The RAI exhibition centre in Amsterdam.

The RAI exhibition centre in Amsterdam.

There has been a very strong response from exhibitors ahead of this month’s International Rental Exhibition (IRE) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with the show now expanded to accommodate demand for space.

A total of 89 exhibitors are registered to take part in IRE, which takes place at the Amsterdam RAI venue on 24-26 June, 2014, and now takes up 2483m2 of stand space. It is the third time that the exhibition has taken place, and it looks set to be the biggest ever show.

At the end of April, space for as many as 20 additional exhibitors was added to the exhibition, triggered by the large size of the waiting list.

New exhibitors include Toro Loco/Guidetti, Ormet, HSO, Smartlift, FSI power-tech, Hanenberg Materieel, Green Tek, Morris Site Machinery, Nightsearcher, Graco, Life’s Cool Climate Control, Echo Barrier, Red Rhino and Metalgalante.

In addition, Satema, Dynamics Software , Fast Verdini, Delfin, V.Emme, HH-Intellitech and GMV also signed up to exhibit on the extra space, with more enquiries still being accommodated as IRN went to press.

Other already confirmed exhibitors are important suppliers to the rental market including Volvo CE, Kubota, Hitachi, Wacker Neuson, Yanmar, JCB and Hilti. See the April-May issue of IRN for further details of what they plan to exhibit at the show.

Like the companies that signed up early to the event, the newest IRE exhibitors plan to display genuinely cutting-edge, new technology alongside the product ‘mainstays’ of rental fleets.

Site equipment

Products on display will include two specialist remote-controlled telescopic handlers from Smartlift in the form of the SL 780 Giant and SL 380 Outdoor High Lifter.

The SL 780 can reach the highest of the two, with a centre of yoke figure of 4.2m, and can handle up to 1.3 tonnes. The machine features a multifunctional hydraulic rotary head fitted with suction pads, vacuum circuits and two pumps to allow it to vacuum lift building materials such as glass panels.

Designed for rough terrain, the SL 780 boasts front-wheel drive. It is a compact machine, weighing a total of 1.3 tonnes with a width of 1.01m and a length of 2.8m.

The smaller SL 380 also features a multifunctional hydraulic rotary head with suction pads, vacuum circuits and two pumps. Its centre of yoke lifting height is 2.8m, and the machine can carry up to 380kg. It weighs 700kg and is 820mm wide and 1.8m long.

Both machines feature a side-shift adjustment that allows them to be shifted during installation jobs to allow extra precision.

Graco, meanwhile, plans to showcase a wide range of tools from pressure washers to sprayers. Its St Max II 495 Hi-Boy range of sprayers for painting contractors will be on display, for instance, together with its UltraMax 795 electric airless sprayers, capable of handling a wide variety of coatings.

The Mark V IronMan sprayer will also be on show – a durable airless sprayer designed for fire retardants, airless plasters and paints – together with Graco’s G-Force pressure washers, EasyMax WP II cordless, airless sprayers and EasyMax FF paint sprayers. Jet rollers, hose reels and High-volume, low-pressure (HVLP) sprayers will also be on show.

For its part, Hanenberg Materieel said it would have its all-electric Sherpa 100 Eco mini loader on display. This is a new machine in the manufacturer’s eight-model mini loader range and stands out in that it is the company’s first 100% electric model.

Described as well-suited to internal applications, the 760mm wide machine is powered by a 1.5kW front-mounted electric motor. As well as being environmentally friendly, the Sherpa 100 Eco also emits lower noise than a traditionally-powered alternative.

Ditch Witch will also exhibit at IRE, and plans to showcase a range of equipment well-suited to the rental industry, including its Zahn R300 tool carrier – a machine that it said was now featured in Loxam’s rental fleet.

Other machines on show will include examples from Ditch Witch’s line of compact walk-behind trenchers, which feature hydrostatic ground drives with simple-to-use, hydraulic, skid-steer-style steering.

In addition, its Hammerhead Moles will be on show –replaceable piercing tools available in 50mm to 200mm models for regular and soft soils. The manufacturer’s UtiliGuard locating system will also be displayed – technology to help contractors locate underground utilities.

Mac3, meanwhile – a relative newcomer to the industry – plans to present its slim-design paving breakers with antivibration technology at IRE, designed to make demolition work healthier and easier. It said very low air consumption allowed two large breakers to be powered from only one small compressor, reducing energy costs as well.

IRE visitors could also view Mac3’s mobile compressors, which the company claims can be switched from trailer-mounted to skid compressor in minutes and with no special tools.

And exhibitor U.Emme plans to showcase examples from its Lince series of angle brooms as well as tiltdozer blades and concrete mixing buckets. For instance, it said its new Pantera angle brooms stood out because their diameter had been increased by 20mm compared to earlier models to allow them to clean more effectively and last longer.

