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Volvo and Colas safety collaboration bearing fruit

Digger Blogger | 10:35, Wed June 20 2018

Volvo Construction Equipment is working on a research project to improve site safety in collaboration with its customer Colas.

The two companies are together developing and testing various concepts and prototypes in the ‘Safer@Work’ research project. For example, they recently tested a people detection system at two Colas sites in Switzerland: an asphalt plant and a quarry. The system uses artificial intelligence (AI) to alert the operator when a person is detected in the vicinity of the machine. It incorporates different warning systems, both for the operator and for people in the area surrounding the machine.

Volvo engineers were already developing the integrated AI algorithm and it was further improved during the Safer@Work project. The prototype is one of three operator assist concepts that Volvo CE has been collaborating on with Colas since 2016. They are now at the stage of assessing viability for the industry. Plans to industrialise it under investigation.

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Terex truck creates Carnage

Digger Blogger | 11:41, Thu June 14 2018

The Radio Times describes Sky’s new TV series Carnage as a cross between Robot Wars and Top Gear. So you’ll not be surprised to hear there are also elements of Mad Max and Wacky Races thrown in there too.

Carnage is hosted by Freddie Flintoff, Lethal Bizzle and Vick Hope and filmed in Tankwa Karoo National Park, South Africa. The makers describe it as “the most extreme contest on the planet where 30 purpose built, weaponised vehicles clash and smash in three thrilling arenas in the blazing heat of the vast, arid desert”.

But the contestants aren’t just battling with each other, trying to immobilise opponents’ vehicles; they also have to escape ‘The Pusher’, a heavily modified Terex 2766C articulated hauler, built in Motherwell back in 1997.

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Super long front Hitachi speeds Dutch brick production

Digger Blogger | 12:05, Wed June 13 2018

Dutch excavation and transport company Küper Transport uses a Hitachi Zaxis-6 super long front excavator at a Wienerberger brick factory near Pannerden in the east of the Netherlands.

Delivered in October 2017, the Hitachi ZX300LC-6 special application machine has been selected by Küper Transport to create the correct mixture of materials.

The first stage of the process involves building a stockpile – 200-metres long, 28-metres wide and half a metre high – containing different materials such as various types of clay, lava rock and sand that are delivered by truck. The super long front’s 15-metre reach is used to scrape and flatten each load into an even layer. Once all of the layers have been prepared, the ZX300LC-6 is then engaged to mix the various types of material to the specification required by Wienerberger to make the bricks.

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Kobelco gives Alpine customers the skinny with the SK210SNLC-10

Digger Blogger | 11:48, Wed June 13 2018

Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe has introduced the all-new super skinny SK210SNLC-10 excavator.

This 20-tonne excavator has been developed specifically for customers in the Italian Alps.

It has the same performance, capabilities and fuel economy as the conventional SK210LC-10 model but also benefits from a super-narrow undercarriage, which offers a number of additional advantages to our customers in the Alpine region.

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JCB X Series 'will take some beating'

Digger Blogger | 11:17, Wed June 13 2018

“The best machine JCB has ever made,” says Wayne Goring of the new JCB 220X.

Wayne Goring is an excavator operator working for civil engineering contractor PM Harris Ltd. He is currently operating one of the first new JCB X Series tracked excavators to roll of the production line, which has been put straight to work just a few miles away from the JCB factory where it was built.

Purchased by Ashbourne-based PM Harris Ltd and supplied by dealer Gunn JCB, the machine is carrying out groundworks at JCB’s own Compact Products and Earthmovers factories in Cheadle, Staffordshire.

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