Next month sees the UK’s first dedicated construction equipment show for more than five years. Margo Cole has a look at what visitors can expect.
Plantworx - the UK’s new biennial event for the construction industry - is set to launch next month at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. The event is designed to showcase the latest developments in construction equipment, and includes live demonstrations of many new machines.
The site features over 100,000m2 of space dedicated to construction applications and working machinery from all sectors of the industry, including plant and tool hire, civil engineering, groundworks, contractors, utilities, highways, demolition and security.
The event has been organised and promoted by the Construction Equipment Association (CEA), which has brought together 240 of the world’s leading manufacturers to promote their latest machines and technologies to the wider industry. Many of the machines will be on show in the UK for the first time after being launched at this week’s Bauma event in Munich.
The CEA was determined that Plantworx should include live demonstrations, so visitors can expect to see machinery working in real on-site conditions. Among the manufacturers to have embraced this opportunity are Case and Volvo, which are using the event to showcase the talent of machine operators.
Case has chosen Plantworx as the venue for the UK heat of this year’s European Rodeo challenge, where the best operators from across Europe will compete for a place in the final in Paris later in the year. The show will also see the launch of the new Volvo Operator’s Club, and a chance for machine operators to take part in the GB heat and win a place at the 2013 European finals being held in Germany in the autumn.
Both firms also have new machines on display. Volvo will be showing the latest G-series wheeled loaders, D-series excavators and compact excavators and utility equipment, while the Case line-up includes machines making their first UK appearance: the CX80C midi crawler excavator, which meets EU Stage IV/US Tier 4 Final emissions standards, and the WX188 wheeled excavator. Completing the display will be the 821F wheeled loader, and models from the C-series crawler excavator and T-series backhoe loader ranges.
The Construction Equipment Association has brought together 240 of the world’s leading manufacturers to promote their latest machines and technologies to the wider industry
The CX80C excavator is one of the first to be unveiled by any manufacturer to meet the final level of stringent exhaust standards due to come into force in 2014. It uses cooled exhaust gas recirculation and a diesel oxidation catalyst, eliminating the need for a costly diesel particulate filter or for fuel-consuming regeneration.
The other new Case machine making its UK debut is the WX188, one of three new generation wheeled excavators designed to deliver maximum productivity and precision, with extra powerful hydraulics that are managed by an intelligent hydraulic system.
Case sister company New Holland Construction will also unveil its first Stage IV/Tier 4 Final compliant excavator at Plantworx 2013. The firm says its E85C is the first mid-sized excavator in the industry to meet the final level of emission requirements, and “raises the bar” for performance and fuel efficiency. Again it uses cooled exhaust gas recirculation technology combined with a simple diesel oxidation catalyst after-treatment system to achieve the required standard.
Other new machines on the New Holland stand include the E140CSR short radius crawler excavator and the top of the range L230 skid steer loader, which combines high fuel efficiency with a 96.5l fuel tank to enable the machine to run easily for eight to 10 hours without refuelling. The firm will also be showing its 15t WE150B Pro wheeled excavator and W170 recycler, which is specially designed for the aggressive and dusty conditions of waste handling and recycling facilities.
In addition to these new models, New Holland will also feature the successful E215C, which the firm believes is the most fuel efficient 21t crawler excavator available in the industry - thanks to a combination of selective catalytic reduction after treatment, sophisticated hydraulics, an upgraded electronic processor and the introduction of an eco working mode to optimise fuel consumption.
JCB will be using Plantworx to showcase its fuel saving Ecomax engine - the company’s answer to the current EU Stage IIIB/US Tier 4 Interim compliance. It meets the emissions standard without the need for external exhaust after treatment or a diesel particulate filter.
Visitors will be able to see the engine fitted to a range of machines, including 3CX and 4CX backhoes, the JS130 - one of three new mid-range tracked excavators - and a selection of Loadall telescopic handlers. New additions to the Loadall range at Plantworx include the 540-200, JCB’s first machine capable of lifting loads to a height of 20m.
The JCB stand will also include its latest compact models, including both conventional and zero tailswing mini excavators.
It will be hard to miss the Bomag stand - a 6.5m high, 13m diameter inflatable dome in the No-dig Zone housing a wide range of milling, paving and compaction equipment. The emphasis will be on the light/compact end of the firm’s product range, with machines for the urban environment, repair and renovation rather than large civil engineering projects.
Among Bomag’s exhibits will be three new tampers and a range of updated and improved BPR reversible compaction plates. Plantworx visitors will also be able to see two new lightweight single drum rollers, the BW145 and BW177, both compact machines that are highly manoeuvrable, making them suitable for tight urban sites.
A big draw at the show is bound to be the opportunity to see one of the first Komatsu hybrid excavators in the UK in operation. The HB215LC-1 Hybrid is one of a fleet bought by Plantworx exhibitor Ridgway Rental. Other hire companies exhibiting at the event include Lynch Plant Hire, Speedy Services and A-Plant.
Another first for the UK is Avant Tecno’s new Robot 185 demolition machine, an electrically powered unit, controlled remotely by radio or cable. It can rotate through 360o, making it ideal for working on confined or difficult access sites, and can be equipped with a wide range of attachments from hydraulic breakers to cutters and shears weighing up to 275kg, while the telescopic boom gives a horizontal or vertical reach of up to 5.2m.
Smaller plant and tools will also be represented. Takeuchi, for example, will be showing and demonstrating its full range of machinery, including the new TB285 excavator. Bobcat will also be there, with a range of new excavators, loaders and telescopic handlers, including the E25 compact excavator, the 500 platform compact loader range and the TL470HF telescopic handler - all on display in the UK for the first time at the show.
