Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas Inc.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas will exhibit at MINExpo International 2024 from September 24 to 26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In a 25.5k sq. ft. booth, Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas will showcase some of their largest mining equipment and feature interactive experiences for attendees.

“We are excited to showcase our mining technology, reliable solutions, and capabilities at this year’s MINExpo as Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas. We will proudly demonstrate our commitment to state-of-the-art equipment with advanced technologies that are leading the industry. The mining industry will be impressed with what we will show at MINExpo 2024.” Says Al Quinn, the CEO of Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas.

At their booth, Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas will be joined by subsidiaries; Bradken, H-E Parts International, and Wenco International Mining Systems who will each exhibit how they create seamless experiences for mining machinery customers. They will also be joined by their partner, ZAXIS Finance.

The Hitachi Construction Machinery group has established a rich history in the mining industry with a proven track record of innovation and reliability. The brand has impressive market penetration, with hydraulic mining excavators and electric haul trucks working on mines around the globe. Since the brand’s official realignment in the Americas, Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas has enlisted sixteen dealers in North America and eight dealers throughout Latin America to support mining operations.

At MINExpo 2024, Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas will present their latest efforts to provide innovative and sustainable solutions that will put their customers in North and Latin America at the forefront of meeting global environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards without sacrificing performance.

Hitachi Construction Machinery and Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas will also hold a joint invite-only media event for select media and investors. There, they will present how they plan to use the advanced technology of the Hitachi Construction Machinery group to become a stronger partner to mine sites globally.

At MINExpo International 2024 Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas and its esteemed partner and subsidiaries can be found at booth #8649 in Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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ABOUT BRADKEN

At Bradken they are focused on one thing – being the mining and resource sector’s preferred partner for innovative wear solutions. That means they understand their customers’ pain points and measures of success, along with the technical and performance requirements of their equipment and operations. With Bradken’s commitment to being carbon neutral by 2030 (Scope 1 and 2 emissions), they are equipping the resource sector to sustainably advance society and deliver an optimized future.

ABOUT H-E PARTS INTERNATIONAL

H-E Parts is the largest independent provider of aftermarket parts, components, and solutions for the mining industry worldwide. With a strong global presence, including locations in North America, LATAM, and Australia, H-E Parts leads the industry in sustainable and innovative mining solutions. Committed to customer satisfaction, H-E Parts offers unparalleled expertise in engineering, manufacturing, and aftermarket support. From mobile mining solutions to fixed plant crushing and used equipment offerings, H-E Parts delivers comprehensive solutions that optimize mining operations, increase efficiency, and reduce total cost of ownership. With a steadfast focus on innovation, reliability, and sustainability, H-E Parts remains the trusted partner for total mining solutions.

ABOUT WENCO

For over 30 years, Wenco International Mining Systems has worked with mining companies to extract unrealized value. Under this mission, Wenco has developed an integrated suite of solutions to support the digital transformation of the mining industry. Fleet management, asset health, data analytics, and other technologies join together in the spirit of open interoperability and scalability to raise mine productivity and efficiency, lower routine costs, and establish a safe and smooth mining operation. Wenco is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

ABOUT ZAXIS FINANCE

ZAXIS Finance is the exclusive financing partner for Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas. ZAXIS Finance was founded to provide dealerships and customers with financing solutions for their Hitachi Mining and Construction Equipment.

Comprised of an expert financing team with years of combined knowledge and experience, ZAXIS is here to help with all your equipment financing needs.

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Establishing a local production and service framework for dump trucks in the Americas market to accelerate independent business expansion.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (TSE: 6305, President and Executive Officer: Masafumi Senzaki; “Hitachi Construction Machinery”) decided to begin full-scale production of dump trucks in fiscal year 2026, with Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing Ltd. (Head Office: Ontario, Canada; Managing Director: Yoshiya Hamamachi; “Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing”), Hitachi Construction Machinery’s wholly-owned subsidiary currently responsible for the production and remanufacturing of dump truck maintenance and service parts. This will establish a local production and service framework for dump trucks in the Americas market.

 

Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing Ltd. (Ontario, Canada)

 

Since March 2022, the Hitachi Construction Machinery Group has embarked on independent business expansions, ranging from new machine sales to value chain business,*1 through the Hitachi Construction Machinery group network across the Americas. This decision is in response to the strong demand in the Americas market. By developing a local production and service framework for dump trucks, we can quickly accommodate local market needs. Hitachi Construction Machinery hopes to accelerate independent business expansion while increasing the local procurement rate.
*1: Businesses other than new vehicle sales, such as parts and services, solutions business, and rental and used equipment.

The Americas (North, Central & South America) account for approximately 40%*2 of the global dump trucks over 150 tons market. Copper, iron ore, and gold―hard rocks for which demand is expected to keep rising in the future―are mined in large volumes in South America. The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group has been producing dump trucks at the Hitachinaka-Rinko Works in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki Prefecture, and delivering them to the world. Now, with local production of dump trucks in Canada,  transportation time will be shortened, and the Americas market can be quickly supplied with products that match our customers’ needs.

