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Panasonic continues its year of Toughbook introductions, this time with an eye toward users who not only want the option of a keyboard but also future-proof technology. A keyboard is only the first of the options on the G2 fully rugged 2-in-1 detachable tablet. There are several add-ons expansion packs or what Panasonic calls xPaks that give the unit functions such as a serial port, thermal camera, barcode reader and a quick-release SSD hard drive. Owners can add this functionality in three modular expansion areas whenever needed since the xPaks are user installed and removed. The Panasonic Toughbook G2 can be operated solely in tablet form or be paired with a keyboard.Panasonic“No other table has this modular expansion pack approach,” Anthony Mungiello, Toughbook senior product manager, tells Equipment World. “You can get a total of 36 combinations between the three expansion areas. This gives people flexibility, helps future proof the G2, and they can add any of these xPaks at any time.” Contractors can also share xPaks among several users. The G2’s 10.1-inch display is available with Windows 10 Pro;

Construction employment in June remained below the pre-pandemic levels of February 2020 in 39 states, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. New York and Wyoming suffered the worst losses, while Utah and Idaho added the most construction jobs. New York, Vermont and Iowa had the biggest declines in June. Georgia and Kentucky were the top gainers. AGC officials put the blame on supply chain shortages and rising material prices, which are undermining demand for new projects and impacting construction firms’ ability to hire workers. “The construction industry is a long way from full recovery in most states, in spite of a hot homebuilding market in many areas,” said Ken Simonson, AGC chief economist. “Soaring materials costs, long production times for key items and delayed deliveries are causing owners to postpone projects.” 16 months into pandemic From February 2020 to June 2021, New York shed the most construction jobs (54,300 jobs or 13.3%) followed by Texas (54,100 jobs, 6.9%) and California (36,500 jobs, 4%). Wyoming recorded the largest percentage loss (15.3%, 3,500 jobs), followed by Louisiana

EquipmentShare says its new $230 million funding will help it launch its core T3 construction operating system and expand its suite of technology solutions. “We are eager to leverage this milestone round to launch several initiatives, with the continued goal of empowering contractors and accelerating productivity in construction,” says Willy Schlacks, EquipmentShare president and co-founder. The company says it will soon launch T3, a solution that digitizes and connects assets, people and materials. T3 will “give contractors real-time visibility into parts of the jobsite that are historically difficult to track and manage,” it says. In addition, Columbia, Missouri-based EquipmentShare says it plans to significantly increase its footprint in the U.S. in 2021 and grow its total presence to more than 100 locations, including rental, retail and service. It now says it’s hiring 100 new employees a month.  The funding round was led by Tiger Global Management, The Spruce House Partnership and RedBird Capital Partners. Addition participation came from Tru Arrow Partners and EquipmentShare’s existing investorsRomulus, Insight Partners and Anchorage Capital Group.  tlas Copco adds Caisson ConsultantAtlas Copco Caisson Consultant has

The new line of Bio-Guard lubricants from JAX do what all lubricants do — protect equipment from friction and wear — but also protect the environment. The complete line of Bio-Guard products meets the technical requirements established by the Environmental Protection Agency for biodegradability, toxicity and bioaccumulation. In addition to states that have blanket rules on lubricants and the environment (like California), increasing numbers of industries, such as commercial marine, forestry, agriculture, hydroelectric power, construction and mining, are imposing their own rules. JAX’s chemists and product development team focused on four key applications – wire rope, gearboxes, bearings and hydraulic systems. The products include: JAX Bio-Guard Wire Rope Lube 00. Designed for rust and corrosion protection on steel wire rope and cables.JAX Bio-Guard Gear Oils. ISO 150 to 680. Designed for gearboxes used in outdoor environments.JAX Bio-Guard Hydraulic Fluids. ISO 32, 46, and 68. Synthetic, readily biodegradable lubricants designed to maximize hydraulic performance. JAX Bio-Guard Grease. NLGI 2 grease designed for areas where water resistance and load carrying properties are primary concerns.   Did you miss our previous article… https://www.neiloganconstruction.com/?p=73

Merlo has introduced its new DBM 3500 Mini Cement Mixer to the U.S. market. Along with its compact stature, the mixer is maneuverable on tight jobsites, able to discharge concrete up to 330 degrees around the machine. The drum can rotate laterally 180 degrees, and the chute provides additional reach. The mixer also has a tight turning radius, and the drum has a reduced incline angle for further agility. It can produce 37.7 square feet of concrete in less than 15 minutes, the company says. The 1,321-gallon drum can deliver 4.6 cubic yards of concrete. A self-loading bucket can handle up to 25 cubic feet of aggregate at each load cycle. Hydraulics lift and rotate the bucket as needed, while the  door automatically opens to unload aggregate into the drum. The pump moves 66 gallons of water per minute into the mixing drum. Merlo duplicated the in-cab controls outside the mixer at ground level. “From the ground, an operator can control engine acceleration, water pump activation, drum rotation, barrel lift, chute lift and emergency stop,” the company says. The Merlo

Construction loans are one of the most important tools any new business owner can use to get their business off the ground and running. A construction loan is used to pay for all the expenses that occur before you start building anything. For example, you will need to acquire the land on which your building will be built. Once you have that all set, you can then look for a loan company that will lend you the money you need. How does a construction loan work? It starts by you getting a quote from a company that offers you a construction loan. In order to qualify for the loan, you must show them that you have a good amount of credit and that you will be able to repay the amount you are given. You must also prove that you have the means to repay the construction loan as agreed upon. There are two types of construction loans that you can use for your new business. One is a construction loan that is provided by a bank or other major