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Equipment - Featured Headline
Citing Slow Sales, Caterpillar Announces Layoffs and Reorganization
Facing soft demand in the mining sector and slow overall global sales, Caterpillar Inc. announced on Sept. 24 that it would be reducing its workforce by at least 4,000 to 5,000 employees, with total reductions of 10,000 possible through 2018.

Photo By Jeff Rubenstone / ENR

In Texas, 'Direct Pipe' Installation Goes Long
Pipeline contractor pushes the limits of relatively new Direct Pipe technology for a 4,038-ft trenchless installation.

Photo Courtesy Michel Corp.

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09/22/15 Mecca Supercrane Was 'Technically Faultless,' Liebherr Says

Liebherr finds that the boom should have been lowered to the ground preventatively to avoid the tilting of the crawler crane.
09/15/15 Supercrane Collapse in Mecca Ranks as Deadliest in Decades

Initial findings point to improper positioning of the crane prior to the storm.
08/24/15 Caterpillar Advertising Once Captured Everyday Life in America

Throughout the 20th century, Cat built up a brand following by showing how its machines were taking part in America’s infrastructure development.
08/13/15 Chinese Equipment Makers Struggle With Slumping Economy

The Chinese yuan tumbled 3.8% after Chinese officials announced they were devaluing their currency on August 12, and further drops are expected. But for Chinese exporters, including those dealing in construction equipment, these currency shifts may help them compete on price in the global market.
07/30/15 Milwaukee Brings Telematics to Power Tools With 'One Key' System

The next time you need a little extra power out of your cordless drill, you could just take out your smartphone and dial it in.
07/28/15 Record Settlement Reached Over Ram Truck Recalls

Terms of the settlement state that FCA must also offer to buy back hundreds of thousands of Ram trucks recalled in 2013.
07/28/15 Who Is Watching Your Fuel Burn?

Looking to monetize telematics to help recoup the added costs of clean-diesel technology, manufacturers are finding new ways to bundle fleet services with machine sales.
07/28/15 Oil Slide Hits Caterpillar, United Rentals

Sales of construction equipment are performing better this year, but suppliers are taking a cautious approach to their full-year outlooks.
07/16/15 AEMP Says a Telematics 'Good Housekeeping Seal' Is Coming Soon

When complete, the app will enable buyers to verify that a machine complies with AEMP data-stream protocols.
07/14/15 Brazil Construction Machinery Sales Face Steep Drop in 2015

Construction machinery sales in Brazil are forecast to decline to 15,800 units, a 37.8% decrease since last year.
07/14/15 Chevrolet Delivers No-Nonsense Compact Van

Essentially, the 2015 Chevrolet City Express is a Nissan NV200 with a bow tie on the grille, and it is every bit as versatile.
06/30/15 Top-Down Demolition Method Removes Need for Scaffolding

Modular demo framework allows for quicker tower deconstruction on busy urban sites.
06/30/15 Strong Enrollment for Caterpillar Fuel-Consumption Guarantee

In less than two months since it kicked off, Caterpillar’s first fuel-consumption guarantee program now has hundreds of machines enrolled across the U.S. and Canada.
06/30/15 3M Buys Capital Safety for $2.5B

Largest ever acquisition for 3M nets them a major manufacturer of fall-protection systems
06/24/15 EPA Floats New Fuel Efficiency Rules for Heavy-Duty Trucks

The so-called Phase 2 standard would boost greenhouse-gas emissions and fuel economy by up to 24% for the 2021-2027 model years.
06/23/15 Floating Rig Tackles Tricky Chicago Site

Mounted on a barge in the Chicago River, a Manitowoc 888 ringer overcomes site challenges for 150 North Riverside tower.
06/23/15 Cantilevered Counterweights Leverage Real-Time Balance

The ongoing quest to make heavy-lift cranes more powerful and efficent regularly comes down to one problem: counterweights.
06/15/15 Cat, Terex Rally Behind Silk Road

Equipment majors are cautiously enthusiastic about China’s global infrastructure plan.
06/15/15 DeWalt Grows Cordless Line at Upgraded N.C. Plant

