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Measurement, safety features lead Cat medium series loader upgrades

Caterpillar has announced 2016 product updates for its 950M, 962M, 966M and five larger machines in its medium wheel loader series, including all new Cat Connect Technologies plus features adding safety and reducing operating costs.

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3D machine vision lifts wall panel automation, quality control

Finland’s Elematic Oyj and North America’s Elematic Inc. answer growing demands for precast element productivity and verification with Comcaster. The new automatic casting system eases quality control in wall panel production, detecting possible errors early. It scans the casting table using a 3D machine vision system, making sure all of the details are placed correctly: shuttering, reinforcement, lifting hooks, and spots for different electric wall sockets or other inserts.

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Conveyor monitoring system

47 WatchdogMaterial handling and electronic component specialist has released the fourth generation Watchdog Super Elite (WDC4) control unit for monitoring bucket elevators and conveyors. It processes signals from up to 15 sensors for belt speed, belt misalignment, continuous bearing temperature, pulley misalignment and plug conditions. When an alarm condition is detected, the system logs the details, sounds the alarm and provides shutdown control of the elevator/conveyor and feeding system.

 

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Portable mini crane

49 Smart RigManufacturer of portable floor cranes narrow enough to fit through doors and elevators for indoor, outdoor and roof top lifting, shifting, moving and installing materials has added the CE-certified S1 Global Model. At 32-in. wide, the mini crane is rated at 1,950 lb. with an 18-ft. hook height. Battery power and on-board charger, tilt alarm, hydraulics and pick and carry design make for easy transport. The 1,450-lb. S1 Global is CE Certified to meet U.S., Canadian and international standards.

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Natural pozzolan exhibits cement-optimizing capacity in block and paver mixes

In a follow up to a November 2013 report on Active Minerals’ Acti-Gel 208, “Rheology modifer, anti-settling agent suits zero slump to SCC mixes,” Concrete Products examines the natural mineral additive’s latest application: Replacement of up to 30 percent of cement in concrete block and paver mixes, netting potential cost savings up to $0.02/unit.

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