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The New Generation of XPower Wheel Loaders

L 550 XPower® - L 586 XPower® Fuel savings of up to 30% are provided by the Liebherr Power Efficiency (LPE) system and Stage IV / Tier 4f compliant power-split driveline, which optimises performance. To achieve full power and the highest levels of fuel efficiency, the XPower® wheel loaders automatically adapt to the working situation with the most efficient ratio between hydrostatic drive for material uptake and short distances and mechanical drive for long distances and uphill.

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Productivity is increased through easy maintenance with all operating parameters visible at a glance and no requirement for a diesel particle filter and regeneration thanks to the Liebherr SCR technology. Robustly built with strong axles and component parts to minimise cost and downtime, the XPower® machines also have strengthened Z-kinematics for up to 20% more break-out force. The new ergonomically-designed cab, with its range of adjustable features provides optimum operator comfort. Increased safety is achieved through improved visibility with larger windows that extend further downwards, a tapered engine hood and a rear-view camera integrated with a touch screen display.

Call today on: 01767 602100 Liebherr-Great Britain Limited, Normandy Lane, Stratton Business Park, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 8QB.


7 Highways England Commit to PlantworX 17 Two new JCB’s at PlantworX





Finning CAT are Ready2Go


Miller debuts new Powerlatch

26 - Construction Helpline 38 - What is Machine Control? 43 - Operator Blog 44 - Construction Careers Day


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Engcon tilts automatically


Ardent Tide: Helping you


48 - Engcon Test Drive Day 49 - NFPEO 54 - Live It. Dig It.

52 Demolition Expo 17 All the info




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he UK Construction Industry’s Exhibition season has defiantly arrived with Plantworx on the 6th to 8th June at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground Leicestershire then moving on to Rail Live on the 21st to 22nd July overlapping the Demo Expo at the Herts county ground from the 22nd June to 24th June.

All three exhibitions showcase the best in the UK construction supply chain with many manufacturers showcasing new products. We have new interest from the global market this year at Plantworx with Indian global giant FeRRUM launching a new bucket range in the UK. Highways England - Construction Plant Community is supporting its construction plant supply chain partners at Plantworx Construction Machinery exhibition and will be focusing on promoting careers in the construction sector. The organisation’s stand will consist of static and working equipment with the opportunity for new plant operators to take part in skills tests on a range of machinery. The stand will be supported by three of the well-established plant hire companies: Flannery, Lynch and Hawk Plant, which will be providing equipment and will also be actively recruiting apprentices, trainees and operators to work on projects throughout the UK. Paragon Protection Systems is making its Plantworx debut also next month and introducing the Zappshelter system, which is described as a revolutionary system for providing rapid cover for a range of on-site applications, both temporary and permanent. It’s ideal for storing plant and access equipment, and has limitless uses for anyone requiring significant covered storage or workspace. So if you love your plant and equipment there couldn’t be a better month for you to enjoy.

Mark McMoran, editor

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This issue’s main story: What is #CITA? We give you all the information - See pages 42-47 Index of advertisers Liebherr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 FeRRUM UK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 PLANTWORX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Miller Ground breaking . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 1st Call Plant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Hyundai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Lighthouse Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Leica Geosystems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Bobcat of London . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Ardent Tide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Opti-cal (A-Plant) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 UKPO Simulator Hire . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Cambridge Regional College . . . . . . . . . 44 P Flannery Plant Hire . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Hawk Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 UK Plant Operators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Demolition Expo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Marubeni Komatsu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 JCB Mudrun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 JuvaPro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 McMoran Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Executive Choice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Path Recruitment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Compliance Cube . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Plant 2 Sell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Miller Ground breaking . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 NFPEO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Topcon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 JCB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

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Hawk invests in 135 new machines

Hawk have taken delivery of a fleet of over 135 new machines including 30 x PC360 Excavators, 25 x HM300-5 Dumptrucks, 33 x Dozers including new to the fleet D37PX-24, the latest intelligent machines and hybrid excavators. The purchase of this equipment is part of Hawk’s on going renewal process. Purchasing new machines regularly, allows Hawk to offer its customer the most up to date equipment available in the industry. The business has invested heavily in machinery and equipment in recent years to support strong growth, and has built a reputation for operating a modern and well maintained fleet. This also provides Hawk customers with cutting edge technology, reducing cost and downtime, these machines also produce lower fuel consumption and emissions. Mike Hawkins, CEO said “By focusing on building and maintaining a modern fleet and offering our customers’ the latest in technology, we have created a solid customer base and opportunities to scale-up even further. This investment is part of an on-going scheme to provide our clients with the best possible equipment available and insure Hawk is one of the leading independent plant hire companies in the UK.”

Bryn Thomas Cranes appoint new Sales Director Bryn Thomas Cranes are proud to announce the appointment of Colin Hodgson as its Sales Director starting 3rd April 2017. Colin has over 30 years’ experience within the crane and lifting industry. He joins the Bryn Thomas Cranes group from Sarens UK where he has spent the last 18 months working as the company’s UK Sales Director, and prior to that, worked for Ainscough Crane Hire for 25 years as the company’s National Sales Manager. Colin will now be tasked in bringing the company’s sales structure together which will support future development of the sales team whilst opening up huge potential in key areas of interest to develop the business and promote the vast capabilities that the company offers throughout the group. The company added: “We are delighted to welcome Colin Hodgson as we continue to expand the sales and operational team. Colin brings the company a wealth of experience and professional knowledge of the crane industry and his appointment will add depth to our sales team. He will be an integral part of developing long term, strategic relationships with existing and new customers. Colin has established a well-earned reputation within the lifting industry and the key sectors that it operates within and all the management team are extremely excited and looking forward to working with him This is a busy and exciting time for the company and we are looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead as the company begins its next phase of its expansion plan with more cranes planed for delivery in 2017.”

Visting PLANTWORX? Come & See UK Plant Operators on Stand D51 for a chat and enter the simulator competition with Leica Geosystems


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Hyundai Heavy Industries supports rebuilding work in the wake of Italian earthquake Hyundai Heavy Industries, in collaboration with the construction machinery manufacturers Italian dealer Hitex, supplied two machines, for four months free of charge, to help with the clearing and reconstruction in the areas affected by the earthquake in central Italy.

It was Wednesday August 24, 2016, when a violent earthquake shook central Italy and claimed 297 lives. The epicentre was located near Accumoli, 75 km southeast of Perugia and 45 km north of L'Aquila. The tremors began at around 3.30am on Wednesday morning, followed by a devastating 6.2 magnitude earthquake. Since then several earthquakes have followed, resulting in even more casualties and damage. Following the earthquake Hyundai Heavy Industries Europe, with the backing of local Hyundai dealer Hitex, took the decision to offer assistance with the clean-up and reconstruction of the affected areas by offering two machines to the Il Corpo Nazionale dei Vigile del Fuoco – a R60CR-9A crawler excavator and a HL757-9A wheeled loader for four-months at no cost. The machines were delivered to the headquarters of the Fire Brigade of Cittareale (Rieti), a town of medieval origins dating back to 1261 AD on 27th October 2016. The town was home to a wealth of historic buildings which were almost completely destroyed or seriously damaged by the earthquake.


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The City vowed not to give up and launched a vigorous reconstruction plan. On November 8th 2016 - the Mayor Francesco Nelli – officially opened a new earthquake resistant school - and there are many more ongoing initiatives to help the citizens of Cittareale to return to normality as soon as possible. The two machines supplied by Hyundai and Hitex have made a worthy contribution to this operation which will continue. Hyundai Heavy Industries managing director, Alain Worp said, “Hyundai and Hitex were honoured to be able to contribute to the clean-up and reconstruction of this Italian city by providing two machines. This earthquake has devastated a community – we are proud to have been able to help in a small way – and watch with great admiration as these people rebuild their lives and homes.” Background information on the two Hyundai machines. The HL757-9A wheel loader is one of six models in the Hyundai's -9 series of machines with operating weight between 9 and 33.5 tons, with bucket capacities of 1.8 to 6 m³. The HL757-9A has a weight capacity of 14,700 kg and a bucket capacity of 2.8 m³.

The HL757-9A is designed to allow the operator to adjust the engine power and the timing of the automatic transmission and clutch disengagement based on the application and preference. The engine benefits from three power modes - Power for heavy work - Standard for general work ans an Economy mode for light work. The gearbox also benefits from four modes - Manual, Auto-Light Mode for light loads and transporting over long distances) - Auto-Normal Mode for general cargo and moving light material and Auto-Mode Heavy for heavy loads and heavy material movement and extraction. The fully automatic transmission is equipped with self-diagnosis and low temperature protection – which is especially important for the machine working in areas such as Cittareale where winter temperatures regularly drop below freezing. The automatic transmission improves performance, reduces power loss and maximizes the strength of the machine. With the five-speed gearbox and the lock-up torque converter, operators can also benefit from a reduction of fuel consumption. Enhanced axles on this machine improve driving on rough terrain – which was an absolute must while working amongst the rubble caused by the earthquake. The Hyundai R60CR-9A compact excavator, like all machines in the A series, helps to maximize profitability by improving fuel economy and by delivering advanced maintenance functions and highly resistant components. The machine has been designed for maximum precision and offers the operator the very best in handling and maneuverability. The flow rate of the pump decreases the hydraulic flow, when the controls are not in use, to reduce fuel consumption. The fuel efficient, Yanmar 4TNV98 engine provides proven, reliable power. This engine is electronically controlled for

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optimum fuel to air ratio and clean, efficient combustion and provides low noise, anti-restart features. All control devices are arranged for higher productivity and improved operator comfort. Efficient and ergonomic controls allow an operator to control the machine in any working environment. A safety lever on the left-side console is provided to prevent exiting the cabin while hydraulic controls are live. The advanced hydraulic system includes an arm flow summation system, boom holding system and a swing parking brake

for smooth and fine control. Other valuable features include a hydraulic damper in the travel pedal, and a hydraulically lubricated swing reducer with a leak-free grease chamber. The shift function of the main arm is designed to increase efficiency in residential and urban areas. The tail swing radius allows the operator to work within narrow spaces. Increased swing ensures higher performance for applications on the slopes. This machine is well suited to working within the earthquake zone.

Highways England Construction Plant Community latest organisation to commit to Plantworx.

Highways England - Construction Plant Community is supporting its construction plant supply chain partners at Plantworx Construction Machinery exhibition (6th – 8th June Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground Leicestershire) and will be focusing on promoting careers in the construction sector. The organisation’s stand will consist of static and working equipment with the opportunity for new plant operators to take part in skills tests on a range of machinery. The stand will be supported by three of the well-established plant hire companies: Flannery; Lynch; and Hawk Plant, which will be providing equipment and will also be actively recruiting apprentices, trainees and operators to work on projects throughout the UK. Other companies will also be supporting

this initiative. The collaborative community has been working together for four years and are working together to further improve safety, capability and efficiency. Paul Whitehead who leads Highways England’s Plant Community Group said: "Growing our own talent will play a vital part in shaping Highways England and developing a high performing organisation. As a Government Company with capital funding certainty over five years, our supply chain has the confidence to invest in the people to make them capable of delivering what is a huge amount of work." Plantworx, hosted by the CEA (Construction Equipment Association), has more than 365 exhibitors signed up for the ‘all action’ event and of these over 145 exhibitors will be

making their show debut. In terms of size and exhibitor numbers the 2017 show has exceeded the 2015 exhibition event and the Plantworx team is expecting the show to be a ‘sell out’ - making this event the hottest ticket in town and a spectacular action packed 3-days! Spanning 140,000 sq mtrs, visitors to the show can see machines and tools being put through their paces on one of the many demonstration areas around the show. A full exhibitor list can be found on the Plantworx website. Register now for your free entry tickets to the show – miss it you’ll be missing out!


