Customer Highlight | CNH Industrial and Trimble Announce Data Sharing Connectivity

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and CNH Industrial (NYSE: CNHI / MI: CNHI), a global leader in agricultural equipment, announced today that they are enabling wireless connectivity between Trimble® Ag Software and Case IH Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) Connect™ and New Holland Precision Land Management (PLM) Connect telematics platforms in North America. The collaboration enables Trimble and CNH Industrial to integrate their cloud-based software solutions to help farmers make more informed decisions with their farm data.

This new functionality will streamline the flow of data from the cab to the office by giving farmers more accurate field records, eliminating duplicate data entry and a better understanding of their production costs. Data can be accessed from many places, including online, desktop and mobile sources. Farmers can choose to share information with a trusted advisor to assist in creating fertility prescriptions, variable rate irrigation plans or other cost saving strategies.

"Allowing Case IH and New Holland customers to seamlessly transfer their task data into Trimble Ag Software aligns well with Trimble's continued focus on providing a complete solution for growers to manage a mixed fleet of vehicles and implements," said Darren Howie, general manager of Trimble'sAgriculture Business Solutions. "Whether it's planting, application or harvest data, our customers now can import even more valuable information on a timely basis and make decisions based on activities carried out by their Case IH and New Holland precision ag solutions."

Both AFS Connect (Case IH) and PLM Connect (New Holland) are telematics systems designed to transfer data wirelessly, securely and remotely between farm equipment and trusted farm management software, services or advisers.

"Our customers are making the most of their agronomic data and we are making a strong effort to give them extensive options for seamless and secure wireless transferability," said Joe Michaels, senior director of Product Management for CNH Industrial Precision Solutions and Telematics. "This connection to Trimble is yet another major option for our customers who want to move their data securely and quickly in order to make the most of it."

Customer Highlight | Case and CNH Industrial donate equipment

A .skid steer was donated for the 2017 Victory Garden Blitz

A .skid steer was donated for the 2017 Victory Garden Blitz

RACINE, Wis. – CASE Construction Equipment and CNH Industrial donated the use of a skid steer to the 9th Annual Victory Garden Blitz, located in the Greater Milwaukee area. This year, over 300 volunteers installed 514 gardens – achieving a grand total of more than 3,500 gardens for communities throughout Milwaukee since the project’s inception.

Beginning with a group of friends in 2009—who installed 35 raised-bed gardens in a single day—Victory Garden Initiative’s mission focuses on empowering communities to grow their own food and re-establish the relationship between human and food ecology. In 2016, the Initiative built a record-breaking 555 gardens in fifteen days.

CASE and CNH Industrial are one of many partners of the Victory Garden BLITZ. In addition to financial sponsorship of the Initiative, the manufacturer donated the use of an SV300 skid steer for the event.

The nation’s largest garden building event is a huge community effort,” says Eric Anderson, Victory Garden Initiative Community Events Coordinator. “All of the BLITZ volunteers wouldn’t be able to install over 500 gardens in such little time without the skid steer CASE and CNH Industrial provided.”

"Giving back to our communities by way of promoting sustainable farming and local infrastructure improvement is important to CASE Construction and CNH Industrial as a whole," says Athena Campos, senior director - marketing, CASE Construction Equipment. "The Victory Garden Initiative brings people closer together by helping the community grow its own food and reinforces our focus on sustainability.”

Subsidized gardens are made possible with a $160 donation or sponsorship. Each raised bed garden is 4 by 8 feet and includes a full installation, new soil from local composters, and seeds to begin growing.

CUSTOMER SERVICE | Apprentices build new JCB machine to mark milestone

A NEW JCB digger built entirely by apprentices has been created in time for the 40th anniversary of one of the company's machines.

The Loadall Agri Pro, made by the 68-strong team of apprentices, has been launched to mark the milestone birthday of the JCB Loadall telescopic handler.

