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Electric to Autonomous: Construction Equipment Advances

With a rise in urbanization and a skilled labor shortage in construction, equipment manufacturers are addressing industry challenges head on, with the development of new, advanced construction equipment.

For instance, as urban cities around the world expand zero-emissions standards for transit vehicles to also include small-and-medium construction equipment, many businesses are now looking for electrified products.

To help, Hyundai Construction Equipment and Cummins developed an electric-powered mini excavator. The two companies agreed to work on the design and development of the equipment, based on the long-term partnership of the companies.

The 3.5-ton excavator is designed to operate for a full eight-hour shift and can charge in under three hours. The machine also eliminates all gaseous emissions and reduces noise, making it good for use in urban settings.

While this is one example of how construction equipment is advancing, another is with autonomous capabilities—particularly in the mining industry. Autonomous equipment can help address many of the key industry concerns that exist today, such as the labor shortage, production levels, and safety of workers.

As one example, ASI Mining recently received an investment from Epiroc to scale its autonomous mining platform, which will help the company provide autonomous mining technology to its customers on a larger scale.

Robotics and autonomous systems can help with a number of different tasks at the construction jobsite including blasting, hauling, drilling, dozing, loading, and more.

As the equipment continues to advance, construction professionals will have more options to solve some of the critical business challenges facing the industry today.

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By |2018-11-08T20:43:57+00:0011/13/2018|

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