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Manitou extends its reach with four mobile elevating work platforms

November 4, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

The Manitou Group has released four straight boom Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs), the Manitou TJ 65, TJ 65+, TJ 80+ and TJ 85, into the North American market. Features of the new models include smooth platform operation, three steering

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Playing the long game: Machine control developers cautiously build to full autonomy  

June 11, 2019 Jillian Morgan

Driverless machines won’t be moving dirt on job sites anytime soon. Before an armoury of fully autonomous equipment can work alongside crews, machine control developers at the helm admit there will be a few hurdles to jump. Though it may

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Clearing a path: Dozer makers step up their technology to help less experienced operators gain traction

April 23, 2019 Nate Hendley

It’s a new reality that’s impossible to overlook. Skilled operators are becoming tougher and tougher to find. While equipment manufacturers can’t exactly help Canadian contractors fill seats, they are making the equipment easier to run and the cabs more appealing.

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Federal tax incentive creates big opportunity for firms purchasing new equipment

February 19, 2019 by David Kennedy

Canadian construction companies have at least one reason to thank U.S. President Donald Trump. He may have started the ongoing trade spat that’s caused havoc in the markets for construction steel and aluminum, but the recent American tax reforms he

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Assessing the future: Job site robotics are quickly gaining ground

February 18, 2019 Jacob Stoller

In the 1959 sci-fi novel Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein introduced, perhaps for the first time, the concept of the powered exoskeleton — a motor-assisted armoured suit that gives its wearer superhuman strength. Since then, exoskeletons have shown up in countless

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From the editor… Tech keeps trucking

December 5, 2018 by David Kennedy

Integrating fully autonomous vehicles certainly won’t become standard on work sites for several years, but the prospect is no longer science fiction

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Machine control advances: New technology prompts evolution of decades-old sensing systems

June 11, 2018 Nate Hendley

There have been significant developments in machine control, driven by technological advancements and industry trends. Used on earthworks equipment since the mid-1990s, machine control systems utilize satellite network data and sensors to determine geographic coordinates and assess grade. Such systems

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Bauma selects Canada as official partner country for 2019 show

November 21, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

Bauma, the world’s largest trade show for the international construction machinery, mining equipment, and building material machinery sectors, has named Canada as its official partner country for the April 2019 show. According to organizers Canada was chosen to “reflect the

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The evolution of machine control

June 20, 2017 Nate Hendley

A lot has changed in 20 years – operators are faster and more accurate than ever

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Tech and innovation front and centre at CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE

April 20, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

A forward-looking vision for construction and infrastructure took centre stage at CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2017, from the unveiling of the world’s first 3D-printed excavator and the new Tech Experience to the largest show floor in history and a stellar education

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Canada to be bauma 2019 partner country

March 13, 2017 bauma

Canada is one of the world’s most important markets for the international construction machinery, building material plant and mining machine industry. It is the world’s seventh biggest construction machinery market. With a volume of 102 billion and 116 billion euros

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Topcon positioning system redefines machine control

February 21, 2017 On-Site Magazine

  3D-MCMAX is the next generation of Topcon dozer grading solutions that redefines the concept of machine control. The system is driven by dual IMUs (Inertial Measurement Unit) to increase on-grade performance where speed and blade response is maximized, while

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SmoothRide combines Topcon technologies to deliver smoothest surface possible

January 3, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

SmoothRide uses a combination of core Topcon technologies designed to deliver the smoothest surface possible, while efficiently managing the quantity of material for each project. SmoothRide starts with vehicle-mounted scanners that collect data at driving speeds without the need for lane

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John Deere builds on its lineup of SmartGrade crawler dozers

September 5, 2016 On-Site Magazine

John Deere is building on its lineup of SmartGrade crawler dozers with the integration of the machine control offering on the 750K and 850K models. Adding SmartGrade availability on these larger machines will improve job site accuracy and quality of

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Despite the boom in GPS, contractors are cautiously entering the market

August 31, 2016 David Godkin

The uptake of GPS technology in machine controls has skyrocketed in recent years. According to an advisory board to the U.S. government, the adoption rate of GPS among machine control industries overall has been driven largely by costs and benefits.

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Video: Excavator operator rescues baby deer

April 1, 2016 by Patrick McConnell

Sometimes the best acts of kindness happen when no one is there to see them. Fortunately, when this excavator operator rescued a deer fawn that was trapped in a mud bog, there was someone there to capture it on video

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Cummins Datalink Adapter

March 30, 2016 On-Site Magazine

Cummins Inc has released its Inline 7, a wired and wireless datalink adapter. Inline 7 is the only adapter offering Wi-Fi(R) and Bluetooth wireless connectivity while also providing traditional wired functionality via USB. Inline 7 supports several protocols, such as

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Topcon and Deere Unite

March 30, 2016 On-Site Magazine

The John Deere 700K SmartGrade™ crawler dozer has now integrated the Topcon 3D-MC2 Grade Control System for improved grading accuracy. The system is fully integrated into the machine cabin and structures, eliminating vulnerable external masts and cables. Combining Topcon technology

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Hydro Ottawa fined over fatal accident

March 30, 2016 On-Site Magazine

Hydro Ottawa has been convicted and ordered to pay $225,000 following the death of a worker and two others being injured when a boom truck came in contact with a live wire. In March, 2012, workers employed by a subcontractor

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Husqvarna Flat Saw

March 24, 2016 On-Site Magazine

Husqvarna has updated its FS 3500 G – a self-propelled walk-behind flat saw with a 37 hp (27.5 kW) Kohler gasoline engine. It has a cutting depth capacity of up to 12-3/8″ (311 mm) with a 30″ (750 mm) diamond