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Two new JCBs make UK debuts at Plantworx: Stand B57 & B58 Plantworx 2017 will see two UK firsts from JCB - with British show debuts for the JCB 540-180 HiViz Loadall and the world’s first skid steer with a telescopic boom - the JCB Teleskid. The JCB Teleskid is a revolutionary new product that can reach 60% further forward than any other skid steer on the market and in an industry first - it is the only skid steer in the world that can dig below its chassis to an unparalleled depth of around one metre. In addition, this innovative new machine can reach 8% higher than any other skid steer. Plantworx marks a first UK public appearance for the JCB 540-180 HiViz – an 18-metre Loadall which expands what is already the world’s biggest range of telescopic handlers. The new Loadall offers a 5% improvement in lift height, 10% greater forward reach, 50% lower SAE serviceability rating, 50% service cost saving over 1,000 hours and 20% faster cycle times. This year’s show will also see the Plantworx debut for the revolutionary JCB Hydradig

110W which has taken the industry by storm since launch by delivering new levels of digging, lifting, loading and tool-carrying performance to urban construction, highway maintenance and municipal operations. The concept brings unparalleled visibility, stability, manoeuvrability, mobility and serviceability.

Also featuring on the stand or in the demonstration areas will be a full line-up of JCB equipment from its compact excavator, wheeled loading shovel, backhoe loader, Loadall telescopic handler, tracked excavator, site dumper, compaction and generator ranges

TJC Sales promotes HIDROMEK at Plantworx

TJC Sales Ltd, a UK dealer for HIDROMEK is showcasing the HMK 102B SUPRA and the award-winning HMK 140LC and HMK 220LC GEN Series at Plantworx 6-8th June 2017 at stand number: G19 & G25. First time exhibitor at Plantworx, TJC Sales Ltd, is hoping to make a big impression with the Turkish manufactured range of machinery which offers high efficiency, comfort, and performance. Visitors will be able to see for themselves the smooth precision of the HIDROMEK with live demonstrations of the HMK 102B SUPRA and the HMK 220LC GEN Series


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in action. The HMK 140LC GEN Series will be on show on the stand. Licensed operators will have a chance to experience the outstanding performance of the cutting-edge machinery in the demonstration area. There will also be an opportunity to take part in a fun competition using one of the HIDROMEK machines with prizes to be won. The award-winning HMK 140LC and HMK 220LC GEN Series provides increased performance, ease of control and reliability. These innovative models are highly responsive, efficient and have been designed to give a high level of operator comfort. The low fuel consumption and easy maintenance of these machines add to the sustainable qualities of the GEN Series range - a leader in its class. One of the characteristics that make the SUPRA Series (HMK 102B SUPRA will be on display) different is the superior

performance of the front loader. Thanks to the bucket and arm breakout force of the SUPRA Series, the machine drives the load without being stressed. The durable Boom construction is intended for heavy conditions and has been designed to last for many years. Established since 1978, HIDROMEK has become a leading manufacturer of construction machinery. To celebrate this achievement, TJC Sales Ltd will be handing out Turkish delights and other goodies at their stand. Based in Bedfordshire, TJC Sales Ltd has been proving plant equipment and servicing to the construction industry for over 30 years. The company, are also a dealer for Wacker Neuson and Indeco as well as HIDROMEK. TJC Sales Ltd is part of TJC Plant Group Ltd who provide plant hire, machinery repairs and road haulage.




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JCB has sights set on new market JCB has its sights set on a new market after launching a range of branded prescription safety glasses with leading high street retailer Specsavers.

JCB already licences around 50 leading companies which sell millions of products from batteries, tools and toys bearing the JCB name each year. Now the company has teamed up with Specsavers Corporate Eyecare to launch the safety eye wear – with great success. Senior JCB Licensing Manager Paul Tudor, who is based at JCB’s World HQ, in Rocester, Staffordshire, said: “The reaction to the launch has been fantastic with thousands of pairs of the JCB safety glasses sold already. We worked very closely with Specsavers on the designs and we are delighted with the results.” A total of 20 JCB frames are being made available in men’s, women’s and unisex

designs under the licensing agreement between the two companies. They are available from Specsavers’ UK stores with metal and polycarbonate frames with a wide choice of lenses suitable for a range of industrial settings. They come complete with side shields bearing the famous JCB logo. By the end of the year all 1,700-plus Specsavers stores globally will offer the JCB range. Specsavers Corporate Eyecare Director of Strategic Alliances Jim Lythgow said: “We have subjected more than 440 pairs of prescription safety glasses to extremely rigorous tests. As you would expect from Specsavers and JCB, these glasses are tough!”

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Land & Water’s Environmental Winning Streak Over the past few days the UK’s largest inland waterway and marine environmental engineers, Land & Water has scooped two major framework contracts.

Land & Water landed the multimillionpound Canal & River Trust National Dredging Contract, making them dredging suppliers to the Trust for the next 10 years. This substantial award came just days after won a place on all 4 lots of the Environment Agency’s South East Region minor works framework. Achieving these major wins represents a triumph for the waterway contactor and is a testament to their commitment to innovation, environmental consideration and collaborative advantage. The dredging tenders were supported by Land & Water’s overarching environmental strategy. A major and forward thinking part of this strategy includes the construction a series of improved wildlife habitats across the UK. These habitats will be formed by reusing dredged sediments and other soils to re-engineer a string of redundant waste sites, turning wasteland into beautiful and much needed wildlife havens. It is the vision of James Maclean CEO of Land & Water that these wildlife havens will eventually be stepping stone habitats throughout the UK’s waterway network. The sites will allow Land & Water to reclaim and reuse silt and other materials from dredging and associated infrastructure projects thus contributing to their commitment to work towards a less than 10% disposal policy. As part of an environmental commitment, Land & Water’s tenders include procedures that ensure they can carry out their commitment to working


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with environmental volunteers thus passing on knowledge and skills and engendering stakeholder involvement. ‘It’s a testament to Land & Waters integrity and environmental commitment that they submitted a very comprehensive and high quality tender. We are impressed by their commitment to work in partnership with us as well as their investment in new equipment, systems and processes driving both environmental enhancements and commercial benefit.’ - Simon Bamford, Director of Asset Delivery. Canal & River Trust Adrian Gascoyne, MD, Land & Water Services, commented, ‘Land & Water always strive to work in partnership with our clients. We are keen

to maximise the collaborative advantages available from true team work, workspace sharing and early project involvement. We call ourselves imagineers because we are highly committed to driving value though innovation, forward planning, sequential work programming and adjoining projects. This not only minimises mobilisation costs (it can cost up to £50k to put all the equipment required onto the water) but also allows us to shorten the project lifecycle, saving time, money and lessening any environmental impact. In delivering these frameworks we worked hard to firstly understand our client’s problems, solve them, add value and then we have provided a suit of collaborative ideas that will improve our collective businesses.

Steelwrist is broadening its portfolio of quick couplers and tiltrotators Swedish tiltrotator and work tool manufacturer Steelwrist continue to broaden its product portfolio. At the international product launch on April 26 in Sollentuna, Sweden, Steelwrist launched a number of new products. The tiltrotator program is increased with an X14 size tiltrotator for 10 to 14 ton excavators and backhoe loaders and a range of S30 couplers for mini excavators. Steelwrist has a tiltrotator program that covers excavators from 2 -33 ton in eight

different sizes. The X14 tiltrotator is aimed at the increasingly important 10-13 to segment where S50 size couplers can be used. Also the larger articulated back-hoes is the target segment for the new X14 tiltrotator. Additionally Steelwrist is adding a range of S30 couplers for mini-excavators to its product range. Deliveries of the new products will start in June 2017.

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Gold star for JCB as machines take a bow in cult film

Image: 20th Century Fox A fleet of more than 20 JCB machines is playing a starring role in a cult film following the biggest product placement project in the company’s history. Skid steers loaders, Loadall telescopic handlers and JS excavators were supplied to 20th Century Fox for the making of the new Alien Covenant film which hits UK cinema screens on Friday. They star alongside Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston wrapped in stunning gold – the idea of British film director and producer Ridley Scott designed to give them a futuristic look. JCB Worldwide Marketing Director Michael Plummer said: “This is the biggest product placement exercise in JCB’s history and involved more than £1 million worth of machines. Ridley Scott’s idea to wrap the machines in gold delivered a stunning result and is certainly an eye-catching addition to a film which will be seen by millions of people around the world.”

The machines - which appear in the film's finale - were supplied with the help of JCB dealer Construction Equipment Australia to the movie set in Sydney, Australia. Six JCB generators were also provided for the film makers to use. The equipment is used in the so-called ‘terraforming bay’, the area which alters the environment to make it capable of supporting terrestrial life. Alien Covenant is set almost 100 years in the future and is the sixth Alien franchise film to be made.

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Finning’s Cat Compact Products are Ready2Go at Plantworx

Finning UK & Ireland will launch its Ready2Go proposition at Plantworx 2017 – Stand J52. Ideally suited and specified for the UK hire market, Finning will showcase how the Cat Compact Range of Micro and Mini Excavators have now become far more accessible. Ready2Go ensures you find the product and service that matches your needs. The Cat 300.9D, 301.7D and 305E2 CR are amongst the first Micro and Mini Excavators embedded into the proposition. Ready2Go recognises industry requirements; if you purchase just one machine each year, or, due to the growing market, you require additional machines to support your fleet deal – each machine needs to be delivered quickly, and essentially, ‘Ready2Go’ on hire. Our expert team at Plantworx will be on hand to take you through each step of our new proposition. The first step surrounds ‘Availability’, this is at the heart of our offer. Finning will ensure your new machine is delivered to your depot on time, in full, as agreed. For even quicker ‘Accessibility’, Caterpillar Micro and Mini Excavators will be Ready2Go from your nearest Finning branch. Cat Compact machines are Accessible, Available and now, more Affordable. With a range of flexible, deferred payment options, and with unbeatable residuals, you now can’t afford not to own, and operate a Cat. Visitors to Plantworx will also meet the teams supporting your Cat machines throughout its lifetime. Every machine that enters your fleet is fully supported in the field, with parts available for next day delivery 24/7. The team is also on hand to guide you through Finning’s service and maintenance capabilities, including how the two year unlimited warranty can add real additional value to your Plant Hire business.


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Apprentices build one-of-akind JCB Loadall

A JCB Loadall telescopic handler built entirely by the company’s 68 apprentices is going on show to celebrate national training opportunities for young people.

