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In this Issue - June 2017

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OEM INTERVIEW LORD BAMFORD : Over the past 70 years, JCB has taken on the world – and won. But, far from resting on his laurels, chairman Lord Bamford, son of the founder, is determined that the company continues to grow and innovate, while not losing touch with its roots

 

SOLAR FUTURE : With ever-tightening emissions regulations and the ongoing drive for greater efficiency, could the far-future see industrial vehicles running purely off sunlight? The reality is, some autonomous prototypes already can...

 

THE 4 TOUGHEST HYDRAULIC DESIGN PROBLEMS, SOLVED : In the drive for greater efficiency in industrial vehicles, hydraulics are often overlooked, even though improvements in these systems can bring huge benefits. What are the biggest challenges engineers are up against? And which new components can help to solve them?

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In this Issue - February 2017

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SHOWTIME : From March 7-11 Las Vegas plays host to what promises to be the biggest and best ConExpo show ever. the not-to-be-missed, triennial event will showcase the best new technology in the industry. here we bring you just some of the key highlights

 

DREAM CATCHER : One of the keys to innovation is a little so-called blue-sky thinking. at Volvo Construction Equipment, they do more than just a little: they've got a whole department devoted to it. Jenny Elfsberg is the woman in charge, and is responsible for ensuring those dreams are translated into reality

 

TIPPING POINTS : OEMs typically keep their new machine launches tightly under wraps ahead of big industry events, but we've managed to get an exclusive first look at Caterpillar's upgraded articulated tipper, one of the key new vehicles that will get its official unveiling at ConExpo 2017

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In this Issue - November 2016

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SMART MINING : Mine operators hope that greater vehicle automation will lead to smarter mines that are safer and more productive

 

ALL-ELECTRIC VEHICLE : Many believe the days of mines having to contend with noisy, polluting diesel engines are numbered – which is why electric powertrain manufacturer artisan is now building its own vehicles

 

STAGE V UPDATE : How the move from stage IV to stage V emissions standards, tabled for 2019-2020, will pose further challenges for vehicle manufacturers

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In this Issue - September 2016

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WEYCOR 250E: Weyhausen’s 250e wheeled loader was no more than a twinkle in its head of R&D’s eye 10 years ago. But its specially developed Type 40 cab will help the weycor range to expand even further in the near future

 

ARBOS: With its acquisition of one of Italy’s most famous historic brands, could China’s Foton Lovol soon put the Arbos name on the lips of every farmer in the western hemisphere?

 

ROSTSELMASH RSM 161: When Rostselmash needed a cool, stylish look for its latest combine harvester, it turned to a leading design agency to provide the ‘Italian clothes’

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In this Issue - Industrial Vehicle Technology International 2016 - Off Highway Edition

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SECTION 1 : ENGINES


SECTION 2 : POWERTRAIN


SECTION 3 : FLUID POWER


SECTION 4 : ELECTRONICS


SECTION 5 : ERGONOMICS & STYLING


SECTION 6 : MANUFACTURING & EXHIBITIONS

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In this Issue - June 2016

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JCB HYDRADIG: Construction sites ain’t what they used to be – and the demands on the machines that operate there have changed greatly too. For JCB, the solution was to develop a completely new kind of wheeled excavator

OEM INTERVIEWS: PUTZMEISTER UNDERGROUND & CORINSA: Just like another Spanish manufacturer we featured recently, Corinsa and Putzmeister Underground Technology sell relatively few machines in their domestic market. But that doesn't mean sales are slumping…

HIDROMEK: With an IF Design Award to its name, Hidromek is rightly singing the praises of the HMK Vision Compactor concept, boasting major improvements to current operating and compaction technologies

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In this Issue - March 2016

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BAUMA PREVIEW: Three years have gone by in the blink of an eye, but the technology has already moved far beyond what was on display at the previous edition of bauma. Here’s the pick of the industrial vehicle launches and new components that will be on show in Munich this April

