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Economic Stimulus Plan for Construction & Heavy Equipment Industry

Posted by nahets on January 27, 2009

President Obama’s recovery plan, including construction-related projects, is on its way through the House for approval. Although its not the “solve all” solution for the recession, it is designed to shave off the worst . Industry professionals say the funds allocated to construction-related projects are not even close to filling all of the needs, but the funds will create jobs and help complete much needed construction projects  across the country.

Engineering News-Record has calculated $159 billion for construction-related spending, broken down by project type. National Ready Mixed Concrete Association estimated that every $5 billion spent in infrastructure would result in 1 million yards of concrete and 150,000 jobs.

Some are skeptical that the plan will not be sufficient to provide the relief needed, but many are also impressed with the plan and feel it will be a good start to improving the current situation.

Complete sources/articles:

(1) Wall Street Journal

(2) Associated Press

(3) Engineering News Record

(4) Business Weekly, Fort Wayne

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NAHETS Visits Ukraine

Posted by nahets on November 11, 2008

Last October, NAHETS Executive Director, Mike Martens was invited, by Ukrainian businessman Igor Kotovoy, to Kyiv (Kiev), the capital city of Ukraine, to meet with representatives from a cross section of Ukrainian construction materials and road construction companies.  In addition he also was offered the opportunity to present the NAHETS OPCAT (OPerator Certification Assessment Test) program to Ukrainian government officials.

As a result of that invitation Mike flew to Kyiv, the capitol of Ukraine, on October 25 and was met by Mr. Kotovoy.  After a quick auto and foot tour of Kyiv, (photos 1 & 2) Mike and Igor met with Mr. Karl-Heinz Kasch, Technical Director – Dyckerhoff Ukraine, for a discussion of the state of operator training in their Ukrainian and Russian quarry operations.  Mr. Kasch was interested in having Mike visit the Dykerhoff cement operations in Mykolayiv during his visit to Ukraine.

For the final event on Saturday Mike, Igor and Igor’s fiancé Katya took in the Swan Lake Ballet at the Ukraine State Opera House.

Monday began early with a drive to Mykolayiv and a visit to the Dyckerhoff Cement- South Operation.  After meeting with Vladimir Vegerinskiy, General Director, Mike and Igor were given an extensive tour of the quarry operations (photo 3) accompanied by Dimitry Artamonov, Head of Technical Services.  Much of the discussion during the tour focused on safety concerns, equipment operational costs and operational efficiencies required to maintain the 1 million ton-per-year production requirement.  Mr. Artamonov mentioned that they would be taking delivery of three Caterpillar 385 hydraulic shovels and would need to train the sixteen operators needed to man the three shift mining process.

Approximately 200 km south of Kyiv is the city of Uman.  Just outside of Uman the Ukrainian government is adding an eight km stretch of the newly emerging Ukrainian national freeway system.  This stretch of roadway is being built by Umanavtodor, a large Ukrainian contractor managed by Ruslan Guba, who is second from the right in photo 4.

When asked about availability of equipment operators, Mr. Guba explained that, due to a lack of vocational training schools, Umanavtodor has an internal training activity but would appreciate a source of well-trained entry-level operators that can then be oriented to the procedures and equipment unique to Umanavtodor.

Igor, and Mr. Guba also discussed the possibility of establishing a contractor’s group organized along the lines of the U.S. AGC or ABC.

Wednesday was the culmination of the Ukrainian trip as Mike and Igor met with Ms. Larysa Losiuk, Head of the State Committee of Ukraine for Technical Regulation and Consumer Policy.  Ms. Losiuk, who reports directly to Ukrainian President Victor Yushenko, and her staff were interested in discussing the details of NAHETS’ Operator Certification Assessment Test (OPCAT) as it might be utilized in Ukraine.  In addition to examination of OPCAT, Ms. Losiuk and her staff asked for an overview of the NAHETS Yellow Metal Boot Camp (YMBC) training program as Ukraine does not have, at the present time, an adult vocational training program for heavy equipment operators.  This was of particular interest as Ukraine is investing heavily in upgrading several thousand kilometers of it’s highway system country-wide and, in particular, a ring road complex around the capital city of Kyiv.  At the end of the session Mike presented Ms. Losiuk, and her staff, with a Yellow Metal Boot Camp training guide and an iPod loaded with the YMBC skidsteer video training series. (Photo 5)

The meeting concluded with a request that NAHETS return to Ukraine with the objective of discussing, in more detail, the possibility of assisting the government with a heavy equipment operator vocational training program and with helping to advise the government with developing a Ukranian system of construction equipment operator certification.

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Case Construction Produces Armored Heavy Equipment for Military

Posted by nahets on November 5, 2008

Case Construction Equipment has produced the first 50 armored backhoe loaders for the U.S. Army, with another 150 in production. In addition to the armor, the backhoes feature interchangeable exterior cab panels, cooling systems for hot climates, as well as the Visibility Improvement Package, which includes 4 external cameras and 3 internal monitors to provide ground level vision for the operator.

