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

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.

Auction of Coal Blocks to Drive The Sale of Tipper And Dump Trucks

The sale of Tipper trucks and Dump trucks are expected to rise further in the second half of this financial year as Coal India Ltd (CIL) is holding forward e-auction of coal blocks for power producers to meet the rising demand of the electricity in the country. CIL is the major producer of coal in India.

The heavy Tipper trucks and Dump trucks mainly in demand for coal mining and infrastructure projects, therefore all the major players of the country are expecting huge demand of such heavy vehicles mainly from these two sectors. Once the mining of other minerals begins, tipper sales may rise further in the future.

It is reported, Special forward e-auction of coal blocks for 2016-17 for phase III is being held this month. CIL has already prepared a roadmap to achieve the target of producing one billion tonne coal by 2020 and for this financial year, the target is set to produce 598.61 million tonnes of coal, last fiscal (2015-16), it had produced 538.75 million tonnes of coal.

The rising demand of the coal in the country, does not only show the requirement of the electricity, but it also indicates huge requirement of such heavy commercial trucks, which needed for loading and carrying the coal in massive number.

Various trucks manufacturers are coming up with new models and also working-on to expand its existing capacity of production to tap the coal sector. These truck makers are coming up with high-powered Tippers and Dump trucks that can get into deep coal mines to carry the coal.

Under the provisions of the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015, 75 coal mines (31 by way of auction and 44 by way of allotment) have been allocated so far. Mining operations have commenced and mine opening permission granted in 11 auctioned coal mines as on 20.07.2016, the government informed Parliament in recently concluded session.

Due to rising demand of heavy commercial vehicles in various sectors including Mines, Construction and Logistics, the sale of medium and heavy commercial vehicle (M&HCV) has been witnessing positive growth over the period of last one year, last fiscal (FY2015-16) M&HCV segment grew by 30% with sales of 302,373 units as compared to fiscal year (2014-15).

In the first four months (April-July) of current fiscal, 92379 units of M&HCV has been sold, during the same period in last financial year 85135 units were sold in the same segment. Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures (SIAM) said, M&HCVs has registered a growth at 14.49% during April-June period of 2016-17.

The recent sale data of M&HCVs indicate that commercial vehicles market has started reviving and as more coal mines and construction work begin, the heavy-duty Tipper and Dump trucks will get new heights in terms of sale. Manufacturers like Tata, AMW, Volvo, Eicher, Ashok Leyland, Scania, Daimler and other would get huge demand for their various products in commercial vehicle segment from mining and construction companies in coming months.

As CIL sets the target of one billion tonne of coal production over next five years, it shows the positive growth of heavy commercial vehicle, including Tipper and Dump trucks is here to stay for a long period, sell of both new and used Tipper and Dumper will see positive growth during this period.

Source: Information has been obtained from government’s release, SIAM, PTI and other media reports

Renting Vs Buying Construction Equipment – How to Make a Decision

datablog-dozer.jpgIndia is expected to witness USD 1 trillion infrastructure investment as per the planning commission of India for the 12th Year Plan (2012-17). Typically, infrastructure development is the main growth driver for the construction equipment market (both new and used equipment).

As huge construction activities have been taking place in highways & roads, ports, railways, aviation, waterways, housing and commercial real estate sector, and this lead to the demand of construction equipment in the country.

By keeping their budget in mind, contractors invest in the equipment used for various types of project, here role come to decide which equipment to buy or rent to minimize the cost. Usually all contractors do not have every type of construction machine which used for different construction work. For example, equipment used for road construction may not be as effective as in other projects or may not be used for building construction, so buying such a costly construction equipment is not feasible option.

Various contractors and infrastructure companies are working or to begin work on various infrastructure projects so they may require equipment to start their projects.
So some of them may be planning to buy new equipment and some of them thinking to rent the CE, so here we will discuss how to take decision while buying or renting construction equipment and which is the viable option for their business perspective.