SCHEUERLE: If you’ve ever wondered how on earth it’s possible to safely transport ship sections weighing up to 820 tons, the answer could be the 26-axled Scheuerle SHT 820.26.7

AUSA OEM INTERVIEW: When he visited AUSA’s facility near Barcelona last summer, iVT’s editor hadn’t been expecting to interview a member of its senior management team. But when the chance arose, his initial fear and surprise were soon superseded by a ruthlessly efficient interrogation

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In this Issue - November 2015

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THE GIFT OF THE CAB: We’ve long talked about the importance of an ergonomic workspace, but for most chinese OEMs it has often been little more than lip service. Until, that is, XCMG wanted to wow its domestic and international customers with a new-generation wheeled loader operating compartment

DESIGN FOR LIFE: It claims to be the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries – and now china’s BYD is looking to expand into new markets with an extensive range of lift-trucks built around its lithium-iron (life) phosphate technology

THE FIFTH AMENDMENT: Do you reserve the right to remain silent when the topic of stage V emissions compliance arises? fear not – here’s everything you need to know about what the EU’s latest iteration of emissions compliance has in store

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In this Issue - Advanced Lift-Truck Technology International 2015

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OEM INTERVIEW - HIGH SPIRITS :
Originally a Native American term for a supernatural force, ‘Manitou’ is now much more widely thought of as a producer of telehandlers and access equipment. Though as Jean-Pierre Guérand explains, the industrial forklift side of things may still have some catching up to do…

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CASE STUDY - ROUGH DIAMOND :
Adding several features and capabilities not seen on any other rough-terrain forklift, one new entrant to the sector is producing models destined to become an operator’s best friend

CABS - INNER SPACE:
We take a peek inside some of the best heavy lift-truck cabs on the market to see how the other half live

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In this Issue - Industrial Vehicle Technology International 2015 - Off Highway Edition

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SECTION 1 : ENGINES

SECTION 2 : POWERTRAIN

SECTION 3 : FLUID POWER

SECTION 4 : ELECTRONICS

SECTION 5 : ERGONOMICS & STYLING

SECTION 6 : MANUFACTURING & EXHIBITIONS

 

 

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In this Issue - September/October 2015

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OEM INTERVIEW - THOMAS BÖCK, CLAAS: Previously the brains behind IVT’s favorite machine, the Pistenbully 600, Thomas Böck is now putting most of his effort into ensuring Claas machines make maximum possible use of the latest precision-farming techniques

ERGONOMICS - LESS-CAB SYSTEMS: Open-cab designs aren’t just a feature of cheap equipment from the emerging markets – it’s how most forklifts and compact tractors are built too. But that’s no excuse to view their operators as second-class citizens…

CASE STUDY - KASET PHATTANA RICE HARVESTERS: In a charmingly antiquated approach, rice harvesters built by Thailand's Kaset Phattana feature an unusual mix of innovation, paintwork and second-hand parts sourced from a diverse range of contacts

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In this Issue - June 2015

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POLES APART: Dressta may have evolved from an Eastern Bloc manufacturer of military equipment, but Teddy Wu, president of the Polish OEM, is keen to point out that any preconceptions of brutal, ugly equipment lacking in finesse are largely unfounded

NOW AVAILABLE IN HD: Czech OEM Zetor made its name producing simple, straightforward tractors. But as it continues to climb the horsepower scale, it has added a touch of sophistication to the most recent version of its flagship Forterra range

TURN AFTER READING: Our investigation into the continuing evolution of hydraulic steering technology should inspire even greater strides in the design of efficient and ergonomic maneuvering systems

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In this Issue - March 2015

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READY-MADE POWERTRAINS : The on-highway sector first implemented many of the technologies that we now see in off-highway – but the crossover doesn’t have to end there. Could a partnership with a chassis supplier perhaps be the quick solution for your next project?

