CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2017 Breaks Records and Inspires the Industry
CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2017, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, spanned a record 2.8 million-plus net square feet of exhibits with a record 2,800-plus exhibitors from the leading U.S. and global manufacturers, from multinational giants to small firms with specialized products.
The technological changes revolutionizing construction and manufacturing were a central feature throughout the show. The first-ever Tech Experience pavilion attracted solid traffic throughout the week, as attendees flocked to see the world's first-ever 3-D-printed excavator and hear from industry innovators during a collection of "Tech Talks," and engage with the conclusion of the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge Finale, which awarded $100,000 in prize money to winners over a crowd sourced competition to develop forward-looking infrastructure solutions.
There was no shortage of new products and technologies introduced at the show. The following are less than a glimpse of only a few, but illustrate the kinds of information and products shown this year in Las Vegas.
CASE Celebrates 175th Anniversary with Project Minotaur and New G-Series
CASE Construction Equipment celebrates the 175th Anniversary of the Racine Threshing Machine Works, opened by Jerome Increase Case in Wisconsin. What began with J.I. Case in 1842 is a story of ingenuity, practicality and entrepreneurship that remain as strong today in the CASE teams around the world. Right from the early days of steam-powered machines, CASE has pioneered equipment and technologies that profoundly influenced construction businesses.
This rich heritage of innovation comes with a passion for serving the customer and helping them solve their technical and business challenges. J.I. Case believed in doing what's right and going the extra mile for the customer. This belief remains just as true today and drives CASE's 360-degree approach to supporting construction businesses with products and services, and its teams' ability to build long-lasting relationships with customers.
A the show, CASE introduced the DL450 a fully integrated compact dozer loader, Project Minotaur, a first-of-its-kind fully integrated design that matches the best operating characteristics of a compact track loader with a crawler dozer. A launch/production date for the machine has not been confirmed, but CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 represents a new and advanced phase in product development with extensive voice of customer work being conducted at the show and with top contractors. Project Minotaur brings together the footprint and performance of a compact track loader with the true power and dozing characteristics of a bulldozer; the new product is currently in "concept" phase.
CASE also introduced the all-new G Series wheel loaders, spanning seven new models scaled for work ranging from supply yards, building construction and agriculture up to quarries and mass excavation. The new introduction brings the entire product line to Tier 4 Final compliance featuring Selective Catalytic Reduction engine technology that increases fuel efficiency, keeps exhaust temperatures down and eliminates regeneration or lifetime diesel particulate filter costs/maintenance.
An all-new operator environment, controls and interface make the G Series the most intuitive and easy-to-operate wheel loaders CASE has ever produced, and packages/options are available to optimize G Series Wheel Loaders for work in specialty applications such as waste/scrap, agriculture and snow removal. Efficiencies in power/output, maintenance and operator ergonomics/interaction - combined with CASE ProCare - provide an exceptionally low and predictable total cost of ownership/productivity across the entire product line.
GOMACO Presents Remote Diagnostics and New Three-Track Commander
GOMACO Remote Diagnostics (GRD) has shown proven results in the field by GOMACO contractors. GRD is more than telematics, giving owners the visibility of how, when, and where their equipment is being used. It's a powerful extension to GOMACO's existing service capabilities. It allows technicians a diagnostic review of a GOMACO machine from corporate headquarters in Ida Grove, Iowa, at the owner's shop, or on the job site. GRD will transmit G+ settings, configuration and fault history for an immediate and complete diagnosis. GRD also allows software updates, fleet management, and service indicators. This remote capability also allows software updates to the G+ for specific applications or unique job-site logistics, such as new radius technology, support for new sensors, new code for 3-D machine guidance technology, or additional updates for new product introductions.
The new three-track Commander III Xtreme is unlike any other Commander ever built by GOMACO, and now has the ability to slipform a 24-inch radius. The new Extreme Package for multi-application pavers includes rotary-sensored slew drives for steering, sensored leg positioning, independent travel circuits to each track, radius software, GOMACO's three-sensor radius system, and repeatable mold offset.
The Commander IIIx features extreme turning capabilities with rotary-sensored slew drives on each of the three tracks. GOMACO's software engineers have created the new extreme radius software bundle for the G+ control system that allows the operator to program the size of the radius into the controller.
G+ manages all aspects of traveling around the radius, including track angles and variable track speeds. When paving with stringline, the Commander IIIx uses the GOMACO three sensor steer system for the tight radius. The proper speed of each of the tracks is maintained by G+ with independent hydraulic circuits to each track, so each one is traveling at the necessary, varied speed to maintain the smooth radius.
