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In June this year, Plant Planet published an edition dedicated to World Environment Day. Now, in October it is pertinent to reflect that a single day each year is not enough to combat the fast paced changes of the globe. The RWM Exhibition, which took place at the NEC in September, highlighted both this and the ways in which global industries must adapt to enable the introduction of circular economic practices. For more on this head to the Show Review on Pages 46 to 52. Site visits included in this issue include an exploration of the Sea Defence work at Hengistbury Head in Kent, and Mecalac’s Dig Demo Events. This issue of Plant Planet also explores the rise of prefabricated construction methods in the UK Construction Industry, with expert opinions from Panellist David Chuck.

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Latest News

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

14 Product Launch Next Is Now

Bobcat Company reinvents the compact equipment industry with new product generations, new product lines and innovative customer solutions

18 Product Launch The productive combination of horsepower & Digital Power

The launch of New Holland’s T8 Genesis series with precision land management intelligence

27 Company Launch The inspector is here to protect your assets An Interview with Inspector Nasset’s Director Louis Moody

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Plant Planet’s Eleanor Baldwin investigates the impact of soil types on the construction process.

54 topical commentary The rise of the scandinavian wrist

Exploring the 40 year rise of the tiltrotator

58 topical commentary Paving your way into construction

Plant Planet Lays out the range of opportunities for those looking to start a career in construction

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Mecalac wheeled & crawler excavator demo days

Highlighting the MCR & MWR ranges

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Plant’s place in a circular economy

What the RWM expo 2019 highlighted for the industry

insight article the modular renaissance

How will the use of Prefabricated Construction Methods effect the Plant Machinery Industry

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Liebherr Reachstacker for Freight village kaluga The Russian Freight Village Kaluga decides to expand its existing reachstacker fleet with two additional units. The new Liebherr LRS 54531 reachstackers were delivered and commissioned within a remarkably short time. Since its opening in 2013, the Freight Village Kaluga, located in the industrial area Vorsino in the southwest of Moscow, has been one of the most heavily frequented multimodal transport & logistic centres in this region. On a total area of around 500 hectares, the high-performance rail terminal handles up to 500,000 TEU annually. In order to ensure efficient container handling, the freight centre has been using Liebherr reachstackers for two years now. At the beginning of 2019, the management decided to expand the fleet by two additional Liebherr LRS 545-31 reachstackers. In addition to its sophisticated technology, Liebherr was also able to impress with a particular short delivery time. Only three months passed between the initial negotiations and commissioning of the two new LRS 545 at the Freight Village site. Despite the 24/7 operation, the machines still operate fully efficient even after 12,000 operating hours. One reason for this is the excellent service provided by Liebherr-Russia OOO. The vast majority of reachstackers offered on the market operate with an outdated mechanical drive system. This type of mechanical power transmission has not been further developed for many years and is therefore no longer up to date. Liebherr relies on a hydrostatic drive for many machines, such as the Liebherr wheel loaders, which have already been sold more than 50,000 times. The Liebherr Reachstacker LRS 545 is also equipped with a hydrostatic drive.

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AMP Clean Energy prioritises safety and product quality with new technology on two Volvo trucks Biomass fuel suppliers, AMP Clean Energy has put two new Volvo FM 8x2 Tridem 32-tonne rigids into operation. Justin Fisher, Sales Director at Stuarts Truck and Bus supplied the chassis, which have both been fitted with the first UK-supplied, Transmanut 31 cubic metre bulk transport bodies featuring dust extraction equipment. The 5.1m wheelbase FM’s are both powered by Volvo’s D13K engine producing 420hp and feature I-Shift gearboxes and Globetrotter Cabs with front steel and rear air suspension systems. Both trucks will be based at AMP Clean Energy’s Berkshire and Cumbria depots to deliver wood pellets. The Volvo FM tankers are the first in the UK to feature on-board screening to reduce dust issues and are part of an ongoing programme of customer service improvements at AMP Clean Energy. The non-tipping bodies use a pneumatic delivery system and can access a much wider range of customer premises than equivalent raised body vehicles. Dust extraction is key to correct wood pellet

burning in biomass boiler systems and the new Volvos’ permit AMP to double-screen pellets before customer delivery; once in the firm’s storage facility and additionally on-board the Transmanut tankers prior to delivery. The rigids were also specified with an automatic sheeting system, so there is no need for the driver to work at height when loading. Additionally, Moba Class 3 ‘Charge by Weight,’ systems are used to validate each delivery of pellets. Operating a fleet of 35 rigids and three articulated combinations, all on biomass fuel deliveries, AMP Clean Energy has recently purchased a total of eight new Volvo trucks. Tony Vick, Logistics Director at AMP Clean Energy, said: “These new state-of-the-art Volvo trucks have the ability to completely transform the way we can distribute, deliver and manage the quality of our wood pellets. We’re delighted to be the first to bring these vehicles to the UK market, and continue to enhance the customer experience.”

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CASE ANNOUNCES MASCUS AS OFFICIAL USED EQUIPMENT RETAIL PARTNER Following the launch of its Certified Used range of equipment earlier this year, CASE Construction Equipment has now partnered with Mascus as the company’s preferred third party marketplace in Europe. Available in 38 languages and with 33 offices across the globe, Mascus is the world’s fastest growing website for buying and selling heavy machinery. “Partnering with Europe’s largest online marketplace for used construction equipment provides the perfect platform for CASE dealers to showcase their used inventory,” said Jean Philippe Soussan, Global Head of Remarketing, CNH Industrial. “It also gives CASE Certified Used machines far greater visibility on the market,” he continued.

Working with CASE is also something Mascus are hugely pleased about, as Rickard Krøtø, Chief Operating Officer, Mascus International, explains: “Being entrusted by such a prestigious name in the industry as CASE to become their preferred service provider and online used equipment listing service of choice for their dealer network in Europe is something that makes us extremely proud. “At Mascus, we already work and have long relationships with several CASE dealers around Europe who are using our services to sell used assets and run their used equipment webpage. Now, we are delighted to provide to their European dealer network with all the machine information and listings they could ever need in a handy mobile app,” he continued.

Mascus’ monthly audience is currently estimated at 3 million buyers, with this being a key factor in CASE’s decision to choose the platform. “With Mascus attracting so many visitors already, and with this number only growing, they presented a huge opportunity to increase the online presence of the CASE dealer network. Moreover, offering a mobile app provides ultimate ease of use, meaning that our dealer network can quickly and easily list their equipment and browse that for sale by fellow CASE dealers. “We look forward to seeing how the partnership progresses over the coming months given the strength of the Mascus brand,” concluded Soussan.

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HITACHI CLEAN UP AT NEW RECYCLING PLANT Waste and Recycling company Remondis have recently invested in Hitachi’s ZW180-6 Wheel Loader for their brand new facility based in Birtley, Tyne & Wear. On completion of a successful demo and the Hitachi product being dubbed reliable and robust within the waste application sector; the team at Remondis made the decision to commit to the ZW180-6 waste handling spec machine for loading and carrying operations at the plant. Built bespoke for the application, the machine comprised of foam filled tyres, light and screen guards and finally a full paint job to fit in with the company’s corporate colours! Remondis is one of the world’s largest public service recycling and waste management companies, and at their new site in the North East they are currently using highly efficient and cutting-edge technology to ensure the maximum amount of material is recycled or recovered. Kevin Hawkes, Remondis Operations Director said, “We decided to invest in the Hitachi ZW180-6 Wheel Loader following the provision of a demonstration machine and the excellent feedback from our experienced

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plant operators. Having previous experience of Hitachi Wheel Loaders, I am sure this latest addition to our mobile plant fleet will compliment our new state of the art C&D Processing Plant.” Steve O’Mara, Hitachi Wheel Loader Product Manager said, “We’re delighted that Remondis chose Hitachi Loading Shovels, with our excellent reliability and low fuel usage, I’m positive it will compliment the state-of-the-art plant that Remondis are running.” ZW180-6 Key Specifications: Net power: 173hp Operating weight: 15,250kg Static tipping load: 13,000kg



