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Cat Expands it Remote-Control Command D5, D6, D7 Dozers

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Cat D5, D6 and D7 dozers have now joined wheel loaders and excavators as Cat Command machines. Command for Dozing removes operators from the cab and gives them the ability to operate the machine using either a line-of-sight, over-the-shoulder remote console or a non-line-of-sight station.

“We now have the broadest range of remote-control offerings in the industry between our product line and our two scalable offerings of the Cat Command station and console,” says Mike Lenzie, product marketing consultant.

By getting operators out of hazardous environments, Cat says its Command system promotes safety, increases production and helps attract and retain skilled operators. “We can always replace the machine, but we cannot replace the person,” Lenzie says.

Applications where Command could offer safety advantages include steep slopes, underfoot conditions that are so soft the machine could potentially sink into the ground, demolition — especially when there’s the chance of falling debris  and working around hazardous materials. 

Cat Command for dozers stationsUsing the Cat Command station, operators can switch between three different types of Command-enabled machines.CaterpillarBecause operators can easily switch between Command-enabled machines in the Cat Command station, users can see increased productivity. “They can be operating one machine and then with a touch of a button operate another piece of equipment,” Lenzie says.

Cat’s next-generation D5, D6 and D7 come remote ready from the factory; dealers can quickly install remaining components in the field. The Command components are fully integrated with the machine’s electronic and hydraulic system.

As previously mentioned, Command for Dozing comes in two versions:

  • The console provides access to all dozer functions and supports assist technologies such as traction control, AutoCarry and stable blade. Operators can switch between Command-enabled machines by changing out an RFID chip. Using the console, operators can control a Command dozer up to 437 yards away. The machine shuts down if the remote shutdown switch is pressed, wireless communication is lost or the console is tilted more than 45 degrees.
  • The non-line-of-sight station, where the operator can be in a climate-controlled environment and control the dozer from close by or several miles away. Station controls operate all three types of Command machines – dozer, excavator and wheel loader – and feature pedals, joysticks and an adjustable seat. Multiple screen displays offer visuals from the left and right dozer cutting edges, blade top-center and rearview/ripper. In addition to the assist technologies offered on the console, the station is compatible with blade load monitor, slope assist and Grade with 3D. 

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Packing Power in a Small Frame: Toro Launches the Dingo TX 700 Mini Skid Steer

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Toro’s Dingo TX 700 packs 700 pounds of rated operating capacity into a small footprint and expands Toro’s extensive Dingo lineup.

With its small size and power, it’s the ideal compact utility loader, also known as a mini skid steer, for  contractors working within the confines of tight spaces.

“The compact size and flexibility of the Dingo TX 700 is bound to be a game-changer for operators,” says Jay Thaker, Toro marketing manager. “The fact that it’s small, but incredibly capable, increases the applications for the Dingo TX 700 on the jobsite. This Dingo has the potential to be the compact go-getter of the operation.”

The machine features the patented  Dingo TX 1000 traction controls and a dedicated stand-on platform. According to Toro, even if the buyer is new to operating heavy machinery, it will quickly become second nature with the easy-to-use controls.Dingo TX 700 control panelFeaturingthe patented Dingo TX 1000 traction controls and a dedicated stand-on platform, the Dingo TX 700 is easy-to-use and boasts increased comfort and visibility.Toro

Smaller than some of the other Dingo models, the TX 700 can reach areas other machines may not and is more compact for storage purposes. It’s also compatible with dozens of attachments, meaning the machine can be used for a wide range of jobs, making it more efficient and cost effective than purchasing multiple machines.

Toro also says the Dingo 700, which is available in both narrow and wide track configurations, is easy on turf. The wide track option is equipped with the Camso track system which features a less aggressive tread pattern, which is gentle on turf and minimizes damage, perfect for keeping lawns intact.

The new Dingo TX 700 will be available starting mid-year 2022.

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Office Manager Accused of Stealing $2.2M from N.J. Construction Firm

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An office manager has been charged with stealing more than $2.2 million from a New Jersey construction company over seven years.

The theft began in 2015 when Donna Cook, 52, of Howell, New Jersey, began writing unauthorized checks to herself from the Tinton Falls company where she worked, according to Lori Linskey, acting Monmouth County prosecutor. She forged the signature of the company’s principal, Linskey said.

