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Executive Report : Hillhead highlights
EHN reports on some of the new plant and machinery displayed at the recent Hillhead exhibition in Buxton.
Atlas Copco in control
Atlas Copco drew crowds with demonstrations of its new RTEX hand-held pneumatic breaker. It incorporates a new operating system developed by the manufacturer, called Constant Pressure Control, which is claimed to offer a 50% reduction in compressed air consumption for the same breaking capacity. This means that a compressor only half the size is needed, or two breakers can be powered by one machine, resulting in reduced fuel consumption, easier transportation, and lower emissions.
The company says that, in a conventional breaker, air is discharged each time the acting piston moves up or down. In the RTEX, air is only discharged once, on the return stroke, with constant pressure from a chamber on the top of the tool, pushing the piston back down, which also reduces vibration.
Weighing 25kg, the RTEX is said to offer the breaking performance of 30-35kg counterparts while being more compact, facilitating work in confined areas and giving a more comfortable working position. The tool is fitted with a vibration reduction system
and a soft-start facility to give easier control, particularly when making the first cut.
New compact Avant addition
New on the Avant stand was the latest variant in the manufacturer’s 200 Series of compact articulated wheeled loaders, in the shape of a 225 model running on LPG, which will go into production at the end of the summer. This configuration is claimed to significantly reduce the emissions from the 24hp Kohler engine, while giving a lifting capacity of 350kg and a maximum lift height of 145cm.
The machine weighs 700kg, and Avant says this makes it popular amongst contractors and useful for demolition work, particularly on the upper floors of buildings. The LPG canister is mounted in an upright position at the rear, to avoid overhang.
Tufftruk boosts capacity
Tufftruk continues to develop the range of attachments and options it offers for its Truxta Bendi line-up of articulated powered barrows, which are available in two sizes with 300kg and 450kg skip capacities. Electric, petrol and diesel variants can
Displayed for the first time were new ‘greedy board’ extensions that raise the overall height of the hopper to increase carrying capacity when moving lightweight materials such as animal feed, wood chippings and topsoil. MD Ron Blackhurst told EHN that the extensions are already proving popular on the electric machines for use by contractors working indoors with materials such as plasterboard and for removing demolition waste. He added that more hirers are showing interest in the Truxtas, both in the UK and Europe.
The electric versions are now fitted as standard with an on-board fault diagnosis, which detects and displays details of malfunctions such as wiring breakages or throttle issues, simplifying repair and maintenance procedures.
CRH Plant’s special Groundhog
A specially adapted Groundhog GP 600 Fusion static welfare unit developed by Genquip was shown on hirer CRH Plant’s stand. Designated the Fusion Extra, it has been designed to meet the specific requirements of CRH’s client Amco Rail, which was seeking a model that gave high levels of environmental friendliness together with other bespoke characteristics.
“We describe the unit as a site welfare and information hub,” said Amco Rail Site Agent, Dave Timlin. “As well as the standard welfare and office facilities, and the on-board warm water and air heating system that does not require the generator to run, it has highly efficient solar panels on the roof to reduce our carbon footprint even further.
“Our team worked closely with the designers at the Groundhog factory. The Fusion unit has been customised with 4G mobile signal boosters,
a photocopier, printer, scanner and a tablet computer to store necessary data. This means that all drawings and other paperwork can be transmitted to the site electronically, so we do not have to wait for them to be confirmed and printed out before the unit can be despatched to site. In an emergency situation, this can make a big difference and it maximises operational efficiency.
“The 40in LED TV in the unit can be viewed by personnel in the office for toolbox talks and inductions, but, on occasions where many personnel are on a site, the screen can be quickly disconnected and mounted externally under a roof awning with floodlighting. And with the 4G system, it means that I or my colleagues can conduct virtual training sessions from our own offices if needs be, without having to spend hours travelling to site. The TV can also display plans, live weather forecasts and other information.”
The Fusion Extra has already been put to use by Amco Rail,
and Genquip’s Peter Beach told EHN that, owing to the efficiency
of the solar panels, the generator has only been required to run
for eight hours a week on average, giving considerable emissions reductions and fuel savings. CRH Plant’s Sales Director,
Jeff Aldridge, said, “this is a great example of a hirer, manufacturer and customer working together to create an innovative solution.”
New from HPC Kaeser is the ‘e-power’ range of electric portable compressors, now offered alongside its established Mobilair M27, M31 and M50 engine powered models. The newcomers have motors rated at 15kW to 20kW, delivering flow rates ranging between 2m3 and 5m3 per minute for pressures from 7-14 bar.
The machines are fitted with the manufacturer’s Sigma controllers which are designed to enable fast set-up and adjustment of pressure and other parameters, and an anti-frost control is incorporated as standard. They are available with a choice of a rotational moulded polyethylene or metal enclosure, and in both
road-going and stationary versions.
Zenith’s compact Cube
Zenith Survey Equipment displayed the new Datum Cube cross-beam laser, a compact unit that fits in
a toolbox so that it is readily available for use by tradesmen working, and which could be a handy
item to offer for sale at the point of hire.
The battery powered product is auto-levelling
and ‘beeps’ if it is knocked out of alignment.