VOLVO'S AUTONOMOUS WHEELED LOADER : Volvo CE is unlikely to be offering autonomous wheeled loaders for sale any time soon, so it has been keeping fairly quiet about its latest research project – but IVT managed to get out to Sweden for an exclusive look

ANDERS P LARSSON : In part two of our exclusive interview, Volvo CE’s Anders Larsson discusses how best to adapt products for emerging markets, the challenges of manufacturing multiple brands, and shortening time to market

 

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In this Issue - Advanced Lift-Truck Technology International 2014

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DISRUPTIVE INFLUENCE: What are the seven technologies judged most likely to transform the materials handling equipment landscape in the next few years?

SAFE EUROPEAN HOME?: Toyota Material Handling may be number one around the world, but Europe is bucking that trend. How does Matthias Fischer, TMHE president and CEO, intend to correct that?

UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE: Students from the Technical University of Munich have designed a forklift truck providing increased movement at the workstation in accordance with the principles of Universal Design

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In this Issue - November 2014

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COLD CALLING: Antarctica has long fascinated many. But when some of Finning’s engineers answered its pull, they first had to spend thousands of hours modifying two Cat D6N dozers to ensure optimum performance during their coldest journey

BEST IN SNOW: Prinoth has evolved its already proven Leitwolf snow groomer into an even more impressive machine, paying close attention to operational demands and improving performance levels

THAR SHE BLOWS!: Co-designed with the same agency responsible for the Koenigsegg supercar, Øveraasen’s award-winning TV1000 snow blower boasts stunning looks, as well as some great engineering and a frightening amount of horsepower

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In this Issue - September 2014

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THE FULL PACKAGE: New Holland has a product line that most OEMs would envy, but in an exclusive interview, brand president Carlo Lambro reveals that there’s still more to come

LOOKING BOTH WAYS: JCB has celebrated its first 60 years of backhoe loader manufacturing with a design competition to see how these iconic multipurpose machines might look by 2073

INTUITIVE THINKING: Don’t think, just do it! A new wave of display and interface technologies are set to improve safety and overall system performance, by providing highly intuitive feedback to vehicle operators

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In this Issue - Industrial Vehicle Technology International 2014 - Off Highway Edition

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SECTION 1: ENGINES

SECTION 2: POWERTRAIN

SECTION 3: FLUID POWER

SECTION 4: ELECTRONICS

SECTION 5: ERGONOMICS & STYLING

 

 

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In this Issue - June 2014

The June 2014 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

KEEP IT CLEAN: Ensuring hydraulic fluid remains in tip-top condition is very much an OEM’s concern. These tips and products to ensure optimum fluid selection, storage and filtration – along with Dan Helgerson’s inimitable viewpoint – will help you clean up your act

FLEX APPEAL: Way back in 1986, who would have believed that CANbus would soon struggle to keep up with the demands made upon it? The advent of CAN FD, with its flexible data rate, can mean OEMs avoid having to make the switch to more expensive systems

DESIGN CHALLENGE: Design a hydraulic hybrid energy recovery system that will help reduce fuel consumption in an off-highway vehicle of your choice

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In this Issue - February 2014

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MEN OF MANY PARTS: iVT visited Liebherr-Ettlingen and asked the guys behind its new components division why it has taken so long to make its vast array of technology available to other off-highway OEMs

GOT IT IN ONE: Wheeled loaders have traditionally been available in two forms - compact models with a hydrostatic driveline, and larger, mechanically driven versions. With its XE models, Cat has combined the distinct benefits of each into one transmission

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS...: Love it or hate it, Las Vegas is the venue for this year's major construction equipment and components show. Our extensive sneak preview of what's on offer could mean that you end up staying there a lot longer than you originally planned

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In this Issue - November 2013

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THE BEAUTIFUL GAME: Douglas Equipment MD Ron Cowley may have only joined the GSE sector three years ago, but it ignites the same passion inside him as he has for his favourite football team...

