Bauma Bonanza: new equipment on show at Germany's Bauma Exhibition

15 April 2008

Earthmoving

Caterpillar will have a staggering number of new machines at Bauma, and these are reported on in detail in this month's equipment pages. In the earthmoving sector, novelties include an ejector version of the 30 ton (27,3 tonne) capacity 730 articulated dumptruck (ADT), five new D-series wheeled excavators from 13 to 22 tonnes, and the D6K dozer, the first of a new generation of machines that will be followed by the D3K, D4K and D5K later this year.

Komatsu's new 13-tonne D51EX/PX-22 dozer features a new Stage IIIA engine, which is quieter and more fuel efficient than its predecessor. Better visibility is provided by the slanting nose and rear-mounted radiator, for an excellent view of the blade. A new cab mounting system reduces vibration and the noise level at the operator's ear is just 76 dB. Komatsu-Topcon machine control systems are available as a factory-installed option for increased grading precision.

Two new large excavators will make their debut in the shape of the 110 tonne class PC1250-8 and 200 tonne PC2000-8, which are both available in either backhoe or face shovel configurations. The PC1250-8 has a 502 kW Stage IIIA engine, while at 713 kW, the PC2000-8's engine is outside the scope of the emissions laws.

Also of interest to the quarrying and mining fraternity will be the 91 tonne capacity HD785-7 rigid dumptruck. Fuel consumption has been optimised with a variable horsepower control (VHPC), which matches engine power to working conditions, and other improvements include an advanced retarder braking system and multi-disc, oil-cooled anti-lock brakes.

New to the company's wheeled loader line-up are the 175 kW WA430-6, 202 kW WA470-6 and 224 kW WA480-6, which together cover bucket sizes from 3,3 m3 to 6,0 m3. All have Stage IIIA engines and new drive trains for low fuel consumption, while load sensing hydraulics help improve controllability, cycle times and breakout forces.

Komatsu's SpaceCab is a common feature across all three loaders, and this provides a spacious interior with air conditioning, adjustable steering column, ergonomic controls and an air-cushioned, heated seat. It is also a quiet environment with noise at the operator's ear around 71 to 72 dB(A) depending on the model.

In the excavator segment, the new PW140-7 wheeled excavator offers a 12,7 to 15,2 tonne operating weight depending on the options chosen. It has a short overhang counterweight and tight turning circle, and Komatsu says its ‘HydraMind' hydraulic system gives it the best lifting capacity in its class. But despite its compact dimensions, the PW140-7 has a spacious cab, with low noise and vibration.

Excavators will be a key focus of the Hitachi stand, not least because of the presence of an EX5500 mining shovel. Back in the construction sector there will be four new wheeled excavators in the shape of the 14,7 tonne ZX140W-3, 16,6 to 18,6 tonne ZX170W-3, 18 to 20,4 tonne ZX190W-3 and 19,4 to 21,7 tonne ZX210W-3. They will be joined by two similarly sized crawler models, the 17,9 tonne XZ160-3 and 22 tonne ZX180-3.

All are fitted with Stage IIIA Isuzu engines and feature Hitachi's HIOS III hydraulic system for greater boom and stick productivity. The cabs feature fully adjustable heated seats, short-stroke joysticks for ease of operation, and an LCD display which, as well as being part of the control system, can show pictures from the rear-view camera.

In a similar vein, Hitachi will be adding to its wheeled loader range with a new Stage IIIA model. The ZW180 has a 129 kW engine and comes with a 2,6 to 3,1 m3 bucket, and complements the larger ZW220, ZW250 and ZW310 launched last year. A new load sensing hydraulic system has improved bucket productivity, while the cab features and adjustable heated seat and steering column and improved climate control.

Bauma will see the launch of machines in both Volvo's brand new excavator and wheeled loader ranges. The first models in the F-series wheeled loader range will be the L60F, L70F and L90F, which come with 1,7 m3, 2,0 m3 and 2,3 m3 buckets and have Stage IIIA Volvo engines rated at 116 kW, 126 kW and 129 kW respectively.

The engines provide +6% to +13% more power than their predecessors, depending on the model and up to +15% more torque. They are teamed with a new elector-hydraulic automatic transmission, which is quieter and provides a higher travel speed than on the E-series. The loader arm geometry is Volvo's TP-linkage, which combines the breakout force of a Z-bar with parallel lift capability.

Operators will appreciate the new larger cab, with smaller pillars and more glass area, along with the updated climate control system and ergonomic controls.

Also new is the flagship L350F, which weighs in at 50 to 54 tonnes and can carry a 6,2 to 12,7 m3 bucket. Power comes from a 397 kW Stage IIIA Volvo engine, which is augmented by new hydraulics, transmission and axles for faster cycle times and greater fuel efficiency.

Volvo's new excavator range is the C-series and models being debuted at Bauma include three wheeled models – the 14 to 16 tonne EW140C, 16 to 18 tonne EW160C and 18 to 20 tonne EW180C – and three crawlers, the 16,7 to 19,1 tonne EC160C, 18,3 to19,2 tonne EC180C and 21,7 to 23,4 tonne EC210C.

All feature Volvo Stage IIIA compliant engines, with load sensing hydraulics. The Volvo ‘Care Cabs' have increased glass areas, more room, adjustable suspension seat, a 14 vent climate control system and a new console among numerous improvements. All the daily service points are accessible from ground level, and there is increased parts commonality to other Volvo models, which should make it easier to get spares.

Liebherr's A 904 C is a 19 to 21 tonne class wheeled excavator fitted with a 105 kW Stage IIIA engine. Options include a range of booms up to 5,3 m and sticks up to 3,05 m, and the Liebherr ‘Likufix' quick-coupler can also be specified. Getting into the cab has been made easier with a wide door, and an adjustable seat and steering column help operator comfort.

New at the foot of Liebherr's crawler excavator range is the 14,2 tonne R 313 Litronic, which features a 74,9 kW engine. Four choices of boom and four stick options are available, as is a 2,75 m wide dozer blade. Meanwhile the large cab provides a comfortable working space and good visibility for the operator.

The new 76,4 tonne R 964 C crawler excavator will be exhibited in its front shovel configuration for quarrying and mining applications. Power comes from a 320 kW Stage IIIA engine, which is +13% more powerful than the machine's predecessor, the R 964B. Options include extra protection for the pistons and slewing gear, while the robust undercarriage is based on the next model up in the Liebherr range, the R 974C.

Further up the range is the R 9250 Litronic, a 250 tonne-class mining excavator that replaces the R 994 Litronic. Standard equipment includes a 9 m gooseneck boom, 4 m stick and 15 m3bucket – +15% larger than its predecessor – in either backhoe or front shovel configuration. Power comes from a 960 kW Cummins engine.

In the industrial sector, the new A 954 C HD Litronic ‘High Rise' wheeled excavator will be of interest to the scrap and materials handling industries. The 2 m tower between the undercarriage and body allows vertical and horizontal reaches of up to 25 m, and outriggers have been added to ensure stability at such reaches.

Launched last year, but on display at an exhibition for the first time is the PR 764 Litronic, which, at 52,5 tonnes is the largest hydrostatic drive dozer in the world. Powered by a 310 kW Liebherr V8 engine, the dozer delivers a high pushing and ripping performance, while the hydrostatic drive helps smooth-out speed changes and reduces fuel consumption.

The 16 tonne class LR 624 Litronic is the latest in Liebherr's fourth generation of crawler loaders. Key features include a comfortable re-designed cab with an unobstructed view of the front end. Power meanwhile comes from a 143 kW Liebherr diesel engine, which delivers maximum power at just 1800 rpm, helping to keep fuel consumption down.

In the wheeled loader segment, Liebherr will introduce four new models, the L 524 2plus1, L 528 2plus1, L538 2plus1 and L542 2plus1. These have bucket capacities from 2,0 to 2,7 m3, and come with either an 86 kW or 105 kW Stage IIIA engine. Key features for the operator include a bigger cab and wider doorway, and the machines are available with either a Z-bar or parallel lift front end. High-lift versions are due in the second half of the year.

Further up the range is the new L 550 2plus2, which replaces the L 544 2plus2 in the 3,2 m3bucket class. The tipping load has been raised by more than a tonne to 11,7 tonnes, and the 130 kW engine is also more powerful than that of its predecessor.

Bauma will see the launch of Case's Stage IIIA compliant B-series tracked excavators, with the 21,5 tonne CX210B on show. The 117 kW four cylinder Isuzu engine is more fuel efficient and requires less servicing than its predecessor, while the machine itself has a maximum dig depth of 6,7 m and a maximum dump height of 6.8 m.

Another new Stage IIIA product on show will be the 821E wheeled loader, which at 17,2 tonnes. Power comes from a 159 kW Stage IIIA engine and it can carry a maximum bucket of 3,4 m3. Case says the new engine technology delivers +11% more power with lower fuel consumption than its predecessor. The loader also has a higher bucket pin and +4% more bucket capacity than the old model.

JCB will be launching new Stage IIIA compliant tracked and wheeled excavators in the 14 to 26 tonne class at Bauma. The new tracked models at Bauma are the JS160 Auto and JS180 Auto covering the 16 to 18 tonne class, the 19 tonne JS190 Auto, four variants around the 20 tonne class, the JS 200 Auto, JS210 Auto, JS 220 Auto and JS235 Auto, two zero tailswing 23 tonne class variants, the JZ235 Auto and JS 255 Auto and the 24 to 26 tone class JS240 Auto and JS260 Auto.

The new introductions to the wheeled excavator range are the 14,5 tonne JS145W Auto, 16 tonne JS160W Auto, 17,5 tonne JS175W Auto and 20 tonne JS200W Auto models.

The key changes are to the engine and Cab. The Stage IIIA Isuzu units used by JCB deliver up to +25% more power and up to +27% more torque than their predecessors, while consuming -12% less fuel. This translates into up to +5% more productivity according to JCB.

The new cabs on the new Auto models now feature a high-backed seat as standard to improve operator comfort, reduced in-cab noise and a new cargo shelf and stowage net for improved storage. An automated climate control system is available as an option along with a heated air suspension seat.

The Doosan stand will feature three new wheeled excavators, all powered by the company's own Doosan DL06 Stage IIIA six cylinder engine. The company says this gives its new 14,3 tonne DX140W, 16,5 tonne DX160W +27% more productivity and the 19,3 tonne class DX190W +19% more productivity than the Solar 180W it replaces. The 21 tonne class DX210W is +4% more efficient than the Solar 210W.

The cabs of the new machines are slightly larger than their predecessors, and the machines now come with a better seat, offering more adjustment options for the operator. The excavators have two travel speeds and can be specified with a variety of options such as dozer blades and stabilisers.

These wheeled excavators will be complimented by three new crawler models, the 17,7 tonne DX180LC, 21,5 tonne DX225LC and 24,6 tonne DX255LC. Like their wheeled counterparts, these machines are more productive than the Solar V models they replace, and come with the same improvements to the cab. Visibility has also been improved by reducing the size of the cab uprights and glazing part of the roof.

The company's newest wheeled loader is the DL250, which is powered by a 121 kW Doosan DL06 engine. It offers +9% more torque than the Mega 250-V it replaces, and comes with a larger cab that offers better visibility. The cab of this 14,5 tonne loader is also quieter, while the air conditioning system has been improved. There is a choice of control systems for the operator, and gears can be changed either manually or automatically.

The first of New Holland's Stage IIIA compliant excavators is the 20 tonne class E215B. Power comes from CNH's own 118 kW six-cylinder engine, which works at lower revs than its predecessor for less noise and more reliability. A new hydraulic system allows easier control of flows and pressures, and four work modes are available to suit heavy and fine work and a range of attachments.

In a similar size class is the E235B SR, a short radius crawler excavator weighing in between 24,6 and 25,3 tonnes. Despite its compact appearance it comes with a large cab, and is offered with either an NLC or LC undercarriage. The Stage IIIA engine delivers 118kW and teamed with a new hydraulic system this delivers a +20% improvement in fuel efficiency.

There are four new wheeled loaders being launched at Bauma, again with stage IIIA engines. The W170B, W170B TC, W190B and W270B span the 145 to 239 kW and 2,4 to 4,6 m3 bucket classes, and feature CNH (or Cummins for the W270B) engines teamed with ZF Powershift transmissions. These combinations provide more torque than their predecessors.

The 145 kW W170B is available either with a traditional Z-bar front end, or as the parallel lifting tool carrier (TC) variant. It comes with a 2,4 to 2,8 m3 bucket. The 190B meanwhile has a 169 kW engine and can be fitted with a 3,1 to 3,5 m3 bucket, while the W270B has a 239 kW rated engine and a 4,0 to 3,6 m3 bucket.

The company has also updated its dozer range and will be launching the 16 tonne class D150B model at Bauma. The 108 kW Stage IIIA engine and hydrostatic transmission deliver good fuel economy, while a new electronically controlled pump allows the dozer to turn on the spot, maintain a steady speed while levelling or run on maximum power.

Hyundai will be adding a new 81,5 tonne crawler excavator to the top of its range at Bauma, a range that previously stopped at the 50 tonne class R500LC-7A. Power comes from a 343 kW Cummins QSX 15 engine, and the machine comes with a 3,4 m3 bucket as standard.

Key features include a power boost button on the joystick, which gives +10% more breakout force, and as well as several operating modes, the excavator can be programmed with individual operators' preferred machine settings.

