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Fluid Analysis Trends Upward in Construction Fleet Management

While the practice of fluid analysis has been around for some time, it has become more and more important in recent years due to the proliferation of advanced engine, transmission, hydraulics and fluid technologies in today’s construction equipment, which place much higher demands on fluid performance.

While this trend is primarily due to the high tolerances and extended fluid change intervals of today’s advanced machine systems, fluid analysis is a tried-and-true machinery management practice that can play an important role in a contractor’s business, regardless of whether the equipment is late-model or high-hour. Analyzing engine oil, fuel, hydraulic fluid and coolant can provide valuable insight into the condition and overall health of the engine, transmission and hydraulic systems, and can be used to diagnose potential issues before they become a problem on the job site.

CASE, Miller-Bradford & Risberg, and Paladin Attachments Assist Team Rubicon in Heavy Equipment Operator Training; Building Demolition at Patriot Exercise 2016

CASE Construction Equipment and Miller-Bradford & Risberg provided equipment and product/training support to Team Rubicon as part of Patriot Exercise 2016, a full-scale training exercise at Volk Field Air National Guard Base July 16 – 23, 2016. Team Rubicon provided Incident Management Team support, as well as field-based response support through damage assessments, and chainsaw and heavy equipment operations/training.

Miller-Bradford and CASE provided skid steers, excavators and compact excavators, as well as training support, while Paladin Attachments supplied skid steer grapple buckets, for Team Rubicon’s heavy equipment training program. A total of 89 Team Rubicon members participated in the event with 15 of those participating in the heavy equipment program. Training focused on the safe operation and maintenance of equipment, followed by operator proficiency training involving clearing brush and debris, and building demolition – core elements of Team Rubicon’s disaster response work.

Three CASE Earthmovers Win 2016 Road & Bridges Contractor’s Choice Awards

CASE Construction Equipment’s dozers, backhoes and a motor grader were all recognized as part of the 2016 Contractor’s Choice Awards from Roads & Bridges magazine. The awards were decided by the magazines’ subscribers, who electronically voted on the best equipment in the industry.

The voting takes several months to complete and starts with obtaining equipment nominations. Road & Bridges subscribers, who are contractors and producers, then vote on the best products via email. Only professionals that actually use the equipment and products are allowed to vote.

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