Contractors are in a unique position with the wide range of applications and digging conditions they encounter. The ability to quickly adapt their equipment to match upcoming job requirements is key to efficiency and lower operating costs. There is often a need for a continuous edge to provide a smooth floor in pipeline, foundation excavation and other similar applications.

ESCO, a provider of ground engaging tools for surface mining and infrastructure, has released a major upgrade of its Track Pro asset tracking system to add global coverage and meet the needs of a larger user base. ESCO Track Pro, the rugged asset tracking system for mining and infrastructure applications, now features global location monitoring via satellite and cellular networks.

Working closely with customers in demanding wheel loader and excavator applications, ESCO identified the need for additional adapter protection. Large quarry and small mining class loader conditions can be extremely abrasive, accelerating top adapter wear.

With more than 4,000 digging hours of testing and validation, ESCO's Nemisys Lip System for wheel loaders offers a distinct advantage for global mining operations, according to the manufacturer. The Nemisys tooth system is a field-proven performer with installations on more than 500 machines worldwide.

ESCO recently increased the offering of the MaxDRP replacement teeth with the MaxDRP Plus System for J-Series teeth and R-Series rippers. Caterpillar assemblies are easily converted to MaxDRP Plus replacement teeth with no modification to the existing nose, according to ESCO.

ESCO delivers a comprehensive line of attachments designed to meet the demanding needs of contractors, rental customers, and quarry operators - especially in the toughest applications. The ESCO heavy duty plate lip bucket (HDP) is ideal for use in general excavating such as dense clay, compacted soil, or loosely embedded rock (gravel) conditions.

ESCO , a market leader in G.E.T. with a wealth of knowledge from more than 100 years of developing wear solutions is investing in innovative products to make its customers successful and create a sustainable future. A critical need is immediate detection of bucket component loss.

Weir has entered into a binding agreement to acquire ESCO Corporation (“ESCO”), a U.S. company based in Portland, Ore., for an equity value of $1. 051 million and an estimated enterprise value of $1.285 million. ESCO is the global market leader in highly engineered GET for surface mining and construction.

Esco's SXDP — super extreme duty plate lip bucket was developed for the most severe, high wear applications. It includes all of the Esco XDP bucket features plus an extreme duty wear package providing more cast wear protection than any Esco construction excavator buckets.

Esco now offers a competitive line of general purpose (GP) buckets for wheel loaders. The offering ranges from 2.0 to 9.0 cu. yd. (1.5 to 6.9 cu m) capacities for WL20 to WL80 class wheel loaders. The buckets feature curved side reinforcement plates to reduce spillage and AR400 wear protection in high wear areas.

HONOLULU (AP) - A nonprofit company planning to build one of the world’s biggest telescopes on a mountain many Native Hawaiians consider sacred will continue to postpone construction, Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Friday. This is the second time the Thirty Meter Telescope has extended a moratorium on building at the summit of Mauna Kea, the highest peak on the Big Island of Hawaii.