The sweeper can be attached to skid-steer loaders, loaders, backhoe loaders and telehandlers or, replacing the frontal plate with a frame provided as optional accessory, it can also be attached to the three-point on an agricultural tractor. Finally, by removing one of the available coupling systems and fixing a bolted plate directly onto the sweeper’s body, the Pantera can be combined with excavators excavator, making it well-suited to cleaning sloping or vertical surfaces.

For its part, Fast Verdini’s stand will include its vibrating needles – single devices that it claims can be used for seven different applications, carrying bush cutter tools, pruning chain saws and hedge cutters.

Available in 25mm, 36mm, 42mm and 55mm variants, the needles feature a flexible, 1m long shaft that can be extended to 2 or 3m to vibrate surfaces away from the operator. A 500mm cable extension can also be supplied to further increase the working area of the tools.

Power & lighting

Satema will showcase examples from its ranges of gensets, switchboards, conduit systems, aluminum cabinets, temporary cabinets and transformer stations. It said the products on display would be those commonly used by rental companies.

Its modular building power distribution unit, for instance, is a machine available in either 250A (250 Modulex) or up to 800A (200 Modulex). It features modular cabinets with three power rails, and can be used for both 230V and 400V power.

Himoinsa, meanwhile, said it planned to introduce its new lighting towers at the show as well as its rental range of generator sets, featuring EU Stage IIIA-compliant engines.

The manufacturer has expanded its Apolo range of lighting towers to include new products such as the compact eco, compact heavy duty, box, mini kit and new LED lamp versions. Products on show at IRE will include the new Apolo Box lighting tower, characterised mainly for its size and square shape – dimensions that are said to make it easier for customers to transport.

Indeed, Himoinsa said up to 20 units could be stacked and transported in a 40ft (12.2m) container. The Apolo Box tower has an autonomy of more than 100 hours and is offered to the market with four 1000W bulbs, but can also be supplied with six 240W LED bulbs. Its hydraulic telescopic mast can reach a height of 9m.

And the company’s Compact Heavy Duty lighting tower boasts a reinforced chassis and trailer coupler. It consists of a tower kit that can reach 9m tall and generator set, both incorporated into a compact and balanced mobile unit. Its six 240W LED light bulbs are said to extend the service life of its spotlights up to 50000 hours, as opposed to regular spotlights that usually offer up to 2000 hours.

Himoinsa’s rental sector generator range boasts power outputs from 30 to 665kVA. At IRE, the company said it would present the 30 kVA HRYW 30, 85kVA-HRFW 85 and 150kVA-HRFW models.

More lighting towers will be showcased by Morris Site Machinery, which said a key product on its stand would be the new SMC TL-90 LED mobile lighting tower. Powered by five LED lamps, the tower offers 360° light coverage and a running time of 133 hours.

It also features a fuel efficient solution by allowing three machines to be linked together operating from one engine, giving up to 400 hours running time.

Rental IT

Software company HSO, meanwhile, will be demonstrating its HSO Rental package to IRE visitors. Designed to help rental companies respond quickly and flexibly to customer needs, the software is said to provide a clear view of all current operational information in real-time.

Based on Microsoft Dynamics AX, HSO Rental offers scheduling, cross hire, wa­rehouse management, transport, project management and trac­king & tracing functionality in a single integrated business environment. The idea is to give a quick and accurate picture of the availability of resources, manpower and transport and provide companies with up-to-date information.

Dynamics Software is another software company that will exhibit in the extended IRE floor space. It said Rental companies were increasingly investing in information technology to streamline and control their processes and deliver a better, faster service to customers.

It will showcase its Rental Management Solution for Microsoft Dynamics AX – software that is said to give companies in the rental sector a clear view of all current operational information in real-time. The package supports a range of rental activities from administration, registration and management, to potential sales activities, orders and contracts.

It said all information about clients, equipment, services, staff, contracts, partners, etc was recorded and maintained in a single central database.

Expanded show

Tony Kenter, managing director of show organiser Industrial Promotions International (IPI), said he was delighted with the increase in size of the show.

“A bigger, stronger show is good news for everyone. It expands the range of equipment on display for visitors and helps generate increased traffic for all the exhibitors. IRE, taking together with the APEX aerial platform show, gives rental companies a fantastic array of suppliers to visit at a single location over three days.”

The IRE show, which is supported by the European Rental Association and International Rental News (IRN), is being held at the RAI in a hall alongside the APEX aerial platform exhibition. Visitors registered for one of the shows will have free access to the other.

Visitors can also dip into the sessions of the European Rental Association’s annual convention (at a cost, see booking page at www.erarental.org) and network at the European Rental Awards dinner on the Wednesday night.

This is a feature from IRN magazine. For the full stop-press preview, including images of the products that will be on show, see the June 2014 issue of IRN.

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