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INTUSI from Liebherr wins international design award for excellent user experience The innovative, adaptive operating concept INTUSI received the international UX Design Award 2019 for excellent user experience. The user experience is a key issue of manmachine interaction systems and is increasingly the focus of research work due to the increasing networking of our everyday lives and the working world. The awards ceremony took place on 6 September 2019, at 5.45 pm at the global technology trade fair IFA in Berlin. The INTuitive USer Interface (INTUSI) is the first highly digitised control console for construction machines and materials handlers from Liebherr. Liebherr designed this new operating environment together with researchers from TU Dresden. INTUSI revolutionises the construction site because for the first time it links digital assist systems and the construction site environment to the

construction machine. The jury evaluated INTUSI as follows: “INTUSI is a concept which aims to digitise the complex manual control of machines. Highly developed technologies should guide and support people in demanding situations.” Thanks to the innovative, adaptive operating concept, the complex operation of a construction machine is turned into a positive user experience: In the future, a customised user profile is available to the machine operator during his work. He operates a control console, whose functions and appearance are adapted to him, his task and his environment. This makes working on the construction site safer and more efficient and at the same time increases the operating comfort.

visions and concepts). All nominated developments are presented in a special exhibition from 6 to 11 September at IFA. In April 2019, the INTUSI control console received the Bauma Innovation Award in the Design category. It is to be used in the future in all Liebherr earthmoving machines and material handlers.

The UX Design Award is awarded every year in the three categories Gold, Product and Design. This year ten winners have been selected. INTUSI impressed in the category UX Design Awards | Concept 2019 (product

NEW CE Approved rotatry approved rotary screw compressor for European market Quincy Compressor introduces the most reliable, cost-effective CE approved rotary screw air compressor to the European market complete with an extended five-year, no service contract warranty. The compressed air experts, Quincy Compressor have introduced a new, robust rotary screw air compressor complete with CE approval to service the European market. The newly acquired CE certification ensures the QGS screw compressor range meets European health and safety requirements. Quincy can now offer compressed air users the most robust and reliable oil lubricated air compressor solution currently available on the market.

An impressive five year, no service contract warranty! What sets the QGS screw compressor series apart is the industry leading Quincy True Blue 5-year extended warranty, which includes an impressive 5-year airend/element, drive motor, heat exchanger and separator

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tank warranty without a service contract! The Quincy QGS Series features cuttingedge technologies meeting the demands of a variety of applications, especially those looking for industrial air compressor solutions. With a smaller footprint, but all the advantages of larger compressed air systems, the QGS models operate with less noise and vibrations, increasing efficiency and making it suitable for a wide range of applications varying in size.

Robust, reliable extended unit life. Available in a variety of configurations, the QGS models can work in temperatures up to 46 degrees Celsius. Standard units are stocked at 10 Bar with an optional pressure change kit to optimise the unit for possible pressures of 6, 10 or 12 Bar. All models are also available either floor or tank mounted and have optional driers.

The units are both easy to maintain and offer stable, long-life compressed air solutions, engineered to provide reduced maintenance costs and minimal downtime. · Start/stop controls on 5hp and 7.5hp units · TEFC drive motor · Wye-Delta starting · 8000 hours synthetic fluid · Low sound enclosure · 5 Year True Blue warranty

Chieftain Trailers join the Red Knight 6 Ltd portfolio of partners Northern Ireland based trailer manufacturer Chieftain Trailers and Red Knight 6 Ltd (RK6) have agreed to partner, with RK6 becoming a distributor for the South of England and the Channel Islands.

areas, such as waste is not so well known in the marketplace. By working with the RK6 we hope to change that. We have opted to work with RK6 because of the company’s experience in working across the recycling and waste industries,” said XXX of Chieftain Trailers.

With over 40 years’ experience in manufacturing industry leading trailers, Chieftain Trailers originally made their name in the agricultural industry, but have subsequently taken their expertise into new sectors, developing trailers for rail, commercial enterprise and forestry industries.RK6 will be acting as distributor for the entire Chieftain range, but it’s the RK6 focus on the recycling and waste industries that excited Chieftain.

Chieftain joins a growing list of business that are distributed by the RK6 team, which includes RubbleMaster, Anaconda and Komplet. The waste and recycling products from Chieftain, which include scrap trailers and several skip trailers supporting both hook and chain lift systems, fit well with the existing list of partners, according to Paul Donnelly of RK6:

“We are well known within certain sectors, and we know the RK6 team can sell across all of them, but our offering across other

“In our industry we are seeing a greater need for flexibility. Not just in the capability of the machines that we offer to market, but also in the needs of our customers in

terms of either moving material, or simply moving equipment. We have to move with our customers in terms of what we offer,” commented Paul. “There are some obvious synergies with some of the machines we offer as well. Look at the Komplet range, compact and highly mobile, easily transportable on a good quality trailer from site to site. That’s just one example of moving machines, then there is the movement of material to consider as well. Like all the partners we work with, Chieftain focus on quality and that enables us to make sure our customers are getting the best product to suit their needs. RK6 has started working with Chieftain across Southern England, Wales and the Channel Islands. For more information on Chieftain Trailers contact the RK6 team on sales@redknight6.co.uk

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Bobcat Company reinvents the compact equipment industry with new product generations, new product lines and innovative customer solutions Bobcat Company invented the compact equipment industry more than 60 years ago with the world’s first compact loader. Now the company is reinventing the industry. Bobcat is widening its product offering, enhancing its industry-leading equipment and providing innovative new designs and intelligent technologies to meet its customers changing needs. Next is happening right now at Bobcat. This philosophy drives the new, fully integrated brand campaign Next is Now officially launched to the public today at the Next is Now media event held in Aurora, Colorado, at the new Bobcat Training Center – a new 44,400 square-foot facility developing and deploying world-class training to certified Bobcat compact equipment dealers. “With the launch of Next is Now, we are creating solutions that are unique and

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innovative with connected technologies,” said Scott Park, CEO of Doosan Bobcat, Inc. “Next is Now means customers can continuously rely on Bobcat to lead the industry with the tools that help them do more and do it better.” During the media event, Scott Park detailed the company’s vision to be the global leader in compact equipment. Mike Ballweber, president of Doosan Bobcat North America, introduced a series of new Bobcat products launching as part of the Next is Now campaign and Joel Honeyman, vice president of global innovation, demonstrated industry-leading technologies available on the newest Bobcat machines. 

What’s next: New products Bobcat is launching innovative products into both new and existing markets. The company is not just going to be the global leader in compact construction equipment; the goal is to lead the entire compact equipment

industry. That means a wider product line, more frequent product updates and innovative designs and technologies that will force competitors to play catch-up. “The challenges our customers face change and evolve every day,” says Ballweber. “They depend on equipment that works just has hard, if not harder, than they do. With these new products, we’re offering them a comprehensive lineup from a brand they trust to get the work done.”

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Bobcat is bringing its legendary quality home to acreage owners, hobby farmers and anyone who loves maintaining their land. The lineup of 15 professional-quality machines, ranging from 21 – 58 horsepower, offers all the versatility and durability they need for a variety of projects around their acreages.

R2-Series E42 and E50 Compact Excavators

New R2-Series compact excavators are a further iteration of the R-Series compact excavators to deliver a new look and improved quality, reliability and dependability. The new R2-Series machines offer improved overthe-side digging performance and slewing ability, thanks to a new design and integrated counterweight. R2-Series excavators offer increased lift capacities, enhanced cooling, quieter cabs, class-leading visibility and easier access to service areas. Low-effort joysticks respond easily to operator input, enabling longer operation with less fatigue.

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Now customers can get the larger size and power combo they need from Bobcat for all worksite tasks. This new, larger-class excavator pairs well with large-frame Bobcat loaders and delivers quick cycle times; powerful hydraulic, arm and bucket forces; and a spacious cab – all to improve operator productivity.