For dump trucks produced in Canada, mainframes, welding structures, and components such as engines and radiators will be locally sourced to improve the local procurement rate. Other key components will be imported from Japan to ensure the same level of reliability as dump trucks produced in Japan. Engineers, including designers, will be present at Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing to flexibly deal with specification changes on individual dump trucks and deliver quality products and services that cater to customers’ needs.
*2: Based on Parker Bay statistics (fiscal year 2010- fiscal year 2022 demand unit total)

Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing’s predecessor, Euclid-Hitachi Heavy Equipment Ltd., was acquired by Hitachi Construction Machinery in 1988. It halted the production of dump trucks in fiscal year 2018 to focus on producing service parts for delivered dump trucks and remanufacturing parts for ultra-large hydraulic excavators and dump trucks. Toward the start of full-scale production of dump trucks in fiscal year 2026, staff is expected to double the current size as part of our efforts to strengthen the production system.

“BUILDING THE FUTURE 2025,” the Hitachi Construction Machinery Group’s medium-term management plan that started in fiscal year 2023, includes “expanding business in the Americas” among the four core strategies. In line with this purpose, Hitachi Construction Machinery aims to achieve a revenue of over 300 billion JPY in fiscal year 2025 from independent business expansion in the Americas alone.

Overview of Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing Ltd.

Location: 200 Woodlawn Road West, Guelph, Ontario N1H 1B6, Canada

Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Representative: Managing Director: Yoshiya Hamamachi

*Ikuo Kishida is planned to take the post of Managing Director as of April 1, 2024

Year established: 2004

Area: Land 111,000m2, Buildings 36,000m2

Investment: 95 million JPY

Business activities: Manufacturing of 150+ tons dump trucks for the Americas market, production of service parts, and remanufacturing parts for ultra-large hydraulic excavators and dump trucks

Number of employees: Approx. 100 (as of February 2024)

*Planned to increase the number of employees to approx. 200 by fiscal 2026.

In a strategic move to bolster support for dealers and customers, Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas announces the opening of a sustainable, state-of-the-art headquarters facility. This adaptive-use facility will help propel the company’s growth in the Americas. It will facilitate the development and production of new machinery and elevate customer support.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas continues to expand employment opportunities as it strengthens customer offerings and support. Since taking the lead for the brand’s construction and mining equipment in the Americas, the company has more than tripled its employee count. Encompassing 88,128 ft2 (8,187 m2) of office space and 27,686 ft2 (2,572 m2) dedicated to conference, ConSite command center and training space, the headquarters has been designed to enhance creativity and inspire future growth.

This innovative space is set to play a pivotal role in the company’s future expansion initiatives.

“In March 2022, we set out on a path to establish a more direct connection with customers. Our culture has been very much involved with listening, understanding and implementing customer feedback,” said Al Quinn, CEO of Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas. “By combining the resources of the excavator, loader and mining businesses, the company has experienced a tenfold demand from previous years. The investment in a regional Americas facility helps strengthen that direct connection to the customer.”

The new headquarters will help the company focus on key growth areas. This includes a robust compact and construction business network that establishes a direct link to the customer in North, Central, and South America. Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas also is expanding sales of mining excavators for construction and quarry sites in addition to mining sites. In addition to the new regional headquarters facility, Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas is also creating operating bases for parts remanufacturing and expansion of the rental business that will also provide the customer with additional support and options.

Facility construction reflects core values

“Establishing a direct connection with customers means listening and aligning with their needs and values,” said Quinn. “The industry has actively embraced a move toward sustainable practices, and this thoughtful consideration is reflected in the design of the new headquarters.”

The campus spans 19 acres (76,890 m2) and was initially established as a wheel loader assembly and manufacturing facility in 1987. Embracing sustainable practices, Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas opted for adaptive reuse principles in the development of the existing property. Over 75,347 ft2 (7,000 m2) of greenspace was reclaimed from the site by reconfiguring the employee parking areas and eliminating buildings and concrete. These changes represent and reinforce the company’s commitment to people, excellence and the environment.

Noteworthy sustainable practices included the recycling of concrete, steel and wood already on the site. Reclaimed materials included 5,101 yd3 (3,900 m3) of recycled concrete repurposed for roadway, fill and redistribution; 40,580 ft2 (3,770 m2) of exterior metal wall panels recycled and 125 tons (113 metric tons) of steel frame structure reused. In addition, 69,965 ft2 (6,500 m2) of existing concrete slabs were reused, 4,920 ft2 (1,500 m2) of roof purlins, and 48,976 ft2 (4,550 m2) of old metal roof panels became decking for the new roof. Stairways and stair seating areas utilize 1,545 linear feet (471 m) of reclaimed heart pine wood. Recycled plastics were used to manufacture all carpet products.

The headquarters stands out for its energy-efficient design, featuring Low-E glass that blocks 62% of solar energy while allowing 70% of visible light to pass through. Skylights and roll-up doors contribute to natural lighting, integrating the indoors with the outdoors. An advanced energy management system monitors and optimizes energy consumption and temperature changes.

