Komatsu hosts “day-in-the-life” construction career fair for three GA colleges

Chattahoochee Tech, Kennesaw State and Reinhart University students talk technology, job prospects and train on Komatsu equipment

Komatsu construction career fair

Rolling Meadows, Ill., January 31, 2017 – Komatsu America Corp., a leading global heavy equipment manufacturer, recently hosted more than 30 students from three Atlanta-area colleges and technical schools at the Komatsu America, Cartersville, GA customer center training site. Students came to learn about construction-related jobs, as well as how to operate select Komatsu machines, including bulldozers, excavators, wheel loaders, and dump trucks.

As guests of Komatsu America and local distributors Tractor & Equipment, Co.; Linder Industrial Machinery Company; Brandeis Machinery; and Power Equipment Co., students from Chattahoochee Technical College, Reinhardt University and Kennesaw State University learned about a day in the work life of construction and mining employees, as well as current and future job opportunities.

Students also strapped on hardhats, climbed inside 20 foot, 200,000 lb. machines, and for an afternoon, received hands-on training and operated state-of-the-art construction equipment.

“It’s so important to do all we can to attract top talent to the industry,” said Tom Suess, director, training and publications for Komatsu America. “Komatsu and our local distributors jumped at the chance to host these students and their school administrators. I think we opened the eyes of some students today about how technologically and globally focused the industry is, and how bright a future they can have if they pursue a career in this field,” Suess said.

“I had never operated equipment before coming out here,” said Chattahoochee Tech student Chandler Firestine. “It’s been an awesome experience being able to really get inside one of the machines and see how they work mechanically…..especially being a diesel tech. I would love to come out here again and do it if I could,” Firestine said.

Komatsu America Corp. is a U.S. subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd., the world’s second largest manufacturer and supplier of earth-moving equipment, consisting of construction, mining and compact construction equipment. Visit the website at www.komatsuamerica.com for more information.

Power Equipment Company is a subsidiary of Bramco, Inc. headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. Power, together with our sister company, Brandeis Machinery & Supply Company, we constitute one of the largest construction, mining, and forestry equipment distribution networks in the United States. Together, we have fourteen full-service branches throughout Tennessee, Northern Mississippi, Eastern Arkansas, Kentucky and Indiana. Power offers the most complete line of construction, mining, forestry equipment and services available. We are committed to providing the people, market-leading products and quality services to decrease our customer’s downtime and increase their production and profits – to give our customers The POWER TO PERFORM!

Vogele Pavers Part of Massive Road Building Project

In July, 2016 Vogele Pavers seen in this video are part of an enormous one-day road building project on Tverskaya Street in Russia.

This huge undertaking included over 300 units including Vogele Pavers and various other support equipment including rollers and haulers. The project required over 8,000 tons of asphalt and resulted in over 32,000 square meters of product!

The street was paved in one-day as a single piece of asphalt which should result in improved performance over time.

Vogele pavers are world-renowned for their performance and reliability, whether here in the United States or half-way across the world, in Russia. Below is a time lapse of the road being constructed. Power Equipment Company is proud to be an authorized distributor of Vogele products.

Komatsu Adds 2 New Tier 4 Haulers

Increased horsepower, reduced fuel consumption, improved access, and all new operator environment

HD465-8 and HD605-8

Rolling Meadows, Ill., November 3, 2016 – Komatsu America Corp., a leading global heavy equipment manufacturer, today introduced the new HD465-8 and HD605-8 off-highway trucks.  Equipped with EPA Tier 4 Final certified engines, these latest additions to the rigid frame truck family combine increased horsepower and the Komatsu Traction Control System (KTCS) to provide improved productivity. These models have payload capacities of 61 U.S. (short)/55 metric tons and 69.4 U.S. (short)/63 metric tons, respectively. They replace the HD465-7 and HD605-7 models.

The new trucks feature a Komatsu SAA6D170E-7 engine that has increased to 724 HP (540 kW) and reduced fuel consumption for the HD465-8 by up to seven percent, and the HD605-8 by up to 12%, compared to their predecessors.  Machine access is improved with sloped stairs and handrails in front, to replace the previous ladder configuration.

For HD465-8 and HD605-8 machines, Komatsu Traction Control System (KTCS) is now standard. KTCS automatically applies independent brake assemblies to achieve optimum traction in varying ground conditions.  Because the system operates without the need for differential lock-up, steering performance is not compromised.

Other new standard features for both truck models include a seven inch, LCD color monitor, dedicated rearview monitor, fast-fill fuel system, an engine compartment light, and a premium heated and ventilated operator’s seat with air suspension.