Small Articulated Loaders

Another new product from Bobcat, small articulated loaders are sized to easily fit into backyards yet offer impressive lifting capacity. They are ideal for landscaping, tree care, tree removal and snow removal tasks. Bobcat small articulated loaders are easy to transport and offer a light footprint for low turf disturbance.

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The first Bobcat small articulated loaders will be available in early 2020.

What’s next: New technologies The future isn’t just more powerful, it’s digital and connected. Bobcat is pushing into this space to connect people and machines in new and innovative ways. These technologies will allow dealers to better serve customers and help operators work more efficiently, more safely and in ways they never dreamed possible. “Innovation has been at the forefront of Bobcat Company since the start,” says Honeyman. “With these new technologies, we’re furthering our commitment to delivering the latest solutions available with state-of-the-art technology.”

Bobcat MaxControl Remote Operation

This new technology provides convenient, easily accessible remote-control operation using an app on a smartphone. With Bobcat® MaxControl remote operation, two-person jobs become single-worker tasks so customers can accomplish more with a smaller crew. Available on M2-Series and R-Series compact loaders with Selectable Joystick Controls (iOS only).

Bobcat Machine IQ Wireless

Communications / Bobcat Owner Portal Customers can take machine management to a new level with Bobcat® Machine IQ and the Bobcat Owner Portal. Using wireless communication technology, Bobcat machines can be monitored from anywhere, getting critical information to decrease downtime and reduce costs.

Bobcat Touch Display

The most advanced in-cab display improves the operator experience, helping operators more efficiently use the machines and react to unique situations. The optional, full-color 7-inch display features a wide touchscreen to change settings, match performance to the job and continuously monitor the machine’s maintenance needs. It comes with a USB power port and active noise cancelling during phone calls. Available as an option for new R-Series compact loaders, E85 excavators and new R2-Series compact excavators.

Bob-Dock Attachment Mounting System

Bobcat is revolutionizing the way the compact equipment industry changes attachments with the Bob-Dock™ system – a cutting edge, handsfree hydraulic attachment mounting system. Now Bobcat compact loader operators can change most hydraulic attachments without leaving the comfort of the cab. The Bob-Dock system is available for select M2-Series skidsteer and compact track loaders, and the A770 all-wheel steer loader.

What’s next: Renewed spirit Change is inevitable. The difference between those companies that come and go and those that stand the test of time is their ability to consistently find the energy to drive that change. To lead, not follow. Bobcat is driving that change with confidence that can only be earned with decades of experience. Bobcat is fueled by new leadership, new training and innovation facilities, a dedicated dealer network, and a renewed focus on what the Bobcat brand stands for.

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The Productive Combination of Horsepower and Digital power New Holland Agriculture launches the new T8 GENESIS® Series tractor with Precision Land Management (PLM™) Intelligence, New Holland’s intuitive precision farming platform. The platform is designed in-house, offering customers and dealers a new level of machine utilisation and management.

of integration of its MyNew Holland™ portal with its various online resources to support its customers and dealers. The renewed portal and the new MyNew Holland™ app provide 24/7 access to service support and a world of information and services that will help the customer maximize their equipment’s productivity and run their farming operation efficiently.

The new-generation T8 GENESIS® with PLM Intelligence™ can adapt to every individual farmer’s unique needs with features ranging from advanced connectivity between operators, vehicles and dealers to improve productivity and reduce downtime, to customizable controls, improved visibility and enhanced comfort.

“When the Genesis tractor, known in Europe as Series 70, was launched over 25 years ago it was a step change in tractor design. The new T8 GENESIS® with PLM Intelligence™ is a further step forward in tractor design, engineered for the way farmers work and based on extensive research with our customers,” explains Sean Lennon, Head of Tractor Product Management. “It connects the smart implement to the farm office, and now with ISOBUS Class III, allows greater

New Holland has also increased the degree

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utilisation of both tractor and implement. We have redesigned the cab listening to our customers, both in Europe and further afield, to create a productive and customisable operator experience, with next-generation intuitive controls, the new SideWinderTM Ultra armrest and IntelliView 12 display.”

Personalisation at its best with the SideWinderTM Ultra armrest and IntelliViewTM 12 display Although packed with new features and technology, the new T8 will carry on the New Holland tradition of delivering an intuitive ‘jump on & drive’ experience for the operator. From the ergonomic new SideWinder™ Ultra armrest with its keypads ‘zoned’ forMedia and Climate control to the Hitch controls and Shortcut keys that allow for →

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Latest news one touch navigation to adjustment menus. Hydraulic remote valves can be assigned to the paddles or joystick of the driver’s choice and individual tractor settings can be stored against an implement name and recalled instantly when switching between tasks. The all-new four pillar cab frame ensures maximum visibility, enhanced further by strategically placed cameras around the T8 that make it easy to navigate from fields onto busy roads and keep a close eye on implements at the rear. The new InfoView™ instrument display is positioned in direct line-of-sight on the front console. New 360-degree LED work lights provide a stadium level of lighting, delivering up to 30% more visible light and configurable memories allows the required lighting coverage to be easily selected. Customers and operators will appreciate the increase in accessible storage, more power ports and vents, egress lights, and a choice of seat technology for optimal comfort.

The next generation of fully integrated Precision Land Management solutions The most innovative features extend far beyond the cab with the complete integration of New Holland’s advanced PLM platform. New Holland’s approach to precision farming solutions can be summed up in four words: Open, Connected, Smart, Supported. PLM

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Intelligence takes them to a new level, utilising MyPLM™Connect and Data Sharing partners to keep the farmer completely connected with their trusted agronomy software packages. Using the simple tabletbased user interface, the farmer is able to share and analyse data, and now also enjoy enhanced support functionality through their New Holland Dealer, getting more done with ease. Machine management and utilisation is enhanced through the New Holland IntelliView Connect, a Remote Display Access, and New Holland Remote Assistance, a Remote Service Tool. Updating the PLM Intelligence operating system software is also possible over the air, like a smartphone. New Holland IntelliView Connect allows either the farm manager or dealer to remotely view the IntelliView 12 display and monitor T8 performance in real-time, ensuring productivity and uptime. New Holland dealers can proactively manage their customer’s fleet with New Holland Remote Assistance, identifying maintenance requirements closer to the service interval and reducing travel time.

Stage V compliance with Cursor 9 engine and maintenance-free ECOBlue™ HI-eSCR2 technology The new T8 GENESIS® features the 8.7-litre Cursor 9 engine developed by FPT Industrial. It meets Stage V emissions standards with the highly fuel-efficient engine and the ECOBlue™ HI-eSCR2 after-treatment system, a maintenance-free, patented solution that minimizes operating costs. The Cursor 9’s long 600-hour engine service intervals will satisfy the most demanding customers looking for the maximum amount of uptime in the field.

T8.435 Ultra CommandTM joins the New Holland T8 stable During 2020, New Holland will extend the T8 GENESIS® range with a new 400 hp full-powershift model. This new powershift will feature a 21Fx5R speed transmission and will only be available on the flagship T8.435 Ultra CommandTM in either wheeled or SmartTraxTM versions. With this new addition, customers can choose at every power level the transmission technology most suitable for their business. Ultra Command full-powershift for heavy draft work in the field or the Auto CommandTM for speed sensitive and transport applications.


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Feature • HenGistbury head costal protection

HenGistbury head costal protection Erosion has been a continuous factor at Hengistbury Head in Dorset since the seas reached its base a few thousand years ago. The scenic Hengistbury Head, with its coastal sea paths, beach huts and visitor centre, has become quite an attraction and protecting it from further erosion has become a priority. Its cliff paths offer spectacular views out to The Needles of the Isle of Wight in one direction and Bournemouth, Swanage and Sandbanks to the other. Hengistbury Head had been fortunate enough to have a natural defence in the form of heavy ‘Ironstone Doggers’ (large boulders) that fell from crumbling cliffs to the beach below, which created protective barriers both on the beach and offshore. Consequently, erosion at Hengistbury Head had initially been slow, if not a virtually stationary process and the area had been stable for around 2000 years. The Ironstone Doggers gained their name from the fact that these huge boulders could provide good quality iron ore. Some of the Doggers have been found to contain 30% by weight. In the 11th century some of these Ironstone Doggers were used in the construction of Christchurch Castle and many tons were used to build local jetties etc.

