Komatsu digs in with cheaper excavators in Thailand and Indonesia

Southeast Asia offerings to feature simpler models as Chinese rivals make inroads. Komatsu’s more basic excavator offered in such markets as Indonesia will be suited for residential development and road construction.

TOKYO — Machinery builder Komatsu will roll out more affordable excavators in Southeast Asia, eyeing demand for urban development and fending off competition from cheaper Chinese-made equipment.

 

Komatsu to mass-produce electrified excavators with US partner

Electric-bus maker Proterra brings expertise on decarbonizing heavy-duty vehicles

TOKYO — Komatsu has teamed with a U.S. maker of commercial electric vehicles to produce electrified heavy machinery, looking to start mass Continue reading “Komatsu to mass-produce electrified excavators with US partner”

Komatsu and Proterra Announce New Collaboration to Develop All-Electric Construction Equipment

Komatsu Agreement Represents Proterra’s Entry Into Off-Road EV Market and First Electric Construction Equipment

BURLINGAME, Calif. – Proterra, a leading innovator in commercial vehicle electrification technology, and Komatsu, a global leader in construction Continue reading “Komatsu and Proterra Announce New Collaboration to Develop All-Electric Construction Equipment”

JCB unveils PotholePro – a machine dedicated to targeted road repairs

JCB today (11 January 2021) revealed its latest, groundbreaking machine – the PotholePro. A vehicle dedicated to road repairs, based on its popular Hydradig, compact wheeled excavator.

The new machine has been developed as a dedicated pothole repair solution to perform spot-repairs on roads that will be permanent and do away with Continue reading “JCB unveils PotholePro – a machine dedicated to targeted road repairs”

These are the top 10 leaders in construction vehicles

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These are the top 10 leaders in construction vehicles

Author / Editor: Seth Lambert / Nicole Kareta

Because of the rigor and repetition inherent in construction work, this industry is highly suitable for the application of autonomous vehicles (AVs). Continue reading “These are the top 10 leaders in construction vehicles”

Sandvik to buy DSI Underground for €943m

Sandvik has agreed to buy DSI Underground from Triton for €943 million. DSI is a €500 million revenue business that provides ground support and reinforcement technology for underground mines and tunnels.

DSI, which will become part of Sandvik’s Mining and Rock Solutions division, was originally part of the German-based DYWIDAG construction business, which more recently operated as DYWIDAG-Systems International (DSI). It has been owned by European private equity business Triton since 2011.

DSI Underground’s business includes tunnel reinforcement.

DSI has 2,000 employees and is active in 70 countries, with 20 production facilities.

DSI Underground’s business includes tunnel reinforcement.

“This acquisition is an important step in our growth ambition”, said Stefan Continue reading “Sandvik to buy DSI Underground for €943m”

Cat launches next gen wheeled excavator

Cat's M316 Next Generation wheeled excavator
Cat’s M316 Next Generation wheeled excavator

Cat has launched its M316 ‘Next Generation’ wheeled excavator into European, North American and South Korean markets.

The new machine features advanced hydraulics, up to 14% more swing torque and auxiliary hydraulic Continue reading “Cat launches next gen wheeled excavator”

Safety tech for Fécamp wind farm cranes

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View of a Potain crane working on the Fécamp wind farm

Cranes erecting the foundation of the Fécamp wind farm will carry anti-collision systems from AMCS Technologies, the company has announced.

The project, located between 13 and 22km from the Normandy coast, will consist of 71 wind turbines, connected to the seabed by gravity Continue reading “Safety tech for Fécamp wind farm cranes”

Vermeer buys Normag drilling technology

Vermeer Corp. announced it has acquired electric-powered horizontal directional drilling (HDD) and fluid systems technology from Dutch manufacturer Normag. Through this acquisition, Vermeer assumes the rights to develop, manufacture and distribute the Continue reading “Vermeer buys Normag drilling technology”

Sarens’ Big Carl makes biggest lift yet

Sarens’ 5,000 tonne capacity SGC-250 crane recently completed its biggest ever lift at Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in the UK. ‘Big Carl’ lifted a 575 tonne load comprising the first of three prefabricated steel rings that will form the reinforced cylinder around the nuclear reactor.

The ring is 17m tall with a diameter of 47m and was lifted out of a bunker where it was constructed in factory-like conditions. The crane was working at a radius of 160m for the lift, which took place during the night to take advantage of lighter winds. Continue reading “Sarens’ Big Carl makes biggest lift yet”

Energyst dissolved and split between Cat dealers

Energyst Rental Solutions is being broken up and taken over by four Caterpillar dealers in Europe.

