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.
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.
Bentley Systems | November 14, 2022
Bentley Systems, Incorporated (Nasdaq: BSY), the infrastructure engineering software company, today announced advancements to its construction management solution with enhancements to SYNCHRO 4D and the addition of SYNCHRO Cost and SYNCHRO Perform applications. The new advancements and portfolio expansion enable construction firms to transform how they plan, manage, and execute their projects.
“SYNCHRO helps The Lane Construction Corporation have access to all our project-level data. Our field and corporate managers, along with the executives who lead them, now have timely access to critical business information through SYNCHRO, It is access to this information that helps improve forward-looking decision-making. Our industry has been far too reliant on backward-looking reports and analysis. It is time to start looking ahead and planning for success. SYNCHRO helps us make a plan that we can rely on.”
-Andy Kaiyala, former vice president of bid development, The Lane Construction Corporation.
SYNCHRO 4D now offers advanced 4D/5D model authoring with leading-edge model-splitting tools to create constructible components, assignment of construction attributes to the model, mixed reality modeling, construction geometry placement, and web and mobile access to improve team collaboration, status updates, and progress reporting from the field. The addition of SYNCHRO Cost helps project teams control budgets and track financial progress throughout the contract with support for multicontract capture, payment application tracking, and change order management, minimizing financial risk and maximizing project profits. SYNCHRO Perform enables construction performance management including the ability to capture daily progress quantities, diaries, unplanned events, timesheets, tickets, and estimated field costs to provide the shortest cycle time for project feedback and productivity insights.
Construction firms are striving to deliver more complex projects, address resource gaps and supply chain disruptions, and manage data transparency issues while trying to win more work, manage risk, and deliver profitability. SYNCHRO’s advancements in leveraging 4D/5D models with web access for team collaboration, performance management for progress tracking and reporting, and cost management to minimize risk and maximize profits will transform the way projects are planned and delivered – with digitized workflows to address these challenges.
Leading-edge construction firms are using 4D models to build and optimize schedules and communicate sequencing and staging in a virtual environment. Digital rehearsals are a core part of their planning process to ensure resources are optimized, reducing rework and increasing safety. With the enhancements to SYNCHRO 4D, the accessibility and value of the 4D model is extended to more project stakeholders. The new capabilities improve communication and coordination of optimized plans, enabling real-time collaboration and model-based field-collected data to ensure projects stay on track.
“Construction teams need to ensure that they are in control of both the schedule and costs of their projects, The addition of SYNCHRO Cost and SYNCHRO Perform extends SYNCHRO’s industry leading 4D scheduling and project management solutions to include more capabilities to help contractors manage their costs and effectively connect the planning and tracking of costs and schedule. Time is money and we want project teams to save more of both with SYNCHRO.”
-Rich Humphrey, vice president of construction at Bentley Systems.
SYNCHRO Cost works with SYNCHRO 4D’s model-based quantity take-off, which includes model splitting to generate constructible components complete with work breakdown structure and cost codes so that estimators can quickly and accurately generate estimates. Moreover, SYNCHRO Cost can control contract changes and simplify payment applications, tracking line items and percentage complete against a schedule of values.
SYNCHRO Cost leverages the performance data in SYNCHRO Perform so project teams can manage and leverage field performance data to gain an accurate picture of actual costs from the field to compare to planned costs and schedule, delivering a complete view of the project’s performance. These digital workflows better connect the office and job site with real-time information. Supplementing contracts and change orders with evidentiary documents and images can prove invaluable in avoiding contract disputes.
With daily, clear line-of-sight into the management of all site resources from staff, sub-contractors, and equipment, SYNCHRO Perform fills the gaps between end-of-month financial reporting cycles. And, with project leadership potentially at a disadvantage when it comes to decision-making due to delays in progress capture and errors in data entry, SYNCHRO Perform provides a timely source of truth for all performance management data and metrics, so that project leadership knows the health of every project. Construction-specific features capture daily progress quantities, diaries, unplanned events, timesheets, tickets, and estimated costs from field personnel, providing leadership with the timely data they need to make informed decisions.
