4 Things to Expect for the Future of Mechanical Engineering

ThomasNet | December 16, 2019

Mechanical engineering is considered the broadest of all engineering disciplines, mainly due to the field’s overlap with other areas of study, such as civil, chemical, and industrial engineering. As a result, mechanical engineers can be found in numerous industries working on a wide range of projects. The versatility of this field has historically lead to rich job prospects for mechanical engineers, and the same seems to hold true for the future. Employment for mechanical engineers is expected to grow at 4% annually between 2018 and 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. They do, however, also mention that this rate will most likely favor those who stay abreast with the latest technological advances. While core mechanical engineering principles, such as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and machine design are still valid, expertise in composites, mechatronics, and nanotechnology are in increasingly high demand.

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Caterpillar Successfully Demonstrates First Battery Electric Large Mining Truck and Invests in Sustainable Proving Ground

Caterpillar | November 23, 2022

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) announced today a successful demonstration of its first battery electric 793 large mining truck and a significant investment to transform its Arizona-based proving ground into a sustainable testing and validation hub of the future. Caterpillar completed development of its first battery electric 793 prototype with support from key mining customers participating in Caterpillar's Early Learner program. Participants of the program with definitive electrification agreements include BHP, Freeport-McMoRan, Newmont Corporation, Rio Tinto and Teck Resources Limited. "Our global team came together to develop this battery truck at an accelerated pace to help our customers meet their sustainability commitments, This demonstration is a significant milestone, and we are excited for these trucks to get to work at customers' sites around the world in the near future. The transformation of the Tucson Proving Ground allows Caterpillar to demonstrate our energy transition commitments and serve as a stronger advisor to customers as we navigate the changes together. We know it will take an integrated, site-level solution for miners to achieve their carbon-reduction goals, and we're here to help as they redefine the way they mine for generations to come." -Denise Johnson Group President Resource Industries. The Early Learner program launched in 2021 and focuses on accelerating the development and validation of Caterpillar's battery electric trucks at participating customers' sites. This approach supports the individual commitments each Early Learner participant has made to reduce and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from their operations. A primary objective of the program is for Caterpillar to collaborate more closely with its customers as the industry undergoes transformational change through the energy transition. Early Learner customers came together to witness a live demonstration of Caterpillar's prototype battery truck on a seven-kilometer (4.3-mile) course. During the event, Caterpillar monitored over 1,100 data channels, gathering 110,000 data points per second, to validate simulation and engineering modeling capabilities. Fully loaded to its rated capacity, the truck achieved a top speed of 60 km/h (37.3 mph). The loaded truck traveled one kilometer (0.62 mile) up a 10% grade at 12 km/h (7.5 mph). The truck also performed a one kilometer (0.62 mile) run on a 10% downhill grade, capturing the energy that would normally be lost to heat and regenerating that energy to the battery. Upon completing the entire run, the truck maintained enough battery energy to perform additional complete cycles. Mine Site of the Future The prototype truck was built at Caterpillar's Tucson Proving Ground, located in Green Valley, Arizona. In support of the energy transition, Caterpillar is investing to transform the proving ground into a working, sustainable "mine site of the future" by installing and utilizing a variety of renewable energy sources. The objective is to implement the same sustainable solutions mining companies will use at their own operations to learn firsthand what it takes to run an electrified mine site and effectively support customers through the changes. As part of the site transformation, the company will install the latest advancements in sustainability technology, including green hydrogen production, natural gas and 100% hydrogen reciprocating engine power generation, fuel cell power generation and expanded energy storage systems. The site will also leverage a variety of renewable power sources, including wind, solar and hydrogen, capable of powering the facility and its products as they become electrified. The transformation of the facility will also serve as a learning platform for optimizing charging and energy management integration. About Caterpillar: With 2021 sales and revenues of $51.0 billion, Caterpillar Inc. is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, off-highway diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. For nearly 100 years, we've been helping customers build a better, more sustainable world and are committed and contributing to a reduced-carbon future. Our innovative products and services, backed by our global dealer network, provide exceptional value that helps customers succeed. Caterpillar does business on every continent, principally operating through three primary segments – Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation – and providing financing and related services through our Financial Products segment.