Having provided service to the U.S. military for over 150 years, Case is the first heavy equipment manufacturer to incorporate armor and install camera systems to machines during production. Case has also reached contracts to provide skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, wheel loaders, and forklifts for the U.S. military.

Sources:

(1) Equipment Trader Blog

(2) Case Construction Equipment

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Man and Machine Dance

Posted by nahets on October 23, 2008

People operate heavy equipment everyday; but its not everyday that you see someone dance with heavy equipment. French dancer, Philippe Priasso, performs an experimental dance number with a Komatsu digger (excavator)…yes, you heard correctly. The piece is entitled, “Transports Exceptionnels,” and was created by the French dance group, Compagnie Beau Geste…(click on the image for video and complete article)

Man dances with construction equipment

Man dances with construction equipment

The Transports Exceptionnels have performed roughly 3,000 shows in public areas around the world!

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New Site for Heavy Equipment Buyers/Sellers, Powered by Ebay

Posted by nahets on September 10, 2008

Save on Construction Equipment just announced the launch of its new website, saveonheavyequipment.com. The new site, powered by Ebay, is to offer “pre-owned heavy equipment, available online for discount prices.” Users can bid on heavy equipment regularly (Backhoe Loaders, Crawler Dozers & Loaders, Trailers, Asphalt & Concrete Pavers, Lifts, Graders, Cranes, Excavators, Wheel Loaders, Stump Grinders, Wood Chippers, etc.). In addition, there are also attachments, parts, and even manuals available to buy. There is the “bid option” and also a “buy now” option for some of the products. Click here for the original press release.

Although online auctions may not appear to be the best way to sell/purchase heavy equipment and parts, some have found it efficient and had good success. The city of Cottage Grove, MN has found that they get better trade in value through selling used equipment on Ebay than through local auctions. The city management analyst, Brian Voelker, states that they can get 200-300 users from across the United States by listing items on Ebay, compared to roughly 20 users at local auctions. Click here for the full story.

With e-commerce steadily increasing across the globe, it is vital for businesses to offer products and services online, even in the heavy equipment industry. With sites such as Save on Heavy Equipment, as well as others, you might just find the equipments or attachments you are looking for–at a competitive price!

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DEUTZ Introduces World’s First Hybrid Power Unit for Construction Equipment

Posted by nahets on June 16, 2008

DUETZ, a leading independent gas and diesel engine manufacturer, has developed a hybrid power unit for heavy equipment. DUETZ claims the new unit has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up to 30%. The unit is not only designed to reduce fuel costs and consumption, but CO2 emissions as well.

Here are some of the main specs and functions:

  • Mild hybrid drive unit
  • DEUTZ four-cylinder diesel engine, electric motor, lithium-ion battery pack, control unit
  • Electrical system nominal 15kW output, peak capacity at 30kW
  • Start and stop: automatic engine stop during idling phases, automatic engine start in the case of continued operation, the usual starter is omitted.
  • Power boost: in the case the power peaks, the electric unit is cut in.
  • Battery charging: if the diesel engine has excess power, the electric unit can charge the battery while operating as a generator.
  • Recuperation: part of the braking energy is refed into the battery by the electric unit

DEUTZ Hybrid Drive

© 2008 Bird & Moore Ltd and DEUTZ AG – UK Branch (see source #2 below)

The new hybrid drive was developed with Heinzmann, a notable manufacturer of engine control systems and long-term DEUTZ partner and supplier. DEUTZ engines are commonly used in excavators, wheel loaders, access platforms, compactors, cranes, crushers, screeners, compressors, lift trucks, tractors, ride-on mowers, chippers, shredders, gensets and other off-highway mobile plant.

For more detailed information see original sources below.

Sources:

  1. Green Car Congress: DUETZ Introduces Mild Hybrid Drive for Off-Road Construction Equipment
  2. TARGETWIRE: DEUTZ Introduce World’s First Hybrid Power Unit for Construction Equipment
  3. Buildingtalk: First hybrid power unit for construction equipment

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Canada’s Small ‘Project Heavy Duty’ Helping Students in Big Ways

Posted by nahets on June 10, 2008

In the small city of Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada Project Heavy Duty takes place every year during February and March. As hundreds of students find themselves graduated from high school they turn their eyes toward post-secondary education and careers; but some graduates remain unsure of the education and careers they will pursue. Project Heavy Duty helps students answer questions such as, “What am I going to do for the rest of my life….”

Project Heavy Duty is an annual exposure program that helps timid high school students gain confidence through heavy equipment operating. Each year a group of roughly 20 students train for a week with competent heavy equipment operators and contractors. They do things like plowing, excavating, and laying pipeline on an actual industrial site. The project has been running for seven years now and is a volunteer program.

One of the important things that this program does for students is not just learning how to operate heavy equipment, but as Organizer Richard Coupe said, many students confirm their career goals and others realize that their aspirations may be in another field altogether. Either way, Project Heavy Duty has been helping students for the last seven years to make one of the most important decisions of their lives–what to do with the rest of their lives.

Please click below for the original story

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