Benefits of Renting Equipment:

  • Renting construction equipment will reduce project cost for small projects for small players.
  • Contractors or companies can rent different equipment for different usage.
  • Renting give freedom to access all equipment.
  • After the project completion, no burden of maintenance and repairing of the machine, which save the maintenance and repairing cost.
  • These days, very frequently advanced technology is being introduced, in that situation old machines goes outdated, but one can rent any advanced machine whenever he/she can wish as per the requirement.
  • Renting the equipment save huge capital investment.
  • Heavy equipment requires enough space for storage, renting can eliminate the storage cost.
  • Renting the equipment gives freedom to developers or companies to try the equipment before buying it.
  • Renting save your transportation cost, for example a Mumbai based developer gets a project in Kolkata; developer is free to hire the equipment from a nearby location and save the cost of transportation.

Benefits of Buying Equipment:

  • Renting is a viable option for short term project, but buying is better than renting for longer projects, it will save the cost.
  • Some equipment in construction field which are multipurpose like excavators, forklifts, loaders, skid steers, cranes, trucks, etc., these can be used for various purposes, so renting these machines is not a wise decision.
  • When you own the equipment, it is available with you all time and can be used whenever needed, but to rent you have to depend on renting company, some time you may not get it when you needed the most and projects might get delayed.
  • Buying is the good option because rental price may go up suddenly due to rise of demand.

Hence, after looking at the benefits of both renting and buying (new and used) equipment, it will be prudent on the part of every equipment owner to consider both the options before taking a final call.

Try Selling Heavy Equipment Online if Not Getting Buyers in Your Location

equipmentonestop-ExcavatorIn the era of Internet, the world has become a global village where a man can search his friend by sitting in United States in India with the help of internet. Similarly, in the era of e-commerce, a seller who is willing to sell heavy equipment could find prospective buyers through the internet.

Therefore, selling your any used heavy equipment, which used for construction and mining sector have become very easy on http://www.equipmentonestop.com. It is very difficult for a seller based in Mangalore to find a buyer in his locality, even if he/she gets a buyer in his nearby location, there is a possibility the seller may not be able to get a better price for the used construction/heavy equipment.

This e-commerce portal does not only allow you to post the detail and pictures of your machines, but also provide end-to-end solution to the customers on nominal charges, from helping you to decide better valuation of your asset with the help of experts, to arranging site visits for buyers to see your machine at seller location. This platform also helps you to find buyers in other than home state, there is a possibility a buyer from another state may be ready to pay you more if likes your machine.

A seller has to follow, two simple steps, one is to put a good quality picture of his/her machine which help will the buyer to see current condition your machine as we know seeing is believing and secondly, you have to put detail description of the machine which gives idea to buyers to understand the functionality of the particular machine, it will help the buyers to approach you to buy your asset.

The portal will also help you to save your money, which you spend on giving advertisement on newspaper to sell your machine.

Currently, Equipment One Stop (EOS) has asset in various states including Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand and sellers from these states have been listing their machine on http://www.equipmentonestop.com and buyers from across the country are showing their interest in the asset listed with the portal. It is also expanding its feet in other states of the country, no matter in which state you are located, you can still contact the EOS to sell and buy any types of asset.

Equipmentonestop.com has complete range of second hand heavy equipment from across the country, the asset includes; Excavator, Backhoe Loader, Crane, Rock Breaker, Transit Mixer , Batching Plant , Crawler Driller, Skid Steer Loader, Concrete Pump, Crusher Plant, Forklift, Roller, Wheel Loader, Dozer, Motor Grader, Compressor, Vibratory Roller, Hydra Crane, Truck Crane, Mobile Crane, DIGI SET, Tipper, Traveller, Bus, Truck and other. If you have similar types of asset or any other heavy machine, you can contact to the website on 022-3303 6188/6189 to list your machine on the portal or buy these listed equipment.

It helps both buyer and seller to a get better valuation of the asset and also help in financing to buy the asset.

Why Fuel-Efficient Construction Equipment Useful for Your Business

Why Fuel-Efficient Construction Equipment Useful for Your BusinessPeople associated with the construction industry are aware that this industry requires huge sums of money for smooth running the business. From small developers to big infrastructure companies often look for the way to reduce the cost of the business and make more profit.

Heavy construction equipment adds a huge amount of cost and even after purchasing these machines, developers’ need a lot of money for making it run. After buying construction machines, two major costs involve with it, one is fuel cost and another is maintenance cost.

To save the huge cost of fuelling, the end-user customers started realising the need of advanced technology to save fuel cost, which made the way for construction equipment manufactures to think beyond the traditional ways of making the machines.

