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The world leading e-magazine for • construction • demolition • quarrying • mining

International Edition

Vol 4 No 6

• The Coldest Journey • Wolff Cranes Take To The Air • Unusual Use of Remote Demolition Tool • Bauma Africa delights the industry • SMOPYC - Interview With José Antonio Vicente • Plenty from Caterpillar

• IMT Mid-Range Cranes

• Prototype underground truck

• Thwaites tracking device

• Terramac Multi-Purpose Carrier

• Genie Compact Telehandler

• Dynapac new soil compactors

• Smallest Hydrodemolition Robot

• Underwater UHP Waterjet • WEDA 04S pumps

• VICAMATIC-2 tester


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Editorial Comment

5 Panorama Italy: New Hitachi excavator helps to transform hospital India: Quarry Operator Places Trust In Chicago Pneumatic Thailand: Liebherr crawler cranes on power plant Austria: Asphalt paving in the Tyrol Norway: Case Excavators Help To Map The World’s Rotation Australia: Loader Boosts Productivity For JSB Germany: Transport platform in the city of Strasbourg 12 Wolff Cranes Take To The Air 14 Gibraltar - UNIC Mini Crane Rebuilds Radar Dome 15 Twin-shaft batch mixer for concrete plant 16 No Time At Bremen City Airport 18 The Coldest Journey As the expedition team make progress 20 Circle Terminus is a Tight Fit 23 Unusual Use of Remote Demolition Tool 26 Bauma Africa delights the industry 28 DOLL at Bauma Africa 2013 – successful premiere 29 SDLG at Bauma Africa 30 JCB Show Commitment       to Global Markets 31 Wacker Neuson at        Bauma Africa 32 SMOPYC - Interview With José Antonio Vicente 36 Three New Compact Track Loaders 37 Operator-Friendly Cat Telehandlers 38 Prototype underground truck 40 Terramac RT9 Multi-Purpose Crawler Carrier 42 New CAT 836K Landfill Compactor 44 Dynapac CA1300 and CA1500 new soil compactors 45 Underwater UHP Waterjet System 45 WEDA 04S small rental and construction pumps 46 New Cat MP300 Series Multi-Processor 46 IMT Introduces New Mid-Range Articulating Cranes 47 Thwaites tracking device 47 Genie Upgrades GTH-5519 Compact Telehandler 48 World’s Smallest Hydrodemolition Robot 48 VICAMATIC-2: new automatic setting time tester 49 Companies Featured Contractors World - International Vol 4 No 6

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Editorial Comment What’s In A Name? Languages continually evolve and merge as one country adopts the word from another country. There are many words that are in everyday usage that did not exist a few years ago. Perhaps the most well known is Google, which started out as a trade name but is now a generic noun and a verb. Twitter and other social media terms are similar. Ten years ago who heard of ‘tablets, iPads, Smartphones, etc? Many have found their place in dictionaries. Such words usually achieve fame once they have proven to deliver a constant meaning. The construction industry has a few, much to the chagrin of the manufacturers, ‘Caterpillars’ are often referred to in new bulletins to mean a dozer of any brand. A ‘JCB: in Europe and ‘Lull’ in America are similarly used. Most words are of English origin, so it is nice to see a German word that is rapidly becoming a common word in certain sectors of the construction industry. “Bauma” or as the brand owners prefer to be called ‘bauma’ stands for Construction Machinery and for many years was associated with trade events in Germany. However, so successful were the Messe München GmbH organisation at organizing the tri-annual trade events in Munich that they have successfully exported the concept, the professionalism and the brand name around the world. Today, the leading event is ‘Bauma’ attracting 500,000 visitors to the event in Germany. However, there is now Bauma China, Bauma India and the recently competed Bauma Africa. There is also Bauma South America under planning. The events are successful because the organisers keep to a simple, proven business plan that is obviously adapted to meet local requirements and market conditions. Long may they continue to succeed.

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Panorama Italy

New Hitachi excavator helps to transform hospital

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n Umbrian contractor has purchased a new Hitachi Zaxis-5 mini excavator to work on a prestigious utilities project in Perugia. BTF (Benedetti, Torricelli, Fuccelli) ordered the ZX55U-5 from the Italian Hitachi dealer, SCAI, and immediately set it to work on the transformation of the Monteluce hospital after it had been delivered in August 2013. The former hospital occupies an area of 75,000 m², which is situated close to the historic city centre. While some of the existing buildings are being preserved and restored, the remainder of the estate is being demolished to make way for a new 65,000 m² development. This will include a diverse range of residential and student properties, commercial and office buildings, and health, social and other services. The refurbishment work will also see the introduction of an array of new public spaces, including gardens, squares, and pedestrian and parking areas. The 70 million Euro project started in 2009 after the transfer of the hospital’s services to new

facilities and will be completed by 2015. “The new Hitachi excavator offers us a high level of versatility thanks to its excellent hydraulic system,” says one of BTF’s three owners, Miguel Torricelli. “It is a very good machine for operating the breaker efficiently and it digs trenches and loads trucks well, with the standard bucket. We have also found it to be precise, reliable and the ECO mode significantly reduces fuel consumption.” Operator Riccardo Giglietti has also been impressed, “The cab is excellent and very comfortable – I have ample leg room, which is impressive for a machine of this size. It’s a typical Hitachi excavator, so it has a number of high-tech features and is reliable of course. I really like the air conditioning and enjoy working with such a fast and accurate machine.” Click here for more information >>> Hitachi Excavators

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India

Quarry Operator Places Trust In Chicago Pneumatic One of India’s leading producers of manufacturing and plastering sand, Matha Granites, is expanding its quarrying operations in the district of Kerala. . With the aid of proven supplier, C h i c a g o Pneumatic, the company has recently mechanised its quarrying operations. Matha Granites’ successful relationship with Chicago Pneumatic began in 2005, when the company purchased its first CP1150 hydraulic breaker. With over 8,000 hours of reliable service, the breaker proved a great fit

for the company, paving the way for the purchase of other Chicago Pneumatic products. “Ever since we bought the CP1150, which was our first breaker, we’ve had a close and very productive relationship with Chicago Pneumatic,” said Mr Pauly, Engineering Manager at Matha Granites in Kerala. As Mr Pauly explained, “We have no hesitation in ordering Chicago Pneumatic products, especially when Chicago Pneumatic told us that all the machines supplied in India are upgraded to suit the tough operating conditions that are so common in our country.” Matha Granites added a CPS325 air compressor, which was followed by a CPS400 air compressor. In addition, it has recently purchased a model from the Chicago Pneumatic range of RX medium size hydraulic breakers, which has proven an ideal match for the company’s requirements. Click here for more information >>> Chicago Pneumatic

Thailand

Liebherr crawler cranes on power plant Leading Thai rental company, TSK Crane Service Co supplies two Liebherr LR 1750 crawler cranes to erect a power plant in Central Thailand on a six-month rental contract to Sino-Thai Engineering & Construction Pcl. The 1,600 MW gas turbine combined cycle power generation plant is being built under a turnkey contract by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd in the Nong Saeng district of Saraburi Province, Central Thailand, for Gulf JP NS Co Ltd. Sino-Thai Engineering & Construction is Page 6


handling civil and installation works at the plant site. The contractor had initially proposed the use of one 750 t crane with superlift jib, and one 400 t crane, also with superlift, but TSK had drafted a proposal that showed the efficiency of the two 750 t units working in tandem, and this had been accepted. The LR 1750 has a maximum lift of 750 t at 7 m, and a maximum lift height of 191 m. The main function of the cranes was to erect and assemble the two sets of heat recovery steam generator components for each of the two plants, there being a total of four sets. Each set consisted of 18 tube modules, three high, intermediate and low pressure drums, and a three-part 60 m high stack.

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The two cranes were working to a height of 60 m, with maximum weights of 190 t and a working radius of 30 m. TSK also used a Liebherr 250 t unit on the site, and supported the cranes with a team of 10 people, including two operators for each crane and a supervisor. Following completion of that project, in February next year both cranes will be moved to Ayutthaya Province, where they will work on an identical plant that is also being built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for Gulf JP NS Co. Click here for more information >>> Liebherr Tower Cranes

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n Germany, three crane service companies worked together to lift a 120 m long tied-arch bridge onto 20 m tall piers, closing a gap in the expansion project for the A23 motorway over the river Stรถr, between Hamburg and Heide. The project used Terex crawler cranes - a CC 2500-1, a CC 6800 and a new Superlift 3800. Click here for more information >>> Terex Cranes

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Panorama Austria

Asphalt paving in the Tyrol

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arlier this year, the STRABAG Brixlegg branch carried out surface renovation on the Inntal motoray A12 in Tyrol, Austria, in a 10 week large-scale project. The job was on an important transit route to the south for holiday traffic. On the 5.5 km stretch between Kundl and Radfeld, the engineers from Tyrol again used a Bomag BF 800 C paver. After completion of the project site manager Dipl. Ing. Christoph Unterrainer confirmed that the results showed he had chosen the right paver. STRABAG needed to get the project finished as quickly and efficiently as possible. In his choice of machines paving manager Michael Hanser relied on experience. “We had already used a BF 800 on a 3.5 km project on the A12 in 2012. We were very pleased with the paver and the paving result. So it was clear to me that we were going to work with a BF 800 again,” said Hanser explaining his choice of the road paver with the S 500 screed and 6.5 m extensions. “Apart from that,” added site manager

