Tuesday, July 27, 2021

What You Should Know About Testing Requirements for Tires

The construction equipment industry has evolved many times over in the past century. It continues to strive to provide the best solutions to help our world move ahead efficiently and safely in all aspects of construction equipment use.


A significant portion of the industry relies on a long-time mainstay that keeps vehicles moving - tires. While tires may seem to be a relatively simple component compared to other equipment technology, they play a crucial role in keeping the vehicle productive, reliable, and safe.

In recent years, tire technology has continued to evolve with new concepts in tires introduced. They look much different than what most of us think of as traditional tires and require no filling medium. Much of the discussion here will apply to any tire technology, though some points will be for specific technologies.

Tires are selected for use on vehicles based on many criteria – traction / braking, speed and load rating, ride ergonomics / vibration, ground pressure, maneuverability and packaging, wear / reliability, surface marking, and stability characteristics.

The filling medium(s) chosen to occupy internal voids or spaces within a tire and how they are applied is also an important consideration. The most prevalent choices for filling construction tires are air, foam (urethane), foam and crumb rubber mixture, and rubber. Each tire fill type can affect multiple properties of a tire’s performance which we will examine below.

Traction / Braking

Tire traction can be somewhat subjective and may vary widely for vehicles covering multiple applications and markets. Testing involves subjecting tires to and operating vehicles on differing terrains and surfaces and in a variety of environmental conditions to understand how well they grip those surfaces. The ability of the tire to expel material such as rocks and mud from the tread pattern is critical to performance. Voice of the Customer (VOC) trials are often sought as feedback for new designs. Tires also directly affect vehicle braking and therefore must be carefully considered and tested to satisfy compliance with all applicable regulations.

Speed and Load Rating

Tire manufacturers rate their tires for speed as well as load carrying ability - key to meeting the primary use of many construction use vehicles. They utilize guidelines from organizations such as the US Tire and Rim Association (TRA) and the European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO). Tire ratings are based on a combination of Empty Vehicle Weight (EVW) and Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) (empty vehicle + payload) and their respective travel speed duty cycles.

    Tire ratings are based on a combination of Empty Vehicle Weight (EVW) and Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) (empty vehicle + payload) and their respective travel speed duty cycles.

Many construction vehicle tire offerings serve a multitude of vehicle applications, making it difficult for tire suppliers to publish use guidance for every application. Tire fills can also have a significant effect on the speed and load rating of tires. As a result, bench testing and / or vehicle testing is often performed that combines expected loads, speeds, tire fills, and application profiles with construction site road hazards to assure the tire performs on the vehicle as required and expected.

Ride Ergonomics / Vibration

Tires should support and enhance the vehicle driving experience. The tire design as well as the type and amount of tire fill can affect ride ergonomics and vibration. Vehicles are tested to understand adverse frequencies, vibration, or other effects that may be transmitted into the vehicle. Measurements are often collected at sensitive components and the operator’s station to quantify the effect of the entire vehicle dynamics (including tires) on those systems.

Ground Pressure

The width and diameter of tires, the tread type of tires, the type of tire fill used, and the compliance of tires all factor into how much force will be directed onto any operating surface by the vehicle. Ground pressure is important in understanding vehicle flotation with respect to soil compaction, vehicle flotation with respect to surfaces such as mud and sand, vehicle transportation floor loading considerations, and floor loading where vehicles are operating on constructed surfaces. Ground pressure is determined generally through testing and calculation to determine what percentage of each tire surface area is supporting the vehicle load on a given terrain.

Maneuverability and Packaging

Tires must allow the vehicle to achieve vehicle design requirements dimensions in width, length, turning radius, height, and steering. Wide tires can adversely affect vehicle width, the maximum steer angle possible, as well as resistance to steering due to ground contact friction. Large diameter tires can affect vehicle overall length and height dimensions of the vehicle. Tire fill types may affect how well the vehicle can maneuver. Vehicle dimensional analyses as well as multiple performance tests are conducted to assure targets of maneuverability and packaging are met.