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Caterpillar Announces Collaboration with Luck Stone to Scale Autonomous Solutions to the Aggregates Industry

Caterpillar | December 16, 2022

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) announced today a collaboration with Luck Stone, the nation's largest family-owned and operated producer of crushed stone, sand and gravel, to deploy Caterpillar's autonomous solution to Luck Stone's Bull Run Plant in Chantilly, Virginia. This will be Caterpillar's first autonomous deployment in the aggregates industry and will expand the company's autonomous truck fleet to include the 100-ton-class (90-tonne-class) Cat® 777. Looking to accelerate autonomous solutions beyond mining, Caterpillar will implement its existing Cat® MineStar™ Command for Hauling system at the Bull Run quarry, on a fleet of 777G trucks. This will allow Caterpillar to gain greater insights on quarry operations in order to tailor the next generation of autonomous solutions specific to quarry and aggregate applications. This project supports the acceleration of autonomous technology for operations with fewer mobile assets to allow a step change in safety and productivity, as currently experienced at large mining operations. "Luck Stone and Caterpillar's partnership has been grounded in shared values for many years, Together we believe that safety, innovation and a commitment to people are critical, not only to propelling important projects like this, but to ensuring our focus on the future and all of the exciting possibilities technology affords our industry. Our collaboration will provide opportunities for associates to learn and grow, improve safety and result in production efficiencies. We are thrilled to partner with Caterpillar to achieve this 'first' for our industry." -Charlie Luck, President and CEO of Luck Companies. Caterpillar has a long-standing relationship with Luck Stone, and we look forward to working together to bring the demonstrated benefits of increased safety and productivity to the quarry industry. We're excited to get in the dirt and work alongside Luck Stone's innovative team, so we can learn how to scale our already proven mining solution for another industry, said Denise Johnson, Caterpillar Group President of Resource Industries. The current autonomy solutions will be implemented in 2024. This project builds on Caterpillar's long history in autonomy and automation. Caterpillar is recognized as the industry leader with the world's largest fleet of autonomous haul trucks, now numbering more than 560 trucks. These trucks have traveled more than 187 million kilometers and autonomously moved more than 5.1 billion tonnes – most notably – all without a single zero lost-time injury. About Caterpillar With 2021 sales and revenues of $51.0 billion, Caterpillar Inc. is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, off-highway diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. For nearly 100 years, we've been helping customers build a better, more sustainable world and are committed and contributing to a reduced-carbon future. Our innovative products and services, backed by our global dealer network, provide exceptional value that helps customers succeed. Caterpillar does business on every continent, principally operating through three primary segments – Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation – and providing financing and related services through our Financial Products segment. Visit us at caterpillar.com or join the conversation on our social media channels. About Luck Stone Through three generations of family leadership, Luck Stone has been building strong communities for 100 years. Luck Stone, a division of Luck Companies, is the nation's largest family-owned and operated producer of crushed stone, sand and gravel. A responsive and creative partner to the construction, civil engineering and environmental industries, Luck Stone provides consistent, quality aggregate materials and services that serve as the foundation of roads, bridges and buildings.

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Construction Safety Solution, eMOD, Integrated with Procore’s Platform

Procore | January 19, 2023

eMOD, a leading construction safety software platform, recently announced its integration with Procore Technologies, Inc., a prominent global provider of construction management software. This integration will enable Procore users to have access and streamline processes with one of the market's leading construction safety management solutions. The integration allows data migration between Procore and eMOD apps, which helps reduce the amount of time spent filling out daily documentation manually. This makes it easier for users to setup, coordinate, and manage safety responsibilities collectively. CEO of eMOD, Kaitlin Frank stated, "Our mission is to increase field engagement around safety and help significantly reduce construction site injuries." He further added, "After a successful beta integration, over 2 million Procore users can now migrate data between both platforms to better manage safety on every project quickly and easily as long as they have an eMOD account." (Source – Business Wire) Users can now utilize the integration to import newly developed Procore projects into eMOD with the few clicks, and without the need to recreate the project. Users can also submit a PTP in eMOD, and the data will automatically generate a Procore Daily Log in the same project. In addition, customers can monitor compliance and analyze documents, through eMOD's online interface or the Procore Platform to accurately know the situation at the project site. About Procore Headquartered in Carpinteria, California, Procore is a global construction management software provider. The construction platform connects people, applications, and gadgets in one centralized hub. Procore's platform has supported over 1 million projects and more than $1 trillion in construction volume. With an open and extendable platform, it facilitates connection to hundreds of popular construction apps to streamline and complete of projects. . The new features, like customizable workflows and embedded applications, create a customized experience for its clients.

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