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Christoph Unterrainer, “we also used several Bomag rollers for the asphalt compaction. In combination with the paver, the overall results have really impressed us, especially in terms of mat evenness.” On site in Tyrol the paver laid approx. 1,500 tons of chip mastic asphalt (SMA 8 S) per day, or 13,200 tons in total for the entire project. The uniformity and compaction levels in the final result were all to specification: “There are studies which demonstrate that drivers judge the quality of a road as good or bad mainly on the basis of its evenness. “After completion of this project, we found that both were completely to specification. We achieved this result using the Bomag finisher - and to me, this is what counts in the end”, says Christoph Unterrainer. Click here for more information >>> Bomag Pavers

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Norway

Case Excavators Help To Map The World’s Rotation

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wo Case crawler excavators have been purchased by Kings Bay AS, a Norwegian government research facility to provide infrastructure construction and support to the settlement of Ny-Ålesund, on the island of Spitsbergen, including the Ny-Ålesund Airport at Hamnerabben. The remote site is the most northerly settlement in the world for research staff. Kings Bay and the Norwegian Mapping Authority are building a 1.5 km road to a new geodetic observatory at nearby Brandal. This site will house a VLBI antenna, which is part of a global network of VLBI antennas that measure the Earth’s rotational speed and how this is affected by solar storms and disturbances, helping to predict earthquakes and tsunamis. The Mapping Authority’s Geodetic Institute also measures and establishes a national reference for coordinates, geoid reference, height reference and post-glacial rebound. It operates a nationwide system of accurate, satellite-based GNSS positioning, which can in turn be used by construction companies to accurately define excavation parameters and property boundaries. “We needed a machine to use in the city for smaller digging jobs, so opted for the CX130C, but the CX210C was chosen for road construction and ditching jobs as we will install fibre cables in 2014, so there will be a lot of trench digging Page 9


Panorama Case excavators aroused more interest than usual in this Northern outpost

in 2013 and 2014,” says Hallgeir Reitan, technical manager at Kings Bay. “The main reason for choosing Case was the attitude towards service and back-up from the dealer,” says Mr Reitan. “There are only two flights a week here and it is, therefore, imperative that any problems can be solved swiftly with the service tools from the dealer. The solutions that the dealer has provided with regards to troubleshooting and the back-up of service engineers were a big factor in our decision. “In addition, we are a research community with a focus on a clean environment and the machines’ diesel combustion system was sweet music to the ears of our scientists,” says Mr Reitan. In such a remote location, Kings Bay requires maximum reliability and durability from its equipment. As well as keeping the airport open, the company provides power, water and catering facilities to the research team and administers Bjørnøen AS, a government enterprise that owns the island of Bjørnøya (Bear Island). The location is so far north that in the harsh winter months it will be almost impossible to operate the machines, due to the very

low temperatures and strong freezing winds. This means that the equipment has to work particularly hard in the summer months, though Kings Bay is hoping for many years of faithful service. “We will store the machines inside for the winter, so we expect a long life with up to 20 years of service from the Case excavators,” says Mr Reitan. Dagenborg Maskin visited the customer on site to provide operator and technician training. The two excavators have been equipped with upgraded operator seating, additional LED work lights, roto-tilt attachments and additional cab heating systems to cope with the harsh winter conditions. Kings Bay has already expressed its delight with the Case machines, in particular mentioning the controllability of the hydraulics, the low external and internal noise levels and the exceptionally low fuel consumption. Click here for more information >>> Case Excavators

Australia

Loader Boosts Productivity For JSB With a reputation for fencing, machinery and labour hire services throughout Perth and Western Australia, Steve Blackaller of JSB Fencing and Machinery Hire knows how important it is to exceed client expectations on every project. The key to this, he claims, is having the right machinery. JSB recently purchased a Terex PT100G Page 10

compact track loader with a standard bucket and auger attachment. And the results, says Steve, have been impressive. “We purchased the PT100G three months Contractors World - International Vol 4 No 6


Panorama ago and have already used it for an incredibly large number of jobs, from digging post holes and backfilling trenches to levelling earth, digging tunnels and removing dirt. It just hasn’t stopped. The Posi-Track suspension on the track system is definitely one of the biggest advantages. It’s especially valuable when we’re working with difficult terrain, such as rocky earth that’s even harder than limestone,” comments Steve. JSB Fencing are currently working on the Gorgon Gas Project on Barrow Island, an engineering challenge of unprecedented

complexity and scale. Commonly referred to as the modern-day equivalent of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme, the Gorgon Gas Project represents a dramatic advancement in engineering capability. Set within a Class A Nature Reserve, this project requires world-class technology and expertise. Click here fore more information >>> Terex Loaders >>> JSB Fencing

Germany

Transport platform in the city of Strasbourg Strasbourg is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities – and not least due to its huge cathedral with its unusual features. Thanks to the city’s diverse and rich cultural heritage, the entire city centre known as the “Grande Ile”, has been nominated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A Geda 300 Z/ZP transport platform has been helping with refurbishment works in the heart of the Strasbourg city centre. Last year, extensive refurbishment work was begun on an old building. There was not much space available for the work as the construction site was located on a very busy oneway street. Added to this was the problem that in many old buildings in Strasbourg there are no high voltage power supply points. This was the case in the building requiring renovation in Rue du Nideck. Another factor to consider was the police headquarters located directly opposite which Contractors World - International Vol 4 No 6

meant that the one-way street had to remain passable for traffic throughout the renovation work. Narrow streets, winding approaches and limited space on the construction site are all perfect conditions for the Geda 300 Z/ZP transport platform. The “smallest” of the Geda transport platforms is just 0.85 metres wide which enables it to be easily transported to the construction site, even through narrow access routes. With its practical forklift access, the entire device can easily be transported by a pallet truck or forklift. Its two separate controls enable the transport platform to be used either as a construction hoist or as a transport platform for a maximum of three people. In Rue du Nideck the 300 Z/ZP was used purely as a construction hoist with a lifting speed of 12 m/min, since a separate mobile crane was used to transport the building materials. Click here for more information >>> Geda transport platforms Page 11


Wolff Cranes Take To The Air Three Wolff cranes in action on the Alpine construction site of an aerial tramway in Ischgl, where, during August 2013, at a height of 2,812 meters above sea level, the assembly of a tower crane quickly turns into a major challenge.

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schgl is one of the largest ski resorts in the Alps and for the expansion of the ski lifts of Silvrettaseilbahn AG, Wolfkrann Austria required three Wolf WK 5015 cranes. Section by section, the cranes were to be flown in with a heavy lift helicopter to the construction site where they were assembled. The assembly required the helicopter to wok as a crane lifting and holding sections into position while technicians secured it. This called for a huge logistical and planning effort for Wolfkrann Austria, and also an out

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Photo of Ischgl : Marc Schuelper

A heavy lift helicopter from Heliswiss International AG with a lifting capacity of up to five tons was used for the onward transportation. In order to ensure stability, even in extreme weather conditions, the crane was bolted onto 6.5 m x 6.5 m foundation platforms, which were cast in concrete on-site, with foundation anchors.

of the ordinary operation in a high Alpine landscape. When awarding the contract, Silvrettaseilbahn AG not only took into account the lifting capacities of the cranes but also assessed the likelihood of downtimes and ease of assembly. The three Wolf cranes, with hook heights of 24, 78 and 100.5 meters, were used to erect two pylons 64 and 90 meters high for a new aerial tramway. All Wolf cranes are equipped with a patented pin connection which has been in use on construction sites over the past 50 years. This means tower sections can be assembled and dismantled without any special tools, making crane erection and disassembly significantly easier. Starting point for the professional assembly was the transport of the crane components by saddle truck to the Fimbatal at 1,950 m above sea level. Contractors World - International Vol 4 No 6

Successful premiere by the Wolfkrann Austria assembly team The helicopter moved a total of approximately 200 tons of crane parts through the air. The team of six Wolf crane technicians and the Heliswiss crew assembled the cranes in a total record time of four days, almost just as fast as for a routine crane assembly. An assembly by helicopter is the pinnacle of crane erection for any crane technician. Reliability and genuine team spirit is needed when working at dizzying heights. For Wolfkrann Austria the job was the first assembly of its kind. Despite being a first, the tight schedule and the complex conditions, Wolfkrann Austria coped with the assembly professionally and without any problem” said Engineer Markus Walser, Board of Silvrettaseilbahn AG, in summing up the operation. The new “Piz Val Gronda E5” aerial tramway is planned to start transporting winter sports lovers during this upcoming ski season. Click here for more information >>> Wolffkran

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UNIC Mini Crane Rebuilds Radar Dome A UNIC mini spider crane recently made a cameo appearance on an episode of Channel 5 documentary series Gibraltar: Britain In The Sun, as it helped replace the radar dome on The Rock of Gibraltar’s summit. In episode 2 of the documentary which was broadcast in June, a UNIC URW-376 mini spider crane was hired to rebuild Gibraltar International Airport’s radome at 439 m

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(1,400 feet) above sea level. The 24 year old weatherproof dome, which protects the radar antennas inside, needed to be replaced, so a team of specialist RAF riggers were enlisted to carry out the essential maintenance work as efficiently as possible. The 2.9 tonne capacity URW-376 tracked spider crane is lightweight, portable and just

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1300 mm wide in its stowed position, making it easy to transport to this remote location. The mini crane allowed the installation team to remove the old dome panels and start to fit the new ones as quickly as possible. Time was of the essence on this project as the radar had to be turned off while the dome was being rebuilt. This could potentially

cause major disruptions to the airport’s flight schedule as the radar would need to assist with landings in bad weather. Once the old dome had been dismantled, the mid-capacity UNIC URW-376 crane with a 14.45 metre maximum working radius, was able to lift each of the new 125 kg two metre wide panels into position for the riggers to secure with bolts. The crane’s multipositionable outriggers were ideal for working safely on the uneven ground at the summit. Once some bad weather had passed, the rigging team, aided by the mini-crane, were able to complete the job swiftly, allowing airport operations to get back to schedule . Click here for more information >>> Unic Cranes