Wear / Reliability

Tires and their filling medium must exhibit wear and structural integrity characteristics that are in line with intended industry expectations. Vehicles with tires that consume the available working tread too quickly or become damaged too easily (chunking treads, bulges / broken belts, punctures, fill compromised, etc.) will not meet customer’s expectations. Vehicle testing is undertaken on a variety of construction surfaces, applications, and road hazards to assure the wear rate is reasonable and that the tire and it’s filling medium survives structurally to reasonable expectations.

Surface Marking

Some use applications require vehicles to not mark the surfaces on which they are operating and therefore require unique tire compounds. Special applications such as this may create unique tire testing considerations for tire and vehicle manufacturers.

Stability

Of significant importance is how well the tires and their associated fill maintain their structural shape when loaded in various configurations – ultimately affecting the stability of the vehicle. Every tire option offered on a vehicle must adequately support the vehicle to meet all applicable regulations and the published load carrying capability of the vehicle. Tire type (bias ply, radial, solid, etc.) as well as fill medium can significantly affect the sidewall and overall stiffness of a tire when subjected to a combination of vertical and transverse loading. Significant testing and simulation is performed on vehicles to assure the tire options offered can adequately support the base vehicle weight and any required payload according to industry regulations, standards, and published load diagrams.

Tires are, and will remain for the foreseeable future, an integral and important component of many construction vehicles today. Their selection and use influences multiple aspects of vehicle performance that must be confirmed through a combination of calculation, simulation, and test.

Source:  https://www.jlg.com/en/direct-access/2018/04/13/what-you-should-know-about-testing-requirements-for-tires

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Test Your JLG Knowledge

JLG Industries


How well do you know JLG® machines and services? Test your knowledge in our Trivia Challenge, and you could win this month’s prize: a JLG® auto tech kit.

Follow this link to test your knowledge: https://www.jlg.com/en/ground_support/trivia-2018-april.aspx

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Service Tips: Mobile elevating work platforms

Maintenance can drive lower total  cost of ownership.

 ANSI requires extensive recordkeeping of boom lift maintenance

By Bill Dovey

ANSI requires extensive recordkeeping of boom lift maintenance

New ANSI standards will require changes to maintenance recordkeeping.

Keep it clean
Keep it clean. Be diligent in keeping contaminants out of engine, coolant, electrical hydraulic systems and drives.

Proper maintenance of access equipment allows owners to sell and rent a safe fleet of machines and is critical to performance and uptime. Failure to properly maintain boom, scissor and vertical lifts can disrupt a project schedule and put it over budget.

Regular service of aerial work platforms (AWPs), now referred to by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), is necessary to ensure compliance, prevent workplace accidents and lower total cost of ownership. Beyond the inspection checklist, here are items to consider when inspecting and maintaining aerial lifts.

ANSI standards define  inspection protocols
ANSI A92.6 outlines the frequency of preventive and annual MEWP inspection requirements. Federal law requires a frequency inspection every 90 days or 150 hours, whichever comes first. An annual inspection must be performed on a MEWP no later than 13 months from the date of the prior annual inspection. Owners should consider placing MEWPs on a planned maintenance schedule based on hours of operation and type of application.

ANSI also mandates inspections be performed by a technician qualified on the specific make and model of the MEWP or one having similar design characteristics. What’s required for inspections is determined by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Owners of mixed fleets must reference the manual of each manufacturer for the specific piece of equipment being inspected to ensure compliance and operator safety.

Cleanliness extends service life
Dirt and foreign materials that collect on a MEWP can shorten its service life and impact resale value. Although manufacturers provide safeguards such as shields, covers, seals and filters to keep air, fuel, oil and grease supplies clean, regular maintenance is still necessary.

Openings in air, fuel or oil lines that are disconnected during maintenance should be covered to prevent dirt or other foreign materials from entering. When replacing old or damaged parts, such as oil and air filters, keep the new parts in their containers to maintain cleanliness and avoid scratching or scoring.

Prevent hydraulic system contamination
Hydraulic system fluid cleanliness is key to a long life for the system and its components. Even a small amount of dirt or other contaminant can compromise the hydraulic system. Contamination can be caused by using inadequate hydraulic oil or allowing moisture, grease, filings, sealing components or sand to enter while performing maintenance. Insufficient warm-up or leaks in suction lines can cavitate pumps and cause contamination. A tainted system can damage close-fitting parts like valves, pumps and motors, leading to malfunctions that could result in faulty operation and shorter service life.