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This has left Hengistbury Head without any natural sea defences and exposed the coastline to major erosion as a result of ‘longshore drift’. This is the movement of sand and pebbles along the coast and without intervention, will completely remove sand and pebbles from a beach. That is why over the years, groynes have been constructed at right angles to the beach to combat the effects of the longshore drift at Hengistbury Head. A groyne is effective because it creates and maintains a wide area of beach or sediment on its updrift side and reduces erosion on the other. Groynes add sediment to a beach by capturing downward drift. However, groynes need to be maintained and this summer The Kraken Group of Poole have been working hard with Suttle Piling of Swanage, Dorset, to completely replace Hengistbury’s Long Groyne. They have been using a Caterpillar Model 345CL Long Reach excavator, a Volvo EC

480E excavator fitted with a rock grab and a Morooka MST 2200VDR tracked dumper, the latter of which is absolutely ideal for this type of work as the complete superstructure of the machine can rotate through 360 degrees. The Morooka has a 11 Tonne carrying capacity, powered by a Caterpillar engine and fitted with side and rearview cameras. It was on hire from Eagle Plant of Chard Somerset. Eagle Plant is unique as it is an employee owned company, and the only one at present in the UK Plant Hire sector to be structured in such a way. The following images show the scale of the work being undertaken.

Photos courtesy of David Chuck, Kingston PR

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Who are UK Power Networks? UK Power Networks is the country’s biggest electricity distributor, making sure the lights stay on for more than eight million homes and businesses across London, the South East and East of England. The safety of our customers and staff is our top priority. Underground electricity cables carry a powerful electrical charge which can be conducted through machinery and equipment with fatal consequences.

Top Tips: Contact UK Power Networks or Line Search Before U Dig (LSBUD) in advance of works to obtain relevant cable plans or to request disconnections. The cable plans will only show the indicative route and not the route into the property Ensure cable plans are shown to and understood by those on site BEFORE starting works Confirm the cable location by using a Cable Avoidance Tool (CAT) before digging commences. Once found, mark cable positions with spray paint or similar Use spades and shovels with insulated handles in preference to forks and picks Look around for anything in the vicinity that would have an electrical service such as street lights, CCTV cameras, or meter boxes and identity where the cables are Contact UK Power Networks to agree a safe method of work if there is a cable encased in concrete – DO NOT BREAK OPEN

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Inspector Nasset • Feature

The Inspector is here to Protect your assets Anyone who already owns, or is looking to acquire, plant, machinery and vehicles understands the importance of asset inspections. South Coast based company Inspector Nasset Ltd has big plans for the UK Asset Inspection Market. This month, Plant Planet’s Hannah Bounford sat down with Company Director Louis Moody to find out more about what Inspector Nasset can offer.

Inspector Nasset was set up in response to a multitude of factors. Louis explained that he and his team, which includes twin sister Scarlett Moody as co-director, felt that there was a gap in the UK Asset Inspection Market for

Inspector Nasset has big plans for the uk asset inspection market professional asset inspections. Inspector Nasset’s inspections are undertaken by fully certified inspectors with industry specific knowledge. All self-employed inspectors have had previous →

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Feature • Inspector Nasset experience with construction and rail plant, heavy machinery, commercial vehicles and classic cars, meaning that they have an understanding of the asset prior to visiting it on site.

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Access, Crane and Lifting Materials Handling Commercial Vehicles Bus and Coach Luxury and classic cars

Louis explains that, with the Brexit deadline fast approaching, companies and individuals will be looking increasingly into asset protection and want to be sure that the assets they have or are going to invest in are identified and in the condition they should be. Furthermore, we can also ensure that assets are where they are expected to be!

Louis adds ‘we have already carried out inspections for dealers looking to check the condition of equipment they are purchasing as well as from finance companies who want to ensure that the assets they are financing or refinancing can be identified and located. In addition, we offer asset valuations and can carry out audits on rental companies.’ Asset inspections are vital to protecting against fraud in the Plant Machinery Market, which unfortunately is rife at present. Inspections can be requested by finance companies, dealers and companies to inspect assets at any location in the UK and Ireland.

‘the aim is to have inspectors placed within a two hour radius of any site’ Upon being asked what kinds of assets Inspector Nasset can inspect, Louis quips ‘anything with a serial or chassis number’. The company provides machinery and vehicle inspections for a range of industries, including: • Construction • Agriculture

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Louis confirms ‘we have invested in market leading technology that provides instant inspection reports on completion of a job and allows photos to be taken

that display a date and time stamp, the GPS location plus confirmation of the physical address’. Louis and his team take pride in this technology and the software offered to their clients during the inspection process. This software includes an online portal from which the client can track real-time developments as a job is tasked and completed, usually within 24-48 hours. All inspectors have full PPE equipment that allows them onto any site, even airside at airports. As it stands, Inspector Nasset has thirteen inspectors across the UK. Louis and his team hope to increase this number to 22 over the next 6 months. ‘The aim,’ Louis explains, ‘is to have inspectors placed within a two hour radius of any location in the UK and Ireland’. For more information or to book an inspection with Inspector Nasset, visit: https://www.inspectornasset.com Alternatively, email contact@inspectornasset.com or call the team on 01202 850014




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Feature • The Secrets of building on soil

The secrets of building on soil Plant Planet’s eleanor baldwin investigates the impact of soil types on the construction process.

Soil, the upper layer of the earth’s crust, comprises of weathered rock, organic matter, air spaces and water. Construction sites often contain a range of various forms of soil. This means that soil surveys are frequently required in order to make informed decisions regarding the design of a structure, as well as decisions regarding the construction process itself. It is imperative to study how the soil is likely to behave before embarking on a building task. Each soil type acts differently under pressure from Heavy Machinery, so the type of soil must be identified.

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Silt Soil of this kind can be challenging to build on due to smaller particles which retain water. This property of silt leads it to shift easily, often expanding against foundations and weakening them. Silt comes in various forms: coarse, medium, fine. Coarse and fine silts are soft, whereas medium silt is firm. All types of silt are fissured and weathered.

Clay Clay, like silt, retains water. The difference between silt and clay is that whilst clay expands when its wet, it shrinks again when it dries. Clay is soft when wet yet very stiff when dry. These changes make it difficult to construct on top of clay, as

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it puts pressure on foundations and offers poor support.

Sand Sand is coarse and generally stable for building on. Unlike clay and silt, it does not expand when moist, and is hard to move. Sand does not retain water because of its large openings. However, sand can only take between 3,000 and 5,000 lbs of weight per square foot. It also needs to be judged whether the sand contains peat or clay, as these are unstable soils that will affect the appropriateness of building on the sand. It should also be considered that, when wet, the sand particles will lose their resistance and be swept away, leaving gaps under the foundation.



This soil is easily identifiable due to its dark brown properties and because it can hold a lot of water. The fact that it can hold a lot of moisture means that it is not ideal for building on, as foundations will not be stable due to its changing structure. Further, peat can also become extremely dry when the weather is hot. Peat has a range of forms, which include: Hemic, Sapric and Fibric.

Gravels are easily visible, meaning they can be measured for grading. Gravels are

Soil types must be considered when making decisions about the construction process. structurally homogenous and weathered, and texturally can be rough or smooth and polished. They can withstand up to 5,000lbs of weight and are created from a mixture of broken-down soil and rock.→

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Feature • The Secrets of building on soil Most importantly, gravel holds well for building on as it tends to stay in place.

Loam Loam is great for building on due to its evenly balanced properties. It retains water at a balanced level, and therefore can make a good foundation for constructing upon. It is dark, soft and dry, making it relatively easy to identify. Loam soil is considered to be halfway between both sand and clay; worse to build on than clay, but better than building on sand.