GREEN GIANT: In announcing the TBL 800 - a huge hybrid tow tractor for wide-bodied aircraft - at Inter Airport last month, Kalmar claimed a world first. But how exactly did it develop its pulling power?

GAS GUZZLERS: As oil reserves dwindle while the reserves of natural gas appear to grow larger every day, how long will it be before engines drinking gas or dual fuel become the highway norm in off-highway?

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In this Issue - Industrial Vehicle Technology International 2013 - Off Highway Edition

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SECTION 1: ENGINES

SECTION 2: POWERTRAIN

SECTION 3: FLUID POWER

SECTION 4: ELECTRONICS

SECTION 5: ERGONOMICS & STYLING

SECTION 6: MANUFACTURING & EXHIBITIONS

 

 

 

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In this Issue - June 2013

The June 2013 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

DESIGN CHALLENGE: Design a suspension system that will improve the stability of a construction or agricultural vehicle on soft or uneven terrain

SHOCK TREATMENT: Operators can now sleep soundly at night - the addition of suspension to an increasing range of off-highway machinery is not only transforming comfort levels on the job site, but also boosting productivity

DAMAGE LIMITATION: Air cushion technology could provide a solution to avoiding the damage caused by industrial vehicles to soil and turf. So why isn't anyone doing anything about it?

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In this Issue - March 2013

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SHOWING OFF: Even if you're not in the construction machinery sector, you really need to pay a visit to bauma. Chances are, there's a new component on display that could revolutionise your current project. The following 15 pages are the perfect starting point to begin planning for the next generation!

DESIGN CHALLENGE: Design an innovative vehicle that will more efficiently carry out a traditional roadbuilding task (or tasks)

CZECH MATES: Bobcat machines hold a special place in the affections of many operators. Dobroslav Rak, VP of Engineering at Dobris in the Czech Republic, gives iVT some hints as to what they could come to expect in the future

 

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In this Issue - Advanced Lift-Truck Technology International 2013

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DESIGN CHALLENGE: How might switching from bulky lead-acid batteries to a fuel cell or the latest battery technologies affect the appearance of a purpose-designed materials handling vehicle?

ENERGY HIT: With a hybrid drivetrain using supercapacitors to provide a 300kw power boost in just a few seconds, the Konecranes SMV 4531 TB5 HLT can deliver fuel savings of 20-30% - a real shot in the arm for reach stacker design

A BIG ASK: The biggest trucks in Still's range have undergone a major revamp, making them safer, cleaner, more efficient and more productive than ever before. So, how did they do it?

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In this Issue - November 2012

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SUPER-SCOOPER:  It had been out of the hydraulic shovel business for years, but now Caterpillar is back, and it isn't messing about: its gigantic new hybrid hydraulic shovel, weighing in at 1,400 tons and boasting 4,500HP, is claimed to offer 25% fuel savings per ton

ELECTRIC SHADYLAND:  We haven't given electric drives in mining as much coverage as we should at iVT. so with apologies to Jimi Hendrix, here's our attempt to help applications in underground, as well as surface, vehicles emerge from the shadows

DESIGN CHALLENGE:  Efficiently loading rock into a bucket is one of the most difficult mining operations. Is there a way of simplifying the task of selectively loading or transferring the raw material?

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In this Issue - Advanced Lift-Truck Technology International 2012

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BOX CLEVER: An innovative future for container handling lies ahead. With even a little of this level of imagination and creativity, the next 50 years could witness a dockside revolution

OUR FRIENDS ELECTRIC: Already the world's most automated terminal, Hamburg's CTA could soon be producing zero emissions once Gottwald's battery AGVs have fully proved their worth. And other machines could soon be following suit...