Zeppelin Group has acquired the German and Swedish operations, Pon Equipment and Pon Power will take on the activities in Benelux and Norway, while Continue reading “Energyst dissolved and split between Cat dealers”

Manitou to close plant in Texas, US

ManitouManitou Group, a global supplier of material handling equipment, access platforms and earth-moving machinery, announced that it will cease operations at its Waco, Texas, manufacturing facility at the end of March 2021. The move is intended to further optimize Manitou’s production capacities within the Continue reading “Manitou to close plant in Texas, US”

Smart Machines Deere’s Path To The Future

Deere-ISG-SignIt has been evident for a few years that Deere has been on a smart machine technology path. From the opening of its Intelligent Solutions facility near Des Moines last year (see October 2019 Diesel Progress), to the ascension of John May as chairman and CEO, smarter Continue reading “Smart Machines Deere’s Path To The Future”

Hyundai Heavy closes in on Doosan Infracore acquisition

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Construction machines from Doosan Infracore

A consortium led by South Korean shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries Group (HHIG) is close to securing a 36.07% stake in compatriot construction firm Doosan Infracore, having been selected as the preferred bidder. Infracore is the heavy construction division of the Seoul-headquartered Continue reading “Hyundai Heavy closes in on Doosan Infracore acquisition”

Goodyear, SafeAI Collaborate On Tires For Autonomous Vehicles

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and SafeAI have entered into a strategic relationship to incorporate tire intelligence into the programming of autonomous heavy equipment vehicles.

Through an integration with the SafeAI autonomous ecosystem, the companies said they will exchange site data to protect tire health, eliminate downtime and contribute to a smarter, safer standard for the construction industry. Tire intelligence from Goodyear’s TPMS Heavy Duty rim-mounted sensors will be deployed at an active construction site in Cupertino, California.

With this collaboration, Goodyear will outfit a Caterpillar 725, retrofitted with SafeAI’s autonomous software, to capture pressure and temperature data and monitor overall tire health. These sensors can identify and communicate adverse conditions before they cause maintenance issues and derail a project.

Unplanned downtime on construction and mining sites result in missed timelines and increased budget. Tire intelligence can help mitigate these challenges by identifying early or potential problems, such as under-inflation, before they cause unexpected delays – bolstering efficiency, safety and return on investment.

“No matter the vehicle – automobile, freight truck or dump truck – tire intelligence can help elevate safety, performance and efficiency,” said Chris Helsel, Goodyear senior vice president and chief technology officer. “Through our work with SafeAI, we will not only empower site operators with greater visibility and efficiency, but also gain invaluable performance data to inform our future innovation in autonomy and heavy equipment.”

Based in Milpitas, Calif., SafeAI is a technology company that retrofits heavy equipment for autonomous applications in mining and construction. Obayashi Corp. and Foundamental have made strategic investments in the company, which was founded in 2017.

Goodyear has been at the forefront of tire innovation for more than 100 years. Today, we’re proud to join forces to take on a new frontier: tire intelligence for autonomous heavy equipment,” said Bibrajit Halder, founder and CEO at SafeAI. “We strongly believe in a collaborative approach to deploying autonomy in construction and mining, at scale. We have purpose-built an interoperable autonomous technology that enables us to work with industry leaders like Goodyear and set the standard for autonomous heavy equipment.”

Doosan launches semi-autonomous kit for crawler excavator

Doosan has launched a new optional ready kit for the 2D/3D semi-automation system from Leica Geosystems for the company’s popular DX255LC-5 25.5 tonne crawler excavator. Continue reading “Doosan launches semi-autonomous kit for crawler excavator”

JCB unveils raft of new electric products

JCB has launched a collection of new electric products and machines on day the UK government outlined its 10 point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. All products tie in with JCB’s plan to achieve zero emissions as part of its Road to Zero programme.

The new electric machines unveiled for the first time are an electric version Continue reading “JCB unveils raft of new electric products”

New tech for Deere’s GP motor graders

John Deere has expanded the capabilities of its premium Grade Pro (GP) Series of motor graders with new technology, including two industry-exclusive features, Blade Stow and Auto-Gain for Cross Slope, for the North American market. Continue reading “New tech for Deere’s GP motor graders”

SGC-90 giant electric crane new from Sarens

International heavy lift and transport specialist Sarens has announced a new 100,000 tonne-metre super heavy lift ring mounted crane.

The SGC-90 joins its three larger siblings in the SGC (Sarens Giant Crane) series, Continue reading “SGC-90 giant electric crane new from Sarens”