Compact Equipment

JAN 2019

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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20 Compact Equipment JANUARY 2019 AT T A C H M E N T C E N T R A L To expand capabilities and in- crease efficiency even further, manu- facturers also offer 3D grading sys- tems. These systems use GPS or UTS to complete complex design projects like parking lots, sports fields and road work. A computer-generated model is uploaded to a loader's con- trol box, and the system automati- cally grades the ground with great accuracy. This allows operators to work at higher speeds without los- ing accuracy therefore increasing productivity. Smart Attachment Monitoring and Management In addition to attachment devel- opments, there has been innovation in attachment management with multiple functions and controls in- tegrated into excavator and loader instrumentation systems. Attach- ment productivity can now be in- telligently monitored and operators can see how they actually perform. For example, these systems allow operators to consult their display panels from the cab. Job clocks and cumulative hour meters compute usage on high-output attachments. Owners can also track parameters like bit life, maintenance and total life of an attachment to assist with future purchasing or rental deci- sions. Additionally, control panels afford the ability to calibrate auxil- iary hydraulic flow rates to optimize attachment operation. Attachment technology continues to move toward greater sophistica- tion and efficiency balanced with easy operation. The advancements made in new labor-saving attach- ment designs can translate into mea- surable efficiencies on the jobsite. With your busiest part of the year just around the corner, the time you take now to demo and understand these technologies could really pay off when your crews are pushing hard to meet customer expectations and deadlines in a few months. Jason Boerger is the marketing man- ager for Bobcat Co.

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