Seven must-visit stalls at Intermat 2018

A preview of construction equipment and vehicles at Intermat 2018

 Bobcats E26, E27z and E27 compact excavators.
Bobcats E26, E27z and E27 compact excavators.
 Case crawler excavator.
Case crawler excavator.
 Yanmar engine.
Yanmar engine.
 Genie boom lift.
Genie boom lift.
 Liebherr L514 wheel loader.
Liebherr L514 wheel loader.
 Wacker Neuson vibratory plate.
Wacker Neuson vibratory plate.
 Manitowoc crane.
Manitowoc crane.

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Three new Bobcat compact excavators

Bobcat will present its new 2–4-tonne compact excavators designed to offer new levels of operator comfort, enhanced controllability and smoothness of all working functions. The 2–3-tonne models include the E26, E27z and E27 with operating weights of 2560, 2700 and 2610 kg, respectively. The 3–4-tonne models include the E34 and E35z.

The E26 excavator has its transport weight reduced by around 40kg, increased over-the-side lifting capacity and a new robust workgroup with a cylinder-inside-boom (CIB) feature. The E27z model further enhances the performance characteristics of Bobcat’s current E26 machine. As a zero house swing (ZHS) machine, the E27z offers higher 360 degree stability and a lower weight for easier transportation. With the optional long arm and deluxe cab, the E27z offers the digging output and operator comfort of much larger excavators. The conventional swing E27 model offers 280mm of tail overhang which allows the machine to be operated in confined spaces.

Case crawler excavators

Case will highlight the brand’s full product offering for the road building, urban construction, recycling and quarry segments, and will include vehicles of sister brands Iveco and Iveco Astra.

The majority of the models on the Case stand will be products that have been launched in the last 12 months. They include the CX750D crawler excavator, the largest and most powerful machine in the Case range; the C-Series mini excavators, an entirely new design introduced last year; and the skid steer and compact track loaders, which were significantly upgraded last year with a further increase in their horsepower.

An area of the stand will be dedicated to Case wheel loaders, which will be celebrating their 60th anniversary. The stand will also feature an area dedicated to Case SiteSolutions, the services and technologies designed to complement the brand’s equipment.

Two new Yanmar engines

Yanmar will launch two brand new engine families, extending Yanmar’s current power range up to 155kW. The smaller engine is a 3.8l displacement engine, named 4TN101, which lines up in the 55 to 105kW power range with torque up to 550Nm. The bigger engine, called 4TN107, has a 4.6l displacement with power ratings ranging from 90 to 155kW and torque exceeding 805Nm. Both engines feature a common rail injection system, after-cooled turbocharging, with a two stage turbo on the 4TN107 upper ratings, and among the highest power and torque, according to the company.

Genie hybrid and electric work platforms

Genie will showcase its new generation of environment-friendly hybrid and electric work platforms, new additions to the Genie Xtra Capacity (XC) boom lift family and an upgraded model of the electric Genie GS4047 scissor lift. The company will also demonstrate its new Genie Lift Guard line of operator protective systems and new Genie Lift power generator.

Hybrid and electric models on show will include the ERA 20-m Genie Z-60/37 FE hybrid articulating boom lift, the 12-m Genie Z-33/18 electric articulating boom lift and the 11.89-m Genie GS-4047 electric slab scissor lift. Genie XC models on show will include the 41.15-m Genie SX-135 XC boom lift and the 13.86-m Genie Z-45 XC articulating booms lift.

The Genie Lift Guard contact alarm system is an electronic secondary guarding system, which in some circumstances can provide additional operator protection. Designed to immediately activate and alert ground personnel if an operator makes contact with the breakaway cable by means of a sound alarm and a flashing beacon, the Genie Lift Guard system is compatible with 2.4-m auxiliary top rails and new control box protection accessories. Installed standard from the factory on most new Genie articulated and telescopic boom lifts, it is also available as an aftermarket kit which can be retrofitted in less than 30 minutes.

The Genie Lift power generator features a dedicated hydraulic circuit, a right-sized breaker and no pressure switch to run the unit, and it allows the power to lift and drive during operation. The 3kW power system is available on Genie XC telescopic boom lifts and is convertible from the European 230/50 power system to the 110/50 UK system at the click of a switch. A new fall arrest bar enables workers to move around a greater working area while remaining connected to the platform. Other products  include the GTH-2506 compact telehandler and AWP personal lift and SLA materials lift.

Liebherr wheel loaders

Liebherr will present its new series of stereoloaders, the L514 and L518. The L514 Stereo is suitable for communal services and road construction, and the larger L518, a completely new model in Liebherr’s range of wheel loaders, is designed for industrial use, for instance with solid rubber tyres for recycling operations. Another machine making its premiere will be the A914 Litronic wheel excavator. With an operating weight between 14,900 and 17,200kg and an engine power of 105kW/143hp, the 914 Litronic adapts to classic earthmoving and road, sewer and pipeline construction.

Liebherr will also showcase the R936 compact crawler excavator, which has an operating weight of approximately 35tonnes and is designed for use in urban construction sites.
The manufacturer will present the successor to its 172EC-B8 Litronic flat-top crane at the expo. The jib has been extended by 2.5m to 62.5m. The crane lifts 1800kg at the jib head with a radius of 62.5m. The maximum load bearing capacity remains 8000kg. The new flat-top crane will be presented on the new 16 EC tower system alongside the LiUP internal crane driver elevator.

