Cold weather can be dangerous to work in. I know that what someone considers cold can differ where they live. Cold in Grand Forks, North Dakota or Fairbanks, Alaska is different than Key West, Florida. I live in a state where some avid NFL fans think that if their bare chests are painted forest green and cheese gold that they are immune to sub-zero temperatures. For most “normal people,” there is a respect for being in cold air temperatures and the accompanying even colder wind-chill temperatures.
Public sector managers that are responsible for a fleet of vehicles or equipment should be using the “Internet of Things” to manage the machines and their operators. This conclusion is indisputable. To do otherwise is to ignore the proven benefits of telematics. Telematics uses telecommunications to connect in real time a mobile unit with a base station (and handheld stations), where transmitted data is monitored and analyzed.
The construction industry is one of the most dynamic environments to operate in. It throws peculiar challenges especially when it comes to measurement and weighing systems. These systems are an important facet of the industry because they affect the productivity and the profits of the business, the most. However, the ever evolving technology scenario has helped revolutionize this crucial facet. Today, the measurement and weighing solutions are more advanced, efficient and accurate than ever before.
BLOG: Economic Insights for 2017
As we head further into the fourth quarter of a year I enjoy seeing the economists emerge from the shadows with predictions and projections for the next year. We like to make fun of them because they can't do what we hope they could do: predict the future. Economists, meteorologists, and psychologists have it rough because the average doofus has no clue what they actually do to try to pin a bead of mercury on the table.
BLOG: Let it Snow, Let it Snow
Be smug all you readers living in Hawaii and the southernmost parts of the continental U.S. There is this stuff called snow and ice that can clog up roads, parking lots, and walkways. And while you dig out the goose-down-filled puffy parka when the temperature drops—gosh forbid—below 65 degrees F, there is an alternate reality where that temperature is considered warm and even a cause to celebrate and maybe organize an impromptu tag football game at the park—skins versus shirts.
BLOG: Make America Great by Fixing First What Needs Fixed
The good news is that Americans seem united—that's not a misprint—on wanting to fix the nation's roads and bridges in need of repair or replacement. The even better news is that the way might finally be clear to actually fix them. Previous national commitments to address America's infrastructure backlog petered out. Why? Principally because the process of distributing revenue for projects is skewed by politics.
BLOG: What Type of Aerial Lift is Right for Your Project?
Aerial lifts are useful in a wide variety of construction, maintenance and renovation projects, especially within the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. With that in mind, there are an increasing number of lifts you should become familiar with. Not only does this ensure the safety of lift workers, but it also verifies whether or not you've chosen the right equipment for the task at hand.
BLOG: Keystone XL Project at Crossroads Again
TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline Project expects a revived turn of events post conclusion of the U.S. presidential election 2016. The company is looking up to President Donald Trump to wave the green flag for the construction of this project. A previous proposal seeking Presidential Permit was scrapped by the Ex-Commander-in-Chief citing heavy protests from environmental organizations and activists.
BLOG: Measuring the Fatigue of a Heavy Equipment Operator
One of the jobs I had in college to pay for tuition, books, and youthful folly was in the housekeeping department at a local major department store. Sunday mornings I would vacuum the restaurant and empty the trash containers behind the registers throughout the store. I think my hours were 6:00am to 10:00am, to make sure everything was ship-shape for the store which opened at 11 for brunch and then completely open at noon.
BLOG: Prep Your Wheel Loader for Winter
With winter quickly approaching, it is important to think about preparing your wheel loader for winter operation, specifically snow removal. Before the first snow arrives, it is important to ensure your wheel loader is properly maintained and prepared to push, lift and dump snow. Mike Stark, Doosan wheel loader product specialist, provides five tips to help you get the most out of your wheel loader this winter.
BLOG: API CK-4 and API FA-4 New Categories
The introduction of API CJ-4 back in 2006 was the last time a major commercial API oil category change took place and the end result led to exactly one product for heavy duty diesel engines – the 15W-40 motor oil. While customers could choose their preferred brand, there were really no choices beyond that. How things have changed. Now that the PC-11 initiative has produced the API categories CK-4 and FA-4, independent truckers and fleet operators have more choices than ever in terms of viscosity grades, performance criteria and price points to meet their objectives.