May 2019 Vol. 74 No. 5

Business News

John Deere


John Deere is rolling out its new construction simulators. The modular update outfits the new John Deere simulators to one of six machine types: backhoe, crawler dozer, excavator, wheel loader, joystick-controlled motor grader and fingertip-control motor grader.

“The next generation of John Deere simulators builds on a state-of-the-art technology that teaches machine controls, hand-eye coordination, safe operation, and operator technique,” said Jon Goodney, manager of learning technology, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Simulators offer cost-effective and efficient operator training in a risk-free environment, while avoiding wear and tear on the equipment. It’s a win-win for organizations looking to get the next generation of operators ready for the job site.”

Based on actual John Deere equipment, the updated simulators feature swappable controls that allow for quick interchange of joysticks and foot pedals to multiple machine types.

The software boasts highly detailed, realistic virtual environments designed to cover basic and advanced operator duties through multiple job-site tasks. A performance function provides metrics to measure student progress to help build proficiency and confidence.

The updated backhoe, excavator, and motor grader simulators are available this spring, while the crawler dozer and wheel loader will be available for purchase this summer.

The new simulators can be coupled with free, online training available through John Deere University, offering a well-rounded operator training package.

In other news, John Deere hosted its annual Reman Day on April 11, at its remanufacturing facilities in Springfield, Mo.; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; and various units throughout the company.

“It has been rewarding to see the continued growth and expansion of our remanufacturing business and John Deere Reman Day is way to celebrate those accomplishments while continuing to increase awareness” said Josh Kempel, global sales and marketing manager, John Deere Reman.

This year’s celebration focused on three primary themes: delivering value to the John Deere customer, quality and pride of workmanship throughout the remanufacturing process, and improving environmental stewardship.

At the Springfield Reman facilities, the day began with an emphasis on hazardous material collection. Crews were on site to collect and dispose of items, such as paints, electronics, light bulb, and oil. John Deere also invited local high schools to learn more about the remanufacturing process and how it benefits the environment. Students received a tour of the engine remanufacturing facility and information about various John Deere scholarship opportunities.

Recently celebrating 20 years since the program’s launch, the John Deere Reman program has offered like-new exchange components since 1998. Previously sold, used or worn parts are restored from both a quality and performance perspective—and cost between 20-to-40-percent less than new parts.

Remanufactured components such as engines, transmissions, axles, electronics and rotating electrical components are covered under a John Deere warranty. Through the remanufacturing processes, John Deere Reman has prevented more than
125 million pounds of landfill waste in the last five years, reducing energy and raw materials consumption and safeguarding the environment.

“Our employees truly understand the value and impact of the remanufacturing process, and strive to serve John Deere customers throughout the equipment lifecycle, while minimizing waste and making the most of resources,” Kempel added.

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