Komatsu brought along its Hybrid Excavator – the HB 215 LC. Komatsu claim the hybrid performs exactly as a conventional excavator but uses, on average; a 25% fuel cost savings and 25% CO2 reduction and is Stage 3B emissions compliant. The drive train is a Hydraulic / Electric Hybrid System. There are more than 2,500 units working worldwide and the machine is now in its 3rd generation. You can see it in action here.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8jMtk93Wws&feature=youtu.be
Bomag showed its new BW177D-5 Single Drum Roller with the new emissions engine technology and also demonstrated ‘live’ measureable GPS technology for measuring compaction. Bomag’s compaction measuring systems use the interaction of the acceleration of the vibrating drum and the dynamic stiffness of the soil.
Perkins exhibited its1206F-E70TA engine. Which is designed for OEMs wanting a lot of torque at low speed, the single turbo Perkins 1206F-E70TA is a seven litre, six cylinder unit capable of producing up to 151 kW (202 hp) at 2200 rpm with maximum torque of 870 Nm at 1400 rpm. In developing the new range Perkins has sought to minimise the impact of the after treatment required to meet Stage IV / Tier 4 Final requirements, in particular the significant reduction in NOx.
Caterpillar brought along an example of its Cat K Series small wheel loaders, which featured a new engine, Hydrostatic drive and redesigned Loader Linkage.
The new Cat K Series Small Wheel Loaders—924K, 930K and 938K— have been completely redesigned, incorporating new engines that meet Stage IIIB/Tier 4 Interim emissions standards and significant new features that deliver enhanced performance, fuel efficiency and operator comfort. Among the new features are an efficient electronically controlled hydrostatic drive system, new Optimized Z-bar loader linkage, refined operator’s station and a choice of couplers and buckets for best matching the machine to the application.
Volvo did not bring a machine along to the event, but the company did show examples of its range in ‘pop up’ format. One machine it focused on was its EC380E crawler excavator which features a powerful Tier 4 Final/Stage IV engine. Volvo says that the machine combines superior efficiency, productivity and durability for maximum profitability in quarry and mass excavation applications.
Volvo Construction Equipment’s say that its heavy-duty EC380E crawler excavator is an exceptionally productive machine that lowers operating costs through reduced fuel consumption and simple maintenance requirements. Powered by a proven Tier 4 Final/Stage IV-compliant Volvo D13 engine, the EC380E delivers high digging and breakout forces alongside reduced emissions and a 9% improvement in fuel efficiency.
Nylacast , displayed a range of custom components and solutions which are utilised in many areas of the construction equipment industry. Nylacast are able to provide their renowned engineering solutions to a global customer base. The company currently exports 78% of their products to over 42 countries, supplying a diverse range of key industries including construction, offshore, pharmaceutical, food processing, rail, agriculture, defence and automotive.
Nylacast components and materials are lightweight, typically 1/7th the weight of steel. In a day and age whereby stringent regulations must be met within the construction equipment sector, this is a crucial value adding advantage over traditional materials such as steel, iron and bronze.
UKTI also supported the event. The UK Trade & Investment is the government department that provides advice, information and support to UK companies looking to trade internationally. With a network of specialists based both in the UK and in British embassies and other diplomatic offices around the world UKTI is ideally placed to help companies.
Their services include: information, contacts, advice, mentoring and support from UKTI staff at home and overseas in our network of embassies and consulates; support to participate in trade fairs overseas; opportunities to participate in sector-based trade missions and seminars; access to major buyers, governments and supply chains in overseas markets; advice on forming international joint ventures and partnerships; exploratory visits to new markets and alerts to the latest and best business opportunities
Research shows that companies that export add, on average, 30% to their growth over two years. They also become more resilient and can spread their business risk.
Further information and contact details: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-trade-investment
JCB brought along an example of JCB’s smallest backhoe loader – but with a difference!JCB has added to the versatility of its compact 1CX backhoe loader with the addition of a tracked version, the 1CX-T, aimed at customers who require increased climbing ability, extra stability and what JCB say is exceptional pushing power in soft ground conditions.
The 1CX-T is a compact loader and a 2.5 tonne mini excavator in one machine. With powerful high-flow auxiliary hydraulics both machines are capable of driving a host of attachments on both the front loader or the rear backhoe, making the 1CX-T the master of many tasks in many industries.
The front loader arms are equipped with a standard skid steer hitch, making the machine compatible with a broad range of buckets and attachments. The 1CX-T has a 25% greater dump angle and up to 15% more breakout force.
Customers can also choose between manual or EasyControl servo levers. Operators can also choose between SAE+ and ISO+ control patterns, ensuring operator acceptance and ease of integration into mixed machine fleets.