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Drone use: Benefits are overwhelmingly positive

Ninety-two percent of companies that use drones say the benefits of this innovation exceed the costs, according to the “State of Commercial Drone Use” report released by Blue Research, which contacted more than 1,700 medium and large businesses for its study. The findings noted that 10 percent of surveyed companies with revenues of more than $50 million currently use drones. For 88 percent of respondents that utilize the technology, return on investment was achieved in a year or less. AboutRead More

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Embracing technology: expert advises a measured approach

During the past two decades, the development and acceptance of construction technology has made huge strides. GPS-based grade control is a perfect example. It has evolved from masts and cables on the outside of machines to integrated systems that can automatically raise and lower dozer blades. Today, companies are increasingly accessing information about their machinery via mobile platforms such as smartphones and tablets, using Wi-Fi or cellular networks. Construction companies that fail to embrace these new strategies may fall behindRead More

Game changer: First to use intelligent Machine Control is more efficient, productive than ever

Liesfeld Contractor takes pride in being at the forefront of construction technology. The Richmond, Va., earthwork contractor was one of the first in its community and surrounding area to use a dozer with an aftermarket GPS grading system. “It was awkward, but it was cool; and, at times, it would grade by itself using an indicator system,” recalled Vice President Joe Liesfeld III, who along with his father, Joe Jr., own and operate the firm. “The technology continued to improve,Read More

Warranty, price prompt landfill to add Komatsu dozer to fleet

The Midway Division of Waste Connections, Inc. serves the Chicago area through its Winnebago Landfill in Rockford, Ill. The 500-acre facility accepts 16 million pounds of solid waste daily, so having reliable equipment is paramount to the operation’s success. When his dozer fleet began experiencing earlier-than-anticipated component failures, Midway Division District Manager Lacy Ballard decided it was time to make a change. He turned to Komatsu and his local distributor to add a D155AX-7 dozer with a waste package, whichRead More

Komtrax excavator

New tool helps calculate fuel consumption more accurately

In order to operate profitably, equipment owners need to make well-informed estimates when setting a budget, placing a bid or purchasing a new machine. Correctly anticipating the amount of fuel a machine will consume during a given time can provide significant value to the bottom line – and Komatsu makes that process a lot easier. “Typically, equipment owners forecast annual fuel consumption by categorizing the type of work the machine will do into three categories: light, average or heavy,” explainedRead More

PC490LCi

Intelligent installation: Finding added value on utility applications

Since opening his own construction company in 1998, Bryce Ricklefs has always looked outside the box to find a hidden niche to help his company, Boomerang Corp., thrive. More than 20 years later, Ricklefs continues to search for those advantages, which is why he selected a Komatsu intelligent Machine Control PC490LCi excavator with integrated GPS technology.   “We were one of the earliest adopters of GPS because we knew it would help save time and money, and it’s a strategy thatRead More

Curate content to increase ROI and address three common marketing challenges

The marketing field is in a state of flux. Never before have we had so many mediums and so many devices to think about. Most people can relate – think about the last time you were watching TV or listening to music. Maybe you had a laptop or tablet in front of you. Your phone was likely within an arm’s reach. Your attention was divided, and so is our customers’. This is where content comes in. Check out the presentationRead More

GD655-7

Design innovation: Motor grader delivers better ergonomics

If asked to describe the ease of use with typical motor graders, most operators would steer clear of calling it a low-effort task. However, today’s updated models provide a host of features designed to significantly reduce operator fatigue and increase productivity. “The GD655-7 provides an all new, ultra-ergonomic working environment, and the new spacious cab allows more room during long working days,” said Komatsu Senior Product Manager Bruce Boebel. “Operators will appreciate the low-effort operation and steering levers, new transmissionRead More

D65exi Komatsu Dozer

Intelligent dozing:
Contractor boosts efficiency with Komatsu D51EXi dozer

Cody Weaver started moving dirt at the age of 12 and hasn’t stopped. Throughout the years, the owner of CW Construction learned how to do it as efficiently and competitively as possible by maximizing production time. Recently, he upped the ante with the addition of a Komatsu D51EXi intelligent Machine Control dozer. Weaver uses it to prep subgrade for roadways, level pads, cut and move massive amounts of dirt, as well as place sub-base materials, among other tasks. The dozerRead More

women in engineering

Breaking the glass ceiling: Encouraging women to explore engineering careers

by Lucia Pía Torres Modern society – and its ability to manage technological changes, while also combining classic thought with modernity and coexistence with advancement – leaves no alternative but to build on a foundation of gender, social and culture diversity. In a globalized world, every profession or occupation is interconnected with technology; it is clear that we need more engineers, scientists and technologists. In order to achieve our goals and develop these professions, we need to be more inclusiveRead More

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