Show guide

24 April 2008

Visitors to Intermat Will Not Be disappointed with the quality and quantity of new products on display. New noise and engine emissions laws, and a booming construction equipment market, mean there will be literally hundreds of new machines launched at the show.

Europe's equipment market is a mature one, and most of the new machines on display will be updated versions of existing models. Greater performance, fuel-efficiency and safety are common themes throughout the equipment sector, and manufacturers in all segments, from earthmoving to lifting, are designing their machines with these factors in mind. As a result, construction machines are getting more and more sophisticated, with on-board computers and engine management systems playing a crucial role throughout the industry.

Earthmoving

The earthmoving sector - machines above 10 tonnes operating weight - that will see arguably the most significant launches at Intermat. The introduction of Stage IIIA emissions laws for 130 to 560 kW engines at the start of this year means manufacturers will be launching several brand new series of earthmoving machines at the show featuring, new diesel power packs.

This is most apparent in the popular equipment types - crawler excavators and wheeled loaders - although larger graders and dozers are also affected. CE knows of more than 40 new mid- to large-sized earthmoving machines from the major manufacturers, all with Stage IIIA engines, which will be unveiled at the show.

In addition to these, there will doubtless be further models launched at Intermat that we are not yet aware of. Perhaps the most telling thing about our &What's new at a glance' table is not the machines we know about at this stage, but the &gaps' for certain manufacturers that have not yet announced their new models.

These will come. The Stage IIIA engine emission laws are a legal requirement across the EU - if a new machine in the 130 to 560 kW power band does not have a Stage IIIA engine, it cannot be sold in the 25 country region. There are &flexibility provisions' in the laws that allow a small number of &old Stage' engines and machines to be marketed in the EU, but these are limited. As far as the major manufacturers are concerned, the changeover to Stage IIIA models generally has to be made now.

Without the new engine emissions laws, it is very unlikely that so many new models in these weight categories would be launched at the same time. Intermat will therefore provide equipment buyers with a fantastic opportunity to compare competing models, and find the machine and deal that suits them best.

Nowhere is this the flood of new machines more apparent than with Caterpillar's launches. Intermat will see the company launch eight new D series crawler excavators from 20 to 37,5 tonnes, and five new H series wheeled loaders from 18,5 to 30,5 tonnes all now featuring the company's Stage IIIA-compliant ACERT engines. An in-depth report on all these machines, along with news of Cat's new backhoe loaders and compact excavators, can be found in this month's equipment pages.

In addition to all this &iron', Caterpillar will be showcasing the latest developments in its AccuGrade range of machine control systems. The new products are AccuGrade Cross Slope, Sonic and ATS, which join the existing Laser and GPS systems. Cross slope is a blade control system to accurately establish cross slope elevations. The Sonic system uses ultrasonic measurement for machine control, while ATS - advanced tracking sensor - tracks the position of the blade tips.

Komatsu's three new crawler excavators in the 20 to 30 tonne classes all feature its ECOT3 Stage IIIA compliant engines. Other key features of the dash-8 machines include the Komtrax tracking system and a large-screen, video-capable monitor and a large, quiet cab - noise levels for the PC210-8, for example, are just 69 db(A) at the operator's ear. The 21,4 to 22,9 tonne PC210-8, 24,6 to 26,2 tonne PC240-8 and 29,2 to 30,2 tonne PC290-8 offer the operator two working modes for either heavy or light work.

Features on Komatsu's new D155AX-6 crawler dozer include a new blade and ripper design, powertrain improvements and the move to the company's &K-bogie' undercarriage. The 9,4 m3 capacity Sigma dozer blade has a convex profile, designed for maximum penetration and rolling, while still retaining a flat edge for grading.

Power comes from a 239 kW Stage IIIA Komatsu engine, which combines with an automatic lock-up torque converter to cut fuel consumption by -10%, compared to the previous model. The K-bogie undercarriage system, as used on larger Komatsu dozers, ensures the track rollers are always in contact with track links, helping reduce the impact load on undercarriage components. The company says this delivers +18% more track length in contact with the ground compared to the D155AX-5.

In the wheeled loader segment, high up the weight category, is Komatsu's WA600-6 wheeled loader, with a maximum operating weight just under 53 tonnes and a 393 kW Stage IIIA engine. Despite its size, the noise level in the cab is just 73 dB(A) - the lowest in this machine class according to the company.

Komatsu says the engine and its own design of torque converter gives the WA600-6 the best rimpull in its class. A variable displacement piston pump for the closed circuit hydraulic system matches the oil flow to the application, which works with the operator-selected engine modes to cut fuel consumption.

Back with excavators, New Holland's E150 &Blade Runner' is an interesting machine that combines the functions of an excavator with a dozer. The short radius 16 tonne tracked machine comprises a 14 tonne upper structure mounted on a 2,59 m wide 20 tonne-class crawler undercarriage. The power, angle, tilt (PAT) blade on the front of the undercarriage has its own hydraulic circuit, which combines with oversized motors to perform to the same levels as a dedicated mid-sized crawler dozer. The blade also has wings on its edges to improve dozing performance, and these can be folded back or removed if not required.

New Holland will also be showing the &Multi Function' version of its E215LC excavator, originally launched at last year's Samoter exhibition, which features a four-piece boom for long-reach applications such as dredging.

Sister company Case's main new product launch is the 69 tonne CX700 crawler excavator, a heavy- duty machine between the existing CX460 and CX800 models and the first Case excavator to use an electronically controlled Stage IIIA engine, a 345 kW Isuzu.

Hitachi will be launching several new crawler excavators at Intermat, with more to follow later in the year. New at the show will be the 25 tonne class Zaxis 250-3, 28 tonne Zaxis 280-3 and 35 tonne Zaxis 350-3, which feature in this month's equipment page. The company's stand will also include the 52 tonne class Zaxis 520 LCH-3, and 67 tonne Zaxis 670 LCH-3, while the models coming later in the year are the 47 tonne Zaxis 470 LCH-3 and 87 tonne Zaxis 870 LCH-3.

The company's stand will also feature its new ZW series of wheeled loaders, which, like the new excavators, feature Stage IIIA compliant engines. Hitachi's new Total Torque-control System allows the operator to find the right balance between traction force and front speed. Depending on the job, the setting can be manually adjusted to traction priority, general work or light duty. The machines also feature an automatic transmission with a load-sensing system to improve load-and-carry performance.

Liebherr's latest wheeled excavator is the 11 tonne class A 309 Litronic, the company's smallest model in this range. Power comes from a 63 kW diesel, cooled by a thermostacially controlled fan that only runs when needed. The spacious cab features large windows and a fully adjustable seat.

Also new in this range is the 17 tonne A 900 C Litronic, which is powered by a 95 kW engine, again fitted with an &on demand' cooling system. Chassis options include either a dozer blade or two-point outriggers, and the machine can be fitted with a choice of two dipper sticks with a one- or two-piece boom.

Intermat will also see Liebherr launch its new range of &2plus2' wheeled loaders, with the first models now fitted with Stage IIIA compliant engines. The new models are the L 566, L 576 and L 580, replacing the L 564, L 574 and L 580, and it will be the L 576 that Liebherr has on show at Intermat.

While the machines have been restyled, they retain Liebherr's &2plus2' fuel saving drive technology. However, the machines have a new cooling and electronic system, and operators will appreciate the +28% bigger cab, which has a more powerful air conditioning unit.

New safety features include a single-part laminated front windscreen, larger external mirrors and four floodlights. Collision protection has also been included in the rear ballast, and the rear lights have been directly incorporated into the ballast for more protection.

Liebherr's latest dozer is the Series 4 PR 744 Litronic model, which now features a 184 kW engine - +7% more powerful than its predecessor. The 28,2 tonne machine is controlled by the company's fourth-generation Litronic system which, among other things, matches the steering behaviour of the machine to the driving speed, increasing working capacity when cornering. It also automatically turns with counter rotating tracks if a particularly tight manoeuvre is being undertaken

In the crawler excavator sector, Liebherr's latest machine is the 37,8 to 42,7 tonne R 944 C Litronic, which is fitted with a Stage IIIA engine. The machine has repositioned hoses and a restyled engine cover for better visibility, and the large cab has an automatic air conditioning system. The hand controls have been updated with the hydraulic system now being more responsive for faster cycle times. The machine is available with four chassis options.

Doosan Infracore - the construction equipment business created by Doosan Group's acquisition last year of Daewoo Heavy Industries - will display more than 30 machines at Intermat. The company will show a new range of large Doosan Daewoo DX excavators, comprising five models with weights between 30 and 51 tonnes, powered by the company's own Stage IIIA common rail engines.

Doosan will also launch two new wheeled loaders at the show, the 162 kW, 18 tonne DL300 and the 204 kW, 23 tonne DL400. Again the machines feature Stage IIIA engines - Doosan's own in the DL300 and a Cummins in the DL400 - and both machines are fitted with ZF's Ergo Power transmission. The cabs feature adjustable steering columns and air suspended seats, and provide greater visibility than the previous models.

Some of the newest machines on the Volvo stand will be its G900 motor grader range, which CE reported on in depth in the December 2005 - January 2006 issue.

Other new additions to the company's range are long boom versions of its L60E, L70E, L90E and L110E wheeled loaders, which mean long boom options are now available for models from the 11 tonne L60 E right up to the 50 tonne L330E. As far as the new machines are concerned, this option adds between 0,42 and 0,52 m to the loader's dump height, depending on the model, which is important given the move to high capacity, high-sided on-highway trucks in many parts of the world.

Intermat will also see Volvo celebrate 40 years of manufacturing articulated haulers, which happily coincides with the production of its 50000th machine. This special truck will be on display at the show.

Hyundai will be using Intermat to unveil its new flagship excavator, the 50 tonne R500LC-7A, which slots in above the retained 45 tonne R450LC-7. Powered by a 250 kW Stage IIIA compliant Cummins engine, the machine can be fitted with up to a 3,2 m3 bucket.

Another top of the range addition is the company's 30 tonne HL780-7A wheeled loader. The loader is powered by the same Cummins engine as Hyundai's new excavator, but it is rated slightly higher at 259 kW. Both machines feature a large, comfortable and quiet cab -7dB(A) quieter than the previous model.

JCB will be presenting two new tracked excavators at the show, the 19 tonne class JS190 Auto and 33 tonne class JS330 Auto. The smaller machine features a 98 kW engine, which the company says gives it +10% more productivity over 18 tonne machines, with +14% more lifting capacity and +5% faster boom cycles.

The larger excavator features a 202 kW Isuzu Stage IIIA engine - +13% more power than its predecessor had. The machine features electronic oil level monitoring, improved cold starting and all the daily maintenance checks can be done from ground level.

Also on show will be the first of a new generation of wheeled excavators in the shape of JCB's 17 tonne class JS175W Auto. A larger counterweight has helped add +14% to the machine's lifting capacity, and cruise control is available as an option.

All of JCB's Auto range features two radiators side-by-side for oil and water cooling. The company says this arrangement is better than putting one cooling pack in front of the other, because it makes it easier to clear out any debris.

