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Plantworx 2017 Preview : Plantworx set for take-off
This year’s Plantworx will be the biggest yet with more than 380 exhibitors.
We highlight some of the new equipment relevant to our industry being launched at the Show, being held at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground on 6 to 8 June.
Get hands-on with Takeuchi
Takeuchi’s demonstration area will display several new models that have been launched in the past 18 months, from a micro excavator up to a 15-tonne machine, all of which will be available for visitors
to try out.
These will include two new hybrid versions of the popular 1.6-tonne TB216 and the TB210R micro. Both have an additional electric motor at the rear and Takeuchi says that there is no reduction in performance when they are operated from a mains power source. Also on show will be the TB260 and TB290, as well as a selection of reduced tail swing models.
Ultimate Morris line-up
Morris Site Machinery will show its TL90 Ultimate lighting tower which is available in more than 20 variants so that it can be tailored to meet individual site requirements and budgets.
The machine can be specified with a choice
of Perkins or Kubota diesel engines that are designed for low levels of fuel consumption
and emissions. It is fitted with a Deep Sea control panel and telemetry options are available to enable operators to monitor and track the units, which incorporate four 300W LED lights.
HSC adds Weber
Hire Supply Co (HSC) is introducing compaction equipment from the German manufacturer, Weber, for which it has been appointed as the UK distributor. The range includes rammers and single direction and reversible plate compactors, as well as floor saws.
MD Gary McWilliam states that the CR2 reversible plate is particularly suited for landscaping tasks. It has an operating weight of 156kg when fitted with a Hatz diesel engine, or 143kg with a Honda petrol power unit, and it creates a centrifugal force of 25kN. It can be fitted with an optional water tank and sprinkler system.
Also included in the Plantworx line-up will be the SRV 620 rammer, powered by a Honda GXR 120 engine that has been specially developed for this type of machine.
New EasyCabin trio
AJC Trailers will show three new models in its EasyCabin range of welfare products. The EcoStatic 24 provides canteen facilities for up to eight people, with a toilet/wash room, drying room and an office area. It incorporates low-voltage sensing technology to ensure optimal power from the 12V battery system.
The EcoSmart 12 is a mobile welfare unit for up six personnel.
It has LED lights with passive infrared sensors, so that the on-board generator does not have to be started during typical conditions.
The EasySnooze is a new two-berth static accommodation unit
with en-suite facilities.
Broad range from Generac
Generac Power Systems acquired Towerlight in 2013 and says that, since then, it has focused on
new product development, particularly on lighting towers
with very low fuel consumption and low carbon emissions, and with compact dimensions for easy transportation.
In February it launched the V20 model, which also coincided with the company’s 20th anniversary of lighting tower manufacture. It has also introduced
a darkness sensor and timer to automatically turn the machine on and off, and continues to explore technologies such as LED lamps and hybrid power systems for environmentally friendly operation.
Generac also provides dust suppression units for applications such as demolition, mining, waste sites and asbestos removal. In addition, diesel-powered dry vacuum assisted pumps are offered with 100mm and 150mm outlets, in super-silenced or open-set versions. Other product ranges include Wash Racks for the eco-friendly cleaning of plant and equipment, as well as anti-theft storage boxes.
Mobility from inspHire
inspHire will promote the latest developments for its hire management software, including inspHire Mobile which is designed to allow personnel to work away from the office on a mobile or tablet device. Details will also be available on the
re-launched WebPortal facility to enable hire companies to offer customers the ability to place business with them round-the-clock.
Finning’s Cats get Ready
Finning UK & Ireland will launch an initiative called Ready2Go,
to promote the characteristics and suitability of its Cat Compact range of micro and mini excavators for the hire market.
Models being highlighted include the 300.9, 301.7 and 305.ECR, each of which now comes with a two-year unlimited hour warranty. The company says it recognises hirers’ requirements for products that can be supplied quickly and
which are ready to be put to work immediately. It adds that machines are fully supported in the field, with parts available round-the-clock for next-day delivery.
