Monroe Tractor

Ithaca Airport goes hands-free with snow removal.

 

It’s not too often we do work with airports and it’s not that often we do automation off the farm or job site. Our job at the Ithaca Airport was a unique combination of both. Precision Product Specialist, Nathan Wood met this opportunity head on when asked to help improve the efficiency of their snow removal equipment. He was able to install a couple of different systems that allowed the airports snow removal trucks to steer themselves as well as communicate through the cab displays to let the operators know where the others are and where they have been.

“The customer’s objective was to increase productivity and safety on the runway. By adding the guidance systems to each of the trucks, we are able to map the runway so that when there is a fresh coat of snow the trucks do not run off the side of the runway. Each truck will steer themselves allowing them to take full width of their blade or broom without missing any snow and only allow for minimal overlap. With these systems we were able to tie in the option of wireless communication from display to display as well as from the displays to the cloud. Each truck on the runway can see the location, travel speed and area previously covered by the other trucks. The same map can be viewed by air traffic control, management or anyone that needs to keep an eye on the operation with access to the internet. This is going to help the truck operators maintain consistent speeds to avoid accidents with each other as well as allow other departments keep an eye on where the trucks are for air traffic even in white out conditions,” Nathan explains.

The trucks we added these systems to are built by Oshkosh but we should be able to retrofit them to almost any piece of equipment with a steering wheel.

Monroe Tractor Names Karen Long Chief Financial Officer.

Karen brings over 20 years of financial experience in diverse industries that involved distribution and retail across multiple entities similar to Monroe Tractor. “With her previous roles and increasing responsibilities as Account Manager and Controller as well as several months of training with Mike Celentano, I am confident that the learning curve was shortened and […]

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Hydraulics Training at BOCES Batavia

Monroe Tractor Batavia and our Service Director visited BOCES Batavia for a hydraulics training session. They used an excavator simulator with the classes to allow students to practice their hydraulic control skills. The simulator taught students the ins and outs of how to use an excavator. They then used their new knowledge to compete in […]

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Thank you to our employees and customers

As we celebrate this milestone, let’s take a moment to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going. Monroe Tractor got its start in heavy equipment when founder Henry Hansen opened the original Henrietta Case Agriculture distributorship in 1951. In the late 50’s, Case began expanding its equipment lines with machines that were geared […]

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