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Upbeat at Intermat 2009

The three-yearly Intermat show has come round again and the Paris-Nord Exhibition Centre promises to be a hive of activity when the exhibition opens its gates in April.

Despite doom and gloom in the industry, the construction event’s organisers are upbeat about Intermat’s growing popularity, and is keen to point out that visitor numbers increased by 21 per cent in 2006 compared with the show three years previously.

They are also eager to build on its international reputation with 210,000 exhibitors from 160 countries attending the show in 2006 to see what its 1,400 exhibitors had in store.

Machinery suppliers will be well represented and have a dedicated outdoor demonstration area, which Intermat’s organisers hope will become a giant open-air worksite. And they say 83 per cent of visitors took time to drop in to view equipment in action during the event.

Suppliers such as Ammann, Caterpillar, Dynapac, Fayat, JCB, Volvo and Wirtgen will take part in a spotlight on sustainable roadways and will discuss over two half-day sessions current technologies contributing to reducing the carbon footprint of machinery.

Innovation will be a key theme and visitors can expect to be kept up to date with the latest product launches from many of the world’s top machinery suppliers. As the show reaches its three-year cycle, it really will be a showcase for revolutionary new developments.


A free laptop is up for grabs each day at the show when the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) invites young people to learn about the access industry. The federation’s stand will feature a demonstration on the dangers of not wearing a full body harness, involving a real-weight dummy on a specially modified Skyjack boom.

IPAF is also developing an engineering apprenticeship designed to lead to a technician level qualification with the aim of raising awareness of the powered access industry among young people in the hope of tempting them to follow a career in the industry. IPAF will hold a daily 50-minute lecture for schools groups as an introduction to the industry. Attendees can take a short test after the lecture and the most successful participant will receive a free laptop.

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Volvo Construction Equipment

Volvo Construction Equipment’s contribution to the Intermat show will feature 26 machines arranged around a 3,800 sq m stand.

The company’s display will feature several new machines such as the ECR 305CL short swing excavator and the L45F and L50F mid-sized wheel loaders. Volvo will also show off  the new look to its road machinery product range, now in the corporate livery of yellow and grey and carrying the Volvo brand.

The Innovation area to Volvo’s stand will feature the prototype L220F Hybrid wheel loader, which features a greener, economic diesel-electric hybrid drive system.

The company’s new short swing excavator, the ECR305CL, is designed for high performance in confined areas. The machineshares key components with the conventional EC290C, although it takes its undercarriage from the larger EC330C forincreased strength and stability. Volvo says the machine swings less than 80 mm outside its own track width (with 800 mm shoes), whichallows it to work extremely close to walls and road barriers.

The company will also launch a new ultra high demolition machine, the EC360CHR. The machine has a 21 m reach and Volvo says it will shortly be followed by the launch of the 27 m reach EC460CHR.

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Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe

Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe will take the opportunity to show off some new demolition machines, excavators and wheel loaders at the show.

The latest in the evolution of the company’s Zaxis excavators will be on display, including the ZX470LCH-3 long-reach demolition front model. Hitachi says it aims to widen its demolition range over the next five years with higher-reach machines and hydraulic undercarriages to appeal specifically to the European market.

The company has expanded its range of excavators with the filled a gap in the 1-2 tonne class of excavators with the ZX14-3, aimed at the general construction sector. Hitachi has enlarged the mini excavator’s window surface for all-round visibility and given it a comprehensive dashboard and an easy to use monitor.

The company will also show off its ZW140 and ZW150 wheel loaders with what it claims are economical and durable engines, 96 kW and 107 kW engines respectively. The new machines feature an innovative hydraulic drive system – the Hydro-Static Transmission, which Hitachi claims to offer greater mobility when fully loaded, smoother control on a gradient and under acceleration and deceleration. The HST system’s speed selector provides a range of four maximum travel speeds to suit the particular requirements of each job.

Hitachi will also show the latest additions to its range of material handling equipment, the ZX250W-3 and ZX360W-3 wheeled excavators and plans to introduce a wide undercarriage, more front attachments and other features later this year.

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Liebherr will have its Generation 6 crawler excavators on display. Falling within the 21 to 28 tonne category, the machines feature the dual-circuit Positive Control hydraulic system to improve performance and energy efficiency. Liebherr has introduced three machines in the range, available in either Classic or Advanced versions. Classic Generation 6 versions are intended for typical earthmoving duties, while Advanced are suitable for tasks including mining, embankment construction, industrial applications and demolition sites.

