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Cummins: Check the Health of Your Engines Anytime, Anyplace

Given that engines are the main focus of heavy equipment maintenance, it only makes sense to stay connected to them with the latest telematics.

That’s why Cummins has announced that its connected engine solutions are now integrated with some of the top telematics providers including Topcon, Trimble, Saucon and TelliQ.

Cummins Connected Solutions offers two telematics applications for off-highway machines; Connected Diagnostics and Connected Software Updates. Both improve operating performance, boost asset utilization and uptime, increase efficiency and reduce costs.

By wirelessly connecting engines to enable continuous monitoring and diagnosis of system faults, site managers can make informed decisions on whether to stop machine operation or continue to the end of the shift when fault codes appear. Diagnostics also enable managers to understand how long they have before an issue is likely to cause a breakdown or critical failure. This maximizes uptime by making sure the correct parts, tools, and technician can be slotted into the maintenance schedule and resolve issues with minimal disruptions.

Connected Software Updates deliver over-the-air engine software updates and product enhancements to Cummins Performance Series engines from anywhere, using integrated telematics systems and over-the-air connectivity services. This eliminates the need for on-site technician visits typically associated with this task. ECMs can be calibrated while the equipment is on site, using as little as five minutes of stationary downtime.

Cummins recognizes that a number of Cummins engine customers have their own telematics capability and has designed their digital applications to integrate with customer systems as well. This ensures that the OEM and Cummins telematics feeds can be accessed on one web portal via a single interface. OEMs that don’t have a telematics system of their own, can select one of the telematics service providers that Cummins is working with to gain easy access to all the J1939 public data to manage the engines in their machines.

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Quick Data: What’s Happening with Used Wheel Loaders?

There’s the usual cast of players when looking at auction results during the past 12 months.

Caterpillar dominated the wheel loader auction pricing for the 12-month period of Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021, according to Randall-Reilly’s Top Bid auction price guide.

In total, there were 428 wheel loaders sold at auctions tracked by Top Bid during this time. (This does not include any units that sold for less than $5,000.)

To make this a bit more interesting, we’re including two charts that highlight which wheel loader models generated the highest prices on the auction block: one featuring the top Cat models and one showing the top non-Cat models.

For the Cat models, a 2019 Cat 966M with 730 hours had the top spot, selling for $370,000 at a Ritchie Bros auction in Denver, Colorado on Mar. 3.

The Cat wheel loader chart also shows a curiosity, especially in this day of equipment shortages: a 6-hour, 2021 Cat 926M that sold Aug.10th at a Ritchie Bros. auction in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

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Looking at the non-Cat wheel loader chart, auction prices start at $196,000 and the models tend to have more hours an average of 5,533 hours, compared with the 1,036-hour average of the top Cat models.

Two Volvo models garnered top prices: a 2018 L180H with 6,241 hours, which sold for $196,000 at an IronPlanet sale on Jun. 6th and a 2016 Volvo L250H with 5,702 hours, which sold for $180,000 at a Ritchie Bros. auction in Fort Worth, Texas, on Jul. 20th.

Deere models made the most appearances on the non-Cat chart, ranging from a $165,000 2016 Deere 624K at Hunyady Auction sale in Meadville, Pennsylvania, to a 2017 Deere 844III with 7,632 hours that sold for $142,500 at the Ritchie Bros. Orlando sale in February.
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Financed used sales

Cat also took the top position in financed used wheel loader sales from Jan. 1-Jun. 30 this year, as reported by EDA. Approximately 31% of total loaders sold were Cat, followed by Deere (25%), Case (13%) and Komatsu (13%).
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Top used unit financed sales went to the Cat 938M at 124 units sold, followed by the Case 921F (103 units) and the Deere 544K (also 103 units). 
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