Close cutting with Husqvarna
Husqvarna is exhibiting for the first time at Plantworx and will give demonstrations of many products from its portfolio, including the Cut-n-Break saw. Two versions are available, namely the K 760, which has a petrol engine, and the electrically powered K 3000. They can cut to a depth of up to 400mm from one side, making them suitable for making openings for windows, where the operator needs to avoid overcutting at the corners.
The K 3000 is suitable for flush cutting so that users can cut close to walls and floors, and its electric motor means there are no fumes,
so it can be
New shears from BPH
BPH Attachments, which is the sole importer of Prodem hydraulic excavator attachments, will launch a new range of demolition shears to suit machines from 3 tonnes upwards. Called the PDS Series, they have a welded-on upper jaw protection system to reduce maintenance, and a replaceable protection plate on the lower jaw is designed to eliminate damage and to minimise downtime on site. The blade is designed to reduce stress and wear on the upper jaw, and can be turned several times on to different sides for longer life.
Doosan shows versatility
Machines to be displayed by Doosan Bobcat include the Bobcat 1.7-tonne E17Z zero tail swing canopy excavator and the latest generators, portable compressors and light towers from Doosan Portable Power.
Receiving its first public showing will be the 7/41TTG compressor-generator, which incorporates an 8.5kVA generator. This is one of a number of options available on Doosan portable compressors and is designed to meets a specific requirement in utility work by providing both electrical power for lights, tools and fusion welding, as well as compressed air for powering breakers and other pneumatic equipment.
Clee Hill’s specialist approach
Clee Hill Plant will promote the services it offers as a specialist compaction and surface dressing equipment hirer, with eight depots offering national coverage. The company says
that, while it is known for its range of deadweight, tandem, self-propelled, towed, trench and pneumatic tyred rollers, as well as backhoe loaders and chipping spreaders, users are
perhaps less aware of its fleet of mini excavators, dumpers, lighting towers and welfare units, example of which will be on show.
The company will also highlight the latest Health & Safety solutions that are available on some machines, including 360° cameras, vehicle activated sign systems and Tier 4 Final engines,
along with new technology to improve efficiency, such as telematics and tracking systems.
Barrus gets set to celebrate
2017 is shaping up to be a momentous year for EP Barrus as the company celebrates its
100-year anniversary. At Plantworx it will focus on the latest John Deere and Yanmar Final Tier 4/Stage 5-compliant engines, covering a power range from 6hp to 600hp.
The L100 and L70 engines from Yanmar’s L-Series air-cooled range have been developed to meet the Final Tier 4 emission regulations. The compact units are designed for powering a range of construction equipment, generating sets, pumps and hydraulic power packs and utility applications.
Barrus says that Yanmar’s TNV-CR water-cooled industrial engines are already prepared for the introduction of the EU Stage 5 regulations in 2019 which means no modifications will be needed for them to comply. A working 4TNV88C Tier 4 model will be on
Mobile additions from MCS
MCS will demonstrate enhancements to its MCS-rm software, including an integral CRM solution that can be accessed directly from the main hire management system. An accompanying CRM mobile app enables field workers to be more productive when on the move and to communicate more effectively with their internal office-based teams.
Current updates include Outlook email integration and compatibility with the MailChimp system for creating and distributing e-marketing campaigns. Other of mobile apps on show will include Transport Mobile for delivery drivers, Workshop Mobile for engineers and Picking Mobile for warehouse teams.
Innovative JCB skid steer
Making its UK debut at Plantworx will be the Teleskid from JCB. The manufacturer says the machine can reach 60% further forward than other skid steers and that it can dig below its chassis to a depth of approximately 1m. It also offers a claimed increase in reach of typically 8%.