Liebherr will also display its new large drilling machine, the LB 20. The machine is rated for drilling diameters up to 2 m and drilling depths down to 40 m.

The newly-developed 350-tonne mobile crane, the LTM 1350-6.1 will be on show. The machine features a six-axle chassis and Liebherr has increased the boom length of its predecessor, the LTM 1300-6.1, by 10 m to 70 m. The company says the machine’s high capacities and long extended telescopic boom, suits it for tower crane erecting work.

Liebherr will also use Intermat to introduce its R 317 Litronic material handling machine, a 21 tonne special-purpose crawler excavator.

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Hyundai Heavy Industries Europe

Hi-Mate, a Remote Management System, will be the latest innovation on show from Hyundai Heavy Industries Europe. Hi-Mate uses GPS technology to enable machine owners to track, trace and monitor their Hyundai fleet.

The application allows them to visualise the machine’s location and to follow up on performance indicators such as fuel consumption, coolant temperature and pump pressure. It is also possible to diagnose the machine online and even to completely disable it, which can act as a handy anti-theft mechanism.

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Thirty machines will be on display on Doosan’s 3,000 sq m stand, and the company will unveil new excavators, a wheeled loader, articulated dumpers and a demolition excavator.

Doosan will launch the 14 tonne DX140R tracked excavator. The machine shares the same bucket and arm breakout forces as the DX140LC, but has a reduced radius, protruding just 180 mm over tracks, compared to 900 mm with LC version. Doosan has achieved compact dimensions for the excavator with a four cylinder Cummins engine.

Doosan also plans to reveal its multi-purpose 17 tonne wheeled hydraulic excavator, the DX170W. The excavator has a similar configuration to the DX160W – a one-piece boom, front blade and rear outriggers – but is 2 tonnes heavier, with a ground weight of 16.8 tonnes.

The company has also added a 3.5 cu m capacity wheel loader to its range. The DL350. Doosan claims the sturdy machine has set a record for static tipover load of almost 15.5 tonnes at horizontal extension and with a dipper. The DL350 also features a bucket axis loading height of 4.16 m and its reach with a dipper is almost 1.3 m.

Doosan Moxy also plans to debut four articulated dump trucks at the show. TheMT26 and MT 31 havepayloads of 24.6 to 28 tonnesrespectively, while the MT36 and MT 41 havepayloads of 32.7 to 37.2 tonnes.

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Alongside Doosan’s stand, Bobcat will exhibit its first ever wheeled excavator and a 6 tonne tracked excavator.

Bobcat has entered the market for wheeled excavators with the addition of new E55W. The machine has an operating weight of 5.5 tonnes and can come with single or dual tyres. The E55Whas two travel speed ranges, with a maximum speed of 30 km/hwith a single tyre configuration.

Bobcat has also launched the zero tail swing E60 excavator. The 6 tonne crawler excavatoris powered by a 37.6 kW Yanmar liquid-cooled diesel engine running at a maximum governed speed of 2,200 rpm, which Bobcat claims to provide abundant power and reliability for a machine of this size.

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JCB will use the show to bring attention to its new division covering light compaction equipment and to launch a midi excavator.

The company says its recently launched JCB Light Equipment Division will compete for a piece of a market worth £250 m a year. The Vibromax machines to be produced in Staffordshire include 15 vibratory plate compactors, reversible plate compactors and rapid blow tampers which are used in smaller scale construction projects to compact earth, stone, and paving.

During the show, the company plans to reveal part of the range of vibratory plate compactors produced by the new business, the VMF70 and VMF90.

JCB also plans to launch its latest 6 tonne reduced tail swing midi excavator.The 8065 replaces the 8060 and incorporates an improved undercarriage structure which includes upgraded track motors. The new model has a117 mm reduction of the machine’s tailswingand features a heavy-duty dipper to give improved bucket and dipper tearout forces. The 8065 has a maximum dig depth of 4350 mm and dump height of 4271 mm.

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Visitors to Case’s stand in Hall 5A will be treated to 30 machines on more than 3,300square metresof stand space, ranging from mini excavators to the hefty 1221E wheel loader. The display will include telescopic handlers, wheeled and crawler excavators and new models on view will include the 400 Series 3 line of skid steers.

