Photo courtesy of Caterpillar Inc. Cat's new hybrid excavator generated more than 300 patents. Related Links: At MINExpo, Iron Is Hot Despite Cooling Commodities Around the Block: Caterpillar D7E Seeking to deliver greater fuel efficiency in its line of earthmoving machines, Caterpillar Inc. has unveiled its first hybrid excavator, the 336E-H. The technology will pay back in as little as one year, the company says.With an operating weight of approximately 40 tons, the excavator cuts fuel consumption by 25% over its non-hybrid counterpart, the standard 336E, and 33% over the outgoing model, the 336D, Cat says. Measured in tons of
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.