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

22 topical commentary Vacuum/Suction Excavation: Why Vacuum? David Chuck explores the development of a growing market sector in the Construction Industry.

26 topical commentary Protecting Your Plant: Finding the right method for you

Eleanor Baldwin investigates the technical advances in construction site security.

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35 topical commentary L Lynch Employing the Homeless

David Chuck unpacks the company’s initiative to employ people from homeless backgrounds.

38 company profile Myerscough College

Plant Planet learns from four apprentices at Myerscough to understand what drove them to pursue a career in Plant.

48 Industry insights Solutions for Safer Motorway Construction

Our experts panel explore the machinery innovations making highways and civils construction work safer.

60 Event Review

LAMMA 2020: The Future of Farming Head of Editing and Design, Hannah Bounford, rounds up the agricultural machinery highlights.

66 Event Review

The Gateway to Construction: Plant Construction Careers Live

The WMCA partner with the CITB, CPA & CECA to open the pathway for the next generation of the construction workforce.


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HS2 go-ahead is Major boost to construction skills demand


February, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet gave approval for the whole of the HS2 project to go ahead. The work is expected to start in a matter of weeks. Johnson confirmed in the house of commons that he is committed to both the London to Birmingham rail line and the next phase from Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester. Research analysis found that phases one and two of the project will generate substantial job opportunities in construction, says CITB. Skills in particular demand will be construction trade supervisors, plant operatives, steel erectors, labourers, civil engineers, civil engineering operatives and construction project managers. CITB Policy Director, Steve Radley, said: “Today’s decision will increase the demand for a range of skills in construction but the certainty will give the industry the confidence to invest in apprenticeships and upskilling its workforce. And the opportunity to work a game-changing project will help construction to attract the next generation of workers.”


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French village take delivery of liebherr mk 88 mobile crane MAXILEVAGE,

became increasingly aware of the potential the mobile construction crane holds for the island. Consequently, the crane was already in operation in January for the installation of an air-conditioning system and for the unloading of shipping containers.

Handover of the mobile construction crane took place in Guadeloupe, a French overseas department in the southern Caribbean, at the Maxilevage depot in Sainte Rose. The company was provided with an introduction to the machine on site. Managing Director Daniel Gengoul was impressed and commented: “Assembly is simple and the mobile construction crane is very flexible in its range of operation.” As training continued, he

Maxilevage has 20 years of experience in the handling and transportation of bulky loads and now wants to expand its fleet with the MK 88, a perfect addition to its existing mobile cranes. On the one hand, the MK 88 requires very little space and can be positioned directly next to the building. On the other hand, it still has an impressive reach of 45 metres as well as an eight-tonne maximum load capacity.

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Nominations Now Invited for CPA Stars of the Future 2020 Awards THE

Construction Planthire Association’s (CPA) Stars of the Future awards scheme is being expanded in 2020 with both national and regional awards for Plant Mechanics, Plant Technicians, Lifting Technicians, Plant Operators and Hire Controllers across the UK. Stars of the Future nominations are invited from plant-hire companies, manufacturers, contractors, suppliers and others operating in the construction plant sector. Nomination forms are available on the CPA website at https://www.cpa.uk.net/ starsdownloads/ and following the judging process, winners will be announced at the Stars of the Future awards ceremony being

hosted at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre in Fillongley near Coventry on Wednesday 10th June 2020. The closing date for nominations is Thursday 9th April 2020. Stars of the Future is a national awards scheme for apprentices and trainees in the construction plant-hire industry, organised by the CPA, the leading trade association for the plant-hire sector in the UK. The CPA has over 1,700 members who supply 85% of hired plant to the construction industry. Traditionally, Stars of the Future has rewarded Plant Mechanics but the scope of the 2020 event is being extended further. There are now a total of five

categories, with national and regional awards for Plant Mechanics (Level 2), Plant Technicians (Level 3), Lifting Technicians, Plant Operators and Hire Controllers. These categories reflect the key occupations in the plant industry, and correspond with apprenticeships that are available, including new ‘Trailblazer’ apprenticeships in England. Kevin Minton, CPA Chief Executive said: “Stars of the Future recognises the UK’s most promising apprentices and trainees in the construction plant sector and the awards scheme is now in its eighth year. Each year it has grown in stature and the 2020 event promises to be even bigger and better than ever with more awards than ever before. We’d like to urge →


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employers and companies in the construction plant sector to nominate apprentices and trainees who they believe should be recognised as stars in the making.” Stars of the Future winners will be in contention for a number of prizes. Last year Plant Mechanic winners won Snapon tool kits and other prizes included an all-expenses paid trip to Germany to visit a Liebherr crane manufacturing plant for the CPA Lifting Technician Star of the Future winner.

To qualify for a CPA Stars of the Future award, applicants need to be: • Employed and working on one of the listed occupations at the appropriate level; • On a recognised apprenticeship or a

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formal training programme of at least 12 months duration for the occupation; • Working towards or hold a relevant NVQ, SVQ or other form of formal occupational competence-based qualification; • On a formal training programme with an appropriate length of off-the-job training. For specific occupations, nominees need to be:

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smart safety: JCB Introduces stage V 1 Tonne site dumper JCB

launched 1T-2 hightip site dumper at the Executive Hire Show designed specifically to meet the needs of the rental industry. This EU Stage V compliant 1.0-tonne machine features a host of safety improvements, including the availability of an optional Smart Safety pack, designed in cooperation with leading plant hire customers and JCB dealers.

• Initial movement alarm to warn other site personnel of travel • Optional Twinlock drive system ensuring maximum traction on poor ground • Smart Safety option incorporating a tip-alert alarm, reduced speed and wider track

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The 1T-2 is powered by a 16.1kW (21.6hp) diesel engine that meets the emissions regulations without any requirement for exhaust after-treatment, reducing cost and downtime for customers. The machine is equipped with a drive inhibit system,

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preventing travel unless the seatbelt is in use and an initial movement alarm, that provides an audible warning before travel commences. An electric parking brake is now standard, while JCB’s Twinlock drive is available as an option. Twinlock controls the rotation of each wheel motor, to provide maximum traction in difficult ground conditions. In response to consultations with leading plant hire customers and JCB dealers, the 1T-2 is also offered with an optional Smart Safety pack. This includes an intelligent tilt prevention warning system (patent pending) using proven technology from JCB’s market-leading Loadall telescopic handler range. It is designed to →


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prevent the skip being raised when the dumper is sitting on dangerously uneven ground. A visual gauge sits above the main console, with a series of lights running from green, through amber to red. As the skip is raised or tipped, the system senses if the machine is leaning to the side or forwards or backwards, causing a potentially unstable situation. If the lights reach the amber stage, an audible warning is given to notify the operator, to either lower the skip, or move the machine to more stable ground conditions. In the event that the machine is tipped over, the system will stop the engine to prevent internal damage and prevent re-starting for a set duration. Where the optional JCB LiveLink telematics system is installed, it will also send a notification to the fleet manager that the machine has been tipped over. The Smart Safety pack also includes the option for the dealer to reduce the machine’s maximum travel speed, which is particularly useful for less experienced operators.