There are two reasons for looking for fuel efficient machines, one is to save fuel cost another is environment, these two leads to the widely discussed subject across the world.

Therefore, all the fuel efficient machines help the owner to save money which goes into fuel expenses. Before 2015, when oil price was touching the sky, at that time running the CE would have cost more than now, so it is always better having the fuel-efficient machines in longer run.

Due to need and more demand from end-users of fuel-efficient equipment, construction equipment manufactures started realising its demand and started working on technology which consumes less fuel, give higher productivity and profitability.

So, many companies have come with different innovative solutions to meet the customers’ expectations.

Country’s leading CE Company, JCB has developed fuel efficient ecoMAX engine, which results in saving substantial amount of fuel. It’s also designed to adopt Indian conditions and emission norms of Indian government. Now JCB uses highly efficient JCB ecoMax T4i engine that is being used in most of the JCB machines.

JS120 excavator of JCB is claimed to be one of the most fuel-efficient product, it is powered by a 4 cylinder JCB ecoMax engine.

Volvo EC160E is the newest E-series crawler excavator; it featured with Tier 4 final D4 engine which is very fuel-efficient compared to its earlier model. It’s two other EC380D and EC480D excavators are also fuel-efficient. CAT claims its 320D/D L series 2 hydraulic excavators is 15% more fuel efficient.

Sweden based Construction equipment company Huddig has developed a technology called ‘Tigon Technology’, the technology gives Huddig’s Backhoe Loader higher efficiency, improved performance and lower fuel consumption.

Hybrid hydraulic excavator series of Hitachi ZH200-5B gives superb fuel efficiency with better working performance as compared to its standard model ZX200-5B.

Various leading CE companies are making fuel-efficient products to save the cost of running a construction business.

The above examples show, how CE companies started meeting the consumer demand and regularly coming up with new technologies.

Before Buying Greaves’s Concrete Pump, You Should Know its Various Models

EquipmentPosting_8904_1459161665327In the field of engineering concrete pump is considered as a one of the crucial machine, this equipment make use of transferring liquid concrete through pumping for better quality of roofing and concreting any structure.

Engineers use concrete pumps because it is very reliable and efficient means of placing concrete for concreting and also considered as economical due to speed and ease during pumping concrete. At certain location at a construction site, pump is only means of placing concrete, like in construction of high rise building, where concrete truck unable to reach.

Generally, these concrete pumps are available in these four categories, Mobile Pump, Stationary Pump, Truck Mounted Static Pump, and Truck Mixer Concrete Pump.

In Indian market, Greaves Infra is one of the major players in concrete pumps business. The company offers the full range of concrete products with latest technology to benefit the construction industry. Its four models GCP 350 D, GCP 350 E, GCP 450 DSV and GCP 3709 Z concrete pumps featured with unique quality and having different functions depending on the project size which attract the customers, available in both Diesel and electrical versions.

GCP 3709 Z model of Greaves Boom Pump reaches a maximum height of 37 meters and gives an output of 90 Cbm/hr. Its 4 arm Z fold type boom offers increased flexibility and maneuverability in areas where space is a constraint. Best suited for mega p rojects such as airports, metro projects, mono-rails, flyovers and high rise infrastructural and residential projects; Greaves GCP3709Z provides superior productivity and pumping efficiency thereby ensuring faster completion of projects, reduced down-time and higher output.

Company’s three high capacity stationary concrete pumps GCP 5500, GCP 6500 and GCP 8500 are developed with globally accepted S. Valve technology with the aim of heavy duty construction activities in high rise commercial and residential buildings and infrastructure worksites such as tunnels, dams, Bridges, Irrigation etc.

All three models of the stationary Concrete pumps are powered by fuel efficient and emission compliant engines and integrated with contemporary hydraulic systems and components that are designed to deliver concrete perform under challenging pumping condition. Greaves Concrete pumps ensure lowest cost per cubic meter of concrete pumped. A fully electrical control panel with remote as a standard feature can operate both on the piston and the rod side. This result in a maximum concrete output of 50-80 cubic metres per hour, varying from model to model, claims the company.

The hard chrome platted concrete cylinder in the pumps offer extended service life against wear and corrosion. The replaceable hard rams are designed to withstand high pressure and are high wear resistant. The internals are well designed so as to allow for minimum wear and tear, thereby minimising replacement and maintenance costs.