Category: Oil & Gas

Lil’ Gashouse Gang, Gashouse Gang Take Home National Gas Rodeo Championships

The 2018 National Gas Rodeo, organized by MEA Energy Association and sponsored in part by CASE Construction Equipment, held its annual two- and four-person team championship events September 13-15 in Kansas City, Missouri.

The 2018 overall Rodeo champion in the two-person field was Lil’ Gashouse Gang (Steve Bouse, Barry Hicks and Jeff Busch [alternate]) of Spire. Mercaptan ‘Merica (Joshua Jaskolski and Steve Scheffel) of Alliant Energy took second place, while the High Pressure Hitmen (Reece Graves, Andy Andrews, Caleb Overton [alternate] and Scott Overcash [alternate]) from Duke Energy/Piedmont Natural Gas took third place.

CASE SiteWatch supports new AEMP Telematics Standard

CASE Construction Equipment announced that its CASE SiteWatch™ telematics portal is now aligned with the new Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) 2.0/ISO-15143-3 standard. The AEMP-compatible portal is populated with data provided by equipment manufacturers in a standardized format to ensure a practical and intuitive user experience for the contractor/equipment owner.

This allows owners of a mixed fleet to access the telematics data of all their AEMP 2.0 equipment in a single place, gaining efficiency in running their operation. CASE equipment owners can activate the new AEMP API from the CASE SiteWatch web portal, where they can now monitor more elements in shorter intervals, view more data, and monitor new types of parameters related to fuel, idle times, engine load and speed.

CASE Announces North American Dealer Network Expansion, Additions

CASE Construction Equipment has announced several dealer territory expansions in North America as the company continues to strengthen its nationwide dealer network. Existing dealers have made significant developments in their presence in Connecticut, Indiana, Florida, Michigan and Mississippi, while a new CASE dealer has been activated in Northern Michigan.

2018 Mid-Year Distribution Expansions:

Kicking the Yellow Bucket – The Importance of Using OEM Filters and Lubricants

Emissions trends over recent years have driven machine innovation – stricter emission regulations, new fuels, common-rail fuel systems and the need for cleaner fuel are all driving the need for improved filtration technology.

Today’s machines are engineered to the highest performance standards—each machine is a highly engineered system of complex working parts, which should be maintained by only using genuine filters and lubricants to ensure continued optimal performance. Using non-OEM-specified filters and lube creates a weak link in the system, and can compromise the performance of a machine.

The Pre- and Post-Operation Equipment Inspection Checklist

 “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – old Ben Franklin wasn’t a heavy equipment operator or fleet manager, but he might as well have been when he first said those famous words.

The following list leans on Franklin’s wisdom. By taking the following steps each day pre- and post-operation, equipment owners and operators will prevent bad things from happening before they turn into costly downtime events, and will ensure that fleet managers can address concerns in equipment health and upkeep at times throughout the day with the least impact on productivity.

CASE Receives Four Top 100 Awards from Construction Equipment Magazine

CASE Construction Equipment had four new products/product groups—the CASE G Series wheel loaders, the CX750D crawler excavator, the DV23CC and DV26CC combi rollers, and the SV340 skid steer loader—named to Construction Equipment’s 2017 Top 100 New Products list.

Compiled based on editors’ reviews and nominations, the Top 100 awards are designed to recognize the top equipment of the year based on advances in technology, new product lines, significant improvements to existing products and increasing competition in the field.

CASE Extends Standard Full-Machine Warranty on Skid Steers, Compact Track Loaders

CASE Construction Equipment has extended its standard, full-machine warranty on all skid steers and compact track loaders to two years, 2,000 hours (up from one year, 1,000 hours). The new full-machine warranty applies to all models in both product lines, with skid steers ranging in operating capacity from 1,300 pounds up to 3,400 pounds, and compact track loaders rated from 2,700 pounds up to 3,800 pounds.

“The new standard warranty reflects several enhancements made to the product line to improve performance and reliability,” says John Dotto, brand marketing manager, CASE Construction Equipment, “It signals our commitment to quality as we continue to evolve both product lines.”

National Gas Rodeo Announces 2017 Winners

The 2017 National Gas Rodeo, held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Denver, Colorado and sponsored by CASE Construction Equipment, announced the winners for the two- and four-person team events. Organized by the Midwest Energy Association, the National Gas Rodeo draws teams from utility companies across the United States, and has grown to include 54 teams (29 two-person teams and 25 four-person teams) and over 320 spectators attending the event. The two- and four-person teams compete in various skill tests focused on safe, time-efficient performance using construction equipment and other tools of the trade.

The 2017 overall Rodeo champion in the two-person team category was Lil’ Gas House Gang (Steve Bouse and Barry Hicks) from Laclede Gas Company in Spire-Laclede, Missouri. This is the Laclede Gas House Gang’s third back-to-back win—the first two being in the four-person category. The four-person team winner for 2017 was Intense Ignition (Korey Ross, Dylan Middleton, Jeff Smith and Justin Wald) from Missouri Gas Energy of Kansas City, Missouri.

Backhoe Maintenance 101

While backhoes are a staple in many large fleets where they are cared for by a full-time fleet manager, they are equally – if not more so – widespread among owner/operators and smaller businesses where the person operating the machine is also the one performing maintenance on it, hauling it, site foreman, lunch gofer, etc.

Even in those large fleets, where they may have “a guy” who performs all the maintenance, there are actions that operators can take in their day-to-day activities that will have a long-term effect on the health and performance of the machine.

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