Precaution While Operating Excavator

Excavator is one of the major construction equipment used in construction field. This heavy duty machine is used for digging holes, foundation, and trenches. The versatile machine is also used in demolition, dragging and lifting materials.

This widely used construction equipment involves in many accidents each year due to the negligence of either operators or owners or some time both, which cause serious injuries to workers working at the site, pedestrian, and operators themselves. If precaution is not taken while operating the excavator it also causes harm to your costly machine which is the heavy loss to the owner.

To prevent these serious mishaps, it is always advisable for both operators and owners of the excavator to be aware of safety requirements and take precaution at the job sites. The precautions will save human capital and also help you to run your business smoothly and avoid any legal issues due to the loss of the workers during the job.

As several risks are associated with excavators during operation, therefore an evaluation of the possible danger must be taken into consideration before the construction begins at the site.

Both operators and owners must consider the following advice while operating excavators:-

  • First and foremost, you should only allow the person to operate Excavator who has gone through appropriate training, competent and certified by authority to do so. It ensures that operator is well aware of skills and knowledge and safety while operating the machine. Trained operator also plays a crucial role in higher productivity at the site.
  • Inspection of the excavator should take place before the work starts, owner must ensure the regular servicing and maintenance of the machine should take place as per the instruction of the manufacturer.
  • The owner of the machine must ensure that his driver is taking all precaution and following safety norms, it helps in preventing any unwanted accident at the construction site. If operator does not follow the norms and handle the machine rough, it may harm your costly machine and also affect the ongoing project.
  • There are different types of excavators which meet the specific job of the contractor, so it is suggested that to use right kind excavator after the inspection of the job site.
  • Experts suggest that type of soil must be taken into consideration while positioning the machine, it is advisable to place the wheels or tracks in 90-degree.
  • The operator should ensure the seat is well-sprung and adjustable for maintaining a comfortable operating position.
  • The machine should not be operated without protective equipment.
  • Site supervisor or safety officer should minutely supervise the work at the site, ensure the operators are following all the guidelines.
  • People should be kept away from vicinity where excavator is being operated, it has been noticed that most of accident occur during this time only.
  • Excavator must be equipped with sufficient visibility aids to make sure driver can see the location where people are at risk.
  • Ensure all the attachments are properly attached to the machine.
  • Signaller who is authorized to direct the excavator movement at the site, should be trained and competent, he usually provides protected position from where operator can work safely.
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India Will Continue To Be The World’s Most Lucrative And Largest Market For Backhoe Loaders: Report

The Indian government focuses on infrastructure development in various sectors including roads, railways, dams, and various easy finance related schemes have helped the Indian backhoe loaders to grow further. India emerges as the world’s most lucrative and largest market for Backhoe Loaders and it will remain the most profitable market, growing at Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 6.9 percent against the global growth of CAGR 5.9 percent –through 2026, says the latest report of Persistence Market Research.

The North America will retain the second position as the world’s second largest market for the Backhoe Loaders, followed by the Latin America during the forecast period.

According to the report, Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) was the largest market for the Backhoe Loaders in terms of volume and value in 2015; it was worth US$ 866.6 Million and is projected to surpass US$ 1 Billion in revenues by 2018.

Persistence Market Research analyst says, “Demand for backhoe loaders and other construction equipment is directly co-related to the pace of infrastructure development. India is going through a momentous phase of development of roads, railways, and dams receiving government support and FDI. Further, India’s real estate sector remained largely unaffected by the global housing crisis of 2007-08, and leading construction equipment manufacturers consolidated their position to compensate for sluggish demand in US and Europe. Since then, the India construction equipment market has been on an upswing, and our research projects the demand to remain buoyant throughout the forecast period.”

As far as construction equipment manufacturers are concerned, the top eight global Backhoe Loaders manufacturers accounted approximately 85 percent revenue share of the US$ 2.14 Billion backhoe loaders market in 2015. While JCB remains the largest player with 20 percent market share, followed by CNH Industrial NV, and Volvo Construction Group, these three companies alone account the revenue share of about 44 percent.

