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Intermat Preview

Intermat 2003, from 13-17 May at Paris-Nord Villepinte, is one of the foremost international shows of construction equipment and techniques. From the raft of new developments and launches, NCEI examines some of the highlights.

Atlas Copco

Among the wide range of construction equipment on show at Intermat, Atlas Copco will be displaying the Swellex Manganese range which builds on the 20 year reputation of the system, boasting increased tensile strength and elongation capacity (80%). Greater safety and reliability is also promised.

Atlas Copco acquired Austrian firm MAI Ankertechnik last year and will be showing its range of self-drilling anchor systems for stabilising weak rock and soil in tunnelling, mining and other ground engineering applications.

Another 'first' at Intermat will be the Rocket Boomer tunnelling machine, the XL3C. This intelligent three-boom drilling rig can work on faces up to 106m 2and features the ABC Total system that manages all aspects of the rig's automated operation.

The range includes the WL3 for tunnels up to 17.8m. The version on show in Paris will be equipped with an 'eagle' console for increased upward reach, suitable for tunnelling applications of up to 169m 2and roof heights of 12.8m.

www. atlascopco. com


In response to demand for economic and environmentally friendly piling techniques, German geotechnical equipment manufacturer Bauer has increased the variety of applications for its BG rotary drilling rig range with a new displacement auger system.

The firm says the high torque and crowd capacity of the BG rigs is ideal for drilling with the specially designed displacement head which laterally pushes drilled material into the surrounding ground.

A BG22H/25H will be on the stand, fitted with the new tool.

The rig is capable of constructing 400mm to 600mm diameter displacement piles up to 25m deep.

www. bauer. de


Casagrande will display its recent acquisitions in the fields of foundation equipment and concrete plant.

For the first time the group will display Hutte equipment alongside its established range.

Two models will be launched: the Casagrande B80 piling rig, a 25t machine able to form bored or CFA piles with 10t/m torque; and the Hutte HBR609 anchor drill with fully automated casing changer. Also on show will be the firm's M9-1 crawler drills and the compact Hutte HBR202.

www. casagrandegroup. com


Caterpillar will demonstrate how it is making its machines more productive and efficient, easier to operate and maintain and kinder to the environment - most models now feature advanced electronic engines that meet the EU Stage II emissions regulations.

Machines on display will include seven new excavators, new wheel loaders and two new compact radius mini-excavators. The 3.2t 303CR and the 4.8t 305CR machines feature a compact radius tail swing that makes them ideal for restricted sites.

www. caterpillar. com

Clo Zironi

Brazilian drilling rig manufacturer Clo Zironi's range includes machines for micropiling, bored and CFA piling, anchoring and site investigation.

Its patented Bottom Drive CFA system has the rotary drive fitted at the base of the mast, giving a lower centre of gravity and allowing a small base machine to drill deeper and bigger piles. The auger becomes part of the torque system by the use of notches along its length. These pass through corresponding 'keyways' in the rotary head, driving the auger as it rotates.

The firm says its rigs are therefore lighter and better balanced that conventional CFA equipment. Other features include computer monitoring and recording of piling, friction pulldown to help penetrate harder soils and easy conversion of the rig to handle kelly bars for bored piling.

www. clozironi. com. br


The Spanish manufacturer will be displaying its P140TT CFA rig, developed in response to industry demands for smaller and more powerful rigs that can install longer and larger piles.

The compact P140TT meets these demands, being capable of forming a 26.5m long, 1m diameter CFA pile.

www. cm-llamada. es


Doka Formwork Technology promises a whole slew of innovations. These include additions to the Framax framed formwork system and the Doka composite forming carriage, already used on a number of composite bridge projects. Also on show will be Doka's facade formwork system which allows a rapid construction sequence and also frees the site crane which is only needed to lift the precast members into place. Also available, will be the new version of Doka's formwork planning software.

www. doka. com


Dynapac will be displaying its range of soil compaction equipment at Intermat. It will showcase software that can be used to log the compaction results (Analyzer) or to make the operator's work simpler by automatically setting the compaction requirements (Optimizer).

www. dynapac. com


Over the past year, Fraste has focused increasingly on developing new high performance systems and criteria for its drilling rigs, particularly for safe operation and environmental protection.