Further down the range, Hyundai is replacing many of its crawler excavators with ‘Dash 7A' versions, which feature Stage IIIA compliant engines with common rail injection systems. Other new features include a multi-function joystick, which can be used to control attachments as well as the arm. The control panel display has also been redesigned with a graphic display to make using the machines more intuitive.

Hyundai's wheeled loaders have also been reengined. Other improvements include a new control lever with functions such as kick-down now builtin. The new Dash 7A loaders also have a ‘light' automatic mode, which cuts gear change times and fuel consumption, and like the excavators, the in-cab display is now graphical.

Terex will be showing two new wheeled excavators, the 14 to 15,9 tonne TW140 and 18,9 to 20 tonne TW190. These feature larger fuel tanks than their predecessors, better access to filters and easier access to the cab. The ‘positive control' hydraulic system allows accurate, bump-free operation, even when multiple movements are being undertaken. Power comes from Cummins Stage IIIA engines.

New in the wheeled loader segment are the TL 420 and TL 450, which have 4,2 m3 and 4,5 m3 buckets and 216 kW and 231 kW Stage IIIA Cummins engines respectively. They also feature ZF transmissions and Rexroth load sensing hydraulics and have parallel lift front ends with an automated ‘return to dig' function. Both have a dump height of 3,15 m and feature a hydraulic damping system as standard which makes for a smoother ride.

Also new is the TL 210, which has a 119 kW Stage IIIA engine and comes with either a quick hitch and 2 m3 bucket or a direct mounted 2,1 m3 bucket. The hydrostatic drive provides a maximum travel speed of 40 km/h, while the front linkage provides parallel lift capabilities with Z-bar breakout forces.

The largest machine on the Bell equipment stand will be the 50 ton (45,5 tonne) capacity B50D articulated dump truck (ADT), which is now being built in the company's German factory. This should mean shorter lead times for European customers. In terms of new trucks, the company will show the B30D HP, an upgraded version of its popular 30 ton (27,3 tonne) capacity B30D. The key difference is a 7,2 litre Mercedes Benz engine replacing the 6,37 litre model of the standard truck, which, at 240 kW, provides +17% more power.

Another interesting new machine is the tracked version of the B30D, which was developed for use on peat soils, where a low bearing pressure is essential. As well as the tracks, two axles were redesigned and weight was cut out of the rear chassis and bin to reduce the truck's pressure from 161 kPa to 99 kPa.

Not exactly earthmoving, but closely related is Mastenbroek's new 20/14 rock trencher for pipeline and cable laying work. Powered by a six-cylinder Cummins engine developing 164kW the machine features as standard a trench unit that can be offset to the left or right and heavy duty digging chain capable of receiving various cutting tools and stepless adjustable cutting speed from 0-3,7m/s. Chain drive is hydrostatic, by one direct coupled, independent low speed, high torque motor. Spoil discharge is to either side of the machine utilising a cross conveyor with a discharge speed of 0-4m/sec.

Compact & Utility

The S100 is the latest compact skid steer loader from Bobcat. Weighing in at just 1,8 tonnes it has a rated capacity of 453 kg, and is powered by a 25 kW Kubota Stage IIIA engine. At 2,26 m long and 1,18 m wide the S100 can manoeuvre in confined spaces, while a selection of more than 30 attachments means it can carry out a range of tasks.

New in the mini excavator segment is the 2,6 tonne 425 ZTS and 2,9 tonne 428 ZTS, both zero tailswing models with load sensing hydraulics. They feature spacious cabs, and high breakout forces, while day-to-day maintenance points are easy to access.

Bobcat's new telehandler is the T2250, rated at 2,2 tonnes lift capacity and with a maximum lift height of 5,2 m. Its dimensions are comparable to that of a large skid steer loader, and can be fitted with the company's ‘Bob-Tach' coupling to accept its range of loader attachments. Power comes from a 56 kW Kubota engine and there is a hydrostatic transmission with two driving modes and a top speed of 25 km/h.

Also new is the 2200D, a four-wheel drive multi-purpose vehicle supplied by Bobcat's sister company Club Car. It can carry a load of 0,5 tonnes in the rear cargo box and has a top speed of 40 km/hour. But despite its small size, it has a genuine off-road capability with a differential lock and the ‘IntelliTrak' system to prevent wheel spin on soft ground.

Amman-Yanmar's stand will feature several new zero tailswing mini excavators. The New ViO15 weighs in at 1,68 tonnes with a canopy, and has been designed with ease of maintenance in mind. Performance has been increased compared to its predecessor, while the machine retains the adjustable gauge undercarriage, which can be widened from 0,95 to 1,28 m.

Further up the range, the 4,64 tonne and 5,21 tonne ViO45 and ViO55 are both also new. Replacing models of the same name, the new minis feature a wealth of design improvements, such as better hose routing and cylinder protection, a bigger dozer blade and the option of a quick coupler.

Neuson's KramerAllrad subsidiary has branched out into telescopic handlers, and will be showing three models at Bauma, the 3306, 4107 and 4009, with 6 m, 7 m and 9 m lift heights respectively. Features include a wide base and low centre of gravity for maximum stability, and many components are shared with Kramer's proven wheeled loaders.

The company has also extended its 50 series of compact wheeled loaders with the 250 and 350 models.

These 0,25 m3 and 0,35 m3 bucket class machines have rigid frames and four wheel steering, and at a width of just 1,2 m, are suitable for confined sites. They come with 16 and 23 kW engines respectively, although more powerful versions are available as an option.

In the mini excavator segment the company will be presenting the 9503, which it describes as the world's fastest wheeled excavator. A 75 kW Deutz engine provides this 9 to 10 tonne machine with a travel speed of up to 40 km/h. Another key feature is the tilting cab, which makes maintenances easy, while operators will appreciate the spacious and comfortable dimensions.

Case will introduce the E Series compact wheeled loader range, made up of the 21E, 121E, 221E and 321E. The new machines have dump heights of 2,53, 2,6, 2,6 and 2,65 m respectively.

Key to the design is a new monoboom that provides the operator with superior visibility to the coupler and attachments to allow faster attachment changes and precise working. The redesigned linkage also provides parallel lifting throughout the lifting cycle for load and carry operations, and safer material handling with less potential spillage. In addition, it makes position and handling of palletised loads at heights above 3 m when the machine is fitted with forks.

There is also a new Case compact tracked skid steer – the 440CT, which features pilot controls and a tilting cab for easy service access. It has a ground pressure of just 34,5 kPa with a track length on the ground of 1,44 m.

Doosan's stand will feature its first ever zero tailswing mini excavator, the 3,65 tonne DX35Z. Power comes from a 20 kW engine, and the machine offers a 4,8 m dig depth.

Fellow Korean Hyundai will also be launching a 3,5 tonne class zero tailswing mini excavator at Bauma. The R35Z-7 comes with a 0,11 m3 bucket as standard and is powered by a 20,5 kW yanmar engine. Maximum digging depth is 3,15 m, while it has a dump height of 3,46 m.

Volvo is introducing upgraded versions of two of its short radius excavators at Bauma.

The ECR58 Plus and ECR 88 Plus weigh in at 5,5 and 8,5 tonnes respectively, and feature a heavier counterweight, giving higher lifting capacities.

The company's backhoe loaders have also had the ‘plus' treatment. The BL61 Plus now has a 68 kW engine – up +6 kW on its predecessor – and has higher breakout forces on both the front bucket (50,1 kN) and excavator (49,6 kN). The lift capacity of the front end is +10% higher at 2,92 tonnes.

Similarly, at 75 kW, the BL71 Plus has +5 kW more engine power, and now features joystick controls as standard.

JCB will be unveiling new machines in its ‘Robot' skid steer loader range. The line-up consists of five wheeled skid steers from 600 to 1100 kg capacity, along with three tracked variants boasting 820, 900 and 1020 kg capacities. While most of these machines are replacements for existing models, the (wheeled) Robot 180 is JCB's first ever 800 kg capacity skid steer.

The most striking thing about JCB's skid steers is the single arm design, which allows the operator to get into the cab via a side door, rather than having to climb over the bucket. In addition to this retained feature, JCB has upgraded both the internal look and feel of the machines as well as the control systems, with an improved instrument layout and multi-function controls. Models from the 190 upwards are available as a ‘high flow' (HF) variant to allow them to work with attachments such as planers and trencher blades.

Terex's latest mini excavator is the 2,5 tonne TC 25. A new boom design and hydraulics improve performance, and as with all Terex minis, the boom cylinder is top-mounted for greater protection. It boasts a dump height of 2,8 m and 15,8 kN of breakout force, and power comes from a 16,5 kW Mitsubishi engine.

New Holland will be launching two new models in its telehandler range, the 7 m, 3 tonne capacity LM732 and 9 m, 3,3 tonne rated LM1133. These complement the existing machines in the range, which includes 13, 14, and 17 m class machines. Designed for stability, the New Holland machines feature a long wheel base and a patented system for the self-levelling of attachments.

The company also has two new tracked loaders, the C175 and C185, rated at 43 and 55 kW respectively. They have a two speed transmission, delivering a maximum speed of 7,4 km/h, and feature fast boom and bucket speeds for quick cycles.

Also new is the L175 skid steer loader, the wheeled brother of the C175. This 900 kg capacity unit features the same ‘Super Boom' vertical lift linkage for higher dump heights, fast ground speeds and now rear towers or structures to reduce visibility. Options include two-speed drive and a deluxe cab with air conditioning.

In the mini excavator segment, New Holland is launching the E18 SR, a 1,6 tonne machine with a short radius counterweight. The machine features an adjustable width undercarriage and folding dozer blade to allow it to fit through narrow openings, while a dual speed drive system allows it to move around sites quickly.

Hitachi will be adding to its mini excavator line with three new short tail machines, the 1,1 tonne ZX10U-2, 1,7 tonne ZX17U-2 and 2,3 tonne ZX22U-2, along with the 1 tonne ZX08-2 micro excavator. Changes to the counterweights improve stability, while the cabs have been improved with more leg room, better visibility and air conditioning.

Ihimer will be adding two five tonne class mini excavators to fill gaps in its 12-model range. The 50VX and 55VX are both zero tailswing models weighing in at 4,8 and 5,3 tonnes. Key features include high bucket forces of 35 and 40 kN respectively, load sensing hydraulics and a comfortable cab with good operator visibility.

Netherlands-based Diverto Technologies will be using Bauma to unveil its new concept model, which it plans to manufacture with China's Sunward. The Diverto is a multi-function machine that can be used as an excavator and converted into a 360° loader through the patented folding boom.

The machine has the equivalent capacity of a 6 tonne short tail swing excavator and has an offset articulated boom for improved visibility. The boom folds away in less than one minute to convert the machine into the loader configuration.

Diverto Technologies and Sunward hope to have the machine commercially available by late 2007.

New from Hanix Europe is the 5,5 tonne class H55DR. The machine features a large, more comfortable cab than its predecessor, and the control layout has been changed for easier operation. Floating mounts mean the operator is better isolated from noise and vibration, and there is more glass for better visibility.

Komatsu's new 8,3 tonne midi excavator, the PC88MR-6 features a short radius tail design allows it to work close to obstructions while the closed circuit hydraulics allow smooth control. Options include a choice of tracks, three arm options and additional counterweight, while operators will appreciate the spacious low-noise cab and suspended seat.

At 9,2 tonnes the wheeled PW98MR-6 will appeal to a similar segment. Common design themes include the short radius back end, smooth hydraulics and comfortable cab. The travel speed is of course higher – 30 km/h – and the machine is four wheel steering, with three steering modes for maximum manoeuvrability.

Also in the utility segment, Komatsu has enhanced its range of attachments for telescopic handlers, and now offers a winch and man-basket alongside its existing line-up of buckets, forks, jibs and hooks.

Mecalac will be exhibiting three new AX series compact wheeled loaders from its German subsidiary Ahlmann. The machines' most noticeable feature are their single front booms, which give the operator a good view of the bucket. The machines also feature a new cab, with large tinted windows, adjustable seat and low-fatigue joystick.

The models on show will be the AX70 AX85 and AX 100, with 0,70, 0,85 and 1 m3 buckets respectively. The AX 70 and AX 85 have a 45,5 kW engine, while the AX 100 has a 49,3 kW power unit.

Following Wacker's acquisition of agricultural equipment manufacturer Weidermann, it has used the new in-house knowledge to develop a range of wheeled loaders for the construction market. The complete range will have six models, starting with the smallest WL13 and ranging up to the WL55.

Other new developments from Wacker include two new petrol driven hand-held breakers. The BH24 has the highest impact of any breaker in the Wacker range and will be available as a standard model or in a low vibration format.

Turkey's Hidromek will use Bauma for the European launch of its Hi-Concept backhoe loader, which will be commercially available from mid-2007. According to Hidromek, the more ergonomic cab design, exterior styling and performance improvements of the new model will be rolled out throughout its product range.

Articulated wheeled loaders with hydrostatic transmissions establish a new range for Venieri. The 8800 kg VF963B has an 87 KW Perkins engine and 1,7 m3 bucket. The 11500 kg VF9013B, with 112 kW of power, can reach a speed of 44 km/h, the fastest hydrostatic loader in the market, says the company.

Also on the stand will be the 4400 kg VF 263 Plus electric loader, whose 0,7 m3 bucket can lift 2400 kg at a maximum height of 2,45 m and which generates a 4500 kg breakout force.

Haulotte will show its first own-design HTL (Haulotte Top Lift) telehandlers, which will be 3 tonne capacity/14 m reach and 4 tonne capacity/17 m models. These are being built at Haulotte's new facility in Santander, Spain, following the dissolution of its telehandler joint venture with Faresin.