The rest five leading companies in terms of revenue share are, Komatsu Ltd., Hitachi Construction Machinery, Terex Corporation, Caterpillar, and Deere & Company.
In the Backhoe Loader segment, JCB is the market leader in India, roughly accounting three-fourth revenue share.

The report also suggests that center-mount backhoe loaders continue to outsell side-shift variants. During the forecast period, center-mount loaders are projected to account over 86 percent revenue share of the market. The center-mount backhoe loaders majorly consume in Asia Pacific and North America market, whereas side-shift backhoe loaders popular in Europe.

The report further says, frenzied construction activity in Tier II cities of India and implementation of ‘smart cities’ programme expected to drive overall construction equipment sales in the country. Construction and mining industry are the largest end-use sector for the backhoe loader, accounting nearly 53 percent revenue share of the market in 2016.

Source: Information has been obtained from Persistence Market Research

Volvo CE Unveils Futuristic Construction Equipment, Could Save Fuel UP to 50%

World’s leading construction equipment maker Volvo Construction Equipment ( Volvo CE) known for keeping itself  ahead in innovative technological advancement. On the same line, company has tried to prove its innovative expertise and set a trend in the construction equipment industry.
Now, Engineers at Volvo CE have been working on technologies to provide zero emissions, zero accidents, zero unplanned stops and reduction of energy consumption in its future construction machine.
Recently Volvo CE showcased groundbreaking technology which could transform the construction equipment industry with its futuristic innovations and ready to achieve new milestones in setting up the new trend with this innovative research. The company unveiled the LX1 prototype hybrid wheel loader at Volvo Construction Equipment’s Xploration Forum; this machine has potential to improve fuel efficiency by up to 50%, demonstrations of a prototype autonomous wheel loader and articulated hauler working together, and an electric site solution that showcased the new concept HX1 autonomous, battery-electric, load carrier.
The electric site project aims to transform the quarry and aggregates industry by reducing carbon emissions by up to 95% and total cost of ownership by up to 25%, claim the company.
All of the innovations shown at the Xploration Forum are ongoing research projects.
“At Volvo CE we are developing technologies connected to electromobility, intelligent machines and total site solutions that will benefit our customers and the environment by contributing to increased machine performance, productivity, efficiency, safety and sustainability. Our future products and services will play an important part in building a sustainable society,” said Mr. Martin Weissburg, Member of the Volvo Group Executive Board and President of Volvo CE.
Volvo CE has been always on the forefront when it comes to technological development, every year Volvo group invests hugely in Research & Development to drive the evolution of new innovation in the construction equipment industry. Company organizes Xploration Forum to share its exciting projects and concepts to the world. The company feels, its future offering could transform the construction industry.
Mr. Weissburg explained, “We’ve set ourselves four key technology challenges that we call Triple Zero and 10x: zero emissions, zero accidents, zero unplanned stops and 10x higher efficiency,” explained Weissburg. “We believe that our clear focus on electromobility, intelligent machines and total site solutions will help us achieve these ambitious goals and pave the way for a sustainable construction industry.”
The company explains how the Triple Zero and 10x is useful for its customers:
Zero emissions: Zero emission machines will help make customers’ businesses more environmentally sustainable.
Zero accidents: With pioneering safety innovations, machines could instinctively avoid accidents, generating a completely safe working environment.
Zero unplanned stops: A world without machine breakdowns, where machines predict and plan their own maintenance – making unplanned stops a thing of the past.
10x higher efficiency: The electrification of construction equipment and site optimization will dramatically reduce energy consumption.
Source: Information has been obtained from Volvo CE’s release

John Deere Integrates SmartGrade Technology Into 750K & 850K Dozers

john-deere-850k-smartgrade_1-1024x683Upgradation of the technology is the need of the hour for survival in automation industry, especially in construction industry for smooth and error-free functioning at job sites. On the same line, John Deere one of the leading construction and farm equipment equipment makers in the world has upgraded its SmartGrade technology in its new model of crawler dozers.