The Italian firm will be displaying its full range of machines as well as some additions to its water well, site investigation, environmental drilling and general civil engineering ranges.


Hydrema is poised to launch new articulated dumptruck in the 22t class at Intermat. The 922C three-axled articulated dumptruck breaks with traditional design principles for trucks in its class, focusing on achieving first-class cross-country capabilities even in very soft terrain, very low fuel consumption and excellent stability.

www. hydrema. com


Hydrohammer The IHC Hydrohammer combines a solid one-piece ram and a fully enclosed hammer housing.

It is suitable for a range of piling applications and can also be used for rock breaking for onshore, harbour and coastal and offshore work.

A new hammer, the S-120, will be shown, along with a new system that allows more sheetpile types to be driven, the S-70 rockbreaker and the SC-50, the smallest hammer in the range, for driving concrete and steel piles.

An S-600 hydrohammer was recently used to install the piles for the Hornsrev offshore windmill park off the west coast of Denmark.

www. ihchh. com


Among the wide range of equipment on the Ingersoll-Rand stand will be the Bobcat 316 compact excavator. Weighing just 760kg and only 750mm wide, the machine can pass through doorways for excavation and demolition work inside buildings. Once inside, the tracks can be expanded to 900mm for increased stability. It can dig down to 1.55m. IR Drilling Solutions will be launching the CM 780 D drill, the first of the 700 range of down-the-hole crawler drill rigs. The machine can drill 115mm to 165mm diameter holes and its automatic rod changer can carry up to six lengths of 4m drilling rod.

www. irco. com


JCB is showing two new machines; a 22t articulated dumptruck and a new midi excavator designed to compete in the 7t to 8t sector. Two new micro excavators and a new Loadall telescopic handler will be made available to markets outside the UK for the first time.

www. jcb. com


The Finnish hydraulic piling machinery manufacturer will be displaying its range of driven and bored piling rigs, deep stabilisation machines, hydraulic hammers, rotary heads and power packs.

www. junttan. com

Klemm Bohrtechnik

Bauer subsidiary Klemm Bohrtechnik is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The manufacturer of anchor drilling rigs and accessories will be displaying its new KR508 anchor drilling rig and the new KD204 drifter.

The KD204 is an ultracompact light rig with a high blow frequency, especially suitable for installing soil nails.

www. klemm-bt. de


A host of new offerings from Komatsu includes new models of tracked excavator, a dozer in the 28t class, a pair of rigid dumptrucks and three state-of the art articulated dumptrucks, the latter being new to markets outside the US where they have been well received. Also on public view for the first time are a pair of wheeled loaders.

www. komatsu. com


Liebherr Group will display more than 25 products from its extensive ranges at Intermat.

Representing its small hydraulic-driven crawler crane range will be the new design of the LR1130, with 130t load capacity.

Six hydraulic excavators will also be on display, featuring the Litronic system, which combines the machines' intelligent electronics and power hydraulics.

The R974B S-HD Litronic SME (Super Mass Excavation) crawler excavator weighs 92t and has been specially developed from the R974B Litronic for arduous situations, for example high-volume earthmoving tasks on large construction sites.

www. liebherr. com


French piling equipment manufacturer PTC will be launching the 12HFV compact hydraulic vibrodriver able to drive sheet piles to 12m, suspended from a crane or fixed to an excavator arm.

The patented HFV system is able to start and stop without vibration, reducing the level of vibrations transmitted to the rig or surroundings by a factor of between 3 and 5, allowing them to be used in urban areas.

Also on show will be the firm's patented Soil Velocity Vibmaster control and monitoring system for its vibrodrivers. The system controls driving by allowing soil particle velocity limits to be set and displays this data, the frequency and amplitude of driving and the pressure of the hydraulic power pack.

www. ptc. fr


Among the equipment being shown by Sennebogen in Paris will be its HD rope excavator/ crane range. The latest machine is the 680HD, which Belgian foundation company Fondedile NV is using on its contract at Antwerp's central station as part of the high-speed rail link between Belgium and the Netherlands.

The machine, working alongside its predecessor the 670HD, is forming the 32m deep, 1.2m thick diaphragm walls for the high-speed rail tunnel at the station. It is also being used to lift the massive reinforcement for 50m deep piles on the project.

www. sennebogen. com

Tes Car

Italian foundation equipment manufacturer Tes Car has launched its CF series of hydraulic rigs for small and medium diameter piles.

