August 2009 – RollOuts
by Kerry Clines, Senior Editor
Mobile equipment simulation-capable software
BedRock Software, LLC recently released its new AggFlow with track-mounted (mobile) equipment simulation capability. The company says the new program allows users to calculate mass aggregate and water balances flowing through a plant simulation using stationary and mobile equipment. The simulations help improve profitability by identifying inefficiencies and bottlenecks; by assessing the impact of proposed changes or new equipment before they are made; and by reducing plant downtime and production errors. The program is also said to help track and reduce emissions and fuel consumption by refining overall plant efficiency.
The company started with a simulation of Powerscreen International’s line of crushing and screening equipment and is constantly adding to the data library. Users can select from the pre-populated equipment data library or install their own equipment models using the generic equipment application. Equipment will be added upon request.
The new program is available free of charge to all currently licensed AggFlow users.
New diesel engine expands power range
Tognum is expanding its lower power range with outputs between 270 and 730 kW with its new MTU Series 1600 diesel engine. The company says it is especially relevant in off-highway applications including construction machinery.
The company says the new engine complies with EPA Tier 2 and Tier 3 specifications, and its modular design and standardized interfaces make it open to future integration of exhaust after-treatment systems. It will be offered in an in-line configuration with six cylinders, as well as in V-configurations with eight, 10, and 12 cylinders.
The first 12V engines for emergency and peak-shaving gensets will be introduced in the fall, followed by smaller engines for power generation. Production of engines for other applications will be introduced in succession.
High-production compact wheel loader
Komatsu America Corp. says its new WA50-6 compact wheel loader is designed for increased production and operator comfort. The machine has an operating weight of 8,100 pounds and features a maximum dump height of 8 feet, 1 inch. Automatic electronic bucket leveling is controlled by the bucket control lever. The wheel loader also features the Komtrax fleet monitoring system, which sends operating information such as operating hours, machine location, and machine usage to a secure Web site via wireless.
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