John Deere adds more strength to its large baler range

THREE new models have been added by John Deere to its range of large square balers.

The L624 (70cm high by x 120cm wide), L633 (90 x 80cm) and L634 (90 x 120cm), will be available for the 2020 season and replace the L1500 Series. The single tie knotter 1424 and 1424C large square balers will no longer be available.

Better performance and operational safety, as well as lower operating costs, is the aim of the newcomers, said a spokesman.

The L600 Series has been designed to improve productivity by up to 15% and bale weight by up to 5% set against the outgoing models. They are also fully ISOBUS compatible, allowing operators to adjust and control various settings from the cab, including the newly designed pre-cutter which features knife group selection with a choice of 0, 11, 12 or 23 knives.

This should be a big improvement to operator comfort, as drivers won’t need to leave the cab to select different knife groups.

For better monitoring of harvesting conditions, John Deere has also made further improvements to the machine’s moisture sensor. This now has a wider measurement range of 9-40%, instead of 11-34% on the previous models – which theoretically will suit Scottish buyers.

Baler components have also been strengthened and optimised to deliver the promised higher productivity and operational safety benefits. The L624 and L634 models use a 468kg flywheel, which is 64% heavier than on previous machines, which should help smooth out lumps. All models feature an even, shear-bolt free drive system, despite the fact that hydraulic chamber pressure has been increased by 17% from 180 to 210 bar to increase bale density.

Both existing rotor options, RotoFlow HC and MaxiCut HC, with 23 knives, will continue to be offered on the new range. Rotor diameter on the heavy-duty RotoFlow has been increased by 25% – available on the L624 and L634 models – which improves crop intake and lowers the risk of blockages.

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New Hydraulic Punching Machine Helps Modernize Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s (NNSY) Sheet Metal Shop (Shop 17) just took a huge leap into modernization with the introduction of a brand new hydraulic punching machine to its arsenal.

Part of the NNSY Structural Group (Code 920), Shop 17 specializes in working metals for the shipyard and the Navy. Being continuous hard labor each day, it’s important that the tools these employees use provide safe and efficient avenues to get the job done.

“We have our AMADA Laser Cutting and Turret Punch Machine that handles close to 80 percent of the work in this shop,” said Doug Hamilton, Shop 17 Supervisor. “It handles laser cutting, punching, etc. However, with being such a heavily utilized machine, we wanted to find a new piece of equipment that would help take the burden off of it. So we sought out something that fit our needs, something that could take the brunt of the punching jobs that’s easy-to-use and will help my team do their day-to-day efficiently and safely.”

Joining their arsenal of machines is the LVD Strippit P-1225, a cost-effective computer numerical control (CNC) hydraulic ram. The machine is a punch press, providing consistent and accurate punching holes of different sizes into various types of metal depending on what the job entails. The user inputs the dimensions into the computer and what used to take a lot of time by simple drills or punches in the shop now can be completed in less than an hour.

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Hydraulic Fittings and Adapters Market: Opportunities, Demand and Forecasts, 2019–2025

Hydraulic Fittings and Adapters Market Insights 2018, is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the global Hydraulic Fittings and Adapters industry with a focus on the Global market. The report provides key statistics on the market status of the Hydraulic Fittings and Adapters manufacturers and is a valuable source of guidance and direction for companies and individuals interested in the industry. Overall, the report provides an in-depth insight of 2018-2025 global Hydraulic Fittings and Adapters market covering all important parameters.

The key points of the Hydraulic Fittings and Adapters Market report:

The report provides a basic overview of the Hydraulic Fittings and Adapters industry including its definition, applications and manufacturing technology.

The report explores the international and Chinese major industry players in detail. In this part, the report presents the company profile, product specifications, capacity, production value, and 2018-2025 market shares for each company.

Through the statistical analysis, the report depicts the global total market of Hydraulic Fittings and Adapters industry including capacity, production, production value, cost/profit, supply/demand and Chinese import/export.

The total market is further divided by company, by country, and by application/type for the competitive landscape analysis.

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Hydraulic hose Market Highlights Key Development Factors and Upcoming Trends During forecast 2018 to 2027

Fact.MR conveys vital insights on the hydraulic hose market in its report, entitled “Hydraulic Hose Market: Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2018-2027”. In terms of revenue share, the global hydraulic hose market is projected to increase at the CAGR of 5.2% over the forecast period (2018-2027), owing to abundant factors, about which Fact.MR offers precise insights and forecast in our report.

The global hydraulic hose market can be segmented as per different product type, material type, end-use industry type, pressure and by region.

Hydraulic hose is the replacement of the rigid pipes specially designed to transfer fluid to or among different hydraulic components such as actuators, valves, and tools. The industrial hydraulic system usually operates at high pressure, and therefore, the hydraulic hose is often reinforced with several construction layers and remains flexible while operating in high pressure. The parameters such as dimensions, manufacturing process, performance specifications, and other features are varied as per the end-use industry. The key dimensional parameter for hydraulic hose selection are internal and external diameter and minimum bend radius.

