road equipment industry.

For more information, please contact AEM’s Pat Monroe (pmonroe@aem.org, tel: 414-298-4123).

About AEM – AEM is the North American-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 supports 1.3 million jobs in the U.S., and 149,000 more in Canada. Equipment manufacturers also contribute $188 billion combined to the U.S. and Canadian economies. AEM is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2019. Learn more about AEM at https://www.aem.org/.

Terex Trucks has its sights set on North American expansion

Terex Trucks, the Scottish articulated hauler manufacturer, has big plans for North America. The company wants to expand its already 35-strong North American dealer network, bringing its TA300 and TA400 machines to even more customers throughout the region.

 With the way things are going, America – the ‘land of opportunity’ – will soon become known as the ‘land of construction’. Billions of dollars have been ploughed into projects to create new buildings, roads, and pipelines throughout the country. According to Dodge Data & Analytics, US construction projects started this year will carry a combined value of $808 billion (£612 billion GBP). Also, at the moment, oil pipeline companies are doing particularly well because major renovation work is underway in and around British Columbia in Canada.

Given the rising demand for robust construction equipment, Terex Trucks has decided to focus more attention on the North American market. “Historically, North America has always been a strong market for us,” says Robert Franklin, Sales & Marketing Director, Americas. “A significant proportion of the machines we make at our Motherwell facility are distributed to customers across this region. As a company, we want to grow our business in North America, reaching new customers and working with our dealer network to deliver an even better service.”

Market trends

“Our TA300 articulated hauler does especially well in North America,” says Robert. “In fact, keeping up with demand is a challenge because it’s just thatpopular! Towards the end of last year, the TA300 underwent an upgrade and it now includes the new EP320 transmission. It comes with two additional forward gears – eight in total – as well as four reverse gears. This helps to ensure smoother gear shifting and thereby superior operator comfort. In addition to this, the TA300 now delivers a 5% improvement in fuel efficiency, as well as enhanced performance, productivity and operator comfort. We’ve already sold several of these machines in North America. The demand for the TA400 has picked up a lot recently too, owing to the various large-scale infrastructure projects happening throughout the region.”

Today, Terex Trucks has 35 dealers in North America, but the company is keen to sign more in specific regions. “Colorado, Louisiana and Alabama are target areas for Terex Trucks, as is Ontario in Canada,” says Robert. “The dealers we already have in place are exceptional. Their industry experience, together with their technical expertise and willingness to invest in training, means that customer satisfaction is consistently high. Over the coming months and years, we want to expand our footprint and reach even more customers.”

Customer feedback

“Based on customer feedback, fuel efficiency is a big part of the reason why customers choose to go with Terex Trucks over our competitors,” explains Robert. Both the TA300 and TA400 are extremely fuel efficient and meet the requirements of North American emissions legislation without a diesel particulate filter (DPF). This is achieved via the latest generation selective catalytic reduction (SCR), combined with exhaust gas regeneration (EGR) technology and a variable geometry turbo (VGT).

Key features

Beyond fuel efficiency, there are many other benefits that come with Terex Trucks articulated haulers. The TA300, designed to deliver in even the most challenging conditions, is a firm favorite among customers working in quarries and on infrastructure developments. Powered by a Scania DC9 engine, this articulated hauler has a maximum payload of 30.9 tons (28 tonnes), maximum torque of 1309 lbf ft (1880 Nm) and can achieve gross power of 370 hp (276 kW). The TA400, Terex Trucks’ largest articulated hauler, is the perfect fit for customers working on large-scale construction projects and mines. With a maximum payload of 41.9 tons (38 tonnes) and a heaped capacity of 30.3 yd3(23.3 m3), it can put in a serious performance. Both machines also come with hydrostatic power steering and all hydraulic braking systems, helping to ensure a safe and comfortable ride.

CAT REDESIGNED G SERIES CARRIES ON 777 LEGACY WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR HIGH PRODUCTION, FUEL EFFICIENCY, AND OPERATOR AMENITIES

The new Cat® 777G off-highway truck builds on the legacy of performance, reliability, and long-term durability established by 777 models since 1977, both in mining and large earthmoving applications.

Rated payload for the new 777G is 98.4 tons (89.4 MT), with a standard-body volume (SAE 2:1) of 83.8 cubic yards (64.1 m3). The design of the 777G, which replaces the 777F, focuses on fuel efficiency, enhanced visibility, and operator comfort, convenience, and safety.

Conserving fuel

The new 777G’s Cat C32 ACERT™ engine meets US EPA Tier 4 Final as well as EU Stage V emission standards and is available in configurations to meet emission standards of less regulated (LRC) countries. The engine delivers 1,025 gross horsepower (765 kW) and incorporates a number of fuel-conservation features.

