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Technology Briefs: New Features Enhance Trimble 4D Control v6.2

New features enhance Trimble 4D Control v6.2 

Trimble has added several new features to its 4D Control v6.2, including a Geotechnical edition that analyzes and stores data from geotechnical sensors. It incorporates all the hardware and software necessary to monitor assets for stability and assess things like the risk of landslides or the movement of infrastructure.

The new edition is designed to streamline the installation and deployment of automated monitoring workflow for geotechnical-only setups where no total stations and GNSS are required. The software also has alignment-based monitoring analysis and reporting relative to an object such as a tunnel, road, or bridge.

The Trimble 4D Geotechnical comes complete with sensor-agnostic file import capabilities, sensor alarming and gateway-based sensor connections, and data management and analysis tools for asset monitoring activities. Along with expanded support of a variety of industry sensors, the Trimble 4D Geotechnical edition is optimized to support streaming data from two additional sensors: a wireless laser-tiltmeter and a wireless triaxial tiltmeter.

You can’t track it if you can’t find it. GPS Trackit has a solution

Trying to choose the right asset tracking program for your fleet can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. To help you sort through the options, GPS Trackit has launched the GPS Trackit Marketplace. The Marketplace is single portal where you can find, try and buy third party solutions in conjunction with GPS Trackit’s all-in-one cloud platform for fleet and asset management and video telematics. The resources available through the GPS Trackit Marketplace include dash camera video, asset tracking, diagnostics, distracted driving, driver behavior, driver training and gamification, telematics, field service, electronic logs and roadside assistance.

Cat to supply zero-emissions machines

Nouveau Monde Graphite announced that they have signed an agreement with Caterpillar to develop, test and produce Cat zero-emission machines for the Matawinie graphite mine. The goal is to become the exclusive supplier of an all-electric mining fleet for deployment at the Nouveau Monde mine by 2028. Caterpillar will be the exclusive supplier for the Matawinie zero-emission mine.

Deere, Hitachi end resubscribe fees for telematics

John Deere announced that customers with active JDLink connectivity will no longer be required to renew their subscriptions. As of July 14, customers will be able to activate any compatible machine in their fleet at no additional charge. Hitachi Construction & Mining, an operating division of John Deere Construction & Forestry announced the same policy for customers using its ZXLink telematics.

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Industry Roundup: Alta Equipment Takes on Nikola Electric Heavy Truck Line

Alta Equipment Group has added Nikola’s battery-electric Class 8 truck line, and will offer sales and service for the trucks in New York, New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and areas in New England.

Ryan Greenawalt, Alta CEO, says the firm views the Class 8 market as “having strong long-term potential and an excellent fit with our commercial vehicle eMobility growth strategy.”

In addition, says Greenawalt, the move “aligns well with our long-term strategy as we aim to diversify our business into high growth industries, with exclusive territories anchored by premier partners.”

“Alta Equipment is an exceptional addition to our already impressive list of 116 dealer locations within the Nikola sales and service dealer network,” says Pablo Koziner, Nikola president, energy and commercial. “The Nikola partnership should complement Alta’s history of battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell technology via their materials handling business and add to its growing eMobility vertical by fulfilling its long-term commitment to clean technologies.”

Q2 results: Alta, which serves as the Volvo Construction Equipment dealer throughout much of its territory, also announced Q2 results, saying it had seen its construction segment grow 37.2% during the quarter compared with the same period last year. 

“Geographically we saw continued strength from Florida in our construction segment overall and are beginning to see some positive trends out of the New York region which was acquired last December,” Greenawalt said during the firm’s Q2 earnings call. 

“On the M&A front,” Greenawalt said, “our pipeline remains strong and we continue to be in active discussions with other equipment dealers in both our construction and material handling businesses.”

Brandt Tractor buys Cervus Equipment

John Deere dealer Brandt Tractor has acquired fellow Deere dealer Cervus Equipment in a $302 cash deal.

“The Brandt team is excited about this deal as it will allow us to better serve our customer base across Canada,” says Shaun Semple, Brandt CEO.  “The addition of Cervus’ offerings will form three brand new segments at Brandt dedicated to serving the agriculture, transportation and material handling industries. These segments, in addition to our existing specializations in construction, road building, forestry and more, will further establish Brandt as a total solutions provider across our diverse customer groups.”

In addition to Canada, Cervus also has operations in Australia and New Zealand. Brandt is headquartered in Regina, Saskatchewan, and is the world’s largest privately-owned John Deere Construction & Forestry equipment dealer.

The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

Finning posts 30% Q2 revenue increase

Caterpillar dealer Finning says it posted a 30% year-over-year Q2 increase while noting the pandemic impacts felt during the same time last year.  The firm, headquartered in Canada, also has operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South America.

In Canada, net revenues increased by 25%, “driven by strong demand for new construction equipment in a recovering market and higher product support activity,” Finning says, saying it added 30 technicians during the quarter.

It also noted that 2021 net revenues are still 18% lower than those in Q2 2019.


Kubota: CTL, skid steer production will begin at Kansas plant in 2022

Construction equipment production at Kubota’s 750,000-square-foot Salina, Kansas, facility will begin in the second half of 2022, according to remarks made by Kubota executives to the Salina Journal. The facility is also the headquarters of Great Plains Manufacturing, an agricultural and construction attachment manufacturer purchased by Kubota in 2016.

The plant will house the Kubota Construction Equipment Research and Development Center, and is designed in part to shorten equipment delivery times to North American dealers.

Once construction equipment production starts, Kubota expects to have 135 employees working at the center. In total, Kubota expects the entire facility to grow to 2,110 workers by 2025.

Liebherr USA partners with Advanced Technical Institute

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Liebherr USA has launched a partnership with Advanced Technology Institute to host up to six students each year who are studying to be service technicians. 

Liebherr will also sponsor ATI’s hydraulics program and made a L 526 wheel loader available for student training. The partnership allows ATI students to become Liebherr certified as part of their program completion. After completing the co-op program, Liebherr is offering a signing bonus of 50% of tuition charges for eligible new hires that accept full-time employment.

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