With Bauma 2016 rapidly approaching, all the major (and most of the minor) construction equipment manufacturers have a raft of new product launches that they are planning to unveil.
I’ll be endeavouring to write something about the more interesting and/or significant ones that I hear about in the weeks ahead, and then bring further news after the show itself, which takes place in Munich, 11-17 April.
First up, for no other reason that happens to be at the top of my electronic filing tray, here’s what we can expect from Case Construction Equipment.
News in from Manitoba that Canadian machinery company K-Tec Earthmovers has released a new 1228ADT scraper model with which it hopes to reach a broader range of the earthmoving industry.
K-Tec has attached its line of large earthmoving scrapers to 40-tonne articulated dump trucks (ADTs) since 2008; the 28 cubic yard scraper has been one of K-Tec’s most popular models for several years. But this has now been reconfigured to mount onto 25- and 30-tonne ADT chassis in addition to tractor units.
ADTs can be converted to pull a K-Tec 1228ADT for a unit that can self-load, transport, and eject material with a single engine running and a solitary operator.
Volvo is claiming that the diesel engine on its EC220E excavator is more fuel efficient than a competing hybrid machine offered by one of its competitors.
Alas, Volvo does not disclose whose hybrid is clearly not all it has been cracked up to be, but there are not exactly many to choose from.
Volvo launched the EC220E in February 2015 and says that customers have been fulsome in their praise of its fuel efficiency and operator comfort. Jörgen Bäckström, for example, owner of Swedish contractor Jidab AB, bought an EC220E six months ago to replace his old EC210B to keep up to date with Stage IV emissions requirements. He reports fuel savings of three litres per hour compared to the EC210B, which works out at about 5,000 litres a year.
The Norwegian town of Tromsø, renowned as a good spot for viewing the Northern Lights, is the second largest urban conurbation in the Arctic Circle.
Here, more than 1,000 miles north of Oslo, locals ‘enjoy’ six months of perpetual daylight followed by six months of perpetual night.
It’s a challenging environment for construction machinery too, with extreme weather and sometimes limited parts availability.
J Mould is a specialist demolition, decontamination and recycling contractor of more than 45 years’ standing.
It has more than 80 bits of kit for demolition and haulage, including a fleet of twenty-nine 360 excavators and and forty wagons.
Family-owned and managed, the company is said to be known for its innovative approach to industry challenges.