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bauma Munich 2019 - An avant-garde show

bauma Munich 2019 had more than 3,700 exhibitors from 63 countries

Bauma Munich, Wirtgen group, CASE Construction, Manitowoc, MB Crusher, BKT, Schwing Stetter, Komatsu, Putzmeister, Goldhofer, Hyundai Construction Equipment

With more than 620,000 visitors from over 200 countries, bauma 2019, the world’s leading trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines, construction vehicles and construction equipment, generated the best results in the exhibition’s 65-year history. The number of visitors rose by about 40,000 over the total produced during the previous event in 2016. More than 250,000 visitors came from countries outside Germany. The top 10 visitor countries after Germany were: Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Poland and Great Britain. Significant gains in this group were produced by China, Australia and Japan.
The world’s largest construction equipment trade fair attracted over 3,500 exhibitors from 63 countries and saw 620,000 visitors from more than 200 countries attend the exhibition.

With its unprecedented 614,000m2 of space, the largest bauma ever held was once again filled with records.

The clear focal point of this year’s bauma was sustainable and digital solutions. Sensors and communication interfaces that collect and analyse data have become standard equipment. Overall, machines and vehicles are becoming cleaner, quieter and more efficient. Many now have electric and hybrid drive systems.

Novel displays
As one of the most industrialised regions in the world, the European construction machinery market has long been known for its high-end and cutting-edge orientation. While equipment manufacturers have largely met the technical challenges of complying with stringent emissions requirements in the U.S. and the European Union, even tougher rules in some urban areas and advances in battery technology are changing the face of compact equipment.

Construction Week throws the spotlight on some of the prominent displays by reputed construction equipment manufacturers.

Wirtgen Group: A total of 120 exhibits, including 18 world premieres and 25 innovations as well as six interactive technology demos. The Wirtgen Group’s booth at Bauma was packed with leading machine and application technologies from Wirtgen, Vögele, Hamm, Kleemann, Benninghoven, and John Deere. The 622GP motor grader, which John Deere is launching on the European market together with the 672GP, was met with great interest. The Wirtgen Group’s sales and service network in Germany and France is handling the sale of these products – a prime example of how customers can already benefit from premium products and services from a single source, which perfectly fits the “SmartSynergies and Innovations” theme of the group’s presence at Bauma this year.

An aerial view of the Wirtgen Group stall.

Schwing Stetter: With a horizontal range of 60m and a maximum output rate of up to 162m³ fresh concrete per hour, the S 65 SXF from SCHWING is a completely new technical design, combined with SCHWING’s well-known quality components from other machine types. One innovation is the new SXF support, a combination of the curved SX support that has proven its worth for decades and an additional folding element (fold = F). This means that for the first time a truck-mounted concrete pump of this size can do without multiple telescopic supports, here on a support area of 11.58 m x 13.70 m, the best in its class. Besides this, it displayed or launched New S47 SX III truck-mounted concrete pump, revolution in truck-mounted concrete pumps: S 36 X DirectDrive boom elements rotate up to 360, TP 100 compact pump, Mobile batching plant M 3.0, Double-shaft mixer 4.0, New truck-mixer pump FBP 27, Stetter truck-mixer, AM 10 EDrive truck-mixer, and PLP 70.

Komatsu: Komatsu launched the latest update of its products: the Komatsu PC4000 11 diesel Tier 4. With a new exhaust after treatment system, the machine meets the Tier 4 final emission regulations.
The KOMTRAX Plus 2 system – which is a reliable and long proved Komatsu feature – provides real time information about the operating status of the machine. KOMTRAX Plus 2 monitors all data for a quick and efficient handling directly in the operator’s cabin and as well as this, a new standard is the simplified electrical system. Komatsu controllers reduce nodes and provides redundancy in the electric system for more efficiency in the mine.

Manitowoc: Towering over the Manitowoc stand at bauma 2019 was the new Potain MDT 809, the largest topless crane ever built by the manufacturer. While delivering unprecedented lift capacity and reach, the new crane also boasts an advanced design that provides reduced operating costs and easier assembly for owners. The whole crane transports in either 10 or 11 containers, depending on the winch option selected, which is four to five fewer containers than is typically required for a crane of this size.
In 2018, Manitowoc’s factory in Italy boosted production of Grove rough-terrain cranes to better serve customers in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. The company showed two rough-terrain cranes, a 100t capacity GRT8100 and a 51t capacity GRT655L. Manitowoc plans to start building the GRT655L there in future.

