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Volvo enters rigid hauler market, unveils 4 new trucks with plans to sunset Terex Trucks models


The R100E is the flagship model of Volvo’s new rigid hauler lineup and features an all-new design.

Four years after its purchase of Terex Trucks, Volvo has decided to launch a lineup of rigid haulers under its own brand for the first time.

The lineup consists of four new machines: the 45-ton R45D, 60-ton R60D, 72-ton R70D and the 100-ton R100E. Volvo says the haulers will launch in the second quarter of 2018, but the release will be limited to lesser regulated markets, which obviously excludes North America.

The new haulers will be manufactured at Volvo’s Motherwell production facility in Scotland and sold through Volvo’s dealer network.

Volvo says development of these new haulers “relied heavily on the longstanding rigid hauler expertise…of Terex Trucks.” In fact, the three D-Series haulers—the R45D, R60D and R70D— are based on the existing Terex TR-Series. Volvo says the development of these machines “followed an in-depth engineering review ensuring that the machines meet the standards expected from Volvo products,” and included improvements such as greater visibility and safety systems.

The ultimate result of this introduction means the eventual end of Terex Trucks rigid haulers. Volvo says that “over time” it will end production on those Terex-branded machines. However, the company notes that this move “has no bearing” on Terex Trucks-branded articulated haulers which will “continue to be designed, built and developed.”

“Our purchase of Terex Trucks in 2014 was a strategic decision that allowed Volvo to offer customers a rigid hauler option,” says Thomas Bitter, Senior Vice President of the Marketing and Product Portfolio (MaPP) function at Volvo CE. “Since then, we’ve been working to design a completely new rigid hauler that builds on Terex Trucks’ 84-year heritage, while also incorporating Volvo CE’s industry-leading technology and core values of quality, safety and environmental care. Today we move to the next stage, and the new Volvo machines, especially the E-Series R100E, are the outcome of this work. We’re confident that they will impress customers working in the mining and quarrying segments.”

‘Flagship’ R100E a ‘completely new’ machine

Volvo says the flagship of its new rigid hauler lineup is the R100E. Unlike the R-Series haulers, this E-Series 100-ton machine is a “completely new machine,” Volvo says, and features new technologies and a new design.

High performance and productivity, low total cost of ownership, operator comfort and easy serviceability guided development of the R100E, which features a V-shaped body. The machine boasts high capacity and hauling speeds with efficient hydraulics and intelligent monitoring systems, Volvo says.

“Terex Trucks’ rigid haulers are known for performing well in tough conditions, while also being easy to maintain and delivering low cost of ownership,” says Paul Douglas, Volvo CE’s Vice President of Rigid Haulers and Terex Trucks. “Our proven design has provided a strong DNA on which to help develop Volvo CE’s innovative entry into this product line. The new E-Series R100E is a completely new machine that delivers stability, a long service life, high profitability, durability and comfort. And moreover, it’s quick and simple to operate and maintain.”

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Fecon, RPX Technologies develop mobile mulching head balancing solution


Vibration can be destructive of any machine or moving part, not to mention the aggravation and fatigue it causes in operators. This is especially true in forestry mulchers with their heavy, high-speed rotating heads.

Fecon partnered with RPX Technologies to develop a mobile balancing service for forestry mulching equipment. Originally developed by RPX to balance aircraft propellers, the DynaVibe system is a simple solution to what used to be a complex problem.

“Mobile balancers have been out there, but they’ve been pretty expensive and kind of hard to use,” says Kevin McCann, vice-president of product support at Fecon. “You would typically have to hire or contract that balancing service out to somebody. It’s expensive; they have to travel to your job site. Or, our customers would have to take their machines, or the rotors out of their machines, to a company that specialized in balancing. After it was balanced, you have to take it back to the job and reinstall it.”

Sensors on the machine detect and locate out of spec vibrations so technicians can add or remove weight from the drum to restore balance.

The DynaVibe system gives dealers an easy to use method for balancing mulcher heads at the dealership where the equipment was purchased. And the system can be used on other brands of mulcher heads and other products outside forestry such as tub grinders.

Using an accelerometer to measure vibration and a phototachometer for rpms, the DynaVibe hand-held computer determines vibration magnitude and location, allowing technicians to remove or add weight to the head to restore balance and eliminate vibration.