It can also be set to manual mode to generate lines running at an angle for specialist work such as certain tiling applications. The Cube can be displayed on its own, with a clamp and a storage bag, or with a tripod.
Western’s storage solutions
Shown for evaluation on the Western Global stand was
a 3000-litre capacity tank for the on-site storage of
diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), commonly known as AdBlue.
It has a steel outer tank and a stainless steel inner for robustness and to prevent corrosion. The manufacturer believes the product could appeal to users with a wide variety of large construction plant on a site that require regular topping up.
Also on show was the Abbi Blue Dual bowser, which is designed to store 160 litres of DEF along with either
950 or 1500 litres of diesel, depending on the model chosen. The product has separate pump compartments to avoid contamination.
GAP expands Survey operation
Exhibiting for the first time at Hillhead, GAP promoted equipment from across its portfolio, including items offered by its Survey & Safety Division, which now operates from ten locations at Inverness, Falkirk, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Norwich, Heathrow, London Docklands and Bristol. Survey & Safety Manager, Jim Burke, told EHN that, while all depots have workshops for servicing and calibrating equipment, a larger facility is shortly to open in Bristol which will also undertake repairs and more specialist work, complementing similar sites in Newcastle and Falkirk.
“We are gaining more business all the time, chiefly from existing customers across GAP’s other divisions, who appreciate the specialist survey products and services we can now offer to enable them to hire everything they need from one source. We can supply equipment from various manufacturers, such as Leica and Topcon, and we have recently added new R19 GNSS (global navigation satellite system) products and S7 robotic total stations from Trimble. Also, if a customer wants an item that we do not have in our standard fleet, and if we can see a viable hire opportunity for it, we are able to source it for them as we are not restricted to obtaining equipment from particular suppliers.”
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Bomag shows smallest plate
Bomag displayed its new BVP 10/30 compaction plate, the smallest and lightest model in the company’s line-up, which is expected to be available in the UK by November. The 47kg machine has a working width of 300mm and is powered by a 2.1kW Honda air cooled petrol engine which is mounted so that it does not protrude outside the width of the plate, facilitating work in narrow trenches and confined spaces.
The drive pulley is enclosed to prevent the ingress of stones and other debris, and the plate is made from 8mm thick steel for durability. Typical applications for the machine include asphalt and paving work, road repair, trench construction and landscaping tasks.
JCB Hydradig on show
Dominating JCB’s stand was the manufacturer’s recently introduced Hydradig 110W wheeled loader, developed for all-round visibility and versatility. It incorporates an
all-wheel drive, four-wheel steer chassis delivering three-mode steering for manoeuvrability and stability when travelling at speed.
Power comes from JCB’s Ecomax Stage IIIB/Tier 4 Interim diesel engines, delivering 81kW and designed to meet relevant emissions regulations without the need of a diesel particulate filter. The 10-tonne machine has a top transport speed of 25mph and its reduced tail swing configuration is designed to allow users to rotate it and change attachments within a single road carriageway.
Rapid Topcon scanner
Topcon’s stand display included the latest versions of its scanning systems that can be mounted at the rear of vehicles for survey applications such as detecting potholes
in roads and other areas needing repair.
The equipment is designed to operate at normal road speeds without the need for lane closures, enabling faster and more efficient working.
The scanners work at a rate of up to 100 times per second. Dedicated software has been developed to allow accurate representations of existing surfaces to be created, as well as designing new plans and site drawings, including 3D models.
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Barrus highlights Loncin line-up
E.P. Barrus displayed its range of Loncin engines which can be used in the manufacture and refurbishment of a variety of construction machinery and equipment. The line-up includes horizontal shaft engines from 1.8hp to 12hp, vertical engines from 3.6hp to 12.3hp and a 19.7hp
The portfolio also includes the AS Series of open frame petrol generators consisting of six models from 2.0kW
to 6.0kW, and inverter generators, including the recently introduced LC3500i, which has a rated output of 3.0kW and is powered by a single cylinder air cooled Loncin engine. It is designed to delivers a smooth flow of continuous power, capable of powering sensitive electrical appliances without power surges. An electronic control system is incorporated so that the machine only runs as fast as the load demands, minimising fuel consumption and noise levels.
AJC launches the EasySnooze
Making its official debut on the AJC Trailers stand was the new EasySnooze static sleeper unit, the latest addition to the company’s EasyCabin site welfare range. Two and three berth models will be offered as standard, and bespoke versions can also be manufactured.
The standard specification includes a shower, toilet, towel radiator, sink and LED lighting. The kitchen area has a microwave, kettle, single hob and a fridge. Several three-pin and USB sockets are provided, along with shelves, cupboards and wardrobe space. The interior can be finished in a choice of colours, and other options include external lighting, a television and air conditioning.
The unit is designed to be connected to an on-site mains electrical supply,
and it can also be powered by a generator. It has a heavy-duty galvanised chassis with forklift pockets, and it measures 2800mm wide, 4210mm long and 2450mm wide.
“One of the main qualities of the EasySnooze is that it appeals to so many markets, including construction and events, and it is ideal for use in remote locations without convenient access to facilities,” said Sales Director Lisa Gillett. “It represents a massive