The growth of the agriculture industry, which is upgrading from traditional agriculture methods to mechanized agriculture in various countries, is likely to create a significant growth opportunity for the hydraulic hose market. The hydraulic hoses are widely used for various agriculture equipment such as irrigation equipment. The agriculture industry growth in countries such as the US, China, India, and Australia with a significant pace is likely to drive the growth of the hydraulic hose market in the forecast period. The requirement of hydraulic hose for high-pressure hydraulic oil lines in agriculture, machine tool, and construction industry is likely to contribute to the growth of the market.

In the mining industry, the hydraulic hose is used in different equipment such as dozers, hydraulic shovel, scrappers, drill rigs, haul trucks, and hydraulic shovels among others. The hydraulic hose provides the required working pressure to different machines. The hydraulic hose is used for both surface mining and underground mining processes. The growing mining industry is anticipated to contribute to the significant growth of the hydraulic hose market.

The main application of the hydraulic hose is to surge pressure as required according to the work conditions. The hydraulic hose is used by hydraulic machines to create low-speed torque and maintain speed and movement of the machines. Hydraulic hoses are used for different purposes including reducing the effects of vibration or providing the movement gap between two port locations. Moreover, the hydraulic hose can also be used for ease of installation or availability of hose manufacturing equipment.

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Global Dredging Equipment (Mechanical & Hydraulic) Market Forecasts to 2024 

The global market for dredgers and dredging equipment touches many diverse applications, ranging from maintaining navigability along the world’s economically critical waterways, to capital development and land reclamation, to environmental protection, and even mining. With so many diverse applications, the global dredging equipment market also benefits from and endures myriad market drivers and stressors.

Making sense of the market as a whole and as a sum of its parts can be confounding. In addition, the majority of operating moderate and large-scale dredge equipment is quickly becoming antiquated. Analysts who follow the industry have been predicting a large-scale equipment upgrade, as global economies have improved over the last decade.

Such a change could lead to a significant boost in global dredge equipment markets. However, even though at least 62% of the global dredge vessel fleet is at least 30 years of age and overdue for update, capital expenditures have not yet materialized. Over the next five years, will we begin to see more significant investment in dredging equipment? Or, balking at conventional trends, will the industry refocus even more strongly on repairing, maintaining, upgrading, and repowering its exiting equipment?

From an applications perspective, much growth over the last decade has focused on capital dredging projects – those large-scale projects that include land reclamation. These projects have brought dredging into the news and the public eye, with high-profile outcomes. However, well over half of the overall global market for dredgers and dredge equipment is utilized outside of this application segment.

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Trenching Without the Trench

Installing utility lines underground has proven itself a real money-saver time and again. Underground installation isolates electric, phone, and data cables from damage by wind, falling tree limbs, ice buildup, and other hazards. It’s also much easier on the eye, especially in neighborhoods. But having to dig a trench to bury cables can be an expensive and time-consuming procedure.

With the conventional method, a trench has to be dug, the cable inserted, and the earth that had been dug up put back in the trench and compacted. Having to restore the landscape eats up more time and money. The task becomes even more expensive and time consuming if the utility lines must be routed under existing underground utilities (gas, water, sewer, and other electrical lines), existing roadways, and waterways. These issues are all avoided with trenchless technology, which uses a horizontal directional drill machine to form an underground pilot tunnel for cables and pipes. The machines can even direct the tunnel under and around existing underground obstacles, such as existing utility lines and building foundations.

Theses self-propelled machines use hydraulics for most power functions, such as driving a pair of track-drive motors, a stakedown system, and all boring functions. The stakedown system is necessary to hold the machine in place during boring operations. Without it, the tremendous thrust produced by the hydraulic system to push the drill into the ground could move the entire machine. Once at the work site, an operator need only connect the machine to a source of water, deploy the stakedown system, and begin the underground operations.

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Hydraulic Hoses Market Insights by Size, Status and Forecast 2025

AMA Research added a comprehensive research document of 200+ pages on ‘Hydraulic Hoses’ market  with detailed insights on growth factors and strategies. The study segments key regions that includes North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific with country level break-up and provide volume* and value related cross segmented information by each country.

Hydraulic hoses are made of a synthetic rubber tube surrounded by some sort of flexible strength-enhancing winding, such as metal or fiber, and then covered in another rubber. The reinforcement windings are given the hoses its strength and flexibility, and these reinforcements can be either spiral or braided wound. Hydraulic hoses are used anywhere in a hydraulic system requiring a flexible connection between two fluid ports in various applications. Hydraulic hoses are primarily used to allow movement between two ports. The increasing mining industry worldwide has led to rise in demand for Hydraulic hoses and therefore, the market is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period.