Twin-shaft batch mixer for concrete plant After more than 30 years, the mixing and weighing equipment at the Kressbronn ready-mix concrete plant had reached the end of its technically and economically useful life. Previously, all seven plants operated by the group in the Lake Constance region were equipped with pan mixers. The group of companies in which the Kressbronn concrete plant is integrated has now installed a BHS twin-shaft batch mixer for the first time during modernization of the concrete plant. The principal criteria applied for selection of the mixing system were excellent homogeneity of the mixtures, short mixing cycles and a future-proof design, along with favourable operating costs, low wear and reliable service. Assurance of the completion and commissioning deadline was another crucial factor Contractors World - International Vol 4 No 6

besides the investment and operating costs. The central element of the new plant is a DKXS 2.5 twin-shaft batch mixer with a rated output of up to 2.5 m³ of compacted concrete per batch. It replaces the two pan mixers, which had each produced 1.0 m³ per batch. Drawing on the modular system of the DKX series, BHS configured a mixer for the Kressbronn plant that is specifically tailored to the individual requirements. Click here for further information >>> BHS-Sonthofen GmbH Page 15


No Time At Bremen City Airport

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spectacular construction project took place at Bremen City Airport where the airport’s only runway was in urgent need of rehabilitation, as it was over 20 years old and pitted with holes and cracks. The parties responsible had only one option – to close the airport for the duration of the pavement rehabilitation work. The contract for the works was awarded to Heitkamp Erd- und Straßenbau GmbH, who already had experience in runway rehabilitation projects. One of the tasks involved was the pavement rehabilitation. Five large W 220 and two W 150 Wirtgen milling machines were put to work on the 45 m wide and 2,045 m long section. The machines milled away 12 cm of the existing pavement in preparation for the challenging asphalt paving. This first stage of the project

was successfully completed after 30 hours of non-stop work. Pavers achieve high level of pre-compaction Actually replacing the asphalt layers was made possible with an impressive fleet of vehicles: a total of 60 lorries shuttled between the mixing plant and the job site. The first thing they delivered was the mix for the binder course, of which 19,000 t were required. Three Vögele pavers placed the material in an 8 cm thick layer. The pavers used were two SUPER 1800-2 and a SUPER 2100-2. In order to achieve maximum pre-compaction, the pavers were combined with AB 600 Extending Screeds equipped with a high-compacting pressure bar.


Precisely laid binder course To ensure outstanding results, paving was carried out “hot to hot” in two sets of three strips. This contributed greatly to achieving a uniform and durable layer. The Vögele 3D control system NAVITRONIC Plus was used when paving the two inner strips to achieve an extremely even and accurate profile. Paving “hot to hot” produces perfect joints Six Vögele pavers were tasked with placing the surface course of asphaltic concrete: six SUPER 1800-2 and SUPER 2100-2 pavers built the new layer to a thickness of 4 cm in strips with a pave width of 7.5 m. The “hot to hot” method was employed in order to achieve optimal interlocking of the adjacent strips and to produce perfect asphalt joints. After all, the airport’s quality requirements were extremely high. Consequently, Heitkamp not only had to achieve an evenness of 3 mm over a longitudinal distance of 4 m, but also had to produce precisely positioned rain channels. To ensure that rainwater can reliably drain from the runway, the inner strips were paved with a transverse slope of 1.5%, while the outer strips were provided with a slope of 1%.

The six pavers were supplied with mix by two Vögele MT 3000-2 Offset material feeders and two MT 1000-1 feeders.

High degree of longitudinal surface accuracy To achieve the high specified evenness in the longitudinal direction, all six pavers were equipped with NIVELTRONIC Plus, in combination with the Big MultiPlex Ski. Measuring up to 13 m in length, the ski had three sonic sensors that level out irregularities in the base precisely by calculating a mean value. MT 3000-2 Offset for uninterrupted The airport was closed for just 149 hours, paving after which flight operations were recomA perfect and highly durable pavement was menced as planned. required that could withstand the tremendous loads of aircraft weighing several tonnes and Click here fore more information >>> Vogele Paving Equipment would last far into the future was essential. >>> Wirtgen Milling Machines

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The Coldest Journey As the expedition team make progress in their attempt to be the first to traverse Antarctica in mid-winter, the following is the latest from the Antarctic Winter. After a long silence as the expedition team took shelter from the extremely severe storms and dangerously low temperatures, the camp has now broken silence to say that they have survived and are now looking to complete the final leg of the journey.

Snowed-Under Cat D6Ns Start First Time At -42째C As Coldest Journey Team Prepare To Come Home

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he two Antarctic-ready Cat D6Ns modified by Finning to embark on The Coldest Journey have started successfully, despite four months snowed-under while the expedition team hunkered down to survive the harsh winter. The team will now begin the journey home, and are expected to arrive back in the UK at the end of November 2013. The two Cat D6N Track-Type Tractors, which have been equipped with hundreds of specialist modifications that allow them to be operated in the harshest conditions.

How cold is your service bay? This will stop you complaining!

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on Earth, have already begun winching the cabooses north through a severe section of blue ice and crevasses. In a series of blog posts to be published


The worst is over. Now time to get back to work. No, it is not the Stig from ‘Top Gear - it is Spencer Smirl getting ready for ‘just another day’.

on the ‘OurColdestJourney.com’ website, Finning engineer on The Coldest Journey, Spencer Smirl, has documented the engineering processes required to start the machines after the deepfreeze. Commenting on the commencement of the journey home, Spencer Smirl said: “The fact that both Cat D6Ns started first time despite months buried under snow is a testament to the build quality of the machines, and the quality of the modifications engineered by Finning. “The temperature often remained well into the -40°Cs, so without the specially designed heating and insulation systems, combined with the extra precautions that had been built into the machine to prevent the ingress of snow and ice, it would have taken a lot more effort to get the engines back started again. “We’re all grateful for the support we know the expedition is receiving, and at this stage, we’re all just looking forward to coming home.”

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Cherokee’s Schwing S 45 SX with Overhead Roll and Fold placing boom pumps concrete on one of the many small pours that make up the parking structure.

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long term residential and retail development in Atlanta - Terminus - is being completed with three luxury apartment buildings named Circle Terminus. Efficient concrete placement on the project is benefiting from a Schwing S 36 SX concrete pump acquired recently by ACPA member, Cherokee Concrete Pumping, headquartered in Hampton, Georgia. Concrete construction is ongoing on the three-level parking garage that will support five stories of apartments. DPR Hardin Construction of Atlanta, is the general contractor and long-time Cherokee customer. Located in the heart of the upscale Buckhead neighbourhood, the project is surrounded by existing development and public roads, leaving very little room for equipment.

Circle Terminus is a Tight Fit “It is just so tight,” according to Cherokee president, Wayne Bylsma, “We have to reach all portions of the site from one location and not take up too much space on the street.” The company’s Schwing S 36 SX, with 118 feet (36 m) of reach, fits the bill. “The machine’s RZ4 4-section boom combines the best features of two boom types,” says Cherokee operator Paul Thrasher, “It has the unfolding convenience of a Roll and Fold, and it incorporates a Schwing S 36 SX with RZ4 boom provided the versatility Cherokee needs on the Circle Terminus apartment project in Atlanta.

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A recently acquired Schwing SPTO 2000 will pump the decks for the five stories of apartments that will be built over the parking structure

270° Z-fold tip for manoeuvring into tight places. I call it the Rolling Z. ”It also features Super X outriggers perfect for setting up in tight spots because their curved shape telescopes out and around jobsite obstacles while providing a compact, stable pumping platform. Concrete placement usually occurs twice a week at Circle Terminus, with the Cherokee pump placing slabs and walls. “Sometimes we will set-up in the morning, pump 20-25 yards (22-23 m) for a wall and move on to another project, “ says Thrasher. The S 36 SX allows Cherokee to provide this type of service. “It can be set-up in 15 minutes with this 118 feet (36 m) and because it has 730° boom rotation, I don’t have to worry about which

side I will be booming off on the next job,” explains Thrasher, a 20-year veteran. He also credits the large 210gallon (800 litre) water tank and fast cleanout of the Schwing Rock Valve for his ability to cover more jobs in a day. Thrasher, like all of Cherokee’s operators, is ACPA certified. DPR Hardin project superintendent, Mike Janssen, concurs with the performance of the Schwing pump and Cherokee’s service, “With 165,000 square feet (15,340 m²) of parking structure to be built, we need to stay on schedule,” Hardin states, “But with the tight conditions and mixture of large and small pours, it is a high demand job.” The S 36 SX features the Generation 3 allhydraulic 2025-5 pump kit with 10 inch diameter pumping cylinders operating through 79 inches of stroke. This allows relatively slow stroking to meet volume requirements on the job. “I’ve never seen a smoother boom,” Thrasher says, “When I’m going flat-out on a large slab with the boom fully extended even the finishers will comment on how steady the boom stays.” The boom’s five-inch pipeline is supported with short pipearm holders, that contribute to boom stability and allow access to tight areas. “This is a high utilization pump for us, “ according to Bylsma, “We have used it on inside pours where the unique boom configuration allows it to pour right back to the bumper

Curved Super X outriggers are a Schwing exclusive that provide a stable pumping platform with a small footprint.

