Category: Waste/Scrap

The Keys to Undercarriage Health and Longevity

Undercarriage maintenance and upkeep is not a short-term effort. The only a time a machine’s undercarriage is not experiencing wear is when it’s standing still – and machines that stand still don’t make money. The undercarriage also represents a high percentage of the total operating cost of the machine over its life. With dozers, approximately 20 percent of the purchase price and 50 percent of the maintenance cost sits in its undercarriage.

It’s also the mechanism that gives tracked machines much of their power and stability. Proper operation and maintenance play a critical role in controlling operating costs over the life of the machine.

Proper Care and Maintenance Maximizes Wheel Loader Uptime and Productivity

As seen in Pit & Quarry Magazine.

Wheel loaders take a pounding. They work in material that wears away at the very steel they’re built from. They lift and carry enormous loads across uneven terrain for hours on end. They fight dust that is determined to go places it shouldn’t. But the burden on wheel loaders is lessened when owners and operators practice proper maintenance. Here are a few considerations to help maximize your wheel loader’s uptime – and ultimately improve productivity and extend its service life.

Waste Handling Success: Not Optional

As seen in Waste Advantage Magazine.

Waste handlers work in harsh environments that pose unique challenges to construction equipment – rather than working with materials that are consistent in nature (soils, aggregates, etc.), these machines toil in varied work environments with material that is inconsistent in size, substance and weight. That waste material can work its way into just about anything. As such, outfitting a waste handler with specific performance and guarding features can go a long way in providing optimal uptime, machine performance and operator satisfaction.

Value of Remote Monitoring for Equipment Maintenance

While contractors choose to use telematics for different reasons, many appreciate the value it delivers in the form of remote monitoring for equipment maintenance – and with good reason: It streamlines the care and service of equipment, while saving time and money in the process. Here’s a refresher on telematics and how it can take maintenance programs to the next level.

Informed decision-making pays dividends
Telematics is a web-based technology that uses a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver and an onboard communication device on each machine. The GPS receiver identifies the machine location, while the modem collects information sent to it by sensors on the machine. The data is then transmitted through the modem to designated users via a Web portal.

OAT Diesel Engine Coolants Formulated for Tier 4 Engines Provide Operational, Service Benefits

Tier 4 diesel engine technology has changed the way many construction equipment systems run – and that includes engine coolant. Tier 4 engine advances generally create higher combustion temperatures and cylinder pressures. Coolant must resist deposit buildup and other issues that can occur rapidly under these conditions.

As a result, manufacturers have begun shipping Tier 4 Final machines factory filled with Organic Acid Technology (OAT) coolant (a form of extended life coolant, or ELC). By way of example, CASE began shipping select machines with this coolant in December 2013 and will expand it across further product lines through 2016. All CASE Tier 4 Final machines with FPT engines in the ≥ 56 kW emissions category will have OAT coolant when they leave the factory. The factory will phase-in OAT coolant at varying intervals through other emissions categories.

Measuring Up: Factors for Sizing Equipment from Backhoes to Bulldozers

What size machine does it take to get the job done? It’s a question with varied answers dependent on the type of equipment, the application, methods of transportation and the environment you work in. And it’s an important question: too small of a machine could leave you short of your production needs, and too large of a machine could prove inefficient and costly related to owning and operating costs.

Consultation with your local equipment dealer will help nail down the right machine, but having a basic understanding of the following factors related to size will give you a good start as you begin to look at renting or purchasing a new piece of equipment. In this article, we’ll make connections between size/weight and capacity, and take a look at five key product categories: backhoes, dozers, excavators, skid steer loaders/compact track loaders and wheel loaders.

The Anatomy of a Waste Handler

Working in waste and recycling facilities may be one of the more heavy-duty jobs for the purpose-built wheel loaders that we call waste handlers. These robust machines are outfitted with a number of features and performance enhancers suited specifically for work in these applications. An extensive availability of attachments from forks and grapples to buckets with rubber cutting edges make these machines extremely versatile. The right machine for each application will depend greatly on the available operating space, the type of material being handled and the operational demands put on the machine. In this article we’ll examine key factors to consider when evaluating waste handlers and new technologies that may help your operation run more efficiently.

Understanding your Tier 4 engine options

The buzz of equipment manufacturers talking about Tier 4 engine requirements is growing to a deafening climax, but there are important things you need to know when considering waste handlers. There are two primary solutions available in this equipment category: Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and Cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (CEGR). SCR is an after-treatment system that creates a chemical reaction by adding diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). This transforms NOx into nitrogen and water, which occur naturally in the atmosphere. CEGR operates differently: exhaust gases are cooled, blended with recirculated exhaust and returned to the cylinder, which lowers combustion temperatures and reduces NOx. Particulate matter (PM) levels are then reduced through the use of an after-treatment diesel particulate filter (DPF) system.

EZ-EH Controls Provide Advantages in Skid Steer Operation

You grew up on mechanical controls. We all did, and old habits die hard. Skid steer technology, however, has evolved – and EZ-EH (electro-hydraulic) controls are available on the entire line of CASE Alpha Series skid steer loaders. These systems use electronics and hydraulics to control machine function, and allow for new and more intuitive ways to dial in skid steer performance to the preference of the operator. Here are a few ways that electro-hydraulic controls help improve operator performance:

Reducing Operator Fatigue

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