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A round up of the news from the plant machinery industry over the past two months.

30 CPA Commentary

The Construction Plant-Hire Association, Chief Executive, Kevin Minton, discusses the challenges we face in attracting people to the construction plant sector.

34 Commentary

The world of tiltrotators: What’s next?

Akvile Peckyte takes a look into the latest developments and product launches in tiltrotators, the essential excavator attachment.


What steps could you take to improve attachment efficiency?

Plant Planet takes a look at what steps you could take to improve attachment efficiency in demolition

78 Event Review RAIL LIVE 2022:

David Chuck visits Rail Live 2022 - The only exhibition to bring the entire rail industry together in a real railway environment

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Towmate Trailers, part of the ATE UK LTD group delve into their history of over 25 years experience operating in the market.


SHELLPLANT CELEBRTATES 50 YEARS: Rachel Lambert sits down with business partners John Fensome and Julian Payne to find out how the company has evolved over the last five decades.

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SURREY WASTE & RECYCLING COMPANY REFLECT ON 3 YEARS OF SCREENING Waste and Recycling company, D&E Roberts have been in possession of a REMU 4150 Screening Bucket since early 2019. We re-visited them 3 years on to see what benefits they were enjoying with the bucket. Established for over 30 years, D&E Roberts operate from their waste transfer & recycling centre in Leatherhead. They provide waste disposal services to a diverse customer base, including householders, builders, landscaping contractors and blue-chip companies. To meet their ongoing commitment to responsible recycling they continue to invest in ‘state of the art’ waste sorting and separating equipment to process all the waste. Dave Roberts, Company Owner says: “Using the best equipment for the job is key to achieve our commitment to responsible recycling. The Remu bucket certainly helps in this respect – it’s a versatile piece of kit.” The company has a wide variety of waste coming into their recycling centre. The bucket can be used for various applications, each helping to achieve a higher percentage of recycled materials. With the Construction and

Demolition waste it is used to screen soil from hardcore, so that it can go on to be crushed and reused. In this respect it is used in conjunction with a MB Crushing Bucket. When Garden and Landscaping waste comes onto site it is used to screen soil from bushes, shrubbery and grass leaving Green Waste to be more easily recycled. Even with General Rubbish they screen out the soil and sand out of it, to make it easier to sort wood, paper and plastics. Fines under 24mm are taken out which leaves less weight of remaining waste. The screened-out fines also have their uses.

are ideal for a wide range of applications including topsoil cleaning, composting, backfilling and pipeline cover. Worsley Plant have been the UK dealer for Remu Screening Buckets for over 15 years. They have the knowledge and expertise to help you choose the right bucket for your project. To find out more: Visit: https://www.worsleyplant. co.uk/products/blade-screeningbuckets/ Call: 01606 83 55 44

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Matt Giddings, Worsley Plant’s Area Sales Manager comments: “Our customer has been working with the Remu Screening Bucket for over 3 years now. It’s clear to see how much of a welcome addition it is to their range of equipment - allowing them to recycle more materials on site. Ultimately, it’s saving them time, money and the environment.” REMU screening buckets

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Keep it Safe, Keep it Simple, Keep it Thwaites.


surprising, positive, outcome of our time in lockdown, was the relationship we developed with the QR code. The code, pre-pandemic, was being seen rather stuffily by marketeers as something a little outdated… even though there was no credible alternative. So, the QR code, our new friend, was able to efficiently provide a logistical solution to reintroducing us to draught beer, tasty snacks and the joy of going out again. Skip forward and the QR code has once again become ubiquitous and the marketeer’s newfound friend. At Thwaites, the code is being used to help deliver a series of videos that explain how to get the best from your dumper, reduce risk and improve performance. Dumpers are inherently safe pieces of site machinery, but like

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many things, they can become dangerous and potentially fatal if operated incorrectly or recklessly.

Always wearing a seatbelt, not remaining on the dumper when loading, keeping speed down and never driving with the skip up.

Thwaites are keen to support hirers who offer their 1-tonne Hi-Tip dumper. This machine is popular with weekend, nonaccount hirers, who may be infrequent users, or indeed a firsttime hirer.

The video gives top tips about how to get the best out of the machine when driving, loading and tipping. In addition to the everyday hazards that need to be recognised and understood.

The support is delivered by way of a short, informative video, made specifically to enable hirers to share at the point of handover. By highlighting the QR code, hire controllers and or drivers can facilitate access to the bespoke video, enhancing the handover experience and reducing the risk of damage, injury or worse. The footage covers a short pre-use walk around to check the machine is safe to use. There is very clear, unambiguous messaging around:

Thwaites are offering hire company’s free QR decals that can be retrospectively fitted to their 1-tonne machines, supporting hirers to reduce risk and improve their customer’s experience. An additional derived benefit from the risk reduction is, the likelihood that the machine will be damaged less thus reducing charges and or costly disputes. If you are a hirer and would like to request a number of decals, please send an email to uksales@ thwaitesdumpers.co.uk

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KUBOTA LAUNCH SUMMER HOLIDAY COLOURING CHALLENGE * Submitted pictures of the picture of their masterpiece finished colouring image must and send it to kuk_g. contain the image only and no marketing@kubota.com alongside their name, age and a entrants. delivery address to claim their ** All entries sent to kuk_g. rewards. marketing@kubota.com “We’re looking to include automatically agree for their everyone in our 25 year first name, age and colouring celebrations and that is why we image sent to be shared on have launched the colouring Kubota U.K’s social media challenge for all the Kubota channels. As a reward, entrants who brand ambassadors out there, *** Delivery address submit their efforts will young and old, to have some receive an official Kubota fun over the summer holidays,” information will NOT be shared elsewhere and ONLY branded colouring book and says Rob White, Divisional used for the purpose of sending pencil set, to help them get Manager, Construction, the Kubota colouring book and even more creative over the Kubota U.K. “Hopefully it can pencils to entrants. summer holidays. The activity be a family activity or just is running from July 27th until something to help someone **** Limited stocks of early September, giving plenty pass the time, who knows, rewards apply and will be of time for Kubota fans and we may even inspire the next distributed on a first come first budding artists to get colourful! Picasso!” served basis. The entry image is free to For more information or ***** Limited to 1 colouring download via the Kubota to download the colouring book & pencil set per image website: kubota-eu.com and challenge image, visit: entered, with a maximum of 4 once completed, challengers entries per address. kubota-eu.com are being asked to snap a Leading mini-excavator manufacturer, Kubota, has launched a colouring challenge in time for the summer holidays. Artists across the country are being asked to colour in one of Kubota’s digger pictures to help celebrate being 25 years at number one market share in the mini excavator market for the UK & R.O.I.

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Bobcat T7X All-Electric Track Loader Wins Award in Spain“To‑Lyon” - The T7X is the first all-electric compact track loader in the world The high performance and zero emissions of the Bobcat T7X, the first all-electric compact track loader in the world, have been recognised with a major award in the Earthworks, foundations and demolition category of the 2022 Potencia Awards in Spain. The quality of these awards lies not only in the level of the participants, but also in the independence and credentials of the jury that awards them. In this sixteenth edition of the Potencia Awards, the jury was presided over by SEOPAN and the National Confederation of Construction, whose members are responsible for the machinery fleets of the largest construction companies in the country. Carlos Campos, Doosan Bobcat District Manager for Iberia, collected the award. “We thank the Jury and the TPI group for this recognition. The Potencia award won by the Bobcat T7X loader is a great honour for Bobcat. It adds to the other awards the T7X has already received, as happened during the prestigious CES 2022 technology event held earlier this year.”

performance torque and more powerful than any diesel-fuelled track loader that has ever come before it – all while eliminating any carbon emissions. In the T7X, the traditional hydraulic work group has been completely replaced with an electrical drive system consisting of electric cylinders and electric drive motors, which means virtually no fluids. The new, all-electric Bobcat T7X uses just four litres of eco-friendly coolant compared to around 216 litres of fluid in its diesel/hydraulic equivalent model.

a full day of operation during intermittent use. The intelligence of the power management system is programmed to sense when loads are increasing, automatically backing off power when not needed to preserve the total energy use and extend the machine's runtime. Providing an EMEA Perspective

Commenting on future plans for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Vijay Nerva, Head of Innovation at Doosan Bobcat EMEA, said: “The T7X has been developed for the North AmeriThe all-electric platform enables can market for now but it addressinstantaneous power and peak es a global need and challenge. We torque available at every operatplan to undergo internal testing ing speed. The operator no longer and gather customer feedback in must wait for the standard hyvarious countries in the EMEA redraulic system to build up power. gion this year to better understand The Advanced Technology and customer needs in this market Design of the T7X Compact Track At the heart of the T7X is a pow- before taking commercial decierful 62 kW lithium-ion battery Loader sions. The feedback we received from technology partner, Green at the Bobcat Demo Days in June Machine Equipment, Inc. While The Bobcat T7X is fully batwas very positive indeed.” applications vary, each charge can   tery-powered, built to be more support common daily work oper- For more information about Bobproductive from the ground up ations and the use of intelligent with electric actuation and procat and Bobcat products, visit the work modes for up to four hours pulsion, quieter with highwebsite www.bobcat.com of continuous operation time and

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Mud Glorious Mud for the L Lynch Plant Team The L Lynch Plant team are well known for their epic support of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity (Lighthouse Club) and once again they’ve come up trumps with their fundraising.

over the finishing line as one team was inspiring. People of all abilities too part and nobody got left behind. The team showed inspiration and determination throughout and even though there were a few injuries along the way, they never The charity provides a 24/7 gave up and worked together Construction Industry Helpline to make sure that everybody which provides a range of free crossed the finish line with a and confidential support, which massive smile. is complemented by their free Self Support App. Their free A huge thank you goes out text HARDHAT to 85258 service provides yet another route to support, along with their Lighthouse Beacons who offer a safe space for people to share concerns. The team took on the ultimate challenge of 30 obstacles and 15km of mud for a recent Tough Mudder in Henley-onThames. The passion and respect of the team to ensure everybody got 16 • aUGUST 2022 • Plant Planet

to Matt Taylor from Balfour Beatty Vinci who kept the team motivated throughout every obstacle. Merrill Lynch from L Lynch Plant Hire said, “The team lived and breathed the behaviours of the company showing their can do attitude, and they collectively raised over £5000 for the Lighthouse Club. We are so pleased to be able to do our small bit for those in need, and those within our industry.”


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Sunbelt Rentals purchase a further five Faresin Electric Telehandlers


of the UK’s largest equipment rental providers, Sunbelt Rentals, has purchased a further five Faresin Electric Telehandlers from UK dealer GGR Group. This purchase comes following an initial investment in 2021, which saw several Electric Telehandlers branded as part of Sunbelt Rentals’ ESG initiative, ‘Our Planet’ which focusses on driving carbon emissions down and creating a greener future for all.

After an initial introduction to their customer base, testing the products in the field and listening to customer feedback, Sunbelt Rentals has responded to the growing demand for the

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6.26 Full Electric by adding these latest units to their fleet.

customer feedback has been very positive.

As part of the purchase, the company chose the Farmatics telematics system that allows users to remotely monitor operations, geolocation, consumption and productivity of the machines during use. Three 400v fast chargers were also bought, giving users the opportunity to charge the machines during periods of downtime, such as break times.

“Even with the ongoing supply chain challenges we’re all facing, we’ve found that the partnership between GGR Group and Faresin has made it easy for us to conduct business.

Andrew Winlow, Director – Asset Management, Sunbelt Rentals commented: “We have been impressed by what we have seen from the Faresin 6.26 Full Electric so far and

“Faresin continues to innovate at pace and is making products such as the electric telehandler readily available in the marketplace, with further development planned for later in the year. While GGR Group, the importer has made a commitment to stock and were seeing machines arrive monthly, all of this has been key to our partnership success

and is allowing us to respond to customer demand.” Mike Walkley, Project Sales Specialist, GGR Group said “It has been a pleasure to work with Sunbelt Rentals on this sale and listen to the brilliant feedback from their initial purchases last year. It has been great to help support their new green initiative “Our Planet” through supplying these eco-friendly alternatives and I very much look forward to working with them again in the future.” The Faresin Electric Telehandler is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, which unlike regular lead acid batteries can be opportunity charged without any damage or reduction to the battery life. A fast-charging system allows the batteries to be rapidly topped up at convenient intervals throughout the day, such as during breaks, if desired. A regular 110-volt on-board charger is included when larger power supplies are not available and can be used for an overnight charge. The standard 300Ah battery will last up to six hours of typical use with a rapid recharge time of 1.5 hours from zero with the external fast charger. The electric machine provides a range of benefits and notable savings, not only in emission levels, but also maintenance and running costs when compared to traditional internal combustion engine equipment.■

CSN, one of world’s biggest mining companies, chooses SANY Mining Equipment Since 2021, SANY Brazil has been investing in the mining market, through the presentation of the SANY off-road trucks SKT90S and the electrical SANY off-road trucks SKY90E. As a result of these investments, on May 22nd, SANY Brazil finalized the sale of 23 SANY SKT90S off-road trucks and three SANY SY750H excavators to CSN MINERAÇÃO – Mina Casa de Pedra, one of the largest mining companies in the world. CSN has one of the largest open-pit mining complexes in Brazil and is developing a new important project for the continuity and evolution of the mining market in Brazil. SANY was chosen by CSN because strong companies demand strong, resistant and reliable machines. The SANY SKT90S offroad truck, with all these characteristics and more, takes mining activity to a new level, filling a gap in the market and increasing productivity while reducing costs. Delivery of the 23 SANY off-road trucks was carried out at a highly successful event held at CSN’s headquarters in the municipality of Congonhas in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, on May 19th, 2022, as shown in the photos below. Following the purchase and given the excellent performance of the equipment, another contract SANY and CSN closed another contract for the sale of an additional nine units of SANY SKT90S off-road trucks and six more units of SANY SY980H excavators to CSN CIMENTOS, whose delivery is scheduled to take place near the end of 2022. ■

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SITECH expert training at Story plant helps operators meet tight timescales STORY PLANT

Based in Carlisle, Cumbria, Story Plant have a historic relationis a specialist plant hirer to the ship of using SITECH machine UK rail industry which operates control systems spanning over 15 a diverse fleet of road rail vehiyears, so when an influx of new cles fitted with SITECH® Trimble operators and a transition from Technology to ensure quality, the Trimble GCS900 system safety, and delivery in a sector across to Trimble Earthworks where timescales are tight, and meant they needed training supdelays are costly. port they approached the team at SITECH.