Putzmeister: presented its comprehensive product range for all tunnel construction processes. Safety, speed and flexibility are at the forefront of all solutions. The aim: Higher profitability with tunnel construction projects. With its intelligent system for shuttering filling, the construction machine manufacturer from Aichtal has set its focus on minimising operating costs. It also presented its flexible Autocor modular solution. If the shuttering is stationary, the Autocor system offers a mobile solution and for moving shuttering a stationary one, i.e. permanently mounted in the hall. Concepts with scissor pipes and integration with existing bucket conveyors are possible. Besides this, there was the latest generation of iLS (intelligent low stroke) pumps. The new pumps stand out because of their excellent performance, smooth operation and durability, even under extreme conditions such as when working with highly abrasive concrete.

BKT: took the field with an entire team of specialised EARTHMAX tyres. The largest tyre that BKT has ever built: 33.00 R 51. With a diameter of over 3m, length of 894mm, the tyre weighs 2,400kg. In addition to the stand, BKT tyres were also showcased at three different bauma outdoor areas. In the first area, a huge panel shaped like a rigid dump truck features real tires from the series EARTHMAX SR 45 M (24.00 R 35) and EARTHMAX SR 45 (18.00 R 33). The second area showed the outline of an articulated dump truck equipped with real products, namely EARTHMAX SR 41 (875/65 R 29) and EARTHMAX SR 35 (750/65 R 25). The third promotional area, referred to as the ‘Atrium’, was entirely dedicated to EARTHMAX SR 53 (36/65 R 33). The common denominator consistently in all these models was their All Steel structure, which renders a stronger body and greater resistance to aggressions such as punctures and penetration of foreign bodies.

MB Crusher: introduced the new generation of shafts screeners. The new MB-HDS series is different from all the other systems available on the market. It has been designed to be a real wild card: it can adapt to a range of different working environments and can select different types of materials with unprecedented simplicity and speed, without the need for a specialist or special training. The new MB-HDS series selects and crushes excavation and demolition materials, asphalt, coal, organic materials, wood, bark and light plastics, also it enables products to be re-purposed immediately.

Goldhofer: presented a new edition of the PST/SL. For transport professionals, the PST/SL family is the obvious choice for moving ultra-heavy loads. An attraction is the wide range of combinations available with the SL modules. With a full choice of additional equipment, they can be combined to create configurations that are precisely tailored to the specific application. For self-propelled or towed operation it launched ADDRIVE 2.0. It offers more tractive power plus all the benefits of the previous model. It offers improved performance and higher speeds without compromising safety, flexibility and efficiency. The power of the new generation drive has been almost doubled to 530hp.

Hyundai Construction Equipment: kicked off the introduction of its new A-series excavators and wheel loaders. The A-series stands for machines that comply with the European stage V emission levels – and cover HCE Europe’s complete product range, mini and medium sized excavators, heavy excavators and wheel loaders. The new Hyundai HX85A mini excavator in the 8-9 tonne-class is equipped with a two-piece boom and therefore the ideal machine to work in urban environments. It also represents the first machine with the new charismatic and exciting “Tiger Eye Design”. It also launched its smallest mini excavator HX10A—an ideal workmate in closed spaces or urban areas and completes the HX machine line up which ranges now from 1-90 tonnes.

CASE Construction Equipment: gave the public an insight into a sustainable, connected and technologically advanced future of construction with the unveiling of its methane-powered wheel loader concept – ProjectTETRA. Jointly developed by the CNH Industrial international design and CASE engineering teams, the concept reflects both the increasing importance of alternative fuels, and demonstrates their viability in the construction environment: the concept wheel-loader is powered by a proven methane engine, produced by sister brand FPT Industrial, and delivers exactly the same performance as its diesel equivalent. This is combined with cutting edge styling and an advanced operator environment, which makes extensive use of touchscreen and voice control technologies. Furthermore, innovative safety features include biometric technologies together with an obstacle detection system, which is derived from CNH Industrial’s autonomous vehicle research and development programme.

Herrenknecht: At its booth focusing on “Tunnelling”, Herrenknecht demonstrated pioneering technology that makes the tunnelling process faster and more efficient, web-based services, 400 features and functions for “safer operations” as well as Europe’s largest urban infrastructure project “Grand Paris Express”. It took home the Bauma Innovation Award for its E-Power Pipe, a cable-tunneling system that allows for the installation of small-diameter cable at depths of 1.5m with drive lengths of over a kilometer. These long runs reduce disturbances at ground level and allows for easier crossings through dense underground infrastructure than with more conventional installation methods.

Overall, bauma Munich 2019 was highly fruitful for al vendors present. Considering the huge turnout, one can say that bauma Munich 2019 was a roaring success.

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