The Commander IIIx's G+ control system easily interfaces with stringline or a 3-D guidance system for curb and gutter, tight radius applications. It is also available with GRD for machine troubleshooting, diagnostic reviews, software updates, and more.
JCB Previews Teleskid, Hydradig and Foray into Lift Market
JCB previewed an all-new skid steer and compact track loader with a telescopic boom. The JCB Teleskid is a revolutionary new product that can reach 8 feet or 60 percent further forward than other skid steers and can dig below its chassis to an unparalleled depth of a little more than 3 feet. With a lift height of 13 feet, the Teleskid can reach 8 percent higher than any other skid steer in the world.
JCB Chief Innovation and Growth Officer Tim Burnhope said, "Through innovation this machine will surpass the expectations of customers as the world's first skid steer and compact track loader with a telescopic boom.
JCB also announced plans to become a major player in the $8 billion global powered-access market with the launch of a range of scissor lifts and articulated and telescopic booms. By the end of this year the company will offer 27 totally new access platforms, covering more than 80 percent of the access rental market. JCB has been developing and engineering this line-up of powered access machines in secret for the past two years, and all models have been certified by TUV to ensure the highest quality standards. The machines also comply with the latest ANSI and CSA legislation.
The line-up will include:
Nine electric scissor lifts from 15 feet to 45 feet
Three diesel rough-terrain scissor lifts
Four diesel articulating booms from 50 feet to 80 feet
One electric articulating boom with a 45 feet working height
10 diesel telescopic booms from 65 feet to 135 feet
JCB introduced other products including the Hydradig, a completely new, innovative tool-carrying solution developed in complete secrecy over a three-year period, under the code-name "Project 710."
LiuGong Showcases Vertical Lift Wheel Loader
LiuGong showcased its revolutionary new product - the Vertical Lift Wheel Loader. The product was first unveiled at LiuGong's global dealer conference in November 2016 and was shown for the first time outside of China at CONEXPO This truly is new technology. The key innovations of the product are the vertical lift loader arms on an articulating frame and the mechanical self-leveling Z-bar bucket linkage on a vertical lift loader.
The company also displayed its most up-to-date H series wheel loaders and E series excavators. The four-wheel loaders include the VL80A, 835H, 848H and 890H models; while four excavators - the 9035E, 915E, 922E and 930E models are also set to impress. Also on the show floor was 385B skid steer loader; two forklifts - the 2025G and the 2030H; as well as two Dressta hydrostatic dozers - the TD-8S & TD-9S models.
Topcon Reveals ZPS System and Updates the X-52
Topcon Positioning Group announced the next generation of automated concrete paving - the ZPS system - with the new Z-Robot and Z-Stack sensor. Using enhanced Topcon Millimeter GPS technology, the ZPS system is designed to bring unmatched accuracy to concrete paving with a fraction of the hardware required for traditional LPS (local positioning system).
The new Z-Robot is an advanced robotic total station with integrated Z-beam laser technology. The Z-Robot is designed to provide a hybrid function of high-precision, optically-based vertical accuracy control and the convenience of Z-beam laser positioning to maintain that accuracy across the paver. It was shown at the show on a GOMACO paver.
Topcon Positioning Group also updated the X-52. The 2-D system is designed to offer cost-effective indicate grade control.
"The X-52 system features the all-new MC-X1 controller, which offers compatibility with all brands and models of excavators," said Kris Maas, Director of Construction Product Management. "Operators with limited exposure to machine control systems will find the system intuitive and very easy to use. Its reliable and rugged TS-i3 tilt sensors detect the precise positioning of the boom, stick and bucket at all times."
The system is designed to provide a forward-thinking investment for contractors who want to enhance its capabilities in the future. Later this year the X-52 will be upgradeable to a full 3-D system, which allows it to expand along with business needs.
The system is designed to pair with the GX-55 touchscreen control box to offer sunlight-readable indicate grade reference in any climate condition.
Wacker Neuson Grows Telehandler Line and Expands Electric Options
Wacker Neuson is expanding its telehandler line with the addition of the TH627. The TH627 is the second model in the manufacturer's line to offer a unique ground-engaging telehandler that is a versatile three-in-one machine concept. Designed with a hydraulic universal attachment plate (SSL), the TH627 can be used with ground-engaging attachments and work like a wheel loader to dig and carry, a skid steer with a compact foot print capable of using multiple attachments and a telehandler with a lift height of 18 feet, 7 inches and 5,500 pounds lifting capacity.
