Equipment Roundup: Case CoPilot dozer control; Volvo VNL redesign; Older engines exempt from ELD rule; New Fascan crane; Milwaukee’s Tick equipment, tool locator

Case unveils SiteControl CoPilot: A simple, affordable dozer machine control system

Case Construction Equipment has introduced a machine control solution for dozers that the company says it is positioning as an affordable bridge between automatic and indicate-only systems.

SiteControl CoPilot is available as a retrofit or as a factory-installed option on select Case M Series dozers. The equipment associated with SiteControl CoPilot is an internal measurement unit, wiring harness and an in-cab display. The masts, base stations and lasers associated with 2D and 3D systems are not needed.

The system was developed by Leica, which sells it as a third-party add-on kit called iGD CoPilot available for other dozer brands. And though the iGD CoPilot system is already compatible with Case machines, Case project manager for dozers Max Winemiller says that the company’s engineers worked closely with Leica to develop this SiteControl version of the system and tailor it specifically for Case dozers.

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Volvo’s new VNL marks truck maker’s first long-haul redesign in 20 years

Volvo Trucks North America unveiled its new VNL tractor, the first major overhaul of its flagship long-haul model since the VN model was introduced in 1996. The announcement came during a press conference at the company’s new state-of-the-art customer center at its New River Valley manufacturing facility in Dublin, Va.

“The new Volvo VNL builds on our long-standing commitment to deliver the safest, most comfortable and most efficient long-haul truck on the market,” said Göran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “Infused with new innovations and technologies, we’re proud to expand upon that commitment to our current and future customers with this new design.”

The new VNL shares many design cues with its VNR regional-haul sibling that was introduced in April to replace the VNM. It will be available in five configurations, including day cab, 40-inch flat-roof, 70-inch mid-roof and 70- and 77-inch high-roof options.

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ELD mandate won’t apply to trucks with older engines

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has posted new guidance for the electronic logging device mandate that exempts trucks equipped with model year 2000 engines and older from adhering to the mandate, regardless of the model year of the truck.

However, if a truck’s model year is older than 2000, but the engine model year is newer than 2000, the driver is still required to adhere to the ELD mandate.

FMCSA says in a freshly updated FAQ on its website that drivers are not required to carry documentation in the truck that confirms their engine’s model year, but notes that federal regulations require motor carriers to keep all documentation on motor and engine changes “at the principal place of business.”

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Fascan reaches new heights with F600SE.44 wallboard crane

Fascan International’s new F600SE.44 has the highest reach of any wallboard crane in the U.S. market, the company says.

The crane can extend 10 stories high, or 115 feet, and has a horizontal reach of 101 feet. It can lift up to 6,600 pounds.

Features include a high-capacity oil cooler and automatic greasing system, all designed to enable the crane to handle long operating times. The company says the FX900, the crane’s “digital brain,” sets the best machine performance to operating conditions and operates the safety devices.

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Milwaukee Tick sticks to tools, equipment for quick locating via phone app

Milwaukee Tool’s TICK uses Bluetooth technology and a phone app to help you locate tools and equipment should they ever become lost or stolen.

The plastic TICK can be placed on the tool or equipment out of sight by glue, screw, rivet or strap. The tools and equipment can then be tracked through the ONE-KEY phone app.

Each TICK is laser engraved with a serial number. It comes in a water- and dust-tight enclosed plastic case that is UV rated. The electronic housing is designed to withstand high vibration and impact, the company says. The TICK is 1.88 inches wide, 2.13 inches long and .49 inches high.

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