Customers can order the machine with a wider track for additional stability. This uses an increase in wheel offset to raise the width of the machine from 850mm to 988mm, still allowing access through a standard 1m doorway. The increased track boosts machine stability by 16%, further increasing safety on rougher site conditions. With the addition of the Stage V engine and this wide range of operator and site safety systems, the JCB 1T-2 remains the safest, most productive, 1.0-tonne compact site dumper for plant hire customers.

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Two new volvo machines for Macaulay Askernish Ltd MACAULAY

Askernish Ltd, a privately owned civil engineering contractor headquartered on the island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides, has taken delivery of two new Volvo EC140E excavators for a dedicated 21 kilometre utilities contract on Stornoway. The new arrivals follow hot on the heels of a larger EC200E ordered by the company in the summer – it being the first of its kind to arrive in Scotland. “We’ve been operating Volvo excavators since 2012 and have found them to be very reliable and productive machines. They are well built and robust, which are essential characteristics for working in this part of the world.” comments Operations Manager Callum McDowel. “Additionally, we have developed a strong relationship with Volvo and SMT GB, who understand our requirements. They look after us very well from an aftersales perspective, so these are positive reasons for sticking with the Volvo brand.” he continues.

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All three machines are currently working on Stornoway. The EC200E is currently working on various civil engineering projects, whilst the two new EC140Es have been deployed on a dedicated 21 kilometre utilities contract, which will take two years to complete. “Both sizes of machine fit in well with the typical contracts we undertake.” says Callum. “In particular, the larger EC200E has plenty of capacity for general site clearance and muck shifting duties.” Both machines are powered by a Volvo Stage V compliant 4 cylinder engine, developing 122 and 156 nett hp for the EC140 and EC200 respectively. All of the machines are also fitted with an ‘Integrated work mode control’, which significantly reduces fuel consumption. This system provides high efficiency, rapid dig cycles by ensuring the maximum possible hydraulic horsepower available is delivered at a constant engine speed, under varying load conditions. In addition, boom and arm geometry provide highly competitive digging forces and lifting capacities, which

makes for faster work cycles. Hose rupture valves are also fitted as standard to the boom and dipper cylinders, as are quick fit hydraulics and a hammer/shear service. Founded in South Uist in 1949, MacAulay Askernish Ltd is a privately owned family-run Civil Engineering Contractor operating throughout the Western Isles and Highlands. The company is fully accredited in Quality, Health & Safety and Environmental procedures. With an enviable reputation as a resourceful contractor, the company undertakes a wide range of civil engineering construction and infrastructure projects. SMT GB markets Volvo Construction Equipment products together with K-Tec articulated hauler scraper boxes in Great Britain. There are eight strategically placed Customer Support Centres, a dedicated National Used Equipment Centre and a network of utility equipment dealers to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout the country.


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AIR-VAC is a unique innovative compact vacuum excavator. VAC-EX has drawn on its years of experience with the larger vacuum excavators to provide the industry with the first ever machine that solves the problem of safe digging, in restricted access areas. Making this safe digging technique available to more companies and operatives. Despite the compact nature, the innovative turbine and filtration design ensure there is still a high level of vacuum. The AIR-VAC complete with trailer weighs 2300kg, light enough to be towed to the work area behind an industry standard transit van or pick up. Where it can be quickly removed from its trailer. The tracks and remote control, with five speed options allow it to be safely moved to the dig area. The AIR-VAC can be tracked through the tightest of locations. Once at the dig site the ground is agitated

with compressed air through the VAC-EX, AIR-EX air lance, from a vehicle mounted compressor. The loosened ground can now be safely vacuumed into the AIRVAC, where the debris is stored in the 0.2m cubed integrated skip. Both the air lance and dig pipe are manufactured from HDPE Plastic which will insulate the user if they are to contact a live unground cable. This has been tested and certified to 75,000 volts. Once the skip is full the AIR-VAC can be tracked to a convenient tipping point where using the remote control, the skip can be raised to allow the debris to be tipped into a dumpy bag, machine bucket or a low trailer. The AIR-VAC can now continue with the excavation, if required. The design of the filtration system allows the removal of water or sludge from the excavation and a drain valve on the skip door means water can be drained away during the digging process, without tipping the skip. This improves the way repair and maintenance works are conducted. All operations of the AIRVAC can be done from the hand-held remote control, so operators can be at

a safe distance while the AIR-VAC is moving. The addition of a flashing beacon and white noise alarm warns anyone in the area that the unit is mobile. The hydrostatic track drive ensures that when the remote control is released or dropped the AIR-VAC will stop instantly. The hydraulic power take-off allows hydraulic power to be used for a breaker or saw to cut away a hard surface prior to digging. Everything is powered from a 3 cylinder 18.5KW Tier 5 diesel engine keeping emissions and fuel consumption to a minimum. The five-inch dig tube is easily manipulated around congested services to clear the ground allowing access for repair operations. This pipe can be reduced in size for more precise digging and for the removal of less ground, to reduce impact on the ground and reinstatement costs. When the work is complete the AIR-VAC is tracked back on to the trailer, secured at the front with a single pin and at the rear with two ratchets straps. It is now ready to be towed to the next job.

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are essential to the success of construction businesses. In the end, they deliver quality, productivity, efficiency, cost savings and more. Yet they also need the right equipment to achieve the desired outcomes. The equipment must be technologically advanced, but not so complex that it confuses or intimidates those controlling it. Instead, the technology must complete sophisticated tasks quietly in the background while operators effortlessly leverage the value built into the machines. Ammann equipment is engineered to help operators succeed. That includes intuitive control and comfort that keeps them fresh throughout the working shift. Ammann machines also incorporate easy maintenance to maximise uptime. Here are some of the ways Ammann assists those who control the construction machinery:

Ammann Compaction Expert (ACE) Ammann compaction machines – which include heavy asphalt and soil compactors, as well as light equipment such as rammers, vibratory plates, add-on compactors and trench rollers – utilise intelligent technology to ensure all goals are met. One key technological advance is Ammann Compaction Expert (ACE), which helps operators confirm that

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compaction has been achieved before moving onto another area of the jobsite.

intuitive machine displays The majority of Ammann heavy compaction machines – including the new ARS line of soil compactors – feature premium, comfortable cabs with extremely low sound levels and integrated ROPS frames. The multifunctional machine displays, integrated into the steering wheel, give the operator a quick and easy overview of key indicators including oil pressure, engine temperature, fluid levels – and more.

Electronic Drive Levers Most heavy Ammann compactors utilise advanced drive control, which enables smooth starts and stops during machine operation. On some heavier Ammann asphalt compactors, an electronic drive lever provides smooth transitions that prevent damage to the freshly placed mat.

Low Hand-Arm Vibration Hand-arm vibration levels on some Ammann Vibratory Plate Compactors are the lowest in the industry – less than 2.5 m/sec2. The vibration levels are so minimal that safety codes do not require documentation of operator hours. A special mounting for the guide handle is key to the reduced HAV. The mounting isolates vibration and prevents it from reaching the operator, significantly improving both comfort and safety. Operators say the reduced

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HAV is noticeable from the moment they start the machine.