Three years ago, Wacker Neuson introduced a unique 1-ton, zero-emissions excavator. The 803 Dual Power mini excavator runs off a standard diesel engine or can be easily connected to an electro-hydraulic pump; allowing the machine to operate emissions free.
In 2017, Wacker Neuson presented a zero-emissions rammer. Using lithium-ion battery technology, the AS50e is ideal for commercial interior construction or renovation projects, for use in poorly ventilated areas including trenches or in sound-sensitive areas such as hospitals.
For the first time, North American contractors will be able to see Wacker Neuson's concept electric wheel loader. This model is not available for sale in North America, but contractors can see the future - an all-wheel steer loader that can work inside buildings, tunnels and where noise restrictions are in place; opening doors for new opportunities.
Wacker Neuson's 803 Dual Power excavator is currently available through Wacker Neuson's distribution network, and the battery powered rammer, AS50e will be available in late spring 2017.
Wirtgen Group Exhibits Over 40 New Products
Wirtgen Group presented over 40 products - many of them new to North America. The exhibit included machines and technologies for road construction, road rehabilitation, mining and processing of minerals and mineral raw materials, as well as recycling of construction materials.
The Wirtgen brand introduced six cold milling machines, a slipform paver and a texture curing. These included the W 250i and W 220i, the W 150 CFi and W 120 CFi - two models of the latest compact milling machine generation - as well as the W 60 Ri and W 35 Ri from the latest small milling machine generation.
The SP 64i slipform paver was shown for the first time. It joins the models SP 61i and SP 62i in forming the new SP 60 series that ultimately will replace the SP 500. The SP 60 series combines the wide-ranging applications of the SP 500 with the state-of-the-art technologies of the next largest series, the SP 90. As the second pioneering solution for high-quality concrete paving, the texture curing machine TCM 180i rounded off the range of Wirtgen's newly unveiled products.
VÃ¶gele's new asphalt pavers and screed innovations were included in the booth. The SUPER 700-3i represented the Mini Class. The new 10-foot SUPER 2000-3i and SUPER 2003-3i pavers were also on display. Both Highway Class machines were designed specifically for paving highways and for applications on large industrial areas. In addition to this, the SUPER 1800-3i SprayJet spray paver, the SUPER 2100-3i and the VÃ¶gele PowerFeeder MT 3000-2i Offset were also be exhibited.
The display included the brand-new 8-foot SUPER 1700-3i and SUPER 1703-3i. The SUPER 1700-3i tracked paver and the SUPER 1703-3i wheeled paver are cutting-edge machines suitable for a wide variety of applications. Typical jobs are secondary roads and highways, but due to their compact design, they are ideal for commercial and municipal applications as well.
Hamm's introduced new models for asphalt and soil compactors including the new tandem rollers of the HD+ Series, and the super-compact HD CompactLine.
The tandem rollers of the DV+ Series with unique pivot steering were also introduced. These new rollers offer precise compaction, even in very confined conditions.
Hamm has extended the successful H Series soil compactor range with new models in the class up to 84 inches. With their wide variety of equipment options, they can be customized for machine leasing as well as for earthworks contractors. Hamm also will be presenting a new pneumatic rubber-tired roller whose weight is extremely easy to ballast.
The new models of the DV+ and HD+ tandem roller series - as well as the H Series soil compactors - make use of the innovative Easy Drive operating concept. Its clear, ergonomically optimized structure features a small number of language-neutral controls. All rollers are operated in the same way, with modifications to suit the specific functions of the individual series. By these means, Hamm creates ideal conditions for simple, safe and ergonomically optimized operation.
Kleemann presented its latest development for efficient use in quarries: the MOBICONE MCO 11 PRO mobile cone crusher. The robust plant is equipped with a low-consumption diesel-electric drive that permits operation with an external power supply. The integrated Continuous Feed System (CFS) guarantees optimum crusher utilization so that up to 470 tons of material can be processed per hour.
Three representatives of the successful EVO series were showcased: the MOBICONE MCO 9 Si EVO mobile cone crusher, the MOBIREX MR 130 Zi EVO2 mobile impact crusher and the MOBICAT MC 110 Zi EVO mobile jaw crusher.
These have compact dimensions, are easy to transport and can be used flexibly for both natural stone and recycling applications. Equipped with a diesel-electric drive, the crushing plants run economically and efficiently. At the same time they are very powerful and ensure a high-quality end product. The simple operating concept of the EVO units supports intuitive control and offers excellent interlinking options.