The eight-and-a-half tonne digger, which has taken more than 700 hours to design, manufacture and build, will go on display around the UK before being auctioned off in aid of charity.

JCB chairman Lord Bamford, who himself completed an engineering apprenticeship before joining JCB in 1964, said: "As an engineer and former apprentice with manufacturing running through my blood, I'm delighted and very proud of what JCB's apprentices have achieved with this project.


CUSTOMER HIGHLIGHT | JCB skid-steer/compact track loader with telescopic boom

The JCB Teleskid from JCB, Rocester, Staffordshire, UK, is a skid-steer and compact track loader with a telescopic boom.

The JCB Teleskid has a forward reach of 2.4 meters and a lift height of 4 meters. The skid-steer is designed to combine vertical and radial lift capability. A bucket-positioning leveling system allows the bucket level to be set and maintained throughout the boom’s range of movement. A 74-hp JCB Ecomax engine provides high torque at a low rpm and complies with Tier 4 emissions standards.

Tracked and wheeled Teleskid models will be sold in North America, while European markets will be offered the wheeled variant, which is more popular in that region, the company says.

CUSTOMER HIGHLIGHT | JLG Launches Utility Vehicle Line

The 315G and 615G gas-powered utility vehicles mark the entry into a new product category. The compact utility vehicles are manufactured through a partnership agreement with Arctic Cat and include an Oshkosh-designed axle, the company says.

Both the three-seat 315G and six-seat 615G have a 10-inch ground clearance with four-wheel drive and an independent suspension to keep all four wheels on the ground during travel. Drivers can shift between two-wheel and four-wheel drive, locking the differential, during operation.

They have a 1,000-pound cargo box; 1,500-pound towing capacity; and removable truck bed panels. Standard features include contoured seats and foot beds, individual headrests and seatbelts, power steering, backup alarm, and remote oil and filter check capability.

12 People You Need to Know in 2017: Jack Stack

Jack Stack is perhaps one of the most well-known businesspeople in the Springfield area’s history. 

Up there with the likes of John Q. Hammons and Johnny Morris, you’d be hard pressed to find someone in the Queen City business community that doesn’t know his name. 

There’s his storied tale of business success, starting when he and other employees scraped together funds and borrowed $9 million to buy Springfield ReManufacturing Corp. from parent company International Harvester and keep it from closing. They’ve turned it into a multidivision, employee-owned corporation with more than 1,500 employees and $550 million in annual revenue. In what’s considered by some as a legendary turnaround, shares of SRC since have increased by over 360,000 percent. The company has spun off 65 businesses, Stack says. 

Then there’s his writing of “The Great Game of Business,” a book outlining the concept of open-book management that’s now used by thousands of companies. Fortune magazine once called Stack one of the top 10 minds in small business, and Inc. Magazine has counted him among the smartest strategic planners in America. Stack was named the 2000 Springfieldian by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and a year later, he earned Springfield Business Journal’s Lifetime Achievement in Business award.  

Stack is quick to downplay his accolades and successes. 

“The whole idea of notoriety puts undue pressure on a person,” he says. “I try to be a very humble person. Sometimes we interpret leaders and they have a tendency to disappoint you.

“I don’t want to disappoint anybody.” 

Speaking to “The Great Game of Business” – which spawned a company by the same name to help those convert to open-book management – Stack says he only penned what many already knew to be true in their hearts. When employees have a financial stake in their company, they care more. 

“It wasn’t rocket science,” Stack says of the book co-authored by Bo Burlingham. “A long time ago, this way of running a company was in the hearts and the guts and intuition of people. No one wrote a book about it. No one ever tried it.” 

Stack calls the book’s success – it’s been the No. 1 ranked business paperback by Nielsen BookScan ratings – a matter of good timing, the modern equivalent of going viral. 

Up next for Stack is quite the challenge: retirement. He gave it a try in 2006, but says he’s now working harder than he was then. 