Versatility Ammann machines are engineered to be versatile, with many able to handle more than one task. For example, Ammann ARW Walk-Behind Rollers include two amplitudes: a high setting for soil and aggregates and a low setting for asphalt. Traditionally, fleet owners had to purchase two separate machines to access such varied amplitudes. With the Ammann ARW line, the operator need only flip a switch to change amplitudes – and applications.

Triple-Shaft Exciter System Ammann remains the technological leader in plate compaction with its patented triple-shaft exciter system – a much-appreciated feature. The system keeps plate movement consistent, which in turn enables smooth travel – even through heavy, cohesive soils – and helps the compactors effortlessly overcome steep grades.

Orbitrol Steering Ammann’s Orbitrol steering on light compaction machines provides exceptional manoeuvrability. The

Orbitrol steering adjusts centrifugal weights, allowing a smooth and easy change of direction.

Quick and Simple Service Both light and heavy Ammann compaction machines offer easy access to maintenance and service points, helping operators complete the required tasks and quickly return to work. The heavy compactors have draining ports that can be reached from the ground and tiltable cabs and engine hoods to make all components accessible. Some light and heavy compactors offer toolless maintenance of various components. In addition, options for light equipment – such as water tanks and paving pads – can be mounted or removed without the need of a single tool.

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Vacuum/Suction Excavation:

Why Vacuum? David Chuck explores the development of a growing market sector in the Construction Industry.

APPARENTLY, there are enough pipes and cables buried under our streets to stretch to the moon and back ten times! The problem is that we don’t know where many of them are, which is just one reason why ‘vacuum/suction excavation’ is becoming increasingly popular and considered to be best practice. Advancements in vacuum digging have made it the go-to technology for nondestructive or non-invasive ways to safely locate and excavate an area with the utmost precision. Vacuum digging technology can be traced back to the 1960s but it was crude. It →

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Topical commentary • why vacuum? Other very important factors linked to vacuum excavation are higher worker safety and far fewer liability issues, so there are many benefits to be derived. Some of the most common applications for suction excavation include exposing pipes and cables without causing damage and localisation of cables and pipes; suction of foundations for restoration or renovations; ballast removal on rail lines; excavation for building underpinning; suction around tree roots for cable and pipeline maintenance and test slots prior to groundworks.

Vacuum excavation can increase workers' safety And then there is in one big factor to consider with traditional excavation – the potential cost in accidental damage to underground utilities such as power and fibre optic cables, not to mention the penalties attached to such actions. Vacuum/suction excavation reduces such risks.

The excavated material is contained in the suction excavator rather than deposited. This is then taken away to be disposed of, rather than dumped on the side of the trench which can be a great benefit when excavating in confined spaces.

How does a Vacuum Excavator Work? A vacuum/suction excavator generates high volume air flow via its suction fans which are powered by (in most cases) a diesel engine. This air flow produces a suction that pulls material into the machine’s intake nozzle depositing it into a material storage container. The air then continues through a bank of micromesh filters that capture small particles and dust before being released back into the atmosphere. Suction/vacuum excavators come in all shapes and sizes. They can be truck mounted, rail mounted, track mounted and some are trailer mounted as shown in the images. The trailer mounted and narrow track mounted units are ideal for working in very confined areas. Suction excavation is without doubt, a growing market sector and one we will certainly see more of in 2020 and beyond.



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was not until the early 1990s that the technology was properly refined. The popular belief is that traditional excavation is cheaper than vacuum excavation. If we look only at the digging component this may be the case; however, we should also bear in mind that traditional digging equipment does not include the cost of dirt removal.



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Protecting your plant: Finding the right Method for you Eleanor Baldwin investigates the technical advances in construction site security.


plant machinery is probably an asset that you’ve worked hard for. Brilliant machines don’t come cheap, so you’re going to want to invest in the right plant security. It is reported that plant theft claims have risen steadily over the past 5 years. With an estimated £1 million worth of Plant thieved every week, an important question arises: Which type of security method is best for you?

If you’re taking care of a large construction site, security officers might be the way to go. Officers with full personal protective equipment (PPE) can be an easy way to ensure your machinery is fully protected and guarded whilst you’re not on site. Companies such as the Beacon Group offer Contractor Health and Safety (CHAS) accredited services with Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) registered construction security officers. One level up from this, the Beacon Group also offers security and detection dog handler teams, for that added protection from drugs, explosives, tobacco and more.

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Security officers, whilst great for large construction sites in high-crime areas, are a costly service to implement. For those wanting to protect smaller amounts of heavy machinery, other security methods may be more appropriate. CESAR is the need-to-know construction industry security scheme. According to the CESAR Scheme website: ‘To combat theft and aid recovery CESAR combines: State of the art Datatag ID technology, overt and covert deterrents, a low one-off cost to protect your machine for life, a secure and accredited 24/7 database.’ CESAR has become the industry standard in terms of security, with support from many insurers and the police. The

Protecting your plant • Topical Commentary scheme also boasts its support from The Construction Equipment Association (CEA), with its delivery partner being Datatag ID Ltd. According to the CESAR website: • A CESAR registered machine is 4 times less likely to be stolen (compared with statistics produced by IMIA) • A CESAR registered machine is 6 times more likely to be recovered if stolen • Visible and covert markings - a real deterrent. • No annual fees - invest just once in marking and registering your equipment for life. • Lower insurance premiums up to 15% and reduced excesses - CESAR is approved by all major insurers. • Quick police access to the CESAR database - providing an instant trace on stolen equipment via Datatag’s 24/7 secure call centre. • Recognition by local and national government agencies making it easier to get your equipment authorised to work on major construction sites. • No recovery fees for stolen plant. • Free parallel registration with the DVLA’s Off Road Register (for applicable plant). • The market leading anti-theft system. • Reduction in stolen plant = less down time = more profitable business. • The first industry-wide official scheme - backed by PTAG (Plant Theft Action Group) • CESAR is supported by the Home Office & Police CPI.

To ensure your site is extra safe, its advised that machinery owners make use of steel shutters ad control inhibitors. Whilst not high-tech security equipment, these devices will delay access to your plant machinery in the event of an attempted theft. Another option is the use of virtual ring fences. In this scenario, plant equipment will be disabled when a thief attempts to move it out of the prescribed area. To enable the equipment to be moved outside of the designated area, remote asset management will be required.

Whichever security method you decide to employ with your plant machinery, it’s crucial to safeguard your plant when you’re not around. The type of security you choose will depend largely on how many items of heavy machinery you own; Plant protection needs vary from case to case. If you are interested in trying out any of the security features described in this article, please find the relevant internet links below: www.thebeacongroup.co.uk www.cesarscheme.org www.black-int.com

It’s crucial to safeguard your plant when you are not around. DATATAG’S CESAR SCHEME EXHIBITING AT THE CPA CONFERENCE 2019

All factors considered, it’s clear that CESAR may be way forward for your personal plant security needs. However, there are other potential security options worth considering. Offering similar protection services to CESAR, Black International allows users of their OrchidTM device to locate assets whenever requested. With the use of a web application, the user can track all of their machines with the OrchidTM device installed. This is extremely useful to those machinery owners who are often on-thego and may need to locate their machinery with the ease of a smart phone.