The stylish machine was unveiled today in the visitor centre at the JCB World HQ during National Apprenticeship Week. Learners from JCB sites across the country have played their part in building the iconic Loadall, a machine which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and which revolutionised the lifting and placing of loads on farms and construction sites when it was introduced. Over 200,000 Loadalls have been sold since its launch in 1977, but none as unique as this one, which will eventually be


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auctioned off for charity. Co-ordinated by JCB Training, apprentices from the World HQ in Rocester, Staffs, and as far afield as JCB Transmissions in Wrexham and JCB Power Systems in Derbyshire all played their part. JCB Transmissions manufactured the axles and gearbox; JCB Power Systems manufactured and built the engine; the Hydraulics Business Unit (HBU) built the lift, extension, tilt and displacement rams; JCB Cab Systems in Rugeley supplied the cab and JCB Marketing came up with the colour scheme and promoted the initiative at various events. All parts were assembled at the JCB World HQ to build the Loadall Agri Pro machine. JCB Chairman Lord Bamford, who himself completed an engineering apprenticeship before joining JCB in 1964, said: “As an engineer and former apprentice with manufacturing running through my blood, I'm delighted and very proud of what JCB's apprentices have achieved with this project. They have shown vividly that team work

delivers wonderful results and most of all highlighted what empowering young people on apprenticeships can deliver.” Chris Morris, of JCB Training, led the project and said it was a great way to promote the company’s commitment during the National Apprenticeship Week. He said: “Going on show in the main reception will also give potential new customers an insight into how well JCB apprentices work together. The project also highlights the work the JCB Academy does in providing excellent training to our apprentices, which gives them the skills and academic achievement to help them move their careers forward.” Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service said: “A remarkable amount of skill and dedication has gone into this project over the past six months and all the apprentices involved should feel immensely proud. They have shown what it is possible to achieve through an apprenticeship and it’s great that they have been able to take part in this project to help celebrate the 40th year of the Loadall Division. “Apprenticeships play a vital role in the economy and JCB are demonstrating their commitment to this by putting their apprentices in the spotlight with events like today. It’s a fantastic event to be holding during National Apprenticeship Week; a massive well done to everyone who has been involved.” Apprentices who took part in the project, from across JCB’s factories, all spoke of the development of skills and boost to confidence building the Loadall had given them. Dan Malbon, 21, of Cheadle, Staffordshire, who works in the Loadall Division, said: “The project has been an excellent way to showcase what apprentices can do. It has also given me the abilities and confidence to take on bigger and more difficult challenges within my career at JCB.”

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CAtÂŽ Command for dozing offers efficient and safe remote operation of d8t doZer

CatÂŽ Command for dozing, the Cat remote control system for dozers, is now available for the D8T Dozer. Command for dozing enhances safety and efficiency by enabling an operator to control the dozer nearby using a compact, portable console or a comfortable operator station. With the addition of video and sound to the system, the remote operator station can be used in a distant location. Deep integration with Cat machine systems enables smooth, precise control for superior efficiency and productivity. The Command for dozing system is proven in thousands of hours of operating Cat D10T and D11T Dozers working at mines around the world. This same technology is now available for the D8T, a workhorse in construction and aggregates operations. The over-the-shoulder console is recommended for short-duration activities such as cleaning up near highwalls and road

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cuts, stabilizing slides and working in any area that poses increased risks. Line-of-sight control distances can be as much as a quarter mile (400 meters). The remote operator station enables the operator to work from a comfortable, seated position with familiar dozer controls—away from the active dozing area. The station promotes efficient operation in a wide range of site conditions. The station itself is modeled on the actual cab of the machine, with all ergonomic controls, alarms and features operating as they do in the dozer. The system can be equipped for line-of-sight operation or for teleremote operation with the addition of video and audio feeds from the site and dozer. The design of the remote operator station allows it to be configured for easy transport in a truck or trailer, which adds flexibility in its application. Remote operation allows dozers to be used in any situation that presents

potential safety and health hazards. In addition to highwall and edge work, common challenges include steep slopes, pond and drainage operations, and aggressive ripping. Remote operation also enables a dozer to continue production immediately after blasting, rather than waiting for the air to clear. For more information about Cat Command for dozing, customers should contact the local Cat dealer or go to:


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engcon tilts automatically with Leica Geosystems In collaboration with world-leading tiltrotator manufacturer Engcon, Leica Geosystems has developed iXE CoPilot, an auto-tilt function. Used in combination with a 2D or 3D excavator guidance system, Engcon's DC2 control system and ePS (engcon Positioning System) this revolutionary development enables the tilt function on a tiltrotator to be handled automatically. “We are proud to collaborate with Engcon to deliver an automatic tilt function”, says Nick Guadagnoli, Program Manager, Earth Moving Solutions at Leica Geosystems. “Our new Leica iXE CoPilot auto tilt system together with an Engcon tiltrotator offer the best of both worlds when it comes to streamlining excavator operation”, he continues In simple terms, an excavator guidance system creates a digital and threedimensional drawing of an area that needs to be dug. The drawing is then displayed on a large screen in the cab where the

excavator operator can also see the bucket position, where to dig and what depths and slopes are to be achieved. "Automated excavator functions are becoming more common and as the leading manufacturer of tiltrotators we believe it makes sense for us to contribute with our technology to increase profitability still further”, says Fredrik Jonsson, head of development at the Engcon Group. For safety purposes, the operator can regain manual control of the digging system and tiltrotator at any time. A video showing iXE CoPilot and Engcon in action can be viewed at

engcon launches a new tiltrotator for excavators up to 33 tonnes – engcon's most powerful tiltrotator yet World leading tiltrotator manufacturer Engcon continues to push the boundaries with its ongoing investment in R&D. The latest development is the EC233, a completely new tiltrotator for excavators up to 33 tonnes. The EC233 is an Engcon Generation 2 tiltrotator, built using the very latest technology. The EC233 includes a central lubrication system for easy maintenance, a 45-degree tilt angle for best access and flexibility, a robust design with a cast body and heavyduty shaft journals for extended service life. And that’s not all, says Fredrik Jonsson, Head of R&D at Engcon, who stacks up even more innovative features and benefits of the new addition to the range: "The EC233 comes ready for ePS – engcon Positioning System – which means it will be able to sync with various excavator guidance systems for maximum efficiency. Standard equipment includes tilt cylinders fitted with load-holding valves and a Q-Safe quick hitch for maximum safety," says Fredrik Jonsson.: “In short, this is Engcon's most powerful


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tiltrotator yet. It uses the latest technology and we have great confidence in the model as it was tested to the limit on big machines during the Swedish winter of 2016/2017," he continues

The EC233 will debut at Plantworx in Leicestershire between 6-8 June 2017. The first of the pilot models will begin deliveries during the autumn with series roll out anticipated for New Year, 2018.

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next generation cab design & advanced truck control features for the new CAt® 745 articulated truck

Offering a 45.2-ton (41-tonne) rated payload capacity, the new Cat® 745 articulated truck features a world-class cab design, completely re-engineered from the insideout using global operator feedback to advance comfort and ease of operation. The new external “spinal” ROPS structure boasts bonded rear quarter glass that eliminates the structural pillar to give the operator a dramatic improvement in visibility from the cab. Upon cab entry, the new “wake up” feature initiates machine displays as soon as the door is opened, while the lighter/stronger cab door offers shut assist for improved sealing against dust infiltration. The quieter cab design lowers inside sound levels by 5 dB at the operator’s ear. New infrared glass reduces solar heating inside the cab, while left- and right-hand sliding windows increase ventilation and improve external communication with workers and the loading vehicle. More vents positioned above and behind the operator enables the new automatic climate control (HVAC) system to more efficiently heat and cool the cab. Offering the ability to accommodate a wider range of operators, the new heated/cooled seat provides more setting adjustments to dial in personalized operator comfort, while a new flip up/down passenger seat offers added comfort cushioning. A ground-level switch controls new access lights illuminating the steps and hitch area for improved safety when entering the cab. New cab-mounted mirrors and integrated payload lights offer improved visibility around the truck as well as payload levels for the loader operator.

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Innovative Machine Controls Inside the cab, a new combined transmission and hoist lever gives operators efficient single-lever control over truck speed and body hoisting functions to minimize operator effort and automate repetitive operations. At the flick of a switch, operators can choose between manual or fully automatic assisted hoisting control, which automatically applies the Waiting Brake, sets the transmission in neutral and hoists the body to maximum angle at high RPM. A new push-button lever control allows the operator to easily set the machine speed and select transmission hold/waiting brake. Directional gear shifting protection on the new 745 articulated truck now protects the powertrain by bringing the machine safely to a stop when transitioning from forward to reverse and vise-versa. Further improving operator safety, the machine incorporates the new Cat Detect with Stability Assist system. This system audibly and visibly warns the operator if tractor or trailer unit has reached an angle threshold where it is in risk of tipping over. The class leading fully Advanced Automatic Traction Control is improved by technology that will proactively apply the differential locks prior to any wheel spin. Terrain-based throttle smoothing prevents the new truck from surging when an operator is traveling over extremely rough terrain and is unable to keep steady pressure on the accelerator pedal. The new 745 truck’s touchscreen display with revised menus offer intuitive navigation through the screens for simple machine

control. The display enables the operator to monitor machine functions and personalize a variety of options. A new emergency stop brake switch next to the display offers a further level of operating safety in the unlikely event of incurring issues with both the main and secondary brake circuits. Builds on Solid C Series Design The new Cat 745 articulated truck incorporates all the field-proven features and performance of the C Series that deliver fast cycle times, high productivity and unmatched fuel efficiency for its class. Its powertrain is driven by the Cat C18 ACERT™ engine, rated at 504 net hp (375 kW), which meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emissions standards. A new economy mode feature results in an average of 5 percent fuel consumption improvement in applications where a truck is not required to operate at full productivity. Cat’s CX38B High Density Power Shift transmission enhances the new truck’s overall performance and productivity, while permanent six-wheel drive enables the truck to navigate even the most challenging terrain. Automatic retarding control manages machine retarding through a combination of engine, brake, gear selection and service brake application without operator intervention. Hill assist facilitates efficient stopping and starting on grades, while the Waiting Brake system, quickly engaged by a push-button on the control lever, temporarily applies the service brake during pauses in the work cycle. In direct response to customer feedback, the lower portion of the front fenders is now made of a durable and flexible rubber sheet material. This change will help decrease maintenance and repair costs on sites where mud packing around the fenders could damage the lower section. Cat Connect PAYLOAD technology for the new 745 truck allows customers to optimize operations and improve overall jobsite efficiency. The available Cat Production Measurement system gives operators the ability to measure and deliver accurate payload with the confidence to boost productivity, lower costs and reduce the risk of overload damage.