Although normally associated with the heavier end of the equipment industry, Liebherr will unveil a four-model range of telescopic handlers at Bauma. The TL 435-10 TL 435-13 TL 445-10 and TL 442-13 provide lifting heights of 10 m or 13 m and capacities of 3,5 to 4,5 tonnes. They are powered by a common 80 kW four-cylinder turbocharged engine. A key feature is the tight 3,8 m turning radius, and three steer modes – front-, four-wheel or crab, which are useful features on confined sites.

Manitou's MRT 3050 is a rotating telescopic handler offering a lift height of 30 m, and a maximum capacity of 5 tonnes. Like the rest of the MRT range, it is fitted with a rated capacity indicator (RCI) to help prevent overloading. A unique feature is the pentagonal cross-section boom, which Manitou says makes for more rigidity and precision in operation. A range of attachments including pallet forks, winches and baskets are available.

Further down the range Manitou is now offering its 10 m, 3 tonne MT 1030 S with a turbo charged engine. As well as providing more power, this 74 kW engine is more fuel efficient than the naturally-aspirated alternative.

New from Terex's Genie subsidiary is the rotating GTH-6025R telehandler. It has a maximum lifting height of 24,8 m, a maximum forward reach of 21,5 m, and a lifting capacity of 6 tonnes. The four independent stabilisers are hydraulically operated.

Ausa has expanded its dumper line with the 9 tonne payload, D 900 AP, which has an articulated and oscillating chassis and permanent 4 wheel drive. A 75 kW, V3800-DI-T Kubota diesel powers the 4700 kg machine through a 4-speed gearbox and torque converter. Skip (heaped) capacity is 5,04 m3, and its compact design allows an external turning radius of 5,95 m.

Thwaites will present three new models at the show. The 1,5 Tonne Hi-Swivel Hydrostatic replaces the 1,5 Tonne Hi-Swivel, and now comes with hydrostatic transmission. The machine is capable of lifting its 1,5 tonne payload to a height of 1,8 m, and rotating it 180 ° before dumping.

The company's popular 3 Tonne Powerswivel model is now available with a hydrostatic drive, while further up is the 9 Tonne Powerswivel. Built on the chassis of the company's 10 tonne front tipping machine, this is the largest Powerswivel machine in the Thwaites range, and it is able to rotate its 9 tonne capacity skip through 180°.

Bergmann's new, 12 tonne payload dumper, the 3012, offers either a three-way tip capacity of 8,5 m3 or rear-tip capacity of 9 m3. Its size and configuration, says the company, give a 7 m outside turning radius and allows loading by machines in the compact class. The driver's station rotates within the cab, which also has anti-vibration systems, a pollen-filtration system and optional air conditioning. A 120 kW Deutz engine drives power transmission components from manufacturer ZF to give a top speed of 45 km/h. The new Hinowa HS Wanted tracked dumper range will not replace the current HP range, but will offer customers a high specification, lower engine emissions and lower noise. The HS machines, for example, will have an integrated hour meter which should prove popular with rental buyers. The HS models will take the same 24 attachments as the HPs.

Hinowa has been producing forklift attachments for its carriers for some time, but now the company is launching a range of three track-mounted forklifts, which are complete machines and not kits, for fitting to crawler carriers. The models will have 400, 900 and 1400 kg capacities.

Centre stage on Vemeer's stand will be the new Series 2 D36x50 horizontal directional drilling rig. The revised machine features a new higher powered engine, rack and pinion drive in the place of the chain drive used on the previous model and a new controller system. The up-rated D36x50 offers 6779 Nm of torque and 16,3 tonnes of pull-back force.

Vermeer's HDD rigs will also be available with a new terrain tool, which will allow the rig to drill through different formations, such as clay and rock, without specially tooling.

The Rock Adaptable Terrain Tool (RATT) is designed for use with the D18x22 rig up to the D36x50. According to Vermeer, the RATT is not designed to be a high production system but is ideal for variable ground and is aimed at reducing time lost through changing tools.

Also new to the Vermeer range is the rubber tracked S600TX mini skid steer loader, which features a cushioned rear mounted platform for the operator. The machine is available with either a petrol or diesel engine and features curved loading arms to improve tipping reach.

Vermeer has also added to its Terrain Leveller range with the launch of the surface excavation attachment. The system can be used with Vermeer's dozer units to excavate an area up to 0,7 m deep and 3,66 m wide in one pass. According to Vermeer, the direct drive hydrostatic transmission unit can be used for site preparation and excavation, surface mining and road construction.

Tracto-Technik will be exhibiting its new steerable 15 N and 25 N Grundodrill HDD bore rigs. Described as “extra-class” rigs by the company the 15 N and 25 N are designed to optimising operation and bore capacity by reducing operating times and operator fatigue. Shown alongside the 15 N and 25 N will be the latest edition of the company's X generation Grundodrill. The 7X incorporates several new features, including a mixing system that makes the mixing and water tanks unnecessary.

Also on the stand will be the GRD, a small bore rig for geothermal applications. Able to drill slanted boreholes from 15 to 60°, where earth sondes can be radially installed, the rig is easy to set up and operate.

Sharing the Tracto-Technik stand will be Prime-Drilling and Föckersperger. The later will be showing a range of ploughs for trenchless applications while Prime-Drilling will be showcasing a prototype of its PD 250/90 RP.

Attachments

Sandvik Rammer will be using bauma as the official launch of two new models of hydraulic breaker designed specifically for backhoe loaders, the S 23 and S 25. Both will be available as standard and silenced versions that are delivered ready to mount on any backhoe loader. The S 23 and S 23 City are designed for use with 3 to 6,5 tonne machines, with the S 25 and S 25 City suitable for 5 to 8,5 tonne machines.

In addition to these new products, Sandvik Rammer will be highlighting enhancements to its Ramona hammer monitoring system, which is designed to minimise unscheduled downtime, prolong hammer life and maximise productivity. They include faster data transfer and improved remote monitoring. Reporting has also been improved with the addition of a new .pdf file generator.

Atlas Copco's stand will include the recently launched 2,85 tonne DP 28000 demolition pulveriser for 24 to 38 tonne carriers. Recent breaker launches will also be on show, including the SB 52 for micro carriers in the 0,7 to 1,3 tonne range, and the SB 552.

CE also understands there is likely to be an additional brand new unit on show, the details of which were not know at the time of going to press.

Tabe will introduce its 14 model Beta Breaker line at Bauma. Produced at the company's new Chinese factory, they cover the 260 kg to 3,5 tonne weight range and can be used on carriers from 2,5 to 55 tonnes. Making use of Tabe's internal breaker designs but sporting a new square casing, these hammers are intended to compete with hammers produced in China and South Korea, said the company.

Bobcat is now offering a new quick coupler for its mini excavators, developed in partnership with Klac of France. It is available in four sizes, and features a clever wedge design that locks the bucket hard against the coupler to eliminate any ‘play' from the system.

Also new from Bobcat are two 80 Series breakers, the HB280 and HB1180. The first is designed specifically for the 820 kg Bobcat 316 micro excavator, while the larger model is suited to a wide range of carriers from the higher end of the company's skid steer, tracked loader and mini excavator ranges. Key features on both models include a shield to protect the hoses from damage, while the number of moving parts has been cut down and tie rods eliminated for greater reliability and easy servicing.

The R30S meanwhile is a sideshift backhoe attachment that can convert any skid steer or tracked loader from the S 130 up to a mini excavator. It offers a load height of 2,1 m and a full 180° swing arc. The larger R35S is for S220 models and up, and this sideshift excavator arm can dump to a height of 2,5 m.

Bobcat's sister company Geith, which was acquired by parent Ingersoll Rand last year is offering heavier attachments in the shape of the new Claw Auto-lock quick hitch. This can accept a huge range of attachments, while a pin-lock system ensures they are safely gripped. Also new is a heavy duty angle tilt bucket range for 3 to 50 tonne excavators and the heavy duty AR500 grapple.

New from Ingersoll Rand's Attachments Group (Montabert) is the RPU rotating pulveriser range, which has four models to match 10 to 40 tonne excavators. Jaw openings start at 600 mm and go up to 1,2 m. Three fixed versions – the FPU range – are also available for 12 to 35 tonne carriers.

Caterpillar will be showing the new H35Ds hydraulic breaker for 1,1 to 2,4 tonne carriers. The company says it has worked to improve productivity and minimise downtime with the new model.

Also new is the GSH B-series of ‘orange peel' grapples, which can be fitted to excavators and scrap handlers. The company has strengthened the grapples and modified their shape for better penetration.

Bauma will see Komatsu unveil its new 12-model range of third party-supplied breakers, which are designed for its line-up of excavators from the 1 tonne PC09 to the 60 tonne PC600. The company is also now offering its own range quick hitches for its mini excavators, which are available as mechanical or semi-automatic variants.

South Korean breaker manufacturer Komac will be showing its complete Tor range Bauma – their first appearance in Europe. Models are available in standard, silenced and horizontal designs.

Specialist Padley & Venables will be showing a wide range of tools for all types of hydraulic hammers. The range includes point, chisel and blunt working ends. Tools and bits for rock drilling will also be on show.

Bauma will be a busy time for Demarec with five new products on show on its stand. The MQP-25 offers crushing, pulverising or shearing jaw sets in a package that weighs no more than 2 tonnes, allowing it to be used on 18 to 25 tonnes carriers.

The company will also be showing two new prototype jaw sets for its larger MQP models. The T-30 set (for the MQP-30) has been specifically designed to cut steel, while the U-45 (for the MQP-45) is for processing reinforced concrete.

A new demolition and sorting grab, the DRG-65-DN for 50 to 70 tonne carriers will slot in at the top of the company's range, and also new is the DemDrive System. This is a new maintenance-free system for four-tine grabs that does not require any greasing.

New on Mantovanibenne's stand will be the GR series of rotating grapples. These use two hydraulic cylinders, synchronised by connecting rods, to ensure smooth and accurate opening and closing. The GR300 for 6 tonne excavators weighs 320 kg, while the 3,4 tonne GR3400 is for 38 to 60 tonne carriers. Kits are available to tailor these units to specific applications.

The company will also be showing the widest opening multi-tool in the world, now designated the MS130, which featured on the cover of the December-January 2006-7 edition of CE. It has a jaw opening of 2,5 m and is designed for use with 70 to 140 tonne excavators.

Austrian manufacturer of demolition attachments, Wimmer, will launch the WH 65 and WH 80 breakers, which are designed for large excavators up to 100 tonnes. It will also be showing an upgraded version of its Oilmatic quick coupler, which has been further automated in time for the show.

It is now able to communicate directly with the carrier's on-board electronics to automatically configure the hydraulic system to provide optimum operation of the specific tool mounted onto the coupler. Up to 14 different tools can be automatically set up by the system.

New from Spain's GTNec are the 5 model GTL range of longitudinal cutters and the 8 model GTT range of transverse cutters. The GTL range, weighing from 350 kg to 11,3 tonnes, is for 3 to 45 tonne carriers, while the GTT range, weighing 220 kg to 5,5 tonnes is intended for 3 to 110 tonne excavators.

Allu, the Finnish manufacturer, formerly known as Ideachip, will be presenting its new six model SC screener crusher bucket range at Bauma, which are available for excavators from 8 tonnes (SC 2-10) to 25 tonnes (SC 3-20), and backhoe loaders from 5 tonnes (SC 2-15) to 14 tonnes (SC 3-25). These new attachments feature a built-in power control valve, straight outer sides that allow more material to be held in the bucket and sloping inner sides to better direct material.

Meccanica Breganzese will be presenting a four-model range of crushing buckets, the BF 60.1, BF 70.1, BF 90.3 and the BF 120.4, covering the 8 to 28 tonne excavator classes. They can be used in wide range of applications in demolition, road construction, excavation work, quarrying, environmental remediation and more.

Roadbuilding & Compaction

VÖGele will be presenting four new medium pavers and two compact units at Bauma. The mid-sized pavers form part of the Dash-2 range launched last year. All feature Stage IIIA engines from Perkins, along with Vögele's unique ErgoPlus control system, which makes operating the paver much easier and more intuitive than previously.

Another important innovation is Niveltronic, a new automated system for grade and slope control.

The new machines are the wheeled Super 1603-2 and Super 1803-2, along with their tracked counterparts, the Super 1600-2 and Super 1800-2. Depending on the type of machine, the new pavers yield lay-down rates from 600 to 700 tonnes/h. The wheeled models feature maximum pave widths of 7 m (Super 1603-2) or 8 m (Super 1803-2), the tracked models handle a maximum of 8m (Super 1600-2) or 10 m (Super 1800-2). All four pavers can be combined with the new AB 500-2 extending screed, which is electrically heated and features a heat monitoring system as an optional extra.

Vögele's compact pavers are the 4,3 m Super 1100-2 and 4,5 m Super 1300-2. Again they are Dash-2 machines featuring the ErgoPlus control system. Both are just 5m long and 1,8 m wide for easy manoeuvrability, but despite their compact size the Super 1300-2 yields lay-down rates up to 350 tonnes/h and Super 1100-2 up to 300 tonnes/h.

Both compact pavers can be used with the new AB 340 Extending Screed. The unit is infinitely variable from 1,8 m to 3,4 m (Super 1300-2) or 3,2 m (Super 1100-2) and builds up with bolt-on extensions to a maximum of 4,5 m (Super 1300-2) or 4,3 m (Super 1100-2). Pave width can also be reduced to just 75 cm.