Electric vibratory plate

Wacker Neuson’s single direction vibratory plate, the AP1850e, is a battery-powered plate with a running time of up to one hour and designed for the compaction of granular and asphalt surfaces. The modular battery and charger are compatible with Wacker Neuson’s battery rammer. This increases enables customers to use the battery in one of the devices while charging the other.

Alexander Greschner, chief sales officer, Wacker Neuson Group, said: “Electric drives are becoming ever more important. These solutions are an important addition to rental fleets, as many customers lease products, especially for projects such as interior space restructuring or tunnel construction. The e-vibratory plate is a step towards offering emission-free alternatives in all main product groups in the foreseeable future.”

Manitowoc self erecting crane

Manitowoc will showcase the Hup self-erecting crane range and the MDT 389 tower crane. The Hup self-erecting crane range, which includes the Hup 32-27 and Hup 40-30, have a maximum capacity of 4t and a rear-slewing radius of 2.25m, enabling them to be positioned closer to buildings in tight urban areas or job sites with restricted working quarters. Despite being taller than the Igo 36, one of its predecessor models, the Hup cranes occupy the same footprint. Three raised positions of the luffing jib, at 10°, 20° or 30°, in addition to horizontal, provide options for a self-erecting crane.

The MDT 389 is the largest topless crane from the Potain lineup to feature the company’s crane control system (CCS). The system provides maintenance features, particularly when using Manitowoc’s CraneStar Diag tool, a telematics and maintenance system accessible via CCS. The MDT CCS topless concept enables complex, multi-crane installations, and the assembly, erection, transport and maintenance phases are shorter than previous generations of tower cranes.

There are two versions of the Potain MDT 389, one with a 12t maximum capacity and the other with a 16t maximum capacity. Both have up to 75m of jib available. The 12t version can lift 3.4t at its jib end, while the 16t version can handle 3.3t.

Electric excavators win big at Intermat Innovation Awards 2018

The 2018 Intermat Innovation Awards held in January recognised innovation in the field of equipment, machinery and processes used in construction and materials production. The seventh edition of the international competition highlighted market trends such as digitalisation of tools (development of applications, BIM and robotics), proliferation of environmental solutions and growing consideration for safety and risk prevention in processes.

Eight winners were awarded for their innovation in four categories: earthmoving and demolition; roads, minerals and foundation; lifting, handling and transportation; and buildings and concrete sector. Additionally, five special awards were given in categories named digital transition, energy transition, start-up, world of concrete Europe, and safety.

Volvo Construction Equipment won the equipment and machinery award in the earthmoving and demolition category for its fully-electric compact excavator prototype, the EX2. According to Volvo, the EX2 delivers zero emissions and offers 10 times higher efficiency and ten times lower noise levels than a conventional version.

To make the EX2 prototype fully electric, the combustion engine has been replaced with two lithium ion batteries, totaling 38KWh, which store enough electric energy to operate the machine for eight hours in an intense application such as digging compact ground. The hydraulic architecture has also been replaced with electric architecture which incorporates electromechanical linear actuators that help to optimise the transmission chain. Volvo achieved lower noise levels by removing the hydraulic system and the combustion engine.

Ahcène Nedjimi, electromobility specialist and EX2 project leader, Volvo Construction Equipment, said: “The electrification of construction equipment will produce cleaner, quieter and more efficient machines, and this represents the future of our industry. The EX2 could easily be used in densely populated areas, even at night, without disturbing people.”

The EX2 stemmed from the company’s earlier ELEXC research project, which was partly financed by the French government as well as various funding bodies in France. Volvo CE worked with a team of six partner companies which all contributed towards the project. The ELEXC work started in 2012 and concluded in 2015, Volvo CE has since been working on other research projects connected to the EX2, such as durability tests. At this stage, the EX2 is still part of a research project and it is not commercially available.

Volvo CE will showcase its EX2 excavator as well as other research projects related to electromobility, connectivity and total site solutions at Intermat.

Mecalac won the energy transition award for its compact, all-electric wheel excavator, the E12. The electric version of Mecalac’s 12MTX wheel excavator loader houses lithium iron phosphate battery technology for three times as many charge cycles.

Patrick Brehmer, head of design and product management, said: “Any electric engine must rise to three major challenges: range, performance and compactness. The Mecalac e12 is the first 100%-electric excavator that does not compromise on any of those three criteria. The key to our machine’s range and performance is in its architecture. The power source, which is separate from the upper structure, enables a record capacity of 146kWh, which results in an unrivalled range of 8h.”

Marini-Ermont, a subsidiary of Fayat group, won the equipment and machinery award in the roads, minerals and foundation category for its mobile continuous asphalt plant, the TRX 100%, which is used to recycle 0 to 100% of asphalt aggregates, over extensive production and temperature ranges.

According to Fayat, the TRX 100% can be implemented rapidly, very close to road-building sites. The bulk of the supply, that is, asphalt aggregates, can be sourced from milling materials produced by the site, partly or fully protecting natural resources and reducing transport logistics to a minimum, together with the site’s carbon footprint. The patented TRX 100% technology, based on the drying of asphalt aggregates at low temperature, reuses and preserves the binder of asphalt aggregates.

Hinowa won the equipment and machinery award in the lifting, handling and transportation category for its new tracked aerial platform, the Lightlift 33.17 Performance IIIS.

The tallest model the series, the Lightlift 33.17 has a load capacity of 230kg and reaches a maximum working height of 32.5m and a maximum lateral outreach of 16.5m. An additional feature of the product is its negative reach, allowing it to reach spaces lower than the level of the equipment’s tracks. The ‘go home’ function allows the boom to automatically return to a stowed position at the push of a button.

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