Mark Bruce, head of technical development at Story Plant, said: “We rely heavily on our machines and the Trimble system to get things right and we currently have six dozer machines configured with the tech. “We are transitioning from the Trimble GCS900 system to Trimble Earthworks, and SITECH supported us by creating a series of quick reference videos as refreshers for our operators on things like setting up the system and simple fault fixes. “The team at SITECH also supported us earlier this year when we bought a Caterpillar D6K2 dozer, the largest dozer on the UK rail infrastructure, which because of the restricted space it operates in has a unique folding blade fitted. “Their team analysed it for us to ensure the mast is in exactly the right position when the Trimble system is in use.” To find out more about the construction technology, software and services SITECH UK & Ireland offers Visit the website https://www.sitechukandireland.com.

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strategic partnership between MachineMax and INTSITE aims to use video telematics and contextual machine data to create a digital monitoring solution with a view to improving machine safety, performance, fuel efficiency and CO2 reduction. INTSITE’s AI and Deep Learning to optimize the machinery at the center of a worksite, transforming the performance of industries focused on heavy machinery, amongst construction and mining safety and performance are enhanced as the machinery becomes more intelligent, using computervision and deep learning technology. The MachineMax equipment management platform and universal telematics sensors for off-highway fleet, work with customers to measure key metrics which include: utilisation, productivity, idling time, fuel consumption, location, and operating hours. This working in conjunction with INTSITE’s camera-based solution will give an all-around, accountable overview of a machine. The machine-vision technology solves numerous problems on-site, for example, the camera footage can detect the way a machine is being used so it is able to identify idling and the reasons 22 • aUGUST 2022 • Plant Planet

MachineMax Embark on Strategic Partnership with INTSITE behind it which will be supported through the real-time MachineMax data. It further detects key safety measures such as the proximity of a pedestrian to a machine, the machine operating at an angle as well as predictive maintenance through irregularities on the machine. Therefore, this gives site teams visual context to the MachineMax data and a further layer of exposure to their sites. MachineMax CGO, Jennifer Thomson said: “I am extremely excited about this partnership with INTSITE. The idea of augmenting real-time machine data with visual analytics to improve safety, productivity, sustainability and operations is the next big step toward digital sites. We think that by combining this data we will be able to enhance human capabilities, using AI to combine sets of data and make inferences which aren't inher-

ently obvious whilst on the job.” Christopher Webster, INTSITE’s Head of Client Services said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for MachineMax and INTSITE. The partnership with MachineMax, not only cements our commitment to the UK mining and construction sectors, but our unequivocal passion to help the sectors understand how great technology, delivered simply, can play an important role in safety, efficiency and operational downtime reduction on heavy plant and cranes. MachineMax are excited to partner with INTSITE as a strategic partner as it will enhance the safety and efficiency of heavy machinery through telematics and computer-vision technology, all through a single integrated platform. Find out more today at: https://machinemax.com/ pages-press/machinemax-embark-on-strategic-partnership-with-intsite

CONFERENCE Thursday 20th October 2022 Heart of England Conference & Events Centre near Coventry ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) is increasingly impacting on the construction plant sector. The one-day CPA Conference is designed to allow you to come away with better insight about ESG and how you can address it. Former television presenter, newsreader and journalist Merryn Myatt will be hosting the event and panel discussions on the day will include ‘ESG in Context and What it Means’ and ‘ESG in Action - Demonstrating ESG in the Construction and Plant-hire Sector’.

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driving the future of sustainability MARK ROYSE,

we’ve embraced countless Head of Sales at Mecalac Construction innovations to help our customers – and ourselves – along the journey Equipment UK, explains why towards net zero. sustainability is driving widespread innovation in construction equipment From embracing Stop Start product design and discusses what an technology across key product lines all-electric future could look like for and adopting the latest in stateoperators nationwide. of-the-art fuel efficient engines, Around the world, political leaders we’re working hard to help sites tackle the growing issue of tailpipe are facing a climate crisis – an emissions. We were one of the first emissions gap that continues to OEMs to transition our portfolio to widen, greenhouse gases rising comply with EU Stage V emissions on a daily basis and an increasing population demanding ever-greater standards and we continue to create innovative, game-changing energy requirements. While, at its emissions reduction solutions for peak, the construction industry our latest marques. was said to be responsible for c.20% of global emissions, the But while Mecalac equipment is sector is quickly decarbonising, kinder to the environment than ever with businesses investing millions before, we’re under no illusions that in developing environmentallyimproved injection systems, smaller friendly solutions for the industry of powerplants, diesel particulate tomorrow. filters (DPFs) and oxidisation At Mecalac, we continue to operate catalysts are simply part of the decarbonisation journey – not the at the forefront of sustainability. destination. The days of the internal With a strategic commitment to combustion engine are numbered reducing our carbon footprint, as well as cutting the emissions created and we’re working hard in the background to create a portfolio through the operation of our market-leading compact machinery, of environmentally-conscious

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equipment ready to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

An electrifying vision for the future In 2018, we first unveiled the revolutionary e12 concept – our first electric excavator and a clear representation of our ambitions to prioritise alternative fuels. While other manufacturers were dipping their toe in the water with micro excavators, we wanted to demonstrate the real-world potential of an electric powertrain. Suitable for a wide range of applications, including urban building sites and infrastructure projects, the 11-tonne e12 was the first medium-sized compact excavator to really embrace electrification. But while the e12 gave an insight into our vision and appreciation for alternative fuels, we were keen not to rush full production, with infrastructure at the time unable to keep up with engineering advances. Four years later, however, the world has transitioned far further

towards electrification. As such, at this year’s BAUMA exhibition (October 24–30, Trade Fair Centre Messe München), we’re set to present the sector’s first zeroemissions range of medium-sized compact equipment. Comprising our 11-tonne excavator (the e12), a 1,000-litre swing loader (the es1000) and a revolutionary six-tonne cabbed site dumper (the ed6), this new suite of models aims to change operator thinking. We’ve even created a solution to tackle the challenge of limited on-site power sources. M-Power – a 300kWh portable battery power supply – eliminates the requirement for traditional diesel generators and offers a low-carbon charging option for our latest electric equipment. This is not our finished line-up, it’s simply the beginning. However, it shows our intent for the future and aims to demonstrate the realworld viability of electric compact equipment. If you’re visiting this year’s BAUMA exhibition, head over to the Mecalac stand and see the latest models up close. It may sound presumptuous, but we’re confident that they’ll soon be operating on a site near you.

Trade Plant Hire is delighted to welcome Daniel Weir to our board of directors Daniel brings a wealth of experience from the industry including being the founder and owner of Weir Waste Services which was sold to Biffa plc in 2018.

With a number of established waste management company’s already onboard such as Mick George, DP Skips, SK Skips, PM Skips, Weybridge Skip Hire, Call a Skip, AVA Waste Management, Amica ECO……..and more – we Daniel said of his appointment: would love you to join our construction online market place, its “I am delighted to be invited to free to join and no listing fees. join Trade Plant Hire and help bring an additional review Registration is simple, go to stream to the industry and tradeplanthire.co.uk/stockists ability to market and receive complete the stripe registration online orders which will add to details and one of our team will the existing business streams be in touch to help you get you already in place.” stock listed and live. OR Working with TPH is simple, we can register you in 5 Speak to Matt Dawson, minutes and all we need is Partnerships Director on the Zone 1 prices for 4 yard, 8 07912 792 513 or yard and 10 yards skips and we matt@tradeplanthire.co.uk advertise ‘Off road only’. to get started

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Three UNIC Mini Spider Cranes for Czech Republic KMB Stavebni Servis, the official distributor of UNIC Cranes in Czech Republic, has taken delivery of three UNIC mini spider cranes to meet growing demand for the machines post-pandemic. The three-crane deal included the UNIC URW-095 and UNIC URW-295-3 pedestrian operated units, and the UNIC URW-376, a ride-on model. The 2.9 tonne capacity UNIC URW-295-3 is the newest model to be added to the company’s fleet. The UNIC URW-295-3 retains all the benefits of the standard URW295 model, but sees the addition of variable, adjustable outriggers, enabling this mini crane to operate around fixed obstacles on site to suit the lifting requirements of each project.

this already compact mini machine, making it ideal for working in extremely tight and small spaces. Jaroslav Voneš, head of KMB Vsechromy depot commented “We are happy with the new delivery. As a long standing UNIC dealer in the Czech Republic, we know that UNIC Cranes are reliable and high-quality machines. We ourselves rent more than 35 of them and we are very satisfied with their performance.

“There is no doubt that the UNIC-095 is one of the most popular mini cranes in our fleet, therefore we welcome another in a row. We are excited about UNIC-295-3 with The addition of variable outriggers variable, adjustable means this mini crane can operate outriggers and are in spaces where other mini cranes also looking forcannot. The adjustable outriggers ward to using the reduce the working footprint of new and modern-

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The Future of our Industry is in Safe Hands Kevin Minton, Chief Executive, Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) discusses the challenges we face in attracting people to the construction plant sector.


was the most competitive year of the awards yet.

of the challenges we face is attracting people to the construction plant sector. Apprenticeships are a vital part of industry and there are now over 900 apprentices across construction plant-based occupations. In July the Construction Planthire Association’s (CPA) Stars of the Future apprentice and trainee awards took place and these awards - now in their tenth year - illustrate the value of apprenticeships and training in the plant sector, putting the spotlight on future leaders of our industry. We received a total of 72 nominations for Stars of the

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Over half of the nominees sent in video statements to support their Stars of the Future nominations this year, and these gave a real insight into the candidates and what they have achieved in their career so far.

KEVIN MINTON, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CONSTRUCTION PLANT-HIRE ASSOCIATION (cpa) Future awards in 2022 which is the highest number of entries we have ever received in the awards programme’s 10 year history. Every one of the 14 judges involved commented that this

Stars of the Future has grown in stature over the years and it is now firmly established as the premier event of the construction plant sector for recognising and rewarding the skills and calibre of the industry’s apprentices and trainees. At the Stars of the Future 2022 awards the top accolades were won by Jack

Howell of Marubeni-Komatsu and NSCG Stafford College who was declared National Plant Mechanic of the Year (Level 2); Jack Chubb of Phoenix Hire & Sales and Bridgend College who won National Plant Technician of the Year (Level 3); Eleanor MacMillan-Currie of WM Currie and Son who was awarded Plant Operative of the Year; Jake Hodgson of Wolffkran who won Plant Installer of the Year; Steve Lumb of Wolffkran who won Lifting Technician of the Year; Yasmin Bell of Sunbelt Rentals who was crowned Hire Controller of the Year and Tom Baxendell of Bachy Soletanche and Reaseheath College who won the Best Personal Statement Award. Luke Cooper of Boels Rental and Reaseheath College was winner of the Judges’ Special Award and Peter Chapman of Askham Bryan College received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the event. → (Pictured from left to right): Lifting Technician of the Year Steve Lumb of Wolffkran, National Plant Mechanic of the Year Jack Howell of MarubeniKomatsu and NSCG Stafford College, Judges’ Special Award Winner Luke Cooper of Boels Rental and Reaseheath College, Plant Installer of the Year Jake Hodgson of Wolffkran, Hire Controller of the Year Yasmin Bell of Sunbelt Rentals, National Plant Technician of the Year Jack Chubb of Phoenix Hire & Sales and Bridgend College and in the foreground Best Personal Statement Winner Tom Baxendell of Bachy Soletanche and Reaseheath College.

Commentary Nominations for the CPA Stars of the Future Awards 2023 can be made from early next year. Nomination forms will be available on the CPA website in January 2023 and nominations can be made either by employers directly, or training providers.

CPA At CPA, one of our roles is providing a project management and technical support service to employer-led Trailblazer groups to help get the apprenticeship through to fruition. It has been a long and arduous process but Trailblazers apprenticeships are now available for Lifting Technicians, Plant Operatives, Plant Mechanics and Hire Controllers. We’ve recently started work on developing an apprenticeship for Plant Maintenance Technicians at Level 3.

THIS WAS THE MOST COMPETITVE YEAR OF THE AWARDS YET! Over the past six years, apprenticeships have evolved significantly with Trailblazer ‘standards’ apprenticeships emerging in 2014 in England. Trailblazer apprenticeships firmly put employers in the ‘driving seat’ and are developed by employerled Trailblazer groups that conform to a given criteria.