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Never replace the complete tyre, only the damaged segment at a fraction of the cost The airBOSS segmented wheel and tyre system is an unique, British made product (manufactured in Birmingham) which has established an enviable reputation as the most cost-effective answer to punctures, tyre damage and downtime. Introduced to the UK at the SED Show in 1991, the airBOSS tyre won the Supreme Gold

for Innovation and Newcomer Award. For over 28 years airBOSS has been sold throughout Europe, the Middle East and Scandinavia and last year was introduced into the mining industry in Mongolia.

What makes airBOSS so different to a STANDARD ONE-piece tyre? The airBOSS tyre is comprised of a number of individual rubber segments (18, 20 or 22 depending on the wheel size) bolted onto a steel rim, each segment interlocking with each other to make a complete tyre. When damage occurs to a wheel, only the damaged rubber segment needs replacing – something which can be done in seconds by the vehicle operators themselves using a simple torque wrench. You never have to replace the complete tyre – only the damaged segment – at a fraction of the cost of a one-piece tyre. The steel rim is a one-off purchase, unlike other semi-solid and solid tyres where the rim either needs to be replaced when the tyre is damaged or the rim is incorporated within the tyre itself. Unlike every other tyre rim, the airBOSS rim will likely last the lifetime of the machine. →

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Cover story • airboss segmented tyres

No downtime caused by puncture or tyre damage. segments are easily replaced by the operator

Benefits of airBOSS include:

• Improved handling and comfort giving superb traction and grip.

• No downtime caused by puncture or tyre damage.

• No worries about the cost to dispose of damaged tyre.

• Lasts four times longer than a standard tyre.

• Drastically lessens the negative effect of rubber disposal on the environment.

• No expensive call-out charges to tyre fitting companies. • Segments are easily replaced by the operator. The machine does not need to be jacked up to replace a segment.

airBOSS is suitable for the majority of diggers, backhoe loaders, skid steers and dumpers and is a must for any business in the following sectors;

• Never have to replace the entire tyre, only the damaged segment. The operator keeps a number of spare segments in the machine cab.

Construction • Demolition • Quarries Landfills • Mining • Waste Management Corrosive Areas • High Temperature Zones Metal Recycling Yards

• Durable, multipurpose and hard wearing in all environments and across all surfaces. Designed to work on the harshest of environments.

airBOSS is approved by all major OEMs including JCB, New Holland, CAT, Bobcat Doosan, CASE, Terex, GEHL, Wacker Newson, Daewoo and many others. →

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The graphic overleaf is a real-life example over three months. To compare overall costs, airBOSS tested two skid steers (wheel size 10 x 16.5) on the same demolition / construction site over a period of three months. The results were astounding and confirmed what they had always known about airBOSS tyres… they will save you a LOT of money.

Airboss segmented tyres • cover story

a real life example: saving £5.5k over three months

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airBOSS Cost of tyre/wheel

Cost of a standard quality pneumatic tyre with metal wheel rims


Cost of airBOSS wheel (rim and segments)

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Nine incidents occurred where damage required replacement of a tyre (£173.25)


£636.00 £448.50 23 segments (£19.50) were replaced

Call out charges


Downtime costs


Total expense


Call out charge to replace tyre (£90.00)

£4,025.00 Estimated lost/inefficient production (23 hrs at £175.00 p/h)


Estimated cost savings over 12 months

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Cover story • airboss segmented tyres Try airboss free of charge Don Gillanders, CEO of airBOSS Limited is so confident that you will love the airBOSS puncture proof, all-purpose tyre that he is offering to supply a set of wheels, hassle free for a 30-day trial.

Case Study

Duntilland Quarry, Scotland airBOSS was the answer to resolve the expensive issue of tyre damage and downtime suffered at the Duntilland Quarry in Scotland.

the damaged tyres. The airBOSS wheel system resolved this problem for Aggregate – saving the company significant cash and time.

Any quarry is a tough environment for both man and machine to work in but the rock extracted at the Aggregates Industries site at Duntilland Quarry is tougher than most. The site, situated between Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland, produces and processes over 1.25 million tonnes of quartz dolerite each year, used in the construction of motorways and infrastructure sites across the UK and Europe.

As Keith Cooper, the Assistant Operations Manager at Duntilland explains :

Productivity is critical so the use of small machines in the quarry is vital to keep the flow of traffic clear and ensure supplies of aggregates get from the site to where they are needed. 12 years ago, Duntilland made the decision to move away from traditional tyres due to the daily occurrence of replacing damaged and punctured tyres caused by the hard rock shards. As the workforce operates mainly at night, not only was it expensive to replace whole tyres, but there was an additional cost through downtime waiting for the tyre fitters to attend to replace

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“We made the decision to use airBOSS shortly after buying the 1CX from JCB. Replacing the segments rather than the complete wheel keeps the machine continually moving without the loss of production and downtime. We also recycle segments which we periodically fit to the machine to even out the wear and tear. We do our own maintenance in house and using airBOSS means we no longer have to rely on external fitters to replace damaged wheels.” The rock here is extremely harsh on wheels and tyres so having one less thing to worry about makes our job just that little bit easier. This year we replaced two of the steel rims for the first time in 12 years since fitting the airBOSS system so we are very happy with them. They can take a great deal of punishment which is what we need from our equipment.”

Go to the airBOSS website at www.airbosstyre.com and click on the button “Start Your Free Trial” or telephone 01242 577877, the wheels will be delivered free of charge to any UK location. “If you do not want to purchase after 30 days, that’s absolutely fine. We will arrange collection free of charge at a time convenient for you. However, I will be amazed if you don’t like airBOSS.” Don Gillanders, CEO.


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L Lynch employing the homeless • topical commentary

L Lynch employing the homeless David Chuck unpacks the company’s initiative to train and employ people from homeless backgrounds.


is a name that needs few introductions having this year celebrated trading for 40 years in the construction industry. The plant hire specialists provide self-drive and operated services to a variety of sectors, including highways and roads, rail, utilities and civil engineering. They are heavily involved in many infrastructure projects in the UK including HS2, and it is the latter that has been the catalyst for helping homeless people find employment.

The Lynch initiative to employ the homeless was really sparked by its director, Rob Lynch. He found himself increasingly sidestepping the homeless on numerous occasions around the new London and Birmingham Terminals for HS2. The situation struck a chord and Rob recalls thinking: “how can we carry on building shiny new railway stations and other infrastructure projects without also building the

path for the homeless to get back on track?” “Homelessness is a complex issue, but I think it is one right at the heart of the construction industry,” he explains. L Lynch is now taking its first steps →

‘How can we carry on building shiny new railway stations without building the path for the homeless to get back on track?’


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Topical commentary • L Lynch employing the homeless 5 OPERATIVES WAITING TO START THEIR PLANT TRAINING

PHIL (LEFT), TRAINED AS PART OF THE SCHEME, NOW OPERATES A DUEL VIEW DUMPER ON SITE WITH BALFOUR BEATTY to train and employ people from homeless backgrounds. The company knows it will not be easy, but they are certainly determined, saying they will “try, fail, learn and try again.” L Lynch are not doing this alone and we should also mention the other organisations and people involved in this project, especially Dara McCarthy of the West Midlands Combined Authority and Alan Swann of Morgan Sindall. The West Midlands Combined Authority is a combined authority for the West Midlands metropolitan county. It is a strategic authority with powers over transport, economic development and regeneration and was formed back in June 2016. For L Lynch, 2020 is a milestone as the company celebrates 40 years in business. It was started in 1980 by Liam Lynch with one excavator and has evolved into a nationally recognised company in the construction industry. They are very proud of how their progress has been achieved thanks to the dedication, passion and hard work of their employees over the years.

