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Komatsu intros PC390LCi-11 excavator with semi-auto control


Komatsu is bringing its intelligent Machine Control technology (iMC) to another excavator size class with the introduction of the PC390LCi-11.

It’s the fourth iMC-equipped excavator in the Komatsu lineup but the company says it’s the first 3D semi-automatic excavator that combines the “nimbleness and speed” of a 36-ton machine with the stability of a larger machine.

“Whether it’s production excavating, utility trenching, site prep or any application where greater over-the-side lift capacity is required, this could be the machine operators fight over on the jobsite,” says Renee Kafka, product specialist at Komatsu America.

The iMC technology on the PC390LCi-11 uses a combination of GPS/GNSS signals, stroke-sensing hydraulic cylinders and an inertial measurement unit (IMU) to orient the machine in space and guide the joysticks, hydraulics and bucket so that the operator cannot over-dig or cut a profile other than what’s detailed on the 3D topo map loaded into the excavator’s computer. In the fully automatic mode, it is physically impossible for operators to over excavate. The GPS guides the machine’s hydraulics and bucket to cutting precise trenches, slopes and swales with no need to refill or recompact to make grade.

Intelligent Machine Control information is displayed on a 12.1-inch display inside the PC390LCi-11 cab.

The PC390LCi-11 features the new machine control joysticks first introduced on the PC210LCi-11 in September. Switches on these joysticks allow for switching between semi-auto and manual modes and toggling the design surface offset function.

The following is a breakdown of all the iMC features on the PC390LCi-11

  • Auto Grade Assist – As the operator moves the arm, the boom adjusts the bucket height automatically, tracing the target surface and minimizing digging too deep.
  • Auto Stop Control – During boom and bucket operation, the work equipment automatically stops when the bucket edge reaches the design surface, thus minimizing design surface damage.
  • Minimum Distance Control – The machine controls the bucket by automatically selecting the point on the bucket closest to the target surface. If the machine is not facing a sloped surface at a right angle, it will still follow the target surface and minimize digging below it.
  • Facing Angle Compass – The orientation of the facing angle compass’ arrow shows the operator the facing angle, relative to target surface. This allows the bucket edge to be accurately positioned square with the target surface.
  • Realistic 3D Display – The machine and design surfaces are shown in realistic 3D. The angle and magnification of the views can be changed, allowing the operator to select the optimum view, depending on work conditions.
  • Control Box – The iMC monitor uses a large 12.1-inch screen for visibility and ease of use. The simple screen layout displays the necessary information in an easily understood fashion. A touch screen icon interface, instead of a multi-step menu, simplifies operation.

An 8.85-liter, Tier 4 Final Komatsu SAA6D114E-6 engine powers the PC390LCi-11, delivering 257 horsepower. The machine boasts 6-percent wider track gauge and 18-percent greater over-the-side lift capacity than the PC360LC/i machines.


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Wirtgen Technology Days packed with demos including SP 64i slipform paver with fastest mobilization time in industry


Product experts made a big claim at Wirtgen Technology Days 2018 in Nashville Wednesday. Showing off their newest slipform paver, they said the SP 64i has such quick mobilization features that it could be unloaded and set up for a job in less than 10 minutes. That’s a fraction of the time that its competitors require.

The Wirtgen people had practiced for this feat, clocking themselves. And now – using a skit about a contractor needing to move quickly on a job – they had to carry this feat off in front of roughly 1,200 contractors and dealers. The setting was the large outdoor “proving grounds” where the Wirtgen personnel had put into action a fleet of machines, aimed to bring the construction site right to the crowd during live demonstrations.

So as a steady rain fell, the contractors and distributors looked on from bleachers in a grandstand, shielded from the downpour by a big roof, as the challenge began to unfold.

In front of them, Wirtgen personnel stood out in the open rain on the track, drenched as their emcee described the slipform paver’s features and benefits.