Sister company Wirtgen will be launching three new cold milling machines – the W 60, the W 100 and the W 100 F – bringing its range to 15 machines.

The 155 kW Stage IIIA compliant W 60, which replaces the W 600 DC, has a milling depth of 300 mm and a standard width of 600 mm. It is available in three or four wheeled versions. Features include a 500 mm wide, 115 m3/hour capacity loading conveyor and the company's new Level Pro automatic levelling system, which regulates the preset milling depth and inclination electronically. Wirtgen's HT11 quick-change tool holder and Flexible Cutter System (FCS), which allows the operator to quickly change the drum, are optional.

Like the W 60, the larger, rear loading W 100 features a Stage IIIA compliant engine. It replaces the W 1000 and the W 1000 L. Again, the HT11 quick-change tool holder and FCS are optional, while Level Pro is standard. Maximum milling depth is 300 mm, standard working width is 1 m.

Wirtgen's 209 kW W 100 F is also Stage IIIA compliant. It replaces the W 1000 F and has been nominated for a Bauma Innovation Award. Standard working width is 1 to 1,3 m, however, with the optional FCS working widths are 0,3 to 1 m. Level Pro is standard, while the HT11 quick-change tool holder and FCS are again optional. A new ergonomic operator's platform boosts productivity by reducing the number of switches by -20%, grouping the main functions of the machine, improving sightlines and increasing machine automation.

New from compaction specialist Hamm is the HCQ Asphalt Navigator, which is designed to monitor the compaction process not by measuring just material rigidity but by determining the number of passes required and showing the operator where compaction is needed.

Hamm will also use Bauma to add new models to its small tandem roller range, the HD 10, HD 12 and HD 13, covering the 1,5 to 4,2 tonne bracket, bringing the range to 10 models. A particular feature of one of the new models, the HD10C (and the smaller HD8) is its clear side view of drum edges.

According to Hamm, “no part of the machines sticks out beyond the working width on either the right or the left side. As the drums have one-sided suspension and are laterally offset towards each other by 50 mm the machines can compact right up to structures on both sides.”

Dynapac will be unveiling no less than 13 new products in Munich; three new tandem rollers, a new compactor, four new screeds, simplified control systems on two planers and three reversible compaction plates.

Dynapac's Compaction Analyzer for Asphalt (DCA-A), in a similar way to Hamm's new system, runs on a cab-mounted computer and helps operators achieve ideal rolling patterns by keeping track of the number of passes and showing the asphalt temperature. It will be shown as an option for the new CC424, CC524 and CC624 articulated tandem rollers but it can also be retrofitted to older machines.

As for the new high frequency (HF) rollers, the Dynapac CC424HF, CC524HF and CC624HF replace the old CC422, CC522 and CC622 machines. Each is powered by a Cummins QSB 4.5 water-cooled turbo-diesel engine with after cooler. The rated power is 82kW or 93kW at 2200 rpm for the Dynapac CC424HF; 93kW or 112kW for the CC524HF and CC624HF. The new models have operating masses ranging from 10,5 to 12,6 tonnes, with the weight split evenly between front and rear drums.

For the smaller contractor and rental operations, Dynapac will use Bauma to launch three new plates – the LG160, the LG300 and the LG520. All models have Hardox 400 steel plates and low vibration handles.

Fayat Group will be using Bauma to promote its latest branding strategy. Under the new system Bomag will be used for the company's road building equipment, while Marini will be associated with asphalt production plants and the Breining name will be linked with road maintenance equipment. The names of the company's asphalt plant manufacturer Ermont and foundation equipment subsidiary PTC will remain unchanged.

Bomag has developed a complete range of reversible plates with the Economizer function, which is designed to ensure optimum density is achieved with the minimum number of passes. The new range will be available in a number of weights from 100 to 750 kg.

Also on display will be Bomag's 7 tonne tandem asphalt roller, which is aimed at urban road construction and smaller applications. The roller has been introduced to extend Bomag's heavy range, which previously started at 8,3 tonnes.

Bomag's biggest new launch is also the biggest of its kind in the world. The 36 tonne single drum soil compactor is aimed at the site preparation market and can compact to a depth of up to 4,5 m below ground level in the right conditions. Field testing of the system is still underway but the compactor is expected to be available from 2008.

Marini will be promoting its recently introduced Top Tower 2500 low energy, hot mix asphalt plant. Marini will also be displaying its Packliner 275, which is a stationary cold mix plant for recycling milled asphalt and asphalt slabs.

The latest addition to Breining's range is the Beluga BB7, which is a mini hot mix asphalt plant that is aimed at contractors working on small road repairs, recycling or trenching work. The system includes a 250 kW burner for the bitumen and can produce between 7 and 10 tonnes of asphalt per hour.

New from Amman are three new tandem rollers in the 7 tonne class. The AV 75-2 is a rigid frame model, which offers crab steering for increased manoeuvrability and a greater compaction width. A key feature is the Finger Tip Steering (FTS) system, which helps reduce operator fatigue. The absence of a steering column has allowed a rotating and sliding seat to be included in the cab, which improves visibility for the operator.

The AV 70 X and AV 75 X meanwhile are articulated machines weighing in at 7,1 tonnes (7,4 tonnes with split drums) and 7,5 tonnes (7,8 tonnes split) respectively. They offer offset crab steering to increase the compaction width from the standard 1,45 m and 1,6 m, and the operator can chose from two compaction frequencies and amplitudes.

Also new is Ammann's Rammax RW 1805-SPT trench roller, which has an operating weight of control system inspired by IR's Electronic Paver Management system. This can store data for reporting and analysis purposes as well as store presets and programmes for the machine.

The MT-2000 is a tracked machine with five steering modes for maximum manoeuvrability and a tight turning circle. It features the same innovative control system as the MW-500 and also has adjustable control panels to suit a seated or standing operator. Options include sonic grade control sensors.

In the compaction sector, the new SD-25 is a 2,6 tonne class 1,07 m wide single drum roller. A bolt-on pad-foot kit is available and the machine comes with a traction control system to prevent wheel spin. There is a choice of two dozer blades, while the sleek design offers good all-round visibility.

Further up the range is the SD-122 12 tonne class machine, which has a 2,1 m wide single drum. It is available in two smooth drum variants or as a padfoot model for cohesive soils.

In the asphalt sector, Ingersoll Rand has two new tandem rollers in the 2,5 tonne class, the DD-22 and DD-24, with drum widths of 1,0 m and 1,2 m respectively. These offer two vibration frequencies, a mechanical offset facility for the drums and the 2,1 tonnes. This 30 kW single-drum, ride-on machine replaces the RW 1800, and features a cab mounted on rubber bearings, more space and lower noise levels to help operator comfort. It is available with a smooth or padfoot drum and the dozer blade is optional.

In the mid range, Ammann's new ASC 130-ACE is a 12,5 tonne single drum roller fitted with the company's Ammann Compaction Expert (ACE) automatic measurement system. This adjusts the amplitude and frequency of vibration, allows the desired compaction level to be reached as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Ammann's latest batching plant is the SIM SpeedyBatch SB280, which has been designed to be easy to transport and set up. The 280 tonne/hour plant is based around a series of self-contained modules that can be set up and ‘plugged in' with relative ease. The system also benefits from not requiring bespoke concrete foundations. Ground compacted to 2,5 kg/cm2 will support it.

Further up the scale is the Universal NG asphalt mixing plant – ‘NG' standing for Next Generation. The plant is available in a range of mixer, hot silo and asphalt silo configurations, with an output of up to 350 tonne/hour. Improvements have been made in thermal and acoustic insulation and dust encapsulation, compared to the Universal's predecessor.

Ingersoll Rand is back in the milling market after a long absence and its first machines are the 0,5 m class MW-500 and 2 m MT-2000. The smaller machine is a wheeled unit with an electronic ability to work up against obstructions due to the drums protruding beyond the chassis frame.

Caterpillar's new additions include the AP655D tracked asphalt paver, a 2,5 m class machine with a Stage IIIA engine. It features a new material handling system with independent controls for the conveyors and a swing-out operators' station. There are two choices of undercarriage available.

Also new is the 1,5 tonne class CB14 tandem roller, replacing the CB-1113 and CB-114 models. Available in four variants, buyers have the choice of a 900 mm or 1 m drums, in either standard or ‘full flush' configurations.

On of the key new launches from JCB Vibromax is the VMT160 tandem roller which, with its 45 litre fuel tank and 125 litre water tank, is claimed to work longer between fill-ups than any other comparable machine. The 1,6 tonne class roller replaces the 1,2 tonne VMT120 and comes in five variants of 800 mm, 900 mm and 1 m drum widths, with the 800 mm and 900 mm versions also available with single-sided support for working next to walls and high curbs.

New to the Wacker range will be the 1,5 tonne RD16 roller, which replaces the RD15. The new roller has a more modern design with improved ergonomic controls. Wacker will also be debuting a new product group at Bauma. According to Wacker, its new attachment compactors for excavators are ideal for trench repair work and road maintenance.

Roadtec, part of Astec Industries will be exhibiting the RX-500, one of its range of four cold planers, spanning the range of cut widths from 1m to 3,8 m. They can be supplied with a range of cutting teeth, and options include folding conveyors and a range of cab and canopies for the operator station.

Power Curbers will be exhibiting the 5700-C, the latest version of its curb & gutter slipforming machine, which now features a Stage IIIA engine. There have been a range of improvements, including much larger fuel and water tanks, and the machine is now able to pour on either the right or left side. Maintenance has also been made easier, while options include a choice of control systems.

Sister company Power Pavers will be exhibiting its 9,76 m working width SF-2700 concrete paving machine.

Breaking into Europe is the 5470 kg Hanta 1430CE/WE asphalt paver, the world's smallest, according to importer Yuasa. Capability includes paving depths up to 200 mm and speeds of 1 to 10 m/min. It features a 5900 kg capacity hopper and the gas burner, automatic temperature control, and electronic ignition necessary for European use. A 25,6 kW Kubota diesel engine powers the machine.

Panien meanwhile has updated its range of Challenger stabiliser/recyclers with Stage IIIA Cummins engines. The 160 and 260 models are compact enough to transport by road, while the larger 360 and 460 offer more power and productivity. All feature articulated frames and hydrostatic drive, and the company offers a range of options up to and including custom-built machines.

Turkey-based asphalt plant manufacturer Cesan will be exhibiting at Bauma for the first time this year and is hoping to grow its presence in the European market. The company's stand will feature one of its latest batch type asphalt plants, which is capable of producing up to 120 tonnes of asphalt per hour.

Italian testing systems manufacturer, Controls, has two new systems to launch at Bauma. First is the 75-B0008 Automatic binder analyser that uses the ignition method to determine the bitumen content in a mix. The second is the 77-B3110 UTM-14P 14 kN servo-pneumatic asphalt testing system.

The 5 kN and 14 kN servo-pneumatic testing systems, which are built by IPC in Australia but distributed all over the world apart from in China and North America by Controls, measure elasticity and fatigue behaviour of bituminous mixes. Various test modules are available, with a wide range of software for several applications: fatigue tests on 4 points, permanent deformation tests, indirect tensile tests and more.

Foundations & Underground

Bauer's new CBC 32 diaphragm wall cutter uses its BC 32 cutter equipped with a new hose winch system (HWS) to supply hydraulic power. The machine, which is mounted on a special carrier, is particularly suitable for small, cramped sites and has a maximum cutter depth of 75 m.

Also on the Bauer stand will be the new BG 25 C, the first rig to be manufactured at its Chinese factory. Mounted on a BT 60 base carrier its simple, easy operation makes it, according to the company, an extremely cost-effective drilling rig. A new telescopic crowd cylinder allows the use of 9 m long drill casings.

Another new innovation from the company will be an as yet un-named, 30 tonne crane equipped with special winches. The 30-tonner has been developed specifically for use in specialist foundation construction. It can be used for grab or leader applications, or as an auxiliary crane for work such as placing reinforcement.

Bauer's daughter company, Klemm, will also be exhibiting at Bauma. Its latest anchor drill rig, the KR 800-1, is aimed at specialist applications, such as self-bore anchors, blast-hole drilling, bulk filling boreholes, dewatering boreholes and soil nailing using 3 m long, 103 mm diameter drill tubes. Extremely manoeuvrable, it weighs just 5,8 tonnes and can drill to 3 m.

Also new from Klemm is the 147 kW KR 806-3D hydraulic crawler drill. Features include “state-of-the-art” overburden technology for borehole diameters up to 305 mm and drilling depths up to 150 m. It uses a kinematic mast linkage system for automatic set-up. Using the KD-series drifters or KH-series rotary heads makes it suitable for numerous applications, including jet-grouting.

RTG, also part of the Bauer Group, will be showing its new RG 25 S rig. It features a fixed leader, 250 kNm of torque and an extraction force of 530 kN. Capable of vibrating up to 25 m long sheet piles into the ground, installing piles with the VdW double rotary drilling system, and carrying out soil mixing by way of the CSM process, it can also install soil displacement piles and drill with a Kelly bar.

Italy's Casagrande will be showing four new machines at Bauma, including the B 170 Continuous Flight Auger (CFA) piling rig, the C7 micro-pile and anchor drill, the HBR 205 GT geothermal drill rig and a 140 tonne diaphragm wall cutter.

The 147 kW C7 micro-pile and anchor drill weighs 19,5 tonnes and features a rotary head stroke of 6,7 m. It is capable of drilling holes from 73 to 406 mm. Maximum torque is 20 kNm.