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Attracting the right recruits, including apprentices, to the sector remains a recurring issue but the construction plant industry offers careers

for life and more females and those from ethnic groups are joining the sector. It is also positive to see that official figures for plant-based apprenticeships are looking much stronger than originally anticipated. It’s pleasing to see how former Stars of the Future winners have progressed in their careers so far. For instance, Amy Wicks of L Lynch Plant Hire won the accolade of Hire Controller of the Year last year and this year she has been promoted to Senior Manager, which is just one level below the Board of Directors, all at the age of 25. Rest assured, the future of our industry is in safe hands.

Eleanor MacMillan-Currie of WM Currie and Son won Plant Operative of the Year at the CPA Stars of the Future Awards 2022


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the world of Tiltrotators, Big and SMall What’s Next? Akvile Peckyte takes a look into the latest developments and product launches in tiltrotators, the essential excavator attachment. “To meet increased announces demands for electrification, the launch of a new generation digitalisation, security and of energy-conscious products. sustainability, we have developed a solution adapted The leading global for the future of digging. Our manufacturer of tiltrotators, new tiltrotator system shows quick hitches and accessories that Engcon is at the forefront for excavators announced its of innovative solutions that new series of tiltrotators, as drive the development forward they move towards developing to reduce dependence on fossil tiltrotator systems with green fuels and thus the climate credentials and efficiency in impact of excavators,” says Stig mind. Engström, founder and owner According to Engcon, in order of Engcon and the leader to meet demands in the future, of the company’s product development. the company’s new tiltrotator system is set to take progressive “oUR NEW TILTROTATOR SYSTEM SHOWS steps towards THAT eNGCON IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF sustainability, applying smart INNOVATION SOLUTIONS...” technology to reduce energy consumption and will The third generation be adapted, ready for the technology is based on a → electrification of excavators. Plant Planet • aUGUST 2022 • 35



newly developed type of valve, working alongside a smart software that complements the → excavator’s load-sensing hydraulic system. In turn, this optimises not only the tiltrotator’s functions, but also the excavator’s excavator movements, resulting in smoother digging with higher precision. At the same time, the excavator’s wear and need for maintenance also decreases.


Steelwrist has announced an expansion of their tiltrotator range with X02 for excavators up to 2.5 tonnes.

Hook boasts being the only tiltrotator in its class that has work tool safety to support CE requirements.

In response to the installation ratio for tiltorrators on the smallest excavators starting to rise globally, Steelwrist recently introduced the X02 tiltrotator.

The X02 is positioned between the smallest TCX tilt coupler for machines below 2 tonnes and the X04 tiltrotator for excavators from 2.5 to 4 tonnes. Steelwrist’s focus when developing the X02 has been to make a fully casted product with best strength-weight ratio and low building height.

The new product proposes a number of innovative design solutions, coming with either a Direct Fit or an S30 top for the Production for the line is set connection to the excavator. to begin in the second half of For the coupler side of the 2022, with the new models tiltrotator, operators can choose from a mechanical locking version, as well as being on display at events hydraulic locking for S30. throughout the year - keep an eye out if you have not spotted The hydraulic lock version the new range at shows already. with the integrated Front Pin

“the new tiltrotator is rototilt's most powerful product until now..”

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Alongside this, some other innovative design solutions that the X02 brings include a new gearbox design which makes it possible to easily eliminate play over time, lubrication free bearings for easy maintenance, valves and control module placing to protect from outer damage, and a bolt-on lifting eye or lifting hook as an option on →


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Commentary direct fitted tiltrotators. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Rototilt unveiled their powerful new tiltrotator for excavators up to 43 tonnes.

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“With the RC9, we want to bring the customer benefits of the tiltrotator to even more users and large machines. Rototilt developed the new We want to improve the dayRC9 tiltrotator for excavators to-day working life of the weighing between 32-43 excavator operator, and with tonnes. The new tiltrotator the RC9 our aim is to bring is Rototilt’s most powerful the customer benefits of the product until now, made for tiltrotator to even more users excavators with breakout forces and even larger excavators. of up to 280 kN. Rototilt’s goal Our product development was to allow users with large team has managed to take machines to switch between things even further than that,


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with new features that will further improve the end-user’s operability and flexibility,” commented Per Väppling, Sales and Marketing Manager at Rototilt. New, pressure-compensated hydraulics mean that the tiltrotator functions can work independently of each other, allowing the operator to tilt and rotate at the same time, providing ultimate flexibility when working. The company has announced there will be more new products to come in connection with Bauma this autumn, with the event set to take place October 24–30, 2022.




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This 100% renewable fuel cuts your CO2e by up to 90% and can be used as a drop-in replacement for the red or white diesel you currently use Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (HVO) Fuel EN 15940 is a paraffinic diesel fuel, it’s FAME free, has a high cetane number (70+), reduces AdBlue consumption and has excellent cold weather performance. Several Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) including,

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craggs energy Scania and Caterpillar have approved HVO for use in heavy duty road vehicles, passenger cars and non-road vehicles. Craggs Energy have partnered with GBF Ltd to supply Gd+ HVO Fuel - the cleanest alternative diesel on the market which has been supercharged with an engineenhancing additive. Gd+ is certified under the UK Renewable Fuel Assurance Scheme and has proof of sustainability from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC). The Renewable Fuels Assurance

of work, demonstrating your green credentials can help set you apart.

Enhanced brand image and reputation. Investing in reducing your carbon footprint could give you the competitive edge when it comes to standing out in a crowded marketplace. Going green can do wonders for your public image and profile when tendering for contracts. Knowing that you are conducting business in an ecofriendly manner allows you to introduce a green angle to your marketing strategy and attract new ethically focused consumers.

Craggs Energy have partnered with GBF Ltd to supply Gd+ HVO Fuelthe cleanest alternative diesel on the market Scheme is an initiative designed and managed by Zemo Partnership that aims to give fleet operators independent assurance of purchasing sustainable, low-carbon fuels which have been approved under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO).

Better financial and investment opportunities.

Company Profile Green-focused businesses often take advantage of a far wider range of grants, loans and funding than a traditional business might.

Increased readiness for future legislation. Going green now could save you a significant amount further down the line, should the government or your industry enforce specific green provisions or regulations.

Increased morale and attracting new talent. Going green doesn’t only foster positive feelings from customers. Employees feel safer working for green businesses. Involving workers in company-wide green initiatives can boost the morale of your team. This is also a good way to reduce turnover, because employees don’t want to leave a place that makes them feel as if they are a part of a work community that cares. →

What are the benefits to your business? Green credentials for tenders. Most large organisations and public bodies now have a rigorous sustainability policy, meaning they seek out and favour green partner companies over less sustainable competitors. It’s important to show your green credentials in every part of the supply chain and if your business is competing for a piece

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Company Profile According to recruitment website Totaljobs, more than a quarter of UK employees would consider taking a substantial pay cut to work at a more

craggs energy quantities of Gd+ HVO fuel to businesses and suppliers across the country. This is the first in-land HVO distribution hub in the UK which brings greater resilience for capacity and demand.

renewable diesel that reduces carbon emissions by up to 90%. We have already had a big uptake from our existing customers and businesses who have made the commitment to reducing their CO2 output.

Craggs Energy’s Head Office is located in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, and from this site and its large fuel terminal in Padiham, Lancashire they provide over half a million litres of storage Gd+ HVO Fuel.

With the changes to who can use Red Diesel (Gas Oil) coming into effect this year it’s now more important than ever that businesses have a reliable source of an alternative diesel to keep their fleet and operations running smoothly. From our hubs in the heart of the UK we are looking to grow our coverage and supply of HVO Fuel considerably.”

"we are delighted to be working with GBF to supply this drop-in, renewable diesel." environmentally responsible organisation. For Millennials alone, this figure leaps up to 50%.

Resilience and capacity for demand Craggs Energy and GBF Ltd have invested heavily in the fuels infrastructure, including storage tanks and state of the art pumps at their depots in the North of England to be able to store large

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Matthew Crockett, Managing Director at Craggs Energy comments: “This is another step forward in the switch to alternative fuels and we are delighted to be working with GBF to supply this drop-in,

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Hillhead 2022: BACK WITH A BANG Kate Hutchison unpacks the action from the highly anticiapted UK’s largest quarrying, construction and recycling exhibition.

HILLHEAD Hillhead 2022 was one of the most anticipated returns to the heavy machinery and plant exhibition calendar, and this year’s Hillhead exhibition came back with a bang! This year’s show saw Hillhead take place at Tarmac’s Hillhead Quarry From 21st – 23rd June 2022 and celebrate its 40th anniversary. The show returned bigger than ever, with over 600 of the world’s leading equipment manufacturers, suppliers and service

providers exhibiting for the first time in the show’s history. As well as an impressive total of just under 18,500 unique visitors in attendance, this year’s exhibition also made history with Hillhead recording the busiest ever opening day in its 40year history, with a total of 8,283 visitors attending on day one. This year’s event sees the return of many major construction industry players, including: SMT GB, Arden, Case, JCB, Kubota, Marubeni-Komatsu,

"The show returned bigger than ever..."

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Rubblemaster, Finning, Liebherr, Bomag, Yanmar, Doosan, McCloskey International, Hyundai, Merlo, Bell Equipment, and Hitachi.

OVER 600 OF THE WORLD'S LEADING EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS, SUPPLIERS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS EXHIBITED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE SHOW'S HISTORY This year’s event also took the opportunity to focus on decarbonisation and the road to net zero. This year’s Hillhead saw a range of exhibitors and visitors alike, seize the chance to see and hear about some of the newest technological advances, product innovations, and energy-saving solutions to help achieve a sustainable future. →


Many exhibitors demonstrated their ‘net-zero credentials’ at Hillhead 2022 in the forms of electric machinery, hybrid technology, alternative fuels, hydrogen power and many more with many top industry players showcasing their brand new machinery:

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model from their Stage V-compliant ZW-7 range.

Bobcat also showcased various machinery for the first time at this year’s event from their their ‘Next is Now’ programme. Bobcat presented the new R-Series telehandler range, R2-Series of mini-exHitachi construction macavators and the L85, the chinery, the official Registra- first model in the company’s tion Sponsors for the 2022 compact wheel loader range. event, introduced their The Bobcat stand also fealarger next-generation tured the company’s E10e,

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the world’s first battery-powered 1-tonne mini-excavator, for the first time at this year’s show. Sany, as a first-time exhibitor at Hillhead show, debuted the new SY155W wheeled excavator in its UK debut after the 16-tonne wheeled excavator was upgraded with rear stabilizers and a front dozer blade to suit the UK market. →

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53-tonne crawler excavator and also introduced was the 24.3-tonne DX235LCR-7 reduced-radius crawler excavator and several of the new compact products, such as the DX100W-7 10.7-tonne wheeled excavator, the new DX27Z-7 and DX50Z-7 next-generation mini-excavators. The visitors also witnessed the first appearDoosan took the opportunity ance of the DL80TL-7 model to demonstrate and display from Doosan’s new range of the very compact wheelmany exhibitors took the opportunity latest loaders. prodto demonstrate their 'net zero ucts for Terex Washing Systems were the first delighted to return to Hillinnovations and credentials' time head and introduced the FM at the Pentium as well as the new Hillhead 2022 exhibition. and improved AggreSand The Wirtgen group showOn display on the Doosan 206 to their customers and cased 5 new machines, The dealers. → Kleemann Mobicat MC 110(i) stand was the new version of the Doosan DX530LC-7 EVO2 jaw crusher, MobiHyundai Construction Equipment also unveiled two articulated dumptrucks — the HA30A and HA45A on site at the Hillhead 2022 exhibition. The HA30A and HA45A are built around a full-time six-wheel-drive concept, with front and rear limited slip differentials and a longitudinal differential that can be manually locked, for maximum drive and traction on difficult terrain.

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cone MCO 90(i) EVO2 cone crusher and Mobiscreen MSS 802(i) EVO and also saw the world premiere of the W 100 Fi one-metre-class milling machine from Wirtgen's new range of compact milling machines, with the portfolio of machinery premieres rounded off by the John Deere 672 GP motor-grader.

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Hillhead 2022 saw four dedicated demonstration areas that hosted a range of equipment for visitors to explore up close. Over 35 of these machines will be located within the Quarry Face demonstration area. This area, one of Hillhead’s biggest attractions, saw large excavators, large wheel loaders, rigid and articulated dumptrucks, as well as crushing and screening buckets put through their paces in live demonstrations that ran throughout the action-packed three days, including a DX420LC-7 43.5-tonne crawler excavator which continued to load a Doosan DA30-7 articulated dumptruck (ADT) throughout the show. The ninety-tonne EC950F Excavator will also be working in the demonstration area. In the Rock Processing demonstration area, also known as ‘Crusher Alley’,

visitors were able to see a range of tracked and skid mounted crushers and screens, scalping grids, and stockpiling conveyors. These demonstrations from companies such as McCloskey International, Powerscreen, and Terex were fed material extracted from the Quarry Face Warwick Ward, and Herbst demonstration area. Machinery. Meanwhile, over in the Recycling demonstration area, Finally, the Registration construction and demolition demonstration area also waste will be imported onto featured rock processing and recycling equipment being the site to feed a range of put to work as the newest specialist crushers, shredof the four demonstration ders, and screens. These, areas. alongside a selection of excavators, wheeled loading shovels, site dumpers, break- Among the 600 plus exhibitors at Hillhead were some ers, and screening buckets, innovative demonstrations will be supplied by from: → companies such as Barford, Plant Planet • AUGUDT 2022 • 49

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Hydrotechnik UK who had a very successful Hillhead. Their staff met many new as well as existing existing customers. Showcasing the entire range of Hydraulic Test Equipment for performance and fault finding, Hydrotechnik have a test solution to suit all applications and budgets. New on the stand was their Miimess Monster test kit which contains the most connections for service engineers in order to pressure test in the field. Also on show were the entire range of hand-held test and data logging equipment, wireless sensors and their new cloud monitoring and alerting system for vehicle/asset remote monitoring.