There are two versions of the hand-held computer. The FMB-100 is the less expensive option and tells you how out of balance the rotor is (magnitude) and where adjustments are needed (phase and angle). The FMB-200 does that and a full spectral analysis, looking at all frequencies to help troubleshoot vibrations other than rotor imbalance, such as a failed bearing or bent shaft.

The FMB-100 tells you how out of balance the rotor is and where adjustments are needed. The FMB-200 can detect vibrations other than rotor imbalance, such as a failed bearing or bent shaft.

“Even small magnitude vibrations can cause damage,” says Mike Fox, cofounder of RPX. “When we created the DynaVibe system, we understood that keeping propellers balanced would eliminate failures, substantially reduce aircraft maintenance costs, and improve the flying experience. We also understood that the value of our dynamic balancer wasn’t limited to aircraft: it was capable of balancing anything that spins.”

For more information, check out the video below and visit the Fecon website by clicking here.

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What to see at World of Concrete 2018: Cat UTVs, Bobcat, Case in the Central Hall


The 43rd annual World of Concrete kicks off January 23 with 1,500 companies signed up as exhibitors.

The event is billed as the largest international show for the concrete and masonry industries, attracting more than 55,000 attendees. The show runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Las Vegas Convention Center, ending at noon January 26. The show spans 725,000 square feet, with equipment displays, demonstrations, competitions, educational courses, industry forums and a charity auction.

Below is a glimpse of some of the exhibitors in Central Hall displaying equipment at the 2018 World of Concrete. To see past entires in our preview of the 2018 show, click here.


Bobcat R-Series E35 compact excavator

Bobcat will bring out its R-Series E35 compact excavator. The machine boasts a 15 percent increase in over-the-side capacity for improved digging and slewing with a new dual-flange track roller system. Its rear counterweight design gives it more stability. Bobcat also improved ride quality and redesigned the cab for operator comfort, with an automotive-type heating and air conditioning system, wider seat and fold-away floor pedals. Booth C5873


Case TV370 compact track loader

Case’s new 74-horsepower compact track loader, the TV370, has a rated operating capacity of 3,700 pounds. The company says its vertical lift design makes it ideal for loading trucks and lifting and placing pallets filled with heavy material. Standard hydraulic flow is 24.2 gallons per minute. An optional high-flow setup delivers 37.6 gpm. It features bucket breakout force of 8,776 pounds and a 10-foot, 11-inch hinge pin height. C5748



Caterpillar plans to showcase its new foray into the utility vehicle market at World of Concrete. If web traffic of readers clicking on stories about Cat’s new UTVs is an indicator, the company’s exhibit should be extra popular at this year’s show. Cat has introduced gas and diesel UTV versions, the CUV82 and CUV102D, respectively. It partnered with Textron Specialized Vehicles, which manufactures the Cat branded UTVs. The UTVs feature all-steel cargo beds, 1,000-pound rear cargo capacity and 2,000-pound towing capacity. Booth C6061

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Sewer authority coughs up $39K for forgotten rental dozer


A dozer that sat parked on a project after it was rented will cost the Scranton Sewer Authority almost $39,000, according to a story by the Scranton Times-Tribune.

The paper reports that the authority entered into a 2016 hand-shake rental agreement with N&L Transportation of Dunmore, Pennsylvania, and did not transfer the agreement to Pennsylvania American Water, which bought the sewer system. The dozer was used to remove ash and road construction debris around the wastewater treatment plant in South Scranton.

The authority learned about the rental after N&L submitted invoices totaling $45,427.84, according to the paper. After negotiating with N&L, the authority was able to reduce the outstanding bill by $6,718, or 15 percent.

After the project was closed out, “for whatever reason at the time of the closing” the dozer was never returned and apparently sat idle for several months, said authority Executive Director/Solicitor Jason Shrive in explaining the invoice to the authority management. The payment reflects the fact that N&L was not able to rent the dozer to anyone else during the time it sat idle, reports the paper.

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Former transportation secretary calls for infrastructure fix, higher gas tax


Ray LaHood

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is calling on Republicans and Democrats and all levels of government to work together to fix America’s infrastructure problems.

Writing an opinion article at Newsweek.com, LaHood, who served from 2009 to 2013, says Congress missed an opportunity with its tax-reform legislation to inject “much needed revenue into the Highway Trust Fund, which funds highways, bridges and mass transit programs.”

