Equipment Roundup: SkyMul is a rebar-tying drone; 10 Things to See at ConExpo 2020; Manitowoc intros MLC150-1 crawler crane; New Holland intros 11 skid steers, CTLs; Trimble intros aftermarket GPS for excavators

Trimble intros aftermarket GPS for excavators

GPS/GNSS grade control is commonly thought of as a way to automate machine control in the horizontal plane with dozers and motor graders. But excavators can benefit from machine control as well.

Up until now those systems have been proprietary to the OEMs offering them. But Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform for Excavators was introduced at the recent World of Concrete as an aftermarket kit and offers contractors the ability to add this functionality to any brand of excavator.

As far as software goes, the system uses an Android-based program that runs on the company’s 10-inch TD520 or 7-inch TD510 monitors. On the screen operators can customize their preferred view and various parameters of the system to match their workflow.


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New Holland intros 11 models of skid steers, CTLs with new 300 Series

New Holland’s new 300 Series of skid steers and compact track loaders comes in 11 models with either radial lift or Super Boom vertical lift.

Models range from 60 to 90 gross horsepower, 1,600 to 4,500 rated operating capacity and 18.5 to 35.5 inches of dump reach.


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Manitowoc unveils MLC150-1 crawler crane with increased capacity, quicker assembly

In the run-up to ConExpo 2020, Manitowoc has introduced a new crawler crane that the company says will join five other new cranes at the show in Las Vegas next week.

The new MLC150-1 replaces the MLC100-1 which was introduced in 2018 as “the quickest crane to erect and decommission in its class.” Manitowoc says it has made the MLC150-1 even faster to assemble than the previous crane while increasing its base capacity from 110 U.S. tons (100 tonnes) to 165 U.S. tons (150 tonnes).


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VIDEO > ConExpo 2020 Preview: 10 Things to See & How to Navigate the Show!

Whether you’re going to ConExpo 2020 or following the show’s equipment launches from your office, this video has all the details on the machine introductions you need to look for. We also cover the increased scale of this year’s show, including what you’ll need to do to get between the main Las Vegas Convention Center campus and the new Festival Grounds lot.



SkyMul is a rebar-tying drone designed to eliminate grunt work for faster, safer placement

If there is anything that will gladden the hearts of concrete workers it has to be the appearance of robotic/autonomous technologies for tying rebar. One of construction’s most tedious jobs is about to get much easier.

A couple of weeks ago we told you about TyBot, an autonomous rebar-tying robot. Another such product introduced at World of Concrete 2020 is from SkyMul, and they have designed a drone that will swoop down on your rebar mat, identify each individual rebar intersection, tie it off and move on to the next.


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