This significant investment underscores a long-term commitment to maintaining a leadership position in technology, service and support. Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas continues to support an extensive network of independent, local dealers and rental companies focused on providing customers with knowledgeable and experienced sales, service and parts personnel.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas fills out its ZAXIS-7 line of medium and large excavators with the ZX250LC-7, ZX300LC-7, ZX350LC-7, ZX490LC-7, ZX690LC-7 and ZX890LC-7. Ranging in operating weight from 58,433 to 192,938 pounds (26,500 kg to 87,500 kg), these excavators include upgraded features that enhance operator comfort, visibility, fuel efficiency, durability and productivity.

“The new ZX-7 generation of mid- to large-sized excavators features an array of new features and benefits to exceed the high standards set by our customers. These excavators have been engineered to be straightforward, effective and productive for the operator while providing an extremely high level of comfort,” said Patrick Baker, product manager for medium and large excavators, Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas.

Comfort was a priority when redesigning the operator station. The ZAXIS-7 cab is larger with less vibration and noise for an improved operating experience and reduced operator fatigue. The cab features increased head clearance and leg room with a one-touch adjustable air suspension seat synchronized to move with the console for simplified adjustments. This console features an ergonomic layout with intuitive controls for operator convenience and enhanced visibility on the right side of the cab.

Noise has been minimized by increasing the thickness of the rear glass. A seal has been added between the cab and floor plate. This improves the airtightness of the cab to keep dust out, even when the air conditioner is running. Four fluid-filled elastic cab mounts reduce vibration when traveling.

Panoramic visibility from the operator’s seat helps create a safe working environment. Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas takes this a step further with its Aerial Angle peripheral vision camera system. It provides five different camera views from inside the cab on an 8-inch (20.32-cm) anti-glare LCD monitor, including a wide 270-degree bird’s-eye view of the machine’s immediate environment. The operator can quickly and easily select a view on the monitor that best suits the situation. A rearview camera allows the operator to see the area right below the counterweight.

Versatility meets efficiency

“These excavators showcase next-generation hydraulic systems paired with reliable Isuzu engines to provide increased productivity and reduced fuel consumption. The new ZX-7 excavators are reliable and built to perform in the toughest working conditions,” said Baker.

Models ranging from the ZX130-7 through ZX890LC-7 use a TRIAS III, TRIAS II or HIOS V hydraulic system solution, depending on which best matches the excavator’s size and application.

Operators can choose their preferred ISO or SAE control pattern with a two-way pattern change valve that is standard on models from the ZX130-7 through the ZX490LC-7, and a dealer-installed option on the ZX690LC-7 and ZX890LC-7. Standard auxiliary piping and relief valves on models ranging from the ZX130-7 to ZX490LC-7 improve operation and help protect the machines while they’re running breaker/hammer attachments. This is a dealer-installed option on the ZX690LC-7 and ZX890LC-7.

The ZAXIS-7 machines come attachment ready and thumb ready. Attachment versatility has been enhanced with the ability to set up and name up to 16 attachment pressure and flow settings through the in-cab monitor.

Proven Isuzu engines power models from the ZX250LC-7 to the ZX890LC-7 with horsepower ranging from 188 to 512 net horsepower (140 to 382 kW). For engine exhaust after-treatment solutions, these models use selective catalytic reduction (SCR) with diesel oxidation catalysts for improved efficiency and reliability. This eliminates the diesel particulate filter (DPF) and its associated maintenance.

Tackle demanding applications

“The ZX-7 excavators feature heavy-duty boom and stick configurations designed to handle tough working conditions. Newly strengthened undercarriage components, such as idlers, rollers and improved seals carry long-term reliability,” said Baker.

These excavators feature enhancements to critical components such as a strengthened X beam undercarriage. An anti-mud-compaction lower roller design helps prevent mud from entering and damaging the oil seals. The upper and lower rollers also feature improved idler sealing. A track undercover protects the joint from potential damage.

The ZAXIS-7 excavators feature strengthened boom ends and feet for long-term reliability. For durability, the bushings are installed in the brackets at the boom ends and the boom feet.

Boost uptime

Tracking maintenance is simplified with the multifunctional monitor. It indicates preset maintenance intervals each time the key is turned on. Engine oil and coolant levels can be checked right from the operator’s seat.

Design enhancements help protect critical components from the environment. An inner element of the engine air filter protects the engine from dust ingress while cleaning the outer element. Even the air conditioner is protected with a sealed internal filter that prevents intrusion of dust into the air conditioner unit.

Using telematic tools to monitor machine health helps boost uptime. ConSite, which remotely monitors operational status and alerts owners and operators to upcoming maintenance needs, is making a leap forward.

A standard feature, ConSite OIL, monitors engine and hydraulic oil conditions to proactively catch issues before any fault codes are triggered in the machine. This helps drive uptime by catching oil degradation before damage to critical systems can occur. This allows operators to focus on the work that needs to be done.

ConSite Air allows the servicing dealer to remotely diagnose issues that may arise, leading to increased uptime. It also allows remote updates of the software. A ConSite response team is on standby to rapidly resolve issues as they emerge.

Convenience built in

The in-cab monitor controls the Bluetooth radio and allows convenient communication. The operator can listen to music and make hands-free calls from the cab. Long-lasting LED lights provide visibility in challenging conditions. Low-effort pilot controls reduce operator strain. For convenience, switches have been collectively installed on the right side with easy access to those frequently used. Standard wide wiper blades on models from the ZX210LC-7 to ZX890LC-7 provide enhanced visibility by keeping the front glass clean.