LaHood, who co-chairs the bipartisan advocacy group Building America’s Future, lays out three proposals to remedy the situation:

  • Raise the federal gas tax. He notes that the 18.4-cent tax hasn’t been increased since 1993 and hasn’t kept up with inflation and rising infrastructure needs.
  • Improve working relations, not only in Washington, but among states and cities at all levels of government. “Washington must work hand-in-hand with mayors and governors to understand what they need for their communities and to grant them the flexibility to achieve those goals,” he writes.
  • Invest in technology, such as high-speed rail, and fund projects with proven track records and offer competitive grants to encourage innovation.

“We know that the most consequential and long-lasting reforms are often bipartisan,” LaHood writes, “and revitalizing our nation’s infrastructure and keeping Americans safe should not be solely a Democratic or Republican issue.”

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Contract awarded to add Express Lanes on northern Colo.’s I-25


The Colorado Department of Transportation has approved a $248 million contract to add Express Lanes on Interstate 25 from Johnstown to Fort Collins, with work expected to start this summer.

Kraemer/IHC won the contract to add an Express Lane in both directions, replace aging bridges, widen bridges, create new pedestrian and bicycle access under I-25 at Kendall Parkway, and connect the Cache la Poudre River Regional Trail under I-25, according to CDOT. Work is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

CDOT says the project involves improving mobility and traffic operations and increasing intermodal connections.

During construction, motorists can expect two lanes of travel in each direction to remain open during the day, with lane closures occurring at night when traffic volumes are lower, CDOT says.

Express Lanes are designed to relieve traffic congestion by encouraging carpooling or taking public transportation. Motorists can carpool or ride the bus and avoid tolls on the lanes. Solo drivers wanting to use the lanes can pay a toll. Solo drivers who don’t want to pay the toll can stay in the regular lanes.

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Work progresses on Scudder Falls Bridge improvement project in Del.


Photo courtesy of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.

After several years of delay, work is progressing on the $500 million Scudder Falls Bridge improvement project with a completion date in late 2021, the Bucks County Courier Times reports.

A new span is being built across the Delaware River next to the existing Interstate 95 bridge. In addition, a lane is being added in both directions on I-95 on the Pennsylvania side, and improvements are being made to roads near the bridge, along with drainage upgrades.

When the first new span is finished in 2019, traffic will shift over to it, and the current bridge will be demolished so a second new span can be built in its place and electronic tolls instituted. Joe Donnelly, spokesman for the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, says the completely finished bridge will feature three lanes in each direction instead of the current two, shoulders and deceleration lanes, a pedestrian lane for walking and cycling, and improved exits and entrances. “Ideally in the end, we have a bridge that is much safer and more efficient,” he told the news agency.

The bridge tolls will be used to pay back the $430 million bond that financed most of the project. Tolls on motorists traveling from New Jersey to Pennsylvania will be $1.25 for those with E-ZPass, 75 cents for those with an E-ZPass commuter discount, and $2.60 for those without E-ZPass. Larger vehicles, such as trucks, will pay higher tolls based on the number of axles.

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New York City achieves record low in traffic fatalities


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio thanks NYPD officers for work on the Vision Zero program to reduce traffic fatalities.

For the fourth consecutive year, New York City has seen a drop in traffic fatalities, with 2017 marking the greatest percentage drop since recordkeeping began in 1910, according to the mayor’s office.

Last year saw a 32-percent drop in pedestrian deaths, the steepest drop in the city’s history.

In 2017, 214 people – 101 of them pedestrians – died in traffic crashes, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. This compares to 231 total fatalities and 148 pedestrian deaths in 2016.

The mayor attributes the reduction to the Vision Zero program. The program, which has been in effect four years, includes street safety redesigns and turning treatments, and reprogramming traffic signals to give pedestrians a head start in crosswalks, the office says. Its goal is zero traffic deaths.

“The lower speed limit, increased enforcement and safer street designs are all building on each other to keep New Yorkers safe,” he said.

The program emphasizes reducing pedestrian deaths, which historically have represented the majority of traffic fatalities in the city. In 2017, however, pedestrian deaths dropped to 47 percent of all traffic fatalities, the mayor reports.

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