Possible Dangers Those soil types that are not strong enough to withstand a great deal of pressure may struggle with supporting the weight of Plant Machinery. For this reason, soil on the construction site should be considered before even equipping your site with Heavy Machinery. You risk causing damage to your machinery if the ground cannot support it and it ends up sinking into the surface. It is important to consider the time of year in which building work will take place. Springtime tends to be the wettest time of year, which often leads to soil swelling. Heat, on the other hand, can affect soil’s shape through the process of water evaporation. If you would like to understand how wet your soil is before beginning construction, the soil moisture deficit (SMD), is a test of how dry the soil is. A SMD will tell you how much water is in the soil compared to how much water the soil can hold.

Stoltz’s SS-2518 Pull-type soil stabilization spreader is used to stabilize soil. Rock Rock can refer to numerous things: bedrock, limestone, sandstone, shale, hard chalk etc. All of which can withstand a lot of pressure, making them great foundations. However, it must be ensured that the rock is level for the foundation to be supported sufficiently. Crystalline bedrock can endure the most weight of any soil: up to 12,000lbs per square foot. Whilst most forms of rock can resist up to 6,000lbs of weight per square foot, not all rocks are perfect for construction. Sedimentary rock often breaks apart with age, becoming unstable and causing the ground to move.

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Soil Compaction If the soil on your construction site is weak, you may need to look into soil compaction. In construction, soil compaction is the process of increasing the soils density mechanically. It also reduces soil defrayal and increases load ability. The task is then to choose the most appropriate soil compaction equipment.

For gritty soils, vibratory plates are suitable due to the consistent nature of the soils. For unified soils, a rammer or pad foot vibratory roller is more appropriate. Additionally, there is a range of Plant Equipment out there that can help stabilize soil. For example, Stoltz has the SS-2518 Pull-type Soil Stabilization Spreader. Moreover, BOMAG’s RS 500 Recycler/ Stabilizer safely stabilizes soil on slopes. However, an article published in 2004 states ‘Soil compaction, churning, rutting, mixing, displacement, and removal are types of disturbance that can reduce tree root growth through their influence on a soil’s physical, chemical, and biological properties’, demonstrating the environmental damage potentially caused by compacting soil. Therefore, this factor also needs to be considered when planning construction. It is also necessary to remember that the Heavy Machinery itself will compact the soil due to the intense weight. In summary, there is a necessity to evaluate the soil types on any given construction site before beginning construction. Failure to do so may result in damage to the Heavy Machinery Equipment of the site, as well as damage to the building being constructed. Damage to a building as a result of the soil built upon may be immediate, or it may be something that occurs over time. A simple survey of soil can direct the construction plan to operate in a safe and secure manner.

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Feature • The Modular Renaissance

The Modular Renaissance

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The Modular Renaissance • Feature


odular and Prefabricated Construction Techniques are not a new concept, particularly for the UK Construction Industry. PostWorld War II Britain saw a rise in the use of modular construction in order to erect ‘temporary homes’ to combat a growing housing crisis. Since the 1950s, prefabricated housing has fallen out of fashion, with the Construction sector putting focus on both more traditional building techniques as well as modern construction advancements. However, the 21st Century has seen more modular building techniques at the forefront of UK Construction, with many commercial buildings constructed this way. In addition, modular construction is often utilised in motorway construction, to create bridges quickly to avoid congestion.

neighbourhoods. These countries are renowned for the quality and style of Prefabricated constructions.

The 21st century has seen more modular construction methods come to the fore.

It’s not only the UK Construction Industry that utilises Prefabricated techniques. Sweden, Germany, and Japan are just a few front runners in Prefabricated Construction. In these countries it is much more commonplace to see prefabricated buildings - or even whole

Prefabricated construction, although most associated in the UK with Post World War Two housing, is going through something of a renaissance right now. Plant Planet’s Hannah Bounford explores the rising popularity of prefabricated construction.

What Is Prefabricated Construction? The terms ‘Prefabricated’ and ‘Modular’ are often used interchangeably. However, the construction methods are not the same. Prefabricated Construction, often shortened to Prefab, is an umbrella term for all methods of construction involving large components of the build being manufactured in a factory setting before transportation to the construction site. Modular Construction, sometimes known as Volumetric Construction, is a type of Prefab Construction in which whole units of a building are constructed off site. Modular Construction is just one method utilising prefab components currently undertaken in the industry but is one of the most popular when adopting prefab methods - particularly in the construction of commercial buildings. Despite the strong association with post WW2 emergency housing in the UK, Prefabricated Construction methods have a history dating to ancient times. The Romans, for example, used prefabricated sections of concrete to create aqueducts that would bring fresh water to their settlements. This early example of prefabrication in construction is reminiscent of the way in which motorway bridges are constructed of prefabricated concrete. →

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Feature • The Modular Renaissance have been put forward by those in the construction and architectural industries as to what the cause of the upsurge in prefab construction might be. The predominant theory is that Prefab Construction techniques are increasing in popularity due to a need for more housing. Some sources estimate that the UK housing market needs to produce upwards of 300,000 new homes to support our population, which is growing at a rate of about 0.8% year on year. The amount of new home completions registered in 2018 was up nearly 10% from the previous decade. Prefab Construction can aid the speed at which new homes are built, as on-site construction times are cut considerably. The use of Prefab Construction in new housing developments is particularly useful when many units are repeated. Today, like it has been since its conception, Prefabrication is used most often when a specific section of the build is repeated multiple times throughout. For this reason, Prefabrication and, in particular, Modular Construction methods are most often utilised for tower block developments,

apartment buildings or housing developments with repeated housing units.

The start of the Prefab Renaissance.

the uk housing market needs to produce upwards of 300,000 new homes

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The ‘Prefabrication Renaissance’ has seemingly been happening for a few years now. Plenty of arguments

There is another argument that Prefab Construction methods have become popular alongside the rise of programmes such as Grand Designs and George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, which feature Scandinavian and European Prefab housing designs prominently. However, to counter to that, there is an argument that stands that prefab is not actually becoming more popular. By highlighting prefab construction methods on TV shows, public awareness of Prefab Techniques has grown, but this does not necessarily amount to an increased use of Prefabrication in the mainstream UK Construction Industry.

The Modular renaissance • Feature In fact, home developers may have invested interest in releasing new builds at a steady pace. This is particularly viable in highly anticipated developments or developments in areas in need of housing. Releasing housing at a steady pace, rather than all at once, keeps house prices high meaning more profits for companies.

The uk prefab hybrid Part of the reason that Prefab housing may not be a common construction technique in the UK is the costs involved. Many companies creating Prefab housing and developments are based overseas. Although some European and Scandinavian companies producing Prefab homes have branched out into the UK, there does not seem to be enough interest in the method for many of them to set up workshops. This results in high costs in the logistics of bringing prefabricated parts of the build to a site in the UK. To avoid high logistics costs, UK companies have started to employ a ‘hybrid’ method of construction. This involves constructing larger components, such as timber or steel frames, off site before transporting them to be erected on site. Following this, cladding is added on the construction site to complete the build. The story differs slightly for nonresidential construction projects. Many industrial and business construction

projects utilise Modular Construction. Modular Construction is attractive to companies looking to set up businesses in a short amount of time, as the method lends itself to shorter construction times overall. Elliot, the company who have had a longstanding contract with McDonalds to construct UK franchises of the fast food chain can complete construction of one store within a five-week period.

a project can take months to complete. For projects utilising prefabrication methods, particularly modular building

Cranes and high reach equipment are crucial to larger modular builds

Construction Plant In a Prefab Future Two key questions remain: will the way in which Construction Plant Machinery is used on site change if prefabricated construction takes off? And will the use of prefabrication methods alter the way in which plant machinery is developed? The answer to both questions is ‘to an extent’. Some aspects of the building process reflect those taking place in traditional construction methods, however other aspects differ due to the nature of the construction techniques used. When utilising traditional methods of construction, the groundworks stage of

techniques, only a shallow excavation is required. During the groundworks phase, both construction methods, to an extent, require the same machinery. For example, a key piece of Plant used is excavators, but each method will use them to complete different requirements. A traditional build will require deeper excavation for building foundations, whereas prefab construction usually requires much shallower excavation. For this reason, lighter excavators may be used more commonly in prefab projects. Following excavation, both methods of construction may require concrete with flags or blocks on top. In both cases, Plant such as cement mixers and concrete rollers may be required particularly in larger builds. Prefabricated construction, for the most part, takes place away from the construction site. Many components arrive at the site completed and ready to be lifted into place. For this reason, the use of →

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Feature • The Modular Renaissance cranes and high reach equipment is crucial for these projects. Cranes are especially crucial to larger modular buildings where the result is more than one storey high. The use of cranes to install prefabricated sections of a build alters other aspects of the construction site. Most notably, in prefabricated construction there is a lack of formwork and falsework. The absence of temporary structures on site further reduces the amount of machinery required on site. While cranes are the most recognised piece of lifting equipment and used in larger modular builds, telehandlers are also used on smaller prefabricated construction sites. In addition, it is more commonplace to see mobile cranes on modular construction sites due to the faster turnaround of projects.