Also on show for the first time will be machines from the Case Special Excavators (CSX) division. CSX produces excavators with dedicated special attachment designs, from high reach demolition rigs to long reach dredging models and materials handling machines with raised cabs to mass excavation earthmovers.

Case will unveil the largest model in its E series wheel loader range,the 1221E. Themachine has an operating weight of more than30 tonnes with a bucket capacity of 4.8 to 7 cu m, and Case claims it is the ideal machine for a variety of quarry, extraction and general earthmoving duties.

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Bell Equipment

Bell Equipment will have two new Articulated Dump Trucks on display.

Firstly, it will unveil a narrow version of the B25D known as the B25DN. Bell has designed the slimmer machine for certain applications in the European market such as aggregates sites in France, which have been developed with road vehicles in mind. The company says the machine is also ideal for use in European countries where vehicles can be moved between sites on-road where width restrictions apply.

The B25DN is fitted standard with 23.5R25 tyres giving the truck a width of 2,600 mm, although Bell says customers have the option of fitting the truck with 20,5R25 tyres to reduce the width to 2,550 mm.

Bell’s second new ADT is the B45D, which fills the gap in the market between its B40D and B50D trucks. The company says the truck’s design is based on that of the BD50 with a 16 litre Mercedes Benz OM502LA engine. It has a bin of 25 cu m; 17 per cent wider than the B40D. In practice, the company says, it can take an extra scoop from an excavator than the its smaller counterpart.

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Fraste will show off its innovative management system for piling rigs to monitor the work and production cycle of the drill. The company says it is bringing technology developed for industrial and automotive applications to the piling industry. Fraste says the system allows the control of hydraulic and mechanical functions giving the user the opportunity of a high customisation of the use of the drilling rig, besides comprehensive monitoring of various components through a colour graphical display.

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Komatsu has launches planned across its range and its 3,000 sq m stand will feature more than 20 machines. The company will treat visitors to viewings of their new dump trucks, excavators and dozer.

On show will be its new 25 tonne articulated dump truck, the HM250-2, with body capacity of 14.7 cu m and maximum travel speed of 57.6 km/h.

Komatsu’s stand will also feature its hybrid excavator, the PC200-8. The machine ispowered by the Komatsu Hybrid System that uses a newly developed electric motor to turn the upper structure, a power generation motor, a capacitor and a diesel engine.

The company will also show two new crawler excavators – the PC160-8 and PC190-8, together with the latest PW140-8wheeled excavator. Also on display for the first time to the European public, will be the Sigma blade on a D65 dozer with its Parallel Link Undercarriage System.

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Manitowoc will launch several new cranesfrom its Grove and Potain lines, but says its big attraction will be its fleet management product, CraneSTAR.

The fleet management system tracks working conditions and locations, which Manitowoc claims will allow customers to plan maintenance and lifting schedules and to get maximum efficiency from their operations. Manitowoc claims the system is unique as it has the ability to transmit data over both GSM and Satellite networks across countries and regions. CraneSTAR uses a global SIM card to allow functionality all around the world.

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The Innovation Award

A hybrid excavator dominated the machinery section of this year’s Intermat’s Innovation Awards. Mecalac Ahlmann’s hybrid excavator romped home with a Gold Award in the Machinery category and won Special Environmental Prize.

The 12MTX Hybrid has the same performance as its standard 74kW 12MTX counterpart, but Mecalac Ahlmann claims the machine’s fuel consumption is more than 25 per cent lower than the conventional machine. The excavator has a 51 kW diesel motor and a 15/30kW electrical motor-generator, which recovers energy when the vehicle brakes in a 400 V lithium battery.

Because the motor-generator is coupled to the engine, it does away with the need for a starter and alternator and the engine can start and stop as necessary.

Runner up in the Machinery category was Fayat with its mini-machinery for road repair. The Beluga is an extremely compact and mobile machine for hot mix production, ensuring that operatives working on road repairs can receive small batches to exactly where the user needs them.

Jointly taking Silver Award in the Equipments and Components category were Flexxaire Manufacturing with a variable pitch fan and Made SA. Flexxaire’s innovative fan has the ability to change the blade pitch while in motion, which allows the control of air flow throughout the radiator.

Made SA was commended for its system to detect medium and high voltage power lines. It can be installed into concrete pumps, aerial buckets and any other high-reaching equipment.

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