Auto Neutral Idle allows the 777G transmission to intermittently shift to neutral when the truck is idling in a forward gear to avoid stalling the torque converter and increasing engine speed. Engine Idle Shutdown, an operator-selected feature, stops the engine when the truck idles in park for more than a preset interval. Speed Limiting provides an alternative to gear-limiting the 777G by allowing the truck to travel at a more fuel-efficient engine speed and in a more efficient transmission gear. Advanced Productivity Electronic Control Strategy (APECS) transmission controls boost fuel efficiency by maintaining momentum and speed on uphill grades during shifts.

In addition, the 777G has two operating modes, Standard Economy and Adaptive Economy. Standard Economy saves fuel by reducing engine power by 0.5 to 15 percent, based on the fleet and economic conditions at a particular site. Adaptive Economy requires a production baseline for the site using the Advisor display, and then, as the truck travels the haul cycle, the system automatically evaluates the power rating needed to meet baseline requirements. Full power is applied when needed, and reduced power is applied when appropriate. The efficiency of the 777G’s performance is further enhanced by 7 percent more engine torque and an increase in top speed.

Operator environment and safety

The 777G features a redesigned cab, easier to enter and exit, and having a new operator seat on the left and a more comfortable trainer seat on the right. A new console with an integrated hoist-and-shift lever enhances convenience, as does more interior space for storage. The truck’s design also emphasizes improved visibility, to both the work area and instrumentation, and overall visibility is further enhanced with an optional object-detection system. Convenience items include a powered left window, automatic temperature control, throttle lock for long uphill grades, and reduced interior sound (by 50 percent, compared with predecessor models)

Operator safety is a primary design factor for the 777G, with roll-over and falling-object protective structures integrated into the cab’s design. Laminated glass is used in the front and left windows, and emergency egress is provided via a right-side hinged window. A ground-level engine-shutdown switch is readily accessible, and a secondary steering system is provided in the event of the primary steering system failure.

Powerful wet-disc brakes are used at all four corners and provide parking brake and slope-holding capability. Brake life can be extended with an available engine brake, and a brake-wear indicator facilitates timely maintenance. Automatic retarding adds to positive control on downhill grades, and a new steering-sensitive traction-control system assists when ground conditions deteriorate

Structures and bodies

The 777G’s major structures are designed for long-term durability in harsh operating conditions, engineered to endure through more than one power-train life cycle. Box-section castings are used strategically in high-stress areas, a new front frame design increases the approach angle on ramps and grades, and a heavy-duty rear axle housing axle allows increased lubrication and filtration of critical components.

The Dual Slope Body, designed for optimum material retention on haul roads with steep slopes, carries material low and centered for stability. Heaped capacity is 78.8 cubic yards (60.2 m3) in its standard configuration. Two side-board sizes increase capacity for lighter weight materials. The X body has a flat floor and facilitates metering material into a crusher; standard heaped capacity is 83.8 cubic yards (64.1 m3). Rubber or steel liners are available for both bodies. Light-material bodies provide capacities to 165 cubic yards (126 m3).

Serviceability

Tire life can be extended for the 777G with the TKPH/TMPH feature that calculates tire loading, and a mud-protection package is available to help keep power train components clean. Hydraulic-oil filter life is 1,000 hours under normal conditions. Fluid-fill and extraction points are grouped for convenience, and all checkpoints are located at ground level and lighted for night access. A master disconnect switch, engine lock-out switch, and hydraulic lockout switch provide a convenient method when servicing the 777G.

 

777G SPECIFICATIONS

Engine Cat C32 ACERT
Net Power (SAE1349) 916 hp (683 kW)
Operating weight, w/std. body 363,000 lb. (164 650 kg)
Weight distribution, loaded, 33F/67R
Transmission speeds 7F/1R
Max. travel speed 41.7 mph (67.1 km/h)

AEM Announces: The World’s Largest Heavy Metal Show in 2020:

The World’s Largest Heavy Metal Show in 2020:

Mark Your Calendar to Attend CONEXPO-CON/AGG

3 Steps to Get Ready Now

 

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 is one year out, but it’s not too early to make plans for North America’s largest construction trade show for the asphalt, aggregates, concrete, earthmoving, lifting, mining, utilities and related industries.

“The show is shaping up to be one of the best ever; attendees and exhibitors will not be disappointed!” said Mary Erholtz, CONEXPO-CON/AGG chair, and vice president marketing for Superior Industries. “AEM and our show committees of industry leaders are working to deliver an outstanding event focused on the latest innovations, technologies and best practices to succeed in our changing world.”

At CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020, big iron and tech will share the stage in Las Vegas, USA on March 10-14, 2020, with more new products, thousands of equipment and technology headliners, and hundreds of industry-driven education sessions. Plus, the Tech Experience returns with two locations.

Take these 3 steps now to punch your ticket to success for your business and career.