The company's new 194 kW, B 170 CFA weighs 52,8 tonnes. Maximum drill depth is 21 m, while maximum diameter is 0,9 m. Maximum torque is 155 kNm.

Casagrade's 141 kW HBR 205 GT geothermal drill weighs 15 tonnes. It features a rotary head stroke of 4,7 m. Maximum drilling diameter is 254 mm, while maximum torque is 26,4 kNm.

ABI will be showing its MobilRam TM 18/22 HD (heavy drill) with strengthened kinematics and reinforced mast. A torque of 12000 daNm and a pile length of 22 m are possible, depending on application. It is mounted on the new SR 50 T carrier, with a 570 kW Cat C18 engine, featuring a telescopic undercarriage with maintenance-free tracks and a pulling force of 540 kN.

Also new is the MobilRam SM 12/16 rig, with a fixed leader mast. The mast has a maximum torque absorption of 15000 daNm, an increased loader capacity of 12000 kg. The rig, which can drive piles of up to 16 m, is suitable for applications that require high bending and torsion resistance, VDW drilling, full displacement and Kelly drilling.

ABI will also be showing new adjustable vibrators in its MRZV-V Series – the MRZV 10V, 12V, 16V, 18V, 20V, 30V and 36V. The compact design features increased static moment and a low weight. The heavy vibrators, including the 30V, feature a static moment of 30 kgm as standard, or 36 kgm as an option. The new vibrators are suitable for deeper piling depths, working with heavier profiles, or piling in difficult ground conditions.

As an attachment for its MobilRam system, ABI will show its Hydro-Press-System HPZ 500-700, which can be used on nearly all common Z-profiles with section widths from 500 to 720 mm. Adjusting for different pile types is easy, requiring the operator to set just the section width and the angle, no adaptors or hydraulic adjustments are necessary.

Also new as an attachment for the MobilRam is the TMBA Twinmix auger drive for soil mixing. The auger drive can be used for mixed piles, diaphragm walls, soil improvement and ground consolidation. Overlaps of 100 mm are possible as are pile diameters of 370, 460, 520 and 720 mm.

ABI will also be showing its Kelly drilling GeoDrill, for work under limited headroom. A low working height and a long reach mean the rig is suitable for work in buildings, under bridges or power lines and alongside railway tracks.

An excavator attachment, the GeoDrill is mounted on the boom and can be attached to almost any machine. The hydraulic supply is adjusted to the available supply. The low noise GeoDrill has a torque of 3500, 4200 or 6000 daNm, depending on the application. More details will be available at the show.

ABI's daughter company Banut will be showing its new 655 rig, which replaces the 650. A fixed leader mast gives pile depths of 20 m. The 655 features higher torque absorption and new kinematics. It is fitted with the SuperRam 6000XL hammer, which has a 6 tonne drop weight. The SuperRam 10000XL, which has a drop weight of 10 tonnes, can also be fitted as an option.

ABI's other daughter company, Delmag will be showing the new RH 16 W, which replaces the RH 14 W. Mounted on its new 205 kW SR 25 BT carrier it uses the new, stronger BT 160 rotary head with a torque of 160 kNm, which is fitted with replaceable Kelly drivers. These can be exchanged without removing the Kelly drive component.

Also new is the RH 28 W, which replaces the RH 26 W. Fitted with a 261 kW Cat, it is mounted on the SR 48 BT carrier. The new BT 280 rotary head has a torque of 280 kNm and is also equipped with replaceable Kelly drivers.

Delmag will also be showing its MAS 4600 rope suspended lead equipped with the D46-43 diesel pile hammer. Drop weights of 3,6 or 4,6 tonnes are possible, and the rig is suitable for the installation of sheet pile walls. The D46-43 has a maximum drop weight of 4,6 tonnes and is suitable for profiles with a weight of 4,6 to 16 tonnes.

BSP International Foundations, will exhibit its H 85 Hydraulic Hammer mounted on a Liebherr LRB155 piling and drilling rig. The H85/5 is a derivative of the BSP CX85 Hydraulic Hammer, and has been developed in association with BSP's German dealer BVV exclusively for Liebherr-Werk Nenzing.

Fitted with a 5 tonne drop weight it is suitable for driving sheet piles, reinforced concrete piles and steel bearing piles. For driving heavier piles, a 7 tonne drop weight can be installed in the H85 cage. The hammer controls are fully integrated into the Liebherr rig's controls and all operations can be carried out from the piling rig cab.

Junttan will be showing its new hydraulic impact hammer, the HHK 25S. Nicknamed ‘Little John' it is the largest in Junttan's range of impact hammers with a ram weight of 25000 kg and a total weight of 45000 kg.

The HHK 25S has been designed to drive large diameter piles – 1,42 m with a standard drive cap – and is ideal for off shore, harbour, bridge, and oil pipe projects. It can easily be connected to different hydraulic systems and can be operated by a separate power pack. It can be mounted on leaders, or freely suspended.

ThyssenKrupp's new PZ 675-12 intermediate Z sheet pile has a system width of 1350 mm per double pile, the world's biggest intermediate sheet pile, according to the company. With a web thickness of 14 mm, the solid interlock allows twisting and prevents interlock separation. It can be combined with the company's Peiner PSp section, which is particularly suited for use in seaport construction.

The Muller variable frequency MS-100 HFV vibrator features resonance free starting and stopping. With an eccentric movement of 100 kgm it completes the range of variable-frequency resonance-free machines available from the company. It can install large sheet piling sections, beams and pipes.

The MS-4, -6 and –7 HFBS are swivelling, excavator mounted, hydraulic vibrators. The swivelling spring yoke allows piles to be driven quickly and easily from a variety of positions, increasing productivity and improving costs. Suitable for almost all makes of excavator, fitting requires just three hydraulic hoses.

Manual rotation of the exciter block allows the clamp to be placed directly on the pile, which can then be vibration driven as soon as it is in upright position. A locking device between the spring yoke and the exciter block is automatically activated during start up.

For railway construction, the TM 10/12.5 ABI MobilRail sheet and pipe piling rig comes with ‘normal' tracks and a rail chassis making it particularly suited for shoring work trackside. Once on the tracks it has a turning circle of just 2 m, making it suitable for work on double-track lines. It is capable of vib ratory pile driving and extracting, rotary and impact drilling as well as conventional impact techniques using a diesel hammer, all to a maximum depth of 12,5 m.

The new HB 35 A hammer drill is part of ThyssenKrupp's new medium-duty range. A compact design means it suitable for indoor work, such as renovation of existing foundations. A hydraulic frequency switching facility gives an impact energy of up to 590 Nm, an advantage when working in sandy or clay soil, in which the drill rods are subject to high friction levels. Maximum torque is 4700 Nm at 73 rpm for the standard rig.

Tunnelling

At over 16 m long, too big to be exhibited, Eickhoff's new 120 tonne ET 480 tunnel boring machine, will be depicted on its stand in video and photographs. The ET 480 delivers 300 kW of power to its cutting head, and it can remove rock at a maximum rate of 30 m3/hr. The machine differs from sister models in its telescoping cutter boom, but all now have a new discharge conveyor, loader aprons, and crawler units.

Having celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2006 and with over 100 TBMs operating worldwide Herrenknecht will be showing its new ANKE system for the refurbishment of existing railway tunnels at the show. Suitable for two-lane tunnels, without a lining, the ANKE system is capable of refurbishing 10 m in 24 hours. Features include tunnel enlargement and concrete segment molds for EBO 10 standard tunnels.

Also new is the company's SABINE fire protection system for two-lane 9,7 to 11,7 m diameter road tunnels with shotcrete lining. Capable of covering 12 m in 24 hours the system includes an excavating trailer, reinforcement trailer and coating trailer.

Concret

Putzmeister will unveil a new 50 m to 60 m class truck-mounted concrete pump featuring a 125 mm diameter delivery line. This helps keep the boom assembly compact, while Putzmeister's support system allows flexibility when positioning the truck to place concrete.

In a bid to increase user friendliness, the company has introduced an enhanced radio remote control as standard across most of its truck-mounted range, along with Ergonic Pump System (EPS) and Ergonic Graphic Display (EGD). The EPS systems helps prevent pressure peaks in the hydraulic system and control concrete delivery pressures and rates, while EGD provides key information to the operator in an easy to understand graphic format.

In a similar vein, the PM Daisy system is a fleet management tool for truck owners, which provides tracking and status information. This can help them get the most out of their fleets and trough better logistical management.

On the stationary side, all BSA pumps above 130 kW are now fitted with Stage IIIA engines, and Putzmeister has further enhanced the range by fitting EPS as standard to these. The company also has a new small pump in this range, the BSA 1003 D, designed as an entry level unit with an output of 30 m3/h. Next up the range is the 54 m3/h BSA 1005 D.

At the other end of the scale is the new flagship, the 14000 SHP-D, which is now in series production having been developed for the Burj Dubai Tower in the UAE. This phenomenal machine will be delivering concrete to a height of almost 600 m on the project, and it is therefore designed for extreme pressures, in excess of 300 bar.

In the tunnel construction segment, Putzmeister has developed a new truck-mounted unit for both pumping and spraying concrete. The BSF 24.11 SA comes with a 4-piece boom for working heights up to 24 m, but which can unfold in just 4,9 m of headroom. The machine on show at Bauma will be fitted with a range of optional equipment including an add mixture metering pump.

Also new is the 20 m3/hour Sika-PM 407, an all-wheel steer and drive concrete sprayer from the Sika-Putzmeister alliance. The machine is designed for small diameter tunnels.

The new MOVER (Multi Optional Vehicle Range) mixer meanwhile is a 5 m3 drum mixer on an all-wheel drive chassis, measuring only 2,5 m high, which allows it to get concrete to inaccessible locations. Similarly, the MOVER Lifter is a low headroom scissor lift with a 4 m working height and platform capacity up to 3,5 tonnes. Other innovations from the new MOVER range include a mobile batching plant for the production of shotcrete underground.

Other innovations from Putzmeister in this sector include the stationary BSA 2100 unit, which can pump concrete in excess of 2 km. The company also has a new sludge pump, the KOS 25200, which has a 2,5 m stroke and 0,6 m diameter for a theoretical output of 440 m3/h, making it one of the largest two cylinder pumps ever built.

Schwing Stetter's S 52 SX with RZ5 boom is its first truck-mounted concrete pump in the 50 m class featuring a 5-section boom. The RZ5 boom's 270° radius adds to its flexibility and productivity on site. Built on a five-axle chassis the S 52 SX is just 12 m long. The 45 tonne machine uses arc-shaped support in the front and a folding support in the back for a small footprint on the job site.

The smaller S 17 is designed for use on small urban sites and tunnelling applications. Just 2,2 m wide with its outriggers in place, the S 17 will also be available in a Vario variation, which features special boxes that can carry up to 100 m of DN 65 hoses, or 36 m of DN 80 or DN 100 hoses. Both pumps feature its Rock Valve System, which optimises control blocks resulting in 50% less power loss.

The BP 4800 stationary concrete pump is equipped with a Stage IIIA compliant 300 kW diesel engine. Electronic engine control keeps the engine rotation speed steady even under the harshest conditions. Special attention was given to making the BP 4800 as user, maintenance and service-friendly as possible. The change from piston-sided to rod-sided actuation of the concrete pump, for example, requires no additional hoses.

Stetter's truck mixers are also represented with new machines in the Light and Heavy Duty Lines. The AM8 FHCSL, part of the Light Line, is 0,9 tonnes lighter than the previous model but still manages to carry 8 m3 of concrete. It includes a 9100 litre water tank.

For extremely heavy-duty applications, such as concrete with irregular aggregates, Stetter has developed a new mixing spiral system. The heavy-duty drums for truck mixers of 7 to 12 m3 have, according to the company, twice the service life of competitors' models.

For truck mixer control, Stetter's new electronic drum control system features a Constant Speed Drive (CSD) and the option of indicating maintenance intervals. This helps minimises wear and tear and improves machine efficiency.

Italian manufacturer Cifa will be showing the latest model in its SL range of truck-mixers at Bauma, the 8 m3 SL-X8. The improved drum design is now lighter and stronger, while new components include a pressurised aluminium tank and extension pipes, which also help keep overall machine weight down.

Also on show will be its new K35L XZ concrete pump. Features include a five section, 35 m long, 305 mm diameter boom that includes a Z-ZR configuration with patented rotor on the last section. The simple X-configuration front outriggers and rear extension makes it possible to pump on a three-axle chassis with a standard, 4,2 m wheelbase.

Also new is the five, or six axle K58L XRZ truck-mounted concrete pump with a 58 m long, six-section boom with RZ folding system. The sixth section has a 90° articulated joint for greater flexibility. Other features include mixed X-configuration sequential front outriggers, with triple telescopic extension and rear jack, and the company's K-Tronic electronic control system, fitted as standard

Also on display will be an up-dated version of the company's K41, the K41L XRZ, which features a five-section, 125 mm diameter, 41 m long boom with RZ folding.

The K52L XRZ truck-mounted concrete pump features a 52 m, six-section RZ folding boom with X-configuration triple extension outriggers and rear jacks. The four-axle model weighs 44 tonnes, while the five-axle version weighs just below 48 tonnes.

Also new from Cifa is its HPG 1408 F9 pump. Features include a detachable 228 mm S-valve, a new reinforced open hopper pit, 110 mm closed circuit pumping cylinders, standard hydraulic and electronic closed circuit operation and a 140 m3/hour flow rate.