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: In part two of our in-depth interview, Tim Quellhorst, SVP at Crown Equipment, engages in a spot of crystal ball gazing and ponders the viability of technologies on the horizon for the materials handling sector

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In this Issue - September 2012

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SEEING IS BELIEVING: Just take a closer look at those shelves, for example. But while most bystanders won't be quite so hard to spot, designing a cab for optimum visibility requires much more than routinely meeting the required standards

DUTCH ARMY KNIFE: Deciding that the ordinary backhoe loader just couldn't cut it, Diverto went one further - or two further, in fact. By adding tractor and boom mower functions to the usual excavating and loading, and the ability to operate 200 attachments, the result is one of the most multipurpose machines around

ROOM, WITH A VIEW: Fendt has responded to criticism of the cramped cab on its otherwise superb Vario tractors with the VisioPlus - a design that offers 15% more space and 25% more glass. No longer does an operator need to lean forward to see the front loader...

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In this Issue - June 2012

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QUALITY TIME: Our recent exclusive interview with Tim Quellhorst, SVP at Crown Equipment, threw up far too much insight to squeeze into one article. So Part One covers some everyday issues such as the future for the IC market, component supply, quality and reliability


SPLIT THE BILL: Fuel-saving powertrain solutions have never been more popular. But while there seems to be a trend towards new powersplit solutions, other innovations are flexing their strength too


GIMME FIVE: The addition of a fifth gear and heavier-duty axles were top of the list of demands that Hidromek made of one of its two close partners when developing the Maestro backhoe loader. With up to 12% fuel savings as a result, that's cause for celebration all round

 

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In this Issue - March 2012

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FRENCH FORCE: With more than 200,000 visitors expected to descend on Paris for Intermat 2012, the show is set to demonstrate strong signs of recovery in the construction market.

FROM BIG CATS TO BIG BOYS' TOYS: With a background at Jaguar before moving to JCB, what influences will Mick Mohan bring to the future design and engineering of another iconic British brand?

SAVINGS PLAN: Engines may now be offering superb levels of fuel efficiency, but there are other ways to cut operating costs. Pay a little extra attention to specifying hydraulics and you and your customers will reap the rewards.

 

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In this Issue - Industrial Vehicle Technology International 2012 - Off Highway Edition

The Industrial Vehicle Technology International 2012 - Off-Highway Edition is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

THE HANDS-OFF APPROACH: Who'd have thought it? It seems that taking the operator out of the equation is fraught with risk! So what human factors need to beconsidered when creating autonomous vehicles or automated functions?

RELUCTANT HEROES: As the quest for more energy-efficient transmission systems becomes ever more important, switched reluctance technology is stepping up to meet every requirement that is demanded of it

TAKE IT TO THE MAX: Harnessing advanced technology and drawing upon some of the latest international thinking, one of the newest engine ranges to hit the off-highway scene is a sophisticated suite of power systems that will boost performance across a wide range of vehicles

SECTION 1: ENGINES

SECTION 2: POWERTRAIN

SECTION 3: FLUID POWER

SECTION 4: ELECTRONICS

SECTION 5: ERGONOMICS & STYLING

SECTION 6: MANUFACTURING & EXHIBITIONS

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In this Issue - Advanced Lift-Truck Technology International 2011

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COVER STORY - DESIGN CHALLENGE: How could the stability of a lift-truck be greatly improved while maintaining the expected levels of manoeuvrability and productivity?

THE SIZE IS RIGHT: Rightsizing rather than downsizing engines is the name of the game for a new range of big trucks. Care to make a wild guess as to the fuel savings?

YOUR WISH IS MY COMMAND: Those 1950s predictions of robots doing all our fetching and carrying are closer to fruition following Toyota and MIT’s collaboration to develop a truly intelligent lift-truck

ALL YOU NEED IS GLOVE: There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done when you’re wearing Crown’s QuickPick Remote Advance control system

 

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In this Issue - November 2011

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WHAT’S MINE IS YOURS: Sharing and synergies are at the heart of Caterpillar’s acquisition of Bucyrus, be it the cross-pollination of technologies, integration of common components or merging of courier and logistic services

FORWARD THINKING: Traditional timber forwarders can create deep ditches and damage tree root systems. This new hybrid machine helps combat the problem through the innovative use of electric drives

ELECTRIC SHOCK: Agritechnica showed that electrification of tractors is becoming a major trend, adding weight to one recent report that suggests the influence of mobile hydraulics could be under threat

 

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In this Issue - September 2011

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COLONIAL COUSINS: They look a bit like the tractors we’re all used to, but they sound different and, with their industrious teamwork, act a bit strange too. So what’s behind this latest design concept that takes the ant farm to a whole new level?