  1. Sign up for show alerts to be the first to learn the latest show information – visit http://www.conexpoconagg.com/show-alerts.
  2. Be the first in line to purchase show tickets (Registration opens July 23). Register early to save time and money and get the best hotel rates and availability.
  3. Stay in the know “365” with the show’s online news and trends articles, monthly CONEXPO Radio podcasts and the new CONEXPO Connect digital platform for contractors and off-road equipment buyers.

“Our company has been attending CONEXPO-CON/AGG for three decades now and plans to continue due to the amount of knowledge we gain. CONEXPO-CON/AGG has provided us the resources needed to create greater efficiencies and synergies within our own company,” said Chris Lane of Ronald Lane Inc.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG co-locates with IFPE, the International Fluid Power Exhibition for the fluid power, power transmission, and motion control industries. Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is a show owner and producer.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE 2020 will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center and nearby Festival Grounds. The show connected campus will feature multiple registration areas and hotel and intra-show shuttles.  

“The show is a critical piece to our workforce development efforts. We send somewhere between 30 and 40 company representatives to Las Vegas to see what’s new and bring relevant information back to our company. It’s a great way to build our team,” said Jarrad Whissell of Whissell Contracting Ltd.

View introductory show video here. Learn more at www.conexpoconagg.com.

 

CATERPILLAR PRODUCES 40,000TH LARGE DOZER

The legacy of the Cat® large dozer began a little more than 40 years ago with a revolutionary elevated sprocket and new undercarriage design that looked unlike any dozer of its day. The groundbreaking suspended undercarriage with high drive design conformed to the ground better than standard oval tracks, helping to improve machine traction, extend undercarriage life and enhance operator comfort

IN OCTOBER, REPRESENTATIVES FROM CATERPILLAR INC., FINNING CANADA AND TECK RESOURCES LIMITED (TECK) GATHERED IN EAST PEORIA, ILL. TO CELEBRATE THE MILESTONE OF THE 40,000TH CAT LARGE DOZER ROLLING OFF THE PRODUCTION LINE. CORE TO CATERPILLAR’S GLOBAL IDENTITY, THE CURRENT CAT LARGE DOZER LINE INCLUDES THE D9, D10, And D11 MODELS.

Cat D11T working via remote co

Commenting on the importance to Caterpillar of the 40,000th large dozer milestone, Greg Hepler, product manager for large dozers, said, “Caterpillar transformed the track-type tractor with the introduction of the suspended undercarriage with elevated drive sprocket. This innovation, along with a long history of others, enabled Cat large dozers to set the standards for efficiency, productivity and durability. These iconic machines continue to define who we are and play a key role in building a better world.”

Denise Johnson, Caterpillar group president responsible for Resource Industries, handed the keys of the 40,000th large dozer to Louis DeLuca, Teck director of supply management, during the ceremony held October 25. The celebration included employees in Caterpillar’s Building SS, where all 40,000 Cat D9, D10 and D11 dozer models have been manufactured. For more than 10 years, Teck has been one of the top customers in the world for Cat large dozers. The 40,000th large dozer, a 225,000-lb (102 058 kg) D11T, will operate in the Elk Valley Region near Sparwood, British Columbia, where the company produces steelmaking coal at five mining operations.

Cat D10T2 pushing dirt

“This milestone is important, not just because of the sheer number of Cat machines sold, but also because it represents the many long-lasting and mutually beneficial business relationships established with customers like Teck,” Hepler said. “We are honored to celebrate this achievement with Teck, and we are grateful that their Elk Valley mines have counted on Caterpillar, Cat equipment and their dealer, Finning Canada, to help them reach their production goals since 1992.”

The world’s second-largest seaborne exporter of steelmaking coal, Teck currently operates significant numbers of Cat dozers, each of these high-production machines logging up to 7,000 operating hours each year in the mines. Teck’s newest D11T will be used for production dozing, dump area support, mining shovel support and haul road development.

The milestone D11T is equipped with a powerful Cat C32 engine, producing 850 horsepower and capable of moving up to 900 loose cubic meters of material per hour. Even in Teck Coal’s demanding, high-production application, the powerful and efficient powertrain ensures the material is moved at a lower cost per ton. Its rugged mainframe is designed for multiple rebuilds and lowest total cost of ownership. A host of standard and optional Cat technologies, including VIMS™ 3G, Automated Blade Assist, Enhanced Auto Shift and Advisor Monitoring System, increases operating efficiencies, advances safe operation and lowers costs.

“We are very proud to celebrate this milestone with Caterpillar and our long-time customer Teck, as the D11T is a true workhorse in the fleet of products we service and sell, heavily relied on and highly valued by our mining customers,” said Allan Potzold, branch manager, Finning Canada, for the Elk Valley region. “We look forward to providing leading-edge service and innovative solutions to our customers to keep their equipment on-line and operating at peak performance and are honored that the 40,000th dozer will be put to work here in the Elk Valley.”

For more information about Cat dozers, contact the local Cat dealer or visit: www.cat.com.