Komatsu’s PC490LC-10 High Reach Demolition crawler excavator, first shown at Intermat in 2015 and wi

Komatsu’s PC490LC-10 High Reach Demolition crawler excavator, first shown at Intermat in 2015 and winner of an award from the UK's NFDC, now features a hydraulic undercarriage

There are still two months to go before Bauma opens its doors in Munich on April 11 – but details of new products and innovations are already emerging to whet the appetites of around half a million visitors who are expected to attend.

Among those on show will be Komatsu’s PC490LC-10 high reach demolition (HRD) excavator. The latest addition to the company’s successful demolition range, it will be presented with a new adjustable undercarriage.

The excavator itself was first shown at Intermat in Paris last year, and it received the 2015 Innovation of the Year Award from the United Kingdom-based National Federation of Demolition Contractors.

The machine’s stability is enhanced by the hydraulically adjustable wide gauge undercarriage, which features longer trackframes that the standard undercarriage. Including 700 mm (27.6 in) triple grouser shoes, the width of the new adjustable undercarriage can be varied from 4,000 mm (13 ft 1 in) to 3,000 mm (9 ft 10 in), improving ease of transport where width restrictions apply. When specified with the new undercarriage, the machine’s operating weight is increased to just over 70 t.

“We are delighted that the machine has already been acknowledged by the industry,” said Simon Saunders, product manager for working gear excavators. “Our demolition machine developments are driven by customer feedback and we believe the hydraulic undercarriage specification demonstrates our commitment to bringing the benefits of an original factory developed product to customers.”

MILESTONE FOR BROKK

Also celebrating a significant milestone at Bauma is Swedish manufacturer Brokk. This year is the 40th anniversary of the company starting up. Since 1976, it has gone on to supply more than 6,000 demolition robots to

more than 100 countries around the world. The company said that what started as a niche market for very special requirements is now a mainstream, and vital, part of most demolition, process, cement, nuclear decommissioning and underground projects worldwide.

“It is with pride and excitement that we are celebrating 40 years of innovation in the remote controlled demolition industry,” said CEO Martin Krupicka. “Our products have changed the nature of the demolition business and improved safety and the environment for contractors and operators. That’s definitely worth celebrating!”

And the company is not stopping there. New for Bauma is its 120 Diesel, described as the world’s smallest diesel-driven demolition robot, at 780 mm (30.7 in) wide and weighing around 1,200 kg (just under 2.650 lb). The third machine in Brokk’s diesel line up after the 400 and 800, it can operate independently for more than eight hours.

“We are convinced this new model will bring great value to a variety of difficult applications,” added Martin Krupicka.

Belgium-based company Keestrack – which itself celebrates 20 years since the manufacture of its first in-house developed product during 2016 – will show a cross-section of its product range in the form of six crushing and screening units used in mobile processing technology for recycling applications.

At Bauma, Keestrack will be showing proven mobile crushers as well as new high-capacity large scale models, all now under new names as the company looks towards the next stage of its development.

These range from the B2 jaw crusher and R4 crusher unit – previously the Argo and Destroyer 1011 – to the R8 top crusher unit formerly known as the Destroyer 1313. Also on show will be the track-mounted H4 cone crusher, which the company described as the first of its kind in the world.

“We have gone from a start up to number six in the world,” said global distributor manager Michael Brookshaw. “By 2021, we want to be in the top three.”

Exhibiting at Bauma for the second time, BAV Crushers’ stand will feature examples of attachments for carrier excavators, based on 3 to 6 t operating weight, from the core product range of Alligator jaw pulverisers, CB crusher buckets and RS rotary screening buckets.

According to BAV, the crusher buckets in particular were a huge success in 2015. “You know when you have a good product; it goes out of the door quickly and you never hear of any problems with it. A truly great product however, is one where every single customer goes out of their way to get in touch and offer positive feedback. This is what our engineers have achieved with the CB2,” the company said.

HIGHER OUTPUT

Elsewhere in crushing, Atlas Copco will present its new generation of BC bucket crushers that are said to offer up to 80% higher output than previous models. Designed for carriers from 22 to 38 t, the machine is available in BC 2500 and BC 3700 versions. The crushers are suited to “small” demolition and recycling applications, and are capable of crushing up to 110 t/hr.

CDE Global is exhibiting at Bauma for the third time and this year will include some significant product developments. “Bauma is recognised as the leading global platform for launching new products to our industry and we have been planning for this year’s show since 2013” said Kevin Vallelly, product development manager.

“A number of product development cycles will conclude with new product launches at Bauma as we further expand the range of equipment we offer the sand and aggregates, construction and demolition waste recycling, mining and environmental sectors.”

This year, CDE has a 1,200 sq m (12,916 sq ft) stand and will be showing the latest version of its M2500 mobile washing plant, a standalone EvoWash sand washing plant, and new inclined screens from the Infinity range.

Atlas Maschinen will be showing several new excavators to coincide with a number of Tier 4 versions being available from April. Developments include a number of special features on the 140W small wheeled excavator, such as the new Atlas quick change system and a 2,750 mm (9 ft) dozer blade to increase operation speeds.

Meanwhile the 160W is equipped with an all-new cab and interior, and features a new “sixth generation” electronic control system.

The 180Wsr wheeled excavator is also being shown in the new Tier 4 Final version. With a TCD 4.1 Deutz diesel engine supplying 115 kW (157 hp), Atlas describes the excavator as a “true powerhouse”.

Terex Compact UK will show a number of additions to its compact equipment portfolio, including a new site dumper and backhoe loader. TheTA9SP site dumper includes powershift transmission and auto-shift technology, while the TLB830 – designed with the rental market in mind – has been engineered to excel in digging, reaching, lifting and loading applications. Other Terex group companies will also be exhibiting at Bauma.

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