Looking to capitalize on its “Built in the USA with Global Materials” program, DeWalt, a unit of Stanley Black & Decker, has expanded production at its Charlotte, N.C., facility with a broader range of cordless tools.
06/10/15 Aluminum F-150 Keeps Its Cool in the Desert

Ford’s aluminum body feels robust and is designed to be repaired easily.
06/05/15 U.S. Mandates Electronic Stability Controls for Heavy Trucks

Portions of the new rule resulted from a truck-safety study commissioned under the MAP-21 surface transportation bill.
06/01/15 Ram's Compact Work Van Tackles City Streets

The 2015 Ram ProMaster City has more cargo space than most others in the compact van class.
05/27/15 Volvo Rolls Out Its Intelligent Compaction Technology

New compacting monitor seeks to calculate pavement density in real time.
05/18/15 With Emissions Behind Them, Manufacturers Target Fuel Economy

Research and development budgets are shifting from emission reductions to making cleaner-burning engines more efficient.
05/14/15 Caterpillar CT680 Expands Construction Truck Line

A 13-liter engine is standard, but Cat plans soon to launch a 15-liter option.
05/13/15 Peer-to-Peer Equipment Rental Apps Gain Steam

New apps allow contractors to list idle equipment for rent.
05/12/15 Daimler Debuts First Autonomous Truck Licensed in U.S.

The Freightliner Inspiration truck combines existing collision-mitigation technology to provide an autopilot mode during long highway trips.
05/12/15 Deere's 1050K Dozes Into the Production Class

The 95,000-lb machine also marks the end of a decades-long remarkteing agreement with Liebherr.
05/12/15 Mammoet Custom Gantry Brings Up Bertha for Repairs

A special hydraulic-equalization system helped the gantry handle uneven loads.
04/20/15 Manitowoc Wins Crane Patent Case Against Sany

The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that Sany violated Manitowoc patents and trade secrets related to moveable counterweight technology.
04/14/15 Mobile Crane Standard Addresses Overloads

New crane standard no longer allows users to exceed the rated capacity, even for load tests.
04/14/15 Tracing the Bloodline of Caterpillar's Earthmoving Pedigree

New book from Frank Raczon captures many of the earthmoving giant’s iconic machines.
04/08/15 Shrink-Wrap Service Keeps Mothballed Machinery Fresh

Leaving idled equipment exposed can cost later in repairs.
04/07/15 Moving Data and Dirt

Construction vehicles equipped with wireless telematics are now reporting project information with incredible detail.
04/07/15 Big Data Boosts Safety in Brazil

Telematics has helped one crane and rigging contractor achieve near-zero safety violations.
03/24/15 Diesel Fuel Prices Bottom Out

Nationwide fuel prices inched up in February but are still 41% lower than last year.
03/12/15 Caterpillar Is Quick on the Uptake

Cat invests in technology startup to bring new business intelligence and benchmarking to construction companies.
03/10/15 Ford Struts Out F-750 Tonka Dump Truck

Attendees at this year’s Work Truck Show drooled over the special-edition model signaling Ford’s new 2016 medium-duty lineup.
03/10/15 Mercedes-Benz Debuts Midsize Metris Van

The company hopes to cut into a slice of the commercial-van market needing big capability in a smaller and less-expensive package.
03/10/15 As Cargo Vans Grow Taller, Roof Racks Address Safety

Fleets are increasingly pairing their rolling investments with accessories that boost versatility and reduce risk.
03/04/15 Equipment Makers De-Feature for Rising Rental Market

With the rental market still growing, major equipment manufacturers converged on the Rental Show in New Orleans.
02/26/15 Annual Orlando Equipment Auction Sells Record Lots

More than 10,500 pieces of heavy equipment and trucks—a record number of lots—exchanged hands.
02/26/15 Caterpillar's $250-Million Global Headquarters Takes Shape

Construction is expected to take the better part of a decade to build the entire campus.
02/24/15 Custom Launching Gantry Builds Over Busy NYC Railway

Italian launching girder system lets NYC developer build over Pennsylvania Station rail yard.
02/24/15 Lifting Experts Teach Online Course for Rigging Engineers

Rigging engineering is becoming high-risk work that requires knowledge transfer, experts say.
02/19/15 Is That Old Loader Worth More Than You Thought?