There will also be two new wheeled loaders on display, the 426 and 436, which have +13% higher payload capacities than their predecessors. Operators will appreciate the large cabs - +50% bigger than on previous models - and the fact that all daily maintenance checks can be done from ground level.

Tools, Attachments & Teeth

Sandvik's Rammer subsidiary will be taking the wraps off its new G 88 breaker, a 2,37 tonne unit for 27 to 40 tonne carriers. Features include idle stroke protection and an integrated lubrication system, and it is also available as a silenced &city' version.

The G 100 Tunnel meanwhile is a 3,7 tonne unit designed specifically for tunnelling applications. Mounted on 40 to 70 tonne carriers, the unit is supplied as in the low noise &city' configuration as standard, and is piped for the RamJet and RamAir dust suppression systems. The Ramlube automatic lubrication system is also an option.

In the demolition market, Rammer is now offering the RD 19 cutter-crusher, which weighs in at 2,24 tonnes. A key feature is the interchangeable jaw sets, allowing it to be used for wood or steel cutting, crushing concrete and pulveriser work.

Montabert will be unveiling two new large breakers at the show, the V45 SHD and V55 SHD, which combined cover the 27 to 60 tonne carrier classes. SHD denotes the units' Super Heavy Duty housings, which is a reinforced steel casing with no exposed bolts. The breakers have three working modes, standard, energy priority and frequency priority, which allow the operator to adapt to the type of material being worked on.

Atlas Copco will have three new solid body hydraulic breakers on show, the SB100, SB 150 and SB 200, joined by a new hydraulic cutter model, the CC 1700. This unit is designed for 15 to 25 tonne carriers, and weighs 1,68 tonnes with universal jaws or 1,52 tonnes with steel cutting jaws. Features include hydraulic 360° rotation and a maximum opening of 750 mm. Also new is the HB 2500 heavy duty breaker for 29 to 43 tonne carriers. Weighing in at 2,3 tonnes and includes many key features such as safe start-up and shut-down systems, automatic lubrication and automatically adjusting impact energy as standard.

Korean demolition attachment specialist Daemo Equipment will be showcasing its ranges of hydraulic breakers, crushers, shears and other attachments through its European distribution arm. The company's V Series breakers are available for use on excavators weighing from 15 to 55 tonnes, while its DFC Series crushers can be used on machines from 13 to 32 tonnes. The RS range of shears can be mounted on excavators from 2 to 45 tonnes. Multiprocessors are also available, in the form of the seven model DMP range for use on machines from 18 to 32 tonnes.

Europe is by far and away Daemo's largest single market, with 42% of its production during 2004 being sold in the region. The second largest region, North America, accounted for 16% of total sales during the same period.

Spanish hydraulic breaker manufacturer Tabe will be presenting its range of products at Intermat. The highlight of the exhibit will be the new AGB-95 breaker first seen at SMOPYC' in 2005.

The Volvo stand will also feature its HB range of hydraulic breakers, a new seven-model line up ranging from 0,82 to 3,8 tonnes in operating weight. This comprehensive range covers carrier weights from 9 to 70 tonnes, meaning there is a good match available for any of Volvo's midi, medium and large excavators.

Wacker has introduced two new drilling and breaking hammers to its range of products for the demolition and recycling market. The Magic EH 9 BL(M) and Magic EHB 11 BL(M) feature an integrated electronic converter that transform 230 V single phase current into three phase current which enables the hammers to use three phase motors. This significantly improves the long term operation because the three phase motors do not need to have the carbon brushes or rotors replaced.

Genesis will be launching two new products - a new grab and the Genesis Weighing System (GWS) - which will be exhibited alongside its established Logix Processor LXP multi-jaw attachment.

The GPG-H Polyp Grab concept made its debut at last year's IFAT Show in Munich, Germany but has now undergone extensive field testing and is commercially available. The grab has five tines and is available in 0,4 and 0,6 m3 sizes, for use on carriers in the 20 to 35 tonne weight range.

The GWS is a dynamic weighing system designed for use with loading machines and excavators and allows the weight to be monitored during the loading cycle. According to Genesis, the system allows for faster cycle times because the operator does not have to interrupt the cycle to get accurate weight data.

Klac will be showing a range of new buckets, attachments and an expanded quick coupler system at Intermat. New buckets include the Marguerite and the City. Both models are designed for narrow trenching work, 150 and 210 mm respectively.

The Marguerite essentially consists of three buckets in one, which the company calls sand or clay blades. According to the company the main benefits of the system include increased productivity, thanks to the three buckets instead of the standard one, and lower costs. Models are available for excavators from 1 to 20 tonnes.

Klac's City bucket, for trenches of 210 mm, is an “ejector” bucket suitable for carriers from 6 to 12 tonnes. Its movable base forces the material from the bucket, which has a large leading edge making it suitable for work in and around pipes, according to the company.

Klac's Model G quick coupler expands the company's range, which means it now offers a quick coupler for machines from 0,8 to 13 tonnes. Available as either a mechanical or hydraulic system, with manual unlocking possible on both, the Model G is also available with the company's Klac Protect, which protects the hose loop during digging operations.

Also on Klac's stand will be its Manip attachment, a hydraulic grab for materials

Esco will be adding a new model to its SV2 Mining and Quarry Tooth range at the year's Intermat. The SV2 is currently available in three sizes and the new smaller size - the 65SV2 - will enable the system to be used on wheeled loaders, excavators and face shovels from 80 tonnes up to 250 tonnes.

The SV2 uses a hammerless locking system, which according to Esco, makes it easier, quicker and safer to use. The tooth also has a slim design that offers good penetration and increased wear life.

Bucyrus Blades, a subsidiary of Esco, will also be launching a new grader blade, the X-TRA edge, at the show. According to Bucyrus, wear on grader blades is often uneven and regular maintenance of crowned roads results in excessive wear in the central section of the blade. To overcome the problem, the X-TRA edge blade features extra wear metal on the bottom of the blade and smaller end edges which the company claims will reduce wastage by up to -50%.

Combi Wear Parts is extending its range of tooth systems for excavator and loader buckets to cover all mini-machines on the market less than 10 tonnes. Two tooth types will be available, flat and pointed, in two sizes with bucket break out forces of up to 35 or 55 kN (excavator) and 60 or 85 kN (loader).

MTG will be showing three new products at Intermat, the MTGtwist, a hammerless tooth-adapter retainer solution, the MTGSystems StarMet tooth-adapter system for large excavators and MTGPlus Teeth side-pin system for Caterpillar machines, with the MTGtwist retainer solution as an option.

MTGtwist is a new hammerless tooth-adapter retainer solution with excellent retention that does not need a hammer; the operator just twists the pin using the removal tool to change the tooth. According to the company there are several advantages to this method, including increased safety - no hammer is required, a reduction of time and costs during assembly/disassembly - only one operator is needed, it avoids pin losses and offers excellent retention, extra durability and a longer pin life.

Compact and Utility Equipment

Unlike the earthmoving sector, there are no new engine emissions laws driving new product launches for compact and utility (machines up to about 10 tonnes) equipment. But the this type of machine is remarkably popular in Europe and the continuing development of the region's rental sector is driving up sales at +20% per year for some equipment types.

So needless to say there will be plenty of new machines on show at Intermat, mainly due to manufacturers plugging gaps in their ranges, or in some cases branching out into new machine types.

Neuson, one of Europe's compact equipment specialists illustrates both points well. The company is extending its range of zero tail-swing excavators with the launch of the 3,5 tonne class 38Z3. A laterally installed engine provides room for a large cab, which is tiltable to improve maintenance access. Standard equipment includes pilot controls and an unpressurised return line for the hammer tool. Options include air conditioning, a third hydraulic circuit as well as proportional control for the auxiliary hydraulic system.

At the lowest end of the weight categories, Neuson has two new small machines. Its yet to be named 800 kg excavator is just 700 mm wide, and is powered by 3-cylinder Yanmar diesel engine.

New in the 1,5 tonne class is the 1403, although the machine weighs less than this in the standard (canopy, rather than cab) configuration. A 3-cylinder Yanmar diesel Yanmar diesel engine provides the power, and a key feature is the optional variable gauge undercarriage, which can be extended from 990 to 1300 mm.

Moving further up the size scale and debuting too is the 9,3 tonne SV100 midi-excavator. A 55,6 kW Yanmar turbo engine powers this 170 mm tail-swing digger, can dig down to 4,4 m.

Komatsu will be launching two new crawler skid steer loaders at Intermat. The CK25-1 has a 52 kW engine and boasts a lift capacity of 9980 kg. The larger CK35-1 has a 63 kW engine and 1,47 tonnes of lift capacity. Both come with an auxiliary hydraulic circuit to run attachments and are available as &Super flow' versions, which allows them to use attachments like cold planers and snow blowers. The large contact area of crawler tracks compared to tyres means these machines have a low bearing pressure and can work in soft conditions like mud, snow and sand.

The company will also be presenting two new mini excavators in the 1,5 to 2 tonnes class. The 1 m wide machines have a traditional overhanging counterweight for high stability and are available with variable width undercarriages to allow them to navigate narrow spaces. Despite their small size, the machines have a spacious working area for the operator, and are available with either a two-pole canopy or closed cab.

New in the compact wheeled loader segment are Komatsu's 55 kW and 61,5 kW WA90-5 and WA100M-5. The company's &Easy Fork' loader linkage enables parallel movement and high payloads in pallet fork applications, and a hydraulic quick coupler is fitted as standard, allowing rapid switching between the forks, buckets and other attachments. The loaders have a top speed of 30 km/h, allowing them to move quickly between sites, and they also feature a tilt-up cab for easy maintenance access.

Further up the weight category is the WA150PZ-5, weighing in at 8,7 tonnes with a 71 kW engine. The machine features Komatsu's new &PZ' boom linkage, a modified Z-bar design that provides high break-out forces with the parallel movement required in pallet fork applications.

Four key new machines in New Holland's range are the W50TC, W60TC, W70TC and W80TC tool carrier wheeled loaders, which replace their non tool carrier predecessors. The new loaders have a mono boom front end with the cylinders located underneath, giving the operator an excellent view of the front attachment.

All four tool carriers feature a Deutz engines, rated at 40, 44, 45 and 56 kW respectively. Tipping loads range from 2,95 to 3,75 tonnes at full articulation, with dump heights from 3,25 to 3,45 m. The 4,8 tonne W50TC has a travel speed of 20 km/h, while the other models, which weigh 5,1, 5,6 and 5,9 tonnes, can reach 35 km/h.

Sister-company Case will also show a wide selection of its light equipment, including recently introduced 400 series skid steer loaders, the Super R Series 2 backhoes and the 10 model TX range of telehandlers.

There will be two new zero tail-swing mini excavators in the 4 to 5 tonne segment from JCB at Intermat, the 8040 ZTS and 8045 ZTS. These have a large cab, fitted with a fully suspended seat as standard. Controls are mounted to the seat, and the whole assemble can be adjusted for maximum comfort and visibility. The machines also have an automatic idle system, which drops the engine revs after four seconds without activity to save on fuel costs.