To explore the full line of excavators from Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas, visit hitachicm.us.

 

Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas continues to add new features to enhance the performance and comfort of ZAXIS-5N compact excavators ranging from 1.10 to 6.61 U.S. tons (1.7 to 6 metric tons). These compact excavators excel in applications where there is not a lot of space to maneuver. A short tail swing radius (U) or ultra-short tail swing radius with swing boom (USB) makes it easier to work around buildings, walls, guardrails and other structures.

“The ZAXIS-5N excavators, which include the ZX17U-5N, ZX26U-5N, ZW30U-5N, ZX35U-5N, ZX50U-5N and ZX60USB-5N, continually evolve to stay ahead of customer expectations. Our focus is to provide customers with a machine that delivers efficiency, reliability and safety,” said Kei Matsumoto, product manager of compact excavators at Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas.

The latest upgrades to the ZAXIS-5N compact excavators include:

Features enhance attachment operation

ZAXIS-5N compact excavators are commonly used as tool carriers with a wide range of attachments, increasing job-site versatility. Several features enhance attachment compatibility, including an auxiliary flow rate changer. On the ZX30U-5N to ZX35U-5N the operator can match the flow rate of the auxiliary hydraulic circuit to the requirements of the attachment being used with either a low or high setting. The ZX50U-5N to ZX60USB-5N excavators now feature a multistage flow rate changer that allows the operator to select five different hydraulic flow settings for increased productivity and efficiency.

Complete ready-to-use hydraulic quick coupler piping and second auxiliary hydraulic piping are preinstalled on premium versions of the ZX30U-5N to ZX60USB-5N. The second auxiliary hydraulic piping is very beneficial for popular tilting and rotating attachments, making the excavators more versatile. Other ZAXIS-5N excavators in this range come with mounting points built in for hydraulic quick coupler piping. This eliminates welding of brackets for quick coupler lines and simplifies installation of quick coupler piping.

An auxiliary function lever (AFL) includes an analog switch, trigger switch and horn for running attachments, such as a breaker or a tool with swing. A standard wedgelock quick coupler makes attachment hookup a snap. A factory-installed bracket for a thumb cylinder simplifies installation.

A standard dozer blade enables the ZAXIS-5N excavators to grade while providing extra stability. A blade float option on the ZX30U-5N to ZX60USB-5N uses the blade’s weight to help perform easier and faster grading operations. The optional factory-installed angle blade version of the ZX35U-5N to ZX60USB-5N allows for enhanced grading and backfilling ability without the need for a second machine.

Small machines offer big comfort

ZAXIS-5N excavators have been upgraded with LED work lights that provide enhanced visibility in low-light conditions, improving operator comfort and safety.

Ergonomic hydraulic pilot valve control levers reduce fatigue and provide smooth control. Hydraulic pilot controls for the bucket/thumb and other attachments, boom, swing, travel, and blade maximize controllability and ensure smooth operation. Swing boom and foldable travel pedals are positioned for easy operation while allowing plenty of foot room.

Maintenance made easy

The ZAXIS-5N excavators provide simplified access for maintenance with a hinged door that provides wide-open access to the side-by-side oil cooler and radiator core for easier cleanout. The engine cover slides vertically with less rear projection for ease of maintenance in confined spaces. Operators will no longer bump their heads on the cover during inspections.

Routine checks, such as engine oil level, are quickly accomplished from ground level. Daily maintenance points are grouped behind easy-access covers. Spin-on filters provide quick, easy access for filter maintenance. Ground-level at-a-glance gauges ease daily inspection and servicing.

The top of the track frames on all the models ranging from the ZX30U-5N to ZX60USB-5N have been sloped for easy mud removal. Grease-impregnated HN bushings and pins provide 500-hour lubricating intervals.

To reduce the cost of repair, the traditional curved glass used in the cab has been exchanged with more easily obtainable flat glass.

Installed on top of the battery, a battery disconnect prevents battery discharge during long-term storage. Maintenance is simplified since there is no need to disengage terminals and cables from the battery.

Efficient operation without sacrificing speed

Fuel-efficient Yanmar diesel engines ranging from 14.7 to 53.8 net horsepower (10.8 to 39.6 kW) are paired with proprietary hydraulic systems for optimum performance.

“Our hydraulic system is especially great for efficient fuel consumption, and it delivers the speed and power the operator wants,” said Matsumoto.

The compact excavators from ZX30U-5N to ZX60USB-5N incorporate power/economy work modes. The power mode provides higher engine speeds for most general digging work, while the economy mode reduces engine speed for lighter digging jobs. This results in lower noise and decreased fuel consumption.

An auto-idling system available on these models further reduces fuel consumption, emissions and noise.

Telematics leverage the power of data

Genuine Hitachi telematics will provide owners of the ZX30U-5N to ZX60USB-5N compact excavators with data required for better fleet management, such as machine position and hour meter information.

The telematics can be connected to Global e-Service, which remotely monitors operational status and alerts owners of upcoming maintenance and repair needs from fault codes. In addition, the telematics will track the fuel remaining in the tank.