As a result of this scheme to get homeless people back on track, five people have now landed new jobs as plant operatives with L Lynch. They were trained by RMF Construction and housed in temporary accommodation, assisted by the homelessness charity, Crisis.

Matthew Green, Director of Crisis Skylight Centre in Birmingham said: “As a society, we must make sure people have the right tools to be able to end their homelessness and employment is an important part of this. Our Crisis Employment Services help people prepare for, find and sustain work.”

The training course took place at RMF’s Construction Academy in Hollywood, Birmingham, covering topics such as site safety and how to operate a range of machinery. The individuals are now working on major projects across the West Midlands including the new HS2 station site at Curzon Street Birmingham.

He went on to say: “We would like to thank Lynch for providing sustainable training and employment opportunities to our members that will allow them to become financially secure. This initiative shows what collaboration working can do for some of the most vulnerable people in society and how it can change lives for the better.

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands said: “The construction industry in the West Midlands will need 50,000 more trained staff by 2030, and so we must make sure local people have the skills to fill these jobs. I’d like to thank L Lynch for offering these fantastic opportunities to improve people’s lives and I hope many more employers will follow their example.” Akiel Treasure, one of the participants explained: “I found out about the training from Crisis and went for it. I’d like to stay with L Lynch, master the craft and maybe become a team leader.”


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“We hope this is the beginning of a successful partnership and that we can continue to work together to provide more opportunities to help people leave homelessness for good.” More details about this great initiative including videos can be found on the Lynch website www.l-lynch.com We will continue to update our readers on how this project is progressing in future issues of Plant Planet.

Company profile • myerscough

Engineering an Apprenticeship future At myerscough college Plant Planet learns from four apprentices to understand what drove them to pursue a career in construction.

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Myerscough • company profile

MYERSCOUGH College in Preston, Lancashire, is fast becoming one of the top centres for the training of Construction Plant Engineering Apprentices from across the industry. Working with a wide range of employers the College provides apprenticeships in Construction Plant Maintenance and also Landbased Engineering at both Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3). To celebrate National Apprenticeships Week (3rd-7th February 2020), Plant Planet have caught up with the Team at Myerscough, including some of the Apprentices, to find out why they chose their path into construction. The College, through its dedicated Employer Services Team, tries to take the pain away from employers looking to recruit and train apprentices. Joanne Chadwick Assistant Head of Apprenticeships at Myerscough College explains the ethos behind the ever-

growing provision, saying: “At Myerscough our mission is a straightforward one, to provide our learners with the skills, knowledge and behaviours to succeed in their roles. We try and equip them with everything they need to grow with their employers and also in their own personal development. Our tutors are all industry qualified, and we work with the latest in technology advancements to ensure our programmes are fit for purpose and what industry is looking for.” “Through our dedicated Employer Services Team, we also assist employers looking to recruit apprentices, providing a FREE apprenticeship recruitment service. As most of our Engineering programmes are block release we attract a diverse range of learners from across the country.” →


Our mission is to provide learners with the skills knowledge and behaviours to succeed in their roles

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Company profile • myerscough Connor Craw,

Liam Womac,

“I have always had an interest in mechanics, so an apprenticeship seemed a great choice for me. The best part is getting hands on and doing practical work in a real setting. I would recommend apprenticeships as a great way to learn and get a wage at the same time. In the future I would like to progress into a more senior role with Griffiths Hire Shops.”

“I chose to do an apprenticeship to give me the opportunity to learn a good career that’ll stay with me forever. Hands on learning gives me a chance to put my new skills into practice every day. I also get to work in different environments and gain a wide range of experiences at Ainscough. The main benefits of an apprenticeships are to learn and earn; gain practical, relevant training experiences, and to be able to learn from other more experienced staff within the company. In the future I would like to progress at Ainscough and to work on even larger machines, becoming an experienced and valued engineer.”

Apprentice in construction plant maintenance - Griffiths Hire Shops

Thomas Sealeaf,

Apprentice in construction plant maintenance - Brandon Hire Station

“I really enjoy getting proper on the job training and experience. I get to work and train with experienced fitters to give me the best training and development I can. I would highly recommend apprenticeships to anyone looking to start on a new career path. After I qualify, I would like to further my knowledge and experience by attending training courses. I would also like to enhance my range of skills and start to work with larger equipment.”

Apprentice in construction plant maintenance - Ainscough Cranes

Jack Thomas,

Apprentice in construction plant maintenance - Thomas Plant Hire “I chose to do an apprenticeship as it allowed me to both study what I was interested in as well as attain on the job experience and get a salary at the same time. In addition, the aspect of improved employability through experience was very appealing to me. I would argue that the best part of being an apprentice would be earning a wage while training while simultaneously becoming qualified. An apprenticeship is definitely a viable way into a lot of industries, and they prove that university is not the only way into a career. After I complete my apprenticeship, I envision myself still working within the industry but as a fully qualified plant mechanic.”

Any employers or potential apprentices looking to find out more information on the range of education, training and apprenticeship options at Myerscough College please contact the Employer Services Team on 01995642255, email employerenquiries@myerscough. ac.uk or see www.myerscough.ac.uk/ apprenticeships


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Safer Motorway construction • Insights article

solutions For safer Motorway Construction Plant Planet take a look at the inventions making smart motorway upgrades safer for the workforce.


the end of September 2019, there were 32 million cars on the roads of Great Britain. This number makes up 82.2% of all traffic. The number of licenced vehicles has risen over the past year by 1.3 percent, making the total number of licenced vehicles using our roads around 38.9 million. Further, the UK has one of the highest rates of vehicle miles per mile of road per year, at a rate of 113 million. This rate is twice as high as Germany and three times that of France. With all this road usage, it’s no wonder that so many motorways are going through major upgrades. In the past 5 years £5 billion has been invested to deliver over 100 road improvement schemes across the UK. To the lay person, the term ‘smart motorway’ is a relatively new concept. In fact, it is only the term that is new. The first smart motorway in the UK, the M42 Junction 4-3a in the Midlands, was known until 2013 as a ‘managed motorway’. It was hoped that the use of the word ‘smart’ would promote the use of technology on roads. Herein lies the difference between a 'normal' motorway and a smart motorway: the use of technology. →

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insights article • safer motorway construction Smart motorways are designed to use technology to manage and smooth the flow of traffic. From road sensors to detect speed, to CCTV cameras monitoring incidents and overhead signs to communicate with road users, technology is aimed to manage incidents effectively. There are two main types of smart motorway:

lane in heavy traffic conditions. Despite the amount of technology needed to be installed, upgrading a smart motorway takes less time than some other road improvement schemes. On average, the works take around 2 – 3 years. In the south of England, the M27 junctions 4-11 smart motorway scheme is currently in progress. The scheme will convert the 15 miles of the M27 into an all lane running smart motorway. The route provides a direct link between Southampton and Portsmouth, a journey that can become congested in both directions during busy periods of the day.