IF THE CAB FITS: Anxious to provide a recession-busting mixer-feeder, RMH fitted one of its smaller cabs alongside a more powerful elevator. So how come the operator now has more space to play with than ever before?

GROWTH MARKET: Everywhere you look, the agricultural machinery market is booming – and nowhere is this more evident than at the world’s largest exhibition for the sector – Agritechnica

 

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In this Issue - June / July 2011

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COVER STORY - DESIGN CHALLENGE: Develop a way to greatly reduce the ground pressure of vehicles for which this is a major concern 

A FINE LINE: With precision farming proving its worth on even small farms, agricultural equipment OEMS and electronic specialists alike are busy improving autoguidance systems. Where will it all end?

SOFT-SHOE SHUFFLE: It might look somewhat aggressive, but with independently oscillating rubber tracks providing superb stability and ultra-low ground pressure, Antonio Carraro’s Mach4 dances its way around the vineyard, barely leaving a blade of grass out of place

 

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In this Issue - March 2011

The March 2011 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

COVER STORY - DESIGN CHALLENGE: Design a new kind of hybrid drive concept

DATES IN THE DESERT - When the industry’s finest hit Las Vegas in March, you’re sure to find something to appeal. Here’s a sneak preview of some of the highlights, as well as all the information you need to ensure the most fruitful visit

PASS-TIME PARADISE - With the launch of Cat’s latest large excavators, truck loading has never been so productive. And with greater uptime, safety and reduced operating costs, quarry managers will be in seventh heaven

EVERY CLOUD - has a silver lining, they say – and this is even the case with the recent economic downturn. Jim McCullough, president of CNH Construction, tells IVT why he’s optimistic for the future

 

March 2011 Issue Extras

 

 

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In this Issue - November 2010

The November 2010 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

DESIGN CHALLENGE: What futuristic electronic technology could be incorporated to improve productivity of an off-highway vehicle by 25% or more?

MAN AND MACHINE:... in perfect harmony. Recognising that highly sophisticated technologies are of little value if they are difficult to use, Claas put the operator/machine relationship at the heart of its latest Lexion combine harvesters

ZEST AND RECUPERATION: Put some fizz into your machines! Reduce, re-use and recycle is a sentiment that is becoming just as applicable to modern off-highway vehicles as far as conserving energy is concerned

 

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In this Issue - Industrial Vehicle Technology International 2011 - Off Highway Edition

The Industrial Vehicle Technology International 2011 - Off-Highway Edition is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

CHARACTER REFERENCE: A set of design rules to help ensure that your next display development effort produces images and screens that vehicle operators will find easy to read and use.

SECTION 1: ERGONOMICS & STYLING

SECTION 2: ENGINES

SECTION 3: POWERTRAIN

SECTION 4: FLUID POWER

SECTION 5: ELECTRONICS

SECTION 6: EXHIBITIONS

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In this Issue - September 2010

The September 2010 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

DO NOT DISTURB: A proper understanding of the general principles of acoustics and the practical implications for reducing noise will ensure OEMs struggling to meet the demands of noise legislation can sleep soundly in their beds in future

RESURRECTION PLANT: The now-extinct Poclain 400 hydraulic excavator and IH Pay Hauler 350 turned heads in mines and construction sites more than 35 years ago – what might they look like today?