Also being given its UK debut will be the 540-180 HiViz, an 18m telescopic handler designed to offer a 5% improvement in lift height and 10% greater forward reach, as well as reduced operating costs. In addition, the stand display will include the Hydradig 110W wheeled loader, designed for enhanced visibility, stability, manoeuvrability and ease of servicing.
Hooka latches on to new uses
The Hooka, from Hook-up Solutions, is designed for the safe lifting, shifting and installing of bulk building materials, plant and equipment. Measuring only 1m wide, it has been ‘size matched’ to pallets and bulk bags, but can also transport street furniture, glass curtain walling, I-beams and other items.
A patented load-locking system is incorporated to eliminate the instability that can be associated with traditional forklifts, and this is also said to allow the machine to be more compact and to have a zero turning circle.
Zenith to show expanded range
Zenith Survey Equipment was acquired recently by Vp and merged with the latter’s ESS Safeforce activity, to offer a wide range of safety and survey equipment and training, from 25 locations in the
UK and Europe. As well as being able to conduct initial site surveys through to the delivery and completion of follow-up works, the business can provide equipment to protect workers and pedestrians on construction sites.
At Plantworx, personnel will also demonstrate the SiteZone proximity warning system, as well as Zenith’s upgraded range of rotating lasers from
its Datum Survey Products line-up.
Garic’s solar dryer
New from Garic is an addition to its line-up of solar-powered welfare products, namely a drying room,
which has a thermostatically controlled, blown-air heating system supported by an oil burner if quicker and quieter drying is required. The manufacturer says that, as the unit harnesses solar energy for its electrical functions,
it removes the need for traditional diesel generators or input from
The company adds that, during tests carried out in winter, the unit produced carbon emissions of 195.9kg and used 73 litres of diesel per week, giving a claimed fuel saving of 86%, and that, based on a 50-week working year,
this equates to an estimated saving
of over 9.7 tonnes of carbon and
3,650 litres of diesel.
Urban machines from Hanix
Hanix Europe will launch its N085uj excavator, which replaces the H75C and is described as the first of a new generation of ‘urban’ mini and midi models. The 8315kg machine has a 43kW Kubota engine and is designed for low levels of fuel consumption and emissions. It is available with a short or long dipper arm, with the latter option adding 200mm to both maximum digging depth and ground level reach, at 4505mm and 7135mm respectively.
Also on display will be a radio-controlled version of
the 5.5-tonne H55DR excavator, together with a pair of
crawler-mounted aerial work platforms which Hanix plans to introduce to the UK later this year. The NUL070R-2 is the smallest model in the range, while the NUL13Suj offers a maximum platform height of 13m.
Smart Securi-Cabin unit
Securi-Cabin UK will show its Smart Pick welfare unit, which has a purpose-designed trailer to enable it to be delivered to site using a 4x4 vehicle.
A special steering system is incorporated to facilitate accurate positioning
in restricted areas, and demonstrations will be given on the stand.
The cabin itself extends to provide a dedicated office area, and a power management system is included to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
Thwaites to unveil new dumper
Visitors to the Thwaites stand will be able to see the global launch of a new model from the dumper manufacturer. Details of the 9-tonne capacity machine are being kept under wraps until Plantworx opens, but Thwaites describes it as “the definitive dumper” designed for reliability, safety and comfort.
The new-look model has been designed and manufactured at the company’s Warwickshire headquarters, and Thwaites anticipates strong demand from civil, construction and housebuilding markets as contractors seek equipment with enhanced ergonomics and which can increase site safety.
Probst shows lifting line-up
The main attraction on Probst’s stand will be its RVD concrete pipe lifter, designed to eliminate the use of slings or chains when undertaking lifting operations from a lorry bed to ground level. Also on display will be the
TM tracked vacuum laying device (pictured) which is suitable for laying long stretches of kerb stones, as well as a selection of mechanical block grabs for lifting items ranging from a single kerb to a full pack of blocks or bricks.
