Calibre Contracting Equipment (formerly JB Attachments) is in the construction, infrastructure and resource recovery industries. World famous for releasing the first ever Quick-Hitch Coupler in the 1980s, Calibre is looking to the new age of contracting equipment with ambitions to become a world leader in excavator attachments with a line of new products to be released early 2017.

We specialise in the invention, production and distribution of quick connection and release couplers (Couplers), devices that allow attachments to tilt (Tilt Couplers) and other attachments for excavators.

We also specialise in the development and sale of Horizontal Directional Drilling machines (HDD) and related attachments and consumables. To view our HDD Trenchless Equipment Division please visit www.hddtrenchless.com.au.

Formed in 2008 as JB Attachments, the company was the result of two engineering companies merging who had been in the industry since the 1950’s, operating in both NZ and Australia.

With constant changes in the infrastructure industry, we have made significant changes to ensure we’re in line with the ever changing, highly competitive and demanding environment that we find ourselves in. As of 1 October 2016, we have re-branded as Calibre Contracting Equipment to reflect our focus to bring the performance and economics of contracting equipment into a modern age. It has been a three year undertaking eventuating in changes to the way we design, produce, distribute and service our products.  Our focus remains on increasing the performance of excavators, improvements to the user experience, minimal field maintenance and reduced operating costs. The focus has shifted slightly in terms of how we undertake this journey with a greater focus on innovation in adopting the new robotic technological field of co-robotics – robots designed to work in partnership with human operators. The result of using the principles of co-robotics or collaborative robots is a new range of Calibre attachments and different combinations that will enhance; assist and improve the output of the operator. The combinations are designed to act as an extension of the operator’s wrist and hand at the end of an excavator.

The objective is to use high quality engineering in transforming traditional excavator attachments into versatile combinations to develop the excavator robotic arm. Understanding the relationship and the deep cognitive “sense and feel” that expert excavator operators have for how an excavator works in line with attachments is the inspiration behind designing different ways that operators can maximise commercial performance and enhance their user experience.

This design approach feeds all the way through the manufacturing process that has seen the adoption of the Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) method of producing and distributing the company’s products - using the latest technological advances in manufacturing equipment and processes. The Calibre Design team works at all levels of the manufacturing cycle - in our endeavour to create the best, most reliably manufactured products, in the shortest time frame - as economically possible for a world market.

Our forward journey is an exciting one as we look to release inventive co-robotic earthmoving attachments in the near future. Calibre embodies cutting edge designs going to the core of the company philosophy – to produce attachments that have a meaningful impact on customers who are in search for the most efficient ways of working and greater productivity levels.