Sika is launching a new concrete spraying system for large tunnel cross-sections and on high slopes. Its modular construction allows greater flexibility during operation, while it can operate using either diesel (180 kW) or electric (132 kW) power. A clear, ergonomic control panel aides operation, while the machine can also be operated remotely. Automatic heat and operating hour counter improve maintenance, while the new boom design gives 360° coverage over a maximum distance of 20 m.

Operators of the new Alvia-246 and 267 concrete spraying machines can chose between dry and wet spraying at a rate of 1 to 7 m3/hour (Alvia-246) or 5 to 16 m3/hour (Alvia-267). A modular construction, and ‘stylish' exterior, aide maintenance requirements, while the control panel groups all important operating functions together in a clear, easy-to-use panel.

Normet will be launching the Spraymec 7110 WPC, a concrete spraying machine for medium sized tunnels. It can reach roof heights of over 11 m but can also be used in tunnels with cross sections as small as 12 m2. Equipment onboard the heavy duty chassis include a 40 m3/hour double piston concrete pump, 12 m3/minute compressor and the 900 EH 4G dosing system for measuring concrete flow and controlling the addition of admixtures. Cable or radio remote control is available as an option.

Italy's Imer Group will be showcasing a broad range of products at Bauma. Its Mortar Spraying and Conveying Division will be showing products aimed at the small contractor and rental markets.

Imer's Concrete Machinery Division is highlighting its whole range of mobile plants, with the ORU Oneday plant shown alongside its new ORU Just and ORU Multis 750 systems. The latter is designed to meet the requirements of the ready-mix concrete sector, but can also be used for prefabrication applications. It produces 30 m3/hour and requires minimal foundations for a quick set-up time. It is available with one, two or three scraping arms and uses the company's ORU MS 750/500 planetary mixer.

Imer's new ORU Just mobile batching plant is capable of producing up to 50 m3/hour. Hopper capacity is 8,4 m3 or 16 tonnes. Loading height is 2,6 m, while the unit height is 3,2 m with side protection.

The compact ORU Oneday mobile mixing plant features a sturdy design that can be converted from transport to operational mode almost instantly, according to the company. The aggregate storage hoppers, made of fretted sheet metal, are hot galvanised for longer life. The system uses Imer's ORU MS planetary mixer, which has a loading capacity of 2250 litres and a vibrated output of 1500 litres, and can mix a variety of concretes. Measurement of aggregates and water is monitored electronically for precise recipes.

Lintec will be showing two new containerised mixing plants at Bauma. The 240 tonnes/hour CSM 3000 asphalt mixing plant with vibrating screen technology and the 240 m3/hour CC 3000 D concrete mixing plant, both of which come in ISO Sea Containers.

The CSM 3000 asphalt mixing plant has a maximum batch size of 3,5 tonnes with several storage options available, including tanks and silos (120 to 270 tonnes). It is possible to add 30% recycled materials to each mix. Available in five sizes – 90 to 270 tonnes/hour, all components are pre-installed in the container for quick erection and start-up.

The CC 3000 D concrete mixing plant has two 3 m3 mixers, which means it can produce to mixes simultaneously. Hopper capacities are 25 m3 for water, 50 or 80 m3 for cement and 25 m3 for a maximum of four additives. Easy-touse controls require little operator training, while the machine can work in temperatures from -10°C to +50°C, making it especially suitable for the Middle East markets.

Liebherr's Compactmix 1.0 is, as the name suggests, a space-saving concrete batching plant. Capable of producing 60 m3 per hour, the plant features an open delivery chute area, which allows mixing trucks to approach it through a 180° arc. This gives the system more layout flexibility.

The key feature of the new Mobilmix 3,33 however is its transportability. Designed to be moved in standard containers, the plant can produce 150 m3 of concrete per hour, but can also be run as a twin plant, doubling production to 300 m3/hour.

Ammann's JustWhite concrete plant is a low cost 80 to 90 m3/hour system. The key component to this entry level plant is a 1,5 m3 twin shaft Amix mixer, which is fed by five aggregates bins and three cement silos to allow a range of mixes to be produced.

Simem will be showing an 80 m3/hour version of its Super Moby Mix mobile batching plant alongside the 100 m3 version (a 130 m3 version is already available but will not be at Bauma). According to the company, it takes no more than 20 hours to be installed, does not require any foundations and is equipped with a twin shaft mixer. A cabin allows operation in even the harshest environments. Suitable for highway construction it comes with four aggregate hoppers with a combined capacity of 66 m3.

Also new will be the Simem@tic control system. It can be used with all of Simem's plants and supports digital input/output, making it more precise than previous analog models. More details will be available at the show.

The Simem/SBM partnership will be showing the first products from its collaboration, a 140 m3/hour ‘super' mobile batching plant, that requires just 8 hours to set up and does not need a foundation. More details will be available at the show.

Spain's Baryval–Serviplem will be showing its 8 m3 AMB cement-mixer, which joins the company's 6 and 10 m3 models. It is made from 4 mm thick, Domex steel, which is light but extremely wear resistant, while the mixer blades have also been strengthened for added durability.

Also new on the company's stand will be 32 and 38 m3 capacity tankers for transporting cement in bulk and in powder-form. Made of aluminium the tankers are lightweight yet strong enough to withstand the demands of concrete contractors' working conditions, according to the company.

Also new is a 12 m3 semi-trailer cement mixer. Made of Domex anti-wear steel it weighs 8,84 tonnes, 1,5 tonnes lighter than the previous model. It features three shafts and is mounted on a Baryval trailer.

Elba is debuting bigger concrete mixers and plants. From its EMDW range of twin-shaft compulsory mixers, it will show the 4,5 m3 capacity 4500 model. It processes self-compacting and heavy-duty concretes and is a component of the new, 245 m3/hour Elba Beton-Center stationary plant.

Also on the stand will be the Mixcenter EMC 38, built around the EMS 500 single-shaft mixer. The 31,5 m3/hour EMC 38 can be transported in a single, standard shipping container.

Sweden's HTC will launch its 1500 iT model, an 1800 kg, automotive, concrete grinding system. The front-two-wheel drive machine has six, 340 mm wide heads, driven by two 11 kW motors, and it grinds up to 30 m2 per hour at a width of 1450 mm.

Chinese manufacturer Sany will be exhibiting its new 66 m concrete placing boom. Other machines on the company's stand will include a range of concrete pumps, along with road building equipment, cranes and drills.

Falsework & Formwork

Doka's new Table Lifting System (TLS) is designed to improve the speed with which contractors can form floor slabs. It is capable of lifting Doka table forms from one storey to the next at a speed of 10 m/minute, TLS can be crane lifted and then integrated into a structure's existing formwork, or mounted on foundations for two storey buildings. The system can be operated by just one person and has a maximum lift height of 40 m.

Also new for high-rise construction is the Doka High-Rise System, a low-cost climbing system that overcomes variations in storey heights with no need for any modifications to the climbing scaffolds. It can be used with framed and timber-beam formworks for exterior façades, punctuated façades and high-rise cores, or as a wind protection screen.

Another product with safety in mind is the Xsafe platform system. Featuring folding working platforms, integral side and end guards, permanently mountable ladders and auto-closing manhole lids, it is ready for operation immediately.

Receiving an update in specification are the Universal F supporting frame and the Framax universal panel. The Universal F is now steplessly height-adjustable, while a new attachable frame, with pre-mounted stacking plates, allows a maximum pour height of 12,8 m. The 1,2 m wide Framax universal panel is now also available in a 3,3 m panel height.

Also updated is the SKE 50 automatic climbing formwork SKE 50 for piers and pylons with inclines up to 15°. The modular and crane independent system features remote control and totally enclosed working platforms for added safety.

Staxo 100 supplements the existing Staxo range of load-bearing tower system. Capacity has increased to 100 kN per leg, while new 0,6 to 3 m long diagonal cross beams are also available.

Peri's Maximo wall formwork system features a new, conical tie system which can be installed from one side only by just one person, making spacer tubes unnecessary. Improved architectural concrete surfaces, with fewer imperfections in the face, are an added advantage to using the system, which can be combined with Peri's Trio system.

Also new is Peri's lightweight, aluminium Gridflex slab formwork system. It consists of just three parts: a prop head support, the Gridflex panel and plywood, which can be assembled quickly and easily on the ground, and is designed to increase productivity and raise safety levels.

Peri's aluminium beam slab formwork, BeamDeck features a drop head, for easier and early striking, which also reduces on-site material requirements. Slabs with inclinations of up to 10° can be formed, while all horizontal loads are safely transferred. The system is adapted to any floor plan, while a 2 x 2 m prop grid arrangement is possible.

For tunnel and bridge construction Peri will be showing its VarioKit. A modular system, it uses multifunctional components that are both strong and flexible. In as a supporting structure for formwork carriages in cut and cover tunnels and for bridges as a cantilevered parapet carriage.

Peri's Rail Climbing System (RCS) allows several climbing applications from just one system, including as formwork scaffolding with carriage (RCS C) for facade walls and as a climbing protection panel (RCS P) for completely enclosing floors under construction. In both cases, the climbing scaffold is safely connected to the building by means of the RCS climbing shoe even during the climbing process. It is crane independent, which improves productivity and saves on cost, even on low rise buildings.

Paschal's new 3,4 m storey height Logo.3 system is compatible with, but replaces, the Logo 1 system, discontinued after May. It offers the best wall flatness, says the company, measured according to DIN 18202, at a pressure of 70 kN/m2, which is 10 kN/m2 greater than that of Logo 1. Also, the new system uses four clamps and has no raising rails, compared to the six clamps and two rails of its predecessor. Its elements include new-sized 3,40 m x 2,40 m and 3,05 m x 2,40 m panels.

Showing under the Harsco Corporation brand for the first time, which includes SGB Group and Patent Construction Systems, Hünnebeck will be launching its Europlus New shoring system that includes a rapid lowering system. The new, easy-to-use lowering pins are available in either 20 or 30 kN strengths and are suitable for a variety of applications.

Elsewhere, the new Protecto side protection system is a ‘balcony' system for working at height. It complies with DIN EN 13374 safety requirements, and, according to the company, is a safe, easy-to-install system that requires minimal set-up time.

Also on show will be two new forms of scaffolding: a lightweight, portable aluminium system and a heavy-duty supporting scaffolding. The lightweight option includes a coupling system that connects all the components, which include integrated ladders, easily and with little setup time. The scaffold frames are available in two lengths – 8,5 m and 14,5 m.

The heavy-duty supporting scaffolding is made up of just three components – an outer leg, an inner leg and a reinforcing frame. It is designed for specifically for bridge building sites but can also be used elsewhere. Maximum load per leg is 140 kN.

Meva will be showing several new products including its MGC guided climbing system, which combines a wall formwork panel and a safety scaffold unit in one for high-rise construction projects. Capable of withstanding 70 km/hour winds it features a quick and easy-to-use anchoring system and can be combined with Meva's KLK climbing system.

Also new is the MGS guided screen system for slab formwork. Features include a panel height of 3 m to 4,25 m, integrated ladders and bespoke bracket positioning.

Elsewhere the company will be adding to its MEP Shoring System with the addition of the MEP HD (heavy-duty) prop. With a load capacity of 120 kN it is suitable for use when pouring large structures where slab thicknesses are more than 1 m.

Also new is the Meva Shaft Corner for use with concrete shafts such as lifts and stairs. Traditionally the high pressures of such pours have meant stripping the panel is hard work, Meva's one-man lever system allows easy stripping, while the units can be moved as a complete unit.

Cranes

Dominating The Manitowoc Crane Group display will be the Grove GTK1100, a new concept which comprises elements of crawler, mobile and tower crane design. The GTK1100 has a multi-axle wheeled carrier and a luffing telescopic boom, connected by an 81 m, six-section telescopic mast. Four spreaders at the top of the mast attach to outriggers at the base for stability. Provisional data shows a capacity of more than 70 tonnes to a height of more than 120 m and a maximum lift height of more than 140 m.

Top slewing tower cranes from Manitowoc-owned Potain include a new pair of flat tops and a luffing jib model. The MDT 218 is the fourth and largest addition to the flat top MDT range. Available in 8 and 10 tonne versions, there are also two mast options, offering under hook heights of 55,7 m on a 1,6 m mast or 65,2 m on a 2 m mast. Maximum jib is 65 m and at 21 m radius capacity is 10 tonnes.

The other new flat top is the MCT 88, which is designed to be small, quick to erect, quick to transport, and take up little ground area on site. Maximum capacity is 5 tonnes and at the end of the maximum 52 m jib it can lift 1,1 tonnes.

Also on display will be the MR 295, Potain's latest luffing jib crane announced last year. A 60 m jib is the maximum for the three models available – H16, H20, and H25, which are 16, 20, and 25 tonnes capacity, respectively.

Potain's new self erecting tower cranes are the Igo T 70 and Igo MC 13. The former is the first of a new range which features a two-section telescopic tower that can be increased by adding 3 m or 6 m sections for a working height between 20 and 32 m Maximum capacity is 4 tonnes and it is 1,3 tonnes at the maximum 40 m radius.

The new Liebherr 22 HM fast-erecting crane, a larger version of the 13 HM, features new undercarriage steering for easier manoeuvring on tight construction sites. Maximum load capacity is 2 tonnes, maximum hook height is 33,4 m and maximum radius is 27 m where its capacity is 700 kg.