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excavators from 12 to 30 tons that will boost productivity on site, as well as its TiltRotor that has been revamped to bring even more flexibility to working sites.

trucks,EARTHMAX SR 53 (L-5) for loaders, as well as the popular EARTHMAX SR 30 (E-3/L-3) were among just some of the tyres on display at Kirkby Tyres’s stand.

Merlo UK Ltd also TOP INDUSTRY PALYERS SEIZED THE displayed their wide OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE THEIR variety of construction machines at BRAND NEW MACHINERY this year’s event, including the fully-electric eWorker, the Cingo tracked carrier, SITECH, Trimble TechnolROTO, leading telescopic ogy partner, took centre handlers and more! stage as they took over the Finning, authorized dealers Kirkby Tyres, the main UK of Cat equipment and parts importer of BKT earthmov- in the UK and Ireland, stand er tyres, showcased The at Hillhead 2022. SITECH BKT EARTHMAX range demonstrated how their inat this year’s Hillhead. On dustry-leading hardware and display were some of their software brings real-time This year at Hillhead, Arden most popular patterns. The tasks, workflows, and costs Equipment showcased the EARTHMAX SR 35 (E-3/L-3) together to transform site AIO, its new fully automatic and EARTHMAX SR 41 accuracy, safety, and All-in-One quick coupler for (E-4) for articulated dump productivity during the → 50 • aUGUST 2022 • Plant Planet



leading the charge. it’s electrifying.

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latest technologies to help boost site, project and machine efficiency and productivity, but also reduce downtime, waste and the total cost of ownership for customers. Alongside this, SMT GB returned to HillSMT displayed a new for head after a two year break from shows and exhibitions this year feature and hosted due to Covid with many new an electric village, providing innovations. On their stand visitors with the opportunity to see the newly expanded McCloskey, took the oppor- were the latest excavators, Volvo electric construction tunity to unveil the latest ad- wheeled loaders, paving dition to their cone crusher equipment, articulated haul- equipment range, such as the EC18 Electric and ECR18 line-up – the C2C. Featuring ers and electric machines Electric compact excavators, the powerful MC200 cone, from Volvo and the L20 Electric compact the C2C brings all the powConstruction Equipment. wheeled loader, as well as er of a 200hp cone crusher the ECR25 Electric in demos to a compact footprint with SMT GB also showcased taking place throughout the their latest exhibition. solutions focused on Kelly Tanks made their debut Efficient at this year’s show, showcasSites, Inteling a selection of Concrete ligent Data Washout and Water Treatand Flexible Maintenance ment systems alongside their Remote Monitoring and and Repair, boasting the Renewable Energy Units. design and construction phase of projects, and ultimately enables contractors to operate their sites more efficiently and economically. SITECH’s display of technology also reinforced just how critical the role connected site technology plays in the construction sector.


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a variety of features aimed at boosting productivity in aggregate, construction, demolition, and recycling applications.


Shell showcased the latest of their digital solutions, MachineMax. MachineMax is a revolutionary equipment-management platform that offers universal telematics sensors for off-highway fleets. It is an award-winning technology solution that works with customers to measure key metrics such as utilisation, idling time, fuel consumption, location, and operating hours. Yanmar invited visitors to meet the team and see some

to deliver impressive loading and carrying capability, the powerful and compact ViO82 zero tail-swing midi excavator, the V120 wheel loader, and the C50R-5A tracked carrier.

impressive line-up on display at Mecalac’s stand.

Hitachi Construction Machinery UK (HCMUK) displayed a 1985 Hitachi UH063 crawler excavator on their stand and also held an auction for the vintage excavator Mecalac had lots to share with the visitors at this year’s as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, with event. Mecalac showcased their innovative portfolio of the winner announced at latest models from the com- Hillhead 2022 on the second pact range. On display were day of the exhibition. Paul the MDX cabbed site dumper Poulter, director at Surrey Excavations, was announced range, TLB backhoe loader portfolio, as the highest bidder for the UH063 machine. All proHILLHEAD SAW FOUR DEMONSTRATION AREAS MWR ceeds from the auction were wheeled to the Lighthouse THAT HOSTEAD A RANGE OF EQUIPMENT FOR excavator dedicated suite, AX Club construction industry VISITORS TO EXPLORE UP CLOSE articulat- charity, which provides emoed loader, tional, physical, and financial of their best-selling maand MCR crawler-skid exca- well-being support to conchines on display, including vator collections. The MBR- struction workers and their families. → the SV17VT excavator, the 71 single drum pedestrian B95W which is designed roller also completed the Plant Planet • aUGUST 2022 • 53


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As a company first, the Plant Planet team were also there, getting in on the action and took the opportunity to exhibit at the 2022 show. Hillhead was a great experience for the Plant Planet team seeing an array of machinery up and back in action. We also teamed up with the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and the MYHP - The Mental Health Podcast to promote the “Make It Visible” message. Mental Health Ambassador, Robert Muldoon, joined the Plant Planet team on the stand and even conducted a live podcastsfrom across the show speaking with many visitors about his own journey and how vitally important it is to ask for help if needed. 54 • aUGUST 2022 • Plant Planet

Rob shares his own experiences and how he came to work promoting the Make It Visible Message:

was the point I knew I had to change.

That morning I got to work, and I told my boss I needed help, and that was the beginning of me taking It's funny how things turn out, here I am sat writing an my mental health seriously. article for a magazine! I know Luckily for me, I was working for a great company, and they it's only little, but still – not bad for someone who doesn’t helped me get better. You might be thinking – what has like writing. If you had said this got to do with appearing to me five years ago that I at the Hillhead show 2022? would be writing things like this, I would have said “not a If I had not gone through chance”. The reason I say five what I did a few years ago, I years ago is because that’s wouldn’t have been on a stand when I knew I was unhappy at UK Construction week at with my life. From the outthe Excel Centre promoting side looking in, people might The Lighthouse Club, and I have thought I had made it, wouldn’t have met Darren and but for me, it was a different Kate from Plant Planet. story. The Lighthouse Club is Fast forward a year, and an amazing charity who that was the point my life fell supported me, and they are apart. Because I was ignoring 100% focused on supporting my mental health and the construction industry destroying everything good and their families. They can in my life. When my wife help you with your physical, told me she was leaving me financial, and mental welluntil I sorted myself out, that being. →




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The Lighthouse Club was formed in 1956. However, not many people had heard of them, so they needed to get the message to everyone on building sites and building companies that support is available for construction workers and immediate families. My fellow ambassador Andy Stevens and myself went on the road to promote the brick and roof tile manufacture Wienerberger UK. Andy had organised that trip, and he spoke with The Lighthouse Club about doing a similar tour with them. We did a pilot tour back in February 2022 with fellow bricklayer Matt Dunleavy. Ford UK had lent The Lighthouse Club three Ford Transit Custom vans to tour the UK to help promote the charity and raise awareness around mental health and wellbeing in the construction industry using the #makeitvisible tagline on the highly visible decorated vans.

this or know anyone that might need a little bit of help and support, then please give them a call on 0345 605 1956 or text HARDHAT to 85258 – both are available 24 hours a day, We have now completed five 7 days a week. They are there tours using the #makeitvisable to listen to anything you want to talk about and help you vans and have spoken to over get back to a place where you 3000 tradespeople. From the want to be in your life. You can tours I have worked on, I know we have got eight people also visit their website www. lighthouseclub.org to arrange immediate help, and helped a site visit with the Make It many more due to visiting Visible team, along with all the various sites on the tours. other services they can help Hopefully you now know you with. a little more about The You can follow what I get Lighthouse Club and the up to on social media at amazing work they do for our @myhpodcast, watch the latest industry. If you are reading

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episodes of the podcast on Youtube, or visit our website www.themyhpodcast.co.uk. Thanks for reading this, Rob

One thing we can be sure of is that the show cemented its status as the world’s biggest working quarry event for the mineral products, construction, and recycling sectors. Hillhead will

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mccloskey: UNCOMPROMISING, VERSATILE AND HIGH PERFORMING Plant Planet goes hands on with one of the most robust, durable and powerful heavy-duty mobile screeners at work around the world today – the McCloskey R230

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McCloskey was founded in 1985, but

their vast knowledge spans even further, with experienced personnel sharing over 100 years of knowledge and experience of the quarry and recycling industries. Fast forward to present day, McCloskey equipment includes crushers, shredders, screeners, trommels and stackers and is used over a variety of applications, such as landscaping, waste management and recycling.

operations taking place For this issue of Plant at any one time across Planet, we visited Redditch Skip Hire to two main areas, one for aggregates, another for find out how they are wood. using the McCloskey R230 for a range of “The MCCLOSKEY IS A VERY EFFECTIVE applications, GRADING TOOL, IT CAN BE A CHALLENGE TO from KEEP UP WITH IT” recycling wood to creating Working across both high-quality topsoil. areas are two McCloskey R230s, which have seen Arriving at the Southdaily operations for more Birmingham site, you than three years. → discover how vast the location is, with several

Cover story We met Managing Director, Adam Wood, at the wood recycling side of the business where the first R230 was hard at work. “We usually shred and stockpile our waste wood here; the McCloskey is a very effective grading tool, it can be a challenge to keep up with it” opens Adam. “This way, we can keep the machine fed with enough material.” It is instantly evident Adam is not exaggerating; the excavator grabs load after load and feeds it into the McCloskey’s large hopper. Significantly longer and wider, the R230 offers one of the largest loading areas in its class, with a lined, speed

Mccloskey adjustable direct feed into the screen box.

“We rarely have the hopper wings up as the screenbox is so quick and effective” commented “wE GET GREAT QUALITY PRODUCT, Adam. The High Energy screenbox offers an aggressive throw of up to 10mm to deliver uncompromising production levels for grading and sizing operations. Available with mesh or fingers, the R230 can operate as a stand-alone plant, producing finished product as it is here, or as a primary scalping component to the very largest of portable crushing and shredding spreads.


Adam continued “When McCloskey Equipment supplied our first machine, they recommended


using mesh for our applications, and it has proven to be effective for both wood and aggregate. We can swap the mesh size quickly, but its rare we need to, especially in the summer. It’s a very versatile machine, but more importantly is the performance. →

Cover Story We get great quality product first time, every time, which increases our production rates and reduces our running costs.”

MCCLOSKEY the sub-6mm fine wood and mineral material is rapidly removed and stockpiled off the first of three conveyors.

“iT REALLY IS A VERSATILE, FLEXIBLE MACHINE THAT IS EASY TO USE AND DELIVERS GREAT “PERFORMANCE” Feeding into the Heavy Duty High Energy screenbox, which measures 1.83m x 6.1m and is one of the highest product capacity in its class, the wood is quickly sorted into three stockpiles;

Next is a mid-size product, with the second conveyor full of quality product. Oversized product comes off the end of the mesh onto the tail conveyor, with all three offering good stockpiling heights.

The McCloskey R230 High Energy Durable Screener is one of the most robust, durable and powerful heavy-duty mobile screeners at work around the world today.

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We then went on to the aggregate side of the site where their second R230 was busy making quality top soil. →









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Cover Story Adam commented, “One of the advantages of the McCloskey is ease of operation and setup speed; we can fold up the machines up in just a few minutes and track them between sites, should we need to focus production on either side of the business. You can position the machine, fold it out and be working in a matter of minutes and this all contributes to our uptime and productivity.

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MCCLOSKEY It really is a versatile, flexible machine that is easy to use and delivers great performance.” Being fed with a mix of soil and aggregate, you can really see how effective the screenbox is, breaking up the material into three ready-to-use products. The fines belt was full of topquality 10mm soil, with the mid-product conveyor steadily stockpiling a consistent size stone from the mix of material.

Oversize material will travel the length of the screenbox to come off the tail conveyor clean, ready for further processing. The cleanliness of the material is evidence of the screenbox’s performance, maximising the usable material to be had from the feed. Adam concluded, “We really are delighted with these machines. →

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Cover Story They replaced a Powerscreen 1800 when we needed a bigger deck and more production capacity, and the McCloskeys has certainly delivered. In three years, we’ve had barely any downtime and the quality of the product has always been great, we’ve never had a complaint about the product. We would definitely have another McCloskey machine, they continue to impress with productivity and quality.

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MCCLOSKEY “The aftersales service For more information, visit provided by McCloskey McCloskey Equipment at: Equipment is secondto-none. Whether I’ve mccloskeyequipment.co.uk/ needed a scheduled service or a replacement Contact: wear part, McCloskey sales@mccloskeyequipment.co.uk Equipment has always been prompt, maximising my and follow McCloskey machine uptime.” Equipment on social media for all the latest news, product announcements, service updates, new machines and equipment availability.