Doosan Infracore will launch its first zero tail swing mini excavator at Intermat, the 3,65 tonne DX35Z, with other zero tails-wing models to follow. Also in the compact equipment category, the company is adding to its skid-steer loader range with the launch of the 1134 kg capacity 470 Plus model.

Intermat will see Mecalac branch-out further into the midi excavator market with the launch of its 6 tonne 8 MCR crawler machine. Being a Mecalac, there is of course more to the machine than just its digging power. The company's unique boom design means the excavator can also be used as a loader. A front facing bucket can be attached via the quick coupler, and this can be filled from a stock pile, lifted, and discharged at height. This 2 in 1 machine has a hydrostatic drive system, which delivers travel speeds up to 11 km/h.

Mecalac's German subsidiary, Ahlmann will be presenting an enhancement to its AS 90 tele - a wheeled loader with a swivelling, telescopic front end. The machine is now available with an overload alarm and load indicator, similar in style to those used in cranes.

Hyundai is filling a gap in its smaller excavator range with the introduction of the 8 tonne R80-7 midi excavator. The company says the 45,5 kW Yanmar engine makes this the most powerful machine in its class. Despite its compact dimensions, the excavator has a 1 m wide cab, which comes with joystick controls, air conditioning and a radio/cassette player and high-quality seat all as standard.

Like many other mini excavators in the 1,2 to 1,5 tonne category, Bobcat's 1,3 tonne 319 features an variable width undercarriage that can be narrowed to get it through tight spaces, and expanded again for more stability when digging. But what makes Bobcat's machine different is this is a standard feature on the 319 while, according to the company, all other suppliers in Europe only offer it as an option.

The 319 is available with either a canopy - giving it a 1,27 tonne operating weight - or a cab, which takes it up to 1,4 tonnes. Power comes from a 9,9 kW Kubota diesel engine, and the machine offers a dig depth of just over 2 m.

Bobcat has also introduced a new hydraulic breaker, the HB380, which is suitable for excavators up to 1,7 tonnes like the 319. The unit is supplied to Bobcat by Ingersoll Rand sister company Montabert's, and is part of its Silver Clip range of tools for breaking, excavating and compaction.

In the compact tracked loader segment, Bobcat has made changes to its undercarriage designs. It has increased the number of rollers on its T180, T190, T250 and T300 models, and is now using a sealed face design for both rollers and idlers which keeps debris out for a longer service life.

The hydraulic system from the two large machines, the T250 and T300 has now been fitted to the medium frame T140, T180 and T190 models, which has contributed to the +8% increase in bucket breakout forces. All of Bobcat's tracked loaders now feature its &on demand' SmartFAN cooling system, which reacts to the loads placed on it rather than running at a constant speed. This reduces both fuel consumption and noise.

The T180 upwards and skid steer loaders from the S150 upwards now feature Bobcat's selectable joystick control (SJC), a feature that was only previously available on its largest loaders. This rocker switch, which is unique to Bobcat, allows operators to choose between the ISO joystick control pattern and the &H' pattern, allowing the machines to be used by operators familiar with either one of the systems.

Bobcat's parent company, Ingersoll Rand will be launching two new portable compressors at the show, the 7/26E and 7/31E. These can run for longer than their predecessors thanks to a 50 l fuel tank, while a key option is a &bunded base' design to catch any oil, coolant or fuel spills. The compressors provide 2,5 and 3,0 m3/min of air respectively, both at 7 bar.

The GH 3500 is the latest addition to Wacker's range of generators and the company claims that it offers high performance with a risk free safety voltage in a light compact unit. The generator is designed to operate 42V safety voltage devices where a regular power supply is not available. The motor unit is fully enclosed which allows the generator to operate safely in wet environments.

Yuasa Trading will be showing a range of equipment from Yamaguchi (mini dumpers), Morooka (dumpers), Hanta (mini-pavers), Baroness (hammer knife mowers) and Airman (mini excavator). While not all the machines are new in the strictest sense of the word, many will be seen for the first time in Europe at Intermat.

Of the six Yamaguchi walk-behind mini dumpers at the show, the WB06D and the WB06DHL will be seen for the first time in Europe. Both have a payload of 700 kg, and the WB06DHL features a tip height of 1,32 m. The Mooroka tracked dump trucks at Intermat will comprise the 4,3 tonne capacity MST800VD, 6,3 tonne MST1500VD, along with the 2,5 kg 180° swivel tipping MST300VDR. The Airman AX-3 mini excavator series consists of seven models from 1,6 to 4,2 tonnes operating weight, while the AXU-4 short tail-swing models range from 3 to 4,8 tonnes.

Also new is the 6503, a 6,5 tonne wheeled excavator, which boasts a maximum travel speed of 25 km/h. Neuson claims the machine has the largest cab in its class, and is available with air conditioning as an option.

Stability has been increased by +35% compared with its predecessor, and this has helped increase the 6503's lifting capacity. A dozer blade is available as an option, as are twin wheels, which will add to the already stable design that features a hydraulically lockable self-aligning steering axle.

The company also has a new supply agreement with Montabert, which will allow it to supply the Ingersoll Rand company's popular hydraulic breakers under the Neuson brand.

Neuson's parent company meanwhile, the Neuson Kramer Group, has further expanded its range of compact equipment by branching out into the skid steer loader market. The first two models in the range are the 501s (510 kg capacity) and 701s (680 kg capacity), which is also available as a &powerflow' model.

Originally launched in June last year, Intermat will be the first opportunity for many to see the machines. The group acquired the skid steer designs from Belle in the UK, and they still feature the innovative &quattrostatic' drive design, with four separate hydraulic motors - one for each wheel.

Another of the group's subsidiaries, KramerAllrad, will be launching the 750T, a 0,75 m3 bucket telescopic boom compact wheeled loader. With an operating weight of 4,8 tonnes, the 750T can lift 2 tonnes and dump at a height of 2,55 m. In common with all of Kramer's 50 and 80 series machines, the 750T has a rigid, rather than articulated chassis, but four-wheel steering that ensures excellent manoeuvrability.

Kramer has also added telescopic handlers to its range, but more on them in the &lifting' section of our Show Guide.

Ammann-Yanmar will debut its new 1,5 tonne mini excavator, the SV15. This machine has a maximum digging depth of 2 m and will replace the B15-3 series in Europe beginning in July. Also launching at Intermat is the 2,6 tonne, zero tail swing ViO25, the eighth model in the ViO series. A 15,4 kW 3TNV76 engine powers the machine, which digs to a maximum depth of 2,6 m and offers both foot pedal and joystick control of its auxiliary hydraulic circuit.

Road Building & Compaction

It is not just earthmoving equipment that is affected by the new Stage IIIA engine legislation. The laws apply to any construction equipment, so this year's requirements for 130 to 560 kW mean a lot of new large road building machines are being launched at Intermat. There are also many smaller machines coming onto the market at the moment, and many of these will be seen for the first time at the show.

In the paver segment, Ingersoll Rand will be introducing the Titan 7820 at Intermat, a 17,5 tonne machine that can cover widths up to 10 m. Power comes from a Stage IIIA-compliant 170 kW Deutz engine, and the machine also features the latest version of Ingersoll Rand's Electronic Paver Management (EPM) II control system.

Operators will appreciate the clear and logical and intuitive layout of the EPM II control panel and the straightforward menu structure. This all combines to make controlling and steering the paver simpler than ever, and helps the operator concentrate on maximising the quality of the paving job.

Vögele, part of the Wirtgen group is launching new versions of two of its most popular pavers, the Super 1900-2 and Super 2100-2. Now fitted with Stage IIIA Deutz engines, the machines are designed for large paving contracts such as trunk roads, racing circuits and motorways.

Both can lay a mat up to 300 mm thick at 25 m/min. The 1900's maximum working width is 11 m, while the 2100 can do 13 m wide stretches. Operators will appreciate the &ErgoPlus' work station, which provides a comfortable seat with good views of all the key parts of the paver and its work environment. Another novel feature is the hard-top canopy to provide more protection from wind and rain.

Vögele will also be exhibiting its new AB 500-2 extending screed, a 2,55 m basic unit that is hydraulically extendable up to 5 m, and can also take bolt-on sections for a maximum width of 8,5 m. The compact, low noise unit is suitable for standard, wearing course and high compaction applications.

Wirtgen's SP 150 meanwhile is small concrete slipformer for casting offset monolithic elements such as crash barriers and bridge parapets. It has a working width of 1,5 m and a maximum pacing thickness of 900 mm, and is based on the well- proven SP 250.

Marini, part of the Fayat Gorup, will be launching a new track mounted paver finisher. The new MF 223 C is similar to the MF 221 model but features an electric screed instead of a gas heated screed. The MF 223 C has a 35,7 kW engine and a laying capacity of up to 200 tonnes per hour. The application width of the machine can be varied from 1,4 m up to 4 m, using extensions, and has been designed for use on small urban projects, housing estates and narrow streets.

The latest innovation for the road maintenance market from Breining, part of the Fayat Group, is the Slurrypaver which is designed for application of microsurfacing or bituminous slurries. The machine is a replacement for the Slurrymatic and can carry out metering and dosing of materials, mixing and application using a spreader box.

The Slurrypaver is available in three models - the SP 6000, SP 8000 and SP 10000, which can each hold 6000, 8000 and 10000 litres of aggregate, respectively. Each machine can also carry supplies of bitumen emulsion, water, additives and cement.

The trailer part of the Slurrypaver is mounted on three axles and the middle axle can be lifted when unloaded and during application to improve handling. The machine also has a built in GPS system which allows it to record accurate data of the work carried out.

Dynapac will be launching two new tracked paver models in its Svedala Demag range. The DF 45 CS has a maximum working width of 3,1 m and its compact design makes it ideal for use on cycle paths or footpaths, road widening projects and car parks. The paver is powered by a three cylinder Deutz diesel engine which helps to deliver high traction forces, making it ideal for operation on challenging ground conditions. The paver has a 5 tonne capacity hopper and is available with two types of screed - a vibrating EB 27-E screed or a tamping EB 28-E screed.

The larger DF 65 CS is designed to fill the gap between the new DF 45 CS and the existing DF 85 CS and a has a maximum working width of 4,4 m, depending on which screed is fitted. The machine is fitted with a four cylinder Deutz diesel engine and a large capacity 10 tonne hopper. The machine can be specified with either a EB 34V gas heated vibrating screed or a EB 34TV tamping screed which offer basic widths of up to 1,7 m. Mechanical attachments can be used with the TV screeds to reach the 4,4 m maximum working width.

Power Curbers will be displaying its 5700-SUPER-B curb and gutter slipformer on its stand at Intermat. Alongside will be the Power Pavers SF-2700 slipform paver, with a working width up to 9,76 m, with integral curbs on one or both sides. It can also pave depths up to 0,4 m and can vary the depth on the move without interrupting the paving process. According to Power Pavers, the machine's 0,68 m tack clearance gives it one of the narrowest profiles on the market which enables it to move past street furniture more easily.

As well as all these pavers, Intermat will see the launch of numerous rollers and smaller compactors.