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Miller to demonstrate it’s latest Powerlatch tilt coupler at Plantworx 2017 Global attachments manufacturer Miller UK will be exhibiting at PLANTWORX on 6-8th June at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, and for the first time on show within the demonstration area, Miller will be showcasing its latest PowerLatch Tilt coupler. The new PowerLatch Tilt coupler delivers up to 180 degree rotation for 3.5T-20T machines and features a new lighter fully cast body, which draws on the deep Miller design expertise and heritage to offer increased strength and greater machine efficiency capable of withstanding the most challenging working environments. With the addition of a tilt coupler to the end of your machine most contractors tend to accept a loss in breakout force due to the additional overall height of tilting quick couplers. Miller design engineers have worked tirelessly to reduce its overall height to the lowest in its class, meaning it delivers minimal digging force loss. The new compact design increases machine efficiency, meaning that the operator uses less fuel, and completes the job faster. The benefits of quick couplers has been well documented over the years with the reward of transforming excavators from a digging machine to a multi-tooled carrier for performing versatile functions from the comfort and safety of the cab. Safety is built into the core of every product that Miller makes and the new PowerLatch Tilt coupler utilises Millers PowerLatch independent Twinlocking ABS system ensuring that it is fully compliant to all Global legislations, including ISO13031. Brendan Quill, Miller UK Sales & Marketing Director said “Our main focus has always been on making the job site safer, and machines more productive and efficient. We strongly believe that attachment technology has to improve the operator experience, making on-site operations safer, and more convenient, whilst being capable of withstanding the most challenging working environments. We continually invest a lot of R&D time, effort and resource into the development and rigorous testing of attachments to ensure our customers has the most advanced products in the market and the latest PowerLatch Tilt is a testament to this.” Also at this year’s show and an exclusive

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in the UK, Miller UK research and development team will reveal Miller’s long awaited next generation, revolutionary, hydraulic coupler concept. The new coupler will replace the highly successful original Twinlocking PowerLatch, which over the last seven years since its launch has become the best in class hydraulic quick coupler. The introduction of the next generation hydraulic couplers will expand Millers range of hydraulic quick couplers from 1t up to 75tonne – meaning that for the first time Miller UK will offer a comprehensive hydraulic quick coupler solution for all customers. In addition, and in line with the continued focus on customer support, Miller UK will also be demonstrating its new operating procedures mobile app Miller CONNECT, with the aim of promoting better on site operating practices for engaging and releasing attachments using the Miller PowerLatch quick coupler. Mobile platforms make it easier for machine operators to access additional ‘onthe-job’ guidance and Miller has developed a series of quick coupler operating procedure videos that promotes competency and safety, which illustrates: • Safe working practices for the use of quick couplers •Procedures for connecting and disconnecting attachments • Visual inspections of the quick coupler equipment • How to maintain the quick coupler equipment

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sVAB to launch Quantum - next level Control system platform SVAB the global market leader for tiltrotator control system launched it’s new control system platform on April 26, at the international product launch day held together with it’s sister company Steelwrist. The new Quantum platform combines control, communication, joysticks, sensors and actuators in delivering new efficiency enhancing functionality for excavators.

The demand for increased efficiency is constantly rising and as a result both excavators, work tools and machine control systems are becoming more intelligent. At the same time operators and field technicians face the challenge with more systems to learn and manage. The new Quantum platform from SVAB adds new efficiency enhancing functionality into a more configurable platform. “With Quantum it is easier than ever to customize a control system with the functions that the dealer or excavator manufacturer needs. Obviously today's standard functions like tiltrotator control, joystick steering, blade control or digging brake can be configured, and with the more flexible Quantum platform it will be easier to buy joystick steering or for example digging brake as stand alone subsystems than with previous generation control systems” says Fredrik Eriksson, CEO of SVAB. Remote support is another new feature that comes with the Quantum platform already from start. With the Quantum platform dealers will get a tool to support their customers remotely but support can also come directly from SVAB or a tiltrotator manufacturer like Steelwrist depending on where in the world the excavator is in operation. The Quantum platform will furthermore have enhanced possibilities to interact with manufacturer's own control systems as we see an increased need to display information directly in the manufacturer's own display. However the standard user interface will be the new Quantum smartphone app, available on both iOS and Android phones. In the Quantum app the driver can check system status, change profiles or update settings. The Quantum app is also the tool for the remote support functionality.


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Steelwrist launch a new range of Powered Work Tools - Hydraulic compactors, Multi-grapples and Sorting-grapples Swedish tiltrotator and work tool manufacturer Steelwrist continue to broaden its product portfolio. At the international product launch on April 26 in Sollentuna, Sweden, Steelwrist launched a number of new products. Steelwrist powered work tools include screening buckets launched 2016 and now also compactors and stone/sorting- and multi-grapples. The demand for environmentally friendly recycling solutions and work site material handling is growing. Rising fuel costs and landfill fees make it expensive for builders to transport unscreened material out and to bring in fill and topsoil material as replacement. The screening bucket solves this problem and with the new range of hydraulic compactors the portfolio is expanded to make the compaction job more efficient than ever before. With a Steelwrist OQadaptor on top of the work tools the change-over process is done in seconds. The hydraulic compactors comes in four sizes covering excavators from 2 to 30 ton. Main features include off-center adaptor position for efficient reach, optimized compaction force-distribution, and pressure- and flow rate-control for overload protection.

Simultaneously two ranges of grapples are introduced to the market. The Multi grapple (MG-line) is a general purpose construction and log grapple. Application areas include heavy lifting, stone laying and timber handling. Wide opening, Hardox 500 materials, high clamping force and mechanical end stops safeguard a long lifespan. By choosing high grade steel we reduce the overall weight which in turn increase the lifting capacity and lower the fuel consumption of the excavator. Four sizes are available from the MG20 for 3-6 ton excavators to the MG55 for 18-26 ton excavators. The Stone and Sorting grapple (SG-line) will also be a complete product range with four sizes covering excavators from 6 to 32 ton. The SG grapples is a heavy duty sorting grapple that is targeted for the tougher tasks such as handling large stones, timber, recycling, scrap, sorting and medium duty demolition work.

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Hyundai Heavy Industries announces spin off company: hyundai Construction equipment Company

Hyundai Heavy Industries announces the ‘spinoff’ of the Construction Equipment division from the mother company Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. This new company was officially established with the name Hyundai Construction Equipment Co. Ltd on the 1st of April 2017. All activities of HHI’s Construction Equipment division will move to this new company beginning of April. HYUNDAI CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT CO. IS PART OF A BIGGER PLAN The ‘spinoff’ is based on a restructuring plan which began last year. For the Construction Equipment division this ‘spinoff’ offers great possibilities and an improved agility. The newly established mother company will be able to make independent decisions in the interest of the industries and markets worldwide. Despite


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the fact, the new company is named Hyundai Construction Equipment – Hyundai has emphasized that both Forklift and Construction Equipment are equally managed with the same goal to grow the market share. EUROPEAN IMPACT: FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT


For Europe, this decision indicates that there is a new shareholder - Hyundai Construction Equipment Co. It has been decided that the name of the company will change during the course of this year to Hyundai Construction Equipment Europe. Hyundai Construction Equipment Europe has a strong commitment to growth. This year, the European HQ will move to Tessenderlo, Belgium. This € 30 million investment project will enable Hyundai Construction Equipment to increase its success in Europe. On 81,000

square meters of land, a new headquarters, a new warehouse, a training facility, an event hall and a showroom are now under construction. This new facility is an excellent step forward for the European division. For 2017, the European strategy is to focus on the mini excavator market and wheel loaders active in the recycling and closely related industries. In the forklift business division, priority will be given to the heavy diesel forklift market and the warehousing range. Both divisions will focus more on parts sales. To gain success in these areas, Hyundai Construction Equipment Europe will further expand the dealer network, widen the product range and focus on key customers. Hyundai has proven that success is a choice. Hyundai’s loyalty and support for its European dealers, customers and business partners has paid off in the past and will continue to do so in the future.

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TJC Sales Ltd becomes a regional dealer for Indeco TJC Sales Ltd is proud to announce it has become a regional dealer for Indeco, an Italian manufacturer of plant equipment attachments. Indeco is renowned for their extensive range of hydraulic hammers but also for their technically advanced pulverizers, multiprocessor, boom systems, compactors, shears, and multi-grabs.

Image: Indeco The Indeco brand is now one of three world class plant equipment manufacturers to team up with Bedfordshire based TJC Sales Ltd who are also a dealer for Wacker Neuson and HIDROMEK. TJC Sales Ltd will cover Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire areas as part of their dealership agreement with Indeco. “We are really excited as the Indeco range of attachments is not only superior in terms of performance and durability but they can

be applied across a multitude of sectors. From demolition, renovation and infrastructure to mining and even recycling, these attachments are versatile and have been designed to combat even the most complex tasks quickly and efficiently, “said Richard White, Director of TJC Sales Ltd. TJC Sales Ltd will be introducing the Indeco range at Plantworx 6-8th June 2017 (stand number: G19 & G25) where they will be promoting HIDROMEK’s award-winning plant machinery including the HMK 102B SUPRA, HMK 140LC and HMK 220LC GEN Series. “TJC Sales Ltd are well established and respected with many years of experience in the industry. They are very proactive in their approach across many of the sectors we operate in; we are delighted to have them on board with us. We welcome TJC Sales Ltd into the Indeco family,” says Mike Salmon, National Sales Manager, Indeco (UK) Limited. TJC Sales Ltd is part of TJC Plant Group Ltd who also provide plant hire, machinery repairs and road haulage.

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Engcon: the future of digging

Engcon : stands G28 and G37 With two product-packed stands at this year's Plantworx, Engcon, the world-leading manufacturer of tiltrotators and excavator attachments, will be demonstrating how it can transform an excavator, making it more efficient, profitable and safe. An Engcon system can be fitted to any excavator from 1.5t to 32t capacity and allows the operator to grade from any position, dig offline and around obstacles – virtually eliminating manual work. LIVE DEMOS A wheeled excavator, fully equipped with an Engcon tiltrotator system, is set to be among the star attractions. Engcon will be putting the system through its paces during live demonstrations to show the transforming effect of a tiltrotator on machine versatility and efficiency in a wide variety of everyday applications and types of project. NEW PRODUCTS FOR THE UK MARKET As part of its expanding range of tiltrotators, Engcon will be exhibiting a new series of entry-level options for those considering joining the UK’s growing ranks


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of tiltrotator converts. A number of UK owner-operators will be on hand to share their experiences of investing in an Engcon system and to offer advice on product selection, job pricing and much more. Engcon will also be showcasing its full range of tiltrotators and quick-hitch systems in static displays. Headline developments to see at the show include a brand new range of UK-sized Engcon buckets and the company’s new universal quick-hitch control system. Tiltrotator safety scheme and much more Visitors can also discover more about the roll-out of the UK’s first NPORS tiltrotator safety scheme. Available for all brands of tiltrotator, the scheme now has over 15 accredited instructors nationwide.

Items from the Engcon's latest range of merchandise will also be available to order, and there will be the opportunity to win some great prizes in competitions running throughout the event.

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Lighthouse Construction industry Charity and Considerate Constructors scheme launch new initiative to support mental health agenda The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and the Considerate Constructors Scheme have launched a new initiative to help support the mental health agenda in the construction industry.