The main bulk of construction work in the highways sector occurs in the central reserve All Lane Running (ALR), in which the hard shoulder is replaced by a permanent live lane; and Controlled Motorways, in which there are three or more lanes with variable speed limits and pre planned sections of the hard shoulder are opened as an additional


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Following a period of surveys and investigation, work started on upgrading the motorway in January 2019. The main bulk of the construction work involved in smart motorway construction occurs in the central reserve. To allow for this, existing lanes are narrowed and traffic management systems have been put in place. The central reserve will, in turn, be widened to allow access for works traffic. Work undertaken within the central reserve includes the installation of cables that will provide the motorway with CCTV, electronic information signs, and signals on gantries. Multi-discipline industry service provider and contractor M O’Brien are undertaking the full earthworks and drainage for the M27 junctions 4-11 smart motorway scheme. The project has required services from across the M O’Brien group including

safer Motorway construction • Insights article Skyland Drainage, high specification machinery from M O’Brien Plant Hire, and FORS Gold compliant lorries from the Ashvale Haulage fleet. Companies who frequently undertake this type of work will understand that one of the highest risk environments in construction and civil engineering is where people and plant work and interact within the same space - sometimes referred to as the people plant interface. The people plant interface can be fatal if navigated unsafely. Anyone working in this type of environment will have gone through extensive training to ensure safe interaction between people and machinery, as well as gaining awareness of wider safety concerns. However, even in the most safety conscious working environments, mistakes can be made. The industry as a whole, especially the plant machinery sector, is

looking increasingly into methods of minimising mistakes that can put the workforce at risk. Over the last few years, companies have been proposing and producing solutions in a range of forms. M O’Brien’s own solution to minimising mistakes in the people plant interface has already been trialled on the M27 Junctions 4-11 smart motorway scheme. Having noticed that those working during night works were more likely to unknowingly walk into an excavator’s exclusion zone, they approached illuminated safety manufacturer Fhoss. The result of the collaboration was an idea adapted from a previous rail application: a

solid ring of red light projected onto the ground around an excavator to clearly mark the machine’s exclusion zone. The light system has become so popular that Fhoss have released it as Fhoss Halo Exclusion. The light covers 360 degrees, is hardwired to the Plant Machinery, is Ip67 rated, and comes

The fhoss halo light clearly marks an excavators exclusion zone during operation in three types of light: spots, stripes and directional arrows. Fhoss Halo Exclusion has been used by companies such as Plantforce and bmJV. These light systems may prove vital to minimising accidents on Motorway construction and upgrade sites. →

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insights article • safer motorway construction However, it’s not the only technology utilised to make machinery safer in the Plant Person Interface. The use of proximity warning systems has become increasingly commonplace on construction sites over the past decade. The people plant interface is just one area in which machinery solutions

Prolec, a company with over 30 years’ experience in safety solutions, released the PMX system at Plantworx 2019. The site safety system utilises excavator hazard mitigation and geolocation technology to aid the prevention of plant equipment striking pre-defined hazards. Using hand-held GPS rovers, site wide coordinates can be set and hazard pre-located across a site. From here, virtual barriers can be set to ensure that any PMX-enhanced excavator works within a defined area. The machine self-limits movement to ensure that it works within the defined safe area. Further, the technology supports site-wide control of multiple machines. The technology is ideal for use in excavators within the highways sector, providing consistent, site-wide safety limits without the

a pmx enhanced excavator self-limits movement to work within a predefined safe area aimed to solve specific problems and hazards have arisen. Motorway construction and upgrades require plant operators to be aware of their surroundings completely. This includes surroundings such as overhead power lines and structures. James Fisher

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need to re-enter hazard locations across the site. The system has been utilised and demonstrated on the central reservations of the M1 and M6 all lanes running smart motorway projects and has been nominated for a Highways England Blue Star Innovation Award. These are just a couple of innovations that help make the people plant interface and plant working in close proximity to the public a safer working environment. At the time of publication, the roll out of smart motorways has been halted amid safety concerns. However, the technology and plant machinery solutions implemented in these schemes will continue to improve the safety of various construction projects to come. Turn overleaf to read the views of our Industry Insights panel member David Chuck.

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Industry insights • safer motorway construction




Industry Insights: solutions for safer motorway construction

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roll out of ‘smart motorways’ in the UK has led to much innovation in construction plant, especially the introduction of new safety systems. With new concepts and new ways of working, we are seeing many fresh initiatives to make motorway construction safer for operators and motorists. One of these new concepts is the Wacker Neuson ‘Dual View’ dumper which sets new standards for the operator’s visibility in both directions of travel. The seat console and the control panel can be easily rotated so the operator is always facing the direction of travel. This makes it ideal when working on motorway widening contracts and for the construction of smart motorways.

Many contractors, such as Costain, now mandate guidance for all contracts that the Dual View is the first choice of dumper up to 9-tonne capacity. Before the introduction of Dual View, contractors such as Costain had a 6-tonne capacity dumper payload limit, so working efficiencies can also be gained. The construction of smart motorways has also led to the introduction of new temporary barrier systems. Most of us will remember the days when just plastic road cones separated the traffic on a motorway in roadworks with traffic travelling either side of the cones at 50 mph! The BG800 Portable Steel Barrier made by Highway Care along with other similar types are now used during the construction of many smart motorways and are designed to protect motorists and the construction workforce. Its unique stepped profile has proven to reduce damage to both vehicle and barrier during impact. In the event of impact, BG800 barriers provide an extremely shallow exit angle for the vehicle minimising the risk of secondary accidents. Plastic cones really are not ideal to separate traffic safely and with this in

A fully-loaded skip no longer blocks the operator’s view. Additionally, the Dual View design means that time-consuming turning and manoeuvring on a motorway contract are no longer necessary. Together, these features all add up to a much safer way of working. Another plus point for the UK spec Dual View is that it comes fitted with a cab as standard.


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mind, Highways England are now trialling the use of two 21 metres long crash-barrier trucks. They were originally designed for military use to protect against roadside bombs, but are now keeping road workers and motorists safe. In collaboration with Kier, the 16-tonne mobile barriers have been brought over from the USA and launched in the West Midlands. Having said all this, smart motorways are proving controversial. On 31st January, Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, announced the suspension of the opening of new smart motorways until a hard shoulder removal safety review is complete. Shapps told Parliament that stretches of smart motorway, including one on a 10km stretch of the M20, will not open before the safety review has been completed. At present it can take up to 17 minutes before a control room operator is alerted to a broken-down stationary vehicle. However, we understand that NAVTech Radar have a system that can alert within 10 seconds in all conditions, day and night. It is currently on trial on a section of the M25.

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Executive hire show • event review

The executive hire show 2020: Business booming at The biggest industry Hire event of the year

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Event review • executive hire show


to many as one of the most important events in the tool and plant-hire calendar, the Executive Hire Show returned to the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, in February. The show, which took place over the 5th and 6th February, highlighted some of the key themes in the plant-hire sector. From efficiency to eco-friendly kit, here's what the show had to offer in 2020. The Executive Hire Show brings hirers and suppliers together under one roof in a two day trade only event. Originally open to hire executives throughout the UK and Ireland, the show has gained attention from many companies based in Europe and further overseas. This makes for a diverse range of equipment on show.

