German-based Wirtgen Group unveiled a great number of brand-new machines at Bauma in April.Wirtgen Group is comprised of Wirtgen, Vögele, Hamm, Kleemann and Benninghoven, five traditional brands operating in the construction machinery sector.Wirtgen exhibited two new machines for road rehabilitation, a mobile rear loader on wheels, the W120 Ri, and a front loader, the most powerful model in the new compact class, the W150 CFi. The SP 64i and the TCM 180i, used for concrete paving, were also world firsts at the show. Innovations by Vögele included two new models from its Super series, the tracked paver Super 1600-3i and the wheeled paver super 1603-3i; the Super 1800-3i with SprayJet module—the ErgoPlus operating concept for the paving of thin courses— and the new InLine Pave train with innovative “Dash 3” features for the construction of compact asphalt pavements in the special class. The 10ft pavers for the American market were also a first at Bauma.Hamm, specialized in road roller, has presented its new pivot-steered DV+ series of tandem rollers, featuring the Easy Drive operating concept that permits a simple and intuitive operation, along with the new rubber-wheeled roller GRW 180i.As a newly member of Wirtgen Group, Benninghoven, has showcased its new MBA 2000 mobile asphalt mixing plant with five-fold screening as a standard in the trade show. Another of the company’s premiere included the GKL Silent with new technology that allows work to continue at night or beyond regular working hours without generating unwanted noise.
The Bauma trade show in Munich was the chosen venue for the European debut of Iveco’s Eurocargo 4x4. Having won the title of ‘International Truck of the Year 2016’, the 4x4 truck was designed for demanding off-road conditions, set to be a good acquisition on a construction site. The truck’s weight can vary from 11.5 to 15t, with different HP variants. As the only Euro VI medium range vehicle, says Iveco, it meets the emissions standards with a single anti-emission system — the hi-SCR system with passive diesel particulate filter.The Eurocargo is protected for off-road driving, as it features steel bumpers, retractable access step, specific radiator guard and a front towing jaw. For easy gear it has six-speed manual gearboxes featuring a servoshift system. A day or sleeper cab with standard roof is also available.The New Daily 4x4 was also launched in Munich. The vehicle can be used for off-road works, for all tracks and all conditions. One of its key strengths, according to Iveco, is the C-section ladder frame chassis, enabling an easy body customization and guaranteeing robust performance in every work.It runs a four-cylinder, three-litre F1C Euro VI heavy-duty common rail engine that develops a maximum power of 170HP (125 kW) with a maximum torque of 400Nm. The New Daily is available in two versions, a single cab with two wheelbases and a crew cab with a 3,400 mm wheelbase, which can transport a crew of seven people.
Deutz presented a new three-cylinder diesel engine and two gas engines at Bauma.The manufacturer is expanding its portfolio in the lower power output range with a new three-cylinder variant of the TCD 2.9 four-cylinder engine. Named TCD 2.2, the new engine is set to generate 22-56KW and constitutes a further option for low-load applications in the material handling and compact construction equipment field.Additionally, Deutz showcased at the trade show two liquefied petroleum gas versions of the newly-presented TCD 2.2 and the TCD 2.9 engines. The G 2.2 and G 2.9 are particularly suitable for the forklift trucks used inside buildings, as they produce fewer emissions. The gas variants generate 26-54KW and meet EU Stage V.A new water-cooled five-litre cubic capacity four-cylinder in-line engine project, the TCD 5.0 was also on show. This compact diesel engine includes a turbocharger and charge air cooling. It generates 100-150KW and produces more power from a smaller cubic capacity, running more efficiently and with less fuel consumption.Deutz also highlighted its “Stage V ready” product range — the four-cylinder TCD 2.9, 3.6, the 4.1 engines and the six-cylinder TCD 6.1 and 7.8.
Chinese construction equipment company Sany exhibited its full range of excavators for the first time last month at Bauma.Sany’s excavators have been specifically designed for the European market, with the initial introduction in Munich. The company’s main attractions included the SY16, SY35 and SY50 mini excavators with zero tail swing, the new-wheeled excavator SY155W, the wheel loader SW405 and the small and medium hydraulic excavators.All products are equipped with multifunctional auxiliary hydraulics to support shear, hammer, thumb and other attachments. Engines are Tier 4 compliant, and EGR and DOC exhaust aftertreatment equipped to reduce exhaust emissions.In addition, the DOMCS intelligent control system adjusts the main hydraulic pump output so it uses all the available engine power, thereby reducing fuel consumption.The SRC 550 rough terrain crane and a different range of road construction machinery were also showcased at the show.
Tatra’s new Phoenix Euro 6 truck had its world premiere at the recent Bauma trade show.The brand-new vehicle features a 10x10 all-wheel-drive and rear steering axle. It combines the PACCAR MX-13 Euro 6 engine with an output of 510 horsepower, 7-speed automatic Allison transmission, all-wheel-drive air-suspended Tatra chassis with hub reduction gears and an optional central tyre inflation system, which provides the vehicle with enhanced traction for operation on the most difficult terrain.Tatra’s other attractions at the show included a mobile Phoenix Euro 6 concrete mixer with an all-wheel drive and the Liebherr HTM 604 superstructure that can cope with traffic on local roads and endure the challenging conditions of construction sites. Everyone at the trade show also had the opportunity to test not only the construction vehicles, but also the Dakar racing special, Tatra 815.