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The 270-degree tip section and low unfolding height of the RZ4 boom allow the S 36 SX to pump indoors when not engaged in commercial and residential projects.

and stay within the ceiling height. You don’t see too many booms with the ability to do that.” Cherokee caters to all pumping needs in the Atlanta area. “It fulfills our need for an all-purpose pump working on commercial and residential projects,” Bylsma says. The versatility is aided by the RZ4 boom’s design that angles the second section to one side in the travel position to minimize overall length for manoeuvrability. The boom straightens itself as it unfolds. With Atlanta’s notorious harsh mixes, the Big Rock Valve, standard on the S 36 SX, enables the pump to perform on every project. “The Big Rock has an extended valve and housing to easily keep up with the requirements of high volume pours even with the harshest mixes, “ according to Bylsma. As Circle Terminus rises above the three parking levels, Cherokee will move their boom pumps off the project to place the concrete decks for the five apartment levels. Another newly acquired Schwing pump, the SPTO 2000, will take their place performing as a line pump on the project. With only 250 ft² (23 m²) required for set-up, the SPTO 2000 is only 40% of a boom pump’s footprint on the cramped project. The pumpkit is powered by the truck’s CAT engine and mounted on a medium-duty Page 22

Freightliner chassis. With output to 118 yd³ (3.34 m³) per hour it will meet the most demanding schedule for deck placement. “The SP 2000 also has the ability to switch from high output to high pressure pumping, “ Bylsma notes, “That can be useful on high rise pumping, but won’t come into play on this project.” Circle Terminus is the completion of the Terminus development owned by Crescent Properties, LLC. “This is familiar ground to us,” explains Bylsma, “We pumped another tower on the site with our SP 8800 several years ago.” The first Circle Terminus units are expected to become available in 2014. Amenities will include a salt-water resort-style pool, roof-top terraces with dramatic skyline views, a wine bar and tavern, an extensive fitness center, a dog walk park, an art gallery and a business center. • Owners: Cousins Properties, Atlanta, GA • Developers : Crescent Resources, LLC, Charlotte, NC • General Contractor: DPR Hardin Construction, Atlanta, GA • Pumping Contractor: Cherokee Concrete Pumping, Hampton, GA • Equipment: Schwing S 36 SX concrete pump with placing boom and Schwing SPTO 2000 truck-mounted concrete pump. Click here for more information >>> Schwing America

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South Africa

Unusual Use of Remote Demolition Tool Brokk opens new opportunities for a onceabandoned mining area

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early 60 years ago, miners began digging for gold within what’s now known as Kloof’s Thuthukani Shaft, located just outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. Kloof is one of the deepest mines in the world, sitting nearly 4,000 meters below ground. The technical challenges in the mining operation were immense due to the need for ventilation and refrigeration, and

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there was significant potential for falling rock During the initial mining efforts in the 1940s and ’50s, workers left large areas of rock that acted as support pillars. These pillars, in turn, reduced the potential for the ceiling to collapse. With no safe way to extract the gold from these untouched areas, the pillars within Thuthukani Shaft were abandoned. About three years ago, the rising price of gold made it appealing to access these portions of the orebody to extract the remaining quantities of gold ore. Advances in technology now make it possible to safely remove ore from each of the 28 support structures. “Gold hadn’t been extracted from these pillars previously because the tools to do so just weren’t there,” said Joakim Furtenback, global sales manager for Brokk Sweden. “Now, new equipment makes it possible to mine the pillars without the roof Page 23


To reduce potential injury the Brokk machine is remote controlled and used to remove the operator from risk, while they are able to be at a safe distance to see the work being completed.

collapsing. It’s estimated that as much as 20 percent, 14,000 kg, of Kloof’s gold production could come from the pillars, so the economics of reopening the mine made sense.” Operation Tunnel Accessing those pillars, however, is not proving to be so easy. The road to the Thuthukani Shaft pillar areas consists of hundreds of kilometers of access tunnels. After decades of abandonment, the access system had become unsafe, and in certain areas nearly non-existent. Traditional use of handheld drilling machines, blasting and compressed air loaders to load the broken rock and conventional drilling and blasting techniques were considered. However, the mine company considered both options would place workers in too much danger.

The Brokk units enable the entire crew to be more than 10 meters from the face while the machines complete the tunnel rehabilitation, significantly increasing worker safety. Since Brokk machines are operated remotely by a wireless control box, operators are able to see the work being completed without being put at risk. “With the Brokk machines, we were removing workers from the dangerous area,” said van Jaarsveld. “Basically, these machines are put in working places where we can’t put It was a perfect Brokk job. Kloof had originally purchased a Brokk 400 people. ” The versatility and wide breadth of attachfor a different application in a different shaft. But the team quickly recognized the ments available for the units provided enbenefits of using a Brokk for clearing out hanced efficiency by allowing Kloof workers and reconstructing the access tunnels in the to perform each step of the process with a single machine. This included loading broken Thuthukani Shaft.


The Brokk 400 is used for installing services including air and water pipes and drainage systems.

moved to a new step, adding a minimum of 30 minutes of downtime per machine. “With the variety of steps that the workers are completing at one time, the versatility of the Brokk has been amazing,” said Furtenback. “Each step can be completed by the Brokk by simply swapping out the attachment, which takes only a couple of minutes.” First, the crew uses a Brokk 180 with a breaker to demolish any larger rocks into small pieces. With the rock into smaller pieces, grapples and buckets attachments pick up debris that is blocking access. Once cleared, they use the Brokk with a breaker again for scaling and placing anchors and beams for reinforced support. The entire process is a tedious one that averages around eight meters per day, 10 meters at the fastest, with a goal of completing 200 meters per month and two to two-and-a-half kilometres a year. After operators complete the work with the Brokk 180, they use a larger Brokk 400 for installation of services, including air and water pipes and drainage systems. They also use the machine for drilling and installation of secondary support. With hundreds of kilometres of tunnel to go through to reach the mining area, and unknown conditions in front of them, the Kloof team has not established a firm completion date. What is clear, however, is that the work being done could not have been completed more safely or efficiently without this solution

rock, barring, re-installation of air and water pipes and drains, secondary support drilling, slipping for installation of ring and pipe sets, and installation of ring sets, or steel arch sets. To ensure safety prior to moving forward, each of these steps had to be completed in its entirety, section by section. A crew might take on six meters of a tunnel in one day. During that day, they would complete each step of the process then move on to the next section of the tunnel. Due to the depth of the mine, the tunnels are a mere 3 meters by 3 meters in size. However, when a mine is nearly four kilometres beneath the surface, the tunnels need to be reached through a system of shafts and lifts. People, equipment and debris must all go through the confined transport systems. “To enter and exit the tunnel system, people and equipment travel down in a lift system, which takes about five to 10 minutes, until you come into the main tunnel area,” Furtenback explained. “Once you get into the main tunnel, you then have to walk to the actual area where work is being completed. This makes both entering and exiting the tunnel, as well as transporting equipment, a slow processes.” If tunnels were being cleared section by section, without a Brokk, equipment would Click here for more information have to be swapped out for each step of the process, potentially having to be changed >>> Brokk Demolition Tools multiple times each day. This would mean waiting for each machine to be moved in and out of the tunnels every time the crew Contractors World - International Vol 4 No 6

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Bauma Africa delights the industry

Africa and the industry here. With its premiere, Bauma Africa has immediately become the largest show for the construction machinery, building material machines and mining machines sector. The feedback we have received is just fantastic.” Lawrence Peters, Chairman of CONMESA (Construction and Mining Equipment • 14,700 visitors from more than 110 Suppliers‘ Association), confirms the outcountries standing success of the show: “Bauma Africa exceeded our expectations by far – we are • Biggest industry event for the sector extremely satisfied. This show is what we in Africa wanted, it is for the industry.” Some 14,700 registered trade visitors from • 754 exhibitors from 38 countries more than 110 countries came to this year’s premiere which took place at Gallagher he first edition of the Bauma Convention Centre in Johannesburg from Africa International Trade Fair for September 18 to 21, 2013. Eighty four Construction Machinery, Building percent of the visitors came from South Africa, Material Machines, Mining Machines and six percent from other African countries and Construction Vehicles took up 60,000 square meters of exhibition space (gross) – 40,100 square meters net – which makes it the biggest industry event for the sector in Africa. Elaine Crewe, CEO of MMI South Africa, is overwhelmed by the result, “This is huge for South

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a further ten percent from other continents. The top ten visitor countries were South Africa, Mozambique, Germany, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Italy, Namibia, United Kingdom and India – in that order. Gary Bell, CEO at Bell Equipment, states that Bauma Africa “worked very well for us. We are very pleased with the number of visitors and their quality was good. It seems that we are going to have a good output.” Even though it was the premiere show, Bauma Africa already proved to be an excellent platform for doing business, as Ludwig Geyser, CEO at Putzmeister, emphasizes: “It has been a really good show. The quality of the visitors is extremely good. We sold loads of machinery during the show. I’m overwhelmed with the response.” Furthermore, Bauma Africa also succeeded in effectively offering the mining sector a

JCB ‘Dancing Diggers’, as always, attracted a large audience

perfect platform, as Glenn Schoeman, Vice President at Sandvik South Africa, points out: “This show has been a long time coming and not exhibiting here is a big mistake. We had only quality visitors from countries we needed and sold several machines right here during the show.” Anton Wheeler, Managing Director at AARD, confirms this also for the underground mining: “We presented new products here and received very good feedback as well as most effective contacts. Bauma Africa is of a better quality than other shows.”

Chinese companies, such as Sany, took advantage of Bauma Africa to show their range, quality and ability to serve international markets.