After the success of its 700K dozer equipped with SmartGrade launched earlier this year. The company has now integrated SmartGrade grade control technology ‘Topcon 3D-MC2 Grade Control System’ in its 750K and 850K crawler dozers.

Topcon 3D-MC2 Grade Control System is fully incorporated into the machine cabin, structures and software — delivering precise grading performance while eliminating vulnerable external masts and cables.

“The launch of our 700K SmartGrade dozer was a huge hit earlier this year, and many of our customers asked for the grade control technology to be integrated into our larger offerings. The 750K and 850K SmartGrade dozers answer that call. They’re easy to set up and are highly productive earthmoving and grading machines intended for road building, site development and residential building applications. Like the 700K SmartGrade dozer, these models are purpose-built and ready to work the moment they roll off the dealer lot,” said Liz Quinn, product marketing manager, John Deere WorkSight.

The 750k and 850K model of crawler dozers incorporate a PowerTech 6.8-L Final Tier 4 diesel engine with 165 horsepower and 205 horsepower, respectively. Both models feature Eco mode, which automatically adjusts engine power and transmission settings based on load while maintaining ground speed, to help optimize fuel economy.

Highlights of SmartGrade

1 -Auto SmartGrade allows the operator to easily adjust the system when moving the machine from one soil type to another, unlike an after-market system, which often requires the GPS manager to make a trip to the machine to recalibrate the system, particularly helpful to new operators. Auto SmartGrade automatically lifts the blade over heavy loads before track slippage occurs, then returns the blade to grade.

2 – SmartGrade also limits the number of passes required, reducing the pace of wear on the undercarriage. The John Deere SmartGrade dozer is nearly 7 percent more accurate across the entire speed range of the dozer when compared to conventional masted systems, claim the company.

3 -Another benefit of the SmartGrade technology is that machine dimensions are preloaded into the grade control monitor, reducing the time required to calibrate the dozer to about 30 minutes. The easy-to-use system is beneficial to new operators in that it can get them up and running quickly.

4 -The SmartGrade integration into the 750K and 850K dozers also allows for enhanced diagnostics. Having the ability to get the grade control system and diagnostic information over the John Deere JDLink telematics system provides valuable uptime information to customers.

5 -SmartGrade is integrated into the machines, it removes the need to install blade-mounted sensors and components daily, reducing setup time and allowing operators to get to work.

6 -Eliminating external cables to the masts reduces breakage, and the removal of the masts from the blade eliminates vulnerability to damage and theft.

Source: Information has been obtained from John Deere’s release

Indian CE Industry to Grow Over 20% in 2016, Sales Surged 37% in First 6 Months

earthmoving-construction-equipment.jpgDue to rising infrastructure development in the country, Indian construction equipment industry is expected to grow over 20% to 58,465 machines in 2016, said a latest report of Off-Highway Research, a global research firm of construction and agricultural equipment markets.

Sales of construction equipment in India grew over 37% in the first six months (Between January and June) of 2016 when compared to the same period last year, said its specialist consultant and market forecasting study.

The sale of construction equipment could rise during this period, as Indian government has increased its infrastructure investment, especially in road and railways and actual construction work has resumed on the ground. Last month, government has informed the Parliament that Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had approximately awarded projects worth Rs 2 lakh crore in last two years.

Off-Highway Research’s report further says, Indian construction equipment market has witnessed a turnaround over the last 18 months, with sales falling to a low of 47,889 units in 2014, before enjoying a small increase in last year (2015). On the back of infrastructure investment, sale of CE products is expected to surge over 20% in 2016. It is also expected to sustain market (CE) growth for the next four years, albeit at more sustainable levels, it said.

“Infrastructure development is a key economic driver and enjoys an intense government focus that should accelerate demand for construction equipment in the country. India needs an estimated investment of INR 31 trillion (US$ 465 billion) over the next five years to keep pace with its growth targets, of which over 70% would be needed for power, roads and urban infrastructure segments. The total budgeted outlay for the infrastructure sector for fiscal year ending March 2017 is INR 2.2 trillion (US$ 33 billion),” said Off-Highway Research in its report.