It’s versatile. In a three-track configuration, the SP 64i can pave curbs and gutters, barriers and sidewalks. In its four-track configuration, it can pave out to 25 feet. They say it’s already setting new standards in smoothness and has the fastest mobilization time in the industry. That’s key because quick unloading and paving start-up can reduce cost while increasing productivity 10 to 15 percent increase.

The pressure was on. The countdown began. And then the paver was switched from transport to paving mode in only 4 minutes and 41 seconds.

Wirtgen personnel, who beat their personal best, called it a world record.

In a time-lapse video, they showed the crowd four basic steps they took in switching the paver from transport to paving mode.

For this size of paver, it’s not uncommon to move 40 or 50 times on large jobs. Setup times for this size of machine can range from one to three hours, depending on attachments, Wirtgen experts say. But thanks to its unique transport design, the SP 64i is touted as doing that in less than 10 minutes with two guys, nothing installed and no lifting equipment.

Good reviews from contractors, dealers

“They did a fantastic job,” attendee Brian Duncan, an area manager from Irving Materials Inc. mining operation in Fortville, Indiana, told Equipment World of the demonstrations.

Wirtgen, Vögele, Hamm and Kleeman machines lined the yard and rolled through the proving grounds. Duncan added that he also liked the layout of the exhibits.

He and other customers, from under their rain-slicker hoods or umbrellas, found it a plus to see machines in action, how they work, to touch the final product and also to have access to all the specialists to ask detailed questions.

For preparing the foundation for roads, there were descriptions during the demonstrations of machines for soil stabilization: the SW 16 TC, WR 200 Xli, H20i CP and H13i VI0.

The WR 200 Xli reclaimer, for example, has a Mercedes engine and is Wirtgen’s smallest class machine yet still delivers 435 horsepower. It will typically stabilize to a depth of 20 inches and reclaim to a depth of 12 inches – all at a width of 94 inches, Mark Stahl, recycling product manager for Wirtgen America, told the crowd.

In this machine, he says, “the variable mixing chamber increases the mixing volume relative to the working depth to ensure a homogenous mix at all times .If mixing water is required, this can be injected into the mixing chamber at the rate of either 210 gallons a minute or 470 gallons a minute, depending on the pump configuration.”

The Hamm 20-ton H 20i C sheepsfoot (padfoot) was among those rollers shown. It has a faster, taller and wider dimension blade to help move heavy dirt around and other applications. Now featured with it is the Easy Drive platform, which spins the seat so the operator is always working in the forward position. This machine is in the H series that offers eight different weight classes from 10 to 25 tons for a variety of applications.

For non-contact, continuous paving with simple operation, the Vögele MT 3000-2i offset power feeder, which can move 1,200 tons of asphalt material per hour through the machine, was demonstrated, too. It uses two endless rubber conveyor belts to consistently move the material into the paver. The belts are self-cleaning. By handling the mix less, the chances of mechanical segregation are reduced.

With a push of a button, Vögele automates the distance control, material management and remixing with the MT 3000-2i and paver.

Hydraulically driven housing shifts to work flush on either side

Among other highlights was the W200Hi cold milling machine, which has been previously introduced but now was shown with hydraulically driven housing. Attendees watched as an operator used it to shift the entire housing left and right, demonstrating how you could work flush on either side and enjoy maximum flexibility.

And in the past, where it could take a day to change a drum, now it can be accomplished in less than three hours, thanks to the flexible cutter system that Wirtgen also showed.

There were an array of machines for rock processing and crushing. And later in the day, there was another demonstration with a fleet of machines used for road rehabilitation.

The asphalt milling machines also now feature the new Level Pro leveling system, which can help keep the milled surface at the selected depth – even when ground is uneven. With a modular design and user-friendly setup, the system has been exclusively developed for Wirtgen machines.

Center doubles in size for training, technology

The dealers and contractors also toured the gleaming Center for Training and Technology that’s been recently doubled in size to nearly 40,000 square feet.