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All in all, 754 exhibitors – 123 from South Africa and 631 that are headquartered abroad – from 38 countries attended Bauma Africa. Besides South Africa, the top exhibitor countries were China, Germany, India, Italy, Korea, Spain, the UK and the US. Quintin Booysen, Marketing & Sales Manager at PMSA, sums it up: “We really are beyond our expectations. Next time we will be back with twice the space because I’m sure that there will be twice as many visitors. Those who missed out missed an exceptionally good show.” JCB Sales MD Ian Sayers (pictured) said: “JCB has quadrupled its sales in Africa in recent years and attending Bauma Africa was an important building block in helping us to reach our future growth goals in this important region. We took a large number of sales leads at the show, with high levels of interest in our new excavator, backhoe and wheeled loader ranges.” Click here for more information >>> Bauma Africa

DOLL at Bauma Africa 2013 – successful premiere The Germany company DOLL Fahrzeugbau AG has recognised the potential of the African construction industry. Therefore, it was a matter of course that the leading manufacturer of transport solutions for this branch took part in this year’s Bauma Africa; not least because the continent has always Page 28

been an important pillar regarding its export activities. In cooperation with the local partner TFM Industries, DOLL presented innovative heavy haulage vehicles of its product range especially tailored to the African market on an exhibition space of 250 m² in the outdoor area. “The response of the international audience was highly positive and we were very satisfied with the number of trade visitors that we could welcome at our stand. “But what especially impressed us was the quality of the visitors and their enquiries”, says Pierre Marx, DOLL’s sales representative for Africa. The exhibition’s focus was mainly on the DOLL S4L, a semi low-loader with extendible frame, which was well received by the audience due to its multi-functionality. The 3-in-1 concept makes it possible to carry either construction equipment up to 60 t payload, ISO containers of 20” to 40” or long materials up to 22 m and is therefore the optimal and most modern transport solution for all transport companies. Click here for more information >>> DOLL Fahrzeugbau AG

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SDLG displays robust and reliable products at Bauma Africa

German-designed Dalian Deutz electronic injection engine, the motor grader offers premium performance – from highways and airports to construction and agricultural applications. The machine comes with a 3.9 m moldLeading Chinese construction equipment manufacturer, Shandong Lingong Machinery board as standard, for wider grade covCo., Ltd. (SDLG), showed a broad range of erage, and a world-class blade down force of products at the inaugural Bauma Africa where 8,386 kg which maximizes cut depth without the company was present alongside South front-end drift. African dealer, Babcock International Group. To reinforce the strength of its road maThe emphasis for both SDLG and Babcock chinery portfolio, the Chinese company was on delivering strong service and parts also displayed its RS7120, a 12 t hydrosupport for the famously easy-to-maintain static compact road roller. The company’s machines. road rollers are equipped with a Deutz diesel A range of wheel loaders, excavators, engine and American SAUER driving pump motor graders and road rollers alongside and motor for efficient performance and its trusted South African national dealer low noise during operation. In addition, they Babcock, at the first ever Bauma Africa made feature internationally-recognized Roll-Over an impressive display. Protection Structure (ROPS) and Falling Pride of place went to two new hydraulic Object Protective Structure (FOPS) for better excavators – the LG6210E and LG6150E – safety of the operator. which made their South African debut. Click here for more information The newly launched excavators were dis>>> Shandong Lingong Machinery played alongside SDLG’s latest motor grader, the 146 kW rated G9190. Powered by a Co., Ltd. (SDLG) Contractors World - International Vol 4 No 6

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JCB Show Commitment to Global Markets with Regional Specific Models Bauma Africa was a good opportunity for manufacturers around the world looking to capitalize on opportunities in those parts of the world where strict engine emissions, etc do not apply. It is important to emphasise that although leading manufacturers provide models with lower engine and other specifications, that is not to imply that they do not consider health and safety issues in the models. Most models are identical to the European and USA models except for having Tier III engines that have also been adapted to minimize emission and reduce fuel consumption. Although no company will admit to it, a benefit of using the Tier III engine technology is that it is well proven for reliability, durability and fuel efficiency. Showing that, with modern production plants, it is possible to provide a range of ‘region specific’ models that still satisfy customer expectations and costs. JCB used Bauma Africa to launch a handful of new equipment to demonstrate its commitment to these markets.

JS205 Redefines 20 Tonne Crawler Excavator Market During Bauma Africa, JCB launched the new 20 t JS205 crawler excavator which replaces the JS200HD and has been developed specifically for Africa, India and Asia regulations and customer requirements. Powered by a proven Cummins six-cylinder engine, delivering 104kW (140hp), the machine’s hydraulic system has been specifically tuned to match the performance output of the engine. JCB has also redesigned the Page 30

hydraulic pipework throughout the machine to reduce system pressure loss and cut engine power demand. This combined approach, along with onetouch engine idling and the improvements to the boom structure, delivers fuel savings of up to 10% compared to the previous machine. The machine has a standard 5.7 m main boom with a choice of 2.4 m and 3.0 m dipper arms. Maximum digging reach is 9.79 m with the longer arm and maximum digging depth of 6.59 m. The new boom structure, in combination with the improved hydraulic force available, results in a bucket tear-out of up to 13,205 kgf, with a dipper tear-out force of 11,700 kgf, for productive excavating in tough site conditions.

Same Treatment for JCB 467 Another machine launched at Bauma Africa was the JCB 467 - a completely new machine designed for lower emission and less strictly legislated markets. With structures designed to last in excess of 20,000 service hours, this machine is aimed at the aggregates, materials re-handling, civil engineering, waste and recycling Contractors World - International Vol 4 No 6


Wacker Neuson at Bauma Africa

and long term rental contract sectors - a key market for the machine is Africa. Fuel efficiency and productivity are significant characteristics of the 467. The machine is available with a new Driveline Efficiency Package - complete with 5-speed transmission - offering fuel savings of up to 20% and productivity gains of up to 40% compared to the standard JCB 467 with 4-speed transmission. The JCB 467 weighs 23.8 tonnes, is powered by a 290 hp Cummins QSB engine, can lift a 15,300 kg load when fully articulated, has a payload of 7,650 kg and has a 4 m³ capacity shovel as standard. Click here for more information >>> JCB Bauma Africa

As a growth market, Africa plays an important role for the Wacker Neuson Group. “Africa is a market with great potential,” says Cem Peksaglam, CEO of Wacker Neuson SE. “We are already represented in several African countries with our range of light construction equipment, and have enjoyed particular success with our equipment for soil compaction, as well as in the field of concrete technology. “ The “Value Rammer” has an outstanding price - performance - affordability ratio. “Since the launch of this rammer, we have seen very good demand for the machine, without cannibalising the existing business,” says Eugene Brown, regional president of Wacker Neuson Africa. “With this product line, we can address new customer segments that were previously closed to us because of the pricing of our Premium Line machines.” The rammer meets the high Wacker Neuson quality standards at a very attractive price. “In particular, we are proud of the fact that we have retained the best air filtration system in the industry. The system is perfectly suited to the fine dust in Africa,” Click here for more information >>> Wacker Neuson


Interview With José Antonio Vicente The International Show of Public Works, Construction and Mining Machinery (SMOPYC), a leading show and, for many, an unmissible event for the sector, will hold its 16th show from 1 to 5 April 2014 at Zaragoza Exhibition Centre. To get an overview of the sector and its expectations regarding this year’s show, we interviewed José Antonio Vicente, director of Zaragoza Exhibition Centre. Mr Vicente is an authority in trade show circles as well as chairing the Spanish trade show association (AFE). He also has expertise in public works machinery thanks to his close ties with this sector.

CW: “With six months to go until SMOPYC 2014 and, looking at the evolution of the sector in recent months, do you think last year’s success will be repeated? “ JV: “I think we have to be optimistic, yet realistic and proactive. An economic recovery is now being discussed in many Page 32

arenas, but the building industry doesn’t have the same outlook. “In fact, the latest forecasts by Euroconstruct for construction in our country suggest no signs of movement until 2015. However, it is also true that until then decline will be more gradual Contractors World - International Vol 4 No 6


and not as sharp, although the numbers are still in the red. “In all these years of crisis, a lot of firms have repositioned, downsized and looked outside of Spain. SMOPYC is a first-rate marketing tool and one of the mainstays for the industry’s business purposes. “Now more than ever, firms need to participate in trade shows to reap the benefits. In 2011, in the thick of the crisis, 1,253 exhibitors took part and 89,000 visitors came. So we are hoping to repeat that at least.” CW: “Does this mean the market in machinery sales has hit rock bottom?” JV: “Some experts believe that the sector has already hit rock bottom and that the market in new machinery sales cannot fall much farther, so by late 2013 there might be a shift in this trend. “Another widespread opinion is that this crisis will serve to harness and boost productivity,

with greater specialisation in machinery and a search for lower fuel consumption. In any of the possible scenarios, SMOPYC will continue to accompany professionals in their journey towards recovery, exercising its vocation for service to public works machinery firms and this sector in general.” CW: “What are SMOPYC’s strengths and why is it important to attend this year‘s show? “ JV: “An event that is about to turn 40 builds up know-how that is invaluable for exhibitors and visitors and is of undeniable international repute. The expertise and results across this period of time are its greatest credentials. “In addition, this event is trusted by professionals and unconditionally supported by the sector. With an organising committee made up of 22 firms, 19 organisations and national and international associations, this is another of its strengths. “If we add to this, the great facilities of the site, a large exhibition space and spacious outdoor areas for demonstrations, the most affordable rates possible, leading to greater profitability, and advertising and communications support, the conclusion is that participation in SMOPYC 2014 should be compulsory.” CW: “What role does Spanish equipment play on the international stage?” JV: “The Spanish construction machinery Page 33