Hamm, part of the Wirtgen Group, is expanding its HD series of small, articulated tandem rollers at both ends of the size range. At the small end, it is launching the HD 8 (1,5 tonnes) and HD 10C (1,7 tonnes) models. Both machines suspend the 50 mm offset drums by one side to allow compaction against vertical surfaces, and the 10C (compact) machine has a drum width of 1000 mm. Extending the HD series at the other end of the weight scale is the new, HD 14 (4 tonne) roller. This machine shares the design of the HD 8 but has a 1380 mm roller and a 30 kW, water-cooled HATZ diesel engine.

At the very top of its product size range and launching into Europe is Hamm's HD O 120 V roller, developed for large-scale sites in the US, where the advantages of gentler and more efficient compaction from oscillation are gaining market recognition. The design of the 12 tonne machine's 2 m drum is the only one in the world to have four, not two, eccentric shafts to generate oscillatory compacting forces; otherwise the machine duplicates the HD 120.

Dynapac's stand at Intermat will feature a number new rollers and upgraded models, as well as new innovations. The Dynapac Compaction Analyser now includes GPS which will enable the collected compaction data to be correlated with an exact position on site. Other improvements to the system include an on site calibrating function.

The new CA134 is the smallest of Dynapac's self-propelled soil compactors and features a high torque, low emission engine. The machine is highly manoeuvrable which, according to the manufacturer, makes it ideal for tight trench applications and is likely to be popular with rental companies.

Dynapac has also added another model to its range of small asphalt rollers. The new CC900S is a described as a &single arm model' which means that the right hand side of the drum is clear, allowing it to operate close to a wall or other site obstructions. The 1,6 tonne roller has a drum width of 900 mm and the front and rear drums are also offset by 60 mm.

Dynapac has launched two new 8 tonne class CG tandem rollers which feature a frame without central articulation but with steering on the drums. The CG223HF is fitted with ordinary High Frequency (HF) drums, while the CG233HF is equipped with split HF drums both front and rear.

Dynapac's popular CS141 static roller, which uses the same large drum diameter on all three drums, is now available with a safety cab and the new machine will be on display for the first time at Intermat.

Bomag, part of the Fayat group since early last year, has extended its Series 4 range of light to medium duty tandem rollers with a new model. The 3,2 tonne BW 125 AD-4 is powered by a 25,2 kW water cooled three cylinder Kubota engine which is protected by an impact resistant hood. The roller has a 40 litre diesel tank and 220 litre water tank which allows it to operate non-stop for up to 10 hours per day. It also has a two stage compaction system which allows the frequency to be switched between 50 and 60 Hz.

Bomag has also added to its soil compactor range with the launch of the 35 tonne BC 772 EB with an output of 330 kW. The compactor pushes, distributes and compacts in one movement and has the same dimensions as the existing 29 tonne BC 672 EB but offers more power due to its greater weight.

Bomag is not the only compaction equipment manufacturer to be acquired recently. Amman, for example bough Czech manufacturer Stavostroj around the same time. Intermat will see the company launch its new AP 240 H, a Cummins- powered, 9,9 to 24 tonne, 2042 mm compacting width, pneumatic-tyre roller with hydrostatic drive and removable, 3 m3, 14 tonne ballast.

Also new is the 12,4 tonne ASC 130 single drum compactor, which is based on an existing model fitted with a heavier, 2200 mm wide drum, which vibrates at frequencies of 30 or 36 Hz and amplitudes of 1,0 or 1,9 mm.

Expanding Ammann's offering of tandem, articulated rollers are two 10,3 tonne machines the Cummins-powered AV 110 X and 130 X. Two, independent hydrostatic pumps drive the vibrating rollers of these 1,7 m working width machines.

Toward the small size end of Ammann's tandem vibratory rollers are four models of the AV1-2 models, weighing from 1,45 to 1,65 tonnes. These have received a “face lift” and feature the latest, water-cooled Yanmar diesel engines, roller lining widths from 820 to 1000 mm and total side clearance.

Also providing a tandem configuration of rollers and only slightly lighter is the new Rammax RW 1503 trench roller, available in 630 or 850 mm working widths. A Farymann 43F diesel powers the 1400 kg machine, which offers infra red remote control and cable control versions only.

Wacker will be introducing several new products for the compaction market at this year's Intermat and the largest of these will be the 2,5 tonne class RD 27 series of ride on tandem rollers. The RD 27 will be available in two models - the RD 27-100 has a drum width of 1 m and the RD 27-1200 has a 1,2 m drum.

Both RD 27 models have two vibration frequencies and the exciter frequency of each drum is controlled via the throttle lever and moves the centrifugal force from the high to the low position. According to Wacker, the rollers are ideal for contractors wanting to use the same machine to carry out compaction of the sub base layers at high centrifugal forces and asphalt at lower centrifugal force. Vibration of the drum can also be switched from front only to dual vibration.

Making a world premier at Intermat, Ammann's hand-guided AVH 6030 compactor combines a proven, three-shaft compactor design with the company's compaction expert (ACE) continuous compaction control system. The controller - the first of its type ever, says the company, in a hand-guided machine - in four different modes of operation measures, automatically adjusts, and graphically displays compaction values.

Amman's new Rammax RAV 350-P (and VP) is a compactor attachment for 10 to 20 tonne excavators. The 30 Hz unit weighs 360 (or 760 kg) and features a built-in rotary engine, compact dimensions, and universal connection and hydraulic interfaces.

Dynapac has introduced a new three model range of four stroke petrol powered rammers to its light equipment range. According to Dynapac, it selected the Honda engines for the LT 600, LT 5000 and LT 6000 because of their low emission and low noise levels. The range also includes a narrow handle which is specially designed to help reduce hand and arm vibration.

The range of hand guided and light weight compaction equipment offered by Bomag has been updated with the launch of the first tampers with a four stroke petrol engine. The new range Bomag 4 tampers have operating weights in the 62 to 68 kg range.

Wacker's compaction range now includes the DPU 7060SC vibratory plate which features the SmartControl system that is designed to boost safety and improve efficiency. The system switches the machine into standby mode as soon as the operator releases the remote control. Once in standby the engine switches to idle and ceases all motion and vibration and after an hour in standby the machine will shut down completely.

Wacker has also developed a system to couple two or three of its DPU 100-70 remote controlled vibratory plates together. According to the company, the coupled plates combine the manoeuvrability of vibratory plates with the performance of a roller and three coupled unit can deliver the same power as a 7,5 tonne roller.

Milling Machines

An interesting change following Fayat's acquisition of Bomag is that the group's cold milling machines have switched brand from Marini to Bomag. According to Bomag, pavers will be the next machines to be transferred to the Bomag name and are expected to be unveiled at Bauma 2007 in Munich, Germany.

Bomag now offers four models of cold milling machines. The 223 kW BM 300/100 is designed for inner city areas with its 1 m working width. The BM300/130 a 1,3 m cutting drum and is mounted on four steerable tracks and has a folding conveyor belt at the front end.

The new Bomag range also includes two larger models - the BM 500/200 and BM 600/200. Both machines have a working width of 2 m and are designed for use on reconstruction work on major roads and motorways with 372 and 447 kW engines respectively.

Bomag's upgraded MPH 122 stabiliser/recycler now has a 360 kW water cooled Deutz engine. The working width of the machine is 2,33 m and depth is 0,5 m and it now includes an electronic output control system which allows it to be run continuously at maximum output without risk of overload.

The company used the design of the MPH 122 to develop a larger stabiliser/recycler, the MPH 125. It has the same working width and depth to the MPH 122 but is powered by a more powerful Deutz engine rated at 440 kW, which also delivers more torque. Both machines give users the option of adding water, bitumen emulsion or foamed bitumen manually or through a speed- dependent automatic dosing system.

Wirtgen's new WR 2400 is an all-round machine capable of soil stabilisation work as well as the cold recycling of asphalt roads. Based on the company's WR 2000, the new model has a 2,4 m working width, all-wheel hydrostatic drive and four steering modes for good manoeuvrability.

A key technical advance is Wirtgen's &glide' chassis. The four wheels are supported by four individual lifting columns that react dynamically to dips and bumps in the ground to keep the machine's working depth constant. The WR 2400 also includes a new injection system for precise measurement mix ingredients, be it water, emulsion, foamed bitumen or cement slurry.

Dynapac is introducing four new cold planners - the PL500/16 S, PL500/20 S, PL600/30 S and PL 1000 RS - at the exhibition. The new models fill the gap in the current range between the 350 mm working width of the PL 350 S and the 2 m plus working width of the PL 2000 series.

The PL 1000 RS is the largest of the new machines with a working width of 1 m and a cutting depth of 250 mm and is designed for milling either concrete or asphalt pavements. The four wheel drive machine is equipped with a mechanically driven cutting drum powered by a 129 kW six cylinder Cummins engine. The rear discharge system can be removed for working in confined areas and the right rear leg can be folded in for cutting alongside curbs.

The PL 500/16 S, PL500/20 S and PL600/30 S have offer working widths of 500, 500 and 600 mm and cutting depths of between 160, 200 and 300 mm respectively. All three are also powered by Cummins engines and feature large fuel and water tanks to allow for long periods of continuous operation.

Panien has added two new spreaders, the EpandoMix and EpandoMix Super, which can beused with the company's range of Challenger stabilisers. Both models are designed to either spread a powder binder or can be used to mix the binder with water before spreading on sites where dust suppression is needed.

The smaller EpandoMix has a 17 m3 binder tank, 7000 litre water tank and a spreading width of 2,4 m. The machine's spreading rate is proportional to its speed and can be adjusted from 3 to 60 kg/m2. The EpandoMix is mounted on a three axle chassis and is powered by a 310 hp (233 kW) six cylinder Renault engine and is designed to be driven to site and can then be towed and operated from the cab of the stabiliser.

The EpandoMix Super is trailer mounted and can be towed to site by a standard tractor unit and can then be transferred onto a dolly on site and operated by the stabiliser unit. The machine has a similar performance to the EpandoMix but has a larger 12500 litre water tank and a 30 m3 binder tank which makes it ideal for larger sites.

Mixing Plants

Ammann's exhibit will include the brand new SIM SpeedyBatch asphalt plant, which has a maximum capacity of 210 tonne per hour, suits a site location on soil compacted to 2,5 kg/cm2, and can be erected in one week.

Meanwhile, mobility and site flexibility are key benefits of Amman's wheel-mounted, 200 tonnes per hour capacity BlackMove asphalt mixing plant. Five compact-dimensioned, low axle-loading trailers carry the basic version of this plant for transport and set up, without a crane, in a day.

Also a new at Intermat will be the ContiMix 200, a wheel-mounted, mobile, continuous asphalt mixing plant - the world's first, says Ammann. The unit includes many components of the company's BlackMove plant and has a twin-shaft paddle mixer with an output of 200 tonne/hr.

New and “extremely” reasonably priced at less than €1 million to attract “starter” customers is the 160 tonne/hr capacity JustBlack mixing plant. Its design limits customer options but includes core elements identical to other Ammann mixing plants, modular of components for shipping ease, and a two-week installation time.