MR PLANT HIRe: Creating a vision for the future Plant Planet sit down with Steven King, Managing Director of Mr Plant Hire, to discuss all things Mr Plant Hire; from his new role in the business to their vision for the future.


issue of Plant Planet, we sat down with Steven King, Managing Director of Mr Plant Hire. Steven joined the business as the new Managing Director. The company felt that having undergone a change of leadership following the retirement of Martin Lawrence, the time was right to refresh its look in readiness for the ambitious growth plans ahead. Starting from the beginning, Steven took us through the history of the company and how it all started…

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“Mr. Plant Hire has been going for just over 40 years. In fact, our 40th anniversary was last year. The business was started by David Elston and Martin Lawrence. The two of them ran it as a private business, which specialized, to start with, in small plant and tool hire, but found a bit of a niche serving the M & E - mechanical and electrical markets.

into the modern world. Martin has been fully supportive and I still speak to him about things. He’s remained quite close to the business even though he’s retired.”

years and it’s our name, so we decided to emphasise the initials MPH.


We’d like to bring forward the MPH abbreviation so that it Steven went on to comment on becomes a bit more prevalent than From there they built the the reasons behind the refresh and the full Mr. Plant Hire name. business up to four locations over some ideas he has had behind it. the years. We’ve also got new trucks on the “The construction world road that have a new livery, and it They’ve always been keen on a wants to modernise and the was that modern, crisp image that strong, local presence and service. construction market needs to we want to continue with, rather It’s quite a big business but it’s also modernise. I didn’t want to than the previous images of white quite compact in the way that it completely lose the name Mr. vehicles. → operates. I took over earlier this Plant Hire. It’s been going for 40 year.” Steven has a vast amount of experience already within the industry and went on to tell us a little about his experience and what he hoped to bring to his new role in the business. “Previously, I worked with Elliot for three years in the modular building space as business development director and from then I joined GGR as sales and commercial director. I started my career with Sunbelt Rentals as a manager for 21 years, until I decided it was a good opportunity for a career change. I joined Mr. Plant Hire back in August last year. Martin embedded me into the business and helped me understand more about it, and he let me take it from there… From early on, my plan was to refresh the brand. It’s a great business. It is very solid and very well set up, but I felt that we needed a bit of a polish to bring it


Interview We had a lot of discussions with the management team and with the wider staff as well and eventually we all settled on the

MR PLANT HIRE influences impacting the industry and the role it plays in the current climate. “We have a sound history but we have to acknowledge our future. That’s something that we’ve got to be really mindful of.

“WE HAVE A SOUND HISTORY BUT WE HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE FUTURE.” same logo without telling each other what we were looking at. Even some outside influences, such as family members, all came back to that same logo. Which out of the 15 or 20 logo's on the page to all agree on one image, made us confident that we made the right decision.”

I can see the development of a more professional aspect. We've had a new website done in line with the new branding, we’ve got the new identity on the vehicles and gradually we’ll refresh.

Steven rightly pointed out how For me, I like to avoid the term far the industry has come over the rebrand as it suggests to me that last few years and how now we we’re ashamed of something that must adapt to the many different we’ve been in the past and we’re

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absolutely not! We’re very proud of our business and its history, but simply, times change and the business needs to change with them.” With the refresh in mind, Steven highlighted some of the core aims and values that he wants to remain at the heart of the brand. “We wanted to keep the name Mr Plant Hire, because at the end of the day, it’s the name that we’ve traded under for 40 years. We want to look a little bit more polished but at the same time, we are still a relatively compact local hire company in London. We want to keep that image as well as that view of our customers. Gradually, we are getting national coverage and actually quite a sizeable group. →

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Interview I think 50 million turnover is the goal.”

MR PLANT HIRE realised the scale and the quality of the business beneath.

Mr Plant Hire not only has I just thought as I joined the ambitious plans to modernize, but business, if that’s going to present also to grow the company and its a challenge for me to attract the dedicated team. right people to the business, it’s something I’ve got to “We’re proud of our business and its change. history, but simply, times change and the John Mitchell, business needs to change with them” Marketing Manager, Steven adds: “Directly, the aim felt that the biggest attraction to was to modernise. The bigger goal the role for him was the fact that was around attracting the talent. he felt he could make such a big We have such a great team, and difference in the business. this was an opportunity in my first Managing Director role and When discussing growth and it was only when I looked a little expansion, Steven highlighted just deeper, I some ideas that he was hoping to look at expanding. “We’ve got some ambitious growth plans. I’d like to expand further

into London, or get better coverage in North London, with maybe one or two other locations, and then I’d like to look more towards the home counties, maybe down on the south coast. Being a bit more specialist and having more growth around more locations would be the biggest thing. The flexibility of the business is fantastic. I’ve never worked in a business so nimble and so open to ideas. We’d like to grow our plant and our business a little bit more, to have a better presence and maybe move into some of the more specialist material handling and niche markets. We’re currently launching a safety division/safety element to the business. We’ve actually expanded our lifting quite massively. Although we don’t badge ourselves up as having a


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lifting division, we have an access division, a plant division, and an M & E division, and within the M & E division is a very strong lifting business. In the future, we will perhaps turn that into a specialist badge of itself.” The last few years proved to be a busy and challenging period for many within the industry, with a variety of factors influencing the market. Steven reflected on how the business endured some of these influences and the current challenges of the market. “I joined just after COVID, but again, (David and Martin) brought the business through COVID and we are currently having our best ever year on the back of it. While obviously, nobody would ever want it to happen again, there were actually some positive effects of COVID in terms of, understanding the strength of our business and actually getting the team to pull together.

what you're buying them for now, it’s 20-30% higher than you were about buy them for back then. That’s the biggest pressure that any rental company will face. It’s getting a fair price for the quality of equipment and the service that we provide.

But for now, we’ve got the product, we’ve got the reputation. The solid foundation that Martin and David set up in the

“what we’ve got now is a strong culture in the business that’s fully supported”

Looking to the future, Steven took us through some of the new developments that Mr Plant Hire are looking at in their vision for the time ahead. “Obviously, the M&E sector is something that we are heavily focused on. I’d quite like us to look into the glazing and curtain walling, for service in terms of the lifting and the handling equipment. perhaps we will at some stage look to diversify out of some of the construction markets.

business has given us a really good reputation, and a strong view of our customers. I think what we’ve now got is a strong culture in the business that’s fully supported. It’s the best job I’ve ever had and a great place to work where we do everything we can to make it a great place to work, and that obviously reflects in the service and the way we treat our customers as well.”

While Brexit has not directly impacted us as a business, it has had an effect on the market that we serve in within London construction. But London construction is always so busy, it's a solid market to be in. The pressures of inflation really are the unseen challenge. Our cost of doing business is rising in line with inflation, but our rental prices aren’t. The biggest challenge is aligning prices with the current rising costs in our profession. Every year, it is far more expensive to buy. And it’s quite evident in a rental business because when you replace items at X amount of years, you can see

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What Steps Could You Take to Improve Attachment Efficiency? Akvile Peckyte takes a look at what steps you could take to improve attachment efficiency in demolition? Demolition in the planning stages Let us begin by discussing attachments in terms of demolition. When considering the type of demolition work one wishes to undertake, the primary material being demolished should be at the top of the list of priorities. When it comes to dismantling structures, attachments such as grapples, crushers, and multi-quick processors are often top choices. Hydraulic hammers are one of the most commonly used tools in demolition, as they can be used to break up big pieces of concrete. Whether a structure is made of concrete and whether the concrete is reinforced will influence the tool chosen.

should they make the right choice? The size of the construction equipment attachment market is set to expand 1.3 times in terms of value from 2020 to 2030, according to industry research. The largest share of the market belongs to compact track loaders, with skid steers coming a close second; their versatile nature on site lends them to being able to use a variety of tools.

to more demolition work done quickly. Choosing the right size tool to correspond to the size of your excavator is of utmost importance. When considering sizing, operators should begin by looking at the length of the arm they are using, as this affects the weight that the excavator can bear.

the size of the construction equipment market is set to expand 1.3 times in terms of value from 2020 to 2030

Improving safety and efficiency by choosing the right attachment

Right now, manufacturers are continuously investing in the research and development of new ways in order to improve their reliability, efficiency, and strength of attachments.

Operators have more tools to choose from than ever, so how

However, a large attachment is not necessarily going to equate

Furthermore, excessive weight can create hazardous working conditions and unbalanced loads. Flow and pressure are also important when choosing the right tools. For instance, Volvo excavators run at 5200 psi, with the pressure sent to the tool ranging from 3000-3800 →

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psi; bigger processors will inevitably use larger cylinders that produce more force to demolish the material. However, for excavators that are too small but use large tools, the processors will likely be able to run, but they will not be efficient. By choosing the optimal attachment


this year, Caterpillar will be rolling out a new attachment feature for skid-steers and compact track loaders. The smart creep feature is made for their D3 skid-steer and compact track loader models that operate Cat cold planer and wheel saw attachments. The all-new smart creep senses the load on the attachment, automatically adjusting the drive command in order to keep the attachment running at the most productive speed.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT SIZE ATTACHMENT TO CORRESPOND TO THE SIZE OF YOUR EXCAVATOR IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE and the machine that is using it, operators could also reduce fuel consumption, which is an evergrowing concern in the current climate.

New software improving efficiency and safety in attachments How are market leaders changing the ways in which we use attachments? In the third quarter of

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A combination of attachment sensors and proprietary software optimally balances attachment load and machine speed for maximum productivity. By continually sensing the load on the attachment, be it cold planer or wheel saw, smart

creep increases machine speed when encountering less resistance and automatically slows the machine when encountering higher load. The operator can monitor hydraulic pressure on the in-cab display panel, all while the engine load remains constant. According to Caterpillar, the release of smart creep takes the guesswork out of setting the right creep speed for operating the attachment. Without the aid of this feature, setting creep speed too fast can lead to stalling the attachment, or result in productivity loss by being too slow. By using smart creep software, operators can efficiently determine the optimal machine speed for cutting conditions. Increasingly, we are seeing more smart ways in which attachments operate, aiding efficient operation and reducing human error. Perhaps the next biggest revolution in demolition attachments will be a digital one – only time will tell.










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rail live 2022: BRINGING THE RAIL INDUSTRY TOGETHER David Chuck visits Rail Live 2022 - The only exhibition to bring the entire rail industry together in a real railway environment


cular test track and almost 12 show ever. That was because as miles of sidings for secure train well as featuring some of the returned on the 22nd & 23rd storage. best carbon saving products June Rail Live to the Long and innovations from the rail Marston Rail Innovation It is linked to the national rail industry supply chain, Rail Live Centre with over 230 exhibitors network via a two mile long 2022 and its 200+ exhibitors this year. branch line to Honeybourne. went even further to lower Since taking over the site Por- their carbon footprints while Rolling stock owning compaterbrook have invested some on site and even a supply of ny Porterbrook took over the £3 million to modernise and renewable energy was management of LMRIC last enhance facilities including generated on-site. June. the test track loop, access road surfaces and high-quality office Also on site was the Rail Live Formerly known as the Quin- and conference spaces. Theatre with a full programme ton Rail Technology Centre the of events over the two days 130 acre site in Warwickshire Rail Live this year was the including on the second day a includes a two mile long cirgreenest and most sustainable talk by Sir Peter Hendy – NetPlant Planet • aUGUST 2022 • 78

work Rail Chairman on the very topical subject of “Delivering Rail Reform and a Rail-

wave of covid that has now been developed into a tool to keep workers safe from other hazards. The Zonr proximity warning system, The Pathfindr Safe Distancway for the Future”. ing Assistant, worn as an arm This year there was even more strap, has now become part of construction plant modified for a system that creates virtual exrail use. clusion zones to keep workers The QTS Group had their usual clear of workplace hazards. large stand with a display of many items of plant. The QTS The new system, called Zonr, Group was founded in 1992 has been developed in collaboby Alan McLeish and is now ration with rail contractor QTS. one of the UK’s leading multi- A proximity alarm alerts workdisciplinary rail contractors ers when a vehicle or other hazwith over 25 years’ experience ard comes close, or if they step providing specialist services into a high-risk area – guiding in vegetation management, them through a workplace to drainage, fencing, training, civil avoid potential incidents. engineering, earthworks geotechnical services and elecIt gives site operators real-time trification etc. QTS have also data over incursions, enabling developed in conjunction with interventions to be made in the Pathfindr a gadget developed moment, as well as providing for social distancing in the first data to enable site safety pro-

“Rail Live this year was the greenest and most sustainable show ever.”

cess to be improved. Ben Sturgess, chief technology officer at Pathfindr, said: “While all sites have health and safety measures and policies in place to protect workers, they rely on human accuracy to identify hazards in fast-moving environments – and we’re all fallible. “Zonr has been designed to keep people and machines apart, so that workers can focus on doing their jobs efficiently, knowing they’ll be alerted to a hazard. No technology will eliminate the need for continual vigilance, but Zonr reduces the risk of a serious incident and helps site operators manage their liability for the safety of site workers.” The system combines GPS tracking and ultra-wideband technology to locate workers and hazards and create a virtual barrier – or exclusion zone – around those hazards. →

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Event Review

The exclusion zone is created through signals sent between a control unit and sensors placed anywhere within a site. The control unit alerts the system operator to any incursion, and also lets workers themselves know when they have entered an unsafe zone through a sounded alarm on a wearable device. Exclusion zones can be reconfigured just by moving the sensors. All setup is completed through a mobile app, and incursion data is viewed via a web-based portal. QTS managing director Alan McLeish said: “Our live sites are dynamic, and no two scenarios are ever identical, which means that ensuring health and safety is an ongoing challenge. We’ve combined our in-depth understanding of the complex

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ways that railway sites operate with Pathfindr’s smart tech expertise to create a solution which has the potential to have a major impact on the way site safety risk is managed.

solution. As Europe’s leading supplier of lifting equipment, with the largest fleet of glass handling machinery, vacuum lifters, restricted access lifting

“GGR’s unmatched range of equipment is continually expanding”

Another company with their usual large stand was GOS Tool and Engineering Services Ltd of Blaenavon Torfaen Gwent who are a market leading manufacturer of Road Rail Vehicles. Their range includes tracked and wheeled excavators, Flash Butt welders, Rail Cranes as well as a series of ancillary equipment. They also export worldwide. GGR Group were a first -time exhibitor. They provide an unrivalled range of lifting products and services that are backed up by years of experience. Whatever the situation, GGR Group can help you to find the

machines, and mini cranes available for hire and sale. GGR pride themselves on delivering innovative lifting solutions that are combined with first rate customer service. GGRs unmatched range of equipment is continually expanding, and their development team are always searching for new products worldwide. Alongside products, GGR also offer expert technical advice, a contract lift services, a full repair and support service, an in-house bespoke design department, and accredited training at their nationwide depots. →


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Event Review One of the exhibits on their stand was a Faresin 2.6 Tonne battery powered telehandler which they are the UK importers for.