industry has a solid reputation in international markets and is highly appreciated by users. Traditionally, depending on the sub-sector, it is usual to find Spanish manufacturers with significant market shares. “Logically, the crisis has affected exports, but there is a growing presence of Spanish machinery in markets like the Middle East, the States and Asia. “The Spanish offer is based on high-tech machinery that is good value and more competitively priced than German, Japanese and American machinery, that has historically dominated the sector. “What’s more, in terms of health and safety and environmental aspects, our machinery is of a very high quality as it abides by European legislation on these areas, which is a lot more advanced than in most other countries.” CW: “What strategies should firms pursue at such a critical time?” JV: “Three basic tools: internationalisation, innovation and diversification. As is tirelessly repeated, internationalisation is not an option; it is an obligation for the survival of companies. “Companies need to have versatile structures to adapt to markets and overcome the hurdles thrown up in

internationalisation processes, such as dealing with the peculiarities of destination countries, including the various pieces of legislation that they need to be aware of. “For this reason, innovation is just as important. Not just in terms of the product itself but within the actual organisation. The company needs to be open to new processes, partnerships with other firms, etc. “As regards diversification, companies can and should look at other sectors that could be candidates for the use of machinery that has traditionally been used for construction and which present greater dynamism and potential for growth, such as materials handling, recycling, scrap, landfill management and the farming and forestry industries.” CW: “How does SMOPYC’s international vocation present itself and how can it help firms devise their own strategies for internationalisation?” JV: “Internationalisation is an ongoing activity at SMOPYC; it is at its very core. In the challenge of internationalisation and the opening of new markets, SMOPYC could be a huge help for firms, establishing synergies, facilitating contacts and enhancing services to Historical city of Zaragoza in northern Spain

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attract international visitors. “I should explain that SMOPYC 2014 began working on international promotion on the same day the 2011 event ended. For this reason we have attended all the international construction events such as Intermat and Bauma. “Our participation at these events means we can contact potential customers and stimulate our companies’ exporting activity. What’s more, once at the show, a range of business meetings and international commerce missions are carefully arranged in order to put suppliers in direct contact with buyers.” CW: “From the point of view of the organisation, which aspects have been enhanced for the 2014 show?” JV: “The main areas of work we have enhanced include widening the show’s international appeal, making it a framework for a variety of industry-wide events, and boosting RDI through our awards for technological innovation. “We have been working, and we continue to do so, to achieve a competitive show, with rates adjusted to the situation the market is experiencing, driving down participation costs, without compromising on the quality of facilities and services. “Similarly, we have very favourable arrangements in place with local hotels and with Renfe, the railway network, and Iberia, the airline. CW: “The 2014 show coincides with the prestigious International PILOT Show. How could this affect SMOPYC?” JV: “In 2014, SMOPYC and LOGIS, which will hold the International PILOT Show, one of the world’s leading congresses in supply chain management and a must for anybody in the industry, are on at Contractors World - International Vol 4 No 6

the same time, from 1 until 3 April. Although they are different shows they share significant features, such as the logistics of infrastructures. This subject will be broached at the Congress and will see the participation of our country’s leading building companies, thereby forging strong ties with SMOPYC. It is certain to be a very positive relationship for both shows. CW: “Lastly, what message would you send to SMOPYC 2014 participants?” JV: “SMOPYC 2014 will definitely have huge international repercussions and it will be the show of the year, a unique occasion to find all of the supply and demand in the sector and the best business platform in one place. “It will be five days filled with opportunities: exhibitors will find new opportunities for business and business contacts and visitors will have privileged access to information on everything that is happening in the sector - new products, techniques, equipment, offers. “My advice is for participants to seize this opportunity to get the most out of their investment, pull out all the stops, compete and be ready to do business and some invaluable networking. Click here for more information >>> SMOPYC 2014 Page 35


What’s New in Plant & Equipment Three New Compact Track Loaders And Multi Terrain Loaders from Caterpillar Caterpillar is introducing three new D Series Compact Track Loaders and Series Multi Terrain Loaders as well as two updated D Series Compact Track Loaders. The new and updated machines feature a completely new cab with even further enhanced operator comfort and control, new lift arm design for improved sight lines, and increased engine

performance for greater productivity. The eight D Series rubber-track loaders range in rated operating capacity (50 percent of tipping load) from 2,800 lb (1 270 kg) to 4,650 lb (2 109 kg). These six D Series models feature an electronically controlled 3.3-liter engine that meets Tier 4 Final (Stage IIIB) emissions standards. The Cat C3.3B engine provides 74 hp (55 kW) with 8 percent more torque and 6 percent improved fuel economy compared to the previous models. “Cab-One” modular structure and advanced control Setting a new standard in sealed and pressurized cab design, the “Cab-One” operator station is one-piece modular Page 36

construction. The design provides superior sealing,thereby allowing a doubling of the cab pressurization attained. The result is a cleaner working environment. In addition, the improved HVAC system supplies 20 percent more airflow and approximately a 50 percent increase in heating and cooling rates. Seat options include a high-back, heated, air-suspension seat that incorporates industry-exclusive integral seat-mounted joystick controls. The seat provides additional comfort via recline and lumbar adjustments. All air suspension seats feature independent arm bar/joystick control adjustments to allow the machine to be configured for different size operators and for different applications. The standard control monitor provides a single-code security feature that helps prevent theft and unwanted operation. Up to 50 unique codes retain preferences include language, gauge style, ride-control setting, creep speed, top-speed limit, response for the hystat drive system and response for the implement control system. Intelligent Leveling System The D Series models feature the Cat Intelligent Leveling (ILEV) system, which provides a number of industry leading features, including dual self- leveling, electronic snubbing, return-to-dig and work tool positioning. The dual self-leveling system electronically and automatically levels the loader linkage when raising and lowering the lift arms. The system ensures optimum material retention whether truck loading or handling palletized products. Electronic snubbing automatically cushions the descent of the lift arms, slowing downward motion just before the arms reach their stops. Click here for more information >>> Cat Compact Machines Contractors World - International Vol 4 No 6


What’s New in Plant & Equipment Operator-Friendly Cat Telehandlers Powered by the Cat C4.4 engine that meets E.U. Stage IIIA emission standards, the latest Cat TH414C, TH417C and TH514C telehandlers incorporate innovative features to increase ease of operation, versatility, production capacity and serviceability. Maximum lift height for the new models ranges from 13.70 to 17.00 m (45 to 57 ft.), and maximum load capacities range from 3,700 to 4,999 kg (8,175 to 11,000 lb.). The C4.4 engine is available with two power ratings, 74.5 or 93.1 kW (100 or 124 hp), depending on the application. New transmissions, controls, hydraulics Depending on the power rating used, C-Series models provides a maximum road speed of 30 km/h (18.7 mph) to 40 km/h (24.8 mph). An integral torque converter assists in providing smooth, manageable travel on rutted sites. For added operator convenience, transmission controls are conveniently grouped on the single-lever joystick at the operator’s right hand. The control system allows proportional and simultaneous boom functions, as well as control of auxiliary functions. The well-designed controller helps facilitate a reduction in operator fatigue and an increased productivity.

The new C-Series models can handle a wide range of Cat work tools via the standard Integrated-Tool-Carrier coupler, and an optional hydraulic coupler allows the operator to change non-powered work tools from within the cab. Click here for more information >>> Cat Telehandlers

Operator environment, serviceability, versatility Cat C-Series models are noted for their spacious, comfortable cabs that feature intuitive controls, which include three-mode steering, permitting the operator to precisely position the machine for job-site efficiency and safety. Strategically placed handholds and steps are designed to provide safe, convenient cab entry and exit, and the operator is protected with an enclosed roll-over protective structure. Contractors World - International Vol 4 No 6

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Prototype underground truck sets new standards in Australian operational trials

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prototype of the world’s newest underground hard rock mining haul truck is currently in full production trials at a gold mine in Western Australia and, during the first three months has set new standards in productivity, safety and performance. The truck, Sandvik Mining’s 63 tonne TH663, has already impressed everyone involved in the trial – from mine management through to operators and maintenance staff – with its speed, productivity, safety features, driver comfort and outstanding fuel economy. Kimmo Martin, Sandvik Mining’s international field-test supervisor, and Barry Martin, a member of Sandvik Mining’s national product support team in Australia, are supervising the trials. Together, they have trained operators and maintenance staff,as well as giving ongoing technical support and providing Page 38

feedback to Sandvik’s truck manufacturing plant in Turku, Finland. In Turku, there is a second prototype set up to adopt recommendations from the Australian trials to ensure that production models incorporate “real-world” mining experience gained in what are some of the world’s toughest hard rock mining conditions. The TH663 has already demonstrated its capacity to significantly lift productivity at the mine. In July, out of a total of 56,000 tonnes of ore hauled by the on-site fleet , the TH663 moved 24,000 tonnes. In that month, it

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What’s New in Plant & Equipment logged 480 hours, hauling 54 tonnes per hour at close to its rated 63 tonne payload. Kimmo Martin said the truck’s sophisticated onboard weighing system helped ensure that every load was close to maximum. “The on-board system is accurate to within 25 kg at full load, with a red-amber-green light array on the rear of the cab to provide the loader operator with a visual indication of available capacity,” he said. Operator comfort, which directly impacts on productivity and overall safety, were key design features for the Sandvik Mining design time. According to Kimmo Martin, the new truck has more than 60 safety features, including a four-point driver harness, bonnet guardrails for the protection of maintenance staff and ground level access for every service point covered in the daily maintenance schedule. Kimmo Martin said drivers on site had no problem adapting to the new truck in a single shift, and had been enthusiastic about its comfort features. “The TH663 is so quiet that drivers don’t need to wear earplugs anymore, and the soundproofing virtually eliminates engine noise. “This means drivers have had to get used to using the instrument panel to check engine revs rather than listening to the engine note, as they do in most other trucks,” he said.

