Engcon — Engström Construction — turns 30 this year. It all began in Stig Engström's garage in the village of Lidsjöberg, 55 miles northwest of Strömsund in northern Sweden When Engström first saw an excavator quick coupler that was able to tilt and rotate, he realized immediately that the product would change the world of excavation.

As his landscaping business grew, Andy Mulder knew it was time to upgrade his machine to something bigger and more productive. Mulder, owner and operator of Mulder Maintenance and Services of Hebron, Ind., turned to his partner of four years, McCann Industries of Merrillville, Ind.

Engcon has launched production of the GRD70 grab cassette. Engcon has for some time been alone in producing a unique type of grab cassette. With a simple maneuver that requires no screwing or manual connection of hydraulics, the excavator operator can connect or disconnect the grab cassette in less than one minute, according to the manufacturer.

In a reprise of one of the most popular episodes of the U.S. TV show "World's Greatest!...," Engcon's tiltrotators will be featured in the episode airing on Nov. 19, 2018. A tiltrotator is a kind of tilting and rotating quick coupler for excavators, and television viewers found it exciting to watch when the show was first aired in September.

Chadwick-BaRoss hosted an Engcon tiltrotator demo event Oct. 16, 2018, at its Westbrook, Maine, facility. A tiltrotator is a coupling system that puts the flexibility of adding a wrist to an excavator allowing the bucket, or any attachment, the flexibility to tilt up to 45 degrees and to rotate 360 degrees indefinitely around its axis.

Engcon's new EC233 series tiltrotator is now in production. Engcon is a leading manufacturer of tiltrotators — a kind of tilting and rotating quick coupler for excavators. The EC233 has a break torque of 340 kNm (240,771 lbf-ft), making it the market's most powerful tiltrotator built for excavators up to 36 ton (33 t), according to the manufacturer.

Rototilt is broadening its compactor product line and launching a new model C34 for excavators with machine weights between 6.6 and 13.2 ton (6 to 12 t). The C34 compactor has a vibration force of 7,495 lb. (3,400 kg) and can handle high back-pressures on the return line, a characteristic that makes it suitable for use with Rototilt's R2 and R3 tiltrotators, according to the manufacturer.

Engcon has joined with Kobelco Construction Machinery and Leica Geosystems to provide an automatic height and tilt function on its Kobelco tiltrotators. Engcon is a leading manufacturer of tiltrotators — a kind of tilting and rotating quick coupler for excavators.

Engcon's tiltrotators will be featured in the US on the TV show "World's Greatest!..." on Sept. 3, 2018. A tiltrotator is a kind of tilting and rotating quick coupler that increase the efficiency of all excavators. It can save up to 50% the working time, reduce the needs of manual labor and increase the safety on the working sites.

Technology for heavy equipment continues to evolve how work is done on job sites across America. Advances like machine control and GPS have dramatically improved accuracy without physically changing equipment. But what about advances to the machine itself that don't break the bank? Imagine a wrist between the stick and bucket of an excavator that enables 360-degree rotation and 45 degrees of tilt in either direction.

Thirty years ago, a product was born that would change an entire industry. Rototilt now celebrates a decade since the establishment of its own dedicated North American company based in Ontario, Canada. “It has been an incredible journey to promote a product that totally transforms excavators and how they work,” said Gerry Mallory, general manager, Rototilt Inc.