The Fayat Group will be launching the first in a new range of Top Tower asphalt batching plants at Intermat and will followed in 2007 by another two models. The generic base model 160/200 tonne per hour Top Tower which will be on display at Intermat can be customised and adapted to suit a customer's individual needs. The plant features a 2,5 tonne mixer and can be specified as an in-line or &L' shaped system. It is factory pre-wired and pre-assembled to reduce on-site set up times.

As far as materials themselves are concerned Fairco is launching its low-energy asphalt, which the company says matches the price and performance of traditional hot-mixes. Fairco says its market attraction is the reduced (-50%) energy consumption of its 100° C manufacturing process.

In the testing segment, Controls will show its 81-B0143 automatic ring and ball apparatus for determining the softening point of bitumen. A microprocessor system controls the temperature gradient and the position of the test specimens, which is monitored via an optical sensor, and records and displays the temperature of the test medium (water or glycerine) in real time.

Lifting Equipment

New in the LTM series of wheeled telescopic mobile cranes are the 40 tonne capacity LTM 1040-2.1 and the five axle, 160 tonne capacity LTM 1160-5.1. Both have Stage IIIA Liebherr, and the company claims the 40 tonner is the most powerful two axle crane on the market. It has a four section 35 m boom and the addition of the 9.5 m folding fly jib gives a maximum lifting height of 45 m and maximum working radius of 39 m.

The 160 tonner has a 62 m, six section telescopic main boom, which is 6 m longer than on its predecessor, the LTM 1150-5.1. Adding the 7 m lattice extension, 12,2 to 22 m folding fly jib and two 7 m intermediate sections gives a maximum tip height of 93 m.

Also making its debut is a new modular range of flat top tower cranes. The 13 new models of the EC-B series are rated between 50 and 280 tonne-metres. Maximum loads are 5 to 12 tonnes and jib lengths are up to 75 m. The tower heads have integral hoisting and slewing gear, slew ring support, electrical cabinet and operator cabin. On the 71 EC-B 5, the pre-assembled head is 2,5 m high and weighs 3,3 tonnes, which means it can be transported upright and installed in one piece.

Manitowoc Crane Group (MCG) will show 11 products from its Grove mobile, Manitowoc crawler and Potain tower crane ranges, seven of which will be seen for the first time in Europe. From the crawler line Manitowoc will display the Model 16000 for the first time outside the US. Maximum lifting capacity is 400 tonnes and the maximum radius on heavy-lift main boom is 96 m. The maximum main boom and luffing jib combination length is 132 m, using an optional 84 m luffing jib. A popular feature is the optional 95 tonne capacity, pin-on jib designed for wind turbine erection and similar applications.

The three new Grove all-terrains are the GMK2035E, GMK4080-1 and GMK5220. Largest of the new models is the 220 tonne five axle GMK5220, with a 68 m boom. New in the four-axle category is the 80 tonne capacity GMK4080-1 with six section 51 m boom, while the two axle GMK2035E has a 35 tonne rated capacity.

Of the three self erecting Potain Igo models on show, the Igo 11 and Igo 22 are new while the Igo 50 is an existing model and the largest in the series. Also new are the Dialog Wind Igo and Top Zone operating technologies. The Igo 22 has either a 26 m or a 28 m jib with 1 tonne and 850 kg capacity, respectively, at maximum radius. Maximum capacity of the Igo 11 is 1,3 tonnes, capacity at the end of its 18 m jib is 650 kg and maximum height under hook is 16 m.

A pair of new lattice boom crawler cranes for the European market will be on show. The SCX2500-2 is a 250 tonner and the SCX800 HD-2 is an 80 tonne capacity heavy duty model. Changes for Europe include the cabin layout with different types of operating levers.

Of the four lattice boom crawler cranes on show on Kobelco's stand, the star will be the new 250 tonne capacity CKE2500-2. The new model is successor to what the manufacturer claims is the world's best selling 250 tonner, the CKE2500 (more than 220 units sold in the last five years).

Terex promises Intermat visitors a wide range of products, including tower cranes, wheeled telescopic all terrain and rough terrain mobiles. Making its debut from will be the 55 tonne capacity, three axle AC 55-1. The new boom telescoping system means a lower axle load and better lifting capacity. With the main boom extended to 40 m and set at a 10 m radius, Terex says the increase in lifting capacity is more than +20%.

Dominating Sennebogen's display will be the 180 tonne capacity 5500 Starlifter lattice and 40 tonne capacity 630 HD telescopic crawler cranes. The Compact Line series is also new and starts with the 608 Multicrane, a multipurpose machine with telescopic boom and continuous slewing. It can be used with a hook and winch, with forks, with a personnel basket or as an excavator, Sennebogen says. The five section boom reduces front and rear overhang when stowed and is designed to cope with continuous use on heavy rubble. Compactness (4,86 m long, 2,55 m wide and 3 m high) and manoeuvrability are primary features.

French safety system manufacturer Ascorel, now under new ownership, is introducing a range of products that includes the MC320 safe load indicator for mobile cranes and the MC600 anti collision system for tower cranes. The company's stand will also feature Hetronic's radio remote control systems, including the all-digital BMS-2, which can have up to eight proportional and 12 on/off outputs.

SMIE's stand will include new anti-collision systems for cranes and a multi-function display with memory and zoning functions. The AC 243 is a new (third) generation anti-collision and work area zoning system for tower cranes. Improvements over its AC 30 predecessor include more flexibility and improved capabilities, for example, better braking and higher operator productivity.

Also new is the DLZ 341 multi-function display, data recorder and zoning unit. This operator-programmable unit has a “black box” recording function (data is stored on an SD type flash memory card) and can be used for zoning.

New products on show from AGS include an anemometer, obstruction lighting equipment, and an anti-collision system. Designed to withstand repeated mounting and removal, the AN3 anemometer has a solid state sensor and a life time warranty.

The SF3 obstruction lighting comes as a kit that includes everything needed to install red warning beacons on the top of tower cranes. The beacon has LEDs for low power consumption, a battery that gives up to 72 hours of backup power if the mains supply fails, and all cabling is included.

Also new is the AC3 anti-collision system for tower cranes. The encoder for jib position has a gear that meshes directly with the teeth of the slew ring and the system is universal in that it can be fitted to all tower cranes, AGS says. For set up the number of slew ring teeth is entered via a dipswitch on the end of the encoder and, the company says, a computer is not needed to programme the system.

Telehandlers

Kramer has added telescopic handlers to its portfolio, thanks to a partnership with Claas. The series will eventually range from 6 to 17 m, but the first two models available are 6 and 7 m lift height machines. JLG will show a special compact version of its 266 model, called the Lo-Pro 266. This will be under 2 m high, compared to the 2,2 m height of the standard model. Another innovation for Europe is the T500J trailer mount featuring for the first time a &drive and set' feature, offering automatic outrigger levelling.

Manitou will unveil its new MRT 3050 which the company claims is the tallest rotating telescopic platform and will be commercially available from the end of this year. The new machine offers all terrain performance as well as lift heights of up to 30 m and is capable of carrying loads of up to 5 tonnes using a fork attachment.

Fitting of different attachments will enable the MRT 3050 to be used for materials handling, as a lift platform or as a crane. Use of a hanging 3D platform means that a working height of 40 m can be attained and the machine can also be controlled by remote-control. The machine also features Manitou's pentagonal boom which helps increase rigidity and ensures each element of the telescopic arm is centred for locking.

An upgraded version of the Buggiscopic telehandler will also be on display for the first time and will be named the Buggiscopic Evolution. The revised machine features a new drive train, a new more ergonomically designed control lever and a new 38 kW Perkins engine which offers +25% more power.

The Evolution will be available in two models the 2 tonne BT 420 which is fitted with a fast fit carriage for multi-functionality and the 2,5 tonne BT 425 which has an industrial carriage for great capacity. Both models offer an outreach of 1,5 m at a height of 4 m and have an overall width of less than 1,5 m.

Manitou's Twisco range has been improved and the SLT 415B has been replaced by the SLT 420 B which has a lifting capacity of 2 tonnes to a height of 4 m instead of the previous 1,5 tonne operating limit but still retains a compact design. Manitou has achieved the capacity increase by adding a rear counterweight, fitting a new Perkins engine with +25% more power and increasing the hydraulic capacity of the forks.

The new model is also fitted with wider tyres but the 1,66 m width, 1,9 m height and 2,22 m turning circle of the previous model remain unchanged. The SLT 420 B will also be available with an enclosed cab and this option will also be available on other models in the Twisco range.

Manitou will unveil its new three model MT 14 telescopic handler range, which replaces the Maniscopic MT 13 range, at this year's Intermat. All three models will offer a lift heights of 13,6 m and be able to extend a pallet up to 9,5 m in front of their wheels.

The new range will be fitted with a double cross gate lever as standard, which allows the operator to control all movements with one hand. The MT 1435 SL and MT 1440 SLT are both fitted with a torque converter transmission and offer lifting capacities of 3,5 and 4 tonnes, respectively. The MT1435 HSLT has a hydrostatic transmission and also offers a lifting capacity of 3,5 tonnes.

Powered Access

The company is also adding to its electric powered range of Maniaccess articulating, self-propelled access platforms. The new models comprise compact &C' versions and bigger &L' versions of its 12 and 15 m machines. The compact 120 AETJ C and 150 AETJ C models have chassis widths of 1,2 m and 1,5 m, respectively, and the larger versions have widths of 1,5 m and 1,75 m. Both compact machines feature &3D' jibs, with rotating baskets and jibs.

Another addition to the electric range is Manitou's first 17 m working height electric model, the 170 AETJ L, which has a maximum outreach of 9,4 m and 1,75 m chassis width. Manitou will also show a selection of its electric scissor models at Intermat.

JLG will show 20 machines on its stand, designed to illustrate the breadth of product offering from the company. There are no product launches in the self-propelled boom areas, but JLG will have on its stand further models from the Liftlux range of scissors it acquired from Manitowoc in 2004. This may include the massive 32 m platform height model - one of the largest scissors in the world - but failing that certainly a 26 m model.

New from the Toucan range of self-propelled, vertical mast platforms built in France will be a modified version of the 6 m platform height Toucan model, which will weigh 750 kg rather than the 950 kg of the standard model. This has been designed for applications where low floor loadings are required.

Intermat will see more new products from Haulotte Group following its major launch programme at the APEX exhibition last September. The main attraction will be the new 43 m working height telescopic boom, the H 43 TPX, which joins the 41 m articulated model introduced last year. The company also adds 16 m and 20 m working height telescopic boom truck mounted platforms to the 18 m unit first seen at APEX.

The company will show its recently introduced range of SXL diesel scissors with working heights of 12 m, 15 m and 18 m; the new Star and Quick Up ranges of vertical mast access products; and the 26 m HA 260 PX articulating boom.

Non - access equipment is becoming more important for the group. It already makes telehandlers through its joint venture with Italy's Faresin, as well as its self-propelled Easy Crane models, but is now adding the Multijob MJX 900, a 360 degree rotation machine offering telescopic loader, full-rotation excavator, four drive and steering wheels.