One driver participating in the trial said “The suspension creates a really smooth ride, and that’s important, not just in terms of dayto-day comfort and productivity, but also for long-term driver health,” the driver said. Power from Cummins QSK19 diesel engine has seen the TH663 with a 63 tonne load in its 38 m³ body climbing the mine’s steep grades at speeds of up to 12 km/h. Full or empty, the truck – which is eight tonnes lighter than its TH660 predecessor – trams at speeds up to 50% faster than the other Sandvik trucks in the mine’s fleet. The trial is showing the new truck is not only fast – it is also highly fuel-efficient. Over the three months of the trial to date, its average consumption has been 50 litres/hour. This compares with more than 70 litres/hour used by the older Sandvik trucks on site. Sandvik Mining’s Barry Martin said the potential saving in fuel costs is significant. “Cutting your fuel burn by a third on a 480-hour-a-month basis could add up to an annual saving per truck on the order of $200,000 at current diesel prices,” he said. Brief specs of the new TH663 are: Payload, 63 tonnes; standard body capacity 36 m³; standard engine, Cummins QSK19 Tier 2 diesel rated at 567 kW; maximum haul speed, 42.5 km/h; length, 11.58 m; width, 3.48 m; height, 3.46 m; outside turning circle radius, 9.35 m. Click here for more information>>> Sandvik Underground Mining Truck

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Terramac RT9 MultiPurpose Crawler Carrier Features Heaviest Carrying Capacity For Non-Permitted Loads

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ore and more construction sites, particularly those in remote areas or with very soft ground conditions, are recognising that crawler carriers are much more efficient than 4-wheel drive dumpers . Several companies have entered the market with various options. One of the leading manufacturers is the US company, Terramac LLC, who have just launched their latest model. The Terramac RT9 multi-purpose carrier for the utility

construction market has an operating weight of 26,000 pounds (11,794 kg) and a maximum carrying capacity of 18,000 pounds (8,165 kg). It is the largest mid-sized rubber track carrier in the company’s range that does not require special oversize permitting to transport the machine. Full Length

5.4 m

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2.6 m

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Height of Dump 1.2 m Bed Height of Dump .4 m Side Dumping Angle

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What’s New in Plant & Equipment rubber-track crawler carrier won’t tear up the ground or road surface – a significant advantage for preventing costly jobsite ground damage. Terramac RT9 tackles rough terrain, slippery conditions “The RT9 is designed for the kind of terrain chassis trucks and other vehicles can’t handle due to ground conditions, grade or working angles,” Crimaldi said. “Because of the flotation from the rubber tracks, contractors can keep working in all types of adverse ground and weather conditions, and can complete projects faster.” Crimaldi noted that the rubber tracks also allow for faster climbing on hills and reduced slippage in wet conditions. And unlike wheeled vehicles, it can traverse even wet terrain without leaving ruts. Ideal for carrying supplies and materials, the bed on the RT9 elevates to a 67° angle for dumping gravel, sand, dirt and other materials. The bed can fold down, allowing the operator to side-load materials or equipment for carriage across rough terrain, delicate soil conditions and remote areas. Power is from the proven 230-hp (172-kW) Cummins diesel engine. Rollover protective structure (ROPS) and falling object protective structure (FOPS) are standard. Open- and closed-cab options are available. When fully loaded, the ground pressure on the RT9 is only 4.9 psi (0.34 kg/c2). Featuring a 10-ft (3-m) turning radius, the rubber track crawler carrier has an overall length of 17 ft 7 in (5.4 m), a width of 8 ft 5 in (2.6 m), a height of 9 ft 3 in (2.8 m) and a minimum ground clearance of 20 in (0.51 m). The unit can travel at speeds up to 6 mph (10 kph). The carrier has been designed with ease of maintenance in mind. A tilt hood provides easy access to key service areas.

“Utility contractors and other utility professionals will appreciate the RT9 for its ability to travel across almost any terrain, low-maintenance undercarriage and minimal disturbance of the ground it covers,” said Mike Crimaldi, CEO of Terramac LLC. “Equipped with front and rear bolt-on connections, this multi-purpose carrier can accommodate various types of specialized equipment for the job at hand. We can customize electrical power sources, frame adjustments and hydraulics to suit any attachment.” Manufactured in North America, the CEcertified carrier can be customized to accommodate specific needs of utility contractors, direct from the factory. “Within its capacity load limit, the RT9 can function as a material handler; a carrier for tools, supplies or personnel; an equipment hauler; a mobile crane or welding unit; or an off-road service ve- Click here fore more information >>> Terramac hicle,” Crimaldi said. Unlike steel-track crawler carriers, the RT9 Contractors World - International Vol 4 No 6

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New CAT 836K Landfill Compactor

control adds to the overall comfort of the cabin. Interior and bystander sound levels are reduced, and optional sound-suppression packages are available. Interior sound levels are a quiet 73 dB(A). For operator convenience and added productivity, the 836K’s Auto-Blade feature automatically raises the blade when the machine reverses and lowers the blade to a pre-set height when it moves forward. The STIC steering controller uses a single he new 562 gross horsepower lever for steering and transmission control, (419 kW) Cat 836K landfill compactor allowing the operator to sit comfortably back has more than 20 years of Caterpillar in the seat, significantly lessening fatigue. expertise in this demanding application. The For optimum efficiency, the com836K now advances the solid engineering of pactor can be fitted with the Cat Computer its predecessors with a redesigned cab, an Aided Earthmoving System. Using Global engine that meets U.S EPA Tier 4-Final (EU Navigation Satellite System technology and Stage IV) emissions regulations, new wheel digital terrain files. This system delivers realand tip configurations, and enhanced safety time information via an in-cab display to and serviceability features. assist the operator in determining the approThe newly designed operator’s cab fea- priate number of passes for the level of comtures easier entry and exit for the convenience paction required. of the operator, and a standard rearview Rugged, durable power train camera for improved visibility. A new instrument pod features membrane The 836K is powered by a Cat C18 ACERT switch panels, and automatic temperature engine using selective catalytic reduction to

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The STIC steering controller uses a single lever for steering and transmission control, allowing the operator to sit comfortably back in the seat, significantly lessening fatigue.

control nitrogen-oxide emissions and the Cat Clean Emissions Module and Cat Regeneration System. DPF regeneration is automatic and does not interrupt the machine’s work cycle. For added efficiency, an autoreversing, hydraulically driven fan adjusts its speed to match cooling requirements, reducing horsepower draw and conserving fuel. The Cat mechanical drive train is purposebuilt for the harsh waste- handling environment and ensures positive power transmission, productivity, and efficiency over the long haul, compared with alternative drivetrain technologies. A Caterpillar exclusive is the Impeller Clutch Torque Converter. This works with a throttle-lock feature to allow modulation of rimpull in order to slow the machine without reducing engine speed. New wheel configurations The 836K can come equipped with one of three new wheel and tip configurations to meet a particular application. The new Paddle Tip offers high performance & less fuel burn with more traction and less weight. The Plus Tip has a traditional design for increased side slope stability and the Combination Tip merges both paddle and plus tips to give high performance with side slope stability. Guarding/serviceability/sustainability To protect key components and systems from damage, the 836K uses specialized guarding, including hydraulically actuated engine and power-train shields, front-frame guards to prevent trash build-up inside the frame and to protect hydraulic lines, and axle-seal guarding to stop material from binding around the axles. In addition, sight gauges and fill tubes are protected. Contractors World - International Vol 4 No 6

The air-inlet screen uses a vertically corrugated, fine-mesh design that assists in preventing trash from entering the radiator area. Striker bars forward and behind the rear wheels and behind the front wheels help keep wheels free of debris and assist in maintaining required compaction. In cohesive material or severe packing conditions, optional cleaner fingers are available to further assist wheel-tip cleaning. To ensure safe maintenance access, routine service points are easily reached from ground level or from a single-level upper platform. The swing-out radiator facilitates cleaning, grease points are centralized, and belly guards are hinged for easy handling. Sight gauges for coolant, transmission, and hydraulic-oil levels eliminate system contamination, an electronic air-inlet-restriction indicator eliminates visual filter inspections, and the electronics bay is located in the cab, safe from the working environment. Along with reduced exhaust emissions, the 836K provides a number of fuel-saving features that reduce the CO2 footprint, such as Auto Idle Kickdown and Idle Shutdown. The 836K also uses Cat HYDO hydraulic oil, which allows extended drain intervals (up to six times longer than conventional oils) and is significantly more biodegradable. Click here for more information >>> Cat 836K Waste Compactor

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What’s New in Plant & Equipment Dynapac CA1300 and CA1500 gives a full line of new soil compactors When the company started to introduce the fifth generation single drum rollers, they were well received in the market. Having begun with the larger models and mid-range, the company has now completed the range with the smaller CA1300 and CA1500, and their variants. With static linear loads ranging from 13 - 65 kg/cm, the CA rollers are suitable for compacting a range of materials, from sand and gravel to rockfill plus silt and clay. Amplitude of 1.8 - 2 mm for the Dynapac CA3500 and CA4000 models allows rockfill to be compacted in 1.2 – 1.5 meter layers. The better depth effect results in higher volume capacity and less passes to reach compaction specifications, thus saving fuel and time and reducing the cost per compacted cubic meter. The “Silent Weights” eccentric concept is a feature that enhances compaction performance even further; this is standard on Dynapac CA4000-6500.

rollers gives a long running time before a drum change is required. A scraper blade with an innovative divided design keeps the drum free of material during operation and can be replaced quickly if necessary. Comfortable and safe, with low noise and good visibility The ergonomically designed, air-conditioned cabs on the new generation offer a high level of operator comfort and good visibility over the work area and surroundings. A feature unique to Dynapac CA rollers is a spin-around seat, steering module and display cluster, which allows movement of up to 1800° without stress to the neck or body and excellent all-round visibility. The view over the working area is always free; nothing interferes with the view wherever the operator decides to be positioned. The cross-mounted engine at the rear offers excellent access for all service and maintenance needs. The engine hood is easy to open for quick maintenance and the hydraulic pumps are in line with the engine and fully accessible for service.