SYNCHRO supports the entire heavy civil construction project lifecycle, empowering firms going digital with real-time insight into the performance, productivity, and financial health of their projects to make more-informed, data-driven decisions. Project teams stay connected and become collaborative with simple mobile and web interfaces for office-to-field workflows.
About Bentley Systems:
Bentley Systems (Nasdaq: BSY) is the infrastructure engineering software company. We provide innovative software to advance the world’s infrastructure – sustaining both the global economy and environment. Our industry-leading software solutions are used by professionals, and organizations of every size, for the design, construction, and operations of roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, mining, and industrial facilities. Our offerings include MicroStation-based applications for modeling and simulation, ProjectWise for project delivery, AssetWise for asset and network performance, Seequent’s leading geoprofessional software portfolio, and the iTwin platform for infrastructure digital twins. Bentley Systems employs more than 4,500 colleagues and generates annual revenues of approximately $1 billion in 186 countries.
Zuken | November 10, 2022
nVent Electric plc (NYSE:NVT) (“nVent”), a global leader in electrical connection and protection solutions, today announced it will preview its upcoming digital manufacturing software portfolio at Rockwell Automation Fair in Chicago. The Design to Manufacturing Software, powered by Zuken’s E3.series, is a proven and fast engineering system for designers and manufacturing personnel to:
Plan and design the electrical engineering for machines and factory systems
Automate panel building through 2D/3D design and assembly of industrial and commercial control panels
nVent is a global leader in providing industrial enclosures and advanced cooling solutions, and has a comprehensive machine portfolio to automate panel building. The nVent HOFFMAN Design to Manufacturing Software, powered by Zuken, helps us to create time and labor savings, which enables us to build a more sustainable and electrified world.
“By adding the Design to Manufacturing Software, powered by Zuken, we have significantly enhanced our value proposition by optimizing the entire panel design and fabrication process, Companies are prudently finding ways to maximize the skills of their workforce, especially in such a competitive landscape and tight job market. This will make it easier for our customers to deliver high-quality solutions faster, with fewer resources and time-consuming steps.”
-Alexander van der Weide, general manager and vice president for nVent.
We simplify design. We connect engineering to manufacturing.
We simplify design
We connect engineering to manufacturing
We capture and deploy knowledge
We solve the shortage of engineers and skilled labor
We accelerate profitable growth
The Design to Manufacturing Software provides design automation to help electrical engineers to simplify processes, and ultimately increase overall productivity. With its easy-to-use intelligent central parts library, designers can now efficiently work on a single project while the software automatically ensures the data is continually up to date, making the design and planning process easy.
The optimized engineering process drives the creation of the digital twin with all the necessary manufacturing details. We automate the panel building process by connecting machines and workers, accelerating the transition to smart manufacturing. Workers can now easily visualize the design and immediately access digital documentation. This automated workflow detects critical errors, significantly improves the time taken to build a panel, and maintains the overall process.
The advanced software portfolio will be released in 2023 as part of a collaboration with Zuken, a leading global software company specializing in optimizing electrical and electronic engineering design processes. The Design to Manufacturing software portfolio will include specially designed software packages for engineering and manufacturing processes, connecting workers to the manufacturing floor, and adding optional add-on functionalities.
nVent is a leading global provider of electrical connection and protection solutions. We believe our inventive electrical solutions enable safer systems and ensure a more secure world. We design, manufacture, market, install and service high performance products and solutions that connect and protect some of the world's most sensitive equipment, buildings and critical processes. We offer a comprehensive range of enclosures, electrical connections and fastening and thermal management solutions across industry-leading brands that are recognized globally for quality, reliability and innovation. Our principal office is in London and our management office in the United States is in Minneapolis. Our robust portfolio of leading electrical product brands dates back more than 100 years and includes nVent CADDY, ERICO, HOFFMAN, RAYCHEM, SCHROFF and TRACER.
Zuken is a global software company providing industry leading electrical and electronic design solutions. Founded in 1976, Zuken has a long track record of technology innovation and financial stability in the electronic design automation (EDA) industry. With a product portfolio of world-class design solutions spanning MBSE-based product definition and services to electrical and electronic design solutions to address the needs of a broad range of industries across the globe. These design solutions provide our customers with improved productivity and efficiencies in this highly competitive landscape.