Stack now is targeting 2018 in line with SRC’s 35th year in business. 

In the works for 10 years is Stack’s succession plan called, “Ready, Aim, Fire.”

 “I’m very serious when it comes to trying to build this company and leaving it to the next generation.”

CUSTOMER HIGHLIGHT | JLG Introduces 80-Foot Hybrid Boomlift at ConExpo

JLG Industries celebrated 20 years of hybrid technology with the introduction of its new H800AJ boomlift, an 80-foot hybrid boomlift at ConExpo.

The hybrid model leverages the design of its standard 800AJ articulating boom, with the same controls layout, parts, features, accessories and optional equipment as its non-hybrid counterpart. The only significant difference between the two machines is the power package and batteries.

“The introduction of the H800AJ is an extension of our ongoing hybrid work, which began in 1997, the year JLG received its first patent for a hybrid product,” said Paul Kreutzwiser, JLG Industries global category director, aerial work platforms. “Since then, we have continued to develop a broad line of hybrid models that reduce emissions and noise, and minimize fuel consumption without sacrificing power or performance.”

The JLG H800AJ articulating boomlift uses parallel hybrid technology, with an electric motor/generator and a Tier 4 Final engine. The machine can run exclusively in electric mode through its battery pack located in the counterweight. The batteries are maintenance free, JLG said, and charge on demand by the machine’s generator during operation, resulting in reduced noise and zero emissions, making the machine capable of working in cities, green and low emissions zones.

The unit comes standard with the JLG SkyGuard enhanced control panel protection system, a feature activated by approximately 50 pounds of force that stops, then reverses most functions in use at the time of activation. The standard jib raises and lowers to provide additional reach, as well as up and over capacity, giving the operator the ability to position the platform independent of the main boom. An oscillating axle and four-wheel drive offer improved traction during operation on uneven surfaces and off slab. The unit has continuous turntable rotation and zero tail swing when the tower is elevated for increased productivity.

CUSTOMER HIGHLIGHT | JLG Demos Advanced Technologies at Conexpo

JLG Industries showcased several advanced technologies at ConExpo this year, setting the stage for jobsites of the future, the aerial work platform and telehandler manufacturer said. Visitors to the outdoor portion of the JLG booth experienced three new technologies designed to make equipment more productive and profitable.

The first of these technologies was SmartLoad, which includes attachment recognition to ensure the proper load chart is used with the selected attachment; a load management indicator system that visually indicates the current load on the load chart and the weight on the attachment; and a load stability indicator, which indicates forward stability and balance.

“Combining attachment recognition with real-time load data gives operators greater confidence during operation,” said Frank Nerenhausen, Oshkosh Corp. executive vice president and president, JLG Industries. “It also protects fleets by giving operators clear guidance on load capabilities.”

A second new technology, the No Touch Enhanced Detection System, is an advancement of JLG’s existing Soft Touch System. Soft touch uses whisker proximity to stop a machine when it makes contact with an object or structure. No Touch uses advanced infrared technology to sense an object or structure is nearby, first slowing and then stopping the machine before it makes contact. A visual and auditory warning alerts the operator when a boom or scissor approaches a structure. No Touch EDS then stops the machine, limiting its operation to reverse mode unless the operator overrides the system to inch closer to complete the work at hand. If the operator doesn’t override the system, the machine remains in reverse mode until it is safely clear of the obstruction, when it will return to normal operation. No Touch EDS is designed for aviation, aerospace and other industries where operation near costly structures requires extra care.

A static demonstration of a JLG concept boom positioned on uneven terrain demonstrated the third technology, which displayed the machine’s self-leveling chassis automatically leveling itself in a longitudinal and/or horizontal direction depending on the demands of the terrain. It reduces three-wheeling, allowing the machine to maintain traction on sloped or uneven ground. Machines equipped with a self-leveling chassis can traverse slopes up to 10 degrees with the boom elevated, which means greater uptime and less repositioning. This feature enables easier loading, unloading, and transport, as the chassis can be lowered to reduce the total height of the machine.