Hinowa goes up a size with its new 19,5 m working height Lightlift 19.65 model to be launched at Intermat. The company says the use of high strength steel minimises both the platform's weight and its dimensions: it weighs 2000 kg and has stowed dimensions of 0,76 m (W) by 2,1 m (H). Mounted on a crawler chassis with four articulated outriggers, the platform is powered by an 11 kw Honda engine. Hinowa also makes 12 and 14 m working height models.

Palfinger will be exhibiting two machines from its aerial work platform ranges at Intermat. The Bison Palfinger PA 20 T, which is designed to be mounted on a 3,5 tonne chassis, has a working height of 20 m and allows a lateral working range of between 11 and 15 m. Also on display will be the Bison Palfinger TKA 47 KS which has a telescopic job boom and a maximum horizontal working range of 35 m.

Canadian mast climber manufacturer Fraco, which has a sales and rental office in France, will show its new FRS-1500 platform, a small, road-towable platform that uses a lightweight triangular mast section and is powered either by a mains supply or by a generator on the platform. The climber is described as ideal for light-duty applications, and is a smaller alternative to Fraco's ACT and 3000 mast climbers.

The single-mast platform has a carrying capacity of 680 kg, a lifting speed of 4,2 m/min and a maximum platform length of 8,5 m. The platform can be assembled by hand by a single person in 30 minutes and will rise to a maximum 11 m freestanding height, thereafter requiring anchors at 6 m intervals.

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) will have its most ambitious display ever at Intermat, with a 1000 m2 demonstration area being used “to make people really think about working at height safely,” according to IPAF managing director Tim Whiteman.

The IPAF stand is actually one of seven &Special Event Areas' designated by the Intermat organisers, and is located in exhibition area E9 between the two equipment demonstration zones. IPAF promises that the live demonstrations “will be a crowd stopper, promising great fun, but also with a serious message that if you need to work at height, you should be properly trained.” Featuring in the show will be Oliver Fabre, the French/Swiss world sky diving record holder.

Concrete Equipment

Putzmeister's M 20-4 ZR is a compact truck-mounted concrete pump is designed for use on cramped urban sites, or in tunnels. The boom is of a &Z roll and fold' design that allows it to be deployed in with just 3,9 m of headroom, but its the 20 m height still allows the boom to reach up 6 storeys, from which concrete can be placed over a wide area with additional pipes. The 2,5 m wide truck's footprint expands to just 3,4 m with the outriggers out.

The concrete boom has a 125 mm delivery line as standard, in a particularly hard-wearing, 2-layer design. The core pump recommended by Putzmeister is an aggregate with a 1400 mm stroke and 230 mm delivery cylinder diameter, which is designed for delivery rates of up to 90 m3/h or pump pressure up to 78 bar.

The company will also introduce the new 40 m class M 42-5 truck-mounted concrete pump, at Intermat. The 5-section boom machine complements the M 42-4 model, which until now has been extremely successful in this market segment. The step from the four-arm to the five-arm adds extra weight, but Putzmeister has kept this compact 4-axle machine below 33 tonnes, and under 11,6 m long.

The boom is a rolling Z fold design, making it more flexible than a 4-section units, and effectively allowing it to be used to greater heights. The unfolding height is just 8,6 m, and the support width is only 7,9 m front and rear with the outriggers fully deployed. This can be reduced to 5,1 m (front) and 5,8 m (rear) with Putzmeister's one-side-support system in operation.

In terms of specialist technology, Putzmeister will be showing its Ergonic Boom Control (EBC) system. This actively damps-out boom vibrations during delivery, helping to keep the end of the hose still and at a constant height. This also allows the required working area of the boom to be reduced, and helps prevents accidents and collisions with walls and ceilings etc. during pumping. The company's Ergonic Output Control (EOC) system helps reduce fuel consumption by keeping engine revs to the minimum required during pumping.

Cifa has redesigned and expanded its SL series of truck mixers to include three models - the new SL7 and SL8 and upgraded SL9. The weight of the mixers, compared with the original SL9, has been reduced to maximise the concrete carrying capacity without impacting on the overall weight.

Cifa's stand will also feature the latest design of the Magnum MK28L truck mixer pump. The overall weight of this new model has also been reduced and the rigidity of the frame has been increased. Stability of the new model has also been boosted with new front stabilisers and fixed rear extension stabilisers. The truck is available with Cifa's standard PB607 pumping unit or can be fitted with the company's new PB807 unit which features a 177 mm valve.

The company's latest truck mounted concrete pumps and booms - the KL37 and K52 L - will also be on display for the first time. The KL37 is a smaller version of Cifa's K41 and the lightweight machine features a five section 37 m RZ folding boom mounted on a three axle truck with a 4,1 m wheel base.

The new K52 L has a six section 52 m RZ folding boom which folds over the top of the truck's cab to save space. The machine can be mounted on a four or five axle truck to give and overall weight of less than 44 tonnes or less than 48 tonnes, respectively.

Italian concrete equipment manufacturer Imer will be showing a range of new products at this year's Intermat, including three new floor-screed conveyors, the electric Mover 190E and 270E (650 and 750 kg with bucket respectively), and the diesel 270D (750 kg with bucket).

With capacities ranging from 190 to 270 litres all three include an automatic pumping cycle, easy to use controls, simple service and maintenance requirements, and a 65° tilting loading bucket.

The electric-powered, single-phase Mover 190 and three-phase 270 require an external compressor, while the diesel-powered 270D has a built-in compressor (4500 and 5200 litres/minute) with direct drive for lower wear and higher performance. Its low rpm (from 2400 to 2800) gives an almost noiseless operation and low fuel consumption.

Also on the stand will be Imer's new electric Koine mortar and plaster sprayers. The single- phase Koine 3 and three-phase Koine 4 and 5, have been developed to spray premixed cement, mortar and gypsum.

The Koine 3 has a control panel with inverter, with three selectable speeds giving a material flow rate of 8, 11 and 15 litres/minute. The three-phase Koine 4 and Koine 5 models have a material flow rate of 22 litres/minute.

At 680 and 730 mm wide respectively both machines are suitable for working in cramped conditions and can pass through a standard doorframe easily. The standard water pump is self-priming, with stainless steel casing and brass impeller for high performance.

Elsewhere on the stand visitors will be able to see Imer's hydraulically operated screw pumps. The Silent 300 is designed for pumping and spraying premixed and conventional mortars, while the Silent 300 A is suitable for conveying self-levelling floor-screed.

Both models use a water-cooled diesel engine, which operates at a low rpm for lower noise level, wear and fuel consumption. A hydraulic pump drives the screw, with variable displacement for lower oil heating and higher performance.

The Silent 300 has a built-in air compressor and a 180-litre mixer with horizontal shaft and fluid power system for both rotation and tilting. Both models are road-towable.

Also on show will be Imer's Small 50 screw pump. Features include a 0,8 to 14,1 litre/minute pump, which enables the Small 50 to mix and spray conventional and premixed materials up to a maximum grain size of 6 mm.

Imer's concrete machinery division will be showing its iMix plant with radius lifting arm, the ORU Zenith tower plants, the ORU MS range of planetary mixers and the L&T range of truck mixers, pumps and belt conveyors.

The iMix 750, seen in prototype at last year's SAIE exhibition in October, is a compact concrete mixing plant. The monobloc version is just 2,6 m long, 2,4 m wide and 2,5 m high. As its name suggests, the 750 has a maximum loading capacity of 750 litres. The structure of the iMix's batching hopper makes it possible to obtain a considerably homogeneous mix quickly for a maximum production rate of 20 m3/hour. Other features include the single-shaft ORU MX mixer, with steel sheet mixing case supported by two, four wheel axles operated by two hydraulic cylinders.

The ORU MX uses Imer's TWIXER mixing system. Its helix-shaped paddles create a flow and backflow that lifts that turns the material continuously, while moving the material from left to right.

Liebherr's stand will feature its new semi-trailer concrete truck mixer. A new frame design has helped boost rigidity and reduce weight, and Liebherr will be offering 9 to 15 m3 capacity mixers in this semi-trailer configuration. One of the key advantages of semi-trailer truck mixers is of course that the truck/tractor unit can be used for other duties. There are also advantages of lower axles loads.

Baryval Serviplem new 38 m3 dry bulk tank has yet to be given a model name but the tank will be on display at the show, along with full details of the specification.

Baryval Serviplem is also remaining tight lipped about its new semi-trailer truck mixer but has said that the design optimises the vehicle's road performance and safety. Upgraded versions of the company's two 9 m3 truck mixers will also be exhibited on the company's stand.

Couvrot will be exhibiting three new products - the Dinamix, the Klever and the Master Mix - on its stand at Intermat. The Dinamix is a range of planetary type concrete mixers with an output range of between 1 and 4 m3 which are designed for use on industrial and ready mixed concrete batching plants. The mixers feature an auto-washing system to prolong the life of the machine and have a built in rotating microwave moisture probe to guarantee the concrete's water content.

The Dinamix's water inlet is in the centre of the mixer for better mixing, even with low water pressure, and has a multi drive motor to ease the effort of spreading and make starting and stopping the mixer between each production phase easier. The Dinamix range features three or four wide side service doors, depending on the model, to improve safety and allow easy access during maintenance.

The Couvrot Klever is a new data collection and control system for concrete batching plants which coordinates and records the various different operations. The data stored in the system helps operators to give accurate information about each batch and monitoring the performance of the plant can help to predict when maintenance will be required to avoid breakdowns.

Couvrot's new Master Mix batching plant, which can be used in combination with both the Dinamix and the Klever, is designed for use either as a mobile or stationary plant. The plant include a number of new safety innovations including wider stairs with landings, anti-slip walkways and higher than standard railings.

Mek-Tek will be exhibiting the new compact version of the MBPR mobile concrete batching plant. The MBP4R has a capacity of between 4 and 5 m3, depending on aggregate density, and is designed for on site mixing of precise quantities of concrete on demand.

According to Mek-Tek, the new model was developed in response to demand from existing customers for a more compact version of the company's 10 m3 model. The MBP4R is mounted on a two axle chassis which makes it highly manoeuvrable and ideal for small construction sites.

Test equipment manufacturer Controls will be presenting its Automax 5 machine for compression testing. This automatic machine shows the load/time graph and load gradient in real time, and the data can be downloaded to a PC or printer. The model on display at Intermat will be the 2000 kN 50-C46V2 for tests on cylinders up to 160 mm diameter by 320 mm and on cubes up to 200 mm.

Under the banner “Productivity and safety” formwork manufacturer Outinord will be showing two new products, its BHP shuttering and CPH external wall work platform.

The BHP shuttering, part of Outinord's range of tunnel formwork, is designed to be used on high rise structures and is able to withstand great pressure, 15 tonnes/m2 with only four ties per 7 m2 panel.

The benefits of the tunnel system panels include extreme durability, easy to move, set up and dismantle. It readily accommodates door and window openings, plumbing, electric and built-in embeds, while being dimensional accurate to within 1 mm, all of which, says the company, gives greater productivity on site.

