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Plant preview: Bauma gets tooled up

Safety and emission reduction are high on the agenda with exhibitions at Bauma this year. Margo Cole previews the show.

The world’s largest construction equipment trade fair is just one month away and, despite the recession, its organiser claims the event will be bigger than ever. Bauma, the triennial show held at Munich’s Trade Fair Centre, will this year feature a record 555,000m² of indoor and outdoor exhibition space displaying the latest products from the international construction, building materials and mining machinery sectors.

Two of the big issues for exhibitors this year are safety and emission reduction.

On the safety side, Finnish company Finmac will be showing a remote-controlled, electrically operated demolition robot for use in confined and dangerous working situations. The robot vehicle can be equipped with different modules, such as hammers, crushers, shears, grabs or buckets, and is powered by an electric engine, allowing emission-free use.

Meanwhile, Austrian formwork specialist Doka has developed a framework scaffolding for building construction that makes it possible to have barrier free workplace access routes and work-deck levels extending across several scaffold units at once. Doka says the H-shaped frame geometry of the Staxo 40 framework scaffolding makes working beneath the tower frame superstructure much easier, quicker and safer.

This year's Bauma will be bigger than ever

This year’s Bauma will be bigger than ever

In the coming years tighter emissions restrictions will come into force for various groups of vehicles in the construction sector. There is also a drive to improve the economic and environmental performance of construction vehicles.

Diesel and gas engine manufacturer Deutz will be showing a brand new engine design, under the provisional model name of TCD 20XX. It was specifically developed to meet the requirements of the construction industry in the 28kW to 55.9kW power range.

This ultra-compact, 2.9l, four-cylinder in-line engine has been designed to meet the new emissions requirements without using a diesel particulate filter.
Swedish manufacturer Scania will also be showing new engines that meet the emissions threshold of Stage IIIB.

On show in Munich will be a 9l, five-cylinder engine of up to 294kW, suitable for a dump truck or excavator; a 13l, six-cylinder inline engine up to 368kW, for straddle loaders, cranes or screens; and a 16l, V8 engine up to 515kW, intended for military tasks or wood-chipping systems.

Bauma will have 555,000m2 of indoor and outdoor space

The show will have 555,000m² of indoor and outdoor space

Engine manufacturers Perkins and Cummins will also be demonstrating their latest Stage IIIB-compliant engines.

Volvo Construction Equipment has developed a driveline system for its latest wheel loaders, which is aimed at improving durability and driver comfort but can also be 15% more fuel efficient. OptiShift is set to be rolled out in the UK after the show for L150F, L180F and L220F machines.

While hybrid solutions are fairly well established in the domestic vehicle market, they are still something new in construction. But Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has developed a drive system consisting of a high performance lithium-ion battery, a diesel engine, two induction engines and a converter.

At Bauma, the company will show off a forklift fitted with this combination that, it claims, achieves 39% more fuel efficiency compared with forklifts of the same loading capacity using conventional combustion engines.

  • NCE’s May plant special feature will include a full report from Bauma 2010, which runs between 19 and 25 April. For more information go to the Bauma website

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