To assess hydraulic oil cleanliness, remove filters and look for cloudy oil or metal particles. If the hydraulic system has been contaminated, it must be drained, flushed and refilled with clean hydraulic oil. The MEWP’s service manual will share how often filters should be checked, cleaned and replaced. Filters may need to be inspected more often if the machine is operating in a harsh environment.

Extending powertrain life
Many diesel engines require using diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). If the wrong fluid is added, such as screen washer or diesel fuel, the injection, ejection fluid quality sensing systems may be damaged, impacting system life.

While battery packs are unlikely to become contaminated with foreign material, they may be subject to corrosion. To clean the battery, use a non-metallic brush and a solution of baking soda and water, then rinse with clean water and thoroughly dry it. Coat the terminals with an anti-corrosion compound.

New ANSI standards compliance
ANSI A92 updates are expected to be published in May 2018 and rental companies, dealers and distributors must be in compliance within one year of its publication date.

Rental companies will be required to train technicians on the current standards for each class of equipment they service. Equipment dealers and rental companies should also help operators understand and plan for these changes. End users may face challenges with new equipment and will have questions about site training and compliance.

The new standard requires annual machine inspections (AMI); completion and expiration dates must be noted on the MEWP. If rental firms use a third party for machine inspections and maintenance beyond daily walk-arounds, they must verify that person follows the new standard.

Under the new standard, operators with suitable experience may complete self-familiarization to reduce service calls to owners for minor operational adjustments. The requirement still exists to offer familiarization, but will be on an as-requested basis. In response to this change, rental companies may choose to use alternative customer service practices.

Another way rental companies can be more efficient is by stocking commonly used parts, attachments and supplies, eliminating rush orders and saving time and money.

Several changes to the manufacturing standards of MEWPs are anticipated, including load- and tilt-sensing, wind-force requirements, entrance gates, platform railings, tires and machine markings. Many OEMs have already undertaken these functional changes; operation manuals will include these updates.

New machinery components must be supplied by the OEM and meet the OEM specs to remain compliant. For example, replacing a gate with a chain on a new machine is an unauthorized product modification and will render the machine non-compliant.

Rental companies may see an increase in requests for information on retrofit accessories and must explain the manufacturer’s new warnings and instructions to renters. Rental companies should assist end users in meeting these new obligations. Equipment owners and dealers will need to consider how to familiarize their technicians with the new features brought on by the design requirements.

Regular MEWP inspections, preventive maintenance and ongoing training will improve operator and worker safety and increase uptime of equipment fleets. Partner with OEMs to understand best practices and develop a plan for optimal fleet utilization, which will help lower total cost of ownership.

Bill Dovey is senior product manager at JLG Industries Inc.

This article originally appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of Pro Contractor Rentals magazine, © 2018 Direct Business Media

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Experience the Worksite of the Future


In this video recap, we venture into the worksite of the future using augmented reality. Learn how advances in communication, machine design and connected technology will propel the construction industry forward.
http://www.jlg.com/

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Product Introduction: Genie® S® 80 J Telescopic Boom Lift - ANSI


The Genie S-80 J model has an unre­stricted platform capacity of 660 lb (300 kg) to get the job done with two occupants, plus tools, and a 6-ft (1.8 m) jib, leading length and capacity for low-weight booms in this height category. Learn more: https://www.genielift.com/en/aerial-l...

Monday, July 12, 2021

Tutorial: JLG 3-D Hydraulics Schematics Troubleshooting


At JLG, we strive to provide you with tools to make your jobs faster and easier. Machine service technicians - this one is for you! Now you can quickly and easily locate and trace a hydraulic circuit to it's function with 3-D Hydraulic Schematics. These interactive, environmentally friendly schematics are available to anyone with access to Online Express and allow you to view 3-D renderings of boom, scissor and telehandler machines to help troubleshoot any hydraulic issues. The best part? You can order the products you need right from the schematic.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Genie® Lift Pro™ Training | Rescue Plans


Every organization that operates MEWPs needs to develop a safe use plan and having documented rescue plans is a requirement. Learn more about rescue plans in this article from Genie® Director of Training Scott Owyen: https://www.genielift.com/en/aerialpr... #ANSI #Safety #GenieTogether

Monday, July 5, 2021

Similar, Not the Same

 

You can settle for a scissor that does the job. Or you can choose from two JLG® scissor lines that do what other brands can’t. Consider our full range of machines—from the value R to the premium ES—and get the performance you expect with smart, simple technology that maximizes your uptime.