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Considerate Constructors Scheme registered sites, companies and suppliers can now provide their workforce with handy wallet-sized Construction Industry Helpline cards, as well as displaying posters to advertise the services. Even if you don’t have a CCS registered site you can still access obtain posters and cards. The Construction Industry Helpline provides a free 24x7 confidential employee assistance programme for all of the construction workforce and their families in the UK. From highway and railway construction to office buildings and homes, from steel fixer, plant operator and ground worker to architect and surveyor, the Helpline is there to deliver mental health and wellbeing, financial assistance, legal advice and support on education and training. The Helpline is operated by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity (also known as the Lighthouse Club) and is funded by the charitable generosity of the construction industry. With the crucial support of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, the Helpline has launched a new range of packs which are available to purchase. Each pack contains wallet sized Helpline cards for distribution to the workforce and A2 posters to promote the Helpline on site.


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There are nine packs in total, which are suitable for sites, companies and suppliers of different contract values and annual turnover. By purchasing a pack, the site, company or supplier is also making a commitment to undertake a ‘Lighthouse Day’, which can be any event or any day in the calendar year that a company chooses to raise muchneeded funds for the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity. The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity Chief Executive Bill Hill said: “As well as delivering emergency financial aid to those in our industry suffering hardship, we have augmented our Helpline services to support callers suffering from anxiety, stress, addictive behaviours and depression in support of the recent research into the mental health of the industry. Every year there are around 40 fatalities on UK construction sites and more than 2,000 major injuries that leave workers incapacitated. There were more suicides in construction than in any other profession in the first half of this decade and almost half of reported occupational cancer cases relate to workers in this industry. It is now imperative that we put the Helpline Card in the hands of every construction worker in the industry, so they will always have a safety net to catch

them at their time of need. The Considerate Constructors Scheme has fully embraced this initiative right from the start and we cannot thank them enough for their enthusiastic support.” Considerate Constructors Scheme Chief Executive Edward Hardy said: “The Helpline provides invaluable support for workers and their families during times of difficulty and hardship and has already made a huge difference to the lives of many people. We are urging as many sites and businesses to purchase the packs and pledge to hold a “Lighthouse Day” to raise funds for the charity. There is no pressure to raise a target amount – just as much as you can on the day to make a difference.” The Scheme has been supporting the Construction Industry Helpline ever since it officially partnered with the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity in 2014, when the Helpline was launched. The Helpline is not publicly funded and relies entirely on the generosity and support of industry organisations, fundraising groups and individuals. To access the Helpline’s team of experts, call the Construction Industry Helpline on 0345 605 1956 or visit:

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#CITA What does it mean?

The Construction Industry Technology Association is the brain child of some like-minded Construction companies who see their work environment changing and the need to bring the workforce up to speed. There is also a need to engage and encourage new blood and what better with the new Xbox generation than to showcase the innovation and technologies already present in the industry. Leica and UK Plant Operators have


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teamed up at Plantworx 2017 to highlight some of these technologies with a Simulator completion to showcase Machine control. It is from this event they aim to encourage companies within the sectors to come alone to the Leica stand and get involved in an association aim at highlighting the great technologies within the industry and how we can not only show companies the benefits but to be able to upskill the current workforce into become experts

within construction technology. Construction Technology has given us the tools and processes now available and it has the power to change the future of the built environment and the world we live in like never before. The aim of CITA is to help you explore the potential and help companies and individuals to understand how best to adopt and implement them. Helping reduce costs and carbon emissions, improve profitability and efficiency, and create a

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smarter more diverse industry. The industry transformation over the past decade has been at such a rate that some of the great innovation has passed by companies who are still unsure what is available and the real beifits – although at a high level companies appreciate what is happening this has still not filtered down to ground level. CITA hopes is to help businesses become more effective through the application of innovative processes and technologies. Whether this is through paperless workflows, connecting your workforce, training & skills, or the way you manage your projects. With the help of the members will explore a range of topics; Investment in R&D and Innovation, industry strategy, Industry Image, Training Funding & Delivery, Productivity and Predictability, Industry Fragmentation, Change Management, Client Alignment, and the innovative solutions and technologies that can assist this transformation and covering BIM, Geospatial, Visualisation, Smart Building, and Industry 4.0 exhibitors, discussing a whole range of ICT solutions, Cloud Computing, Mobile Devices, ERP, CAFM, File Sharing, legal, consultancy, and Cyber Security. Other areas to get involved with will be collaboration with Machines control partners to produce a network which communicates with all manufacturers products and a Schools program called On Track which will bring Construction and

technology to Schools across the country to showcase the industry as a leading innovator within UK Industry. To better understand some of the subject matter CITA will focus on please find a guide to some of the areas: BIM Building Information Modelling is a process that helps support and inform decision-making in the design, construction and management of a building or built asset. The Building Information Modelling (BIM) process, technologies and collaborative behaviors hold the key to unlock new more efficient ways of working at all stages of the project life-cycle. Ultimately BIM Level 2 defines what, when and how information should be created, shared and managed. The Government’s BIM mandate has accelerated change in the industry leading to the adoption of new technologies and processes along with more collaborative working. CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT MACHINE CONTROL The UK is slowly catching up with machine and the way it can greatly reduce costs on the site and reduce potential plant operative interaction and accidents.

Ensuring speed, performance, precision and productivity and Technology that allows faster digging and grading without loss of precision at higher speeds, dramatically increasing machine utilisation and productivity. Excavators can now take on even more fine grading jobs, allowing contractors to complete their work with fewer machines and helping them to finish their projects ahead of schedule and under budget. The benefits included Increased excavator's speed, performance, precision and productivity and uptime due to a 20% decrease in installation time and 30% decrease in calibration time with a reduced need for rework and increased uptime during poor GNSS coverage. The big saving is the over dig protection as a result of this technology and the movement of the machine is shown in real-time on the display, drastically reducing operator error. VISUALISATION The emergence of Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality has revolutionised communication in the built environment. Not just in terms of design but also the way we construct and manage our built assets. Being able to walk the job virtually before each completion stage for briefing and design issues will be invaluable


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GEO SPATIAL The Geospatial Industry is witnessing its biggest ever change. In the digital world, a precise understanding of the physical is essential. It allows us to better understand, plan, predict, and deliver. The storage and transfer of imagery together with the development of associated digital software, maps, and data sets on socioeconomic and environmental phenomena, collectively called geographic information systems (GIS). Greater access and analysis of data provides insight that wasn’t possible years ago, and can help solve some of the many challenges we find in the built environment. Advances in this area are spawning high-efficiency methods for construction and operations. These include: Remote Sensing: imagery and data collected from space or airborne camera and sensor platforms. Some commercial satellite image providers now offer images showing details of one-meter or smaller, making these images appropriate for monitoring humanitarian needs and human rights abuses. Geographic Information Systems (GIS): a suite of software tools for mapping and analyzing data which is georeferenced (assigned a specific location on the surface of the Earth, otherwise known as geospatial

data). GIS can be used to detect geographic patterns in other data, such as disease clusters resulting from toxins, sub-optimal water access, etc. Global Positioning System (GPS): a network of global Department of Defense satellites which can give precise coordinate locations to civilian and military users with proper receiving equipment. Internet Mapping Technologies: software programs like Google Earth and web features like Microsoft Virtual Earth are changing the way geospatial data is viewed and shared. The developments in user interface are also making such technologies available to a wider audience whereas traditional GIS has been reserved for specialists and those who invest time in learning complex software programs. Over the next few years, this will expand to take a wider and deeper place in the construction and operation of buildings and facilities. They will further unlock the opportunities for autonomous vehicles, the future of transport networks and will be pivotal against the backdrop of smart cities and the Internet of Things. SMART BUILDINGS The term Smart Building can be designed as the application of interconnected technologies that help make

buildings more intelligent and responsive, ultimately improving their performance. Truly smart buildings deliver better environmental, social and economic conditions for their users and the people around them. They reduce energy consumption, improve occupant productivity and wellbeing. They create built assets that are more efficient to operate and maintain and ultimately more pro table to manage. INDUSTRY 4.0 Industry 4.0 represents a new way of delivering a better, more efficient and ultimately profitable construction process. From modern methods of construction, offsite & prefabrication, advanced engineering, additive manufacturing, robotics, materials, and plant. Industry 4.0 explores the impact potential of new technologies such as cloud computing and the internet of things, the potential for which is huge no more so than in the built environment. If your service provision or product is part of the technology revelation you need to get involved, please go to:

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Clearing things up with Ardent tide The changes to Tax and employment laws has seen great debate within the Construction industry and especially all those self-employed operatives who work within it. We have seen recently some significant changes to employment and tax rules and the effects this has had on everyday operatives who have been used to working under CIS for some years now.

UK Plant Operators are receiving daily questions with regards to status and operatives are saying they feel slightly in the dark when it comes to how these changes will affect them. This debate on self-employment and the right to be self-employed is particularly relevant to the construction industry where traditionally the industry has needed flexibility to respond to the dramatic changes in the level of activity A Recent survey by the Nationwide Federation of Plant and Equipment Operators (NFPEO) and UK Plant Operators saw some 10,000 respondents with 83% of operatives wanting to remain self-employed for several reasons. At the last NFPEO meeting in Dartford a debate was had about the changes where a number of self-employed operatives were moved to employment contracts. The mood was one of despair as operators who previously enjoyed the flexibility selfemployment gave them aired their views.


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Duncan Jones Operator for 25 years Said “Everyman has the right to be selfemployed – the country has been built on shopkeepers or self-employed SME’s.” “I want to set the rate I feel I am worth and what I believe the market is at the time, as a small business I expect to be able to choose the type of work I want to do and where I do it, I don’t expect to have a constant battle with an employer about what I will be doing tomorrow and by the way there is no work so please sweep the yard!!” If there is no work – fine I except that but I am free to find other work with whoever I want.” Dale O’Hara another Operator of over 20 years said “being self-employed doesn’t really put much more in your pocket, this is a myth really, you still should put some away for your time off and other thing like accounts and workwear, but the benefits are the flexibility it gives you” So with a few questions to hand UK Plant operators decided to attend a recently

held seminar at the Institute of Civil Engineers held by Ardent Tide and find some answers for our readers. Ardent Tide are industry leader in Compliance, Tax, Audit and Payroll for Construction Businesses. The event was well attended by companies throughout the various construction sectors. Dermot O’Grady from Ardent Tide moderated the event and explained the purpose of the event was to discuss the current workforce challenges facing construction companies. Matt Boddington of Chatergates discussed employment status and recent high profile cases around employment status like Uber, City Sprint & Pimlico Plumbers. Matt reported that recent media reports regarding Pimlico Plumbers did not mention the fact that the worker, Mr. Smith, actually lost his claim for employee status. The Employment Tribunal found that the operative, Mr. Smith, was a worker as they felt he had to provide his services