New for dismantling tall tower cranes is the 200 DR 5-10 derrick crane from Liebherr. Maximum load moment is 200 tonne-metres and maximum radius is 25 m. As standard it can hoist components for tower cranes in the 300 tonne-metre class and larger, down from a height of 320 m. The dimensions and weights of all the parts of the new crane are designed to enable them to be dismantled with the aid of a small hoist and removed via lift shafts in buildings.

New from Jaso is the J600, which is likened to a flat top tower crane in that the 4 m high tower head protrudes only 1,5 m over the highest point of the jib. It will be shown at its maximum free standing height of 86,4 m, on a 10 x 10 m cross base, and with maximum 80 m jib. Maximum capacity is 20 tonnes to 24 m radius and at 80 m capacity is 5,1 tonnes.

Completing the Jost range of flat top luffing jib tower cranes is the new JTL 68.4. It is designed for cost-effective transport and erection. The heaviest component is around 5 tonnes. On two falls of rope the maximum load is 4 tonnes and maximum hook height is 125 m. Maximum jib length is 40 m where the load is 1,5 tonnes.

New in the Jost flat top saddle jib range is the JT 132.8. As the smallest model it has a maximum load of 8 tonnes on four falls of rope, and a maximum 55 m jib with a capacity at jib-end of 1,7 tonnes. Free standing tower height is up to 60 m on the 1,38 m TH 15,2 mast.

In the Wolffkran L class range of flat top tower cranes the 6031clear and 6023clear fill a gap in the product line around 200 tonne-metres. The design is optimised for transport and assembly in that, for example, the complete counterjib fits on one truck and the complete upper works can be transported in four loads. Jibs can be increased in 2,5 m increments from 25 to 60 m on the 6023clear and from 30 to 65 m on the 6031clear. Maximum capacity is 8,5 tonnes.

The WT 205L e.tronic is a new luffing jib tower crane from Germany-based Wilbert with jib length from 25 to 60 m, 12 tonne maximum load capacity and 2 tonnes capacity at 60 m. A primary feature is that transport costs are reduced by -40% compared with competing models, according to the manufacturer. Jib length is adjustable in 2,5 m increments. Also new from Wilbert is the WT 150 e.tronic flat top saddle jib tower, also available with jibs from 25 to 60 m.

Mobile

One of the most significant new mobile cranes at Bauma will be Liebherr's LTM 11200-9.1, a 1200 tonne capacity model with a record 100 m telescopic boom. The nine axle giant is the most powerful telescopic crane in the world. Maximum boom and jib combination gives a lift height of 170 m. The Telematik boom consists of a base section and seven telescopic parts. A four-section “short” version is possible with the four inner sections dismounted. This allows a boom length of 55 m with a 3 m lattice head section.

At the other end of the spectrum is the 50 tonne LTM 1050-3.1, successor to the LTM 1045-3. At 38 m the telescopic boom is 4 m longer than the previous model and load capacities are an average of +12% higher. With its 16 m biparted swing-away jib, the LTM 1050-3.1 reaches a maximum hook height of 54 m.

The Manitowoc stand will feature Grove's new 100 tonne capacity GMK5095 with 60 m boom in seven sections. Maximum tip height is 83 m and like other Grove models it can operate as a ‘Taxi' crane for mobility or a ‘Maxi' crane for maximum capacity. It is the second Grove with the new ergonomic carrier cab unveiled last year on the GMK4100.

Also making its first public appearance will be the long boom version of that 100 tonner on four axles. Like the GMK5095 the GMK4100-L has a 60 m seven-section main boom and 83 m maximum tip height.

Representing Grove's range of rough terrain cranes is the new 35 tonne capacity RT540CE, which has a 31 m four-section boom and an offsettable telescopic swing-away jib extends the tip height to 47 m.

Tadano Faun's new flagship is the 360 tonne capacity ATF 360G-6 telescopic wheeled mobile crane on six axles. It has a 60 m main boom and new jib design.

Down the capacity range will be the new 90 tonne ATF 90G-4, a 90 tonne capacity all terrain on four axles. An 18 m bi-fold jib is an option for the 51,2 m boom.

Also new is the 50 tonne capacity ATF 50G-3, which has a 40 m main boom – 6 m longer than the model it replaces. Smallest of the new all terrains is the ATF 40G-2, a 40 tonner on two axles. Maximum hook height with the 9 m extension on the 35,2 m main boom is 46 m.

Two other new Tadano Faun cranes will be on show. New in the rough terrain range is the 55 tonne capacity GR-550EX, which fits between the 30 tonne GR-300EX and the 70 tonne GR-700EXL. Main boom is 42 m and the 17 m bi-fold extension is standard.

Of the 13 Terex cranes on show, one in iron for the first time will be the 100 tonne capacity Demag AC 100/4. The manufacturer claims it is the strongest 100 tonne crane on four axles, when configured with its maximum counterweight. Width is 2,55 m, even on large tyres.

Also in iron for the first time will be the Terex PPM model TC 40 L truck crane. The three axle carrier has a 240 kW engine for a maximum speed of 90 km/h, while the maximum tip height of 47 m can be reached with the 37,5 m main boom and a jib.

Another truck crane on show will be the 60 tonne capacity LT 1050 from Terex Changjiang in China. It has a five section 41 m main boom and a 12 m turning radius.

New from Terex Bendini will be the 60 tonne capacity RC60 rough terrain. It has a telescopic 40 m boom in five sections. Power is from a 164 kW Cummins engine and there is a Dana transmission with six forward and six reverse gears.

Crawlers

Prominent on the Manitowoc stand will be the 200 tonne Model 14000 lattice crawler crane. It offers a maximum boom of 86 m and a luffing jib up to 113,8 m. It replaces the Model 4100W, and the first models will be delivered in mid-2007.

Liebherr's new 300 tonne capacity LR 1300 lattice boom crawler crane meanwhile fills a gap in the range between the LR 1280 and the LR 1350/1. Maximum boom and jib combination length is 172 m (59 m main boom plus 113 m luffing jib). Components of the disassembled LR 1300, which have a maximum transport width of 3 m, can be transported on low-cost standard low loaders and jib sections can be moved inside boom sections.

From the ‘duty cycle' range visitors will be able to see a new heavy duty version of the Liebherr HS 895 HD Litronic. It has a 670 kW 12 cylinder diesel engine and the dragline winch has a 45 tonne pulling force. This means greater performance and reduced wear. Electro-hydraulic, stepless proportional controls enable all functions to be operated simultaneously. Other applications include lifting, dynamic soil compaction and material handling with grapples.

Making its European debut from Hitachi Sumitomo is the 120 tonne capacity SCX1200-2 lattice boom crawler crane. It is the first Hitachi Sumitomo crane specifically for the European market.

Kobelco's new crawler meanwhile is the 550 tonne capacity SL6000. Its maximum boom and jib configuration with Super Heavy Lift (SHL) is 84 m main boom with 84 m luffing jib for a total of 170 m.

Dutch crawler crane specialist and Marchetti distributor Crane Business will present the 65 tonne capacity Logicrane 65.40L on the Marchetti stand, a telescopic boom crawler unit. On stabilisers Logicrane's capacity is 65 tonnes while free on tracks in pick & carry mode 34 tonnes is the maximum. It has a 40 m boom and transport weight is 56 tonnes, including the removable 9 tonne counterweight.

Loader Cranes

On show from Fassi's range of hydraulic loader cranes will be four new large models extending the range upwards – the F500A, the F560AXP, the F600A and the F660AXP. All the new models have continuous slewing and the other mechanical, hydraulic and electronic devices from in the existing “Evolution” range will be fitted as standard.

The F500A and F560AXP replace the F480A and F530AXP. Maximum lifting moment is 51,5 tonnemetres for the F500A and 56,3 tonne-metres for the F 560AXP. The F600A and F660AXP meanwhile are evolutions of the F540A and F600AXP. Lifting moments are 56,8 tonne-metres and 62 tonnemetres respectively.

Danish loader crane manufacturer HMF will launch a new range of models in the 12 to 16 tonne-metre category. Three existing HMF loader models will be replaced by eight new ones. They will have the HMF InfoCentre, which warns and protects against overturning, overloading, hazardous movements, collisions and improperly deployed stabilisers.

New from German crane manufacturer MKG will be the 30 tonne-metre HLK291 knuckle boom crane. It has a ring gear for continuous slewing and can have up to eight hydraulic jib extensions. The latest long-boom crane, the HMK401a4L, will be shown on a three axle chassis. It will have four hydraulic jib extensions and an hydraulically adjustable counterweight. Completing the list of new models will be a 100 tonne-metre telescopic construction crane on a four axle chassis. The HMK991Ta3-a3, MKG's top model, has three hydraulic extensions in the main boom and another three in the jib.

Making its debut for Palfinger will be the PK 74002 Performance truck loader crane, which expands the range of large cranes. It replaces the PK 72002 and has 3% higher lifting capacity. Also new will be the Crayler F3 scissor-type transportable forklift model F3 253 PX-S.

In addition to the 33SP (Platinum Line) hydraulic loader crane, Italian loader crane manufacturer PM will show a new model in the Classic line with the PM Power Tronic Compact electronic control system. In the Silver line PM will launch a model developed for handling construction material with a grab.

Newest of the Terex Atlas loader cranes will be the TLC 325.2 VWB for delivering wallboard. It lifts 1 tonne at 18 m radius, has two slewing motors, and a 6,1 m outrigger spread.

Finally, a surprise launch will be an as-yet unnamed handler in Sennebogen's D series. No further details were available at press time. Another highlight will also come from the green line series and “will completely amaze all visitors,” according to the company. Also new in the Green line of material handlers will be the 305 C+, successor to the 305 C. Compact dimensions, powerful engine and small turning circle are primary features, the manufacturer says. Its cab can be raised hydraulically up to 4 m for a better and safer view of the work area.

Rock

Drilling

One of the most noticeable aspects of the Sandvik Mining and Construction stand will be its new corporate colours of orange, grey and white, a new look that will be rolled out over the next two years tie everything together for this acquisitive company.

In terms of machines, Sandvik will introduce a new high-tech surface drill rig, with on-board diagnostics among other features. In a similar vein, the company will show a new model in its i-series of tunnelling jumbos, a range of powerful, easy-to-use underground drill rigs first shown at last year's Intermat exhibition.

On the rock tools side Sandvik will launch the RH-series - a new range of hammers for down-the-hole applications, along with the RX300 a new range of expandable rock bolts. On display will also be a representative range of tools, among them an extended line of products within the unique Sandvik GT60 tool system, widening the offering for more economic drilling.

New on Atlas Copco's stand will be the ROC L830 down-the-hole crawler drill rig, now upgraded with a 30 bar compressor. In addition, the rig has a unique cylinder feeding system which can handle up to 140 mm diameter drill tubes. Other rigs on display will include the semi-automatic, GPS-controllable ROC D7C Smart Rig, a top hammer machine.

In the underground sector, Atlas Copco's new Rocket Boomer XE3 features a raise-able boom console, enabling coverage of tunnel cross sections up to 206 m2 from a single set-up. The heavy-duty, BUT 45 booms offer excellent stability and faster, more accurate hole positioning, and a new rod handling system (RHS) will be offered as an option.

Also in the underground segment is Atlas Copco's new bolt concept for rock reinforcement, which is designed to maintain continuous, high load capacity during rock deformation. A patented control mechanism allows the bolt length to adapt to the movement of the rock, absorbing the energy and allowing it to keep the rock in place.

The company will be showing new rock drills in the form of its Epsilon range of rotary bits. These have a streamlined lug and new bearing geometry for sustained penetration rates over longer periods of time and reduced risk of bearing failure.

Prakla, part of the Bauer Group, will launch its 41 tonne RB50 lorry-mounted universal drilling rig. It is equipped with a centrifugal pump for direct water flush drilling, a compressor for air-lift or reverse circulation drilling and for down-the-hole hammer drilling (DTH). It also features a coring wire-line winch and triplex piston pump for wireline coring. Maximum drilling depth is 1500 m.

Also new from Prakla is its RB8R drilling rig for geothermal boreholes. Capable of drilling to a maximum depth of 100 m it features a 45 litres/minute water dosing facility.

Another Bauer company, Eurodrill, will be showing its HD2004 hydraulic drifter, which has been developed specifically for rigs with operating weights ranging from 2 to 6 tonnes. Low weight and high torque result in production outputs that have not previously been possible in this class of drill rigs, according to the company.

Also new from the company is the CDH800 (Compact Double-Head) system. It combines and integrates two standard heads in a single CDH drilling unit. The drill head for the outer tube is a Eurodrill RH800 with a torque of 9000 Nm. The inner tube is driven by a Eurodrill RH400 with a torque of 4400 Nm. Small dimensions, just 1 m long, mean it is suitable for cramped site conditions.

Crushing & Screening

Sandvik has developed a telescopic chute for stockpiling, which is designed to keep dust down. The system also helps to contain aggregates themselves, so has a safety aspect.

The CM4800i meanwhile is a mobile secondary crusher that now incorporates a Stage IIIA engine. This flexible unit can be set up to produce a wide variety of products, and the ‘i' denotes ‘intelligence', meaning it can communicate with other crushers and screens in the circuit for maximum efficiency.

The highlight of sister company Fintec's stand will be its first impact crusher model the 1440. The new machine is suitable for numerous applications, including secondary crushing, fine crushing of softer rocks or in recycling operations. Weighing 44 tonnes, the machine is powered by a Cat C13 engine developing 328 kW and uses a Sandvik PR301D horizontal shaft impactor with a maximum throughput of 350 tonnes/hour.