Machinery development will be influenced cannot be answered easily. If prefabricated construction takes off in the UK market, if

it is more commonplace to see mobile cranes due to the fast turnaround of projects

Prefabicated Construction seems to lend itself to industry 4.0

While prefabricated construction is not commonplace in the UK Construction Industry, the question of whether Plant

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it were a popular method of construction for a range of projects, it is conceivable that manufacturers would develop plant machinery specifically to aid the efficiency of prefabrication assembly on site. Prefabricated Construction lends itself to Industry 4.0. New technology is constantly being utilised by Plant Machinery manufacturers to improve the productivity and efficiency of Construction Plant Machinery. With companies releasing autonomous machinery concepts throughout 2018 and 2019 and the simplicity of prefabricated construction methods, perhaps the future holds autonomous prefabricated construction sites. For our expert David Chuck’s thoughts on the matter, see pages 42 & 43.



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Industry Insights • The Modular Renaissance

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United Communities, the Housing Association leading this pioneering project, believes it could be the forerunner for new housing solutions throughout the UK.

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The global modular construction market size is estimated to be worth 174.6 billion dollars by 2025 and anticipated to grow at around 6.5 % per year over that period, according to a new report by Grand View Research. So yes, modular construction will become more and more commonplace in the UK. All of us will have already seen hotels being modular built and of course, there is the likes of McDonalds too. It makes commercial sense because of the much shorter build time - the facility can be earning money for the client significantly sooner than traditional build methods. Another advantage of using modular construction is that as the modules are built offsite in a factory environment, workplace safety can be more strictly controlled and reportable accidents onsite are reduced. In the UK, as we all know, we have an affordable housing shortage and modular construction can help to alleviate this. In fact, it is already happening, and this is just one example: More than 30 studio apartments for young people who struggle to find good quality affordable homes have been created in just 12 weeks by Integra Buildings of Hull. The units were transported by road to Bristol where they were installed to create Launchpad – a modular pilot project designed to help address a growing housing crisis in the city. Integra is now completing the onsite installation of plumbing, power and high-speed broadband.

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And this is an even larger project example. On 10 September 2019, the first of 438 offsite modules were lifted into place at First Way Campus near Wembley Stadium, which is a 678-bedroom student accommodation scheme. The offsite manufactured modules which make up the bedrooms, kitchens and corridors of the residential areas of the project will continue to be lifted into place at a rate of six per day. A 500 tonne mobile crane is being used from three different positions to lift the modules into place. This then leads on to the second part of the question: “How will this affect the way plant machinery is used?” Mobile cranes (like the one pictured) will be in greater demand and will stay onsite for longer periods. There will also be demand for more manoeuvrable aluminium cranes such as those manufactured by Boecker. Telescopic handlers will be required to lift larger loads and rotating telescopic handlers with crane jib attachments will become more and more popular. Access equipment will also be increasingly integrated into the method statements for modular building erection. So, while we won’t necessarily see less plant onsite, the demand will be for different types of machinery.

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Feature • Plant’s place in a circular economy

Plant’s place in a circular economy what the RWM show 2019 highlighted for the industry

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Plant’s place in a circular economy • Feature The Recycling and Waste Management Industry has been growing exponentially over the last decade. In 2019, the industry has seen immense growth. Society’s mindset has shifted towards a more sustainable future. Even those industries associated with wasteful attitudes towards the Earth’s resources, like the Heavy Machinery and Construction Industries, have seen technology and practices introduced aimed towards developing greener solutions. The RWM show 2019, which took place at the Birmingham NEC on the 11th and 12th September, highlighted the efforts of the Recycling & Waste Management Industry on the fight against global waste. Key themes of the show included the rise of the circular economy and the use (and

re-use) of lithium ion batteries across a range of applications. With global warming and the predicted climate crisis becoming increasingly discussed pressures on the global economy, it’s no wonder that Industries are focussing on green solutions. The key subject of the RWM show this year seemed to be the idea of a ‘Circular Economy’. A Circular Economy is an economic system designed to eliminate waste by reusing and recycling resources used in any given industry. The key underpinning of the economic system is that all ‘waste’ should become

resources for another project. The resources used for any given project will then be reused again for a further project, and so on. The idea of a Circular Economy is in opposition to the current Take-Make-Waste model, as it aims to find a long-term solution for the world’s waste problem. Much like many other economic models proposed, putting practices into place →

Many industries have introduced technology aimed towards developing greener practices

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Feature • Plant’s place in a circular economy

to support a circular economy would take time. Further, some areas of society and industries may be able to adapt quicker to support a Circular Economy than others. That is not to say that those industries that may not adapt quickly to circular practices cannot make strides towards building structures and methods to start implementing aspects of the economic structure. In fact, aspects of the circular

exhibition showed how much the Plant Machinery Industry can contribute in the creation and sustaining of a Circular Economy across a range of industries. Molson Green, a sector of one of the UK’s largest Heavy Equipment Suppliers, were one of the key exhibitors at the event. With a wide array of machinery on display in the outdoor demo zone, the company showcased the importance of Plant in a Circular Economy. Among the more anticipated machines were the Sennebogen 817E Material Handler, Terex Finlay 863 Heavy Duty Screener, and range of NPK Demolition Grabbers.

2019 has seen the introduction of machinery using traditional ‘waste products’ as fuel economy are starting to be utilised in the development of Plant Machinery. Developments are specifically seen in the fuel sources used to power machinery. 2019 has already seen the introduction of machinery and concept machinery using traditional waste products, such as methane, as fuel. However, the RWM

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The Sennebogen 817E Material Handler, introduced to the market in 2018, has an operating weight of 17, 200 kg and a range of up to 9 meters. The machine also has the benefit of incorporated green

technology. This technology allows for fuel saving and quiet operation. Working in EcoMode can save the operator 20% of fuel, switching the engine off automatically when not in use. The machine’s cab can be elevated by 2.4 meters, allowing for an unrestricted view of the operator’s working area. The cab is hydraulically elevated as standard, with sound insulation and adjustable seat for operator comfort. In addition, the machine includes a four-point claw support undercarriage for stability, nonslip access stairs, and easy maintenance options. The Terex Finlay 863 screener is a compact forward-facing screener, able to work in aggregates, sand, gravel, and topsoil. The screener is fully self-contained and can process material at a rate of 280 tonnes per hour. Furthermore, the screen box angle can be hydraulically adjusted between 14° and 18°, while the discharge end can be raised hydraulically by 500mm. The compact nature of the 863 makes it ideal for contract screening. Much of the machinery exhibited at the