Key themes of this years' show seemed to be efficiency and eco-friendly equipment The key themes of this years show seemed to be efficiency and eco-friendly equipment. Industry heavy weights JCB exhibited their growing range of fully electric machinery, offering zero-emissions electrical back-up to construction projects. Following a fantastic year at the show in 2019, in which they launched the JCB 19C-1E electric excavator, JCB returned with the fast charge version of the machine. The fully electric 1.9 tonne digger, is equipped with a load-sensing hydraulic system and sophisticated battery management system ensuring full-shift availability. The fast charge option cuts the charge time from 8-12 hour charging to under two hours for a full charge. Besides this, JCB exhibited a host of equipment ideal for the rental sector. Machines on show included the S19 - 30E electric scissor lift and loadall telescopic handler. →

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Event review • executive hire show The Executive Hire Show 2020 featured, once again, the Innovation Trail. The trail consisted of 16 innovative products nominated by exhibitors for inclusion. Each piece of equipment on the trail has been launched since the 2019 show and are commercially available. Among the 16 products, 10 that were deemed particularly outstanding were put forward for a slot on Innovation Trail - Live, allowing exhibitors to present their equipment to a live audience in a 10 minute slot at the show.

MECALAC'S STAND FEATURED MULTIPLE DUMPER MODELS & FEATURED ON THE INNOVATION TRAIL products more eco conscious.” This comment reflects the current feeling of the equipment and plant hire sectors: that cutting emissions and promoting eco-conscious machinery should be at the forefront of the industry's priorities.

Another company offering eco conscious solutions on the Innovation Trail was UK based FuelBox. The company's bag-inbox fuelling system can store 20 litres of Gas Oil and reduces plastic consumption by 90%. Their AdBlue blue box has storage stability for up to 18 months and is commonly used in Euro 5 and Euro 6 off road vehicles. The box system allows for the storage of fuel for off road vehicles and allows users to remain conscious of their company's overall carbon footprint.

the innovation trail featured 16 products nominated by exhibitors for inclusion Featured on the Innovation Trail was MHM Plant's MG 6000SY Eco Generator. The 6kVA diesel generator was nominated, in part, thanks to the innovative Eco Stop/Start mode, which allows the generator to automatically stop and start according to power demand. This stop/ start technology is similar to that used in cars to avoid idling to reduce emissions and increase fuel efficiency. Presenting the product in the 10 minute Innovation Trail - Live presentation, Matt Llewellyn said: “The idea came from discussions with customers about how to make our

Besides environmentally friendly and efficient machinery, emphasis was placed by some exhibitors on machine safety. This is a subject that has been at the forefront of the industry development for →


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event review • executive hire show TRUXTA SECURED A DEAL WITH BOELS RENTAL ON DAY ONE OF THE SHOW many years. Mecalac's 6 MDX site dumper with canopy “aims to bridge the gap between ROPS and cabbed models”. The machine, based on the MDX cabbed dumper, offers the highest levels of protection in the case of a rollover. The dumper is available in a six tonne or nine tonne model. Both models offer a 3.4L, 55kw Perkins 854 IIIB-compliant engine. Operator safety is ensured with highvisibility access steps for safe entry and exit of the vehicle. Flashing green seatbelt icons, LED work lights and protected tail lights further ensure safety by improving site visibility in both day and night works. Further, Mecalac's Hazard Detection and Capture Telematics can also be specified for both models.

the executive hire show is no stranger to seeing businesses strike major deals As a trade show, the Executive Hire Show is no stranger to seeing businesses strike major deals. On the first day of the show, Staffordshire based mini dumper company Truxta closed a deal with Boels Rental to provide a first batch of Truxta mini dumpers to the rental industry giant. The mini dumpers feature a large skip capacity while being able to fit through a typical doorway, making them ideal for domestic and landscaping use. 2020 saw one of the most successful shows in the Executive Hire Show's 13 year history. With new equipment launched and celebration of the sector's ongoing efforts to innovate, it's no wonder that this event remains a must-go for many companies in the equipment and plant hire industries.


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THE PERFECT FIT FOR ANY COMPANY WANTING TO DIGITISE Those working in Heavy Plant will be familiar with the often frustrating and time consuming paper based processes involved with running a business. Meet Capja, the company looking to digitise the way in which information is created, stored and presented within the construction industries.

Electronic Data Capture The core of the company is about Capja’ing information in a digital format right from the beginning. If you take this approach, the rest of the process is easier to manage and enables automation and seamless communication. In this age, duplication is still a large issue, with many companies stuck using multiple solutions that don’t integrate.

Automate Processes Capja consults and advises companies for the best approach to streamline processes. Businesses are often looking for real-time data, improving business processes and the dream of a fully integrated platform. Capja offers solutions to schedule information to any mobile worker; bespoke mobile iOS/Android/Win10 app to capture information (anything you want!); and to top it off, the output can be presented in anyway (email, data table, API, Doc management sys, PDF etc.).

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Capja have already proven that bespoke solutions can suit a range of businesses. Southern Cranes and Access increased cash flow from Capja’s solution, by automating and delivering timesheet information from the operators back to the relevant department, all integrated with their HireDesk system. Capja also built a Risk Assessment and Method statement compiler for Southern which reduced administration time by 50% for site survey & compiling documentation.

If you require to push relevant information out to your mobile workers, capture information on site, or create complex surveys, Capja can help.

For more information on Capja’s Solutions visit: http://www.capja.co.uk Alternatively, email: info@capja.co.uk or call 01273 803 588

event review • lamma 2020


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Lamma 2020:

The Future of Farming Head of Editing and Design, Hannah Bounford, rounds up the agricultural machinery highlights.


proved to be a tumultuous year for the UK agricultural industry. Besides ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the stability of the UK Government, autumn saw widespread flooding that devastated multiple farming communities across the UK. Despite - or perhaps because of this, exhibitors at LAMMA 2020 were keen to put forward the machinery to symbolise the bright future of farming.

and technology to the show, including companies such as JCB, McCormick, Farmtrac, Continental Tyres, and Landini. The event also introduced Farming 4.0, an area in which new technology was showcased and speakers enlightened visitors on the newest developments in farming tech.

Exhibitors were keep to put forward machinery to symbolise the bright future of farming

LAMMA, the UK’s largest agricultural event, took place from 7th – 8th January. This was the show’s second year at its new permanent home, the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. Over 550 new and existing exhibitors brought machinery

The show hosted a range of exhibitors showing the latest agricultural plant machinery. Perhaps the most highprofile tractor on display was the JCB Fastrac 2, the world’s fastest tractor. Visitors swarmed to take a look at the machine on the JCB stand. The Fastrac 2 was developed as JCB →

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event review • lamma embarked on an ambitious plan to break their own world record for ‘fastest tractor in the world’ set in June 2019. The October 2019 record saw the Fastrac 2 hit a peak speed if 153.771mph and record an average speed of 135.191mph. This peak speed exceeded the June record by over 30mph.

