Backhoe return for Komatsu

Komatsu Europe is re-entering the backhoe loader market some years after saying that it felt the machine type would disappear from Western Europe, to be replaced my mini excavators.

Komatsu WB98R-8
The new Komatsu WB98R-8

Now, Enrico Prandini, managing director of Komatsu Italia Manufacturing, said that the launch of the new machine, which had taken only two years, was a sign that the company was flexible and could respond to market developments.

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Wacker Neuson enter heavy-duty loader market

WACKER Neuson are entering the heavy-duty wheel loader market with the launch of the 10-ton WL95.

Wacker Neuson WL95 wheel loader
Equipment manufacturer targets construction and recycling firms with new WL95 wheel loader model

Available from January 2019, the new model is equipped with the latest ecospeedPRO transmission and features two engine versions to meet the current emissions standards.

The development of the WL95 loader was in response to customer Continue reading “Wacker Neuson enter heavy-duty loader market”

Volvo launch new demolition-spec excavator

VOLVO Construction Equipment say they have launched the ‘industry’s most versatile multi-use demolition excavator’. Based on the company’s EC750E general-purpose excavator, the new EC750E HR has been reengineered for high-reach deconstruction work in the Stage IV/Tier 4 Final-regulated markets of Europe and North America.

Volvo EC750E excavator
Latest EC750E high-reach machine designed for work in Stage IV/Tier 4 Final regulated markets

The demo-spec excavator can be easily reconfigured using extensions and differing length booms to become a multi-use deconstruction tool – capable of undertaking a wide range of site tasks, including underground and under water. Continue reading “Volvo launch new demolition-spec excavator”

Crawler cranes: Forward advance!

Like all machinery, crawler cranes are advancing in technology. Never standing, always ‘Forward Advance’, to meet the challenges the lifting world throws at them.

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Palfinger’s first crawler: the PCC

Austrian hydraulic loader crane manufacturer Palfinger has launched its first crane mounted on a crawler chassis. The Palfinger Crawler Crane PCC made its debut at the IAA Commercial Vehicles exhibition in September 2018 where it attracted a lot of attention. Three models, between 50 and 150 tonne-metres, will be available Continue reading “Crawler cranes: Forward advance!”

Hitachi and CSIRO to cooperate on research and development

Hitachi has joined forces with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to develop technologies for mining equipment.

Hitachi mining range

The two companies will collaborate on research and development projects in artificial intelligence (AI), security, material tracking, urban systems, Internet of Things (IoT) sensing, autonomous systems and more.

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Electric Site delivers ‘groundbreaking’ results

VOLVO Construction Equipment and their customer Skanska have recorded groundbreaking results from their Electric Site research project, including a 98% reduction in carbon emissions.

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Carbon emissions reduced by 98% at Volvo CE and Skanska Electric Site research project

The two firms have been testing the viability of the Electric Site over the last 10 weeks at Skanska’s Vikan Kross Quarry, near Gothenburg, Sweden.

The results are now in and Volvo CE and Skanska say they are even better than expected. The tests showed a 98% reduction in carbon emissions, a 70% Continue reading “Electric Site delivers ‘groundbreaking’ results”

The future of earth-moving equipment

Earthmoving equipment is a staple of the construction industry, with a whole host of different machinery being used on earthmoving projects. This feature focuses specifically on excavators, rollers, backhoe loaders and the machine control used on these machines.

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Excavators being used in earthmoving projects need to be able to operate in all kinds of conditions

The world’s biggest original equipment manufacturer for the construction industry by sales revenue, Caterpillar, has recently launched two new 30 ton (27.2 tonne) next generation excavators – the 330 and 330 GC.

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Mecalac 11MRW excavator put to the test

Customers try out new compact wheeled excavator at Warwickshire demonstration day

Mecalac 11MRW excavator
Mecalac 11MRW excavator

EARLIER this month, construction professionals from across the UK visited Adventure Sports in Warwickshire to try out the Mecalac 11MWR wheeled excavator. As well as putting the machine through its Continue reading “Mecalac 11MRW excavator put to the test”

Tower cranes: luffing it up

New large luffing jib tower crane models are entering the high rise and general construction markets around the world.

Heinz-Gert Kessel reports

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Tower Crane

All over the world a growing number of midtown high-rise projects above 300 metres are under development. To shorten construction time and improve build quality, larger precast and prefabricated modules are becoming common. As these modules get larger and become more complicated their weight rises dramatically. Prefabricated pre-finished volumetric construction (PPVC) is particularly popular in Asia. Continue reading “Tower cranes: luffing it up”

Bell Equipment’s German factory expansion on track

Extension of company’s Eisenach-Kindel facility on track for completion in mid-2019

Eisenach factory
Eisenach factory

The extension of Bell Equipment’s Eisenach-Kindel facility in Germany, the company’s European articulated dumptruck (ADT) assembly plant, is now fully under way.

Scheduled for completion in mid-2019, the Phase II Continue reading “Bell Equipment’s German factory expansion on track”