The extremely compact machines (between 1,850mm and 2,490mm wide) are able to work inside buildings or under bridges and can drill 25m deep in headroom of only 3m.

www. tescar. com


Trenchless technology firm Tracto-Technik will be focusing on its house connection range at Intermat; an important area for the firm, especially in France, requiring specialist tools capable of working in restricted environments such as cellars.

The firm will bring its Grundosteer-soil displacement hammer, suitable for 60m long bores without drilling fluid and for installing 63mm diameter sewage lines. The Grundopit is a small steerable drilling rig which can work with or without drilling fluid, installing 150mm diameter pipes out of a cellar.

It is fitted with a hammer bore head to allow drilling in a variety of soil types and through brickwork. The Grundopull cable winch machine, for exchanging lead and plastic pipes, will also be on show.

www. tracto-technik. de


Volvo's display will be divided into specific industry segments - highway and civil engineering, waste and demolition, aggregates and quarries and general construction. Introductions will include the latest members of the E series wheel loader family, wheeled excavators and a new tracked machine, plus products in the compact equipment range.

www. volvo. com

Watson & Hillhouse

Distributor Watson & Hillhouse, will be demonstrating a Tosa Stillworker WP150 hydraulic pile pressing machine and a PVE2316 high frequency variable moment hydraulic vibrator.

Both are environmentally friendly, offering low noise and vibration controlled pile driving.

www. w-h. co. uk

Wirtgen Group

Alongside road milling and recycling machines, soil stablisation equipment, pavers and compactors from the Wirtgen Group, will be an exhibit by French manufacturer Panien of its innovative machine for pre-spreading binding agents for soil stabilisation.

www. wirtgen-group. com


One of the highlights on Bomag's stand will be its new MPH122 machine which can be used for soil stabilisation and improvement by mixing in lime, fly ash or cement or as a recycler to pulverise road surfaces. Its 2330mm wide milling rotor has a working depth of 500mm and a variable speed control to optimise mixing without having to stop work.

The machine also features an hydraulic overload protection system which protects it against damage from hidden obstructions. The milling rotor has exchangeable edge segments that can be swapped by hand without having to remove the entire rotor.

CIFA Cifa's display will emphasise the transport, pumping and distribution of concrete. The new RH100 is a truck mixer designed especially for the ready-mix industry. It has a 200lt pressurised tank and has been completely re-engineered so as to save weight and allow the maximum payload. Truck mounted concrete pumps and distribution booms will include models designed with the needs of the Middle East, Chinese and US markets in mind and Cifa will also show examples from its range of concrete batching and mixing plant.

www. cifa. co. uk

Prime Drilling

German horizontal directional drill rig manufacturer Prime Drilling will present its range of midi and maxi HDD rigs on a stand shared with TractoTechnik. Set up only three years ago, the company has become a major player in the manufacturer for HDD rigs over 20t. The largest it has built is a 350t drilling rig developing 120,000Nm of rotational torque. The firm will also display its bentonite mixing and recycling systems, pump aggregates, drill rods, reaming and drilling tools.

www. prime-drilling. de

Sandvik Tamrock

Sandvik Tamrock will show the Axera T11 DATA, its computer controlled triple boom electrohydraulic jumbo. Axera tunnelling jumbos have worked on a number of high-profile projects including the Gotthard Alptransit railway project in Switzerland. The T11 DATA is designed for tunnelling and cavern excavation with crosssections of between 20m2 and 160m 2. The TDATA computer system controls all drilling functions and boom positioning, allowing consistent drilling quality and optimal drilling and blasting economy.

Sandvik Tamrock's Surface Drills Division will showcase the new Commando 120 mini drilling rig, which has increased capacity and power but is still mobile enough and small enough to work in confined areas. Its zero dust system makes it ideal for urban work and its silencer on the drill reduces noise.

A radio control facility allows it to be operated from up to 100m away. The division will also present the Ranger 800, the latest addition to its range of hydraulic crawler drilling rigs.

www. smc. sandvik. com


Among Czech Republic-based Stavostroj's range of compaction equipment at Intermat, the firm will unveil the GD (genius drum), whose vibration can be manually or automatically adjusted to optimise compaction of soils or asphalt.

www. sta. cz

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