Learn more:  https://www.jlg.com/en/destination/similar-not-same


Saturday, July 3, 2021

Find Qualified Trainers Nationwide with AccessReady from JLG

 With proper telehandler training and aerial lift training, you can walk onto the job site knowing you have the right credentials. AccessReady connects operators with JLG-qualified trainers to complete OSHA and ANSI compliant training.

Learn more at: https://www.jlg.com/en/training/operator-training

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Elevating Access Equipment for Today and Tomorrow


JLG Industries founded the access industry in 1969 and more than 51 years later continues to redefine it by elevating access in three core areas: productivity, safety and technology. As the aerial industry leader we believe its our responsibility to continue to bring to market innovative solutions that push the limit of what's imaginable today for tomorrow.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Tutorial: JLG 3-D Hydraulics Schematics Troubleshooting


At JLG, we strive to provide you with tools to make your jobs faster and easier. Machine service technicians - this one is for you! Now you can quickly and easily locate and trace a hydraulic circuit to it's function with 3-D Hydraulic Schematics. These interactive, environmentally friendly schematics are available to anyone with access to Online Express and allow you to view 3-D renderings of boom, scissor and telehandler machines to help troubleshoot any hydraulic issues. The best part? You can order the products you need right from the schematic. Find out more: https://www.jlg.com/en/parts-services...

Monday, June 21, 2021

Running a night shift that is using a forklift?


Don’t get behind schedule because of an unexpected break-down. Let Interstate 80 Forklift be your back-up plan. Call and schedule an “on-call" mechanic for those off hour times.

Our technicians are factory certified and have many years experience in the field. We fix it right the first time, so you can get back on schedule.

In most cases we can have a mechanic on-site for emergency repairs the same or next day. Our repairs cover from minor part to complete engines. We can do everything from Basic Preventative Maintenance to 1000 Hour Full Services.

Repairs and servicing can also be done at our facility yard.

Parts: Depending on part

Repairs: $125.00 per hour

We fix it right the first time so you can get back to work.

Based in Solano County, centrally located between the Bay Area and Sacramento, Interstate 80 Forklift is your top choice for all your forklift needs. Interstate 80 Forklift offers competitive pricing on new and used forklifts. As well we have a large inventory of parts ready to ship or be installed. We employ top-notch mechanics who are experienced and ready to serve you.

Repairs and servicing can also be done in our shop conveniently located in Vacaville, California.

Interstate 80 Forklift, Inc. – Serving the Greater Sacramento and Bay Area 

Interstate 80 Forklift, Inc.
70 Union Way
Vacaville, CA 95687

Phone: (707) 451-5100

Fax: (707) 451-5101

Friday, June 18, 2021

JLG® Self-Leveling Boom Lift Demo


Watch this demo of the 670SJ self-leveling boom lift, filmed live at CONEXPO 2020. This technology levels a machine up to 10 degrees while driving at height to eliminate job site cribbing/grading, reduce the need for larger booms on site and improve operator experience with increased platform stability.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

THE GENIE® GS™-4047 SCISSOR LIFT IS NOW THE NEW GS-4046 E-DRIVE



Slab Scissor Lifts
35% maintenance cost savings
30% increase in runtime and efficiency
70% fewer hoses and fittings
Increase productivity in high-rise spaces with the Genie® GS™-4046 E-Drive slab scissor lift. 
With a compact footprint ideal for work in narrow aisles, it features the state-of-the-art Genie AC 
electric E-Drive system for unmatched performance and runtime in high indoor and outdoor jobsites 
that require a significant amount of driving on level ground.