JCB Agriculture Managing Director John Smith said: “These new telescopic forklifts bring the proven advantages of the unique Teletruk to applications where zero emissions and near silent operation greatly improve working conditions for the operator and other personnel working in the same area, while also benefitting the wider environment.

jcb’s 30-19E is the company’s response to demands for an electric-powered teletruk Besides the Fastrac 2, JCB exhibited their ever-popular electric machinery including the battery-powered JCB Teletruk 30-19E with 3 tonnes lift capacity and the JCB Teletruk 35-22E, which is capable of lifting 3.5 tonnes.

“They are JCB’s response to demands from the food industry for an electricpowered Teletruk that can operate both inside and outside buildings, which in an agricultural context will involve emptying bulk potato boxes on to grading and sorting lines, moving pallet-stacked sacks and trays from the ends of packing lines, unloading

packaging and other supplies from delivery trucks, and loading produce on to dispatch vehicles.” It wasn’t only JCB’s stand that visitors flocked to. A multi-chrome custom wrapped tractor drew significant attention to Valtra’s stand. The tractor displayed the abilities of Valtra’s unlimited studio, in which machinery can be fitted with accessories and equipment not directly available from the production line during the normal manufacturing process. Valtra’s multi-chrome machine represents one in five Valtra orders that go through the unlimited studio. Valtra also exhibited the new design for Valtra’s heads up display (HUD) SmartGlass. Positioned in the centre of the tractor’s front windscreen, Valtra SmartGlass is based on transparent display technology, laminated between two glass surfaces. This makes →


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event review • lamma the solution very robust and suitable for the demanding operating conditions of agricultural machinery.

ISOBUS digital data exchange between the tractor, on-board computer and implements is also available via the Data Screen Manager finger-touch display for these tractors and also the 114-140hp X6.4 VT-Drive.

Smartglass allows the operator to see vital information without needing to look away from the work at hand SmartGlass allows the operator to see vital information about the tractor without needing to look away from the work at hand. With a strong focus on front loader work, SmartGlass can display various information from the machine, such as tipping angle or load weight; or basic tractor information such as gear, engine RPM or driving speed. The operator is able to choose what is visible on the heads up display via the SmartTouch 9” touchscreen terminal. Valtra SmartGlass shows the company’s move through precision farming to smart farming. Other machinery manufacturers were keen to show that precision and smart farming are the way forward across the industry. The McCormick X8 and X7 range of tractors puts emphasis on the use of Precision farming applications, GPS guidance, ISOBUS and data telematics. As a result of a global partnership with Topcon Agriculture, a factory-installed guidance-ready option is now available for 141-310hp McCormick X8 VTDrive, X7 VT-Drive and X7 P6-Drive tractors, as well as a suite of precision farming applications for different Topcon terminals.


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In addition, the McCormick Fleet Management option for X8 and X7 series tractors provides fuel consumption and operating hour records, reminders for timely routine servicing, and data for pinpointing a tractor’s location and activity, plus geo-fencing for security monitoring. “These technologies are increasingly being used by farmers and contractors for improving productivity and accuracy in work, driving ease and cost-management,” points out Andy Starbuck, McCormick product specialist.

“Argo Tractors is progressively introducing these features further down the McCormick range to the 100-140hp bracket to bring their benefits to more tractor users.” Elsewhere, Continental Tyres launched their new agricultural tyre app. ‘Agriculture TyreTech’ is aimed to help farmers use tyres more efficiently. The app is able to cross reference the properties of any continental tyre with the load of the vehicle and recommend the best tyre pressure. Sales manager, Richard Hutchins explains: “The app will reduce soil compaction, reduce tyre wear, increase efficiency and lower fuel consumption.” He continued, “The new app offers farmers a way to further extend the life of their tyres by using the right tyre pressure to make their daily tasks more efficient.” LAMMA will return to the NEC from 1213th January 2021.

Event review • Plant Construction Careers Live

The gateway to Construction: Plant Construction Careers Live The West Midlands Combined Authority and Construction Gateway partner with the CITB, CPA and CECA to open the pathway for the next generation of the construction workforce.

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has been expected, especially over the past few years, that the 2020s will be the decade in which the construction industry will really feel the effects of an aging workforce. Attempts to attract young workers to the Industry have been ongoing for years. Industry events such as UK Construction Week, Plantworx and Hillhead, encourage young people to attend - with relatively positive results. However, for the Industry to attract young workers, emphasis must be placed on showing Construction as a viable career path to younger generations. At the CPA conference, held back in October 2019, members of the plant hire industry voiced the opinion that career options in plant machinery should be introduced at a younger age than is the norm in the UK. In

February 2020, Plant Construction Careers Live (PCCL) took place at Millennium Point in Birmingham, putting this practice into place within the West Midlands. The show was hosted by the West Midlands Combined Authority, in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA). Taking place on the 4th February 2020, the event saw more than 1000 young people connected with multiple

employers, universities and specialist training providers within the construction industry. The event took place during National Apprenticeships Week, a week with great importance to the industry. The number of apprenticeships taken up in the construction industry has been on the rise for a few years now. Many companies suggest that the training offered by apprenticeship schemes is the best way →

The number of apprenticeships taken up in the industry has risen in the past few years


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Event Review • Plant Construction Careers Live to get young people into the Construction Industry. When opening the event, Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street, touched on the need for ‘fresh talent’ in the industry: “The Construction Industry in this region is expected to create 50,000 new jobs over the next 10 years, offering fantastic careers for young people and adults.

“Through programmes like our Construction Gateway, we’re showing local people how to get the skills needed to gain a job in the plant sector on major projects including HS2, the Midland Metropolitan Hospital and the Commonwealth Games.” The success of the event lay in the range of technology available to visitors. To many outside of the industry, the stereotypical image of construction is one of muddy boots and bricklaying. Those outside the sector sometimes do not realise how much technology has been introduced to the construction industry, and how it has become integral to the plant operation sector. A sentiment supported by the statements of Cllr George Duggins,

PCCL allowed visitors to experience plant machinery simulators and try real plant “It’s vital to the success of the industry that we bring in fresh talent. PCCL is a great way to highlight the wealth of opportunities available in this sector.

WMCA portfolio holder for productivity and skills and leader of Coventry City Council: “We know the construction industry is facing a critical skills shortage. “It’s not just about bricklaying – working in the sector means local people could be using cutting-edge equipment and technology such as drones, virtual reality and robotics. I hope everyone who has visited the PCCL event now takes the time to think about starting a career in construction.” PCCL allowed visitors to experience plant machinery simulators, watch demonstrations of the latest machinery, and receive information about emerging jobs in the sector. Exhibitors at the event included P Flannery Plant Hire, who brought a state-of-the-art simulator and Hitatchi mini excavator. A-Plant brought a JCB electric excavator, which Andy Street test drove, and city of Wolverhampton College brought the action indoors


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Plant construction careers live • event review with their remote controlled excavator challenge. Together, the exhibitors provided an exciting insight into the construction plant sector for young people in attendance. The interactive elements of the day provide a vital framework for events aimed at getting young people interested in the construction plant sector. Events like PCCL, and the support given to the industry by local authorities, are vital to the success of the industry attracting a younger workforce. For more information about Construction Gateway and what the initiative can offer, visit: https://www.goconstruct. org/construction-today/whats-new-inconstruction/major-projects/wmca/



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