Increases trucks loads per shift
Komatsu America Corp. introduces the WA900-8, a 256,618-pound loader equipped with a Tier 4 Final, 899-horsepower SSA12V140E-7 engine. Designed to load 70- to 150-ton haul trucks, the loader has a new bucket design which features a modified profile to maximize bucket fill and increase productivity. A variable traction control system and modulation clutch system provide optimal tractive effort for various ground conditions. The Komatsu SmartLoader Logic helps reduce fuel consumption while maintaining production levels. The Advanced Joystick Steering System and Electronic Pilot Control work equipment control levers are said to provide quick and precise response to operator input. Automatic dig system, semi-automatic approach, and dump system help less experienced operators be productive while reducing fatigue for an experienced operator. KomVision with radar obstacle detection, a six-camera system on a dedicated LCD monitor, provides a bird’s eye view around the machine, and an audible alert sounds when an obstacle is detected in the working area.
Komatsu America Corp. | www.komatsuamerica.com
New notification options
John Deere Construction and Forestry adds new capabilities to its JDLink platform to further drive machine insights and provide a quick and reliable telematics solution. The Notification Center, accessible via JDLink, now includes email alerts. This means a notification can be sent to fleet managers when a machine diagnostic trouble code occurs or there is an upcoming scheduled maintenance interval. Filters can be used to allow managers to ignore trouble codes they do not wish to see. Through updates to JDLink Mobile, producers can use the app to view machine hours of operation, alerts, and equipment location. A new addition, Machine Analyzer, allows fleet managers to view and compare equipment utilization across their fleet.
John Deere | www.johndeere.com
Down-the-hole hammers and bits
Caterpillar’s new 6-inch Down-the-Hole (DTH) Hammer is the first to be introduced from the manufacturer’s DTH line for blasthole drilling. Its valved design is said to provide reliable operation, low air consumption, easier maintenance, and cost-effective rebuild. The hammer is rated to run with compressed air systems driving work pressures up to 500 psi. The additional back-head pressure, when combined with the corresponding airflow demanded, generates more blows-per-minute for faster penetration rates in hard materials. Several configurations of 6.75-inch bits are available in both standard and heavy-duty designs to match rock characteristics and job requirements. The bit selection includes a variety of carbide shapes and face shapes.
Caterpillar | www.cat.com/requestCatinfo
Stainless steel filters
Tekleen says its automatic self-cleaning filters are maintenance-free filters that reduce operational costs associated with cleaning and replacing screens, spraying nozzles, bags, and cartridges. The filters use minimal water to backwash the screen without interrupting the main flow. They are designed for cooling water filtration, aggregate washing, spraying nozzles protection, potable water, and more.
Tekleen | www.tekleen.com
Updated interface for automation platform
ABB launches a new version of its Minerals Process Control Library. The updated process control system is designed to achieve the highest plant productivity, availability, and safety, as well as operator efficiency. It offers additional functions that are available with the new version of the ABB 800xA 6.1 automation platform. The version comes with a completely new and intuitive graphical interface for process displays, faceplates, and workplace layout providing operators with relevant process information in its situational context. It also offers an extensive set of options for adapting presentation so the focus can be tailored, and users can navigate to the required information more quickly. A new feature is a unique alarm system which enables plant operators to immediately detect, understand, and resolve process situations and disturbances in minimum time.
ABB | www.abb.com
Tilt level control for hazardous areas
Conveyor Components Co. introduces the Model CT, which is comprised of a Control Unit and Tilt Probe which senses the presence or absence of material. Applications include level detection in hoppers, silos, stackers, crushers, and conveyor transfer points. The control unit is enclosed in a rugged cast aluminum housing with external red and green LED status indicator lights and surface mount printed circuit boards. Weatherproof, dust-ignition proof, and explosion-proof models are available. The tilt level controllers (CT-105, CT-106, or CT-107) are cULus listed as intrinsically safe when used with cULus-listed tilt probes. The CT tilt probes are available in compact (6-inch) or standard (9-inch) and have 25 feet of electrical cable.
Conveyor Components Co. | www.conveyorcomponents.com
Inventory management programs available
Haver & Boecker Niagara offers Make and Hold and Stocking Agreement programs for screen media and wear parts. The program offers options for short lead times, pricing stability, and simplified inventory management. Under the Make and Hold program, the manufacturer stocks products in quantities and prices agreed upon at the beginning of the year. Product is produced and packaged in the pre-determined quantity so that it can be shipped on the day the order is placed. Once an order is shipped, the product is automatically replenished for the next order. A Stocking Agreement is available as a one-time annual agreement. Prices are locked in for the beginning of the year for a pre-determined quantity of product. Producers draw on their stock throughout the year as required and pay per shipment with product being shipped on the day the order is placed.
Haver & Boecker Niagara | www.havercanada.com
Loader designed to be a workhorse
Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America adds an updated ZW180 to its Dash-6 lineup of mid-sized wheel loaders. Designed to serve as a workhorse in loader applications, the unit weighs in at 32,100 pounds, delivers 26,530 pounds of breakout force, and is powered by a Cummins 200-horsepower Tier 4 Final QSB6.7 engine. Producers can choose between a 3.4-cubic-yard general purpose bucket or a 4.2-cubic-yard material handling bucket. The loader can lift up to 3,000 pounds with a vertical reach of 12.9 feet. A new Power Mode switch, located on the steering joystick, gives the operator immediate access to additional rim-pull and breakout force for digging into heavy piles or climbing grades with a full load. It produces a 10-percent burst in engine rpm. Technology including ride control, telematics, auto power-up, and an LCD color monitor are designed into the machine. A seamless front window, rounded engine cowling, and redesigned ROPS frame provide 360-degree lines of sight. The ZW180-6 is equipped with a clean SCR system using a simple DEF system that lets the machine run efficiently without high engine temperatures and eliminates concerns about idle times. No DPF or regen cycles are required.
Hitachi Construction Machinery | www.hitachicm.com
Remote display for truck scale readouts
Cardinal Scale’s new model SB6000 remote display features a high-visibility, full-color graphics display with double-row LEDs in large 6-inch-high characters for use with digital weight indicators connected to scales that need to be viewed from a distance of up to 250 feet. The durable IP66-rated stainless-steel enclosure is weatherproof for use in a wide variety of environments. It offers 1,280 RGB high-intensity LEDs for maximum visibility in all lighting conditions and integrated 6-inch-high red/green traffic light standard for directing vehicles on and off the scale. Multiple scales plus total weight readouts can all be displayed simultaneously. The readout can plug and play with any weight indicator and offers optional SnapStream wireless connectivity with Cardinal Scale weight indicators.
Cardinal Scale | www.cardinalscale.com
Tool to avoid distracted driving
NexTraq, a Michelin Group company, launches MobileBlock. Created in partnership with SafeDrivePod, MobileBlock ensures that drivers’ smartphone and tablet screens are locked while driving. The tool is designed to help managers enforce policies restricting unauthorized use of company-issued tablets and smartphones to limit distractions. It is a small, self-adhering pod that is mounted in the vehicle. An app is downloaded from the App Store or Google Play to the tablets or smartphones used by drivers of the vehicle. The software shuts off access to apps while driving, but emergency call and navigation apps remain usable.
NexTraq | www.nextraq.com