ConExpo Las Vegas, we take the stock of the event. Still no confirmation of the rumors circulating about engine previews, we briefly remind you what we saw in the previous editions. In 2011 and 2014 MTU previewed and introduced the Tier 4 Final engines, which coincide with the transition from the Tognum era to Rolls-Royce Power Systems.
ConExpo Las Vegas. The place to be
And in 2017? Among the news announced at ConExpo Las Vegas, the main ones are Kubota, who announced well in advance what would become the Diesel of the year 2019, the V5009, and FPT Industrial relaunched the 8-cylinder V20.
Waiting for some confirmations from the electrification front, let summarize. A topical theme will be digitalization. According to ConExpo, «The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) addressed the challenge of proprietary data formats and mixed fleets by introducing an updated telematics standard in 2014. The AEM/AEMP Draft Telematics Standard has evolved over time and the most recent version is now known as ISO 15143-3. It creates a common data format that facilitates pulling mixed fleet data together on a single portal, website or enterprise business system. Almost 20 common parameters are part of the standard, including asset identification, location, operating hours or miles, fuel burn, engine temperatures, fuel level, idle time and average power percentage.»
Rental in the Dustin Robbins words
Talking about construction machinery, rental is another thread under the spot: «For the most part, rental rates are higher than your payments would be when purchasing the piece of equipment,» says Dustin Robbins, rental representative with James River Equipment, a John Deere dealer headquartered in Ashland, Virginia. «In the long run it can make more sense to own.» «If demand is high, you may have to take what the dealer or rental firm has vs when you purchase. An owned machine can be specified to how you want it,» continues Robbins.