It is projected, sale of construction equipment likely to rise to 73,595 units in 2020, if it touches this number, and it would break previous high of 67,898 units sold in 2011.

According to report finding, Backhoe loader is extremely popular machine in India and around 24,500 units expected to be sold this year alone and it represents 42% of the market in volume terms. Off-Highway Research believes the strongest long-term growth prospects are in the crawler excavator segment in India, it is projected to double in size between 2015 and 2020 to 22,000 units per year.

Major Boost to Construction Equipment Market as Cabinet Approves Rs.30, 836 Crore Infra Projects

construction equipment.jpgIn a major push to give a boost to the country’s infrastructure sector, the union cabinet has approved huge investment of Rs 30,835.86 crore for Railway and National highway projects across the country. The cabinet approved nine railway projects totaling 1,937.38 km and 1120 km of highway projects in five states.

The cabinet has given its green signal to nine railway projects in ten states worth Rs 24,374.86 crore include Assam, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Chhattisgarh and five national highway projects worth Rs. 6,461 crore in Karnataka, Odisha, Bihar, Rajasthan and West Bengal.

The news brings cheers on the face of construction equipment manufacturers and will give major boost to Indian construction equipment market, which has already started witnessing the better sell as compared to one year ago, all the leading manufacturers are bullish on better sales of various types of CE and material handling products.

In the budget 2016-17, government has committed to invest Rs 2.21 trillion for various infrastructure developments in current fiscal and allocated a mammoth Rs.218,000 crore for lone railways and roads in 2016-17.

When we look at the projects approved by union cabinet, Major railway projects fall under Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, in these states Maharashtra alone received three railway projects. The cabinet approved construction of third line between Itarsi and Nagpur (Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra) at cost of Rs.2,882.95 crore, this 280 km long railway line is expected to be completed in five years.

Another project which goes to Maharashtra is 201.04km long third line between Ballarshah and Kazipet (Telangana and Maharashtra) at a cost of Rs 2,403.22 crore and which is to be completed in five years and third project in the state, 228.3 km long third line between Rajnandgaon-Nagpur (Kalumna) in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh and Gondia, Bhandara and Nagpur districts in Maharashtra at a cost of Rs 2,193.53 crore, besides facilitating the travel, this project will benefit various industries, mines, coal fields and power plants will have additional transport capacity to meet their requirements.

In Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, railway will construct 152.57 km long third line between Jhansi and Bina at a cost of Rs 2,273.84 crore, the project is expected to be completed in four years and another 273.80 km long third line between Mathura and Jhansi at a cost of Rs. 4,377.13 crore has been approved.

A 206 km long fourth line between Jharsuguda and Bilaspur will be constructed between Odisha and Chhattisgarh at a cost of Rs.2,298.31 crore and it will be completed in five years.

One railway project will be constructed in Andhra Pradesh at an estimated cost of Rs.3,875.68 crore, Indian railways will construct 287.67 km third line between Vijaywada Junction and Gudur Junction, the project is likely to be completed in six years.

One each railway project will take place in Assam and Jharkhand, 176 km second railway line between New Bongaigaon and Kamakhya at a cost of Rs 2586.85 crore will be constructed in Assam and third line between Kharagpur (Nimpura) and Adityapur at a cost of Rs 1483.36 crore will be built in Jharkhand.

Road Transport and Highways Ministry aims to increase the national highways’ length to 2 lakh km. This fiscal, government had decided to award 25,000 km of national highways as compared to 10,000 km in the last financial year and targets to construct 15,000 km in this fiscal.

The government commitment towards improving infrastructure of the country will drive overall construction equipment market and especially, multi-purpose equipment like Backhoe loader, excavator, various road building equipment and other.

States where government has approved railways and highways projects, will require a good amount of CE. By looking at government investment, infrastructure companies would think to increase existing number of their assets to grab the projects.

