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Courtesy of Junntan OyJunttan’s first ten piling rigs were built on excavators during the period 1979-1983. The excavator-based piling rig was and still is a compromise in many ways, but it was rather efficient compared to standards at the time. Compared to a purpose-built piling rig, the excavator-based rig had many operational restrictions in areas like pile handling, hydraulic output and stability, partly because of the dimensions of the machine and partly because of the basic structure. The transportation dimensions were quite large; the machine was tall and the tracks had to be wide to achieve adequate stability.

To eliminate these difficulties, Junttan ended up building its first purpose-built fully hydraulic pile driving rig, PM20. The new rig had a telescopic leader with side inclination cylinders that made it more stable than ever to accomplish the most demanding piling jobs. The PM20 had a hydraulic system that was optimized for the hammer and produced enough energy to run all the required functions simultaneously. This meant maximized working efficiency, which was a huge upgrade to the excavator-based rig. The new rig had hydraulically extendable tracks that brought a new level of stability to working conditions and also reduced the transportation width significantly. Another factor that minimized the transportation dimensions was the structure of the upper carriage frame that was open from the middle. In addition to the telescopic leader, horizontal boom and a movable counterweight, the PM20 had pile arms that made pile handling easier and more efficient than ever. The purpose-built rig didn’t need any other machines on the job; it could easily unload the piles, haul them and lift them securely up to the hammer with its telescopic leader and winches. As a final touch, the ergonomics in the cabin were tested with wooden and cardboard mockups to make it unprecedentedly strong to protect the driver in accident situations.

Courtesy of Women Building FuturesWomen Building Futures (WBF), Alberta’s premier organization for pre-trades training for women, is pleased to announce a new partnership with TFL Industrial, an Edmonton-based steel fabrication, construction and maintenance company.

Like many employers in Alberta, TFL Industrial was looking for innovative ways to attract more people to work in its organization.

Courtesy of Women Building FuturesWomen Building Futures (WBF), Alberta’s premier organization for pre-trades training for women, is pleased to announce a new partnership with TFL Industrial, an Edmonton-based steel fabrication, construction and maintenance company.

Like many employers in Alberta, TFL Industrial was looking for innovative ways to attract more people to work in its organization.

“I saw the female labour pool as a great opportunity to bring more welders onto our team and wondered how we could strategically target [female workers] in our recruitment,”said Tanner Stewart, president & CEO of TFL Industrial. Stewart approached WBF to see if there was a possibility of a partnership and WBF jumped at the chance.

Courtesy of Ritchie Bros.October’s Edmonton auction achieved new records for gross auction proceeds (over CA$95 million), number of sellers (840-plus) and number of items (5,850-plus) sold at a two-day auction
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, the world’s largest industrial auctioneer, conducted its largest two-day auction in company history in Edmonton, Alta. (Oct. 29 to 30, 2013). More than 5,850 equipment items and trucks were sold in the public auction for more than CA$95 million – all equipment was sold by unreserved auction, with no minimum bids or reserve prices. Multiple Ritchie Bros. records were set at this auction, including highest gross auction proceeds and most items sold in a two-day auction globally, most items ever sold in any Canadian auction and most sellers ever at any auction globally. Bids were made in person at the Edmonton auction site, online in real time at www.rbauction.com and by proxy.

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