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PlantWorx 2013 taster

Digger Blogger | 00:19, Mon March 04 2013

With just over 2 months until the first PlantWorx show, I’m sure planning is now in full swing for more than 230 confirmed exhibitors.

Here’s a taster of some of the kit to can expect to see at the show. (don’t forget you can register for your free tickets now )

Ammann Equipment is displaying an extensive line up of machines from its range of Ammann compaction equipment and pavers, Yanmar mini excavators, machine attachments and Cormidi tracked dumpers. Also on display will be the recently revised line-up of tandem rollers weighing between 1.5t and 13t as well as rammers and compactor plates. “Ammann manufactures the only tandem rollers in the 1- to 2.5-tonne class that offer full-flush compaction on the right and on the left, double traction at front and rear, and double vibration at front and rear – saving time, cost, energy, transportation, labour and the environment,” claims managing director Robert Brown. “Also these machines have the lowest HAV (hand arm vibration), WBV (whole body vibration) and noise levels of any tandem rollers on the market.”

One of the biggest drivers of product development in construction machinery in recent years has been engine emissions legislation. Across the European Union Stage IIIB emissions regulations are soon to take effect for engines above 37kW. In readiness for this, Lombardini/Kohler has a new line of KDI (Kohler Direct Injection) three- and four cylinder water-cooled diesel engines on show at PlantWorx. The Kohler KDI engine is available in three-cylinder 1.9 litre and four-cylinder 2.5 litre versions initially, with a four-cylinder 3.4 litre model to follow. A reduction in fuel consumption of up to 10% is claimed when compared with a solution employing indirect injection and a stand-alone diesel particulate filter. As no filter regeneration is required on these engines, the maintenance intervals are longer. Lombardini/Kohler was early to sign up to the new show. Area sales manager Dick Beechey says: “We did not hesitate to confirm our participation at the inaugural Plantworx exhibition. We are confident that the show will become a permanent fixture on the plant and construction calendar.”

Safety systems and machine productivity specialist Prolec will be demonstrating, what it describes as ‘the most significant new product in the company’s history’. At its heart of this machine control system is a patented platform concept called the Prolec Machine Engine (PME). This technology controls a variety of equipment types by deploying modelling strategies to determine machine positioning. Within the modular Prolec Safety Controller, core software in the integral PME system processes sensor data to model exact positional references. Prolec says that this real-time machine positioning allows more responsive, more accurate and therefore safer operation across equipment functions including lifting, height and slew control, overturning protection, reach control and cab protection. Prolec sales and marketing director Gary Tuffy says: “PME and its safety controller are generic in application. It’s a first for Prolec as we have traditionally been strong in control and safety for excavators. Now we can target a much wider range of applications for customers using construction plant such as cranes, truckmounted cranes, forklifts and telescopic handlers; excavators and backhoes; ADT and wheeled loader weighing; straddle cranes; scrap handlers; mowers and flails – in fact, pretty much any construction equipment that moves, lifts or shifts.”

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Leica Geosystems is showing its Utili-Finder, which Leica describes as a novel, easy-to-use locator system that simplifies the detection of buried utilities. “Knowing the location of buried cables is essential to protect personnel and equipment during any excavation project,” says Leica Geosystems marketing executive Ernest Boateng. “Damage causes unnecessary costs, creates project delay and can cause serious personal injury; utility-finder is the solution.” Unlike other locator systems that require comprehensive training in how, when and where to use them, Utili-Finder is simple enough to need no experience, Leica says. It has no user settings or controls, users just need to plug the Utili-Gen unit inside the building and trace the buried electricity cables outside with the locator, marking their path as required. With no internal components or settings the system does not require annual servicing and calibration which is a requirement for the existing buried utility locating products..


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