To explore the full line of excavators from Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas, visit hitachicm.us.

The Contractors’ Top 50 Products Awards showcase equipment, technology and products that the construction industry and the Equipment Today team have identified as the most intriguing and important of the year. Award recipients are based on nominations from manufacturers, owners, end users and Equipment Today leadership, as well as page-view data on new products featured in Equipment Today and on ForConstructionPros.com/Equipment over a one-year period.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas announced the arrival of the 10,560-lb (4,790kg) ZX50U-5N excavator in the spring of 2022. This compact excavator allows the engine speed to be matched to the job with power/economy work modes. Reduced tail swing and an independent swing boom allow the ZX50U-5N to work in congested areas. A standard quick-coupler-equipped, boom-mounted auxiliary line makes attachment hookup a snap.

See the full list of winners.

Based in Milford, New Hampshire, Leighton A. White started as a part-time custom farming business that maintained acreages in 1978. It’s grown to a large, well-respected site-excavation contractor that provides commercial, industrial and municipal site work, and runs five gravel and sand pits.

Today, Leighton A. White has 50 employees and an expansive equipment fleet that includes 80 pieces of equipment and trucks. The company purchases four to five pieces of equipment each year as it upgrades its fleet and continues to grow.

Leighton A. White provides a full range of small to large equipment and services to contractors and customers in New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts. They also supply a wide selection of stone, round stone, erosion stone and crushed stone base in a range of sizes. Sand, screened sand, presby sand, septic sand, stone dust, crushed aggregate, RAP and more are also offered.

Building on a reputation

Dale White, President of Leighton A. White Inc.This site work contractor built a loyal customer base by emphasizing quality over cost in an industry traditionally built on the lowest-cost bid.

But you cannot argue with results. Repeat customers and their acquaintances account for 80% of the company’s current business, all because of their solid reputation. The company’s philosophy is best summed up by one of President Dale White’s favorite quotes, “A competition for cheapness and a competition for excellence will always be strangers.”

In our industry, we’re known not to be the lowest price,” said White. “Competitors may be able to undercut the price, but they cannot compete against the quality. You want to set the bar high.”

Forming partnerships

This thought process carries through every aspect of the business and Leighton A. White seeks out equipment partners that adhere to the same business philosophies. This site work contractor places a high value on reputation and has turned to Chappell Tractor Sales for sales, service and support.

“Since 1978, we have bought a tremendous amount of equipment from Chappell Tractor Sales,” noted White. “They have a tremendous reputation in this industry. It’s not just the equipment, it is the service that is key. That is as important to me as the piece of equipment. I don’t think there is any other dealer in New Hampshire that has as many service vehicles on the road as Chappell Tractor Sales does.”

Due to the short construction season, uptime is a top priority for the company and it needs a dealer who can rapidly respond.

“In New Hampshire, we have eight months a year to make a living because four months is cold and snow,” White shared. “It is such a short season. That’s why it is important to buy the right piece of equipment.”

A recent partnership between Chappell Tractor Sales and Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas presented Leighton A. White the opportunity to upgrade their equipment fleet while maintaining top-quality dealer service.

“I always felt Hitachi Construction Machinery had a premium product, especially in the mining industry,” said White. “If your equipment can stand up in the mining industry, you cannot get a higher bar than that. There is nothing more abrasive than stone.”

People first

White emphasizes that employees are the most important asset to the company. This view drives the equipment selection process with ease of use and comfort particularly important.

“If you buy good equipment, it takes care of the employees,” explained White. “Quality is going to cost more money. I am willing to pay a little more for that quality.”

The site work contractor recently purchased two Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas models — a ZW370-6 wheel loader and a ZX350LC-6 HP excavator. Both machines have impressed with the available power ratio — this includes the power to the wheels for the loader and the power to the hydraulics for the excavator.

“I just can’t find anything wrong with those two machines,” said White. “I have a wheel loader operator who runs another brand. That operator has made it very clear that the next one I own must be Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas and it has to have stick steering. That’s what the operators like.”

Even the most discerning operators find few faults in Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas equipment.

“My son Bronson is very picky with equipment. On a new piece of equipment, he picks it apart. The ZX350LC-6 was the first piece of equipment that he has ever run that checked off all the boxes the first time.”

– Dale White, Leighton A. White president

“The ZX350LC-6 was balanced right. It had tremendous hydraulic power. To us, imbalance is a huge thing, especially when you are lifting heavy loads,” added White.

Technology that makes sense

While technology is rapidly advancing in the construction equipment sector, operators at Leighton A. White prefer machines that avoid unnecessary complexity. The technology should increase machine efficiency, not make it more complicated to operate.

“Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas engineers have kept the product simple,” explained White. “Some competitors make their product so complex. Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas has found a balance between technology and the simplicity of buttons and knobs. Keep it simple for the employees. A loader is a loader and an excavator is an excavator.”

The Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas customer-first approach to design also helps drive uptime.

“Some manufacturers create so much additional cost to the end user because everything is so technical. It costs money because a sensor fails, so you have downtime,” said White.

Standing behind the product

Leighton A. White takes a very proactive approach to maintenance.

“We do all our own preventive maintenance,” White explained. “When we sell a piece of equipment, we provide the maintenance log. It helps sell the equipment because buyers see how well we maintain it.”

