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Conquering Job Site Challenges

How do you see the need for versatile equipment evolving on the job site?

Perhaps the biggest evolution in equipment today is in the form of electronics and the resulting data acquisition capabilities. Electronics built into current equipment models to ensure emissions compliance have also facilitated improved communications and management of machine operating systems. Consequently, manufacturers have been able to implement improved interaction between these systems and introduce expanded machine functionality and attachment capabilities as a result. In addition, they have introduced enhanced controls and monitors (with touch screen capability in many cases); integrated production management tools; and incorporated equipment management/monitoring technology (telematics) – all of which enable the capture of operational data that can be used to more effectively manage logistics, maintenance and machine and operator productivity.

Also of note is the migration to alternative power sources and fuel supplies for equipment beyond the traditional gasoline or diesel engine. Manufacturers are exploring and beginning to implement hybrid technology that incorporates electric and battery-powered systems that minimize emissions output and dramatically cut fuel costs. In addition, alternative fuels have made significant headway as manufacturers probe the viability of biodiesel, ethanol, propane and other fueling options for their equipment, not only as a means to “green” construction fleets but to reduce fuel expense and again allow contractors to do more for and with less. The result is more options, and versatility, for construction contractors when it comes to their equipment choices.

answer provided by Becky Schultz