Safety is another major benefit of iMC machinery. “Our projects include moving massive amounts of earth. iMC helps to keep guys off the ground, so for safety it is very beneficial,” he added. Ultimately, “iMC equipment allows us to deliver projects faster, safer and more competitively than we have in the past.” With less surveying and staking needed, projects can be completed faster and with fewer workers onsite, cutting costs and days from the schedule. Couple that with tight tolerances, and you get happy customers. Kelchner has been using Komatsu equipment since the late 1990s, and the company owns a wide range of Komatsu excavators, dozers and haul trucks. Its current fleet of 125 machines, both owned and rented, includes 50 Komatsus, and “for the last three years, we have leased and purchased more Komatsu machinery than any other brand,” Norvell said. He expects that trend to continue, citing the reliability and performance of Komatsu equipment. “We really like the local dealership support we get from Columbus Equipment Company. We feel like it’s a partnership and they take the best interests of our business into account. Their service is second to none, and the customer support is the best in the business.” Komatsu’s intelligent machines align with Kelchner’s main concerns—schedules, tolerances, quality, and safety, Norvell commented. “Intelligent machines take all the guess work out of what we’re doing.” ACHINE CONTROL PAYS DIVIDENDS “Columbus Equipment Company’s service is second to none, and the customer support is the best in the business.” Troy Norvell; President, Kelchner Inc./Wood Group 15 “Our projects include moving massive amounts of earth. iMC helps to keep guys off the ground, so for safety it is very beneficial.” Troy Norvell; President, Kelchner Inc./Wood Group Wood Group President of U.S. Onshore East, Troy Norvell, has seen the benefits of Komatsu’s iMC equipment first hand. The $7-billion company that serves the energy sector in more than 50 countries now buys more Komatsu equipment than any other brand. Visit columbusequipment.com/videos.php for more.