The center for now features smaller classrooms with plenty of hands-on displays and visuals. Wirtgen officials say the center can now be used to well more than 4,000 people a year, compared to 1,800 on average before the expansion.

Technologies on display include the 3D control system Niveltronic Plus, which builds on many years of grade and slope technology control technology. Another display shows how the Vacuum Cutting System (VCS) works to reduce the amount of airborne particles producing during the milling process.

Oscillation has long been a Hamm mainstay

Oscillation, now billed as a new development by some manufacturers, has been a mainstay of Hamm technology for 35 years, Matt Graves, Wirtgen director of marketing communications, told editors. The innovative approach to compaction lowers vibration stress while reaching optimal compaction quality. A display in the newly expanded center shows how and why the oscillation works.

“It’s really kind of interesting because now the patent’s up. A lot of our competitors are putting oscillation on their machines, and they’re marketing it as the latest and greatest thing,” he says with a laugh.

Hamm bills it as an innovative approach to compaction that significantly lowers vibration stress on the environment while reaching optimal compaction quality.

Wirtgen W 150 CFi heads class of small milling machines

W 150 CFi

With 400 horsepower, the W 150 CFi is the most powerful cold milling machine in the compact class, Wirtgen says. This front-loader is the ideal machine for large construction sites with confined space, such as downtown areas. These are the kind of places where the advanced visibility concept, when used with the live video camera system, provide critical assistance to the operator when he or she is maneuvering the machine.

For maximum traction of the crawler tracks, Wirtgen has adopted the central cutting drum design from its large milling machines. To efficiently transfer the tremendous power of the W 150 CFi to the road, this model also has an Intelligent Speed Control (ISC) traction control system, which makes sure on demanding milling jobs that all four crawler tracks run at constant speed and high traction to achieve maximum milling performance.

With an operating weight of 45,856 pounds, the W 150 CFi can be transported without a special heavy transport permit in most cases, another major advantage for contractors seeking productivity and profitability in milling operations.

Innovative technologies: thermal cameras can improve quality control

Attendees at Technology Days took advantage of educational “micro-sessions” that each lasted 45 minutes or less.

They included one on the HCQ Navigator for planning, measuring, controlling, documenting and analyzing compaction. The acronym stands for Hamm Compaction Quality. It can be used not only in earthworks but for homogenous, high-quality asphalt compaction. This module enables all the machines on a paving train to communicate with one another.

Another display in the new center showed how and why a new thermal camera technology called RoadScan is used, and a micro-session covered the same topic. RoadScan is a temperature sensor that sits on the back of the paver and keeps track of the temperature of asphalt as it’s coming out of the paver, says Graves.

“This can also be hooked up to a system that records the temperature of the asphalt, so if there’s ever a question from the state as to how hot was the asphalt when it was coming out, when did you get on it? This also allows for the roller operators to get on the asphalt at its optimum temperature,” Graves explains.

Thermal cameras are now mandated in job specifications in 14 states, including Minnesota, and are being used in Europe, too.

Various manufactures are coming out with their versions of this intelligent paving technology, with the cost averaging $35,000 to $45,000 for contractors. It can help them improve quality control and make their businesses better, according to Laikram “Nars” Narsingh, a commercial support and developmental manager for Vögele.

RoadScan is expected to be available on the U.S. market sometime this year, he says.

“We have it, but we don’t have the data interfaces yet,” he tells Equipment World.

He presented a micro-session on this technology, addressing how making quality measurable is one big issue for contractors and clients worldwide. It’s a way for operators to check on quality control during a project, fixing problems at the time rather than later, when there is a failure and a flaw is detected in the earlier work, according to Narsingh.

One of the key criteria for the durability of roads is maintaining a constant temperature of freshly paved asphalt. Narsingh says RoadScan can help measure those temperatures, without contact, so operators spot issues that need to be remedied. They can see inconsistencies in the paving that could lead to future problems in the pavement by looking at data on a screen during the paving process.