Check amounts ranged from $75,000 to $475,000, with some made payable to cash. Linskey says the money was used for Cook’s personal expenses.

The theft continued from 2015 into 2021. The Tinton Falls Police Department began an investigation several months ago, which expanded to include the Monmouth County Prosecutor Office’s Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Bureau.

Cook is charged with second-degree theft, third-degree forgery and third-degree false uttering. She has been released on her own recognizance and is scheduled for a first appearance February 15 in Monmouth County Superior Court. If convicted on the second-degree theft charge, she would face up to 10 years in prison, Linskey says.

The name of the construction company was not released. Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Kristen Anastos is prosecuting the case.

Signs of embezzlement

Here are some signs that your company may be a victim of embezzlement:

Territorial: They are defensive about “their area,” including their desk, computer and the work they handle for you. No one can do what they do.

Workaholic: They refuse to take vacations. Extended time off means someone will likely have to do their job in their absence, perhaps leading to discovery.

Extravagance: They start buying things you know are beyond their income level. If they show up to work with a tricked-out SUV or start displaying expensive tastes, pay attention.

Over familiarity: They are unusually close to a vendor or client. If they always insist that a business get front-of-the-line treatment, it could be a red flag.

Money problems: They are having financial difficulties. They’re asking for advances and complaining about making ends meet. They may have gambling issues. If they can’t handle their own finances, is it wise to trust them with yours?

Professional “coziness”: They have a field/office friendship that’s just a little too cozy. This could be especially true if your business takes service calls. One person may be handling the incoming calls and dispatching a service technician. When the technician offers a cash discount to the client, the two pocket and split the cash, and no record of the service call exists.

Disgruntled: They have a “poor me” attitude. They gripe to you or to others about being underpaid and underappreciated.

Additionally, you could be seeing:

In the red: You’re not making the money you know you should be making. Things aren’t adding up. Expected profits aren’t there. There are unexplained losses on a job or a spike in material prices.

Vanishing act: Records disappear. Bank statements, permit receipts, invoices and other financial records just can’t be located when you need them.

Low morale: Employee morale is low. If you’ve enabled an embezzler – either by turning a blind eye to their actions or not being open to other employees’ complaints – you could be contributing to an atmosphere of distrust.

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Chevy Takes Aim at Competitors with Electric 2024 Silverado

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Chevy has muscled up big and kicked a little sand on its competitors with an all-electric 2024 Silverado.

At work where truck strength and stamina can make or break a profit margin, the Ultium-powered pickup will offer 33% more range than Ford’s all-electric 2022 F-150 Lightning and will be available with a 20,000-pound max towing package.

Yes, that’s 20,000 pounds of max towing in a pickup that’s intended to replace the internal combustion half-ton truck. But with power like this, better add ¾- and most 1-tons to the list. The F-150 Lightning maxes out at 10,000 pounds towing, while the Rivian R1T can take on 1,000 more pounds.

And it’s got stamina too. The electric Silverado will be available with up to 400 miles of range. While that’s on par with Rivian’s most powerful battery pack, it’s 100 miles more than the F-150 Lightning.

2024 electric Chevy Silverado RST rough terrainThe toned-down work truck, or WT, model of the electric 2024 Silverado will be the first to roll out in spring of 2023. The RST, shown above, comes next. Be on the lookout for a Trail Boss variant too.ChevroletBut really it’s the Silverado’s 20,000 pounds of max towing that clearly stands out. It’s the most that any OEM has offered yet in an electric pickup. GM Fleet Vice President Ed Peper acknowledged that a battery-heavy EV can prove advantageous when it comes to hauling bigger loads, given its greater mass. Pair that with the electric Silverado’s strong chassis, and you’ve got the greatest towing capacity offered to date for a factory-produced electric pickup.

But fleets will have to wait for that huge max tow package. The work truck version of the electric Silverado, or WT, will first debut in the spring of 2023 with 8,000 pounds of max towing. On a website page dedicated to electric Silverado fleet customers, Chevy notes that the 20,000-pound towing package for WT will roll out for model year 2025.

