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Orenstein & Koppel usually has a huge bucket from a mining shovel to entertain Bauma visitors in which they can pose and photograph each other.

This year is no exception as O&K will have on its stand the 42m3 bucket from an RH400, the worlds largest hydraulic shovel. The vast machine itself will not be there. Only two have been built and the second shovel is scheduled to join its mate in March at Syncrude Canadas oil sands operation in northern Alberta. At its final acceptance test in December the first RH400 moved an average of 9,700t of material an hour.

At the other end of the scale O&K will being showing production models of its RH4PMS crawler excavator which has a modest 0.6m3 bucket.

The company says it has renewed its entire range over the three years since the last Munich exhibition and although it will be showing some new machines within its range of crawler excavators, wheel loaders, graders and heavy transmission products it is concentrating on detailed improvements, especially for driver comfort and safety. One of these is a gadget for cleaning and guiding caterpillar tracks which acts somewhat like a plough scooping material out of the way of the drive sprockets as the machine moves along.

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