A darker spot, for example, on the screen could indicate a thermal streak – a cold spot that comes from segregated material rather than homogenous material. That could mean potentially that there are more large stones than fines, which better retain the heat, Narsingh explains. An operator can make a minor adjustment and cover the flaw. The camera will record that, using coordinates so that in the future it can be reviewed.

“It will help them, during the day of paving, if they pay attention to the data and say, ‘Hey, wait a minute; something is wrong.’ So rather than paving a mile, they may pave 150 feet and stop and fix their process,” Narsingh says.

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Dip in government holds back private jump as U.S. construction spending ticks up 0.1% in Feb.


U.S. spending on construction projects was barely better than flat in February as a big gain in private spending was nearly completely offset by a dip in government spending.

Total spending reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.273 trillion in February and is up 3 percent over February 2017.

Private spending rose by 0.7 percent to $982 billion due to a 1.5 percent jump in nonresidential spending. Government spending fell 2.1 percent to $291 billion due to a 2.2-percent drop in nonresidential.

Due to the offsetting split between the two sectors, total nonresidential spending was just above flat at an increase of 0.1 percent. Top percentage gains were office, up 5.5 percent to $74 billion; lodging, up 3.2 percent to $32 billion; and water supply, up 1.5 percent to $11.5 billion. Top percentage declines were conservation and development, down 16.4 percent to $7 billion; public safety, down 5.7 percent to $9 billion; and commercial, down 4.9 percent to $40 billion.

Nonresidential spending is up 1.3 percent above the February 2017 rate.

Spending by private firms on residential projects increased 0.1 percent in February to a rate of $533 billion. Despite the slow month, homebuilding remains 5.5 percent above the year-ago rate. Spending on single-family homes rose 0.9 percent during the month to $282 billion, while multi-family spending rose 1.2 percent to $64 billion.

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Equipment Roundup: First Drive review of the 2019 Ram 1500; Volvo debuts updated L90H loader; Manitowoc intros GMK6300L-1 all-terrain crane; Mack’s new MHD more flexible; Volvo CE now 3D printing parts


Volvo CE now 3D printing spare parts, prototype components

Volvo Construction Equipment says it has begun using additive manufacturing techniques not only as part of the company’s process for prototyping new machines, but also to supply customers with replacement parts.

Known more commonly as 3D printing, additive manufacturing creates three dimensional objects by slowly placing layers of a molten metal or liquefied plastic in a pattern or shape laid out by the printer’s software. The printer software creates its initial renderings for the 3D-printed parts using drawings from the Volvo archives, 3D models and product information. Printing a part can take as little as one week, Volvo says.

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Manitowoc intros GMK6300L-1 all-terrain crane with increased capacity at higher boom lengths

Manitowoc has introduced the successor to a Grove crane the company said was a “worldwide hit.”

The new Grove GMK6300L-1 is a 300-tonne (350 U.S. tons) all-terrain crane that will replace the GMK6300L, which was launched in 2010. Manitowoc says several improvements have been made to the crane’s structural strength giving this new Dash-1 model better load charts than the previous model.

Specifically, the GMK6300L-1 boasts increased capacity when working at height, with 16 percent more capacity when boom length is placed between 70 and 80 meters (226-263 feet).

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Mack’s new MHD more flexible with several enhancements; Granite gets added ride height

Mack Trucks has introduced several new enhancements to its Mack Granite Medium Heavy Duty (MHD) model, including a new horsepower rating, a new under-frame exhaust system, a shorter wheelbase 4×2 configuration and a tractor configuration.

Equipped with the Cummins L9 engine, the MHD now features a lower option of 330 horsepower and up to 1,000 ft.-lb. of torque.

A new under-frame exhaust offers more options for body adaptation, potentially unlocking new applications like tankers, flatbeds, box trucks, cranes and certain municipal applications.