Market Segmentation

by  Type (Reinforced Rubber, Steel Reinforced Teflon, Return Lines, Coiled, Corrugated and Articulated), Pressure (Low Pressure (< 3000 psi), Medium Pressure (3001 psi to 6000 psi), High Pressure (6001 psi and More)), End User (Construction, Material Handling, Agriculture, Engineering Machinery, Mining, Industrial Application, Others)

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LiuGong launches new F-Series excavators with electro-hydraulic control, improved cooling

LiuGong has launched its sixth generation of F-series excavators with sizes ranging from 1.8 to over 100 tons.

The company is stressing improvements in technology for its lineup. Those improvements include an electronically controlled hydraulic system designed for better management of flow distribution. An intelligent cooling system that adjusts fan speed to water, oil and intercooler temperatures. The technologies combine to reduce oil consumption by 15 to 20 percent compared to their predecessors and improve operating efficiency, the company says.

LiuGong says it also added “intelligent monitoring, detection, prediction and remote control.” This allows “monitoring of bucket trajectory, construction guidance, assisted excavation, automatic weighing” to improve efficiency and work quality while avoiding repeated operation, the company says. “The excavators also adopt new electronic fence technology that ensures safer construction.”

New models in the F-series include:

The 9018F is the smallest in the lineup at 1.8 tons. It can fit through passages 3.3 feet wide and can be used indoors. It features an adjustable and locked hydraulic system with maximum pump displacement, a load-sensitive hydraulic system, configured variable track and swing-arm deflection, the company says. The engine hood is designed to open for easy maintenance.

The 3-ton 9025F is designed for working narrow spaces with its zero tail swing and swing-arm deflection and can be used indoors. Other features include an adjusted load-sensitive hydraulic system, fully open engine hood for easier maintenance, an open-top closed cab and optional electronically controlled proportional pipelines with adjustable maximum displacement to match different accessories.

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Putting a stop to hydraulic leaks

Hydraulic oil leakage is one of the most common hydrocarbon spillages encountered in mining machinery or mining vehicles. Oil spillage on ground leads to contamination of soil and this oil flow can also lead to contamination of nearby water body. Apart from effect on environment, oil leakages also contribute to serious fire and smoke hazard. Components like catalytic purifiers, silencers and other components of exhaust line become extensively hot and even a small amount of oil leak can lead to fire or smoke which can create a threatful situation in underground for operator of mining vehicle and for machine itself. Considering the high price of hydraulic oils, oil leakages and oil spillage also hurts the company on cost front as the oil lost is unrecoverable and could not be given for recycling.

Some of the most effective ways of reducing hydraulic oil leakages are mentioned below.

Hose wrappings

These are widely used to protect hydraulic hoses from any abrasion formed from hoses rubbing against one other or from edges of machine frame. Hose wrappings generally used are made of plastic and is available in different sizes and colours as well for better colour coding of hoses.

Hose sleeves

A hose sleeve can be slipped over the end of the hose assembly and clamped at the ends. These sleeves help in containing the thrust of hose burst protecting the machine and the operator. They also act as a shield for hoses against dirt, dust and sunlight and any external abrasion. Nylon sleeves are commonly used in industry. Hose sleeves also come with option of peel able Velcro lining, facilitating hose replacement without requiring disconnection or removal of hoses. Peel able sleeves can also be used to bundle together set of parallel hoses.

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Komatsu introduces PC2000-11 hydraulic excavator

Komatsu America, the global heavy equipment manufacturer, has introduced the PC2000-11 hydraulic excavator. Equipped with an EPA Tier 4 Final certified engine, the PC2000-11 has more horsepower and a new engine-pump control for faster cycle times and improved multifunction performance.

“The PC2000-11 is designed to load 70- to 200-ton rigid frame haul trucks and is an excellent tool for stripping overburden, loading coal, and loading shot rock,” said Robert Hussey, Product Marketing Manager, Komatsu America. “The PC2000-11 has a simplified power module (cooling package, engine, PTO, and hydraulic pumps) which provides excellent accessibility to major components, low noise levels in the cab, and reduces labour hours when it comes time for planned overhaul.”

KomVision, Komatsu’s all-around machine monitoring system comes standard on the PC2000-11. To increase operator awareness of haul trucks and light vehicles entering and leaving the working area, the 7-camera system provides a full 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the working area on a dedicated 10.4” touch screen monitor.

The PC2000-11 offers improved multifunction performance, and a productivity increase up to 12%, and can therefore load more trucks per shift. The redesigned hydraulic system monitors work equipment loads and optimises hydraulic flow based on operating conditions. The PC2000-11 is equipped with selectable working modes to tailor machine performance to application requirements, including the all new “Power Plus” mode. Increased engine power and new engine pump control logic give the PC2000-11 faster cycle times.

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