Cat extends semi-autonomous operating tools to small loaders series

Command for Loading has been added to Cat 926M, 930M and 938M model options. Removing the operator from the wheel loader, it provides semi-autonomous remote control to increase safety and is available in line-of-sight or non-line-of-sight operating configurations. By allowing users to comfortably control the machine from a safe location, Command for Loading maintains high machine productivity in challenging operating environments.

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Stand-up rebar tying tool

The TwinTier RB401T-E is presented as the world’s first stand-up, battery-powered rebar tying tool. Designed to reduce back strain, it features an extended frame allowing concrete slab crew members to tie rebar while standing upright. The tool’s automatic contact mechanism/switch forms a tie when pushed down over a rebar intersection; no trigger to pull. Users can adjust the RB401T-E handles to two positions to find the most comfortable one for their height. The long nose attachment allows the tool to glide into rebar intersections with minimal operator effort. The features work together to reduce instances of back strain and musculoskeletal injuries.

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Conveying connectors

BFM connectors are designed to transform material conveying connectors from labor intensive hose clamps to snap-in fitting efficiency. In addition to providing a 100 percent leak- and dust-free connection, the BFM system eliminates hose clamped sleeves for faster cleaning and tool-free changeovers. Package includes spigots and connectors in a full range of sizes for fast replacement and fewer production interruptions.

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Concrete and masonry screws

Titen Turbo screws’ patented thread is engineered to deliver smooth driving with less torque and holding power. Presented as easy, fast, and reliable to install, the anchors are suited to attaching all types of fixtures to concrete and masonry. They feature a torque-reduction channel to trap drilling dust where it can’t obstruct thread action—significantly reducing binding, stripping, and snapping without compromising strength. The reverse thread design also allows more space for dust to help prevent anchors from bottoming out in smaller diameter screw holes. In addition to their installation advantages, Titen Turbo anchors have been engineered and tested to provide high tension load values.

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Jobsite module ups productivity bar in many-to-many Command Alkon platform

On the heels of deployments involving top names in heavy civil construction, Command Alkon has released the Connex Jobsite platform to orchestrate material movements; job cost tracking, order and yield management; and, provide traceability plus quality assurance insights. Information shared digitally across construction project stakeholders boosts productivity, safety, and project outcome certainty, Connex programmers affirm.

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Small wheel loader series

Manufacturer recently introduced its largest articulated wheel loader, the WL95, and has additional models planned for later this year. The machine’s variable hydrostatic transmission provides traction and high travel speeds (12.4 mph). With a standard 2-yd. bucket and straight bucket tipping load up to 14,394 lbs., the WL95 is capable of quick material movement. Its compact design enables a tight turning radius and generous steering angle, while the articulated joint and a pendulum axle at the rear ensures optimum maneuverability and traction. A return-to-dig function, ride control and reversing fan as standard ensure optimum productivity.

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Programmer premiers first VR simulator for lift planning

The 3D Lift Vision simulator enables users to execute in virtual reality mode a lift plan for precast or other structural member. “Each simulation is as unique as the lift plan that it is based on,” says A1A Software President Tawnia Weiss. “There is no better way to visualize the outcome of a lift than to allow the crane operator and other team members to simulate it in a virtual environment. 3D Lift Vision extends the ability of 3D Lift Plan to be used as a communication and risk mitigation tool.”

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Precast-grade hatches

Company has launched an aluminum product line to support the national precast market. Effective immediately, it is offering the domestically manufactured Aluminum Access Hatch series for utility vaults. The hatches are fabricated in angled or trough frame designs, both available in single or double leaf versions. The former is configured for applications where rainwater entering the vault is not a concern, while the trough frame suits applications where rainwater intrusion control is needed.

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Dense phase pneumatic conveying

Company’s latest DenseFlow PHF system suits a diverse range of free- to poor-flowing coarse and fine powders, automatically setting them into a single layer for continuous, gentle, first-in-first-out transport at rates up to 88 cubic feet per minute. The design introduces the air or other transport gas from both the pressure vessel and separately from a discharge elbow downstream to achieve a desirably low air to material ratio averaging 88 pounds of material per pound of conveying air.

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