“With an increase in horsepower and improved fuel economy, the HD465-8 and HD605-8 are designed to maximize production efficiency,” said Rob McMahon, product marketing manager for Komatsu America. “With enhancements to the cab layout and maintenance access, combined with new technology features, these trucks have something everyone will like,” McMahon said.

Read about all the improvements and new specs on these new Komatsu haulers, at our website.

OSHA Announces Top Ten Citations for 2016

Every October, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year, compiled from nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff.

One remarkable thing about the list is that it rarely changes. Year after year, OSHA inspectors see thousands of the same on-the-job hazards, any one of which could result in a fatality or severe injury.

More than 4,500 workers are killed on the job every year, and approximately 3 million are injured, despite the fact that by law, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their workers. If all employers simply corrected the top 10 hazards, we are confident the number of deaths, amputations and hospitalizations would drastically decline.

Consider this list a starting point for workplace safety:

  1. Fall protection
  2. Hazard communication
  3. Scaffolds
  4. Respiratory protection
  5. Lockout/tagout
  6. Powered industrial trucks
  7. Ladders
  8. Machine guarding
  9. Electrical wiring
  10. Electrical, general requirements

It’s no coincidence that falls are among the leading causes of worker deaths, particularly in construction, and OSHA’s top 10 list features lack of fall protection as well as ladder and scaffold safety issues. We know how to protect workers from falls, and have an ongoing campaign to inform employers and workers about these measures.

OSHA says far too many workers are killed or gruesomely injured when machinery starts up suddenly while being repaired, or hands and fingers are exposed to moving parts. Lockout/tagout and machine guarding  violations are often the culprit here. Proper lockout/tagout procedures ensure that machines are powered off and can’t be turned on while someone is working on them. And installing guards to keep hands, feet and other appendages away from moving machinery prevents amputations and worse.

The high number of fatalities associated with forklifts, and high number of violations for powered industrial truck safety, tell us that many workers are not being properly trained to safely drive these kinds of potentially hazardous equipment.

Rounding out the top 10 list are violations related to electrical safety, an area where the dangers are well-known.

Their list of top violations is far from comprehensive. OSHA regulations cover a wide range of hazards, all of which imperil worker health and safety. They urge employers to go beyond the minimal requirements to create a culture of safety at work, which has been shown to reduce costs, raise productivity and improve morale. To help them, OSHA has released new recommendations for creating a safety and health program at their workplaces.

OSHA has many additional resources, including a wealth of information on their website and their free and confidential On-site Consultation Program. But tackling the most common hazards is a good place to start saving workers’ lives and limbs.

All of us at Power Equipment encourage our customers to engage in robust training and employee safety efforts. The equipment that we operation can be very safe, or very dangerous, depending upon training and company policies.

Takeuchi Fleet Management Service Now Available on Takeuchi Machines

defaultAtlanta, GA: Takeuchi-US, a global innovation leader in compact equipment, has launched a new telematics system, Takeuchi Fleet Management (TFM). This is Takeuchi’s first step in a multifaceted initiative to know their customers better. Now available at all local dealers, TFM hardware is standard equipment on select excavators and track loaders in the Takeuchi lineup.

With the launch of TFM, Takeuchi along with their dealers and customers will have visibility into their equipment like never before. The new monitoring system checks the health of Takeuchi equipment and minimizes costly repair calls with real-time machine information.

Features include remote diagnostics that reduces service trips by capturing run hours and equipment data. Utilization tracking allows the operator to make decisions based on actual equipment use, while also scheduling maintenance based on run hours. This saves time, parts and money by avoiding unnecessary maintenance. In addition, TFM minimizes cost with the precision to identify the problem as soon as it starts. This allows the service person to bring the correct tools and parts the first time, limiting any downtime.

“We are very excited about the new TFM feature and we believe it will provide operators with increased value, a greater capacity to maximize profitability, reduce downtime, and improve efficiency,” said Jonathan Martinez, project manager at Takeuchi-US. “There are so many benefits to the TFM system, including eliminating any guessing game to make TFM users aware of any issues in real-time. This is a great new addition to our lineup.”

Machines equipped with TFM hardware as standard equipment will also include the service through the standard warranty period. To learn more, visit our Takeuchi Excavators Showroom,  Takeuchi Loaders Showroom, Takeuchi Skid Steer Showroom. Visit our website at www.powerequipco.com for quotes and more information on Takeuchi equipment.

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