Plant’s place in a circular economy • Feature

RWM exhibition was focussed on the process of managing and recycling waste. The screeners, crushers, and material handlers that were on display in the demo area all aid the process of recycling waste materials. It could be argued that the machinery on display aids other industries in achieving the goal of a Circular Economy. However, some could posit that the next step is for the Plant Machinery Industry to adopt practices of a Circular Economy within itself. The RWM Expo is renowned for the scope and calibre of seminars on offer to attendees and this year was no different. Many speakers placed emphasis on creating and sustaining a Circular Economy across UK Industries, while others spoke about recycling waste for future resources. These ideas might be pertinent to those in the Plant Machinery Sector across a range of industries. The Plant Machinery Sector has already come some way to enable the incorporation of more sustainable technology in machinery development. In 2019, focus has been placed on reducing emissions of construction machinery

while in operation. To achieve this, many manufacturers have employed the use of Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) Batteries. UK Industry Heavyweights JCB led the charge this year, launching the 19C-1E E-Tec Mini Excavator at the beginning of the year. The 19C-1E is specifically designed for use in urban areas as it produces zero emissions during operation, while the battery allows for quiet operation in built up areas. The use of Li-Ion batteries in Plant Machinery operation is the first step towards the Plant Industry becoming more sustainable. Introducing electricity takes a step away from the Take-MakeWaste economy by eliminating the frequent need for fossil fuels in the running of the machinery. However, the use of Li-Ion batteries poses a new problem. While reducing, or even eliminating, the use of fossil fuels during operation, the question of what happens at the end of the Li-Ion battery’s life remains. In essence, the use of Li-Ion batteries does not eliminate the Take-Make-Waste aspect of Plant Machinery Operation, but extends it across a longer period of time. →

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Feature • Plant’s place in a circular economy Li-Ion batteries can be problematic when it comes to recycling. Electrical and chemical dangers, as well as burning reactions, are among the implications of improper recycling. As it stands, the extraction if Lithium from batteries is not common practice in the UK. This is partly due to the rapid development of Li-Ion battery technology over the past few years. As the technology develops, the methods for

the Green Technology and Sustainability Market is expected to grow by 27.1% over the next four years. The RWM exhibition has encouraged the development of the industry through the ‘Innovation Trail’, aimed to showcase RWM exhibitors ‘pushing the boundaries of innovation within their products or services’. In 2019, twelve exhibitors were featured on the show’s innovation trail. Among them, Fireward Ltd., a company specialising in fire suppression systems for machinery.

the green technology & sustainability market is expected to grow by 27.1% safe and successful extraction of useful components of a battery can quickly become outdated. For this reason, to establish a Circular Economy would most likely mean the reuse of the battery itself rather than its separate components. Regardless of whether achieving a Circular Economic System in the Plant Machinery Industry is achievable or not, there is no question that the market for Waste Management and Recycling is growing. A September 2019 study has reported that

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One of the biggest risks to companies in the Recycling and Waste Management Industry, especially those relying on Plant and Heavy Equipment, is fire. All machinery can pose a fire risk, which could cost companies seriously. Fireward’s suppression systems have won multiple awards within the Plant Machinery Industry, cementing the suppliers as the ‘supplier of choice’ for many companies. The suppression system is designed to work without external power, allowing for increased reliability. The system works by detecting when a fire

occurs. From there, the system’s detection tubing fitted in the machine’s engine bursts within 10 seconds of detection. The suppression agent is then delivered throughout the engine bay - ensuring the fire is tackled and the remaining engine protected. The system can also include an in-cab monitoring and alarm system to provide increased operator safety. As leading suppression specialists, it’s unsurprising that Fireward is the system of choice for some of the industry’s biggest heavy weights including Volvo SMT, JCB, Molson Group, CAT and Hyundai. The RWM exhibition 2019 proved a success for exhibitors and visitors alike, the CIWM have reported that 2019 was ‘record-breaking’. With the importance of environmentally friendly practices being brought to attention, including the idea of introducing circular economic ideas across industries producing waste products, it will be interesting to see the progress of the Recycling and Waste Management Industry as it steps into a new decade. The Recycling and Waste Management exhibition, alongside the five sister shows with which it partners will return on the 16th and 17th September 2020 at the NEC in Birmingham.


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Feature • The rise of the scandinavian wrist

The rise of the scandinavian wrist

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The Rise of the Scaninavian wrist • Feature Every plant operator working in 2019 knows that efficiency is a top priority in the Construction Industry. Machinery is used for a range of applications in varying conditions. To make this machinery as efficient and versatile as possible, attachments are often used. Attachments, particularly used for excavators and backhoe loaders, allow a single machine to be used for a range of applications. However, even with the use of attachments, machinery can still be limited in motion. For example, the cab of a standard excavator can rotate 360° for digging applications, yet the machine’s arm and bucket is limited in motion. Often an excavator arm only has a backwardsforwards motion of movement, much like an elbow or knee joint. The Tiltrotator, introduced to the Scandinavian market in the 1980s, has revolutionised the applications and scope for machinery with digging arms. This month, Plant Planet

looks at the rise in popularity of the Tiltrotator over the past few decades.

even when utilising attachments excavators can be limited in motion The Tiltrotator has become a staple in 2019, visible across the country at various expos and events. It seems that every Plant Manufacturer has links to Tiltrotator manufacturers. The popularity of the attachment sometimes gives the illusion that Tiltrotators are a relatively new technology, booming onto the British market over the past couple of years. This, however, is not the case. The Tiltrotator was invented in Sweden in 1986. Entrepreneur Rune Norgen who, at the time, worked for Noreco purchased the drawings, development and patent rights to the first Rototilt. To this day, Rototilt remains among the biggest names of Tiltrotator manufacturers in the Plant Machinery Industry. The Company supplies Tiltrotators for the likes of Caterpillar and Kobleco. However, the question remains: why does it seem to be only in the last decade that Tiltrotators have become so popular? →

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Feature • The rise of the scandinavian wrist In 1990, Noreco was selling around 200 Tiltrotators per year. In truth, Tiltrotators have been popular among Scandinavian Plant Operators for years. The wonder expressed by those in the UK and the USA when encountering Tiltrotators for the first time is often met with amazement that, as an industry, we have not caught onto the idea sooner. Perhaps it is here that the answer lies. The Tiltrotator, at the time of its initial development, was a completely new concept to many. As the product was developed, there was nothing to base information about its usage on. Manufacturers learned and developed from scratch. It was not until the mid-1990s that

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Tiltrotators started to gain international attention.

What makes Tiltrotators Popular Today? Today, it is rare to attend an event, expo, or demo day without encountering a demonstration of the excavator’s use of a Tiltrotator. As Tiltrotator Manufacturers cemented themselves as suppliers of useful attachments for excavator operators, interest grew exponentially. Tiltrotators make work safer and more efficient for operators. The 360° maneuverability and ability to tilt attachments up to 45° laterally has earned the kit the nickname of an ‘excavator’s wrist’. The movement a Tiltrotator allows means that the excavator has increased access to surrounding areas and

materials without the need to relocate the entire machine. This, in turn, increases safety, decreases fuel consumption, and improves the speed at which an operator can undertake a single task. The Tiltrotator has become popular for exactly these reasons, particularly in the past decade. The Plant Industry is seeing increased demand for projects to be completed in a minimal amount of time and many events in 2019 have focussed attention on improving the efficiency of Plant Machinery. Further, as the Plant Machinery Industry has been experiencing an undeniable skills gap for some years now, similarly the Tiltrotator has seen a rise in popularity. Tiltrotators are by no means the answer to the skills gap that the Plant Industry is experiencing. However, their ease of use and ability to reduce a range of pressures faced on the job site render them invaluable to many in the Plant Machinery and Plant Hire Industries. As these industries step into a new decade, it will be interesting to see just how much momentum the Scandinavian Wrist gains.

Feature • Paving your way into construction

Paving Your Way into Construction Plant Planet lays out the range of opportunities for those looking to start a career in construction


rom house building, to commercial, to infrastructure and off-site manufacture, there are so many roles within the field of construction to choose from. The question for many budding construction workers out there, is how to get into the industry. With many apprenticeships on offer, as well as various qualifications to earn, finding the right route for you can be challenging.

Apprenticeships If you want to be paid as you learn and have a strong idea as to what role you want within construction, an apprenticeship could be perfect for you. Whilst the pay is generally lower than what you would earn after training, you will be given experience and qualifications that will aid you in finding your dream job upon completion of your apprenticeship. Of apprenticeships, the CITB (National Construction College – NCC) states ‘You’ll earn while you learn, gaining hands-on experience and an academic qualification so you’re fully ready for work at the end of your training.’