But this proactive maintenance does not diminish the need for dealer support.

“It’s one thing to buy a new piece of equipment, but sooner or later you need parts and service. We have three mechanics in our organization. But you need the technical backing. You need the dealer’s technical skill set that sometimes we just don’t have.”

Parts availability is also a priority for this site work contractor.

“It’s one thing to have a new product and a good product, but like everything else, it wears. There’s nothing worse than not having parts. This past year it has been very frustrating just overall finding parts. Chappell Tractor Sales does a tremendous job in stocking parts. They understand the cost of being down.”

Looking to the future

Leighton A. White looks to further expand its partnership with Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas and Chappell Tractor Sales. In addition to being a site work contractor and running five sand and gravel pits, the company is considering a return to the quarry market. This will require equipment, like the ZW370-6 wheel loader, that can endure the brutal rock conditions.

“I bought a Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas excavator and a wheel loader because they are quality pieces of equipment,” said White. “They had proven themselves in the mining industry and the aggregate industry for years. They were also priced in an area that I felt was very fair. For the longevity of owning the piece of equipment, I felt it would be a good purchase for our company and our people.”

Oil and natural gas companies consume massive quantities of frac sand. Up to 10,000 tons (9,071.8 MT) of frac sand can be used for each well. To keep up, companies that supply the sand must efficiently operate around the clock with minimal downtime. MPR Transloading Supply Chain Solutions (MPR), located in Bellaire, Ohio, is well positioned to tackle this task.

The facility is a Gateway Distribution Point, minutes away from major north-south, east-west transportation routes and within 24 hours of both the United States and Canada including some of the largest material-consuming regions in the country. The logistics company uses the latest transloading equipment and technology to efficiently move materials. It uses the largest material handlers in the region, allowing more material to be quickly moved.

MPR Transloading Supply Chain Solutions is a family-owned and operated riverfront transloading facility that began in 2009 with three employees. The company quickly expanded and currently employs 40.

Frac sand presents opportunity

MPR President Natalie BrownIn late 2015, MPR Transloading Supply Chain Solutions opened a frac sand terminal to support the fracking process in the oil and natural gas industry. Frac sand is injected into rock formations along with water. The sand props open fractures created during the hydraulic fracturing process to allow oil and natural gas extraction. Due to the company’s location in relation to the well sites, MPR Transloading Supply Chain Solutions has become a premier outlet for frac sand, using its transloading equipment to move large quantities with minimal disruption.

“We handle the logistics. “We load trucks 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” said MPR President Natalie Brown.

Wheel loaders serve a critical role in handling the sand. Twelve to 16 operators keep two Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas ZW250-6 wheel loaders in constant motion

“We currently handle between 1 and 1.25 million tons (.91 to 1.14 MT) of sand a year,” she said. “We unload approximately 570 barges of sand a year. The wheel loaders are being utilized to move that sand after it is moved into the storage building.”

Overcoming transloading equipment challenges

Handling this fine sand presents several unique challenges for workers and transloading equipment. It is not like any other sand. It is made from tiny pieces of quartz-silicon dioxide that is only found in a few places, mainly in the Midwest near the Great Lakes. This abrasive, crush-resistant quartz sand can be as small as .004 inch (0.1 mm) and often ranges in size between .016 inches and .031 inches (0.4 mm and 0.8 mm). With these fine particles, any disturbance can create airborne dust.

“Due to the sand being silica sand, it’s a very dusty environment,” Natalie explained. “We have to protect our equipment and we have to protect our employees. We do rigorous health testing for our employees and they utilize special breathing apparatuses to work inside the buildings. We even require protection inside the loaders.”

This is a brutal working environment for heavy machinery. The airborne, abrasive fine particles can easily damage and shorten the life expectancy of an internal combustion engine if allowed to enter the combustion chamber. Stock air filtration systems are not designed to capture a large quantity of these extremely small particles. MPR turned to local Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas dealer RECO Equipment for a solution. RECO Equipment, Inc. solved the challenge by fitting MPR’s wheel loaders with specialized air filtration that allow them to reliably operate in this unique environment.

Performance of the Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas wheel loaders, backed by the support of RECO Equipment, has proven valuable optimizing transloading equipment fleet efficiency.

“We’ve used several different brands, but we like how the Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas loaders perform, coupled with the parts availability,” said MPR Vice President of Operations Justin Brown.

Matching job site requirements

Vice President of Operations Justin BrownBefore MPR considers any wheel loader for its operation, the machine must meet several job site criteria. Each wheel loader must be able to maneuver in tight quarters with a small turning radius and meet the height clearance restrictions between the two buildings used to store the frac sand.

“The ZW250-6 meets all the requirements that we need to operate in our facilities. This includes the clearance when dumping into hoppers,” noted Justin.

The company uses a rollout bucket to allow the wheel loader to dump over its hinge pin height. An oversized 5.5-cubic yard (4.21 m3) bucket optimizes the ZW250-6 wheel loaders for the application. The 253 HP (186 kW) loaders have the power required to perform in the dense frac sand, which weighs about 3,000 lb/yd3 (1,779.8 kg/m3).