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personally given that the contract did not allow Mr. Smith to provide a substitute. He is now able to pursue claims for disability discrimination, holiday pay and unlawful deductions from wages. In spite of this the case is a positive result for those who engage self-employed ops correctly. Matt also outlined common mistakes surrounding expenses. Companies pay these gross when they should be taxed. Similarly, when it comes to paying Invoices for materials & labour and/or plant & labour HMRC are collecting tax and penalties from companies who get all these wrong. Matt said getting the apportionment as accurate as possible is critical, and you must never just pay what your subbie presents on the invoice without ensuring it is correct. Exemptions exist for hired in plant but like materials these charges also should be evidenced to avoid penalties. Finally, regarding the Apprentice levy Matt explained that funding can be obtained to upskill the existing workforce as opposed to having to employ an apprentice which would be beyond many of the smaller SME’s. If you are CITB registered it is now possible to make a profit on upskilling the workforce. Karen McDonough, Home Office, addressed the importance of protecting

businesses and supply chains from illegal workers. Not only do they pose a serious risk of reputational damage but they encourage exploitation and deny work to legitimate workers. Recent activity in the construction sector in West London exposed over 800 illegal workers. Some were found in high risk areas like Airports and previous sweeps have found abuse in Nuclear and sensitive infrastructure projects. Since 2015 there were about 7000 enforcement operations resulting in 2500 civil penalties against employers and collections of over ÂŁ12.5m in fines. Finally, Henry Hathaway from Silver Shemmings reminded us that Employers can be found vicariously liable when engaging illegal workers. If an illegal worker has an accident or other event resulting in an insurance claim while the insurer will pay out there are now cases where the insurer sued the construction company to recover those funds. So what did we learn from the event which we can pass on to the followers of UK Plant Operators? Along with a better understanding of the pitfalls companies face when engaging employees or sub-contractors, there are many benefits in using a reputable payroll company to ensure that things are done

compliantly. That the benefits seem clear of being a self-employed worker, with flexibility and freedom tends to be the main reason why more and more people tend to be moving towards self-employment. Typically, selfemployed tend to have the opportunity to earn more. Understanding what the basic rules which make you employed and selfemployed are important to know. Employment status is not a choice, it is a question of fact. There are certain indicators that indicate you are self-employed, such as; the terms of your contract; not having to provide the services personally; having a number of clients; being able to choose how to do the work; using your own plant; filing self-assessment tax returns; etc. With all this in mind it is important to understand the help and advice operatives get from a company like Ardent tide, which main one being they help you with tax and payment issues primarily but we have also helped people with queries on their employment status. Given that they engage employees as well as self-employed we are well placed to help out with any query they might have. Many of our readers are also owner operators and plant providers to the


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industry and it was interesting to hear Dermot discuss some of the common mistakes contractors often make with sub-contractor deductions and some tips on how to avoid them. Paying subcontractors any part of their payments without tax deduction Many people are unaware that you must tax everything when it comes to subcontractors, except expenses for qualifying materials. Unlike employees, subcontractors don’t qualify for expenses to be paid without a tax deduction, even for such things as reimbursement of fuel and hotel/B&B costs. Automatically assuming the deduction rate will be 20% All payments made to subcontractors are subject to the relevant rate of tax which is confirmed when you verify them with HMRC be it: 30% 20% or Gross. Assuming a Limited Company can automatically be paid Gross A sub-contractor who is registered as a Ltd company must have CIS deducted unless they have registered for and have been confirmed and verified by HMRC, to have ‘Gross status’. Incorrectly Classifying which jobs in construction fall in and outside of the


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Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) Many construction companies engage workers on a self-employed basis: Cleaners, Estimators, Consultants, Quantity Surveyors etc. Knowing which work falls outside of CIS, isn’t always as easy as you think and getting it wrong will cost you the 20% you didn’t deduct! Incorrect apportionment of materials A common mistake is to accept the subcontractors charge for materials. As the onus is on the paying company, it is important to note that it is the actual cost of the materials to the subcontractor and not their charge-out for the materials that is important for CIS. Ardent Tide are planning to have another event with a Government Minister and other key people to specifically address the above issues. The industry, and wider economy, need to know what plans are afoot re securing certainty about having enough skilled legal labour to do the work at hand we will be there to answer any of your questions and keep you updated on the latest issues and legislation, we will also be answering many of your questions put to us from Dermot O’Grady of Ardent tide on a regular basis in the magazine and website.

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What is Machine Control?

WHAT IS MACHINE CONTROL? ‘Machine Control involves the integration of survey positioning equipment onto earthmoving machines’ It can be fitted to just about any earthmoving machine, typically larger dozers & excavators, but it can also be fitted to graders, pavers, rollers, DROTT’s, etc… The survey positioning part of the equation breaks down into, 3D GPS, 3D total station or 2D laser and this is what is used to ‘guide’ the machine. 3D refers to a complex 3-dimensional model whereas 2D is a more basic level of grade. HOW DOES MACHINE CONTROL WORK? For 3D GPS systems, GPS receivers are mounted on the machine which in conjunction with a GPS base station tells the system its position accurately. The 3D


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model is loaded onto the system so the machine knows where it needs to be to achieve the required design. The system combines these 2 sets of data so the operator can dig the difference. A 3D total station system works exactly the same as above. Except the GPS receivers and base station are replaced with a prism and a total station. For 2D systems, laser receivers are mounted on the machine and use the laser beam from an external rotating laser to indicate where the required level or grade is. WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON BRANDS? The most common brands available from three leading survey equipment manufacturers are; Leica, Topcon & Trimble. With each manufacturer providing a full range of Machine Control Solutions.




Although each manufacturer provides solutions in different ways, each system will include the same basic components for each type of machine. For a typical 3D GPS dozer installation, there will be a cab mounted control box screen that provides the operator with real-time grade information and control as well as being the interface for loading data files. There will be a controller mounted elsewhere in/on the machine that processes the GPS & radio data. Then there will be 1 or 2 GPS receivers mounted externally, usually on the blade or counterweight that picks up the satellite signals. An excavator will have the same components as a dozer but will also have tilt sensors mounted on the body, boom, stick & dog bone which are used to calculate the position of the tip. A 2D system is a simpler system, usually

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS? • Eliminates the need for the time consuming and costly engineering works such as; batter rails, pegs, profile, stakes, etc. to be established before projects begin • Due to the reduction in the above, Health & Safety is improved as there are less people physically on site where the machines are moving • Improve accuracy by putting the survey solution directly on the machine • Move earth faster and for longer • Lower machine operating costs, as the machine is on site for less time • Right first time, so no need for costly rework • The operator is in control of the earth moving and is not constantly waiting for an engineer to check positions on a dozer and consists of 1 or 2 laser receivers mounted on masts behind the blade with a simple screen mounted in the cab to relay the grade information. One last key component, which many people still overlook, is the actual survey equipment itself. This will usually either be a GPS base station, Robotic total station, or Dual grade laser. WHICH BRANDS EASIEST TO USE?



Similar to the surveying equipment market – machine control equipment is very much user or site preference, operators tend to feel most comfortable with the system they have learned or have spent time using. We must remember that although the hardware and software may look different – we have the apple/android situation. All of these systems are working to the same levels etc. on the model provided for the site although, each manufacturer provides added features on their systems which may provide an extra benefit to the customer.

external guides such as string lines, batters or an engineer with a staff. Basically once set up correctly this should perform in the same way that a car Sat Nav would. Obviously not all sites are set up perfectly and the system is quite complex so if, an operator has a good working knowledge of the limitations of the components or of common faults, then if there are any issues they can be resolved quickly rather than having the machine stood down. WHAT IS USUALLY EXPECTED FROM THE ENGINEERS ON SITE? One of the most common misconceptions with Machine Control is that people believe that it will do the Engineering works for them automatically and therefore they can save money on employing an Engineer. The Engineer will still need to complete the usual site set up works but rather than spending time going around site banging pegs in the ground and putting up batters to guide the operator they can rely on the

system to guide the Operator and concentrate on more productive tasks. Simply put from an Engineers point of view the machine becomes the rover so rather than walking around site marking out the design the machine can track around levelling, grading or digging to the design automatically. This then allows the engineer to carry out “dip checks” to check the accuracy of the work against the design. WHERE CAN AN OPERATOR GET ADVICE ON USING THE SYSTEM? At Opti-cal (A specialist division of A-Plant) we carry out driver training programs once installation is complete. We go completely through the system and answer any questions whilst on site. With the addition of Machine Control technology being added to machine simulators, operators are now able to attend machine control training if they so require. WHERE CAN THEY HIRE OR BUY THE SYSTEMS FROM? Opti-cal a specialist division of A-Plant, has the youngest and most up-to-date hire fleet of Machine Control equipment, delivering a complete solution from initial evaluation and consultation, through installation, service and support. Opti-cal have a Dedicated Machine Control Installation and Support team who are on hand to discuss your needs, help with Site Data, Installation and assist with all Machine control requirements. We are also a distribution partner for many manufactures equipment and are able to provide a competitive quotation for all purchasing requirements. For more information customers can call our Machine Control team on 01530 832382

WHAT IS USUALLY EXPECTED FROM THE OPERATORS? Once a system is correctly set up with good 3D data and engineering, the operators job will be easier as they can just follow the on-screen guidelines as to what to trim or dig. There is no need to rely on


Machine Control solutions from Opti-cal ensure that excavation and earthworks activities on your site are right first time, every time. Whenever you hire excavators or earthworks machines, make Machine Control from Opti-cal your number one priority to improve quality and productivity on-site. The use of equipment fitted with Machine Control technology increases efficiency, reduces the time on the job, improves health & safety, and also reduces resource and material usage. Machine Control is just one product in the Opti-cal range of instrumentation, which includes optical levels, rotating lasers, dual grade lasers, interior lasers, pipe lasers, reflectorless total stations, robotic total stations, GPS kits and a wide variety of measuring, scanning and detection equipment.

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• Machine Control involves the integration of positioning tools into construction machinery. • Software solutions determine a machine’s current position on the earth and then compare that position with the desired design surface. • Data is displayed inside the machine cab allowing the operator to efficiently determine the intended design on the ground. • Machine Control is used to accurately position earthwork machinery based on 3D design models.

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What is Thames Tideway? The Thames Tideway Tunnel is a major new sewer, urgently needed to protect the tidal River Thames from pollution. London's sewerage system is no longer fit for purpose and spills millions of tonnes of sewage into the tidal section of the river every year. Tideway is building the tunnel to tackle the problem of overflows from the capital's Victorian sewers for at least the next 100 years, and enable the UK to meet European environmental standards.