Overview

Powerful AC electric drive motors for unmatched driving performance and industry-leading 
runtime per battery charge
Quiet, zero-emission electric operation
Easy to maneuver in tight spaces and to drive through standard double doors
25% gradeability with 14° breakover angle to easily get up slopes and loading ramps
3 person max platform occupancy indoors and 1 person max platform occupancy outdoors
Large platform workspace with 36 in (0.91 m)  roll-out platform extension
Swing out components trays for easy access
User-friendly Smart Link™ dual-zone controls for indoor and outdoor use

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The DaVinci Scissor Lift


Redefine your productivity with the industry’s first all-electric scissor lift. The DaVinci scissor delivers zero hydraulics, zero leaks, zero battery replacements and, as a result, zero wasted time. Experience sophisticated technology made simple. Explore the DaVinci all-electric scissor lift: https://www.allelectricscissor.com/

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Supervisor Training Courses through JLG University


Our supervisor training program was developed by our training specialists, who have an in-depth knowledge of A92 ANSI standards. After completing the program, you will have the information you need to manage and maintain compliant MEWP operation.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

SmartShift Technology for JLG® Telehandlers


Optimize transmission performance, reduce manual shifting, and minimize transmission wear and damage with SmartShift technology.

Monday, May 31, 2021

JLG® 1075 Telehandler: Reach Up to Eight Stories & Lower Project Costs


This 10,000-lb JLG telehandler is our highest reaching telehandler, with the ability to place loads vertically up to eight stories. This reduces the need for cranes and helps lower project costs. In this video, John Boehme, senior product manager, takes you on a tour of this telehandler from the inside out to show you why it’s a powerful addition to any job site. See the full specs: https://www.jlg.com/en/equipment/tele...

Friday, May 28, 2021


Rick from I-80 Forklift goes over one of the well stocked service trucks they use to service and repair forklifts and equipment in the field. See more information at http://www.i80forklift.com

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Product Demo: Genie Fall Arrest Bar - ANSI


This Genie Fall Arrest Bar provides a smooth, sliding, horizontal track that allows users to tie off and move freely outside the platform using a 6-ft shock-absorbing lanyard. The enclosed track, made from high strength steel, protects the trolley from weather and debris. The yellow, identifiable bar attaches quickly and easily, within 15 minutes, for fast setup and removal. This feature also allows the bar to be transferred easily among many lifts, providing flexibility for teams who manage multiple lifts in one fleet.

For more information visit genielift.com

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

JLG ES Electric Drive - R-Series Hydraulic Drive Scissor Lifts


The JLG ES electric drive scissor lifts and R-series hydraulic drive scissor lifts offer customers multiple options for working at height. Both lines feature lots of commonality and parts, making owning units from both lines, especially for rental companies, easier to service and maintain. The ES line includes the ES1330L and the 1530L. Both units are electric and front wheel drive. The 19-ft. scissor lifts also feature JLG Quick Fold for the rail system to meet the new ANSI standards. The new control box also has an indoor/outdoor switch to change from indoor to outdoor operation for the 19-ft. units as well.






Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Preview the All-New JLG® Rough Terrain Scissor Lifts


New JLG® rough terrain scissor lifts are totally stacked with the features and tech you want: drive at full height capabilities, class-leading platform capacity, the industry’s first LCD platform display and more. Plus, you can improve productivity during a range of applications with electric and engine powered models. Explore new features and technology: https://www.jlg.com/en/destination/ne...

Sunday, May 9, 2021

NEW JLG® 670SJ Self-Leveling Boom: Product Demonstration


Repositioning, cribbing, wasted time – prepare to put these pain points and more in the past. Unveiled and demonstrated at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020, watch how the new JLG® 670SJ Self-Leveling Boom eliminates the need for perfectly level terrain on the job site, helping you save time, increase productivity and, ultimately, contribute more to your bottom line.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Product Walk Around: Genie® S®-80 J Telescopic Boom Lift – ANSI


The Genie S-80 J telescopic boom lift has an unrestricted platform capacity of 660 lb (300 kg) to get the job done with two occupants, plus tools, and a 6-ft (1.8 m) jib, leading length and capacity for low-weight booms in this height category. Learn more: https://www.genielift.com/en/aerial-l...