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Volvo debuts updated L90H loader with up to 20% greater fuel efficiency

Volvo Construction Equipment debuted its updated L90H wheel loader at the recent World of Asphalt show in Houston. The L90H 2.0 offers improved fuel efficiency, productivity, serviceability and greater ease of use.

“The L90H wheel loader features updates to its transmission and torque converter that shorten cycle times and provide up to 20 percent greater fuel efficiency,” says Chris Connolly, product manager, wheel loaders. “It also has a higher tipping load and dump height.”

In February, Volvo launched the H-Series 2.0 updates on four larger modelsof wheel loaders: the L150H, L180H, L220H and L260H.

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First Drive review: 2019 Ram 1500 a luxurious reimagining of a classic American workhorse

To call the 2019 Ram 1500 “important” to the Ram Truck brand would be a vast understatement. For the first time in 25 years, this is a completely new Ram pickup both inside and out, and it arrives at a time where trucks and SUVs have never been more popular.

For much of the history of not just Ram Truck brand, but the Ram pickup itself, the term “truck buyer” meant something completely different than it does now. The days where the jolts of a stiff-riding pickup could be brushed aside by the benefits of a big engine, loads of torque and ample bed space are long gone. The people have fallen in love with SUVs. And many SUVs now ride like sedans. So why should their pickups, which are increasingly more expensive than their SUVs, be any different?

That being said, no one’s suggesting that the big engines, cargo space and durability pickup trucks aspire to be known for be sacrificed for this car-like feel. And this creates quite the puzzle for automakers as they attempt to continue cashing in on the current truck craze.

With the 2019 1500, Ram thinks it has cracked the code. Gone is the iconic “Big Rig” exterior styling that since 1994 has been synonymous with the brand, and in its place is a new, more modern design with long lines and fewer rounded corners. Head of the Ram Truck brand Jim Morrison said the design of the 2019 pickups is heavily influenced by customer feedback. And the brand is very comfortable using the terms “luxury” and “pickup” hand in hand.

To read our full in-depth drive impressions, click here.

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Business Roundup: Doosan adds 2 N.C. dealer locations; SDLG dealer Alta expands in Midwest; ARA, TechForce team up on technician careers; Marchand promoted to VP at Case; Genie Aerial Pros experts host AMA event


Amid growing worker shortage, ARA, TechForce team up to inspire students to pursue equipment technician careers

To encourage young people to pursue trade and technical careers that are necessary to support the equipment rental industry, the American Rental Association (ARA) is teaming up with TechForce Foundation of Scottsdale, Arizona. They’re collaborating to dispel the old stereotype of “grease monkey” as they raise the profile of those who work in the industry – and whose skills are valued and direly needed.

TechForce Foundation is an educational nonprofit that has developed the FutureTech Success campaign, an industry-wide initiative to foster the next generation of workforce technicians. The aim is to inspire, support and connect middle-and high-school students and their influencers with the resources to support their technical education and career development.

“We are excited to announce ARA’s support of the FutureTech Success campaign, and proud to be named an association partner,” says Tony Conant, CEO of American Rental Association, which is based in Moline, Illinois. “The demand for skilled technicians to keep the equipment rental industry thriving has become increasingly dire.”

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Marchand promoted to VP of Case Construction Equipment in North America

Michel Marchand is the new vice president for North America for Case Construction Equipment. He’s replacing Scott Harris, who has taken a similar role at CASE IH.

Marchand, previously the regional sales director for Canada, will now oversee all Case Construction operations in North America.

“He has both comprehensive knowledge of the construction equipment business and a passion for the Case brand,” says Leandro Lecheta, chief operating officer for NAFTA, CNH Industrial. “Throughout his career, Michel has consistently developed strong partnerships with our dealers in order to maximize growth and seize all the opportunities that the market has to offer.”

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Genie Aerial Pros experts host week-long ‘Ask Me Anything’ event on rental return on invested capital

Genie invited customers to ask questions and get answers about rental return on invested capital (rROIC) last week during its “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) event.