ThyssenKrupp Fordertechnik will be presenting what it claims, at 6000 tonnes per hour, to be the world's largest screen. The unit was developed for screening oil sands in Alberta, Canada.

The new DU 64-3.6 x 8.0 (8.9) ED has two decks and has been successfully used to process up to 8000 tonnes per hour of oil sand with a bitumen content of 18% and a feed size of 0-600/900 mm. By adding around 3000 m3/hour of hot water (95°C) a closed material bed with an effective weight of about 10 tonnes is formed on the screen deck, and is broken up by six ThyssenKrupp exciters, each generating a centrifugal force of 56 tonnes.

The company will also be presenting its latest gyratory jaw crusher developments and new technology for cement mixing plants.

Now part of the Wirtgen Group Kleeman will be showing two new machines at Bauma. The MC110 tracked mobile jaw crusher is targeted at the sub-50 tonne crusher market, and is similar to the larger MC120 unit. A new mobile screen, the MS130, will also be on the stand. It features a large hopper, a slotted screen that can be tilted using radio control, and a screen size of 1,5 x 4,3 m.

HMH Engineering will show its top of the range RM100 tracked mobile crusher and the TS3600 mobile screen, which were launched towards the end of 2006. Other models from its range of compact crushing solutions will also be on show.

The Ceasar 3 is Guidetti's latest addition to its mobile compact crusher range. This 80 m3/hour jaw crusher weighs in at 8 tonnes and is 6,5 m long, 0,7 m wide and 2 m high. Its Isuzu diesel provides a power rating of 33 kW, while it has a hopper capacity of 2 m3, and the jaw clearance can be hydraulically adjusted from 20 to 100 mm.

Rockster will launch a new 1,9 tonne screen box attachment, the RS83, which is tailored for use with the company's R900 impact crusher. It is assembled directly onto the main discharge conveyor, and is driven by the R900's additional hydraulic drive. The screen box includes features that absorb box vibrations and protect the main conveyor. The zigzag grid of the prescreener allows the production of two different grain sizes in only a single pass.

A new patented Rockster duplex system will also be on show, which allows for the interchange of the crusher units on the R900 and the R800 (jaw) chassis. This allows a single chassis to be used in different applications as either an impact unit or a jaw unit.

SBM will be presenting a new mobile impact crusher at the show in the shape of the remax Maxi 12. The new unit is available in two models, the remax Eco (without a vibratory screen attachment) and the remax Maxi (with screen). No further detailed specifications are currently available.

Terex Finlay will use Bauma to launch its latest mobile tracked cone crusher, the C-1540P. The machine will be available in two configurations, the standard C-1540P with a pre-screen option, and the C-1540RS which comes with a recirculating screen configuration.

Extec will be showing three brand new products on its stand, but currently is not willing to disclose information relating to them. The company will also display representative models from its ranges including the C12+ jaw crusher launched at Intermat in 2006, the X44 SBS cone crusher, I-series impact crushers, and the S-3, S-4 and S-5 screens.

Powerscreen is another company being somewhat reticent about its Bauma presence, but the company does say that there will be three new screening products to see on its stand. The only details it is currently willing to provide is that they will be a new Horizon horizontal model and two Chieftain models. The company says that these new machines make use of newly patented technology, and have undergone extensive testing as part of its R&D effort.

It should also be said that the crushing & screening sector's biggest manufacturer, Metso Minerals will not be at Bauma this year. In a surprising decision, the company has opted to save the considerable expense of attending the show, and will be using the money elsewhere in its marketing efforts.

Access

New products from Terex-owned Genie's access range on show at Bauma will be the Z-40/23N, a narrow articulated boom lift and the GS-3232 narrow electric scissor lift. The show will also see the European launch of the S-60HC, the high capacity version of the 20,3 m working height S-60 telescopic boom lift introduced in North America last year.

The Z-40/23N has a 14,3 m working height, despite being 1,5 m wide, helping to give it a tight turning radius of just 0,61 m. One notable feature of the 6,9 tonne machine is the use of a frequency controlled AC drive system as opposed to the more normal DC power. This technology has been pioneered in the industrial forklift market and, says Genie, offers advantages including higher speeds and more efficient use of energy.

The new GS-3232 scissor, meanwhile, is another narrow product, marrying the chassis of the 2032 scissor with the scissor stack of the 3246 model. It has a maximum working height of 11,6 m, and measures 2,41 m long by 0,81 m wide. It uses outriggers above 6,7 m, which come down automatically within the existing footprint of the machine.

The big attraction on the JLG stand will be the new 1230ES, a 3,66 m platform height vertical mast lift, which is a direct competitor to UpRight's TM12 model. The machine was first shown at the US Rental Show in February, but Bauma will be its first major exhibition in Europe.

Manitou will be showing its Maniaccess 150 TP platform, a hybrid machine with the large working platform of a scissor lift, but which is raised by a telescopic boom. The machine can lift 1 tonne to a height of 15 m, and it comes with stabilisers, which allows the boom to be used to increase horizontal outreach.

Snorkel will open a new European warehouse in De Lier, near Rotterdam, around Bauma time, and will use the exhibition to promote this new facility, which will also allow European customers to pay in Euros. New products on the company's stand include the 25,9 m platform height AB85J articulated boom platform and the 10 m 3370 rough terrain scissor lift.

On the other hand, European visitors looking for Aichi's long-awaited scissors and articulated booms will have to wait a little longer. The machines are still being readied for Europe, but not in time for Bauma. Instead, you will see three telescopic booms, the crawler SR12 and the wheeled SP21 and SP25.

New trailer- and truck-mounted platforms from Teupen are the Euro B 12T, a 12 m working height platform mounted on a Toyota Dyna 100 LY. One of its key benefits is a small footprint – just 2,5 m by 2,2 m. The jib and basket are insulated to 1000 V.

Teupen is also adding to its tracked, articulated line with the 17,9 m working height Leo 18GT, a model that will fill a gap between the existing Leo 15GT and Leo 23GT. Also new is the Gepard 15GT, an articulated trailer-mounted platform using the boom from the Leo 15GT.

Dinolift promises an entirely new product, but is unwilling to give advance details before Bauma. It says it will also be giving some of its existing trailer mounted platforms a “facelift” to update their look and with some new details to help protect the machines during use.

Mast Climbers

Mast climber owners will be interested in Alimak Hek's new Hek modular mast climbing product range incorporating light, medium and heavy duty models and allowing the creation of transport platforms and material hoists.

On the hoist side is the new Alimak Scando 650 FC-S, a high speed version of the modular Scando 650 launched at Bauma 2004. This high speed model will have a top speed of 100 m/min, matching that of the Scando Super model which it will replace, and will extend the maximum operating height to 400 m, up from 250 m on the Super.

Also new is the A3 system for remotely monitoring the performance of a hoist. Comprising a small control box with a modem and an antenna on the roof of the hoist cage, the system will allow Alimak Hek and the hoist owner to diagnose faults and monitor usage. Alerts can be sent by e-mail, by text message or seen on a website. The system will work with Alimak hoists and Hek mast climbing platforms, and a further version – branded ‘Orange Box' – will be made available for fitting to competitor models.

Geda launches new versions of its well-~established 500/1200/1500 Z/ZP three model range of transport platforms, offering the possibility of converting the transport platforms into fully enclosed passenger/material hoists designed with either a 2,5 m high base enclosure (Comfort range) or a lower base enclosure (Standard line). Hoist speeds on the hoist versions rise to 40 m/min on the two larger sizes, and remain at 24 m/min on the smallest version. Erection and dismantling of the enclosure can be carried out safely from within the cage.

The German manufacturer is also promising another new introduction – a modified version of an existing model to make a new product.

IPAF

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is using Bauma to launch its UK-initiated ‘Clunk-Click' safety harness promotional campaign in Germany under the ‘Klick-Klack' banner. It follows the launch of the campaign in North America during February's Rental Show in Atlanta. The aim of the campaign is to ensure that operators in boom-type platforms (but not scissor lifts) use appropriate safety harnesses.

IPAF will have a 1500 m2 demonstration area at Bauma to promote the use of powered access equipment and to focus attention on safe use of equipment and harnesses. Among the machines being demonstrated will be Skyjack's new SJ45 13,7 m telescopic boom – its first appearance in Europe.

The IPAF display will also look at what do in an emergency. This will include a demonstration of abseiling equipment from a large truck mounted platform. Seminar topics will cover harnesses and the correct placing of outriggers.

Instruments & Site Equipment

Surveying

Topcon will have two stands at this year's Bauma – one inside to display its latest surveying and GPS equipment and another outside, in joint venture with Komatsu, to demonstrate its GPS-based machine control systems.

One of the new systems on display outside will be Topcon's new 3DXi laser GPS guidance system for excavators. Four new temperature compensated 360° CAN-based tilt sensors measure angles from cab, boom, stick, and bucket, creating a precise cut every time. In addition to the new tilt sensors, the 3DXi consists of two GPS+ antennas, a GPS+ receiver and an in cab GX-60 control box with touch screen. Also on display in the demonstration area will be Topcon's recently introduced GPS control system for asphalt pavers.

Inside, Topcon's stand will feature the complete range of G3 equipment, which is capable of tracking satellites in the GPS, Russian GLONASS and European Galileo constellations. Also on display will be the new Green Label range of surveying products, which is designed to bridge the technology and cost gap between basic surveying tools and current cutting-edge systems.

Topcon's new 9000 total station will also be on display along with other surveying products for the European market, which are likely to feature software updates.

Details of the main feature of Trimble's stand at Bauma are not going to be released before exhibition. Apart from this the company's stand will other recent launches, including the GCS600 GPS-based machine control system for excavators. The latest site positioning equipment, including the SPS880 Smart Antenna, will also be on display alongside laser-based surveying equipment from Spectra Precision.

Leica Geosystems will be showing the latest member of its Rugby Laser family, the Rugby 50, a simple, one-button operated, fully automatic construction laser alongside its Disrotm A8 with digital viewfinder and tilt sensor.

Visitors to its stand will also be able to get information on Scanlaser, the new distribution channel for Leica Geosystems machine automation solutions in various European countries, including Scandinavia, Poland and the UK. New Scanlaser offices are being set up in other parts of Europe and the Middle East, and services include consultation, installation, training and on-going support.

Site Equipment

Pride of place on the CompAir stand goes to its TurboScrew range, which now has new, electronic control systems integrated with new Cummins QSB 6.7, Stage IIIA compliant engines for better performance and fuel economy.

Ingersoll Rand meanwhile will be showing a new advanced version of its small 7/20E compressor, a 2 m3/min 7 bar unit. Alongside this will be the new IR20BV pneumatic breaker, which has a new lightweight handle assembly to cut down weight and improve the balance of the tool

Atlas Copco's new mid-range compressors – the XA(M,T,H,V)S 296-446 models – have a redesigned screw element, which allows them to be housed in a smaller body. In fact, the company says it now offers these units with the smallest body in the marketplace, a benefit when working on confined sites.

Options include FuelXpert, a feature that regulates the engine speed and the air inlet valve to optimise fuel consumption. Also available is COSMOS, Atlas Copco's new electronic remote global management system, which uses GPS technology and communication networks to report location and condition information back to the compressor's owner.

TCP's Ecolite mobile light tower is said by the company to offer operating cost savings up to 75%. Key to the 750 kg model's efficiency is its lamp's metal halogen filament, which emits light across a broader portion of the visible spectrum.

ITT will be showing two new pumps at Bauma, the 2600 Series of drainage pumps and the 2700 Series of wastewater/slurry pumps, alongside its 3000 Slim Line, 5000 Series pumps and popular Ready Line. The company will also be showcasing its rental options in Europe with some special promotions.

The largest of the 2600 Series (0,85 to 18 kW) has a maximum capacity of 90 litres/second. Other features include the company's Dura-Spin hydraulic system, new impeller design and Spin-Out system that reduces wear on the seals.

The stainless steel 2700 Series is designed to work in environments with a pH level of 2 to 10, and is available as either a slurry or wastewater pump. The series offers capacities of 2 to 8 kW and a maximum output of 52 litres/second for the largest of the wastewater pumps.

MultiQuip's new 4-blade B and J Series walk-behind power trowels feature more powerful engines to generate improved rotor speeds of between 60 to 155 rpm for smoother, faster finishes.

The four new B Series models, with 1,17 m ring diameters and six J Series models, with 0,914 m ring diameters, also feature an ergonomic throttle control, lifting bail, and rugged spider assembly for extended life. A new access panel allows the operator to easily grease the machine, change blades and service the trowel arms.

A height-adjustable handle improves operator comfort and workability, while a centrifugal shutdown switch gives added durability. Both B and J Series models are available with Quick-Pitch or standard handles. All ten trowels are offered with Honda and Robin engine options, ranging from 4,1 to 8,2 kW.

Surface preparation equipment manufacturer Trelawny SPT is launching its new range of low vibration pneumatic tools under the Vibro Lo brand at Bauma with the Challenger VL303 Chisel Scaler.

The ergonomically designed VL303 features a rubber grip handle and a vibration level of 4,3 m/s2to reduce the risk of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome. No specialist tools are required to replace needles in the field, meaning less downtime for the operator.

Also on show will be its PortaMix system, which has a maximum capacity of 100 kg and mixes all types of cement screeds, grout, mortar, textured coatings, sealants and adhesives. Features include a specially shaped bowl, which helps ensure little material residue, and an easy tilt trolley, which delivers the screed where needed without the need for any additional equipment. It is available with either a two-speed 110 or 240 V motor and is fitted with a choice of easy glide castors or robust pneumatic tyres.

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