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW: New Holland is playing the retro card, capitalising on the enthusiasm for classic tractors and bringing back memories for wannabe farmers of sitting on Dad’s knee for their first drive

NEIN, NEIN, NEIN...: Lest we become too dewy-eyed at all this nostalgia, it has to be said that some of those old machines were far from perfect. Here are nine instances of where an off-highway interface designer really should have called in emergency help

 

September 2010 issue extras

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In this Issue - June 2010

The June 2010 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

COVER STORY - DESIGN CHALLENGE: How could you virtually eliminate the Whole Body Vibration problem in a tractor?

4-4-2: Four driven wheels up front, another four providing strong support behind, and two articulating sections – with such an inventive formation, the AgroXXL could soon be the star performer in Deutz-Fahr’s line-up

The Top 10…powertrain technologies launched at bauma. Your ultimate guide to what’s hot in terms of transmission technology

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In this Issue - Advanced Lift Truck Technology International 2010

 

The Advanced Lift-Truck Technology International 2010 Showcase is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

DESIGN CHALLENGE: Masts are a big problem in lift-truck visibility and safety. What’s a better solution?

CROWN`S JEWEL:  When it comes to making revolutionary changes to the status quo in IC lift-truck design, who better than an OEM specialised in electric trucks to do it?

MOTION SLICKNESS: With individually controlled and powered wheels that turn 360° for greater manoeuvrability, the lift-truck rulebook is being rewritten by a Swedish inventor

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: The development of the world’s first engine/battery hybrid forklift truck resulted in an almost 40% reduction in fuel consumption with the same performance

 

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In this Issue - Industrial Vehicle Technology International 2010 - Off Highway Edition

The Industrial Vehicle Technology International 2010 - Off-Highway Edition is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

LEARNING CURVE: Does the future of high-horsepower tractors lie in specialist units capable of handling only one main type of task, or in versatile multipurpose machines?

ANY WHICH WAY: Complicated and confusing interfaces lead to increased costs and reduced productivity. how can you design industrial vehicles that are easy to learn to use?

SUSPENDED SENTENCE: JCB's fastrac may have been a huge shift in conventional tractor thinking, but it was only a matter of time before field performance had to catch up with ITS on-highway innovations

 

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November 2009 - In this Issue

The November 2009 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

COVER STORY - DESIGN CHALLENGE: Design a way of using a freely available renewable energy source to power an industrial vehicle

A CHANGE OF TUNE - Exclusive interview with Tana Utley, Cat’s chief technology officer and vice president of the Product Development Center of Excellence. What made her choose engine tuning over piano tuning?

INDEPENDENCE DAY - New Holland’s NH2 electric-drive tractor is intended to run on hydrogen produced on the farm. Does this mean the end of farmers’ reliance on externally supplied fuels?

COUNTER OFFENSIVE - The promised retort to our feature from March 2009, as electric drives show that they too can make incursions into territory previously controlled by rival technologies

THROUGH THICK AND THIN - Lubrication oil is the unsung hero of modern heavy-duty engines. Winning the battle to reduce emissions would be much more difficult without recent technological advances

 

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September 2009 - In this Issue

The September 2009 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

COVER STORY: GET-INTO GEAR / DESIGN CHALLENGE - Wearable machines have the potential to revolutionise the off-highway sector. Could they provide the ultimate ergonomic solution?

A WORD TO THE WISE - Exclusive interview with Mark von Pentz, John Deere’s president of Ag & Turf Wordwide: meet the man who puts words into the mouths of farmers

STARS OF INDIA - At 400,000 units per annum and growing, India is a diamond in the rough when it comes to tractor production. But their technology, as well as output, is destined to show a massive improvement

BAPTISM OF FIRE - Like its mythical name-sake, Volvo’s Fenix represents a radical rebirth – of the asphalt paving process. But, in such a conservative market, will it ever take flight?