Genie posted its AMA prompt on the Genie Aerial Pros AMA Event page, and social media posts were offered simultaneously to garner questions.

The post stayed open, or “live,” for questions and comments through Friday, March 30. It was the fifth AMA event Genie has hosted and is designed to give customers a full understanding of rROIC.

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SDLG dealer Alta Equipment adds central and northern Illinois to its Midwest territory

Alta Equipment Company is now offering SDLG wheel loaders, parts and service to customers in central and northern Illinois. The Livonia, Michigan-based dealer is actively operating out of two Illinois locations and has plans to open more branches in the near future.

Alta’s growth reflects the company’s established track record of meeting and exceeding its customers’ needs.

According to Nick Tullo, sales manager for SDLG North America, that track record is why SDLG chose to partner with Alta more than two years ago.

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Doosan adds two ACT Construction Equipment locations to dealer network in N.C.

Doosan has expanded its authorized dealer network in North Carolina with the addition of two ACT Construction Equipment locations.

One of the locations is located in Wilmington while the other is in Charlotte. ACT offers a range of Doosan equipment including crawler excavators, wheel excavators, material handlers and wheel loaders.

ACT was established in 1951 and has been under the current ownership since 1973. The company began selling compact equipment in 2008 and says it began offering Doosan equipment to complement those current compact offerings.

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Catalogo de Productos en Promoción 2018


With equipment sales up, Titan Machinery 4Q revenue climbs to $340 million 


Titan Machinery’s 4Q revenue has increased to $340 million for its network of full-service agricultural and construction equipment stores, and all signs are pointing up for the company’s 2019 outlook.

“We were well positioned to capture the anticipated fiscal fourth quarter acceleration in agriculture sales activity, due to better than anticipated crop yields in our footprint and the resulting improvement in grower sentiment,” says David Meyer, chairman and CEO of Titan Machinery.

“As a result of our improved inventory position, we continue to experience increased equipment margins compared to the prior year. In addition, fiscal full year 2018 performance was highlighted by reduced operating expenses and a more efficient operating structure due to the completion of our restructuring efforts.”

Titan’s outlook for next year includes revenue growth across all segments, plus margin expansion and positive diluted earnings per share.

Says Meyer: “We are pleased with the overall business improvements we achieved in fiscal 2018 and believe these enhancements set the foundation for stronger top and bottom line results in fiscal 2019.”

Fiscal 2018 Fourth Quarter Results Consolidated Results

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, revenue was $339.6 million, compared to revenue of $317.6 million in the fourth quarter last year.

Here are some highlights.

  • Equipment sales were $252.6 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, compared to $226.9 million in the fourth quarter last year.
  • Parts sales were $45.5 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, compared to $48.7 million in the fourth quarter last year.
  • Revenue generated from service was $26.5 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, compared to $28 million in the fourth quarter last year.
  • Revenue from rental and other was up to $15 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, compared to $14 million in the fourth quarter last year.
  • Gross profit for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 increased to $52.1 million compared to $48.8 million a year ago.
  • GAAP EPS for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018 was 8 cents and Adjusted EPS was 10 cents.

Segment results

Construction: Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was $85.8 compared to $81.7 million in the fourth quarter last year. Pre-tax loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was $3.2 million, compared to a pre-tax loss of $4.4 million in the fourth quarter last year.

Adjusted pre-tax loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was $2.6 million, compared to $3 million in the fourth quarter last year.

Agriculture: Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was $205.3 million, compared to $201.1 million in the fourth quarter last year.

Pre-tax income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was $2.2 million, compared to pre-tax loss of $5.9 million in the fourth quarter last year. Adjusted pre-tax income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was $2.0 million, compared to an adjusted pre-tax loss of $4.8 million in the fourth quarter last year.

International: Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was $48.5 million, compared to $34.8 million in the fourth quarter last year. Pre-tax loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was $1.1 million, compared to pre-tax loss of $0.4 million in the fourth quarter lastyear.