Monday, May 3, 2021

Built-In Safety Features Make Low-Level Access Lifts a Smart Choice


For years, ladders have been a leading cause of OSHA violations and accidents on the job site. But low-level access lifts can help you work safer and with more confidence compared to ladders. In this JLG® Safety Check video, you’ll see the safety features that make these personal lifts a game changer when you need to reach tasks at heights less than 20 ft. Learn more about low-level access lifts: https://www.jlg.com/en/destination/lo...

Friday, April 30, 2021

Service Tips: Mobile elevating work platforms

Maintenance can drive lower total  cost of ownership.

 ANSI requires extensive recordkeeping of boom lift maintenance

By Bill Dovey

ANSI requires extensive recordkeeping of boom lift maintenance

New ANSI standards will require changes to maintenance recordkeeping.

Keep it clean
Keep it clean. Be diligent in keeping contaminants out of engine, coolant, electrical hydraulic systems and drives.

Proper maintenance of access equipment allows owners to sell and rent a safe fleet of machines and is critical to performance and uptime. Failure to properly maintain boom, scissor and vertical lifts can disrupt a project schedule and put it over budget.

Regular service of aerial work platforms (AWPs), now referred to by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), is necessary to ensure compliance, prevent workplace accidents and lower total cost of ownership. Beyond the inspection checklist, here are items to consider when inspecting and maintaining aerial lifts.

ANSI standards define  inspection protocols
ANSI A92.6 outlines the frequency of preventive and annual MEWP inspection requirements. Federal law requires a frequency inspection every 90 days or 150 hours, whichever comes first. An annual inspection must be performed on a MEWP no later than 13 months from the date of the prior annual inspection. Owners should consider placing MEWPs on a planned maintenance schedule based on hours of operation and type of application.

ANSI also mandates inspections be performed by a technician qualified on the specific make and model of the MEWP or one having similar design characteristics. What’s required for inspections is determined by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Owners of mixed fleets must reference the manual of each manufacturer for the specific piece of equipment being inspected to ensure compliance and operator safety.

Cleanliness extends service life
Dirt and foreign materials that collect on a MEWP can shorten its service life and impact resale value. Although manufacturers provide safeguards such as shields, covers, seals and filters to keep air, fuel, oil and grease supplies clean, regular maintenance is still necessary.

Openings in air, fuel or oil lines that are disconnected during maintenance should be covered to prevent dirt or other foreign materials from entering. When replacing old or damaged parts, such as oil and air filters, keep the new parts in their containers to maintain cleanliness and avoid scratching or scoring.

Prevent hydraulic system contamination
Hydraulic system fluid cleanliness is key to a long life for the system and its components. Even a small amount of dirt or other contaminant can compromise the hydraulic system. Contamination can be caused by using inadequate hydraulic oil or allowing moisture, grease, filings, sealing components or sand to enter while performing maintenance. Insufficient warm-up or leaks in suction lines can cavitate pumps and cause contamination. A tainted system can damage close-fitting parts like valves, pumps and motors, leading to malfunctions that could result in faulty operation and shorter service life.

To assess hydraulic oil cleanliness, remove filters and look for cloudy oil or metal particles. If the hydraulic system has been contaminated, it must be drained, flushed and refilled with clean hydraulic oil. The MEWP’s service manual will share how often filters should be checked, cleaned and replaced. Filters may need to be inspected more often if the machine is operating in a harsh environment.

Extending powertrain life
Many diesel engines require using diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). If the wrong fluid is added, such as screen washer or diesel fuel, the injection, ejection fluid quality sensing systems may be damaged, impacting system life.

While battery packs are unlikely to become contaminated with foreign material, they may be subject to corrosion. To clean the battery, use a non-metallic brush and a solution of baking soda and water, then rinse with clean water and thoroughly dry it. Coat the terminals with an anti-corrosion compound.

New ANSI standards compliance
ANSI A92 updates are expected to be published in May 2018 and rental companies, dealers and distributors must be in compliance within one year of its publication date.

