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India's Yellow Brick Road

India's Yellow Brick Road India's first-ever "super highway" might be constructed of good old crushed stone and bituminous paving, but it exists as a golden testament to the country's growing industrial and economic might. Dubbed the Golden Quadrilateral, or "GQ" for short, this brand new 3,633 mile engineering triumph links the country's major population centers. The GQ project is also making it possible for mega companies like South Korean automobile manufacturer Hyundai to better mobilize their goods and services. How high-tech is this 21st century highway? How about a sensor system able to detect potholes and ruptures in the pavement?

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337 Compact Excavator
Bobcat Company

337 Compact Excavator The heavy-duty 337 combines exceptional digging depths and a long reach in a compact frame that routinely outworks conventional excavating machines. For tasks that require even more reach, a long-arm model is available with 20 ft of reach to reduce machine repositioning. Learn more.

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National's Audio Solutions Available from Digi-Key
Digi-Key Corporation

New Pressure Sensor Solution Starting at €97 National's high-performance series brings dramatically improved sound quality to high-fidelity consumer and professional audio equipment. National manufactures Class AB and Class D amplifiers and audio subsystems for speakers, headphones, and ceramic and piezoelectric speakers. National makes it easier to design better, richer-sounding systems with our acclaimed Boomer® and Overture® lines. With the capability to process an order, from order entry to shipping, in as little as 15 mins., Digi-Key processes more than 99% of its orders the same day.

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Kick-asphalt Pavers

Kick-asphalt Pavers To contractors, paving and repaving major highways at night makes perfect sense. There are fewer vehicles on the road. However, night paving is not without significant challenges, including the price of asphalt. With the right heavy paving equipment, even the most difficult after-hours highway jobs can be completed without running into major speed bumps.

These Diggers are Made for Walkin'

These Diggers are Made for Walkin' When it comes to excavating on the side of a mountain, it's a challenge just keeping your machine from tipping over. But as this video shows, newly-engineered, commercial-grade diggers with retractable mechanical legs let you tackle any excavation job, no matter how steep the slope.

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Lights, Camera, Construction

Lights, Camera, Construction Who says you can't monitor your commercial construction projects from a distant location? UK engineers have developed a time-lapse monitoring camera that will allow construction professionals to monitor every aspect of the field construction process remotely. Using superior lenses, these cameras were originally intended to produce time-lapse images for TV documentaries, but are now ready to make their debut on the construction equipment market.

Tool Harvest

Tool Harvest Designers and manufacturers of commercial construction tools are launching a new line of affordable cordless circ saws, reciprocating saws, and angle grinders, to the long awaited lithium-ion cordless combination drill and driver, these are the tools that are vying for space inside your gang box.

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PowerGrip 4-in-1 Backhoe

Helac Corporation

PowerGrip 4-in-1 Backhoe Handle multiple tasks with Helac Corporation's PowerGrip® 4-in-1 backhoe or excavator bucket. PowerGrip can be used as a trenching, grading or clamshell bucket, or as a grapple or hydraulic thumb to meet a variety of your needs. Ideal for backhoes with extendable dippersticks.

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Focus on Crane Safety

Focus on Crane Safety Due to a series of heavy construction crane collapses this year, the focus on crane accident prevention stands at the forefront of the world's commercial construction equipment industry. With most experts agreeing that a serious lack of training and severely outdated safety regulations are to blame for the mishaps, they also view inadequate inspection services. What's being done to prevent future crane collapses?

Safety Must Remain Priority One

Safety Must Remain Priority One Times are tough. Maybe tougher than tough. But that's no excuse for contractors to start skimping on safety programs. As a builder feeling the recession crunch, what steps have you taken to make sure commercial and industrial jobsite safety is still priority number one?

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Under the Marmara Sea

Under the Marmara Sea It's being called Turkey's greatest railroad construction project in history. It also happens to be one of the world's greatest engineering marvels of all time. When it's completed in 2011, the Marmaray tunnel project will be Turkey's crowning building and construction achievement — a prefabricated, immersed tube tunnel that will connect Europe with Asia beneath the Istanbul Strait.

Say Goodbye to Blistered Palms

Say Goodbye to Blistered Palms It's no longer necessary to drive heavy screws by pure muscle power alone. The introduction of impact drivers onto the modern commercial construction scene in the 1990s has made a profound...well...impact with construction pros who expect speedy but accurate jobsite production. How do they work? Impact drivers operate like a fast drill until more torque is required. That's when a powerful "hammer hits the anvil." Check out the slideshow.

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Hearing Protection That FITS

Mine Safety Appliances Company/MSA

Hearing Protection That FITS Obviously hearing protection must be worn to be effective, an idea addressed through our comfortable new design. Now you can fit the RIGHT muff to the RIGHT job. left/RIGHT Ear Muffs come in three noise reduction models: LOW, MEDIUM, and HIGH. Don't risk damaging your hearing, yet don't miss important sounds and communications due to over-protection. Learn more.

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January 14, 2010 - Volume 4 Issue 1
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