WATERLESS COOLANT MILESTONE
Evans Cooling Systems announces a milestone that demonstrates the durability and long life performance of its waterless engine coolant. Joe Umstead, an independent owner operator, has put a million miles on the 1990 Freightliner that he bought new. At the time of purchase, he converted its Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine to using an experimental waterless coolant provided by Evans. Twenty-three years and a million miles later, Joe has never changed or topped off his coolant, or used any supplemental coolant additives.
“The coolant performs like the day I had it installed, and I haven’t lost a drop,” says Joe, “and I drive all 48 states and in plenty of hot weather conditions.”
At the Mid America Truck Show held in Louisville, Kentucky, in late March, Joe spent time at the Evans booth sharing his experience with hundreds of owner operators. When one curious attendee asked Joe about the cost of coolant, Joe simply replied, “I have no idea how much coolant costs these days—I haven’t had to buy any for 23 years.” For more information on Evans Cooling Systems, Inc., visit www.evanscooling.com.
SMARTPHONE USAGE INCREASES
Contractors’ use of smartphones while on the job jumped 35 percent from last year, according to new research from EMA Contractors, a specialty group at Eric Mower + Associates. While the use of tablets (i.e., iPad) rose nearly 54 percent over last year (overall, 22 percent of contractors are using tablets), most contractors (68 percent) say they use smartphones as part of their workday.
Of those surveyed, 40 percent of contractors say they use smartphones when making purchasing decisions, making it second to desktop computers back at the office. More than half (56 percent) of respondents think smartphones are the fastest growing technology device in the building and construction space, followed in second place by tablets (nearly 20 percent).
According to the survey, increased technology device usage is being driven mostly by convenience, as smartphones and tablets allow contractors to stay connected with coworkers, distributors, and vendors/subcontractors; increase productivity; and save time while on the job. Being able to check specifications and compare products and prices were also important. Another driver is the need for contractors to have more information available to them quickly.
PAVER INSPECTION PROGRAM
The Bergkamp Inc. Inspection, Maintenance & Upgrade Program is designed to keep customers’ slurry seal and micro surfacing pavers running at peak performance, so crews can minimize downtime and maintain the highest productivity. Its factory-trained technicians can inspect pavers at a customer’s shop, the jobsite, or Bergkamp’s Service Shop, and perform a comprehensive diagnosis that clearly identifies problem areas and/or wear items that need attention. In addition, factory technicians can identify any upgrades available so customers can take advantage of the company’s latest product advancements. Customers can then use the inspection report information to conduct the maintenance and repairs themselves or have Bergkamp’s dedicated team complete the work for them—to factory specifications and with original factory-grade parts. Depending on the maintenance, repairs, and updates required, the company can perform the work at the customers’ location or at Bergkamp’s headquarters in Salina, Kansas. For more information, visit www.bergkampinc.com.
WIRELESS CONNECTION MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
Smith Micro Software, Inc. announces Getac Inc., a leading manufacturer of rugged computers, is offering the QuickLink® Mobility connection management solution to enable simple, secure, and reliable wireless network access on select Getac devices.
Getac’s rugged computers allow mobile users working in extremely challenging environments, such as military, public safety, utility, and field service industries to get their jobs done. These customers expect dependable and secure wireless connections, so Getac tapped Smith Micro, the long-time leader in mobile connectivity, as its software partner to meet these needs. Smith Micro’s QuickLink Mobility makes wireless network connections fast and reliable, helping first responders, field soldiers, and other users of rugged devices to get online and stay online, safely and easily.
Smith Micro’s QuickLink Mobility software will be available on several Getac rugged laptops, including: B300, S400, V100, V200, and Z710 models. For more information, visit www.us.getac.com.