Sagarmala Programme Will Require Huge Amount of Construction Equipment

As we are aware, the demand of construction equipment only emerges when infrastructure developments occur in any country. In recent times, we have seen almost all the reports based on the demand of construction equipment projected the huge requirement of different types of construction equipment in India by keeping various infrastructure projects in mind, such as roads, ports, railway, airports, smart cities, public transportation infrastructure and others.

Government of India has launched the Sagarmala Programme with the aim of modernising port-led development in the country and exploit the potential of India’s approximately 7,500 km long coastline and 14,500km of potentially navigable waterways.

The programme involves drawing up a National Perspective Plan (NPP) for Port Modernization & New Port Development, Port Connectivity Enhancement, Port-Led Industrial Development and Coastal Community Development. As part of the NPP, total 173 projects have been initially identified across the programme objectives which will result in significant investment in maritime infrastructure, create employment, reduce logistics cost and boost merchandize exports over the next decade.

The port-led developments indicate the requirement of construction equipment in the country. The development would drive the sale of construction machinery in the country and manufacturers could see the rise in their sell in coming future.

As per the official estimates, the ambitious Sagarmala Programme will mobilize more than Rs. 4 lakh crore of investment and will be able to create 1 crore new jobs, including 40 lakh direct jobs in the next 10 years.

For Port Modernization & New Port Development, 50 projects have been identified to increase the port capacity from 1400 MMTPA to 2500 MMTPA by 2025, at an investment of Rs. 1 lakh crore. For promoting port-led industrial development, 14 Coastal Economic Zones covering all the Maritime States and Union Territories have been proposed.

To enhance the port-connectivity to the country’s production and consumption centres, 65 projects have been proposed at an investment of more than Rs. 2 lakh crore. This includes10,000 km of last mile port-connectivity infrastructure, 12 new freight expressways, heavy haul rail corridor to transport coal, new pipelines for transporting crude and petroleum products, development of prioritized inland waterways and new multi-modal logistics hubs, government said the official statement.

Last month (July 20), Union Cabinet has approved the incorporation of Sagarmala Development Company (SDC) under the Companies Act, 2013, with an initial Authorized Share Capital of Rs. 1,000 crore and a Subscribed Share Capital of Rs. 90 crore. The SDC would provide equity support to the project Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) and funding support to the residual projects under the Sagarmala Programme.

Government recently said, it has indentified six potential new ports under Sagarmala Programme are; Vadhavan in Maharashtra, Sagar Island in West Bengal, Paradip Satellite Port in Odisha, Enayam an Sirkazhi in Tamil Nadu, Belekeri in Karanataka have been identified and Duggirajupatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

As it is projected Rs. 4 lakh crore of investment mobilize under the programme, various construction equipment such as; Excavators, Backhoe loaders, Cranes, Graders, Batching plant, concrete mixer, Tippers and other different types of construction machinery demand will rise in the country.

Along with port-led development, seven Multi-Modal Logistic Parks (MMLPs) has been also proposed in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana, Uttarakhand and West Bengal under Sagarmala Programme.

During recent United States visit of Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, American ports have shown their interest to participate in the port-led development in India, which is to mobilize huge investment.

The port development will not only raise the demand of construction equipment, but also drive the sale of material handling machinery as increased port capacity will require huge amount of material handling equipment to load and unload the goods and container at the ports across the country.

Fork lift truck, Mobile crane, Conveyors, Stackers, Straddle carrier, Ship loaders, Tug-master, Container crane, Front/side loader, Bulk material handling, Automated storage and retrieval system and different other machinery sell would jump after ports will increase its existing capacity.

According Mr. Gadkari, the Sagarmala Programme could save annual logistics cost close to Rs 35,000 crore.

Forklift is One of The Versatile Materials Handling Machinery

Forklift or Fork Truck is one of the most used and versatile machine in Material Handling Equipment (MHE) segment. The Forklift used to move and lift construction and goods material in short distance at a construction site, industrial units, warehousing and across the sector.