RAIL LIVE powered equipment is a striking example of this.

Yet another returning exhibitor - The Van Elle team are experts in delivering Vp plc provides the rental and geotechnical and sale of specialist products and ground engineerservices to the rail industry and ing solutions to this year they staged a Rail Vilthe rail sector. lage with all their 7 divisions rep- With full end to resented. Their seven divisions end capabilities, as a trackside are: Torrent Trackside, Brandon POS and Principal ContracHire Station, ESS, Groundforce, tor, from ground investigation, MEP HIre, TPA and UK Forks. design and temporary works Their divisions have a comprethrough to all types of ground hensive nationwide depot netengineering and geotechnical work covering the whole of the solutions. Van Elle boasts the UK, so equipment gets where UK’s largest fleet of 120 specialit is needed with the minimum ist rigs, a range of engineering environmental impact. Fresh and techniques to suit project reinnovative ideas are crucial to quirements, including 20 RRV’s their business. Their continuous that are optimised for on track investment strategy ensures the works. Its track record of 450+ latest equipment is available to completed Network Rail prorent or buy, making them easier jects, including over 170 stations, to use, safer and better for the major electrification schemes, environment. Their purchase re-signalling projects, track bed of the latest battery and solar stabilisation, slope retention,

sheet piling and ground investigation. Directly employed, experienced workforce and transport fleet, its FORS accredited in house transport fleet can


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deliver throughout the UK. In addition, and as part of the Van Elle Group, Strata Geotechnics, is a trusted and experienced geotechnical investigation provider for the rail sector. Coombes Hire who work in partnership with Network Rail had a very interesting stand showing a wide variety of machines. They offer a wide range of services to the rail sector, either as ‘one-off ’ provisions or by combining their in-house capabilities to provide an end-toend project solution.


They specialise in the following areas: - On Track Plant Hire - Lineside Civils & Enabling Works Vegetation Management and Ecological Support. Another exhibitor was Elmec Solutions Ltd, and another Electrical and Mechanical Rail Plant engineering company that design, build and maintain Specialised Modifications, Road Rail Vehicles (RRVs) and Rail Mounted Maintenance Machines (RMMMs) for the UK’s Rail Industry. They also operate a modern rail plant hire - fleet with full Point of Sale support. They are based in Derbyshire and have over 30 years of rail industry experience.

Above: coombes plant hire stand

These were reviewed above just a few of the many exhibitors and on the following pages are a pictorial visit to Rail Live showing a few of this year’s highlights – Rail Live will return next year to the same venue (dates to be announced) , this is one you do not want to MISS!

Above: ELMEC Solutions stand at rail live 2022

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industry faces a tricky landscape to navigate. The ongoing threat of theft and vandalism remains very real, with the cost exceeding the 2020 figure of £800 million by the end of this year, as well as shouldering the financial burden of rising fuel and material costs. But with margins already so tight in construction, we are increasingly aware that telematics is one of the sector’s go-to routes to combat the risk theft poses. And there is another important change within the industry; the Connected and Autonomous Plant (CAP) - first of its kind scoring system. National Highways recently unveiled and demonstrated the new

standardised scoring system, which is based on a machinery’s level of automation, at this year’s Futureworx event. Visitors to the industry event received a first look at the CAP framework, which will offer clarity and a clear way to compare different types of machinery to suit different tasks – and which we believe will revolutionise decision-making in the industry.

Information allows for better decision making Plant and construction machinery tracking, via telematics, is something the sector is already familiar with. Its use has been somewhat one-dimensional until recently successfully to combat high theft rates, aid recovery post theft and to increase visibility of machinery usage and tool location.

However, the capabilities of telematics solutions such as ABAX has become complex with in-built machinery tracking leading to sites no longer having to juggle different types of brand-speThe CAP introduction is one cific tracking software at element of a wider process any given time. when it comes to turning data into information and When used and utilised information into decisions efficiently, tracking has in construction and heavy huge potential, not only → plant. It also highlights the growing acceptance of new technology and software as well as changing attitudes within the sector.

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ABAX: cap framework

in reducing thefts but in companies are operating helping to monitor fuel mixed OEM fleets. consumption and machinery usage. And while each piece has its own fantastic software soluBut as with any tool, it needs tion, a mixed fleet means to be time efficient, as well that you are required to use as holistic to be of value. multiple systems, logins, A good starting point is to passwords, as well as the consider what information time and resource to collate the construction industry the data from each system and find a unified For example: way to re• Information to run businesses more efficientport and ly when it comes to the location of assets and analyse their usage. the information. • Job specific requirements, such as evidence that operating hours are being adhered to.

That’s not to say there isn’t • Financial considerations when it comes to a consistpayroll, accurate timesheets and staff working ent standard across hours across multiple sites. these systems – • Inventory management to proactively ensure but what each team is equipped with the right tools and happens if plant before setting off to a job to minimise you have travel time and fuel costs. machines that aren’t covered • Legislative obligations, such as CO2 or SECR by the reporting. ISO data standard, needs to collate to generate or other assets such as vehiimpactful outcomes. cles and tools? We refer to this as asset compatibility. The National Highways’ new CAP system reinforces the True and full visibility over need to observe, understand, mixed OEM fleets can imdecide and act – but this pact your bottom line. volume of information cannot be gathered without the Construction firms can ofright software solution. ten run into difficulties over asset location, particularly Multiple systems for mixed when operating fleets that fleets can be a drain on reinclude vehicles, plant and sources. If your fleet consists tools. Logistical challenges of one piece of plant or ma- arise over staff delivering or chinery or multiple pieces collecting items, arriving on from one OEM – you have a site with the right tools and smooth ride ahead. equipment, quickly locating However, in reality, most and collecting misplaced construction or plant hire tools across sites. 86 • aUGUST 2022 • Plant Planet

Today, asset tracking is not only a good idea, but business critical. It saves the cost of replacing lost tools and time for searching, additional travelling to depots or merchants, and project delays. With asset compatibility and asset location in mind, we created ABAX Smart Connect. This is a software solution that provides businesses with full control over a mixed OEM fleet, all while reducing risk and increasing efficiency – and importantly, being incredibly user friendly. ABAX Smart Connect complies with ISO 15143, connecting data across your ENTIRE fleet from assets both with and without OEM connectivity. This includes all types of plant and machinery, vehicles and tools, to give you instant access to a sustainable, consistent format that allows for easy analysis. All of this happens in one platform with one interface, one log in and one set of reports that pull together information that covers a range of information points. With all the data you need in one platform you can easily see fuel consumption, spotting potential cost-drainers like unnecessarily idling machinery. On average, ABAX tracking solutions save users 18.5 per cent on fuel costs alone. Staff punctuality can also be improved, saving you admin time and costs of overclaimed timesheets. Finally, plant and machinery

usage can be monitored too, so you can quickly identify issues and keep an eye on servicing and maintenance intervals.

This is where Smart Connect brings huge benefit to sites and companies managing multiple brands of plant and machinery. The in-built telematics technology can still be utilised, but Smart Connect can save time and reduce any risk of error by pulling all the vital data needed to have visibility over the entire fleet in one platform.

as margins remain tight in the current climate. If you’re looking for a solution that will save admin time, simplify plant and machinery tracking and help you realise the full potential telematics can bring – from cost-savings through to reduced fuel consumption, to better visibility of equipment to combat the risk of theft – then a solution like Smart Connect could be perfect for your business.

Rapid plant hire visibility Plant hire businesses can benefit hugely from the technology, gaining greater visibility over an entire fleet while also being able to confirm details of plant and machinery for customers – saving countless admin By harnessing technology hours. to do the ‘heavy lifting’ of tracking, monitoring and This greater visibility also reporting on ALL of your Search for ABAX Smart ensures that the high-valassets with the right inforConnect or call ABAX UK ue plant fleet is all where it mation, companies are more on 01733 698888 to book in. should be, and when, help- equipped to meet business ing to reduce theft. Telemneeds such as improved effiatics is one of the sector’s ciency as well as contractual go-to routes to combat the and regularity obligations. risk theft poses – particularly with margins already so The power of telematics is tight in hire & rental. critical for many businesses

GPS tracking devices brings live positional updates every 60 seconds and are available 24/7, with customisable geofences and usage reports also to hand, allowing construction sites and plant hire companies complete visibility of assets. Finally, companies can use the software for accurate usage logs for invoicing and maximising the value of each asset while on hire. Realising the full potential of telematics – with just one screen Imagine trying to track plant and machinery in a theft situation across multiple platforms. Not only does is become a lot to juggle, but there is a greater chance that some misplaced or stolen items could remain untracked – leading to financial loss. Plant Planet • aUGUST 2022 • 87



TOWMATE TRAILERS. BUILT RUGGED. BUILT FOR YOU. Towmate Trailers, part of the ATE UK LTD group delve into their history of over 25 years experience operating in the market.


Trailers is a UK based trailer manufacturer in the southeast of England, in Colchester, Essex. We are a family-run business and have been trading in the industry since 1995.

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to improve and enhance our range and build a set of products that don’t just solve a problem, they do it better. We pride ourselves on the fact that our products are built by our customers. We constantly strive to improve and better our products by listening to the market and the feedback we get from customers who are using our products.

Built from the ground up, all of our trailers have a tough, galvanised steel frame, symbolising the durability and versatility our customers expect from Towmate Trailers.

“oUR products are built by our customers”


Our modular, signature chassis design provides a flexible base on which to adapt and build bespoke trailers to suit your businesses requirements and needs.

At the heart of all of our products is a trailer that vis designed to provide a pleasant towing experience. As standard, all of our trailers have tough steel mudguards, LED dual voltage lighting and quality running gear built for the tough terrain typical of the construction, landscaping, and utility industries.

make up the trailers are common parts stocked by our sister company, AlphaParts. This all-in-one service helps to minimise downtime and cost associated with repairs. OUR HISTORY

We started manufacturing trailers in 2017 following the acquisition of a pipe trailer company. “ A GROUND-BREAKING TRAILER THAT CAN AlphaParts, HANDLE ANY JOB, BUILT WITH THE SAFETY the trailer parts and FEATURES TO SURPASS ANY OTHER “ spares side of the business, With all of our trailers, we has been operating for over back-up the purchase with 26 years, and throughout a standard 3-year warranty that time, we’ve learnt a covered by our Pro-Cover lot about the industry and service. All the parts that gathered much expertise and

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experience with trailers. In 2019, we started the process of producing and manufacturing our own Rhino Plant Trailer range, which was launched in September 2020. Following the success of this launch, we then released the Ram General Duty range in February 2021, followed by the Osprey Rolling Chassis in February 2022. THE RHINO PLANT TRAILER Unlike many trailers that trace their DNA to a domestic or agricultural manufacturing heritage, the Rhino plant trailer is designed from the ground up, to be tougher than the sites you work on. →

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company profile


A ground-breaking trailer and cost effective. It has five • A standard package that is that can handle any job, built key points at its core; designed to give you more and with safety features to surpass provide you with a pleasant • Ensuring the safety of your any other. towing experience, whatever machine operators and other terrain you are travelling With over 25 years of site users. across. experience operating in • Security of the plant hire industry, we your plant and “tHE RHINO HAS BEEN RETHOUGHT TO know towing inside-out, machinery and the everyday on-site ENSURE IT WILL ALWAYS GET THE JOB whilst on-site. challenges. Through listening DONE, ON ANY SITE, DAY IN, DAY-OUT.” to customer feedback and • Flexibility to learning the pain points of be able to load towing in the industry, the and carry a range of different The Rhino is available in two Rhino has been rethought to machinery and equipment. different weight capacities; ensure it will always get the 2700kg and 3500kg, and with • Ease of maintenance to job done, on any site, day-in, scope to customise your ensure the downtime of your day-out. trailer specification with the equipment and machines is features available, there is The plant trailer features a minimal and ensuring you a Rhino plant trailer to suit number of unique innovative get the most return on your every need. → systems, designed to help investment. make your fleet more efficient

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COMPANY PROFILE Our products are tried and tested. Large trailer fleet owners are coming to Towmate when experiencing issues around loading procedures, load securing and overloading. These are putting them at risk of fines from the police and other highway authorities. We have worked with clients that have;

ATE been fined for not having 6 ratchet straps on a mini digger load, or not been able to load the digger onto the trailer in accordance with the digger manufacturer’s instructions

We have been able to help all these by developing products that make loading and securing simpler and safer while reducing the trailer weight for them.