The all-electric Chevy Silverado also gets bragging rights on having the biggest bed among the small but growing group of electric crew-cab pickups. The 5-foot 11-inch-long bed can get even bigger with the drop-down midgate (a nod to Avalanche) and multi-flex tailgate available on RST. Once the midgate is lowered and the tailgate is adjusted, long payload like 10-foot 2x4s can slip inside the cab and rest up against the tailgate.

With up to 510 peak horsepower and up to 615 pound-feet of torque, the 2024 Silverado WT is powerful but it’s not Chevy’s fastest EV. For now, that distinction goes to the 2024 Silverado RST, which offers up to 664 horsepower, 780 pound-feet of torque and goes zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds. The supercharged 2021 Ram TRX is rated with the same zero-to-60 time, though some drivers have gotten better times.

But there’s a much bigger price to be paid for all that extra power and features like a Multi-Flex Midgate, automatic adjustable lift that can raise the truck up to 2 ½ inches, four-wheel steering, Wide Open Watts Mode and more on RST. Take a deep enough dive into power and luxury with the electric Silverado and you may find yourself paying up to $105,000.

Customers will have the ability to content the truck across various price ranges, with MSRPs around $50,000, $60,000, $70,000, $80,000 and more, allowing them to choose the truck that meets their capability and pricing needs.  

Fleets, on the other hand, can relax knowing that the toned-down WT starts at $39,990. 

“GM Fleet has long provided customers with great products and services, an exceptional customer experience and innovative solutions to meet their unique business needs,” Peper said. “We’re excited to launch the Silverado EV, providing customers with a true work-capable truck to help them begin the transition to an electric fleet and assist them in achieving their own sustainability goals.”

But it’s not just sustainability fleets are looking for; it’s safety too. Responsive and quick torque vectoring at each wheel combined with a full suite of safety features (listed below) has Peper calling the 2024 Silverado “the safest vehicle we’ve ever made.” 

Check out more features below on the 2024 Silverado. Refundable reservations can be made through Chevy’s website.

  • RST and WT models come with Tow/Haul mode, trailer hitch provisions, and an integrated trailer brake controller and Hitch Guidance. The RST also includes Chevy’s Advanced Trailering System.
  • RST and WT feature public DC fast-charging capabilities up to 350 kW, enabling approximately 100 miles of range to be added in 10 minutes, based on GM estimates.
  • Silverado EV is capable of charging another EV using the available accessory charge cord, sharing its power in times of need.
  • WT customers have access to Ultium Charge 360 Fleet Service, which offers one of the industry’s most comprehensive charging solutions for businesses, whether drivers take their vehicles home or return to a central depot.
  • The eTrunk is a lockable, weatherproof compartment in the front of the truck that provides enough space to fit a large hard-side suitcase and a multitude of accessory options for both fleet and retail customers to load gear based on the unique needs of the customer.
  • Safety features include safety alert seat, rear cross traffic braking, HD surround vision, forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, following distance indicator, lane keep assist with lane departure warning and Intellibeam auto high beam.
  • Up to 10.2 kW of off-board power through 10 outlets on WT and RST with optional equipment.
  • RST First Edition includes trailering-capable Super Cruise, the industry’s first true hands-free driver-assistance technology, allowing drivers to travel hands-free on more than 200,000 miles of compatible roads across the U.S. and Canada.
  • RST First Edition includes a 17-inch-diagonal LCD freeform infotainment screen paired with a neighboring 11-inch-diagonal reconfigurable driver instrument display and a multi-color driver head-up display with a field of view over 14 inches.

2024 Chevy electric Silverado bed cover ladderChevy is keeping work truck options in mind for the electric 2024 Silverado WT.Chevrolet

2024 Chevy electric Silverado WT cargo dividersA spacious frunk can be organized with dividers.Chevrolet

2024 Chevy electric Silverado RST dash viewPlenty to see with the 17-inch infotainment screen and the 11-inch driver display on the electric 2024 Chevy Silverado RST.Chevrolet

2024 Chevy electric Silverado RST Multi-Flex MidgateBed too short? The Multi-Flex Midgate on the all-electric 2024 Silverado RST drops down to allow for longer items.Chevrolet

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