Volvo has internationally launched a new co-pilot onboard services display at Bauma 2016.The Volvo co-pilot is designed to be used on machines as varied as excavators and pavers. It features a tablet computer that delivers intelligent machine services — the Load Assist, Dig Assist, Compact Assist and the soon-to-be-launched Pave Assist. Especially built for the construction environment, the display produces higher quality outcomes in less time and with less effort.Besides the tablet computer display, other products launched in Munich include the Proactive Monitoring system, which utilises innovative technology that enables Volvo dealers to remotely monitor alarms and fault codes on customers’ machines.These products are part of the new approach developed by Volvo on how to offer services and solutions to customers.
A new truck-mounted concrete pump was presented by Putzmeister at Bauma, which took place in Munich in April.Named BSF 47-5, the new truck features a five-arm placing boom mounted on a four-axle chassis and weighs less than 32t, including the reserves for payload, water, fuel and other functional fluids. It is one of the most lightweight machines in its class, says Putzmeister.The flexible five-arm boom with the roll-Z fold system has excellent slip characteristics; it can be deployed quickly and makes optimal use of the available space, thanks to its new flexible support, a base structure that follows the new I-frame concept. An 800l water tank can be easily attached to it. Vibrations in the boom remain at a low level, achieved through an intelligent laying of the delivery line and a balanced progression of stiffness in the steel structure. The concrete distribution is then safer and more efficient. In addition, the machine operator is provided with an image of the working area live on display of the remote control. The improved S transfer tube bearing, the heart of the machine, has a delivery rate of up to 160m³/h.The Ergonic 2.0 control system, an upgraded version of the Ergonic Boom Control system (EBC) used to control the placing boom, was also presented to the public in the trade show. The truck’s operation costs have been reduced, as its components are highly resistant with some being maintenance-free.
ThyssenKrupp launched its biggest gyratory crusher, which the company says is the world’s largest, at Bauma in April. The German-based engineering, construction and service provider welcomed visitors to the 220sq m booth with numerous 3D models and a virtual stimulation of the brand-new gyratory crusher.The crusher’s throughput can go up to 14,000t/h, 30% higher than the previous version, and has a driving rate of 1,500kw. It is also much lighter than its predecessor, despite being 130 inches in diameter. These changes are expected to increase its performance at a lower weight.Other products shown by ThyssenKrupp at the trade show included the modernized and standardised cone crushers, RollSizers, and the Barracuda and Mine Shark compact bucket wheel excavators.
Caterpillar’s CEO Doug Oberhelman introduced “The age of smart iron” at Bauma last month.“The age of smart iron” describes Caterpillar’s strategy to be the industry leader in digital solutions designed to improve productivity, efficiency, safety and profitability.The company’s main attractions at the trade show were the Cat Connect technology, hardware and software for Cat or competitive equipment to help optimise operations; the Cat 360° Advantage, which delivers a full complement of expertise, technology-enabled equipment and support services; and Leverage Every Litre, an educational initiative that helps improve the fuel efficiency of their products.Caterpillar’s Group President Rob Charter said: “While we always love to showcase our machines and engines, we’re equally excited about what’s at the center of our exhibit: Caterpillar technology.“This is not technology for technology’s sake. It is technology that’s focused on solving, and even anticipating, customer problems. “We’re taking the machines, locomotives, engines and parts we’re so well known for and making them smarter, while also equipping the people who operate them with data that makes them more productive, enhances safety and improves sustainability.”Caterpillar also showcased more than 60 products, a large selection of work tools and support services in the 12,000sq m exhibit space shared with Zeppelin Cat.
Bosch’s futuristic driver’s cab has won the Bauma innovation award at the Bauma 2016 trade show, in Germany.
April saw trade show Bauma descend on Munich once again, and as ever the stats were mind-boggling. More than half a million visitors came from 200 different countries over the seven days, to do business with the more than 3,500 companies exhibiting their products and services. No official statistics have yet been released on how many litres of beer were consumed, or how many pairs of shoes needed new soles, but those numbers will no doubt be equally impressive.
The number of projects and the technical capabilities used by the tunnelling market in Europe has strengthened and expanded over the past two decades. Keren Fallwell reports.
When workers broke through the Eurasia Tunnel in August 2015, it marked not only the first time Europe and Asia were connected by a road tunnel, but also represented the crowning achievement for one of the world’s most challenging tunnelling projects.
The Ceneri base tunnel is an integral part of the New Rail Link through the Alps. Sally Spencer reports.
Involving tunnelling through 33km of mountain, the Koralm railway tunnel is set to become the longest entirely within Austrian territory.
Given its ongoing investment in major infrastructure projects, it’s no surprise that health and safety remains a focus for contractors working throughout the Arabian Peninsula. And now governments across the region are looking for new and better ways to ensure that worker wellbeing remains a priority. Design, engineering and project management company Atkins Group assesses the situation.
The recovery of the construction industry is being hampered in some regions, particularly developed markets, by a shortage of operators. But what are the causes, and what can be done to address the issue? Daniel Searle examines how the crane sector is addressing the issue.
After the Spanish housing construction market was severely damaged during the recession, the country’s crane manufacturers had to look abroad and expand their portfolios. Daniel Searle reports from Zaragoza.
A strong period for the UK construction industry is reflected in a growing crane rental market, with new projects and investments in fleet expansions taking place. Daniel Searle reports.