Engines Plus targets emissions
Engines Plus will promote the Isuzu range of industrial diesel engines, which extends from a 0.6-litre, two-cylinder unit up to a 15.6-litre, six-cylinder turbocharged model. The main focus, however, will be on new engines that have been developed to meet the requirements of the forthcoming Stage 5 emissions regulations, including units of up to 140kW capacity. Also on display will be a new lightweight 1-litre petrol engine from Textron Motors,
rated up to 37kW.
Tufftruk will promote its Truxta compact dumpers at Plantworx. The company says that a particularly important characteristic of the machines is the hydrostatic system which provides dynamic braking to all four wheels. This is said to give precise control, as well as a fail-safe dead-man’s parking brake that will hold the machine, fully loaded, on steep gradients.
The line-up includes standard Rigid models and Bendi versions with an articulating chassis, and both will be demonstrated at the Show. Petrol, diesel and battery powered options are available.
Utility products from A&Y
Part of A&Y Equipment’s stand will be devoted to products for the utilities market, such as the Ammann ATR 30 rammer, which was debuted at the Executive Hire Show. Since then, the 29kg machine has been fitted with a narrower foot which is said to be proving popular on fibre optic cabling sites for its manoeuvrability and ease of handling.
Also on show will be the Yanmar ViO17 mini excavator, a 1.7-tonne machine that is also suited to utility work.
It has no rear overhang, incorporates an expanding undercarriage and has Yanmar’s three-pump hydraulic system, called VIPPS, to facilitate work in confined spaces.
LiON’s share from BGG
BGG will place particular emphasis on its LiON Lithium-ion hybrid LED lighting tower, which can be recharged by the on-board diesel engine
in 2.5 hours. It is designed to produce a comparable light output to that of a standard metal halide unit and to offers significant fuel savings. The 1,500rpm engine can re-charge the battery pack during daylight hours, and the machine can run autonomously during the night.
A variety of super-silent diesel generators with outputs of up to 1250kVA will be displayed, including trailer-mounted models. Some of the machines have quoted noise levels of as low as 53dBA, facilitating operation in urban locations.
Loncin adds power
Loncin’s generator range includes open frame sets from
2kW to 6kW and inverter generators from 1.6kW to 3.0kW. Three additional inverter models were recently added to
the line-up, including the LC3500i, LC3500io and the LC3500io-110v, the last-mentioned being a 110V open frame model delivering 3kW of stable power free of ‘spikes’.
The line-up also includes petrol engines from 1.8hp to 29.5hp, offered as a cost-effective replacement option, as well as a selection of portable pumps with petrol engines.
Datatag marks ten years of Cesar
Datatag will celebrate the tenth anniversary of its Cesar anti-theft system and will display the 250,000th machine to be registered with the system. It will also highlight the MicroCesar variant which is designed to protect smaller equipment and tools.
Both systems use a combination of an RFID transponder and a tamper-proof warning/registration label, with an integrated QR code, to give each piece of equipment an individual ‘fingerprint’ that is virtually impossible to remove. They act as both a deterrent against theft and an aid in recovery, as well as providing the police with a quick and easy way of verifying ownership. The QR codes can also provide links to on-line information such as Health & Safety advice and user manuals.
New Genquip Groundhog model
Genquip will highlight four Groundhog welfare products, including the new GPO500 Fusion Office, which combines the eco-friendly attributes of the standard mobile Fusion model with a separate working area.
The twin-axle unit is designed to offer significant cost savings. The 12V system does not require the generator to run once the on-board battery is fully charged, meaning that it is only be needed when the microwave and kettle are in use, and for charging the battery.
Another new Groundhog development will be shown on the hirer CRH Plant’s stand, in the shape of a Fusion unit that has been specially built for use in the rail industry. Designed to fit onto a standard bogey, it has the same 12V power system backed by
a 6kVA generator, and provides seating for six people as well as a drying room.