With an apprenticeship, ‘You’ll earn while you learn’ - CITB Before choosing which path into the industry you take, it would be useful to gain some form of work experience in various jobs that you are interested in. By doing this, you can gage a better idea as to what job you want, and therefore make a better-informed choice as to which route is right for you. Many employers offer work experience through school schemes, but if this isn’t possible, try reaching out to employers through word of mouth. Ask friends and family if they know of any relevant places of work that may take you on as work experience. Additionally, you could always try contacting employers via email or phone and asking if they would consider giving you some work experience.

The European Commission has launched a communication movement aimed at the construction industry. Its target is to attract fresh talent and improve the stereotype of the industry. Additionally, the campaign aims to influence the construction sector to offer more, and betterquality apprenticeships. This demonstrates the growth of power in apprenticeships, and hopefully means it will be easier for young people to find the best apprenticeship scheme for them. → If you aren’t lucky enough to

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Paving your way into construction • Feature

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Paving your way into construction • Feature already have an employer that wants to hire you as an apprentice, there various ways of finding one. Searching the internet often leads to many finds of people wanting to take someone on to train. If an internet search hasn’t been lucky for you, try your local college. Colleges, apprenticeship managing agencies and specialist providers offer ways to help you find a company. Additionally, try the old-fashioned way of finding work: newspapers. Newspapers and other local jobs pages often show opportunities posted by local companies reaching out to find apprenticeships. Moreover, get active and email your CV and a covering letter to various construction businesses online,

and ask people you know if they’ve heard of any relevant openings. CITB (NCC) offers apprenticeships in an assortment of building skills. To apply for an Apprenticeship with the CITB, go to their website at www.citb.co.uk. Apprentices consist of level 2 (GCSE equivalent), level 3 (A Level equivalent), and level 4 (Foundation Degree equivalent). Level 2 Apprenticeships take 2 years to complete, with an extra year added for level 3. Level 4 apprenticeships are for individuals who want to go into Technical, Design and Management careers.

a college is that you can develop various skills in different fields, by being tactful with your subject choices. For example, choosing to study English, Maths and Science, as well as Design and Technology and Business Studies, keeps your options open by studying a wide range of skills.

The National construction college is the biggest plant training provider in the UK

Colleges If you’d rather learn from academia and want to study at a school or college, you need to consider what course is right for you. When choosing the course that you want to embark on, think about how you study best, i.e. coursework or exams, full-time or part-time. A great thing about studying the career at

The CITB (NCC), offers a variety of courses for potential construction industry workers. From health, safety and sustainability courses, to management and supervisory courses, there is a wide range for new talent to choose from. Courses vary in duration and fee. Of their college, NCC says that ‘The National Construction College is the biggest plant training provider in the UK. Our £10 million plant fleet is updated regularly, and we have over 220 acres of land where you can try out your skills.’ Therefore, it would definitely be worth considering this college as a potential area for you to learn construction sector skills. Before deciding on the subjects that you want to study, it would be wise to do your research on these subjects. Talk to people already working in a job related to the subject you’re thinking of studying, check online with regards to what employers look for in future staff, and speak to the teachers of those subjects.

Universities Whilst a smaller market than schools and colleges within construction, the value of university work to contractors totalled £1.8 billion in 2014. The University of Salford, one of the UK’s leading centres for construction education, boasts a construction course that allows students to progress in the industry. The University pledges that ‘The course is aligned with the requirements of construction-related roles and provides training in the technical and practical elements to satisfy industry and employer needs.’ The course can be completed in 8 months on a full-time basis, or 20 months on a part-time basis. The university also offers post-graduate education courses in the field. →

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Feature • Paving your way into construction The University of Westminster offers a Property and Construction course that promises to ‘bring together all the disciplines that inform the design and development of our cities’. Not only can future construction sector workers choose to study at undergraduate level, but they can go on to complete postgraduate courses such as a Building Information Management Masters, or Construction Project Management Masters. The University also offers research degrees as well as professional and short courses.

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Another qualification you need to consider for a career working in heavy machinery is the CPCS card. There are two levels of CPCS Operator Cards: blue and red. A red card must be obtained in order to demonstrate your ability to operate heavy machinery to national standards. A red card can be obtained by: • Carrying out suitable training to pass the • Passing the applicable CITB health, safety • Achieving the CPCS theory test. • Passing the CPCS practical test. These events must occur in a specific order (as listed), and within certain time limits of each other. Red cards are valid for two years but may be extended. A blue CPCS card is a stage up from the red card. This card indicates a higher level of

These are just a few of the vast amount of universities offering relevant courses, showing the popularity of the industry.

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competency when operating equipment. To achieve this card, you must: • Be able to prove that you have achieved the VQ for the relevant category. • Pass appropriate CITB health, safety and environment test. • Pass the CPCS theory test. • Achieve the CPCS practical test. Like a red card, these acts must be conducted in the order listed, and within specific time limits of each other. Blue cards are valid for five years and is renewable. To take a CPCS test, you will need to find an accredited CPCS test centre. These centres can be found at www.nocnjobcards.org. The main two ways to get into work in the industry of construction are apprenticeships and college education. Choosing between the two ultimately depends on how you learn best. If you are more hands-on and learn through doing, apprenticeships may be better for you. If you learn through studying, then perhaps college is the more appropriate choice. If you wish to progress even further, then universities offer more advanced training in the construction field. Try talking to people that have been through the processes of apprenticeships and college to better understand which path is right for you. Regardless of how you get into the industry, a CPCS Operator Card will be required to demonstrate your ability to work heavy machinery.

Mecalac Wheeled and Crawler Excavator Demo Days Following on from a very successful Plantworx 2019, Mecalac sent out personal invitations to customers who had shown an interest in the MCR and MWR Series Excavators to attend a ‘one-to-one’ dig-in session at their demo ground in Warwick, which is located just a stone’s throw from the original Benford factory. Not everyone wants to try out a machine in front of the large crowds at Plantworx, so the event, which was staged over three days in July, was an opportunity for potential customers to operate a machine. They had one-to-one tuition with the Mecalac demonstrator, as part of a morning or afternoon session. Also, the Mecalac MCR and MWR excavators are very different machines from normal excavators. It is beneficial to spend time on the excavators to really appreciate and understand how much more versatile and productive these machines can be in the hands of a properly instructed operator. It proved a very successful format. I attended a morning session with Max Pickerill of Specialised Ground Care Ltd of Costock, Leicestershire who wanted to try out the Mecalac MCR excavator/loader. The Mecalac vision for the MCR tracked excavator and the MWR wheeled excavator is for just one driver to operate one machine capable of handling a wide range of tasks on the same worksite. The fact that there are also no complicated handling manoeuvres to worry about makes it possible to achieve so much more in the time available, which has to be a benefit to productivity levels.

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In the cab is a simple selector switch. The driver can turn his compact excavator into a compact loader and then back again using the same commands. The Mecalac “Connect” hydraulic attachment means that the tool can be changed in just a few seconds without having to get down from the cab. A major innovation with the MCR excavator is the use of the joystick for operation translation in loader mode, thus significantly improving productivity. Talking to Max at the end of his morning session, he was very impressed with the MCR and extremely complimentary about the way the event had been arranged and handled. He also had a very short stint in the Mecalac MWR wheeled excavator, but his main interest was the MCR model. The MWR represents a new way to interact with construction vehicles. This can be attributed to its completely redesigned external ergonomics and unique interface between human and machine, combining accessibility with safety. Any potential customer really has to try the machine to fully appreciate its features and versatility, which is why the Mecalac Dig Days are so important to its marketing strategy. For the afternoon session that day, Sleator Plant, the Mecalac dealer in Northern Ireland, was bringing over Simon Davidson and Richard Wright from Demesne Contracts to try out the MCR and MWR excavators. Here are some of images of the two machines on the demo ground.

Photos courtesy of David Chuck, Kingston PR

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