Tideway are upgrading London's sewerage system to cope with the demands of the city well into the 22nd century. After years of study, construction work for the new 25 kilometre interception, storage and transfer tunnel running up to 65 metres below the river, known as the Thames Tideway Tunnel, started in 2016. Starting in west London, the main tunnel generally follows the route of the River Thames to Limehouse, where it then continues north-east to Abbey Mills Pumping Station near Stratford. There it will be connected to the Lee Tunnel, which will transfer the sewage to Beckton Sewage Treatment Works. Overflows of untreated sewage into the tidal River Thames add up to tens of millions of tonnes every year. This is unacceptable and the Thames Tideway Tunnel will clean up one of the world’s iconic rivers. At 25 kilometres long, up to 65 metres deep, and more than seven metres in diameter, the Thames Tideway Tunnel will

be the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the UK water industry. It will generally follow the route of the River Thames to enable it to connect to the combined sewer overflows (CSOs) that are located along the riverbanks, passing underneath all other infrastructure in London and through a variety of different ground conditions. Tideway has signed up a team of worldclass contractors to offer sustainable and cost-effective methods of construction. There will be three main 'drive sites' where tunnel boring machines are lowered in to the ground and driven below the river bed to construct the tunnel from the east, west and central locations. Innovative engineering in the design phase has already reduced the tunnel from the initial 32 kilometres proposed, down to 25 kilometres, and reduced the number of construction sites needed from 45 to 24. What is a tunnel boring machine? A tunnel boring machine (TBM) excavates a circular tunnel using a rotating

cutterhead, while simultaneously creating a tunnel wall using concrete segments. As it excavates it also transports material from behind the machine via a conveyor belt or pump, which is progressively extended as the machine. About the organisation Tideway is the organisation delivering the Thames Tideway Tunnel, on behalf of its owners at Bazalgette Tunnel Ltd. Tideway employs more than 400 highly experienced professionals to deliver the 25 kilometre sewer tunnel needed to prevent an average 20 million tonnes each year of untreated sewage discharging into the tidal River Thames in London. Tideway is independent of Thames Water, and its revenues are determined via a separate licence for Bazalgette Tunnel Ltd, from Ofwat. Bill payments for the tunnel will be collected via Thames Water. Thames Water will continue to provide water and wastewater services to its customers as it does now. Project legacy The tunnel will not only improve the environment, ecology, public health, appearance and reputation of London, but it will also give a much-needed and immediate boost to the economy by offering thousands of skilled jobs and hundreds of apprenticeships.


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Buying Construction Equipment By Paul Fleming With Plantworx and exhibition season on track we thank Paul Fleming for his blog this issue. Any well run business is constantly trying to find ways to save money and contractors in the heavy construction industry are no exception. With equipment costs in the millions, every dollar counts; the presence of a strong relationship with a construction equipment dealer can provide savings many times what might normally be seen in the difference of a purchase price. A strong relationship with a construction equipment dealer matters for the following reasons: Better Pricing - Simply put, a long-term relationship will lead to better pricing in construction equipment purchases. While the most important aspect to any equipment purchase is total cost of ownership, an establish relationship will enable a dealer to "sharpen its pencil" when it comes to dealing with contractors that have established a regular purchase history. An Understanding of the Contractor's Business - The nature of any relationship is the understanding that each party has about the other; the purchase of construction equipment operates in the same way. An equipment dealer familiar with a regular customer simply has a much better understanding of the customer's business versus another company without that knowledge. Using that history, the dealer-

ship is in a strong position to suggest equipment, recommend useful features and provide guidance to satisfy the contractor's need. Accurate Answers - Whether in a personal or professional setting, we've all encountered a salesperson or customer service agent that provided an answer just to eliminate the question, regardless of whether it was correct or not. When a strong relationship between two parties exists, more care is taken in answering questions accurately to prevent damage to that relationship. Dependability - Having already established a relationship with a construction equipment supplier, a contractor has an established track record on which to rely. With multiple construction projects to manage, contractors are on tight deadlines and having a dependable vendor can mean the difference between a well-timed, profitable job and a reputation-damaging headache. Preferential Treatment - A strong relationship offers the contractor preferential treatment, which can take many forms, such as access to limited inventory, priority given to a service request and a faster response time, but there are many others. When a piece of critical construction equipment is down, a desperate contractor can rely on the relationships developed with equipment and parts vendors to save the day.

Business Intelligence - Equipment dealers interact with a number of construction contractors; a good relationship with an equipment dealer can provide information that wouldn't be available to a casual customer. Whether it's leads on upcoming projects, industry leading practices that the dealer's other customers use or simply rumors from "around the water cooler," relationships prove to be valuable. Purchasing construction equipment can be a costly endeavor, however the development of a long-term relationship between a construction equipment dealer and contractor can pay substantial dividends. While the benefits are many, a focus on the long-term is necessary. Therefore, short-term purchases from dealers of convenience should be avoided in favor of those that will contribute to a stronger relationship among a handful of suppliers to decrease cost and improve contractors' long-term success. *Although UK Plant Operators & it’s publisher reserve the right to edit, amend and distribute the Operator Blog, the views expressed are that of the author, and are in no way a representation of UK Plant Operators or it’s publisher. No liability is accepted whatsoever regarding the views or accuracy of the Operator Blog.

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More trainees needed to work in booming construction industry Plant operators are backing a construction careers day in Cambridge next month designed to find the skills needed to support the region’s booming economy. The £1.5 billion A14 upgrade programme, along with major construction growth, has created a need for more workers in the industry, particularly in plant operations. Cambridge Regional College, which has launched new apprenticeships in plant operations and plant maintenance to help fill the skills gap, is working with large employers to support the growth in the region. The day, organised by major companies in partnership with the college, is backed by leading industry employers including Flannery Plant Hire and Lynch Plant Hire, and builds on the success of a similar day in January which attracted over 400 jobseekers. The hands-on event, with heavy plant on show, included major regional and national employers. Patrick Flannery, of Flannery Plant Hire, said apprentices could go a long way towards filling the skills gap in the industry. “In the East of England there is a big shortage of plant operators and we see apprenticeships as the way forward to fill the skills gap. It’s an excellent time to retrain through an apprenticeship or start your career as a plant operator,” he said. “Cambridge is a real hotspot for work and

there’s a big need for construction workers.” CRC’s director of employer engagement Paul Skitt said the college was working closely with businesses to fill the construction skills gap. “The June construction day will build on the success of a similar day in January, with well over 400 visitors attending and registering interest for specific apprenticeship jobs or courses,” he said. “We are engaging closely with businesses

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linked to the A14 project to ensure the college can support the training and skills required to ensure its success and looking forward to continuing to develop specialist apprenticeships for the sector.” Construction Careers Day, Saturday, 24 June 2017, 8.30am to 2.30am at Cambridge Regional College, King’s Hedges Road, Cambridge CB4 2QT. For more information and to register, go to

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UK plant operators at thames tideway project London Potentially a UK first, three plant training simulators running simultaneously across London. UK Plant Operators supplied three simulators across three regions simultaneously each day for a week. Thames Tideway project London were holding a safety awareness week across all regions of the massive sewer regeneration project currently taking over the city of London, this included toolbox talks, general heath related challenges and wellbeing courses as well as some fun sport team building activities. We were invited to take part with our state of the art plant training simulators, but not just one region, we were asked to cover all regions at the same time, with such a massive task ahead the UKPO team pulled out the stops to meet the deadline, after a few sleepless nights and some help from Simon Hogg of Tenstar simulation, we managed to get the plan in place and coordinate the setup of simulators to

complete the mammoth task ahead. With a massive team of FORS Registered couriers armed with simulators galore we headed for the Capital with the team including Dale, Wayne, Tim. All worked their socks off to deliver the plant machinery awareness for all staff on each project which involved groups of staff having a safety briefing on how to act around machinery, also including time on the simulators to try and understand the view that an operator gets and actually how hard it is to operate a machine in a tight environment such as the tunnel or shafts around the tunnel, this combined with a bit of fun on the loading a lorry while timed and ADT driving course, most of the employees walked away with more knowl-

edge about machinery and the most popular comment of the event was “ I did not think it would be that hard to operate a machine, total respect to the operators who make it look easy. “ We would like to give a massive thanks to Thames tideway and the staff who made this happen and were so welcoming to our team during the set up and planning of this event.

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UK plant operators simulator training with topcon ie at CQMs show UK Plant Operators were very excited to be invited to take part in the CQMS plant and machinery show in Tullamore Ireland in April this year and what a great show it was too, with the sun shining and some really great stands from some of the country’s industry leading suppliers and manufacturers. We were in attendance on the TOPCON stand with our state of the art plant machinery training simulator to help in the demonstration of Topcon machine control systems for potential and existing customers, which we have attached to our simulator for machine control awareness courses we run for companies who are looking to introduce machine control to their sites all over the UK and Ireland, The show was held over 2 days and Topcon had one of the most attractive looking stands on the whole site it must be said, with plenty of their state of the art equipment on display along with catering

and seating areas for potential customers to discuss the products. The simulator went down a storm with over 320 individual challenges being run during the event, these ranged from the old classic of loading a truck while timed to the more technical challenges like uploading the dig files and changing attachments to

digging to grade using the Topcon machine control software, with the weather holding and proving to be a great all round show with a massive attendance from all corners of the construction industry the show was being hailed a great success from the event organisers.

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engcon test drive day

UK Plant operators were invited to Engcon at the CTA Centre in Doncaster to try and review some of their products on a try before you buy test drive day. The UK Market has traditionally been sceptical to just go and buy something first without references from other customers. We like to play around with look at what we are considering purchasing. Engcon is a world leading supplier of effective, efficient total concepts for excavators. Our solutions are based on our tiltrotator, accessories and tools. The concepts also includes include installation, service and aftermarket care through our service partners. This unique total package provides our customers profitability, flexibility and safety created through innovation, know-how and experience A tiltrotator is an excavator's wrist. It allows the bucket to tilt and rotate. Flexibility and efficiency are part of the bargain. The engcon concept is based on


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the tiltrotator, accessories and tools for your excavator, along with key products that can be combined with your tiltrotator to render your excavator more efficient, profitable, safe and flexible. All engcon products are retrofittable. Engcon are offering these test days to provide a realistic view into owning a Tilt rotator. Set within a relaxed environment to have the opportunity to get hands on is something a good few of us still don’t get the chance to experience much. The day starts with a meet and great followed by a presentation on products and what you can expect and to understand why choosing a tilt rotator had some huge advantages and how the product is supported. Then outside for a full demonstration and overview of the quick hitch safety features. One of the most impressive points was the amount of work tools available unlike most others, with Engcon Tiltrotators that are all

interchangeable within seconds from being sat on the ground to full functionality. After lunch you all get to have a play and operate the Tiltrotator and dig a formation. This gives each person the opportunity to dig in an abnormal way but most importantly to think outside the box! For anybody not used to the Tiltrotator concept it is very much a great way to see if it’s for you before you buy. This day is certainly for anyone wishing to buy the product and to get to know it a lot better before purchase. Engcon have also teamed up with the CTA centre and NPORS to offer a certification which is also on offer to Engcon customers. It’s great as you can try before you buy, receive real training to cover you in any grey areas and receive the back up. For more information on this product please go to their website or see them at Plantworx stand G37 & G28.