Others have increasingly Interested in learning more? found as machines get heavier Contact us via email at that their towing vehicles sales@ate-uk.com or phone don’t have sufficient capacity us on 01206 875640. ■ to tow the trailer with the digger and “at the heart of all our products is bucket a trailer that provides a pleasant combination that they towing experience” require.

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Shellplant – 50 Years and Stronger than Ever As Shellplant celebrates its 50th anniversary of trading, Rachel Lambert talks to business partners John Fensome and Julian Payne to find out how the company has evolved over the last five decades.


is a milestone year for Shellplant. The successful Northamptonshire based construction plant and equipment dealership celebrates 50 years of trading, proudly representing many leading brands within the industry.

The privately owned company operates out of Earls Barton, selling new and used equipment, as well as spare parts, all of which is supported by Shellplant’s factory-trained on-site and off-site service and maintenance team. And there’s more … Shellplant is also a long-established supplier of used equipment and spare parts, exporting to customers around the world. There’s a lot to talk about.

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JOHN FENSOME AND JULIAN PAYNE, SHELLPLANT OWNERS & MANAGING PARTNERS The company has come a long way since 1972, however, its core values of ‘highest quality products and service, as well as customer care’ remain firmly etched in the Shellplant business. Not ones to put themselves in the media limelight, I am delighted that Shellplant’s owners and managing partners, John Fensome and Julian Payne,

have agreed to this interview for Plant Planet. There is a lot of friendly banter between the two partners, John being (I hope he doesn’t mind me saying) a little ‘more senior’ than Julian. Both have a dry sense of humour, and I’m laughing before we even start. John is a co-founder of Shellplant, having first registered the company in August 1972 together with another family stakeholder, who retired from the business in 2005. Shellplant originally started selling second-hand plant. That direction has naturally changed over the years. Shellplant today is solely focused on new and used equipment sales. →

As we talk, John is showing me some great photos dating back to Shellplant’s early days, including one very amusing image of the first company van with the ‘S’ missing out of USED PLANT. He laughs about the signwriter to this day! I am intrigued to know how John got into the world of plant, bearing in mind that Julian didn’t join the business until 1989. “My interest in the industry really evolved out of doing groundworks, initially having bought a couple of machines from Peter Jones of Star Plant in Banbury, who incidentally was related to Julian. We used to run truck-mounted mobile compressors and would work anywhere in

along in the late 70’s that signalled the first major turning point for Shellplant.

later, we got Sanderson Teleporters and sold them too.”

“HIGHEST QUALITY PRODUCTS AND SErVICE, “It was our first AS WELL AS CUSTOMER CARE REMAIN introduction FIRMLY ETCHED IN THE SHELLPLANT to Winget, a manufacturer BUSINEESS” who, nearly five decades on, we are very proud to still The established Shellplant/ represent today. Winget relationship remains as strong as ever to this day. The early It was also our first ever dealership distributorship for Winget, also led agreement. So, off we set, offering to Shellplant becoming a dealer for the full range of Winget products, Dynapac, an especially high-profile concrete mixers, dumpers, reversing name in the 80s. drum mixers and so on.” While John is reminiscing, Julian is Winget also sold listening in with interest. → CEL rollers at the “the winget opportunity.. time. But, in 1985, (as it was) signalled the first major turning Winget became insolvent, and Roy Sanderson point for shellplant” (of Sanderson Forklifts) bought the country. I’d also had the the entire Winget operation. opportunity to buy some dumpers “Roy then went on to sell from Star Plant which we exported everything to George Seddon except to customers overseas.” But, it was for about 100 CEL rollers which we when the Winget opportunity came bought and sold them all! A little

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interview John is full of amusing anecdotes and memories about the personalities he remembers in those early days of starting the business. (I have decided that he is one of those people that everyone would like to sit next to at a dinner party because the conversation would be both interesting, and entertaining.)

SHELLplant handful of people working for Shellplant; only about half a dozen when Julian started with the company. It wasn’t until May 2003 that Julian officially became John’s business partner, saying “he wasn’t allowed in before then!”

“If you had called us then, and asked for Parts, Sales or Service, I would have answered the phone and said, ‘how can I “IT IS CRYSTAL CLEAR HOW WELL THIS help?’” says Julian. PARTNERSHIP WORKS. a DOUBLE ACT John is nodding in agreement, TO BE SURE.” confessing he did the same thing!

Back to plant, the 80’s marked rapid growth. During this decade, Shellplant had signed dealership agreements with Consolidated Pneumatic, known as CP, a big name in compressors (John remembers their famous CP 9 breaker), as well as Stihl and Norton Clipper. The 80’s was also significant, with the young Julian Payne starting employment with Shellplant in 1989. “I started in the Parts Department and was underpaid at £10,000 a →year!” says Julian, laughing as he recalls trying to negotiate a higher starting salary with John. Julian had some experience of working in retail at the time. “Having enjoyed myself at college, my father said, ‘if you don’t get yourself a job by Monday, you’re working with me,’ so I hastily went out and got a job at TESCO. Oddly enough, I worked for the man who ultimately became CEO of TESCO. If I’d have known that I might have stayed as part of that team!” jokes Julian. The banter about whether Julian was in fact overpaid or underpaid continues. I can see the rapport between the two men, and it is crystal clear how well this partnership works. A double act, to be sure. There were, at this time, just a

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In 1994, Shellplant became a Barford dumper dealer, and ultimately one of the most successful Barford dealers. When Barford went with JCB in 2005, that agreement came to an end, but the dumper void was swiftly filled by Ausa, who had been patiently waiting in the wings.

modifications to get the machines right.” Shellplant emerged as one of Ausa’s most successful dealers for three years running and the relationship remained intact up until 2011, when the opportunity to become a Thwaites dumper dealer came along. “Having an iconic dumper manufacturer such as Thwaites approach us was a real feather in our cap at the time,” says John. “A real flagship brand to add to our collection.” But, rewind the clock back to the 1990’s when another very important relationship started and one that is positively flourishing today. →

“I think Martin Bell of Ausa was practically outside our office waiting to walk in and get us signed up as an Ausa dealer,” recalls John. “Mick Chown, one of our fitters who is still with us today, went to Spain on several occasions to assist their Production team with

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Shellplant had been approached by “This was a great privilege. have also helped us develop and Kubota to become a dealer and in Merlo benefits from a technically retain many loyal longstanding 1997 officially signed the agreement. advanced product range, which we customers. are very pleased to represent,” says Both John and Julian agree that We have traded with M&J Julian. they believe this to be “the best Engineers since the late 80’s/early piece of paper Shellplant has ever He adds: “We have always set out 90’s through to the M&J / Charles signed,” reflecting on the day when to represent top quality products, Wilson amalgamation, and J Bob Osmond and John Woodward the best brands. If we don’t Murphy / Murphy Plant have been came to the office to set the formal believe in what we sell, then we a customer of ours since 1997.” agreement in motion. simply won’t take it on. We have always made it “They set us the target of selling our priority to “shellplant made an impression 30 Kubota excavators in the first back up quality year, on the basis that the previous from the outset, being awarded equipment, with dealer had only achieved 7 units in an exceptional 12 months. We rose to the challenge service. We are Dealership of the year in their first and sold 52 in our first year. very proud of year of trading” the reputation Having Kubota on-board has we have built up been a real gamechanger for us, While the large names in the which is why we are fortunate to as a business and an immensely industry are extremely important, have been approached by so many successful partnership.” both John and Julian are quick to leading brand manufacturers.” stress how much they value and And it is a relationship that has Julian continues to say: “Service respect the numerous loyal ‘local gone from strength to strength. In comes down to people. We have a customers’ from smaller family2011, Shellplant sold their 1000th great team of people at Shellplant sized businesses. new Kubota excavator. They then and these factors combined, received a Kubota Gold Service Award in 2018, and in 2022, have celebrated selling their 5000th new Kubota. NEW WORKSHOPS BEING BUILT Further dealership agreements ensued with the likes of Auger Torque. Shellplant already represented Atlas Copco following their acquisition of Consolidated Pneumatic. Around this time, Atlas Copco also acquired Dynapac and then went on to float a new company. That company was Epiroc, and when this happened, Shellplant automatically became an Epiroc dealer which Julian considers to be “the best hydraulic breaker on the market.” Another big name to join the Shellplant stable was of course Bomag. That was in 2017. The list of premium brands continues. One of the most recent dealership agreements has been with Merlo, in 2020. Shellplant made an impression from the outset, being awarded Dealership of the Year in their first year of trading.

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“Essentially, Shellplant is a family inspired business and we have the luxury of having an extended family; from our team here at Shellplant, to our customers and suppliers. Many customers really have become our friends. We never want to lose that connection.”

continue to sell Barford dumper spares around the world.

John is quick to add, that Janice who works in Accounts came to Shellplant to cover someone on John and Julian cannot praise their maternity leave for six months and team of people enough, many of 24 years later, is still with them! whom they have nurtured along the Justyna, also in the Accounts way to ensure that customers get department, came under the same the very best, most attentive service. circumstances and 5 years later is It is a team that has naturally still at Shellplant! Customers are not just those based expanded as the business has on home soil either. It is worth grown. There are now many long So, do they have aspirations to mentioning that since its formation, serving employees at Shellplant, expand further? Shellplant was quite swiftly building including Mick Chown who was a very healthy customer base under 40 when he started as a fitter, “I believe we have grown to a level that we still enjoy, in the and is now 74. knowledge that we can look after Another long server our customers properly. “it’s not just the two of us - it is Steve Weedon, is a real team spirit here” We want to always be able to offer Shellplant’s lorry the same personal care, and have driver, who joined the time to get to know who our in 1993 and has just overseas too, for used equipment customers really are, how their completed 29 years’ service. and spare parts, exporting around businesses operate, and how best the world. It is an area of the “We have generally known, to support them,” says Julian. Julian business that has blossomed or had some connection, with also says that they would like to over the years with customers in the people who have joined our move to larger premises in the same mainland Europe, including Poland, team. Charlie Watson, our Service area if the opportunity came their Czech Republic and Slovakia, as Manager, joined us in 2002 and way. → well as New Zealand, Australia, Tom Haywood, our Sales Manager, Mexico, the Falkland Islands, started in 2007, having been with An early Shellplant ERF Truck Canada, Barbados, Malta, Africa and Yanmar,” says Julian. Lebanon. “One of our specialisms and strengths has always been in used equipment. The standard of our used equipment, and the preparation undertaken, is second to none, and it’s a very important part of our business. We have the knowledge and market insights to buy and value second hand equipment and we have built a good reputation for the quality of our second- hand plant. Shellplant has bought some substantial packages over the years. We also have really good, trusted export relationships. It’s a very successful part of our business, and we have been glad of this avenue during times of UK recession,” says John. Similarly, Shellplant has a thriving spare parts business, not just in the UK but also overseas. They bought the entire Barford dumper spare parts stock out in 2010 and

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“The road network here in Northamptonshire means we are ideally placed for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and London. But we could do with a larger workshop space now to facilitate the growth we’ve experienced, and prepare us for what is in the pipeline for the future. As machinery becomes ever more technical, I can see the requirement for service getting greater. Specialist expertise and diagnostic equipment are becoming increasingly important, making it more difficult for customers to PARTS COUNTER 1980S service their own machines. We have both the skills and equipment A longstanding donor to charities here.” such as Macmillan Cancer Support, Shellplant has also recently donated John and Julian are also making plans for employing and nurturing £5000 to the Riding for the Disabled Association which Julian says does the next generation of Shellplant team members to futureproof their “some marvellous work”. business. When asked what the secret is to such a long and successful “Julian started at the age of 20, and I would have been in my forties business partnership, I smile as they both answer in unison, then, so we are definitely keen to “being likeminded”. It is a striking recruit younger members to our response. team. The opportunity is great because who knows, they could “Nine times out of ten, one potentially end up running the knows what the other is thinking. business,” says John. Compromise and honesty are Another area of growth is expected also very important to making a partnership work,” says John. through eCommerce, with a webshop on the horizon for spare I turn to Julian as he jokes, “I’ve had parts and some smaller equipment. some wonderful ideas that John has The Shellplant business is evidently thriving, so I’m wondering if they have any free time for hobbies and interests. John is a follower of horseracing, and enjoys spending time in Norfolk. Julian is laughing because he says he doesn’t have much spare time. When not at Shellplant, he is busy working on his farm at Ringstead, but he is quick to point out that he gets a lot of pleasure from it. They also get a lot of pleasure from supporting local sports clubs and charities, and are currently sponsoring Northamptonshire County Cricket Club and Northampton Saints Rugby Club.