FINN UNVEILS ONLINE DEALER TRAINING PROGRAM
FINN Corporation, a world leader in the manufacture of landscape and erosion control equipment and materials, launches a sales training program unique to manufacturers of its size. The web-based program consists of 20 training modules or courses, specifically designed to educate the FINN distribution networks’ equipment and materials sales personnel. Each online module consists of a slide presentation and accompanying test, which requires an 80-percent score or better to successfully complete. More than 200 dealer personnel are currently registered for the program, provided at no charge by FINN. Upon successful completion of the program, each student becomes “FINN Certified” and receives a plaque and gift.
In addition to training modules covering all major FINN product lines—HydroSeeders®, Bark Blowers, Straw Blowers, and MTS (Material Transfer System)—this comprehensive program also includes courses dedicated to FINN’s landfill applications with the LF-120 HydroSeeder®, plus FINN Hydroseeding Consumables, and FINN TRU-Mulch hydromulch products. Future expansion of this online training program into the parts and service areas is likely. For more information, visit www.finncorp.com.
CLICKSAFETY LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE AND E-CATALOG
ClickSafety, a leading provider of online safety training, is inviting visitors to explore its new website and E-Catalog. The new resource-rich website, www.ClickSafety.com, provides the ultimate user-friendly experience and functionality, allowing customers to access detailed course information and videos with the option to share information across all major social channels. Incorporating customer feedback and implementing intuitive navigational capabilities, the new site is designed to serve as a valuable repository where professionals from the construction, transportation, and general industries can access safety courses, information, and news related to their fields.
As a core navigation element, the E-Catalog can be filtered by industry, sub-industry, trade, and skill level, so users always have access to the latest and most relevant course information, including downloadable course data sheets and safety course bundles. Among the enhancements is a clear delineation of solutions and information targeted to businesses versus those that are more relevant for individual users. Visitors to the site will be able to quickly and easily find the resources that pertain to them, including course demos and descriptions, industry events, white papers, toolbox/tailgate safety talk videos, client testimonials, and industry news.
WILEY X SUPPORTS AMERICA’S PARALYZED VETERANS
As a veteran-owned company, Wiley X, Inc. knows the importance of supporting America’s paralyzed veterans. So Wiley X continues its support of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and has renewed sponsorship of three key programs for 2013: the PVA National Trapshoot Circuit, the PVA National Bass Tour, and the PVA Hand Cycling Racing Team. As part of its continuing sponsorship, Wiley X will be providing its high performance protective eyewear as featured prizes throughout the 2013 season of PVA shooting, fishing, and hand cycling events.
To learn more about the 2013 PVA Bass Tour, 2013 PVA National Trapshoot Circuit, or 2013 National Hand Cycling Competitions, visit www.pva.org/sports. To learn more about Wiley X’s extensive line of protective eyewear for fishing, shooting, and all outdoor activities, visit www.wileyx.com.
TEREX BACKHOE LOADER NOW AVAILABLE IN NORTH AMERICA
Powered by an electronic, Tier 4 interim Perkins 1204E-E44TA engine and an optional 4-speed servo power synchro transmission with automatic shifting, the 94-hp Terex® TLB840 backhoe loader is now available in North America. Engineered to excel in digging, reaching, lifting, and loading applications, North American customers will notice the TLB840 boasts high torque, powerful performance, as well as strong climbing and digging capabilities. The Tier 4i-compliant engine on the TLB840 is designed with EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) technology, which is well-suited for lower horsepower engines operating in high-duty applications. For more information about the Tier 4i-compliant Terex TLB840 backhoe loader, visit www.terex.com/construction.
RITCHIE BROS. LAUNCHES EQUIPMENTONE
Ritchie Bros., the world’s largest seller of used industrial equipment, has now commercially launched Ritchie Bros. EquipmentOne with new features and functionality for both buyers and sellers. Complementary to the Company’s flagship unreserved auction business, Ritchie Bros. EquipmentOne (www.EquipmentOne.com) is a safe and secure online marketplace for the private sale of equipment and materials where buyers and sellers can negotiate, complete, and settle their transactions all in one safe and transparent environment. ■
Modern Contractor Solutions, May 2013
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