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Keeping safe around moving plant With Plant Exhibitions, all around this month is would be good to remind ourselves of keeping safe around plant. vehicles and pedestrians are not operating in the same area at the same time • minimising plant movement on site by locating loading areas close to storage areas • providing drive through access to minimise turning or reversing • establishing designated delivery and turning areas • using fences, barriers, barricades, safety rails, exclusion zones, etc. to separate pedestrians from mobile plant and vehicles • planning the direction of traffic movement to minimise plant travel around the site • providing warning signs at all entrances and exits to the site • establishing speed limits on site Moving vehicles and equipment on or minimised by implementing the follow• using audible reversing alarms, construction sites can be fatal if not used ing traffic control measures. flashing lights and reversing cameras correctly and safely. Identify the hazards • using spotters or dedicated traffic Known as mobile plant, they have the Identify the traffic hazards in potential to cause serious injury or kill consultation with mobile plant operators controllers to manage traffic movement • restricting access to areas where mobile someone by striking them or colliding with and workers before the mobile plant comes plant is operating other vehicles or equipment. Common onto the construction site. • ensuring that workers wear high hazards include: Traffic hazard situations occur where: visibility clothing. • people and plant sharing the same site • mobile plant is being used or route • mobile plant and people are working Provide worker training • where there is uncontrolled entry to and in the same area Provide instruction and training on the from the site • here is potential for a collision between • people using and arranging mobile the mobile plant and people, other plant or traffic control measures to all workers and visitors on site. plant inappropriately. objects. Health and safety requirements The Health and Safety 1984 requires the employer to identify hazards in the workplace and, where a hazard is significant, take all practicable steps to eliminate it. If this is not possible, they must take all practicable steps to isolate the hazard, and if neither of these options is possible, take all practicable steps to minimise the hazard. Traffic control measures As the elimination of mobile plant hazards is unlikely to be an option on a construction site, hazards must be isolated

Develop a traffic management plan Develop a traffic management plan including control measures to suit the specific requirements of the construction site. The implementation of a combination of control measures is likely to be the most effective means of managing the traffic hazard from mobile plant. Control measures Specific control measures may include but are not limited to: • isolating vehicles and plant from the people working on the site • planning/scheduling work so that

Review the control measures The layout of the site may change during the construction project so in order to remain effective, control measures should be reviewed regularly. The review should: • assess the effectiveness of the control measures • ensure that control measures are correctly implemented • identify future changes to the site before they occur • determine the potential impact of changes to the current control measures • propose alternative control measures for when the site layout changes.


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RAIL LIVE 2017 21st - 22nd June

Based in the UK and set against the background of a live rail environment, Rail Live attracts companies from across the entire rail sector who enjoy the unique benefit of being able to actively demonstrate their products and services using the rail infrastructure and outdoor spaces allocated to them. RailLIVE 2016 was an outdoor rail show aimed at the entire rail sector. Over 100 companies exhibited to over 3000 visitors. With everything from rail plant and infrastructure, traction & rolling stock, electrification and signaling demonstrations; to displays of engineering, rail maintenance materials & product development/testing safety, digital products and innovation. The event enables exhibitors to showcase a wide range of products and services. With the Rail Media regarded as an authority in matters relating to the UK rail supply chain and the challenges faced by SMEs supplying into it, the show will very much reflect and demonstrate support for all the Rail Supply Group work streams. Throughout the two days there will be a comprehensive timetable of events and demonstrations taking place. Seminars and presentations will be delivered by high profile industry leaders and also experts in their fields.

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Over the event there will also be a series of speeches by industry leaders: Wednesday 22 June

KEY FEATURES • Hundreds of suppliers in one location • Live demonstrations and innovative working methods • Meet customers and suppliers face-toface • Latest in best practice solutions and equipment • Information and expertise on rail business growth/development • A showcase of innovation & ingenuity Rail Live – for the first time – will feature Light Rail as part of the event for 2017, showcasing new low cost, low impact light rail and tramway solutions.

• Kate Hall - Director of the Built Environment and Design, HS2 • Alex Burrows - Director of Strategy and Marketing, Alstom Transport • Scott-James Eley - Supply Chain Manager, HS2 • Kevin Shelton - Strategic Planning Manager, Infrastructure Projects, Network Rail • Jon Shaw - Engineering Director, Infrastructure Projects, Network Rail • Rob Davis - Regional Director South, National Supply Chain, Network Rail Thursday 23 June • Andy Jinks - Head of Asset Strategy & Investment, London Underground • Duncan Cross - Deputy Director Operations, London Overground • Dorothy Wallace - Head of Commercial (Supplier and Market Development), London Underground • Saleem Mohammad - Director, National Electrification Programme, Network Rail • Huw Edwards - Project Director, IP Signalling South, Network Rail • Ed Rollings - Head of Level Crossings Engineering, Network Rail

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All you need to know about DEMOLITION EXPO 2017 June 22nd through to the 24th will see the third Demo Expo event hosted jointly by the National Federation of Demolition Contractors and the Institute of Demolition Engineers. Following on from the success of 2015’s event, the show has now gained an extra day on the Thursday and has moved to a new location, this year at the picturesque Herts Showground in Hertfordshire.

This year’s event has seen an increase in exhibitor enquiries with many large names in the demolition, recycling earthmoving industries already having signed up for the event. The first two days of the event will be aimed specifically at the business side of the industry with the NFDC and IDE hosting business meetings whilst Saturday will be a family oriented day with fun and games for children of all ages. Various demonstration areas will see attachment manufacturers able to show of the abilities of their products whether it will be processing concrete or cutting steel. Inmalo will again be present at the show displaying a wide range of attachments on static display and in the demonstration area. The Winchester based company will have examples from their very popular and highly effective dust suppression range of


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MotoFog and Dust Boss on display. Demolition attachments from the Mantovanibenne range and Montabert hydraulic hammer range will also be on display with the team available to offer their expert advice to visitors over the three days. Worsley Plant will also be back for the third time showing off their range of demolition attachments. The Dutch manufactured range of Rotar attachments will be at the show on the static and demonstration stands along with the new, Generation 2 Lehnhoff fully automatic hydraulic coupler. The Generation 2 Lehnhoff will be shown on a customer machine along with a static display model. Worsley will also have the Lehnhoff Lehmatic safety control system on display. Examples of the popular and productive Remu and MB crushing and screening buckets will also be present on the stand.

BPH Attachments will be displaying their range of Prodem demolition attachments including a new range of shears and wood waste rotating grabs. In the demonstration area, BPH will be displaying their ProQuick fully hydraulic hitch system. Capable of picking up standard attachments thanks to the cleverly designed valve blocks, the ProQuick cuts the cost of adapting attachments to suit specific hitch types. JCB Sales will be on hand over the three days to show visitors their range of heavy duty demolition and recycling equipment. Examples of their XD range of excavators will be on show along with the popular wheeled loader range in full material handling guise. Of particular interest will be the latest innovation of their compact skid steer range; the Teleskid. With more than a 60% increase in forward reach and 8% lift height increase over its nearest

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competitor, the Teleskid will certainly expand the possibilities of this type of popular machine within the demolition industry. Komatsu will come to the show in force with an example of their award winning PC390HRD-11 high reach excavator. The show will also see a PC290LCD-11 in full demolition spec and a Hybrid PC365LC-3. The company also plans to show a WA3808 wheeled loader. Liebherr Great Britain will this year show an example of their fuel efficient range of X Power wheeled loaders. The Hydrostatic machine is claimed to be over 10% more efficient than the outgoing models. An example of a refurbished used machine will be on display to highlight the detail the Biggleswade based dealer goes to in giving used machines a new lease of life. An example of the 6 series demolition specified excavators will also be on display along with a specially decorated version of an LH40 wheeled material handler. For those interested in crushing and screening, the show ill not disappoint. Sandvik, Kleemann and Mccloskey will all be showing examples from their ranges.


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Volvo Construction Equipment premier new live-demo event format for companies & operators

For the first time, Volvo Construction Equipment have invited operators and customers to test-drive their popular machines and trucks at two ground-breaking live-demo events in the UK Called ‘Live it. Dig it’, the events took place across two weekends in March 2017, firstly in Alloa, Scotland, followed by a repeat event in Birmingham. Explains David Munns, Sales Director of Volvo, “We wanted to give companies, customers and operators a unique way of experiencing the full range of machines we produce – from excavators to haulers and also Volvo trucks, and also showcase our largest excavator, the EC750E. It’s an opportunity for them to speak to the experts, share experiences and just have a great day out. Over 400 people attended across the four days – and what was unique was that most people stayed for the whole day for the opportunity of driving every machine they could.” The Live It. Dig It events were the largest ever demonstration days Volvo CE has held to date with visitors driving a broad range of Volvo products in real-life working environments. A wide range of Volvo excavators, along with the A45G articulated hauler and L150H wheeled loader were featured, and Volvo Trucks also took part with their latest FM and FMX vehicles. Volvo demonstrator at the show, Ian


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Kennedy, says “Of course, the EC750E was the star attraction with visitors who came to try the latest, and largest, addition to the Volvo excavator range, but there were also queues for the EWR150E and EW60E which were available to try for the first time in Great Britain.” Scott Hastings, operator for Volvo customer, A&V Squires and who has been featured in the Live it. Dig it. campaign since the end of 2016, was invited to be part of the demonstrator team on the EC220E, saying, “Operators mentioned it was not always possible to get on machines at plant shows to check things like balance and sturdiness in various substrate conditions, and that it was helpful to get proper advice on attachments and buckets, as well as operating issues. We even had some hauler drivers try excavators, and vice versa.” Ag-Con was also represented at the event showcasing the Steelwrist tilt-rotator which was fitted to the EW60E, EW160E and EC140E excavators, proving popular with those new to the product wanting to give it a try, as well as seasoned users who enjoyed talking with like-minded people about the benefits of this increasingly popular equipment.

David Munns gives credit to hosts and Volvo customers, Owens Illinois in Alloa, and Armac Group in Birmingham, saying “Offering their sites to us was absolutely key to the overall success of the events as they carried out all the ground preparation and their staff were absolutely brilliant in their support, putting in a lot of voluntary support behind our staff’s effort on the day.” The line-up of excavators included the EC380E, EC330E, EC220E, ECR145E, EC140E, EW160E and from the compact range the ECR35D, ECR88D, EC55C, ECR25D, EC18D and EC15D. The EW210D was also on static display along with an EC380E high-reach excavator at the Birmingham event.

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CQMS’17: The place to do business – ‘No track kickers’

CQMS’17 has been pronounced a major success by exhibitors and visitors alike. The show which took place at Molloy’s Quarry near Tullamore, Co. Offaly on 21st and 22nd April drew a significant proportion of Ireland’s construction and quarry industry on Friday’s Trade Day and huge crowds from the trade and the general public on the Saturday. Visitor numbers were up by over 3,500 on the figures from the 2015 to 7,809 over the two days with 1,668 trade visitors and 6,141 paying at the gate. 200 exhibitors were at the show, 80 more than at the 2015 event. Many exhibitors complemented the organization of the show saying it was a very well run, highly professional event with over Euro 90 million worth of equipment on show from the major plant dealers. Many of the visitors are likely to make plant purchases on the basis of what they saw and the contacts they made at the show. “CQMS rivals the best of its kind internationally. It was a resounding success. It is a must-attend event for everyone who has anything to do with quarrying and construction. There was serious interest shown by those attending with hardly a track-kicker amongst them.” - Michael McHale, managing director, McHale Plant Sales. “It’s a good show, we sold four machines. We are very happy with the quality and caliber of the visitors,”

- Seamus Flynn, EMS. “It was a very successful show. The organisers made a great effort, it was very well run and organized. All the exhibitors put their best foot forward and our ‘Dancing Diggers’ proved to be a big attraction.” - Denis Murray, managing director ECI JCB





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UK Plant Operators Magazine - issue 6  

The Magazine specifically created for the most important people in Plant: The Operators.

UK Plant Operators Magazine - issue 6  

The Magazine specifically created for the most important people in Plant: The Operators.