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said ‘no’ to, but we’ve mostly agreed! Above all, it’s not just the two of us – it is a real team spirit here. We enjoy the industry, and enjoy being with the people who work in this industry. It’s as simple as that.” While banter is in abundance, what really shines through is just how much respect they have for one another, and especially for all the people who make up the Shellplant family. Shellplant may have 50 successful years behind them, but from where I’m sitting, the future looks equally rosy too.

Happy half a century Shellplant! for more information, visit https://www.shellplant.co.uk/

Product Focus

FUEL THEFT SOLUTIONS: DIESEL DYE manufactured to ISO9000 quality standards and is completely harmless to engines. It is compatible with all diesel and biodiesel fuels and conforms to the B7 EN590 diesel specifications. DieselDye™ is the UK’s leading anti-theft fuel dye and we supply it worldwide to a huge range of sectors including haulage, governmental, telecoms, mining and the military who used DieselDye™ in Afghanistan. We offer unrivalled intelligence when it comes to fuel theft. Protecting your business starts with protecting your fuel. As prices sky-rocket, fuel thefts are soaring across the UK. Police forces and businesses are reporting increases of up to 80%. One of the sectors being hardest hit by this growing crime wave is the construction industry. It is facing a perfect storm of rising prices coupled to the additional cost of moving from red to white diesel - which has been estimated to be as high as £480 million a year. This has created an additional problem, in that red diesel was harder to steal and disguise whereas stolen white diesel cannot be detected in road vehicles. A single tank in a large piece of plant can hold as much as 1,000 litres so you can see how thefts can quickly run into thousands of pounds and why criminals are so tempted by the prospects. Fuel thefts from heavy plant and bowsers used on site before it has been fully secured have also resulted in expensive damage to equipment and can often cause delays while repairs and refuelling take place. Why blue is the new red and could put fuel thieves behind bars.

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One simple and highly effective way of deterring fuel thieves is to make it harder to disguise. Our DieselDye™ is an incredibly cost-effective way to make your diesel less attractive to thieves and to deter contactors and people working on site from helping themselves. For less than a penny per 5 litres, it will dye your fuel a distinctive blue colour. It is easily added to tanks and bowsers and could save you tens of thousands of pounds in stolen diesel. We supply deterrent signage for you to warn potential thieves that the fuel has been specially marked and you can warn everyone working on site that you have the legal right to test vehicles suspected of using stolen diesel. DieselDye™ is

DieselDye™ is just one of a wide range of innovative, anti- theft solutions including mechanical, covert and DNA-based products, which we have been providing for over 20 years. Over this time, we have built an unrivalled network of contacts encompassing Interpol and Europol with whom we share intelligence. Our informationgathering groups on social media have been highly successful in identifying fuel theft hot-spots using a traffic light system that has been particularly effective for road hauliers. To give your fuel the protection it needs, speak to the experts. We’ll be happy to chat through the options to find the right solution for your business.

The Hydrema 707G Range The Hydrema range of Articulated Dump Trucks are known for low ground pressure and high power to weight ratio producing maximum performance in the most challenging of environments. The 707G range sits very well in the 7 ton class and offers all of the benefits of a larger rear tip ADT.

This 7 ton range employs the latest Cummins F3.8 - Tier 5 engine in both 55kW & 90kW models and a hydrostatic transmission set up, so that the operator can be assured of enough power when driving or tipping whilst efficiently maintaining very low levels of CO2 and fuel usage across each project.

The 707G is also equipped with Hydrema Telematics providing real time data for every machine, wherever you are. For further details on the Hydrema range, get in touch with a member of the Hydrema UK team at info.uk@hydrema.com

With excellent 360 degree visibility, feet on the ground maintenance, low level entry to cab and low noise levels in cab, the 707G is built with operator safety in mind! To create a machine with the best stability they can, Hydrema have used the proven chassis design of their larger dump trucks. With its unique articulation pivot point, impressively low ground pressure, swivel tip body as standard and particularly short turning circle, the 707G will safely go where other machines cannot operate.

Final Drives - Driving construction machinery forward! Undercarriage and wear part specialists, Astrak has recently expanded their already extensive range of final drives.

Thanks to Astrak’s highly efficient logistics network, the company can, in most cases, guarantee next-day delivery throughout the UK.

A tremendous amount of power is required to drive a machine that weighs anything from 1 to more than 50 tons. Despite their compact size, Astrak’s final drives are more than capable of efficiently generating the vast amounts of power required.

Astrak can arrange for a team of professional plant fitters to bring customers’ machinery back to life amid a busy construction project for those who require a fitter on

Astrak believes that their final drives will help drive the industry to maximise machinery uptime due to the combination of in-built cutting-edge technology and site-proven construction. The company’s final drives are equally matched to the tasks that today’s construction machines are being assigned.

site. The company also has a modern and well-equipped workshop next to their Kirkcaldy head office, which works hard daily to minimise machinery downtime for their customers. Many operators already consider Astrak’s final drives an essential upgrade/replacement. The company has seen a significant increase in enquiries and sales as more operators recognise the importance of equipping their machines with high-performance components. To learn more about Astrak’s range of final drives, visit them online at https://astrakgroup.co.uk/products/final-drives/ or call their technical team on 0330 555 2000 ■

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Product Focus Product Focus

Safety Shield Global - Constructing A New Safety Culture

We know technology alone cannot eliminate every red zone incursion. But by utilising Safety Shield AI technology, autonomous breaking and the Safety Shield Vue online behavioural management system, we have seen reductions in red zone incursions as much as 75% within just a few weeks. As the site teams embrace the technology and management are given the tools to monitor behaviour, informed decisions can be made, meaning red zone incursions and risk of a collision are significantly reduced. It’s using the information produced (via Safety Shield Vue) after a series of alerts to manage, educate, train and improve the overall safety behaviour - Starting a journey to a new safety culture being adopted on site. The latest example of this is the introduction of our Safety Shield intelligent thumbs up system. Safety Shield have now digitalised this procedure by combining an external thumbs up display and audio acknowledgment from the operator to the approaching person. The intelligent system also has the option of plant disablement for safe entry into the red zone. Using the intelligent thumbs up system is the only way to ensure a safe approach towards a working machine, therefore safe entry becomes second nature to those working around plant on site. The widely used thumbs up procedure

was originally introduced to the industry by Llynch Plant Hire and Haulage. Llynch Plant have now adopted our intelligent system for their fleet and are working in partnership with us to launch this next evolution of the thumbs up system across the industry. Jonathan Guest, CEO of Safety Shield Global commented: ‘We are really proud to be working with Llynch Plant and taking their thumbs up procedure to the next level, by introducing this new system alongside our AI collision avoidance system and Safety Shield Vue we are aiming to change on site behaviour and create a new site safety culture. The Safety Shield intelligent thumbs up removes any risk of an incident by allowing a site operative to safely approach the plant if needed. Our aim is to totally eliminate incidents associated with people and plant interface and make sure that everyone is safe at work and goes home safely to their family.’ Robert Lynch, Director of L Lynch Plant Hire and Haulage commented: ‘Thumbs Up is used across the industry to clearly communicate with plant operators. The new Safety Shield thumbs up system gives visible clarity and an audio thumbs up acceptance from the operator that the machine is immobilised and safe to pass or approach. We are excited to be taking the thumbs up procedure to the next level with Safety Shield helping improve behaviour on site and

creating a safer working environment for all’ Safety Shield Vue online behavioural management system comes as standard with the Safety Shield AI collision avoidance camera system, helping you monitor and manage workforce safety, associated with people and plant interface. Our cloud-based portal gives you the option to monitor safety on site remotely, anywhere in the world via web or mobile device. However big or small your site is.

KEY FEATURES OF VUE • Video capture of red zone alerts onto system hard drive. • Live & historical vehicle tracking and geo fencing. • Time, date and location of each red zone alert. • Video capture of each red zone alert. • Auto categorisation of alert video including safe entry alerts – thumbs up and unsafe entry alerts. • Reporting and behaviour management. • Remote upgrades. • Remote live camera streaming. • Fleet management. For over a decade Safety Shield has been designing and manufacturing bespoke collision avoidance systems alongside leading construction, building and rail industry leaders to help reduce collisions associated with people and plant interface. Safety Shield Global are the UK`s leading provider of AI collision avoidance, autonomous braking and behavioural management systems for plant and machinery. Providing aftermarket solutions and working with UK and worldwide plant manufacturers for OEM integration of the system within their production line. Both the aftermarket and OEM systems conform to: ISO; 13849 / 16001 / 21815 / 9001 and REG10 & EMARK WWW.SAFETYSHIELDGLOBAL.COM

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exocet® Off Road Diesel Supreme protects engines from the problems associated with biodiesel and is designed specifically for use for off road vehicles.

Fuel Legislation changes 1st April 2022 Sectors and applications that are no longer able to use red diesel from 1st April 2022 include construction, mining and quarrying, ports, manufacturing, haulage (for transport refrigeration units on lorries), road maintenance, airport operations, plant hire, logistics and waste management.

OFF ROAD DIESEL SUPREME The results show that the fuel causing severe fuel filter blocking in the field The additive will counter any negative had an FBT value higher than the effects resulting from the introduction winter maximum in the EN590 fuel of the latest diesel specifications, the specification. Use of exocet Off Road allowable FAME (biodiesel) content Diesel Supreme additive brought the and will avoid increases in fuel FBT down to well below the maximum consumption due to sticking injectors limit of 2.54.


and wear.

Typical applications are construction equipment, airport vehicles and fork lift trucks. The product is formulated from recognised fuel additive components and should not void an engine manufacturer’s warranty. In fact, many engine manufacturers now recommend the use of upgrade additives.

It would be easy to conclude that the requirement to enhance fuel by using fuel additives is no longer necessary.

Filter Blocking Tendency Tests (IP 387)

However, it is very important to remember that biodiesel is used in all diesel with many unintended consequences for engine performance and maintenance.

The unintended consequences of biodiesel in fuel on engine performance and maintenance have been experienced by many of our customers with images and samples submitted for testing.

Detailed Description

Filter Blocking Tendency (FBT) is a parameter that is part of the EN590 fuel standard applied during the winter months. The maximum value is 2.54 (no units).

exocet® Off Road Diesel Supreme is an advanced fuel additive designed to benefit both mineral diesel and biodiesel blends. It prevents deposit formation throughout the fuel delivery system, especially in the injectors and fuel pump, to keep the system clean and running at optimum performance. It also compensates for some of the deleterious effects of a higher FAME content (e.g. tendency for water pickup) and will prevent the agglomeration of biodiesel precipitates that can be the cause of filter blocking which results in fuel starvation in the engine.

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A fuel sample causing severe fuel filter blocking in the field was tested for FBT with and without exocet fuel additives. The results are in the table below.

Our results demonstrate that a well formulated fuel additive, containing dispersants, will prevent agglomeration of precipitated FAME (biodiesel) particulates, keeping them small and dispersed in the fuel and able to flow through the fuel filters, thus maintaining equipment operability. Importantly, FAST’s fuel additives also contain a deposit control additive to protect fuel injectors and keep them clean. Exocet Off Road Diesel Supreme additive will treat and prevent filter blocking problems caused by precipitated biodiesel (FAME) particulates. FAST recommends the use of a 10μm fuel filter on all bulk storage tanks.

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Product Focus

Scalable Electrification of Plant Machinery Until recently, the construction industry was rather sceptical about the electrification of heavy construction machinery. After all, the power-hungry machines need a lot of energy to move large quantities of earth, or to lift and transport heavy materials. Taking the challenges machine operators and owners face when looking at reducing their CO2 emissions and transitioning to electrification, companies such as Webasto have worked tirelessly to develop technology and solutions to address the complexity of needs.

Battery systems One of the main prohibitive factors to transition large machinery over to battery power is the expense. And, while the large OEMs can absorb the costs, many construction machinery and commercial vehicle manufacturers shy away. This is where Webasto comes in! The company has spent years using its expertise and technical know-how to develop the technology needed to provide high quality modular battery solutions, so they can be used in a wide variety of vehicle and machinery applications. The packs comprise 16 modules each, which are in a robust housing and include a dedicated cooling interface. “We have developed the pack so that it minimises the prohibitive cost factor,” explains David Stafford Commercial Manager, Webasto Group UK. “This allows our customers to customise their applications with a standard product.”

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Another key consideration when electrifying machinery is the ability to keep the machinery working consistently and in all temperatures. The modular battery packs developed by Webasto are interchangeable therefore can be swapped over with fully charged packs when required and on site. Charging of the boxes can be done off site, meaning there is no need to remove the entire machine from site. However, the main benefit of a Webasto CV Battery System is the Thermal Management System and Vehicle Interface Box (VIB). The primary VIB controls secondary BMS units in each battery module, therefore balancing the current flow from each one. As well as enabling communication between individual hardware components and corresponding software, the VIB also serves as the interface between the batteries and the vehicle, combining the functions of a power distributor,

BMS and fuse box in a single enclosure. In addition, the modules use aluminium cooling plates on the bottom of each of two layers of packs inside the modules. This avoids having to use liquid cooling within the pack so there is no risk of coolant leaking.

APPLICATION Webasto also supports customers through all phases of the project – from conception and development to implementation and beyond with various services: “Many of our customers are smaller and are just feeling their way into electrification. We advise our customers on all aspects and do not only deliver finished product,“ says David. This approach has many advantages for Webasto’s customers: The technology is scalable; the products are of the highest quality and the total cost of ownership and time-to-market are dramatically reduced. With Webasto you are guaranteed a battery system that will ensure your machinery works harder for longer.


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