Inside the JLG booth, a transparent organic light emitting diode (OLED) screen showed the self-leveling chassis working through several jobsite scenarios, including traversing uneven terrain, offloading from a flatbed truck, and working at height on uneven ground.

JLG also demonstrated the future of training with its lift and access equipment simulator. The simulator employs advanced gamification learning, similar to a video game experience, to familiarize operators with the controls and operation of boom lifts and telehandlers. A multi-player version of the simulator enables two operators in the booth to interact with an operator in the Tech Experience Pavilion and experience real scenarios as they complete specific tasks in the same computer-simulated environment.

An interactive display using augmented reality completed the booth demonstrations. Participants entered the worksite of the future, where several animated scenarios played out before visitors on a large screen, featuring multiple pieces of intelligent equipment that communicated and interacted with one another. Visitors used this display to test and explore a variety of current and future technologies, including a self-leveling chassis, autonomous equipment, enhanced detection systems, robotics, and more, showcasing how machines will work smarter and more efficiently in the future.

“Through the JLG booth experience, we have given show attendees a sense of where technology is headed,” said Nerenhausen. “We wanted visitors to understand that many of the technologies on display are already in development at JLG and close to jobsite deployment. We listen to our customers’ needs and pioneer technology to meet their requirements.”

CUSTOMER HIGHLIGHT | JCB receives $11.2m Dubai generator set order

Global equipment major JCB has received an $11.2m order for 300 units of its newly-launched RS generator sets from Dubai-based Rental Solutions & Services.

The order is the manufacturer’s biggest of the year so far and the first five units have already been delivered. According to reports on the construction and equipment website, khl, they are in service in Oman as stand-by power units for a global oil and gas company, and are being supported by JCB’s dealer Muscat Overseas Group.

Established in 2007, RSS is a global provider of rental power, temporary cooling and mobile water solutions. Its rental generators provide power across the Middle East in construction, infrastructure developments and petrochemical facilities and projects.

“We have a choice of generator suppliers in the Middle East, but we chose JCB Power Products as its range is the best rental selection we have seen. The brand presence of JCB in our region also ensures that our customers know we are working with quality equipment and providing the best possible back-up,” khl quoted RSS operations director, Garry McMahon, as saying.

JCB’s new RS range includes generators ranging from 60kVA to 500kVA in output and feature the company’s LiveLink technology for power telematics system, allowing remote diagnosis of faults and installation issues, besides managing fleet utilisation and service scheduling.

Jonathan Garnham, managing director of JCB Power Products, told khl that his company was “delighted to have won our biggest export order of 2017 from one of the Middle East’s biggest providers of standby power”.

“JCB Power Products launched its RS rental range just a year ago and it is proving extremely successful in a very competitive global market where JCB provides unrivalled service and support,” he added.

CUSTOMER HIGHLIGHT | JLG lift recognized at annual conference

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — JLG Industries Inc. recently was recognized by Access, Lift and Handlers magazine for its EcoLift series for the low-level access segment.

The magazine named the EcoLift a winner in product innovation during an annual conference.

The lifts may be used by workers in place of ladders.

Introduced at The Rental Show 2016, the JLG EcoLift 50 and EcoLift 70 give operators the confidence to tackle low-level tasks, such as changing light bulbs, hanging decor or accessing heating, ventilation and air-conditioning ductwork, according to a JLG news release.

The product from the Oshkosh Corp. subsidiary is described as “virtually maintenance free” due to a power-lift system that doesn’t require batteries, hydraulics, oils or controls. They provide working heights of 10 feet 11 inches and 13 feet 2 inches.

“There’s a lot of interest for this type of product because people are moving away from ladder use,” judges at the conference said. “The EcoLift is power-free, with no oil, batteries or hydraulics, which means it will be long-lasting and ecofriendly.”