Natalie added that visibility is considered when comparing wheel loaders. Backup cameras on the ZW250-6 wheel loaders are important in this application since the machines maneuver in tight quarters inside the buildings.

No time for rest

The ZW250-6 wheel loaders remain in constant motion, running an average of 5,000 hours throughout the duration of the two-year lease. MPR depends on these loaders to keep frac sand flowing through its facility and to keep customers happy. Equipment is turned frequently due to its high utilization.

Functionality is important to the operators, which is also a job site requirement. This includes ease of maintenance.

“One operator mentioned that when you open the hood, all the vitals that need to be checked are right there,” said Justin. “The operator doesn’t have to walk around the machine to perform checks. It makes it easier for them.”

Ensuring the operation runs smoothly is another area where RECO Equipment plays a critical role in MPR’s success. They monitor and maintain the wheel loaders with ConSite Global e-Service to track upcoming maintenance needs and minimize downtime.

MPR realizes the benefits offered through ConSite Global e-Service and is working with RECO Equipment to get important notifications sent directly to its management staff.

“The output of the faults that are emailed out, that’s an added bonus so that we know if there is an issue,” Natalie said. “It is very nice to be alerted if there is an issue that arises so we can react immediately and not wait until something fails. We can fix it before it becomes a catastrophic failure.”

At the end of the day, MPR promises to move materials wherever they need to go without any headaches along the way. In its frac sand business, the reliability and performance of ZW250-6 wheel loaders allow the company to achieve that goal.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas introduces the ZAXIS-7 compact excavators to efficiently complete tasks on today’s urban job sites. An ultra-short-tail swing radius on the ZX75US-7 allows access to confined spaces while an ultra-short-tail swing radius with swing boom model ZX85USB-7 productively digs next to walls and guard rails.

Power is provided by proven, turbocharged Yanmar diesel engines. Power/economy work modes tailor the machine’s performance to the task. The power mode provides higher engine speeds when extra horsepower is needed, while the economy mode reduces engine speed when performing normal work. This results in lower noise and decreased fuel consumption.

A standard auto idle system automatically reduces the engine to idling speed when all control levers are left in neutral for longer than 4 seconds. When the levers are moved again, the engine speed immediately resumes to the pre-selected engine speed. This reduces noise and exhaust emissions, while simultaneously saving energy and running cost.

Enhanced versatility

Compact excavators are commonly used as tool carriers with a wide range of attachments that increase job-site versatility. An optional attachment replacement support system simplifies swapping work tools. Attachment flow settings can be adjusted from the monitor and the operator can name and store up to 12 settings. An auxiliary function lever (AFL) is available with an analog switch, trigger switch and horn for running attachments such as a breaker or an attachment with swing.

An additional counterweight can be selected for better stability in certain applications.

A standard blade float feature allows the blade’s own weight to smoothly grade with simple control-lever operation. There is also an optional angle blade with blade float.

Work in comfort

The ZAXIS-7 series has been engineered to maximize operator productivity. Cab space has been significantly enlarged versus the previous generation. There is more head clearance when opening the front window. A low cabin floor height allows improved access.

Designing cabs with panoramic visibility helps create a safe and comfortable working environment. Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas takes this a step further with its Aerial Angle peripheral vision camera system. It provides a wide 270-degree bird’s-eye view of the machine’s immediate environment. The operator can quickly and easily select from five views on the monitor. A camera allows the operator to see the area right below the counterweight.

An air suspension seat provides all-day comfort while the soft pad-style armrests can be adjusted for height and angle without tools. Switch positions and the keypad with jog control have been relocated to an easy-to-reach location for reduced fatigue. An 8-inch (20.32-cm) antiglare LCD monitor provides visibility even in bright surroundings. The monitor also controls the Bluetooth radio. The operator can listen to music and make hands-free calls from the cab.

A 5-volt USB power supply allows the operator to charge their smartphone or portable audio device. A hot and cold storage box routes air from the air conditioner to store up to a 16-ounce (500-ml) bottle.

Standard long-lasting LED work lights offer a longer lifetime than halogen lights and provide visibility in challenging conditions. The work lights continue to light up for 30 seconds after the power is turned off for increased safety when exiting the cab at night.

Engineered for durability

Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas excavators are renowned for durability and the ZAXIS-7 series features enhancements to critical components such as the arm and boom. Tighter pinhole tolerances in the boom and arm reduce any side wobble.

A V-shaped cylinder guard helps protect the boom cylinder from objects that may fall from the bucket. To prevent damage to the upper structure, a D-section frame skirt and increased plate thickness improve upward impact resistance. The side plate thickness of the blade has been increased to withstand external shocks.

Easy to maintain

Ease of maintenance is a priority. A wide opening rear engine cover allows maintenance access. The filters and fuel/water separator are grouped in the pump room for easy ground level inspection and replacement. Features such as remote swing-circle lubrication simplify daily maintenance.

Routine checks, such as engine oil level, are quickly accomplished from ground level and all service points are easily reached through the handy access panels. The operator is alerted of hydraulic oil and fuel filter replacement timing through the multifunction monitor. An inner element of the engine air filter protects the engine from dust ingress while cleaning the outer element.