Fleet managers are getting smarter about how they buy and sell pre-owned machinery, and values for used iron are inching back up.
02/10/15 Hilti Rotating Laser Shoots True, Even After Bangs and Falls

Expensive precision instruments don’t always hold up to extreme use, but Hilti’s new PR 30-HVS rotating laser tries to solve that problem.
02/10/15 More Blind-Spot Sensors Make Jobsites Safer

Most work-zone fatalities are due to a heavy truck or machine striking a ground worker, and half of those deaths occur when a vehicle is backing up.
02/04/15 Stihl Introduces First Battery-Powered Concrete Saw

The TSA 230 Cutquik weighs about 7 pounds less than a gas-powered saw and runs on a 36-volt lithium-ion battery pack
02/04/15 Hilti Updates Breaker, Introduces 'Vampire Chisel'

Anticipating steady growth in the construction sector, Hilti has announced several new products at World of Concrete, including updates to its popular TE 1000 breaker.
02/03/15 Proximity Alarms Gain Ground on Construction Machines

Pulse-radar proximity alarms, which detect moving and non-moving objects, are slowly becoming available on new construction equipment.
02/03/15 Mack Makes Automatic Gearbox Standard on Construction Trucks

The mDrive HD is designed to be a more robust version of Mack’s existing automated manual transmission for highway tractors.
02/03/15 Kubota Introduces Skid Steer to Fill Out Compact Equipment Line

Responding to demand from their U.S.-based dealers and customers, Kubota Tractor Corp. has introduced two models of skid-steer loaders.
02/03/15 Caterpillar Adds Bluetooth App to Construction Line

Caterpillar has introduced a Bluetooth app that allows users to pair their smart phone or tablet with a machine to access its data feed, including fault codes.
01/30/15 Chinese Equipment Importer ICP Files Antitrust Suit Against Caterpillar, Komatsu and Volvo

Lawsuit alleges major equipment companies set up illegal barriers to Chinese equipment coming to America.
01/28/15 Caterpillar Forecasts 9% Sales Decline in 2015

Caterpillar Inc. predicts global sales will slide due largely to falling oil prices and continued softness in the mining industry.
01/26/15 Earnings Probe Delays Hertz Equipment IPO

Hertz Equipment Rental Corp. also plans to launch a new brand name in time for the separation.
01/26/15 Q&A with Lisa Farrar of Hertz Equipment

ENR sits down with Lisa Farrar, Hertz Equipment senior director of marketing and e-business, to talk about its pending spinoff.
01/23/15 Test Drive: 2015 Ram ProMaster City Compact Work Van

Among the recently introduced group of compact commercial vans, Ram introduces a new small model that casts a big shadow.
01/20/15 Nissan Blurs Lines Between Light and Heavy

Nissan wants to fill a major capability and price gap with its Cummins-equipped 2016 Titan XD.
01/13/15 Contractors Get Reprieve At the Pump

For construction equipment managers, low oil prices offer short-term cost savings but make long-term plans tough.
01/13/15 Test Drive: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado

Though fuel economy was not as high as expected, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is a truck that most anyone in construction can drive without much effort.
01/06/15 Crane-Age Limits: Anti-Dumping Bans Disguised as Safety?

Regular inspection and maintenance, it concluded, can make a crane of any vintage structurally fit for duty, says Haag Engineering Co.
12/29/14 Year in Review: Pickup Truck Wars

The Big Three battled it out in 2014, and fleet owners will be better off for it
12/19/14 Equipment Forecast: Fleets To Add Capacity in 2015

Most construction equipment categories are set to grow next year, with a few exceptions.
12/16/14 Rentals Rising in China

Softening construction demand is forcing Chinese construction firms to gradually shed their traditional preference for owning equipment.
12/15/14 Around the World With Ron DeFeo

Five minutes with the chairman and CEO of Terex Corp.
12/10/14 At Bauma China, Soggy Times for Machinery

As rains soaked last month's exhibition, uncertainty hovered over global equipment markets.
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