Outinord's new CPH cantilevered external work platform combines improved safety with ease of erection and mobility. Adjusting the modular platform takes place on the ground while the legs expand to 3,25 m down the wall for added stability during working.

The platform is available in lengths of 1,7, 2 and 3 m and it is possible to combine them for a maximum length of 11 m. According to the company, once assembled no special equipment is needed during moving by crane.

Wacker's new hybrid heads for its HMS internal vibrator system will be launched in Europe at the exhibition. According to Wacker, the shape of the new heads helps create high amplitude vibrations which provide excellent concrete consolidation and movement.

Wacker will also be launching a new low noise vibratory table for the pre-cast concrete market. The CS 36 table has been designed to effectively compact concrete during the casting process by optimal positioning of Wacker external vibrators. Noise emissions have also been reduced by mounting the table on a concrete pedestal and insulating layer.

Wacker's new CT series of walk behind trowels have a variable rotor speed of 60 to 125 rpm and are designed to carry out the entire screeding process from power floating through finishing. The trowels range in power from 4,1 to 6,5 kW and are available in two sizes - 915 mm or 1220 mm diameter.

Also new for the concrete market from Wacker is the SV system of fasteners for external vibration on formwork which eliminates the need for welding of external vibrator supports onto formwork. The range includes four different fixings and, according to Wacker, the system will help save time on site as the fasteners can be repositioned and reused.

Wacker has launched a new range of immersion pumps which feature separated pump and drive units. The PF 3 is available in several specifications but all feature the same 6 m long flexible intake shaft and are powered by a 5 kW motor. The PF 3P model has a specially developed oil seal and a hardened cast iron impellor to extend the pump's service life and the PF 3S6 has two bearings in the hose and an extra oil seal to increase the stability and lifespan of the shaft.

Drilling, Crushing and Screening

Metso Minerals will be unveiling the first models from its new range of Locotrack track-mounted mobile crushers. Now fitted with Stage IIIA compliant engines, the company will present two jaw crusher models and two impact crusher machines, all weighing 60 to 70 tonnes. The machines feature Metso Minerals' IC 700 intelligent control system for optimizing crushing operations and material flow through the machine.

The company will also be launching the new Nordberg HP4 range of cone crushers at Intermat. Designed for heavy-duty applications, the units are rated at 300 kW and feature a large stroke, an anti spin device, improved tramp release design, simplified liner replacement and high reduction ratios - all within a small footprint.

Other exhibits on Metso Minerals' stand will include its new Trellex LS300 modular screening system (see October 2005 edition) and displays covering the company's comprehensive range of support and service packages.

New to the crushing and screening market is Sandvik's CM4800i, the second unit in its &intelligent' range of Crawlmaster mobile crushers. This secondary unit features a high capacity H4800 Hydrocone cone crusher, augmented by the company's intelligent control system, which monitors operating parameters and the flow of material through the machine to ensure maximum productivity.

As far as wear protection is concerned, the company will be exhibiting a new modular system made out of dual harness rubber, alongside a telescopic chute.

Extec will be debuting a new product at this year's Intermat which the company claims will revolutionise the industry but full details of the launch will not be available until the exhibition. Alongside the new product will be Extec established C series jaw crushers, the Impactor, S5 Double screen and E7 screener.

Pride of place on the Kleeman stand will go the updated Mobirex MRS 130, which offers improved efficiency and reliability allied to lower operating costs. With a feed width of 1,3 m and a throughput in excess of 350 tonnes/hour, the unit can be used for applications crushing natural stone as well as for recycling.

The MRS 130 is fitted with an SHB impact crusher that offers optimal performance with low wear rates, with all crushing operating settings being made at the push of a button. Rotor speed is variable and can be adjusted according to the specific job conditions. The base unit weighs in a 45 tonnes, allowing for easy road transportation. The company will also be presenting its other mobile impact and jaw crushers with throughputs up to 1000 tonnes/hour.

Two new ranges of secondary impact crushers will be on the Hazemag stand in the shape of the Allpactor APK and APKna. The new, patent pending units feature a number of innovations, including standardised crusher bodies that allow a wide range of materials to be processed. Safety concerns have also been addressed, with most adjustments being carried out from the side, thereby avoiding the need for the operator to work on the top of the machine.

Krupp Hazemag provides crushing installations for the treatment and handling of materials in a wide range of applications, including quarries, sand pits, cement factories and recycling.

Belgian company Magotteaux targets Europe with its latest model of impactor crusher, the mobile MAG'Impact II, launched in the UK at the Hillhead show in 2005. Available in three models spanning 110 to 500 kW of available power, the crusher features the metal/ceramic matrix composite wear parts that the company also manufactures and sells.

An interesting development in the market over recent years has been the emergence of loader-and excavator-mounted crusher buckets, and there will be several new models on show at Intermat. Mecchanica Breganzese will show its three model range of crushing bucket attachments, the BF 70.2, BF 90.3 and the BF 120.4. The BF 70.2, for example, weighs in at 2200 kg, has a capacity of 0,5 m3 and is intended for use on excavators weighing above 12 tonnes.

Allu will show its third generation of screener crushers, the Allu SC product line. These can be mounted on excavators from 8 to 25 tonnes and wheeled loaders from 5 to 14 tonnes. Eight models make up the range (SC 2-10, SC 2-15, SC2-20, SC 3-10, SC 3-15, SC 3-20 and SC 3-25), with capacities ranging from 0,45 m3 to 1,90 m3.

Drilling

The new SmartRig ROC D7C will be unveiled for drilling applications - Atlas Copco claims that this is the most &intelligent' unit of its kind, as well as being the first &silenced' rig in the world. It will be joined by the Rocket Boomer E2, which is a drill rig for tunnelling applications, with rock tools mounted on its two booms. A third new rig will also be present, the ECM-720 surface crawler launched at the end of 2005.

Pride of place in the rock drilling tools on show will go the new ThunderRod T60 from Atlas Copco Secorec. This is a heavy duty 60 mm drill string system for tophammer drilling designed to improve hole straightness, penetration rate and service life. Also on show for rock tools will be Secorec's Grin Matic Jazz, a rig-mounted grinder that allows tools to be reground on site.

Sandvik Mining & construction will launch new its Alpha 250 rock drill package at Intermat. The rod and bit systems are designed for small blast hole drilling applications (35 to 45 mm diameter) in urban applications, and feature a more robust connection between rod and bit that helps ensure straighter holes. Also new is Alpha 280, for 43 to 51 mm holes.

New for Sandvik Tamrock's tophammer surface drilling rigs is the SanRemo data collection system, which comprises a data collection module and GPS tracker. This allows users to monitor a rig's performance and position remotely, and analyse parameters such as drilling performance to help increase utilisation.

New in the down the hole (DTH) drilling sector is Sandvik's Titon 405 rig, which features a Stage IIIA caterpillar C11 engine. A new long boom gives four times more coverage than the previous model, which translates to more productivity, because less time is lost repositioning the rig.

In underground applications, Sandvik has introduced the new TRH rod handling system for its tunnelling jumbos. This will help speed up probing and grouting work by changing rods automatically, and also means this can be done more safely, with no need for the operator to leave the cab.

Foundations & Underground

Foundation equipment supplier PTC, which is part of the Fayat Group, will be launching its new 30HV Vibrodriver which enables almost any carrier to drive sheet piles, including telescopic boom cranes. The Vibrodriver can also be specified with the Vibmaster system which helps control the levels of vibration transmitted to the surrounding environment. Use of the Vibmaster means that sheet piles can be driven close to buildings with minimal disruption.

Italian drill rig manufacturer Fraste will be showing three new products at Intermat, the Multidrill XL-Max drilling rig, the MITO 60 foundation rig and its casing rotary table. While the compact Multidrill XL-Max's modular design means customers can have a bespoke unit standard features include direct and reverse circulation drilling, ease of switching from one system to another in a short time, a strong steel main frame mounted on a steel crawler carrier - although rubber tracks are available as an option.

The new MITO 60 is for use civil engineering applications, including anchoring, ground consolidation, exploration and diamond coring. The 104 kW John Deere diesel engine drives the load sensing hydraulic system, while different types of rotary heads are available for air/mud circulation, core drilling and roto-percussion drilling (drifter).

Also on show will be Fraste's “stand alone” casing pipe rotary table, which can be attached to almost any rig. It features a crown wheel rotation, driven by two hydraulic motors, that significantly reduces slewing wear and makes maintenance and operation easier. Clamping diameters available run from 220 to 420 mm.

Astec Underground will be promoting three of the latest additions to its horizontal directional drilling (HDD) EarthPro range at this year's Intermat.

The largest of the three is the 9,8 tonne DD-3238 which offers 14,5 tonnes of thrust and up to 5152 Nm of rotary torque. The rig is powered by a 93 kW John Deere diesel engine which delivers a rotary speeds of up to 225 rpm

Astec says the 3,85 tonne DD-1215 combines the power and features of a larger rig with mobility and flexibility. Like the DD-3238, the DD-1215 has a dual rack and pinion carriage drive but delivers 5,45 tonnes of thrust and 2034 Nm of rotary torque. The rig is powered by a 48,5 kW Cummins B3.3C diesel engine.

At 1,2 tonnes, the DD-65 MiniMax is the smallest of the three rigs and is designed for sites with restricted access or limited working room. It is powered by a 19 kW Caterpillar engine and delivers 2,72 tonnes of thrust and 678 Nm of rotary torque.

Wirth's stand at Intermat will include the debut of a new piece of equipment for the foundation market but further details were not available as CE went to press.

Specialising in the supply of mobile equipment and machines for use in underground mining and tunnelling applications, Normet will be premiering a new concrete sprayer for tunnel construction work, the Spraymec 9150 WPC EVO, which joins the three other Spraymec sprayers in the range. The new unit is suitable for use in tunnels with profiles from 15 m2 to 200 m2 as well as large underground spaces, and has a capacity of up to 33m3/hr. It is ideal for pumping high quality low water content concrete mixes.

Engines, Components and Consumables

Stage IIIA is the driving force behind every engine manufacturer's exhibit at Intermat, and Sisu is no exception. Three new engines that meet these requirements will be on show and will form part of the company's Citius engine range.

The new units are the 309 kW 8,4 litre 84 CTA with a maximum power of 309 kW and maximum torque of 1500 NM, 7,4 litre 74 CTA with a maximum power of 206 kW and torque of 1150 Nm, and the 4,9 litre 49 CWA, with a maximum power of 125 kW and torque of 700 Nm. They feature electronic control with common rail injection and charge air cooling to achieve compliance, and offer lower noise levels than their Stage II equivalents.

Stage IIIA is the name of the game for Cummins' Intermat exhibit. Among these will be new engines the company has developed for use on compact and mini equipment - with a particular focus on the A Series that offers power outputs from 23 to 45 kW. Cummins will also be showing its latest four cylinder B3.3 engines, rated from 42 to 82 kW. The company claims that these 3,3 litre units can be used in equipment that in the past was fitted with a 4,0 or 4,5 litre unit.