Using telematic tools to monitor machine health helps boost uptime. ConSite, which remotely monitors operational status and alerts owners and operators to upcoming maintenance needs, is making a leap forward.

A new optional feature, ConSite OIL, monitors engine and hydraulic oil conditions to proactively catch issues before any fault codes are triggered in the machine. This helps drive uptime by catching oil degradation before damage to critical systems can occur.

ConSite Air allows the excavator to be diagnosed remotely. It also allows remote updates of the software. The servicing dealer can remotely diagnose issues that may arise, leading to increased uptime. The ConSite response team is on standby to rapidly resolve issues as they emerge.

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Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas ZAXIS-5N compact excavators range from 1.7 to 6 metric tons (1.10 to 6.61 U.S. tons) and have been upgraded to enhance attachment versatility and performance. Operators can more efficiently complete work in congested urban areas thanks to the maneuverability of these compact machines that feature either a short-tail swing radius (U) or ultra-short-tail swing radius with swing boom (USB). These machines can set up and work almost anywhere.

“We continue to build on the capability of our compact excavators to efficiently run a wide selection of attachments. Recent ZAXIS-5N compact excavator updates further enhance attachment performance,” said Kei Matsumoto, product manager of compact excavators at Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas.

ZAXIS-5N compact excavators are commonly used as tool carriers with a wide range of attachments, increasing job site versatility. Several features enhance attachment compatibility. For instance, standard auxiliary hydraulic lines have been pre-plumbed to the end of the boom on the ZX17U-5N and to the middle of the arm on the ZX26U-5N to ZX60USB-5N. A standard wedgelock quick coupler makes attachment hookup a snap. A factory-installed bracket for a thumb cylinder simplifies thumb installation.

The Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas ZX30U-5N and ZX35U-5N compact excavators have been updated to include an auxiliary flow rate change switch for additional attachment flexibility. The operator can match the flow rate of the auxiliary hydraulic circuit to the requirements of the attachment being used with either a low or high setting.

An available auxiliary function lever (AFL) includes an analog switch, trigger switch and horn for running attachments such as a breaker or an attachment with swing.

A standard dozer blade enables the ZAXIS-5N series to grade while providing extra stability. An optional angle blade is available on the ZX35U-5N, ZX50U-5N and ZX60USB-5N excavators.

Efficient operation

All ZAXIS-5N series compact excavators are powered by proven, fuel-efficient Yanmar diesel engines.

The ZX30U-5N to ZX60USB-5N compact excavators incorporate power/economy work modes. The power mode provides higher engine speeds for most general digging work, while the economy mode reduces engine speed for lighter digging jobs. This results in lower noise and decreased fuel consumption.

An auto-idling system available on the ZX30U-5N to ZX60USB-5N further reduces fuel consumption, emissions and noise.

Big comfort in a small package

Operator comfort is key to productivity. Ergonomic hydraulic pilot valve control levers reduce fatigue and provide smooth control. Full hydraulic pilot controls for the bucket/thumb and other attachments, boom, swing, travel and blade maximize controllability and ensure smooth operation. Swing boom and foldable travel pedals are positioned for easy operation while allowing plenty of foot room.

Spacious operator stations have wide entryways, making entering and exiting the cab safe and easy. An updated 3-inch seatbelt provides additional comfort for operators.

Durability built in

Compact excavators in the Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas lineup are built to the same durability standards as the larger machines that operate in the toughest conditions. Cylinders and hoses are well protected. The ZAXIS-5N compact excavators feature a V-shaped boom cylinder guard and protected hoses on the boom and arm.

The ZX30U-5N to ZX60USB-5N feature a D-frame that protects the underside of the revolving platform from damage in demanding applications.

Easy to maintain

Compact machines have a reputation for being more challenging to maintain, but not the Hitachi compact excavators ZAXIS-5N. While all the components are packaged in a small space, Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas engineers ensured easy access. A hinged door provides wide-open access to the side-by-side oil cooler and radiator core for easier cleanout. The engine cover slides vertically with less rear projection for ease of maintenance in confined spaces. An operator will no longer bump their head on the cover during inspections.

Routine checks, such as engine oil level, are quickly accomplished from ground level. Daily maintenance points are grouped behind easy-access covers. Spin-on filters provide quick, easy access for filter maintenance. Ground-level at-a-glance gauges ease daily inspection and servicing.

The top of the track frame on Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas models from ZX30U-5N to ZX60USB-5N has been sloped for easy mud removal. Grease-impregnated HN bushings and pins provide 500-hour lubricating intervals.

To reduce the cost of repair, the traditional curved glass used in the cab has been exchanged with more easily obtainable flat glass.

The updated ZX30U-5N to ZX60USB-5N compact excavators are now prewired for compatibility with the fleet’s existing telematics system. They can be connected to Global e-Service, which remotely monitors operational status and alerts owners to upcoming maintenance and repair needs from fault codes. The hour meter and machine position information captured allows for better fleet management.

All Hitachi compact excavators ZAXIS-5N now come with a battery disconnect switch that prevents battery discharge during long-term storage. This eliminates the need to disconnect battery cables and avoids unanticipated downtime.

To explore the full line of compact excavators from Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas, visit hitachicm.us.

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