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Two Products That Could Make Life Easier In The Oil Fields

Kirby-Smith Machinery in Odessa has a couple of new products that they think might just revolutionize the oil and gas industry.
ODESSA -- Kirby-Smith Machinery in Odessa has a couple of new products that they think might just revolutionize the oil and gas industry.
 
If they don't revolutionize it, they will at least make things easier on the workers at the jobsite.
 
They told Big 2 News about a forklift that can lift about four times the weight of ordinary forklifts, and a bulldozer that uses G.P.S. technology that can make a new dozer operator perform like a seasoned pro.
 
When it comes to the oil field, bigger, and more efficient, is better.
 
Most forklifts are small, and can lift about 12,000 pounds.  Their big brother is a mammoth forklift made by Manitou can lift about four times that weight.  Its max capacity is close to 49,000 pounds.
 
"It's basically made to move containers, big generators, big compressors," Fabien Ledebt said.  He's in charge of Manitou sales in the Western Hemisphere.
 
Big things have to be moved at an oil site.  Many times, cranes are used, but these are expensive, and less convenient.  It's often too dangerous to use smaller forklifts; they're just too little.
 
This forklift is a happy medium of convenience and safety.
 
Besides the enormous amount of weight that this thing can lift, it also has certain safeguards in place that are going to minimize accidents on a job site.
 
"The operator doesn't have to worry if he's overloading the machine.  The machine will tell him if he's in a dangerous position and it will block him from doing any dangerous move," Ledebt said.
 
Switching gears, there are many new workers in the oil fields, and more are needed.
 
Kirby-Smith has a bulldozer uses special technology to make a brand new operator perform like a pro.
 
"It just takes years of seat time in there.  But we can take a guy, fresh, a green operator, put him in the seat of one of these, dial it in, and he's able to look like a professional within hours," Kevin Demel said.  He's the territory manager for Kirby-Smith.
 
It uses G.P.S. technology to create whatever grade is desired.  The operator only has to know how to go forward and backwards.
 
Oh, and when he says anyone can operate it, he means it.  They sat me in the dozer to see how I would do.
 
It turns out this amazing piece of technology lived up to the hype.
 
Even a newbie like me can learn how to use it.
 
Representatives from Kirby-Smith said they had a lot of interest from various oil companies in the area, and they hope to ship out some of the units very soon.
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