TELL IT TO THE MARINES - iVT embarks on a courageous quest to find a military grade composite material that can be just as easily used on civilian off-highway equipment

GROWTH MARKET - Agritechnica 2009 is set to be another record-breaking
show with a large international participation

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June 2009 - In this Issue

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DESIGN CHALLENGE - Tyres and tracks are yesterday’s news:design a more efficient system for tackling tough terrain

EASY RIDER - The latest CVT developments show that greater efficiencies are being offered at both ends of the power scale

GOING STEADY - Toyota enjoys many long-lasting relationships with its customers, due in no small part to SAS helping to keep their feet on the ground

BRASILIENT! - M&T Expo revealed that the Latin American construction machinery sector remains in rude health
 

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In this Issue - March 2009

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News
Construction Focus by Jim Manfredi
Materials Handling Focus by Michael Leu
Agriculture Focus by Peter Hill
Talking Heads - Amy Maddox, LBX Company
Association View - Dick Brannigan, Aemp
The Hot Topic - Too many trade shows?
On the spot - David Rowell, Hyster Europe
Legislative Update - Standardisation
Supplier Interview - Marzocchi Pompe
Bulletin Board
Advertisers’ Index
THE INSIDER - When three people call you a horse, it’s time to buy a saddle. Does the same apply to an economic slowdown?

 

CASE STUDIES & SPECIAL FEATURES

A FAMILY AFFAIR - In a rare and exclusive interview, Sir Anthony Bamford, chairman of JCB, discusses the past, present and future direction of a company that has achieved iconic status since it developed the backhoe loader
DON'T PANIC - It’s no secret that the world construction industry is having a tough time of it – but are things really as bad as they seem? Off-Highway Research presents a country-by-country forecast and analysis of the European market
DESIGN CHALLENGE - If hydraulic fluid was outlawed tomorrow, how would you maintain the efficiency of a wheeled loader?
POWER STRUGGLE - Hydraulic components are invading territory previously the stronghold of electric solutions, such as ancillary drives, for fans, brakes and safety devices
HAUL OF FAME - Komatsu’s 360-ton 960E-1 dump truck is already gathering accolades for outstanding achievement in heavy-duty mining applications
SPRINGTIME IN PARIS - Forget the economic woes, and let a trip to this year’s highlight of the construction equipment exhibition calendar put a spring in your step

 

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

DISPLAY IT SAFE - CC Systems has responded to the new machine safety standards with a high-performance display computer
HIDDEN GEM - Parker Hannifin’s return-line filtration technology for use in plastic reservoirs is well worth checking out
STOP THIEF! - Iveka’s electronic immobiliser is ideal for offering effective protection against unauthorised access and theft
WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS - Changing dual tyres on large mining trucks is now easier, safer and more efficient with a new product from Titan Wheels
IT ’S A DIRTY JOB ...but Faster’s flat-face couplings specifically designed for high reliability in dusty, contaminated conditions can do it
EMISSION ACCOMPLISHED - Cummins’ new engine platform with integrated air intake to exhaust aftertreatment system meets emissions requirements with an increased power capability
BRIGHT IDEA - MTA’s analogue and digital instrument clusters provide critical performance information in an easy-to-understand format
COOL THINKING - An award-winning intelligent variable-pitch fan from Flexxaire means cooling systems will never be the same again
TALKING TURNKEY - A modular block pumping system from Jtekt enables rapid, simplified assembly
RESEARCH AND RESCUE - Customised solutions for high-power applications are top of the agenda for Dromos
TWO-ING AND FRO-ING - Space-saving return line and suction filters from Internormen offer the ultimate in filtration
KEEP ON TRUCKIN ’ - Tighter integration of hydraulics gives chassis-based vehicles improved performance and reliability, says Parker Hydraulics
IN SAFE HANDS - DBH’s dead man’s switch, free of moving parts, can make the work environment safer than ever

 

March issue extras

Legislative Focus

Click here for the VDMA’s proposal for the financing of standardisation and a more detailed version of this article.

 

Design Challenge

Click here for detailed explanations, animations and images of all four concepts

 

Getting the Balance Right - Hyster's new lift-truck

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A Family Affair

Click here for more exclusive extracts from the interview with Sir Anthony Bamford

 


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