The E25 has been designed with the hire industry in mind, and is equipped with the same cab as larger models and a standard bucket, has an operating weight of 2,571kg and can be easily transported by trailer. It has a maximum digging depth of 2.582m, a maximum reach at ground level of 4.553m and a maximum dump height of 3.057m.
Plantworx will also see the first UK showing of Bobcat’s new 500 platform compact loader range, with two of five skid-steer loaders in the range and the new T590 compact tracked loader all on display.
In the Site Clearance Zone TCP will be demonstrating its HiC40 micro crusher, designed for small scale on site recycling, and MF450 mini crusher, for larger volumes of on site concrete crushing. The firm will also have the latest remote control compaction equipment suitable for utilising this crushed material and other “as dug” and imported fill materials.
Another highlight of TCP’s stand will be its new Ecolite-H2 fuel cell powered lighting tower. The firm says the Ecolite has “set the standard for site task lighting at a reduced carbon footprint”, and no carbon emissions, with the only exhaust emission being water vapour.
Ammann Equipment is displaying an extensive line up of 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 managing director Robert Brown says the company manufactures “the only tandem rollers in the 1t to 2.5t 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”.
Safety systems and machine productivity specialist Prolec will be demonstrating what the company describes as “the most significant new product in the company’s history” - a modular machine control and safety system.
It is based around a patented platform called the Prolec Machine Engine (PME), which can control a wide range of equipment types by using sophisticated modelling strategies to precisely determine the machine’s position.
Software in the PME processes data from sensors to give highly accurate, real time machine positioning that allows more responsive, more accurate and safer operation across an array of 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, truck mounted cranes, forklifts and telescopic handlers, excavators and backhoes, articulated dump trucks and wheeled loader weighing, straddle cranes - in fact, pretty much any construction equipment that moves, lifts or shifts.”
Leica Geosystems is showing its Utili-Finder, which the firm says is a “unique, easy to use locator system” that makes detecting buried utilities a simple process. Users just plug the unit in inside a building and trace the buried electricity cables outside with the locator.
“Knowing the location of buried cables is essential to protect the personnel and equipment during any excavation project,” says Leica Geosystems marketing executive Ernest Boateng. “Damage causesunnecessary costs, creates project delays and can cause serious personal injury; Utili-Finder is the solution.”
Other names to look out for at the show include Altrad Belle, Cemo, Kubota, Mace, MHM Plant, Towerlight and Shindaiwa.
- Plantworx 2013 takes place from 14 to 16 May at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Visitor registration is open and entry is free. For more details and to see a full exhibitor list visit www.plantworx.co.uk
It is estimated that between £1M and £1.5M worth of construction equipment is stolen each week, so Plantworx is putting the spotlight on firms that offer anti-theft and recovery solutions in a security village, organised in conjunction with Combined Industries Theft Solutions and Datatag.
Datatag managing director Kevin Howells says the village will give visitors an “ideal opportunity to see the range of technology that’s available today to enhance equipment security at a time when equipment theft, and export to Eastern Europe, is again on the rise”. He adds: “Sadly the threat of equipment theft is never far away from British construction sites but the industry has a wide choice of security technology to make life as tough as possible for professional and opportunistic thieves who prey on the ill-prepared and unwary.”
Exhibitors include Thatcham, which will advise visitors on its insurance industry-sponsored vehicle security scheme, which assesses equipment against five criteria: individual machine identity, unique key, passive immobilisation, perimeter security and equipment tracking.
Datatag, which operates the industry’s Cesar machine identity scheme, will be at the show with the familiar triangular Cesar registration plates. These are now fitted to more than 120,000 pieces of equipment, and entitle machine owners to discounts of up to 25% on their insurance premiums. The firm has added some new technology to the registration plates in the form of a quick response (QR) codes to make security checks quicker and easier.
As part of the security village the Cesar scheme is staging a police training conference that is expected to attract 200 senior and specialist police officers from around the UK.
In addition to construction and agricultural equipment, Datatag also operates the official motorcycle industry security scheme and sponsors the British Superbike racing series, and the company will be giving visitors the chance to win VIP British Superbike hospitality tickets.
Also on show in the security village will be the Automatrics Mtrack Proactive, which won the security innovation award category in the inaugural Plantworx Awards, announced last month. The Thatcham certified rechargeable, self-powered tracker averages a recovery success rate of between 95% and 98%.
Enigma Vehicle Systems is showing its web-based Skyline system, which can track, trace and monitor mobile assets from trailers and generators to large construction equipment. It also has a fleet management capability that can help businesses to increase the environmental performance of their vehicles and plant - and reduce costs.
Another exhibitor is Tracker, which also provides Thatcham approved stolen vehicle recovery and asset tracking solutions, and boasts that 68% of all the plant it recovers is done so within 24 hours of the device being activated.
Among the devices on show designed to stop equipment being stolen in the first place - rather than tracking it after a theft - is TriMark Europe’s KeyOnePlus system, a mechanical lock and key combination, where the owner or user can choose keys from a range of more than 1,000 key codes.
Visitors to the security village will also be able to see OnGarde’s rapid deployment CCTV, and its new hybrid solar power station, which was highly commended in the Plantworx security innovation award category. The system has been designed to provide a power management system that runs autonomously using solar photovoltaic cells.
Finance expert Lombard will be on hand to advise visitors on different funding options, and the range of assets that can be financed.