Adjusted pre-tax loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was $1.1 million, compared to $0.1 million in the fourth quarter last year.

Fiscal 2018 Full Year Results

Revenue was flat at $1.2 billion for fiscal 2018 and the prior year. Net loss including non-controlling interest for fiscal 2018 was $7 million, or 32 cents per diluted share

That compares to a net loss including non-controlling interest of $14.5 million, or 65 cents per diluted share, for the prior year.

Adjusted net loss including non-controlling interest for fiscal 2018 was $2.7 million, or 12 cents per diluted share, compared to $14.2 million, or 65 cents per diluted share, for the prioryear.

The adjusted figure for fiscal 2018 excludes $10.5 million of restructuring expenses associated with our fiscal 2018 restructuring plan, which is partially offset by the tax benefits related to the Tax Act and income tax valuation allowance adjustments that were recognized in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.

The company generated adjusted EBITDA of $30.8 million in fiscal 2018, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $11.7 million in fiscal 2017.

Fiscal 2019 modeling assumptions: all signs point up

“The stabilization we are experiencing in the agriculture market, both domestically and internationally, combined with our improved inventory condition and recently completed restructuring plan, have our company well positioned for long-term profitable growth,” Meyer says. “I’m pleased to introduce a fiscal 2019 forecast that expects revenue growth across all segments, margin expansion, and positive diluted earnings per share.”

The following are the Titan’s current expectations for certain fiscal 2019 modeling assumptions:

Agriculture: Up 0-5%

Construction: Up 3-8%

International Up: 0-5%

Equipment Margin: 7.8 – 8.3%

Diluted EPS: 35 cents to 55 cents

For more on the fourth-quarter and year-end earning details, click here.

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VIDEO: Last road panel installed in Seattle SR-99 tunnel dug by Bertha


The south connection of the SR 99 tunnel in Seattle. Photo: Washington State DOT

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports that the last of 1,152 road panels have been installed on the new State Route 99 tunnel, which will replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

The panels form the lower deck of the double-deck highway, which will allow drivers to travel under downtown Seattle as a bypass or stay above and head into downtown.

WSDOT says it hopes to complete the $2.1 billion project in the fall. Its next step is to install the systems that will make it “one of the smartest tunnels ever built.”

Those systems include 300 cameras to monitor traffic and security to detect any incidents that require attention.

The tunnel will also have an automatic ventilation system that will turn on in case of traffic jam, fire or other situation that requires more fresh air to be circulated through the tunnel. Sensors are also in place to detect a fire. Sprinklers will automatically activate to extinguish it. WSDOT says the tunnel has over 100 “safety zones” where sprinklers can be used in a targeted approach.

Here’s a video outlining some of the tunnel’s smart features:

The contractor on the tunnel project is Seattle Tunnel Partners. A different contractor will align the tunnel and build ramp connections to and from the tunnel, WSDOT says.

The 1.7-mile tunnel is one part of a $3.2 billion replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, which was built in the 1950s, has deteriorated from decades of use and is vulnerable to earthquakes, according to WSDOT.

Work on the tunnel began in 2013 with the use of Bertha, one of the world’s largest tunneling machines. The project is about three years behind schedule due to several delays and mechanical issues with the Bertha tunneling machine.

Once opened to traffic, drivers approaching the tunnel from either direction will face a choice depending on their destination: use the tunnel to bypass downtown, or exit to city streets and head into downtown, according to WSDOT.

At the tunnel’s north end, downtown access will be similar to today, with on- and off-ramps near Seattle Center. From the south, new on- and off-ramps will connect SR 99 to downtown via the new waterfront street.

According to WSDOT, the SR 99 tunnel will contain:

  • 95 miles of electrical wiring
  • 21 miles of sprinkler pipes
  • 15 miles of lights
  • 13 miles of fiber optic cables
  • 8 miles of linear heat detectors

This Washington State DOT map shows the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project, including the path of the State Route 99 tunnel.

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