Cummins' new seven model generation of Quantum engines will also be on show, from the 82 to 127 kW QSB through to the 377 to 522 kW QSK19. As with most engine manufacturers, advanced electronic control systems, common rail fuel injection and optimised fuel combustion characteristics are the key in achieving low emissions.

Small is the emphasis of Deutz's presence at Intermat. The company will use the event to premier the compact, Stage IIIA compliant 2008 and 2009 engine series with power outputs from 9 to 53 kW. The 2008 Series engines are three and four cylinder naturally aspirated units covering a power band of 9 to 27 kW. The 2009 Series engines are also naturally aspirated three and four cylinder designs, with an turbocharged version available for the four cylinder model, offering a power band of 15 to 53 kW.

Similarly, compact equipment will be the focus for Lombardini Group. It will be presenting its latest FOCS Plus engine range at the show, which have been developed with compact industrial and construction machines in mind. The series consists of three water-cooled four stroke in line diesel engines, the LDW702, LDW1003 and LDW 1404.

The two cylinder 702 produces 12,5 kW from a displacement of 686 cm3, the three cylinder, 1028 cm3 1003 produces 19,5 kW and the four cylinder, 1372 cm3 1404 produces 26 kW. All three can be adapted for use in a wide range of equipment, such as road compactors, mini-excavators site dumpers and compact wheeled loaders.

Perkins will be showing its 400 Series Stage IIIA compliant engines with power ratings up to 50 kW. The new engines offer ease of changeover, greater choice with new models to meet key power bands, such as the turbocharged 403D-15T and 403D-17 in the important 30 kW band. A third new engine, the air-to-air charge cooled 404D-22TA, extends the range up to 50 kW. The new 400 Series will not differ in package size as their Stage II equivalents, along with the same performance and power density, but noise emissions can be reduced by up to 3 dBA when fitted with a non-standard a low noise fan.

In the transmissions sector, ZF will be showing its latest products, including the TC Tronic, AS Tronic and Ergopower, and visitors will also be able to see the new Multitrac series of wheel loader axles. The modular MT-L 3065 and 3075 II axles are for wheel loaders weighing 12,2 and 14,1 tonnes, respectively.

Poclain Hydraulics will be showing a range of new products at Intermat, including its Smart Drive Canalogger, the MKD 04 compact motor, Smart Drive Easy, the VB00E brake valve, MFE 08 Hydrobases with rotating housing and the MZ motor for mini excavators.

SmartDrive Canalogger is an on-board power transmission management system that allows OEMs to test prototypes in the field. It uses Poclain's Canalogger Explorer software to log and record information during hydraulic transmission operation.

Also new is the 18 kW MKD 04 compact motor for 1 to 2 tonne asphalt compactors, which shares several features with other models in the MK range. These include reinforced sealing, an oversized four-contact point ball bearing and an optional hollow shaft.

Smart Drive Easy is a controller that allows OEMs to create their own transmission management software. No programming skills are needed to download and configure the transmission functions, while a wiring schematic is automatically generated at the end of the process.

Also new is Poclain's VB004 brake valve. The VB004 controls the safety brakes, which are typically spring applied and hydraulically released. It is available in two versions: electric control only, or a combination of lever and electric control.

Poclain's MFE 08 Hydrobases with rotating housing are for four-wheel drive trucks and are used to power the front axle. They give customers the option of a “non-permanent” four-wheel drive, power is applied as and when needed depending on the ground conditions.

Poclain's MZ manifold block, which is based on its S series motors, is for 2 to 8 tonne and 8 to 18 tonne excavators. With the current trend in mini-excavators towards zero tail swing leaving little room for transmission components, the MZ motor, with displacements ranging from 172 to 2518 cm3/rev and running at 250 bar continuous pressure, is well designed to meet requirements in this sector.

Autec will be presenting the latest developments of its MJ joystick, which is part of its Modular series of remote controls, at its stand at Intermat. The joystick is now available with a new programmable receiver which makes it suitable for the control of cranes, concrete mixers and vibrators, dumper trucks and grinders.

Japan's Yamashin, which sells components to construction equipment manufacturers and claims to have its products in 80% of all excavators produced in Asia, will use Intermat to introduce a new anti-cavitation filter for use in hydrostatic transmissions, and adapted for variable flow systems. The filter, which has been developed with the European market in mind, is suitable for small wheeled loaders, compact wheeled excavators and ride-on cleaning equipment.

Motec exhibit will highlight its new camera enclosure, which is smaller, cheaper, more robust than earlier versions. The camera is an essential component in the company's optical/electronic systems to provide remote, cable and wireless viewing for crane, forklift, truck, and agricultural equipment operators.

Seat manufacturer Sear is launching the fruits of its 15-year efforts on vibration. It will show two operator seats that measure and actively dampen vibration. The VES, for OEMs, reduces vibration up to -90% to 0,5 Hz levels, and the VRS, for retrofit and priced at about € 830, reduces vibration up to -70% to 0,75 Hz levels.

Sear is also launching a vibration monitoring system, the VMS, for OEM use or retrofit, which measures and records the vibration exposure of individual equipment operators. Visitors to its stand can virtually compare damped and un-damped equipment vibration on Sear simulators.

Dynaset will be placing a strong emphasis on its three of these products - dust suppression systems, on-board generators and hydraulic magnets.

The dust suppression system contains the dust particles resulting from demolition, mining or quarrying by binding them with a jet of atomised water, and consists of a high pressure water pump, a solenoid valve with flow and pressure control, a spray nozzle installation for continuous suppression and a spray nozzle installation for short term high power suppression.

Berco's stand at Intermat will be divided into a number of themed areas, including BMP - mining products, BMR - medium range, BMU - mini excavators, BRP - rubber products, BSD - services division, and a Technological Innovation area.

The company is promising to show two new undercarriages for skid steer loaders up to 2,5 tonnes. Part of its CTL (compact track loader) range, the company is now able to offer four steel-tracked versions and four rubber-tracked versions for machines from 2 to 6 tonnes.

Elsewhere, visitors to Berco's BMP area will be able to see a 994B undercarriage for D11R, D10R and D9R dozers, which features hot-rolled single-flange idlers, together with an undercarriage system for a D375 dozer.

Berco's Service Division will be demonstrating its new dealer service packages, including its BOPIS Light system (Berco Online Product Information System), a simplified version of the BOPIS Full system, which, says the company, is more intuitive. Features include new filters and a product code identification system, offering new search and identification functions for skilled and non-expert users alike in the track chain sector.

Also on show will be its new BOPIS Claim software package for integrated dealer-customer claims and warranty procedures management. It provides a quick, safe and efficient solution to problems encountered by the customer in the field.

Surveying, Software & Others

Topcon has launched a new satellite positioning receiver which is capable of receiving signals from all three satellite systems - the US-owned GPS, the Russian Glonass and soon to be launched European Galileo systems. According to Topcon, the Net-G3 is provides total compatibility with all existing and planned satellite navigation systems.

Topcon has also added a new series of laser receivers to its range - the LS-B10 receivers - which are designed for a wide variety of machine and elevation control tasks. The basic LS-B10 features a magnet mounting which allows it to be easily placed on either a grade rod or a machine. The more advanced LS-B10W also offers built in wireless technology.

The company has extended its series of RT-5S lasers with the addition of the RT-5SW long range laser, which is designed primarily for controlling earthmoving equipment on large scale construction projects. As with previous models in the RT-5S series, the new laser has a five arc second accuracy which equates to less than 2,5 mm per 100 m.

Topcon has also extended its range of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) mapping tools with the addition of the GMS-2. The hand held instrument incorporates dual constellation positioning satellite tracking, an electronic compass, and a digital camera.

The GMS-2 uses the Windows CE operating system and has integrated Bluetooth technology which enables connection, via a Bluetooth mobile phone, to the GPS CORS network. The system can also be configured as a field controller with Topcon's TopSURV software to provide communications with total stations and RTK GPS systems.

Trimble will be showing a range of new products at Intermat, including its SPS700 robotic construction total station, new additions to its Spectra Precision laser grade system, the new DSM 232 Receiver, alongside its Spectra Precision LL400 Laser Level and the GCS900 Grade Control System, both of which were launched last year.

The SPS700 robotic construction total station incorporates new robotic technology for increased speed and longer battery life. It features direct reflex (DR) reflectorless distance measuring for one-person operation, without a prism to measure inaccessible points and minimize manpower.

Also on Trimble's stand will be the latest additions to its Spectra Precision Laser systems, the LR30, LR50, and LR60 Laser Receiver, plus the CB25 Control Box.

The LR30, for use on dozers, backhoes, excavators and trenchers, features five channels of grade information, directional out-of-beam indicators, and selectable accuracies from rough grading to final finishing.

The automatic blade control CB25, features a proportional valve control to ensure system accuracy and precise operation. With the flick of a switch the operator can change from automatic to manual control.

The DSM 232 allows users to choose the GPS correction method and accuracy required to suit their applications. This gives operators a high-performance capability, ranging from one centimetre with the Trimble RTK solution, to decimetre level with the OmniSTAR-XP/HP satellite service, or to sub-meter with Differential GPS (DGPS) options.

Trimble's Spectra Precision LL400 Laser Level is a fully automatic self-levelling laser level for concrete and site preparation applications. It features one-button operation for basic levelling and, according to the company, provides reliable, highly accurate, long-range measurements, even for machine control applications.

Irium Group is the name of three, recently merged French software companies - Regie, Mai, and Batinix - that produce enterprise resource planning software specialised for dealers, distributors, and renters of construction equipment. The product links to manufacturer databases, integrates with mobile data access devices, and is available in six different languages, including Chinese and Japanese. The company says that 700 customers in Europe, the USA, Indonesia, and Japan use its products.

ITT Flygt will be launching a new range of submersible de-watering pumps at Intermat. The six model range of 2600 Series pumps will replace the Bibo range but have a completely new design. The largest 2670 model is already available and will be followed by two small sized pumps in spring 2006 and three medium sized pumps by summer 2006.

The new 2600 Series offers the same capacity as the previous Bibo range of 11 to 95 litres per second with power ratings of between 1,1 and 18 kW. But the new style pumps all feature the same slim design which uses -30 to -50% fewer parts and is easier to maintain.

German wheel-washing systems manufacturer Frutiger will be showing its new MobyDick Dragon model at this year's Intermat, alongside the latest version of its MobyDick Quick and Junior systems. The eight basic MobyDick models - Junior, Mobile, Quick 400, Quick 667, Duo, Quick 939, Multi, Ultra - provide over 20 variations and the newest model to join the range is the Dragon.

Latest News
Three electric machines on zero-emission jobsite
Machinery noise levels are said to be ten times lower than that of traditionally powered equipment
Devaluation of Egyptian pound hits Orascom’s revenue
The devaluation of the Egyptian pound has dented revenue at contractor Orascom, although this was partially offset by a strong performance in the US
British Steel wins multi-million contract for high-speed electric railway in Turkey
British Steel says that this will help create a lower-emission transport link between Turkey’s second-largest container port and inland cities