"A penny saved is a penny earned." WITOS FleetView is a must-have for anyone who takes this old proverb to heart, because with the fleet and service management solution from the WIRTGEN GROUP, users and machine operators have diverse advantages that are worth their weight in gold. An example from the field confirms it: GSI-Asphalt, a medium-sized enterprise in Eging am See, near Passau, Germany, has been using WITOS FleetView for years in conjunction with the SmartService service agreement. While SmartService provides for regular inspections in accordance with the instruction manual, the telematics solution WITOS FleetView additionally supports proactive maintenance planning and a rapid response in the event of faults. Both services guarantee maximum machine availability - enhancing the cost-efficiency and value retention of the machinery.
Innovations shape our world, every day in many ways, and the staff at Heavy Equipment Guide want to acknowledge their importance in the world of construction-related equipment. As a result, we have created this new annual feature. Our goal is to illustrate the range and scope of advances, from earthmoving to paving, aggregates, lift, maintenance, training, wearables and others. These innovations offer advantages from doing the job faster, more accurately, more safely, more comfortably or more efficiently, to improving maintenance or providing a better ROI. The editors' selections are drawn from our coverage during the year. The selection was not always easy as there are many worthy innovations but we hope the diversity of the ones shown provide an appreciation of the vast amounts of time and money which manufacturers spend developing innovations, large and small, that make our lives better.
The Wirtgen Group showed of a number of its latest innovations at Intermat this year, all 5 brands were strongly represented: Wirtgen, Vögele, Hamm, Kleemann and Benninghoven. Visitors had the chance to talk with experienced applications experts from the Group and got up to speed on the latest technologies for the entire road construction cycle while learning more about the Wirtgen Group's extensive range of service offerings. Here is an overview of some of the highlights:
W 150 CFi with 1800-mm milling drum assembly leads the Wirtgen line-up.
Hamm's leading-edge CompactLine of 15 smaller-sized rollers combines cutting-edge design with practical functionality.
The 9.9-ton (9-metric-tonne) DV+ 90i VV-S (vibration in both split drums), the DV+ 90i VO-S (vibration and oscillation in split drums), and DV+ 90i VT-S (vibration and pneumatic combi roller) are the latest tandem rollers in Hamm's DV+ series.
World of Asphalt will be held in Houston, Texas, from March 6 to 8 and features educational programming and exhibits focusing on the latest technology and innovations for the asphalt industry. The Agg1 Aggregates Academy & Expo, co-located with World of Asphalt, offers educational sessions and exhibits on the latest developments for the aggregates industry. The following are highlights of products that attendees can expect to see at the shows.
Two major players in the worldwide construction market will be joining forces after Deere & Company and the Wirtgen Group announced that Deere will acquire the German-based manufacturer of road construction equipment in an all-cash deal worth more than $5 billion US.
Hamm is introducing its new DV+ series tandem rollers to North America at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017. For the launch in Las Vegas, Hamm is showing a DV+ 70i model weighing 7.7 tons (7 metric tonnes). Other models are set to follow in 2018. These highly productive, pivot-steered rollers meet all requirements for optimum compaction quality. According to Hamm, operators are enthusiastic about the excellent visibility and the new, intuitive Easy Drive operating concept.
Modern construction machines are high-tech units whose engineering enables more functions to be carried out than ever before. Whether these are recognized and used by operators is crucially dependent on the quality of the operating concept. So that the operators of Hamm rollers can use all the functions to their full extent, the development team attached the utmost importance to simple, intuitive operation. No easy task, since the modern rollers are complex tools. With the new Easy Drive operating concept, Hamm has succeeded in pulling off this balancing act. It enables drivers to respond quickly and correctly, even without extensive previous knowledge. This is made possible through a minimal number of intelligently arranged switches, good visibility in the operator’s platform and short learning and familiarization times.
Hamm displayed a prototype of a hybrid powertrain for the HD+ 90i tandem roller at Bauma. The innovative concept has been developed to save fuel costs and maintenance effort. This new development combines the traditional internal combustion engine with a hydraulic accumulator. The internal combustion engine covers the base load while a hydraulic accumulator meets peak loads.