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Lincoln Electric has introduced Pipeliner® 80Ni1 MIG (GMAW) wire to its line of Pipeliner® consumables to meet the rigorous demands of the global pipe welding industry. Company officials say it is designed for semi-automatic or automatic welding of root, hot, fill and cap passes on up to X80 grade pipe and root passes on up to X100 grade pipe. Pipeliner® 80Ni1 is capable of producing impact properties of 69 – 95 J (51 – 70 ft•lbf) at -50°C (-58°F) to meet the demands of tough pipeline jobs. This new wire increases productivity with enhanced arc characteristics and provides optimal wire placement for narrow groove joint configurations. All Pipeliner® products feature ProTech® foil bag packaging to ensure reliable performance and are manufactured to lot control standards and tested per AWS A5.01, Class S4 Schedule H. Actual certificates of test available at

The Vermeer Terrain leveler Surface Excavation attachment is ideal for site preparation and excavation, surface mining, road construction and soil remediation. The attachment has a patented tilting head with top-down cutting action for efficiency and deeper tooth penetration. It can dig up to 27 inches deep and 12-feet wide in one pass. The unit’s top-down cutting device is powered by a large direct drive hydrostatic transmission that provides greater speed control for the cutting section. A patented tilt head system allows the operator to cut a level grade. This feature allows five degrees of tilt in either direction.


CECO announced that its emissions testing laboratory had been accredited by the State of Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) through its Louisiana Environmental Lab Accreditation Program (LELAP) to perform stack emissions testing on reciprocating engines and gas-fired turbines. CECO reports that its laboratory is equipped with the latest in instrument analyzer and FT-IR technology. Testing capabilities include common criteria pollutants such as NOx and CO while also providing more complicated analyses for items such as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs), including Formaldehyde. CECO routinely performs testing which falls under NSPS JJJJ and RICE MACT ZZZZ.

Forefront Design Specialist (FDS)
FDS offers what it describes as the most advanced mapping technology designed with total CAD and GIS integration for engineering and ROW construction. The product is a sheet-mapping generator called Route Mapper Enterprise. It is said to take care of all EPC, engineering reporting, survey, CAD, GIS, geospatial, geo-database, service departments and IT solutions for any type of ROW mapping construction project. It is said to save money by automating oil and gas pipeline construction alignment sheets, enhanced geospatial metadata maps for facilities or loop lines and much more. The firm says with its invention called the Geospatial Editor, one can query, export and edit all GIS data tables for the entire database/drawing in minutes with stationing for identifying the true location and purpose of each feature.

John Deere Power Systems
John Deere Power Systems’ (JDPS) PowerTech PVX 9.0L and PowerTech PSX 9.0L models are the first of their off-highway 56 kW (75 hp) and above engines to be certified by the Environmental Protection Agency and European Union as compliant with the Interim Tier 4 and Stage III B regulations. The PowerTech PVX and PSX 9.0L engines have already gone through the customer equivalent of nearly 200,000 hours of testing. Field and lab testing continues to ensure the final product will meet the unique requirements expected from off-highway diesel engines. With their 56 kW (75 hp) and above Interim Tier 4/Stage III B engines featuring cooled EGR and VGT technologies, John Deere expects to maintain fuel-economy levels similar to those achieved with their Tier 3/Stage III A engines. John Deere’s cooled EGR engines operate efficiently with ultra low-sulfur diesel as well as biodiesel blends, providing owners and operators with optimal performance and fuel-choice flexibility.


The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) now has available an updated Hydraulic Excavator Safety Manual with new and expanded material that reflects current industry practices. AEM safety manuals illustrate typical worksite and equipment hazards as well as safe practices in equipment preparation, operation, maintenance and transport.  They are ideal for group safety sessions on the job or in the classroom as well as individual usage. The AEM hydraulic safety manual has expanded from 48 to 60 pages, and the enhancements include a new section on trenching safety. Expanded or additional material includes safe mounting and dismounting; utility locating practices; attachment installation; installation, use and maintenance of quick-couplers; and use of newer safety design features such as gate or armrest-based hydraulic control locks. All safety manuals, videos and related safety and training products are available online at

Ditch Witch
There’s an easy way to remember the ideal machine for trenching 4- to 5-foot trenches: the Ditch Witch RT45. With its direct-coupled, high-torque digging chain motor and Tier 4i-compliant engine, the RT45 has plenty of power to muscle through the soil—with your choice of trencher, backhoe, rotary saw, vibratory plow, or combination trencher/plow—while you enjoy its roomy and comfortable operator’s station. For those high-vibration applications, the RT45 ride-on trencher also offers an optional heavy-duty engine mount.

The new Trencor T1760 mechanical drive chain trencher offers plenty of power and performance in the toughest digging conditions. It can also be fitted with a Road Miner attachment for a wider cut in a single pass. Its Caterpillar Acert Turbocharged Diesel Tier 2 Stage IIIA engine provides 950 hp and 3,122 foot-pounds of torque at 1,400 rpm. Power is transmitted to the digging chain through a proven 4-speed transmission, which allows maximum torque in each digging speed. It can trench as deep as 12-feet and as wide as 72 inches. Four newly designed, 10-inch bore boom lift cylinders improve performance and reduce maintenance points. The T1760’s hydraulic shift and boom lift keep pumps and motors cooler, making them last longer and operate more efficiently. 


Major updates have been made on the 2000 Trencher Series necessitating that all model numbers have been changed, and in some instances, new ones added. Replacing the previous series models are the TT-2350, TT-2450, TT-2550, TT-2650, TT-2850 and TT-2950. The six new models now range in horsepower from 350-390, which does not include the special order equipment available in ranges up to 1,500 hp. All models are powered by CAT engines. Operating weights range from 75,000-320,000 pounds. Maximum cutting widths have been increased to provide a 78-inch wide cut availability. The company has also increased the maximum depths from 24 to 30 feet.

CRC-Evans Automatic Welding
CRC-Evans Automatic Welding provided external welding equipment for a 202.5-mile section of the Midcontinent Express Pipeline constructed in Mississippi. Three contractors worked on the Mississippi section of the MEP:  MG Dyess completed 65 miles (Spread 8); North Houston Pole Line completed 73 miles (Spread 9); and Henkels & McCoy completed 64.5 miles. The contractors chose various combinations of the CRC-Evans Internal Welding System and External Welding System utilizing the P260 External Welder and the P600 External Welder.  On the Mississippi section, CRC-Evans equipment completed a total of 13,160 welds in the 36-inch-diameter pipeline. The CRC-Evans IWM provides faster, more accurate welds in the field by combining lineup mechanisms and an internal welder that automatically deposits the root bead in 1.25 minutes. The P260 External Welder provides tip-to-work tracking, 32-pass programmable welding, PDA downloads in the field, and position-based parameter control.  The P600 External Welder has single or dual-torch operation, through-the-arc tracking, onboard data collection, and touch screen control. These external systems used CRC-Evans Copper Back-up Clamps to deposit more consistent, higher quality external root beads with normal pipe alignment.