Lower fuel consumption and life-cycle costs The new CA rollers are available with Stage IIIA or IIIB engines. The ECO fuel saving system minimizes fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by ensuring that the roller does not consume more power than needed at any time. This, together with higher compaction parameters and other improvements, has resulted in a drastic reduction in fuel consumption compared to the previous generation. Rollers in the CA range can be equipped with a Sustainability Package featuring ECO rpm management system, biodegradable fill- Click here for more information for-life hydraulic fluid, 50 hours service kit, >>> Dynapac electrical engine block heater and working lights with LED lamps. The thick drum shell on Dynapac CA Page 44

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What’s New in Plant & Equipment Underwater UHP Waterjet WEDA 04S small System rental and Chukar Waterjet is the only waterjet construction manufacturer in the world that offers ultra-high pressure (UHP) waterjet equipment pumps capable of operating in the deepwater subsea environment. Operable at depths up to 3,000 meters (10,000 feet), Chukar’s deepwater subsea waterjet system has numerous applications for deepwater emergency response operations, underwater salvage operations, and rapid de-mobilization operations. It can cut steel up to 250 mm (10 inches) thick and quickly blast away concrete weight coatings, corrosion and marine growth at pressures up to 3800 bar (55,000 psi). Wa t e r j e t t i n g equipment also may be used to provide turbulence in a stream of methanol for hydrate remediation, an application Chukar developed in emergency response to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, when the company was asked to rapidly manufacture a system to clear a clogged containment system 1500 meters underwater. The company’s subsea waterjet technology improves the safety and effectiveness of subsea operations, allowing operators to access new types of work and larger projects. Unlike conventional tools, waterjet cuts without heat, reducing the hazard of igniting trapped pockets of gas during cutting. The subsea waterjet system can be operated by a diver or ROV, and its remote-controlled operational capabilities make it suitable for projects requiring diverless operations. Click here for more information >>>Chukar Waterjet Contractors World - International Vol 4 No 6

The WEDA 04S is the latest addition to the Atlas Copco Portable Energy line-up of small submersible pumps primarily intended for the light construction and general equipment rental industries. The WEDA 04S is a 0.4 kW on-site sludge / trash pump with a maximum flow of 270 lpm and a maximum head of 10.5m. It complements the WEDA line of under 1 kW singlephase drainage, sludge and residual pumps released last year. It has a cast iron vortex impeller that is able to pump dirty water and handle solids up to 25 mm in size. This makes the pump suitable for dewatering sewage in flooded building basements or on construction sites, removing rainwater from sandy or muddy ditches and excavation sites, or getting rid of unwanted water during maintenance of utility manholes. Thermal protection gives the motor additional reliability and run-dry capabilities. A low weight (10 kg) and compact dimensions (372.5 mm H x 241 mm diameter) ensure the pump is easily portable from one dewatering task to the next. “Our product range already included the WEDA 04, a 0.4 kW drainage pump, but we received requests for a small pump that could also handle solids. Our answer is the WEDA 04S,” explains Abet Cantuba, Product Marketing Manager Pumps for Atlas Copco Portable Energy. Click here for more information >>> Weda Pumps (Atlas Copco)

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New Cat MP300 Series Multi-Processor The new Series builds on the success of its predecessor and is compact and light in construction, yet incredibly strong in cutting and crushing capability. The housing’s strong rotator provides a continuous 360° rotation that allows to carry out the demolition job quickly and precisely from any angle. Each Multi-Processor can be equipped with a wide selection of interchangeable jaws; Concrete Cutter (CC), Demolition (D), Pulverizer (P), Shear (S), Universal (U), and Tank Shear (TS). With one common housing and a properly selected sets of jaws, a contractor can Caterpillar Work Tools is introducing its new achieve exceptional flexibility with minimum line of MP300 Series, a new generation of investment, and accomplish most tasks enMulti-Processors for Cat hydraulic excavators. countered on a demolition job. The Multi-Processor MP300 Series (MP318 Changing configuration takes as little as and MP324) can handle virtually any demo- 10 minutes. lition job simply by using the basic housing together with a choice of up to six available jaw sets. Other models will be added to the Click here for more informational >>> Caterpillar Tools standard offering at a later stage.

IMT Introduces New MidRange Articulating Cranes Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc. has introduced a new and improved mid-range series of articulating cranes. The 9 tm, 10 tm, 11 tm and 12 tm IMT models have been enhanced with new options, features and ratings to meet unique application needs. The 9/65, 10/72, 11/78 and 12/86 cranes have ratings ranging from 65,100 foot-pounds (9 tm) to 86,075 foot-pounds (11.9 tm) and maximum lift capacities from 8,380 pounds (3,800 kilograms) to 10,230 pounds (4,640 kilograms). New features include SL (single link) or DL (dual link) options, 15° “overbending” and weight reduced by 10 to 15 percent from previous models. Each crane can be fitted with up to five hydraulic extensions to provide application-specific reach. Page 46

One of the most significant changes to the range is the addition of the SL (single link) or DL (dual link) options. The options offer customers distinct advantages depending on their specific lifting needs. Click here for more information >>> IMT Cranes Contractors World - International Vol 4 No 6


What’s New in Plant & Equipment and equipment using a combination of mobile (GSM) and homing beacon (RF) technologies to provide the ultimate tool to recover your lost or stolen dumper. The system is quick and simple to fit. It needs no wiring or aerial and can be easily moved from machine to machine. Using a control panel accessible from any internet connected computer, the user can monitor all units Appello GEO can locate items both indoors (even in industrial units or containers) and out and has been specifically designed to combat the latest jamming techniques. Thwaites - the UK’s leading site dumper Measuring 95 mm by 48 mm and just 18 mm manufacturer - is now offering an equipment thick it can be hidden in the smallest of spaces tracking device allowing customers to further and has a self-contained power source with protect their valuable assets. The Appello up to two years battery life. GEO is the successor to the well-proven and Click here for more information innovative Appello recovery system. >>> Thwaites Appello GEO Unlike some systems on the market, the Appello GEO is ideal for construction plant

Thwaites tracking device

Genie Upgrades GTH-5519 Compact Telehandler The new Genie GTH-5519 was purposefully designed to offer a Tier 4 final engine to meet today’s emission standards. The telehandler’s specs have slightly changed with the overall length reduced by 5 inches (126 mm). Its wheelbase has expanded by 2 inches (50 mm) and the turning radius has decreased by 3 inches (76 mm). The overall weight has increased to 10,360 lbs (4,700 kg). The telehandler’s main design changes are reflected in the engine choice, cab design, serviceability and product quality. A Deutz TD 2.9 L4 Tier 4 final engine is rated at 55.4 kW (74 HP) at 2600 rpm compared to 50 kW (67 HP) at 2600 rpm of the original. The cabin interior has been completely upgraded. Now with a black dashboard, the Contractors World - International Vol 4 No 6

new main instrumentation cluster offers an integrated display showing messages c o m i n g from the engine’s electronic control unit. New improved fenders add to the durability of the machine and easy access to the engine compartment improves serviceability. Click here for more information >>> Genie Telehandler Page 47


What’s New in Plant & Equipment World’s Smallest Hydrodemolition Robot The world’s smallest and most flexible 410 from Aquajet Systems, offers confined areas

hydrodemolition robot, the AQUA CUTTER increased versatility for working in extremely such as concrete sewer pipes. With dimensions of just 2.0 x 0.78 x 0.99 m (LxWxH) , the latest robot can go through an ordinary door opening and operate inside a concrete pipe, on vertical, horizontal or overhead surfaces. With a weight of just around 1000 kg, it can also operate from scaffolding. Working typically with between 700 to 2500 bar pressure and 60 to 180 l/min, the robot handles most concrete removal tasks on floors, walls and overhead applications. It will also replace many applications currently performed using manual hand-lances and provide a safer and more accurate operation with the robot. The 410 robot features a number of ‘tools’ including a rotor for surface preparation and work inside pipes, a single lance with a 1.5 m front scroud for surface removal and an hydraulically operated articulated arm with a reach up to 4 m. Click here for more information >>> Aquajet Systems

VICAMATIC-2: new automatic setting time tester for cement, mortar and gypsum CONTROLS have long tradition in designing and manufacturing automatic setting time testers. A new generation, the third one, is now available. The new machine has been completely redesigned following the innovative CVi-TECH philosophy built on 4 key principles: Efficient Technology, Intuitive and Smart Software, Functional & Industrial Design, Modular Expandability. The new VICAMATIC-2 features superior functionality thanks to the easy-to-use interface and software, the large accessibility to the test space, the practical in-water testing accessory, the expandability over the time to create a network with up to 32 independent units all controlled by a single PC through LAN hubs. The unit is suitable both for standard tests and for research purposes allowing easy setting and storage of user-defined test profiles including: test start delay, penetration points position, manual or automatic penetration rate, free or driven falling mode, automatic endtest detection, automatic determination of initial and final setting time at customizable depth thresholds. Click here for more information >>> Controls Group Page 48

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