The forklift is one of the major materials handling equipment, at construction sites; it is used for carrying various construction materials across the sites. Usage of Forklift, smoothen the work at the site and help the workers to move the material like bricks, steel and other material easily. At Warehouse and industrial unit, Forklift has proved its worth for several years, it plays a key role in loading, unloading and placing the goods items at the right place and help in avoiding the damage of the goods products.

Along with Crane, it is one of the other major used MHE at Port; it carries the container and help in loading and unloading these containers at the Port across the world. The smooth operation at Port only possible because of Forklift, it is said, this machine plays the intermediary role between huge cranes, trucks and warehouses or Logistics Park.

Many of us just understand Forklift and its general usage, but we are not aware of various types of Forklift, which are designed and made for specific work at the site. One of the most popular or common machine is Counterbalance Forklift Trucks, when we think of Forklift, many of us think of this machine, for example, when people think of Backhoe loader, they think of JCB Backhoe loader, similarly when people think of Forklift, they think of Counterbalance Forklift Trucks. This machine is available in electric, diesel and gas.

The other different forklifts are; 3 Wheel Counterbalance Forklift Trucks, Reach Trucks, Hand Pallet Trucks, Powered Pallet Trucks, Sideloaders, Teletrucks and other.

The major companies which manufacture different types of Forklift are, Godrej, Nilkamal, Escorts, Voltas Material Handling Equipment, Toyota Material Handling India, Caterpillar, Komatsu and others.

People who prefer second-hand Forklifts, should look at various online platform to buy the used Forklifts. An emerging e-commerce portal for second-hand construction equipment and material handling is www.equipmentonestop.com, which has extensive varieties of different types of equipment including forklift.

As Indian economy is growing and industrial and warehousing sector is expanding, it would help the sale of different types of Forklift in near future.

Planning to Buy Trucks, Purchase it From Rajasthan to Save Money

2048_13C580_01It is strange going to another state to buy a product despite it is available in home state, but it is happening in our own country where people from other states are going to Rajasthan to buy heavy-duty trucks. But people could only travel far to buy anything when they save money purchasing the same product from other than home state.

In last few months, Rajasthan has attracted buyers from many North Indian states, including Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and other. Buyers from these states are visiting Rajasthan to buy the trucks from here as Rajasthan government’s reduced the Value added tax (VAT) by 2% over the purchase of heavy-duty trucks, which help the buyers to save good amount of money from overall sales tax, which made Rajasthan a leading seller of trucks in recent time.

The impact of selling a number of trucks has seen in the state government’s earning in first quarter (April-June) of FY 2016-17. During the period, out of Rs 700 crore of revenues from the transport sector, a huge chunk of revenue has come from the sales of trucks, claimed an official from the state government, reported TNN.

VAT on various neighbouring states is higher than Rajasthan, which is helping transporters and other buyers from different sectors who require trucks to purchase it from Rajasthan.

As per the various media reports, State government has asked various heavy vehicle manufacturers and dealers to publicise the taxes in Rajasthan, which could attract buyers from other than north India in coming months.

If you are planning to buy new heavy-duty truck, you can approach to dealers of leading truck manufacturers like Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland, Eicher, Swaraj Mazda, Volvo, Mahindra & Mahindra and other in Rajasthan, purchasing the trucks from Rajasthan based dealers will reduce your overall cost of purchasing the truck.

If you needed used trucks, various online portals which are in the business of buying and selling of second-hand trucks and construction equipment will help you to buy trucks from Rajasthan. Among them, one of the fastest emerging and reliable portal is www.equipmentonestop.com, it will help you to bring second-hand trucks in your budget from Rajasthan and help you to bring it at your doorstep which would further save you money due to reduction in VAT.

As Indian construction equipment market has started reviving after a gap of four years (2012-2014), the sales of trucks also started reviving after a gap of four years as economy back on track and cargo movement increased in the country and rise in infrastructure, construction industry also made a positive impact on rising sales of trucks in the country.

The sale of heavy-duty trucks rose last year and expected to exceed its previous high of 2011 in coming years due to rising number of trucks in current scenario. It seems, the reduction of VAT on buying trucks in Rajasthan will attract truck buyers from various other states in coming months.