Called “Project Minotaur,” the Case DL450 compact dozer loader is a “first-of-its-kind” machine that combines the footprint and performance of a compact track loader (CTL) with the power and dozing characteristics of a bulldozer. The crossover concept was revealed at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017.
The company’s new HydroMechiVT hydro-mechanical transmission maximizes the advantages of both hydrostatic and mechanical transmission technologies, while its new HydroMechVPD eliminates the need for an auxiliary diesel engine in applications where a second power source has traditionally been required.
The engine maker used the ConExpo 2017 stage to announce its intention to produce a dual-fuel capable (natural gas and propane) off-highway engine by mid-2018, leveraging its already-in-production on-highway CNG truck engine.
Caterpillar unveiled its new articulated truck at ConExpo, focusing on the 745's re-engineered exoskeletal cab that is larger, quieter and incorporates operator-assist technologies such as fully automatic hoisting control.
Called a “new generation” of NOx reduction technology, ASDS (Ammonia Storage and Delivery System) is designed ultimately to replace conventional tanks containing a diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) or AdBlue with lighter, high-efficiency cartridges containing a solid material called AdAmmine.
As ground vehicles employ more electronic sensing, control and communication systems, design engineers are increasingly utilizing more commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) modules. Though COTS slashes development time and costs, it’s still difficult for many military users to find COTS boards that meet their low-volume demands for ruggedization and redundancy.
John Deere Power Systems and Liebherr Machines Bulle announced an agreement to jointly evaluate engine technologies, designs and development processes that may assist future product development for both companies.
UQM Technologies signed a development agreement with Meritor to jointly develop E-axles for the medium- and heavy-duty EV commercial market, according to a February 2 announcement. Prototypes are expected by early fall of 2017.
Caterpillar plans to showcase 40 machines at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 in March, one being its new 14M3 motor grader that features a larger engine, increased power to ground, and a host of integrated technology solutions such as the newly patented Stable Blade anti-bounce system, to increase operator efficiency and boost productivity levels.
Working with Utah-based technology provider Autonomous Solutions Inc., CNH Industrial’s Innovation Group developed autonomous technology and demonstrated it via tractor concepts based on the existing Case IH Magnum and New Holland T8 high-horsepower conventional tractors.