Powered tower from CLM
CLM Construction Supplies will show the Lockhard Alulift powered aluminium tower, which is available in three sizes offering maximum platform heights ranging from 8m to 12m. A rack and pinion battery powered platform raises the user to the required height in 1m increments, and the product is designed for internal and external work.
Also on show will be a selection of Bocker hoists, for which CLM is the UK distributor, including the 200kg-capacity Toplift ladder hoist. In addition, visitors will be able to see the new G500 builders’ gantry hoist from Imer Group, available in 110V and offering a maximum 42m lifting height.
Optimal Avant performers
Visitors to the Avant UK stand will be able to learn more about the manufacturer’s new Optidrive hydraulic system which is available on the compact loaders in its 700 Series.
This is said to reduce the number of hoses by 20% with 60% fewer connections being required, decreasing power losses by up to 1.5kW, which is approximately 10% of the total power used in the drive circuit. Avant says this also results in lower fuel consumption, less heat build-up in the system and reduced vibration, with enhanced performance. Demonstrations will also be given of the manufacturer’s recently launched electrically powered machines, as well as models ranging from the 200 Series through to the 700 Series.
Kubota to debut new mini
Kubota will highlight a new mini excavator, the KX042-4, an environmentally-friendly 4-tonne machine which will be shown for the first time in the UK. It incorporates a diesel particulate filter (DPF) for clean exhaust emissions and has an ECO Plus mode to reduce fuel consumption. Other characteristics include an auxiliary oil flow with proportional flow control, auto-idling and auto-shift for operational efficiency.
Also on display will be the recently launched KX080-4a, an enhanced version of the KX080-4, which can be fitted with an optional two-piece boom
to offer an expanded working range.
In addition, visitors to the Show will
be able to inspect a number of machines from the manufacturer’s ‘R’ series of wheel loaders.
Go electric with Wacker Neuson
Products on display on the Wacker Neuson stand will include the WL20e battery-powered wheel loader. The machine, which has a bucket capacity of 0.2 litres, is fitted with two electric motors, one for the drive system and one for the operating hydraulics, and this is said to give a level of performance that is similar to that of a conventional diesel machine.
The manufacturer says that, as the WL20e emits no emissions, it can be used across a broader range of applications, such as in urban areas where pollution regulations are in place, and for working indoors.
Expanded Astrak range
Astrak, which specialises in supplying excavator undercarriage parts, will display a significantly increased range at Plantworx. The company says its line-up has expanded considerably to include bolt-on blades for dozers and loading shovels, breaker steels, track adjusters and final drives, as well as the Berco portfolio of components, such as track chains, rollers, idlers and sprockets.
Catch the AMI Bug
AMI Group will launch the LightBug, a GPS tracking device that is smaller than a standard house key. It is battery-operated, operates wirelessly and is designed for easy installation on plant and machinery such as excavators and generators. It re-charges itself via a small solar panel,
and can be transferred quickly from one machine to another, says the company.
The system uses GPS positioning that is accurate to within 1m, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology, to give several ways of tracking and recovering items if they should be stolen.
See Manitou’s new Buggy
Plantworx will see the UK construction industry launch of Manitou’s MT420H Buggy compact telehandler, the baby brother to the MT625. It has the same-size cab as found on the larger machine whilst being physically smaller machine, with a tighter tuning circle of less than 3m radius.
The MT420H provides a maximum lift capacity of 2,000kg and a lift height of up to 4.3m, and a load of 800kg can be extended to the maximum forward reach of 2.6m. Two-speed hydrostatic transmission is incorporated, and the machine has a 36.5kW Kubota diesel engine that is Stage IIIA emissions-compliant without the need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF) or AdBlue, says the manufacturer. It measures only 1.9m high, when fitted with a compact beacon, and its narrow width of 1.49m, combined with three-mode steering, facilitates work in confined spaces.