Equipment Roundup: Autonomous Track Loader designed for grading, excavation; Cat C9.3B engine sets stage; Compact excavators getting better; Freightliner delivers wreaths; JLG site preparing customers for aerial lift standards

Updated Dec 28, 2017
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New Cat C9.3B engine sets stage for the future: Simpler, smaller, more HP and torque

Caterpillar has launched a new engine that will serve as a blueprint for many of the company’s engines to come.

The C9.3B is a simpler, lighter engine system with 18 percent more power compared to previous engines said Christopher Massey, commercial manager, industrial engine group. Ratings on this six-cylinder, 9.3-liter platform run from 335 to 456 horsepower at speeds of 1,800 to 2,200 rpm. Max torque at 1,400 rpms measures 1,540 foot-pounds.

“In many cases this allows our customers to use a 9-liter engine in a space where they traditionally used a 13-liter engine,” said Massey.

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How OEMs are making the versatile compact excavator even better

Compact excavators are already immensely popular because they lift, dig, trench, load and backfill. They run a wide range of attachments. They do all this in tight quarters and can be trailered from one job to the next with a pickup truck. How to improve upon such capable machines? Find ways for them to do more and do it all better.

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Freightliner helps deliver Wreaths Across America to honor vets

Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Co. in Harrington, Maine, is better known as the man behind Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to remembering and honoring veterans during the holidays. In 1992, the wreath company donated remembrance wreaths that were placed on the graves of veterans at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.. Twenty-five years later, the program has expanded worldwide, with an estimated 1.5 million volunteers holding wreath-laying ceremonies in their hometowns.

“It’s so incredible, you have to pinch yourself,” Worcester said in a press release. “It started with four people, eight VFW members, and 5,000 wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. Today, we have 1,410 participating cemeteries in all 50 states and beyond.”

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JLG offers website to prepare customers for future aerial lift standards

JLG is providing resource materials on its website to educate customers about proposed new standards for aerial work platforms.

The proposed American National Standards Institute standards, known as ANSI A92, would affect machine design, training and safety and lead to changes for manufacturers, equipment dealers, rental shops and contractors.

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Autonomous Track Loader performs low-level excavation, grading tasks to boost jobsite productivity

Noah Ready-Campbell built his career in Silicon Valley. But his latest endeavor, a robotics company focused on autonomous construction equipment, represents a return to his roots and the hope that he can blaze a trail forward for the industry.

Before he started his career with a job a Google, and before he sold a $23-million online consignment shop business to eBay in 2015, Ready-Campbell worked most summers for his father, a contractor in New England.

“I did roofing and grading. I was a carpenter’s assistant, that kind of stuff,” Ready-Campbell recalls. “I grew up on it.”

So when thinking about what he wanted to pursue next, Ready-Campbell remembered all those summers in the dirt. “It’s a really cool feeling to build the community and leave your mark on the world,” he says. “It’s satisfying but it’s also fundamental.”

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