Rental companies will be required to train technicians on the current standards for each class of equipment they service. Equipment dealers and rental companies should also help operators understand and plan for these changes. End users may face challenges with new equipment and will have questions about site training and compliance.

The new standard requires annual machine inspections (AMI); completion and expiration dates must be noted on the MEWP. If rental firms use a third party for machine inspections and maintenance beyond daily walk-arounds, they must verify that person follows the new standard.

Under the new standard, operators with suitable experience may complete self-familiarization to reduce service calls to owners for minor operational adjustments. The requirement still exists to offer familiarization, but will be on an as-requested basis. In response to this change, rental companies may choose to use alternative customer service practices.

Another way rental companies can be more efficient is by stocking commonly used parts, attachments and supplies, eliminating rush orders and saving time and money.

Several changes to the manufacturing standards of MEWPs are anticipated, including load- and tilt-sensing, wind-force requirements, entrance gates, platform railings, tires and machine markings. Many OEMs have already undertaken these functional changes; operation manuals will include these updates.

New machinery components must be supplied by the OEM and meet the OEM specs to remain compliant. For example, replacing a gate with a chain on a new machine is an unauthorized product modification and will render the machine non-compliant.

Rental companies may see an increase in requests for information on retrofit accessories and must explain the manufacturer’s new warnings and instructions to renters. Rental companies should assist end users in meeting these new obligations. Equipment owners and dealers will need to consider how to familiarize their technicians with the new features brought on by the design requirements.

Regular MEWP inspections, preventive maintenance and ongoing training will improve operator and worker safety and increase uptime of equipment fleets. Partner with OEMs to understand best practices and develop a plan for optimal fleet utilization, which will help lower total cost of ownership.

Bill Dovey is senior product manager at JLG Industries Inc.

This article originally appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of Pro Contractor Rentals magazine, © 2018 Direct Business Media

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Genie GS-1930 Scissor Lift Tour - I-80 Forklift


Rick with I-80 Forklift shows off the cool Genie GS-1930.  These are available for sale, rent and they also repair them.   See more at http://www.i80forklift.com or call 707-451-5100.




Friday, April 23, 2021

Introducing the All-Electric DaVinci™ Scissor Lift From JLG


Redefine your productivity with the industry’s first all-electric scissor lift. The DaVinci scissor delivers zero hydraulics, zero leaks, zero battery replacements and, as a result, zero wasted time. Experience sophisticated technology made simple. Explore the DaVinci all-electric scissor lift: https://www.allelectricscissor.com/

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Product Walk-Around: ZX™-135/70 Articulating Boom - ANSI


Ideal for outdoor construction and industrial applications, Genie® engine-powered articulating Z™ booms provide lifting versatility with a combination of up, out and over positioning capabilities and outreach that’s second to none.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Michelle Strand joins the American Rental Association California board

Strand, who, along with her husband, Rick, has been in the equipment rental business since 2008,is excited about being on the board.

Strand has learned a lot from the viewpoint of a small, woman- owned rental business. Having built a business from the ground up, Strand plans to bring that knowledge and experience to her new role on the board.

After sitting on her first online state chapter board call in January, she knew she had made the right decision to volunteer. “I loved it. I was glad to see that everyone participated and wished to be actively involved. It was nice to hear people really invested in the success of ARA and in serving the members of ARA. There are so many resources offered to ARA members, and I am happy to spread the word,” she says.

Strand, who is very active in her community, sits on the boards of the Vacaville Social Services Corp., which assists a local homeless shelter, and Saving Gracie, a nonprofit that helps provide funds for families who cannot afford life-saving surgeries or treatments for their pets. She also delivers meals to seniors through a partnership between area restaurants and the city of Vacaville, and she is heavily involved in the Boys and Girls Club.

She looks forward to “contributing insights and take-aways about member engagement and such” that she has learned from her involvement with those boards and committees to the ARA of California.

“I also hope to expand my knowledge, utilize all the resources available through the ARA of California and actively reach out to others in the industry so they can see the benefits,” she says. “We have some other rental operators in my area. I would like to let them know I am on the ARA of California board and then share the benefits of why they need to be engaged.”

Source: https://www.ararental.org/regional-newsletters (Region 9)